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Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 (Hardback) [Hardcover]

Jill C. Nelson

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11 July 2013
This is the hardback version. Golden Goddesses vibrantly casts light upon twenty-five significant women involved in the erotic film industry during its Golden Era, between the years 1968-1985 when participation in adult productions was illegal. Profiling performers, directors, scriptwriters and costumers, Golden Goddesses is a palate of insights, intimacy, vulnerability and strength, as it immerses readers into the lives of these celebrated and audacious females. Featuring the author's own interviews with Marilyn Chambers, Seka, Kay Parker, Rhonda Jo Petty, Serena, Georgina Spelvin, Juliet Anderson, Candida Royalle, Sharon Mitchell, Gloria Leonard, Annie Sprinkle, Ann Perry, Jody Maxwell, Barbara Mills, Veronica Hart, Kelly Nichols, Ginger Lynn, Kitten Natividad, Amber Lynn, Laurie Holmes, Christy Canyon, Julia St. Vincent, Roberta Findlay, Nina Hartley and Raven Touchstone, Golden Goddesses also includes film highlights and more than 300 photos. These fascinating women of classic adult film are presented with depth, sensitivity, and historical scope while capturing the quintessence of a rebellious spirit from days gone by.

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I am a 52 year old wife, mother, Hearing Instrument Specialist and Canadian co-author of the first and definitive biography about the late adult film legend and pop culture icon, John Curtis Holmes. The book entitled, John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches, presented in an oral history format, was published in August 2008 by Bear Manor Media. It contains three photos sections (including rare nudes), a 21 page filmography, 114 feature film reviews and 86 loops synopses, all watched and written by its two authors.

The originator of John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches and my co-writer, 27 year old Jennifer Sugar (a recent Michigan State University graduate), conceived of "Inches" in 2004 upon learning that a biography about John Holmes did not exist. In late 2005, Sugar and I met online through our mutual interest in Holmes and his connection to the unsolved Wonderland murders, when we began to forge our unique collaboration. Interestingly, neither Sugar or I had any previous affiliation with the media, John Holmes, or with the adult entertainment community, prior to embarking upon this project, which enabled us to provide a factual and balanced approach to the book. Together, we interviewed 35 people who had known, worked with and/or loved John Holmes (and used other resource material), in order to complete an unbiased and consummate look at the turbulent life of the "biggest" male adult film star in the history of erotic cinema.

I have always enjoyed writing, yet, never imagined that at age 50, I would become a co-author of a biography detailing the life one of the most fascinating and controversial figures in contemporary Hollywood. The creative experience of co-writing a book of this nature has not only been liberating, but it has taught me sensitivity and respect for unconventional life choices. I am fortunate to have had an opportunity to collaborate with a diligent, bright and intelligent young co-writer.

John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches has received critical acclaim and is our first book. Please visit the website for our bio at:

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read! DO NOT MISS. 21 Feb 2013
By Louie Max - Published on
This book poignantly addresses what many of us lay people have always wanted to know about the Adult industry. Jill
seems to have really taken the time and great care in giving us an in depth look at these performers not only as performers but more as humans. I equate this book to the writings of some classic "behind the scenes" looks at the music industry and even writings about Genres such as Professional Wrestling. I have often wondered who they were only to at that time be able to read the Cassette or film box "liner notes." Now you can finally get to know them and understand from their perspective what path they chose, why and where they are now. Added bonus are some classic pics. Don't miss this one. NO BS here.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true labor of love! 30 Nov 2012
By Darcy Mcginn - Published on
Fascinating read. Crisp details. The true story behind these icons of the 70's that made sexual history. Jill Nelson has penned a masterpiece you will find impossible to put down!

Darcy M
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4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Interviews 28 Dec 2012
By Seth Schorr - Published on
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If you have any interest in the stories and the lives of porn stars of the past, then this is a must read.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nelson's comprehensive book of mini-biographies drawn from interviews is an interesting read 16 Jun 2013
By Norm Goldman - Published on
When Jill Nelson's Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985 was dropped off in my mail box, I have to confess that I was curious to learn more about these women who were employed in the adult film industry as actors, directors and producers during an era when it was illegal to make these films yet not illegal to watch them.

