On Sunday December 5th, 2010, Adult Industry Legend, John Leslie, passed away from Cardiac Arrest at his home in Marin County, California at age 65. Leslie who is a highly regarded thespian, director, musician, artist and gourmet chef, is the second legendary male performer to have passed away this year; Jamie Gillis died in February. John Leslie was one of a significant core group of Golden Era male stars who was inducted into the XRCO Hall of Fame after John Holmes on February 14th, 1985. Leslie and Holmes appeared together in Swedish Erotica Loops and several feature films including The Erotic Adventures of Candy, Lust at First Bite, and Insatiable. A Life Measured in Inches contains interview material with the late Mr. Leslie.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Monday, October 25, 2010
To commemorate the publication of Bob Chinn's debut novel, Flesh of the Lotus (the first of a six part series), is a special Johnny Wadd page (derived from A Life Measured in Inches) now available at johnholmesinches.com as a tie-in with the book's release.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Related Book News:
Flesh of the Lotus: A Johnny Wadd Novel by Bob Chinn
For fans of the erotic film noir ‘Johnny Wadd’ detective series, Jennifer and I are excited to announce the news that our friend, Bob Chinn (Johnny Wadd creator and director), has written his first complete novel, Flesh of the Lotus: A Johnny Wadd Novel, to be released by BearManor Fiction toward the end of 2010. Chinn has proven in his debut as an author to be a talented crime novelist who will pen six books based upon the JW series, including the unfinished, Waikiki Wadd. A special “Johnny Wadd” page derived from A Life Measured in Inches will be forthcoming to http://www.johnholmesinches.com/ as a tie-in with the release of Flesh of the Lotus. Bob Chinn’s personal comments below are excerpted from the book’s Introduction:
“I had always wanted to make a film with a sort of film noir type theme so I thought that this might be a good time to try this out. John would play a private dick with a big dick. I dashed off a quick script on the back of a legal-sized envelope. I was still having trouble coming up with a name for the private detective. We had been talking about the girls we were going to cast in the film and then the conversation came around to how much we disliked shooting those pull out and visibly shoot it all over climax scenes that theater owners insisted on, and then we were discussing the guy we had just hired and Alain casually remarked, “God, the wad that guy must be able to shoot with a cock like that,” and then I knew that we had it. “Johnny Wadd,” I said. “With two d’s – we’ll call him Johnny Wadd.”
In this book I have tried to depict the character as more or less as I had originally envisioned him and would have liked him to be, and the story is set in the very era in which he was created. It was the era of the Vietnam War when both our country and our society were in the beginning stages of undergoing a radical transformation.
Johnny Wadd, the private detective character that I have depicted in this book was a part of that revolutionary era and he should not be confused with John Holmes the man, even though somehow they seem to have become almost inextricably linked by history into a single person.” - Bob Chinn
~ Copyright 2010 by Robert C. Chinn
Sunday, August 8, 2010
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Leo birthday Trivia:
Under the Zodiac, John Holmes was born a Leo and often referred to himself as a "Triple Leo". Here are some rather interesting and entertaining characteristics that constitute people who are born under the Leo sign. Many of these same characteristics would describe my late father-in-law, who was born on August 9th. :)
The Leo type is the most dominant, spontaneously creative and extrovert of all the zodiacal characters. In grandeur of manner, splendor of bearing and magnanimity of personality, they are the monarch's among humans as the lion is king of beasts. They are ambitious, courageous, dominant, strong willed, positive, independent and self-confident.
In his or her relations with others the Leo type is open, sincere, genuine and trusting. They are outgoing, spontaneously warm hearted and plain spoken, though never lacking in kindliness.
Leonians think and act bigger than others would normally dare; the ambitiousness of their schemes and idealism sometimes daunt their followers. If Leonians meet with setbacks they thrive on the adversity.
Their faults can be as large in scale as their virtues, and an excessively negative Leonian can be one of the most unpleasant human beings imaginable, displaying extreme arrogance, autocratic pride, haughtiness, and excessive hastiness of temper.
