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Show Business - Glamour - "The Image"

Film, TV, Music, Theatre, Artists, Writers, Celebrity, Popular Culture, Pleasure and The Image, etc.


Rachel Abramowitz, Is That A Gun In Your Pocket? Women's Experience of Power in Hollywood . Publisher? 2000. (Check the luxuries of the casting couch)

Christopher Allen, Art in Australia: From Colonisation to Postmodernism. Thames and Hudson, nd, 224pp.

Photo of Monika Allan in 2004

Monika Allan (in 2004)

Monika Allan, The Tamworth Country Music Festival: A Cavalcade of Australia's Leading Country Music Artists. Sydney, Horwitz Grahame, 1988.

Marc Aronson, Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-Garde. nd? Remaindered, 2003. (200 years of the avant-garde in the West, illustrated in b/w)

Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay: You Can Have It All. 1995. (Autobiography of a woman who originates one of the largest cosmetics empires in US)

Art - Compilation, Art: A World History. Dorling Kindersley, 2002.

Theda Bara: actress:
Eve Golden, Vamp: The Rise and Fall of Theda Bara. 1996.

The Beatles: musicians:
The Beatles, Beatles Anthology. Chronicle, 2000. (The story of The Beatles by George, Paul and Ringo with assistance from Yoko Ono).
Barry Miles, Many Years From Now. nd? (Authorised biography of former Beatle Paul McCartney)
The Beatles, Beatles Anthology. Chronicle, 2000. (The story of The Beatles by George, Paul and Ringo with assistance from Yoko Ono).

Hunter Davies, The Beatles: The Authorised Biography. London, Heinemann, 1968.
Ray Coleman, Lennon: The Definitive Biography. Pan Books, 2000/20001. (838pp on ex-Beatle John Lennon)
Jon Wenner, Gimmee Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files . California University Press, 2000.
Jan S. Wenner (interviews), Lennon Remembers. Verso, 2001, 151pp. (On ex-Beatle John Lennon)

Beethoven: composer:
J. W. N. Sullivan, Beethoven: His Spiritual Development. London, Unwin Books, 1964.

Bono and Cher: musicians:
Laura Jackson, Bono: The Biography. 2001. (On the rock star, Bono)


Lauren Bacall, By Myself and Then Some. Headline, 2005, 512pp.

Noeline Brown, Noeline. Allen and Unwin, 2005. (The veteran Australian performer on her years in showbiz)

Philip Ball, Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Colour. Viking, 2001.

Francois Baudot, Christian Lacroix: Fashion Memoir. Thames and Hudson, 1997, 80pp.

Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner, Hollywood Interrupted. John Wiley, 2004, 416pp. (Reviewer says, gossip, sleaze, grubbiness and standard US right-wing moralising.)

Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language. Hodder and Stoughton, 2004, 354pp.

Michael Bane, White Boy Singin' the Blues: The Black Roots of White Rock. Penguin, 1982.

Daniel Barenboim, A Life In Music. Weidenfeld and Nicolson/Dent, 2002.

Cari Beauchamp, Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood. University of California Press, 1997.

Daniel Bernardi, (Ed.), The Birth of Whiteness: Race and the Emergence of US Cinema. Rutgers University Press, 1996.
(A collection of fourteen essays on racism and Eurocentrism in early American film)

Gregory D. Black, Hollywood Censored: Morality Codes, Catholics, and the Movies. Cambridge University Press, 1994.

Graeme Blundell, King. Macmillan, 2003. (Life of Australian comedy king, Graham Kennedy died 2005)

Eileen Bowser, The Transformation of Cinema, 1907-1915. Volume 2 in History of the American Cinema. Charles Scribner and Sons, 1991 (hardcover); University of California Press, 1994. (paperback)

Marcus Breen (Ed.), Missing in Action: Australian Popular Music in Perspective. Sydney, Verbal Graphics Pty Ltd., 1984.

Nick Bromell, Tomorrow Never Knows: Rock and Psychedelics in the 60s. University of Chicago Press, 2000/2001.

Kevin Brownlow, The War, the West, and the Wilderness. nd?

Kevin Brownlow, Behind the Mask of Innocence. Sex, Violence, Prejudice, Crime: Films of Social Conscience in the Silent Era. Alfred A. Knopf, 1990. (reissued in paperback, 1994)

Kevin Brownlow, The Parade's Gone By... Alfred A. Knopf, 1968 (Reissued in paperback, 1992.)

