Since 1929, Hollywood’s brightest stars have flocked to the Chateau Marmont as if it were a second home. An apartment building-turned-hotel, the Chateau has been the backdrop for generations of gossip and folklore: where director Nicholas Ray slept with his sixteen-year-old Rebel Without a Cause star Natalie Wood; Jim Morrison swung from the balconies; John Belushi suffered a fatal overdose; and Lindsay Lohan got the boot after racking up nearly $50,000 in charges in less than two months. But despite its mythic reputation, much of what has happened inside the Chateau’s walls has eluded the public eye—until now. With wit and insight, Shawn Levy recounts the wild revelries and scandalous liaisons, the creative breakthroughs and marital breakdowns, the births and deaths to which the hotel has been a party. Vivid, salacious, and richly informed, The Castle on Sunset is a glittering tribute to Hollywood as seen from inside the walls of its most hallowed hotel.
From the moment the Byrds debuted at Ciro’s on March 26th 1965 — with Bob Dylan joining them on stage — through the demonstrations of November 1966, Sunset Strip nightclubs introduced the Doors, Buffalo Springfield the Mothers of Invention, and so many more. Riot on Sunset Strip shows how this legendary scene came together, burned briefly but brilliantly, and then fell apart after the Summer of Love. This inspiring book evokes a raucous, revolutionary time in American culture for those who lived it and contemporary youth culture fascinated by the time.
Harry Dean Stanton (1926--2017) got his start in Hollywood in TV productions such as Zane Grey Theater and Gunsmoke. After a series of minor parts in forgettable westerns, he gradually began to get film roles that showcased his laid-back acting style, appearing in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly's Heroes (1970), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Alien (1979). He became a headliner in the eighties -- starring in Wim Wenders's moving Paris, Texas (1984) and Alex Cox's Repo Man (1984) -- but it was his extraordinary skill as a character actor that established him as a revered cult figure and kept him in demand throughout his career. Joseph B. Atkins unwinds Stanton's enigmatic persona in the first biography of the man Vanity Fair memorialized as "the philosopher poet of character acting." He sheds light on Stanton's early life in West Irvine, Kentucky, exploring his difficult relationship with his Baptist parents, his service in the Navy, and the events that inspired him to drop out of college and pursue acting. Atkins also chronicles Stanton's early years in California, describing how he honed his craft at the renowned Pasadena Playhouse before breaking into television and movies. In addition to examining the actor's acclaimed body of work, Atkins also explores Harry Dean Stanton as a Hollywood legend, following his years rooming with Jack Nicholson, partying with David Crosby and Mama Cass, jogging with Bob Dylan, and playing poker with John Huston. "HD Stanton" was scratched onto an interior jail cell wall in Easy Rider (1969), painted on an exterior concrete wall in Drive, He Said (1971), and was the name of a character in Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop (1971). Critic Roger Ebert so admired the actor that he suggested the "Stanton-Walsh Rule," which states that "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." Harry Dean Stanton is often remembered for his crowd-pleasing roles in movies like Pretty in Pink (1986) or Escape from New York (1981), but this impassioned biography illuminates the entirety of his incredible sixty-year career. Drawing on interviews with the actor's friends, family, and colleagues, this much-needed book offers an unprecedented look at a beloved figure.
Examining a spectrum of post-mortem images, this volume considers what death photography communicates about attitudes related to dying, mourning and the afterlife. Focusing on American examples, topics are discussed alongside contemporary representations of death, as seen in celebrity death images and forensic photography.
Travelling in the Eastern Mediterranean was a common activity for the more adventurous of North European scholars in the 18th and 19th Centuries and many of the papers in this book discuss the adventures of Colonel Leake, Sir William Gell, Edward Lear and Lady Hester Stanhope. However there are also interesting studies of less well known Muslim and Italian travellers. Contents: Colonel Leake traveller and scholar (Malcolm Wagstaff); William Martin Leake and the Greek Revival (Hugh Ferguson); Leake in Kythera (Davina Huxley); Straddling the Aegean: William Gell 1811-1813 (Charles Plouviez); The Anger of Lady Hester Stanhope (Norman Lewis); Jacob Jonas Bjornstahl and his Travels in Thessaly (Berit Wells); the level of contact between East and West: pilgrims and visitors to Jerusalem and Constantinople from the 9th to the 12th Centuries (Peter Frankopan); Muslim Travellers to Bilad al-Sham (Syria and Palestine) from the 13th to the 16th Centuries: Maghribi travel accounts (Yehoshu'a Frenkel); Italian travellers to the Levant: retracing the Bible in a world of Muslims and Jews, 1815-1914 (Barbara Codacci); The Norths in Syria, Egypt and Palestine, 1865-1866 (Brenda Moon); The Pilgrimage to Budding Tourism: the role of Thomas Cook in the rediscovery of the Holy Land (Ruth Kark); J F Lewis 1805-1876: mythology as biography (Emily Weeks); Edward Lear's Travels to the Holy Land: visits to Mount Sinai, Petra and Jerusalem (Hisham Khatib); Oriental novellas in the works of Gerard de Nerval, 1840s (Marianna Taymanova).