High Society: 1976, The First Year – An Issue by Issue Guide

High Society: 1976, The First Year – An Issue by Issue Guide

High Society was one of the most successful adult magazines published in New York in the 1970s, and had a number of connections to the adult film industry. It’s initial publisher was Sue Richards, also known as adult film star ‘Bree Anthony‘, it featured articles by Gloria Leonard, interviews with the likes of Jennifer Welles, Bobby Astyr, and Jamie Gillis, picture spreads featuring performers such as C.J. Laing, Helen Madigan, R. Bolla, and Annie Sprinkle, and detailed adult film reviews.

On this installment of The Rialto Report, we look back at the first year of High Society to see how the magazine started, and we have an issue-by-issue guide – including newly digitized copies of each magazine.

This article was written with the assistance of a number of people who worked on the magazine in the first year. We thank them for their input.

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The Birth of High Society

If you look up Carl Ruderman, you’ll likely find glowing accounts of his business (“Mr. Ruderman is the Chairman of Elite Traveler, which covers the hottest locations, best hotel suites, jets, and luxury watches to name just a few items,” and “whose readership annual income averages $2.2 million”), his interest in travel (“Mr. Ruderman has supported numerous governments in the development of travel education programs, and contributed to programs in Mexico, Jamaica, Spain, Israel” etc.), his influence (“Mr. Ruderman helped unite the leaders of Egypt, Greece and Israel for a first-ever promotion of regional tourism”), and his philanthropy (“Mr. Ruderman is a regular donor to the Cancer Research and Treatments Foundation, and has long contributed to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation”).

So perhaps it’s not surprising that when he launched his flagship adult magazine in May 1976, he decided to call it ‘High Society’.

Born in October 1941, Carl Ruderman graduated from New York University with a degree in International Banking and Finance. By his early 30s, Carl was running Drake Publishing, his father’s venerable, and still fairly lucrative 80+ year old company that specialized in technical textbooks.

In a 1973 newspaper interview, Carl outlined the way that publishing books and periodicals had become an exercise in capitalizing on people’s niche interests. Drake Publishing, he said, was not interested in the search for the next big thing, but was instead focused on publications about “prosaic hobbies, such as quilting cooking, golf, tennis, arranging flowers, and woodwork.” By doing this, Carl stated he’d transformed a modest how-to book publisher into a business with 150 new titles each year.

It was only a matter of time before Carl and Drake Publishing turned their attention to the most prosaic hobby of all – sex and onanism. Or to phrase it differently, a magazine for men that was pornographic. Not that Carl would allow anyone to describe it that way. In fact, he had an allergic reaction if anyone ever referred to it using the ‘p’ word.

In early 1976, Carl set up a separate holding company – ‘High Society Inc.’ – that would publish his new magazine, and conceal his own involvement. From the start, and for the rest of his career, Carl’s inner conflict regarding ‘High Society’ was visceral.

He was keen for the magazine to be famous (“I want my magazine to be a household name like Playboy,” he repeatedly told employees) but was adamant that his own involvement should be completely hidden. He wanted his share of the millions reaped by sex-magazine magnates like Hugh Hefner, Larry Flynt and Bob Guccione, but he also longed to be welcomed on the respectable country club circuit without repercussions. In short, he wanted to be part of High Society and high society

To divert attention from his position as publisher, Carl needed a figurehead who would assume the role for the outside world. He had hired Peter Wolff – a sex magazine guru who had cut his teeth at Bachelor and Ace! magazines – as the magazine’s Editor. Peter hit on the idea of appointing a nominal female ‘publisher’. And not just any female – he wanted a glamorous woman already associated with the New York sex scene. Wolff suggested adult film actress Bree Anthony, star of porno hits Oriental Blue, The Vixens of Kung Fu, Highway Hookers, and others. It was to prove a smart idea – not just appointing Bree Anthony, but even more so with her eventual successor, adult film actress Gloria Leonard.

Carl approached Bree with a deal that was difficult to turn down. Using the name ‘Sue Richards’ (closer to her own real name), Bree would appear on the monthly masthead as ‘Publisher’, and put her name to a monthly column penned by a staff writer (strangely ‘Bree Anthony’ would also initially have a separate column in the magazine written by staff members.) Sue would also take part in a number of photo shoots over the course of the first year – some pseudo-journalistic in nature, some sexual. In return, Bree would become a salaried employee of the company.

