Impresario: The Life and Times of Ed Sullivan

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A perfect mirror of its time, The Ed Sullivan Show ran from 1948 to 1971, echoing this period's every chapter: the birth of television, the conformist 1950s, the dawn of rock--with Elvis and the Beatles, and finally, the tumultuous late 1960s. Each Sunday night, Sullivan presented his signature mix of highbrow and cornpone, Borscht Belt and Bible Belt. Impresario, the first major biography of this iconic showman, tells his story, from his birth in a Jewish-Irish ghetto to his career as a Broadway gossip columnist, to his years on the vaudeville circuit, to his stint in Hollywood and his struggles in television. Impressively researched, Impresario tells the story of a pioneering showman who both shaped and reflected American pop culture.

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"James Maguire's Impresario has many of the qualities of the great American institution it celebrates. It's as lively, entertaining, hugely enjoyable and even as full of variety as The Ed Sullivan Show in its prime-time prime. Rich in detail about the really big 'shew' and the backstage madness behind it, the book evokes an era dominated by a strange, stage-crazed showman who knew what we wanted – sometimes before we did – and gave it to us every week.

More than another showbiz saga, Impresario brings back a time when the family, and the nation, were brought together by a medium still galvanizing and magical. What Maguire has done with it is really quite magical, too." –Tom Shales, The Washington Post

"Maguire’s Ed Sullivan biography is also the story of the birth of television and rock ‘n’ roll. Maguire tells Sullivan’s story so well that he puts us backstage and in the back offices of a television show that was the center of entertainment for over two decades." –Vincent Favale, CBS Vice President of Late Night Programs

"I’ll tell you what: Reading this book is a lot more fun that actually being on the Ed Sullivan show." –Ray Manzarek, The Doors keyboard player

"With a sharp eye for detail, James Maguire chronicles Sullivan’s uncanny knack for finding and shaping American pop culture." —Walter Podrazik, co-author, Watching TV: Six Decades of American Television

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James Maguire is the author of three books about culture, technology and the American scene, including American Bee. He divides his time between Baltimore and New York City.

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