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Anybody read "Butcher" Paul Vachon's book?  It looks like it could be a good one.

Any others come out recently?



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I bought The Shooters by Jonathan Snowden. Haven't read it yet. The book promises info on the toughest men in professional wrestling. The book starts with William Muldoon's era and tells the story of shooters from that point forward. I'm usually not into which guy could beat which guy in a shoot threads so I'm taking a chance author Jonathan Snowden has done his home work and come up with a decent book.

There are two books I pre-ordered. Pat LaPrade's book on Montreal Wrestling and Larry Matysik's top 50 wrestlers of all time book.  

Mark James has a new book on Memphis wrestling during the 1950s and bunkhouse has a new issue Florida Mats Wars profiling the year 1964. Both these books are mostly clippings although Mark's book offers several pictures from the collections of George Schire and Chris Swisher as well as an introduction to each year. Mark only covers Memphis but has every card while bunkhouse covers several Florida cities. Both books are highly recommended if you are a match results geek.



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For very little money I bought on lulu.com ebook autobiographies of Siva Afi and Ron Martinelli (Ron Zuccaro) . Afi was just short while Martinelli was a decent read, though I had to wonder at some points how truthful he was. But if you hate the Vietnamese and are interested in war flashbacks you will like it.
Haven't read yet Extremely Strange by J.R. Benson, who did the California ISW with gimmicks like Harley Racist. Quite a lengthy book so it should have it's merit.

Two months ago I shilled the Charley Fox book (http://www.thewrestlingcop.com/charley-fox-memoir/ , down at the moment) , so if you liked the Mildred Burke book you should love this.



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indikator, interesting list. Begs the question, if you publish a book and no one knows about it, is it actually published?

I probably would have done something on SLAM! Wrestling for all of those, had the publisher and/or writer been in touch.

ebooks are all well and good, but you still have to market!

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I find myself somewhat burnt out on the "wrestling biography" genre.  I believe the last two I read were Bret Hart's and Billy Graham's.  Without sounding too cynical or jaded about wrestling, I just myself reading essentially the same stories over and over again with these books.  Wrestler A does a lot of drugs.  Wrestler B cheats on his wife.  Wrestlers C & D pull a prank on Wrestler E.  There you have it.  I like the inside stories on booking (ie Dynamite Kid talked about how he wouldn't drop the straps to Sheik and Volkoff in early '87 and made Vince agree that the Harts would get the belts), but the drug use and practical jokes are like "you've read one of them, you've read them all".  The Billy Graham book, in particular, just made me look at that dude like he's the biggest fucking idiot on the planet. 

As much as I love 80s wrestling, the behind the scenes shit, at this point, is pretty much nothing I care to know about anymore.  I'll just watch the dvds and leave it at that.  My time is better spent reading actually decent literature, and there's a ton out there.



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Blazer wrote: My time is better spent reading actually decent literature, and there's a ton out there.

Are you trying to say that Chyna's book is not real literature? 



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srossi wrote: Blazer wrote: My time is better spent reading actually decent literature, and there's a ton out there.

Are you trying to say that Chyna's book is not real literature? 

LOL. 



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I do not buy many wrestling books at all.   I usually wait and see the reviews before spending the dough.  The only thing that sparked maybe some interest with me in Vachon's book is to maybe peek behind the scenes in the 70's.   The 1980's has been given alot of attention due to the people putting out the books, but I am still looking for that one book which really could give some new information on the 1970's WWF.  I think there would be some good shop still to uncover for that time period.  



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I have to agree with Blazer a lot. Wrestling books can be mind-numbingly schematic.

And Greg, you probably should do the Fox book, it's that good. I would have to assume that it was written by a person who only had second hand knowledge of wrestlings history and business aspects and at the moment I would say it's my favorite wrestling book. Of course I am more inclined to prefer autobiographies compared to wrestler directories as I am a pedantic wrestling website member myself. Which reminds me to send you a mail.

(Note to self: Read it a second time before I regret this claim :D )



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Matysiks top 50 will be interesting.

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Jerry Jarrett's book is terrific.

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Just ordered Vachon's book.

Too bad Dick Woerhle passed away, he would have probably had the potential of telling some great story from the TV episodes of the 70's.



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Papa Voo wrote: Just ordered Vachon's book.

Too bad Dick Woerhle passed away, he would have probably had the potential of telling some great story from the TV episodes of the 70's.

I spent some time talking with Woerhle a few years ago and you're right, he was a great story teller.  Sorry he didn't get a chance to publish some of them.



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Papa Voo wrote: Just ordered Vachon's book.


I read the first two volumes of his autobiography and it was loads of fun, although he might have benefited from a spellchecker and an editor.

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clawmaster wrote: I bought The Shooters by Jonathan Snowden. Haven't read it yet. The book promises info on the toughest men in professional wrestling. The book starts with William Muldoon's era and tells the story of shooters from that point forward. I'm usually not into which guy could beat which guy in a shoot threads so I'm taking a chance author Jonathan Snowden has done his home work and come up with a decent book.

Decent book. Only recommended to people extremely interested in reading rumors about locker room fights and the history of MMA. 



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