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61. Freddie Mercury: An Intimate Memoir by the Man Who Knew Him Best
by Peter Freestone
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Asin: 0711986746
Catlog: Book (2001-12-01)
Publisher: Music Sales Ltd
Sales Rank: 38016
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars The man behind the music
I have been a long time fan of Freddie's and when someone bought this for me I was thrilled and yet scared. Scared because I have tried on Many occasions to read biographies and failed miserably. Luckily this book was really well done and the topic was close to my heart.

The biography is written by a man who obviously loved Freddie and was very close to him in life and affected immenly by his personality. The book covers who Freddie really was to his friends, family and fans. It covers several albums and inspiration behind the music. It also covers his very sad sickness and I must admit I cried quite a bit.

I only have one qualm about this book and this is the time line as it jumps around quite a bit. But it is still followable and you can piece it together.

However in the end I was left feeling like I really did know Freddie and it gave me a warm feeling inside. Now when I listen to his music it brings back parts of the book to me and helps me build a better picture of the artist that Freddie really was.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasant Memories of Freddie Mercury...
I truely enjoyed reading this book. I have, for many years been a Freddie Mercury fan and great admirer of his music. I was very apprehensive about buying this book, as most often books as such are rarely kind to the individual whom they are written about. But I felt that this book characterized Freddie Mercury more as a "person" rather than this huge "rock star" (which he was) and gave some delightful and colorfull insight into his daily life. The book is filled with many stories and incidents that depict his life style more in terms of his love of music, the band, his friends, his home and his cats. There are stories demonstrating his sensitive character, as well as his over all kindness and generousity. The fact that he was gay is secondary in this book, but it was not ignored either. If you are a Freddie Mercury fan I know you will enjoy this book very much. The photo section in the book is good...but for Freddie Mercury fans there are never enough pictures.

I myself have reread my book several times and enjoy it just as much each time, sometimes reading something I missed before. Peter Freestone remembered his friend kindly.

2-0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough? Not likely!
I am searching high and low, for a book that wasn't as badly written as this one. I have been a fan of Queen and Freddie for over ten years and from time to time I get into my collecting bug. For example, tapes, cd's obviously, very rarely would I be able to find a book! Back in the day when the internet wasn't as fast, as commonly used, or for that matter things were as easy to find..I would be on it constantly looking for bits and pieces of information about my favorite, although somewhat defunct Queen. Now, with this plethora of information I have now, etc., I was still surprised to find this book at my local bookstores, not once but twice! Go figure, not taking any chance at all, I bought it. I was a little hesitant at first, being that because of all the information I didn't know about Freddie, personally I mean, he didn't give many interviews, etc. would this shatter my naivte about his personal life? Would it effect the way I viewed him? Well, the answer to that my friends is no. I will tell you why, because this book went into depth about nothing. From here to there it was a list of Freddie's friends and lovers, nor does it disspell so many rumors at all, they're was maybe a page about that.. until this choppy, "safely written" memoir, basically goes on about the bars, clubs and people they frequented all over the world. It doesn't go into much about really freddie at all. It seems that this book is a bit superficial, at the end is probably the most infomation you'll get out of it.. well, perhaps the beginning as well, but as for the middle, i say, read the first twenty, then the last twenty pages you just about have the book summed up.

2-0 out of 5 stars An Intimate and UNabriged Memoir
This book could easily have been condensed to 1/4 of the pages. Each event or memory written about goes on and on, and on... - impatient readers beware.

While the author does a great job of providing every little detail, it is amazing to believe that he could remember everything in this much living colour, and doubtful that at the time he carried around a notebook to record everything happening around him.

Generally the writing is poor to midland at best and it is obvious the author is not a professional writer. The book also could have been organised a bit better, for it is not chronological, nor are chapter headings or topics given.

The reader will sense that the author wrote this book out of memory for his friend, Freddie Mercury, rather than out of primary interest in the royalties. Overall, this book is for only the most fanatical of Queen fans and for those supremely interested in Freddie Mercury.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Last Twelve Years -- 1979-2001
I will say, on the one hand, I am not a "die-hard" Queen fan, nor am I a "die-hard" Freddie Mercury fan. On the other hand, I do enjoy Queen's music.
The intent on buying this book, as in any biography, is to learn about the birth, career, and so on of the person in which the biography is based. That is not the case for this book.

At first, I was a bit dissapointed to discover that I would not learn about Freddie's birth, childhood, his early carrer, the founding of Queen as a band, as well as the birth of Queen's successes.

The book opens in 1979. That is when the author, Peter Freestone, began working for Queen; his original job was to make all the costume changes ready, during Queen's concert performances. His job descriptions, and responsibilities increased as time went on, and he began working solely for Freddie, himself.
'I was Freddie's chief cook and bottle washer, waiter, butler, secretary, cleaner..and agony aunt',writes Peter Freestone (quoting from the back cover, to give an insight as to the various responsibilities he had while employed by Mercury.)
'I travelled the world with him, I was with him at the highs and came through the lows...I acted as his bodyguard when needed and in the end, of course, I was one of his nurses.'

This is, indeed as the title states, an intimate look at the man who is Freddie Mercury, written by someone who became one of Freddie's closest, most trusted friends.
But, it only covers the 12 years that Freestone knew, and worked for him.
The last 2 chapters are especially touching. Peter Freestone was there when Freddie passed away, in 1991, and he shares a very personal account of the goings on before, during, and after his death.

What I learned, and appreciated about this intimate memoir, was how generous, and giving Freddie was. He was a loyal friend. He treated those who worked for him as close friends.

This book was excellent reading, for what it was; and what it was, was an intimate portrait, getting to know Freddie Mercury on a personal level (kinda like getting a backstage pass, so to speak), learning things that would be, otherwise private. ... Read more

62. Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend
by Stephen Davis
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Publisher: Gotham Books
Sales Rank: 8157
Average Customer Review: 1.89 out of 5 stars
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As an artist and persona, Jim Morrison epitomized the late 1960s, bridging a burgeoning counterculture and popular culture, while acting out the iconoclastic rage, rampant libido, and spectacular flameout of a tumultuous era. The music he created with The Doors has sold over 50 million records worldwide—with over 13 million in the last decade alone, as their songs have been embraced by a new generation. But despite Morrison’s seminal importance, there has not yet been an authoritative biography that does justice to him and his creative legacy. Until now.

Stephen Davis, the preeminent rock biographer and author of the classic Led Zeppelin history Hammer of the Gods (over 600,000 copies sold inthree editions, and a #1 New York Times bestseller), has uncovered never-before-seen documents, conducted dozens of original interviews, and scoured Morrison’s unpublished journals and recordings to write the definitive biography of a misunderstood legend. Jim Morrison is packed with startling new revelations about every phase of his life and career, from his troubled youth in a strict military household to his blossoming as a rock icon among the avant-garde LA scene to his voracious drug abuse and secret sexual experiments. Davis also investigates one of the greatest mysteries in rock history—the circumstances surrounding Morrison’s mysterious and unsolved death—as he pieces together new evidence to tell the true and heartbreaking story of Morrison’s last tragic days in Paris.

Compelling and unforgettable, Jim Morrison is destined to become a classic. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Anticipation exceeds realization
Awaited over 6 months for this book to be published and was let down almost immediately. Almost all but 2 pictures have been published before and the story itself has already been covered by previous bios. Still, it's an ok read for the uninitiated, but for those who have read other Morrison bios, there is nothing new covered here--except maybe that the surviving Doors were not the best friends with Morrison that they now make themselves out to be. One glaring error was the author has Morrison arriving in Paris in June '71 when in fact he had been living there since March. Would've loved new info from post-Miami to July '71 and would've loved to have seen rare photos from that time.

1-0 out of 5 stars Innacurate and embarrasing
This has got to be one of the most inacurate books out there.First off the man can't label pictures correctly.Did he not take the time or care enough to label them correct?.There is nothing new here maybe except for a few odds and ends.He is just basically going into things weve already read inother books,trying to put them into his own words and such.This is indeed embarrasing--for the author

3-0 out of 5 stars Lizard on the Road
The book is worth reading in spite of the author's desperate need to paint an even darker side of Morrison.
The best parts are the anecdotes of many, many Doors concerts.
This is what keeps the book from being like all the rest and a good read.