Maria Callas: opera singer:
Anne Edwards, Callas: Her Life, Her Loves, Her Music. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001, 342pp.

Charlie Chaplin: comedian:
David Robinson, Chaplin: His Life and Art. Penguin, 2002, 892pp.


John Carey, What Good Are The Arts? Faber and Faber, 2005.

John Canaday, Mainstreams of Modern Art. New York, Simon & Schuster, 1959.

David Castronovo, Beyond The Gray Flannel Suit: Books From The 1950s that made American Culture. Continuum, 2005, 207pp.

Edward P. Comentale, Stephen Watt and Skip Willman, (Eds.), Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007. Indiana University Press, 2005, 281pp.

Isobel Crombie, Body Culture: Max Dupain, Photography and Australian Culture 1919-1939. Peleus Press/National Gallery of Victoria, 2004.

Chris Challis, Quest for Kerouac. Faber, 1985.

Frank Capra et al, The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography. Macmillan, 1971; reissued in paperback by Da Capo Press, 1997.

Cartier-Bresson, photographer - Unknown, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image and the World. Paris, 2003. (Henri himself does not much like looking at photographs, just taking them. He was greatly influenced in his youth by the teacher, theoretician and Cubist painter Andre Lhote, author of On Landscape and On the Figure, in the 1920s.)

Robert L. Carringer, The Magnificent Ambersons: A Reconstruction. University of California Press, 1993.

Judith Clark, The Illustrated History of Art. nd? Remaindered, 2003. (Sumptuous, in large format.)

Kurt Cobain, Journals. Viking, 2002.
See also, Charles R. Cross, Heavier than Heaven. 2001. (Biography of Kurt Cobain).

Nik Cohn, Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom: Pop from the Beginning. London, Granada/Paladin, 1969/1970.

Peter Conrad, Modern Times, Modern Places: Life and Art in the Twentieth Century. 1998. 752pp.

Peter Cook, UK comedian - William Cook, (Ed.), Tragically, I was an Only Twin: The Complete Peter Cook. Century, 2002.

Francis G. Couvares, (Ed.), Movie Censorship and American Culture. Smithsonian Institute Press, 1996.

Thomas Cripps, Slow Fade to Black: The Negro in American Film, 1900-1942. Oxford University Press, 1993 (reprint).

Charles R. Cross, Heavier than Heaven: The Biography of Kurt Cobain. Hodder Headline, 2001, 381pp.

Robert Crunden, Body and Soul: The Making of American Modernism: Art, Music and Letters in the Jazz Age, 1919-1926. Basic Books, 2001, 496pp.

George F. Custen, Twentieth Century's Fox: Darryl F. Zanuck and the Culture of Hollywood. Basic Books, 1997.

Bob Dylan: musician:

Daniel Kramer, Bob Dylan. New York, Pocket Books/Simon and Schuster, 1967/1968.
Andy Gill, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right: Bob Dylan, the Early Years: (1961-1969). New York, Thunder's Mouth Press, 1998., 144pp.


Jack Dann, The Rebel. HarperCollins, 2004. (Life of film star James Dean)

David Howard Day, A Treasure Hard to Attain: Images of Archaeology in Popular Film with a Filmography. 1997.

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Henry Herbert Dawson, Smokey Dawson: A Life. Sydney, Allen and Unwin, 1985.

Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema, 1930-1934. Columbia University Press, 1999.

Marie Dressler - Betty Lee, Marie Dressler: The Unlikeliest Star. University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

William M. Drew, Speaking of Silents: First Ladies of the Screen. Vestal Press, 1989.

Slim Dusty and Joy McKean, Slim Dusty: Another Day, Another Town. Macmillan, 1997.

Slim Dusty with John Lapsley, Walk a Country Mile . Sydney, Rigby, 1979.

Dvorak, composer - Michael B. Beckerman, New Worlds of Dvorak. Wiley, 2003, 272pp.

Bob Dylan, singer-songwriter - - Michael Gray, Song and Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan. Abacus, 1972.


Helen Ennis, Margaret Michaelis: love, loss and photography. National Gallery of Australia, 2005, 250pp.

Meredith Etherington-Smith, Dali. Sinclair-Stevenson, 1993.


