Raw Talent: The Adult Film Industry as Seen by Its Most Popular Male Star

Raw Talent The Adult Film Industry as Seen by Its Most Popular Male Star The first publication of Raw Talent created an extraordinary flurry of publicity Jerry Butler appeared on dozens of talk shows capturing audiences with his intensity and charm Reviews of the book lau

  • Title: Raw Talent: The Adult Film Industry as Seen by Its Most Popular Male Star
  • Author: Jerry Butler
  • ISBN: 9780879756253
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first publication of Raw Talent created an extraordinary flurry of publicity Jerry Butler appeared on dozens of talk shows, capturing audiences with his intensity and charm Reviews of the book lauded Butler s honesty and remarked on the double standard that permits explicit violence on film but not explicit sex The book sold out four printings nonetheless, reactiThe first publication of Raw Talent created an extraordinary flurry of publicity Jerry Butler appeared on dozens of talk shows, capturing audiences with his intensity and charm Reviews of the book lauded Butler s honesty and remarked on the double standard that permits explicit violence on film but not explicit sex The book sold out four printings nonetheless, reactions within the adult film industry included heated debate and an unofficial blacklisting of Butler.The former star of X rated films and winner of many awards, Jerry Butler wrote the book that many warned would finish him in the business that had rewarded him with money and fame But it is characteristic of Butler that these warnings didn t prevent him from producing this devastatingly honest appraisal of the adult film trade and of himself For while Butler is frankly critical of an industry that treats actors and actresses like throw away props, and allows unprotected sex in the age of AIDS, he reserves his most candid commentary for himself Raw Talent tells the story of Butler s erotic voyage from average child to sex star The epilogue added to this new edition answers the question Where will Jerry go from here

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    1. 1980’s porn and pornstars make for interesting subject matter, so the book gets points automatically for that. Let’s face it, there aren’t a lot of old school porn star biographies out there. This book is rarely sexy: Butler talks frequently about Drugs in the industry, Aids, and porn starlet hygiene (or lack thereof). He seems to be very open and honest, but really comes off as an obnoxious jerkwad. Much like fellow 80’s star Ron Jeremy, Butler’s sense of humor is on the rough and gro [...]

    2. This is the DOSTOYEVSKY of porno culture literature. A masterwork! As shloch, sleazy, shit, entertaining, sad, emotional, and TOTALLY MENTAL as you would expect from a porno actor.Take no substitutes!

    3. I had wanted to read this book for years but now that I have I come away from it feeling grim and depressed.I was saddened by how Jerry was so overtly sexualized from age three.He never mention any kind of sexual abuse as a child but I believe that it either must have been a case of that or some sort of hormone imbalance because thats distinctly abnormal.Jerry also paints an incredibly sleazy, distressing picture of almost the entire porn industry.I always knew it could never match up to the glo [...]

    4. This is an "as told to" biography of late 70's/80*s porn star Jerry Butler. I think this was put out in the late 80's and by that time Butler was more or less washed up as a porn star. He gets started in this by telling us his real name isn't Jerry Butler, it's Paul Seiderman. Also the very Aryan looking Butler is a Jew whose Grandfathers half Brother was Leon Trotsky. He then talks about his childhood which mainly consisted of youth league hockey and dry humping inanimate objects. His adult lif [...]

    5. Okay, so I was a student in Ames at ISU and would regularly go to the public library. And when I went back for a visit in 2001, I did what I usually did before the internet, checked the reference sections, the biography sections, and the entertainment sections to see what was new. This was in the biography section. Intrigued I sat down and read it. He was married to Wednesday Addams portrayer Lisa Loring. Had been on Geraldo a lot. Seemed like a trainwreck. Figured it would be an interesting rea [...]

    6. 3.5/5This is one of those books that have always heard about, so it was nice to finally read it. It caused a huge controversy when it was released, which seemed strange to me since what could be said about the porn industry that could be so shocking? Ends up that this is one of the most bat-shit bonkers autobiography's you will read. He sets up the book talking about his life pre-porn, and how he got into the industry. Then, in what has to be one of the most epic lapses of good judgement ever la [...]

    7. As far as porn bios/memoirs go, Raw Talent was one of the first to avoid the agenda driven pro or anti party lines and simply recount one individual's experiences. Mr. Butler pulls no punches and remains brutally frank in his depiction of industry, personalities, and self. His full disclosure goes in to such sordid detail as to move well beyond tell-all and in to the realm of "too much information". While enlightening and entertaining, there stands a bizarre prose and use of nonsensical analogie [...]

    8. This is a pretty run-of-the-mill kiss and tell, but the tone is incredibly self-deprecating. This guy was well aware of both his talents and his considerable flaws, and he is honest about his experiences and his thoughts on other "performers." I learned how porn stars deal with yeast infections.

    9. Pretty decent read, if for nothing other than the "tell all" section where he spills the beans about various actresses. Gets a little hokey here and there, but the humor offsets it, I think. Worth a look.

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