4-0 out of 5 stars It's worth reading.
Unlike the other reviewers, I liked this book. I have read many biographies about Jim, and in this one I learned a few things that I had not read (or heard) before. Of course there were a lot of rehashed stories, but to only include previously unknown facts would turn the book into a pamphlet. The author stated which stories were substantiated and which were not. It's too bad the Doors' lawyer Max Fink didn't write a book. That man knew a lot about Jim.

1-0 out of 5 stars A tremendous disappointment
Perhaps with the mysterious cover and the grabbing editorial reviews, Stephen Davis thought that he would fool Morrison/Doors fans into believing that this would be THE book, THE final word on this enigmatic man's life and work. In my case at least, he was right.

This is nothing more than rehashed, oft told stories about Jim Morrison and his chaotic life, spliced with occasional, unsatisfying references to his private notebooks. You might as well buy "Wilderness" or "The American Night" for all the new information he gives us. Nothing that hasn't been written is revealed about his death in Paris. There are intimations that he was bisexual, but nothing solid. Davis even has balls enough to reference "Wild Child", the blatantly fictional account of Morrison's supposed "relationship" with groupie Linda Ashcroft. This book is some where between "No One Here Gets Out Alive" and "The Lost Diaries of Jim Morrison"--in other words, like these wastes of paper, it floats between fantasy and truth, melding one with the other. Don't bother. ... Read more

63. The Bennetts: An Acting Family
by Brian Kellow
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Asin: 0813123291
Catlog: Book (2004-11-15)
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
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The Bennetts: An Acting Family is a chronicle of one of the royal families of stage and screen. The saga begins with Richard Bennett, a small-town Indiana roughneck who grew up to be one of the bright lights of the New York stage during the early twentieth century. In time, however, Richard’s fame was eclipsed by that of his daughters, Constance and Joan, who went to Hollywood in the 1920s and found major success there.

Constance became the highest-paid actress of the early 1930s, earning as much as $30,000 a week in melodramas. Later she reinvented herself as a comedienne in the classic comedy Topper, with Cary Grant.. After a slow start as a blonde ingenue, Joan dyed her hair black and became one of the screen’s great temptresses in films such as Scarlet Street. She also starred in such lighter fare as Father of the Bride. In the 1960s, Joan gained a new generation of fans when she appeared in the gothic daytime television serial Dark Shadows.

The Bennetts is also the story of another Bennett sister, Barbara, whose promising beginnings as a dancer gave way to a turbulent marriage to singer Morton Downey and a steady decline into alcoholism.

Constance and Joan were among Hollywood’s biggest stars, but their personal lives were anything but serene. In 1943, Constance became entangled in a highly publicized court battle with the family of her millionaire ex-husband, and in 1951, Joan’s husband, producer Walter Wanger, shot her lover in broad daylight, sparking one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of the 1950s. ... Read more

64. Bright Boulevards, Bold Dreams : The Story of Black Hollywood
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Asin: 0345454189
Catlog: Book (2005-01-25)
Publisher: One World/Ballantine
Sales Rank: 12556
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Informative and Quite Interesting
I have finished reading a copy of Mr Bogle's latest book, and as always, I find it entertaining yet very interesting; For years, we have gotten via piecemeal, the efforts that African Americans have made in the cinema; This book brings it all together as well as telling us about L.A.'s famous Central Avenue, the various prominent black Los Angelenos such as architect Paul Williams, Dr John Sommerville, who built the hotel that eventually became the Dunbar; The only thing with this book is that the fifties spoke more about Nat King Cole, who although had a home in a predominately white neighborhood which was noteworthy for it's time, overshadowed it; despite it, I found it very informative of various people who worked in the industry including Madame Sul Te Wan, Noble Johnson, Stephin Fetchit, Eddie Anderson, Hattie McDaniel, Louise Beavers etc to name a very few; Please come and learn more; ... Read more

65. Traveling Music: The Soundtrack To My Life And Times
by Neil Peart
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Asin: 1550226649
Catlog: Book (2004-09-28)
Publisher: ECW Press
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The music of Frank Sinatra, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, and many other artists provides the score to the reflections of a musician on the road in this memoir of Neil Peart's travels from Los Angeles to Big Bend National Park. The emotional associations and stories behind each album Peart plays guide his recollections of his childhood on Lake Ontario, the first bands that he performed with, and his travels with the band Rush. The evocative and resonant writing vividly captures the meanderings of a musical mind, leading rock enthusiasts to discover inside information about Rush and the musical inspirations of a rock legend.
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66. Clay Aiken: From Second Place to the Top of the Charts
by Kathleen Tracy
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Asin: 1584153261
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Publishers
Sales Rank: 3773
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When Clay Aiken took a one-in-a-million shot at music stardom by qualifying for and then nearly winning the American Idol contest in the second season, he captured America's heart. Now, with hit records to his name and a new Christmas album to be released this year, the North Carolina native has a voice that is being recognized everywhere. Veteran celebrity biographer Kathleen Tracy takes readers behind the scenes of one of America's most popular television shows to learn what Clay actually went through to achieve his success. Tracy delivers all the information Clay fans have been waiting for. A thoroughly satisfying read with 160 pages of text! Plus 16 pages of beautiful full-color photos of Clay! ... Read more

67. My Friend Leonard
by JamesFrey
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Publisher: Riverhead Hardcover
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Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring.

The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces. The son is, of course, James, damaged perhaps beyond repair by years of crack and alcohol addiction-and by more than a few cruel tricks of fate.

James embarks on his post-rehab existence in Chicago emotionally devastated, broke, and afraid to get close to other people. But then Leonard comes back into his life, and everything changes. Leonard offers his "son" lucrative-if illegal and slightly dangerous-employment. He teaches James to enjoy life, sober, for the first time. He instructs him in the art of "living boldly," pushes him to pursue his passion for writing, and provides a watchful and supportive veil of protection under which James can get his life together. Both Leonard's and James's careers flourish . . . but then Leonard vanishes. When the reasons behind his mysterious absence are revealed, the book opens up in unexpected emotional ways.

My Friend Leonard showcases a brilliant and energetic young writer rising to important new challenges-displaying surprising warmth, humor, and maturity-without losing his intensity. This book proves that one of the most provocative literary voices of his generation is also one of the most emphatically human.
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68. Mysterious Stranger : A Book of Magic
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Asin: 0375505733
Catlog: Book (2002-10-29)
Publisher: Villard
Sales Rank: 54714
Average Customer Review: 4.09 out of 5 stars
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Blaine’s Challenge!

A never-before-attempted challenge to readers everywhere!
WIN $100,000.00
Hidden throughout the volume now in front of you are secret little signals, clues, and codes that,
once understood and deciphered, will lead to the discovery of a
Which has been hidden somewhere within the confines of the continental United States of America.
Where is it? Who Will find it?
We Can’t Say!
This challenge has been created and sponsored by the world’s greatest mystifier . . .
who was
Buried Alive
For Seven Days and Seven Nights.
The one and same who became
the world’s ONLY LIVING ICE CUBE in world-famous Times Square
and who . . .
stood as still as a statue
10 stories above Manhattan
only to
leap to his life below.

The book in your hands now
Some of David Blaine’s most closely guarded SECRETS. Such as



The reader will also
LEARN a multitude of inside SECRETS with which he or she too can mystify anyone.


“A latter-day Houdini.” —The New York Times

“The hottest name in magic.”— USA Today

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5-0 out of 5 stars "If this is magic, let it be an art"
David Blaine's Mysterious Stranger is a very interesting and creative book. I was drawn to the mystifying cover and after thumbing through the book and seeing all the intriguing photographs and clever style and format, I knew I had to check this book out even though I was not aware of Blaine's work save for headlines for his sensational stunts.

Blaine is a true expert in his craft. He is an historian of magic and this book includes stories about many of the important figures in the art of illusions and escapology: Dedi who performed for Cheops in Ancient Egypt, the stone eaters, Robert-Houdin, Max Malini, Alexander Herrmann, Titanic Thompson--a con-man who even outwitted Al Capone, the fascinating Stylites who lived atop high pillars to escape the evilness of earthly life, and, of course, Harry Houdini. Blaine puts his heart and soul into his magic. He includes stories of his childhood, how he became interested in magic (seeing a photo of Houdini who was clinging to a railing with his chin), and his devotion to his late mother. Accompany this history are guides to basic card tricks and illusions, so be sure you have a deck handy when reading this book.

