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John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches The Tree Of Life Represents The Roots Of Man The Branches Are The Different Directions A Man Can Take, Live Or Exist When You Re Dead, Those That You Leave Behind Will Put You In A Part Of That Tree It Represents What Was, What Is And What Will Be It S Eternal John Holmes Most People Might, Understandably, Predict That The World S First Porn Star Was A Woman, But They Would Be Wrong John Curtis Holmes Was Just A Simple Country Boy From Ohio When He Moved To California In It Was The Infancy Of Hardcore, So In Holmes Wildest Dreams, He Could Not Have Predicted The Turbulent Ride On Which He Had Embarked By Publicizing His Private Parts With The Fame He Achieved By Playing His Most Famous Character A Gun Toting Detective Named Johnny Wadd Came Money Holmes Was Pleased To Spend It On His Wife And Mistresses, But Soon Was In Over His Head After He Became Addicted To Cocaine Unfortunately For Holmes, In The Years That Followed, His Addiction Led Him Into Several Desperate Choices Including Setting Up A Robbery At The Home Of Ed Nash, A Powerful LA Nightclub Owner The Robbery Resulted In One Of The Most Gruesome, Unsolved, Multiple Murders In Hollywood History Amazingly, Before His Untimely Death In , Holmes Regained His Momentum, Remarried And Rebuilt His Life And Career However, The Grave Consequences Of His Addiction, His Association With The Wonderland Murders, And His AIDS Related Death Made Him An Infamous Figure In Pop Culture Digging Past The Stigmas, John Holmes A Life Measured In Inches The First Biography About John C Holmes Unearths The Human Being Behind The Penis And Proves That There Was To Him Than Could Be Measured In Inches This Biography Includes Material From The Authors New Interviews With Laurie Holmes, Bill Amerson, Bob Chinn, Julia St Vincent, Detective Tom Lange, Detective Frank Tomlinson, Paul Thomas, Ron Jeremy, Seka, Marilyn Chambers, Candida Royalle, Rhonda Jo Petty, Dr Sharon Mitchell, Bill Margold, And Many Others John Holmes A Life Measured In Inches Also Includes Reviews Of John S Most Notable Feature Films, Loops Synopses, Photos Sections With Rare Nudes, And A Page Comprehensive Filmography


10 thoughts on “John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches

  1. says:

    An interesting read jam packed with info about his life and times, his affairs, his career and the crime he was involved in that some aren t aware of He was quite a sad character.


  2. says:

    Perhaps, the compendium of John Holmes The depth and volume of information is quite hefty the sources varied and balanced A warehouse of facts, opinions, accounts, reflections, and fables pieced together in an attempt to tell the tale of a troubled and complicated life Do we ever learn who the real John Holmes was Are we ever sure of the true story Probably not and, one questions if Holmes knew the answers himself What the authors have achieved in this book is a depiction of the many ro Perhaps, the compendium of John Holmes The depth and volume of information is quite hefty the sources varied and balanced A warehouse of facts, opinions, accounts, reflections, and fables pieced together in an attempt to tell the tale of a troubled and complicated life Do we ever learn who the real John Holmes was Are we ever sure of the true story Probably not and, one questions if Holmes knew the answers himself What the authors have achieved in this book is a depiction of the many roles John Holmes played out over the course of his life Hero or villain, colorful character or pathetic loser, nice guy or monster he portrayed a different persona to each person who crossed his path and we read of the John Holmes each of them knew an enigmatic life told from many perspectives.About the only complaint I would lodge with this book is the need for a professional editor s touch There are passages that could have been better organized, expanded upon, or cut down for sharper focus Several commentaries were unnecessarily repeated, as if the authors had forgotten their earlier use Additionally, while the authors generically list their source material, there wasn t an effort made to differentiate between what was compiled from first person interviews and what was rehashed from others works earlier books, articles, documentaries, etc i.e notes and an annotated bibliography should have been included


  3. says:

