View Full Version : Jamie Gillis & Peter Soto - Pure Filth

Ian Jane
03-22-2012, 05:50 PM
So the much anticipated Jamie Gillis biography that he worked on with Peter Sotos is now up for pre-order on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1936239310/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=cognitrespon-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1936239310) with a release date of July 2012. Feral House (http://www.feralhouse.com) don't have any mention of it on their site yet but Amazon lists them as the publisher, confirming what some of us already knew.

Diggin' the cover:


The official synopsis:

"Jamie Gillis appeared in over one hundred films, and as such was a primary performer in pornography's "Golden Age." Gillis is also known for inventing the "Gonzo" genre of pornography, played out in the film Boogie Nights by Burt Reynolds' character.

Pure Filth appears as transcripts from the films Jamie produced during these early years of radical and highly personal pornography. Completed just before his death in February 2010, Gillis contributed an introduction to each transcript to shed light on his ideas and plans, as well as anecdotal details and personal commentary. The book has more to do with an artist's understanding of sex than the mere views of a flesh peddler. The careful language and brutal intelligence that Jamie brought to interviews are what separates the conversations from any other work that might have more academic or prurient pretensions.

Extreme novelist Peter Sotos, perhaps better known and appreciated in France and the United Kingdom than his home country, was a good friend of Jamie Gillis, and Sotos' unusual perspective makes this volume possible."

More info about the authors:

"Peter Sotos became interested in Jamie Gillis’ “private tapes” after being told of their limited existence by an old troll in a porn shop that specialized in under-the-counter sales. Thinking that the films Jamie was releasing were far more intriguing than sex acts performed by low level prostitutes, Sotos started transcribing the conversations that took place between filmmaker and performer. It is his contention that the work is more about the insulting elasticity of respect than it is an obscene record of hookers pushed to their mental, rather than purely physical, limits.

Jamie Gillis is known as one of the first male “superstars” of pornography. He started his career in NY during the early basement years and lasted through the Times Square and LA glitz booms, eventually creating the gonzo (“reality porn”) genre. He was one of the very few actors capable of introspectively writing about his career, tastes and experiences during his lifetime, and most of it pre-internet. In Pure Filth, Jamie explains that his interest in what sex really is came from his greater desire for “exploration and exposure of the sexual imagination in all its variety”. "

There's no way this book won't be super awesome.

george n
03-25-2012, 04:55 PM
It could not come at a better time for me as i am just finishing 'the other hollywood'.im super excited for this

Ian Jane
04-17-2012, 02:54 PM


Mark C.
04-17-2012, 02:58 PM
Awesome, I'm getting this for sure, thanks for posting!

Terry C
04-17-2012, 03:53 PM
Are some of his tapes released from any company available to buy?

Randy G
04-28-2012, 03:36 AM
These particular tapes were barely ever released in the first place, I would guess that an original tape would be astronomical but they are available via traders and torrent sites but I highly doubt you'd actually want to sit through one Terry.

Robin Bougie
04-28-2012, 07:13 AM
I've got boots of a few of them that I trade from time to time, if you feel the need to immerse yourself in the sleaze.

Ian Jane
05-15-2012, 10:45 AM
Got my copy yesterday (possibly the coolest early birthday gift ever? Thanks Alison!) and it's pretty boss. The cover is different than the art initially posted above. It looks like this:


Just skimming through it last night made me feel like I needed a shower. I have a feeling this is going to mess me up, but I can't wait to read it.

'Run the puke through your fucking cunt!'

Mark Tolch
05-15-2012, 11:05 AM
Dude, your birthday is like 3 weeks away. Your wife rules.

Ian Jane
05-15-2012, 11:21 AM
Yeah I can't complain ;)

Alison Jane
05-15-2012, 03:59 PM
(possibly the coolest early birthday gift ever? Thanks Alison!)

Better than an early Pulp ticket?

Ian Jane
05-15-2012, 04:05 PM
A tie!

Mark C.
05-15-2012, 09:31 PM
Your wife is indeed awesome! I just ordered this from Chapters for alot cheaper than amazon, pricey! But who can resist Jamie Gillis.

