By Tom Holbrook and Friends
Thanks to these great people!
I just got the book. I leave on a plane in the morning but I just had to write.
No idea. No idea. None of your descriptions so far have done justice to the final product.
It looks amazing. It's staggering!
You've done an extraordinary job with research and information.
I don't know how I will put it down.
It is a true, true labor of love. Jaw dropping.
I'm going to buy another copy for my friend in Jersey who is storing my collection.
I'll do that when I return. I will also buy a copy for myself in hardcover.
Congrats and thanks!
-Mike I., St. Louis, Missouri.
It's like Christmas!!
Thanks!! Got the book today - - been reading it this evening until my eyeballs are falling out!!
-Gary C., Appleton, WI.
Congratulations on your awesome new book.
May all good things come to you from its birth.
-Mary B., Geneva, Illinois.
I just received my copy of Tom's book.
To say it is major is an understatement.
The depth of research and the number of photographs is staggering.
It is a complete chronicle, and we're so lucky he did this.
Hi fellow Bozo fans!
The mail just brought my advance copy of Tommy's book.
I couldn't hardly put it down to send this note, but wanted to let everyone know that it is truly the "Capitol Bozo Masterpiece!"
Thanks Tom for all the work you did and for sharing this history with the world. Please, please, please everyone get a copy and tell everyone else to get the book. You will love it.
I can't wait to study it.
It is truly a reference book for the ages documenting early Bozo, clowns and the circus.
And thanks for the advanced copy!
P.S. My wife loves it too.
Best wishes to you.
-Kevin A., Columbia, Illinois.
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!
I'm gonna spend a lot of time soaking up all of the stories, photos and information.
Great job Tom!
-Mark N., Glendale, Ca.
I received The Bozo Chronicles Tuesday, and I just want to say WOW!!
The book looks great, from the cover with the great image of Bozo to all the wonderful pictures and information and stories.
It is a beautiful piece of work.
I am so happy I was able to purchase the advance copy of your book.
I thank you very much.
You have a lot to be proud of.
I am very excited for you.
May lots of good things come your way from all the work you have put into this project.
Best Wishes Always,
-Rich C.,Gary, Indiana.
THE BOZO CHRONICLES:
ONE MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION!
Tom Holbrook is a man obsessed, but that's a good thing, a magnificent obsession. His new book - The Bozo Chronicles - is the true story, a complete, entirely magnificent obsession with a forty-plus years lifetime collecting Bozo The Capitol Clown memorabilia, the creation of two (at least!) very talented men.
Author-Archivist Holbrook, himself the proud overseer of this vast empire of "stuff", reveals a love for one clown, conceived by a Capitol Records top brass with a legendary legacy in the music business, and a multi-faceted former circus clown turned actor/composer/musician, and one of Walt Disney's favorite employees. These two men - Alan Livingston and Pinto Colvig - turned the record biz on it's musical ear in 1946 with the creation of a kiddie-guide record and book hosted by an imaginary circus clown (actually constructed in part from the already-classic visage of Ringling star funnyman Lou Jacobs). Picking the vaudeville moniker "Bozo", the character featured Colvig's magnificently funny voice and creative writing abilities along with Livingston's. A third Genius - musical arranger, conductor and trumpet player Billy May, furnished the appropriate musicality to make you smell the sawdust, hot dogs, and cotton candy. The album was magic, and caught the ear of young Tom Holbrook just as it caught the ears of millions of other post-WWII kids, including yours truly.
With these spectacular beginnings, Bozo The Capitol Clown was born to rule the kingdom of kiddie records for all time. Long Live The King!
Today Holbrook tells the entire story, replete with the full supporting and entirely relevant cast of actors, writers, circus people, and other fascinating magical, musical memories, in a six hundred and thirty five page (!) coffee table book, well-worthy of it's subject and creators.
I've known Tom Holbrook for quite some time, and I've lived the creation of this project right along with him; aware of everything going into it, and even made a few suggestions along the way. But when I received an advance copy in the mail the other day, my pant legs rolled up by themselves, exposing my red and white candy striped long-stockings, and my rubber nose fell off in complete surprise! I was stunned when I lifted what weighs as much as a bowling ball from the mailing box, increasingly salivated at my Capitol Clown Bozo/recorded circus memories as I turned each page, and can only now begin to tell you, and you, and YOU that you're in for the treat of a lifetime when you buy or download this great book. Nothing I've ever read compares to it, and for all I know about the music business, Capitol Records in general, and clowns in particular, The Bozo Chronicles do indeed chronicle my old pal Bozo as he should have been chronicled years ago, except that's impossible, because Tom Holbrook isn't that old so wasn't around years ago.
In a stroke of luck to beat all, Holbrook made contact with Alan Livingston himself, who was treated to a first draft before passing at the full-lifetime age of 91. Livingston also magnificently, wrote the book's Forward, thus we have emblazoned for The Ages the words of Bozo's father, alone worth the low price for which the book sells.
I could go on and on about what you'll find inside, but instead I leave the wonderful adventure of that to your eyes. If you know this Bozo you will be enthralled and delighted to find him again. If you never met the clown, it's quite time you do, and I guarantee you will be entertained, enriched, and even enraptured by the experience.
Buy The Bozo Chronicles as fast as you can - it's already a Collector's Item!
- Verne Langdon.,Montecito, Ca.
The Bozo Chronicles (c) 2010 Thomas J. Holbrook. All rights reserved.
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