Thursday, May 28, 2009

LAID BARE: A Memoir of Wrecked Lives and the Hollywood Death Trip - by John Gilmore

LAID BARE: A Memoir of Wrecked Lives and the Hollywood Death Trip

By John Gilmore (Author of Severed: The True Story of the Black Dahlia Murder and Garbage People: Charlie Manson and the Family)

A powerful chronicler of the American Nightmare through his gripping examinations of near-mythic Southern California murders - the Black Dahlia and Tate-La Bianca - John Gilmore now draws upon his personal experiences to turn his sights on our morbid obsession with celebrity and the ruinous price it exacts from those who would pursue it.

With caustic clarity Gilmore recounts his relationships with the likes of Janis Joplin, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, Jane Fonda, Jean Seberg, and Lenny Bruce on the way up and at the peaks of their stardom. Gilmore explores the actor James Dean's fascination with speed, death. and sexual experimentation and describes his often haunting first-hand encounters with Hank Williams, Ed Wood, Jr., Brigitte Bardot, Sal Mineo, Eartha Kitt, Charles Manson, Jayne Mansfield, Vampira, Steve McQueen and many other denizens of the 20th century’s dubious Pantheon.

"Reads like a first-person Hollywood Babylon!"-- V. Vale/ REsearch

Amok Books 1997 Edition - 251 Page Paperback - Great b&w photographs - Price: $14.00

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