Thursday, January 30, 2014

Anybody know what's going on with Debra Tate's Book?

Is there anyone in the know who knows what's going on with Debra Tate's book? I pre-ordered it, but now the publication date has been pushed back and the description of the book has changed. I thought it was going to contain "hundreds of rare and unpublished photos". I was actually excited. Now I'm not so sure it's going to be the same book I pre-ordered.

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 This is the book description I ordered - the yellow highlights are the major changes:
Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, Sharon Tate remains a fascinating pop icon and a poster child for the 1960s. What most struck those who knew Sharon was her gentle nature and the sheer perfection of her face, but she was far more than just a beauty. The few films she made during her brief career, including Valley of the Dolls, Eye of the Devil, and The Fearless Vampire Killers, have taken on a cult status. Over forty years since her last film, Sharons spirit and charisma lives strong in the memories of those who knew her best, and her style continues to inspire the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, and film.

Sharon Tate: Recollection is a one-of-a-kind celebration of Sharons life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world, and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s - its youth culture, the sexual revolution, Hollywood's changing studio system, and the rise of independent cinema. In this dazzling photo book, Sharon Tates story emerges through quotes and short essays -recollections- by her sister, Debra Tate, as well as by those who knew and who have been influenced by her. An all-star cast contributing memories and thoughts on Sharon includes Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Robert Evans, Mia Farrow, Raquel Welch, Hugh Hefner, Michelle Phillips, Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins, Jane Fonda, Drew Barrymore, and Kelly Osbourne. The book is filled with hundreds of rare and unpublished photos of Sharon Tate taken by the likes of Milton Greene, David Bailey, Terry ONeill, Richard Avedon, Bert Stern, Norman Parkinson, Philippe Halsman, John Engstead, and more.


What emerges from these pages is a stunning tribute to an unforgettable life.
This is the description of the book I'll supposedly get:
Considered by many to be the most beautiful woman of her generation, Sharon Tate remains a fascinating pop icon and a poster child for the 1960s. What struck most about Sharon was her gentle nature and the sheer perfection of her face, but she was far more than just a beauty. The few films she made during her brief career, including Valley of the Dolls, Eye of the Devil, and The Fearless Vampire Killers, have secured her position as a Hollywood legend. Over forty years since her last film, Sharon’s spirit and charisma lives strong in the memories of those who knew her best, and her style continues to inspire the worlds of fashion, beauty, art, and film.

Sharon Tate: Recollection is a one-of-a-kind celebration of Sharon’s life and career, her influence as a fashion icon throughout the world, and in effect presents a sociological portrait of the 1960s—its youth culture, the sexual revolution, the rise of independent cinema, and Hollywood's changing studio system. In this impressive photo book, Sharon Tate’s story emerges through quotes and short essays—recollections—by her sister, Debra Tate, as well as by those who knew and have been influenced by her.

What emerges from these pages is a stunning tribute to an unforgettable life.

Highlights include:

A foreword note by Sharon's husband Roman Polanski.
An introduction and remembrances by Sharon's sister Debra Tate.
Previously unseen childhood photos from the Tate family album.

Original quotes and recollection essays written specially for this book by Jane Fonda, Kelly Osbourne, Bert Stern, Michelle Phillips, Patty Duke, Lee Grant, Elke Sommer, Joan Collins, Viva, Tony Scotti and Trina Turk.

Retrospective quotes by Truman Capote, Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, Dominick Dunne, Warren Beatty, Mia Farrow, Orson Welles, Barbara Parkins, George Harrison, David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner and Kirk Douglas.

Rare and classic photographs by David Bailey, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsman, Shahrokh Hatami, Terry O'Neill, Peter Basch, John Engstead, Peter Br├╝chmann, Neal Barr and Jean Jacques Bugat.

Never-before-seen or published images of Sharon in the classic film Valley of the Dolls, digitally reproduced from their original negatives and transparencies specially for this book by the 20th Century Fox archive.
Also, two of these has-been actors are people who hurt Sharon - one in life, Michelle Phillips by boinking her husband, and one after death by publishing false rumors about her (Elke Sommer who along with her husband Joe Hyams trashed Sharon's character in the media with all kinds of crazy stories).

At this point I feel a little ripped off. I was told a photo book with 100's of rare and unpublished photos with an all-star cast of recollections. Now I feel like I'm getting a bunch of re-ashed, easily found on the internet photos and quotes from Beatty, Farrow, Parkins, and Dominick Dunne etc, new recollections only from has-been actors looking to cash in, and, wait, what? Kelly Osbourne commenting on what fashion is? Is this a joke?