He also, of course, describes experiences that made him famous: filming his television show Street Magic, attending a voodoo ceremony in Haiti, braving the Venezuelan rainforest to meet the Yanomano Indians, and his daredevil stunts of being buried alive, standing in ice, and standing on a pillar. He describes his grueling regime of preparation which included learning to sleep while standing up while preparing for his ice demonstration. Blaine shows a deep appreciation for the tradition behind his stunts and illusions. His claim that magic brings all people together because people of different ethnicity, religions, and social status all come to see his stunts seems a bit much. One can say such things about many different spectacles, but when they are over, people go their separate ways. Still, the book is fascinating and some of the illustrations will stay with me for a long time. Anyone interested in the unusual will enjoy Mysterious Stranger.

4-0 out of 5 stars David Blaine's Mysterious Stranger - A review
David Blaine's aptly titled book, Mysterious Stranger, reveals few, if any of the young magician's most guarded secrets. People expecting to read it and come away knowing how to a) Levitate or b) Be buried alive for a week, will be disappointed. Those who are simply curious about the rising star's life, his philosophy of magic, and who would like to learn a few tricks along the way, will get all they paid for, and more.

I realize that I've said pretty much nothing about the book, but that's only because it's surprisingly hard to classify. It reads like a continuous blend of history, biography, magic tricks, and personal memoirs. Oh, yeah. There's also a hidden puzzle named "Blaine's Challenge" contained in the text that, when correctly solved, reveals the secret location of $100,000 stashed safely away somewhere in the United States. This is a legitimate contest - not a scam or publicity stunt, which, if nothing else, leaves the reader with something to ponder and dream about.

All of this though, would be unimportant if this weren't a good book, which it is. The first thing I noticed was the great overall look of the book. The hardcover edition weighs in at 214 pages, and is packed full of great, full-page photographs, pictures, and illustrations throughout.
The first couple of chapters deal mainly with the history of magicians and magic, and are fairly comprehensive. But this isn't a history book, and Blaine knows it. He keeps the chapters short, sweet, and even slips in some fun tricks that have nothing to with history to amuse and entertain your friends.

The core of the book is not about magic in general, but about Blaine himself. As a reader, I learned a lot about him and about magicians in general. His story is told in a mostly linear style, revealing how he got from working as a restaurant magician who drove a beat-up Honda, to getting his own million-dollar special on ABC. Along the way, we hear about him meeting Jack Nicholson, and get an interesting story about his travels to South America, where he met members of the Yanomamo civilization, a people who "had a penchant for attacking outsiders with darts".

If there's one recurring theme surrounding Blaine, it's his impressive ability to use magic as "the great equalizer", as he calls it. He gets along with everyone, it seems. Homeless people in New York, people on the street in gangland Compton, the Dallas Cowboys...the list goes on.

The book ends with three chapters about Blaine's most famous stunts: Buried Alive, Frozen in Time, and Vertigo. Readers will get an inside look at the preparation Blaine went through, as well as what he was thinking throughout the duration of all three, the shortest of which, Vertigo, went on for thirty-five hours. Blaine ends by saying he knows this is only the beginning. Personally, I find comfort in that.

The book is targeted at a wide audience, and finds its mark. Anyone who's ever thought about being a magician should read it. Anyone who has seen the TV specials and wants to know more about the man himself, should read it too. And anyone who could use an extra $100,000 and wants to take a crack at "Blaine's Challenge", should read it very carefully.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Stranger
The book was good. It's a quick read. Keep in mind this isn't a book that tells you the secrets of magic, but it teaches you a few things and is a great reference book on Blaines life and other great magicans too. I reccomend it for non-magicians too. If you're wondering who this mysterious stranger is and where he came from I suggest this book. $8-10.00 used isn't bad at all. Give it a shot

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Houdini
I read this book and could not put it down the instant I got it home. David has a way of making you feel like he's talking to you and sharing his personal love of magic and illusion.
I ended up being even a bigger fan after reading this book. His passion and intensity shines through. He is also a compassionate man who seems to doing his part to share "magic moments" with people on the street.

5-0 out of 5 stars For those who want to Believe
Filled with artwork and illustrations, this insightful book gives an in-depth look at the history of magic. And the men who make us want to believe that magic is REAL. David's method of magic is mind over matter. Convincing us that humans are capable of much more than we know. The underlying message is: the power of our WILL, and strength of our WORDS, can make an illusion a reality.

I had the pleasure of having my book autographed by him in Miami. He was humble and gracious with his time to all who were in that mile long line. One of his best traits is that he truly enjoys giving joy to others by performing his magic to common folk. Those people that really need more magic and joy in their world.

Reading this book will help everyone believe that magic is REAL and that David Blaine is more amazing than Houdini. We can only hope that he never disappears! ... Read more

69. Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
by Neil Gaiman
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Asin: 1840237422
Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
Sales Rank: 43633
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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"It’s all devastatingly true — except the bits that are lies" — Douglas Adams

Upon publication Don’t Panic established itself as the definitive companion to Adams’s life and work. This new revised edition comes up to date, covering his later work and untimely death in 2001, and including a new introduction by Neil Gaiman.

Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman celebrates the life of Douglas Adams who, in a field in Innsbruck in 1971, had an idea that became The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — the radio series that started it all, the five book ‘trilogy’, the TV series, almost-film, and everything that followed. Don’t Panic also tells the story of the other projects Douglas worked on, including his posthumous collection The Salmon of Doubt. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to a great man
This is part a biography of Douglas Adams, and part a description of how the different versions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy came to be. Douglas Adams was a very interesting and intelligent man whose life was cut tragically short. The story of how his most famous work was created is almost as funny and capticating as the Hitchiker's Guide itself. We get some examples of his early work, which can be incredibly funny ("How many kamikaze missions have you flown?" "Fourteen Sir!" "Shouldn't it be just one?"). He was involved with the Monty Python group, and wrote some material for them.
I think the book should be essential not only for Hitchhiker's buffs but also for wannabes in any creative profession.

4-0 out of 5 stars Funny and Informative
Neil Gaiman does an excellent job of capturing the style and mood of Douglas Adams, and reveals the man behind the books revered by many.This book is enjoyable, and interesting, and a definite read for anyone who loves the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.The only sad part is that it's a bit short - like Adams' life.So that's a bit depressing.Otherwise, a good read!

3-0 out of 5 stars Sort of a biography of Douglas Adams
Don't Panic is sort of a biography of Douglas Adams. But it concentrates almost exclusively on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the events and circumstances in Adams's life that contributed to the creation and development of the Hitchhiker-phenomenon. It was originally published back in 1988, then revised in 1993, and now revised again, after the untimely death of Adams.
Don't Panic is written in the same style as the Hitchhiker novels, and is at times quite amusing. There are no less than 31 short chapters (the first one is chapter 0) in the book, dealing with various distinct subjects. This is followed by five appendixes. There are a lot of direct quotations from various people surrounding Adams, and from Adams himself, but there is never any information given about when or where these people said these things, which is a major drawback.
There is a lot of trivia here, but a lack of depth, and the book does seem to repeat certain myths (for example, the well-known one that Adams first got the idea for Hitchhiker while lying drunk in a field in Innsbruck). Still, if you're a fan of Adams, this is essential reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for Gaiman and Adams fans
Years ago, while browsing in a book shop, desperate for something to read during lunch, I stumbled across this little book.I was a big fan of Adams but had never heard of Gaiman but decided to pick it up and give it a chance.It was well worth it as it was a great read.

Some time later, I spotted a new hardback on the shelves at the same book shop.I knew the name Pratchett and had to think for a while as where I knew the name Gaiman from and then recalled that he had written that little book called Don't Panic, so I picked it up.Haven't looked back since. ... Read more

70. Ruminations: Krs-One
by Kris Parker
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars KRS-One book
I have never read the book but if it is on KRS-One it should be pretty good.KRS-One is the greatest

5-0 out of 5 stars Hiphop Revolutionary
Ruminations is eye opening & consciousness expanding. He discusses some concepts that I've thought about before and some that I never would have. He lays out plans for a sovereign Hiphop Nation that would stand indepent of the United States. Talk about revolutionary thinking! As always he's not afraid to put forth ideas that may not be popular. I highly recommend this book, really for everybody, but especially for anyone who cares about Hiphop Kulture or even just Rap. The last chapter is The Science of Rap, apparently updated and reprinted from an earlier KRS book.
I couldn't put this book down. I often get bored with books before finishing them, but not this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This is a wonderful read! This will be a great text book for college classes interested in inner-city thought as well as social philosophy.

