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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (February 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604734132
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604734133
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The definitive source for the movie fan magazine and how it espoused hoopla and fashioned stardom

About the Author

Anthony Slide is an independent scholar who has published more than seventy-two books on popular entertainment. He has been a specialist appraiser of entertainment memorabilia for more than thirty years, an associate archivist for the American Film Institute, and the resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Foe on June 9, 2010
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As a long-time fan and former reader of fan magazines, I was very excited to see this book by Anthony Slide. I previously enjoyed his book "Nitrate Won't Wait," about film preservation. Somehow this latest volume missed the mark for me. The main problem seemed to be a lack of organization. At times the story of the fan magazine was presented chronologically, at other times thematically. But it seemed to jump around a great deal from subject to subject, from magazine to magazine, from year to year. At times there seemed to be an over-emphasis on trivia concerning certain writers and long-forgotten titles, many of which were short-lived and somewhat beside the point.

The leading fan magazines for many years were Photoplay, Modern Screen, Motion Picture, and a few others, such as Silver Screen, Screenland, etc. The magazines began in the silent days, reaching a peak of beauty in the 1920s and 1930s, and continuing to thrive into the 1940s and 1950s. By the 1960s, however, the form was on a downhill run, with the decline of the studio system, the rise of television, and a move towards titillating headlines and an obsession with Jackie Onassis. By the end of the 1970s the major titles were out of business and the fan magazine field pretty much over, although celebrity journalism has certainly thrived in other formats since then.

Interviews with Rona Barrett and David Ragan were interesting and welcome, but only told part of the story.

Movie magazines were great fun to read and look at, and additional photographs of movie magazine covers through the years would have been a welcome addition.

The rise, golden years, and fall of the fan magazines is a fascinating story, but too much of that fascination is left out of this book. I enjoyed it, but wanted more.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Long on May 21, 2010
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This is an invaluable resource for anyone who is interested in the history of Hollywood fan magazines, from the silent movie era to the present. It would have been nicer if the book had also included a rich selection of color magazine covers, but those can be found elsewhere online (for example in "The Movie Magazine" by Steven Lomazow, M.D.).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Petrucelli on December 21, 2010
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Noted Hollywood chronicler Anthony Slide offers a definitive history of the fan magazine from its pioneering days through its golden years, to its decline into sleaze and titillation. Agents and studio heads loved the mags because their clients would get fluffy features that helped sell films and boost a star's popularity. It didn't matter that (in the early years) "exclusive stories" were manufactured by publicity departments and that truth was so distorted and misshapen it often became legend. (Think Lana being discovered at Schwab's.) Slide examines magazine content and its decade-by-decade change, and doesn't ignore the often-overlooked publishers, editors and writers. Don't let the University Press imprint scare you: This is a highly readable, fascinating book that's of interest to film buffs and sociologists. And oh! The photos and magazine reproductions make us yearn for the way things were.
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