Leo's have a strong sex drive and are so attracted to the opposite sex that they find it hard to be constant; they can be so intensely sexual as to become dissolute. They may have numerous love affairs for their love of pleasure and beauty is liable to drive them from one attractive partner to another. They are very much inclined to deceive. Their marriages may fail for the same reason, yet they are sincere and generous to their lovers while love lasts...
Add to them a passion for luxury, a lust for power and emotional indulgence. If artistic, Leos can become stars of stage or screen.
- RIP John
Friday, July 23, 2010
During the three day convention, I conversed with many inquisitive and wonderful people and I was invited to be a guest on Christy Canyon's Sirius Satellite Playboy radio broadcast, live from the Donald E. Stephen's Centre. (Two summers ago, Jennifer, Laurie Holmes and I were Christy Canyon and Vanessa Blue's guests on Playboy Radio's 'Nightcalls' during 'Legends' week, on the eve of our book launch in Hollywood, California.) I was also pleased to meet one of the Golden Age's most prestigious stars, Ginger Lynn Allen, during our three day stay in the Windy city. This past winter I interviewed Ginger via telephone for a forthcoming book project, so I was very happy to finally make her acquaintance in person.
I was honoured to be asked to be interviewed on-camera by filmmaker, Valerie Gobos, for an upcoming documentary on the legendary Ms. Marilyn Chambers; we conducted one of the final interviews with Chambers for our bio two years prior to her untimely death in 2009. At the top of this blog, I am pictured along with Valerie Gobos, and "Chicago" Joe Rubin, an astute adult film historian who is integral to the Marilyn Chambers documentary.
Thanks so much to everyone who came out and stopped by our booth! It was an absolute pleasure to meet you all during my short but very enjoyable trip to Chi-Town!
** In other news, Jennifer and I are thrilled to announce that we successfully completed recording our book for the upcoming audio format. It was a challenging process, but also an extremely fun endeavor. Please stay tuned for news on availability later this year.
Monday, July 12, 2010
The adult Exxxstacy show will be held at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Centre in Chicago, Illinois on July 16th, 17th & 18th, sponsored by Taboo Productions. (The Centre is located just five minutes from O’Hare airport.)
I will be available with signed copies of A Life Measured in Inches (by both Jennifer and myself) for sale, and look forward to meeting Golden Age fans!
John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches is also available for purchase on kindle; the upcoming audiobook and mp3/download formats will be available later this year. (Jennifer and I are currently recording “Inches” at my home in Ontario, Canada.)
Please also visit the Official Event website for more information and to learn how to purchase tickets: Exxxstacy Show – entertainment
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
He is the first actor to have portrayed a recurring character in an adult series (spanning almost 10 years) as private detective Johnny Wadd. John Holmes is the very first X-Rated performer to have been inducted in the XRCO (X-Rated Critics Organization) Hall of Fame in 1985, and he is the profession’s first International star. Due to continued avid interest in Holmes’ legend and male superstar status, a substantial portion of Holmes’ film library has been carefully restored, digitalized and transferred from the masters, making some of his work available for purveyers for the first time.
The best selection of John Holmes early loops and feature films reviewed by Jennifer and myself for the book can be immediately accessed and enjoyed through VOD at: John Holmes.com
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Jennifer and I are excited to announce that John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches has been published by BearManor Media as an Amazon kindle e-reader book on June 10, 2010. The kindle version of “Inches” is immediately available at Amazon.com for $13.95. Please visit this link for purchasing information: Inches on Kindle
Note: The audio format of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches will be available later on this year.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Rob Hardy is a book reviewer for The Commercial Dispatch in Columbus, Mississippi. He is also a practicing psychiatrist for Community Counseling Services in Columbus. Mr. Hardy is a top reviewer for Amazon.com, where a condensed version of this review can also be found. The following review is for The Dispatch.
