Showing posts with label MARK BEGO. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MARK BEGO. Show all posts

Friday, December 08, 2017



BEGO TIMES --- Author Mark Bego, currently riding high with his Top Ten Amazon-bestseller Eat Like A Rock Star (Skyhorse) was back in New York yesterday for two interviews with Magda Katz and journalist Brad Balfour. Katz’s interview took place at The Lambs; America’s First Professional Theatrical Club, established in New York in 1874 and was a terrific locale as we were on the scene. Bego talked on video about his early career and what led him to become the author of 62 books. Among his book highlights were his 1984 tome on Michael Jackson (which sold in the millions) and subsequent hit tiles on Cher, Elton John, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Debbie Gibson, Micky Dolenz and Leonardo DiCaprio, among others. Bego also worked for the late-great Cue Magazine as their nightlife reviewer as well as a brief stint with the legendary publicist Howard Bloom.

Good ‘n Screwed’s Joanna Bonaro showed up, as she was Katz’s next interview, and she revealed to Bego that she had cooked two dishes from his book and that they were both major successes. Bonaro’s TV-pilot unspools tonight in Brooklyn Heights with a special showing and cast-members Robert Funaro and Armen Garo slated to attend.

From The Lambs, I rode downtown with Bego, and his PR-man David Salidor, to the great Italian-eatery Aleo restaurant on 20th street for a chat with Balfour. Balfour has just started his own podcast after a successful run as a major NY-journalist and Bego was to be among his initial subjects. Both Bego and Balfour have known each other’s for decades and their camaraderie was apparent.

Bego, who sees Barry Manilow (an early book subject as well) Thursday night in Long Island, has two in-store signings this weekend; Saturday at the Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack, N. J. (1:00PM-3:00PM) and Sunday at the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack (12:00PM-3:00PM).

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Eat Like A Rock Star

May Pang With Mary Wilson And Mark Bego

Author Mark Bego’s bash at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room recently was a singular success. There to officially launch his Eat Like A Rock Star (Skyhorse Publishing), which contains more than 100 recipes from rock stars: from Richie Sambora, to Bill Wyman, Boz Scaggs, Joey Fatone, Ray Parker, Jr., Micky Dolenz and Michael McDonald, the book is lavishly produced, with photos and bios for each chef, from Bego. With 62 rock-bios to his credit, Bego said that invariably the topic of food would come up during his interviews and often, the stars themselves would prepare their favorite dish for Bego. “I well remember interviewing Bill Wyman, of the Rolling Stones, and though he said he didn’t cook at first, he eventually opened up and gave me a terrific recipe (Lamb Chops with Endive Salad).”

Mary Wilson With Mark Bego And Marie Sacino Hanlon

Seen amongst the crowd, which was served a special white Sangria that the author himself prepared, were Gene Cornish from The Rascals; Cory Daye from The Savannah Band; Paul Antonelli from Animotion; songsmith Mike Greenly (“My Fire”); Imaginary Friends’ Beth Wernick; Randy Jones and Will Grega; Lou Christie; Marie Sacino Hanlon; Donnie Dacus; Bego’s longtime PR-pasha David Salidor with fellow PR-man Randy Alexander; and the group The Hit Men with Lee Shapiro. 

With the book currently on amazon’s best Selling Cookbooks list, a sequel is definitely in the offing.

Thursday, October 12, 2017


More Than 100 Recipes from Rock & Roll’s Greatest

By Mark Bego

Introduction by Mary Wilson of The Supremes

Eat Like A Rock Star

Who knew that Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones) makes an amazing Lamb Chops with Endive and Blue Cheese Salad, that Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers) loves Pasta with Ham and Parmesan Cheese, or that Boz Scaggs eats Tuscan Grilled Chicken?

With more than a hundred recipes from seven decades of rock & roll, pop, country, R&B, and disco, Mark Bego, along with Mary Wilson of The Supremes, gathered beloved recipes from legendary rocker friends and invites the ultimate music fan to put on an apron and join them at the table. Featuring each rock star’s biography, their favorite recipe, and other fun facts, Eat Like a Rock Star is a must-have for every die-hard rocker-at-heart who loves to eat.

Mark Bego 'Eat Like A Rock Star'

There is nowhere else you will find Ray Parker Jr.’s Salmon and Eggs, Joey Fatone’s (‘N SYNC) Rice Balls, Micky Dolenz’s (The Monkees) Micky ‘D’ Cocktail, and Angela Bowie’s (David Bowie’s ex-wife’s) Rosti Hash Brown Potatoes all in one book. Whether it’s brunch, lunch, dinner, or dessert, learn to cook:

• Michelle Phillips’s (The Mamas & The Papas) Organic Lemon Chicken

• Lou Christie’s Linguine with Fresh Tomatoes

• Marilyn McCoo’s (The 5th Dimension) Leg of Lamb

• Glen Campbell’s Favorite Mexican Chicken Casserole

• Sarah Dash’s (Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles) Peach Cobbler

With a section on head-spinning cocktails, full menu suggestions, as well as author Mark Bego’s own culinary concoctions such as Spicy Szechuan Sesame Noodles and Boozy Banana Cream Pie, look no further for the all-in-one cooking and rock & roll companion. As Martha Reeves says about her Smoked Turkey Necks & Lima Beans, “Honey, this is real soul food!”