Despite his constant fear of being publicly identified as a pornographer, Carl was nevertheless a hands-on publisher behind the scenes. He was in the office every day, chairing meetings, and guiding the direction of the magazine. He was not renowned for his loyalty and staff tenure was notoriously short as he fired people summarily and regularly.

Indeed High Society staff were treated differently from the rest of the publishing group, operating on a lower floor than the rest of the company – and their physical location was a metaphor for their status. Their presence was never acknowledged by people in the rest of the business, and few apart from Carl himself ever had reason to move between floors and meet with them.

At first, High Society’s look and feel seemed more closely aligned to Larry Flynt’s Hustler, rather than having the aesthetic pretensions of Playboy or Penthouse, or the anarchical stance of Screw magazine. But High Society lacked the anti-establishment conviction of Hustler and was rarely as influential in the early days. (Ironically, seven years later, Carl ended up as Hustler’s ‘Asshole of the Month’ – which led him to despise Flynt even more.)

To the outside world, the anonymization of Ruderman had worked. His name never appeared on the High Society masthead, and Al Goldstein dubbed him “the Invisible Man of Smut.” But inside the publishing company, Carl found it difficult to resist the trappings of wealth. He had a helicopter, and enjoyed a chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce that some claimed once belonged to Queen Elizabeth. He dressed in elegant, well-tailored pinstripe suits, and his personal office, featuring a large antique desk, was filled with artwork and tchotchke – many of a sexual nature. As the crowning symbol, he had a bronze statue of his bust on display – though this was kept on the floor restricted to non-porn people.



High Society: The Complete 1976 Issues

May 1976 (Vol 1, No. 1)
(click on cover to view magazine)


High Society – Andy Warhol portfolio
Alex Bennett and Midnight Blue
Sue Richards / Bree Anthony column
Jean Dalton pictorial
– Queen of Kinks with Leil Lowndes

The first issue of High Society came out in May 1976 – with Sue Richards listed on the first page as the magazine’s publisher. Her introduction, ghost-written by Peter Wolff, read like a demented manifesto for the 1970s:

“Ours is a wide-open generation. Amusing, easily amused. Dissolute. Pampered. Feisty. Charmed. Often Challenged. Often Challenging. Our openness may explain the current fascination by the print media for gynecological commentary shots of women. For detailed, graphic commentary on the Sex Scene. For up-close depiction of the Style. We have grown up in an easy companionship with our sexuality. We are liberated and loving, sensual and free.”

Carl Ruderman had assembled a smart inner circle for the first issue: In addition to Peter Wolff, he hired Harry Matetsky as editorial director. Harry was a long-time magazine man whose resume’ included mainstream magazines such as Movie Mirror and the long-running film fan periodical, Photoplay (where he once commissioned Andy Warhol to draw some Christmas balls). Veteran photographer Peter Hurd was the photo editor, and was also hands-on in taking a lead role on photo shoots.

Peter Wolff suggested assembling a group of female ‘contribution editors’ – each supposed experts in a different field of sexuality – who would pen new columns each month. Their writing would ostensibly be a form of gonzo journalism, but would include enough titillating sexual detail to appeal to the raincoat crowd. Contributing editors to the first issue included Terry Gorda (‘professional escort’), Carole Altman (author of ‘Your Own Sex Therapist’), Lisabet Flannery (editor of ‘Kinky News’), and Bree Anthony herself. This tradition would continue for years, and future contributing editors would include adult film-related personalities such as Marlene Willoughby, Bobby Astyr, Candida Royalle, and Jill Monro.

The highlight of the first issue was an exclusive selection of photos taken by Andy Warhol of ‘disco she-boys’ (“protean, ever-so-now phantasies of rangy, hot transvestite she-males of Broadway”) that had not appeared in print before. Also featured were The Tubes, a San Francisco-based experimental glam rock band, who had just released an eponymous debut album. The band were breathlessly described as “a synthesis of music, theatre, satire, sci-fi, and ribald spoof.” This wasn’t the band’s first contact with the adult industry. In 1973, they’d appeared in the Mitchell brothers film Resurrection of Eve as ‘Jesus Bongo and the Millionaires.’

