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Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine: A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers Hardcover – February 26, 2010
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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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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.