Thursday, August 8, 2013

"Inches" turns 5

It is amazing to realize that already five years ago this evening, I, along with my friend and writing partner, Jennifer Sugar, stood at the podium in front of a full house consisting of friends, loved ones, fans, the curious and the press at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood to launch the release of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches. The event, hosted by none other than legendary adult film historian, Bill Margold, was a highly successful and spectacular evening with excerpts read, a special letter contributed by one of John's most popular co-stars, The Platinum Princess, Seka, and special guest speakers: filmmaker, Cass Paley, director, Bob Chinn, and John's widow, Laurie Holmes. Following a Q&A and during our signing (which included a special appearance by Holmes friend and co-star Rhonda Jo Petty), a custom commemorative cake designed by Cake & Art was served to all guests.

Today, we celebrate the five year anniversary of our book's release and acknowledge what would be John's 69th birthday by launching a brand new hardcover edition of A Life Measured in in Inches. This special edition contains an introduction written by Sugar (who is also the book's creator) and a postscript written by yours truly, followed by select excerpts from my second book: Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema: 1968-1985.

Jennifer Sugar was a 21 year old Michigan State University student when she traveled alone to Los Angeles to attend a Hollywood celebration, 'Fit for a King' at the Erotic Heritage Museum. The event was in recognition of John Holmes' 60th birthday on August 8, 2004. It was during that evening where Jennifer made her initial interview contacts for our biography and when she returned home, she began the interview process while still attending school. Four years later to the day, Inches was released.

The following is a short excerpt from the introduction Sugar wrote for the new hardcover version of our book in which she describes her decision to tell John's story after seeing the 2003 film Wonderland. The introduction is aptly titled Conception:

     "I began to wonder about the story of a boy from Ohio, who moved to California in the late 1960s to become the biggest, male porn star, ever, when the adult entertainment industry was brand new, illegal and underground.  John went on to become famous for what was in his pants, and infamous for the dark days of his drug addiction, his subsequent involvement with the crimes leading up to the Wonderland murders, and his death at a young age from AIDS, which was still a relatively new disease to North America in the 1980s.  I was amazed that there wasn’t already a definitive biography about John Holmes – like him or not, he is a part of American pop culture history, with an amazing story –  how could I not want to learn more and write about him?"

Copies of the hardcover anniversary edition of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches can be obtained through at this link: Hardcover John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches and will be available through soon.

~ RIP John

Monday, August 5, 2013

The Rialto Report: Interview with Legendary filmmaker, Bob Chinn

The Rialto Report: Interview with Bob Chinn
Rhonda Jo Petty in Disco Lady directed by Bob Chinn
During the past several months, adult film documentarian, Ashley West, has interviewed several legendary personalities from the Golden Era and through his extraordinary podcasts titled The Rialto Report, has presented their fascinating life stories. West's credentials in this field are nothing short of impressive. In conjuction with The Rialto Report, Ashley has also contributed liner notes, commentaries and more for the re-release of Distripix films under the name Benson Hurst and is currently working on a documentary about the origins of the New York adult film scene. (See: Ashley West.) Until recently, West's comprehensive episodes have centered on men and women involved in sex films on the east coast of the United States. Yesterday, Rialto Report's latest offering highlights the voluminous work of pioneer filmmaker Bob Chinn, who became familiar to adult audiences through his partnership with John Holmes particularly via the innovative and highly popular Johnny Wadd film series, with nine releases spanning between 1971-1978.

This podcast will be of special interest to fans not only of Bob Chinn, John Holmes, and the films they created together, but most significantly, in his usual disarming manner, Bob discusses in great detail and with impeccable recall many of the talented actors and actresses he had the pleasure to direct throughout his extensive career spanning four decades. Several of the ladies who were fortunate enough to cross paths with Bob (one of the most admired and respected men in the business) are featured in John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches and in my second book, Golden Goddesses. All were quick to sing his praises and respect him very much. Check out Bob Chinn's page for his first novel, Flesh of the Lotus, inspired by the film by the same name: Flesh of the Lotus

Bob Chinn's Jade Pussycat with John Holmes and Georgina Spelvin
I am delighted to have been invited by Ashley West to co-present this special two- hour episode as Bob Chinn is clearly one of the most intelligent and intriguing individuals to have left his mark in the golden age arena, and I'd like to personally thank Ashley for doing a masterful job in preparation for this show. Your tireless work and professionalism are simply outstanding.

So grab a refreshment, kick back and enjoy the ride as you time travel with Bob Chinn back to the late 1960s and into the present day. You definitely will not be disappointed. The podcast (#18) titled, Bob Chinn, West Coast Pioneer may be accessed here: Rialto Report: Bob Chinn

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Holmes Sale on Ebay!

Within a couple of weeks, we will be posting news about the release of the first hardcover edition of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches with an introduction written by Jennifer and a postscript written by me. This release is to commemorate the 5th anniversary publication of the book in August. In the meantime, I'd like to bring your attention to a major Ebay sale with several Holmes films and material available to own. This collection is the first of its kind and will go quickly. Please read details below.
Ebay description
Alright, the motherload is here! This collection of videos is as large as John Holmes himself... These videos were used in the research for both the documentary Wadd and for the John Holmes biography, A Life Measured in Inches. Val Kilmer also used some of these videos as research for his role in the film Wonderland.

