BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, The
Untold Story of a Musical Genius (Da Capo/Perseus) by Steven Roby and Brad
The first biography of the formative
years of the greatest electric guitarist of all time. Leaving his broken home in
Seattle, where he experienced near starvation, Jimi tours with the greats of R&B
in the Deep South and discovers LSD and a whole new way of playing and writing
music in Greenwich Village, prior to his breakthrough in London…and eventually
America and the world.
Important Revelations in BECOMING JIMI
Jimi learning from master guitarists
B.B. and Albert King, while touring the South
arrested at one of the earliest US civil rights sit-ins, in Nashville
racism, touring with groundbreaking, integrated group The Starliters
The “promoter” who
brought Jimi to New York and turned out to be a female impersonator
The impact science
fiction stories had on Jimi’s initial songwriting
Jimi setting his
guitar on fire, touring with Little Richard…in 1964
Jimi refusing to work for the biggest drug dealer in Harlem
girlfriend of Keith Richards, getting Jimi “discovered” in Greenwich Village
“It’s a fascinating book for the story it tells, but I would pay the cover price just for its amazing photographs.”
--Steve Coates, New York Times
“Hendrix’s career as a superstar has been well-chronicled; the more interesting details of how he became one are told here.”
--New York Times Book Review
"Most important, the book shows how Greenwich Village was crucial to Hendrix’s 1966 breakthrough."
“Superb…I’m amazed by your detailed research and the eloquence of the writing. It makes an absolutely invaluable contribution to our knowledge of Jimi.”
--Tony Palmer, Emmy Award-winning director of over 100 films
discusses Death In Paradise
on ABC's Primetime Crime
The Critics on Death in Paradise:
"Death In Paradise co-authors Tony Blanche
and Brad Schreiber have finally done the impossible-that even I could
not achieve-publish a book with photographs that should be censored."
"A colorful history of the L.A. County Coroner's
---Los Angeles Times
"An intriguing look at the forensic science
behind some of L.A.'s grisliest crime scenes."
---Los Angeles Magazine
"With crackling prose, glorious and gory
photographs and mind-blowing accounts of your favorite celebrity exits,
the authors have created the perfect book for a coffee table in hell."
---Jerry Stahl, consultant, "CSI" (CBS), author, "Permanent Midnight."
An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department
of Coroner (Running
Death in Paradise is the first
authorized pictorial history of the world's most famous
coroner's office. It features extensive archival photography
of Southern California locations, famous and infamous
victims, and medical and forensic technology.
Death in Paradise explores high-profile
cases of suicide, accidental death, and murder in Hollywood from the
early years of moviemaking to the present day.
What are the lingering controversies surrounding
the deaths of director William Desmond Taylor in the 1920s and film
comedienne Thelma Todd in the 1930s? Was the
horrific 1940's "Black Dahlia" case linked to the little-known "Lipstick
Walk along the City of Angels' darker side with
modern tragedies involving George Reeves, Dorothy Dandridge, the Tate-La
Bianca murders, Freddie Prinze, and the Simpson-Goldman mystery, among
The book also chronicles the evolution of the coroner's role,
the founding of Los Angeles, and scientific developments in
forensic science throughout the 20th century.
Stop the Show!
A History of Insane Incidents and
Absurd Accidents in the Theater
(Da Capo Press/Perseus)
The first collection of
theater's greatest blunders, from the West End and Broadway to the lowliest
amateur theater, Stop the Show! revels in ruined lines, dangerous scenery, rude
theatergoers, performers sabotaging each other and more.
Among the outrageous and mind-boggling events during live performances:
Richard Burton, after an afternoon of drinking with his brothers, accidentally
urinates through his tights while swordfighting Michael Redgrave at
The Second City Toronto member who took LSD for the first time feels its effects
hours later...in the middle of a comedy sketch, posing as a taxi cab driver.
A homeless woman climbs onstage during a production ofCatson
Broadway, rubs up against stunned, costumed performers and begins singing
In London's intimate Bush Theatre, an actor finds himself onstage with a
petrified burglar who sneaked inside the building to rob it, not knowing it was
An April Fool's Day announcement in a Broadway theatre, claiming that Glenn
Close, Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman all have understudies going on for them
creates a mass exodus from the theatre before the audience can learn it's a
Schreiber's book of anecdotes should be deposited in every dressing room both on
and off Broadway."
"Among its many virtues is its historical sweep...provides a source of
-Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly
“Fascinating and fun reading for anyone interested in the theatre.”
--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner, A Good Scent from a Strange
What Are You Laughing At?:
How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories & More
(Michael Wiese Productions)
The definitive book on how to “write funny” is the
first to compare writing comedic screenplays with fiction and nonfiction in all
forms. Using principles developed in his UCLA Extension Writers’ Program class
on humor writing and his CBS Studio City seminars on screenwriting, it includes
an introduction by Christopher Vogler (The Writer’s Journey) and:
More than 80 excerpts from such top prose and
screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Unique writing exercises developed exclusively for
Vital, additional information on writing comedy for
TV, stage and audio
Where else would you find 11 Modes of Comedic Dialogue, 13 Things Bad
Screenwriters Commonly Do and The Cream of Wheat Theory of Exposition?
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
ABOUT WHAT ARE YOU LAUGHING AT?:
"At last. A how-to book by someone who actually knows
--Larry Gelbart, creator-writer, M*A*S*H, screenwriter, Tootsie
“Attention, aspiring writers! You’ll learn so much
about the craft from Schreiber’s book that you can skip school altogether and
spend your tuition money on sex and drugs.”
-Tom Robbins, novelist, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume
“Some people are just plain funny. Some people don’t
know funny when it bites them in their collective ass. For the rest of us in the
middle, this book might help. That is, if funny is your idea of a good time.”
--Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller
"Brad Schreiber has the rare gift of demonstrating the
art of comic writing even as he teaches it. He's like one of those professors
whose class you couldn't sleep through. Laugh and learn."
--Phil Proctor, writer-performer, The Firesign Theatre
The Official Book of Ridiculous Records
Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders
(Simon & Schuster) collects the most ridiculous records in
the world--those that Guinness wouldn't dare print.
Click here for sample records. The book features more
than 425 records in the following categories:
The Human Body | Animal, Vegetable or Mineral |
Science and Technology | Artistic Achievements | Buildings, Structures
and Locations | Mechanical Inventions | Business and Commerce |
Lifestyles | Human Accomplishments | Athletics and Hobbies
The Critics on Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders:
"This is truly funny stuff."
"Wonderful. What a lot of fun."
--Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press
"I am impressed...A hilarious book. A
very strange guy." -
--Bill Handel, KFI-A.M., Los Angeles
Although he is not yet a best-selling author,
Brad Schreiber, a writer in Los Angeles, California, does have the
distinction of being the world's best-smelling author. Schreiber
collected 137 bottles of cologne, perfume, toilet water, after-shave
lotion and scented bath oil from his friends. He dumped the contents
into his tub and bathed in it for 13 hours, 24 minutes and 18 seconds.
Schreiber has not used any underarm deodorant since his aromatic bath.
-- (from Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders)