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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Alan Goldsher  

Pen Name: A.M. Goldsher

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born:


-- Blog -- http://alangoldsher.blogspot.com/
-- Website -- http://www.alangoldsher.com
-- Alan Goldsher on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=alan+goldsher


Illinois Connection

Author lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alan Goldsher is a novelist, ghostwriter, journalist and bassist. He is the author of ''Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion'', ''Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey'', ''Jazz Messengers, Modest Mouse: A Pretty Good Read'', and the novel ''Jam''. He co-wrote ''Midnight Movie'' with director Tobe Hooper - known for directing "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Alan has also written chicklit as A.M. Goldsher. His chicklit novels ''The True Naomi Story'', ''Reality Check'' and ''Today's Special'', ''Marabout'' and ''No Ordinary Girl''.As a ghostwriter, Goldsher has collaborated on projects with comedians Bernie Mac and Fred Willard; actor Robert Englund, Ironman triathlete Sarah Reinertsen, and "American Idol" contestant Sanjaya Malakar, among other notable celebrities and public figures.Alan's sportswriting has been published in ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, NBA.com, and ChicagoBulls.com. He also reviews books for Kirkus.During his 10-plus years as a professional bassist, Goldsher recorded with Janet Jackson, Cypress Hill, and Naughty by Nature. He toured the world with Digable Planets and performed at the 1994 Grammy Awards.


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Selected Titles At Your Library

Dancing to the music in my head :
ISBN: 1439136149. OCLC Number: 261173761

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One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show, and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life forever--From publisher description.

Dancing to the music in my head :
ISBN: 9781439153673. OCLC Number: 893162268

Pocket Books,. .

One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show -- and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life forever Sanjaya Malakar didn't need to win American Idol to take America by storm. He was just seventeen when his unique style, soft-spoken demeanor, and memorable song selections on the record-breaking show's sixth season captured hearts across the country. In his candid new book, Sanjaya opens up about what it feels like to go from obscurity as a high school student near Seattle to worldwide fame as a top ten finalist on one of the most popular television shows in American history. For the first time, the People's Idol talks about life before Randy, Simon, Paula and Sanjayamania, and offers his devoted Fanjayas an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster show. From going to Hollywood with his beloved sister, Shyamali, to becoming the most highly anticipated performer of season six, to facing the unforgiving chopping block, Sanjaya tells his fans everything they want to know. Finally, he shares how his life has changed since he left Idol, and where his music -- and unforgettable persona -- will take him next.

Hard bop academy :
ISBN: 9780634037931. OCLC Number: 50606413

Hal Leonard,. .

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was one of the most enduring, popular, reliable and vital small bands in modern jazz history.

In a single bound :
ISBN: 076276127X. OCLC Number: 317288320

GPP Life,. .

Touching, funny, and honest, "In a Single Bound" is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world's most famous disabled sports figures. More than a book on sports, this is a gripping memoir of inner strength and perseverance.

In a single bound :
ISBN: 9780762767069. OCLC Number: 841504680

GPP Life,. .

Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world's most famous disabled sports figures. More than a book on sports, this is a gripping memoir of inner strength and perseverance.

Jam /
ISBN: 157962040X. OCLC Number: 47644322

Permanent Press,. .

James and Frank are friends who must deal with the sudden success of their Chicago jazz band.

Jam :
ISBN: 9781504023870. OCLC Number: 929625108

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Jam is a passionate tale of money-hungry musicians, sleazy record companies, over-adoring fans, the majesty of jazz, and ultimately, a creative soul who is true to himself and to his art.

Midnight movie :
ISBN: 0307717011. OCLC Number: 667213112

Three Rivers Press,. .

A first novel by the director of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" traces his dramatic investigation into secrets from his past when a film he created at the age of fifteen is released and his audiences are subsequently victimized by fatal supernatural attacks.

Midnight movie :
ISBN: 9780307717023. OCLC Number: 759939150

Three Rivers Press,. .

A first novel by the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre traces his dramatic investigation into secrets from his past when a film he created at the age of fifteen is released and his audiences are subsequently victimized by fatal supernatural attacks.

Modest Mouse :
ISBN: 0312356013. OCLC Number: 70483676

Thomas Dunne Books,. .

Modest mouse :
ISBN: 9781466823075. OCLC Number: 865104130

St. Martin's Press,. .

THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR IS SOMETIMES THE WORST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STARUnruly and antagonistic, the Washington State rock trio Modest Mouse would seem like one of the least likely candidates for mainstream stardom: Their often brilliant live performances sometimes collapsed into utter chaos. Their highly original, highly off-center songs ran as long as eleven minutes. And their leader managed to raise eyebrows among music writers, law officials ... and sometimes even his fans. But Modest Mouse persevered. They didn't compromise their original, compelling musical style, nor did they lighten up on the attitude. They just waited for the world at large to catch up. In 2004, with the release of their smash single Float On, it finally happened. And it was worth the wait. For everybody. Journalist Alan Goldsher uncovers the strange, little-known details of Modest Mouse's rise from DIY indie heroes to platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated international superstars. Goldsher also reveals the troubled background and fractured history of frontman Isaac Brock, a charismatic, cantankerous singer/songwriter who has spent as much time avoiding the media as he has attempting to control it. Thoroughly researched, sharply funny, and filled with more than thirty rare photos, this unauthorized biography shows how Modest Mouse trashed the Behind the Music mold and created their own unique version of the rock 'n' roll, rags-to-expensive-rags success story.

No ordinary girl
ISBN: 9780755358588. OCLC Number: 636912477

Little Black Dress,. .

Abbey Bynum never asked for her strange superpowers; she was born with them and man, does she hate them. Only a few family members and her ex-fiance, the uptight government bureaucrat Murphy Napier, know her secret. But when supervillain Jon Carson appears on the scene under the guise of a brilliant new defence lawyer at her work, Abbey knows she must embrace her 'weird stuff' to have any chance of thwarting his plans for world domination. There's only one person who can assist her: Murphy. He's had a complete makeover since their split two years ago, but can he help Abbey triumph in her epic superbattle of good versus evil, winning back her trust and her heart in the process?

Paul is undead :
ISBN: 1439177929. OCLC Number: 464592679

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Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four "are" zombies, and zombies live forever ...

Paul is undead :
ISBN: 9781441764218. OCLC Number: 642696248

Blackstone Audio,. .

Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever ...

Reality check /
ISBN: 0755339940. OCLC Number: 176828717

Little Black Dress,. .

Bad-gal singer Jenn Bradford is living the dream. But when her latest album gets distinctly un-dreamy reviews she comes crashing down to earth. Jenn desperately needs a muse to get her music back on track. But who's going to inspire her? Zak, the music journo who's trailing her around town? Kevin, her no-good but so good-looking ex? Or Porter, her boringly clean-cut neighbour who so isn't into her kind of music?

The true Naomi story /
ISBN: 0755339924. OCLC Number: 123113993

Little Black Dress,. .

A rock'n'roll romance about one girl's journey to stardom.

Today's special
ISBN: 9780755339969. OCLC Number: 245563290

Little Black Dress,. .