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California Babylon

California Babylon

A Guide to Site of Scandal, Mayhem and Celluloid in the Golden State

Kristan Lawson & Anneli Rufus

St. Martin's Griffin


Trade Paperback

California: the whole world knows it as the mother lode of scandal and celebrity, mayhem and miracles, a place where nearly anything can happen - and does. Giving the lowdown on the most notorious locations across the state, California Babylon redefines tourism for the 21st century by guiding you to the places you actually want to see, whether you'll admit to it or not.

Packed with photographs and with easy-to-follow directions to each site, California Babylon unveils the real-life filming locations; scenes of rock-'n'-roll debauchery; homes and hotspots where the stars lived, dined, made love and died - and where they still do today. With this detailed, up-to-date guide, you can revisit some of the most shocking, puzzling, glamorous and tragic moments the world has ever known.

Spend the night in the very hotel rooms where Janis Joplin, John Belushi, or Hawaii's King Kamehameha died. See the site where People's Temple leader Jim Jones whipped hundreds of followers into a frenzy. Visit the orphanage where little Norma Jeane Baker dreamed of stardom. Follow in the footsteps of serial killers. Recreate the camera angles for dozens of your favorite films, from Vertigo to Pee Wee's Big Adventure. With California Babylon's help, you can also see:

*infamous crime scenes
*the homes of screen legends
*graves of the rich and famous
*assassination sites
*abandoned utopias
*restaurants and bars frequented by celebrities

Forget the endless malls and beaches! Wouldn't you rather see JFK's secret love-nest, the stage where Michael Jackson's hair burst into flames, or the alley that was the epicenter of prostitution in gold-rush era San Francisco? These are the guilty pleasures you'll actually write home about, and they're what make California the wacky, world-famous, and truly unbelievable place it is today.


Praise for California Babylon

“Informative...Well researched.” —Library Journal

“A brisk read, complete with with detailed directions and off-the-wall factoids.” —San Francisco Examiner

“ California Babylon delivers the dirt. ... Provides details on visiting some of the oddest corners of our oddest state.” —Dallas Morning News

“...a thoroughly entertaining, wonderfully morbid guide to the Golden State.” —New York Post

California Babylon is the real thing...A kick to read.” —Los Angeles Times

“...makes for fascinating reading...A sick little tome.” —Pittsburg Tribune Review

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About the author

Kristan Lawson & Anneli Rufus

Native Californians Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus are the authors of several successful travel guides, including Weird Europe for St. Martin's Press, and America Off the Wall: The West Coast. They live in Berkeley, California.

Kristan Lawson

Anneli Rufus

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