Chronicles the history of pinball games from 1970 through 1981, one of pinball's most prolific eras. Hundreds of pinball machines from Gottlieb, Williams, Bally, Chicago Coin, and other manufacturers are showcased, along with descriptions, special features, historical significance, release dates, designers, and current values. Also features exclusive interviews with some of the pinball's greatest designers and artists. A wonderful reference and a tribute to all who were part of pinball's fascinating history.
Eagerly anticipated, this third book from pinball author Michael Shalhoub includes over 900 color photos and covers the most recent period in pinball history, from 1982 through 2005. Each chapter is devoted to a specific year and features descriptions, release dates, and historical background on the games released that year from manufacturers Gottlieb, Williams, Bally, Data East, Stern, Sega and others. Current values are listed for each machine shown in the book. Interspersed with the games are stories and interviews with many of the legendary designers and artists who created them. Readers will gain fascinating insight into the planning that went into the games, how the designers and artists got their start in the industry, behind-the-scenes tales of life in the pinball world, and more. "Michael Shalhoub's Pinball Compendium is a great documentary of our business," says designer Steve Ritchie of the second book in the trilogy. "I especially like the personal insight he gives readers into the personalities behind the pin game business, and the great photos he has come up with. I learn something new every time I pick up the book." Along with its two companion volumes (the first covering the 1930s-1960s and the second covering 1970-1981), this book is a must-have for all who love the sights and sounds of the world's great pinball machines.