• The words to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" were initially so risqué they had to be completely rewritten - in the hallway of the studio, as time was running out - before the song could be recorded. (He wrote the original version while working as a dishwasher in a bus station in Georgia.) Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Mother and Child Reunion" takes its name from an elaborate chicken and egg dish served at Say Eng Look Restaurant in New York City.
    Nirvana's huge hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit," interpreted by music critics and fans alike as an angst-ridden cry of teen rebellion, actually sprang from a bit of graffiti accusing Kurt Cobain of smelling like an antiperspirant for young women.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Claire Danes

    Richard Crouse

    The first biography of the beautiful young star of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Brokedown Palace and My So-Called Life (the critically acclaimed television show). Claire Danes may be only twenty years old but she is one of the most respected and

  • They Don't Wanna Wait

    Richard Crouse

    Not since that famous Beverly Hills area code was etched into our minds has teen life been given such loving attention. TV's newest hit, Dawson's Creek is a smart, articulate, sexy program that's taken the Archies a step further along the evolutionary scale. Showing "real" kids at the very top of their intellectual game, Dawson's Creek sets exciting new standards for how television portrays young America; created by Hollywood sensation Kevin Williamson, it does for the small-screen teen soap opera what his metafilmic Scream did for the slasher flick. In the small town of Capeside a close-knit group of teenagers hang together and fall apart. Their rites of passage are familiar, classically adolescent, and as we follow Dawson, Pacey, Jen, and Joey through their exciting years we learn that life has everything to do with misbehaving. Familiar, yes, but these kids are clever, analytical, and, unlike the Archies or the 90210 gang, they might actually grow up. Then there's the stars: a compelling, captivating, talented bunch who leave the set each day, shaking their heads, marveling at the emotional and intellectual accuracy of the scenes they play. In They Don't Wanna Wait you'll find out what it is about their personal lives that makes the show a nearly sacred experience for its participants, and you'll be surprised to learn just how much Dawson Leary has in common with his creator, Kevin Williamson. These kids are the new Rebel Without a Cause - and they wear the leather well. They've memorized The Breakfast Club, and taken over the library. They've even seen each and every Friday the Thirteenth. . . . Now, while you watch, the characters are making their movies' sensibilities their own.

  • Richard Crouse, film critic and host of television's award-winning Reel to Real takes you on a journey through 70 years of cinema history, choosing his favorite overlooked films. From the sublime - Monsoon Wedding - to the ridiculous - Eegah! The Name Written in Blood - The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen covers a wide spectrum of films from the 1930s through to present day. Complementing the reviews are detailed descriptions of the movie's plots, trivia, and interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Featured interviews include Bill Wyman discussing a little known Rolling Stones documentary, schlockmeister Lloyd Kaufman detailing the history of his most famous character, The Toxic Avenger, reclusive writer/director Hampton Fancher on his film The Minus Man and B-movie hero Bruce Campbell on playing Elvis Presley in Bubba Ho-Tep. Crouse also includes sidebars of top 10 lists, including favorite legal disclaimers ("All characters portrayed in this film are entirely fictitious and bare resemblance to anyone living or dead, except for one") and favorite quotes ("I once thought I had mono for an entire year. Turns out I was just really bored.") If you're a fan of off-beat cinema, or just looking for something different to rent the next time you go to the video store, The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen is the perfect book for you.

  • The films that society has termed pornographic movies have been with us for over a century now, since the first flickering kinetoscopes stumbled into life in 1889. Yet beyond a handful of scholarly tracts, and a few glancing references in certain Hollywood histories, there is no modern history of the subject available.

    Black and White and Blue fills that void. Taking as its cut-off point the late 1970s, when the advent of the home VCR irrevocably changed the face of the adult film industry, Black and White and Blue celebrates a world of anonymously masked women and curiously black-sock-clad men, whose movie immortality was attained in the time it took to exhaust a roll of film. There were no artificial breasts when the first stags were made, no tattooed and pierced members, and no concept of trick photography. We revisit a time when dingy back street cinemas aired their wares beneath a "members only" sign, and a climate in which the police waited as patiently to bust the participants as audiences queued to watch them, while "polite society" looked on in (often hypocritical) disgust, unable to believe that filth like this even existed.

    With exclusive interviews, descriptions of over 300 films, and a conversational style, this book will represent a complete and in-depth survey of the adult film, from shaky, flickering black-and-white silents to the first flowering of the lavish modern-day production.

  • Fans of offbeat cinema, discriminating renters and collectors, and movie buffs will drool over this checklist of the best overlooked and underappreciated films of the last 100 years. In Son of the 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen, Richard Crouse, Canada