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Touch and go : a memoir / Studs Terkel with Sydney Lewis
Bib ID 4266449
Format BookBook
Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008
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Description New York : New Press, c2007 
xviii, 269 p., [8] p. of plates. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781595580436

"At age ninety-five, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. In Touch and Go, he offers us a memoir that - capturing the spirit of the man himself - is youthful, vivacious, and enormous fun."

"Terkel takes us back to his early childhood with his father, mother, and two older brothers, describing the hectic life of family trying to earn a living in Chicago in the 1920s. He then goes on to recall his own early experiences - as a law student during the Depression, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself on both radio and the stage, as well as his brief and humorous stint in the Air Force. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian - a craft he would come to perfect and indeed personify - and of his friendships with Nelson Algren, Mahalia Jackson, and many others. Finally, he discusses his role in the 1918 presidential election and his involvement with progressive politics, leading inevitably to his travails during the McCarthy period when he was blacklisted and thrown out of work despite having become by then one of the country's most popular TV performers."

"Through it all, Terkel reflects upon the hundreds of people and events that have influenced him over the years, his enduring love affair with Chicago, and his lifelong concern for the lives of the uncelebrated - for lending voice to the face in the crowd. Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences, including many previously unpublished photographs. Others will be captivated to learn of the unique and eclectic life of one of America's greatest living legends."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Machine derived contents note: Contents
  • Editor's Note
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • Part I
  • 1. Street Scene
  • 2. Bound For Glory
  • 3. The Rooming House
  • 4. The Convention That Would Never End
  • 5. Teachers of the Gilded Age

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Terkel, Studs, 1912-2008.  |  Broadcasters -- United States -- Biography.  |  Authors, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Other authors/contributors Lewis, Sydney  |  Lewis, Sydney


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