Kenneth Anger was the little changeling boy in the classic Midsummer Night's Dream with Jimmy Cagney, Joe E. Brown, Mickey Rooney, etc., etc. He later went on to make some outrageous sado-masochistic gay movies which were about as far from Hollywood mainstream as you can get. But throughout his life, he continued his love-hate affair with the Tinsel Town hand that alternately fed him and smacked him. Hollywood Babylon is the wonderfully warped offspring of that relationship
This classic book veers like a drunk on Sunset from the shocking to the incredible to the uproariously funny as it dishes the dirt, all the dirt and nothing but the dirt on old-time Hollywood. From the days of the silents to the decline of the studio-system, here are all the scandals you may have heard of and many you haven't in their full gory detail. Anger's style is as racy and readable as any tabloid and the photographs that support his stories are often just as salacious.
Of course it's all gossip. Of course it's sordid. Of course you won't believe the half of it. Trouble is, you won't know which half. That's its joy.