*New*Murder at Motor City Records
*New*50th Anniversary Celebration / My Supremes / Mary Wilson
Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul
Paperback Writer: A Memoir
Mark Bego enters 2013 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. According to the back cover: "Detective Marcus Rusk grew up in Detroit loving the wonderful ’60s and ’70s sounds of the music that came from Motor City Records. However, the evening after the label’s 35th Anniversary reunion show, someone wants the president of the record company dead. Who killed Harry Stone? It seems that everyone on the label has a motive for wanting him erased, including: Cheryl Lamour—the star of the singing trio The Elations, bitchy diva Roxanne Wills, icy songstress Vicki Vance, bisexual crooner Jamison Burke, Harry’s ex-wife Laura, sexually confused Roger Washington, and Harry’s business partners—Sammy Solar and William Blue. Rusk faces his most challenging case—the murder of Harry Stone—which takes him on a trail of interviewing all of his favorite Motor City music stars. Author Mark Bego takes the reader on an entertaining and cocktail-filled ride through the streets of Detroit to solve Detective Rusk’s most fascinating case." It is an exciting mix of diva fights, rivalries, hit singles, and a crime of passion.
Bego completed 2012 with his return to the magazine newsstands, where 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 to mark the 50 year anniversary of the release of the album "Meet The Supremes."
Mark kicked off 2012 by releasing two new books, both of them causing an international sensation and bringing his tally of titles to a record-breaking total of having written 59 different published books. 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), was 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 about the life of the singer in 1986: Whitney! (PaperJacks).
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.
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 interviews 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 is simultaneously being released in the German language via Edel Books.
Publisher’s Weekly writes 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 is such a big fan of Freddy’s that he wrote the Introduction to it!
In 2010 Mark Bego published his 56th book, 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, 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. After 59 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: firstname.lastname@example.org / (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: email@example.com / (646) 239-9896