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Barnabas & Company: The Cast of the TV Classic Dark Shadows Paperback – April 26, 2012
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About the Author
R.J. Jamison is a writer in New York and wrote Grayson Hall: A Hard Act to Follow, published in 2006.
Top Customer Reviews
Composed of a selection of career biographies, with additional trivia sections and a history of the show, the book has a gossipy, easygoing style that impresses, offering some important new observations on the Dark Shadows phenomenon along the way. For example, in the opening history of the show, the author comments on the intrusion of reality during the show's run, with some insightful comments from Nancy Barrett on the effect of the Vietnam War on the show's original fair tale qualities. It's a brief aside, but a valuable one that adds an extra dimension to the rose-tinted view of the studio days one usually hears.
Elsewhere, the book revels in the absurdities of show business, gleefully documenting a number of hilarious "what were they thinking?" productions with appropriately droll asides. If Denise Nickerson's Broadway lead in a musical production of Lolita doesn't sound bad enough, then Grayson Hall's hilarious turn as a lesbian nightclub promoter in sexploitation flick Satan in High Heels should raise a few smiles, in a role that even the actress agreed was best forgotten - she denied even appearing in the film at certain times in her career.
Where the book scores most highly is in its coverage of the actors' stage careers.Read more ›
I believe this book will serve to increase an already substantial amount of interest in one of the most unique television shows ever produced, Dark Shadows!
A nice remedy to the endless amount of photo-heavy, content-lite other DS books.
If you want to really learn about the real people behind the characters, and like well-written material, this is your best option.
A must have, which adds a welcome degree of historical context and richness.
Thank you, R.J. Jamison for continuing with the update that you and Craig Hamrick worked on to give us even more to enjoy about these wonderful artists than even the first edition of Barnabas & Company gave us...
I was actually able to sit down and read it cover to cover, even though it would be very easy to skip around and read just about the people that interested you. Definitely a worthwhile addition to my (increasingly digital) Dark Shadows collection, and worth checking out if you are a fan or are interested in the culture of the show and the people behind it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A terrific and complete list of bios of Dark Shadows actors. With intensive background on each actor. Fun for any fan and baby boomer.Published 3 months ago by Emily Fasano
I read this book when I began the long, delightful journey of watching the entire DVD series of Dark Shadows. I have learned so much about the story line(s), cast, and characters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carol S.
I found Barnabas & Company to be a very good read as it went through all the cast members whether they were regular cast or just day players, gave personal backgrounds and acting... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mary Jacobson
I liked how it gave info on all the characters over the years.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought there'd be much more trivia from the stars themselves about their experiences together on the show. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D Bauer
Very informative. Contains background personal and professional information on all of the actors who appeared in the original 1966 - 1971 Dark Shadows TV series. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Watch Nerd
A description of all the actors and their lives during and after ,very informative but needed a lot more photos are neededPublished 15 months ago by Cymthia Jo Talbert
Great book by the late Craig Hamrick. Let's you in on Dark Shadows and the people who made it a success.Published 17 months ago by Tom Clark-Hensley