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The Resource Touch and go : a memoir, Studs Terkel

Touch and go : a memoir, Studs Terkel

Label
Touch and go : a memoir
Title
Touch and go
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Studs Terkel
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 Fans of Studs Terkel will find much to discover in these remarkable reminiscences, including many previously unpublished photographs.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
Summary
At age nearly 95, Studs Terkel has written about everyone's life, it seems, but his own. He begins by taking us back to his childhood, describing the hectic life of a family trying to earn a living in Chicago. He then goes on to his experiences--as a poll watcher charged with stealing votes for the Democratic machine, as a young theatergoer, and eventually as an actor himself in both radio and on the stage--giving us a portrait of the Chicago of the 1920s and 1930s. He tells of his beginnings as a disc jockey after World War II and as an interviewer and oral historian. Finally, he discusses his involvement with progressive politics, leading to his travails during the McCarthy period when he was blacklisted.--From publisher description
Tone
Writing style
Biography type
autobiography
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186809
Cataloging source
DLC
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1912-
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Terkel, Studs
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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Lewis, Sydney
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True
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  • Terkel, Studs
  • Broadcasters
  • Authors, American
Target audience
adult
Label
Touch and go : a memoir, Studs Terkel
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000041602531
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 269 p., [8] p. of plates.
Isbn
9781595580436
Other physical details
ill., ports.
Label
Touch and go : a memoir, Studs Terkel
Publication
Note
Includes index
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Control code
000041602531
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 269 p., [8] p. of plates.
Isbn
9781595580436
Other physical details
ill., ports.

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