An amateurish genealogical exercise whose appeal for general readers is limited largely to a reverent profile of Asa G. Candler, Sr., the go-getting pharmacist who acquired rights to an unsung patent medicine known as Pemberton's Tonic and renamed it Coca- Cola. Drawing on corporate as well as family archives and on the memories of Candler's blood descendants (who refer to themselves as ``the real ones''), Graham (a great-great-grandchild of the founding father) offers a discontinuously selective account of the Candler clan. But, unfortunately, the lives of Candler's heirs hold almost no interest for anyone save kinfolk and those who need reminding that money can't buy happiness. As it happened, moreover, the patriarch ceded ownership of Coke to his four sons and one daughter toward the close of 1917; unable to work together, the beneficiaries sold out less than two years later, effectively ending their ties to the soft-drink colossus. A devout Methodist, Candler prospered in real estate as well, and he was also a philanthropist of note. His descendants, however, have left few footprints on the sands of time. Many, in fact, became alcoholics, philanderers, and social-register dropouts. In her chronicle, full of pointless anecdotes, Graham soft-pedals or ignores the shortcomings of latter-day Candlers, opting instead for frequent allusions to the heritage of a once-proud house that has squandered its birthright. A graceless, labor-of-love memoir. (Illustrations—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 16, 1992

ISBN: 0-942637-62-3

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Barricade

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1992

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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