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 Posted: Fri May 30th, 2014 12:31 am
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Kamala is currently working on an autobiography that is close to completion. We should have more on that in the next few weeks. AJ Styles' autobiography is still in the works. I am told Styles and his wife have been re-working on some of the early chapters of late.

Longtime Southern wrestler and promoter Beau James has released a new book "It Takes All Kinds: The People Places and Events That Make Pro Wrestling." Promotional material for the book reads, "A collection of stories from Beau James about The People, Places, and Events that make up Pro Wrestling. Beau has been involved with wrestling since he was 14 years old. He has seen just about everything you could imagine and somethings you could not in your wildest imagination. Take a trip through a quarter of a century of an ever changing yet never dull life as a pro wrestler."

A new graphic novel on the life of Andre the Giant titled "Andre the Giant: Life and Legend" has been released by Box Brown. This is an unauthorized book, not to be confused with the authorized one currently being developed by Lion Forge Comics in conjunction with Andre's estate.

Some additional books set for release in the next few months:
7/1 - The All-American Boy: Lessons and Stories on Life from Wrestling Legend Bob Backlund by Bob Backlund and Robert H. Miller

9/15 - 30 Years of WrestleMania by Brian Shields

10/1 - Time Heels: Cheating, Stealing, Spandex and the Most Villainous Moments in the History of Pro Wrestling by Jon Chattman, Rich Tarantino and Tommy Dreamer

11/20 - The Best in the World: At What I Have No Idea by Chris Jericho

12/16 - Booker T: My Rise To Wrestling Royalty by Booker T Huffman and Andrew William Wright

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I think I'd like to read Kamala's book.

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Anyone know the publisher for the Backlund book?

This is the one that BacklundCollector from KM was working on the last few years? (I take it he's Robert Miller?)

I've been waiting for this one for a couple years now after following it's progress by BacklundCollector over at Kayfabe Memories. By the sounds of things it should be good.

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carpetbeggar wrote: Anyone know the publisher for the Backlund book?

This is the one that BacklundCollector from KM was working on the last few years? (I take it he's Robert Miller?)

I've been waiting for this one for a couple years now after following it's progress by BacklundCollector over at Kayfabe Memories. By the sounds of things it should be good.
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing (July 1, 2014)
Bob Backlund began life as a poor farm boy in the little village of Princeton, Minnesota, with a population of just over 2,000 people. He was a below-average student with a lackluster work ethic and a bad attitude, who hung with the wrong crowd and made a lot of bad choices. He was a kid whose life was headed for disaster—until a local coach took interest in him, suggested that he take up amateur wrestling, and offered to work with him if he promised to stay out of trouble.

It was in North Dakota that Bob Backlund had the first of several chance encounters that would shape his destiny. While working out at the YMCA gymnasium in Fargo, North Dakota, where he wrestled for North Dakota State, Backlund met a well-known professional wrestler, “Superstar” Billy Graham. The men talked, and at Graham’s suggestion, Backlund was inspired to pursue a career in professional wrestling.

Less than five years from that day, on February 20, 1978, Backlund would find himself halfway across the country, standing in the middle of the ring at Madison Square Garden with his hand raised in victory as the newly crowned World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion. The man Backlund pinned for the championship that night was none other than Superstar Billy Graham.

With interviews from “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and The Iron Sheik, as well as Vince McMahon, the president and CEO of the WWE, The All-American Kid tells the incredible story and career of Bob Backlund, one of the most famous wrestlers since the inception of the sport. From his rough upbringing and rise to fame to his failed run for Congress and revived career, Bob Backlund has traveled the world, learning and seeing more than most people will in a lifetime.

Robert Lee “Bob” Backlund is the former two-time World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion, with an in-ring career that has spanned nearly 40 years. He has wrestled nearly every big name in the sport, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and André the Giant. Backlund continues to make occasional appearances for the WWE, teaching amateur wrestling to children and traveling the country as a much-loved motivational speaker. He will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013.

Robert H. “Rob” Miller is a trial lawyer, equity partner, and member of the Management Committee at the New England–based law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green. He is also the critically acclaimed author of titles including Law School Confidential. A fan of wrestling since childhood, Miller has always considered Bob Backlund his hero. Miller lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, with his wife, Carolyn, and their two sons.

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When did Bob wrestle Andre?

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khawk wrote: When did Bob wrestle Andre?
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03.12.1980

MSG Tag League 1980: Andre The Giant & The Hangman vs. Antonio Inoki & Bob Backlund - Double Count Out (14:36)
NJPW 1st Madison Square Garden Tag League - Tag 12 @ General Gymnasium in Matsusaka, Mie, Japan

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I just finished Billy Robinson's "Physical Chess" biography. Overall, pretty disappointing.



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Wrestling books jumped the shark for me years ago.  There's information overload out there online now for free.  And most of these books are cobbled together unprofessionally and barely read better than a typical Internet article anyway.  For every Mick Foley or Bret Hart book that is a true autobiography, there are 25 more that are just a thrown together collection of the same stories of half-truths and outright lies that we've all heard already. 

