Hollywood is the home of glitz and glamour but of course there’s also a darker side to La La Land.
The home of showbusiness was also the home of stars such as River Phoenix, Bruce Lee, Dennis Hopper, Fatty Arbuckle, John Holmes, George Reeves, Natalie Wood and Lana Turner.
Many of these names are associated with tragedy, and they are explored in a new podcast which is a must for fans of Los Angeles noir.
Badlands: Hollywoodland is a 10-part series ably hosted by Jake Brennan.
Podcast aficianados will recognise his name; Jake produced Disgraceland which was a similar enterprise, except focused on the music industry.
Jake looks at perhaps the most tragic life of all Hollywood figures, that of Marilyn Monroe, in an episode dedicated to her career and, more pertinently, the murky circumstances surrounding her death.
For Jake, digging into the music industry gave him the taste for tackling an equally seedy industry.
“Disgraceland has allowed me to dig deep into the most insane stories in music history, but the unhinged history of notorious figures in the spotlight goes way beyond musicians,” he said.
“Partnering with Amazon Music on Badlands means more stories about the thrilling lives and dirty deeds of significant figures from Hollywood, sports, and beyond.
“Ever since starting Disgraceland, this has been something my listeners have asked for. Edge-of-your-seat storytelling about figures from beyond the world of music. I’m stoked to be able to deliver.”
This is a heady mix of intrigue and true crime set in an impossibly glamorous world, although sometimes that glamour is lost. One tale about Errol Flynn and a piano might shock you….
The podcast about life in a Canadian women’s prison you’ve been waiting for is here! Life Jolt – prison slang for a life sentence – examines the lives of women navigating Ontario’s correctional system.
Hosted by Rosemary Green, a former inmate herself, Life Jolt focuses on the realities of prison life, and explores issues including parenting behind bars, segregation, addiction, and reintegration.
The Business Of Fashion
The arrival of Ewan McGregor’s Halston on Netflix might have given you a taste for all things fashion.
Why not check out The Business Of Fashion, which opens a door on the industry and asks interesting – and surprisingly tough – questions like how the industry has tackled hate crimes over the past year to why people won’t shop on those terrible adverts on Instagram. One for the fashionistas out there.
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