By Paul Bahn
The Golden Age of Hollywood, relationship to the hazy depths of the early twentieth Century, was once an period of motion picture stars worshipped through the hundreds and despotic studio moguls issuing decrees from poolside divans… yet regardless of the world-wide succeed in of the motion picture undefined, little greater than stories of that period linger amidst the freeways and condo complexes of today’s l. a.. famous archaeologist Paul G. Bahn digs into the fabric strains of that Tinseltown with a view to record and keep the treasures that remain.
Bahn leads readers on a travel of this singular tradition, from the commercial zones of movie studios to the landmarks the place the glamorous lived, partied, and performed, from the place they died and have been buried to how they’ve been memorialized for posterity. the result's half background, half archaeology—enlivened with popular culture, memory, and whimsy—and all through, it feeds and deepens our fascination with an iconic position and time, let alone the personalities who introduced it to lifestyles.
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Excavation is difficult in the wet sand as special chemicals are needed to soak the plaster and harden it. The dunes, now an official State of California registered and protected archaeological site, are managed by the Nature Conservancy, which protects the snowy plovers which nest in the sand from mid-March to September. The conservancy has permitted a series of limited digs to take place in recent years, although, despite decades of appeals and financial and bureaucratic problems are still causing delays to major excavation.
Tabloid journalism exploded, as the public’s insatiable appetite for trivia and news—factual or fictional—about their favorite stars took hold. Rapidly Hollywood turned into the most publicized place on earth, and its press corps grew to become the third biggest in the United States, after those of New York and Washington, DC. In the press corps’ heyday, more than three hundred journalists covered Hollywood, and gossip—whether accurate or invented—became a major industry for the first time. indb 23 2/25/14 11:10 AM CHAPTER TWO so prostitution was inevitably rampant, with brothels filled with very attractive girls located along Fountain Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.
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The Archaeology of Hollywood: Traces of the Golden Age by Paul Bahn