"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." "ModernTonic.com .".".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"
About the Author
Tim Gray is the editor-in-chief of Variety. Brian Gott is the magazine's publisher.