Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History [NOOK Book]

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True tales of celebrity hijinks are served up with an equal measure of Hollywood history, movie-star mayhem, and a frothy mix of forty cocktail recipes.

Humphrey Bogart got himself arrested for protecting his drinking buddies, who happened to be a pair of stuffed pandas. Ava Gardner would water-ski to the set of Night of the Iguana holding a towline in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Barely legal Natalie Wood would let Dennis Hopper ...

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Of All the Gin Joints: Stumbling through Hollywood History

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Overview

True tales of celebrity hijinks are served up with an equal measure of Hollywood history, movie-star mayhem, and a frothy mix of forty cocktail recipes.

Humphrey Bogart got himself arrested for protecting his drinking buddies, who happened to be a pair of stuffed pandas. Ava Gardner would water-ski to the set of Night of the Iguana holding a towline in one hand and a cocktail in the other. Barely legal Natalie Wood would let Dennis Hopper seduce her if he provided a bathtub full of champagne. Bing Crosby’s ill-mannered antics earned him the nickname “Binge Crosby.” And sweet Mary Pickford stashed liquor in hydrogen peroxide bottles during Prohibition. From the frontier days of silent film up to the wild auteur period of the 1970s, Mark Bailey has pillaged the vaults of Hollywood history and lore to dig up the true—and often surprising—stories of seventy of our most beloved actors, directors, and screenwriters at their most soused.

Bite-size biographies are followed by ribald anecdotes and memorable quotes. If a star had a favorite cocktail, the recipe is included. Films with the most outrageous booze-soaked stories, like Apocalypse Now, From Here to Eternity, and The Misfits, are featured, along with the legendary watering holes of the day (and the recipes for their signature drinks). Edward Hemingway’s portraits complete this spirited look at America’s most iconic silver-screen legends.

“This book is like being at the best dinner party in the world. And I thought I was the first person to put a bar in my closet. I was clearly born during the wrong era.” —Chelsea Handler

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
★ 07/01/2014
Screenwriter and author Bailey (coauthor with Hemingway, Bartending Guide to Great American Writers) presents a tour of the famous restaurants and watering holes of Hollywood, with recipes for the cocktails they inspired, sprinkled with anecdotes about the famous drunks who imbibed them from the silent era to the 1960s. Readers tour Romanoff's, Musso & Frank, the Brown Derby, the Garden of Allah, Trader Vic's, and more. Some of the stories related are well known, such as how Elizabeth Taylor loved the chili at Chasen's so much that she had it flown over to Italy while she was filming Cleopatra. But there are many lesser-known tales: the Zombie cocktail was invented at Don the Beachcomber and was so potent that the restaurant imposed a two-Zombie limit. The bartender at the Cock 'n Bull Pub found himself saddled with too much vodka and ginger beer that would go bad if he didn't use it so he put the two together and the Moscow Mule was born. VERDICT Foodies and celebrity watchers alike will be delighted by this walk through Hollywood drinking history.—Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA
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“This book is like being at the best dinner party in the world. And I thought I was the first person to put a bar in my closet. I was clearly born during the wrong era.” —Chelsea Handler

“Booze it up with F. Scott! Roll one with McQueen! In Of All The Gin Joints, you can experience the true measure of showbiz debauchery without the annoying side effects of divorce, death, or unfulfilled potential!” —Rob Lowe, author of Love Life

“This entertaining tome offers insider peeks into the spirited (and secretive) world of a tippling Tinseltown.” —Imbibe magazine

“Foodies and celebrity watchers alike will be delighted by this walk through Hollywood drinking history.” —Library Journal, starred review

“Hollywood gossip before TMZ came along and ruined it for everyone.” —BookRiot

“[A] great little book . . . It is a hoot to read this salacious 'dish' about the great names of moviedom.” —Boston Herald

“This wonderful combination of words and picture is the perfect cocktail of a book: sweet enough to go down easily, sour enough to cleanse the palate, and strong enough to leave you giddy. I gulped down the first half and sipped the second half slowly, but when I finished I still wanted more!” —Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out and Up in the Air

Of All the Gin Joints is one part cinematic history, one part old Hollywood weirdness, and one part handy basic bar guide, with a dash of romance and more than a few wry twists. Bailey and Hemingway prove themselves very entertaining cultural mixologists.” —Sam Lipsyte
Review quotes

“This book is like being at the best dinner party in the world. And here I was thinking I was the first person to put a bar in my closet. I was clearly born during the wrong era.” —Chelsea Handler

“Booze it up with F. Scott! Roll one with McQueen! In Of All The Gin Joints, you can experience the true measure of showbiz debauchery without the annoying side effects of divorce, death, or unfulfilled potential!” —Rob Lowe, author of Love Life

“This wonderful combination of words and picture is the perfect cocktail of a book: sweet enough to go down easily, sour enough to cleanse the palate, and strong enough to leave you giddy. I gulped down the first half and sipped the second half slowly, but when I finished I still wanted more!” —Walter Kirn, author of Blood Will Out and Up in the Air

Of All the Gin Joints is one part cinematic history, one part old Hollywood weirdness, and one part handy basic bar guide, with a dash of romance and more than a few wry twists. Bailey and Hemingway prove themselves very entertaining cultural mixologists.” —Sam Lipsyte

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616203986
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 9/30/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 11,647
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Mark Bailey is an author and Emmy-nominated screenwriter. Bailey’s books include Tiny Pie, his first children’s book, which includes a pie recipe by world-renowned chef Alice Waters, and Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, an illustrated tribute to the golden era of hard-drinking literary figures. Bailey also wrote American Hollow, an examination of contemporary Appalachian poverty and companion to an HBO documentary feature of the same name. In addition to books, Bailey writes documentary and scripted features. His documentary films have been broadcast on HBO, Lifetime, Court TV, and TLC. This year Bailey received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Ethel, an HBO documentary feature about the life of Ethel Kennedy. For this film, Bailey was also awarded the Humanitas Prize for Documentary Writing. Previous to that, Bailey received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Pandemic: Facing AIDS, an HBO five-part documentary series. Bailey’s most recent film, Last Days in Vietnam, will be broadcast on American Experience next year. Bailey is currently writing Black Panther for Marvel Studios, a live action feature adaptation based on the Marvel superhero. Bailey lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.


Edward Hemingway is a writer and artist living in Brooklyn, New York. He has done feature reporting for GQ Magazine, written comics for Nickelodeon, and been featured twice in American Illustration. His artwork has been included in the New York Times, Abercrombie & Fitch Quarterly, and Nickelodeon Magazine, among others. He is the cocreator and illustrator of the book Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers, which has been published in three languages. He has also written and illustrated the children’s books Bump in the Night,Bad Apple: A Tale of Friendship, which was selected for the 2013 Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, and Bad Apple’s Perfect Day (August 2014). He is the illustrator of the children’s book Tiny Pie, which has been published in two languages. An undergraduate of Rhode Island School of Design and a graduate of the School of Visual Arts, Hemingway has been a guest on NPR’s Morning Edition, and his artwork has been featured in several shows across the country, most recently at the Brooklyn Public Library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    If you like reading about the drinking/partying  habits of a bun

    If you like reading about the drinking/partying  habits of a bunch of dead people -- albeit famous dead people -- then this is your cup of
    poison. One gets a little tired of the variations on the same theme. Then there are the various cocktail recipes, supposedly those
    concocted by the above-mentioned dead people. Is this to tempt us to emulate them? Or is it merely filler? I got the impression it was
    the latter. The book is an extended exercise in driving a dead horse to drink.

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  • Posted January 4, 2015

    more from this reviewer

    A collection of short bios on seventy film stars: actors, direct

    A collection of short bios on seventy film stars: actors, directors and screenwriters. Centering on their alcoholic escapades while dishing dirt and gossip. Starting with the silent movie era and going into the 1970s it covers vignettes of the people along with famous LA nightclubs, cocktail recipes and the occasional movie. A lot of fun for those who like the stories of the Golden Days of Hollywood. It's not exactly the type of book you'd read cover to cover in one go but more of a pick up and read a couple of features at a time. It would make the perfect bathroom reader! I'm well read in this area and knew most of the bios and gossip, but many of the drunken escapades were new to me. Perfect for the movie buff who enjoys a cocktail or two.

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