Size Matters - Book Review by Rob Hardy
"John Holmes had an enormous penis. It would be unfair to say that this fact is the only interesting thing about him, but it really was the only remarkable thing. It was also the thing that determined how his life was going to go. It was what got him into pornography and made him a nationally-recognized star, and that in turn got him involved in drugs and crime and AIDS. If there were nothing to his life besides his record-breaking anatomy, Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson would not have had much to compile in their book _John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches_ (BearManor Media). They have, however, dug so deeply into what was written about the man during his career and what people remembered afterwards that this surely will be the definitive biography. It is almost 600 pages long, although that includes 150 pages of filmography at the end of the book, a list of all the known loops and films Holmes was in, along with a list of reviews of his more famous movies. The text of the book is not a traditional biography. It consists of quotations from many articles, books, and documentary films, as well as from interviews the authors conducted themselves. These are arranged chronologically, and if there is a lack of analysis in this biography, it is made up by the immediacy of the words from Holmes himself, his costars, directors, business partners, prosecutors, wives, and godchildren.
Well, first things first. The book’s subtitle makes plain that inches were the measurement of the man. How big was it? Well, big. No one who has seen a Holmes film will deny that; even his costar and competitor Ron Jeremy admitted himself to be second best in the size department. The problem with penis measurement is that even the anatomists have not come up with a foolproof, standardized way to measure a penis, and then there are all sorts of variables like temperature and degree of tumescence. There are no films of Holmes close to a ruler, but there are reports that he approached the fourteen inch mark, and such reports will not be incredible to those familiar with his films. In the films, too, it is obvious that Holmes’s erections were different from those of other men, and not just by size. His erection would not point upward; that’s just a matter of gravity. But also, his erection didn’t have the sort of firmness that typifies a tumescent penis of ordinary size. There was a standing joke that Holmes never got a full erection, because it would take so much blood he would lose consciousness. Annette Haven starred with him in several features, and found that Holmes’s erection collapsed down; it was “kind of squishy when erect, so actually it wasn’t that uncomfortable... it was like doing it with a big, soft loofah...” However, Ginger Lynn, who was lowered onto Holmes while hanging from a bar in the film _The Grafenberg Spot_, said that being in labor and having a child was easier than getting Holmes inside her.
Holmes, however, is given accolades for being a gentle lover. One star after another (girlfriends and wives, too) say that he knew he might cause some discomfort, and was always solicitous, saying things like “Is it okay? Do you want to stop?” Unlike many well-endowed men, he realized that there was a great deal more to lovemaking than just presenting a large package, and he is praised in these pages for his skill at different forms of foreplay. (He is also praised for an unusual skill which was useful for the directors he worked with: he was able to have an orgasm on cue. Annette Haven said, “He was a professional; got it up, got it off, and got the hell out of your hair.”) Many people make remarks on how nice a guy he was, consistently affable and helpful at least before the drug years started. A male costar remembers, “He would help carry equipment in from the truck and help set it up. He was almost an extension of the crew. You’d never see that today.” He enjoyed being a star, and was gracious with fans and fellow performers. Costar Richard Pacheco had his picture taken with Holmes and had Holmes sign it; the inscription shows some of Holmes’s graciousness and humor: “To Richard Pacheco, who taught me everything I know.” A surprising source of praise comes from the children of Bill Amerson, an adult talent agent and film producer. Sean and Denise Amerson were made Holmes’s godchildren, and Holmes was caring to both of them even during his bad years. Sean here tells a hilarious story of when he was called to the principal’s office, and since his father was not available, Holmes was called. The principal asked Sean beforehand, “That’s not _The_ John Holmes, is it?” and got confirmation. Holmes was serious about Sean’s infraction, discussed recompense and punishment sensibly, and everyone walked away satisfied. “Incidentally,” says Sean, “I was famous in high school from that day on.”
