*New* Glen Campbell: Life With My Father
Murder at Motor City Records
50th Anniversary Celebration / My Supremes / Mary Wilson
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Paperback Writer: A Memoir
Mark Bego celebrates the publication of his 61st book with a timely memoir entitled “Life With My Father: Glen Campbell.” The memoir follows co-author Debby Campbell as a child struggling to remain an active part of her fathers’ life through his four marriages. Debby Campbell was an essential part of Campbell’s concert as his singing duet partner for 24 years, a run that came to an end in 2011. It was the same year Glen Campbell made the disclosure that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. The book was released first in England and Australia with the US following thereafter. “Life with My Father” has already won a non-fiction award at the 2014 Paris Book Festival.
According to Bego, “Glen Campbell has had one of the longest running careers in country and pop music. And, as his oldest child, Debby tells of all of her father’s triumphs and challenges with frankness and compassion as only she can. She tells of his battles with drugs, alcohol, his wild romance with Tanya Tucker, and his successful 1990s run at The Glen Campbell Theater in Branson, Missouri. She was the one who rushed to his side when he had his highly publicized D.U.I. charge in 2001. Debby was also there when he recorded his brilliant comeback albums ‘Meet Glen Campbell’ and ‘Ghost on the Canvas.’ She also speaks honestly about the struggles that exist between her seven half-siblings and her three stepmothers. This is THE definitive story about Glen Campbell by the daughter who has been devoted to him through thick and thin.”
Mark Bego’s latest venture finds him interviewing celebrities and cooking up a storm with them for his new food blog: “Mark Bego Cooks / Cook Like a Rock Star” [click on link above]. According to Chef Bego, “I was working on a magazine with Mary Wilson of The Supremes when she shared a couple of recipes with me. I thought all of a sudden, ‘That’s it! A rock & roll cook book!’ And so was born the ‘Cook Like a Rock Star’ side of my blog. I also had to prove that I knew my way around the kitchen too, hence the ‘Mark Bego Cooks’ part of the blog- both soon to become a cook book!”
So far, Bego has an exciting roster of rock stars contributing their recipes to the blog. Some of these rock star dishes include Boz Scaggs’ Tuscan Grilled Chicken; Sean Lennon’s Ginger Scallion Salmon; Mary Wilson of The Supremes’ Brown Rice Stir Fry; Randy Jones of the Village People and his Minestrone; Jimmy Greenspoon and his Three Dog Night / Three Alarm Chili; Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas’ amazing Lemon Chicken; Sean Lennon’s Ginger Scallion Salmon; Lou Christie’s Summer Linguine; Angela Bowie’s “Cowboy Cookies;” Cherry Vanilla’s Spinach Lasagna; and Paul Antonelli of Animotion’s “Obsession” Dijon Salmon. He even has a recipe Debby Campbell frequently shared with her father Glen Campbell. And, yes, it can be made with Campbell’s soup!
Mark’s new book on Whitney Houston has already become a hit around-the-world. With Skyhorse covering the English language U.S. and Canada territories, the book is also released in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Australia through Plexus; Les Editeurs for French-language Canada; an updated Hannibal Books version for Germany, Australia, and Switzerland; Beijing Normal University Press in China; and Lübbe-Audio in Germany for the book-on-CD version. According to Mark’s literary agent, Scott Mendel, other foreign publishers are bidding for the rights to publish Bego’s Houston book in additional territories. It is also Mark’s first book to be simultaneously released as an e-book for Kindle (www.amazon.com) and for Nook (www.barnesandnoble.com) for e-readers.
Cindy Adams amusingly wrote in The New York Post, “Author Mark Bego, whose Omnibus book on Glen Campbell’s out in April, got a food blog. Recipes from Mamas & Papas Michelle Phillips, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Boz Scaggs. Obviously, non-singers don’t eat!”
In 2013 Bego entered the year with the publication of his first novel, which is his 60th published book and his first work of fiction: “Murder at Motor City Records.” It is an exciting homage to Agatha Christie mysteries, Dashiell Hammett and James M. Cain crime novels and the music of his hometown of Detroit. When asked about his novel, Bego said, “I have interviewed so many music stars who had an axe to grind with the record company’s president. In this story, someone finally gets even. And it’s all of the singing stars who are the suspects!”
In “Murder at Motor City Records,” Bego takes the reader on an absorbing and cocktail-filled ride through the streets of Detroit to solve Detective Rusk’s most fascinating case. It is an arresting story mixed with diva fights, rivalries, hit singles, and a crime of passion. According to Gary Graff from the “Journal Register Newspapers,” “Bego spins an engaging yarn, complete with lyrics to fictional songs and a couple of twists and turns that make it easy to keep turning the pages.” Melanie Tait of ABC Radio Australia proclaimed, “It’s loosely based on Motown Records, and the characters themselves are all characters that you need to kind of guess who they are…[it’s] great fun, and quite thrilling!”