Leil Lowndes was profiled (‘colossus actress-fetisholigist’, if you were wondering) in an S&M profile called ‘Queen of Kinks’. Leil is still active today, although her website more modestly describes her as a motivational speaker and corporate trainer.

In this first and other early issues of High Society, many pictorials of sultry models in states of undress were purchased rather commissioned for the magazine. An exception was the first magazine’s centerfold – ‘Society’s Child’ – featuring ‘Debbie’. Debbie was actually porn starlet Jean Dalton, whose short-lived career started the previous year and would end just a few months after the magazine’s publication.

Oh, and in case you wanted more, Annie Sprinkle appeared in a riding cap and whip to encourage you to sign up to a year’s subscription for $14.


June 1976 (Vol 1, No. 2)
(click on cover to view magazine)


High Society Let My Puppets Come (1976) with Gerard Damiano
– Muhammad Ali
Sue Richards / Bree Anthony column
Helen Madigan pictorial
– Little Red Riding Hood, with Beerbohn Tree and Susan Sloan

Issue 2 opened with a challenge to High Society’s closest competitor, Hustler. Larry Flynt had recently offered $1,000,000 to Patty Hearst to appear nude in the pages of Hustler (it never happened). High Society declared this sexist, and instead took the moral high ground by offering $2,000,000 to various couples, including Sonny and Cher, Jimmy Connors and Chris Evert, Porter Waggoner and Dolly Parton, and (gulp) Donny and Marie Osmond, to appear nude in their publication. (This didn’t happen either.)

Just as the debut issue boasted an Andy Warhol exclusive, Issue 2 kept the up celebrity name appeal by printing unpublished writing by renowned science fiction novelist Isaac Asimov. Impressive right? Well, rather than being a hitherto uncovered manuscript by the great man, it was actually a series of his ‘lecherous limericks’, such as:

Young Alice is know for her poise,

During quiet foreplay with the boys.

But then when she has ‘em

At the brink of orgasm

You can’t hear yourself think for the noise.

A new appointment to Carl’s editorial team was Richard Sasanow in the role of managing editor. Richard contributed an article on Muhammed Ali’s sex life (‘Float Like a Butterfly, Swing Like a Minx’). Also included was an obligatory S&M piece describing a ‘Live Brutality Session’ – “one of the most shocking pieces you’ll probably read this year”, according to Sue Richards herself.

On the adult film front, the issue had brief features about Gerard Damiano’s ‘Let My Puppets Come’ and the mysterious Ganja Express, as well as two pictorials featuring porn stars taken by Peter Hurd. Early porn starlet Helen Madigan – roommate of Issue 1 centerfold, Jean Dalton – appeared with an ape in a genuinely bizarre feature which showed them having sex, arguing over coffee… and then walking the dog. I’m serious.

The second feature, no less strange, was an erotic re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood, featuring porn actors Beerbohn Tree and Susan Sloane. (“Wolfie crazed by Red’s li’l bod, Decided ‘twas time to empty his rod.”) The idea of taking a work of fable or literature and sexing it up for a pictorial would become a staple of High Society in the coming months.


July 1976 (Vol 1, No. 3)
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High Society Annie Sprinkle pictorial
– Adult films reviewed
– First Gloria Leonard column
– S&M review
– In Praise of Cheating, by Dr. Alex Comfort
– Atlantic City’s New Nautilus sex hotel
Anna Bergman pictorial

By Issue 3, Carl had already dispatched the services of the three most influential members of his inner circle. Gone were editor Peter Wolff and photo editor Peter Hurd, both of whom would show up at the new Cheri magazine launched later in the year. Also absent was Harry Matetsky, the editorial director. Richard Sasanow was promoted to the position of editor and Steve Chason was appointed as managing editor.

In Sue Richards’ ghost-written monthly column, Carl was already declaring victory over his porn competitors: “Playboy, Penthouse, Gallery, Genesis, Swank, Crank, and Wank. What a library of downers! Nothing but a slicked-up combination of half-hearted sex, and snoresville interviews with hypocritical politicos, pompous actors, and down-at-the-heel porno queens. You won’t hear me out-hustling Hustler anymore ‘cause we’ve proved we could do it.”

