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“Backstage at the Tonight Show”

Posted by pseudoname on October 8, 2006, at 12:30:13

I just read "Backstage at the Tonight Show" by Don Sweeney (2006), the music supervisor for the ‘The Tonight Show’ from 1975-1995; 17 years under Johnny Carson and 3 under Jay Leno. If you’re interested in TV and Hollywood insider stuff, it’s not bad.

Sweeney seems like a pretty nice guy and conveys things fairly well, including the Carson-Leno changeover and his own adventures as a part-time musician in Beverly Hills. No co-writer is listed on this apparently low-budget publication: if he actually wrote it all by himself, it’s impressively constructed, with, by my count, no typos, only 3 misspellings, and 1 instance of needlessly sexist language (“a woman reporter”).

I've been almost catatonically depressed lately (my med may have pooped out, then I went off it). This light book is all I could handle. I was glad I had it to read for several nights of insomnia, too.




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