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BookCon 2018: Chicago Review Press Spotlight
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BookCon 2018: Chicago Review Press

At BookCon 2018 this past weekend, publishers converged at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to the delight of bibliophiles everywhere. I was in heaven and got a chance to meet up with a rep at Chicago Review Press to discuss some of their exciting new titles for the upcoming book season.

Check out some of their upcoming titles here below…

The thing that really drew me to the Chicago Review Press Booth was their series on musicians called Musicians in Their Own Words. From the publisher:

Including newly transcribed interviews from radio and tv shows, long out-of-print interviews collected from obscure magazines, and, of course, famous interviews from the pages of major magazines and newspapers, the books in the Musicians in Their Own Words series are a dazzling showcase for the thoughts and theories and observations of some of the most beloved entertainers of our time.

Some of their past titles include:

Lennon on Lennon
Bowie on Bowie
Hendrix on Hendrix
Cobain on Cobain

The newest edition coming out November 6, 2018 is Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters With Joni Mitchell.

Joni on Joni

Some other upcoming titles to look forward to:

Hollywood Godfather: The Life and Crimes of Billy Wilkerson
Written by W. R. Wilkerson III
Release date: September 4, 2018

This is the definitive biography of the most powerful man in Hollywood during the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, the man who founded the Hollywood Reporter and the most storied nightspots of the Sunset Strip, introduced Clark Gable and Lana Turner to the world, invented Las Vegas, brought the Mafia to Hollywood, engineered the shakedown of Hollywood studios by Willie Bioff and his mob-run unions, was possibly involved in the murder of Bugsy Siegel, started the Hollywood blacklist, and helped destroy the studio system. Perhaps nobody in Hollywood history has ever ruined so many careers and done so much damage to the industry as Billy Wilkerson. Yet there has never been a solid biography of the man. Billy’s son, William R. Wilkerson III, has done tremendous research on his father, interviewing over decades everyone who knew him best, and portrays him beautifully (and damningly) in this book.

Hollywood Godfather

The Track in the Forest: The Creation of a Legendary 1968 US Olympic Team
Written by Bob Burns
Release date: October 2, 2018

The 1968 US men’s track and field team won 12 gold medals and set six world records at the Mexico City Games, one of the most dominant performances in Olympic history. The team featured such legends as Tommie Smith, Bob Beamon, Al Oerter and Dick Fosbury. Fifty years later, the team is mostly remembered for embodying the tumultuous social and racial climate of 1968. The Black Power protest of Tommie Smith and John Carlos on the victory stand in Mexico City remains one of the most enduring images of the 1960s. Less known is the role that a 400-meter track carved out of the Eldorado National Forest above Lake Tahoe played in molding that juggernaut. To acclimate US athletes for the 7,300-foot elevation of Mexico City, the United States Olympic Committee held a two-month training camp and final Olympic selection meet for the ages at Echo Summit near the California-Nevada border. Never has a sporting event of such consequence been held in such an ethereal setting. On a track in which hundreds of trees were left standing on the infield to minimize the environmental impact, four world records fell—more than have been set at any US meet since (Including the 1984 and 1996 Olympics). But the road to Echo Summit was tortuous—the Vietnam War was raging, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated, a group of athletes based out of San Jose State had been threatening to boycott the Mexico City Games to protest racial injustice. Informed by dozens of interviews and the insights and deep knowledge of longtime sports journalist and track enthusiast Bob Burns, this is the story of how in one of the most divisive years in American history, a California mountaintop provided an incomparable group of Americans shelter from the storm.

Track in the Forest

Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry
Written by Dorothy Carvello
Release date: September 4, 2018

Dorothy Carvello knows all about the music biz. She was the first female A&R executive at Atlantic Records, and one of the few in the room at RCA and Columbia. But before that, she was secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic’s infamous president, who signed acts like Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, negotiated distribution deals with Mick Jagger, and added Neil Young to Crosby, Stills & Nash. The stories she tells about the kingmakers of the music biz are outrageous, but it is her sinuous friendship with Ahmet that frames her narrative. He was notoriously abusive, sexually harassing Dorothy on a daily basis. Still, when he neared his end, sad and alone, Dorothy had no hatred toward him—only a strange kind of loyalty. Carvello reveals here how she flipped the script and showed Ertegun and every other man who tried to control her that a woman can be just as willing to do what it takes to get a hit. Never-before-heard stories about artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi, INXS, Marc Anthony, and many more make this book a must-read for anyone looking for the real stories about what it takes for a woman to make it in a male-dominated industry.

Anything for a Hit

You can check out these and other titles at Chicago Review Press.

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