The lead article was written by Dr. Alex Comfort, author of the international bestseller The Joy of Sex (1972). It preached to the readership choir, extolling the benefits of extra-marital sex, ‘In Praise of Cheating’.

Sue Richards indulged her inner Hunter S. Thompson and reported from Atlantic City’s Nautilus Motel where guests could watch their own carnal escapades on a closed circuit TV screen. The article was also notable for featuring the first photographs of Carl Kravats, henceforth a frequent and talented contributor to sex magazines in the 1970s.

The issue also featured an extract from 1970s bestseller Massage Parlor by Jennifer Sills (Ace). Its subject matter was perfect for High Society: it told the tale of a sex-loving gal who comes to big-city New York and finds fame and fortune establishing her own massage parlor. The excerpt was a sexually explicit account of Jennifer’s sexual wantonness. The only missing information was that ‘Jennifer Sills’ was actually the writer Stephen Lewis, who had been unmasked by the New York Times two years earlier.

The July 1976 issue also saw the debut of ‘On Exhibit’ – a review of adult films written by Reggie Danzig. The article reviewed Roberta Findlay’s Fantasex (1976) (“Terri Hall has one of the most incredible bodies ever seen on celluloid – or in person – and she knows how to use it”), The Taking of Christina (1976), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976), and Kim Pope’s little seen Bordello Baby (1975).

The monthly epistle on S&M was an unconventional view written by Donald Groves, a Wall Street analyst who announced that America was bullish on S&M (“now is the time to invest in a growth industry with a tremendous future.”)

Among the various pictorials was a set of nude pictures of Ingmar Bergman’s daughter Anna, and Annie Sprinkle having sex with future Ewok, Luis ‘Mr Short Stud’ De Jesus.

But perhaps the most important addition to this issue of the magazine was the introduction of Gloria Leonard to the ranks of ‘contributing editors’. Launched without great fanfare as “former PR copywriter, and star of Misty Beethoven and Video Love”, Gloria continued to write her own column for several months before eventually taking over from Sue Richards as the magazine’s ‘publisher’ in 1977.


August 1976 (Vol 1, No. 4)
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High Society Patti Smith nude
– Adult films reviewed
Gloria Leonard column
– Crooked cop Billy Phillips and Xaveria Hollander
– High Society party with Marilyn Chambers

Carl Ruderman’s cavalier practice of hiring and firing continued into the fourth issue – with the firing of the previous month’s newly appointed Managing Editor Steve Chason, and the promotion of Richard Sasanow into the role. 29-year-old Michael Foldes, an anthropology graduate, was hired as editorial director. Seemingly the only constant was Carl himself, ever-hiding behind the presence of Sue Richards. Indeed the magazine celebrated America’s bicentennial by congratulating itself on being the first magazine with a woman publisher.

The issue contained photos from a High Society party to celebrate their second issue. Among the guests were Marilyn Chambers and Sue Richards, and an impromptu sexual display by porn acotrs Yolanda Savalas, David Davidson, and Erica Eaton.

The scoop this month was a feature by renowned criminal lawyer F. Lee Bailey about Billy Phillips, a corrupt New York cop who was charged with murder. Phillips had been caught taking payoffs from Xaviera Hollander, the madam who wrote the best seller The Happy Hooker – but he turned star witness before a commission investigating police corruption. However in 1975 he was sentenced to 25 years to life for the 1968 murders of a pimp and a prostitute for failing to make a protection payment.

On the adult film front, Gloria Leonard took 50 women of various ages to see The Opening of Misty Beethoven at the World Theatre and then reported back. Reggie Danzig’s adult film column ‘On Exhibit’ reviewed Alex De Renzy’s Femmes de Sade (“ideal entertainment for those who jerk off during Snuff”), Carter StevensRollerbabies (“Stevens, who has acquired a reputation for low-budget films packed with stimulating raunch, falls on his tuchus with ‘Rollerbabies’”), and French import, The Felines (“stylish purring”).

