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Hard Days Hard Nights

Hard Days Hard Nights: From the Beatles to the Doors to the Stones... Insider Stories From a Legendary Concert Promoter

by Pat DiCesare
ISBN 9781882658084, 6 x 9 pb, 208 pages, Retail Price $19.95

Hard Days, Hard Nights is the fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of the birth and development of modern rock concerts, as told by one of its most illustrious proponents, Pat DiCesare.

For 36 years, starting with his first show in Youngstown, Ohio with the Four Freshman, to his big breakthrough promoting the Beatles concert in Pittsburgh, PA in 1964, through his last major show in 1999, Pat DiCesare ruled the Pittsburgh concert scene. Virtually every major rock and pop act of the area-from the Rolling Stones to Led Zeppelin to Bruce Springsteen-passed through Pittsburgh during these years to perform in concerts produced and promoted by Pat DiCesare.

These are the backstage tales of those shows and how they came to be-the untold story of one of America's most beloved industries.


What People Say

The first baseball stadium we ever played was a show promoted by Pat DiCesare. He was one of the only promoters we trusted to do big shows and we were right...through all the craziness...floods...insanity...he gave us and the fans a great night. Thanks, Pat!-Alice Cooper and Shep Gordon, talent manager

Pat worked with a great era of music, producing all the big shows. Reading his book brings back great memories of happy times from music all over the board.-Chuck Blasko of the Vogues (original member)

Pat DiCesare was always there in the beginning. He had a creative force that helped so many artists. Thanks for the support and guidance. It was appreciated. Congratulations and Best Wishes for your continued success.-Lou Christie, singer-songwriter, performer

....... "Pat has 'seen it all' - I remember him so well from the beginning of my career to his amazing success as one of the 'legends of promotion' and, a great friend!" -Tommy James, Tommy James and the Shondells

After Pat's Beatles' Show, we at KQV hooked up with him and his late partner to present the "KQV Shower of Stars" at Pittsburgh Civic Arena-so many great shows with the contemporary acts of the day! Over the years I was the MC and got to meet all of the luminaries of the music biz. One highlight was riding in a limo with Sonny & Cher to Greater Pitt after their concert. F-Bombs were flying in both of their tirades toward each other. Pat is a true show biz legend before my eyes and ears!-Charles Brinkman, Popular Top 40 DJ and Music/Program Director

Pat DiCesare had a front row seat during the birth of the modern concert business. For decades there rarely was a show that passed near Pittsburgh that he didn't have a hand in. Concert promoters are often participants in amazing events with inside stories and tales of amazement that could never be told publicly if they want to stay in the business. Pat's now retired and lucky for all of us, he is now free to speak about his Hard Days in the industry.-Gary Bongiovanni, Editor-In-Chief, Pollstar

DiCesare's book has the stories you'd expect from a memoir about the legendary days of rock 'n' roll, from a madcap night with Sly Stallone to a rollicking, but tense, Janis Joplin performance in Pittsburgh. Along the way, DiCesare teaches the reader the intricacies of show business and about the complicated relationship promoters share with agents.-Joe Reinartz, News Editor, Pollstar


About the Author

Pat DiCesare is widely considered to be one the fathers of the rock and roll concert business, not only in Pittsburgh, but nationwide. After an illustrious career spanning five decades he retired in 1999 to his home in Greensburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, Kathy, and they have three sons. Pat now makes numerous public speaking engagements and writes for various music and business publications. Hard Days Hard Nights is his first book.

