Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus

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Hachette Books, Apr 28, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
One of the most original, influential, and commercially successful American songwriters, Doc Pomus (1927-1991) was a role model for several generations of composers, renowned for his mastery of virtually every popular style, and for the numerous hits he wrote during rock 'n' roll's first decade. But despite his successes, few knew that this writer of jukebox hits led one of the most dramatic lives of his time. Spanning the extremes between extravagant wealth and desperate poverty, suburban family life and the depths of New York's underworld, enduring love and persistent loneliness, and touching on more than a half-century of American popular music, Lonely Avenue reveals with novelistic flair the whole of Doc's experience-one of the great untold American stories.

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Learned a lot about the songwriter Doc Pomus, whose credits include "Save the Last Dance for Me", "Suspicion" and other fifties and sixties hits as well as some great blues and R and B songs. Read full review

LONELY AVENUE: The Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus

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The colorful career of a songwriting master gets woeful treatment.The saga of Brill Building-era songsmith Doc Pomus received a superior short-form recounting in Ken Emerson's 2005 book Always Magic ... Read full review


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Alex Halberstadt's writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, GQ, Los Angeles Times, Salon, the Oxford American, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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