The veteran producer and author of Hello, He Lied explores how the collapse of the DVD market has triggered a Hollywood refocus on special effects and 3D over expensive actors and writers. Obst draws on insights from top entertainment minds to consider if an increasingly eccentric movie business is salvageable.
Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: from the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad
An assessment of the programs that helped cable television emerge as a signature art form explores the storytelling distinctiveness and creative directions of such shows as The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men while sharing insights into the complicated personalities of such leading contributors as David Chase and David Simon.
Dean Jensen traces the story of world-famous trapeze artist Leitzel and her star-crossed love affair with Alfredo Codona of the famous Flying Codona Brothers. From a disadvantaged youth, Leitzel went on to have impressive achievements with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The legendary, award-winning singer, songwriter and pianist tells her life story — beginning with her childhood in Brooklyn, through her marriage to co-writer Gerry Goffin, her experiences as a mother, and what it was like to write and record Tapestry.
The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning group The Roots, which also serves as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, discusses a historical range of musical artists as well as African American art, hip hop, culture and philosophy. 40,000 first printing.
The story of the making of The Mary Tyler Moore Show offers insight into how the show reflected changing American perspectives and was the first situation comedy to employ numerous women as writers and producers.
The author of Unbelievable describes the feeling of community and transcendence she experiences while participating in a choir, tracing the history of group singing and the dramatic stories of conductors and composers while drawing on scientific findings to reveal the physical benefits of song. Original. 20,000 first printing.
This electrifying rock-and-roll memoir of one of the world's greatest guitarists, who fused elements of classical music with the speed and volume of heavy metal, shares his personal story: from his arrival on the music scene in the early '80s to becoming a household name in the annals of heavy metal.
William Friedkin, maverick of American cinema, offers a candid look at Hollywood, when traditional storytelling gave way to the rebellious and alternative; when filmmakers like him captured the paranoia and fear of a nation undergoing a cultural nervous breakdown.
When a proposal to pull country music from the Nashville radio station WSM sparked public outcry in 2002, Craig Havighurst scoured new and existing sources to document the station's effect on the city's character and self-image.
Offers a history of stardom, from the early years of cinema through the reality stars of the Internet age, offering anecdotes and explorations of the ways in which fame both reflects and obscures the people behind the celebrity image.