CALIFORNIA DREAMIN :

West Coast Directors

and the Golden Age of Forbidden Gay Movie

 
 

by Marco Siedelmann & Jack Fritscher

 


In American pop art, gangster rap, punk rock, and gay filmmaking, there is a Continental Divide between East Coast and West Coast culture typified by New York and California.

 

This esthetic regionalism may be a moot point to today’s international viewers of twenty-first-century gay porn which is more “corporate meat loops" than it is the “personal” kind of visionary film narrative made by the pioneer directors. They created gay cinema. They built their box-office fame with their stories and style, and with their superb casting back in the day when the porn stars they discovered were hot guys with real personalities they knew would make audiences hard no matter what coast or country or continent: Jack Wrangler, Casey Donovan, Peter Berlin, and a host of others. No matter the coast or country, Hot is hot. Some things are universal. Essential. Everywhere.

 

Career-spanning conversations with adult film pioneers David “Old Reliable” Hurles, Roger Earl (BORN TO RAISE HELL), Jim West (DREAMER), a historical interview with underground legend J. Brian and a conversation with acclaimed poet and (song-)writer Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, talking about his brief career interval as a porn star. Including around 80 pages of magazine pages, artworks, snapshots, film stills and other Ephemera pieces, among them photo art by Jack Fritscher, Tom Kellie, John J. Krause, Tom Bianchi, and others. Plus an exclusive guest article by cult director Toby Ross, remembering his mentor and friend J. Brian as “A Man with an Eye for Beauty”

 


280 Pages Paperback
80  B/W
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5.5
 x 8.5 Inches (13.97 & 21.59 Centimeter)

 
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