Holmes had two downfalls. One was cocaine, which he started using in the mid-seventies. He had been a Scotch drinker and casual pot smoker, but cocaine, often freebased, took over. Some of his most famous movies are from this time, before the cocaine began to be a problem, but eventually he was stealing props from his sets and selling them, or stealing from fellow actors, breaking into cars, or ripping off luggage at the airport. It isn’t a unique pattern, but it was grim. He worked for a drug supply gang, and stole drugs and money from them. His involvement led to his presence at the horrific revenge murder of the Wonderland Gang in 1981. Holmes was eventually charged with the four murders, but he was acquitted. He thereupon went relatively straight, and any use of drugs became just a recreation, not an obsession. He was able to make a happy comeback into his industry. He had been married, almost secretly, for nineteen years, when his first wife had had enough and sought divorce in 1983, but he formed a strong and supportive second marriage with his comeback costar “Misty Dawn”, a.k.a. Laurie Holmes. He was doing well until he contracted AIDS, the second downfall. It is not clear how he got it, but the knowledge that he had the disease propelled him back to using drugs. He also had unprotected sex with other performers during his final years, including the Italian actress (and member-to-be of the Italian parliament) Cicciolina in 1986, but there are no indications that he passed the disease to anyone. He made public appearances and autograph stops thereafter, but his physical appearance and abilities deteriorated. He died in 1988, aged 43.
Sugar and Nelson have not just given an account of Holmes’s unique life, although they have done that in astonishing detail. They have not been obsequious in praise of “The King,” nor have they neglected to detail his many flaws without excusing the questionable morality of some of Holmes’s off-screen actions (whatever you think of his on-screen ones). This is a look at a time when pornographic movies were going mainstream, an epoch before straight-to-video movies and before the internet. The time included not only Holmes’s first film (1970) in the famous _Johnny Wadd_ series, filmed in one day for $750; but also films with close-to-mainstream production values like the final in the series, The Return of _Johnny Wadd (1986). It’s the period of time covered by the wonderful Holmes-inspired movie, _Boogie Nights_, and any fan of that movie, of adult films, or of Holmes himself will be impressed by the thoroughness of this volume and its, uh, size."
Please also visit http://www.johnholmesinches.com/ for regular updates and news. The 1986 audio interview with John Holmes is now available for access from the home page and also, under the "Goodies" header marked "audiofile".
Friday, May 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Jennifer and I have been invited to be exhibitors at this summer's Adult "Exxxstacy Show" in Chicago, during July 16th, 17th and 18th! The three day special engagement, sponsored by Taboo Productions, will be held at the Donald E. Stevens Conference Centre located on 5555 North River Rd., in Rosedale, Illinois - five miles from O'Hare airport. We will discuss and sign copies of A Life Measured in Inches while promoting the audiobook and mp3/download formats of our biography, due out later this year. This will be an exciting opportunity to meet with the public and members of the media in the Chicago area and outskirts. Also planned are special tributes to John Holmes and the legendary Marilyn Chambers, with details to follow later.
For members of the media interested in speaking with us during the convention, please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Please also visit the Official Event website for more information about star appearances and to learn how to purchase tickets: Exxxstacy Show – entertainment
Thursday, April 1, 2010
In March, I was Chip Rowe's guest on his radio program, "The Playboy Advisor" at Sirius Satellite Radio. Rowe graciously praised our biography:
"John Holmes is probably best known for his role as private detective Johnny Wadd. Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson have written the definitive biography of John Holmes based largely on interviews they did with everyone involved in his life. It’s a very fascinating book and has a lot of different voices in it.” – Chip Rowe
In his April 2010 online column, "The Daily Advisor" for Playboy Magazine, Rowe summarizes our book in his piece, The Definitive Johnny Wadd, along with an edited version of our conversation.
To listen to the full radio interview that aired on March 24th, please click on the link below and highlight - Playboy Advisor Interview: http://www.johnholmesinches.com/goodies/audio
To listen to the full radio interview vingette at you tube, please click on the link below and highlight - Playboy Advisor Interview: http://www.johnholmesinches.com/goodies/392
Sunday, March 21, 2010
The Playboy Advisor radio segment with Playboy Magazine's Senior Editor, Chip Rowe, taped on March 4th will air on Wednesday March 24th at 1:00pm Eastern (10:00am PST) and repeat at 6:00pm (3:00pm PST) Eastern. The Playboy Advisor can be located at Sirius/XM Satellite Ch. 99. For those who don’t have Sirius/XM, you can listen online free for the first 30 days after registration. Please see: The Daily Advisor article for more details.