The Trans Am Diaries: A Hillbilly's Road Trip from Stand Up Comedy to Cancer...and Back Again


The Trans Am Diaries: A Hillbilly's Road Trip from Stand Up Comedy to Cancer...and Back Again, by Steven "Stevie D" Dupin, ISBN 9780938467908, 6 x 9, 192 pages, pb, Retail $16.95

Stevie D. thought he had made it. After leaving his small-town Kentucky home for the bright lights of Hollywood, this self-described "white trash hillbilly" rose through the stand-up comedy ranks to become a star on the Sunset Strip. Since the release of his successful concert-DVD, Rockstars of Comedy, Stevie began developing projects with rock legend Tommy Lee, UFC Champion Rich Franklin, Hot Rod Builder of the Year Troy Ladd and other celebrities. With a beautiful wife, he was also enjoying the greatest adventure of his life-fatherhood. Then, Stevie received the stunning news that his life might actually be nearing an end when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the young age of 42. A powerful story of survival, The Trans Am Diaries is a "stream of consciousness" direct from Stevie D.'s pen and is also full of laugh-out-loud stories about the entertainment industry and the colorful characters Stevie has met along the way including golfing with Eddie Van Halen and opening for Chris Rock on 60 Minutes.

What People Say
"This book is a must-have for anyone who is being tested. I call Stevie a machine gun of ideas, all of them good, all of them funny." - Arleen Sorkin, Actress (Days of Our Lives, The New Batman Adventures)

"Stevie D. is an unstoppable force!" - Aisha Tyler, Actress (FX�s Archer), Comedienne, Author

"...hilarious, entertaining, uplifting and inspirational." � Troy Ladd, Hollywood Hot Rods

Stevie and I were partners in crime. We raised a lot of hell, but we both survived somehow. This book rocks! --- Brian Oliver, Academy Award Nominated Producer (Black Swan, Ides of March, Rush)

About the Author

Steven DuPin (a.k.a. Stevie D.) is a Kentucky-born comedian, writer and producer. After spending years performing in some of the best-known comedy clubs in Hollywood, he executive produced and starred in Rockstars of Comedy, a live concert DVD featuring some of the most recognizable comics in the industry, including Whitney Cummings of NBC�s Whitney and Steve Burns, star of TBS� Sullivan & Son. Stevie is president of his own production company, Blue Moon Media, which develops reality television series and other projects. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

Landau

America's Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr: From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star

by Landau Eugene Murphy Jr with Rick Robinson
6x9, 160pgs, ISBN 9780938467670, Retail Price $19.95

In 2011, the nation watched an American Jazz singer from the coalfields of West Virginia rise to the top of a talent competition on NBC. The story of Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is more than a rags-to-riches story of some singer who won a reality show-it's a story of faith, hope, destiny, and dreams. To many people, Landau is the young man with dreadlocks who sings like Sinatra, but the story to be told is that of someone who is a hardworking man of enduring faith. When you're finished reading this book, you'll discover, along with having a great voice, Landau is a world-class human being.

What People Say
"America's Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr is a truly inspirational and gripping memoir that reminds us all it is never too late to follow your dreams. Landau's incredible rags to riches story is a must read for everyone who fell in love with him on America's Got Talent." -Sean Daly, AGTNews.com

"As a West Virginian, it was a very proud and emotional moment to watch Landau win America's Got Talent; my family was pulling for him all the way from California. I'm so pleased that Landau is living his dream; a true American success story. I wish him continued success."-- NBA legend Jerry West

"Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. performances on America's Got Talent not only brought joy to West Virginians, but to people all over the nation. He is a true West Virginian and I'm proud of him." -West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

"Everywhere Landau has performed, he's left the audience speechless with his charisma and singing style. It's a real honor to represent this incredibly talented, humble artist." -legendary talent agent Ken Dicamillo, VP William Morris Endeavor NYC

"It was my pleasure to meet and work with Landau on his debut album That's Life. Every time he steps up to the microphone the audiences go crazy for my friend's unique style. He knows what he wants say and he knows how to deliver it HIS WAY!!"-Steve Tyrell, Grammy award-winning producer and performer. Oversaw production of Landau's That's Life CD for Columbia Records

"Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is the complete package: talent, personality, character, class and humility, the ingredients for longevity. His sound is clean, pure and rich, but don't get it twisted � he's got R&B chops as well. He's very versed in his art and that should serve him well in years to come." -- Glenn Leonard, former lead singer of The Temptations

About the Author- Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
In November 2010, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. and his wife Jennifer left their hometown of Logan, WV for New York City, where they stood for over twelve hours outside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. They were among the thousands of people-young and old, singers, dancers, jugglers, mimes, and more - lined up to audition for NBC's America's Got Talent. It would take several more hours for Landau to finally get inside and sing a few bars, and his day grew even longer as he sang for one producer after another. Soon, he was the last one sitting in a huge rehearsal hall. "I knew that was a good sign," remembers Jennifer.

