From Publishers Weekly
With more than 1,750 porn films under his belt (and director of more than 135), Jeremy is still cranking them out two decades after most adult film performers have retired. His memoir (co-written by humorist Spitznagel, author of Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter
) details a life of relentless self-promotion that often borders on the excessive (who else would call himself "the biggest porn star on the planet" and attach an appendix of the mainstream projects he was almost cast in or was cut out of the final product?). Fans won't find much introspection, and the incessant celebrity name-dropping is daunting, but the book is like Jeremy: self-effacing, affably vulgar, eager-to-please and constantly on the run. The anecdotes fly by: trying to direct a performance out of John Wayne Bobbitt's reattached organ in Uncut
; having sex with an 87-year-old co-star; battling the LAPD on pandering charges; offering instructions on autofellatio; and hanging with Sam Kinison and Rodney Dangerfield. "I've given confidence to millions of men across the world," Jeremy boasts. "They look at themselves in the mirror and think, Y'know, compared to Ron Jeremy, I'm not that bad looking at all. At least that's what I tell myself whenever I go back to the buffet for seconds." Photos not seen by PW
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That a male porn star is now the subject of a feature-length documentary and a book published by a mainstream publisher may strike some as outrageous, but not those familiar with Jeremy's body--of work, that is. Ron Jeremy Hyatt started in porn in the late 1970s and has made 1,750 porn films (for 2, he shaved his moustache; for 1,500, his back). The VCR's market penetration of American households helped create a hefty demand for explicit videotapes, birthing an industry and assuring Jeremy's development as one of the genre's most recognizable, uh, faces. Like fellow porn god John C. Holmes, Jeremy's equipage is momentous, and he possesses a sense of humor that frequently enlivens his act (as did Holmes). Unlike Holmes, Jeremy isn't drug-addicted and has lived to tell his tale, which necessarily includes frontal nudity but is rather a primary source on the mainstreaming of pornography in the U.S. As such, it is well worth the hassles of offended-patron complaints and protecting the innocent that it will entail. Mike TribbyCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved