Mark Bego is the author of 61 published books on rock & roll, country music, and show business. He has been called “The Number One Best-Selling Pop Biographer” in Publisher’s Weekly, and has been referred to in the press as “The Prince of Pop Music Bio’s.” With over 10 million copies of his books in print, Bego has written two New York Times best-selling books (Michael! [Jackson] and Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero), and a Chicago Tribune best-seller (Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva with Martha Reeves of Martha & The Vandellas). He is the author of the award-winning novelMurder at Motor City Records (2012). His hit books have included Madonna: Blonde Ambition (1993), Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (2012), and Elton John: The Bitch is Back (2009).
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.
“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 10. 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”.
Celebrity-author MARK BEGO will be on hand this weekend at the L. A. Times’ Festival Of Books … along with fellow authors Valerie Harper; Paul Anka; Molly Ringwald; Debbie Reynolds and Carol Burnett, signing copies of his latest release, Murder At Motor City Records.
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; 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 as well. Winners will 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.”
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.
Veteran book publisher/agent TONY SEIDL was on a fact finding trip to New York – searching for the next big thing in book publishing, when lightning struck at the airport newsstand. “I was standing there at the newsstand, looking at the magazines and it dawned on me … many of the usual magazines had been replaced with single-subject magazines, like on The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. I knew then that they were the future of the publishing business. Collectible magazines.”
With a lifetime of contacts in the business, Seidl has started up Event Bookazines, and their initial titles have generated quite a buzz within the industry. Their Supremes 50th Anniversary Celebration: My Supremes by Mary Wilson and noted writer Mark Bego was a major success. Bego is also penning Leonardo Di Caprio: A Close Up Profile for next month in tandem with the release of his Great Gatsby movie. The imprint is also releasing The Great Gatsby Era; The Lone Ranger & Other Cowboy Heroes; and Gettysburg as well.
It’s a heady time in the publishing business right now and Seidl has proven time and again his prowess in the field. “I helped pioneer the instant book … and, very clearly now, it’s the instant magazine. It’s a book, in a magazine format.”
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.
According to the back cover: “Detective Marcus Rusk grew up in Detroit loving the wonderful ’60s and ’70s sounds of the music that came from Motor City Records. However, the evening after the label’s 35th Anniversary reunion show, someone wants the president of the record company dead. Who killed Harry Stone? It seems that everyone on the label has a motive for wanting him erased, including: Cheryl Lamour—the star of the singing trio The Elations, bitchy diva Roxanne Wills, icy songstress Vicki Vance, bisexual crooner Jamison Burke, Harry’s ex-wife Laura, sexually confused Roger Washington, and Harry’s business partners—Sammy Solar and William Blue. Rusk faces his most challenging case—the murder of Harry Stone—which takes him on a trail of interviewing all of his favorite Motor City music stars. Author Mark Bego takes the reader on an entertaining and cocktail-filled ride through the streets of Detroit to solve Detective Rusk’s most fascinating case.” It is an exciting mix of diva fights, rivalries, hit singles, and a crime of passion.
With the music of Motown suddenly back in fashion on Broadway (Berry Gordy’s new musical), in film (Lenny Kravitz starring in a new Marvin Gaye bio-pic), and at the newsstands (Mary Wilson’s commemorative magazine “50th Anniversary Celebration / My Supremes” written with Bego/Event-bookazines), Mark Bego’s Detroit-based “Murder at Motor City Records” arrives on the marketplace with perfect timing.
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.
Mary Wilson’s career has continued to prosper with a series of well received solo albums, the most recent being “Life’s Been Good To Me” which is due to be released in early 2013. She also wrote the New York Times best-selling memoir: “Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme” in 1986.
Best-selling author Bego, who this month also releases his 60th book (his first novel called “Murder at Motor City Records”) first came aboard this project due to his 35 year friendship with Wilson; the two have been friends for years and Bego helped her write her two memoirs. Adds Bego, “Mary and I had been talking about doing some sort of retrospective to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the album ‘Meet The Supremes.’ When we received the offer to do this magazine, it seemed like the perfect way for us to celebrate everything Supreme!”
According to Mary Wilson, “Mark and I have worked on several projects together, and I am thrilled to celebrate the entire legacy of The Supremes in one publication. With this magazine we were able to salute every one of The Supremes, our entire history, every one of our albums, and all of the group’s incarnations from the 1960s to the 1970s—and beyond. We cover several decades of wonderful memories, and of course dozens of our sequined Supremes gowns in this magazine!”
“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 1980’s, and who first dazzled us on the big screen in the 1990’s. 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.”