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Subject: celeb biographies
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 6:30 PM ET
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what r some of your faves?

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 6:59 PM ET
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Hands down: THE DARK SIDE OF GENIUS: THE LIFE OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Donald Spoto.

(Interesting to note that in the UK the original publication of the book bore the title ALFRED HITCHCOCK: THE DARK SIDE OF GENIUS -- the US sales machine assumes we need more sensationalism at every opportunity.)

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 7:07 PM ET
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yea that was a good one.

I loved alfred hitchcock movies cause It was like a game, trying to spot where he'd insert himself into his movies.

But personally, not one of my faves.

I LOVED:

No one here gets out alive-jim Morrison

Conversations with tom petty- tom petty

And my favorite of the thousands of beatles books Ive read would have to be The beatles anthololgy.

I me Mine- george harrison

All the good ones.

Some of the kurt cobain books, not the ones that were full of conspiracies/ and or trashing courtney love hewitt.

And my favorite celeb bio ive EVER read is:

Live from new york: a complete history of Saturday night live.

That was an EXCELLENT book, with amazing tributes to some amazing people.

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 10:54 PM ET
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The Opposite of Fate by Amy Tan was really good.  It's more of a memoir than a biography.  It's funny and sad stories about her childhood as the daughter of Chinese Immegrants, her mother's bouts of insanity and how the ideas for some of her stories came to her.

I also liked No One Here Gets out Alive. 



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Date Posted: 7/4/2008 9:27 AM ET
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I loved the SNL book too.  So much drama behind the comedy!

I enjoyed Michael J. Fox's memoir too.

I read rock 'n roll bios so many years ago - No One Gets Out Of Here Alive, Hammer of the Gods (Led Zep), etc. - all great, but hard to remember now.

At the time when they were released, I loved Howard Stern's books.  Funny stuff.  But I don't think I'd pick them up today.

I, Tina - Tina Turner's courageous story.

I have Valerie Bertinelli's book coming to me soon.  Probably pure fluff, but I used to love me some Eddie VanHalen...

I've read a few books about Billie Holiday, because hers is such a tragic story.  Also books on Miles Davis and Charles Mingus - as they're all my jazz heroes.  On my WL: John Coltrane bio.

Not really the modern meaning of celeb, but books on Tchaikovsky and Mahler.   And Humphrey Burton's bio of Leonard Bernstein - what a tortured genius this guy was.

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:54 AM ET
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In addition to the others mentioned I'd like to add Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the biography of James Dean.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 1:23 PM ET
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 I love reading these, mostly about former muisc/rock/pop stars. But it seems like they are either really good, or a truly terrible waste of paper.

I just finished Patti Boyd's, and it is terrible. But there is one out now that's outstanding: Girls Like Us, about three singer/writers: Carly Simon, Carole King, and Joni Mitchell. It's very new, but I didn;t have to wait long at the library, and it's looong. But excellent.

Jerry Wexler's biography is also terrific, can't think of the name right now...but he's been around long enough to know all the good behind-the-scene's stuff, and it's incredibly well-written,

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 7:27 PM ET
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I read Cary Grant: A Biography by Marc Eliot over a year ago and I still think it was one of the better biographies I have read. It gives a great sense of the time and of the man.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 1:04 PM ET
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I read Love Scene the story of Laurence Olivier and Vivian Leigh.  I never realized she had bipolar/ manic depression until I read this and it really illustrated her struggle of dealing with this disorder back then.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 1:20 PM ET
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I read Eric Clapton's memoir, and then immediately followed it with Pattie Boyd's memoir.  It was very interesting seeing how they described their mutual situations--I actually got to hear both sides of the story.  I actually liked Boyd's better than Clapton's writing-wise, and think that each by itself was only OK but the 2 together were much more interesting. 

Subject: celeb books
Date Posted: 7/9/2008 3:15 PM ET
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Best I ever read: Buried Alive~bio of Janis Joplin ~by Myra Friedman~ very engaging, good for a long trip (Mn to NY) Next best : NoOne gets out Alive ~Morrison bio ~ Edie Sedgwick bio ~don't know official title, sooo long ago, but it was really good!

Coming up : Bio's I intend on reading~ Lucky Man ~Michael J. Fox ~Opposite of Fate~Amy Tan~Thanx for reminding me about this one~Love Her!!!! ~ Clapton~ Looks really interesting, I have been a fan for years~ Conversations w/ Tom Petty also looks really interesting~ Bob Dylans Memoirs~ either the one that came out a few years ago,(altho I don't much like the font he picked,hard on the eyes~ all in bold) or one I saw about Positively Fourth Street ( living in Mpls and knowing Dinkytown as his roots. I am real interested in this,proud too!) More later....