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Johnny Carson Audiobook
Johnny Carson
Written by: 
Henry Bushkin
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
Johnny Carson Audiobook

Johnny Carson

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Publisher's Summary

A revealing and incisive account of the King of Late Night at the height of his fame and power, by his lawyer, wingman, fixer, and closest confidant

From 1962 until 1992, Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show and permeated the American consciousness. In the ’70s and ’80s he was the country’s highest-paid entertainer and its most enigmatic. He was notoriously inscrutable, as mercurial (and sometimes cruel) off-camera as he was charming and hilarious onstage. During the apex of his reign, Carson’s longtime lawyer and best friend was Henry Bushkin, who now shows us Johnny Carson with a breathtaking clarity and depth that nobody else could.

From the moment in 1970 when Carson hired Bushkin (who was just 27) until the moment 18 years later when they parted ways, the author witnessed and often took part in a string of escapades that still retain their power to surprise and fascinate us. One of Bushkin’s first assignments was helping Carson break into a posh Manhattan apartment to gather evidence of his wife’s infidelity. More than once, Bushkin helped his client avoid entanglements with the mob. Of course, Carson’s adventures weren’t all so sordid. He hosted Ronald Reagan’s inaugural concert as a favor to the new president, and he prevented a drunken Dean Martin from appearing onstage that evening. Carson socialized with Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Kirk Douglas, and dozens of other boldface names who populate this atmospheric and propulsive chronicle of the King of Late Night and his world.

But this memoir isn’t just dishy. It is a tautly rendered and remarkably nuanced portrait of Carson, revealing not only how he truly was, but why. Bushkin explains why Carson, a voracious (and very talented) womanizer, felt he always had to be married; why he loathed small talk even as he excelled at it; why he couldn’t visit his son in the hospital and wouldn’t attend his mother’s funeral; and much more. Bushkin’s account is by turns shocking, poignant, and uproarious - written with a novelist’s eye for detail, a screenwriter’s ear for dialogue, and a knack for comic timing that Carson himself would relish. Johnny Carson unveils not only the hidden Carson, but also the raucous, star-studded world he ruled.

©2013 Henry Bushkin (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    "Enjoyed it very much."
    What did you love best about Johnny Carson?

    I enjoyed hearing about his private life and the back story of his TV career.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Johnny Carson.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Henry Bushkin. Dick did an excellent job of reading and keeping me interested.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Clinton 10-19-15
    Clinton 10-19-15
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    "Sad but true"

    It's sad that you can't trust people when money is involved ! I will never forget that !!!

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    Amazon Customer Philadelphia 09-16-15
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    "Balanced portrayal"

    Engrossing and interesting and a must read about an utterly fascinating man .

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    Joyce Baldassarre BROOKHAVEN, PA USA 09-08-15
    Joyce Baldassarre BROOKHAVEN, PA USA 09-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "He was an enigma"
    What made the experience of listening to Johnny Carson the most enjoyable?

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Johnny Carson. I grew up with him and so he was a large part of my TV "life". I almost feel sorry for Henry Bushkin because Johnny was clearly a bully and he had demons and Henry (along with Johnny's wives) bore the brunt of it all.


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    Sarah 09-01-15
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    "Riveting ‼️"

    I could not stop listening; it's a fascinating, well told story of a guy we have all wondered about. I LOVED every second. The reader was terrific‼️

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    iosfangirl 08-08-15
    iosfangirl 08-08-15 Member Since 2014

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    What did you love best about Johnny Carson?

    I remember him being so well liked funny & cool


    What did you like best about this story?

    How much I learned about his life & how truthful the author made it seem


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job I've heard him in many other books. I was pleasantly surprised when he started talking.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When I learned how taken advantage Johnny had been until Henry took over his finances.


    Any additional comments?

    I like biographies hope audible adds more to their library

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    Elizabeth Giustina 07-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Cemented a belief"

    As much of an autobiography of Mr. Buskin,, Johnny Carson the book gave credence to the not often discussed dark side of many comedians. Sad to think someone who gave joy to so many was an unhappy man.

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    Jules Pegram Los Angeles, CA, US 06-30-15
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    "Thorough, fair, and hugely entertaining, much like Carson himself!"

    This was a fabulous, entertaining, thorough, and fair–handed account of the life of one of America's greatest cultural icons

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    H. Brat 06-30-15
    H. Brat 06-30-15

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    A very entertaining book. Johnny Carson was a complicated man and so was his life. Loved this book!

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    Stuart Diamond 05-12-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Another low life lawyer"

    Typical uncontainable lawyer. Greedy and jealous to the extreme. To ridicule a person who has brought so much enjoyment to MILLIONS all over the world and Millions$$$ to this creep who screwed up, by going to an Alexis cohort or just stupid judgement of not doing what he was being paid to do is dam lucky to wind up with so much $$$$, but I guess it wasn't enough so now he will make more from this stupid novel. If it wasn't for JOHNY where would this newbie lawyer have gone? I know the user who introduced him to JOHNY they make a great pair!

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