John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches

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"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...

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Overview

"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 1964. 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 L.A. nightclub owner. The robbery resulted in one of the most gruesome, unsolved, multiple-murders in Hollywood history. Amazingly, before his untimely death in 1988, 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 more 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 114 reviews of John's most notable feature films, 86 loops synopses, 3 photos sections with rare nudes, and a 21 page comprehensive filmography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593933029
  • Publisher: BearManor Media
  • Publication date: 8/8/2008
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 787,785
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    Interesting Read

    I really enjoyed this book and I'm so glad I had a chance to read it. It was put together pretty good. I got to learn a little about the man behind the legend. I liked hearing from other porn actors who worked with John, some I've seen in action, some not, but the highlight was hearing from John's ex-wife, Sharon. She's still a mystery to me. The filmography at the end of the book was a great idea and is very helpful. The pictures were nice too and there were plenty of them. I'd definitely read more by these authors in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    GREAT Bio!

    Well, I finished reading 'Inches' yesterday and want to say that this is a VERY good, in depth,well researched biography of John Holmes from being a young boy in Pataskala to his death from AIDS . The amount of detail in the stories told by various people who knew him over the course of his life was great with a lot more additional information on Holmes in front of the camera and also his private life than any of the various documentaries on his life that I have seen over the past few years. My main thrust of interest about Holmes since I was a young 18 year old in Southern California when the WONDERLAND killings happened in 1981 has been this crime and also the double life that Holmes had led in the years previous to this. I have read just about everything pertaining to this, and seen every documentary made, but there were many things in 'Inches' that have never been included in previous projects on his life....MANY things. One of the things that really does stand out in the book in my own opinion are the stories that Sean Amerson told. This guy really loved John a lot growing up and I think that while everyone missed him when he passed,Sean may have been the one who missed him most of all. Great book Jennifer and Jill! If this could have been any better, I don't know how.

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