There's a reason KRS ONE has lectured at Harvard and Yale, and there's a reason this book is introduced by a famous philosopher. It's a good book with many insights.

It's no Plato's Republic, but if Plato grew up in the South Bronx and climbed the ladder from rags to riches, this book is something he may have written.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book shows why KRS-One is one of the most brilliant
minds associated with Hip-Hop Today. KRS-One challenges people to think in most of his music. He is no different in his writing. The parts of the book that I found stimulating to read are his views on 9-11-01, the reparations movement, and the current state of hip-hop.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great mind of today.
Kris Parker, better known as KRS-One,has written an outstanding autobiography entitled Ruminations.Kris Parker brilliantly tells us about his rise in Hip-Hop from beginning to present.His book also talks about many current issues,and his views on the state of society today.Kris also touches on the birth of Hip-Hop culture and his significant role in it.Kris is one of the most influential names in Hip-Hop music of all time.KRS-One is viewed by many as nothing less than a legend in the Hip-Hop community.I believe this book is excellent to read even if you aren't in any way interested in Hip-Hop.Kris has very interesting views on where he feels our world will be in years to come.For example,he spends a good amount of time discussing the serious reforms needed in order to improve the living status of African Americans today.The knowledge being displayed in this book is incredible.Just listening to Kris express his views and thoughts about the future makes me believe that KRS-One is prophet like.Ruminations is an excellent book that does nothing less than feed the mind. ... Read more

71. Engelbert: What's In A Name?: The Autobiography
by Engelbert Humperdinck, Katie Wright
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72. Hollywood Animal : A Memoir
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-27)
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Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland—stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail.He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous—or infamous—screenwriter in Hollywood.

Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him “the devil.”He has been referred to as “the most reviled man in America.”But Time asked, “If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?” and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry’s 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner.Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer.For many years the ultimate symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values.

Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, the author of the best-selling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other.

On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll world that is Hollywood.

But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work.It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain . . .a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending . . . an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he’s ever fought: the cancer inside him . . . and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal.

This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears.It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.
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3-0 out of 5 stars A story of greed
Joe Eszterhas had it all, and more, and then blew it in a mysterious way. He found happiness with the woman he calls the sexiest on the planet (Naomi) and seems now to have retired from the business of screenwriting, a business which made him the highest paid screenwriter in the world--not once, but twice. He has left a legacy of interesting films, some good, some bad, but his memoir of writing them (and of his cathartic childhood, the son of Hungarian emigres) is just plain stupendous. It's one book that should have been two, or possibly three.

If you wrote, "Jagged Edge," "Flashdance," and or "Basic Instinct," to name only the hits, wouldn't you try to be more discreet about it? And the flops are a true laundry list of disaster. Only in Hollywood could such an auteur not only survive, but thrive. Very few screenwriters can boast of having sex with Sharon Stone, but Joe E. really rubs it in. For all that, his picture of Marty Ransohoff trying to destroy the life and career of Glenn Close is truly a memorable one. I guess Ransohoff won after all, because today one hears as little of Glenn Close as one does of Joe Eszterhas. If you like Hungarian sentiment, add a star. This is almost the Magyar version of Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish."

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Unforgettable
This book is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. It is exceptionally well-written, it's funny, full of real life stuff, there's dialogue, there are visuals and anecdotes, there is LOVE, and the story of Joe Eszterhas's life should give inspiration not pause and vitriol. Frankly the level of enmity he elicits from people surprises me--of course many of them have not actually read the book, but that's almost besides the point. Why take the time to bash something you haven't read? It must be the wild money he made doing something he liked. Yet, there's something else, too, for Jerry Seinfeld--to name just one wealthy celebrity--with sixty cars in his airplane hangar makes much more money than J.E. yet doesn't provoke nearly the same level of bile. But Eszterhas's memoir is not just a E! True Hollywood story, it's an American story--he suffered inhuman privation as a small boy, saw things no child should see, came to America with nothing, lived poor and lonely for many years, and then made something of himself, raised a family, raised two! He found his heart, he found his life. The account of his mentally ill mother while he was a teenager is heartbreaking, as is his complicated relationship with his father. His whole life is on the page. This book is astonishing, honest, and unputdownable through and through.

5-0 out of 5 stars Run Buy This
This book is superb. It is hard to put down. I don't always agree with him but he appears to be very honest. He has the courage to tell it like it is and name names.

4-0 out of 5 stars Addictively Entertaining
One of Hollywood's highest paid, record-breaking screenplay writers, Joe Eszterhas recounts his life. An incredible story of a boy that was born into the poverty of WWII refugee camps in Hungary who becomes a multi-millionnaire in America.

Joe gives the reader rare insights into how Hollywood operates through his vivid storytelling abilities about his experiences in the Motion Picture Industry:

Find out how Jennifer Beals was cast over Demi Moore for Flashdance.
Learn how Joe made millions on his movie scripts, even after poor reviews and lack of production.
Discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Joe was truly a "Hollywood Animal" and this book is all about his journey there and beyond. Although over 700 pages long, a very fast read. You will be glad you got this one... ADDICTIVE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't stop for commercial break-- addictive read!
This book is so much more than a Hollwyood tell-all. For one thing, it's just terrifically written-- not "terrifically written for a Hollywood hack," but "terrifically written," period. Eszterhas' style is succinct, surprising and vivid. Some think he's boasting that he admires Salinger, Faulkner and Hemingway-- but Eszterhas writes terrific prose. He seems to be speaking directly, but his details are surprising and vivid. I haven't read his journalism, but I bet his articles were great.

He alternates chapters about Hollywood (which are yes, fascinating and appalling) with chapters called "flashback" about his dirt-poor and often difficult childhood as Hungarian immigrant in Cleveland, and brief, italicized sections called "close-ups" that are portraits of unnamed Hollywood personalities (a poolcleaner, a vice president, an actress).

It's a long book, but because of the way it's structured, it's a quick read (well, it took me a few weeks to get through it, but each time I'd pick it up I'd read 60-70 pages before I could bear to put it down). Ezsterhas includes verbatim hatchet-letters he's written to agents and producers who've offended him-- including one hilarious letter to Mike Ovitz that sets off a feud that is a running theme throughout the book. And while Ezsterhas is articulate and hilarious, any reader-- including apparently Ezsterhas himself-- can see that he's also defensive, arrogant and difficult as hell.

You can't help liking him anyway.

Even as he recounts episodes of cheating on his first wife. Even as he recounts painful alienations from friends and family that he is at least partially responsible for. Even when he shows a less than forgiving heart not only to his father but, in one of the sections that shows him in a rather petty light, to old high school classmates (he carries a grudge after 20 years and seems to take some glee in it).

In part that's because Joe is onto himself. He's deeply critical of himself and the book is long and full enough to show him actually reversing earlier actions that might raise an eyebrow. His portraits are sometimes cruel, but he doesn't spare himself either-- and there's as much love as contempt. Well, nearly. You get the sense that even when he was most a "hollywood animal"-- the guy was FUN. With a kind of fairness and honesty that is rare, threatening and delightful.

In the end, the book praises "flyover" values (the states in between the coasts)--prayer, family, changing seasons, hard work. Joe moves to Ohio with his family, and stays.

I found it inspiring on a lot of levels. Yes, I'm in entertainment and picked up the book for the "hollywood gossip"-- and there's lots of it here. One of the most admirable qualities Joe has is his sheer output. He doesn't write a whole lot about his process (though there is one section detailing his work on one of the screenplays). But many times throughout the book he writes of pitching this or that spec-- here is a man who didn't wait for assignments to just get to work.

But the book is inspiring too as an American Dream/Nightmare story, complete with pitfalls and rewards. finally Joe battles with cancer-- and goes on to become an anti-smoking activist. Go, Joe!

