Overview

California: the whole world knows it as the mother lode of scandal and celebrity, mayhem and miracles, a place where nearly anything can happen - and does. Giving the lowdown on the most notorious locations across the state, California Babylon redefines tourism for the 21st century by guiding you to the places you actually want to see, whether you'll admit to it or not.


Packed with photographs and with easy-to-follow directions to each site, California Babylon unveils the ...

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Overview

California: the whole world knows it as the mother lode of scandal and celebrity, mayhem and miracles, a place where nearly anything can happen - and does. Giving the lowdown on the most notorious locations across the state, California Babylon redefines tourism for the 21st century by guiding you to the places you actually want to see, whether you'll admit to it or not.


Packed with photographs and with easy-to-follow directions to each site, California Babylon unveils the real-life filming locations; scenes of rock-'n'-roll debauchery; homes and hotspots where the stars lived, dined, made love and died - and where they still do today. With this detailed, up-to-date guide, you can revisit some of the most shocking, puzzling, glamorous and tragic moments the world has ever known.


Spend the night in the very hotel rooms where Janis Joplin, John Belushi, or Hawaii's King Kamehameha died. See the site where People's Temple leader Jim Jones whipped hundreds of followers into a frenzy. Visit the orphanage where little Norma Jeane Baker dreamed of stardom. Follow in the footsteps of serial killers. Recreate the camera angles for dozens of your favorite films, from Vertigo to Pee Wee's Big Adventure. With California Babylon's help, you can also see:


*infamous crime scenes

*the homes of screen legends

*graves of the rich and famous

*assassination sites

*abandoned utopias

*restaurants and bars frequented by celebrities


Forget the endless malls and beaches! Wouldn't you rather see JFK's secret love-nest, the stage where Michael Jackson's hair burst into flames, or the alley that was the epicenter of prostitution in gold-rush era San Francisco? These are the guilty pleasures you'll actually write home about, and they're what make California the wacky, world-famous, and truly unbelievable place it is today.

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Editorial Reviews

Dallas Morning News
California Babylon delivers the dirt. ... Provides details on visiting some of the oddest corners of our oddest state.
Los Angeles Times
California Babylon is the real thing...A kick to read.
New York Post
...a thoroughly entertaining, wonderfully morbid guide to the Golden State.
San Francisco Examiner
A brisk read, complete with with detailed directions and off-the-wall factoids.
Pittsburg Tribune Review
...makes for fascinating reading...A sick little tome.
Library Journal
Lawson and Rufus, who have previously collaborated on Weird Europe, America Off the Wall: The West Coast, and Europe Off the Wall, continue their travel-guide motif with this title describing locations unique to California. Arranging all entries geographically by city from south to north and providing an address, a telephone number, and directions for each site they describe, the authors give details on various crime scenes, homes and graves of celebrities, movie and TV show locations, and various historical sites. Although black-and-white photographs are included with some entries, they are usually too small to be useful. The descriptions of the sites, on the other hand, are brief but informative and will give the reader a good sense of what the Golden State is all about. This well-researched book is one of over 150 travel guides on California to be published this year alone and will serve as a good supplement to the standard guides on this popular travel destination. Recommended for public libraries.--John McCormick, New Hampshire State Lib., Concord Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher

"Informative...Well researched." --Library Journal

"A brisk read, complete with with detailed directions and off-the-wall factoids." --San Francisco Examiner

" California Babylon delivers the dirt. ... Provides details on visiting some of the oddest corners of our oddest state." --Dallas Morning News

"...a thoroughly entertaining, wonderfully morbid guide to the Golden State." --New York Post

"California Babylon is the real thing...A kick to read." --Los Angeles Times

"...makes for fascinating reading...A sick little tome." --Pittsburg Tribune Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466854147
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 9/24/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 845,452
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Native Californians Kristan Lawson and Anneli Rufus are the authors of several successful travel guides, including Weird Europe for St. Martin's Press, and America Off the Wall: The West Coast. They live in Berkeley, California.


Native Californian Kristan Lawson is the author of several successful travel guides, including Weird Europe for St. Martin's Press, and America Off the Wall: The West Coast. She lives in Berkeley, California.
Native Californian Anneli Rufus is the author of several successful travel guides, including Weird Europe for St. Martin's Press, and America Off the Wall: The West Coast. She lives in Berkeley, California.
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