The rest as they say is history. After receiving standing ovations from judges Sharon Osbourne, Piers Morgan and Howie Mandel, singing a sizzling duet with the iconic Patti LaBelle, and crooning a rousing rendition of "My Way," Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. was named winner of America's Got Talent's sixth season on September 14, 2011. Just in time for Christmas 2011, Syco/Columbia Records released Landau's first album, "That's Life" and it debuted at number one on the Billboard jazz charts and the top 40 overall. Not only did his unique singing style make him stand out from all of his competition, Landau's humility, charm and confidence endeared him to the America's Got Talent judges, viewers, and audiences at his sold-out concert tour that launched in December 2011 and is still going strong. As part of his America's Got Talent prize, Landau realized a lifelong dream and headlined a show at the Colosseum Theater at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas-the legendary playground for Sinatra and his iconic Rat Pack. Other tour stops include the Apollo Theatre, the DTE Energy Center in Detroit with Motown's Temptations, headlining appearances at the West Virginia and California State Fair, a Super Bowl appearance, a televised performance at The Hollywood Christmas Parade and a string of sold out headlining shows across the USA (many supporting local charities). Major media appearances have included The Today Show, Anderson Cooper, The View, The Talk, The Wendy Williams Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, The Tom Joyner Show, Scott and Todd on WPLJ, Good Day LA, and many more. He's also honored his country by singing the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden, West Virginia University's Mountaineer Field, prior to a WVU/LSU matchup and at several other public events.

"My father was a coal miner and he really loves music; my mother is from a musical family, too. After my parents split up when I was 8, I moved with my mother and two brothers and two sisters to Detroit," Landau explains. "It was completely different from Logan; I had to get used to the streets. My focus wasn't on school." He dropped out in the 11th grade to put his energy into looking out for the safety of himself and his family. "Church and basketball were the only things that got me out of the house and kept me going. I played for a church league, which kept me off the streets and they would take us to events where we could eat. Basketball was my first love and I grew up playing basketball with some great ballplayers like NBA star Chris Webber. There were times when I'd make a shot or dunk on someone and I'd run back down the court with a smile on my face singing �Fly Me To The Moon,' everyone got a big kick out of it."

After moving back home to Logan in the late 1990's, Landau renewed a friendship with a childhood friend, Jennifer Carter. They started working together at a restaurant where she was a manager and they finally married in 2005. The proud husband and father of five says, "I love my kids and my wife with all my heart, more than anything, I want to make sure they don't have the same struggles I have. I want them to have more opportunities. I want them to be able to do what they want to do."

Despite going from washrags to riches, "I'm still happiest when I'm with my family," says Landau. "I like it when there is no stress and I'm doing what I want to do-which is to sing."

About the Author-Rick Robinson
Rick Robinson is the award-winning author of five novels and a columnist for several ezines including Tucker Carlson's, The Daily Caller. He is 2010 and 2013 Independent Author of the Year and 2011 International Independent Author of the Year with a win at the London Book Festival.

Rick's most recent novel, Alligator Alley, a departure from his previous four political thrillers, is a work of literary fiction about a man coming of age at age 50 set in the Florida Everglades. It was named Grand Prize Winner and Best Fiction at the Great Southwest Book Festival.

Writ of Mandamus was named Grand Prize Winner at the London Book Festival January 2012 and Rick Robinson carried off honors as International Independent Author of the Year. It was named Best Fiction at the Indie Book Awards.

Best selling author P.J. O'Rourke says that Rick Robinson "may be the only person on Earth who both understands the civics book chapter on �How a Bill Becomes a Law' and knows how to get good seats at the Kentucky Derby."