Other features included nude Polaroids of Patti Smith taken at the Chelsea Hotel before she was famous, and excerpts of Sandra Hochman’s ‘Happiness is Too Much Trouble’,


September 1976 (Vol 1, No. 5)
(click on cover to view magazine)


High Society Greta Garbo nude
Elizabeth Ray scandal
Gloria Leonard column
Bree Anthony / Sue Richards investigates soft core pin-up art
Jean Dalton

The editorial team’s musical chairs continued with the appointment of a new managing editor – the fourth in the first five months of the magazine’s life – named Jay Molishever. As usual, Sue Richards welcomed the new addition to the team, and asserted that the circulation of High Society had increased four-fold since the first issue (Issue 4 had apparently sold 1,000,000 copies.)

Issue 5 was a landmark edition of the magazine as it was the first to advertise celebrity nudity. The concept was to prove so popular that High Society would eventually produce a spin-off publication, ‘Celebrity Skin’. Over the course of its run, Margot Kidder, Ann-Margret and Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully attempted to sue the magazine after it published nude photos of them.

This issue featured nude picture of legendary Swedish film actress, Greta Garbo. The slight drawback was that they were not studio portraits taken during her heyday in the 1920s and 1930s, but rather grainy black and white paparazzo snaps taken from a distance on a beach without her knowledge. The fact that she was 70 at the time and wearing a brutally plain swimming cap didn’t help matters. No matter, the exclusive proved to be a hit, and the issue was the best-selling one to date.

A more literary scoop in the issue was a short story by future Man Booker prize winner and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Ian McEwan, titled ‘Strange Bedfellows’.

Gloria Leonard weighed in with interviews of two friends, fellow porn actors Jamie Gillis and Bobby Astyr. When Gloria asked both men if they are sexually jaded, Bobby admitted to it, but Jamie predictably described his career as a “calling”.

Stalwart porn reviewer Reggie Danzig tackled the English-made Diversions, Abel Ferarra’s scuzzy hardcore foray, 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy Cat, Beau Buchanan’s Sex Du Jour, and C. J. Laing’s piece de resistance, Sweet Punkin (“what C. J. ingests during the course of the film will make your mind boggle, your heart flutter, and your cock erupt – that is, if the rest of the movie doesn’t put you to sleep.”)

Two political sex scandals dominated the tabloids in the mid 1970s – the Fanne Foxe affair (recently profiled in a Rialto Report podcast) and Elizabeth Ray, who had been on the payroll for two years as a clerk-secretary of a committee run by U.S. Rep. Wayne Hays (D-Ohio). In reality she had been providing him sexual favors as her skill set didn’t extend to administrative duties (“I can’t type, I can’t file, I can’t even answer the phone.”)

Somewhat bizarrely the magazine featured a giant poster with an erotic re-telling of the story of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, and Jean Dalton returned in a photo feature with Wade Nichols discussing her adult film career.


October 1976 (Vol 1, No. 6)
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High Society Gloria Leonard interviews Jennifer Welles and Jenny Baxter (aka Janet Baldwin)
– Adult films reviewed
– Obscenity and Freedom of Expression
Betty Davis (funk singer) interviewed by Bree Anthony / Sue Richards
R Bolla in Frankenstein pictorial
Jonas Middleton interview

The sixth issue of High Society led with a serious though topical piece. Manny Neuhaus, the ‘Sex Scene’ editor for Screw magazine, wrote ‘Fear and Loathing in Memphis’, a report on the latest developments in anti-porn legislation, in light of the trial of Harry Reems and others.

This month Sue Richards took over the letters page (though the breathless letters and replies were penned by a junior staffer), and following on from the previous month’s interviews with Jamie Gillis and Bobby Astyr, Gloria Leonard returned to interview two female performers, Jennifer Welles and Jenny Baxter.

The adult film column, ‘On Exhibit’, featured a discussion of the French import Candy’s Candy, a favorable review of Abigail Clayton in Dixie, and a less impressed opinion of Souperman (“It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It looks like somebody’s dirty laundry to me.”) Adult film fans could also read an interview with Jonas Middleton who had just released his third adult film Through the Looking Glass (“a filmmaker extraordinaire who is on the brink of inventing a new industry, in which the public can respond to movies intellectually and emotionally as well physically and sexually.” Sadly this was his last explicit feature.) And for good measure, the magazine featured R. Bolla in an X-rated photo version of Frankenstein.

