Introduction

This blog will describe a revolution that threw the porn industry into chaos.  Between the late 1970s and early 90s, established mob-connected companies succumbed to a new breed of yuppie video porn kings.  A chance to get rich quick brought hordes of young women clamoring to become porn stars; many–still in their teens–were not prepared for the downside of porn stardom.  As sex movies spread to suburban malls, the U. S. Government launched a massive “War on Porn” that almost drove explicit flicks back to red-light districts.

David Jennings helped lead this revolution.  His company was the first to shoot adult feature movies directly on videotape.  The journal he kept during 12 years in the business became the basis for his book SKINFLICKS: The Inside Story of the X-Rated Video Industry. 

This blog will use materials from SKINFLICKS and other research to detail this “Wild West” period in porn history and answer questions about it.  This blog will not be pornographic; it is about pornography 

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David Blander

David Blander had had many careers. As a director, he made commercials for clients such as Magnavox, the State of Michigan, Clark Equipment and Amway. As a video engineer, his biggest accounts were the underworld porn kings who pioneered the home video revolution of the 1980s. When California legalized medical pot in 1996, he developed a trophy-winning strain that he distributed to northern California dispensaries—until Feds and local sheriffs busted his grow-op warehouses. Now retired, Blander is beginning another career: writing. Plato said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” Blander’s professional history gives his life plenty to examine.

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