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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595800530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595800534
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chris Epting is the author of numerous books, including James Dean Died Here, Led Zeppelin Crashed Here, Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here, Roadside Baseball, and The Ruby Slippers, Madonna’s Bra, and Einstein’s Brain. He has contributed articles to such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways, Travel + Leisure and Preservation magazine. Epting is also the national spokesperson and consultant for Hampton Inn’s Save-a-Landmark program, which recently won the Preserve America Presidential Award. He lives in Huntington Beach, California, with his wife and their two children.

Seth Swirsky is an American pop music songwriter, author, recording artist and noted baseball memorabilia collector. He is the author of Baseball Letters: A Fan’s Correspondence with His Heroes and Every Pitcher Tells a Story: Letters Gathered by a Devoted Fan. He is also completing a unique documentary of the Beatles, A Year in the Life, which consists of interviews with people who have a story about themselves and the Beatles.

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Chris Epting is the author of 25 travel/history books, including James Dean Died Here (Santa Monica Press), Roadside Baseball (McGraw Hill) and most recently Hello It's Me, Dispatches From a Pop Culture Junkie (Santa Monica Press). He is also an award-winning travel writer and has contributed articles for such publications as the Los Angeles Times, Westways and Travel + Lesiure magazine, and writes a weekly newspaper column for the Huntington Beach Independent. In addition, Chris is a veteran music journalist and hosts and produces the weekly syndicated radio show, "music." Originally from New York, Chris now lives in Huntington Beach, California with his wife and their two children.

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I started reading the book this morning.
Kim Stephens
For the past four decades, he's enjoyed amazing first-hand experiences with some of the biggest sports, musical and pop culture icons of recent generations.
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Very heartfelt stories and experiences from the author's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Goldstein on July 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have been a fan of Chris Epting for many years. I have no less than five of his pop culture landmark books with titles cleverly invoking the names of James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin and Albert Einstein. But as the title of his latest, "Hello, It's Me," implies, this is a far more personal book. This collection of essays about the author's own personal experiences in the pop culture landscape from his teenage years in the early 1970s, up through today is the most fun I've had since living through these years myself. Chris has the added benefit of having met many of his idols, either through early writing assignments or just by the sheer luck of living in the same neighborhood as such luminaries as John Cheever or Peter Frampton. Even Keith Richards rented a home in the area, which Chris and his buddies stalked dutifully as any devoted Stones fan would.

This book is a must read for anybody who came of age during the 70s and 80s. You will relive the explosion of punk rock that was birthed at the legendary CBGB, visit the haunted motel room where folk-rock pioneer Gram Parsons died, and enjoy chance encounters with Mick Jagger, Paul Newman, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Haley, and Herman Munster himself, Fred Gwynne.

And as a bonus, many of the stories are punctuated by commentary from many of the participants, so you get another perspective on the proceedings, not just that of the author. In this way, Chris goes even further to bring history alive in a unique and highly entertaining way.

For any fan of pop culture history, "Hello, It's Me" is a must have for your book collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2010
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I enjoyed this book immensely. Chris Epting has cranked out quite a few books relating to places/things/people which have played a part in popular culture and have related to diverse topics such as baseball, movies, tv, and rock & roll. All have been fun, and this one is no exception.
This book takes a slight departure from his usual formula and delves into his own personal experiences getting into celebrities faces. I totally loved this as it gave me an odd thrill....I would never have the nerve to do that when I was a kid(or an adult for that matter), but I sure would have liked to.
Whether hanging out with Sally Struthers (Archie Bunker's daughter) and rocker Lou Gramm, hitting up Jack Haley for WIZARD OF OZ info at Sardi's, hounding a Rolling Stone's rental home, or corresponding with author John Cheever, Epting seems about as entrenched in pop culture as any person can get.
What I found easy to relate to was the trip back down memory lane. It brought back a lot of memories and also spurred on my continued interest in pop culture. If you ever read any of the 'Whatever Became of' series by Richard Lamparski you'll probably like this book. It is typical of Epting's previous books which were funny, informative, and well-written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the written word on July 11, 2010
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I just started reading this book today and it's a winner. Chris has the ability to convey his stories on paper like our parents did with their friends years ago when we were young (you know, when they talked for hours about their lives in the living room or kitchen table after dinner).

Chris has the same sense of telling stories of our pop culture as our parents did back then, but his stories have direct ties to our own pop culture history, with lots of famous people we all can appreciate and love just as much as he does.

Add to that some time travel items like 45's and what we wore back then (ugh!) and you can just immerse yourself into his stories, relishing the nostalgia which won't be cobwebbed in the mind anymore but instead thankfully preserved in this book forever and ever. Open it up and you can reflect again and again on the past--to your heart's content!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Landen Koepkey on July 12, 2010
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The accessibility and relatablitiy of "Hello, It's Me" is amazing. After reading just the first few of author Chris Epting's anecdotal essays, you will become instantly drawn into his world, and forced to read on and rummage through his memories, comparing them to your own.

One part time capsule, and one part scrapbook, "Hello, It's Me" follows one man's journey that spans over three decades full of music, movies, sports and other pop culture adventures. Epting acts as a tour guide of his own personal history (as it relates to pop culture), and takes us on a warm, friendly, and funny ride that will leave you nostalgic for the good old days, and yearn for the days to come.

There are no need for bookmarks here. Once you start reading, you won't be able to put it down. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Showquest on July 9, 2010
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Ever wondered what it's like to hang out with a rock legend? Ever wanted to chit-chat with your favorite movie star or athlete? Do you reminisce about your old childhood toys? Then you'll love this book. No, it's not some lofty, abstract soliloquy on society's impact on blah blah blah -- this is a collection of anecdotes your best friend might whisper to you over lunch. Chris sheds any hint of pretense or fluff in his storytelling, and opens up with the kind of wide-eyed, giddy fascination each of us might feel if we were plopped smack in the middle of his many adventures. It's a fun, easy-reading journey through more than just pop culture and celebrities; this is an adventure of the heart that may just revive some of those dreams you tucked away long ago.
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