Friday, April 30, 2010

Remembering Radio, by David S. Siegel

This oral history of old-time radio will take you back to your youth. How good life was then!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hot Off the Press! Read All About It!

Bedtime Stories of the Ingleside Inn is a charming, often hilarious book describing the forays of a novice restaurateur and hotelier, Melvyn Haber, into the exotic world of French chefs, lovable con-men and "Big Spenders." As a raconteur, Haber has few equals. With his droll wit and style, he wends his way through one outrageous escapade after another and takes you along for the entertaining ride!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

San Francisco Silent Film Festival

July 15th through 18th is the time, and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival is the event. BearManor Media authors who are planning to attend are David Menefee (biographer of Richard Barthelmess and George O'Brien), Scott O'Brien (biographer of Virginia Bruce and Kay Francis), and Sarah Baker (biographer of Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor). Drop in to see them if you can.

This month in Classic Images

There's a fine article about Billy Thomas (pint-sized actor who portrayed Buckwheat, the Our Gang member we all loved) in this month's edition of Classic Images magazine. You can read it on their website page

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Saving the Best For Last

Blog Talk Radio is winding up Nostalgia Month by having our author Ron Masak as a guest. They have a very, very nice write-up about him at their

Monday, April 26, 2010

Van Alexander's Book Up For Award!

Finalists for the 2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence

The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2010 ARSC Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research. Winners will be announced in August 2010 and awards will be presented at a ceremony in May 2011 during ARSC’s annual conference. Additional information about the annual conference and the ARSC Awards for Excellence can be found at

Begun in 1991, the ARSC Awards are given to authors of books, articles or recording liner notes to recognize those publishing the very best work today in recorded sound research. In giving these awards, ARSC recognizes the contributions of these individuals and aims to encourage others to emulate their high standards and to promote readership of their work. Two awards are presented annually in each category, for best history (H) and best discography (D), and several others are acknowledged with Certificates of Merit. Awards are presented to both the authors and publishers of winning publications.

Winners are chosen by an ARSC Awards Committee consisting of five elected judges representing specific fields of study in addition to the editor of the ARSC Journal and the President of ARSC. The 2010 ARSC Awards Committee consists of the following: Roberta Freund Schwartz (Awards Committee Chair); David Seubert (ARSC President); Brenda Nelson-Strauss (ex officio); Sam Brylawski (Immediate Past-President); James Farrington (Book Review Editor, ARSC Journal); Dennis Rooney (Classical Music Judge); Cary Ginell (Judge-At-Large); Dan Morgenstern (Jazz Music Judge); William L. Schurk (Popular Music Judge); and Richard Spottswood (Judge-at-Large).

The following works, published in 2009, have been nominated:

Best Research in Recorded Rock and Pop Music
Peter Blecha, Sonic Boom: the history of Northwest Rock, from “Louie, Louie” to “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (Backbeat)
John Broven, Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (University of Illinois Press)
Ryan Edwardson, Canuck Rock: A History of Canadian Popular Music (University of Toronto Press)
Christoph Geisselhart, The Who: Maximum Rock: The Craziest Rock Band on Earth, vols. 2 (1971-1978) and 3 (1978-present) (Hannibal-Verlag)
Clinton Heylin, Revolution in the Air: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Chicago Review Press)
Malcolm Macfarlane and Ken Crossland, Perry Como: A Bibliography and Complete Career Record (McFarland)
Louis P. Masur, Runaway Dream: Born to Run and Bruce Springsteen’s American Vision (Bloomsbury)
Morton Reff, Chuck Berry International Directory (Music Mentor) (D)
Anthony Reynolds, The Impossible Dream: The Story of Scott Walker and the Walker Brothers (Jawbone)
Mark Ribowski, The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal (DaCapo)
Alyn Shipton, I Feel a Song Coming On: The Life of Jimmy McHugh (University of Illinois Press)
Steve Waksman, This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (University of California Press)
Ken Wlaschin, The Silent Cinema in Song, 1896-1929: An Illustrated History and Catalog of Songs Inspired by the Movies and Stars, with a List of Recordings (McFarland)

Best Historical Research in Blues/Gospel/Hip-hop/R&B
Steven Calt, Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary (University of Illinois Press)
William Ferris, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (University of North Carolina Press)
Michael Gray, Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell (Chicago Review Press)
Peter C. Muir, Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 (University of Illinois Press)
Paul Oliver, Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues (Basic Civitas)

