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Rialto Report: Fred Lincoln: The Early Years

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When people talk about the early pioneers of adult film in New York, names like Jamie Gillis, Harry Reems and Tina Russell spring to mind. But in January 2013, the industry lost someone who was there at the beginning, and remained there pretty much until his passing – and that’s Fred Lincoln.

Fred was born to a traditional Italian family in 1930s Hells Kitchen, New York. He was smart, but preferred the streets and petty crime to church and school, maybe influenced by family connections to local mobsters. After a time in the marines, Fred tried the quiet life; he settled down, got married and worked at a regular job, but the bright lights of the city were calling. He started acting, and before long became one of the very first adult film performers in loops and early features.

Fred made loops with all the early characters like Sam Menning, Teddy Snyder and Smitty. He starred with Harry Reems in ‘Sex USA‘ (1971), Gerard Damiano’s pre-‘Deep Throat‘ (1972) hit that paved the way for porno chic. He acted regularly before turning his hand to directing and following the industry out to the west coast.

Along the way, he was married seven times, counting adult star Tiffany Clark and porn director Patti Rhodes among his wives. He helped Larry Levenson manage Plato’s Retreat and started the notorious Hellfire Club. He even found time to regularly work in mainstream movies as a stuntman, and to star in one of the most influential horror films of the early 1970s, ‘Last House on the Left‘ (1972).

I wanted to know how Fred remembered the early days of the porn industry when loops were king, porno was chic and New York was the center of it all, so in 2007, I sat down with him to discuss his New York years.

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Rialto Report: Ginger Lynn: The Girl Next Door

January 10, 2015 • Audio, Ginger Lynn, Podcast, Show Feed • Views: 2863

Ginger Lynn is an actress, artist, and radio show host. And in the 1980s, she was an adult film star. One of the biggest. And in some ways, the modern adult film industry started with her. She began as an actress when adult films were still films – appearing with many of the names that …

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Rialto Report:Marlene Willoughby: New York’s Archetypal Porn Star

December 2, 2014 • Audio, Marlene Willoughby, Podcast, Show Feed • Views: 2674

In many respects, Marlene Willoughby was the archetypal 1970s New York adult film actress – which was strange as she is a Polish / Italian Catholic from Detroit. She arrived in New York as a teenager in 1961 with her mother and older sister – and immediately set about becoming an actress. Her

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Rialto Report: Suze Randall. And Humphry. And Holly

November 14, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed, Suze Randall • Views: 2832

Suze Randall (above), her husband Humphry Knipe, and her daughter Holly have been one of the most influential families in the adult industry of the last 40 years. – Suze is a former model, who shot many photographic layouts for Playboy, Hustler, Penthouse and more. – Humphry directed a

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Rialto Report: Shanna McCullough: Like Ginger Exploding

November 2, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Shanna McCullough, Show Feed • Views: 2907

Shanna McCullough always seemed to be full of contradictions. She was a golden age adult film actress, yet she was still in the industry until just a few years ago. She’s an award-winning veteran of 100s of films, but she came from a Christian family and only had a couple of boyfriends before she

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Rialto Report: Carter Stevens: A Porn Renaissance Man Podcast 07 (reprise)

October 12, 2014 • Audio, Carter Stevens, Podcast • Views: 1864

Carter Stevens is back in the game! He recently announced his intention to make a comedy called ‘The Squad’. You can find out more details about his project – and learn how you can help raise the funds – here. Please give generously! In the meantime, we’re re-posting our interview with

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Rialto Report: Serena: Hippie, Kinky, Teenage Cruiser

August 1, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Ravens Deals, Rialto Report, Serena • Views: 2447

Serena was one of the most popular stars of 1970s adult film. She stood out from many other actresses. She was striking, aloof, distant, and cool and had a genuine star quality. She was private and enigmatic too, and details of her life seemed to be mysterious and unknowable. This is set to change

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Rialto Report: Marty Hodas: King of the Peeps

