Traces how the author acted on a tip from a family member and embarked on a cultural journey in search of the man behind the legend of James Brown, discovering his rich musical legacy and the ongoing disputes surrounding his will as well as the complicated race, music and cultural factors that shaped his story.
The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star takes readers behind the scenes of his groundbreaking hit musical, which is filled with romance, drama, violence, patriotism and adventure and details the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
A pop music critic relates how his love for soul music was fostered by records his father left behind when his parents divorced, and he explores how he tried to make sense of living in Arkansas during the 1980s and 1990s.
The prolific musician, songwriter, producer and member of the Eurythmics discusses the parties, collaborations, relationships and creativity that spanned his blockbuster career, from Tom Pettys "Don't Come Around Here No More" to Celine Dions "Taking Chances."
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.