Author, Steven Beasley, is available for presentations and lectures
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Kay Kyser Biography Named "BEST BOOK 2010"
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Winner of the "PRESERVING MUSIC OF AMERICA 2009 AWARD"
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KAY KYSER PROMOTIONAL VIDEO on YouTube (link)
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The absolute icing on the cake are the illustrations in the book. I've read many biographies by bandleaders but this really stands out. I was thrilled to see not only a host of rare photos, but also reproductions of lobby cards, sheets music, and other collectibles, many of them even in color.
If you're into big bands and swing music, get this book!
Steven received a personal letter from Georgia Carroll Kyser, (wife and vocalist in orchestra) stating that she'd received her prerelease copy, and is very grateful to him for documenting Kay's life and being so precise in doing so.
"After reviewing the book, universities and public libraries will want this book." The UNC Library Curator
“Your book is even better than I espoused!”
“The color plates of the sheet music and movie posters, and everything else, is exceptional. Let's put it this way from my point of view, your book is "excellent," Thank you for your wonderful effort to preserve the legacy of Kay Kyser and his era, much as we are committed to preserving the legacy of Glen Miller and all of the great talents of the 20th Century. " University of Colorado - Glen Miller Archives
“The book—remarkably, the first published full-length biography written on the once immensely popular band leader - in addition to its many fascinating biographical details, is loaded with rare and unpublished photographs and interviews, sheet music and magazine covers, and the definitive Kyser discography. Kay Kyser, a very private man with contradictions, Beasley explores Kyser’s post-celebrity life in fascinating detail. I must congratulate Steven for his outstanding accomplishment, and commend his tenacity." Professor of English and Film, University of Nebraska at Kearney Professor Samuel Umland
“Remarkably detailed" Don Kennedy, Radio Show Host Big Band Jump
“Couldn’t put it down, a compendium of everything to do with Kay Kyser, just fantastic.” (for your interest you may tune in to the “Sunday Night Interviews”with Steven Beasley) Chris Valenti, Radio Show Host, WYYR Yesteryear Radio www.wyyr.com
The Herald Sun, Durham NC
Rocky Mt. Telegram Newsaper
PALOMAR: BIG BANDS
Big Band Jump/Don Kennedy Radio Dec. Newsletter and March Radio
Professor of English and Film Studie University of Nebraska at Kearney
Steven Beasley is available for speaking engagements. He has been a
welcomed guest to many venues such as:
Book Soup, Hollywood - Braswell Library, NC - North Carolina Museum of History, Raliegh NC - America Swing Radio, L.A. - Old Time Radio Interview- Flying Home , Television Interview with Ronnie Paul - Wentworth & Legget Rare Book Store, Durham, NC Interview WNCU Radio - Post 43, L.A. - WYYR Radio