Robinson's third novel, Manifest Destiny, was named 2010 Independent Book of the Year and he was awarded 2010 Independent Author of the Year. Manifest Destiny was also a Winner at the Paris and New York Book Festivals along with Finalist Awards in the USA News Best Book Awards for Best Thriller/Adventure, Best Fiction Indie Book Awards, Best Thriller Indie Excellence Book Awards, Best Thriller International Book Awards, and Honorable Mentions at the San Francisco, Hollywood, London, and Beach Book Festivals. This title has also been optioned by film producer, Peter Dyell, and is headed for the big screen in the future.

Rick's first book, The Maximum Contribution, and his second novel, Sniper Bid, both won major book awards.

Rick Robinson has thirty years experience in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as Legislative Director/Chief Counsel to then-Congressman Jim Bunning (R-KY). He has been active in all levels of politics, from advising candidates on the national level to walking door-to-door in city council races. He ran for the United States Congress in 1998.

I'm the One the Other Isn't-Book Two


I'm the One the Other Isn't-Book Two by Stanley Toompas and Stephen Toompas, 6 x 9, 128 pages, Retail price $19.95, ISBN 9780938467540

The identical Toompas twins have returned, and this is no April Fool's joke! If you enjoyed their first book, this sequel will "double your pleasure!" Whether it is surviving bullying episodes, concentrating on a chess game, or overcoming cases of mistaken identity, you will savor the adventures. So, hop in a '74 Ford Pinto and drive back in time with the Toompas twins. You may not be from Clarksburg, West Virginia, or born on April Fool's Day, or be an identical twin yourself, but after reading, I'm the One the Other Isn't-Book Two, you may wish you were!

About the Authors
Stanley E. Toompas, optometrist, lives in Philippi, West Virginia, with his wife Kim. They have two children, Chris and Kelsey.

Stephen E. Toompas, a pharmacist, lives in Bridgeport, West Virginia, with his wife Kim. They have two children, Amanda and Shelby.

Swell Mountain Memories

Swell Mountain Memories

Swell Mountain Memories by Bonnie Sue Bennett Pisher
ISBN 9780938467816, 368 pages, 6 x 9, HC, Retail $24.95



Bonnie Sue Bennett Pishner documents life in the West Virginia hills from oral family histories, photographs, newspaper articles, hospital documents and personal diaries from her extended family and friends. Swell Mountain Memories is a valuable resource for not only family, but everyone interested in early life in West Virginia. As the author writes� "What a vast difference a hundred years, even fifty years, make in the way we live our daily lives, our routine, the conveniences we have, the schools we attend, the jobs we have, the entertainment we indulge in, the way births and deaths are dealt with, the explosion of technology, as well as every other aspect of our lives. I do not want this information to be lost for my descendants and hope it will be used in a positive manner, promoting our appreciation for our ancestors as well as our appreciation for the easier life we have, compared to our ancestors' way of life."

About the Author
Bonnie Sue Bennett Pishner has a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Concord University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University. She has been employed by the West Virginia Department of Human Services for forty years. Although retired from DHHR, she is currently working as a contracted trainer, traveling around West Virginia, training entry level social workers for DHHR. Bonnie grew up with one brother and one sister, roaming and exploring the mountains with cousins and friends. Although country life was hard work, the mountains offered opportunities for many outdoor experiences that shaped and molded the character of those who had the privilege of living there. The mother of two sons and two grandchildren, Bonnie resides in Beckley, WV.

An Uncommon Man: Elson "Buck" See


An Uncommon Man: Elson "Buck" See by Larry See, ISBN 9780938467786, 5.5 x 8.5, 240 pages, paperback, Retail price $19.95

From humble beginnings on a small farm in West Virginia to the horror of the battlefields of World War II, Elson "Buck" See embarked on a journey that few men have ever traveled. The trials he experienced and the people he met along the way tell a story of tragedy and triumph that will appeal to past and future generations. Buck See faces grave danger while meeting and fighting alongside and against some of the most famous figures in World War II, from General George S. Patton to Field Marshall Hermann Goering.

