American Top 40 With Casey Kasem (The 1970's) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/1/31
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Long regarded as an expert of Casey Kasem?s American Top 40 radio program, Pete Battistini provides highlights and summaries of nearly 500 AT40 programs from the 1970s, along with a highly-detailed list of all subscribing AT40 radio stations. Peppered with various anecdotes and perspectives, he opens up his archives and offers more than 100 AT40 illustrations ? memos, documents, advertisements, photographs, script cards, radio surveys and much more ? to give a ?Casey?s coast-to-coast? inside look at the America?s favorite hit parade. Finally, he provides his own ?confessions? describing how AT40 became a weekly habit. For anyone who spent time listening to Casey Kasem?s countdown every weekend, here?s an opportunity to relive the music and stories of the 1970s.
Pete Battistini was born in Gary, Indiana in 1955. Thirteen years later he picked up his first radio station record survey ? a Top 40 listing of WLS? (Chicago) Hit Parade. This lead to a fascination with artist and music variety typically found in Top 40 radio and in Top 40 countdowns. In 1971, Battistini heard Casey Kasem?s American Top 40 for the first time and was instantly captivated. He has accumulated one of the largest collections of American Top 40 memorabilia, including an AT40 promotional poster seen here that he obtained from former WICB (Ithaca, New York) general manager Gene Hallahan. His enthusiasm for Casey Kasem?s radio show carried over into a desire to document AT40 program information, the 1970s in particular. Much of that data is presented in this text. Additions, changes or suggestions to this text are welcomed by the author. Contact Pete Battistini at email@example.com
I would not call this american top 40 but american top 40 minus 38.
It up and did a quick thumbing through.I was totally expecting a list of each week's top 40 and the trivial stories that accompanied each hit.Instead we are provided a short list of notes that tell us casey told a story concerning the artist or song
(a song that's not even named).
This book is really not a book for AT-40 fans, it's a scrapbook for people in the radio business.Really,because it's loaded with letters to the local stations.I can't imagine there would really be a very large audience for this book unless one would use it as a guide if you had access to the actual program recordings.
So,if I had to do it all over again,I would have use my birthday money on something else!
First of all: there are a lot of reviews here that have been carried over from the 70's book, and as of this writing the "Look Inside" feature is also carried over from the 70's book. But this is indeed the 1980's sequel book--I ordered from this page and got my book today.
If you have the 70's book, there's not a whole lot more I have to say...Pete Battistini applies his unique format of weekly recaps, fan memories and historical material--trade ads, internal memos, radio station hit lists, etc-- to the 1980-'88 time period (through Casey Kasem's final episode).
If you were a fan of "American Top 40" in the 80's I am certain the book will bring back some great memories...and if you are approaching this subject for the first time I would also recommend (as Pete does) the Rob Durkee "American Top 40" book, which offers an outstanding history of the program's creation and eventual downfall. The Durkee book combined with Pete's two immaculately researched volumes will give you the complete story in words and pictures of a true radio classic!