About Mark Bego

Mark Bego is a New York Times bestselling author of sixty-two books on rock & roll, country music, and show business. Heralded in Publishers Weekly as “The Prince of Pop Music Bios,” his biographies have covered Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Billy Joel, with eleven million copies of his books in print. Bego lives in Tucson, Arizona.

 About Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson founded The Supremes with her high school friends Diana Ross and Florence Ballard in the early 1960s. They have since become the most successful girl group in the history of recorded music. She has written two bestselling memoirs, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme and Supreme Faith: Someday We’ll Be Together. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Photos Courtesy Of: Mark Bego


Friday, October 03, 2014



Glen Campbell

Over the course of Glen Campbell’s long and legendary career the songwriter and musician had a string of Top 10 solo hits, was handpicked by John Wayne to be his co-star in True Grit, hosted his own television variety show and headlined sold-out shows all over the world. Then in 2011, Glen Campbell and his fourth wife, Kim, announced that he has Alzheimer’s disease. In Life with My Father Glen Campbell (Overlook Press / Hardcover $26.95 / ISBN: 978-1-78038-858-8 / Publication Date: September 25, 2014) his daughter Debby Campbell offers a loving and candid account of the man she not only toured with for more than 20 years but whom she will always see first and foremost as her father.

Glen Campbell began his career as a session guitarist for many of the 1960’s biggest musical talents: The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Merle Haggard, and was a favorite go-to-guy for producers Phil Spector and Jimmy Bowen. In 1965 he was asked by The Beach Boys to join them on tour to replace the retiring Brian Wilson. It was after this experience that his own recording of “Gentle on My Mind” garnered his first of many crossover hits and in 1968, the Country Music Association honored him as the Entertainer of the Year the same year. His signature songs, written by Jimmy Webb - “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston” - cemented his place in the American musical landscape.

Co-written with Mark Bego, bestselling pop music biographer and author of more than sixty books on rock and roll and show business, Life with My Father Glen Campbell paints a professional and personal picture of one of the greatest talents of our generation. Bego also contributes a touching Prologue, “Daughter of a Legend,” noting that the book is “a story of a father and his daughter, who had a wonderful streak of adventures together, through his many marriages, through his decades of substance abuse, show business glory, tabloid headlines, and the untimely ravages of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Friday, February 07, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Scott Shannon With John Mayer

Shannon Say It Ain’t So --- After many successful years together with Todd Pettengill hosting Scott & Todd in the Morning on WPLJ/New York, Scott Shannon announced on the air this morning that he is retiring from WPLJ after 22 years at the station.

Pettengill will continue as the host of The Todd Show during the same 6 AM-10 AM time slot.

“Of course I’ll miss being a part of the morning show here on PLJ and I might even pop back in from time to time and try to get Todd to play a Rascals song or two,” Shannon said.

"Scott and I had an amazing run and I'll miss our mornings together and cherish the memories we made. I'm also very excited about the opportunity ahead with a very talented group of people that I know our listeners are going to love," Pettengill said.

Shannon, who I’ve known for years and is unquestionably the real deal in every way, is just a force of nature. His talents, intelligence and encyclopedia-knowledge of music is just off the charts. Plus, a nicer person, you’d never meet.

WPLJ has been going through their own internal battles for quite some time now; losing key personnel like Tom Cuddy and Teresa Angela; shifting owners to Cap Cities and now, Cumulus; and, really dismantling some great concepts like live shows from the late-great China Club. And, their ratings have gone south … way south. If you’ve followed the station over the years, as I have, it’s so very sad. The new doctrine has been cut-back everything ... salaries and personnel.

Shannon created the successful Tru Oldies Channel so he won't want for lack of work, but it’s another unfortunate win for commerce over art. Back in the day, Shannon worked for Neil Bogart’s visionary Casablanca Records. His exploits are somewhat detailed in the great book about the label, And Party Every Day from Larry Harris. The book is perhaps the best ever document of a record company during the halcyon 80's.

New York has lost a tremendous voice; and I trust he'll be back on the airwaves as soon as he can. A major, major loss for us.

Scott just emailed me … he’s not retiring … just movin’ on! Super Shannon Lives!

Giancarlo Stefanutto With Mark Bego

BEGO du JOUR --- As his book, Life With My Father Glen Campbell (Omnibus), prepares for release next month, celebrity-author Mark Bego has begun a new venture: an online site called Cook Like A Rock Star. As Bego says, “Although the life stories of all of my book subjects are vastly different, they're also several things that they have in common: great music, and their love of great food that is exciting and delicious. In this website I intend on sharing some of my favorite recipes, and the personal recipes of some of your favorite “rock star” celebrities.”

