Deconstructing Sammy

Deconstructing Sammy
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2008-09-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: UCSC:32106019376919

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Documents an investigation into the illicit life of the entertainment icon to explain his descent into poverty, in an account that offers insight into his alleged connections to the mob and scandalous rumors about his personal life. 100,000 first printing.

Deconstructing Sammy

Deconstructing Sammy
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2009-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780061982415

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Sammy Davis Jr. lived a storied life. Adored by millions over a six-decade-long career, he was considered an entertainment icon and a national treasure. But despite lifetime earnings that topped $50 million, Sammy died in 1990 near bankruptcy. His estate was declared insolvent, and there was no possibility of itever using Sammy's name or likeness again. It was as if Sammy had never existed. Years later his wife, Altovise, a once-vivacious woman and heir to one of the greatest entertainment legacies of the twentieth century, was living in poverty, and with nowhere else to go, she turned to a former federal prosecutor, Albert "Sonny" Murray, to make one last attempt to resolve Sammy's debts, restore his estate, and revive his legacy. For seven years Sonny probed Sammy's life to understand how someone of great notoriety and wealth could have lost everything, and in the process he came to understand Sammy as a man whose complexity makes for a riveting work of celebrity biography as cultural history. Matt Birkbeck's serious work of investigative journalism unveils the extraordinary story of an international celebrity at the center of a confluence of entertainment, politics, and organized crime, and shows how even Sammy's outsized talent couldn't save him from himself.

Focus On 100 Most Popular Vaudeville Performers

Focus On  100 Most Popular Vaudeville Performers
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Male Musical Theatre Actors

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Male Musical Theatre Actors
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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Focus On 100 Most Popular Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Focus On  100 Most Popular Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Male Soap Opera Actors

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Male Soap Opera Actors
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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Focus On 100 Most Popular American Impressionists Entertainers

Focus On  100 Most Popular American Impressionists  Entertainers
Author: Wikipedia contributors
Publsiher: e-artnow sro
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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Sinatra

Sinatra
Author: James Kaplan
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 979
Release: 2015
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780307946935

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Presents a behind-the-scenes examination of the life and career of the legendary performer that offers insight into his prolific accomplishments, multidimensional character, and complex relationships.

The Quiet Don

The Quiet Don
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2013-10-01
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 9781101618264

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To what extent was Rosario “Russell” Bufalino involved in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa in 1975? In the CIA’s recruitment of gangsters to assassinate Fidel Castro? In organizing the historic meeting of crime chieftains in 1957? Even in the production of The Godfather movie? A uniquely American saga that spans six decades, The Quiet Don follows Russell Bufalino’s remarkably quiet ascent from Sicilian immigrant to mob soldier to a man described by a United States Senate subcommittee in 1964 as “one of the most ruthless and powerful leaders of the Mafia in the United States.” Secretive—even reclusive—Russell Bufalino quietly built his organized crime empire in the decades between Prohibition and the Carter presidency. His reach extended far beyond the coal country of Scranton, Pennsylvania, and quaint Amish farms near Lancaster. Bufalino had a hand in global, national, and local politics of the largest American cities, many of its major industries, and controlled the powerful Teamsters Union. His influence also reached the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and halls of Congress, and his legacy left a culture of corruption that continues to this day. INCLUDES PHOTOS

The Artistic Activism of Elombe Brath

The Artistic Activism of Elombe Brath
Author: Thomas Aiello
Publsiher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Total Pages: 294
Release: 2021-10-15
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781496835383

