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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Stuart Edward Shea  

Pen Name: Stuart Shea

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1963 in Minneapolis, Minnesota


-- Stuart Edward Shea on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=stuart+edward+shea


Illinois Connection

Shea's family moved to Chicago when he was seven and he has lived in the area ever since. He currently lives 24 blocks north of Wrigley Field on Chicago's north side. Growing up a baseball fan influenced his writing.

Biographical and Professional Information

Stuart Shea has written several books on baseball and popular music and has co-authored several other baseball annuals and contributed to various encyclopedias and other reference books.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

Fab Four FAQ: Everything Left to Know About the Beatles ... and More! (FAQ Series)
ISBN: 1423421388

Hal Leonard Corp,2007. 2007

(FAQ). 40 years after the release of the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band , the Beatles continue to captivate music fans of all ages. There's something always more to discuss about the Fab Four. What were their greatest live performances? Their worst moments? Stories still unknown by most music fans, trends still unseen, history still uninterpreted are all revealed in Fab Four FAQ . Pop culture authors Stuart Shea and Rob Rodriguez provide must-know fan trivia and offer obscure Beatles facts and stories in an easy-to-read, provocative format that will start as many arguments as will end them. With more than sixty chapters of stories, history, observation, and opinion, Fab Four FAQ lays bare the whys and wherefores that made the Beatles so great, giving credit where credit is due and maybe bursting some bubbles along the way.

Pink Floyd FAQ: Everything Left to Know ... and More! (FAQ Series)
ISBN: 0879309504

Backbeat Books. 2009

(FAQ). More than four decades since their first album, and 35 years after the release of the iconic Dark Side of the Moon , Pink Floyd continue to inspire and mystify rock fans around the world. Pink Floyd FAQ , by pop culture author Stuart Shea, lays out the band's strange, winding history through a new series of prisms. What were the band's most memorable gigs? What are their greatest moments on record, as a group and individually? What contemporary records influenced them, and which performers follow in their wake? What was it like to be at a Pink Floyd show in 1967, in 1973, in 1980? Pink Floyd FAQ tells the band's story, dissects their most popular work, and provides little-known facts, all adding up to a provocative must-read for fans. With 400 pages of stories, history, observation, opinion, photos, and reminiscences from those who were there, Pink Floyd FAQ will discuss frankly what made the band great as well as note their not-so-great moments and their place in modern pop culture, giving credit where credit is due and maybe puncturing some inflatable pigs along the way.

Rock & Roll's Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Lame Lyrics, Egregious Egos, and Other Oddities
ISBN: 1574884778

Potomac Books Inc.. 2002

Did you know that the Rolling Stones were originally called The Brian Jones Blues Band? That both U2 and DJ Casey Kasem took legal action against a small San Francisco bay-area band to keep a record from coming out? That Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s only number-one hit was an accident? That TV game show host Chuck Woolery was in a band that had a Top 40 hit in 1968? That 1930s movie sexpot Mae West recorded a version of the Beatles’ “Day Tripper”? That the Bee Gees were found guilty in court of plagiarism?

Containing twenty-five lists of groups with the oddest names, haircuts, deaths, and hit songs, Rock and Roll's Most Wanted™ will inform and entertain both longtime rock devotees and relative neophytes.

The 1960s' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Hip Happenings, Swinging Sounds, and Out-of-Sight Oddities
ISBN: 1574887211

Potomac Books. 2006

The 1960s was a decade of contrasts. It had the Summer of Love, but it also witnessed the assassinations of three American leaders. It fulfilled President Kennedy’s promise of successfully landing a man on the moon but also saw the beginning of the ultimately disastrous Vietnam War. It gave us beach tunes on one end, psychedelic songs to trip to on the other, and in between heralded the British Invasion. Now you can look back on and celebrate all the events and fads from the 1960s with Stuart Shea’s trivia-laden The 1960s’ Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Hip Happenings, Swinging Sounds, and Out-of-Sight Oddities from Potomac's Most Wanted­™ series.Lucky Charms cereal was introduced in 1964 with more than fifty percent sugar, the first cereal to pass the halfway point in sugar content. In 1967, Louis Washkansky was the recipient of the first-ever heart transplant. In 1961, the entire U.S. Olympic figure skating team was killed in an airplane crash in Belgium. And in 1965, with the now-classic songs "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Satisfaction," "My Girl," and "Yesterday" debuting on the airwaves, the Grammy for best rock-and-roll recording instead went to Roger Miller’s "King of the Road"! Stuart Shea gives you dozens of top-ten lists with entertaining and remarkable trivia on historic events, political revolutionaries, great moments in space, forgotten but once-popular television shows, fashion breakthroughs, great sports stories, and the best and worst of the silver screen. It’s been said that if you remember the 1960s, you didn’t live through them. Whether you lived through them or not, you can remember them in style with The 1960s’ Most Wanted™.

Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines
ISBN: 022613427X

University of Chicago Press. 2014

In spring 1914, a new ballpark opened in Chicago. Hastily constructed after epic political maneuvering around Chicago’s and organized baseball’s hierarchies, the new Weeghman Park (named after its builder, fast-food magnate Charley Weeghman) was home to the Federal League’s Chicago Whales. The park would soon be known as Wrigley Field, one of the most emblematic and controversial baseball stadiums in America.

In Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines, Stuart Shea provides a detailed and fascinating chronicle of this living historic landmark. The colorful history revealed in Wrigley Field shows how the stadium has evolved through the years to meet the shifting priorities of its owners and changing demands of its fans. While Wrigley Field today seems irreplaceable, we learn that from game one it has been the subject of endless debates over its future, its design, and its place in the neighborhood it calls home. To some, it is a hallowed piece of baseball history to others, an icon of mismanagement and ineptitude. Shea deftly navigates the highs and lows, breaking through myths and rumors. And with another transformation imminent, he brings readers up to date on negotiations, giving much-needed historical context to the maneuvering.

Wrigley Field is packed with facts, stories, and surprises that will captivate even the most fair-weather fan. From dollar signs (the Ricketts family paid $900 million for the team and stadium in 2009), to exploding hot dog carts (the Cubs lost that game 6–5), to the name of Billy Sianis’s curse-inducing goat (Sonovia), Shea uncovers the heart of the stadium’s history. As the park celebrates its centennial, Wrigley Field continues to prove that its colorful and dramatic history is more interesting than any of its mythology.


Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Shea is a qualified and prolific public speaker, having delivered papers and talks to research conferences, library groups, and civic organizations.