Ian Jane
05-16-2012, 10:00 AM
Started reading it last night. I knew it would be harsh, and it is. Fascinating, but messed up. Soto's introductory bits help make sense out of what he and Gillis were going for here. The 'scripts' on their own out of context are, just as the title implies, pure filth but within the context of Soto's introduction, they're more than that. Interesting stuff. I'm just barely into it but am quite impressed and simultaneously horrified at the same time so far. The fact that this book even exists in the first place is kind of amazing. It's also interesting to note that it had been finished for six years before it was published so as not to conflict with Gillis' memoirs, written for a different publisher - I don't think those have been published yet, have they?

Gav M
05-18-2012, 07:36 PM
Mine turned up this morning, quick shipping from the U.S. too. I was kinda sweating customs opening it after reading the reviews. Only just flicked throught it bit have to say it's definitely a book that lives up to its name :weng:

Randy G
05-20-2012, 03:39 AM
I was pretty stoked when my gf got me Behind the Pink Curtain for Christmas! Let us know what you think Ian, I'm still on the fence on this, I'm a big Gillis fan but not a fan of Sotos.

Ian Jane
05-21-2012, 10:53 AM
It's more Gillis than Sotos. Sotos provides a 30something page intro, the rest are transcripts that Sotos did of Gillis' movies, with 1-2 page intros for each one by Gillis.

Sotos' intro more or less just attempts to put all of this into a context (and he makes a pretty interesting case for it) - outside of that though, yeah, it's almost all Gillis.

Randy G
05-21-2012, 05:24 PM
Cool, I think I'll pull the trigger on this. Funny to see it available on Amazon.

Ian Jane
05-27-2012, 09:34 AM
Man oh man, the racial stuff in the 'Ebony' chapter gets pretty intense. Couple that with the poop play, and, ick. haha.

This book is pretty nutty. I haven't seen any of the On The Prowl of Human Toilet Bowl videos, don't know that I need to. Somehow though I wonder if reading it is worse in some ways than seeing it.

Ian Jane
06-01-2012, 12:02 PM
Some footage of Sotos reading at the St. Marks Book Shop last month...


Randy G
06-03-2012, 01:49 PM
This book is pretty nutty. I haven't seen any of the On The Prowl of Human Toilet Bowl videos, don't know that I need to. Somehow though I wonder if reading it is worse in some ways than seeing it.

On the Prowl has nothing near as extreme or disgusting as the HTB videos and is an interesting time capsule.

Ian Jane
06-03-2012, 02:42 PM
I kind of got that impression. Have you finished the book yet? The last two chapters are definitely the most instense.

Randy G
06-03-2012, 11:54 PM
I would like to see On The Prowl II though, as that sounds perhaps sleazier than the first one, not that the original On The Prowl lacks in sleaze mind you.

Unfortunately I haven't received the book yet, I pointlessly ordered it with some other books so that's probably slowed down the delivery.

The video of Sotos talking wasn't nearly as painful as I feared so I'm more interested to read what he has to say.

Ian Jane
06-04-2012, 11:50 AM
I finished it last night. It ends on the sleaziest note, saves the best for last so to speak. It's a pretty interesting book from a few different angles - I don't think Sotos' involvement will sour your on it but I do wish that Gillis had written longer and more detailed introductions to each chapter. What's there is good but there could have been more.

Mark C.
06-04-2012, 04:09 PM
This still has not shipped from Canadian sellers, wonder what the hold up is? Maybe customs? I pre-ordered this a while back now. I wonder if it's too extreme for Canadian eyes?

Randy G
07-07-2012, 02:12 PM
Yeah, mine's delayed as well, having Sotos name attached to it can't help at the border. But my order of Twins of Evil/Countess Perverse has been delayed as well so it could mean nothing.

07-09-2012, 02:09 AM
Makes me regret getting rid of all my Whitehouse vinyl. Wonder what Great White Death would fetch today?

Randy G
07-10-2012, 03:37 AM
My copy has finally shipped, along with Countess Perverse and Twins of Evil!

07-17-2012, 01:54 PM
I really want to read this one....especially if done right...That man must have AMAZING stories to telll....

Randy G
07-18-2012, 02:01 AM
Finished it and I'm glad I have it but ironically the best part for me is Sotos' intro (lol!) which swings from quite interesting to creepy, just like the rest of the book. Despite Sotos' negative comments about Gillis' autobiography I'm still holding out hope that it will see the light of day.

Ian Jane
07-18-2012, 09:04 AM
I am too. Pure Filth is a great read but a proper Gillis bio has the potential to be fascinating.

Alison Jane
07-18-2012, 09:10 AM
You should write it!

Ian Jane
07-18-2012, 09:18 AM
Apparantly it's already written.