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Are You Getting the ‘American Idol: The Untold Story’ Book?

January 18, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

American Idol: The Untold Story‘ by Richard Rushfield is now available to buy at Amazon as a Kindle edition ($9.99) or Hardcover ($16.49).

Are you going to get a copy? I’m tempted, but I’ve been hesitant as I’ve read many of Richard Rushfield’s articles (he was a former Los Angeles Times columnist) and I remember being put-off by his very melodramatic/hyperbolic style of writing (especially the ridiculous articles he did covering Carly Smithson back in Season 7 which made me want to gag). I’m waiting to see the reviews by American Idol fans …

For those wanting more info about the book, Richard Rushfield has done print interviews with USA Today (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) where he shared some exclusive new info; here’s Lyndsey Parker’s (Reality Rocks) Cliff Notes from the book, plus here’s an extended excerpt from the book (Simon vs Simon) care of Newsweek that actually seems more well-written than I expected (and has really dishy info!), so I have to say I’m definitely interested (I’ve added it to my Kindle wishlist at any rate). How about you?

Book Description

The currency is fame, and it’ s bigger than money, more desired than power.

Each season American Idol delivers on a promise whose epic scope is unparalleled in the annals of competition: to take an unknown dreamer from the middle of America and turn him or her into a genuine star. It has become not only the biggest show on television, but the biggest force in all of entertainment; its alumni dominate the recording charts and Broadway, win Academy Awards, and sweep up Grammys. In fact, American Idol has reshaped the very idea of celebrity.

But it didn’ t start out that way. When the little singing contest debuted as a summer replacement on the U.S. airwaves, it was packed between reruns and low-cost filler. The promise that it would find America’ s next pop star produced a hearty round of guffaws from the country’ s media critics. Now, some ten years and millions of records later, no one is laughing.

American Idol: The Untold Story chronicles the triumphs and travails, the harrowing backstage drama and the nail-biting onstage battles that built this revolutionary show. In this revealing book, veteran journalist Richard Rushfield goes deeper inside the circus than any reporter ever has. Candid interviews with Idol alumni, including Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell, shed new light on the show that changed the entertainment industry. And because Rushfield had full access to the people who created the show, starred in it, and kept it atop the pop culture pyramid, this book is the first to take Americans behind the curtain and tell what has really been happening on the world’ s most watched and speculated-about stage.


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