We know more about William Shakespeare than we know about the lives and work of most of his contemporaries; the documentary record, though sparse, is substantial.
“Whether for a light read or deeper introspection, this book offers intriguing insights and opinions into the reasons why the creation of a 19th century teenaged author has become a referen
Released on an unsuspecting world in 1974, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of the most revered and reviled horror films of all time.
Ivo De Figueiredo has written several books on the life and work of Henrik Ibsen, and his latest and most comprehensive portrait of the larger than life man, his times, and his singular creative jo
“This excellent collection of scholarly essays varies in scope and subject matter, but what ties them together is a collective appreciation and admiration for the seminal 1968 album The
“While Pasulka’s theory joining religion, technology, and UFOs should not be discounted, it is at times a difficult read, and may put off the reader who is not totally convinced.”
“in part a work of advocacy for classical music, in part philosophy for a society in transition, and in part wisdom from a sensitive, caring, and intelligent artist, Classical Music: Ex
“Holly van Leuven has written an exhaustively researched, well-written chronicle of Bolger’s life and career.
“Lynch’s art is like his films: unconventional, dark, bizarre, and expressive.
“Adina Hoffmann’s admirably condenses a lot of literary, theater, movie and socio-political history in an otherwise fascinating study of Hecht, the man, the writer, the cad, and the relucta
"‘The truth of the Apollo's great history is the stuff of which myths are made.’"
“Go Ahead in the Rain is a musical memoir in which the narrator comes of age and becomes a man.”
This is not the first book to be published on this subject (see for instance Physics and the Art of Dance by Kenneth Laws and Arlene Sugano, or Laws’ earlier volume, The Physics of Da
“Throughout his moviemaking career, Hughes relentlessly worked the Hollywood system to fuel his ego, his libido, and his ambition, but in the end, he was undone by his own paranoia.
“This is a book for a recording enthusiast seeking a breezy discussion from a producer whose art was forged in a bygone era, but whose skills should be preserved for when big studios and bi
A good superhero needs a great storyline to make an impression on his/her readers.
While the history of the creative relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and impresario Lincoln Kirstein has been chronicled before in books on and by both subjects, James Steichen’s
The recent retake on A Star is Born, with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, got wonderful reviews.
“Playing to the Gods is a useful entry into the careers and lives of these two extraordinary artists.”
There have been two excellent, lengthy biographies of director-choreographer Jerome Robbins: Deborah Jowitt’s Jerome Robbins and Amanda Vaill’s Somewhere: A Life of Jerome Robbins
On Sunday, May 21, 2017, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus gave their final “Greatest Show on Earth” performance in Uniondale, NY.
“I got the Simpsons job the same way I got a wife,” writes Mike Reiss. “I was not the first choice, but I was available.”
A dream come true. This is what Frank Verlizzo, aka Fraver, has been living.
“[a] well-written memoir.”
“Clausewitz meets Darth Vader . . .”