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Sundays with Sullivan: How the Ed Sullivan Show Brought Elvis, the Beatles, and Culture to America

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  11 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
When forty-six-year-old Ed Sullivan a gossip columnist for the New York Daily News stepped on stage at CBS Television Studio for the first time in 1948, no one could imagine the great success that lay in store for The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan didn't sing, dance, or act, but he became one of the country's greatest showmen, hosting what would become television's longest ru ...more
Hardcover, 216 pages
Published December 16th 2008 by Taylor Trade Publishing
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Nov 26, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: american-history
kinda frustrating. the cover is of sullivan and the beatles, and the book talks about them and elvis, but most of it is trying to show that sullivan was Important and a Cultural Leader. not until pp 161,162 does ilson give us a complete rundown of a months worth of shows. i'd like to have seen that for one show a decade just to find out how popular taste changed.

the show went on the air in 1948, what percentage of the us had tvs then? was there a real audience? who was the first rock act on his
Jan 30, 2011 jennifer rated it it was ok

Ilson worked on The Ed Sullivan Show for eight years and met with many famous people like The Beatles and LBJ. He spent time with Sullivan while setting up interviews and promotional meetings for the show, and while the first few chapters are interesting as he discusses how Sullivan put together a live show every week, Ilson is not a natural storyteller. He has a halting way of writing and I noticed that hardly a paragraph went by without some common word or phrase put into quotation marks, such
Mar 09, 2009 Annette rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, history
I loved this book and gave it 4 stars. But for anyone who didn't love the Ed Sullivan show or isn't interested in the evolution of pop culture...then I think the book would only a 2 or a 3. The book evolved from a PH.D is a little repetitious at the end. But it was written by someone who worked with Ed Sullivan for over 15 years (he got his Ph.D late in life0 and is obsevations into the show and the man are really interesting.
Jan 02, 2013 David rated it liked it
I enjoyed it for the most part since I grew up watching the show in the 60's. It contains an obvious factual error in that it refers to a world's fair taking place in Montreal in 1968. That took place in 1967. I hope that such a glaringly obvious mistake doesn't put into question the credibility of any of the other anecdotes expressed here.
Jun 02, 2009 Chris rated it did not like it
This could have been an article! A short one, at that.
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