Book Title: Dark City: The Real Los Angeles Noir (Multilingual Edition)
Publisher: Taschen America
Author: Jim Heimann
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The dark side of Los Angeles, 1920 1960
In the years following World War I, Los Angeles
was a city awakening to its darker side, transforming itself from a backwater town to a gleaming metropolis and city of the future. But along the way a tarnished patina began to coat its ever-more glamorous façade
. As thousands flocked to the city with their dreams and desires, so too came get-rich-quick schemes, phony religions, organized crime, and corruption
A visual history like no other, Dark City
brings together images from archives, museums, newspaper photo morgues, private collections, and the author s extensive image library to reveal the true grit, grime, and sheer horror stories of Los Angeles from the 1920s to 1950s
. In large format, we roam through the back alleys, gin joints, tattoo parlors, gambling dens, nightclubs, and the most brutal crime scenes, to uncover a city crawling with murder and mayhem
From Sunset Boulevard to a jazz-saturated Central Avenue, tabloid headlines chronicle the most famous celebrities and infamous crimes in a hopped-up city that provided inspiration for journalists, pulp fiction scribes, and filmland script writers in their creation of the noir genre
. With rare vintage magazine reprints from the crime tabloids of the time, this is a uniquely evocative visual history through which the crime, crooks, crazies, and mean streets of the City of Angels are transformed from myth to reality.
Text in English, French, and German