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Debra Garfinkle

Debra Garfinkle Orange County, CA United States Member Since 2010

author of books for teens and children

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  • "Perfect for Audio"

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    Kevin Pollak is fantastic at doing impersonations, so audio is the best way to experience this book. In this audiobook, he impersonates Johnny Carson, Tom Cruise, Jon Voight, Bill Clinton, William Shatner and many others.

    He knows how to tell a good story, dish dirt about celebrities he's worked with, and make people laugh.

    He does brag too much and I'm sure he's withholding some interesting things. For instance, he has only positive things to say about Demi Moore, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, and other controversial stars he's worked with, and he doesn't talk about why his marriage dissolved.

    But even though this memoir is somewhat shallow, it's a ton of fun.

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    How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs

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    • By Kevin Pollak, Alan Goldsher
    • Narrated By Kevin Pollak
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    Kevin Pollak rose through the comedy club ranks at the feet of Don Rickles and Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, and George Carlin. Named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, he’s a killer impressionist — Falk, Shatner, Walken, Nicholson — a versatile actor with one of the most respected filmographies around, and an Internet pioneer. He’s done it all, and now he’s ready to spill the beans.

    S. Droski says: "Turns out I'm a fan...who knew?!"
  • "Inspirational"

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    The six people profiled here have diverse backgrounds and accomplishments, but all were hit hard in life and not only bounced back but surged ahead. I was particularly impressed by the woman who, after battling cancer in her early twenties, started up a foundation to help other cancer victims battle infertility, and the single mother with no money or connections who started a corporation eventually worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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    Ten Years Later

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    • By Hoda Kotb
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    Through years of perseverance, purpose, and passion, Hoda Kotb landed a spot with Kathie Lee on the Today show, won numerous journalism awards, and gained valuable life lessons. Now, after captivating audiences in her blockbuster memoir Hoda, she turns to stories about others who have undergone personal transformation against great odds. In Ten Years Later, Hoda chronicles six amazing stories by identifying a game-changing event in her subjects’ lives and then revisiting those lives a decade later.

    kris says: "Hoda Hits it Out of the Park!"
  • "Fascinating Entertainer and Individual"

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    This is an entertaining and well-researched biography of Flip Wilson, a popular and groundbreaking African-American TV star.

    Flip Wilson's life was fascinating. After Flip's mother abandoned him and his eleven siblings when he was seven years old, Flip had to tough it out in foster homes, juvenile hall, and in relatives' homes. He lied about his age in order to serve in the Korean War. Then he spent many years trying to make it as a comedian in an era in which African-Americans were openly discriminated against. He found huge success as the star and writer (along with Richard Pryor and George Carlin) of his own TV variety show, making millions and then semi-retiring and raising his children. He became a Vegas headliner, a motorcyle enthusiast, and a hot air balloon pilot.

    The author paints a full picture of Flip Wilson, showing his good sides and his bad sides. This audiobook is fast-paced, yet also thoughtful and inspiring.

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    Flip: The Inside Story of TV’s First Black Superstar

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    • By Kevin Cook
    • Narrated By Mirron Willis
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    When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television, black hosts nonexistent. So how did Clerow “Flip” Wilson go from Jersey City grade-school dropout to national celebrity, heralded on the cover of Time as “TV’s first black superstar”? Flip is a candid, entertaining biography of a consummate comedian who changed the face of American popular culture. Kevin Cook chronicles Flip’s meteoric rise through the Chitlin’ Circuit of segregated nightclubs to his breakthrough on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show to his hit variety show, on which he created outrageous and hilarious characters.

    Debra Garfinkle says: "Fascinating Entertainer and Individual"
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  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    "Tim, that is what's so funny!!!"

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    Wow! I grew up watching Tim Conway and his gang. Listening to his stories about how he came to Hollywood and mastered the world of comedy was a great ride. Thanks for sharing, Tim! Looking forward to "Son of..."

  • Doc: A Memoir

    "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"

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    Doc is a refreshing look at the life of one of the greatest young pitchers of all time. I remember his rookie year, the World Series year and I remember the struggles with drugs. I am thankful he took an honest look at himself and presented it in a way that may help others become honest with themselves. Having worked in Substance Abuse Treatment I appreciate how he finally realized that being open and honest made life better. After all, "If you hide nothing, you have nothing to hide."

C.S.Kelly

C.S.Kelly United States 11-13-11 Member Since 2011
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  • "Interesting"

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    Though the book promises to set the record straight, to an avid fan, it does not really live up to that proclaimation. Yet it is well performed and Cynthia has told her own story and done so in a straight forward and intersting way. For any fan of the Beatles and/or Lennon it is a must read. And she does relay some stories and information that have added some insight,humor and sadness into the story. Definetly hear the unabridged version.

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    John

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cynthia Lennon
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
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    In John, Cynthia recalls those times with the loving honesty of an insider, offering new and fascinating insights into the life of John Lennon and the early days of the Beatles. And with the perspective only years can provide, she also tells the compelling story of her marriage to a man who was to become a music legend, a cultural hero, and a defining figure of the twentieth century.

    scott says: "A must for any Lennon fan"

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    Los Papeles de Facundo Cabral, Vol. 1 (Texto Completo) [The Papers of Facundo Cabral, Vol. 1 ]

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    • By Facundo Cabral
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    El autor comparte algunas reflexiones y muchas anécdotas. Este trabajo incluye testimonios elegidos por el autor como el Sermón de la montaña, la parábola del hijo prodigo, los Mayas, San francisco de Asís, Los Pieles Rojas, Gandhi, la Madre Teresa de Calcuta, entre otros.

