In 1973 the magazine Star launched. Star covered LA’s groupie scene. After five issues in five months the magazine ceased publication. It was gone forever.
In 2011 Ryan Richardson tracked down the original issues. He paid handsomely for them and then put their entire contents online for viewing. He’s a historian; he’s a collector.
The magazines themselves are wonderful snapshots in the fashion, music, and style of 1970s Los Angeles. They’re fun and funny. And they’re here in all their glory now at Star1973.com.
I’ve decided to ring in the 2011 New Year with my own misguided version of public service: an online archive of a scandalous and short-lived 70′s teen magazine! The first issue of Star hit the stands in February 1973. With its over-the-top advice and irreverent coverage of LA’s teenage groupie scene, it wasn’t long before Petersen Publishing was feeling the heat from “concerned citizens”. Five issues and five months later, publication ceased. A sixth issue was planned but never printed. Such controversy along with coverage of “new breed” Sunset Strip groupies (Shray Mecham, Sable Starr, Lori Lightning, Queenie Glam) and glam venues like Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco cemented the mag’s later cult status among fans and collectors.
After spending endless hours and a sizeable cash stack to secure all five original issues, there was only one illogical step left: do it all over again by making every page of this impossibly rare groupie mag available online. Actually, the website idea was the very thing that induced a former Star staffer — the only one among several I tracked down who’d actually kept any issues — to sell the mags. My quest was veering toward hopeless so a big thanks to Judy Shane for making this happen. I promised a website and here it is… in record time, too!