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Starstruck : photographs from a fan
Boas, Gary Lee.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angelos : Dilettante Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
297 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TR680 .B55 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"Remarkable...compulsively absorbing."-- Ken Johnson, The New York Times

" Starstruck unexpectedly celebrates the beauty of the amateur-one whose vocation is not driven by a hunger for money, but by love. The book is a breath of fresh air."--Warren Beatty

"...wildly entertaining...An obligatory purchase for all pop culture collections."-- Library Journal

This pop culture classic unearths candid photos of the most famous superstars of the 60s and 70s alongside forgotten and cult personalities, captured through the lens of a monumentally obsessed fan. Gary Boas' tales of his interactions with the stars add to this fascinating document of a bygone era.

Author Notes

Since the publication of Starstruck: Photographs From a Fan, Gary Lee Boas has become internationally recognized for the snapshots he took of famous people in the 60s and 70s as an unknown fan. His images have been exhibited in numerous museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and Europe.

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Library Journal Review

In what is certainly one of the most fetching and unique illustrated books of the season, Boas, the fan's fan, assembles 500 color photographsDtaken between 1965 and 1980 and culled from his collection of 60,000Dthat document his staggering predilection for finding and photographically nicking celebrities. Beginning when he was 15, Boas would trek, Brownie Bullseye camera in hand, from his Lancaster, PA, home to Philadelphia and New York City, where he would hunker down for hours and hours outside theater alleys, restaurants, and hotels hoping to snatch a photograph and an autograph from a star. The photographs are delightfully quirkyDsometimes blurry and complete with satanic red-dot eyesDand display a warmth both in the faded hues and the seemingly accessible countenances of the stars themselves. The assemblage is catholic in taste, encompassing such reclusive luminaries as Charlie Chaplin, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Greta Garbo as well as porn star Marilyn Chambers. Boas's running commentary provides insight into his motivations, tricks-of-the-trade, and fellow autograph comrades and also yields some wonderful anecdotes. This wildly entertaining book will endure many page-flipping rampages with its pliable and sturdy flexibound binding. An obligatory purchase for all pop culture collections.DBarry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Carlo McCormick
Introductionp. 10
The early yearsp. 16
Talk shows and telethonsp. 48
On broadwayp. 88
Awards and eventsp. 142
Chance encountersp. 202
Politicians, pageants and porn starsp. 268
The collectorp. 294