Jane Fonda, My Life So Far. Ebury, 2005, 600pp.

Victoria Finlay, Colour: Travels Through The Paintbox. Sceptre, 2002. (On the art of painting)

Kate Fitzpatrick, Name Dropping: An Incomplete Memoir. HarperCollins, 2004, 390pp. (Biography from a noted Australian actress)

Sara Gay Forden, The House of Gucci. HarperCollins, 2001. (Behind-the-scenes look.)

Lizzie Francke, Script Girls: Women Screenwriters in Hollywood. Indiana University Press, 1994.

Otto Friedrich, City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s. University of California Press, reprinted 1997.


Emily Gibson with Barbara Firth, The Original Million Dollar Mermaid. Allen and Unwin, 2005, 230pp. (On Hollywood star Annette Kellerman, the world's first "superstar")

Barbara Groseclose, Oxford History of Art: Nineteenth-Century American Art. nd? Remaindered, 2003.

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Patrick Garland, The Last of the High Comedians: The Incomparable Rex: A Memoir of Rex Harrison in the 1980s. nd? Remaindered, 2003.

Greta Garbo, actress - Karen Swenson, Greta Garbo: A Life Apart. C. Scribner's, 1997.

David Gritten, Fame: Stripping Celebrity Bare. Allen lane, 2002, 172pp.

Michael Gray, Song and Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan. Abacus, 1972.

Charlie Gillett, The Sound of the City. London, Sphere, 1973. (A classic on history of rock 'n' roll)

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Neal Gabler, An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood. Anchor, 1989.

Max Gallo, The Poster in History. Norton, 2001.

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson with Robert Ross, Steptoe and Son. BBC, 2002, 288pp.

Gary Giddins, Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903-1940. Little Brown, 2001, 736pp.

William Goldman, Which Lie Did I Tell?: More Adventures In The Screen Trade. Bloomsbury, 2001, 485pp.

Mel Gussow, : A Life In Acting. Nick Hern Books, 2004, 224pp. (By drama critic for New York Times.)


Robert Hughes, American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America. HarperCollins, 1997, 635pp.

Goldie Hawn, A Lotus Grows in the Mud. Bantam, 2005.

Susan Hall, (Ed.), Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique: Manufactured by Joseph Dufour et Cie 1804-1805 after a Design by Jean-Gabriel Charvet. nd? Remaindered 2003. (Catalog of an exhibition 2000 at Art Gallery of New South Wales)

A. M. Hammacher, Rene Magritte. nd? Remaindered, 2003. (Illustrated, large format)

Reynold Humphries, The American Horror Film: An Introduction. 2003, 216pp.

David Hughes, Comic Book Movies. 2003, 296pp. (On Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men, Dick Tracy etc.)

George Harrison, I: Me: Mine. London, WH Allen/Ganga Publishing, 1980. (Reissued in 2002 after Harrison's death)

Jan Herman, A Talent for Trouble: The Life of Hollywood's Most Acclaimed Director, William Wyler. Da Capo Press, reprinted 1997.

Jim Hillier and Peter Wollen, Howard Hawks: American Artist. British Film Institute, 1997.

Pat Hackett, (Ed.), The Andy Warhol Diaries. Warner Books, 1989.

David Hajdu, Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. Bloomsbury, 2001, 328pp.

Katharine Hepburn, (1907-2003), Me. 1991. (Autobiography)
A. Scott Berg, Kate Remembered. USA, 2003. (On actress Katharine Hepburn)

Vanity Fair Staff, (Compilation), Vanity Fair's Hollywood. Thames and Hudson, 2001.

Susan Hopkins, Girl Heroes: The New Force in Popular Culture. Pluto Press (Australia), 2002.

Robert Hughes, American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America. Harper/Collins, 1997.

Robert Hughes: art critic:
Andrew Reimer, Hughes. Duffy and Snellgrove, 2001, 180pp. (Biography of Australian-American art critic, Robert Hughes)

Barry Humphries, Australian comedian - Barry Humphries, My Life As Me: A Memoir. Viking, 2002, 374pp.


Jennifer Isaacs, Spirit Country: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art. Hardie Grant, 240pp., 1999.


Lea Jacobs, The Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman Film, 1928-1942. University of California Press, reprinted 1997.

Mick Jagger, rock singer - Christopher Sandford, Mick Jagger: Primitive Cool. London, Victor Gollancz, 1993/1994.