So far, Bego has included recipes from such stars as Boz Scaggs, Michelle Phillips, Angela Bowie, Jimmy Greenspoon, and, Mary Wilson.

The goal, adds the author, is to eventually launch a formal book with even more recipes. Last week, Bego showed up at Tucson restaurant La Mia Toscana and cooked with the owner and chef, Giancarlo Stefanutto.

TA-TA 2 ½ MINUTE TRAILERS? --- Hollywood studios are resisting the National Association of Theatre Owners’ January 27th call for movie trailers to be shortened from the current standard of 2 ½ minutes to just two minutes each. It might not seem like a big deal, but with upwards of 5 or 6 trailers shown before the main feature, that could add up to at least a savings of 3 minutes or more.

I don't even know if I like the long trailers as they seem to give away all the plot points in advance. I've heard people say, that since the trailer sucks … I won't be going to see the movie. Wow!

CLOSING NOTES --- As any true-blue Marvel-comics denizen knows, The Vision, the terrific A. I.-creation from The Avengers, is one of the best characters ever from that hallowed-comic book company. It was just announced that the character will appear in Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron, with none other than actor Paul Bettany portraying him. Ultron actually created The Vision in the comic-backstory; so his appearance was only a matter of time. Bettany has been the voice of Jarvis, Tony Stark’s robot-voiced butler in all the Iron Man movies. He’s was also great in The Da Vinci Code and Beautiful Mind; and, he’s married to Jennifer Connolly …

Talk about shifts: People’s Larry Hackett is out … Jess Cagle is in. Hackett was a hack; not very approachable at all. Cagle, from Entertainment Weekly, is far, far better. Good luck Jess …

Rhino Records has officially come aboard as sponsors of next month’s Monkees-convention. Rumors abound that they’re coming with surprising news. Stay tuned. We’ll be there and have all the news …

Watched Jay Leno’s last show last night and he was surprisingly heartfelt. 22 years … a good run for sure. My prediction: he’ll be on Letterman very, very soon. Next week in fact …

We’ve been remiss in not mentioning the passing of Pete Seeger. From “Where Have All The Flowers Gone,” to “If I Had a Hammer,” Seeger was the voice of the big issues of life. He sang a message of peace, civil justice and social equality. President Obama said of Seeger, “He believed deeply in the power of song.” His voice should never be forgotten …

 Photos Courtesy of: David Salidor PR

Friday, December 27, 2013



By: G. H. Harding
Peter Max

A COMEDY TWEAK --- A few columns back we noted that Gotham-PR pasha David Salidor had exited his post as celebrity-booker for XM’s Brett Winterble’s XM radio show. In a rather lengthy exit interview over lunch, we explored some of the difficulties he had and what actually happened: Says Salidor, "Right from the beginning there were some serious issues with Sirius/XM, who employed their own booking people. I don't know if it was a case of stepping on the wrong toes or what, but there were some serious communication issues there. I tried to handle it as best I could … and, think I succeeded."

He also added that some of the interviews he was able to secure (80’s icon Ted Nugent, actor Richard Belzer; Steve Van Zandt; and, artist Peter Max stand out) were truly sensational. "When Brett got Nugent to reveal his slaughter of 455 hogs with his machine gun for Bill Maher … it was a great get. Brett’s a great interviewer and when we got him a guest he could really spar with, it was the definition of perfect talk-radio."

Later on, when Brett’s show parted ways with XM, it was always a dicey proposition when booking guests. "To tell you the truth, when the show left the XM feed, I wasn't given the accurate information and because of that, it hindered what I was able to accomplish. I thought that it was a disservice to Brett’s show. Also, I kept angling for more promotion, but was continually shot down."

Salidor also admitted that he kept a PR-campaign in place for his entire 18-run there. "PR is just so important and to build and maintain visibility out there in the media is so crucial these days. If Brett wasn’t so good, it would have been a lot harder. There's no question, he would have benefited from some promotional. Plus, the media folk pulled for him, we made him a pretty desirable selection. He handled the pop-culture dynamic perfectly."

Salidor adds that he'll continue to book guests for two stations out of Florida with two different personalities starting next month and hopes to maintain the dozens of contacts he made during his XM run. “When I first started out in this business, I had a somewhat similar job. I loved it, but it interfered with my PR-business. This time, I found it the perfect complement and really enjoyed it.”

WHAM MAN --- After a tumultuous couple of years with his health and career, it appears that George Michael is getting ready to do something in March except nobody is sure just what. The singer's site changed on December 17 to simply show the message Exciting News Coming in 2014 with all of the other site content unavailable. Over the next week, the message slowly changed to include a closed red curtain that some were speculating meant that he was retiring; however, a Michael-rep told the U. K.'s NME "I do not understand where people are getting any of this from. Our team that dealt with the web site and fan club were just being creative when they blackened out the site and added a curtain. This is only to give space and time to make some really exciting news for 2014."

On Christmas day, the site changed again to include a Christmas message from Michael along with the audio of him singing “You've Changed.”