Perhaps the most unlikely article was the pairing of Sue Richards (porn star) and Bob Weinstein (future co-chairman of Miramax Films, brother of Harvey, and music promoter at the time) to interview Betty Davis (ballsy funk singer, and one-time Mrs. Miles Davis). Betty also posed for pictures with Sue, and her opinions were forthright: “In the sixties, everyone was into dope and staying high. Now it’s sex. Man and woman. My lyrics go right to it. I don’t beat around the bush. It’s hip to eat pussy these days. Really hip.”

And to answer the prayers of men everywhere, the issue also contained an iron-on High Society t-shirt picture. Try asking the special lady in your life to iron that onto your shirt, boys.


November 1976 (Vol 1, No. 7)
(click on cover to view magazine)


High Society Terri Hall mini-article
Gloria Leonard column
– Adult films reviewed
Brigitte Bardot topless
Margo St. James interview

The November issue was perhaps most notable for having the same editorial team for the third month in a row – the first time such stability had existed at High Society. They served up the magazine’s second helping of celebrity skin after the success of the Greta Garbo pictures two months previously. This time the subject was Brigitte Bardot, though once again the shots were largely black and white beach photos taken from a distance away. No matter – the cover headline, ‘Brigitte Bardot Busts Out!’, was enough to ensure the highest circulation thus far.

Writer Richard Milner, who in 1973 had written the groundbreaking examination of the urban pimp culture ‘Black Players’, interviewed Margo St. James about her new organization COYOTE (‘Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics’), established to decriminalize prostitution and improve working conditions for women who sold sex for a living. Milner’s association with High Society would continue into the following year when he put together a landmark one-off publication ‘Who’s Who in X-Rated Films.’

Reggie Danzig’s On Exhibit column took a look at Through The Looking Glass (“too good to be booked into most porn movies houses, yet too explicit to play in ‘legit’ theatres”), the Jennifer Welles vehicle Little Orphan Sammy (“good, clean, dirty, All-American fun”) and gave a positive review to Summer Brown’s The Joy of Letting Go (“I have always suspected that a woman’s fantasy life, when given the freedom of expression, is far more imaginative and enticing than the average man’s. ‘The Joy of Letting Go’ provides evidence for that thesis.”)

Gloria Leonard penned a column describing how she started in the industry (“How Did I Get In This Fucking Business”), and there was a short article on the film Gums included a picture of Terri Hall.


December 1976 (Vol 1, No. 8)
(click on cover to view magazine)


High Society C.J. Laing in ‘A Christmas Carol’ pictorial
Gloria Leonard column
– Adult films reviewed
– Interview with Jim ‘Dandy’ Mangrum
Bree Anthony / Sue Richards pictorial
– Dinner party orgy pictorial with Marc Stevens, Arlana Blue, Ultramax, Jake Teague, Roger Caine, Lorraine Alraune

If anyone thought Carl Ruderman had settled on his editorial team by now, the December issue proved them wrong. Out were Editorial Director Michael Foldes and Managing Editor Jay Molishever, replaced by Carol Lee Baldwin and Doc Silver respectively.

The main selling point of the Christmas issue was the nude pictorial of publisher Sue Richards – on the cover and in a 16-page pull-out poster. Sue challenged other adult magazine publishers – Flynt, Hefner, and Guccione – to follow suit. (Fortunately they ignored her.) The photos were taken by Carl Kravats, who also attended the Ms. All-Bare America contest, and reported back with a pictorial spread.

A more interesting photo feature depicted a dinner party turned orgy – featuring some of New York’s finest adult film talent, such as Marc Stevens, Roger Caine, Arlana Blue, Ultramax, Jake Teague, Lorraine Alraune, and others.

Reggie Danzig reviewed Easy Alice (“leading lady, Linda Wong, could put the ‘d’ into any man’s dong, in a movie that holds one’s interest throughout”), Teenage Sex Therapy, Howard Ziehm’s Sweet Cakes (“a good-natured, simple-minded bit of fun”), and Tinto BrassSalon Kitty.

Other articles include an interview with Jim ‘Dandy’ Mangrum, lead singer of the ‘X-Rated boogie band’ Black Oak Arkansas – allegedly ‘the man with the tightest crotch in rock.’ Remarkably the band are still together – although whether the now 70-year-old frontman is still ‘the man who puts the raunch in rock’ is not clear.

