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Right here on our stage tonight! : Ed Sullivan's America /
Gerald Nachman.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
description
455 p.
ISBN
0520258673 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520258679 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
isbn
0520258673 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520258679 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Out of the Paley-ozoic ooze -- Videoville -- The columnist conspiracy -- The $375 extravaganza -- Very critical condition -- The magic of sullivision -- Barefoot boy with cheek -- Just a broadway baby -- Toast of the country -- It's the world, on line one -- Sacred sunday rite -- Semi-family man -- Extended family -- Unkindest cuts -- Backstage life (and death) -- Give my regards to La Scala -- Elvis has entered the building -- Newspaper wads at 50 paces -- The reds and the blacks -- The son-in-law also rises -- "And now, the Beatles!" -- Man without a country -- Echoes and after-images.
catalogue key
6972351
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Excerpts
Flap Copy
"Nachman provides a three-dimensional portrait of the man and the show that were part of our national consciousness for over two decades...a detailed analysis on why Sullivan mattered; Nachman is a natural storyteller...a nuanced description of Sullivan's America. Nachman's style is always accessible...a delight for anyone interested in popular culture"--Ron Simon, Curator of Television and Radio, The Paley Center for Media "A shining gem....One of those rare books you can open anywhere...and be highly entertained. As Ed himself might have said, 'Don't miss it if you can.'"--Dick Cavett, talk show host and online columnist for NYTimes/Opinion
Flap Copy
"Nachman provides a three-dimensional portrait of the man and the show that were part of our national consciousness for over two decades. This is a detailed analysis on why Sullivan mattered; Nachman is a natural storyteller and very good in explaining the full context of Sullivan's accomplishments. For veteran viewers it is a pleasant reminder of the years watching Sullivan on Sunday nights. For novices it is a nuanced description of Sullivan's America. Nachman's style is always accessible, and will surely be a delight for anyone interested in popular culture to read."--Ron Simon, Curator of Television and Radio, The Paley Center for Media
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-04-01:
Nachman (a freelance writer and newspaper columnist) contributes to the literature on popular culture in the US by telling the story of Ed Sullivan's weekly variety show on CBS, The Ed Sullivan Show, from its beginning in 1948 (when it was called Toast of the Town). For decades, television viewers tuned in to Ed Sullivan every Sunday night to see entertainment from around the world, including opera, ballet, and theatrical productions on the same program with gymnasts, comedians, and acts that reminded audiences of vaudeville. Sullivan brought Elvis Presley and the Beatles to American viewers and also introduced many black athletes and entertainers to the public at a time when doing so was not popular with many sponsors. The show began to lose viewers in the 1960s, and CBS canceled it in 1971. To get behind the scenes, Nachman interviewed some 60 individuals associated with the show, and in these pages he reveals how Sullivan organized and controlled it. Like a lot of other early television, The Ed Sullivan Show is available on DVD, which would be a fine accompaniment to this interesting treatment of US cultural life in the mid-20th century. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. C. L. Clements Richland College
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A fun, affectionate portrayal of the showman. A long time in coming, it's the tome that Sullivan always deserved."
"A fun, affectionate portrayal of the showman. A long time in coming, it's the tome that Sullivan always deserved."-- Playbill
"A memory-lane extravaganza, smart, witty and finely researched."
"A memory-lane extravaganza, smart, witty and finely researched."-- San Francisco Chronicle
"An amusing, anecdote-rich book. . . . It's full of 'remember when' moments ranging from the bizarre to the insulting."
"An amusing, anecdote-rich book. . . . It's full of 'remember when' moments ranging from the bizarre to the insulting."-- The Calgary Herald
"A vivid, discerning portrayal of American history through the lens of popular culture."
"A vivid, discerning portrayal of American history through the lens of popular culture."-- Publishers Weekly
"Detailed portrait of Sullivan . . . that ought to interest scholars of American popular culture and media history."
"Nachman does full justice to the pathos of his subject."
"This work is a 'don't miss' of nostalgia."
"This work is a 'don't miss' of nostalgia."-- Wowowow.com
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San Francisco Chronicle, November 2009
PW Annex Reviews, December 2009
Choice, April 2010
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title tells the complete saga of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and, through the voices of some 60 personalities interviewed for the book, brings to life the most beloved, diverse, multi-cultural, and influential variety hour ever to air.
Main Description
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.
Main Description
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 ofThe Ed Sullivan Showand, 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, reanimatesThe Ed Sullivan Showfor a new generation.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Theme Musicp. 1
No-Talent Host Tames the One-Eyed Beast
Out of the Paley-ozoic Oozep. 19
Battle of the Videoville Titans-Berle, Godfrey, and Sullivanp. 33
A Live Broadway Column Every Sunday Nightp. 41
The $375 Extravaganzap. 52
Very Critical Conditionp. 65
The Magic of Sullivisionp. 79
How to Succeed in Show Business without Really Talking
From Small-Town Sportswriter to Manhattan Sportp. 107
He's Just an Ink-Stained Broadway Babyp. 123
Toast of the Nationp. 138
It's the World, on Line Onep. 148
Sacred Sunday Ritep. 163
Not Quite All in the Familyp. 178
Extended familyp. 197
Inside the Star-Making Machine
Herding Comediansp. 213
Backstage Life (and Death)p. 241
Give My Regards to La Scalap. 263
Elvis has entered the Buildingp. 276
Newspaper Wads at Fifty Paces-A Few Off-Camera Feudsp. 296
Embracing Blacks, Caving In to McCarthyismp. 311
Rescued by Rock 'n' Roll
The Son-in-Law Also Risesp. 331
"And Now-the Beatles!"p. 343
The Showman without a Countryp. 375
Echoes and Afterimagesp. 397
Bibliographyp. 413
Interviewsp. 421
Acknowledgmentsp. 423
Indexp. 425
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