The editors at LIFE vigorously carry on the traditions of excellence in photography, journalism and storytelling of and about our country and our world, which began with the founding of LIFE magazine in 1936 by editor and publisher Henry R. Luce. LIFE has published books on a broad range of subjects, including bestsellers The Day Kennedy Died, One Nation and The American Journey of Barack Obama.
LIFE is where the nation first learned about the Wizard of Oz and its soon-to-be starlet Judy Garland, a dear friend of LIFE's. Seventy-five years after the debut of the classic movie, this heavily-illustrated volume revisits all of the behind-the-scenes photography of the film shoot, wonderful shots from from the Culver City set, and also of the music being recorded, and intimate pictures of the stars and their families.
In addition, this book will uncover photography of the events that most fans don't know about; for instance, Judy Garland and her friend and regular co-star Mickey Rooney performed live on stage after evening performances in New York City for the first three weeks of the movie's run. The volume may also include commentary by TIME movie critic Richard Corliss and other renowned friends of LIFE.
LIFE will give its authoritative take on a national classic, not only covering the history of the movie, but also exploring the legends, lore and also the affect of the movie on the nation's film industry and culture (it was one of the first color films). This volume will be as fun and informative as it is lavishly illustrated.