Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine
A History of Star Makers, Fabricators, and Gossip Mongers

By Anthony Slide

288 pages (approx.), 7 x 10 inches, 75 b&w illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index

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The definitive source for the movie fan magazine and how it espoused hoo pla and fashioned stardom

"For anyone who equates 'fan magazines' with supermarket tabloids, this book should come as a revelation. Tony Slide has done a formidable job of research to chart the birth, rise, and fall of Hollywood fan magazines in the twentieth century, their relationship to the industry they covered, and the readers they served. It's a colorful, well-told history that's full of surprises."
--Leonard Maltin

The fan magazine has often been viewed simply as a publicity tool, a fluffy exercise in self-promotion by the film industry. But as an arbiter of good and bad taste, as a source of knowledge, and as a gateway to the fabled land of Hollywood and its stars, the American fan magazine represents a fascinating and indispensable chapter in journalism and popular culture.

Anthony Slide's Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine provides the definitive history of this artifact. It charts the development of the fan magazine from the golden years when Motion Picture Story Magazine and Photoplay first appeared in 1911 to its decline into provocative headlines and titillation in the 1960s and afterward. Slide discusses how the fan magazines dealt with gossip and innuendo, and how they handled nationwide issues such as Hollywood scandals of the 1920s, World War II, the blacklist, and the death of President Kennedy. Fan magazines thrived in the twentieth century, and they presented the history of an industry in a unique, sometimes accurate, and always entertaining style.

This major cultural history includes a new interview with 1970s media personality Rona Barrett, as well as original commentary from a dozen editors and writers. Also included is a chapter on contributions to the fan magazines from well-known writers such as Theodore Dreiser and e. e. cummings. The book is enhanced by an appendix documenting some 268 American fan magazines and includes detailed publication histories.

Anthony Slide, Studio City, California, is an independent scholar who has published more than seventy-two books on popular entertainment. He has been a specialist appraiser of entertainment memorabilia for more than thirty years, an associate archivist for the American Film Institute, and the resident film historian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

288 pages (approx.), 7 x 10 inches, 75 b&w illustrations, appendix, bibliography, index