Yesterday the video has been changed so the intro shows the words March 2014 in place of the holiday greeting. The audio remains the same. So we're left with the mystery of what is coming, how the singer has "changed" and whether something is happening in March or that we have to wait until March to get the big announcement. 

CLOSING NOTES --- The Beatles Examiner columnist Steve Marinucci, who dutifully documents each and every Beatles-move (from re-issues, to new Beatle books, to new releases and tours) releases today, via Amazon, his e-book based on two encounters with the late, great Davy Jones and his thoughts on the last tour he did with Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, called Meet A Monkee: Davy Jones. We’re getting a review copy today and will have our thoughts to you soon. Steve’s a terrific writer and the perfect individual to chronicle these stories. Check it out HERE.

Speaking of books, Mark Bego's long-overdue Burning Bridges tome, written with Debby Campbell- about Glen Campbell has now secured for sure a release date in April ...

Barry Manilow sent a special holiday greeting to all of his fans saying that his new CD, Night Songs is done. According to the post on his web site, the album is made up of standards that haven't been "over performed" so expect songs from the great composers of the 20th century that were not necessarily their best known works (i.e., don't look for the same songs as are on the Rod Stewart Great American Songbook series). A "surprise" single that represents the album is on its way ...

I was compiling my own goodbye list for 2013, when Dave White’s Classic Rock missive came in. I read it once, read it twice and realized I couldn’t say it any better. Here goes:

It isn't always easy, but each time another artist from the classic rock era passes away, I try to note the passing by celebrating their lives rather than mourning their deaths.

Such was his influence on fans and artists; there was much to celebrate about the life of Richie Havens, who died at age 72 following a heart attack in April. Havens' influence went well beyond his music. Stephen Stills said Havens was "one of the nicest most generous and pure individuals I have ever met."

The musical legacy of The Doors was kept alive in the years since Jim Morrison's death in large part by the efforts of Ray Manzarek, who died of cancer in May at age 74. His motivation had been as much personal as professional. "We really had the feeling that we had something very special, something that only happens once. We thought we were going to change the world."

JJ Cale, who died in July at age 73 as the result of a heart attack, could always be counted on to tell it like it is, both in his song lyrics, and in talking about his life. "I never considered myself a singer," Cale was quoted as saying in his official biography. "I always considered myself a songwriter, so my singing got on my nerves so I'd always pull my vocals back."

Because of complications resulting from what was called "a routine surgical procedure" Alvin Lee passed away at 68 in March. He left his musical mark in many ways, most notably as the face and voice of Ten Years After. In 1974, Lee left what he called "the road to fame and fortune" with TYA so that he could "make music of my own choice without worrying about what other people thought or expected."

Lou Reed's life was saved by a liver transplant in May, but resulting complications caused his death at age 71 in October. As a founding member of Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, Reed's legacy was his willingness and ability to explore, experiment, and test the boundaries. David Bowie eulogized Reed as "a master." Alt rocker Morrissey said, "Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be."

Friday, May 10, 2013


Mark Bego

Author Mark Bego has just been announced as the winner of two awards in the annual Paris Book Festival 2013. His first novel "Murder at Motor City Records" has won an award in the "General Fiction" category, and his adventurous memoir "Paperback Writer" has won an award in the "Wild Card" category.

The awards are given each year for excellence in writing that has an international scope. Some of the key scenes in "Murder at Motor City Records" take place in Paris and Salzburg. And, in "Paperback Writer" Bego recounts his adventures with Mary Wilson of The Supremes in Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Monte Carlo.

Additionally, Bego's latest publication, the collector's magazine "Leonardo DiCaprio: Movie Idol" (from event Bookazines) has arrived on newsstands in time for the new film "The Great Gatsby," and his new book, "Burning Bridges" with Glen Campbell's daughter Debby is due out in October 2013.

Thursday, April 25, 2013



Leonardo DiCaprio

“I lived in every capital of Europe, collecting jewels, hunting big game, and painting a little,” Leonardo DiCaprio smoothly says as Jay Gatsby in the new film sensation The Great Gatsby-out May 10th. The same sentiment of grandeur can be said for Leonardo DiCaprio’s own life.

In a changing world filled with one-hit actors and fleeting overnight celebrities, DiCaprio has remained on top as a Hollywood star in every sense of the word for the last fifteen years.

In 1998, when Titanic was christened the top grossing film of all time, there wasn’t a newsstand that didn’t feature his photograph on a magazine cover. Thanks to DiCaprio’s star making role in Titanic, Hollywood had found a new cinematic sensation.

Ever since his performance in Titanic, everything Leonardo touches turns to “gold,” and fortunately for him, he has never been shy to make edgy film choices. With his recent back-to-back trio of critically acclaimed hit films—Inception, J. Edgar, and Django Unchained—and now the seasons highly anticipated The Great Gatsby (with The Wolf of Wall Street waiting in the wings), Leonardo is officially acknowledged as being a true “movie idol.”

