View Full Version : Read Tina Russell's book?
02-14-2006, 03:38 PM
Has anyone else read Tina Russell's book - Porno Star? Or have any comments/stories/etc about her? After seeing a few movies featuring her, I've taken an interest..
02-14-2006, 04:13 PM
How old is this book? Tina Russel died in the early 80s.
It was kind of tragic, apparently after Jason Russell started his thing with Jean Jennings she just drank herself to death of a broken heart. At least that's the gist you get from Tim Connelly and Fred Lincoln.
FL: When Jason left Tina, she just fell apart. She just couldn't deal with it. It broke her heart, it really did. And she just hit the bottle. And drank herself to death. I think she was in her twenties.
TC: Tina was estranged from Jason at that point because he was with Jean Jennings. And she was just a mess. She smelled, and she was fat and bloated from booze and dope - it was like Anita Pallenberg, you know? Just horrible. I mean, you could feel the negativity coming off her. I thought I was going to meet this beautiful girl. Instead, I met this troll.
FL: I used to say to Jason, "You know, how come Tina's not working?" He'd say, "Oh, she doesn't want to." But that wasn't true at all. Jason just didn't want her around. Jason just abandoned her for Jean. It was pretty sad. That's what broke Tina's heart, and she just started drinking.
02-14-2006, 04:52 PM
I remember reading about this book in Playboy around '74 and i always thought that with tina's looks she would be standing right beside Marilyn Chambers as most sexy young porn star.She just sort of disapeared after 1974 and in"true legends of adult cinema" hosted by Jim holiday theres a clip of her final loop in 1976 with john Leslie.Tina looks older and worn out-kinda sad.I also would love to read that book if its still around.Gotta be very hard to find.
02-14-2006, 04:55 PM
It took a little searching to find a copy. The copyright date is 1973 published by Lancer with a cover price of $1.50. I'm only about 25% of the way through reading it. So far in the book, all is well in her life, Jason is a wonderful guy. According to the book, she started doing loops to make cash to help bail out a friends boyfriend who was in jail for 15 lbs of "grass". After having some success with loops and live shows, she quit her day job as a statistician in NY. Based on what I've read it seems as if she was a very bright person that gave up on life at some point. The book was probably written during the good times sequence of her life. I have a copy of 10 1/2 on order that allegedly touches on the Jason/Jean situtation. Based on the writing, she seems very articulate and intelligent. Leaving me to wonder how could she go downhill so badly or did she really write the book? In any case, its a very interesting read.
02-15-2006, 04:42 AM
I am grateful for the information here because my chances of coming across Tina Russell's book here in New Zealand are about zero and I am fascinated by the life and times of Golden Age porn stars, especially the more obscure ones.
On the subject of porn stars from that era who have written books, I would be most interested if anyone can provide details from either of Marc Stevens's two books, apparently titled "Making it Big" and "10 1/2". Stevens was a New York erotic icon whose heyday last from about 1972 - 1977. As well as appearing in a lot of porno films from that era (including with Tina Russel), he got photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe and Allan Tannenbaum. It is well known he was bisexual, was a pusher with a bad drug problem, married a transexual, lived next door to Annie Sprinkle and died of aids, but there are a lot of rumours about his life too: he ran a brothel, his mother committed suicide (maybe after she found about the brothel), and he said he had fucked Jamie Gillis in loop. Ex porn-stars like Sharon Mitchell and Georgina Spelvin, and Shaun Costello here at dvdmaniacs.net, speak well of him.
Despite the fascinatingly sordid details of his life (up there with John Holmes, and he also had a big cock, hence the 10 1/2) he seems forgotten about, eg doesn't appear in the various Jim Holliday porno compilations. If anyone can fill me in on his life and times -- as well as more info on Tina Russel -- we will all be grateful.
02-15-2006, 11:58 AM
I found "Porno Star" about 10 years ago, but haven't read it yet. It's next to "Here Comes Harry Reems" and "Marilyn Chambers, My Story" in my paperback collection.
Nick, look for "Porno Star" on www.bookfinder.com every so often. I'm sure another copy will pop up.
02-15-2006, 12:01 PM
Hi Nick, After I receive 10 1/2 and get a chance to read it, I'll post a semi-review. Will also try and track down that other book you mentioned, had not heard of it until now.
In Tina's book she changed peoples names but I have a feeling Marc Stevens is Steven in her book. According to the book, Steven and Jason were lovers and met on a movie set. If you can get ahold of Midnight Blue Volume 2 you can see an interview with Marc before he died. He mentions Tina quickly in passing conversation.
I found Porno Star on www.abebooks.com and Midnight Blue DVD from amazon.com. Amazon's prices on used books were shockly high.
02-16-2006, 02:31 AM
Thanks for that fellas.
If anyone else is interested in Marc or the 70s NY porno scene, here is a great link:
Marc is in the pictures headed Eros-75 and High_Society_Party_BJ. Lots of other familiar faces too, I swear that is CJ Laing with Marc at the High Society Party, and in the background at the Male Beauty Contest.
02-18-2006, 06:03 PM
Thanks for the link Nic.
It would be good if books like this were available on PDF or even as JPG scans, for those of us outwith the USA who will likely never see a copy.
02-21-2006, 08:31 PM
I have finished reading Tina's book. My initial reaction is that it seems incomplete. Maybe more chapters were planned but she never got around to it or things went downhill as others have mentioned. It was definitely written prior to anything major going wrong in her life. She doesn’t drink very much yet according to the writing. The general theme is about her sex life beginning with teen years and leading up to making loops and features. There are vivid erotic descriptions of her performing sex acts which are interesting. All things considered, it’s a good book but doesn’t answer any questions about her life beyond 1972.
02-24-2006, 04:11 AM
Given the interest in Tina Russell, Marc Stevens (who I brought up), Midnight Blue, and 70s porn stars generally, people should be interested to know that Alpha Blue Archives have recently posted some old interviews with vintage porn stars at their site. There are new interviews with Tina and Jason Russell, but also Marc Stevens and Jamie Gillis and others. There are a couple of good ones with George Payne that have been there a while.
There isn't much detail about where the interviews were originally printed. Maybe something to do with Bill Landis who I believe writes "Sleazoid Express" and who wrote the excellent essays on Avon theatres etc, also on Alpha Blue's website (and which have been there a while too).
Well worth checking out the new interviews if you are a vintage porn obssesive.
02-24-2006, 10:25 AM
Those are some very good articles. For all his flaws, Bill can be a talented writer and I highly reccomend his articles on the porn industry.
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