Becoming Ray Bradbury chronicles the making of an iconic American writer by exploring Ray Bradbury's childhood and early years of his long life in fiction, film, television, radio, and theater. Jonathan R. Eller measures the impact of the authors, artists, illustrators, and filmmakers who stimulated Bradbury's imagination throughout his first three decades. Unprecedented access to Bradbury's personal papers and other private collections provides insight into his emerging talent through his unpublished correspondence, his rare but often insightful notes on writing, and his interactions with those who mentored him during those early years.
Beginning with his childhood in Waukegan, Illinois, and Los Angeles, this biography follows Bradbury's development from avid reader to maturing author, making a living writing for pulp magazines. Eller illuminates the sources of Bradbury's growing interest in the human mind, the human condition, and the ambiguities of life and death--themes that became increasingly apparent in his early fiction. Bradbury's correspondence documents his frustrating encounters with the major trade publishing houses and his earliest unpublished reflections on the nature of authorship. Eller traces the sources of Bradbury's very conscious decisions, following the sudden success of The Martian Chronicles andThe Illustrated Man, to voice controversial political statements in his fiction, and he highlights the private motivations behind the burst of creative energy that transformed his novella "The Fireman" into the classic novel Fahrenheit 451.
Becoming Ray Bradbury reveals Bradbury's emotional world as it matured through his explorations of cinema and art, his interactions with agents and editors, his reading discoveries, and the invaluable reading suggestions of older writers. These largely unexplored elements of his life pave the way to a deeper understanding of his more public achievements, providing a biography of the mind, the story of Bradbury's self-education and the emerging sense of authorship at the heart of his boundless creativity.
Visual Radio host Joe Viglione talks to producer Jerry Ross, the man who recorded Ashford & Simpson along with Melba Moore on Bobby Hebb's immortal "Sunny" as well as the entire "Sunny" album. 8 PM on WinCAM.org Channel 8 on Comcast, Channel 36 on Verizon.
Mr. Ross produced Spanky & Our Gang, Keith (98.6), Jay & The Techniques and so many more. He also co-wrote "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" with Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff of Philly International) which hit for The Temptations & The Supremes, Dee Dee Warwick and Madeline Bell
Tonight Ross and Viglione will discuss the passing of the great Nicholas Ashford.
Hit radio received a jolt, a shockwave,with the tragic passing of Nicholas Ashford on Monday, August 22. It is a significant loss of one of the creators of some of the finest pop records ever to grace an AM radio speaker. With his wife, Valerie Simpson, he crafted such memorable tunes as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for Diana Ross, "You're All I Need to Get By" from Marvin Gaye & Tami Terrell, "Let's Go Get Stoned" - a huge hit for Ray Charles but a signature tune as well for Joe Cocker - who performed it at Woodstock, Ashford & Simpson's own big Top 12 hit (#1 R & B) "Solid" and so many others. Ashford & Simpson produced and wrote and sang backing vocals on "Remember Me", a superb Diana Ross hit that doesn't get nearly enough airplay as an oldie.
Humble Pie took "I Don't Need No Doctor" from a Nick Ashford solo 45 PM on Verve Records and made it the centerpiece of their live lp HJMBLE PIE PERFORMANCE ROCKIN' THE FILLMORE in 1973 and was a huge FM smash.
R.I.P. Nick Ashford 8/22/11 R.I.P. Bobby Hebb 8/3/10
Two of the great voices behind the hit "Sunny". We'll talk about it from the man who made that immortal recording with these giants, the fantastic Jerry Ross.
"Mr. Ashford died of throat cancer on Monday at a hospital in New York at the age of 70, leaving behind his wife and writing partner and a catalog of hit songs that expressed the couple’s expansive and hopeful view of love, his biggest hits being “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.”