With this lavishly illustrated Event Bookazines, New York Times best-selling DiCaprio biographer Mark Bego pens the ultimate publication leading you on the epic journey that has been the life of one of Hollywood’s most shining stars. This is a read for fans and enthusiasts alike. This is “Leonardo DiCaprio”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013



Mark Bego

Celebrity-author MARK BEGO will be on hand this weekend at the L. A. Times’ Festival Of Books … along with fellow authors Valerie Harper; Debbie Reynolds and Carol Burnett, signing copies of his latest release. After 59 rock-biographies (Micky Dolenz; Cher; Bette Midler; Michael Jackson; Madonna; Bonnie Raitt; Billy Joel; Aretha Franklin; Whitney Houston; and, Elton John) Bego has penned his first novel called Murder At Motor City Records; set in his hometown of Detroit. Gary Graff in the Journal Register said of the book: “For his 60th (!) book, Detroit-born celebrity biographer Bego gives his home town some love with a mystery that touches on some of his own favorite sights and sounds. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty, but Bego spins an engaging yarn, complete with lyrics to fictional songs and a couple twists and turns that make it easy to keep turning the pages.” Cindy Adams said in the NY Post: “With Motown’s Berry Gordy musical open. Bego’s book is an homage to those Detroit roots.” "Murder at Motor City Records" is up for an award in the upcoming The Paris Book Festival. Winners to be announced in May 2013 and awards to be presented in Paris on May 30, 2013.

Adds Bego about his book, : Having been a fan of murder mysteries by Agatha Christie—especially And Then There Were None, the film noir-inspiring novels of James M. Cain—particularly Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce, and the novels of Dashiell Hammett—especially The Thin Man, I came up with the plot of Murder at Motor City Records."

Mark Bego will be autographing his copies of his novel "Murder at Motor City Records" at "The Los Angeles Times" Festival of Books, in the Publish America booth on Sunday, April 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor

Monday, December 10, 2012


Mark Bego

Best-selling author Mark Bego, this month also releases his 60th book, which is his first novel called “Murder at Motor City Records.” It is an exciting homage to Agatha Christie mysteries, Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain crime novels, and the music of his hometown of Detroit. According to Bego: “After years of interviewing rock stars I had so much fun inventing the bigger-than-life characters in this book, from the fictional stars, to the music-obsessed detective who is hot on the trail of the killer. It is something like having a cocktail-loving ‘The Thin Man’ detective solving a murder at a legendary Motown-like record label.”

Bego, who is the author of 59 non-fiction books on rock & roll and show business, has over 10 million books in print, and has written two New York Times best-sellers and a Chicago Tribune best-seller. Three of his biggest hit books were on figures that made Detroit’s Motown Records famous: The Supremes (assisting Mary Wilson), Martha Reeves, and Michael Jackson. Taking notes from those experiences, Mark has created his own fictional Motown-like record company, and a whole colorful roster of singing stars. When the president of his fabricated Motor City Records is found dead, the disgruntled and jealous singing stars at the label are amongst the prime murder suspects.

Sunday, November 25, 2012



Mary Wilson The Supremes

December 8 will see the official release of the full-color magazine “50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION / MY SUPREMES / MARY WILSON” (Event Bookazines / Hudson News). The 128-page publication, edited by best-selling author Mark Bego, is a lavish and exciting remembrance of the top-selling female singing group of all time: The Supremes. The magazine will be available at Barnes & Nobel, Target, Walmart, Hudson News shops and wherever magazines are sold.

The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premiere act of Berry Gordy’s Motown Records during the entire decade of the 1960s. Originally founded as The Primettes in Detroit, Michigan in 1959, The Supremes’ repertoire included pop, soul, rock & roll, Broadway show tunes, psychedelic soul, and disco. They were the most commercially successful of Motown’s acts and are, and to date they are America’s most successful vocal group with 12 Number One singles on the “Billboard” Hot 100. Most of these hits were written and produced by Motown’s main songwriting and production team, Holland–Dozier–Holland. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the Supremes rivaled The Beatles in worldwide popularity.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Aretha Franklin

Author MARK BEGO did an in-store last week at San Francisco’s Alexander Book Company store, for his two current releases, WHITNEY HOUSTON: THE SPECTACULAR RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF THE WOMAN WHOSE VOICE INSPIRED A GENERATION (Skyhorse Publishing) and ARETHA FRANKLIN: THE QUEEN OF SOUL (Skyhorse Publishing) . Mark was there with Brian Summers, from B.S. Productions (channeling his inner Whitney!)and, Bernard Henderson from the Alexander Book Company.


Friday, August 10, 2012



'Sparkle,' with Irene Cara in the starring role and her interest was indeed sparked!

 Whitney Houston

“Thanks to the premiere of the film 'Sparkle,' Whitney Houston's millions of worldwide fans will get their chance to finally say 'goodbye' to the tragic diva who captured our hearts in the 1980s, and who first dazzled us on the big screen in the 1990s. When Houston was a young girl growing up in Newark, New Jersey, she saw the original film version of 'Sparkle,' with Irene Cara in the starring role and her interest was indeed sparked!

