L.A. Exposed

Strange Myths and Curious Legends in the City of Angels

Paul Young

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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Every city has its urban legends, its tall tales, and even its outright lies, and Hollywood and Los Angeles have enough to fill a book--and Paul Young has done just that.

L.A. Exposed includes the facts behind the myths surrounding everything from the tall tales of tinsel town, to the legend and lore of LA landmarks, to rock n' roll rumors, to Southern California's unnatural history, to the city's crime lore, to tales of corruption and conspiracy in the land of sunshine and health; LA Exposed dares to ask the hard questions. Does L.A. really have earthquake weather? Did Alfred Hitchcock ask Grace Kelly to do a strip teast in her front window? Is there treasure buried in the Watts Towers? Are there still opium dens in Chinatown? Was Barbara Streisand ever in a porn film? Young gives readers the lowdown on the city's most enduring myths, exploring their origins, and whether there is an ounce of truth to any of them.

L.A. Exposed, inventive, witty, and addictive, is sure to be a hit in L.A. and beyond.

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L.A. Exposed
1SCANDAL NEVER SLEEPSTHE TALL TALES OF TINSELTOWNTHE LEGEND:The actress Virginia Rappe died after silent movie star Fatty Arbuckle raped her with a Coke bottle in 1921.What People Are Saying:While this rumor was rampant throughout the early part of the twentieth century, it wasn't until the release of Kenneth Anger's classic tome of Hollywood debauchery, Hollywood Babylon, that it found a place in the firmament of L.A. lore. Before that, opinion was sharply divided over Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's complicity in the death of a young actress named Virginia Rappe.

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"L.A. Exposed...is tempting to pick up and almost impossible to put down." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

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Paul Young

Paul Young is a frequent contributor to L.A. periodicals including Los Angeles, and a former art and culture editor at Buzz. He is the co-author of Buzzwords: L.A. Fresh Speak (with Anna Scotti). He lives in Los Angeles.

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L.A. Exposed
Strange Myths and Curious Legends in the City of Angels
Paul Young

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312206468
ISBN10: 0312206461
8 x 10 inches, 320 pages, Includes 100 b&w photos throughout
$22.95

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
May 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429963275
ISBN10: 1429963271
320 pages, Includes 100 black-and-white photographs throughout
$7.99
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