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James Dean Died Here: The Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks Paperback – May 1, 2003
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One of the cool things for me (when I first read this book) was realizing how many spots I've drivin past over the last few years without realizing that some historical event took place there. For instance: there is a Hollywood Video in LA that I've actually rented from that used to be the bank that Patty Hearst and her posse ripped off.
It is a very easy-to-read-guide to all those cool events we've witnessed on TV over the last few years. And, no matter where you live in the country, you are bound to find an event that took place near you.
- The garage where Apple began
- Max's Kansas City, of New York art world fame
- Where the Black Dahlia was found
- Morrison Hotel, from the Doors' album
- The Leave it to Beaver house
- Hotel where Janis Joplin overdosed
- Site of the Cocoanut Grove fire
- Where Bigfoot was sited in that famous video
- Schwab's drugstore, where Lana Turner was discovered
There's typically a little blurb, some notes on getting there, and maybe something about what's there today (plaque, parking lot, corn field, whatever). I think the real strength is in the number of sites. There's about 2.5 per page, over 300 pages. Major topics areas are:
- Weird and wonderful
- History and tragedy
- Crime, murder and assassination
So, why 4 stars? Well, first, I wish I could give it 4.5. Second, there were a couple of things:
- An awful lot of these are in Southern California. Yes, a lot of our pop culture occurred there, but still. As an example, the one reference to Annie Hall is a café in West Hollywood. Wasn't the whole rest of the movie set in NY?
- The sports stuff tends to be stadiums where famous events occurred - Aaron's 715th (Fulton County Stadium) the Immaculate Reception (Three Rivers Stadium), Maris's 61st (Yankee Stadium), Ruth's called shot (Wrigley Field).Read more ›
the where is practically every pop culture landmark you can think of in the u.s. (and some you may have forgotten). area 51, the brady bunch house, the manson ranch, all places that you can actually go and see for yourself (of course, some places have less access than others).
each listing comes with a street address, some even provide phone numbers and driving directions.
but the beauty of this book is in the details, the bits of info that accompany the listings. like the fact that the lizzie borden death house has been turned into a bed and breakfast where guests can view the murder scene and sleep in lizzie's room, her parent's bedroom, or the guest room where her mother was killed.
it's sad to note that some of the places that are part of our collective history are no longer there. it makes you realize the transitory nature of our culture.
whether you visit the places in the book or not, i think you feel richer for having taken the journey with the author. his love of pop culture is infectious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Super great book filled with all sorts of different stories from movie stars and places of interest! I highly recommend it!Published 15 months ago by Cathy Haro
Chris Epting's insights were, as usual, thought provoking and entertaining. This is another example of why I consider him one of the mavens of pop culture in America today.Published 16 months ago by David Allison
Interesting stories, informative, and pretty well written.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I and 2 of my friends have read this book and we all loved it. This is a great book to read!Published on April 21, 2014 by Mr. Schultz
Very cheaply printed. Information was OK, but I didn't love it overall. Very similar to " Led Zeppelin Crashed Here: The Rock and Roll Landmarks of North America"Published on March 31, 2014 by Lounge Guy
I bought this book ten years ago and have used it many times on road trips. Sometimes it is best to have it while driving for remote locations, but it also came in handy during a... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by S. Colley
When I picked this up I was fascinated because I'd always loved stories about the landmarks in my town of L.A. But this book took that idea to a whole new level. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by The Californian
Recommend to anyone who travels and has a fascination with being at an EXACT SPOT where something significant/historical happened. ThanksPublished on February 3, 2013 by Tim Rounds