Through all the trials, Buck never forgets his humble roots. Born in the 1920s and raised through the Great Depression, his large country family survived through the sweat of their brow and faith in the Lord and each other. The lessons Buck learned in his childhood carried him through crippling illness, the strain of training, and the unspeakable carnage of war.

This biography also covers a facet of the War that few books have explored. As part of the Army Combat Engineers, Buck spent nearly a year after the War as a member of the Allied Occupation Force that tried to help the Germans, who had been shooting at them just days before, rebuild their homes and lives that had been devastated by the War. Through his eyes, the reader will gain an entirely new perspective on the horrible effects of armed combat not only on the soldiers but also on the civilians who watched the War unfold outside their living room windows. The pitiful tale of the children and adults who are trying to piece their lives together again brings a new perspective on the worth and costs of war.

About the Author
Larry See was raised in West Virginia and has remained a Mountaineer his entire life. A 1973 graduate of Hampshire High School in Romney, Larry attended Shepherd College, earning a BA in English and physical education in 1977. He returned to his native Hampshire County after graduation and taught in the public school system for the next 33 years. After retiring in 2010, he was elected to the Hampshire County Commission, serving as the Director of Parks and Recreation. He is married to the former Donna Bazzle, and they have two children. Amy, 29, is an elementary teacher in Hampshire County, and Philip, age 26, is the West Virginia University 4-H Extension Agent in Boone County, West Virginia. They also have a foster son, Carlos McCormick, who currently attends Tennessee State University in Nashville. An athlete in both high school and college, Larry coached a variety of sports on the scholastic level, most notably serving as the head basketball coach at his alma mater for 17 years. He and Donna remain active in sports and fitness. The Sees are active members in Romney First Baptist Church, where Larry serves as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Deacon Board.



A Sense of Betrayal: Recollections of Vietnam


A Sense of Betrayal: Recollections of Vietnam by David Ritchey, editor Harper Schantz, 5.5 x 8.5, 148 pages, paperback, ISBN 9780938467519, Retail Price $14.95

David Ritchey's narrative about the Kafkaesque nature of his own experiences as a young naval officer in Vietnam vividly illustrate how the dynamics of war can shake anyone's faith in civilization and civilized man. Even now, forty years later, he struggles with the conclusions he then drew to the effect that the world is a dangerous place, and the men who inhabit that world are dangerous as well.



Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer

Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer

Surviving Cancer After Surviving Cancer by Kevin L. Murphy
ISBN 9780938467403, 6 x 9, paperback, 128 pages, Foreword by Bernie Siegel, M.D., Retail Price $19.95

"You have cancer." Every day, over three thousand people hear these words, and their lives and relationshipschange forever. With each passing year, we learn more about prevention and treatment of cancer. A cancer diagnosis is no longer tantamount to a death sentence. With treatment, people are living longer, and better, even after the cruel hand of cancer clamps their shoulders.

But what about after treatment? For many couples and families, even after successful treatment of cancer, the end of one battle signals the beginning of another, when a clean bill of physical health comes with a hefty price tag, and ends up costing the end of a marriage or relationship.

Kevin Murphy's searing and devastatingly honest story, Surviving Cancer after Surviving Cancer, offers a unique perspective on this all too common phenomenon, when cancer (or any life-threatening illness) erodes the foundation of a once happy, thriving relationship. It offers the hard won wisdom of a husband who stood by his cancer stricken wife as she endured immense physical and emotional suffering, and beat the cancer that threatened her life and their unborn child, only to succumb to a painful divorce less than a decade later. Part memoir, part self-help primer, Surviving Cancer after Surviving Cancer is a wakeup call to couples and families whose lives have been decimated by disease. It seeks to bridge the emotional gap that too often isolates citizens of sickness from their spouses, families, and friends.

