Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world?a movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory. Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not. T Los Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the world?a movie factory, a music factory, a dre...

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Title:Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.
Author:Lili Anolik
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Hollywood's Eve
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. Reviews

  • Kirby
    Feb 28, 2019
    A yummy book.... but also a little heart-breaking without being a full-blown tragedy. This biography of Eve Babitz is full of rich dichotomies. I've never read anything by her. Sorry, I know that probably makes me a loser. But I feel like that may have been a great way to read this: wi...
  • Meg
    Jan 05, 2019
    WELL I READ THAT IN A SITTING. It seems like two summers ago, everyone on Bookstagram and on book Twitter was talking about Eve Babitz. The more I read about her from the people I followed, the more I wanted to know who she was through her writing. I purchased Sex & Rage in the ...
  • Sally Anne
    Feb 19, 2019
    Not very deep or original, but very useful in filling in some of the LA scene history. ...
  • Lorri Steinbacher
    Jan 20, 2019
    Guys, this book! It?s sex and art and celebrity before it was tainted by the internet. It?s 60?s and 70?s Hollywood. Names you know (Harrison Ford makes sense to me now) and names you won?t (but wished you could have partied with). Eve Babitz is Joan Didion but with grit and ...
  • Heather
    Feb 23, 2019
    I decided to find out who Eve Babitz was. So I bought some of her writings and this bio. Her world is not my cup of tea. All the talk about being a groupie and having large breasts depressed me. I didn?t find it amusing or witty. Just painfully passť. ...
  • Amelia
    Jan 10, 2019
    Everyone close to Eve (and still living), including Eve herself, participated in the writing of this book and is quoted frequently and at length. For that reason, and that reason only, it's worth reading. ...
  • Linda Robinson
    Apr 12, 2019
    I am in awe of Eve Babitz. And more recently, Lili Anolik, too. Discovered Anolik with her VF piece on Edie Sedgwick, which captured the NY art celebrity scene so the reader could be there. Anolik's writing style is a cacophony of adolation and snark & wry. Suits NY. Eve Babitz wro...
  • Michelle
    May 02, 2019
    Ugghhhhhh. I wish this book had been written by someone else. Way, way too much 'I' in this purported biography, and a super-annoying 'I' at that, with a heaping helping of internalized misogyny and looks-ism. This bitch literally refers to the subject, an elderly burn victim, as a "ru...
  • Eleanore
    Nov 20, 2018
    "On the one hand, how great, new fans for Eve, and who cares if they were fans for the wrong reasons, and is there such a thing as a wrong reason, and bless their ingenuous little hearts in any case. On the other hand, though, Jesus fucking Christ. And as they talked, I'd nod and make ...
  • Julie
    Jan 18, 2019
    Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A. by Lili Anolik is a 2019 Scribner publication. I read a lot of rock biographies, love pop culture, and know a fair amount of trivia from the sixties and seventies, but I don?t recall hearing about Eve Babitz. Seeing this ...
  • Kevin
    Jan 11, 2019
    Before she became an artist and author ("Slow Days, Fast Company"), Eve Babitz was a party girl par excellence. Carousing with artists, actors and musicians came naturally to her: Eve's mother was an artist; her father was a movie musician; and her godfather was composer Igor Stravinsk...
  • Matthew Wilder
    Jan 27, 2019
    Breezy and exhilarating critical biography cum first person stream of consciousness on the forgotten and remembered doyenne of counterculture Hollywood. ...
  • Michelle
    May 14, 2019
    The Eve of the title is Eve Babitz, a ?groupie? to both artists and musicians in the 60s and 70s. The daughter of an artist and musician, she dabbled as both an artist and muse while bed-hopping and living with the soon-to-be famous in Hollywood, before eventually becoming a writer...
  • Sara
    Mar 11, 2019
    I hate the way this book is written. The writer is far too indiscreet with punctuation. Colons, semi colons et al abound, sentences veer all over the place, and paragraphing makes little sense. The narrator often speaks in first person, and then suddenly switches to quotes from the sub...
  • Melanie Johnson
    Apr 26, 2019
    Started this book and about a third of the way fell asleep. My dog was snoring so loud that he woke me up. Looked at the few pictures of Eve (I don?t get the author talking about her being beautiful. She looks like Joan Jett to me), read about her ?big tits? umpteen times, read t...