I rarely want to read a memoir more than once. But this one is so rich and full I know I'll be referring to it often. A great treat, easy going down but good for you too. Bravo! ... Read more

73. Luther : The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross
by Craig Seymour
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On April 16, 2003, Luther Vandross suffered a near-fatal stroke, and the world held its breath. Inside sources said he might never sing again. He was too weak to receive visitors, but cards and good wishes came from Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Anita Baker, Halle Berry, Patti LaBelle, Jesse Jackson, Burt Bacharach, Bette Midler, Star Jones, Gladys Knight, and Dionne Warwick, among others. With a will to live matched only by the enormous strength and power of his heart, soul, and singing talent, Luther survived and is regaining his voice. This biography is a loving tribute to the man who has entertained millions.

Luther remains one of the music industry's most private celebrities. In Luther, the first biography of the hugely popular and beloved singer, Craig Seymour investigates and illuminates Luther's life, from his early obsession with soulful girl groups to the day he was discovered by glam rocker David Bowie to his devastating stroke and inspiring recovery. Seymour explores Luther's elusive sexuality, the taboo question that has plagued him for his entire career. He talks about Luther's yo-yo dieting, and the pain his weight has caused him and those around him. He tells the whole story behind the widely publicized feuds between Luther and R&B icons Aretha Franklin and Anita Baker as well as the group En Vogue. And he frankly and honestly explores the tragedies of Luther's life: the 1986 car crash that killed his best friend and nearly destroyed his career, and the 2003 stroke that almost ended his life.

An authentic R&B legend, Luther Vandross is one of the most popular and talented vocalists in the world. His life has been full of pain and love, tragedy and redemption. And now, for the first time ever, Luther gives you a backstage pass into his life and longing.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and surprisingly funny
This Luther Vandross biography unexpected arrived in the mail and I begin reading immediately. An easy, quick and fascinating read, I enjoyed learning about Luther's background, his struggles to become a recording artist, and his careers successes and challenges. Although this really isn't a book filled with personal comments by Luther to the biographer, Craig Seymour, you can tell that the author did a great job seamlessly piecing together Luther's history so that it reads logically and thoughtfully. There are sad and poignant moments (the stroke), and many funny moments too (Luther's quick wit and great sense of humor). The squabbles he's had with fellow singers will make you laugh too and shake your head at what goes on behind closed doors within the industry. Even if you aren't a Luther Vandross fan, if you enjoy reading about a slice of R&B music history, you may enjoy reading this book. The book provides a fascinating and dramatic look at the music industry, and it simultaneously honors Luther Vandross with grace and honesty. It's highly recommended and may give you a greater appreciation for Luther, as well as entertainment in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book!
I loved this book! Luther's life unfurls with drama and style--much like his live shows. I've been a Luther fan for years and learned more about him--and had a greater appreciation for him--by reading this book. I definitely recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
The story is inspirational; aspiring artists should read it to appreciate the obstacles and fears that perseverance overcomes. After finishing the book, I was inspired to begin my artistic projects again. Also, it was a wonderful journey down memory lane.

5-0 out of 5 stars Riveting Biography
This is probably the best celebrity biography I have read. Seymour demonstrates his reporting and writing prowess by filling the book from beginning to end with loads of character-revealing research, while simultaneously maintaining pace and rhythm. He gives readers the sensation of having front-row seats to the ongoing drama by recreating the kinds of behind-the-scenes antics that only an insider gets to witness. He also helps to transport readers across the barriers of time and place by recreating the sights and sounds of the important social (and musical) events that mark each era. Even if you have not followed Luther's career closely, you'll find yourself drawn into this engaging portrait of a man whose childhood hobby led him to become a producer for some of R& B and pop music's biggest icons and, ultimately, to attain mega-watt stardom.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspirational, Uplifiting Read!!!!
This book cuts to the heart of Luther's artistry and spirit. A must read!!!! Great for the beach!!! ... Read more

74. U2 : At the END of the WORLD
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-01)
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute "Must Have"
This is a must have for any U2 fan. This book is not only very informative but funny too. Bill Flanagan gives a unique insiders view into the band from personal conversations and participation in backstage antics. The close relationships the band share with each other are very evident in this book. I was given the feeling of being a "fly on the wall" while reading - some of the situations the band find themselves in are at once both amazing and horrifying. Bill Flanagan was along for the ride for most of three years while the band toured and recorded in the studio. U2 At the End of the World is an accounting of his time spent with the band and is an enjoyable read.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best up-close look at a private band
If you are a true U2 fan this is the book for you!It is impossible to put it down, so much detail into their daily lives and ideas is so amazing.I have always respected U2's privacy and control over their lives, but like all fans, I have yearned to know them better, this book takes you in up close better than all the rest.Read this book first and see if you want to bother buying any others, I wish I had bought it first!

5-0 out of 5 stars The KEY book for a KEY time in the life of this band
Rarely put-downable, Flanagan writes with a careful balance of of humor and seriousness that puts U2 in unparallelled company as rock's most thoughtful and interesting band. Flanagan benefits from covering them from the depths of the at times extremely tenuous Achtung Baby sessions in Berlin to standing once again at the top of Rock superstardom, reinvented, embracing of irony and cultivating a wholly new following. If you're like me and became a U2 die hard during this period but were a little too young to go out to concerts or see band members while in town on tour, this book will show you just what a remarkable period it was for them. Paul McGuiness's insights and vision for what was to come with respect to digital, downloadable music is almost prophetic, reading the book now in 2004. But U2 are at the center of a changing world in the early 90s with the fall of the Wall and the newness of the "New World Order" which they try to recognize and understand and the election of the first Democratic president in a dozen years in America. All the while, U2 remain 4 secondary school mates who take themselves MUCH less seriously than is commonly believed. ZOO TV still remains as one of the most dazzling, ambitious and provocative tours ever put on, all at at time where a band was desperately trying to find a new direction. But the cultural, political, musical discussions, events and meanderings are what make this work so rich, beyone typical band biographies. If you love U2 or merely just love Achtung Baby and Zoo TV, you will love this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just a really, really,F****** brillant read
I had always prided myself as being a u2 fan - I could sing their entire back catalog by heart, but I was aways a bit wary of reading any actual "books" on my fav band as they are often out of date by the time they (the books) hit the self and often show my beloved boys in an unkind light.
I ordered this book on word of mouth and the fact that I am starved for any band info as it has almost been four years since their last masterpiece - I was not disapointed.Flanagan writes this journal of life during the Zoo TV tour as a journalist but also as a fan - the personalities of the members of u2 and their organization are brought to focus in a way that helps the reader identify with Bono, Edge, Larry, Adam, and Paul (if by chance you are wondering who Paul is - please read the book and become a true U2 fan of God's Sake!)
True the events that are described in this book are over ten years old but it is an essential period of u2 and it sets the stage for the cohesive unit that the band has become - last seen during the band's most recent elevation tour.
I read the entire book over two days and Flanagan has done something that I didn't think was possible for a die-hard u2 fan - I fell a bit more in love the members of the band for the separate men they are and for the band they form.Remember - "We're one, but we're not the same, we got to carry each other"
Flanagan shows that u2 stand behind the sentiment in One.A true gift of a book - a must read

5-0 out of 5 stars A great rock-n-roll travelogue
Although this is a book about U2, it's such a strange and fascinating tale that it should stand as a classic of rock-n-roll writing as well as the single essential volume for any U2 fan.

The first thing that sets this book apart from the usual rock bio is that it doesn't focus on serving up facts about the band members.There's no "born here, went to school here" at the beginning; instead, we open with Bono, startled into crouching with a hand over his nakedness when a German family comes to reclaim the East Berlin house he's staying in just after the Wall falls.The rest of this tome continues in the same vein, conveying what the band members are like and how they live their rockstar lives by vividly recounting moment-to-moment experiences that the author lived through along with them.

Bill Flanagan was granted unprecedented access to the band member's lives, and throughout the two years he spends touring with him, they treat him as a friend.He makes no pretense of impartiality but rather tells everything from his own point of view, which is much more genuine than any false distance would be and allows you to feel you're there with the band.The length of time and volume of material that result are made more manageable by the fact that Flanagan gives each chapter its own brief coherency, so they can easily be read separately as well as together (and indeed a couple of them were originally published as magazine articles in Musician).

