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Meow! My Groovy Life with Tiger Beat's Teen Idols

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In the 1960s and early 1970s, Ann Moses was the main writer and later editor for the teen celebrity magazine, Tiger Beat. She worked with artists such as The Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, David Cassidy and Bobby Sherman, promoting their careers, through monthly magazine articles and photographs. This is her memoir of that career.
Paperback, 306 pages
Published June 4th 2017 by Q Coding LLC (first published 2017)
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Lynx
When Ann scored herself a job at Tiger Beat Magazine she, like it’s readers, was just a teen herself. Within a few short years she would go from a part time editorial assistant to editor in chief of the ever growing tween magazine. If you’re picturing her stuck at some desk… think again. Ann spent the majority of her time outside the office. You may have found her traveling on tour buses with Tiger Beat faves like Paul Revere and the Raiders, Dino, Desi & Billy and The Standells, or hanging out ...more
Alayne Emmett
What a lovely book. If you were a child of the sixties as I was you desperately waited until Tiger Beat magazine came out to read about your favourite groups.
This book tells you about groups /singers of that era. I was interested to learn things I either forgotten or didn’t know about my fav group The Monkees. ( still a huge fan, fifty years on)!!
Read it if you’re nostalgic about that time or just for a lovely read.
Penny Peck
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: celeb-biogs
A dishy, frank, but fair look at popular culture of the late 1960's and early '70's, told by the former editor of Tiger Beat magazine, who was a young adult herself at the time. Moses was just out of community college when she began working for the magazine and soon was on film and TV sets interviewing THE MONKEES and many others of that era. She talks about her personal life, especially her romance with Maurice Gibb, and describes which celebrities treated her fairly and which were crass jerks ...more
Tonya Johnson
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great history on pop stars

Ann Moses had the job most teenagers who kill for, interviewing the stars of the day. She dealt with heartbreak and joy. I wish the book had been longer
Robin
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Boy, that was far out and outasite, and did it ever take me back!

More complete review to come.
Kathleen
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book! If you were ever part of the teen idol scene in the sixties and seventies, this is the book for you. Ann's stories are so relatable to those of us who swooned over our favorites that adorned the pages of Tiger Beat. Her story about Maurice Gibb absolutely broke my heart and I will never hear "Never My Love" by the Association the same way again. Even if you didn't come into Tiger Beat until the David Cassidy/Donny Osmond era like I did, you will love this book. A defi ...more
Chris
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was like going back to my preteen years--1966 to 1968 and reading all about my "fave" musical stars in "Tiger Beat" magazine. I read those Tiger Beat magazines back in the day and this is the story of Ann Moses, and how she became an editor of Tiger Beat, and lots of stories of those teen idols. I still have a magazine that is all about Davy Jones, with her as an editor. She tells about her interviews with the Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Dino Desi and Billy, and Herman's Hermits t ...more
Wilma
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was sent an Advanced Readers Copy of Ann Moses’ memoir, Meow! My Groovy Life with Tiger Beat’s Teen Idols, in exchange for an honest review.

When I was eleven years old, in 1966, my family bought our first portable, black and white television set, that spent most of its time tucked in a closet. I was given one half hour per week that I was allowed to watch, and my choice was The Monkees. Because that half hour per week was not sufficient exposure, I did my best to acquire a magazine, called Mon
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Sandi
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographies
What a fun read. After reading "In the Garden of the Beasts" by Eric Larson, I was ready for something light-hearted, even though some of the people she writes about surprised me. All my faves when I was a teenager! What really surprised me was Maurice Gibb, Michael Nesmith, and David Cassidy. Michael Parks was no surprise. No wonder his show only lasted one year...and where is he now? Nowhere! I'm sure people don't even remember that moron. Boy, what a bunch of a losers. I'm so glad to read Bob ...more
Dominique King
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
I'd spotted this listed long ago, but could not find it in the stores or online for years...until a friend told me it was available again...and how to order it directly from from the co-author.
It came quickly as promised...and complete with an autograph and picture from Ann Moses...so ordering it online that way was a good experience.
The book itself left me with a few mixed feelings.
I enjoyed reading about the the time Ann Moses spent covering the hot 60s and early 70s "faves"...and the sort of
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SundayAtDusk
Reading this book was a lot like reading teen fan magazines as a kid--it was a fun read, but there was no lingering satisfaction after finishing. It was sort of shallow, although not as shallow as a teen fan mag. Although, as I remember, Tiger Beat had a lot more pages and longer stories than 16. That was a real plus with me, since I liked to read. It was also nothing short of obsessed with Bobby Sherman and then David Cassidy* at the time. Personally, I was much more interested in reading about ...more
Barbara Witten
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful trip down memory lane. While I was younger than Ann during the 60’s and 70’s, I was her target audience of naive pre-teen girls loving every issue of Tiger Beat—my favorite magazine for years. So strange to actually remember the issues she discusses in the book. And yes, I was one of those thousands of young fans who entered the Partridge Family Contest to win a guest spot on the show and meet my teen idol, David Cassidy. No, I didn’t win, but it was fun to read about the contestant wh ...more
Gary Anderson
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If names like Jack Wild or Sajid Khan mean anything to you, Meow! is probably a book you will enjoy. Ann Moses was the young editor of Tiger Beat magazine in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Her book tells about how that teen idol magazine differed from journalism, but the real appeal is her stories about the "faves" she worked with, sometimes on a daily basis: The Monkees, Paul Revere and the Raiders, David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, The Cowsills, The Osmonds, Elvis Presley, Kurt Russell, and many ...more
Antonia  Casey
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun read for anyone who is old enough to remember the era. I enjoyed reading Ann Moses' reflections on producing innocent articles about less-than-innocent pop stars. And I appreciate the title of the book as a nod to the sometimes breathless headlines of the past. Her experience also illustrates working conditions pre-Women's Liberation. She rose to editor-in-chief of a national publication at an incredibly young age, only to discover a man in a comparable position was being paid doub ...more
Dorian Box
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Starting as a reporter in high school and ultimately graduating to editor-in-chief of Tiger Beat magazine, Ann Moses enjoyed the ultimate insider’s view of the magical musical and cultural era known as “the sixties.” Her amazing library of personal stories and fab photos of her hanging out with many of the biggest stars in popular music--as friends no less--will have any music fan wishing they could have grown up being Ann Moses. She tells her stories well, in simple, but honest prose that conve ...more
Amy
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mediocre writing at best. I was a teen who read Tiger Beat from '66-69, and I remember well Ann's columns and pictorials. The book covered her "affair" with Maurice Gibb far too much, as it just wasn't all that interesting. He was certainly not, in my humble opinion, a real "looker" or much of an idol on his own. Barry was obviously the attractive Gibb! Anyway, it's an easy read, but only covers very few of the teen stars with more than a sentence or two, and covering her following Elvis was a p ...more
Luann Yetter
Mar 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness, this book took me back to when I was twelve years old and I wanted more than anything to be in L.A. with all my music "faves" like Davy Jones, Mark Lindsay and Desi Arnaz Jr. Annie Moses was there, interviewing them for Tiger Beat magazine, and I thought she was the coolest person in the world. Her memoir is more of a trip down memory lane than a revelation, but it does confirm that those magazine stories I cherished were true and not just the product of publicists. Annie was rea ...more
Shelly Boltz-Zito
a teenage memory

