Sunday, April 12, 2015

BRAINS AS WELL AS FEET!



NOW AVAILABLE!

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING! TA-DA!

Legendary man-of-many-faces Leonard Reed and historic Black show business come alive through the eyes of someone who saw it all. From beginnings in medicine shows, Al Capone, speakeasies, Vaudeville, on up through The Cotton Club, The Apollo Theater, TV, and his professional partnership with boxing great Joe Louis, Reed was—in his own words—“too Black to be White, and too White to be Black.” His behind-the-scenes struggles through theatre’s most celebrated haunts are told through no-holds-barred interviews, rich research, and more than fifty rare illustrations that capture the glamour and excitement of the Golden Age of show biz and African-American golf.
About the author: Bill Reed is a journalist and writer, whose articles on show business, the Arts, and popular music have appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, the San Francisco Examiner, and International Documentary. His published books include Rock on Film and Hot from Harlem. He is also a producer of Jazz recordings for SSJ Records. 





Wednesday, April 01, 2015

RICHARD GLATZER R.I.P.

Only a few days after Julianne Moore won her Oscar for "Still Alice," the film's co-director/writer, Richard Glatzer, died of ALS. Fortunately, he was awake and compos mentis  in his hospital bed and was watching the Academy Awards on TV was when Moore won. Reportedly, he let a whoop so loud that a nurse came running, thinking he must've taken a turn for the worse. Au contraire!  Last Saturday there was a memorial here in L.A. A lovely afternoon!

That's creative partner/husband Wash Westmoreland in above photo,



Thursday, January 29, 2015

FINALLY! CRACKED THE DAVID ARLEN MYSTERY




Every year or two I'll start a-googlin' away trying to figure out who the hell---exactly---IS David Arlen who co-wrote the painfully/sinfully/unforgivably out-of-print Clarence Muse 1932 roman a clef, Way Down South. About the latter's experiences on the historic Black T.O.B.A. vaude circuit. I really had to dig reallll  hard today, but finally came up with enough to, at least, temporarily whet my informational appetite re: Arlen. Everyone knows Muse. Right?! If I'd used the search words "publicist" or "ghost writer" I'd have lucked out much sooner. Arlen was born in 1906 and died in '92. The clipping is from 1951. Nice lookin' dude.