July 6, 2014 • Audio, Marty Hodas, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 846

On this episode of The Rialto Report, we tell the story of the legendary Marty Hodas – ‘King of the Peeps’ – with his only audio interview since the 1970s. Marty introduced peep show machines into Times Square – creating the basis for the adult film industry, and changing the face of New

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Rialto Report Jerry Butler

June 19, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 2428

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the publication of Jerry Butler’s autobiography, ‘Raw Talent’. It was opinionated, frenetic, controversial, and entertaining. Just like Jerry Butler himself. Love it or hate it – and many loved it, and many hated it – ‘Raw Talent’ was a revelation.

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Rialto Report: Sharon Kane: ‘History Should Be Remembered For As Long As It’s Needed’

May 28, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Sharon Kane, Show Feed • Views: 2548

Sharon Kane is one of the most prolific adult film stars of all time, having featured in 100s of films, videos, and loops over a 30 year period. She began work as an exotic dancer at Alex De Renzy‘s Screening Room in the mid-70′s, before entering the porn industry in 1978 in the film

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Rialto Report: Jeanne Silver: Real Wild Child

May 4, 2014 • Audio, Jeanne Silver, Podcast, Rialto Report • Views: 2352

This week we return to one of The Rialto Report’s earliest and most downloaded interviews. Jeanne Silver – adult film actress and stripper from the 1970s and 1980s – joins us to talk about her life and memories. With thanks to Josh Alan Friedman for the great picture above. Visit his website

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Rialto Report: Candida Royalle

April 21, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 2571

Candida Royalle joins The Rialto Report to talk about her life and influential career as a pioneer in the adult film industry. With tales of Brooklyn beginnings, San Francisco in the 70s, the Cockettes, 8mm loops, John Holmes, Bob Chinn, John Leslie, New York in the 80s, Chuck

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Rialto Report: Sharon Mitchell

April 7, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Sharon Mitchell, Show Feed • Views: 2287

Three years ago, following the closure of AIM (Adult Industry Medical Associates) which she had founded and managed for over a decade, Sharon Mitchell left Los Angeles and the adult film industry in which she had featured so prominently for over 30 years. How does Sharon remember her early days as

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Rialto Report: Rick Savage

March 25, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 2363

On this episode of The Rialto Report, Rick Savage talks about his life and career from being a dancer to a sex show performer to becoming a star in the California and New York adult film industries. With tales of Annette Haven, classical ballet, Shanna McCullough, Jim and Artie Mitchell,

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Rialto Report: Kay Parker: Many Lives

March 17, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 2300

On this episode of The Rialto Report, Kay Parker talks about her beginnings in war time Birmingham in England to becoming a star in the California adult film industry. With tales of Sex World, Robert McCallum, Taboo, Annette Haven, Caballero, Joey Covington, Jefferson Airplane, Abigail

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Rialto Report: Al Goldstein: Screw, Midnight Blue, and Fuck You

February 28, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 1929

Al Goldstein died in December 2013. He’d been the founder of Screw magazine, which helped break down legal barriers against pornography and raged against politicians, organized religion and anything that suggested good taste. On this special extended episode of The Rialto Report, we look back

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Gloria Leonard: The Rialto Report interview Podcast 16 (reprise)

February 12, 2014 • Audio, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 2200

Striptaculous: We are proud to be carrying the Rialto Report and this is no exception.  Gloria was a great pioneer of the industry, we will miss her. The Rialto Report interviewed Gloria Leonard in July 2013. Our intention was to speak for a couple of hours about the first half of her life in

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387 Ashley West The Rialto Report

February 2, 2014 • Audio, Other Shows, Podcast, Rialto Report, Show Feed • Views: 2068

We had a great time talking about the birth of the porn industry in NY with Ashley West of the Rialto Report.com.  Ashley is on a mission to document the beginnings of the NY Porn scene and interview the pioneers of the industry.  Everyone from Al Goldstein, Jamie Gillis, Georgina Spelvin, Seka