Saturday, September 28, 2013

Federico Garcia Lorca

It's a shame that so many people have never heard of him.  Many may not be aware of Federico, but this legendary gay Spanish poet and playwright went to college with Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí.    He had a steamy affair (how sexual it was remains in question) with Dalí.   In addition to poems, he wrote plays like Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba.  Dalí said about Federico that  "He was homosexual, as everyone knows, and madly in love with me. He tried to screw me twice .... I was extremely annoyed, because I wasn’t homosexual, and I wasn’t interested in giving in. Besides, it hurts. So nothing came of it. But I felt awfully flattered vis-à-vis the prestige. Deep down I felt that he was a great poet and that I owe him a tiny bit of the Divine Dalí's asshole. He eventually bagged a young girl, and she replaced me in the sacrifice. Failing to get me to put my ass at his disposal, he swore that the girl’s sacrifice was matched by his own: it was the first time he had ever slept with a woman."  There's so much about Dali's statement that contradicts itself, but they belong to him and not Federico. 
Mr. Lorca suffered severe depression and guilt about being a man who loved other men, which seems to have become especially intense with reagrds to casual encounters with strangers throughout his life.  Many en seemed to be attracted to him, .  Many describe him as being very charismatic in person, something that photographs of him aren't able to fully capture. He also had the physical attractiveness to draw sexual attention to himself.
Controversy still remains about the motives and details of Lorca's murder. While not considered likely by most historians, some believe that it was his gay personal life that was the reason for his death instead of his politics and the govenment.  It's believed that he died in 1936 when soldiers dragged him into a field, shot him and tossed his body into an unmarked grave.  Franco's government tried to obliterate Lorca's memory.  His books were prohibited, his name forbidden.  His poetry has been translated into a dozen languages and his name is known worldwide.
Lorca and Dalí

Death in Granada was a 1996 movie about his life.  In the film, a journalist starts an investigation into the disappearance of poet and political agitator, Garcia Lorca, who disappeared in the early days of the Spanish Civil War in the the 1930's. Then came the film Little Ashes, a 2008 Spanish-Britis film. 
  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 1967



The first issue of this monthly gay magazine premiered in September of 1967.  Like many good ideas, it was published as a local newsletter, by the activist group PRIDE (Personal Rights in Defense and Education) in Los Angeles. The need for it was inspired by a police raid on a Los Angeles gay bar called the Black Cat Tavern.

Built in 1939, the Black Cat  was the site of one of the nation’s earliest documented gay rights demonstrations...happening more than two years before the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Located at 3909 W. Sunset Blvd, I'm hoping that VGMH's resident expert on California gay history, Mike (Studio City), might be able to share any information he knows about this place/it's location in Hollywood?  Now back to how it helped to create The Advocate...
Richard Mitch (using the pseudonym "Dick Michaels") and Bill Rau (under the name "Bill Rand") joined PRIDE and, along with artist Sam Winston, the trio transformed the activist newsletter into a real newspaper, which they titled The Los Angeles Advocate.

By early 1968, PRIDE was struggling.  It's reported that Mitch and Rau paid the PRIDE  group $1 for ownership.  In 1969, the newspaper was renamed simply The Advocate and distributed nationally. By 1974, Mitch and Rau were printing 40,000 copies for each issue.

It attracted the attention of David Goodstein, an investment banker from San Francisco who bought the publication in 1974. Under Goodstein's direction, The Advocate transformed into a national news magazine covering events important to the gay community.  Here's a sampling of covers through the decades.  



Saturday, September 21, 2013

Bull Dozier (end of series)


It's sometimes easy to dismiss, but the truth is that smut's bottom line is no different than any other merchandise being sold--it's about marketing a thought or desire or need within us all.  Actually, smut is oftentimes nuch more pure in its message, as many non-sexual mainstream products have used human sexuality in subliminal ways for centuries.  Sex is pretty easy when it's presented as such--either it turns us on or it doesn't.  And if you're like me, one of the hardest things about these two men is trying to decide which of them is sexier.  Bull Dozier and Bruno appeared together in a Honcho magazine photo feature and starred for Target Studio's  as well as the Bullet series of loop compilations.


Thanks to the copy text below, we get to know that Bull "hails from New Orleans" as the story goes on to compare Bull to Hollywood actor Bruce Dern with regards to facial appearance, and takes note that Bull "has a body like iron and the necessary equipment to back it up.  If his soft Southern drawl doesn't get to you, there are plenty of hard things that will."   
 
Indeed, it's easy to see that this man had the chops to be a mainstream print model. VGMH can only fantasize about what a Bull and Playgirl combination could have produced if they had only gotten together for one of their classic photo shoots.  