In her final film role, as the character Sparkle's world-weary mother, finally Whitney Houston has come full circle. It is a fond and fitting farewell to a true singing legend. Her dynamic acting with Jordin Sparks is totally compelling onscreen.

It makes you wonder just what Whitney was capable of in the future. It is a fitting send off.”

Thursday, July 19, 2012




Celebrity-author Mark Bego, who currently has Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (Skyhorse Publishing), out in the bookstores, commented recently on the possibility of Franklin joining TV’s American Idol: “Aretha Franklin has long been revered as the epitome in the terms of ‘singing icon’ and ‘musical legend,’ so on one hand her volunteering to join the cast of ‘American Idol’ seems to be a brilliant and refreshing idea that would assuredly interpret into ‘press worthiness’ and ‘viewer anticipation.’ 

Friday, January 28, 2011



Story By: Mark Bego

Lamar Fike And Mark Bego

Lamar Fike was not a household name per se, but for the last 50 years he has been known as the "bigger than life" founding member of Elvis Presley's famed entourage, The Memphis Mafia. Back in the days of duck tail haircuts, gold lame suits, and the song "Hound Dog" topping the charts, Lamar was the "right hand man" to "The King of Rock & Roll."

Lamar lived at Graceland with Elvis, alongside Gladys and Vernon Presley, back in the days when that family was pop culture's original reality show. There were Cadillacs in the driveway, motorcycles to race, and even Natalie Wood paying a famous Memphis visit, and Lamar was there.

When Elvis Presley was drafted and went off to serve in the Army in Germany, Lamar went along. When Elvis returned to the States, and performed on TV with Frank Sinatra, Lamar was there. And, when the '70s rolled around, and Elvis was obsessed with becoming a drug enforcement officer, Lamar was there too.

In the time since Elvis died in 1977, Lamar became the prime contributor to the "New York Times" best-selling book on "The King," Albert Goldman's blockbuster "Elvis." Whenever there was an Elvis anniversary date, Lamar would be on the radio, or interviewed on "Larry King."

In the last years of his life, Lamar Fike lived in Dallas, Texas. It was there that I first met him, and began work on Lamar's incredibly detailed memoir, "An Uncommon Journey." I listened for weeks, to tales about meeting Marilyn Monroe, attending parties at Nat King Cole's house, and witnessing a famous interlude between Elvis and Rock Hudson. I also had the privilege of working on a screenplay about Lamar's life, "'57 to '60: One of the Boys." Although "An Uncommon Journey" still remains unpublished, I will always fondly recall listening to Lamar relive his glory days as part of the Elvis Presley inner circle.

Lamar died on January 21, 2011, after a long illness. At the age of 75, he knew that he lived a full and eventful life. He had the opportunity to be treated as one of the closest friends to rock & roll's original King, and everything that Lamar did, he did with dramatic style. Lamar Fike, you will be missed.

Photo By: Derek Storm

Monday, January 03, 2011


Gerald McCullouch And Mark Bego

Celebrity author Mark Bego hosted a star studded New Year's Eve party at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, California in grand style. Gerald McCullouch of TV's "CSI" series was one of the festively attired party guests. Amongst the notables were actress Lisa Tharps (TV's "Men of a Certain Age"), music executive Beth Wernick, TV producer Matt Skurow (TV's "Let's Make a Deal"), vocal coach Susan Rumor ("Public Enemies"), Luke Nicola (manager of Nic's Martini Lounge), quality analyst Felipe Echerri, sound engineer Robert Feist, songwriter Donna Rawlins, show business publicist Barbara Shelley, actor Samuel Paugh ("Sacrifice"), and playwright Dan Via ("Daddy"). Gerald is on the West Coast to promote his starring role in the play "Daddy," which opens in West Hollywood on January 8, 2011, and runs until February 13. Bego is busy promoting his memoir, "Paperback Writer," and updating his biography on Aretha Franklin: "The Queen of Soul," for publication in 2011.

Friday, November 19, 2010


Samuel Paugh With Angela Bowie, Sergio Kardenas,
Shelia Redgate, Gina Virto And Mark Bego

Angela Bowie and Mark Bego, two of the stars of the new film, "La Funcionaria Asesina (a/k/a The Bureaucrat Assassin)," hosted a gala cocktail party for the director / filmmaker Sergio Kardenas, at Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, November 18, 2010. The party guests included music producer Kim Fowley (Joan Jett & The Runaways), folk musician Raspin Stuwart, and nightclub owner Luke Nicola. Also present were Bowie and Bego's co-stars in the film, Gina Virto, Allison Kyler, Samuel Paugh, Rob Patterson, and Sheila Redgate. The party was to salute the DVD release of "La Funcionaria Asesina (a/k/a The Bureaucrat Assassin," which is a high-camp homage to classic "slasher" films, and was the winner of the "Audience Favorite" award at The Arizona Underground Film Festival. Angela Bowie's newest recordings are featured on the charity album "AIDS Be Gone," and Bego's latest book is "Paperback Writer: A Memoir."

