OK, maybe not a junkie, but I do love pop culture and in particular, I love reading about movies or shows or theatrical productions that are near and dear to my heart. So, when I saw the book Top of the Rock, I knew I had to read it. It is a book about NBC in the 80′s then 90′s (it’s hayday!) and “Must See TV”. It does discuss the mega successes of Cheers and The Cosby Show, two shows I loved as a pre-teen and teen. I mean, who didn’t want to be a Cosby kid? The book then segues into the shows of my twenties. These were MY shows. I was, sad but true, glued to the tv on Thursday nights. My friends/co-workers and I would discuss the episodes on Friday mornings. We had FRIENDS marathons! I went from wanting to be a Cosby kid to being a Friend! Who could forget all the discussions about the Seinfeld series finale! And, in reading this title, I so badly want to go back and re-watch Mad About You, ER and Will & Grace. I admit FRIENDS is often a fall back when nothing else is on, and I just want to watch some tv. I have seen every episode multiple times. It may actually be embarassing.
Two other titles I thoroughly enjoyed were You Couldn’t Ignore Me if you Tried. This is about the director and his movies of my adolescence, John Hughes. The Brat Pack. When St. Elmo’s Fire came out, people from my graduating class took an entire row at the movie theatre. One of the songs from the movie was our class song played at graduation.
The other was Without You. Unfortunately, the library no longer has a copy, but if you are or were a big Rent fan, this is about that show, though mostly about Anthony Rapp, one of the original stage members and movie cast member. I LOVE Rent. I have seen it on stage three times, and I own the movie. Not only do I love the actual production, the story of its creator, Jonathan Larson, is terribly sad and for some reason, that makes it all the more appealing to me. (maybe because the cast never gave up despite the tragedy?) The soundtrack was my go-to listen when I had a distance to drive. I belted out those songs as if I were on stage! Some Rent trivia, it was based or gives tribute to La Boheme.