Mick Jagger: The Rolling Stones, etc: musicians:
Christopher Sandford, Mick Jagger: Primitive Cool. Saint Martin's Press.
David Seay, Mick Jagger, The Story Behind The Rolling Stones. Carol Publishing Group.
James Phelge, Phelge's Stones: The Untold History from Edith Grove and Beyond. BA Books.
Terry Rawlings, Rock on Wood. (Authorized biography of Ron Wood)
Nico Zentgraf, The Complete Works, Vol. 1 (1962 - 1975). (The Rolling Stones) Stoneware Publishing.
Bob Gruen, Crossfire Hurricane. Genesis Publications.
Stanley Both, Dance With the Devil: The Rolling Stones and Their Times. Random House.
Terry Southern and Michael Cooper, The Early Stones: Legendary Photographs of a Band in the Making 1963-1973. Hyperion.
Terry Rawlings, Keith Badham and Andrew Neill, Good Times Bad Times. Complete Music Publications Limited.
Laura Jackson , Heart of Stone: The Unauthorized Life of Mick Jagger. Smith Gryphon Ltd.
James Karnbach and Carol Bernson, It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide to the Rolling Stones. Facts On File. nd?
Christopher Anderson, Jagger, Unauthorized Harbra. nd?
Mick St Michael, Keith Richards: In His Own Words. Omnibus Press.
Barbara Charone, Keith Richards: Life As A Rolling Stone. nd? Publisher?
Stanley Booth and Bob Gruen, Keith: Standing in the Shadows. St. Martin's Press.
Victor Bockris, Keith Richards: The Biography. Da Capo Pr.
Bill Wyman, Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart and Soul. Penguin, 2001.

Elton John: musician:
Philip Norman, Sir Elton, The Definitive Biography of Elton John. Macmillan, 2000.

G. William Jones and Ossie Davis, Black Cinema Treasures: Lost and Found. University of North Texas Press, 1997.
(A reviewer says: This book describes a number of films made for black audiences during the 1920s to the 1950s, and tells about the effect that their discovery in a warehouse in Tyler, Texas, had on African-American scholarship.)

Nick Johnstone, Melody Maker History of 20th Century Popular Music. Bloomsbury, 2000.


Richard Kelly, Sean Penn: His Life and Times. Faber, 2005. 472pp.

Brad King and John Borland, Dungeons and Dreamers. (On the inventors of the popular role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons which was invented on a dining room table in Wisconsin in 1972)

Rosemary Kingsland, Hold Back The Night: Memoirs of a Lost Childhood, a Warring Family and a Secret Affair with Richard Burton. Century, 2003, 320pp.

Alex Kershaw, Blood and Champagne. Pan, 2003, 298pp. (On the unusual life of Robert Capa, a promoter in France of the photography of Cartier-Bresson and others)

Walter Kerr, The Silent Clowns. Da Capo Press, 1990 (originally published 1979).
A reviewer says: A marvelously informative, evocative, beautifully written survey of the work of such silent comedians as Chaplin, Keaton, Harold Lloyd, Mack Sennett, Laurel and Hardy, Harry Langdon, and others. Ask a bunch of silent film fans which books they recommend and this one is invariably at the top of the list. Wonderful.

Richard Koszarski, An Evening's Entertainment: The Age of the Silent Feature Picture, 1915-1928. Volume 3 of History of American Cinema. Charles Scribner and Sons, 1991 (hardcover); University of California Press, 1994 (paperback).

Bill Kirchner, The Oxford Companion to Jazz. Oxford University Press, 2000-2001, 852pp.

On Stanley Kubrick, film director: Frederic Raphael, Eyes Wide Open: A Memoir of Stanley Kubrick. nd?
Christiane Kubrick, (widow), Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures. 2002

Peter Kurth, Isadora: A Sensational Life. Abacus, 2003, 752pp. (Life of dancer Isadora Duncan)

Peter Kurth, Isadora: The Sensational Life of Isadora Duncan. Little, Brown, 2002, 355pp.

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Lionel Lambourne, Japonisme: Cultural Crossings Between Japan and the West. Phaidon, 2005, 240pp.

Gene Lees, Leader of the Band: The Life of Woody Herman. Remaindered 2003.