I'll probably pick up Jericho's latest installment since I enjoyed his first one, but I have little interest in the others.  Backlund's could of course be great, if someone like Walter Isaacson sat down with him over the course of 3 years and gave him the Steve Jobs treatment and wrote a real fucking book.  But we all know that's not going to happen.  These wrestlers just kayfabe their ghostwriters and the ghostwriters are schlock hounds and scribble down whatever to make a few bucks in between writing bad columns for their dying newspaper.



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srossi wrote: .......Backlund's could of course be great, if someone like Walter Isaacson sat down with him over the course of 3 years and gave him the Steve Jobs treatment and wrote a real fucking book.  But we all know that's not going to happen.  These wrestlers just kayfabe their ghostwriters and the ghostwriters are schlock hounds and scribble down whatever to make a few bucks in between writing bad columns for their dying newspaper.
pretty much , I expect Backlund's to be 'his' version which doesnt bode well, hope I am wrong , anyone writing from a wrestlers memories needs to check facts and do some real research

lots of biography's fall short when the subject has the final say or no one bothers to check

about the only ones I look forward to are the PWHF series as they are properly researched and give you something other than the same old




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Do you mean that when Terry Funk wrote that he spent 6 years doing rodeo that he was not being 100% truthful?

Or that Pipers first match was with Axe Henning in the AWA?

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Longtime southern play wrestler Beau James is more accurate

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NCJames wrote: Longtime southern play wrestler Beau James is more accurateI just read that one.  A loser with a dream of being a loser wrestler.

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StranglerLou wrote: Do you mean that when Terry Funk wrote that he spent 6 years doing rodeo that he was not being 100% truthful?


 
 
Terry did spend many years on the rodeo circuit.  I saw him and know many people who know nothing about rasslin mentioning it.  6 years?  Dunno but it was a decent amount of time.



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Portalesman wrote: StranglerLou wrote: Do you mean that when Terry Funk wrote that he spent 6 years doing rodeo that he was not being 100% truthful?


 
 
Terry did spend many years on the rodeo circuit.  I saw him and know many people who know nothing about rasslin mentioning it.  6 years?  Dunno but it was a decent amount of time.

It was six years.  For six years, his thing was to bang rats doggie-style, then see how long he could hold on once Dory jumped out of a nearby closet, where he had been watching.  Then he filmed "Road House", and it was tough to pull as many women with Swayze around.

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bpickering wrote: carpetbeggar wrote: Anyone know the publisher for the Backlund book?

This is the one that BacklundCollector from KM was working on the last few years? (I take it he's Robert Miller?)

I've been waiting for this one for a couple years now after following it's progress by BacklundCollector over at Kayfabe Memories. By the sounds of things it should be good.
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing (July 1, 2014)
Bob Backlund began life as a poor farm boy in the little village of Princeton, Minnesota, with a population of just over 2,000 people. He was a below-average student with a lackluster work ethic and a bad attitude, who hung with the wrong crowd and made a lot of bad choices. He was a kid whose life was headed for disaster—until a local coach took interest in him, suggested that he take up amateur wrestling, and offered to work with him if he promised to stay out of trouble.

It was in North Dakota that Bob Backlund had the first of several chance encounters that would shape his destiny. While working out at the YMCA gymnasium in Fargo, North Dakota, where he wrestled for North Dakota State, Backlund met a well-known professional wrestler, “Superstar” Billy Graham. The men talked, and at Graham’s suggestion, Backlund was inspired to pursue a career in professional wrestling.

Less than five years from that day, on February 20, 1978, Backlund would find himself halfway across the country, standing in the middle of the ring at Madison Square Garden with his hand raised in victory as the newly crowned World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion. The man Backlund pinned for the championship that night was none other than Superstar Billy Graham.

With interviews from “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and The Iron Sheik, as well as Vince McMahon, the president and CEO of the WWE, The All-American Kid tells the incredible story and career of Bob Backlund, one of the most famous wrestlers since the inception of the sport. From his rough upbringing and rise to fame to his failed run for Congress and revived career, Bob Backlund has traveled the world, learning and seeing more than most people will in a lifetime.

Robert Lee “Bob” Backlund is the former two-time World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Champion, with an in-ring career that has spanned nearly 40 years. He has wrestled nearly every big name in the sport, including Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and André the Giant. Backlund continues to make occasional appearances for the WWE, teaching amateur wrestling to children and traveling the country as a much-loved motivational speaker. He will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013.

Robert H. “Rob” Miller is a trial lawyer, equity partner, and member of the Management Committee at the New England–based law firm of Sheehan, Phinney, Bass & Green. He is also the critically acclaimed author of titles including Law School Confidential. A fan of wrestling since childhood, Miller has always considered Bob Backlund his hero. Miller lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, with his wife, Carolyn, and their two sons.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1613216955/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=075SJJ56Z79F4A13PDRJ&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1688200382&pf_rd_i=507846
Rob Miller, wow! That's a name from the past. I knew him from the old KFM board. Nice guy but didn't follow us over to OSW.  



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