Bada Bing! Leonard Pierce and Scott Von Doviak discuss the HBO drama series The Sopranos as well as its influences like The Godfather, the movies and shows it spawned, and lesser known gems any Sopranos fan will love. If you like The Sopranos, listen up!

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If You Like The Sopranos... by Leonard Pierce (Limelight Editions)
From Robin Hood and his Merry Men to the bloody aftermath of Macbeth, fictional lawbreakers have been both celebrated and vilified in every era. And as long as there have been criminals, both real and imag­ined, there have been people to tell stories about them. It is only appropriate that The Sopranos appeared when it did, in the dying days of the twentieth century, a century that became a fruitful time for crime dramas due to advancements in art and technology, as well as a reality all too eager to supply the material—advancements in organized crime. If You Like The Sopranos provides an illuminating portrait of those elements that came together to create the stellar artistic achievement that is The Sopranos, and it follows the new trails the television show left when it exploded into the cultural consciousness, heralding the arrival of a new era of storytelling.   Amazon   Kindle   BarnesandNoble   IndieBound

Leonard Pierce has obsessed over movies, music, TV, and books since childhood, and has turned that obsession into work that has appeared on,, the AV Club, the Chicago Tribune, McSweeney’s, and many other places. He is a cofounder of the High Hat, an online magazine of arts and culture, and the proprietor of Follow him on Twitter.

Scott Von Doviak has been writing about film, television, and pop culture for more than a decade. He is a regular contributor to the A.V. Club, Nerve, and the For Worth Star-Telegram. He is the author of Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall of Redneck Cinema and the forthcoming If You Like The Terminator... (June 2012, Limelight Editions). Follow him on Twitter.

The If You Like series plays the game of cultural connectivity at a high level—each book is written by an expert in their field and travels far beyond the expected, unearthing treats that will enlighten even the most jaded couch potato or pop culture vulture. Every volume tackles several genres, so If You Like the Beatles… introduces the reader not only to records, but to movies and TV shows as well, just as the Sopranos and the Monty Python editions of the If You Like series tackle jewels beyond the small screen.

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A performing arts podcast, Onstage and Backstage features authors who write about theatre, music, film, or television with guests of their choice. This podcast is brought to you by Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. All books can be found at, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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