Earlier editions of the book have been extremely well reviewed and author Ted Fox has been featured on CNN, NBC, the BBC, NPR’s “Tavis Smiley Show,” the “BET Nightly News,” PRI’s “World Café,” and in publications such as New York magazine, and the Daily News among other media.
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From its inception as a black theater in 1934, the Apollo Theater probably exerted a greater influence upon popular culture than any other entertainment venue in the world. The Apollo and the thousands of great entertainers who performed there led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, modern jazz, commercially presented gospel, soul and funk. And the Apollo always showcased the latest in dance and comedy. Few, if any, cultural institutions have been so influential in so many different fields for so many years.
“The essential book…mandatory for the most casual student—as well as the most ardent fan – of black popular music.” – David Hinckley, Daily News
“Ted Fox made the Apollo come alive for me again.” – Jerry Wexler, co-founder of Atlantic Records
“Ted Fox mows through the 20th century's mind-blowing cavalcade of segregation byproduct, inhumanity producing creative transcendence. The survivors of the era provide Fox with a front-line document.” – Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle
“I could almost feel and taste the Apollo again.” – Doc Pomus, classic songwriter
“Showtime at the Apollo is not only a history of that wonderful theater, but also a fascinating insider’s view of the Harlem music scene.” – John Hammond, legendary producer and talent scout
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Ted Fox is also the author of “In The Groove” a collection of interviews with the men who shaped the music industry. He co-produces and manages Grammy winner Buckwheat Zydeco and lives in Upstate New York.
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