    John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches is the first book by authors Jennifer Sugar and Jill C Nelson and is a work of considerable scope, ambition and importance in its chosen field Indeed Sugar and Nelson have taken a subject inherently problematic the history and scholarship of the adult film and rendered it lucidly accessible to all, whether fans of adult material or not and whether male or female Interestingly in terms of the burgeoning porno scholarship literary genre, the consistent John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches is the first book by authors Jennifer Sugar and Jill C Nelson and is a work of considerable scope, ambition and importance in its chosen field Indeed Sugar and Nelson have taken a subject inherently problematic the history and scholarship of the adult film and rendered it lucidly accessible to all, whether fans of adult material or not and whether male or female Interestingly in terms of the burgeoning porno scholarship literary genre, the consistently reliable and authoritative non judgmental perspective with which Sugar and Nelson have structured this astonishing book a combination of oral history, socio cultural irony, political analogy and filmographic analysis follows on from the pioneering study of the origins of the adult movie industry in The Other Hollywood Both The Other Hollywood and John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches personalize and humanize an industry and its participants which have been traditionally treated with either repugnant disdain or objective remove to the point of absolute impersonal indifference necessary perhaps in such scholarly accounts of the porn genre as that presented by Linda Williams in the pioneering study of porn as a genre Hard Core Power and Pleasure in the Frenzy of the Visible Sugar and Nelson have researched their subject considerably and it is evident on every page John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches is the distinctive Holmes biography, sorting through Holmes tendency to fabricate the truth in his own accounts of his life with actual biographical fact and first hand accounts of the man and his life presented uncut in the actual words of those who knew and interacted with him from Sharon Holmes the wife he kept secret to his adult industry business partners to Bob Chinn the Chinese American UCLA graduate turned pornographer who in tandem with Holmes would birth West Coast US porn in the Johnny Wadd series of films, meticulously described in the comprehensive filmography which closes this remarkable book In so doing Nelson and Sugar create a biographical portrait which functions simultaneously as 1 a deconstruction of the myths surrounding both Holmes and the adult industry in general 2 a historical chronicle of the evolution of West Coast adult film as it centred on Holmes and the Johnny Wadd films 3 a biography which restores humanity to a man often stripped of such and condemned because of his lifestyle choices 4 a socio sexual portrait of American culture and morality in the wake of the sexual revolution and its impact on American standards of decency, obscenity and moral propriety and 5 a pro sex feminist critique which examines a traditionally male oriented genre with due attention to women s responses to, judgements of, pleasure in and personal gain from viewing adult film on this note Nelson and Sugar echo such as Wendy McElroy s XXX A Woman s Right to Pornography and Angela Cohen Sarah Gardner Fox s The Wise Woman s Guide to Erotic Videos By doing that, Holmes tale here emerges as quintessentially American although an idol for men, his influence on women s responses to male sexuality as denoted by pornography as a genre also informs this work especially the concluding filmography where Sugar and Nelson allow a hint of personal response to beautifully counterweight the preceding objectivity Yet Sugar and Nelson take a considerable risk in structuring the book in this manner as oral history it risks diffusing an objective account offered by the traditional reliable authoritative voice of Academic non fiction and historical study The risk pays off Nelson and Sugar arrange their book chronologically in the manner of a traditional biography but with unedited interview extracts punctuating the factual account to give a portrayal of both Holmes the man himself, his developing legend and the way in which he was seen, considered and judged by those who knew him best This demythologizing journey through the life of porndom s most famous male star with apologies to Ron the Hedgehog Jeremy it is Holmes who will be forever known as the King begins with Holmes troubled childhood he was neglected and brutalized Here, authors Nelson and Sugar devote just enough time and targeted interview extracts to suggest the psychological pressures including the need for attention which would shape the adult Holmes dealings with and attitude to women However, the authors do not attempt a full psycho analytical portrait of Holmes their intent is fact based oral history and they present both the necessary information and a variety of first hand accounts to enable the reader to assess the behavioural factors that shaped the humanity of porn s biggest literally in terms of penis size how big was it icon.Holmes early relationships, friendships and business contracts soon segue into an account of his life with wife Sharon Holmes a frequent contributor to the extracted interview material and his developing working relationship with Bob Chinn Indeed, Nelson Sugar have here done the astonishing and even taboo thing interviewing a pornographer and rendering his perspective with both the authority and intelligence it deserves What emerges is a fully detailed account of the birth of the porn industry, the methods, distribution and business structure of the industry and Holmes relationship to it Importantly, this exploration of the industry that he helped popularize and establish is balanced with the continuing and evolving