We'll leave this series with two of the men that it began with, Nick Rodgers and Bull Dozier together.  Bull's fingers prep a tight-assed Nick, as his hairy cock gets sucked by Rodgers in excited anticipation of getting a good manly fucking.  Way to go, Bull!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fall!

 
Here at VGMH it's time to switch seasons and head back into the steamy, sweaty world of male lockerooms and used jock straps for Fall.  So let's welcome Fall with some vintage football smut! 

This great little loop starred George Conover and Art Davis in Backfield in Motion in 1979.  Nova Studios once again provided the goods with this football themed story, in which a well-built muscular blond stud sees this dark haired guy he likes during the game, and then delivers a touchdown in the locker room.  There's lots of weenie sucking going on!  This loop was about 19 minutes long.  It was later released in compilation form with other loops in the film Beached.



Saturday, September 14, 2013

There's a New Kid In Town

Mandate, November 1979
Bull Dozier was without any doubt a true find for Target and Colt Studios.  The man was a total package (face, physique, persona) that could have easily persuaded the public to buy soft drinks, jeans, cigarettes, but in this case it was good 'ol fashioned smut.  
If you were looking for handsome machismo around 1980, then you hit the jackpot with Bull.  In his relatively short career in adult media, Bull worked alongside Nick Rodgers and Bruno.  And as often happens in this trade of work, he appears to have drifted back out as quickly as he arrived. Bull gave it good with his costars in Up Tight (Nick Rodgers) and Close Up.  In the movie Satisfaction Bull performed solo, showcasing his beautifully hard physique.  He also appeared in print media in magazines like Ramrod, Mandate, Stallion, and Honcho, as well as advertisements in the October 1979 issue of In Touch and the July 1980 issue of The Advocate.
Please stay tuned for more Bull

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Nick The Dick (Nick Rodgers, part three)



Ever wonder what happens when one incredibly masculine horn-dawg hooks up with an even more-macho dude? It looks like Nick Rodgers  and Bull Dozier are about to find out.  From the 1980 hairy dickfest "Up Tight!" which was also released as "The Closesup" for Target Studios.   
Lucky Nick was working with someone special in this film and he sure looks to be enjoying his partner.  Nick seems to can't stop playing with Bull's cock.  Bull was one of those guys who seemed to drift into smut and just as mysteriously drift back out.  He didn't make a lot of films but the ones he did generated a lot of interest.  One look at that body and face and it's easy to see why. 
 Looks like Nick's getting bulldozed!  Please stay tuned for more on Bull. 


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Nick Rodgers (part two)

Nick was very popular in adult media, especially between 1977-1985.   VGMH's last posting with pictures from the magazine Buddies featured Nick enjoying the great outdoors, and now we get treated to yet more pics of him outside.   He graced the pages of Honcho magazine with photographs from Target Studios.  It's very obvious that Lou Thomas, the creator of Target Studios, appreciated masculine men and recognized something special in Nick.  Stage names for Nick Rodgers included Larry LeBlanc and Nick Rogers.  

Nick's good looks (without being a pretty-boy type model) and his low-key persona made him a natural to play the 'everyday man' who could easily have been that guy shooting hoops at the gym  or the car mechanic in greasy overalls.  In fact, he played the garage manager in 1979's The Grease Monkeys as well as an appearance in 1981's Jockstrap.
 

But one of his most famous roles was in 1978's The Idol, where Nick played the part of the dedicated athletic team coach.  It's a coming-of-age story that many young men who've ever played sports can identify with, only this is porn so of course things get nasty in a hurry.    In this film, sexually unsure of himself (and worried about the lack of interest in his girlfriend), young athlete Gary can't ignore his sexual attraction towards his coach, who he also admires and respects.   The Idol showcased Nick's acting talents as well as his buff physique and thick manhood.  Without a doubt, Nick masters a presence when he appears in a scene, both clothed or otherwise.  Unconfirmed, he may have tried his hand in mainstream entertainment, including as an extra in the 1979 hit movie The China Syndrome.

But it was probably earlier in his career, in 1977's Hot Truckin' (as Larry LeBlanc) where most fans first took notice of him in adult movie theatres.  The scene of Nick and Gordon Grant in the back of a truck was super-hot for audiences, as these two beefy guys get connected.  Nick also heads off to pay a visit to a public men's room in a park and does a glory hole scene with Johnny Dillon.   Nick's staying power in the business remained strong.  When Al Parker was looking to cast a couple of hunky forest rangers in 1984's Rangers, Al picked Nick (and Chris West) to make sure there was plenty of hard woodies in woods, with an assortment of outdoor men, including campers, fishermen, and loggers. 

Please stay tuned for part three of Nick.