In 2012 and 2013, Bego returned to the newsstands. He and Supremes star Mary Wilson presented their all-Supremes magazine: “50th Anniversary Celebration / My Supremes / Mary Wilson.” The lavishly illustrated magazine includes many never-before-seen photos of the iconic trio and was released in December 2012. The magazine’s release also marked the 50th anniversary of the album "Meet the Supremes." In May 2013, Bego published the magazine Leonardo DiCaprio Matinee Idol, in time for the release of the Academy Award-winning film “The Great Gatsby.”
Mark kicked off 2012 by releasing two new books, both of them causing an international sensation. The shocking February 11, 2012 death of Whitney Houston prompted Bego to instantly update his 2009 German language biography of the beloved diva and make it available in several languages. The American version of his book, “Whitney Houston! The Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall of the Woman Whose Voice Inspired a Generation” (Skyhorse Publishing), is the first full biography about the singer to hit the stores, debuting less than three weeks after Houston’s passing.
Bego originally saw Whitney in the 1970s when she was a featured singer in the New York City cabaret act of her mother, Cissy Houston. He immediately noted the teenage singer’s vocal talent at that point, attended her 1985 Carnegie Hall debut, and he wrote the very first book ever published about the life of the singer in 1986: “Whitney!” (PaperJacks).
Mark’s 2011 book “Whitney Houston! The Spectacular Rise and Tragic Fall of the Woman Whose Voice Inspired a Generation” become an instant hit around-the-world. With Skyhorse covering the English language U.S. and Canada territories, the book is also released in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Australia through Plexus; Les Editeurs for French-language Canada; an updated Hannibal Books version for Germany, Australia, and Switzerland; Beijing Normal University Press in China; Lübbe-Audio in Germany for the book-on-CD version; and a Portuguese language version in Brazil via Indigo Books. According to Mark’s literary agent, Scott Mendel, it was one of Bego’s most globally popular books. It was also Mark’s first book to be simultaneously released as an e-book for Kindle (www.amazon.com) and for Nook (www.barnesandnoble.com) for e-readers. It has sold over 110,000 copies in China alone.
Directly following the release of his Whitney Houston book, Skyhorse Publishing presented Bego’s 59th book: the most up-to-date and most comprehensive version of Bego’s critically-acclaimed “Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul,” which hit the stores in time for the soul diva’s 70th birthday (March 25, 2012). Mark had originally written this book in 1989, which he updated in 2001. For this new version, Mark went back to his personal interview tapes with record business wizard Clive Davis, record producers Jerry Wexler and Clyde Otis, Motown superstar Martha Reeves, and Aretha herself, to add over a dozen new segments to the original sections of the book. In addition to that, Bego added two brand new post-2001 chapters that give light to Franklin’s disastrous Wal-Mart album, and her 2010-2012 life-threatening illness. The book is totally up-to-the-minute, including Aretha’s highly-eccentric 2012 on-again-off-again marriage announcement. In addition to the Skyhorse version in the English language, the book was simultaneously released in the German language, and there is even a Chinese language version that has sold over 100,000 copies in its first months of release.
Publisher’s Weekly wrote of the 2012 version of “Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul,” “Here are the highs: (singing at the Clinton White House, being a 1994 Kennedy Center Honoree, winning 20 Grammy Awards, performing at Obama’s inauguration) and the lows: teen pregnancies, her stormy first marriage, canceled engagements, lawsuits, drinking and weight problems, the fire at her $1.8 million home. Bego writes with enthusiasm and manages to juggle ‘conflicting information.’” Library Journal calls the detailed biography the “definitive” book on Franklin.
In 2011 Mark Bego wrote the book “Where the Action Is!” with ’50s and ’60s rocker Freddy Cannon. Rock enthusiasts will remember Cannon for his huge hits “Tallahassee Lassie,” “Palisades Park,” and “Action!”—the theme song for the Dick Clark television show “Where the Action Is!” In fact, Freddy was such a hit with Dick, that he became the most-frequent guest star on the legendary TV series “American Bandstand.” Dick Clark was such a big fan of Freddy’s that he wrote the Introduction to it! It was one of the last things that the late Clark did professionally.
In 2010 Mark Bego published his 56th book, the personal memoir “Paperback Writer.” In his career, Mark has partied with celebrities, moved into their homes to write their autobiographies, and traveled the world with them. He has had a career which encompasses spending one-on-one time with such stars as Madonna, Cher, Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson of The Supremes, Barry Manilow, The Temptations, The Village People, Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Angela Bowie, Joni Mitchell, Martha Reeves, Billy Joel, Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night, and Katherine Hepburn. In this humorous and adventure-filled memoir he recalls going to the exciting opening night of Studio 54, attending cocktail parties with the crown heads of Europe, and his wild roller coaster career of working with the stars of movies, music, and TV. Finally, in “Paperback Writer” Bego tells his story.
