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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786720964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786720965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toby Thompkins, Author of "The Real Lives of Strong Black Women""Mr Gaines life story unveils the journey of the strong black man, as a prodigal son to all that is Black and all that is American. He reminds us that all roads, no matter how dark or dreary, lead us back to ourselves if we will only follow the light. This is within every black man."

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Bobby Blake lives in Memphis, TN.

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There are many of these gaps which appear to be a bit too sensationalistic to be truthful.
Andrew Peter Thomson
Blake provides a very insightful look at the porn industry, and this is very welcomed from a black person's point-of-view.
Araph Keita
I finished the book in one day, hoping that as I continued my reading that it would get better.
T. Lloyd

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. Houston on June 9, 2008
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This book was really enjoyable and a good read. Since I'm from the same town as he I could relate to the places and mannerisms of stuff he talks about. The one thing that really disappointed me was that there is NOT 1 SINGLE PHOTOGRAPH in the book. I wanted to see pics of him as he grew up and such but there is nothing which is a shame it would help his fans really get to know the MAN and not the persona. I hope to meet him one day and get him to sign this. I do highly recommend this book.

Tim from Memphis
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Peter Thomson on May 30, 2009
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Well, I read the book in a day and was left feeling that I had discovered very little about the porn industry, and even less about Bobby's life. Sure there were plenty of facts, but rarely any emotional backup whatsoever. The writing was abysmal. There were certain facts and episodes of Bobby's life throughout the book that were so repetitive it fast became insulting to an adult reader - not unlike a children's book reminding you what happened two chapters previous. I really had to strain through the egocentric text to get any sort of insight into what his subject matter truly involved.

Of the story itself I felt that Bobby Blake leads the reader to believe that his many relationship failures were wholly due to his partner's inadequacies, taking very little ownership himself of the problems at hand. If he did in fact play a role in the breakdown of those relationships he did not come across as man enough to admit them. His faith, which he vehemently protects, seems as carefree as his violent episodes and hedonistic lifestyle. As a gay man myself I certainly am familiar with the latter, however in Bobby's life it seems as one turns off the other turns on. I completely respect his faith and was very impressed with the devotion to his church and to his god, however I was left scratching my head at the man who later in his story seems to take some sort of enjoyment of seriously abusing the 'white guys' on the set of a porn movie who had hurled racist abuse at himself and the 'black guys' which the director of the movie had perpetrated. Bobby Blake also continuously mentions how he didn't drink or do drugs, yet one has to wonder if his size isn't in some partiality due to steroids. There are many of these gaps which appear to be a bit too sensationalistic to be truthful.
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Superstarr65 on June 15, 2008
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My Life In Porn: The Bobby Blake Story is a entertaining and insightful tale of Bobby Blake, birth name is not revealed in autobiography, arguably one of the most popular African Americans in Gay Pornography. The book chronicles Blake childhood. He was raised mostly by foster parents because his biological mother had nervous break downs during his youth. His biological father was basically just a sperm donor. Bobby Blake also spent almost two years in Tennessee Prepatory School a state run school for displaced youth.

Bobby Blake say that he is bisexual but by his own admittance "all the serious relationships of my adult life would turn out to be with men". Blake admit to being in love with a girl during his youth but some of his comments about women, later in the book, sounds misogynistic. Also, later in the book, he define himself as gay which leads one to think at fifty Bobby Blake is still unsure of his sexual orientation. Beginning as a male dancer at mostly gay clubs, he move to Los Angeles and begin starring in gay and, on occasion, bisexual pornography. On camera, Bobby Blake is a aggressive, sometimes violent, top. Privately, Blake say he is "more broader". Bobby Blake is dark skinned, tall with a body builders physique and a simmering sexuality. Deep voice with a southern accent; there is a Mandingo quality about Blake thus he becomes a star.

Blake description of the gay porn entertainment business is informative and titillating. His services as an "Escort" was requested by married closeted movie stars, down low professional athletes and the powerful and wealthy from all over the world. He made lots of money as an "Escort".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Olomon on January 20, 2010
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I take authors seriously, and as a reader of books I expect authors to take me seriously, as well. When I invest time and money to read a book I expect the characters to either be likeable heroes- or hated/despised villains. And Blake paints a pair of portraits of the two people he is, in neither way. He's too unlikeable- impossible to admire- to be looked on as a hero... and too lacking in commitment to complete the hard work it would take to be a decent villain.

At least the man seems semi-honest... Although he tries time and again to describe his flaws and poor choices of behavior as smart and honorable... but this is likely due simply to some sort of inner bend toward serial mis-aim.

I found it alarming that he admitted to such a psychotic tendency towards mean violence. In the book he admits to being a problem employee by making forceful demands, placing his hands around a boss's neck in a strangle-hold, a predisposition toward fighting, and being so angry at a fellow-actor that he purposefully injured him internally so badly during the act, that he needed medical attention afterwards. These criminal activities would land someone in jail in the real world. What's to admire about that? And what's more- Blake tells these stories posturing as a man who completed these thug activities with some sort of honorable mission in mind.

I also found it disturbing and ironic that a black gay man could hold the personal views he does about the chubby brothers in our little subculture. Don't get me wrong- I don't think Blake is the only person who holds negative views about plus-sized folks.
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