Articles tagged biography

The Writing in Frank Jacobs’ MAD’s Greatest Writers is MAD to the Max

Frank Jacobs' parodies are what most people first think of when they think of MAD, even if they don’t know the name of the man who penned them.

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Allen Klein, Manager of Rock Bands, Emerges From the Shadows

“It wasn’t the [record] companies that were irreplaceable; it was the people who made the records.”

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What Is the Line Between Cultural Respect and (Mis)appropriation?

The Goddess Pose is fascinating story of how an Eastern European woman became a global chameleon and the most recognizable face of yoga in the world.

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The Grateful Dead’s Deep History Is Captured in ‘So Many Roads’

If the road doesn’t go on forever, if the Dead's reign really ends here, David Browne’s volume on The Grateful Dead may well prove to be the go-to encyclopedia for fans.

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‘Amy’: She Was All About the Music

As sad as Winehouse's story may be, Amy is gorgeous and provocative, too.

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How Messy Was Their (Black) Sabbath

Mick Wall’s style is dry, simple and direct to the point of quasi-simplification, but the final result is brilliant and definitely written for a very specific niche.

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‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ Is Surprisingly Spiritual in Its Epiphanies

People who read Alan Turing: The Enigma after watching The Imitation Game will feel let down by the film. The epiphanies in the book are remarkable.

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Simon Spence’s Biography of the Happy Mondays Is ‘All Excess’

This is an excellent biography of the defining band of the ‘chemical generation’.

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Peter Slevin Talks About ‘Michelle Obama - A Life’, His Book on the First Lady

Former Washington Post reporter Peter Slevin reads from and talks about his new book on Michelle Obama, A Life, at Washington D.C.'s Politics and Prose.

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The Story of Billie Holiday’s Life Shouldn’t Overshadow the Power of Her Music

To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.

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Michelle Obama Biography Embodies Highly Specific Version of the American Dream

Michelle Obama's ideology embraces the legacy of racism versus each child’s ability and responsibility to shape her own future.

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Orson Welles: The Lion in Winter, and at Lunch

Taken from long-lost recordings and filled with Hollywood gossip and personal revelations, this collection of transcripts proves why Orson Welles was one of the great conversationalists of all time.

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‘Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones’ Serves as a Crucial Corrective

Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones, had the vision and musical intuition which helped make the band a vital force in the '60s.

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‘Truthful Fictions’ Is Blinded by Theory

Is the rise of the biographical novel a problem?

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It’s Yesterday Once More in ‘Little Girl Blue’

Little Girl Blue is a damning and penetrating account of tortured and tormented artist, Karen Carpenter, and could just be one of the most depressing books you’ll ever read.

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A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster

All his life Morgan Forster lived in a world imprisoned by prejudice against homosexuals. He was 16 when Oscar Wilde was sent to prison, and he died the year after the Stonewall riots.

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Botticelli, Sandwiches Outside and Dreams of Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’

Boxed in by bandage-colored cubicle walls in downtown Manhattan, my thoughts drift to sweet days in Florence and Rome, and to lines in Ray Bradbury’s ‘Dandelion Wine’.

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Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.

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High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly by Donald Spoto

In his biography of Grace Kelly, Donald Spoto spends much time trying to polish a gem that shines all on its own.

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The Last Empress: Madame Chiang Kai-shek and the Birth of Modern China by Hannah Pakula

The Chiangs were an historical anachronism; their reign marked by corruption, ineptitude, and a quasi-Fascist nationalism that could not survive for long.

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Anderson East Ignites a Fire at Mercury Lounge

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"Hot off the release of his album Delilah Anderson East's performance was full of vim and vigor.

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