Graham Lord, Niv: The Authorised Biography of David Niven. Orion, 2004, 356pp.

Gavin Lambert, Natalie Wood: A Life. Faber, 2004, 346pp.

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Peter J. Levinson, Trumpet Blues: The Life of Harry James. (Based on almost 20 interviews) nd? Remaindered, 2003.

Stan Lee and George Mair, The Amazing Life of Stan Lee. 203, 245pp. (The genius behind the Marvel comic books, Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk, etc.)

David Larkin, (Ed.), Fantastic Art. London, Pan/Ballantine, 1973.

Christopher Lawrence, Swooning: A Classical Music Guide to Life, Love, Lust and Other Follies. Knopf, 2001. ("Strange facts and delightful digressions")

Cynthia Lennon, A Twist of Lennon: Her first hand story of that incredible phenomenon - The Beatles. London, WH Allen/Star, 1978.

Leonard J. Leff and and Jerold L. Simmons, The Dame in the Kimono: Hollywood, Censorship and the Production Code from the 1920s to the 1960s. Anchor Books, 1991.

Art Linson, Just What Happened? Bitter Hollywood Tales from the Front Line. Bloomsbury, 2002, 181pp.

Steve McQueen: actor:
Christopher Sandford, McQueen: The Biography. HarperCollins, 2002, 497pp.

Madonna: singer/dancer:
J. Randy Taraborrelli, Madonna: An Intimate Biography. Sidgwick and Jackson, 2001.

Robert Mitchum: actor:
Lee Server, Robert Mitchum: Baby, I Don't Care. Faber, 2001, 598pp.

Marilyn Monroe, actress:
Gloria Steinhem, Marilyn: Norma Jeane. Orion, 2001, 220pp.
Donald H. Wolfe, The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe. Little-Brown, 1998.


Brian Moynahan with Sarah Jackson and Annabel Merullo, The British Century: A Photographic History of the Last Hundred Years. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, nd?, 304pp.

David Zane Mairowitz and Robert Crumb, Introducing Kafka. Remaindered, 2003. nd? (b/w illustrations by Crumb, the noted US underground comic-strip artist)

Ross McMullin, Will Dyson. Angus and Robertson, 1986(?). (On a cartoonist who depicted realism of war)

John Miller, Peter Ustinov: The Gift of Laughter. Orion, 2003/2004, 298pp.

John McCarty, Hammer Films. 2003, 96pp.

John Muller, Movies of the 80s. 2003, 863pp.

Joseph McBride, Searching For John Ford. Faber, 2003, 838pp. (On the great film director of eg The Grapes of Wrath)

Bobbie Ann Mason, Elvis. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2003, 200pp.

Spike Milligan, comedian - Humphrey Carter, Spike Milligan: The Biography. Hodder, 2003, 436pp.
Alexander Games, The Essential Spike Milligan. Fourth Estate, 2003, 344pp.

Steven Mithen, The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion and Science. 1996.

Todd McCarthy, Howard Hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood. Grove/Atlantic, 1997.

Pat McGilligan, (Ed.) Backstory: Interviews With Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age. University of California Press, reprinted 1989.

Susan McCulloch, Contemporary Aboriginal Art: A Guide to the Rebirth of an Ancient Culture. Allen and Unwin, 2002, 247pp.

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Frederica Sagor Maas, The Shocking Miss Pilgrim: A Writer in Early Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky, 1999.

Frances Marion, Off With Their Heads! A Serio-Comic Tale of Hollywood. Macmillan, 1972.

George Martin, Spider's Dance. (autobiography with sound) Playback, 2002. ( - from the producer of The Beatles.)

Dame Nellie Melba, singer - Joseph Wechsberg, Red Plush and Black Velvet. nd? (On life of singer Dame Nellie Melba)

Frank Miller, Censored Hollywood: Sex, Sin, and Violence on Screen. Turner, 1994. (Out of print?)

Glenn Mitchell, A-Z of Silent Film Comedy: An Illustrated Companion. Brasseys, Inc., 1999.

Vijay Mishra, Bollywood Cinema: Temples of Desire. Routledge, 2002, 296pp. (On the Indian film industry)

Sheridan Morley, John G: The Authorised Biography of John Gielgud. Hodder and Stoughton, 2001, 510pp.

Charles Musser, The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907. Volume 1 of History of the American Cinema. Charles Scribner and Sons, 1991 (hardcover); University of California Press, 1994 (paperback).

