Author bio

Jimmy McDonough

Jimmy McDonough - book author

Jimmy McDonough is the author of books: Shakey: Neil Young's Biography, Big Bosoms and Square Jaws: The Biography of Russ Meyer, King of the Sex Film, Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen, The Ghastly One: The Sex-Gore Netherworld of Filmmaker Andy Milligan, Soul Survivor: A Biography of Al Green, Shakey : la biografía de Neil Young, Onnenpoika


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Neil Young is one of rock and roll’s most important and enigmatic figures, a legend from the sixties who is still hugely influential today. He has never granted a writer access to his inner life – until now. Based on six years of interviews with more than three hundred of Young’s associates, and on more than fifty hours of interviews with Young himself, Shakey is a fascinating, prodigious account of the singer’s life and career. Jimmy McDonough follows Young from his childhood in Canada to his cofounding of Buffalo Springfield to the huge success of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to his comeback in the nineties. Filled with never-before-published words directly from the artist himself, Shakey is an essential addition to the top shelf of rock biographies.
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Russ Meyer, cult hero, creator of the sexploitation film, and the man the Wall Street Journal called the King Leer of Hollywood, made movies that filled the big screen with “big bosoms and square jaws.” In the first candid and fiendishly researched account of the late cinematic instigator’s life, Jimmy McDonough shows us how Russ Meyer used that formula to turn his own crazed fantasies into movies that made him a millionaire and changed the face of American film forever.

This former WWII combat photographer immortalized his personal sexual obsession upon the silver screen, creating box-office gold with The Immoral Mr. Teas in 1959. The modest little film pushed all preexisting limits of on-screen nudity, and with its success, the floodgates of what was permitted to be shown on film were thrust open, never to be closed again. Russ Meyer ignited a true revolution in filmmaking, breaking all sex, nudity, and violence taboos. In a career that spanned more than forty years, Meyer created a body of work that has influenced a legion of filmmakers, fashionistas, comic book artists, rock bands, and even the occasional feminist.

Bringing his anecdote- and action-packed biographical style to another renegade of popular culture, New York Times bestselling author of Shakey Jimmy McDonough offers a wild, warts-and-all portrait of Russ Meyer, the director, writer, producer, and commando moviemaking force behind the sexploitation classics Vixen, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! and many others. Big Bosoms and Square Jaws blows the lid off the story of Russ Meyer, from the beginning to his recent tragic demise, creating in the process a vivid portrait of a past America.
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The first full-scale biography of the enduring first lady of country music

The twentieth century had three great female singers who plumbed the darkest corners of their hearts and transformed private grief into public dramas. In opera, there was the unsurpassed Maria Callas. In jazz, the tormented Billie Holiday. And in country music, there was Tammy Wynette.

"Stand by Your Man," "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," "Take Me to Your World" are but a few highlights of Tammy's staggering musical legacy, all sung with a voice that became the touchtone for women's vulnerability, disillusionment, strength, and endurance.

In Tammy Wynette, bestselling biographer Jimmy McDonough tells the story of the small-town girl who grew up to be the woman behind the microphone, whose meteoric rise led to a decades-long career full of tragedy and triumph. Through a high-profile marriage and divorce, her dreadful battle with addiction and illness, and the struggle to compete in a rapidly evolving Nashville, Tammy turned a brave smile toward the world and churned out masterful hit songs though her life resembled the most heartbreaking among them.

Tammy Wynette is an intimate portrait of a music icon, the Queen of Heartbreak, whose powerful voice simultaneously evoked universal pain and longing even as it belied her own.



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From 1965 to 1988, Andy Milligan made an astounding 29 exploitation movies, including "Gutter Trash," "Torture Dungeon," "The Ghastly Ones," "Seeds," "Bloodthirsty Butchers," and "Fleshpot on 42nd Street." For most of the shlockmeisters, exploitation was a joke. But fo
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You know the songs. "Love and Happiness." "Let's Get Married." "I'm Still In Love With You." "Tired of Being Alone." Al Green, the greatest living soul singer. He has sold over twenty million records, been sampled by countless rappers, and even had President Obama singing his tunes. One of the most intricate and elusive figures in popular music, Green has never been scrutinized in print successfully. You can't count his wispy, vague, mistakes-laden autobiography. Al doesn't know what's inside it. "Haven't even read my own book," he says with a laugh.

Soul Survivor is the biography of the man whose life is the living embodiment of the collision between the sacred and the profane. It has everything: hot grits, suicide (or was it murder?), women, domestic violence, heaven, hell, and of course the life and times of the world's greatest soul singer.
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Kauan odotetuissa muistelmissaan John Fogerty kuvaa avoimesti Creedence Clearwater Revival -yhtyeen kultaisia vuosia, bändin tuhoa, repiviä riitoja ja paluutaan estradeille.

CCR oli yksi 1960- ja 70-lukujen taitteen rakastetuimmista amerikkalaisista rock-yhtyeistä ja John Fogerty oli bändin klassikoiden kuten Proud Mary, Have You Ever Seen the Rain? ja Bad Moon Rising kirjoittaja ja laulaja.