Episode #2: Welcome to the Jungle (Part 1), Ft. Laurie Jacobson
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“Do you know where you are? You’re in the Jungle baby!” In Episode 2 of the First 50 Gigs, we’re taking you back…all the way back to the origin of the Sunset Strip and answer Axl’s eternal question with Hollywood historian Laurie Jacobson, author of Dishing Hollywood: The Real Scope on Tinseltown’s Most Notorious Scandals

In this episode you’ll:

• Relive the scandalous history that gave rise to the Sunset Strip and how it became a throughway for Hollywood elite to commute from Beverly Hills to Hollywood.

• See the rise of legendary nightclubs on the Strip that showcased the biggest stars of the 20s, 30s, 40’s and 50’s.

• Witness the eventual decline of the Sunset Strip when a new “strip” took its place, Las Vegas, and learn how a new generation of clubs rose from the ashes of Hollywood to birth a new movement in music with the electrification of rock n’ roll.

 

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Dishing Hollywood: The Real Scope on Tinseltown’s Most Notorious Scandals: https://www.amazon.com/Dishing-Hollywood-Tinseltowns-Notorious-Scandals/dp/1581823703

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