The real reward comes from following the band through to the end of their Zoo TV/Zooropa tour.There's a detachment from reality that Flanagan, the band members, and all the tour crew come to experience as they dedicate themselves to a roaming life, and it's gradually revealed as the band's experiences become more and more strange.Eventually, when you reach the near-insanity of Bono walking and talking and refusing to go to sleep in Japan, it makes a kind of strange sense.Along the way, Adam bottoms out, Edge does 'shrooms and falls in love, and Larry injects himself with bull's blood.It's all good stuff.

If you're really into U2, it would be a crying shame for you to miss out on this book because you'll never understand the band so well any other way.If you've somehow stumbled upon this out of a general interest in rock-n-roll life, it's worth your time to use this book for an insider's view.And if you're looking for some fun nonfiction, it doesn't get any crazier than this. ... Read more

75. Still Me
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Catlog: Book (1998-04-28)
Publisher: International Thomson Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Christopher Reeve has beaten the odds before. He scored his first role in a Euripides play at 15, costarred with Katharine Hepburn at 22, and was one of two advanced-program students accepted at Juilliard, to which 2,000 drama students annually apply. (The other advanced student became his best friend, Robin Williams.) Reeve rode a sailplane to 32,000 feet over Pikes Peak, fell 90 feet from a parasail harness into four feet of water and walked away. He survived emergency appendectomy, malaria in Kenya, and the disastrous film Changing Channels, with Burt Reynolds. He flew vintage airplanes upside down. On his first solo transatlantic flight, a radar controller informed him he was about to run out of gas 200 miles west of Iceland. The radar controller had misread his screen, and Reeve landed safely.

Then, in 1995, his horse balked at a 3-foot-3-inch racecourse fence, made an abrupt "dirty stop," Reeve's hands got tangled in the reins, he landed on his head and got a "hangman's injury"--a broken neck.Ace paramedics got oxygen to him 60 seconds before brain damage set in, and a helicopter named Pegasus lofted him to a hospital.

Reeve was already important. His interpretation of Superman was classic, and his starring role in The Bostonians launched the Merchant/Ivory school of filmmaking. But it was not until his paralysis that Reeve really got moving as a public figure of the first rank. As his memoir Still Me details, since the accident, Reeve has directed his first film, started the Christopher Reeve Foundation to fund spinal-cord-repair research, lobbied Congress, and crisscrossed the country on speaking engagements.

Says Reeve, "Lindbergh made it across the Atlantic [where he was feted by Reeve's grandma]; Houdini got out of those straitjackets; with enough money and grass-roots support, why shouldn't I be able to get out of this wheelchair?" Part Hollywood reminiscence, part scientific detective story, and part soapbox speech, Still Me explains the tantalizing but quite real possiblity that Reeve (and a quarter-million other paralyzed people, plus 49 million disabled Americans) may get back on their feet. Bobby Kennedy once tried to bolster Reeve's faith by saying, "Just fake it till you make it. The prayers will seem phony, but one day they'll become real." Christopher Reeve has more than a prayer, he has a program. He ain't fake, and he just might make it, leading a cast of millions. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great insight and inspiration
Chris Reeve is no literary genius, but he can certainly spin a tale. As difficult as it already is for someone to write a good, engaging auto-biography, Reeve manages it while paralyzed from the neck down, and yet without self-pity.

The earlier parts of his life provide great insight to his character, and to why we all admire him so much as an oasis of class in an otherwise often smarmy business. I particularly enjoyed his recounting of his Cornell and Juilliard experiences.

But it was his description of the accident and its aftermath that moved me greatly. To be able to write about these experiences must have been helpful for Reeve emotionally, but I feel like throwing the book against a wall when I realize that he still can't get up and walk. I can only imagine how many thousands of times more frustrating it is for Reeve himself.

There is of course information on how to help the Foundation he started to fund spinal cord regeneration studies, and I think - though I'm not positive - that some of the profits from every book purchased go towards that fund as well.

Simply put - when you're picking a role model, or even someone to be curious about on a rainy day or an airplane flight, you could do a whole hell of a lot worse than Christopher Reeve.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still Superman, if you ask me.
This book is a testament to the courage and strength it takes to be dealt an almost fatal blow and come away stronger than he was before. Reeve takes us through his life and shows us just how this accident effected his personality and his heart, as well as the obvious physical aspects. I walked away feeling I knew Christopher better than I ever could have other wise. His words draw the reader in to his thoughts, and the reader walks away feeling priveleged to know Superman on a deeper level. Christopher Reeve IS Superman. He writes about his embarassment of "Superman" being struck down so easily, but his experience is just a way of showing us how even Superman has a tough time in this world. We each must fight our own demons. Each of us has it in us to overcome our challenges, and on the way, we have to clear the path for those who will follow us. I found the most touching part to be when Reeve realizes that people love him and each person is worth loving in return just because of that.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration for people working on regenerative medecine
For someone working in the medical industry with stem cells, this book makes me stay longer at work, sleep later at night, and fight more in my meetings for what truly I believe in to make sure I am really doing everything I can to make this future medicine available to our generation.

4-0 out of 5 stars An Intelligent and Informative Autobiography
Having already read Reeve's second book "Nothing is Impossible", I wanted to read his autobiography "Still Me". I truly enjoyed reading the second book. However, I am a little disappointed with "Still Me". In addition to the general tone of the book, I was suprised by the incoherent nature in which this book is presented. While I am sure the biography was once in a more chronological order, I believe the book was deteriorated by poor editting decisions.

The story of Christopher Reeve is tragic. Being confined to a wheel chair for nearly ten years has severely limited the career of a talented actor. Reeve is likely to be remembered type cast to his role as Superman despite this being only a small measure of his acting capabilities. Because of his injury, more than Reeve's acting career was limited. His interactions with family and others have been altered. Additionally, the simple pleasures have been taken away from him. However, Reeve finds unlimited joy in a loving wife and beautiful children. The title of the book is a reflection of this joy.

I found the chapters in which he wrote about his disability and recovery prospects most interesting. Reeve has served as a great ambassador to educate the public about spinal cord injuries. These chapters were intertwined with the chapters of his life and career before the accident. I found the arrangement of chapters distracting from the overall story and tone. Because of the arrangement of the chapters, Reeve comes across as being very bitter. While I know he has reason to be angry, I do not believe that is how he is. For this reason, I believe poor decisions about the layout of the book take away from its quality. Nevertheless, I still found the book to be interesting and entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiration
I have rarely read a book so inspirational & uplifting, as this, the story of a remarkable man who has overcome all odds and come to terms with a totally disabling condition. I was also surprised by the scope and versatility of his acting experience, We all tend to lump Chris Reeve in the "Superman" category. He is a talented and accomplished classical actor of great merit, and respected and revered by most of our "legends" also. I personally feel humbled and ungrateful, when I think of the torment and triumph this wonderful man has shown the world. Good luck Chris. I know you will walk again someday! ... Read more

76. The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer
by Renee Fleming
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Blessed with one of the most beautiful voices of her generation, soprano RenéeFlemingis one of the most celebrated talents on today’s music scene. In The InnerVoice,this great singer shares what she has learned from her experience as aninspiration forthose contemplating a career in the arts. From struggling to get a career underway todealing with her own personal doubts, Fleming is wonderfully candid andarticulate abouther art—especially the little discussed heart-throat-mind connection—andchildhoodinfluences, formal education, mentors, preparation, and mental and physicaldiscipline.

Here is a look at the real life of an artist today, a life confronted by theloneliness oftouring, the need for resilience, the desire for creativity in the face ofoverwhelmingcommercial pressures, coping with business issues, and, most important,balancingpersonal and professional fulfillment. The Inner Voice adds itsdistinctive voiceto works such as Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings and Uta Hagen’s RespectforActing, teaching by example and the hard-won human lessons all artists mustlearn. Itwill be eagerly awaited not only by her legion of fans, but will also berequired readingfor anyone contemplating a career in the arts. ... Read more

77. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers
by Maria Augusta Trapp
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5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful woman
In the late 1960s, when I was maybe 9 years old, my mother let me ditch school to attend a lecture by Maria von Trapp. I'm guessing that the author was promoting a newer edition of her book at the time. She struck me as an opinionated, very strong personality, but one who had twinkling eyes and who encouraged me to continue my piano lessons. The baroness autographed my EZ-Play "Sound of Music" piano book, but sternly made sure that I realized that the movie was not REALLY what her life was about--that it was just Hollywood stuff. When I grew up and became a music teacher myself for 15 years, I wish I'd remembered this book, because I would have recommended it to every student of mine. I just found this copy in an antique shop, but THIS one won't be recycled or resold!

