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by Randy L. SchmidtWith a string of number-one hits showcasing Karen Carpenter's warm and distinctive vocals and Richard Carpenter's sophisticated compositions and arrangements, the Carpenters were responsible for some of the most popular music of the 1970s, and this compendium collects more than 50 articles, interviews, essays, reviews, and reassessments that chronicle the lives and career of this brother-sister musical team. Writings from pop journalists and historians such as Daniel J. Levitin, John Tobler, Dig... more
by Randy L. Schmidt“Nobody knows Dolly like Dolly,” declares Dolly Parton. Dolly’s is a rags-to-riches tale like no other. A dirt-poor Smoky Mountain childhood paved the way for the buxom blonde butterfly’s metamorphosis from singer-songwriter to international music superstar. The undisputed “Queen of Country Music,” Dolly has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has conquered just about every facet of the entertainment industry: music, film, television, publishing, theater, and even theme parks. It... more
by Randy L. SchmidtLittle Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Southern California superstar. Karen was the instantly recognizable lead singer of the Carpenters. The top-selling American musical act of the 1970s, they delivered the love songs that defined a generation. Karen’s velvety voice on a string of 16 consecutive Top 20 hits from 1970 to 1976—including “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar,” a... more
by Randy L. SchmidtWith more than 100 million records sold worldwide, the Carpenters are among the most beloved and enduring musical acts of the last 50 years. Randy L. Schmidt, author of the acclaimed bestselling biography Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter has assembled a team of commentators, journalists, authors, musicians, and other entertainment industry figures for a series of in-depth, insightful, and opinionated conversations on every release. Beautifully presented with more than 200 images, ma... more
by Jason InmanComic book superheroes have been influenced by the true heroes of our armed forces for decades. They frequently recreate the actions of presidents, military leaders, and soldiers. From Captain America punching Hitler in the jaw on his very first cover, to The Punisher surviving the battle of Firebase Valley Forge, there are countless instances when the military has crossed over to the pages of comic books. Soldiers and superheroes: A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jason Inman re-discover... more
by Brad Laidman
Book I wrote about all the pop culture I loved, where I predicted that everything would one day be one your phone. Editor told me it ruled, but agent told me I wasn't Andy Rooney. I never wanted to be Andy Rooney. Intro has some anger, but no one knows music like me. I have paperbacks that are in better format. Please check out my website Elvis Needs Boats - www.bradlaidman.com - most of it is there for free and there are over 1000 posts I think rule.
by Jim LoweThe definitive biography of Sally Rand, the famous fan dancer who is best known for saving the 1933 Chicago World's Fair from financial ruin. But she was oh so much more. Her 60-year career spanned silent films and vaudeville through several world's fairs, to Las Vegas and even Broadway. "Barefoot to the Chin," largely based on material from Sally's personal files, reveals her amazing life, loves, triumphs, failures, and numerous arrests for indecent exposure in all their warts and wonders. The ... more
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by Sean OliverThey were nomadic warriors, their business shrouded in secrecy. They navigated a world fraught with pitfalls. Abuse was rampant. Their world was perilous. And they had kids. This is the true story of pro wrestlers raising children while working the unrelenting road. All content was constructed via new, personal interviews with the stars and family. See how Sullivan, Atlas, Bischoff, Poffo, Russo, Santana, Bigelow, and more scored their most important wins and heartbreaking losses, told in ... more
by Sean OliverIs that thing you love to do in your spare time worth a million bucks? The personalities in pro wrestling have always been some of the most unique and entertaining in the world. For over ten years, Kayfabe Commentaries has been the leading production company in the shoot interview genre, and now you'll go inside the company and see how it was done. Sean Oliver, the on-camera ringmaster and co-owner of the company, takes the reader through all the components of building the business that bo... more
by Felix VasquezEveryone knows Iron Man, Superman, Captain America, and Batman. They are some of the biggest cinematic icons of the modern era. But do you remember the technological hero M.A.N.T.I.S.? How about the super powered being known as Meteor Man? The Master of the Unknown, Doctor Mordrid? Ever met the super model crime fighter known as Lady X? How about the Roger Corman leather clad heroine Black Scorpion? Prepare to go back to a decade where the time of The Avengers, and Iron Man were still very far o... more
by Dave Cowen
As featured in The New York Times! From the writer of 2018's Amazon Best Seller, The Trump Passover Haggadah, which The Forward proclaimed, "some[what] SNL-worthy," and The Jewish Telegraphic Agency declared, "probably pretty funny," comes a new parody Haggadah for fans of the greatest Jewish-American sitcom about nothing.
Enjoy your Passover acting out a "lost episode" where George forces Jerry to host Seder to impress an Israeli love interest. Th... more
by David Pierson“Bayou Da Vinci” is the story of a brilliant but crazy high school English teacher. An original thinker who lives in the backwaters of Louisiana, Wally Zeringue (nicknamed “Bayou Da Vinci” by his students) is widely liked by his students because of the long-winded stories he tells in class. But there is a problem with the man because he is actually three people in one! In addition to his “Bayou Da Vinci” persona, there’s also his madcap alter ego, “Mr. Z,” who often takes over in the middl... more
by David PiersonAnd Lead Us Not is a comic novel about Wally Zeringue, a high school drop-out who becomes President of the United States. Wally has enemies - among them, Dan Bitterman, as former classmate who is now a reporter for the President's hometown weekly newspaper. Two other bitter enemies of Wally Zerignue become secret informants for the reporter. As Bitterman uncovers more and more dirt on the new President, the nation's intelligentsia joins in for the kill. But Zeringue somehow connects wi... more
by Michael KoppyLiterary criticism, songwriting analysis, and cultural commentary--an uncompromising examination of the current state of popular songwriting in the English-speaking world. Devoid of celebrity genuflections, using mostly well-known songs from recent decades as examples, the author presents a compelling case that listeners have been force-fed a steady diet of industrial illiteracy. Why is Bob Dylan the "Donald Trump of Songwriting"? How did Neil Young become "The Poster Boy for Bad Songwritin... more
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