Friday, September 10, 2010



Gerald McCullouch With Mary Wilson And Mark Bego

Mary Wilson of The Supremes played hostess to a party for Mark Bego’s new memoir, "Paperback Writer." The event that was held at Nic’s Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills, where the guests sipped martinis and tasted imported vodka’s at the popular nightspot’s 32-degree VodBox room. Amongst the guests were Gerald McCullouch from TV’s "CSI Vegas," Grammy Award-winning producer Robert Margouleff, filmmaker Sergio Kardenas, video game creator Vince Desi, and singing star Asha Puthli. Bego’s book contains several of his global adventures with Wilson, as well as his wild tales about Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Cher. Mark is in Hollywood to work on an upcoming movie deal.

Photo By: Derek Storm

Sunday, June 06, 2010



Mark Bego

Paperback Writer is the humorous and star-studded memoir of best-selling celebrity author Mark Bego. With 56 books in print, two New York Times best-sellers, a Los Angeles Times best-seller, and a Chicago Tribune best-seller, Bego has made a career out of interviewing media stars, and writing books about their lives. His most recent release was 2009’s internationally published Elton John: The Bitch is Back. In Paperback Writer his celebrity co-stars include Madonna, Cher, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones, The Temptations, The Village People, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Martha Reeves, Billy Joel, Angela Bowie, Gene Simmons of KISS, Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night, Joni Mitchell, Hall & Oates, and even Katharine Hepburn.

Known for his biographical books about Leonardo DiCaprio, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and George Strait, finally the time came for Bego to tell some of his own colorful adventures in celebrity land. Bego recalls what it was like to move to New York City as a 21-year-old wannabe writer, and turn his love of show business into a lifelong career. Paperback Writer takes each of its chapters from Bego’s personal celebrity journals that finds him interviewing Aretha Franklin at her house, dancing next to Cher at Studio 54, having coffee with Barry Manilow in his apartment, traveling around the world with Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and moving into the homes of rock stars to put their life stories on paper.

According to Bego in Paperback Writer, “In the past 40 years, not only have I met hundreds of rock, pop, movie and TV stars, I have partied with them, gotten drunk with them, gotten into trouble with them, traveled around the world with them, lived with them, written their autobiographies with them, and I even wound up in bed with some of them!”

As a prognosticator of the “next big thing,” Bego began his career predicting stardom for Michael Jackson, Madonna, and selling millions of copies of his books about their lives and careers. In Paperback Writer Mark continues to track trends by following new stars like Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, and writes about his currently working on the screenplay adaptation of one of his most popular rock biographies.

“I have had a roller coaster career of ups and downs,” says Mark, “including attending the opening night of Studio 54, partying with some of the crown heads of Europe, and reporting celebrity news on television. I have made a career out of telling the stories of the stars of movies, music, and television. In Paperback Writer I finally get to tell my side of the story with all of the craziness, the cocktails, and the fun intact.”

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A Q&A Session with Mark Bego


You have written and published 55 books on show business, and your memoir, Paperback Writer is Number 56. How have you managed to produce so many unique and different books?

“In 1984, my book on Michael Jackson—Michael!—came out the same week he caught his hair on fire doing the Pepsi commercial. It sold seven million copies worldwide, and I was on The New York Times best-seller list! Then I predicted that Madonna was going to be the next big superstar, I wrote the first book ever published about her, and it became a million-seller as well. After that, several publishers were looking to me to write books for them, and it blossomed from there.”

The first rock group you interviewed was Steely Dan. Is that the experience that put you on this path as a rock & roll biographer?

“In 1974, at Central Michigan University, Steely Dan came to my campus, and I received a phone call from their record company, asking if I wanted to interview the group. Naturally, the answer was ‘yes!’ In the middle of the Steely Dan interview a light went on in my head, and I knew what I wanted to do with my Journalism degree: interview rock stars for magazines and books!”

According to Paperback Writer, you were at the opening night at Studio 54, and danced next to Cher. What was that like?

“By the time Studio 54 opened, I was writing for several publications, so I was on the invitation list for that star-studded debut evening. My date that first night at Studio 54 was C.C.H. Pounder of The Shield and Avatar. We were absolutely knocked out when Cher came boogieing over to us on the dance floor, and suddenly C.C., Cher and I were surrounded by the paparazzi! That was the beginning of countless nights at Studio 54 for me. I used to hang out and talk to Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, and of course The Village People!”

You were the first person to interview The Village People, and you predicted the initial career success of Madonna and Whitney Houston. How did that happen?

“I was writing for Disco World magazine at the time, and during our interview I could tell that they were going to be a huge hit, and I instantly became friends with the guys in the group. There is a whole chapter in Paperback Writer about that. Actually, the first time I wrote about the group was in my regular ‘Nightlife’ column in Cue magazine. When my paperback biographies started to become huge sellers, along came two more talents I recognized instantly: Madonna and Whitney Houston. In the ‘80s I wrote Madonna! and Whitney! I revamped both books to write the expanded volumes: Madonna: Blonde Ambition in the ‘90s and my 2009 German language-only book Whitney Houston: Die Biografie.”