And although I am not a supporter of pornographic films and neither do I condone the proclivities of these women, I wanted to have, as Nelson states in her introduction, " a clearer understanding of the beautiful and intrepid females who favored an alternative profession in adult cinema that was cultivated at the apex of the 1960s sexual revolution." According to Nelson, these are eccentric, imperfect, yet, intelligent and ethical people anyone who ever want to meet." After all, whom am I to prejudge the behavior of these actresses?

It should be pointed out that in 1988 the erotic film industry was legalized as result of a landmark California court case involving porn film director and producer Harold Freeman. To quote the words of Nelson: "it was sheer hypocrisy to deem the craft illegal because those who condemned it also watched it."

Nelson's comprehensive book of mini-biographies drawn from interviews and other sources spans nine hundred and forty-six pages that provides her readers with a chronological history of the lives and times of twenty-five women who today range in age between forty-six and seventy-six. Unless you are familiar with the porn scene of the era that Nelson explores in her book, the following names will be meaningless such as: This Mess, Ann Perry, Barbara Mills, Georgina Spelvn, Marilyn Chambers, Roberta Findlay, Jody Maxwell, Candida Royalle, Gloria Leonard, Rhonda Jo Petty, Serena, Annie Sprinkle, Sex "Kitten" Natividad, Sharon Mitchell, Kay Parker, Juliet Anderson, Seka, Kelly Nichols, Veronic Hart, Julia St. Vincent, Laurie Holmes, Ginger Lynn, Amber Lynn, Christy Canyon, Raven Touchstone, and Nina Hartley. In addition to these women, Nelson also adds in brief summaries of fifteen other women whom she believes are worthy of honorable mentions.

It is these women who played pivotal roles in the adult film industry during its so-called golden era and either directly or indirectly they candidly share their stories with Nelson which she documents in the book. In addition, Nelson also includes one hundred and twenty-five reviews of some of the films these women acted in, as well as three hundred photos. Apparently, Nelson devoted three and half years to researching and interviewing these women.

Who exactly are these women? Are they exhibitionists? Where did they grow up and what motivated them to participate in the porn industry in one way or another? Were they abused as children? Were they bimbos and uneducated? Were they prostitutes? Were they drug addicts or alcoholics? Have they ever contacted a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Were they ever subject to degradation and abuse? Was it opportunity to escape poverty? What happened to them after they left the industry? Were they proud of what they were doing? Do they have any regrets? These are only some of the questions that Nelson explores with a great deal of compassion and an eye for detail, and frankly, you will be quite surprised at what you will discover!

Scattered throughout the book are quotes aplenty from these unusual women as for example Annie Sprinkle who claims she didn't understand why some people couldn't believe she had a good time. She further mentions that her sex work built her self-esteem as she is a creative kind of a person and being a sex worker is a very creative job when done with creativity. Veronica Hart states: "one of my goals when I got in the business was that I would be able to come out of this business and still enjoy my sexuality and making love."

There are very few books around, if any, concerning first hand oral accounts of women who played important roles in the adult entertainment industry during its golden era. Nelson, who is an engaging narrator, has painstakingly researched her subject matter and has managed to place her audience smack in the middle of some unusual female lives. To her credit is that these women were quite eager to share their experiences and set the record straight in a forthright and generous manner. The only gripe I have about this book is it is far too long and there were several instances of repetition which could have been avoided with better content editing. Perhaps, a book half its length would have been preferable.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Godesses 16 Jan 2013
By avis tannenbaum - Published on
I am a 56 year old woman and highly enjoyed the "golden Godesses" book as it was interesting, stimulating, and entertaining. My husband read when I was done and enjoyed it fully as well. I highly recommend if you are looking for a book that holds your attention all though the pages and have a hard time putting down.
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