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LA's Graveside Companion: Where the V.I.P.s R.I.P. Paperback – March, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing (March 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076433154X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764331541
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Goldstein was born in Boston, Massachusetts, where he developed his love of history and cemeteries at a very early age. Growing up within biking distance of the sites he studied in school where the Revolutionary War began, he was endlessly fascinated with making history come alive by visiting the locations where the events of hundreds of years before took place, and then visiting the graves of the participants. In those days, he made gravestone rubbings by placing butcher paper over the three-hundred-year-old stones and rubbing charcoal over them to reproduce the images of the stones.
Moving to Southern California at the age of 18, he continued studying and visiting the sites of historic events and touring around the local cemeteries, where he began his vast collection of photographs of the graves of what he calls "The Famous, the Infamous, and the Just Plain Dead" that make up his recently published book, "LA's Graveside Companion, Where the VIPs RIP" (Schiffer Books, 2009). The collection has become a favorite website for many over the past twelve years at www.BeneathLosAngeles.com and has led to Mr. Goldstein being frequently interviewed in print and on radio, including the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, KNX & KABC AM Radio, NPR and many other media venues. His newsletter has over 2,000 subscribers, and he has served as Master of Ceremonies for the past eight years at an annual dinner of cemetery enthusiasts known as Hollywood Underground.
His photographs have also been published in two books, "Weird California" (16 photos, pages 258-261), and "Last Laugh; A Book of Graveyard Humour" (18 photos throughout the book).
Mr. Goldstein resides in Redondo Beach with his wife, Jennifer, and owns a payroll service company. His hobbies (aside from gravehunting) include music, songwriting, film and history. He plays guitar and sings with the band Virtual Campfire. He serves on the Executive Board of the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce.

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I think this book is a lot of fun.
S. Michaels
Its a very nice addition to the other books pertaining to celebrity grave sites.
Joshua Perry
We became friends, till this very day.
Fredric Bloom

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Orchido on November 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Too much of nothing in this book--- that cannot be found on Find A Grave, no color pictures, people who have reviewed this book are also listed as resources to the book....one of my biggest disappointments. As a "graver" since 1995 there is nothing in this LA graveside book that I don't already know and alot of information was left out. For fun I suggest Morbid Curiosity by Alan Petrucelli, no pictures but a great read and/or Death Becomes Them by Alix Strauff or any book by Michael Largo.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan James on January 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been graving since my UCLA days and still drive up and hit the cemeteries on weekends. For the most part this book is mediocre. It isn't providing any info. that can't be had on the internet. Pics are nothing special. Ridiculous info. about the author and his friends' grave hunting adventures seems purposeless unless for self-gratification. As the previous reviewer Orchito said, other reviewers appear to be friends because they are mentioned in the book. Was an xmas present, but I wouldn't have purchased it.
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The product arrived packaged perfectly and on time. The author has taken a subject not often discussed and put together quite an interesting anthology. A must read for film buffs, historians, etc.
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This is interesting as some star's and prominent people are not buried where I thought they were buried. Taking this book on my next trip to Southern California.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Hamm on April 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I wonder if the author ripped off the images like he did for his Boston Bombing Photos book that he was forced to take down. Copyright thieves suck.

A literal Scumbag Steve
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Walker on March 31, 2009
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I mean, who really wants to deal with the crowds at Disneyland, the stabbings at Magic Mountain, the overpriced chicken dinners at Knotts Berry Farm, or the fires at Univeral Studios? Los Angeles is so full of interesting cemeteries that Steve Goldsteins book is essential for seeing the off the beaten path spots in L.A. that are not packed with rude tourists and high priced hype. He barely scratches the surface in writing extensively about where the movie stars and others are buried, and I for one am eagerly waiting for Volume II. A great present for that someone special also!!
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Eazell on March 10, 2009
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Steve hit the nail on the head with this book. I've been to about 90% of these graves and learned even more from his book.
And thanks for my write up in the book Steve.

Goldstein is a wealth of knowledge if you ask him he does know where they are buried, or where the VIP, RIP !!!!!!

Kim
Queen of the OC.
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