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Party Animals: A Hollywood Tale of Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll Starring the Fabulous Allan Carr

3.27 of 5 stars 3.27  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  17 reviews
He produced "Grease," brought the Tony-winning "La Cage aux Folles" to Broadway, and was banned by the Academy for producing the worst Oscars ever.
ebook, 341 pages
Published May 14th 2014 by Not Avail (first published January 1st 2010)
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Very readable book about the always-interesting Allan Carr. While I would have loved another 100 pages of information about a few missing projects, the major touchstones are covered in depth. Hofler is very fair about giving a balanced portrait of an oft-unbalanced man (Hey, the '70s were about excess, after all.)
Jeremy Blaustein
I had too much fun reading this book. Juicy, fun gossip that kept me thoroughly entertained without ever pandering to (or protecting) to subject. Also, I appreciated the diversity of Mr. Carr's career- tackling film, television, Broadway, and music- which kept this bio moving along at a clip.

One minor quibble: the author almost exclusively refers to his subject as, "Allan," which I suppose is to make us feel more familiar than the somewhat distancing, "Mr. Carr." However, other people are often
A quick, gossipy book best read poolside in your fanciest caftan.
I will never be able to un-see the image of Allan Carr in a diaper, getting ready for his on-camera interview with me for my A&E Biography episode on Angie Dickinson. That day in 1999, his business manager was kind enough to give me the tour of Hillhaven that Allan's health no longer permitted him to give.

Bravo to Robert Hofler for perfectly preserving what would have been a forgotten footnote in Hollywood and Broadway history. Hofler's skill as a writer makes what could have been a slight,
Fun, entertaining in a National Enquirer kind of way. Alan Carr was larger than life ... literally. 300 plus pounds of angst, hype, schmooze and gay chic enclosed in billowing caftans. This impresario was a fixture on the Beverly Hills scene back in the late 70s/early 80s (disclosure: I worked in Century City and would occasionally come across Alan with his entourage in places like the Polo Lounge, Jimmy's and the Bistro). He threw legendary parties. He produced a few decent movies, some incredi ...more
allan carr is the hollywood impressario responsible for this:

and this:

and this:
(though this was NO hit at the time)

and this:
(he was ann margaret's manager)

but also this:

and this:

and this legendary clunker: (as we
Caligula of 70's Tinseltown...sad and heartbreaking tale of Alan Carr producer of some of films greatest hits
A solid overview of Allan Carr's self manufactured rise, sensational stint at the top, and dramatic downfall. The author generally focuses on Carr's most famous and over the top endeavors; more a highlight reel than full exploration. Also, there is far more gossip and tabloid style titillation, than serious examination or formal dissection. However, this almost seems befitting of a man like Allan Carr; likely how he would have portrayed himself and his career in a memoir. Overall, an entertainin ...more
I picked up this book at our local going-out-of-business Borders for a steal. I figured it would be a Studio 54 of the west. And in many ways, it was. I thoroughly enjoyed it; although, I agree with another reviewer who said it needed another 100 pages or so. There were some projects missings that I would have liked to read about and also, there was very little mentioned about all the stars that Carr managed (or refused to.)
John Salisbury
Thoroughly readable book about producer/impresario Alan Carr. The title promises sex, drugs and rock n' roll and delivers all three copiously. The best chapters are about the creation of "La Cage Aux Folles" on Broadway and the 1989 Oscars telecast featuring the infamous opening with Snow White and Rob Lowe.
Alan Carr was definitely book-worthy, but this author forgot that most people reading this book have never heard of two-thirds of the people in it, and therefore bored me to death with his exhaustive detail. I will credit the author for going into years of extensive interviews with many people for this book.
It was good enough to finish, but ultimately, not good enough to have started in the first place. It doesn't help that Allan Carr produced a lot of projects that I actively dislike (Grease, La Cage aux folles), but a book, IMO, needs to be more than a string of anecdotes.
Linda Schwartz
Sounded like it would be an interesting view into Hollywood in the 1970s and 1980s, but was pretty dull and had nothing really new to say.
Interesting look back at the decadent 1970's and early 1980's in Hollywood, before AIDS.
This was interesting for awhile, but then got boring and I quit.
great fun read about the 1970's decadence
I loved this book. Brings back lots of memories.
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