Several of the chapters in the book are about the stars of Motown, and you have toured around the world with Mary Wilson of The Supremes, and Martha Reeves. How did that come about?

“When I grew up in suburban Detroit, I was absolutely mesmerized by Motown. When I started interviewing celebrities for magazines in New York City, I always gravitated to the stars of Motown. After I met Mary Wilson of The Supremes in 1975 for an article in Record World magazine, we became lifelong friends. Several of the chapters in Paperback Writer are about my exploits and adventures with Mary, in Japan, in Sweden, in France, and in Monaco. Working on Martha Reeves autobiography—Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva—was a Motown dream-come-true for me. It became a Top 10 best-seller for us, and we had a blast on our promotional tour which helped make it a hit!”

At seven million copies sold, your book on Michael Jackson—“Michael!—is the biggest selling book on The King of Pop. What was that experience like?

“I first met Michael Jackson at a party at Studio 54 that was given in his honor in the 1970s. He was in New York City filming The Wiz. Then, when my 1984 book about him became such a big hit, he surprised me by showing up in LaToya Jackson’s suite at The Helmsley Palace Hotel. I walked right over to Michael and re-introduced myself to him as the author of his biography. He looked me in the eyes—through his dark glasses—and said, ‘I know who you are.’ Although I always found him to be odd and distant, I was saddened when he suddenly died. In 2010 I was able to write and edit a tribute magazine in his honor called Remember the King, as a way to say ‘goodbye’ to him.”

You have had several successful books outside of the United States. How did that come about?

“In 1984, when my Michael Jackson biography became a huge hit in America, England, Spain, Japan and several other countries published foreign editions of it. That was the beginning of my books finding an international audience. When Michael Jackson died last year, my original Japanese publisher, Shinshokan, reprinted my book Michael! as a special 25th anniversary edition for Japan only. In 2009, when I wrote the American book, Elton John: The Bitch is Back, again several foreign publishers jumped at the opportunity to bring out their own international editions. So far my Elton book is has been published in England and Germany, and Russian and Danish versions of it are due out next.”

What rock star bio would you most like to write?

“I would love to update my Barry Manilow biography, with Barry. Also, I have always wanted to write a book with Ringo Starr. He is the only Beatle who has not done his own autobiography, and I want to do it with him. Yes, he did contribute to the Beatles book that Paul and George were involved in during the 1990s, but he has never done a solo autobiography. I have done all sorts of things to try to talk him into it. I keep bugging his manager to talk Ringo into it, but I have yet to snag him. I am not done pursuing this! One of these days I will talk Ringo into it!”

Paperback Writer spans a wide range of music, from your first books The Captain & Tennille and Barry Manilow, up to Lady Gaga. Has the music business changed a lot?

“I was very much involved in the record business in the 1970s and 1980s. When I worked at CBS Records I would watch all of the new music come across my desk as the latest vinyl albums. Nowadays I have to pay attention to the Internet, and be aware of American Idol and Glee. The music and the musicians I write about in Paperback Writer could be a soundtrack album as much as a memoir!”

What has been our favorite book so far?

“Well, Paperback Writer of course! However, I have a special fondness for my book Madonna: Blonde Ambition, in which I christened her the ultimate “bitch goddess.” I also loved my biography Aretha Franklin: Queen of Soul. I interviewed Aretha at her Detroit mansion, and in the middle of the interview she started cooking some chicken in her kitchen. When the chicken was fully cooked she suddenly announced, ‘Chicken’s done. Interview’s over!’ She had the maid show me to the door, and didn’t share so much as a single chicken wing! I had obviously been dismissed by The Queen of Soul! I also loved my books about Cher and Patsy Cline as well. In Paperback Writer I took the opportunity to write something about all of them. I have had a fun and exciting career, and I captured it in Paperback Writer!”

Sunday, December 13, 2009


Robert Funaro With Keith Girard And Mark Bego

After one of the coldest days in NYC in recent memory, the sun re-appeared and the annual PBA Wives and Orphans Xmas event at Bridegwaters, at South Street Seaport, went off without a hitch.Hosted by the PBA’s Patrick Lynch and Al O’Leary, this year’s event was attended by NY- Senator Chuck Schumer; celeb-scribe Mark Bego; Robert Funaro from The Sopranos; actor-Tony LoBianco; Keith Girard of The Improper; PR-pasha David Salidor; Anthony Edwards from Law And order; and, Harvy Keitel. As with several former events, the entertainment was provided by Stingray … one of the best Elvis-impersonators around and local singer Tony B. O’Leary commented at one point that these events have gone on for so long, that many of the children who first came as infants and children, have now blossomed into full fledged adults. As an attendee now for the last eight years … whereas the mood at the first event was just an outpouring of care and concern, that mood has now grown into full blown hope and pride. Thanks to Mary Grant and Patrick Lynch for having us there again. We consider an act of the highest order.