What People Say

"A must read for individuals and family members who are touched by cancer. It will be an eye opener for healthcare providers, such as nurses, doctors and allied professionals." - Jame Abraham, M.D. FACP Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar Chief, Section of Hematology-Oncology Medical Director, Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center West Virginia University

"Kevin wrote this book to help couples cope with the emotional side of this dreaded disease called cancer. But men-take heed. Read this book and learn that when cancer comes to you, your wife, or a family member, it is okay to pray, weep, and most important of all, seek help from others. This book will make a difference in your life." - Dick Vitale, College Basketball Announcer

"Kevin Murphy turns his own painful experience into deeply faith-based, inspirational lessons learned, in hopes that others are spared the suffering this hateful disease leaves in its wake." - Judith G. Clabes, Editor and Publisher KyForward.com, President and CEO, Scripps Howard Foundation

Why Wait? - Fulfilling Dreams from Tragedy


Why Wait? - Fulfilling Dreams from Tragedy, ISBN 978-0- 938467-23-6, 6 x 9, Retail price $14.95

Pre-order now, release date late August.
A chance meeting on Sept. 10, 2001 started a quest to help others by author Rob Quillen that would change his life forever. Ten years later his personal 9/11 story of fulfilling a young boy's dream from tragedy will be released by Headline Books in the new book, Why Wait?.

On a flight from Denver to Newark, N.J, author Rob Quillen made the acquaintance of Captain Jason Dahl, who the next day would be piloting United Airlines Flight 93 when it crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa., during the infamous 9/11 terror attacks. During the flight, without an inkling of the tragedy that was to come, the two men became close friends, talking about dreams and what the future might hold. Quillen was wearing a Jeff Gordon polo shirt that sparked a conversation about NASCAR.

Dahl and his son, Matt, dreamed of going to a NASCAR race and meeting their hero, driver Jeff Gordon. Quillen had two extra tickets for the race at Kansas Speedway later that month. He couldn't arrange a meeting with Gordon, but promised to get the Dahls in to see that race.

When Captain Dahl died the next day, Quillen resolved to make good on his promise and take Matt to that race. With the help of many people, including NASCAR, ESPN and NBC television, he got Matt Dahl to the race as Gordon's special guest.

Quillen tells the story in Why Wait?. "The book is about a simple life lesson for everyone: Why do we wait to help dreams for other people come true before it is too late?" Quillen said. "All of us have the amazing power to help dreams come true for someone else - you just have to make the decision to do it. It's never too late for an act of kindness.




Escape From Dubai

Escape From Dubai

Indie Book Award Finalist Best General Non-Fiction
Indie Book Award Finalist Best Multicultural Non-Fiction
USA News Best Book Award Finalist Best Multicultural Non-Fiction
Honorable Mention San Francisco Book Festival Best Non-Fiction

Escape from Dubai by Herve Jaubert
ISBN 978-0-929915-94-4, 6 x 9, hard cover, color insert, full color dust jacket, Retail Price $29.95

Former French spy Herve Jaubert Pierre writes a shocking book on how he fled the UAE on a sailboat to Mumbai, without his passport. ...This is a story which will make fiction thrillers pale in comparison... an escape from Dubai by this former French intelligence officer... who claims he was wrongly indicted for embezzlement, fraud and sexual harassment there. But a report in Dubai states that Herve Jaubert Pierre is on the run and the police are trying to track him. - excerpted from article, Escape from Dubai, Sunday Mid Day, by Hemal Ashar, August 23, 2009, Mumbai

The Best Years of Flying: A Memoir of Howard Hughes & TWA

USA News Best Book Award Finalist--Best Non-Fiction Narrative

The Best Years of Flying, ISBN 978-0-929915- 82-1, 304 pages illustrated, 6 x 9, hard cover, Retail price $24.95
Working for Howard Hughes and TWA was a job to be envied in the 1950's. Dee Merian tells of her high flying adventures during the reign of this airline and its famous owner. From the best hotels in Europe to The Plaza in New York, Hughes treated his crew first class as they flew passengers to major cities around the world.

In the 1940's and 1950's career choices were slim for women. Author Dee Merian, influenced by Hollywood movies of airplanes stories as a young girl, grabbed her brass ring to see the world aboard a Trans World Airlines airplane. Thousands applied for this new job and few were chosen; follow the adventures of one such young woman who met movie stars and famous entertainers as she pursued her dreams.