HOLLYWOOD—Author Jill Nelson has scheduled two book signings for her new oral history of the '70s Golden Age of adult movies, Golden Goddesses. The massive 950-page volume profiles 25 actresses who were active in adult film between 1968 and 1985, when film began to be replaced by videotape as the medium of choice for adult production.
"My intention is to escort readers toward 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," Nelson said. "To suggest that their chosen path has been comfortable or without debris would be false, for as each unfolding story will reveal, experiences for a female employed in the adult entertainment industry during the generation when it was illegal to participate in the production of sex films, were anything but ordinary."
Nelson previously co-authored a biography of adult film superstar John C. Holmes, A Life Measured in Inches.
The official book launch party will take place Thursday, November 29 at Hustler Hollywood in West Hollywood, the flagship store of the Hustler Hollywood chain and a fixture on the Sunset Strip for more than 10 years. The signing will include a reading of excerpts from the book, and a Q and A session involving Nelson and '70s Golden Age performers Kay Parker, Veronica Hart, Serena, Rhonda Jo Petty, Amber Lynn, Ginger Lynn, Georgina Spelvin, Annie Sprinkle, Kitten Natividad, Kelly Nichols, Sharon Mitchell, Christy Canyon, Nina Hartley, Laurie Holmes, Julia St. Vincent, Raven Touchstone and Carly Mills, daughter of the late softcore actress, Barbara Mills. Hustler Hollywood is located at 8920 Sunset Blvd. West Hollywood. Beverages and cake (by Cake and Art) will be served. The signing will begin at 7:30 pm and space available is limited, so attendees are requested to RSVP at 323-651-5400 ext. 7687 or by email here to reserve a place.
The second signing will take place Friday, November 30 at Larry Edmunds Bookshop in the heart of Hollywood. Larry Edmunds Bookshop has been a source for memorabilia and books about show business for more than 70 years. There will be readings, a slide show, and a discussion of the '70s Golden Age with guests Kay Parker, Serena, Rhonda Jo Petty, Annie Sprinkle, Georgina Spelvin, Nina Hartley, Kitten Natividad, Veronica Hart, Laurie Holmes, Raven Touchstone and Julia St. Vincent. Larry Edmunds Bookshop is located at 6644 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The signing will begin at 7:30 pm. Seating will be limited, but attendance can be guaranteed with advance purchase of Golden Goddesses while space is available. Call Larry Edmunds Bookshop for details at 323-463-3273.
"I'm looking forward to this," Nelson said. "It's been a while since I've seen some of these women and it's great that our collaboration is available for people to read. I hope that the fans like it as much as I liked putting it together."
For those who cannot make the book signings, Golden Goddesses is available at online bookstores worldwide. It is published by Bear Manor Media and the ISBN is 978-159393298-5.
For more information, contact Jill Nelson here.