biographical account of Holmes as a person Thus, the book frankly describes his relationships with his co workers, with his wife whom he tried to keep as separate from his work as possible and his relationships with younger women from Dawn Schiller through to Laurie Holmes in the latter stages of his life Contributions from such adult industry veterans as Candida Royalle, Bill Margold, reporter Jim Holliday and Paul Thomas coalesce for a distinctive picture of the man, fully representative of the adult industry that grew up around him As such, John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches is both a biography and a valid social document exploring an epoch which has never gotten its full attention due to the hypocritical moral quagmire that still surrounds any objective account of the adult film industry and the people who live it Continuing through his porno movie career Nelson and Sugar next chronicle Holmes increasing drug use and the toll physical and emotional that it took on him The authors make no attempt to glamorize this drug use but nor do they condemn it on either legal or moral grounds Indeed, as a work shorn of moralistic judgment, John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches is exemplary, transgressive even But the reality of drug use in the 1970s is covered and the disastrous effect on Holmes personality turning a gentle lover into a violent pimp is commented upon by most importantly the women in his life directly affected by his behaviour Yet, in this too Holmes emerges as something of an enigma as a Godfather to his friend Bill Amerson s children Holmes was incredibly protective and as devoted as if he were their father yet was quite prepared to pimp out his girlfriend when the need for drugs arose This humanist moral relativism distinguishes Holmes life making it impossible to judge him in terms of moral absolutism his life and the industry he helped establish remain unaccountable to absolutist good or bad judgement There is no good and evil here, just humanity which is not to say that Holmes was not spiritual as one astonishing revelation contained in the book explores, Holmes indeed developed a special relationship with a Christian police officer with whom Holmes jointly prayed and refused to let be cross examined by his defense attorney when he was on trial for murder conspiracy.Holmes infamous association with the Wonderland murders dramatized in the Hollywood film Wonderland starring Val Kilmer as Holmes is subsequently chronicled, with confessions from adult industry personnel, surviving participants and investigating police officers juxtaposed in reference to actual court transcripts for a comprehensive account of both the available facts and the many suppositions put forward in the case Foremost amongst these suppositions is speculation as to whether Holmes himself actually physically participated in the murders by bludgeoning under duress Rod Launius Importantly, the book here acknowledges the polarized view of those in the police department split between those convinced of his involvement in homicide and those who believe he merely led the killers to the murder scene under duress and for fear of his life a legal distinction the bureaucratic inconsistency of which would eventually see Holmes in contempt of court for refusing to testify and those in the adult industry who unanimously consider him incapable of murder, though the testimony of wife Sharon Holmes is of particular interest in sorting through this particular conundrum Sugar and Nelson balance all testimony excellently for a well rounded account of the case, acknowledging the scenes of pure speculation that infected Hollywood s take on the story in Wonderland wherein Holmes is shown as a participant in the murder of Launius, however forced to do so Rounding out the book s chronological development are Holmes fugitive from justice period and his re entry so to speak into the adult industry, through to the facts surrounding his death from AIDS after knowingly having sex on film when HIV positive and risking infecting his partners who included Italian porn star later turned politician Cicciolina Speculation abounds as to where and when Holmes contracted the fatal disease linked to his one appearance in a gay film but Nelson and Sugar balance this with a clever look at how the adult industry in general responded to the AIDS crisis thanks in no small part to Sharon Mitchell as much as an account of the disease s toll on Holmes Significantly, the book does not shy away from the debate surrounding Holmes decision to continue working revealed in the book even at the risk of infecting his on screen sexual partners To many, this point alone is enough to demonize and dismiss Holmes forever as a mere immoral lowlife however, Sugar and Nelson clearly explain Holmes reasoning and, again without judgment, explain and account for the situation again through expertly juxtaposed interview testimony so as to if not excuse Holmes actions then at least explain them within the biographical account of his life.A distinctive and essentially demythologizing and humanistic portrayal of Holmes emerges in the account of his actions and the account of him constructed throughout the cumulative oral history in John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches In that, Nelson and Sugar sort through the populist ouvre surrounding Holmes as a result of the hit film Boogie Nights in which Mark Wahlberg plays a porn star modelled on Holmes and Burt Reynolds a director modelled on Chinn to present the first comprehensive account of a male porn star s career, the legal and moral ambiguities that surrounded and threatened to overwhelm it and chronicle the cinematic legacy left by him as both erotic entertainment and essential cultural artefact Holmes remains to many people an enigma, an immoral cipher who epitomizes the sleaziness of the porn industry His drug use, his underworld connections, his boast to have slept with over 10,000 women the actual figure being discussed in