Ask Chris’s Tour Guide Book Binge: The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book

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Published by a tiny press near Palm Springs, this bare bones volume is more of a light graze than a full banquet, but it still takes you to the expected hot spots (Musso and Frank, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel) as some completely bizarre places like the slaughterhouse where Rocky punched sides of beef, and the Hollywood apartment of assassin James Earl Ray. It’s mostly full of anonymous places where historic (and usually bad) things happened, and celebrity homes that won’t look like much more than a hedge from the street. On the other hand, I will most definitely pick up any book with a tour entry like “One-time Mama Cass/Ringo Starr/Dan Aykroyd Haunted House.”

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  1. William A. Gordon

    January 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Chris,
    While I am always appreciative of free publicity, I cannot help wonder why you highlighted three of the most inconsequential entries in my book. Why did you gloss over so many of the more interesting sites, e.g., locations all over greater Los Angeles where popular movies and TV shows were filmed, former presidents’ residences, and sites that inspired songs.

    Your review reminds me of a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote: “Many critics are like woodpeckers who, instead of enjoying the fruit and shadow of a tree, hop incessantly around the trunk pecking holes in the bark to discover some little worm or other.” This is a book that several sightseeing companies use to train their guides. Many consider it the bible of L.A.’s sightseeing industry.

    The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book is now in its 24th printing and 20th year of publication. How many other authors can say that?

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  2. William A. Gordon

    January 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    While I am always appreciative of free publicity, Chris, I cannot help wonder why you highlighted three of the most inconsequential entries in my book. Why did you gloss over so many of the more interesting sites: places where popular movies and TV shows were filmed, former presidents’ residences, and sites that inspired songs?

    Your review reminds me of a Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote: “Many critics are like woodpeckers who, instead of enjoying the fruit and shadow of a tree, hop incessantly around the trunk pecking holes in the bark to discover some little worm or other.” This is a book that several sightseeing companies use to train their guides. Many consider it to be the bible of L.A.’s sightseeing industry.

    “The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book” is now in its 24th printing and 20th year of publication. How many other authors can say that?

    Reply