Fred R. Myers, Painting Culture: The Making Of An Aboriginal High Art. Duke University Press, 2003, 389pp.


Jeremy Novick, Life of Michael: An Illustrated Biography of Michael Palin. 2001.


Johnny O'Keefe, Australian rock legend - Damian Johnstone, The Wild One: The Life and Times of Johnny O'Keefe. Allen and Unwin, 2001. 346pp.

Jerry Oppenheimer, Seinfeld: The Making of an American Icon. HarperCollins, 2002, 398pp.


Steven Petkov and Leonard Mustazza, (Eds.), The Frank Sinatra Reader. Remaindered 2003.

Matthew Parris, (Ed.), Scorn: With Added Vitriol. Penguin, nd?, 273pp. (Scorn for famous people from other famous people)

Gregory Peck: actor:
Gary Fishgall, Gregory Peck: A Biography. Scribner, 2002, 384pp.
Gregory Peck, An Actor's Life. 1978. (Autobiography - Peck died 13 June, 2003 aged 87)

Mary Pickford: actress:
Eileen Whitfield, Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

Mary Pickford, actress, Keven Brownlow, Mary Pickford Rediscovered: Rare Pictures of a Hollywood Legend. Harry N. Abrams, 1999.

Joan Plowright, And That's Not All: The Memoirs of Joan Plowright. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001. (By the English actress wife of famed actor Laurence Olivier)

Puccini - Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, Puccini: A Biography. Northeastern University Press, 2002, 343pp.


More to come

Ralph Richardson, actor:

Richard Rogers: composer:
Meryle Secrest, Somewhere for Me: A Biography of Richard Rogers. Bloomsbury, 2002, 458pp.

Rodgers - Geoffrey Block, (Editor), The Richard Rodgers Reader. Oxford University Press, 2002, 356pp.


David Robinson and Martin Scorsese, From Peep Show to Palace: The Birth of American Film. Columbia University Press, 1996.

Piers Paul Read, Alec Guiness: The Authorised Biography. Simon and Schuster, 2004, 640pp.

Rock 'n' Roll - Ben Fong-Torres, The Rolling Stone Rock 'n' Roll Reader. New York, Bantam, 1974.

Michael Rogin, Blackface, White Noise: Jewish Immigrants in the Hollywood Melting Pot. University of California Press, reprinted 1998.

Steven J. Ross, Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America. Princeton University Press, 1998.

Lillian Roxon, rock writer - Rober Milliken, Lillian Roxon: Mother of Rock. Black Inc., 2002. (On noted Australian rock music journalist in New York, Lillian Roxon, who died of an asthma attack)

Dusty Springfield, singer:
Penny Valentine and Vicki Wickham, Dancing With Demons: The Authorised Biography of Dusty Springfield. Hodder and Stoughton, 2000.


Hilary Spurling, Matisse the Master - A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954. (Vol..2). Hamish Hamilton, 2005, 533pp.

Stephen Jay Schneider, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. ABC, 2004.

Meryle Secrest, Salvador Dali: The Surrealist Jester. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986.

Pamela Stephenson, Bravemouth. Headline, 2004. (On Scottish comedian Billy Connolly, by his wife)

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Russell Schroeder, Disney: The Ultimate Visual Guide. 2003, 128pp. (Traces the development of Disney studios.)

Jim Smith, George Lucas. 2003, 296pp. (On one of the greatest innovators in film the cinema has seen.)

Gene Simmons, Sex Money Kiss. 2003? (Autobiography, on life with the band Kiss.)

Frank Sinatra, singer
George Jacobs and William Stadiem, Mr S: The Last Word on Frank Sinatra. Pan Macmillan, 2003, 260pp.

Andrew Sarris, You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet! The American Talking Film: History and Memory, 1927-1949. Oxford University Press, 1998.

Silverchair - Australian rock group: Jeff Apter, Tomorrow Never Knows: The Story of Silverchair. Australia, 2003.

Jazzer Smith, (Ed.), The Book of Australian Country Music. Sydney, Berghouse Floyd Tuckey Publishing Group, 1984.

Alexander Speltz, Styles of Ornament: From Antiquity to the Nineteenth Century. nd? nd? Remaindered, 2003.

