On March 3, 1983, Peter Ivers was found murdered in his loft on skid row in L.A. When Ivers died, much of the history of his experimental television show, New Wave Theatre, went with him. In this frustrating book that is part detective story and part pop history, screenwriter and producer Franks awkwardly weaves interviews with Ivers's many friends and associates—from Harold and Anne Ramis to Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky & Hutch)—into his chronicle of Ivers's life. Franks recreates the thriving theater and music scene in New York and L.A. in the late 1970s and early 1980s as he traces Ivers's move from the Harvard Lampoon to his work with David Lynch. Ivers's most brilliant moment came with the creation of New Wave Theatre, which brought together comedy and punk music in a new way, featuring acts from the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag and the Circle Jerks alongside Beverly D'Angelo and John Belushi. Because it tries to cover so much material—Ivers's unsolved murder, the history of New Wave Theatre—it fails to cover any of it effectively; nevertheless, it provides a new look into a now mostly forgotten moment of pop culture. (Aug.) ""
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Peter Ivers never quite entered the pop-cultural mainstream, though he influenced such contemporaries and friends who did as National Lampoon cofounder Doug Kenney, John Belushi, and David Lynch, who called on Ivers to write “In Heaven (The Lady in the Radiator Song)” for his reputation-making cult-movie Eraserhead. Ivers presaged punk rock with his Peter Peter Ivers Band (later just the Peter Ivers Band), formed after drifting out of the fatally overhyped late-1960s rock group Beacon Street Union. He is probably best remembered as host of New Wave Theatre, a 1980s TV venture that progressed from an L.A.-based UHF channel to the USA cable network. On it he delivered zany stream-of-consciousness raps before and after clips of then-cutting-edge acts like Dead Kennedys and Circle Jerks. Proceeding via snippets from interviews with the likes of Chevy Chase and Steve Martin, Frank and Buckholtz describe Ivers’ appeal and try to illuminate his mysterious bludgeoning death in 1983, a murder still unsolved. An appreciative look at a figure peripheral to a clutch of now-aging major stars. --Mike Tribby --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
While it's quite great to stumble onto any chronicle about the life and death of Peter Ivers and the seminal New Wave Theatre, I have problems when I catch a detail I know to be... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. A. Goodman
I'm sorry to say... but this was a frustrating book to read. First of all, there seemed to be technical glitches with the Kindle Edition. Read morePublished 23 months ago by rspivey
item arrived fast and is exactly as described, a super interesting book that puts the Peter Ivers mystery in new light,
must read for the New Wave theater fans!
I like this book very much because it is very well-written, well-edited, and the characters are intrinsically interesting. Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by Eric H. Sigward