Growing up in the 70s I lived for my teenage magazines every month. I used my allowance to get every copy the moment it came out. Reliving the stories in her book made me think back to my own teenage years and crushes. I wish I had kept my copies of Tiger Beat but I used every poster for my room. Thank you Ann for bringing your stories to life for the rest of us who only bbq wished we were there. You got to live out our dreams! I'm glad your life became your own teenage dream. Yo
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Melanie
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it in a day and a half ( it is a quick read) I grew up reading tiger beat and loved the articles and posters that they had. Ann was the editor from 1966 to 1972 so she was long gone from the magazine by the time I got interested in it but I still knew who she was. I loved hearing the stories that she told about the Monkees, the Osmonds, Bobby Sherman ect... . All in all it was a fun and engaging read.
Suzan Brightwell
Terrific

Starting at age 11 I bought Tiger Beat magazine hunting the pages for pictures and articles on The Monkees. And specifically Davy Jones. It was the best magazine for preteens to purchase. Nothing questionable was ever printed. I thank Ann Moses for all her hard work on the magazine and for writing this wonderful book. Really took me back to a wonderful time and brought back many great memories.
Deshay
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun return to my pre-teen and early teen years. How fondly I remember reading those copies of Tiger Beat magazine and all of those innocent crushes on Bobby Sherman, Mark Lindsay, The Monkees and others. Highly recommended for all of you teenyboppers out there who grew up in the late 60s and early 70s.
Tammy Buchli
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like most women my age, I've read a teen magazine or two in my day. Unlike many of my peers I was never really a teen idol fan, though. When I read the teen mags I daydreamed less about the 'faves' and more about being the journalist who write about them. So this book was right up my alley. I thoroughly enjoyed this dishy read. ...more
Debra Dunn
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tiger Beat

I remembered Ann Moses when I was a teenager buying Tiger Beat. I had pictures of Kurt Russell, Mickey Dolenz,Osmonds and the Cowsills. I still love these heartthrobs and always will. I always thought Ann Moses was so pretty and wanted to look like her and meet my heroes. Thanks again for a trip back to my childhood. Great Book to buy.
Marsha  Haas
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for fans of all ages

I enjoyed reading this book.To hear first hand story's From Ann Moses of tigerbeat magazine when I used to read it back in the 70s is priceless.Wonderful story's that keep you wanting more.I highly recommend this book!!!!
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David Rangel
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fab Read!

A glimpse at the inside of Teen Idol life from an the excellent perceptive of Ann Moses. An intriguing behind that scenes look plus it’s a quick and fast read you won’t want to put down.
Sandy Murrah
This book was so much fun to read because it was about all the singers and bands who I loved when I was a preteen and teenager. I used to love to read Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine.
Rachel
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ann Moses, you're my hero. ...more
Kim Limoges
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book!

I loved this book! I was born after her Tiger Beat days but I have always loved 60s& 70s pop culture. I would have loved to have been Ann Moses.
Ira Robbins
really fun. crazy times told with detail and charm
Lesa
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiger beat was a guilty pleasure during my tween years so I enjoyed reading the inside story of the young writer/editor — very fun book to see the insights to the pop teen stars I remembered.
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