TALES FROM THE STRIP: A CEN­TURY IN THE FAST LANE

LAST­ING IM­PRES­SIONS

Foreword Reviews - - Contents - by Van Gor­don Sauter, Robert Lan­dau, and Frans Even­huis

Van Gor­don Sauter, Robert Lan­dau, Frans Even­huis, An­gel City Press, Hard­cover $45 (176pp), 978-1-62640-039-9

The City of An­gels is also the City of Stars and Su­per­heroes and the make-be­lieve home of wishes-come-true for a dreamer crowd to click their ruby-shod heels three times to be­lieve in. It is Walt Dis­ney’s town, Char­lie Chap­lin’s town, Howard Hughes’s, Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe’s, and gangster Mickey Co­hen’s town.

Sprawl­ing Los Angeles is a car town, too, which means cer­tain streets earned fame for at­tract­ing both the stars and the starry-eyed. None more so than a lit­tle two-mile stretch of West Hol­ly­wood’s Sun­set Boule­vard—the Sun­set Strip.

The what, why, and how of the hum­ble street’s trans­for­ma­tion into the cen­ter of Hol­ly­wood glam­our is de­light­fully ex­plained in Tales from The Strip: A Cen­tury in the Fast Lane, in­clud­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary pic­tures of the places and fa­mous faces. The list in­cludes Chateau Mar­mont, Play­boy Club, Mo­cambo, Tro­cadero, Sun­set Plaza, Le Dome, Spago, Book Soup, Whisky a Go Go, Hus­tler Hol­ly­wood, and char­ac­ters like F. Scott Fitzger­ald, Guy Mcafee, Hugh Hefner, Wolf­gang Puck, pho­tog­ra­pher Ed Ruscha, and dozens of A-list celebri­ties.

But the juicy tales of an “any­thing goes” era keep the pages turn­ing. The most fa­mous road in the world needs no em­bel­lish­ment to be larger than life.

James Dean cranes his neck as he backs into his drive­way from Sun­set Plaza Drive. Photo credit: James Dean Mu­seum. Photo by Frank Worth, from Tales from The Strip: A Cen­tury in the Fast Lane, by Van Gor­don Sauter, Robert Lan­dau, and Frans Even­huis. Used with per­mis­sion from An­gel City Press.

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