Bill Marx, the son of Harpo Marx, the last living person to have worked professionally with the Marx Brothers, joins Off the Meter host Jimmy Failla to talk about silent films, growing up a Marx, and his new memoir Son of Harpo Speaks! This episode has been re-edited and reposted on Onstage and Backstage podcast with permission of Off the Meter.

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Son of Harpo Speaks!, in addition to offering a unique perspective of a very special man and revealing many stories never before in print, is also a book about a “too-Hollywood-to-believe” life-altering quirk of fate that ultimately brought him together with his parents. The background for this remarkable revelation unfolded unassumingly over a glass of wine and some conversation in the famous 1960s nightclub, Dino's Lodge, on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. It would subsequently lead the author to explore the complex life task of dealing with his emotional scars of rejection and the secure feelings of acceptance, the latter due to his overwhelmingly good fortune of having been adopted by two loving parents. This book is the sequel to his father's autobiography Harpo Speaks! (Limelight Editions)

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Also available as an audio book from audible.com.

     

Bill Marx has been a musician almost his entire life. At 16, he became musical conductor/arranger for his father, Harpo Marx. Bill has studied composition at the Juilliard School and has written numerous concertos, including a first-of-its-kind double harp concerto. He has scored for motion pictures, televison, theater and ballet; concertized for years as a jazz pianist; and recorded many albums, including two with his father. 

Off the Meter is a radio show hosted by Jimmy Failla: cabbie, comic, writer, radio machine. Click here to hear this episode in its entirety. 

About this Podcast
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 halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

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Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It is America's foremost publisher of theatre and cinema books, including books on acting and biographies of theatre and film luminaries, as well as playscripts and books on television. Visit applausebooks.com.

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Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

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Actor George Kennedy (The Naked Gun, Cool Hand Luke, Airport) joins Off the Meter host Jimmy Failla for a chat about Kennedy's new memoir, Trust Me (Applause Books). Here, they talk about Kennedy's childhood, his movies, and what he thinks of fellow movie stars. This interview has been re-edited and is being reposted on Onstage and Backstage podcast with permission of Off the Meter. 

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"I write like I talk. A long time ago I tried making 'talking and telling the truth' one and the same. That isn't just difficult; it means painfully reviewing things you've been led to believe since you were a child. That's very hard to do. Like many, I have marched along adhering to conventions (sex, color, church, party, gang) without examination. There's a wonderful, protective 'togetherness' in that anonymity. You obey or are damned, less joined together than stuck together. You become an echo rather than a voice. This book is about what happens when you stop fearing and think." --George Kennedy

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George Kennedy has appeared in over 200 films and television shows, including Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen, Airport, Earthquake, Death on the Nile, and The Naked Gun. He most recently appeared in Another Happy Day with Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, and Ellen Burstyn.

Off the Meter is a radio show hosted by Jimmy Failla: cabbie, comic, writer, radio machine. Click here to hear this episode in its entirety. 

About this Podcast
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 halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It is America's foremost publisher of theatre and cinema books, including books on acting and biographies of theatre and film luminaries, as well as playscripts and books on television. Visit applausebooks.com.

Website   E-Newsletter   Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   MusicPro Guides

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

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Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. Daivd J. Hogan, author of Three Stooges FAQ, chats with FAQ series editor Robert Rodriguez about everybody's favorite "boys," the kings of slapstick, and how they are a product of their time and an insight into American history.

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About the Book
Three Stooges FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Eye-Poking, Face-Slapping, Head-Thumping Geniuses is an entertaining and informative study of the Three Stooges focuses on the nearly 190 two-reel short comedies the boys made at Columbia Pictures during the years 1934-59. Violent slapstick? Of course, but these comic gems are also peerlessly crafted and enthusiastically played by vaudeville veterans Moe, Larry, Curly, Shemp, and Joe – arguably the most popular and long-lived screen comics ever produced by Hollywood.