The interview will also be available soon at http://www.johnholmesinches.com/. Enjoy!
Friday, March 12, 2010
In January 2009, Jennifer and I attended the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. During the course of our stay, we met with several media members and participated in discussions about our book. Mike (Snowman), from 'Raincoat Reviews', recently uploaded our interview to his website. Please listen here: http://snowman.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=590352
Monday, March 1, 2010
Writer, Senior Editor of Playboy Magazine and Advisor to Playboy Magazine since 1994, Chip Rowe, has invited us to join him as his special guests on his new radio program, 'The Playboy Advisor' to discuss John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches. The 15 minute interview segment will tape this Thursday, March 4th. (Stay posted for air date.) The Playboy Advisor airs on Wednesdays at Sirius XM Satellite Ch. 99. (Check website link below for schedule.) The interview will also be available as a podcast for those who do not have Satellite Radio access.
Mr. Rowe will also be reviewing the critically acclaimed, A Life Measured in Inches for Playboy Magazine's online column. For more information about The Playboy Advisor, please visit: http://www.playboy.com/articles/playboy-radio-the-daily-advisor-chip-rowe/index.html
Monday, February 22, 2010
"Jamie Gillis was the first interview I did for "Inches". Jennifer already had several interviews under her belt and she was quickly becoming a veteran in that regard, but in the winter of 2007, I was still a virgin so to speak, and needed to get my feet wet. One afternoon while still at work, I left a voice message at Jamie Gillis's residence in New York, requesting a somewhat rare interview for our book. When I got home a few hours later, he had already returned my call with a very warm greeting on my answering service - accepting my request for an interview. I had only seen a couple of his film appearances and wanted to ask him specifically about working with John in Lust at First Bite (aka Dracula Sucks). (For those who aren't familiar with it, guess who plays Dracula?) Because of his reputation on screen, it was a little surreal to hear that hypnotic and seductive voice in reply to my call. It is definitely distinct.
"When we did the interview about a week later, I found him to be an open (perhaps a little forgetful at times, particularly about some of the titles of his films and his co-stars, but who can blame him), thoughtful and charismatic person. He was extremely sensitive to our project and to John's memory. The two actors first met in 1973 when John picked Jamie up in Los Angeles on their way to a film shoot. Jamie was immediately struck by John's casual, easy going manner and although they were never close friends, they always respected one another. Jamie felt that John possessed a "Jimmy Stewart" quality that he appreciated and immediately liked. Jamie Gillis was not a fan of mind-altering substances and he spoke about how drugs sadly converted people into monsters, including John. He was deeply disturbed when he read about the Wonderland events and John's connection to the homicides - that was not the John he had known. Due to his fear of flying, Jamie did not attend John's memorial service, but he was one of the select invited guests. Upon learning of John's illness, Jamie had suggested to some of Holmes' other male contemporaries that it would be a thoughtful gesture to do something for John during his dying days, in the way of a visit, or otherwise. He was frustrated at the time because he couldn't get anyone motivated to do so, but he understood that people were afraid.
"Jamie said that he'd always wanted a copy of the movie poster from the film, Marathon, that advertises Holmes and Gillis as two of the film's sexual titans during a sequence that would become "The Battle of the Giants". A few weeks after our interview, I found the poster online and sent it to him. He was very appreciative and sent a thank-you note. Partly as a joke in reference to being anatomically smaller than John Holmes, he signed it, "Your little Giant". When our book was published, we sent him a copy, as we had done for most of the people we had interviewed. A few weeks later, Jamie wrote a nice note and offered a quote about our work for our website. He had expressed to me earlier that he had not been entirely happy with The Other Hollywood, so we were pleased and honoured when he praised our book and said he was very happy to be involved.
"It wouldn't surprise me if one day the eccentricities of Jamie Gillis's intriguing life and work are represented in a project of magnitude. He is deserving. RIP 'Little Giant.'"