From Woodstock to “The Banana Splits,” from “Sgt. Pepper” to “H.R. Pufnstuf,” from Altamont to “The Partridge Family,” “Groovy” is a far-out trip to the era of lava lamps and love beads. This profusely illustrated hardcover book — in psychedelic color — features interviews with icons of grooviness such as Peter Max, Brian Wilson, Peter Fonda, Melanie, Donovan, David Cassidy, members of the Jefferson Airplane, Cream, the Doors, the Cowsills and Vanilla Fudge; and cast members of groovy TV shows like “The Monkees,” “Laugh-In” and “The Brady Bunch.” “Groovy” revisits the era’s rock festivals, movies, art — even comics and cartoons, from the 1968 “mod” Wonder Woman to R. Crumb and the underground. A color-saturated pop-culture history written and designed by Mark Voger (author of the Rondo Award-winning “Monster Mash”),“Groovy” is one trip that doesn’t require dangerous chemicals.
LISTEN: Talkin’ about “Groovy” on the Comics Alternative podcast HERE.
LISTEN: Talkin’ about “Groovy” on my return to Too Much Scrolling HERE.
LISTEN: Talkin’ about “Groovy” on my return to Bobcast HERE.
READ: Mike Segretto’s “Groovy” review on Psychobabble HERE.
READ: Steven Thompson’s interview with me on Forces of Geek, HERE.
READ: Steven Thompson’s review of “Groovy” on Forces of Geek HERE.
READ: Ed Catto’s ComicMix column “Groovy” interview with me HERE.
READ: MonkeesLive Almanac’s “Groovy” preview HERE.
READ: KC Carlson’s “Groovy” preview on the Westfield Comics Blog HERE.
READ: ComicMix column’s “Groovy” preview item HERE.
READ: ComicList’s “Groovy” preview HERE.
■ “This isn’t really my thing.” — Wallace Stroby, author of “Some Die Nameless”
■ “The book is packed with ’60s ephemera and lovingly designed with mindful respect of the source material.” — Ed Catto, ComicMix columnist
■ “A highly entertaining read for fans of both ’60s pop culture and The Monkees.”
— Monkees Live Almanac blog
■ “I love, love, love the fact that Voger makes room for the things Jann Wenner types consciously leave out of the discussion. Our author betrays no snobbery, placing the perennial critical darlings beside the less revered but no less lovable sorts. So in this lively, ping-ponging survey of the late ’60s and early ’70s, there are places for the Buckinghams next to the Beatles, the Guess Who next to The Who, the Cowsills next to the Beach Boys, Tommy James next to Dylan, and Tiny Tim next to Hendrix.” — Mike Segretto‘s review on Psychobabble
■ “The nostalgia factor is way over the top, with the bright colors that only our pasts can ever show us. The pure entertainment factor of the book is equally high, with behind-the-scenes stories and legends told that even an old pop culture maven like myself had never heard.”
— Steven Thompson (a.k.a. “Booksteve”), Forces of Geek review
■ “This book is a joy to behold.” — Steve Fodor, Too Much Scrolling podcast co-host
■ “An explosion of color.” — Chip Hessenflow, Too Much Scrolling podcast co-host
■ “Congratulations to Mark Voger on writing such a funny, affectionate and entertaining memoir of ’60s culture.” — Scott Peters, “Groovy” proofreader (he’s from England)
Read about how Ian created it HERE.
Time-trip back to the amazing era when monsters stomped into the mainstream. Once Frankenstein and fiends infiltrated TV in 1957, an avalanche of monster magazines, toys, games, trading cards and comic books crashed upon an unsuspecting America. From Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine to the #1 hit “Monster Mash” to Aurora’s model kits to the TV shows “The Addams Family,” “The Munsters” and “Dark Shadows,” the Monster Craze reigned with a creepy, kooky flair. This profusely illustrated 192-page hardback in full color features interviews with James Warren, Forrest J Ackerman, John Astin, Al Lewis, Jonathan Frid, George Barris, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Bobby (Boris) Pickett and many others, with a foreword by Zacherley, the “Cool Ghoul.” Written and designed by Mark Voger. (TwoMorrows, $39.95)
■ Amazon sales rank: 3,631 in all books on July 25, 2015
— in your face, “The Da Vinci Code” (at 6,223 the same day)
■ Winner, 2016 Rondo Classic Horror Awards Book of the Year
■ Now in its second printing
■ #1 New Release on Amazon in 2015
■ 4.8 out of 5 stars Amazon customer rating (based on 64 reviews)
■ Previews World staff pick
■ “ ‘Monster Mash’ is more fun than a party at Lionel Atwill’s.”
— Wallace Stroby, author of “The Devil’s Share”
■ “A party at George Zucco’s, maybe, but not Lionel Atwill’s.” — Mark Voger
■ “My office is filled with one-sheets, Aurora kits and now your tome.”
— Greg Nicotero, “The Walking Dead” director/zombie designer
■ “I almost cried when I looked through it. … I appreciate the way you connected the dots, from the horror hosts to Famous Monsters to Ed Roth and the Weird-Ohs. … Thank you for doing this book.” — Pat DiNizio, the Smithereens
■ “Voger is more than someone with a love for pop kitsch and an artful eye (he designed the book himself). He’s also a veteran journalist who was smart enough to keep his notes from decades of entertainment reporting.” — Jacqueline Cutler, The Star-Ledger
■ “Your book is a mirror. In it, you have stolen my soul. It is so nice to have it back.
Thanks for taking such good care of it all these years.”
— Richard Noll, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, DeSales University
■ “The best thing to come out since the original Famous Monsters magazine.”
— Kevin Clement, founder of the Chiller Theatre expo
■ “This is really a labor of love. I really want people to see this book, because I just never get tired of picking it up and flipping through it.”
— Jason Henderson, author, HarperCollins’ Alex Van Helsing novel series
■ “Beautiful layout! A treasure trove of images!” —Yoe Books publisher Craig Yoe
■ “This is a sensational book for its illustrated trip down Memory Lane … I knew I would love this book.” — “Mr. Media” host Bob Andelman
■ “It’s just a feast for the eyes from cover to cover … The array of material in here is just staggering.” – Larry Corley, WQNA in Springfield, Ill.
■ “All I can say is ‘WOW’ … a first-rate look back at the Monster Craze.”
— Greg Bazaz, onetime Famous Monsters of Filmland kid columnist
■ “Every page just strikes to where we were 50 years ago.”
— Rondo Awards founder David Colton
■ “Looking at ‘Monster Mash’ is like having a giant nostalgia bug lay lovely eggs in your eye sockets.” — Psychobabble.com
■ “I would buy this as a Christmas present for you if you didn’t write it.” — Mark Voger’s brother
■ “Every page is a wonder.” — Mark Voger’s old college roommate
■ “This is like walking into a candy store!” — A blogger
■ “You should get on Facebook.” — A colleague
■ “Seriously, you really need to get on Facebook.” — Another colleague
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