  • 4.8 (14 ratings)

    The Americans: 11 True Stories of Challenge and Wonder

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    • By Michael Fuller, David Vachon, Paul Chrastina, and others
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    Here are tales of adventurers, gifted and determined, who enriched our lives as they lived theirs with spirit and grit: Francis Scott Key, who turned glorious patriot as he saw Fort McHenry's defenders bombed but not bowed; Amelia Earhart, who became a famous pilot before she could fly, slaves William and Ellen Craft, who ran a thousand miles for freedom using audacity and ingenious disguise, and many more. Discover the true stories about the people you only thought you knew.

    A. Good says: "Who knew?"
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    Bossypants

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    • By Tina Fey
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    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
  • 4.4 (2943 ratings)

    Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

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    • By Rob Lowe
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    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
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  • 4.3 (1516 ratings)

    American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

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    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
  • 4.5 (1215 ratings)

    Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson
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    In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

    john says: "More man, less tech, might have made a better book"
  • 4.3 (916 ratings)

    This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

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    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
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    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
  • Everybody's Got Something

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    • By Robin Roberts, Veronica Chambers
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    "Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, 'Everybody's got something.'" So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts' new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
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    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

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    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
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    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
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  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
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    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    Chris - Audible says: "Believe the hype"
  • Seriously...I'm Kidding

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    • By Ellen DeGeneres
    • Narrated By Ellen DeGeneres
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    "I've experienced a whole lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you'll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I've put together for you in this book. I think you'll find I've left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I'm saying is, let us begin, shall we?" (Ellen DeGeneres)

    Julie says: "Not so much."
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
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    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Ruth says: "Funny Man..."
  • Girl Walks into a Bar...: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rachel Dratch
    • Narrated By Rachel Dratch
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    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians." Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

    Teddy says: "Just kinda 'meh'...."
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  • Dr. Feelgood: The Story of the Doctor Who Influenced History by Treating and Drugging Prominent Figures Including President Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Elvis Presley

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Richard A. Lertzman, William J. Birnes
    • Narrated By Don Azevedo
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    An historical exposé of the mysterious doctor who changed the course of the 20th century, with interviews by George Clooney, Yogi Berra, and others. Doctor Max Jacobson, whom the Secret Service under President John F. Kennedy code-named “Dr. Feelgood,” developed a unique “energy formula” that altered the paths of some of the 20th century’s most iconic figures, including President and Jackie Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis.

    richard says: "tabloid drivel"
  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. Randy Taraborrelli
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
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    The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.

    Keeley says: "Meh, not great"
  • Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Steve Martin
    • Narrated By Steve Martin
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    In the mid-70s, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. Born Standing Up is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away".

    Andrew says: "Fantastic"
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
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    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
  • Everybody's Got Something

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robin Roberts, Veronica Chambers
    • Narrated By Robin Roberts
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    "Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, 'Everybody's got something.'" So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts' new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way.

  • An Actor's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 7 mins)
    • By Ken Colley
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    Famed and acclaimed for his starring role as Admiral Firmus Piett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Ken Colley, who was born in Manchester, England, in 1937, knew from a very early age that he was already an actor. It was not until he had completed his mandatory two years with the National Service in the UK, when he was based in Cyprus during the Suez Crisis, that Ken, in his mid-20s, became an Assistant Stage Manager with a weekly repertory company in Bromley, Kent, England.

  • Morecambe and Wise-Bring Me Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Gary Morecambe
    • Narrated By Gary Morecambe
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    For more than 40 years Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise lit up our TV screens with their wonderful humour. This is the inside story, as written and read, by Eric's son Gary. As well as his unique position from inside the family he did extensive research through both families archives to uncover new facts about the duos early years. It provides a fascinating and entertaining picture of two of our most loved entertainers.

  • Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong

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    • By Juliet Macur
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
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    A fly-on-the-wall account of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal – the greatest drama in modern sporting history by the New York Times cycling correspondent. As Lance Armstrong’s precipitous fall from grace continues, New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur takes the reader behind the scenes to bring you the astonishing twists and turns of an outrage that has rocked the world of cycling.

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  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
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    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
  • Herreshoff Yachts: Seven Generations of Industrialists, Inventors and Ingenuity in Bristol

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    • By Richard V. Simpson
    • Narrated By Owen Daly
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    From 1893 to 1920, Bristol's Herreshoff clan designed and built so many undefeated America's Cup sailboats that enthusiasts refer to the era as "The Herreshoff Period." In this intimate portrait, Simpson tackles the achievements of a New England dynasty that has attained the pinnacle of sailing fame and success.

  • Stone Free

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    • By Andrew Loog Oldham
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    Stone Free is the third part of my triography. It is an affectionate look at impresarios I have admired, loved and loathed. There are profiles on Serge Diaghilev, Mike Todd, Otto Preminger, Larry Parnes and John Kennedy, Brian Epstein, Don Arden, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, Malcolm McLaren, Albert Grossman, Phil Spector, Allen Klein, and more. It is also a summing up of the bands and lads who started out in the '60's and are now leaving their own - as bands become brands and enter their 70s - what's left of The Beatles, The Stones, and The Who.