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Variety: an Illustrated History of the World from the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood Hardcover – 16 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (16 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838803
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838806
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 3.2 x 31.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,111,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Showbiz makes up a huge portion of what has become our pop culture and daily lives, and reviewing the last century via the images and articles reproduced from Variety's pages, with lots of commentary, compiled here by decade, is fascinating." " .".".not only a fascinating look at the history of entertainment as reported by the world's most highly regarded commentator of show business news, it is also a history of American popular culture and a record of the influence and confluence of art, life, and Hollywood. Illustrated with hundreds of front pages, its articles chronicle everything from Debbie Reynolds's opinions of 1960s youth to how Steven Spielberg and Jaws transformed the movie business." "Paolo Alto Weekly ""This delectable volume will enchant anyone with even a passing interest in motion-picture history" " The Sunday Star ."."this is my favorite history book and my favorite book about media that was published in 2012. And by "media" I mean everything: it's about radio, TV, movies, print journalism, home video, you name it. The mix of terrific vintage photos and ads with expertly curated primary source texts (letters, obituaries) is highly addictive-and in fact if you actually teach media or pop culture you'll find lesson ideas on nearly every page." Peter Gutierrez, "School Library Journal ""Yes, Variety is a publication that holds up a mirror to Hollywood. But this book proves that it's also a living history of just how much Hollywood has come to reflect us all." "Metrosource"

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Tim Gray is the editor-in-chief of Variety. Brian Gott is the magazine's publisher.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
one big NIX for Rizzoli 4 April 2013
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A complete disappointment on many levels. This book appears to have been jumbled together and printed before anyone with any publishing experience actually looked at it. No editing was done that I can see. There are relatively few full pages, and as the previous reviewer mentioned, much filler -- photographs of celebrities from various photo agencies that have little or no relevance to the text. But it gets worse: No one checked that the names in the captions for the photographs actually are the names of the individuals presented. For example, Marlene Dietrich is identified as Greta Garbo, Sarah Bernhardt is identified as Theda Bara, Mae Marsh is identified as Lillian Gish, etc. Additionally, many people are just ridiculed with sophomoric captions and not identified at all. The selection of Variety pages was clearly done by someone who knows very little about cultural, media, or entertainment history. There are no dates given for clippings, such as the one for Bette Davis' ad when she was looking for work, and instead of giving us some iconic front pages, like the Sticks Nix Hicks Pics one from July 17, 1935, we are presented with an undated page depicting a woman in a bikini with the caption: "Read the page just for the articles." I cannot believe that a publishing house like Rizzoli would publish a book so poorly planned and organized, and that no one noticed mis-spelled names and mis-attributed photographs. If the editor does not know that Fred Astaire is not spelled ASTAIR, they should be editing something else. I would think that Martin Scorsese, who wrote the foreword to this book is very embarrassed to have lent his name to such an unprofessional endeavor.
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Disappointed 29 Mar. 2013
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I love Variety! Its style of reporting is unique and irreverant. Therefore I was extremely disappointed with this complilation, I had expected real time pages of how the news was reported. Yes, there is some of that, but not even full stories. Instead lots of glossy photos and filler material. Plus, this book was very cheaply made, the binding is terrible and it is hard to fully open the book without breaking the spine. Definitely not worth the price.
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