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Name:  Robert Rodriguez  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Non-Fiction

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The author lives in Elmhurst.

Biographical and Professional Information

Robert Rodriguez is an author, pop culture historian and collector of pop culture paraphernalia. He has written or contributed to several books. ''Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years 1970-1980'', was published in 2010. Like its predecessor, ''Fab Four FAQ'', it too has received critical and fan acclaim. This was followed by ''The Beatles - Fifty Fabulous Years'', a deluxe gift book in full color, featuring a DVD documentary - also available as an app and as an e-book.


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The 1950s' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Rock & Roll Rebels, Cold War Crises, and All American Oddities
ISBN: 1574887157

Potomac Books. 2006

Journey back fifty years to explore the decade of baby boomers, the Red scare, and the birth of rock and roll with Robert Rodriguez’s The 1950s’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Rock & Roll Rebels, Cold War Crises, and All-American Oddities. America was revving its engines when the fifties came along, and its citizens more than ready for everything the historic decade had to offer. Rodriguez takes you on a spin down memory lane with dozens of top-ten lists filled with amazing, amusing, and even astonishing trivia from the 1950s. Television exploded into the mainstream in the 1950s, and in this book you’ll find kids’ television, shows that were immensely popular then but forgotten now, and potential series that never got off the ground. Film and music history are also well represented, with lists highlighting the fathers of rock and roll and some unlikely recording artists, plus catchphrases from contemporary films and first roles of future stars. Relive the most notorious crimes of the decade, such as the one that inspired the TV show and film The Fugitive, and its big scandals, such as the quiz show debacle and the deportation of Charlie Chaplin. You’ll read about politicians, celebrities, fashion, toys, fads, and disasters. Relearn the hip slang of the time while finding out which tales from the fifties were really tall tales or urban legends that are now debunked. Rodriguez gives you a whole decade’s worth of fun, facts, and all-important memories. It may have been half a century ago, but with The 1950s’ Most Wanted™, it’ll seem like just yesterday.

The Beatles: Fifty Fabulous Years
ISBN: 1435119347

Sterling Publishing. 2010

It has been fifty years since John, Paul, and George named themselves the Beatles and soon after recruited Ringo Starr. The Beatles: Fifty Fabulous Years includes fascinating and little-known stories, never-before-published photographs, and nostalgic memorabilia. The book s exclusive documentary, The Beatles: The Golden Age, captures the pandemonium of Beatlemania, from their delirious fans and madcap movies to interviews with each of the Fab Four.

Fab Four FAQ 2.0: The Beatles' Solo Years, 1970-1980
ISBN: 0879309687

Backbeat Books. 2010

(FAQ). In the years following the 1960s, Beatle fans around the world were twice-stunned: in 1970, when their beloved group disbanded, and ten years later when the murder of John Lennon ended a decade of hope that somehow the Fab Four would reunite. Fab Four FAQ 2.0 picks up the story where the acclaimed Fab Four FAQ left off. Loaded with images of rare period ephemera, including periodicals, single sleeves, and movie stills, this is the first comprehensive biography of all four ex-Beatles. This book covers everything from their recording careers in the decade after the band's dissolution to the musicians they played with, the bands they influenced, the manifestations of latter-day Beatlemania, and the constant clamor for reunion expressed by fans and sometimes by the four themselves.

Fab Four FAQ Deluxe Set: Fab Four FAQ and Fab Four FAQ 2.0, The Solo Years
ISBN: 161713001X

Hal Leonard. 2010

Fab Four FAQ contains everything left to know about the Beatles. Stories unknown by most fans, trends unseen and history revealed. Fab Four FAQ 2.0, The Solo Years, picks up where Fab Four FAQ left off, presenting in-depth information on their careers as solo artists. Both books are loaded with images of rare period ephemera, including periodicals, single sleeves, and movie stills. This is the first comprehensive biography of all four ex-Beatles.