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John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches

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To say porn has gone mainstream would be a gross understatement. Jenna Jameson, famous almost exclusively from fucking, rose from porn a household name. Shit, she even has a wax statue of her own at Madame Tussaud’s. But 30 years ago, in a time where porno was still underground and illegal in some states, the biggest (ha) star of them all was a former meat-packer (ha ha) with a really large wang (ha ha ha). John Holmes, the first king of porn and famous for his gigantic tool, was a star in porno nearly overnight. But drugs, erratic behavior, his oddly large … ego, and alleged involvement in the horrific 1981 “Wonderland” drug murders in Hollywood took over the porn king’s legacy. And even though his death from complications from AIDS in 1988, he lived a crazy life.

Authors Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson’s new biography, John Holmes, A Life Measured in Inches — along with widow Laurie Holmes — plan to tell you all about it at the Erotic Heritage Museum, and where better to celebrate the man’s career than during the Adult Video News Network’s annual convention? There, everything from the murders to speculation of the actual length of Holmes’s famous ego (OK, I’ll stop) can be discussed with the best of them.

Also, if you’re not busy the night before, Ginger Lynn, widely considered one of the first famous porn stars, also MCs a night of art, live music, autographs and, of course, live S&M demo, also to be held at the Museum. It’s a whole lot of debauched fun, and seriously, how often can you celebrate the proto-years of porn with other members of the adult entertainment community outside of your own bedroom? Aaron Thompson, athompson@lvcitylife.com.

Last updated on Monday, January 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm
John Holmes, a Life Measured in Inches book signing, with Jill C. Nelson, Jennifer Sugar and Laurie Holmes Sat., Dec. 10, 4 p.m.-6 p.m.Erotic Heritage Museum

3275 Industrial Road 369-6442 Free

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