Press Release: Legendary Filmmaker John Amero’s Autobiography ‘American Exxxtasy’

Press Release: Legendary Filmmaker John Amero’s Autobiography ‘American Exxxtasy’

‘American Exxxstasy – My 30-Year Search for a Happy Ending’
by John Amero, with Ashley West and April Hall

The Rialto Report is proud to announce the publication of our first book – in conjunction with FAB Press.

Pre-order with a 20% discount and secure your autographed and numbered limited edition via FAB Press.


An Autobiographical Journey from Porn to Primetime

How does a young man from a small New England town become one of the most influential makers of exploitation films in the 1960s? How does the same filmmaker come to be a pioneer of hardcore sex movies in the 1970s and 1980s, including groundbreaking gay features? And how does that very same director move into mainstream productions for television networks like NBC in the 1990s?

In American Exxxtasy, John Amero charts his remarkable life and career at the forefront of the sexual revolution, while sharing what it was like to be a gay man living in the heart of New York City through the eras of Stonewall, LGBTQ rights and AIDS.

It’s a memoir that depicts his close bond with his brother Lem, with whom he formed a thirty-year filmmaking partnership. It details his friendship and collaboration with notorious exploitation director Michael Findlay and his wife Roberta. And it explores John’s relationships with notable names such as Andy Warhol, Montgomery Clift, Anthony Perkins, and Olympia Dukakis.

American Exxxtasy is an engaging personal story told with candour, emotion and humour, and a portrait of an industry and a city that were rapidly changing. And it’s the only first-person account that provides intimate insight into a singularly unique journey from porn to primetime.

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About the Authors

John Amero is a pioneering filmmaker whose career has spanned many decades and film genres. He started out with close friend Michael Findlay – a fellow movie lover he met in the editing department of ABC television – and together they directed the notorious ‘roughie’ Body of a Female in 1965. John then formed a film partnership with his brother Lem that produced groundbreaking 1960s exploitation films such as Diary of a Swinger and The Corporate Queen, and 1970s hardcore classics like Blonde Ambition and Every Inch a Lady. During this time, John also made a notable series of gay sex films under the name Francis Ellie, and worked regularly with adult film stalwarts Chuck Vincent and Larry Revene throughout the 1980s. He continued to make his own films into the 1990s, including producing a mainstream television special starring Olympia Dukakis.

Ashley West and April Hall are co-founders of The Rialto Report. The Rialto Report offers oral history, audio, photo, and documentary archives from the golden age of adult film in New York, and beyond.


Pre-order with a 20% discount and secure your autographed and numbered limited edition via FAB Press.

Media inquiries should be directed to The Rialto Report.


Binding: Hardcover

Extent: 224 pages, including 16 pages of illustrations

ISBN: 978-1-913051-06-8

Expected to ship date August 2020


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  • Posted On: 28th May 2020
  • By: Ashley West
  • Under: Articles


  1. Jeff Haden · May 28, 2020 Reply

    Do you guys ever sleep????

    My God, you are constantly delivering!!!!!!!!

    Love it.

  2. G-Man · May 28, 2020 Reply


  3. Jim stevens · May 28, 2020 Reply

    Very cool. Do you know if credit card companies will tack on any fees because this is in euros? I know…not your specialty, but I remember ordering another book from the UK and the fees ended up costing as much as the book.

    • April Hall · May 28, 2020 Reply

      Hi Jim. I think it depends on your credit card company so you might want to check with them. Fab Press also has a PayPal option which might be more efficient. Hope that helps!

  4. Gary McEwan · May 28, 2020 Reply

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! I think I’ve ran out of things to express just how much I love this website. Seriously you guys have taken things to a different level completely. I’m astonished by the level of detail and care in everything you produce. For the past 30 years myself and others here in London met at film fairs and swapped movies and always wondered who were behind the likes of Avon, what Jamie Gillis was doing and what were the stories behind the names we found while watching, Zebedy Colt being a prime example. Well The Rialto Report comes along and blows every other source out of the water., not only do you give the details but the newspaper cuttings, the photos, the interviews and every single last detail that relates to the story. And on top of that, everything is written with care, with love and with passion. I’ll never stop thanking you guys, you are amazing in every way. You’ve made a serious film nut here in London the happiest man ever. Thank you.

    • April Hall · May 29, 2020 Reply

      Gary, your comments really mean a lot to us. Thank you so much for taking the time to share them.

  5. tom · May 29, 2020 Reply

    Looking forward to this here in the US. Any chace for a kindle release?

  6. Claude Caswell · May 29, 2020 Reply

    I have always been a fan and I’m really looking forward to reading his memoir.

  7. Paul Scanlon · May 30, 2020 Reply

    John Amero was a fixture at the late and much lamented Lion’s Head saloon in the Village. He was a great story teller; a true raconteur and funny as all get out. I’m very much looking forward to his book.

  8. Frank F · May 31, 2020 Reply

    This is great news! Ordering my copy today.

  9. Mike Cagle · September 4, 2020 Reply

    Any idea when the book will ship?

    • April Hall · September 4, 2020 Reply

      Hi Mike – there was a slight delay in shipping due to the pandemic but we have now confirmed that books will start shipping the 3rd week of September (i.e. in 2 weeks). Thanks so much for your patience!

  10. Paige · October 4, 2020 Reply

    Got the book a few days ago. He’s a great writer and storyteller.

  11. S · February 22, 2023 Reply

    Any plans to release this on kindle?


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