A history of the WPA's Federal Theater Project in the 1930s traces the role of project leader Hallie Flanagan in transforming the Roosevelt administration relief effort into a platform for some of performing art's most inventive and controversial achievements. 25,000 first printing.
A social and cultural history of New York's 1849 Astor Place Riots describes how a petty feud between two celebrated Shakespearean actors of the era—William Charles Macready and Edwin Forrest—led to a violent and bloody public disturbance that resulted in the deaths of more than thirty people. 25,000 first printing.
Documents the cultural revolution behind the making of 1967's five Best Picture-nominated films, including Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, Doctor Doolittle, In the Heat of the Night, and Bonnie and Clyde, in an account that discusses how the movies reflected period beliefs about race, violence, and identity. 40,000 first printing.
Chronicles the competition between three contending groups for the Collegiate A Cappella championship, evaluating how their achievements reflect a rising surge in the music form's popularity, as well as the diversity that has shaped its expression.
Provides background information on the artist, scene-by-scene analyses of his most famous operas, a critical discussion of musical recordings, and a crash course in opera "lobby talk"
Evaluates the powerful influence of pop music on the author's coming-of-age years, describing how music defined her early life while conversely providing her an escape from her own realities.
The television journalist provides a firsthand account of the world of television news during the glory days of CBS News, chronicling his nearly twenty years with the bureau from 1961 and his coverage of important events and personalities during the period.
Recounts the life of hip-hop artist M.F. Grimm, including his early years as a performer and drug dealer, the loss of the use of his legs from a gunshot wound, his incarceration in prison, and his eventual release and self-reinvention.