The Broadway star and Academy Award-winning performer best known for his iconic role as the irascible emcee in Cabaret traces his remarkable life story, documenting his Jewish-American upbringing in 1930s Cleveland, childhood roles, rise to fame and challenging losses.
The cultural and psychological roots of Groucho Marx's genius are explored, uncovering the source of the performer's outrageous intellectual acuity and hilarious insolence toward convention and authority in his early upbringing and Marx family dynamics.
Explores the history of stand-up comedy in the United States, from vaudeville through radio and late-night television, discussing how comedians have both reflected and shaped American culture over the past century.
The guitarist and vocalist of feminist punk trio Sleater-Kinney presents a candid and deeply personal assessment of life in the rock-and-roll industry that reveals her struggles with rock's double standards and her codevelopment of the comedy Portlandia. 75,000 first printing.
One of Britain's best-known screenwriters and dramatists presents a vibrant and account of becoming a writer amid the enormous flux of postwar England, taking readers through his university days at Cambridge all the way up to his success as a playwright.
A personal introspective by the pop songwriter and performer traces his Liverpool upbringing, artistic influences, creative pursuit of original punk sounds and emergence in the MTV world.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee presents reflections on her inner life from the unique perspectives of the cafâes and cultural haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.
Filled with gossip, bitter rivalries and unlikely alliances, a candid account of the people, the money and the power that re-invented Times Square tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that rebuilt a city in grand style, revealing that the backstage drama often rivaled what transpired onstage.