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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. (Feb.)
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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 Tribby
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060840838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060840839
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rob Hardy HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you have been in 1,700 movies, and starred in plenty of them, and have directed some of them yourself, and your name is well known for your brand of films, you can perhaps expect not only fame, but also a level of respect from peers in Hollywood, and plenty of further bookings in Hollywood movies. Only some of those expectations have come true for Ron Jeremy, but if you believe his forthright and funny autobiography (written with Eric Spitznagel) _Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz_ (HarperEntertainment), he's not at all bitter and he is very much amused by the turns his life has taken. After all, he has been wildly successful in what he does, and he is crazy about working in movies, or publicity stunts, or book signings, or hawking tee-shirts, or partying with the well-to-do. Ron Jeremy, you see, is "the top porn star of all time" according to one trade magazine, and it is hard to argue with the designation. And Ron Jeremy has a big penis. Not the biggest in porn; that honor probably goes to the late porn star John Holmes, but Jeremy's size was remarkable enough to secure him into his profession, whereupon his other attributes (like ambition) sustained him in a career that has been far longer than others in the field. (Of his co-stars, he jokes, "I'm a dinosaur compared to them. I was making porn when most of them were still zygotes.") It's a remarkable life, and he has enjoyed it all very much (including the estimated 4,000 women with whom he has had sex for films and for fun), and while his book won't please the prudish, he has well conveyed his sense of fun and a very likeable self-effacing image.

Red-staters may be dismayed to find that Jeremy didn't have a broken childhood and wasn't forced into the business to support a drug habit.
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I would venture to guess that most (certainly many) adults have heard of Ron Jeremy. The book (sure easy to spot in the bookstore with all of the color and the provocative picture) is a relatively quick and easy read, and overall is well-written and funny. That said, Ron really doesn't reveal as much about himself as some might think or prefer...the book is almost tongue-in-cheek, with, as one can imagine, numerous anecdotes regarding the adult film business over the last 30 years. Ron is, and has been, obsessed with being a 'legitimate' actor. The book consists of 3 parts, 17 chapters total. There is an appendix of 'fun facts' (and some are rather peculiar) as well as a list of "movie roles that never made the final cut" -- I think that this gives the reader an idea where Ron is at...

Ron is obviously a very bright man, trained as a classical pianist, an accredited special education teacher, college lecturer, comedian. Yet, when reading this book it is clear that Ron is still seeking his 'holy grail' -- to be cast as a leading actor in a major Hollywood film.

After a while it started to wear thin the number of references that Ron makes to his meetings with movie stars, politicians, etc. -- there are dozens upon dozens of footnotes throughout the book! Ron provides plenty of pictures as well in this book, written with Eric Spitznagel.

It was interesting, and somewhat poignant to read as Ron discuses his relationship with his 'girlfriend' Juniper, his hopes and regrets concerning their past and ? future...I must say that I am also quite impressed that Ron has reportedly never resorted to abusing, or even using, illicit drugs, nor does he abuse alcohol. He has an excellent relationship with his parents and siblings, by all reports.
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Having been interested in the adult film business since the late 70's I was hoping for a look behind the curtain from someone who been a primary in the industry for nearly 30 years. What I found instead was Ron Jeremy explaining how he's been cut out of mainstream movies, lots of name dropping
(celebrities I have known), some personal history, and not very much about the adult film industry.
Jeremy seems to be a really nice guy who's been lead by his d**k for most of his life. His longevity in the industry is not that big a deal, men who can perform on cue last forever in porn, it's the women who get chewed up and spit out in a couple of years.
I bought the book on a cut out rack for under 4 bucks. At that price it was worth the money. Ron Jeremy, in my opinion, missed a chance to write what could have been a really interesting goo on the porn industry.
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I'm a busy guy and I read it in two days. For anybody who's interested in the porn industry of the last three decades you won't put this book down. I rank it up right up there with my favorite bands' biography (Motley Crue, The Dirt) and Jenna Jameson's book. I was fortuneate enough to host Ron for dinner at my restaurant in April 2006. My best friend who knew I was a fan of Ron's, convinced the owner's of the local nightclub he worked at to fly Ron in to host a party at the club that evening and Ron didn't disappoint. He was as hilarious and quick-witted as he is in his 1700 + films and was gracious enough at dinner to take as many pictures with my staff as time permitted. A matter of fact I personally think he's the most underrated comedic actor of our time. You may not morally agree with his career choice, but their is no denying the man's work ethic, forthright and good heart. Although he's slept with over 4,000 women on film or socially (most of them beautiful) he's also an acclaimed animal lover who currently maintains a work/travel schedule most young executives would scoff at, all the while never forgetting his roots. Through hard work and determination he's accomplished the unthinkable for a male porn star- he's penetrated the mainstream and either consulted or appeared in many big budget Hollywood films as well as the T.V. show the "Surreal Life." The latter has resulted in Ron becoming somewhat of a household name. Want a great read, grab a copy of this book. The only downfall is that 335 pages isn't enough to fully grasp how remarkable a life this guy's had. Look forward to more laughs with ya soon Ronnie!
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