Saturday, January 3, 2015

Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History (2014) by Mark Bailey

Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History by Mark Bailey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 30th, 2014 by Algonquin Books

A collection of short bios of seventy film stars: actors, directors, and screenwriters. Centering on their alcoholic escapades while dishing dirt and gossip. Starting with the silent movie era and going into the 1970s, it covers vignettes of the people along with famous LA nightclubs, cocktail recipes, and the occasional movie. A lot of fun for those who like the stories of the Golden Days of Hollywood. It's not exactly the type of book you'd read cover to cover in one go but more of a pick up and read a couple of features at a time. It would make the perfect bathroom reader! I'm well read in this area and knew most of the bios and gossip, but many of the drunken escapades were new to me. Perfect for the movie buff who enjoys a cocktail or two.



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