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Most people know where Lincoln was shot and where Jaws was filmed. But what about the site where Hugh Grant picked up hooker Divine Brown (it was the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Courtney Avenue in Hollywood) or the venue where The Clash's 1980 album London Calling was photographed (it was The Palladium, on 14th Street in Manhattan)? The U.S. embraces its own pop culture like no other country does, says advertising veteran Epting, and he shows exactly where to find American cultural hotspots in this absorbing guide. Epting divides the book thematically, with chapters such as "Crime, Murder, and Assassination" and "Celebrity Deaths and Infamous Celebrity Events," and gives exact addresses, brief descriptions and sometimes even phone numbers. Although he does include a fair amount of generally well-known information (e.g., that the Gettysburg Address was given in Gettysburg, Penn., and that Elvis lived at Graceland), Epting's quirky factoids are most appealing. Some examples: Apple Computer was born in a garage in Los Altos, Calif.; the bank Butch Cassidy robbed on August 13, 1896 is in Montpelier, Idaho; and Daryl Hall and John Oates, of the R&B-influenced pop duo Hall & Oates, first met in a Philadelphia freight elevator, where they were hiding from a gang fight that broke out at a doo-wop show. Photos.
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James Dean Died Here is an addictively irresistible tour through pop culture past and present.” —Chicago Tribune
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press (May 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891661310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891661310
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Phillip O. VINE VOICE on November 20, 2003
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This book is a lot of fun and one that you might want to take with you if you ever visit Sunset Blvd. (many events happened there!). It lists the locations of cultural landmarks and many entries have a photograph, but not all. Chapters are divided by "History and Tragedy," "Crime, Murder & Assassination," "Celebrity Deaths," "Movies," "Music," "Sports," etc. Landmarks such as the subway grating where Marilyn Monroe posed, Manson Family murder sites, the spot where Zsa Zsa slapped the policeman and Hugh Grant picked up a prostitute are all here. Some entries leave you yearning for more information - for example, it would be interesting to know what became of some of the famous celebrity houses and who lives there now. This information is sometimes noted but often it is not. Photos for ALL of the sites would have been nice too but many do not have photos. Lots of fun though and hopefully this will be a book that will be updated.
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A must for anyone who is even slightly interested in American pop culture. This book is loaded with facts about all kinds of events all over the country.
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.
GET IT!
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This book is great from start to finish -- provides locations and history for all kinds of disparate pop culture stuff. The one major problem with the book is that the writer desperately needs a copy editor. He mixes up some details and spells names, places and titles wrong all over the place. There are points where he spells the same person's name two or three different ways on one page. Considering all the research he seems to have done, this is kind of bonehead stuff. Still, if you can look past that, this book is a lot of fun.
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Chris Epting is a genius. What he's done is put together a listing of places where historical markers will be standing 100 years from now. (Well, maybe not - some of these are a lot more fun than historical). Here's a sampling:

- 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
- Deaths
- Movies
- Music
- TV
- Sports

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).
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By A Customer on May 13, 2003
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Ever notice when you're telling a joke and people just aren't getting it you say, "well, i guess you just had to be there." looks like this author was, literally. and thanks to this book, you can be, too.
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.
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