Once gracing the covers of numerous gay newspapers and magazines, Brian Reynolds was a key figure of Los Angeles’ emergent gay adult film industry of the late 1960s. He had all but disappeared from gay adult film historiography until he re-emerged as a cover model for a scholarly journal in 2012, to illustrate pioneering scholarship that initiated contemporary Pat Rocco studies. This article puts the story of Brian Reynolds in dialogue with critical star studies in order to offer a recovery history of Reynolds. Reynolds’ rise to celebrity and sudden relegation to obscurity underscores the historical instability of gay pornographic stardom; in this case an instability that resulted from interpersonal relationship shifts, performer turnover, and the industry’s profit-oriented dependence on economic inequality.
Original Publication Information
Finley Freibert (2020) Brian Reynolds, public visibility, and gay stardom, Porn Studies, DOI: 10.1080/23268743.2020.1844591
Freibert, Finley, "Brian Reynolds, Public Visibility, and Gay Stardom" (2020). Faculty Scholarship. 465.
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