What comes through on every page is the dedication to a will and purpose higher than any human's will. This was not meant to be a "religious" book, but a history of a family who made a huge difference in the world by their faithful service to God. Being willing to work hard, submit their discomfort or inconvenience to God's will and have Him turn it into great blessings and lessons for the family and indeed the world, are truly building blocks of faith, hope, love, and encouragement.

In addition, the stories of the family's dedication to their profession and the pursuit of excellence are inspiring. To attain such stature and not have one's nose in the clouds is an accomplishment in itself! (Ever meet a music scholar or highly-educated performer? The humble ones are few and far between.)

I agree with the other reviewers that Maria probably was the Captain of the family, but look what happened to a country peasant girl who was truly noble, not just assigned the title!

5-0 out of 5 stars A slightly skewed version of reality
Along with everyone else who has read this book, I loved "The Sound of Music" and knew that it was a glossed over account of their real life. I picked up this book, hoping that there would me some truth to it. While I am sure that the majority of the events DID happen, they way they are presented leaves much to be desired. I got the impression reading this book that there was yet a 3rd side to the story that is not presented here.

This is the story of the family, as told by Maria. This is the book on which the movie is based. The book leads the reader to believe that everything was sunshine and roses and that whenever anything bad happened, God provided the opportunities. While I am not doubting Maria's faith, I also think that she worked her tail off to get some of the opportunites the family recieved.

This book is very moving. Some of the antics of the little kids made me chuckle and the story of Georg's death brought tears to my eyes. I would be interested in finding out what happened later.....

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the movie.

5-0 out of 5 stars Curiosity satisfied
This book is a personal family history of the Trapp Family Singers. It begins with Maria's days in the convent, traces the migrations of the family during the War years, and finishes in their family home in Vermont.

Ever since seeing The Sound of Music for the first time, I have always been curious about what happened next- -did the entire family manage to safely climb the Alps to freedom? How did they pay for their journey to the US? And what connection do they have to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont? Maria Trapp answers all of these questions in this book. While the musical version of their life did convey many of the main episodes, the storyline of the musical compressed these episodes so that they seemed to happen one after the other: Maria leaves the convent, teaches the children how to sing, marries their father, and they flee the country at the outbreak of the war, all within 2 hours. Phew! Like the musical, this book also starts with Maria's last day in the convent, but more than a year passed before she and the Baron were married, in 1927. They were married some 12 years and had 2 additional children along the way before leaving Austria. Yes, as unknowns, the family did win a song festival, but that was in 1936, and by the time they fled Austria, they were already quite well-known and had toured Europe as a family singing group. Indeed, one additional reason for leaving the country when they did was that they had been invited to sing at Hitler's birthday.

When driving past the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, I have always thought of it as a ritzy place, and assumed that the money to purchase it and develop it had come from the Baron's family fortune. In reading this book, I found that that was not the case at all. The Baron's fortune was lost before the family left Austria, and they arrived in the US on borrowed money. In their new American lives, they had to restart from the very bottom of the social ladder, digging themselves out of debt before they could even begin to think of buying new clothes or a home. For years they dressed in the same simple clothes they had arrived in, and they built their first house in Vermont from the foundation up with their bare hands. That is, the girls did, since the two boys had been drafted into the US army and were fighting in Europe at the time.

This book relates all of these details and many more, with a considerable sprinkling of humor. Maria comes across as a determined optimist, a young girl barely out of her teens who arrived on the doorstep of a house filled with grief and dissension. Through her personal character and upbringing, she created a family with strong bonds to each other that was able to withstand remarriage, loss of fortune, becoming refugees, and establishing a home and a livelihood in a distant foreign land. The two elements that were her constant guidance and source of inspiration were her faith and the music. This book is peppered with remarks that ring true even today: "The family that sings together, plays together, prays together, and usually stays together." "Our age has become so mechanical that this has also affected our recreation. People have gotten used to sitting down and watching a movie, a ball game, a television set. It may be good once in a while, but it certainly is not good all the time. Our own faculties, our imagination, our memory, the ability to do things with our mind and our hands- -they need to be exercised. If we become too passive, we get dissatisfied." The Sound of Music is a great story, but the story presented in this book is much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ave Maria!
What a wonderful book! I laughed and cried all the way through it. The story of the Trapp family, their adventures, their singing career and their camp were uplifting. And the constant trust in God and the way in which they lived out their Catholic faith were beautifully described. A story full of the joys and sorrows of real life.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best book ever written!!!
That really was an interesting book!!!!! When I started to read the first page, I was so cautivated by its contense, that I could hardly stop reading!!!! I also liked it, because I read it when I had already seen the movie and so I could see what was true and what was invented by the producers of the film.

What I liked best in this absolutely interesting book is the way Maria starts learning Enlish in the ship American Farmer, because thats really an ingeniouse and funny way of learning a language.

I also liked the part when they arrived in America and they saw that the american culture was very different from the european one. In this part it was very easy to understand how lost and confused they surely felt in the first days of being there. But also in this part of the book we can see how brave they were, because although they had a lot of problems, they had success in their lives in the american continent.

The part in which I was almost moved to tears was the ending, because there you can see what friends are for and why you have to have some. ... Read more

78. The Sinatra Treasures : Intimate Photos, Mementos, and Music from the Sinatra Family Collection
by Charles Pignone
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The first-ever collection from the archives of the legendary Chairman of the Board, filled with never-before-seen photos, letters, mementos, and more.

What is a legend? A legend is a man who, more than 65 years after stepping on stage for the first time, is still larger than life. A man who changed the way we wear our hats. A man possessed not of a voice, but The Voice. Frank Sinatra is a legend.

Created in conjunction with the Frank Sinatra Estate, THE SINATRA TREASURES tells the story of Sinatras life with rare and never-before-published quotes from those he loved and those he worked with--and from the Chairman of the Board himself. More than 200 black-and-white and full-color images from several Sinatra archives, as well as 30 removable facsimile reproductions of items, such as a script from one of his radio shows and a Sinatra family photo album, provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Sinatras world and talent. Also included is a new compilation CD of rare interviews, early radio appearances, and songs.

This celebration of the many elements of Frank Sinatra--as singer, as actor, as humanitarian, as friend--brings to life as never before the man who made the standards standard. ... Read more

79. Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood
by Cari Beauchamp
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Screenwriter Frances Marion (1888-1973) is the central subject of this excellent book, but mega-star Mary Pickford, journalist Adela Rogers St. Johns, bit-player-turned-gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper, and other high-powered female friends get nearly equal time. The author's skillful mix of biography with Hollywood history results in a densely textured portrait of an industry in formation and the intelligent, ambitious women who seized the opportunities it offered them for creative expression and financial independence. The text also instills new appreciation for the artistry of silent movies. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Informative
With great appreciation, Without Lying Down tells the story of how women influenced the movie industry in its infancy.The author clearly admires the women she writes about without appearing to compromise her objectivity.The book is well-researched and rich with entertaining details about the world of Frances Marion.The story moves along at a nice pace and the book is well written.It was easy to imagine the challenges and adventures Frances encountered in the days when Hollywood was still taking shape.It is difficult to read the book and not feel a little sad that women don't enough influence in the stories Hollywood tells today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A long gone girlfriend
After reading Ms. Beauchamp's biography of Frances Marion, I felt that I knew Frances...and felt a bit sad that we would no longer "hang out" within these pages.
Frances was not only an intelligent and witty screenwriter but a woman with principles and a giving heart.
The lack of respect afforded to Ms. Marion by modern cinephiles as a pioneer in film-making is a true travesty.
These pages made me wish that I could have been friends with Frances Marion...and in another life, I think I would.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Look At Early Hollywood
Cari Beauchamp has written a fascinating biography of early Hollywood through the life of Frances Marion, one of its most powerful and highly paid screenwriters, Without Lying Down, Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood.The working life of Frances Marion has the advantage of coinciding with the birth of movies as Marion began working on scripts for silent movies in the teens and continued into the sound era and the advent of World War II.This biography also has the joy of highlighting many of the other unique women of Hollywood as Frances Marion traveled in a powerful Hollywood clique.It is a wonderful look at Hollywood between the wars from the vantage point of Frances Marion.Occasionally, it would have been helpful if the author could have expanded the view a little to give a larger context outside of Frances Marion's own sphere of influence and given a broader perspective of the film industry.But what is seen in both entertaining and informative.There was for me real sadness at the end of this book as all these great women pass away but, now at least, one of them is captured lovingly and brilliantly in this fine biography.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Unlike other reviewers, I felt I knew Frances very well after finishing this book.Her generosity, her sense of artistry, and her passion (and sometimes hatred) for her profession really come through.This is one of the few books, biography or silent film history, that is actually well-written in addition to being informative.It's rare to find an historian who can write well, or a biographer who pays attention to history.And as for rah-rah feminism, Beauchamp merely points out a fact--that women were highly involved in every phase of early film-making.If you are interested in silent film history, women's history, or just want to read an entertaining biography, you won't be disappointed.

