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.
|Publisher:||University of California Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||9.06(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.13(d)|
About the Author
Gerald Nachman is the author of Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 60s, Out on a Whim: Some Very Close Brushes with Life, The Fragile Bachelor, Playing House and Raised on Radio. He is also a contributor to Esquire, Newsweek, GQ, Cosmopolitan, and the New York Times.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Theme Music Part One. No-Talent Host Tames the One-Eyed Beast1. Out of the Paley-ozoic Ooze 2. Battle of the Videoville Titans-Berle, Godfrey, and Sullivan 3. A Live Broadway Column Every Sunday Night 4. The $375 Extravaganza 5. Very Critical Condition 6. The Magic of Sullivision Part Two. How to Succeed in Show Business without Really Talking7. From Small-Town Sportswriter to Manhattan Sport 8. He's Just an
Ink-Stained Broadway Baby 9. Toast of the Nation 10. It's the World, on Line One 11. Sacred Sunday Rite 12. Not Quite All in the Family 13. Extended Family Part Three.
Inside the Star-Making Machine14. Herding Comedians 15. Backstage Life (and Death) 16. Give My Regards to La Scala 17. Elvis Has Entered the Building 18. Newspaper Wads at Fifty Paces-a Few Off-Camera Feuds 19. Embracing Blacks, Caving
In to McCarthyism Part Four. Rescued by Rock 'n' Roll20. The Son-in-Law Also Rises 21. “And Now-the Beatles!” 22. The Showman without a Country 23. Echoes and Afterimages Bibliography
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What People are Saying About This
"A memory-lane extravaganza, smart, witty and finely researched."San Francisco Chronicle
"A fun, affectionate portrayal of the showman. A long time in coming, it's the tome that Sullivan always deserved."Playbill
"A vivid, discerning portrayal of American history through the lens of popular culture."Publishers Weekly
"This work is a 'don't miss' of nostalgia."Wowowow.com
"An amusing, anecdote-rich book. . . . It's full of 'remember when' moments ranging from the bizarre to the insulting."The Calgary Herald