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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 05:44 PM

Favorite Biographies/Autobiographies?

Autobiographies
Marlon Brando - Songs My Mother Taught Me
Mort Sahl - Heartland (political people will LOVE this one)
Cassavetes on Cassavetes (John's correspondence with Ray Carney, great movie critic)
Up 'Til Now: A Memoir (Senator Eugene McCarthy)

Biographies
There's a TON of Jim Morrison, but I highly recommend "Summer With Morrison" by Dennis Jakob
"Last Man Standing: Mort Sahl and the Birth of Stand-up Comedy" by Jim Curtis
"Agent of Evolution" by Jim Curtis (one of a handful of great books about Bill Hicks)
"In The Pink: Not a Hunting Memoir" (its about Roger Waters, written by Nick Sedgewick)

There's a ton of great John Lennon ones (and some bad ones), but I need to skim so I don't mix them up.

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DumpTrump20202020 Sep 16 OP
Xipe Totec Sep 16 #1
Applan Sep 16 #2
Journeyman Sep 16 #3
DumpTrump20202020 Sep 17 #11
MuseRider Sep 16 #4
Bradshaw3 Sep 16 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Sep 16 #6
bottomofthehill Sep 16 #7
ms liberty Sep 16 #8
Sedona Sep 16 #9
Sedona Sep 16 #10
wnylib Sep 24 #12
DumpTrump20202020 Friday #13
wnylib Friday #14

Response to DumpTrump20202020 (Original post)

Wed Sep 16, 2020, 05:48 PM

1. Anthony Quinn - One Man Tango nt

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:00 PM

2. Douglas Bader

Douglas Bader - Reach for the Sky

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:10 PM

3. Lenny Bruce: "How to Talk Dirty and Influence People" . . .

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 17, 2020, 05:42 AM

11. I have this book :)

But I've tried and tried, listening to all his comedy albums (and unreleased stuff), but couldn't get into it...

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:18 PM

4. Keith Richards

On Audio books he narrates at least part of it, it has been so long I don't remember, maybe it was all of it. It is long but it is a terrific read. He is really quite a guy and really much saner than the press he gets would have you know. Great read, one of my favorites.

Graham Nash also has a good one. His is long too but really informative about the early days from his days in England to how, why and when he came over and stayed. Also about the good works he does now.

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:28 PM

5. Life Itself by Roger Ebert

A great writer who is able to write for a broader audience from a personal perspective while covering big ideas. I got to meet him and attend several of his film festivals. Usually someone that smart and knowledgeable has a bit of a superiority complex but he never lost his small town ethics.

He wasn't afraid to talk openly and honestly about his failings and parts of the book are hard to read, especially since it was written after his health problems developed. I really value my signed copy.

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:42 PM

6. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser.

Possibly the very best book I have ever read in more than 65 years of reading books. It won a Pulitzer.

Fraser also wrote God's Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science World which is also spectacular.

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 06:50 PM

7. Man of the House. Tip ONeill

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 07:51 PM

8. Testimony by Robbie Robertson. n/t

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Wed Sep 16, 2020, 09:12 PM

9. Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Churnow. Its the book Lin-Manuel Miranda based his hit musical on.

I'm currently on chapter 16 on audible

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0143034758/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fab_hFRyFb1Z63V64


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Response to DumpTrump20202020 (Original post)

Thu Sep 24, 2020, 05:08 PM

12. I don't know that "favorite" is the best term

for this biography, but it was certainly one of the most informative and significant biographies that I have read. I am referring to historian John Tolland's biography of Adolf Hitler. He wrote it at a time when there were still people alive who were supporters or opponents of Hitler for him to interview.

It gave me insights into Hitler's character - or lack of it - that helped me understand how an entire nation could succumb to a populist demagogue. A book with lessons relevant to today.

I am currently reading a biography of Segoyewatha (Red Jacket), a prominent Seneca leader and orator who lived from 1750 to 1830. The biography is written by Arthur C Parker, a New York state archeologist and ethnologist. Parker was the great-grandson of a leading Seneca couple, William and Elizabeth Parker. Parker's grandfather and great uncles had personally known Red Jacket so Arthur Parker's biography of him contains intimate knowledge of Red Jacket in addition to factual records.

Red Jacket lived when European-Americans were moving into Seneca territory, spreading their own religion and customs among the Seneca, and making land grabs for themselves. Red Jacket opposed the changes and spoke on behalf of preserving Native culture and beliefs.

Recognized by whites as well as Native people for his oratory, Red Jacket is buried in Buffalo's Forest Lawn cemetary, with a monument dedicated to him.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 07:52 AM

13. I'll check it out

I like to read things "live", as opposed to retrospect, when people can edit to be with the times.

I wouldn't use the term populist as a pejorative. I'm a left-wing populist, myself.

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Response to DumpTrump20202020 (Reply #13)

Fri Oct 16, 2020, 09:10 AM

14. I'm wary of any kind of populism.

There's a difference, too, between someone being popular versus bring a populist. Obama is popular. So was FDR and JFK. None of them are/were populists.

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