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Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,027 Ratings  ·  209 Reviews
He's the porn world's Everyman. Blessed with an enormous "talent" yet average looks, he's starred in more than 1,700 adult films, directed 250 of them, and over the last twenty years has become porn's biggest ambassador to the mainstream. He's appeared in 60 regular films, 14 music videos, and VH1's "Surreal Life," starred in the critically acclaimed "Porn star" (a movie a ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published February 5th 2007)
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Natalie
Well, that was the most entertaining read I've had since Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. It's a sweet little tale of how a nice Jewish boy from Queens was blessed with a 10-inch penis (like Kurt Vonnegut said, you never know who'll get one) and pursued his acting and comedy career only to more or less accidentally get into porn during its Golden Age in the late 70s/early 80s.

You want anecdotes about the intersection of porn and Hollywood's elite? They're in here. Sex tips from Dr. Ron Jeremy?
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Karen Stinneford
I first "met" Ron Jeremy when he was a contestant on MTV's "The Surreal Life" with televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy who genuinely liked women. He comes across much the same way in his book -- an affable yellow lab puppy who keeps dropping a slobbery ball at your feet because he wants to play with you. I don't share his perspective on human sexuality. He ascribes absolutely no ethics or sentimentality to sex whatsoever; to him, it simply is physical act you do, ...more
Luke
Jul 12, 2007 Luke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This book was not as interesing as I assumed it would be. This is not to say it was terrible, it jsut got repetative after a while.

The book seems to be after a bit the story of Ron Jeremy: Namedropper. He spends a great protion of the book detailing his brushes with fame and the people he has had sex with over the years, famous and random.

One of the most interesting sections though is when he is describing the problems he and all of his crew had with the law. This was during the time when there
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Cyndi
Jan 10, 2013 Cyndi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actually 3.5 stars, better than expected.

Mr. Jeremy makes no excuses for his life's path, but does make a point to mention , more than once, that he never intended to be a porn legend.

He was very blase about the super sexual lifestyle of a porn star, and his personal sexual stories. I am positive that this tale would cause salivation in a Freudian analyst, but honestly some does come across as stereotypical and obvious.

I was surprised to find that Mr.Jeremy has a Master's Degree in Spec. Ed., is
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Astrid
Jul 22, 2010 Astrid rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I don't really know what to make of this book. It's not too poorly written, and the first part is really ok read.



Then the name-dropping begins. And it's really, really annoying. It makes it hard to read when there are comments on every page that tells of stories about how a house they once filmed in later would belong to this or that celebrity, or how some one they met was related to some actress, blah blah blah.



Another thing is the total lack of reflection of the porn industry as such. No, I
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Sara
Jun 12, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: librarian
Shelves: memoir, 2011
I was surprised when a librarian recommend this book and even more surprised to discover that it was actually pretty good. In this autobiography, Ron Jeremy comes across as funny, likable, and as more than just the famous porn star that everyone's heard of. He's very educated, passionate about animals, plays piano and violin, never touches drugs, barely drinks, and is constantly striving to be considered a real actor.

Although the stories in this book go back to his childhood, the majority of it
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Tabitha Beck
Mar 02, 2010 Tabitha Beck rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
OMG--this man is incredible--so highly educated and well brought up and gives a whole new meaning to renaissance man...
a classically trained pianist?? and violinist? degrees in special education...
I won't go into all the rest--but this book is amazing--I am barely into it--we found it last night...
I love it!


Ok--so--after having read the entire book--I am utterly amazed.
So, yes, there is A LOT of name dropping. The man wants to be a legitimate actor, not just known for his...third leg...if I were
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Kristal Cooper
Apr 11, 2016 Kristal Cooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ron Jeremy is a movie slut in every possible way. Most of his memoir is dedicated to detailing every instance he's appeared in mainstream news, print, plays, TV skits and movies. He even brags about stars who have been seen with him in public, bands who've let him introduce their concert appearance, famous people who've just mentioned his name... (I am absolutely not kidding here!) He goes so far as to list the times he's been thanked in the credits to a movie or book!



That's not to say that thi
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Ryan Simpson
Jan 02, 2016 Ryan Simpson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Aka "400 Pages Of Namedropping".

