The 50 individuals and seven groups profiled in this book include not only performers such as musicians, storytellers and actors, but also others who entertain from a remove, such as fiction writers, a fireworks display specialist (The Blaster Pastor) and the creator of one of America’s most beloved commercial cartoon characters, Charlie the Tuna. Semi-classical musician/composer Manfred Schonauer, Irish music connoisseur Tom Dahill, Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua co-founders Warren Nelson and Sally Kessler, and the Tamburitzan Performing Folk Ensemble are a few of the subjects featured. One of the artists profiled in Volume One of the series termed that collection “a truly remarkable book” for the way the quote-rich profiles let the personalities of those profiled shine. As with Volume One, the profiles are more about why than how, focused as they are on motivations, objectives, sensibilities and satisfactions—in other words, on those human aspects that make life both challenging and fulfilling. Illustrated with black-and-white photos.
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