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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks MediaFusion; Har/Com edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570718903
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570718908
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Political humor found a fresh voice 20 years ago with musical parodies from the Capitol Steps, including such topical tunes as "Stand by Your Dan" and "Boys Just Wanna Have Guns." Cofounded by Strauss and Newport, the group, composed of former congressional staffers, originated when a few aides performed nine songs at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Christmas party. Strauss and Newport continue to write, produce and direct, and they also narrate the 72-minute audio CD that accompanies the book and features a litany of lampoonery, 52 tracks from "Immense Expense Is Mainly in Defense" to "There's a Hole in the Center of the Ballot." Bill Clinton's escapades of course provided much fodder for humor, including the hilarious "Unzippin' My Doodah." The group is bipartisan in its choice of targets, and while Strauss and Newport bemoan the end of the cold war ("Sure, Bush's `New World Order' made life kind and gentle, but around the globe, the old entertainment value was missing"), they have moved on to ribbing the Culture War and corporate scandal ("Enron-Ron-Ron"). This is a fun read (and listen), including a fascinating chapter tracing the history of American political satire.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Cofounders William Strauss and Elaina Newport have been The Capitol Steps's principal writers, director and producer. They wrote a small original paperback on the 1992 presidential campaign, Fools on the Hill. Separately, William Strauss has authored or coauthored six books on American generational history and contemporary culture. He lives in McLean, Virginia. Elaina Newport lives in Arlington, Virginia. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gary Beck on October 18, 2002
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This was a rather frightening, yet hysterical, trip down memory lane. So much has happened in American politics over the past 20 years. What a blessing it is to have the Capitol Steps around as the bards recording the inane antics of our elected representatives. To prove how great this book is, I've bought three copies of it - one for me and two for other friends. They are phenomenal. Here's to 20 more years of political satire!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William B. Hurd on September 25, 2002
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I've been a fan of the Capitol Steps for years, having listened to them on NPR. This book takes you through their humble beginnings when they were mere Congressional Staffers worried about being fired for making fun of their bosses and through their successes of making fun of 4 Presidents. The accompanying CD is a stitch too, and well worth the money! I recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2002
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I've been so angry at Washington, DC that I forgot how funny it was! The book details the Capitol Steps origins and how they've made a living making fun of the very same politicians who first employed them in the first place. The accompanying CD was well worth the listen as well and will bide me over to their next radio show.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Adams on February 4, 2003
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I have been a fan of the Capitol Steps for several years now. Their performances are extremely hilarious as they keep the audience laughing by wearing silly costumes, immitating politicians, and singing songs. This book tells the story of how the Capitol Steps came to be, which is somewhat interesting. It also has portions of the lyrics to their songs, but somehow they just aren't all that funny on the printed page. The book includes numerous photographs, but strangely, not one of them actually shows the Capitol Steps!
The CD that comes with it contains some of the Capitol Steps' all time classics tunes. If you don't already own the albums, this can be funny to listen to. The title is a bit misleading, though. The CD is titled "Sixteen Scandals", but it is NOT the same as the CD that the Capitol Steps released in 1997 under the same name.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on April 7, 2004
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I bought this mainly for the CD, and I'm disappointed. While the 52 tracks are fun to listen to, most or all of them are just excerpts from the full songs. And the 74 minutes includes a narrated introduction to each excerpt, which adds to the educational value of the CD but makes it feel more like a history lesson than musical humor.
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