If you're hoping for a book that lifts the lid on the adult film industry, and features bawdy and amusing tales from the affable Ron Jeremy this is the wrong book. This is a memoir of a young struggling actor who got in to porn to pay the bills, and 30 years later, is still hustling every day for his big break in Hollywood. It's a tale of resilience and determination, having spent his whole life on the outside looking in, trying to get his foot on the ladder of t
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Lori
Aug 24, 2009 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While the first third or so of this book is mildly entertaining and interesting, the last two-thirds are all about the name-dropping (celebrities he's met &/or partied with), disjointed stories about sex clubs, life in porn, well-meaning (?!) sex tips, and his ongoing struggle to be accepted in mainstream / commercial media. He's definitely got a great sense of humour, but very very often as I was reading, I caught myself thinking, "Oh, God, get over yourself!" There were far too many random ...more
Lucy Black
Oct 25, 2012 Lucy Black rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit appalled by some of the anecdotes in this book and not because of any of the sexual material. Compared to other porn star biographies I have read, the sex parts were actually pretty tame which was a nice change.

No, I was surprised by the sort of passive aggressive cruelty in the jokes he would relate and the conversations he would repeat that he would have with people. None of it came across as witty or funny to me but mostly just plain ugly. Especially the section where he makes all
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Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
I was in two minds about this book. Mr Jeremy is an engaging personality and the book was well written and presented. It gave a fascinating look into the world of pornography. I found it extremely interesting and up to a point entertaining. What spoiled the book for me and made the difference between a three and two star rating was Jeremy's obsessive tuft-hunting (as this review should be G-rated I don't like to use the more popular, and more apt, expression). The huge volume of boring rubbish a ...more
Kim
Unlike Wil Wheatons book I had a bit more of an idea of what I'd be in for with this book. And I wasn't surprised in some ways but I was in others.

For started Ron doesn't hide or censor anything. He just, excuse the pun, lets it all hang out there. He has had an incredible and unconventional life and it's really interesting to have a peer into it. Yes a lot of the book is talking himself up and who he knows but why not. It's his book and I would do the same thing.

I was surprised to find him bot
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Khairul H.
It's a celebrity autobiography, of course he will drop names left, right, and center. He's met a lot of them and if Ron is to be believed he hasn't revealed all that he knows about them because as he wrote, "it would result in divorces". Maybe he's just being sensational but he's been pretty upfront the rest of the book so I'd say he was being honest.

Didn't know before reading this book that Ron is one smart cookie (as is the rest of his family; they all have a Masters or higher). Why did he end
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Lorna
May 22, 2016 Lorna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yawn. I started this book wondering how a full-length autobiography could be written by a porn star about making porn movies. The first few chapters pretty much covered it - thereafter he relied on name dropping and repetition. I skimmed at least two thirds of it. Still feel most people should not be allowed to write their own story.
Russell
Feb 19, 2008 Russell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is with out a doubt some of the worst writing I've ever read. OK-- I get it he's well endowed and knows lots of rock stars and lots of C and D grade celebrities. The chapter on his legal trouble wasn't that interesting. The history lesson on the earlier days of porn wasn't that interesting and the chapter on his relationship (yeah right) trouble with the woman he professed romantic feeling for was just sad. I tried to look at this book as campy sleazy fun, but it just bored me.
Alisa
Aug 21, 2010 Alisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I actually liked this book. It was interesting to see the porn industry through the eyes of one of its biggest.. no pun intended.. stars. It wasnt what I expected but thats not a bad thing.. it was a fun read.
Mandy
Feb 12, 2008 Mandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A total disappointment. What kind of porn star writes a book and professes to be a good actor and a comedian throughout the entire thing? YAWN.

We're here to read about the sex, Ron.
Love
Oct 02, 2009 Love rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not really what I exspected..He is a name dropper that is for sure. His writing got very boring very quick..Not one of my favorite books thats for sure.
Amy
May 23, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very enjoyable. You get from this book exactly what you would expect from Ron Jeremy. A lot of porn stories. The ghostwriter (who made himself quite known) Eric Spitznagel does a wonderful job of capturing all you would ever want from Jeremy. Basically how he got into porn, how he stayed in porn, what porn is like, little sexual lessons here and there, etc. Spitznagel rarely strays from this formula much to Jeremy's chagrin. Jeremy has mentioned in interviews that more wasn't said ...more
Kevin
Aug 29, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With more than 1,750 porn films under his belt (and director of more than 135), Jeremy is still cranking them out two decades after most adult film performers have retired. His memoir (co-written by humorist Spitznagel, author of "Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter") details a life of relentless self-promotion that often borders on the excessive (who else would call himself "the biggest porn star on the planet" and attach an appendix of the mainstream projects he was almost cast in ...more
Tracy
Oct 10, 2014 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read every porn star memoir and this was my least favorite. It started out with an interesting direction about what porn was like in the 70's and how cops would raid porn sets. Towards the middle, it became a name-dropping mess.