Pamela Stephenson, Billy. HarperCollins, 2002-2002, (Biography of comedian Billy Connolly by his wife).

S. Stack and J. H. Gundlach, 'The effect of country music on suicide,' Social Forces, 71, 1992., pp. 211.218.

James Stewart: actor:
Jonathan Coe, Jimmy Stewart: A Wonderful Life. Arcade Publishing, 1995.

Richard M. Sudhalter, Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contributions to Jazz, 1915-1945. Oxford University Press. Remaindered 2003.


Nicholas Thomas, Anna Cole and Bronwen Douglas, (Eds.), Tattoo: Bodies, Art and Exchange in the Pacific and in the West. Reaktion, 2005.

Derek Taylor, As Time Goes By. London, Abacus, 1973. (Chronicles of lives/times in pop music)

J. Randy Taraborrelli, Once Upon A Time: The Story of Princess Grace, Prince Rainier and their Family. Sidgwick and Jackson, 2003, 498pp.

Charles "Bud" Tingwell with Peter Wilmoth, Bud: A Life. Macmillan, 2004, 356pp. (Autobiography of a noted Australian actor.

Peter Timms, What's Wrong with Contemporary Art? University of NSW Press, 2004, 184pp.

David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film. Little, Brown, 2003, 963pp.

Frank Thompson, Lost Films: Important Films that Disappeared. Citadel Press, 1996.

Toscanini - Harvey Sachs (Ed., translator), The Letters of Arturo Toscanini. Faber, 2002, 469pp.

Kenneth Turan, Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made. University of California Press, 2002, 180pp.


Richie Unterberger, Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll. nd?

Paolo Cherchi Usai, Burning Passions: An Introduction to the Study of Silent Cinema. British Film Institute, 1994.

Ustinov - John Miller, The Gift of Laughter. 2002. (Biography of Peter Ustinov)

Peter Ustinov, Dear Me. Penguin, 1977.


Ruth Vasey, The World According to Hollywood, 1918-1932. University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Jeffrey Vance, Chaplin, Genius of the Cinema. Thames and Hudson, 2004, 400pp.

Andy Warhol: artist:
Wayne Koesenbaum, Andy Warhol. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2002.

Mae West: actress:
Marybeth Hamilton, When I'm Bad, I'm Better: Mae West, Sex, and American Entertainment. University of California Press, reprinted 1997.


W. J. West, (Ed.), Orwell: The War Broadcasts. Duckworth/BBC, 1985.

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Lindy Woodhead, War Paint: Miss Elizabeth Arden and Madame Helena Rubenstein: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry. Virago, 2003, 498pp.

Edward Wagenknecht, The Movies in the Age of Innocence. Limelight Editions, 1998 (originally published in the early 1960s).

Richard Wagner, composer - Nike Wagner, The Dramas of a Musical Dynasty. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2001, 327pp.

John Walker (Ed.), Halliwell's Who's Who in the Movies. 2003, 632pp.

Gregory Waller, Main Street Amusements: Movies and Commercial Entertainment in a Southern City, 1896-1930. Smithsonian Institute Press, 1995.

Eric Watson, Country Music in Australia. Sydney, Rodeo Publications, 1975.

Eric Watson, Country Music: the voice of rural Australia, in Marcus Breen (Ed.), Missing in Action: Australian Popular Music in Perspective. Sydney, Verbal Graphics Pty Ltd., 1984.

Ruby Wax, How Do You Want Me? Nd? (Autobiography)

Gavin Weightman, Signor Marconi's Magic Box: How an Amateur Inventor Defided Scientists and Began the Radio Revolution. HarperCollins, 2003, 312pp.

Orsen Welles, actor/producer
Peter Bogdanovich and Orsen Welles, This is Orsen Welles. nd?

Clinton Heylin, Despite The System: Orsen Welles Versus The Hollywood Studios. Canongate, 2005, 402pp.

1979: Tom Wolfe publishes a groundbreaking form of New Journalism, The Right Stuff, a two-part story of test pilots breaking the sound barrier and the first astronauts to orbit the earth, about death-defying bravery and exploration of a new frontier.

Natalie Wood, actress - Suzanne Finstead, Natasha: The Biography of Natalie Wood. Century, 2001-2002, 430pp.


More to come here


Israel Zamir, Journey To My Father, Isaac Bashevis Singer. Arcade Publishing, nd?, 240pp.

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