The Life and Death of a Gay Porn Icon . . .
Although he starred in fewer than forty adult films, Jon Vincent was one of the most popular, most recognizable, and most durable stars of the all male adult film industry. Known for his near-competitive level physique and his non-stop, erotic verbal pyrotechnics, his was a persona unlike any other in gay (or straight) porn. On screen and off, he possessed the kind of high-voltage charisma that could only be called star quality. From his first starring vehicle, Heavenly, in 1988, he was idolized and emulated as a paradigm of gay male sexual iconography. By 1990, he was earning more than a hundred thousand dollars a year, as well as a reputation for being drunk, difficult to work with, and dependent on a variety of dangerous drugs. He died ten years later, a homeless Heroin addict. He was thirty-seven years old.
A Thousand One Night Stands is Jon Vincent’s true story, the "moral inventory" of his life, conceived in the months prior to his tragic death. A fast paced, exciting read, it possesses appeal on many levels. From his aborted career as a baseball player to his days of fame as porn star, dancer, and high-priced gigolo/prostitute, A Thousand and One Night Stands is the story of a life derailed, a life begun in bright promise and ended, prematurely, in despair. A Thousand and One Night Stands also takes the reader on a harrowing journey through the seductive, glamorous world of gay porn and its seamier satellites: male strip clubs and prostitution. Lastly, in the tradition of Jerry Stahl’s Permanent Midnight and William Burroughs’ classic Junkie, A Thousand and One Night Stands chronicles one man’s struggle with Heroin addiction from the pseudo-glamour of shooting up at Hollywood penthouse drug parties to the degradation of scoring with the bums in the slums of L. A.
A Thousand and One Night Stands is an experience that will continue to affect its readers long after they have finished the book.