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In 1963, at the height of the southern civil rights movement, Cecil Brathwaite (1936–2014), under the pseudonym Cecil Elombe Brath, published a satire of Black leaders entitled Color Us Cullud! The American Negro Leadership Official Coloring Book. The book pillories a variety of Black leaders—from political figures like Adam Clayton Powell and Whitney Young to civil rights activists like Martin Luther King, Bayard Rustin, and John Lewis, and even entertainers like Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne, and Dick Gregory—critiquing the inauthenticity of movement leaders while urging a more radical approach to Black activism. Despite the strong illustrations and unique commentary presented in the coloring book, it has virtually disappeared from histories of the movement. The Artistic Activism of Elombe Brath restores the coloring book and its creator to a place of prominence in the historiography of the Black left. It begins with an analysis of Brath’s influences, describing his life and work including his development as a Black nationalist thinker and Black satirist. This volume includes Brath’s early works—illustrations for DownBeat magazine and Beat Jokes, Bop Humor, & Cool Cartoons—as well as the full run of his comic strip “Congressman Carter and Beat Nick Jackson” from the New York Citizen-Call and a complete edition of Color Us Cullud! itself. These illustrations are followed by annotations that frame and contextualize each of the coloring book’s entries. The book closes with selections from Brath’s art and political thinking via archival material and samples of his written work. Ultimately, this volume captures and restores a unique perspective on the civil rights movement often omitted from the historiography but vital to understanding its full scope.

Ink

Ink
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2008
Genre: African Americans
ISBN: IND:30000125076053

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Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry

Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry
Author: Keith Hatschek,Veronica A. Wells
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 386
Release: 2018-09-15
Genre: Music
ISBN: 9781538111444

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Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important artists, managers, companies, industry terminology and significant trade associations.

A Beautiful Child

A Beautiful Child
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2005-08-02
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 9781440623660

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THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NETFLIX DOCUMENTARY GIRL IN THE PICTURE Sharon Marshall was a brilliant and beautiful student whose future was filled with promise—until her murderous, fugitive father drew her into a lifetime of deception that became one of the most baffling cases in the annals of American true crime. A student at Forest Park High School near Atlanta, Georgia, popular blonde-haired Sharon Marshall was at the top of her class. Serving as a Lt. Colonel in the ROTC, she earned a full scholarship to Georgia Tech University to study aerospace engineering. She was the ultimate girl next door, sweet, generous, and well-adjusted. But Sharon had disturbing secrets so shocking and unique, they took more than a decade to unravel... This is the horrifying true story of a mysterious young woman caught in the violent web of the murderous fugitive she called her father—and a heartrending testament to the profound courage and perseverance of one woman trapped in the grip of extreme evil.

A Deadly Secret

A Deadly Secret
Author: Matt Birkbeck
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2015-03-30
Genre: True Crime
ISBN: 9781101987438

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Even as he awaits trial, accused murderer Robert Durst can’t seem to stay out of the headlines. The subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx and the upcoming Lifetime movie The Lost Wife of Robert Durst, his story is as captivating as it is horrifying. Here, from the first reporter to access Durst’s NYPD files, is the authoritative account of a decades-long criminal odyssey—the very book found in Durst’s own apartment when it was searched by police. When medical student Kathie Durst vanished in 1982, she was married to Robert Durst, son of a New York real estate magnate. Kathie’s friends had reason to implicate her husband. They told police that Kathie lived in terror of Robert, and that she had uncovered incriminating financial evidence about him. But Durst’s secrets went even deeper. For decades, Kathie’s disappearance remained a mystery. Then in 2001, Durst, an heir to an empire valued at two billion dollars, was arrested for shoplifting in Pennsylvania. When the police brought him in, they discovered that he was a suspect in the murder of Texas drifter Morris Black, whose dismembered remains were found floating in Galveston Bay, and that Durst was also wanted for questioning in the killing of his friend, Susan Burman, in Los Angeles. Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country’s most prominent families—and one of its most elusive suspected killers. Includes additional material not in the original Berkley edition and eight pages of photographs

African Americans in the Performing Arts

African Americans in the Performing Arts
Author: Steven Otfinoski
Publsiher: Infobase Publishing
Total Pages: 289
Release: 2010
Genre: African Americans in the performing arts
ISBN: 9781438128559

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Provides short biographies of African Americans who have contributed to the performing arts.