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Tales of... by Josh Alan Friedman

TALES OF. . . MY DEAD HEROES is the second season of podcasts from Josh Alan Friedman. But DEAD is a politically incorrect term. Their songs and books and records resonate everywhere, and if you haven... Read more

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#12: Jack Bruce Follows His Own Path

#12: Jack Bruce Follows His Own Path

A BASS PLAYER PREPARESJack Bruce reinvented the bass guitar and wrote spectacular songs. Cream lasted a mere three years... Read more

3 Jan 2019

23mins

Ranked #2

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#11: Cy Coleman: Broadway Jazz Maestro

#11: Cy Coleman: Broadway Jazz Maestro

A COMPOSER PREPARESCy Coleman wrote the scores to a dozen legendary Broadway musicals. But he was a jazz pianist first, ... Read more

20 Dec 2018

19mins

Ranked #3

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#10: Mario Puzo

#10: Mario Puzo

WHEN ADVENTURE MAGAZINES BEGAT MOVIESMy father hired Mario Puzo as associate editor at Magazine Management at 655 Madiso... Read more

6 Dec 2018

22mins

Ranked #4

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#5: Penny Arcade in Hell

#5: Penny Arcade in Hell

WELCOME TO THE BOWELS OF 42ND STREET.It's 1983. Charles Rubinstein has run the penny arcade at 8th Avenue and 42nd Stree... Read more

12 Oct 2017

27mins

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#3: Mr. Burlesk

#3: Mr. Burlesk

WELCOME TO THE BACK OFFICE OF THE MELODY BURLESK.Frank Sinatra’s boyhood pal and first bodyguard, Bob Anthony, also beca... Read more

28 Sep 2017

15mins

Ranked #6

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#11: The Man Who Booked the Movies

#11: The Man Who Booked the Movies

FROM CAGNEY TO KUNG FU.Martin Levine, president of Brandt Theaters, booked most of the movies across 42nd Street for 50 ... Read more

30 Nov 2017

24mins

Ranked #7

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#4: Raven

#4: Raven

FROM HELLS ANGELS TO BURLESQUE.A Columbia Presbyterian nurse, then a drug counselor in the California prison system, Rav... Read more

5 Oct 2017

20mins

Ranked #8

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#10: Uncle Lou’s Scrapbook

#10: Uncle Lou’s Scrapbook

INNOCENT VICTIMS OF ADVERSITY.That’s how Uncle Lou, a geologist turned chauffeur, saw many of the girls in Times Square,... Read more

16 Nov 2017

25mins

Ranked #9

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#6: The Peeps

#6: The Peeps

LIVE NUDE GIRLS 25¢.Peep Shows were a phenomenon as common to Times Square as slot machines to Las Vegas. Live Nude Girl... Read more

19 Oct 2017

26mins

Ranked #10

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#8: Holy Cross

#8: Holy Cross

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH VS. TIMES SQUARE.Three priests of Holy Cross Church witnessed the rise and fall of Times Square. Fat... Read more

2 Nov 2017

27mins

Ranked #11

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#7: King Heroin

#7: King Heroin

THE TOAST OF BROADWAY.A lightweight contender in the 1920s, Manny Rosen worked in the kitchen of the Stage Delicatessen ... Read more

26 Oct 2017

18mins

Ranked #12

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#9: Oh Susanna!

#9: Oh Susanna!

COPPING A FEEL IN TIMES SQUARE.Show girls, moonlighting nurses, pickpockets and members of a fake marriage ring. Live Nu... Read more

9 Nov 2017

22mins

Ranked #13

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#9: The Masked Announcer – Joel Dorn

#9: The Masked Announcer – Joel Dorn

A HUSTLER WITH EXQUISITE TASTEJoel Dorn was one of the last record producers standing from the old music biz. When the n... Read more

29 Nov 2018

22mins

Ranked #14

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#8: Lou Reed – A Foul and Bitter Interview

#8: Lou Reed – A Foul and Bitter Interview

UGLY PEOPLE GOT NO REASON TO LIVEAs a new, 22-year-old writer for The SoHo News in 1978, I was sent out to interview Lou... Read more

15 Nov 2018

40mins

Ranked #15

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#7: The Lullaby of Tiny Tim

#7: The Lullaby of Tiny Tim

A DIVINE MADMANTiny Tim lived in his own bubble with angelic girls dancing in the clouds, while 1920’s Broadway lullabie... Read more

8 Nov 2018

30mins

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