Best Historical Research in Record Labels
Jon Hartley Fox, King of the Queen City: the Story of King Records (University of Illinois Press)
Larry Alan Harris, Curt Gooch and Jeff Suhs, And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records (Backbeat)
Brian Southall, The Rise and Fall of EMI Records (Omnibus)
David Suff, Three Score and Ten: Topic Records at 70 (Topic)

Best Historical Research in Recorded Country Music
Patsy Bale Cox, The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country's Big Boom (Center Street)
Pamela Fox, Natural Acts: Gender, Race, and Rusticity in Country Music (University of Michigan Press)
Jocelyn R. Neal, The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers: A Legacy in Country Music (Indiana University Press)
Ralph Stanley and Eddie Dean, Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times (Gotham)
Ron Yule, Louisiana Fiddlers (University Press of Mississippi)
Best Historical Research in Recorded Folk, Ethnic, or World Music
Gage Averill, Alan Lomax in Haiti (Harte Recordings)
Alain Boulanger, John Cowley, and Marc Monneraye, La Musique antillaise en France discographie 1929-1959 / French-Caribbean Music in France a discography 1929-1959 (AFAS)
Jim Linderman, Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photographs (Dust-to-Digital)
John Radanovich, The Wild Man of Rhythm: the Life and Music of Benny Moré (Florida University Press)
Hank Reineke, Ramblin' Jack Elliot: The Never-Ending Highway (Scarecrow)

Best Historical Research in Recorded Jazz
Van Alexander and Stephen Fratallone, From Harlem to Hollywood: My Life in Music (Bear Manor)
James Gavin, Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne (Atria)
Duncan Heining, George Russell: The Story of an American Composer (Scarecrow)
Richard J. Johnson and Bernhard H. Shirley, American Dance Bands on Record and Film, 1915-1942, vol. 1 (Rustbooks)
Robin D. G. Kelly, Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press)
Helene LaFaro-Fernández, Jade Visions: the Life and Music of Scott LaFaro (University of North Texas Press)
Hank O’Neal, The Ghosts of Harlem: Sessions with Jazz Legends (Vanderbilt University Press)
Leif Bo Peterson and Theo Rehak, The Music and Life of Theodore "Fats" Navarro: Infatuation (Scarecrow)
Sam Stephenson, The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965 (Knopf)
Terry Teachout, Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Best Historical Research in General Sound Recording
Travis Elborough, The Vinyl Countdown: The Album from LP to iPod and Back Again (Soft Skull Press)
Gary Gottlieb, How Does it Sound Now? Legendary Engineers and Vintage Gear (Course Technology)
Caleb Kelly, Cracked Media: the Sound of Malfunction (MIT Press)
Steve Knopper, Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age (Free Press)
Howard Massey, Behind the Glass, vol. 2: Top Producers Tell how the Craft the Hits (Backbeat)
David Suisman, Selling Sounds: The Commercial Revolution in American Music (Harvard University Press)
Best Historical Research in Recorded Classical Music
Jacques Chuilon, Mattia Battistini: King of Baritones and Baritone of Kings, trans. E. Thomas Glasow (Scarecrow)
Gregor Tassie, Kirill Kondrashin: His Life and Music (Scarecrow)
Chris Walton, Othman Schoeck: Life and Works (Rochester University Press)

Friday, April 23, 2010

Thank you, Star-Ledger and

There was recently a very nice article about burlesque and the book that Jane Briggeman wrote about it in the Star-Ledger and You can see it at

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Gripping Chapters!

Gripping Chapters is much more than a history of the sound motion picture serial. Here you'll find all of the sources for sound movie serials, including comic strips, comic books, the pulps, novels and radio shows. There are chapters analyzing the cliffhanger endings of serial episodes, with information focusing on cheat cliffhanger endings, such as time expansion cheats, "survived through it cheats," and re-shot footage cheats, as well as a study of some of the cleverest and most exciting cliffhanger endings of all time. Other topics include serial sequels and series, the stars who appeared in serials, prolific contributors to serials, and stock footage and bloopers. Plus an appreciation of three very special serials: The Phantom Empire, Flash Gordon and Zorro's Black Whip.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Opened Time Capsules

