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Nachman, Gerald

Overview
Works: 15 works in 58 publications in 1 language and 4,748 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Humor  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works about Gerald Nachman
 
Most widely held works by Gerald Nachman
Right here on our stage tonight! : Ed Sullivan's America by Gerald Nachman( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before the advent of cable and its hundreds of channels, before iPods and the Internet, three television networks ruled America's evenings. And for twenty-three years, Ed Sullivan, the Broadway gossip columnist turned awkward emcee, ruled Sunday nights. It was Sullivan's genius to take a worn-out stage genre - vaudeville - and transform it into the TV variety show, a format that was to dominate for decades. Right Here on Our Stage Tonight! tells the complete saga of "The Ed Sullivan Show" and, through the voices of some 60 stars interviewed for the book, brings to life the most beloved, diverse, multi-cultural, and influential variety hour ever to air." "Gerald Nachman takes us through those years, from the earliest dog acts and jugglers to Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and beyond. Sullivan was the first TV impresario to feature black performers on a regular basis - including Nat King Cole, Pearl Bailey, James Brown, and Richard Pryor - challenging his conservative audience and his own traditional tastes, and changing the face of American popular culture along the way. No other TV show ever cut such a broad swath through our national life or cast such a long shadow, nor has there ever been another show like it. Nachman's compulsively readable history, illustrated with classic photographs and chocked with colorful anecdotes, reanimates The Ed Sullivan Show for a new generation."--Jacket
Seriously funny : the rebel comedians of the 1950s and 1960s by Gerald Nachman( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 1,085 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author shines a flashlight into the corners of these comedians' chaotic and often troubled lives, illuminating their genius as well as their demons, damaged souls, and desperate drive. His exhaustive research and intimate interviews reveal characters that are intriguing and all too human, full of rich stories, confessions, regrets, and traumas
Raised on radio : in quest of the Lone Ranger, Jack Benny ... by Gerald Nachman( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late 1920s radio exploded almost overnight into being America's dominant entertainment, just as television would do twenty-five years later. Gerald Nachman, himself a product of the radio years - as a boy he did his homework to the sound of Jack Benny and Our Miss Brooks - takes us back to the heyday of radio, bringing to life the great performers and shows, as well as the not-so-great and not-great-at-all. Nachman analyzes the many genres that radio deployed or invented, from the soap opera to the sitcom to the quiz show, zooming in to study closely key performers like Benny, Bob Hope, and Fred Allen, while pulling back to an overview that manages to be both comprehensive and seductively specific
Showstoppers! : the surprising backstage stories of Broadway's most remarkable songs by Gerald Nachman( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showstoppers! is all about Broadway musicals' most memorable numbers--why they were so effective, how they were created, and why they still resonate. Gerald Nachman has interviewed dozens of iconic musical theater figures to get their inside stories for this book, including Patti LuPone, Chita Rivera, Marvin Hamlisch, Joel Grey, Edie Adams, John Kander, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, Tommy Tune, Harold Prince, Donna McKechnie, and Andrea McArdle, uncovering priceless previously untold anecdotes and details, "--Amazon.com
Playing house by Gerald Nachman( Book )

4 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Out on a whim : some very close brushes with life by Gerald Nachman( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fragile bachelor by Gerald Nachman( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raised On Radio by Gerald Nachman( )

3 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For everybody "raised on radio"'and that's everybody brought up in the thirties, forties, and early fifties'this is the ultimate book, combining nostalgia, history, judgment, and fun, as it reminds us of just how wonderful (and sometimes just how silly) this vanished medium was. Of course, radio still exists'but not the radio of The Lone Ranger and One Man's Family, of Our Gal Sunday and Life Can Be Beautiful, of The Goldbergs and Amos 'n' Andy, of Easy Aces, Vic and Sade, and Bob and Ray, of The Shadow and The Green Hornet, of Bing Crosby, Kate Smith, and Baby Snooks, of the great comics, announcers, sound-effects men, sponsors, and tycoons. In the late 1920s radio exploded almost overnight into being America's dominant entertainment, just as television would do twenty-five years later. Gerald Nachman, himself a product of the radio years'as a boy he did his homework to the sound of Jack Benny and Our Miss Brooks'takes us back to the heyday of radio, bringing to life the great performers and shows, as well as the not-so-great and not-great-at-all. Nachman analyzes the many genres that radio deployed or invented, from the soap opera to the sitcom to the quiz show, zooming in to study closely key performers like Benny, Bob Hope, and Fred Allen, while pulling back to an overview that manages to be both comprehensive and seductively specific. Here is a book that is generous, instructive, and sinfully readable'and that brings an era alive as it salutes an extraordinary American phenomenon. From the Hardcover edition
A new look at Shakespeare by Melvin Robert White( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview with Shelley Berman and Mort Sahl, January 06, 2004( )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Would ya hit a guy with glasses? : nerds, jerks, and oddballs( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The first episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode one focuses on the comedy type "The misfit" and includes clips by silent film legend Harold Lloyd, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Andy Kaufman, Robin Williams, Cheech & Chong, Woody Allen and Steve Martin
Sock it to me? : Satire and parody( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The final episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode six includes clips and discussions of Will Rogers, Abbot and Costello, Sid Caesar, Johnny Carson, Tom Hehrer, Alan Sherman, song lyrics by Tom Lehrer and Allan Sherman, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Laugh In, Saturday Night Live, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. Includes commentary on the current practice of politicians using appearances on talk shows to promote their political careers
The portable Nachman : two years of humorous columns and articles taken from the Spartan Daily and Lyke magazine, by one of the top college humorists in America by Gerald Nachman( Book )

1 edition published in 1960 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

When I'm bad, I'm better : the groundbreakers( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The fourth episode in a six-part series chronicling how comedy has defined the nation's character with commentary by film historians, comedians, writers and producers, spotlighting comedians through the generations who broke the rules to advance the genre. Episode four looks a the work of controversial comedians. For the groundbreaks fo comedy getting a laugh and getting at the truth were the same. Looks at the comedy of not only Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and the Smothers Brothers, but also Mae West, Moms Mabley and Richard Pryor
 
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Right here on our stage tonight! : Ed Sullivan's America
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Seriously funny : the rebel comedians of the 1950s and 1960sRaised on radio : in quest of the Lone Ranger, Jack Benny ...Raised On Radio
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English (56)