the book and his foot long genital endowment have made him the envy of many men since the sexual revolution and the epitome of moral outrage to Christian hypocrites Still, it remains the size of his penis which for many is his one and only claim to fame that is the iconographic influence of Holmes as a screen icon, a man who used his natural endowment to prosper in the one industry that recognized such talent as a visual spectacle and delighted in revealing, codifying and playing with it Indeed such was Holmes fame and admitted novelty that many women and some men would pay to have sex with him or urge his producers to be cast opposite him simply to fulfil a private fantasy of having sex with him The accounts of such women before and behind the camera inform the perspective on Holmes emerging through this remarkable book This attention to both male and female perspectives on Holmes cuts through the mystique of male envy and vicarious empathy to examine Holmes as a sexual icon for women indeed, it is revealed that even female members of the jury at his trial s knew and admired his work Considering Holmes as a sex symbol for women also goes a long way towards the demystification of pornography Perhaps most surprisingly concerning the continued arguments against pornography as the sinful victimization of women arguments primarily advanced by such incompetent intellectuals as Robert Jenson in the un scholarly opinionated drivel of Getting Off is the revelation that Holmes, aware of his enormous size, was a very tender and gentle lover and screen sex partner, with many of the women he worked with expressing to the producers a wish to work with him again though Holmes preferred to work with a new co star every time, making a few exceptions.Authors Nelson and Sugar contrast the humanist demeanour of the gentle sex icon Holmes with the tendency towards violence and exploitation that emerged in the throes of the heavy drug addiction that resulted in his pimping of his girlfriend to drug czar, criminal and nightclub owner Eddie Nash memorably enacted on screen by Eric Bogosian in Wonderland and his hotly debated role in the resultant Wonderland murders The toll of drug abuse is clear in the Holmes story once Holmes was free of the Wonderland debacle, he swore off drugs and returned to the sweet, gentle man he was, distinguished by an ability to converse with engaging authority on almost any subject, although with a fanciful liar s tendency to exaggerate his knowledge just as he would exaggerate his personal life often confusing as Bob Chinn recalls his role as Johnny Wadd with his own lived experience For those who are aware of Holmes either through reputation, viewing of his filmography or outrage over the Wonderland debacle John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches puts many rumours to rest and presents a rounded, well researched account of the human being behind the screen icon In this what authors Nelson Sugar have done is nothing short of remarkable.Nelson and Sugar are the first biographers oral historians to compile a work shorn of the either Patriarchal Christian or radical feminist morality which automatically discredits any and all adult film as pornography In stripping away any accountability to the imposed morality of those who demonize pornography and its participants what emerges is, as the book slowly segues from the vice squad anti porn activities to the Wonderland investigation, a simultaneous exploration of the moral hypocrisy of those American authorities who have traditionally demonized pornography and sought to have it deemed illegal and suppressed as a form of either fantasy or generic discourse, both of which it inherently is The ramifications of the investigation into Holmes possible involvement in murder or conspiracy to commit murder reveal a cross section of legal implications ranging from sloppy investigation to in the decision to hold Holmes in contempt of court when he refused to testify for fear of his life against Eddie Nash for involvement in the Wonderland murders the outright violation of both the US constitution and essential human rights guaranteed by the UN to which the US Constitution is accountable In this, John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches carries the broader frame of moral hypocrisy towards the suppression of the adult industry so well documented in The Other Hollywood and re locates it from the macrocosm of the porn genre in total to the microcosm by focusing specifically on Holmes.As mentioned at the outset, John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches is the debut work for authors Sugar and Nelson It is a responsible balance of objective historical scholarship, biography and oral history which not only demystifies the adult industry and the legend surrounding Holmes but raises ethical and moral questions regarding American culture s legal and moral treatment of pornography as a genre Although Nelson and Sugar keep their own voices and insight constrained to historical and journalistic accountability, they speak with an authority that should bode them well for subsequent books should they continue to explore adult industry related material In that, the filmography that rounds out this book feature films, loops, compilations is astonishing for the research involved, the detail and most interestingly a film by film account of Holmes career from the perspective of two talented, intelligent women able to see through the smoke of anti porn feminism to acknowledge the genre s appeal for both men and women The filmography alone, with synopsis, critical comment and credits, is enough to make John Holmes a Life Measured in Inches the definitive Holmes biography and encyclopaedic Holmes reference book The back cover to the book boasts a review from critic Dick Freeman who describes the book as undoubtedly the best porn bio ever written, and will set standards This is one case where the book well and truly does live up to the hype outstanding by any measure of the term