Included is a ton of VHS tapes along with a large collection of classic Blue Vanities loops on DVD. Basically every star of the Golden Age of Porn is featured somewhere in this collection. Also included is Georgina Spelvin's autobiography The Devil Made Me Do It as well as an unproduced screenplay for the film Wonderland. This collection is huge so the shipping is really expensive.

1. Undulations
2. Girls on Fire
3. Tell Them Johnny Wadd is Here
4. Four Women in Trouble
5. Bedtime Video #1
6. New York City Woman
7. Around the World with Johnny Wadd
8. Pizza Girls (2 copies)
9. Candy Samples Video Review
10. John Holmes Exposed
11. John Holmes E! True Hollywood Story
12. Hot Nurses
13. Wadd: The Life & Times of John C. Holmes
14. Strangers When We Mate
15. Autobiography of a Flea
16. Jade Pussycat
17. John Holmes Superstar
18. The Seka Story
19. Flesh & Laces Part II
20. Honeysuckle Rose
21. Lottery Lust
22. The Best of Gail Palmer
23. Cream Rinse
24. Spirit of Seventy-Sex
25. Prisoner of Paradise
26. Flight Sensations
27. The Erotic Adventures of Candy
28. I'm Always Ready
29. The Rise of the Roman Empress #1
30. The Devil in Mr. Holmes
31. Flesh & Laces Part I
32. Marina Vice
33. The Grafenburg Spot
34. The Angel in Mr. Holmes
35. Garters & Lace
36. Rockin' with Seka
37. Bedtime Video #10
38. Oriental Kitten
39. The Kowloon Connection
40. Saturday Night Beaver
41. Sex as You Like It
42. Barbara Broadcast
43. John Holmes is Supercock
44. John Holmes: Master Cocksman
45. Taxi Girls
46. John Holmes: 60's Loops
47. Great Tits Of Our Time
48. John Holmes Interview
49. Extreme Closeups
50. Court TV: Wonderland
51. Cheri
52. Tropic of Passion
53. Dracula Exotica
54. Singlehanded

55-72 Blue Vanities Loops From the '60s-80s

73. The Opening of Misty Beethoven
74. XXXL The John Holmes Story
75. Exhausted
76. China Cat
77. California Gigolo
78. Young John Holmes Collection

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

John Curtis Holmes: In Memoriam 1944-1988

Today marks the official 25th anniversary of the death of John Curtis Holmes. In memory of John, we've posted a link (below) to a very rare interview John gave in 1986 where he discussed his new company, Penguin, and other various aspects of the industry in which he had been involved for more than 20 years. At this stage in his life, John was in good health, in good spirits, and was very hopeful about his future. Thanks to Laurie Holmes and to John Holmes Enterprises for granting us use of this clip: John Holmes 1986.

Throughout the years, family, friends, lovers, associates, acquaintances, and especially the media have offered countless opinions about John, some flattering and some not so flattering. Of those who knew John well, most are in agreement that John was capable of exhibiting great passion and compassion. He easily attracted others to him, and could make people laugh, as much as he was culpable of causing pain to those closest to him, particularly during his years of excessive drug abuse. Many are not aware that during his post-Wonderland years, John effectively turned things around as he rebuilt his personal and professional lives while integrating into other areas of the adult entertainment spectrum. Between the years 1984 and 1986, John was able to maintain control over his addictive tendencies, and he embraced hobbies such as fishing and hiking while enjoying family time with his partner Laurie and his step-son, Ian. When he received his positive HIV diagnosis in the spring of 1986, rather than deciding to fight for longevity and take the necessary life sustaining measures and medications prescribed to him by his physician which could have potentially given him 15-20 more years, John believed that death was a more desirable option. It was also his wish that very few people visit him after he was admitted into the hospital, and he prepared for his departure by giving away designated personal items to family members, including his beloved dog Charlie. 

John Holmes passed away on the cusp of spring in L.A.'s Veteran's hospital with Laurie, Ian, his mother and brother at his side. He was in his forty-fourth year. Fulfilling his request, the group rented a small vessel a few days after his death, and took it out to just off the coast of the Channel islands where they scattered his ashes into the sea.

The following quotes are from chapter 14 of our book, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches titled Remembering John:

"In short, I don't really care about the drug abuse, the adult industry or the mass murders. None of that affected my relationship with him. That's not who I knew. I miss him, and the kindness and bond between a scared, abused little boy and a man no one understood was a human being." ~ Sean Amerson

"Everybody has their pluses and minuses. If you spend too much of your life worrying about other peoples' minuses, you get caught up in it. It all kind of caught up to me after that. When I say there was the good and the bad, the best and worst of everything in John, I guess that's true in all of us. There's the best and worst in each and every one of us." ~ Buck Adams

"I wasn't terribly surprised that he met the demise that he did. I am sort of a believer that you are as strong as the support system that you create for yourself and John was essentially a loner who didn't let a lot of people close and get into him. That was kind of sad because I was really fond of him. I had a great affection for him. He really was, underneath all that bluster, really kind of a cool, nerdy dude." ~ Gloria Leonard

"He's always there, but the effect is that I've made it my life to protect him and I realize that sometimes I need to let go, but then he will come back and he will remind me or something will happen out of the blue." ~ Laurie Holmes 

For those who are interested in reading more about the life and times of John C. Holmes, please check out our biography: John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches and also: Porn King.

RIP John