Ron Jeremy wants to be a "real" actor as this is repeated to the point where you wish Ron would stop trying to be famous and talk about his life, not the D-list people he's met.

This book gets 2 stars since it was tolerable and I was able to finish it, but it could
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Sarah
Jul 26, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unless you've lived under a rock for the last thirty years, you know who Ron Jeremy is. Porn star extraordinaire Jeremy provides a glimpse into his life in this entertaining autobiography (written with a ghostwriter). Jeremy describes how he broke into porn and why he stayed, even though he longed for a mainstream film career.

Now, I don't know how much of this is Jeremy and how much is his ghostwriter (which I actually didn't find mention of until the second epilogue), but it's not terrible writ
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Tfitoby
Dec 18, 2011 Tfitoby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, bio
When I say I would've preferred to read less anecdotes about Ron's sexploits you may, in a sarcastic incredulous tone ask what exactly I was expecting when I picked up the memoirs of the biggest porn star of all time, and you may just be right in your assumption that my expectations were off.

Ron Jeremy, i've never seen one of his videos, i've heard tales of his large endowment sure, but my only real experience with him is as a legitimate actor and several quotes about how he's still a licensed k
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Mainon
Sep 01, 2011 Mainon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I particularly like Ron Jeremy much after reading this book -- he comes across as a bit defensive about his intelligence, his acting skills, and how hard he works -- but there are plenty of entertaining stories, more name-dropping than anyone could possibly want, and a slew of photos that were pretty small on my Kindle but probably fun to look at in a hardcopy format. He definitely has a sense of humor, and the book is written in an extremely informal, conversational style that mad ...more
Craig Foster
Ron Jeremy began his porn career in the late seventies and has made over 1,700 films. Jeremy isn't drug-addicted, rarely drinks, and has lived to tell the tale (several of them, actually.) Surprisingly, Ron is also a classically trained pianist and violinist, has a Masters degree in Special Education, holds a brown belt in Kung Fu, and has been honored by PETA as an Ambassador Of Goodwill.

Growing up in a normal and supportive family, Ron stumbled into the porn industry when his then-girlfriend
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Jennifer
I read this book largely because I loved Jenna Jameson's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star and thought it might be interesting to read the autobiography of Jenna's male counterpart in porn super-stardom. As it turns out, Ron's story isn't NEARLY as depressing as Jenna's. Her memoirs detailed abuse, drugs, emotional problems and even a gang rape, while Ron Jeremy's tale of "how I got into the adult film industry" is pretty straight-forward and breezy: He had a big penis and wanted to be in movies ...more
Erin
I first became aware of Ron Jeremy (now, don't get me wrong....I had certainly HEARD of Ron Jeremy, but that's it) when getting my celebreality fix and he and Tammy Faye were on "The Surreal Life". The two had a very genuine-seeming relationship of mutual respect which I really enjoyed watching. When I came across this title I thought I would give it a try. It was an interesting look at the world of pornographic films, and if you can get past the "ick" factor, there's definitely something to lea ...more
Maya Rock
Feb 25, 2008 Maya Rock rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one.
Recommended to Maya by: Free from HC
I liked this book for the first 100 pages then it disintegrated into just boring anecdote after boring anecdote. Ron Jeremy seems like a really cool guy, great sweet personality, but I don't know if that made for fun reading. I think it was interesting to see him develop from non-porn star to porn star, but it almost felt like he had just taken a detour in his life and never found his way back. In some ways I think his psychological stability was what made this ultimately dull. I kind of wish he ...more
Jonathan
If you do the page 99 test on the Swedish translation pocket version, you get a story about auto-fellatio. Has to be the best or worst page 99 test ever.

Speaking of the Swedish translation, it was annoying at times, especially when almost every porn title in the book (considering the older releases actually were translated to Swedish upon release) had the Swedish name of the title.

But that is my own fault and can't be blamed on the writer or reflect the rating (even though it does to a degree).
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Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (born March 12, 1953), usually called Ron Jeremy, is an American pornographic actor. Nicknamed "The Hedgehog," he was ranked by AVN at number one in their "The 50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list. Jeremy has also appeared in non-pornographic films, such as The Boondock Saints and 54.

He is well known for his large 9.75-inch (~24.75cm) penis – and he has gained some notoriety for
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