  4. says:

    This would make a great gift for the Holmes freak in your life especially if that freak is you The incredible filmography and descriptions of select films loops are reasons enough to shell out for the book The authors make use of copious source materials all of the DVD documentaries released to date, the Porn King autobiography, Exhausted, the Rolling Stone piece, hundreds of John s surviving films, etc and supplement their reconstruction of and conclusions about the King s life with i This would make a great gift for the Holmes freak in your life especially if that freak is you The incredible filmography and descriptions of select films loops are reasons enough to shell out for the book The authors make use of copious source materials all of the DVD documentaries released to date, the Porn King autobiography, Exhausted, the Rolling Stone piece, hundreds of John s surviving films, etc and supplement their reconstruction of and conclusions about the King s life with interviews new and previously published of people who actually knew him There are lots of facts herein that were new to me and I ve researched John s life pretty extensively over the past two decades we re from the same hometown The recollections of the Amerson family were especially poignant.Though the authors attempt to be as objective and unbiased as possible, it s obvious that they are fans of the Wadd, so they attack the project with a passionate adoration.Quite an achievement


  5. says:

    The definitive biography, an oral pun intended history of the life and death of John Holmes This goes in depth into every aspect of his life including his childhood and the infamous Wonderland murders It looks at Holmes not just as a porn star but how he shaped the industry with his life and death, and also as a legend.


  6. says:

    worth a readAs difficult to believe as it is to put down not usually a compliment I would pay to a non fiction book, but I m willing to make an exception for a book this captivating and bombastic Totally worth your time if you re interested in the subject matter in the slightest.


  7. says:

    Good book.Good book, if your interested in this kind of thing L last part was not as interesting, but was good to know I guess.


  8. says:

    Really good but long cue, that s what she he said joke


  9. says:

    Surprisingly complex An interesting bio about addiction, family, sex and America, especially L.A.


  10. says:

    John Holmes was an Ohio country boy who had a huge penis and an abusive dad He moved to California and married this real sourpuss nurse woman and the two of them collected knick knacks until some guy saw John s pipe while he was peeing at a restaurant or something So then John started making porno loops behind his wife s back Then she found out but they stayed married and he became the king of porn They had a weird relationship Then one day a 15 year old girl moves into his apartment comple John Holmes was an Ohio country boy who had a huge penis and an abusive dad He moved to California and married this real sourpuss nurse woman and the two of them collected knick knacks until some guy saw John s pipe while he was peeing at a restaurant or something So then John started making porno loops behind his wife s back Then she found out but they stayed married and he became the king of porn They had a weird relationship Then one day a 15 year old girl moves into his apartment complex and they start dating His wife is sort of ok with it until he also gets super into freebasing coke John also steals a bunch of stuff and pisses off a lot of his porn friends So, he makes new friends and they happen to be a bunch of junky thieves Eventually Holmes owes them money for freebasing a bunch of their coke To remedy this, he arranges an opportunity for the junky thieves to rob a guy named Eddie Nash Eddie Nash is a Palestinian drug dealer and night club owner to whom Holmes has pimped out his youngster girlfriend a couple times for coke money The junky thieves rob Nash who then figures John Holmes has something to do with it He has his goons beat the shit out of him and then, though it was never 100% proven in court, he had his goons bring Holmes over to the junky thief house and help murder them all by bursting their heads open with lead pipes Four people end up graphically dead John Holmes ends up going to jail for a bit because he doesn t want to spill the beans about Eddie Nash and his goons being drug murderers His teenage girlfriend runs away because he keeps kicking her ass and pimping her out But not to fear, after he gets out of jail he meets a new teenage girlfriend and starts making pornos again Life s pretty sweet until he gets diagnosed with AIDS We never really find out where he got it from but there s speculation it was from the time he made a gay porno and had sex with this guy named Joey Yale who later died from the disease No big deal though because Big John gets and offer to make some pornos in Italy so he does what s logical and doesn t tell anybody and makes the pornos anyway Luckily nobody in Italy gets AIDS from him and neither does his girlfriend so they get married of course Then John Holmes dies from AIDS.In the end, everybody remembers him for his big, big heart It s a fucked up story And the book is written as an oral history so that makes is kind of cool to read On person is like John Holmes was the sweetest smartest man that ever was Then the next one is like John Holmes was a lying cokehead thieving AIDS skeleton So that makes it kinda fun It s acomplex story than you get from Wonderland or his own very shitty autobiography, Porn King but probably all I need to read on the subject


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