Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Other Perversities

Pop Culture of the 1970s and 1980s

By George Rose
(Ten Speed Press, Hardcover, 9781580089241, 192pp.)

Publication Date: October 1, 2008

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Celebrity culture in the 1970s and 1980s, through the lens of an award-winning photojournalist.

As a young photographer working in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s, George Rose had his shutter finger on the pulse of the Hollywood scene, documenting film premieres and award ceremonies, arena concerts and Sunset Strip nightclubs. From Oscar-winning actors and filmmakers to punk rockers and porn stars, this stylish book presents visual highlights from the New Hollywood renaissance, a golden era in movies, music, and scene-making. Reflecting the excess, drama, or humor in each subject, Rose's rich black-and-white photos capture famous faces and personalities of the day, whether Jack Nicholson or Debbie Harry, Truman Capote or Little Richard.

"Blessed with an uncanny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, Rose was always where the action was, as if you'd transplanted Weegee from the 1940s-era Bowery to the 1980s-era Sunset Strip. As this gallery of photos attests, whether Rose was in a tiny room at the Chateau Marmont or at the edge of the stage at a sold-out show at the Forum, he could always capture a revealing or unguarded moment." --Patrick Goldstein, from the foreword




About the Author

GEORGE ROSE has been a photographer for the Los Angeles Times and a freelance journalist for Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, and other national publications. Today, he does PR for wineries in northern California, while continuing to photograph and exhibit his work. He lives in Sonoma County, California.

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