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David J. Hogan has written about film since 1973. He has contributed essays to numerous multiauthor books and is a prolific magazine reviewer. A onetime entertainment journalist formerly based in LA, Hogan has worked on the editorial side of Chicago book publishing for more than 25 years. Read his blog posts about the Stooges. 

Robert Rodriguez is a pop culture historian who has authored or contributed to nine books, including Fab Four FAQ, Fab Four FAQ 2.0, and most recently Revolver: How the Beatles Reimagined Rock'n'Roll. He is the creator and series editor of Hal Leonard's FAQ books. Visit his website and follow him on Twitter.

The FAQ series represents a one-stop source of info, history, and minutia on an array of performing arts subjects. Packed with a staggering amount of data, rare photographs and period ephemera, these reader-friendly volumes are presented in a lively, engaging style that invites perusing at any point within the book. Each chapter serves as a freestanding article on any aspect of the story, allowing readers to put down and pick up the book with ease.

About this Podcast
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 halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Applause Theatre and Cinema Books is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. It is America's foremost publisher of theatre and cinema books, including books on acting and biographies of theatre and film luminaries, as well as playscripts and books on television. Visit applausebooks.com.

Website   E-Newsletter   Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   MusicPro Guides

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

Limelight   Amadeus   Applause   Backbeat   HLB

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Hasta la vista, baby! Scott Von Doviak and Leonard Pierce discuss The Terminator franchise, its influences, James Cameron movies (like Alien), Arnold Schwarzenegger movies (like True Lies), RoboCop, what came after The Terminator (like Joss Whedon's Dollhouse), and lesser known gems any Terminator fan will love. If you like The Terminator, listen up!

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Here is the first book to explore the spectacular array of films, television shows, and other works that helped inspire The Terminator, as well as those that have drawn inspiration from it. If You Like The Terminator... delves into the history of science-fiction cinema, from its earliest days to the golden age of the 1950s and beyond, encountering killer robots, time travelers and postapocalyptic wastelands along the way. This turbo-charged journey through time also reviews the improbable career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, revisits the action heroes of the 1980s, and reevaluates the films of James Cameron, before touching down in the computer-dominated realm of today's science fiction cinema and projecting the future of the Terminator franchise.

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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. Follow him on Twitter.

Leonard Pierce has obsessed over movies, music, TV, and books since childhood, and has turned that obsession into work that has appeared on TV.com, Nerve.com, 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 LudicLive.com. He is the author of If You Like The Sopranos... (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.


If You Like The Sopranos... book trailer: 

About this Podcast
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 halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Limelight Editions is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. For more than 20 years, Limelight has been one of the world's leading publishers of books on the performing arts, including film, theatre, music, and dance. Visit limelighteditions.com.

Website   E-Newsletter   Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   MusicPro Guides

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

Limelight   Amadeus   Applause   Backbeat   HLB

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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. 

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Leonard Pierce has obsessed over movies, music, TV, and books since childhood, and has turned that obsession into work that has appeared on TV.com, Nerve.com, 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 LudicLive.com. 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.


If You Like The Sopranos... book trailer: 

About this Podcast
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 halleonardbooks.com, Amazon, B&N, and independent bookstores.

iTunes   RSS   Libsyn   Blog  Email

Limelight Editions is one of five imprints of the book publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. For more than 20 years, Limelight has been one of the world's leading publishers of books on the performing arts, including film, theatre, music, and dance. Visit limelighteditions.com.

Website   E-Newsletter   Facebook   Twitter   YouTube   MusicPro Guides

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group is the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporation. We have the largest collection of books and DVDs for aspiring and professional musicians, producers, engineers, directors, actors of stage and screen, and discerning fans of pop culture, cinema, television, Broadway, jazz, blues, hip hop, rock 'n' roll, and more! Visit our imprint websites below:

Limelight   Amadeus   Applause   Backbeat   HLB

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