And if that wasn’t enough, C.J. Laing appears in yet another Carl Kravats spread, ‘A Christmas Carol’.


Update (August 23, 2018): Thanks to Robert Rosen who alerted us to this news from the Securities and Exchange Commission:

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced charges against 1 Global Capital LLC and its former chief executive officer for allegedly defrauding at least 3,400 retail investors, more than one-third of whom invested their retirement funds. The Florida-based cash advance company and former CEO Carl Ruderman allegedly fraudulently raised more than $287 million since 2014 in unregistered securities sold through a network that included barred brokers.

Read more here.

  • Posted On: 29th July 2018
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Articles


  1. FRANK · July 29, 2018 Reply


  2. V. Rosenberg · July 29, 2018 Reply

    Interesting retrospective, and a critically useful resource to us academics.
    The value-add is the oral history behind the publications which constitutes excellent research.

  3. Luke reilly · July 29, 2018 Reply

    These sections that revisit the old classic mags are terrific. Thanks so much for your great efforts in bringing these to us.

  4. JJ · July 29, 2018 Reply

    Greta Garbo, Bree Anthony, and Brigitte Bardot……. I love the 70’s~!

  5. P. · July 29, 2018 Reply

    More please!! I hope that this digitization project will continue, and will incorporate all issues of the magazines from the era. It is providing an indispensable and contextually rich history to the period.

    I would like to throw in Adult Cinema Review, Cheri, and Mr. magazine into the mix as well.


  6. Shas · July 29, 2018 Reply

    Let My Puppets Come (1976) with Gerard Damiano
    Sprinkle having sex with future Ewok, Luis ‘Mr Short Stud’ De Jesus.

    I saw two references to dwarf porn star Luis Short Stud, though he is most famous for doing a fisting scene with The Legend Vanessa Del Rio he had a very interesting life. He started out being in the circus and even played an ewok in a Star Wars film. In one of videos Perversions (1984) he has sex with another legend Lee Carrol. I know since he passed away thirty years ago we will never get an interview with him but Rialto is great at digging up old info, just look at the job they did finding out who the lady was in the bondage photo with Jamie Gillis.
    Any chance you can tell his story? Maybe interview the women he performed with like Lee Carrol, Vanessa Del Rio, Serena, Annie Sprinkle etc? He did mostly New York films, I wonder why he never performed with Samantha Fox or Tiffany Clark? Though a few little people came after him, Short Stud really was porn’s first midget porn star.

  7. Patrick Palmer · July 30, 2018 Reply

    Another history lesson!! Love it!

  8. J. Walter Puppybreath · July 30, 2018 Reply

    Day made, RR!

  9. Jack · July 31, 2018 Reply

    C. J. Laing should have had her own mag.

  10. Rdstrkr · August 6, 2018 Reply

    As always you guys rock and thanks for the memories. The digitization is incredibly well done.

    You can see the transitions from editor to editor. Peter Wolfe stuff much sexier than the other stuff. I’m not going to call beaver shots art but he had a much better eye. It was done in a way that got the job done. The other issues are explicit but kind of random, pictures obvious and all over the place. I can know see why 43 years later I was a cheri man and found high society to be a poor mans hustler trying to pass as penthouse .

  11. Rdstrkr · August 6, 2018 Reply

    Couldn’t agree more about C.J. Laing she was the porn fanatics porn star. Defined glamour, oozed sexiness, natural performance seemed so real. She was the one who made the era so great .

  12. David Machado · August 11, 2018 Reply

    Great article.
    I would love an article about hardcore magazines from the 70s and 80s like Gourmet Editions (I believe it’s the most famous American magazine in this category) because these magazines had no production information, writing staff, who was the director or owner , photograph, location, most had neither year of publication nor the name of the actress. Magazines were relatively expensive, but filled with hardcore photos, there were many popular girls of the golden era and video, but no information at all, sometimes only stories with short texts. Some other magazines in this category were Vision of Fantasy, Connoisseur, Graficolor, Ultracolor, Magcorp, Mgn, PU, Academy, Hot Flashes and Swedish Erotica.

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