From the 1970s through 2003, author David Rothel interviewed dozens of show business personalities for his radio program and for "Guest Star" panels at film festivals where he was the host. Now Rothel has drawn from those fascinating conversations for his book Opened Time Capsules: My Vintage Conversations with Show Business Personalities. Here's your chance to eavesdrop on such personalities as Myrna Loy discussing The Thin Man film series; Vincent Price recalling those horror films he made for American-International; Lloyd Bridges talking about his classic TV series Sea Hunt; Milton Berle reminiscing about the Texaco Star Theatre; and two Tarzans, Gordon Scott and Jock Mahoney, discussing their adventures on the swinging vines. Twenty celebrities in all recollect their career highs and lows in this fascinating oral history of American popular culture covering much of the Twentieth Century. For anyone with an avid interest in the history of that bygone, golden era, David Rothel's fascinating conversations with these show business personalities will be must reading and will most certainly bring back many fond memories.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

At Long Last!

For the first time in print - finally!! - The Bickersons' Love Letters!
Never before have the infamous love letters between John and Blanche Bickerson seen the light of day. This amazing testament to the strength of marriage at last shows the true depth of feeling the squabbling couple felt for one another. And no. It wasn't always bickering! Now you can find out how they met. Who they are. What are their backgrounds. And experience, for a change, the love shared between a couple that was obviously made for one another.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Look what's hot off the press!

Now here's a book with a subject we all recognize instantly!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

From the Indiana's Got Talent website

David B. Boyer is the author of 5 non-fiction books, the editor of 3 short fiction anthologies, and has recently added film producer to his list of credits. His own independent film company, Into the Light Productions, has 3 documentary films in pre-production, for possible release in late 2010 or early 2011.

A former fan and writer of horror fiction, he had begun to find the genre lacking in variety and originality in 2009: ''The genre, for me, had grown stale, cliched,'' he told noted author Roberta Lannes in an interview. ''It seems as though writers and filmmakers have lost grasp on what key elements are necessary for producing a well-crafted horror film or book.''

Although he still enjoys reading his favorite horror author, Stephen King, he otherwise intends to devote his time and concentration on other genres in the future, with his eye set on the Christian genre inpaticular, having been saved in 2003.

He lives in Vincennes, Indiana, with his cat, Toby, who helps him ''edit'' his manuscripts by jumping on the keyboard when he's not looking. You can contact him via his personal email here , and view his production company here .

He has interviewed over 300 celebrities in the horror, scifi, and fantasy fiction and film industries.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Tonight's Broadcast

Author Charles Tranberg will be interviewed tonight on Radio Once More about his new book, The Thin Man: Murder Over Cocktails. You can listen from the website.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Wright Writes Right

Can you imagine flubbing your line in front of the whole country without a chance to try again to make it right? That's what it was like back in the 1940s and 1950s. Week after week we saw these brave actors and actresses take on the challenge, and they did an amazing job.

Wright King was there on our screens in such shows as Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents, and Kraft Television Theatre, and has fond memories of those exciting days. He and his fellow actors tell us the circumstances that led them to their first live television production, what it was like on the set as the time of the broadcast drew nigh, and the reactions they got from people on the street when they left the studio.

So come on in and relive with us the days of yore when everything we saw on television was being broadcast live and absolutely anything could happen

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Another great review! They just keep coming!

The Television Obscurities website has a wonderful review of Andrew Lee Fieldings' book, The Lucky Strike Papers. Check it out at

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hey, look at this!!!

Check out this webpage:

About 2/3 down and all the way to the bottom of the page, it raves about BearManor Media and its books--George O'Brien: A Man's Man in Hollywood; Frank Lloyd: Master of Screen Melodrama; Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor & Charles Farrell; and George Raft: The Man Who Would be Bogart.

And what makes it even better is the fact that this is on the National Board of Review's website! Are we walking on air? You bet we are!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Can't Get Enough of That Gorgeous Lynn Bari?

Want to know more about Lynn Bari? Here's a couple of suggestions for you:

1) Read her Foxy Lady biography, written by Jeff Gordon.

2) Check out the website.

What a fabulous actress!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ron's Heroes From A to Z

Check out the terrific interview that author Ron Masak gave to "On Screen & Beyond." It can be found at . Great job, Ron!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

It's Doris' Day

Pierre Patrick and Garry McGee will be doing a live web broadcast today to celebrate Doris Day's birthday. Many celebrities will be participating, including Doris herself. Check it out at

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Chance to Vote

The Horror Zine is now on the "longlist" for an award for Best Magazine by the renowned and respected British Fantasy Society (BFS). Voting for the "shortlist" will be in June 2010. See this link: