My Undoing: Love in the Thick of Sex, Drugs, Prostitution and Pornography

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For the first time, porn legend Aiden Shaw takes fans behind-the-scenes to the gay adult film world that made him a star. My Undoing ventures from locales such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and London, to the sets of premiere studios like Falcon, Catalina, and Studio 200. Yet, this is not the typical adult film memoir, where stars drop names and titillate readers with explicit moments. Although My Undoing shares in unsparing detail all the hot stories about the sex and drugs that fueled Aiden's life, ...

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Overview

For the first time, porn legend Aiden Shaw takes fans behind-the-scenes to the gay adult film world that made him a star. My Undoing ventures from locales such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and London, to the sets of premiere studios like Falcon, Catalina, and Studio 200. Yet, this is not the typical adult film memoir, where stars drop names and titillate readers with explicit moments. Although My Undoing shares in unsparing detail all the hot stories about the sex and drugs that fueled Aiden's life, it more profoundly follows him through a course of rocky and unfulfilling relationships. As Aiden eloquently and often humorously points out, the romantic life of an adult film superstar is sometimes lonely and lacking in love. But not love only in the form of a relationship, rather also love from within himself. The book is equally moving for his revelations about his Irish Catholic family, his Positive HIV status in the sex industry, and his recovery from a near fatal car accident that left him temporarily paralyzed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786717439
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 305
  • Sales rank: 795,736
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aiden Shaw has been a photographer and a director of pop promos, a model and an actor. He has an international reputation as a star of American-made hardcore films and is probably Britain's best known male sex star. His first novel, Brutal, published in 1996 and reprinted several times as well as translated into German and French, received wide attention in British and U.S. gay media. (“In a series of short, well-constructed, and simply written chapters the author displays quite a talent for pointed insight into the ways we communicate with friends, family, and self,” praised Lambda Book Report; Gay Scotland noted: “Aiden Shaw has until now been saluted as Britain’s first hardcore porn film star. With Brutal he demonstrates his ability to write a powerful story. He has not so much stripped bare as stripped to the soul.”) His second novel, Boundaries, appeared in 1999; his third, Wasted, in 2001. He is also the author of a 1997 volume of poetry, If Language At the Same Time Shapes and Distorts Our Ideas and Emotions, How Do We Communicate Love? which Mandate praised as “a gutsy accomplishment” and about which Time Out observed “Aiden Shaw finally proves the pen is mightier than the penis.”
Founder of the alternative rock band Whatever, Shaw is currently producing an album of his songs sung by Nina Silvert, with individual tracks being remixed by such diverse individuals as Todd Oldman, Chrissie Hynde, Joseph Holtzman (publisher/editor-in-chief of Nest), and Boy George.
His Web site is aidenshaw.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    He can do better

    No doubt, Mr. Shaw is one of the last legendary gay porn stars, although I'm not much interested in his video performances. But prefer his novels, poetry, and some of his music. I must admit that this new book is not my favourite. He can do better than this. It is said to be his autobiographical story, but in fact, only about several years of his career. He honestly writes about drugs, porn industry, club, accident and his unrequited love. It was refreshing that unlike some insider stories, he did not go deep into gossip materials. Something I found interesting was that although (from his novels) it is clear that he knows how to write fiction, he did not try to write fictitious stories to satisfy readers excitement, but just told as it was. I hoped he'd write more about how he survived after the fatal accident, and more about his family. When he dose, it is probably the most interesting and touching parts of his book. Maybe this is because he is well aware of his readership. I hope this changes him, so he can write about things that aren't necessarily related to sex and drugs. I have read some of his short stories in the magazines. They were so well written. I wish he would publish his short stories and unpublished poetry (they were once in his web-site).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2008

    Just awesome !!!

    I'm very into Biographies and this one is one of the best. It heatbreaking, very real, raw. It's rare to see a Author (and having the background that he has) writing with so much sensitivity. I love it ... Reading for the Third time now ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    A great read, exciting and moving

    Aiden Shaw can write! My Undoing is full of surprises and unexpected insights and tenderness as well as action. It's unputdownable, I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2008

    A reviewer

    I bought the book and i loved it i didn't know that while being in so many movies that he became HIV positive and this opened my eyes not olny as a gay young man but i have done a lot of reaserch on AIDS and HIV it's scary

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2008

    THIS GUY KNOWS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT

    This book feels like it is written from the heart of somebody who's been there, done it, and lived to tell the tale. And it's told in a way that makes it really readable. I like a book to pull me in and take over me. This is what My Undoing did. While a lot of his life is quite out there, somehow I could relate to the way he responded and felt. I found it intimate, sexy, and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    This book will satisfy any reader's need to get to know a guy involved in porn, with the sex drive to prove it but the creative mind to expres himself through music. His challenges and troubles he faces in this autobiography truly delivers a meal that any book worm will enjoy. With erotica, drama, drug abuse, regret and longing for that special someone, Shaw provides the life of an ordinary guy dealing with life at it's worst.

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