Two books on gay porn

Currently in my book pile, Aiden Shaw’s 2009 Sordid Truths: Selling My Innocence for a Taste of Stardom and Mike Donner’s How to Be a Gay Porn Star (2008), both about gay porn.

Aiden Shaw. Shaw, who’s now 47, has had quite a career. From Wikipedia:

Aiden Shaw (born Aiden Finbar Brady, 22 February 1966, Harrow, Middlesex, United Kingdom) is a British author, musician, model and former gay porn star.

… Changing his last name, Shaw began working in gay porn in the early 1990s. Since then he has appeared in over 50 films, often working with director Chi-Chi LaRue… He retired from the porn industry in 1999 though made a brief reappearance in 2003-04.

… In 1991, Shaw collaborated with the New York artist Mark Beard to produce a limited edition publication named Aiden. Beard had been sharing a London flat with Shaw at the time. The book included several portraits (mainly nude and semi-nude) of Shaw, with text written by Beard and Shaw (who at that time was still known by his birth name of Aiden Brady).

However, it was not until 1996 that Shaw wrote his first novel, Brutal. Also in 1996, The Bad Press published a collection of his poems, If Language at the Same Time Shapes and Distorts our Ideas and Emotions, How do we Communicate Love? He wrote two more novels; Boundaries (1997) and Wasted (2001), and an autobiography, My Undoing (2006) in which he openly discusses his life in the sex industry as a porn star and as a prostitute, his drug addiction (particularly crystal meth), and his HIV status (Shaw was diagnosed HIV positive in 1997). In 2007, Shaw completed an MA in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths University of London, following which he completed a second autobiography, Sordid Truths (2009).

Shaw wrote and produced two albums of music, performing lead vocals on “Whatever” with his band of the same name. He also produced performance artist Nina Silvert on “Nina Silvert does Aiden Shaw”.

In 2011, Shaw trained to become a qualified English teacher. He also modelled for GQ magazine in Berlin. It was in this publication that he was spotted by and signed to Success Models in Paris. He currently resides in Barcelona, where he is represented by Sight Management.

Covers for the memoirs:

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Shaw displaying his body as a young man and in middle age:

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[A sex-oriented writeup about Shaw, with four X-rated photos and a sample of his writing from Undoing, is now on AZBlogX, here.]

The memoirs are well-written, reflective, and unflinching (a property that makes them hard to read). Sordid is a kind of prequel to Undoing, and has, if anything, even more sex and drugs than Undoing, which had a great deal. Much of the sex in Sordid is hustler sex, depicted vividly and in great detail. And there are unimaginable amounts of drugs.

Mike Donner. The Donner book has not only Donner’s tips on doing gay porn, but also has boxes with “insider advice from industry professionals” (all pornstars) Rod Barry, Dean Phoenix, and Justin Wells.

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It’s a slim book, a bit jokey (though not arch) in tone, but full of brisk practical advice, like this tip on what to do when you achieve stardom (p. 121):

FAME DOESN’T LAST, SO INVEST WELL

Don’t snort or sniff up your profits. Buy a car, get some nice clothes, and think about getting training in a real profession.

Donner has directed a huge number of gay porn videos. Some titles:

The Porne Ultimatum, The Porne Identity, Hollywood Marine, Grindass House, Curious?, Star Crossed, Dear Dick, Lust Counseling, Army Strongarm, From Bear to Bare, The Closet, Porn Struck I-VII, Mantasy Island, Dirty Hairy, Unspoken, A Simple Whisper, A Lesson Learned, The Best of Rod Barry, Try Again, Winged, Four Men, Our Trespasses, Happily Ever After, A Tale of Two Brothers

An AZBlogX posting on Donner’s book has a link to material (a writeup and photos, mostly X-rated) on Dean Phoenix, who’s a favorite of mine; and has similar material for Rod Barry and Justin Wells

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