John Holmes Book Debuts Friday

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — "John Holmes: A Life Measured in Inches," the first full-length biography of the legendary porn star, will be launched at Book Soup this Friday, August 8—his 64th birthday. The book, by Jennifer Sugar and Jill C. Nelson, is a “celebration of Holmes’ erotic films and his legend.”
    The event at the West Hollywood store, 8818 Sunset Blvd., from 7 to 9 p.m., will be followed with a free midnight screening of Eruption, starring Holmes and Lesllie Bovee, at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Blvd.
    Laurie Holmes, the star’s widow, Bob Chinn, director of the "Johnny Wadd" films, industry veteran Bill Margold and Cass Paley, director of the documentary Wadd, The Life & Times of John C. Holmes, are scheduled to speak at the event.
    Porn icon Ron Jeremy is a special invited guest. Golden Age favorite Rhonda Jo Petty, cameraman Mark Novick, and photographers Joel Sussman and Kenji are expected to be in attendance, as are directors Julia St. Vincent (Exhausted), Don Fernando and Alan Colberg.
    On August 7, Sugar and Nelson will appear on Playboy Radio's “Nightcalls” with Christy Canyon and Vanessa Blue. The first-time authors will discuss the book and their own story of being drawn to the story of Holmes, “the best-known performer in the XXX world.” Neither woman had been involved with the adult industry before taking on the project.
    The co-authors conducted extensive interviews with Holmes’ former co-stars and colleagues, including Laurie Holmes, Chinn, St. Vincent, Bill Amerson, Paul Thomas, Jeremy, Seka, Jamie Gillis, Marilyn Chambers, Candida Royalle, Petty, Dr. Sharon Mitchell and Margold, among others, as well as Detectives Tom Lange and Frank Tomlinson.
    The biography is available through its website at, also at online retailers and
    For more information, visit the Book Soup events calendar.