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Ruth Etting: America's Forgotten Sweetheart

by Kenneth Irwin

A comprehensive, full-length biography of Ruth Etting (1897-1978), this book details her rise to fame, her career as a Ziegfeld Girl and singer (1929-1931), her pioneering radio and film accomplishments, and...


Chopin's Prophet: The Life of Pianist Vladimir de Pachmann

by Edward Blickstein & Gregor Benko

Vladimir de Pachmann was perhaps history’s most notorious pianist. Widely regarded as the greatest player of Chopin’s works, Pachmann embedded comedic elements—be it fiddling with his piano bench or flirting...


Freddie Francis: The Straight Story from Moby Dick to Glory, a Memoir

by Freddie Francis & Tony Dalton

Freddie Francis was regarded as one of the great cinematographers of the last half of the 20th century. He won Academy awards for Sons and Lovers and Glory. This is Francis’ memoir in which he recalls working...


William Desmond Taylor: A Dossier

by Bruce Long

By reprinting over 400 items from contemporary newspapers, magazines, and trade journals, this book reveals Taylor's life in Hollywood-from his arrival as a minor actor in 1912 until his death in 1922 as one...


Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio

by William J. Bush

In Greenback Dollar: The Incredible Rise of The Kingston Trio, the first in-depth biography of America’s first recording super-group, William J. Bush retraces the band members’ personal and professional...


Paul Whiteman: Pioneer in American Music, 1930-1967

by Don Rayno

In this second volume of Rayno’s magisterial treatment of the life and music of this remarkable maestro, Whiteman’s career during the second half of his life is explored in the fullest detail, as Whiteman...


Buster Keaton's Silent Shorts: 1920-1923

by James L. Neibaur & Terri Niemi

In Buster Keaton’s Silent Shorts: 1920-1923, James L. Neibaur and Terri Niemi provide a film-by-film assessment of Buster Keaton’s short films produced in the early 1920s. The authors discuss the significance...


Bernard Herrmann's the Ghost and Mrs. Muir: A Film Score Guide

by David Cooper

Author David Cooper examines the career of Bernard Herrmann, as well as the specific elements that went into the creation of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir's score. Cooper traces the development of Herrmann's craft...


An Unsung Cat: The Life and Music of Warne Marsh

by Safford Chamberlain & Gary Foster

IAn Unsung Cat explores the life and music of jazz saxophonist, Warne Marsh. The book also offers an extensively researched discography and photographs that reveal the public and private face of this unique...


David Lynch: Beautiful Dark

by Greg Olson

In David Lynch: Beautiful Dark, author Greg Olson explores the surreal intricacies of the director's unique visual and visceral style not only in his full-length films but also his early forays into painting...


Robeson: An American Ballad

by Arnold H. Lubasch

Paul Robeson was a towering figure in American culture, conquering many disparate venues—from football to film and law to Shakespeare. An extraordinary athlete-scholar-actor-singer, Robeson also became a crusader...


Leaving Home: A Hollywood Blacklisted Writer's Years Abroad

by Anne Edwards

In this new memoir, Anne Edwards—bestselling author of biographies on Judy Garland, Vivien Leigh, Margaret Mitchell, and Ronald Reagan—turns the spotlight on herself, chronicling her 20-year exile from the...


Corresponding with Carlos: A Biography of Carlos Kleiber

by Charles Barber

Drawing heavily on their 15-year correspondence, this book is the first English-language biography of Carlos Kleiber ever written. Charles Barber offers unique insights into how Kleiber worked. This biography...


Harlem Jazz Adventures: A European Baron's Memoir, 1934-1969

by Timme Rosenkrantz & Fradley Garner

Timme Rosenkrantz (1911-1969) was a journalist, author, concert and record producer, broadcaster, and entrepreneur with a consuming passion for jazz and little head for business. He was the first European journalist...


Early Charlie Chaplin: The Artist as Apprentice at Keystone Studios

by James Neibaur

Before making a name for himself as an undisputed master of cinema, Charlie Chaplin first developed his acting, writing, and directing skills at Keystone Studios. This book examines each of these films, assessing...


The Fall of Buster Keaton: His Films for MGM, Educational Pictures, and Columbia

by James L. Neibaur

The Fall of Buster Keaton assesses Keaton's work during the talking picture era, especially those made at MGM, Educational, and Columbia studios. While giving some attention to the early part of Keaton's career,...


American Classic Screen Interviews

by TIBBETTS/WELSH

In American Classic Screen Interviews, editors John C. Tibbetts and James M. Welsh have assembled some of the most significant and memorable interviews conducted for the magazine over its ten-year history. This...


Shoot the Rehearsal!: Behind the Scenes with Assistant Director Reggie Callow

by Rudy Behlmer

Assistant director Reggie Callow recounts what it was like to work on such celebrated films as Gone with the Wind, Rebecca, Mutiny on the Bounty, and The Sound of Music, recalling the work of filmmakers Alfred...