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.
Presents the history of sports channel ESPN based on interviews with nearly five hundred current and former employees, featuring announcers and analysts as well as sports stars including LeBron James, Peyton Manning, and Jeff Gordon.
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.