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  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (September 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087975625X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879756253
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is somewhat self serving, but it is a step above other porn star biographies (such as Porn King by John C Holmes, or Inside Linda Lovelace, by Linda Lovelace.)
It chronicles the career of a porn star after the advent of video in the adult film industry.
Paul/Jerry talks about his fears while working in the industry, the stigma attached to the industry, and his constant search to find love.
It gives a unique view from inside the industry, but a lot of the "intimate" details he gives about specific stars in the industry seem like they could have been ommitted, because they are very opinionated and biased.
I would recommend this book, but if anyone really is interested in learning more about the adult film industry, I would also suggest "the X factory," "Sinema," as well as the films, "the Girl Next Door," "Wadd," "Sex, the Annabel Chong Story" and "Porn Star" (each of which gives a perspecitve on a different era of the adult entertainment industry.)
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on July 21, 2003
Format: Paperback
Jerry Butler's autobiography quotes him:"This is what I'd tell young people about porno: how you can die,or commit suicide,or become a drug addict,or how you can become even more lonely and insecure than you already are". This immature troubled young man couldn't make it as a hockey player due to his temper so tried his good looks in Hollywood to find that he was only good enough for X-rated sex movies. He became addicted to drugs. He was already highly sexual so sex was no problem until he ran into women he didn't like,gay men who annoyed him,etc. This book has a few typos & a lot left out- like what happened to him after 1990 ? It also has more than it's share of lies including certain facts regarding the size of his penis,how many films he made with Shauna Grant,how much drug intake he had,etc. He made no secret of how unhappy he is with the fact that women are more highly paid. He also made no secret of how much he couldn't hold on to a woman due to his emotional problems. His confused rambling didn't seem anything more than a sad story of a man who wrote a book to make money and commit career suicide at the same time. Jerry Butler wants to be a porn actor yet he despises all the ugliness that comes with it so he wrote a book that lets the world know the flaws of many female costars then cheated on his wife then published the book. Thirteen years later in 2003, we are left to wonder WHAT HAPPENED TO JERRY BUTLER ? Somehow we still want to know because he is intelligent & caring enough to realize just how messed up he is emotionally for doing porn. He agrees with Traci Lords & other porn stars= it is better to watch porn than to perform in it & take all the risks.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jana on February 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think this is a great book and I couldn't put it down. I would have given it five stars however, there were too many typo's that should have been corrected considering that there were two co-authors. The update at the end left me a little disapointed since after all the soul searching I kind of hoped that Jerry and Lisa would "live happily ever after". However, in the update he does not mention Lisa Loring. So I had no idea what happened to them. I learned on the Internet that they got divorced and that Jerry is now re-married and is a bus driver in New York. I would really love to know any news about Jerry. If anyone knows anything can you please send me an email at jana_91@hotmail.com
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By O Wisejuan on February 27, 2002
Format: Paperback
Raw Talent is a nice juicy read BUT given the way Butler/Seiderman slammed a lot of his co-workers in the adult industry, I am not surprised that he is indeed now driving a city bus in Brooklyn!!!
While his occasional arrogance and tell-all tales are amusing, entertaining; one can also read between the lines and sense a man fast approaching a pre-midlife crisis with a sense of uncertainty as to what the next phase of his life should be post-adult filmdom.
I do, however, admire the honesty of one in a profession that so many folks openly slam...yet devour in private!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By RICHARD KOMANIECKI on June 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I just finshed reading this book and while there is a fair amount of dirt on the porn industry, I thought there would be more. There is some good stuff in here (one part in which he descibes going down on a certain female porn star who isn't too clean made me so sick I had to put the book down for a moment). I felt that he was a lot harder on the women (no pun intended) than on his male counterparts. Also, there are a few things that
seem absolutely absurd (for instance, he was masturbating since the age of three?!!!). Still, a decent behind-the-scenes look
of the porn industry.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cwn_Annwn on March 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is an "as told to" biography of late 70's/80*s porn star Jerry Butler. I think this was put out in the late 80's and by that time Butler was more or less washed up as a porn star. He gets started in this by telling us his real name isn't Jerry Butler, it's Paul Seiderman. Also the very Aryan looking Butler is a Jew whose Grandfathers half Brother was Leon Trotsky. He then talks about his childhood which mainly consisted of youth league hockey and dry humping inanimate objects.

His adult life begins with him trying to make it as an actor and being sexually harrassed by homosexuals who had the power to get him parts. He soon thereafter moves into doing porn. He really critiques the female porn stars he worked with in a nasty way and he names names. A few examples are he says performing oral sex on one was like cleaning out a dirty birdcage with your tongue, another smells like a fishtail, one looks like Bozo the Clown, etc. There were few he didn't have something bad to say about. I think this book was Butlers way of giving the middle finger to everybody he had issues with in the porn industry. Overall this isn't that entertaining or interesting a book and Butler comes off as a shallow bitter person to me.
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