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James Dean died here : the locations of America's pop culture landmarks
Epting, Chris, 1961-
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Santa Monica Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
310 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Includes index.
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E159 .E68 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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James Dean Died Here takes you on a journey across North America to the exact locations where the most significant events in American popular culture took place. It's a road map for pop culture sites, from Patty Hearst's bank to the garage where Apple Computer was born. Featuring hundreds of photographs, this fully illustrated encyclopedic look at the most famous and infamous pop culture events includes historical information on over 600 landmarks--as well as their exact location. James Dean Died Here is an amazing portrait of the bizarre, shocking, weird and wonderful moments that have come to define American popular culture.

Author Notes

After 18 years in advertising as both a copywriter and creative director, Chris Epting opened the Surf City Advertising Company in 2001. He has created and written many popular advertising campaigns over the years for clients such as the Los Angeles Times , the Los Angeles Clippers, IHOP, CompUSA, Robbins Bros, and many more. Chris is the author of and photographer for the historic pictorials Images of America--Huntington Beach and Images of America--Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, both published by Arcadia. Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife Jean and their two children.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Most people know where Lincoln was shot and where Jaws was filmed. But what about the site where Hugh Grant picked up hooker Divine Brown (it was the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Courtney Avenue in Hollywood) or the venue where The Clash's 1980 album London Calling was photographed (it was The Palladium, on 14th Street in Manhattan)? The U.S. embraces its own pop culture like no other country does, says advertising veteran Epting, and he shows exactly where to find American cultural hotspots in this absorbing guide. Epting divides the book thematically, with chapters such as "Crime, Murder, and Assassination" and "Celebrity Deaths and Infamous Celebrity Events," and gives exact addresses, brief descriptions and sometimes even phone numbers. Although he does include a fair amount of generally well-known information (e.g., that the Gettysburg Address was given in Gettysburg, Penn., and that Elvis lived at Graceland), Epting's quirky factoids are most appealing. Some examples: Apple Computer was born in a garage in Los Altos, Calif.; the bank Butch Cassidy robbed on August 13, 1896 is in Montpelier, Idaho; and Daryl Hall and John Oates, of the R&B-influenced pop duo Hall & Oates, first met in a Philadelphia freight elevator, where they were hiding from a gang fight that broke out at a doo-wop show. Photos. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved