Shooting Stars: Drugs, Hollywood and the Movies

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Serpent's Tail, Jan 1, 2005 - Drugs in motion pictures - 314 pages
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From 1920s marijuana mayhem through the cocaine storm that hit Hollywood in the ?70s and the heroin chic films of the ?90s, Shooting Stars investigates the drug myths propagated in movies and looks at the links between censorship, public morals and the Hollywood dream machine. Shooting Stars begins with the opium movies of the silent era and covers every major and most minor drugs films right up to the present day. From Reefer Madness through The Man with the Golden Arm and on to films such as Easy Rider, Panic in Needle Park and Trainspotting, Shapiro provides comprehensive detail about each film. He also includes a detailed history of drug use and film censorship as well as dark tales of the Hollywood star system and lifestyle. An invaluable and entertaining work of reference which will be of use to students and teachers of media studies as well as film buffs.

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Out of the blue and into the black
the making of the drug fiend
early drug cinema

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Harry Shapiro has worked in the drugs field for over twenty years and is the author of a number of acclaimed rock biographies and music books. The BBC named Waiting for the Man, his history of drugs and music, 'one of the twenty best music books of all time' while MOJO dubbed his best-selling biography of Jimi Hendrix as the one against which 'all other rock biographies will be judged'.

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