I write about entertainment of the 1920s through the '50s -- films, radio drama and comedy, dance bands, big bands, show and film music. My books include the updated and massively expanded 2016 edition of "Laurel & Hardy: The Magic Behind the Movies," based on over 40 years of my research. The book includes quotes from my interviews with more than 60 of the team's associates and co-workers, as well as unused comedy scenes from the original scripts and 1,000 behind-the-scenes photos, most of them previously unpublished. (It's available through I've also written the section about radio programs of the '20s through the '50s for the Encyclopedia Britannica website, and booklet notes for 30 compact discs of vintage music, including a CD of 1928-1933 records by Irving Aaronson and his Commanders, soon to be released by

  • Favorite director: Buster Keaton
  • Favorite Criterion edition: Lonesome
  • Most wanted in the collection: Laurel and Hardy silent shorts

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