A critical and comprehensive exploration of the influential Broadway musical analyzes West Side Story against a backdrop of its cultural period while considering its reflection of both classical Shakespeare conflicts and modern youth issues.
Jason Zinoman traces the achievements of such influential counter-culture directors as Wes Craven, Roman Polanski and John Carpenter, describing how they incorporated modern politics and gritty realism into their films to reinvent the horror film genre in the 1970s.
The stand-up comedian, television host, bestselling author and actress candidly discusses her personal life and professional career and describes what it was like to become a judge on American Idol.
Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic best known for his Chicago Sun-Times reviews and his 30 years as co-host of Siskel & Ebert at the Movies describes his life and career including his recovery from alcoholism and the complications from thyroid cancer treatment. 200,000 first printing.
Offering profiles of cultural icons and literary pioneers such as Charlie Chan, Norman Mailer and Bob Dylan, an acclaimed cultural critic presents a new collection of essays and writings on music, film, literature and politics that explore the American landscape and cultural traditions.
Depicts the music, tours, lives, tensions and intertwined personal ties between a group of extraordinary musicians including The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, and James Taylor against the backdrop of the events of 1970, including the Kent State killings and the Apollo 13 scare.
Discusses whether the brutal imagery present in today's reality and entertainment will shock society into a less alienated state and help create a just social order or whether focusing on representations of cruelty simply makes society more cruel.
The acclaimed country-music performer and songwriter recounts her upbringing by a famous father and stepmother, marriages to Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal and journey through the professional music entertainment world.