1-0 out of 5 stars Too long - no content
This book has a few bright spots, but overall it's too long and says absolutely nothing.Like another reviewer said; I hardly felt like I knew Frances when I was finished.It dosen't even give you the feel of whatearly Hollywood was like.Just a bunch of loose, wordy descriptions tomake the book even longer and look more impressive.Overall, save yourmoney. ... Read more

80. God, Guns & Rock'N'Roll
by Ted Nugent
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5-0 out of 5 stars Gun Scratch Fever
If I could list five celebrities that I would drop everything in my life to go meet, the Motor City Madman would be at the top of my list. Ted Nugent is a refreshing, hardnosed icon of rugged individualism: the antithesis of the whining, socialistic activism running rampant in today's entertainment industry. When making an appearance on one of the cable talk shows, his no-nonsense, pull-no-punches conservativism usually leaves his liberal antagonist speechless, gaping for air like a fish out of water.

GOD, GUNS & ROCK 'N ROLL is Nugent's conservative manifesto. His love for hunting--for relishing the right to own guns--is revealed time after time, page after page. I'm not much of a hunter myself (don't have the patience for it), but I do possess unflinching admiration for the outdoorsmen of our society. And I'll defend to the death their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

This book is pure Nugent-speak; you can practically hear him talk as you read the words. GOD, GUNS & ROCK 'N ROLL is more than worthy to take its place in anyone's conservative book collection.
--D. Mikels

4-0 out of 5 stars IN YOUR FACE
Ted Nugent refuses to be ignored. Like him or not he speaks his mind. This book is Ted's views on guns and family first and foremost. About his views on God and to a lessor extent his career. This book will be an eye opener to those who don't know much about Ted and his views. Those that see him as a 'long hair' or a 'drug taking rock and roller'. Those that have followed him for years will enjoy the book as Ted once again standing up to be counted.

Throughout the book he states opinions for guns, for child disciplin, for hunting (he has fed his family for over 30 years without store bought meat), for carrying weapons, for God, for family (his greatest pride), for the Constitution of the United States, for the NRA, for involvement with government and your elected officials, for police officers and on and on.

At the same time he has just as strong statements against television, news reporters, being a "sheep", Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Sarah Brady, Janet Reno, Bill Bradley, Dianne Feinstein, stoned hippies, intellectual bankruptcy, drugs, alcohol, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, crime, unwanted pregnancies, plastic bags, junk food, gangbangers, laughable saggy-pants rappers, the list is endless.

He laments the lost values of quite family time and the sit down dinner. He offers his own perspectives on many of the gun crimes in recent years. Counters the commonly heard statistics with some from government agencies not normally heard from, including the CDC.

This book is a wonderful insight into Ted Nugent, the man, an American original. Perhaps if more American's would follow Ted's example we would be in better shape today as a country. This was a very enjoyable book, read it and think on it.

1-0 out of 5 stars One minus five = negative four!
Ted, Ted, Ted, where did you go wrong? Do you think
that you are Rush Limbaugh, or some other right-wing
loudmouth? One would think so from reading this book.
Now back in the late sixties, Ted used to be the
best guitarist in Detroit. He could make that Byrdland
sing! His control of feedback was superb! He could have
become a great, but something went wrong along the way.
Perhaps a clue lies in the writings of his book. It
seems that he never questions himself -- like other

loudmouths, he is always right -- about everything!
I guess this is a result of having drunk frat boys
telling you that you're great after a mediocre, but
loud and kickin' concert. Ted, if you even thought
about any other musician besides yourself, you would
find that they are sensitive and basically unsure
about their abilities and direction of their lives.
You talk about a jam session with Jimi Hendrix,
and others that have passed, seemingly because of
drug abuse. The drug abuse was a symptom of their
pressure-packed unreal existences, not a weakness
of their characters. You have not reached the level
of their talent, or success on the Detroit-to-Miami
midsize concert route. You would not be allowed to
jam with them. You couldn't even jam with Wayne
Kramer at the Grande Ballroom!
Before you write another of these ridiculous tomes
for the ignorant, do some soul searching. A rock
and roll Limbaugh is not a pretty sight!

5-0 out of 5 stars Prepare Yourself for Full Bluntal Nugeity
This book is F-U-N, folks. It's divided into three sections titled Cocked, Locked, and Ready to Rock (politics); The Ballistics of Spirituality -- You Can't Grill it 'Til You Kill It (hunting); and Kids, Family, and the Spirit of the Wild (family). Ted Nugent's opinions are pedal-to-the-metal, full-steam-ahead. I don't think he knows where the brake is, or what it's for. And though he can indeed spell "tact", I'm not sure he really understands the concept. (That was a compliment, by the way.) Here are some of the gems from God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll:

Ted Nugent on anti-gunners: "Only a coward would want fewer good guys with guns on the streets in today's world. Only a fool would support -- much less design -- such a policy of helplessness....To be against law-abiding citizens carrying concealed handguns is literally encouraging and assisting evil to have the upper hand."

Ted Nugent on the liberal media and their attitude toward guns: "I've known it forever, and Jesse Ventura figured it out pretty quick. The vast majority of America's free press doesn't report the news, they make it up. Anyone who dismisses the claims of a conspiracy is either a paid employee of the media or a deaf, dumb, and blind fool. Especially dumb."

Ted Nugent on the "coolness" of doing drugs: "Hey, I got a good idea, let's go to a jam session celebrating the spirited and creative overjuiceflow of Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, Mike Bloomfield, Brian Jones, Phil Lycott, Dennis Wilson, Bon Scott, John Belushi, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jerry Garcia, and a stupefying long list of the hippest idiots that ever lived. And died. Would if we could, but Jimi got high and Jimi's dead, I went huntin' and I'm still Ted....The one time Jimi saw my gun, he thought I was way out there. Now they ain't got no life nowhere. 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky." Is it just me, or would some of that make great song lyrics?

Ted Nugent on gun banning as crime control: "If guns cause crime, all of mine are defective. And if handguns are made only for killing people as the actions of Sarah Brady and her lying scum friends like Diane Feinstein and Charlie Schumer would suggest, swimming pools are made only for drowning, and ladders only for falling off of."

Ted Nugent on concealed carry: "To my mind, it is wholly irresponsible to go into the world incapable of preventing violence, injury, crime, and death. How feeble is the mindset to accept defenselessness. How unnatural. How cheap. How cowardly. How pathetic....What kind of spineless dolt would dare venture forth virtually incapable of wiping his or her nose or surviving the vicious predator mentality of the paroled masses on the planet of the apes? Not I, sayeth the guitarboy."

I don't want all of the foregoing to give you the impression Ted Nugent's only skills as a writer are being outrageous and insulting anti-gunners (although he's very good at both). In his hunting stories he has a positive gift for evoking mood and place. Congressman Bob Barr of Georgia has written, "As I read God, Guns, & Rock 'n' Roll, I could hear the fall leaves crunch under Ted's boots and wince at his many falls into the Michigan mud." His tales of family are full of honest love and unabashed sentimentality. Ted Nugent is foursquare for love of family, love of America, love of guns, and he doesn't care who knows it.

1-0 out of 5 stars An inhuman monster
What a disgust this man is. How dare Ted Nugent, call himself an environmentalist and conservationist and yet enjoy killing so much. Hunting is one thing, but to actually enjoy watching animals suffer and die as this scumbag does, manifests to me an inhuman monster with a gun. A disgrce to the human race. ... Read more

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