  • Jennifer
    Dec 01, 2018
    I can?t even with this book. Babitz is what Didion doesn?t allow herself to be and she is better for it. There I said it. So many more thoughts but they are better suited for Tumblr and all caps texting to friends. ...
  • Kim
    Mar 14, 2019
    This author injects so much of her own loathsome personality into this book that I had a hard time liking the object of her idolatry. She egregiously fails to credit Lťon Bing as a fellow writer, instead referring to her by her former career as a model. I actually enjoyed one of Bing'...
  • Judith
    Feb 02, 2019
    I love Eve Babitz. I?ve read and reread her early works and think that she had excellent insight into the workings of the Hollywood/Los Angeles scene. So I was prepared to enjoy Hollywood?s Eve, but ended up hating it. The parts directly pertaining to Ms. Babitz were good, but the ...
  • Don
    Jan 13, 2019
    This is a terrible book. It is about half gushing over over babitz and her at best mediocre writings as if they were creative gems and blistering the overrated Joan Didion, particularly for her Play It As It Lays. She praises bibitz beauty, especially when she was young, but the photos...
  • Justine Smith
    Feb 03, 2019
    ?Obsession has its privileges.? Lili Anolik?s ?Hollywood?s Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.? is honest in a way only an obsessive account of someone?s life and art can be. Eve, whose presence and voice is so large, could have easily drowned out a meeker w...
  • Y (adoredwords)
    Dec 20, 2018
    This was written by a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, who became obsessed with Babitz sometime before 2012. She became so fascinated with Babitz that she ended up doing a bunch of research on her and writing a featured article for Vanity Fair in 2014, which is what prompted the rei...
  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    Jan 07, 2019
    Lili Anolik gives us what we have been missing regarding the life of Eve Babitz, along with a bonus glimpse into L.A. during one of its most glamorous time periods, the 60's. I loved every bit of this, she painted perfectly the setting, and the format was ideal to convey Eve's history,...
  • Michelle
    Feb 25, 2019
    In 2012, after several unsuccessful attempts were made to contact the reclusive Eve Babitz, who was living forgotten in obscurity in her West Hollywood condo?biographer Lili Anolik was finally rewarded for her persistence and began meeting Babitz for occasional lunch dates. ?Hollyw...
  • Scott S.
    Mar 20, 2019
    "You've heard of people marching to the sound of their own drum? Well, [she's] got a whole fife and bugle corps." -- line of dialogue spoken by actress / singer Julie London in the 70's Artist. Author. Shameless hedonist. Friend of celebrities. The ultimate It Girl from sunny So-Cal...
  • Bree Hill
    Jan 31, 2019
    I can?t remember the last time, if there ever was a time that I?ve read a biography and if this is in deed my first, I?m glad it was. I?ve never read anything by Eve Babitz. Shamefully, Sex and Rage has been sitting unread on my shelf for about 7 months, but this biography w...
  • Milllicent
    Apr 02, 2019
    3.5 - 4.0 ...
  • Britta B√∂hler
    Jan 09, 2019
    More fan-nonfiction than a biography, but I found the mix of the author's personal point of view, interviews and biographical snippets very fitting for the subject in question, and also a highly enjoyable read. ...
  • Tammy
    Dec 29, 2018
    This is an expanded version of Anolik?s Vanity Fair article. There is a good bit of information about the author?s pursuit of Babitz and some interesting observations about Joan Didion. It?s a solid biography if you haven?t read the article. If you have read it there isn?t mu...
  • Liz Pardey
    Feb 18, 2019
    I was so looking forward to reading this book -- and it mostly lived up to my expectations. Of course I was an Eve-ite. She is the tragi-comic heroine of her own story. In case you missed it, Eve grew up in the Los Angeles of the 60s and 70s; in fact it could be said she WAS LA in the...
  • Emma Kearney
    Dec 27, 2018
    For all my feminism and constant work to undo internalized misogyny, I still struggle with unlikable women. Perhaps more than anything, I want to be likable. And I love to dole out compliments to my female friends that are overblown, commenting on their kindness and sweetness. Eve ...