Videos



Beaver Street Interviews & Readings



The Beautiful Kind



This is an excerpt from my interview with Kendra Holliday, editor of The Beautiful Kind, conducted at Shameless Grounds, a sex-positive coffeehouse in St. Louis. I’d gone there in April to begin a promotional tour for the U.S. edition of Beaver Street. In this clip, I explain my so-called “experiment in participatory journalism”—posing for an X-rated photo shoot to gain insight into the mind of a porn star.


Another excerpt from my interview with Kendra Holliday, editor of of The Beautiful Kind, conducted at Shameless Grounds. In this clip, I discuss my working relationship with porn legend Annie Sprinkle, who was a columnist for Stag magazine in the 1980s. Click here to watch the complete interview.

Bloomsday on Beaver Street



On June 16, 2012, Bloomsday, at the Killarney Rose on Beaver Street in New York City, I held the launch party for Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography. Actor and writer Byron Nilsson presided over the proceedings. In this clip, he introduces the themes that were celebrated on that memorable night: pornography, James Joyce, Ulysses, Watergate, Deep Throat, and Father’s Day.


This is my complete reading of the so-called “dirty part” from the chapter titled “The Accidental Porn Star” at Bloomsday on Beaver Street at the Killarney Rose, in New York City, on June 16, 2012.


Subway Vigilante Bernhard Goetz is introduced by Byron Nilsson and delivers a surreal non-performance at Bloomsday on Beaver Street.

The Erotic Review


In this five-part film, Kate Copstick and Jamie Maclean from Erotic Review magazine interview me about the impact on the porn business of cruder tastes, cheap technology and freely available online videos.


1. Porn Is No Longer About Sex

The shift in popular preference to record-breaking feats of extreme perversion, and how other adult niches are likely to be affected.


2. Reporting on Porn from First-Hand Experience

Robert Rosen recalls his initial experiences in adult entertainment, on both sides of the cameras.


3. The Rise of the Citizen Pornographer

Robert Rosen discusses the declining prospects of adult video as a business.


4. Does It Take More Than a Camcorder to Be a Porn Director?

The impact of online video streaming on the adult film industry.


5. An Investigative Memoir about Adult Entertainment

Author Robert Rosen considers the style of Beaver Street: A History of Modern Pornography.

Rew & Who?



On December 7, 2011, the 31st anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I was invited on Rew & Who?, an Internet TV show, to discuss my Lennon bio, Nowhere Man. At the 2:20 mark in this segment of the interview, the conversation turns to Beaver Street, and later to the book I’m currently working on, Bobby in Naziland.


My encore appearance on Rew & Who?, from October 10, 2012.

Talk Story TV



Robert Rosen chats with Julia Widdop about Beaver Street.

Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street

In Beaver Street, I write about my officemate at Swank Publications, who’s both the managing editor of For Adults Only magazine and a professional actor who specializes in playing Nazis. (He’s perhaps best known as The Weeping Nazi in the premiere episode of Late Night with Conan O’Brien.) In the book I call him “Henry Dorfman.” Since Beaver Street was published, however, he's not only given me permission to use his real name—Paul Slimak—but has done a series of promotional videos for the book playing his favorite character, renegade Nazi Erich von Pauli. Also featured in these videos is Paul's wife, Agnes Herrmann.

Be sure to check out some of Paul's other films. He plays the Priest in Cookie and Jay, a john in Working Girls. Agnes has most recently appeared in The Road, as Archer’s Woman. This year, look for both of them in Boot Tracks, starring Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan.


Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode One


Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode Two. Featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell.


Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode Three. Featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell.


Erich von Pauli on Beaver Street: Episode Four. Featuring Agnes Herrmann as Diana Clerkenwell and Kevin S. Foster as Captain Derek Lancashire.

Nowhere Man Readings and Interviews



Lennonight at 2A



In this video, I read the opening section of “Being Rich” and all of “Chapter 27” from my book Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon. The latter chapter is my eyewitness account of Mark David Chapman’s sentencing hearing. Lennon’s killer believed that by murdering the ex-Beatle, he’d write the missing chapter of J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye in Lennon’s blood. This video was shot by Michael Paul at the 2A bar in New York City’s East Village, on October 15, 2013.

Rew & Who?



On December 7, 2011, the 31st anniversary of John Lennon’s murder, I talked about and read from my Lennon bio, Nowhere Man, on the Rew & Who Internet TV show.