Mark had four new books in the stores in 2009, including “Elton John: The Bitch is Back.” The Elton book has been released in five different international versions in different languages with different covers, and different titles. The first one was the German language edition, which was published by Hannibal Books, entitled “Elton John: Die Story.” England’s JR Books released their version entitled The Elton John Story. It was followed by separate versions in Danish and in Russian.
In the fall of 2009 Bego published his 53rd book, which he co-authored with Ruth Mueller entitled “One Minute Before Midnight.” It is the fascinating story of a woman who escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939, and who flourished as a successful business woman in America. According to Mark, “Ruth has a wonderful story, and it makes for a fascinating and inspiring read.”
The next pair of 2009 books by Mark Bego were published in German by Hannibal Books, available in book stores in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, as well as on the internet internationally. The first one was Bego’s totally revised “Tina Turner: Die Biografie,” in a special edition printed in time for the rock diva's 70th birthday in November of that year. It was followed by “Whitney Houston: Die Biografie,” which originally made its international debut in the German language only.
The shocking June 25, 2009 death of Michael Jackson put Bego in the spotlight for five separate appearances on the ABC News TV program “What’s the Buzz.” Says Bego, “I was deeply saddened by Michael’s tragic passing. I met him in the ’70s and ’80s, and he was a kind and talented man who will truly be missed.” To bid farewell to “The King of Pop,” Mark Bego wrote and edited a complete photo-filled magazine entitled “Remember the King: Michael Jackson's Final Tribute,” which was released in 2010. It is available on Amazon.com.
Mark’s 51st book, “Macho Man” (ABC / Clio), was one he wrote with his close friend Randy Jones of The Village People. Released in 2008, “Macho Man” is a book about the history of gay culture, with the career of The Village People as its centerpiece. A book on pop culture and sociology, it is currently featured in libraries around the world.
In 1994 he collaborated with Martha Reeves of Martha Reeves & The Vandellas on the Chicago Tribune Best Seller, “Dancing in the Street: Confessions of a Motown Diva.” He also wrote “I’m a Believer” (1993) with Micky Dolenz about the singer’s career with The Monkees, and “One is the Loneliest Number” written with Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night (1991).
Bego has been heralded in the press as “The Prince of Pop Music Bios” and he was called “The reigning king of the…bio” by The Washington Post. His books include “Billy Joel: The Biography” (2007), Joni Mitchell (2005), “Jackson Browne: His Life and Music” (2005), “Tina Turner: Break Every Rule” (2003), “Julia Roberts: America’s Sweetheart” (2003), “Bette Midler: Still Divine” (2002), “Cher: If You Believe” (2001), “Madonna: Blonde Ambition” [revised] (2000), “Bonnie Raitt: Just In the Nick of Time” (1995), “Linda Ronstadt: It’s So Easy” (1989), “The Doobie Brothers” (1980), and “Barry Manilow” and “The Captain & Tennille” (1977). His 1998 biography “Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero” spent six weeks on the New York Times Best-Seller List. His first New York Times Best Seller was his 1984 book Michael! [Jackson], which sold over seven million copies in six languages.
Branching out into new arenas, in 2006 Mark published a collaboration with famed psychic to the stars called “Yolana: Just One More Question.” He worked with the late Lamar Fike, legendary Elvis Presley confidante, on a book called “FIKE: An Uncommon Journey,” and a screenplay entitled “’57 to ’60: One of the Boys,” co-written with David Stanley.
Bego’s books have included “The Rock & Roll Almanac,” and have also encompassed several other entertainment industry subjects. He has written about television: “TV Rock — The History of Rock & Roll on Television” (1988), and the movies: “Will Smith: The Freshest Prince” (1998), “Matt Damon: Chasing a Dream” (1998), and “Rock Hudson: Public and Private” (1986). Bego has also recently launched his own line of jewelry. He has been designing jewelry since the 1970s, and he is now actively producing and selling it on this website in the “Jewelry” section (click on the link on the navigation bar above). Based on the success of Mark’s biography “Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero,” world-famous Melitta Coffee Company in 1998 named a new coffee line after him: “Mark Bego's Romantic Hero Blend.” The limited-edition coffee is no longer available, but Mark's personally designed coffee mugs can still be purchased. Mark Bego regularly appears on television reporting entertainment news, and in 2011 he landed an acting role on Gloria Allred’s courtroom TV show “We the People.” Now, with his cooking blog, and after 61 books, Bego claims, “I’ve only just begun!”
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For publicity or press questions about Mark, his publicist is David Salidor. He can be reached at: email@example.com / (212) 245-5909
Bego is managed by Pipeline Talent in New York City. His managers, Dave Marken and Dan DiFilippo can be reached at: Dave@pipeline-talent.com or Dan@pipeline-talent.com / (212) 372-7506
Mark Bego’s literary agent is: Scott Mendel. For new book projects or rights questions about Bego’s books, Scott can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org / (646) 239-9896
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