Ethan Russell: An American Story
It's Your History. Help Write It. (ed 1.0)
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About Ethan Russell Keith Richards said, “(His) was no ordinary eye, and I found out no ordinary mind behind it.... A quiet thoughtful man with a blinding vision. Enjoy his work. I do.”
The true story of a young American who in 1967 traveled to England, knowing no one, and became the photographer for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and later the Eagles and many others. With over 250 photographs (including never before seen pictures of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, and others) An American Story takes the reader from San Francisco, to London, and back....on tour with the Rolling Stones, on the roof with the Beatles for their last concert, and directing music videos with Paul Simon, Rickie Lee Jones, kd lang, and John Lennon.
Yet, American Story is more than that: at over 90,000 words, it is his personal journey wrapped in a shared-interactive history of the last half of the 20th century, a personal inquiry into America then and now. Conceived and designed from its inception to be an eBook, it connects to a dedicated blog, providing audio, video and social interaction to eReaders on any platform. The reader is invited in to experience Ethan Russell’s story, our common history, and to share their own.
“An ambitious, startling, game-changing book written with enormous heart’ -- Rosanne Cash.
After much hype about Transmedia and hypermedia, Ethan Russell hyper jumps it all. A new way of reading and experiencing. A true interactive journey that, with a little help from his friends, gives the reader both an intellectual and an emotional epiphany about America, Rock n Roll, TV, and the meaning of the 60's. A must read/experience.
Ethan Russell An American Story
I have pretty much restricted my ebook reading to fiction and biographies. Normally, I would have been hesitant to buy an ebook with so much visual material like Ethan Russell's "An American Story". My concern would have been that the photos would not have the same impact on an iPad or other reader as they would in a physical book. However, being a great fan of Russell's photography and his epic book "Let It Bleed" I decided to purchase "An American Story" and I'm simply blown away with what he has accomplished. This is the future of publishing. I cannot stop reading it and delving into all of the various layers. And the concept of The Blog is incredible. It keeps the book a living thing. I purchased it as an iBook and haven't found any issues. I may invest in the Kindle version as well so I have it on both platforms that I use on my iPad. OK. Back to the book.
Brilliant Piece of Work
“Ethan Russell: An American Story” is a stunning piece of work that is extraordinary on many levels. The photos alone are amazing and could easily have been presented as a captivating coffee table book that everyone would have loved. But Mr. Russell has gone light years beyond the ordinary here.
“American Story” is the story of America from the sixties to the present, told through the lens of a man who just happened to be there, again and again, when a lot of cultural history was being made. So, among other things, it’s an insider’s account of events we all wish we could have witnessed personally (such as the Beatles rooftop concert, for just one example).
But even beyond that, it is an important work of social insight and analysis. Mr. Russell lays out an argument – breathtaking in its scope – that the world has mis-remembered the Sixties and has been overtaken and increasingly polarized by a media culture run amuck. It is actually difficult to overstate the magnitude and importance of what Mr. Russell is sharing with us; I believe the book has the potential to influence significantly how our society thinks about the Sixties and, by implication, about the current state of the country and the world.
And as if all that weren’t enough, “American Story” represents what may be the first full exploration of the e-book format’s inherent technological possibilities. This is not your basic book converted for electronic viewing; this work was designed specifically to take full advantage of the electronic medium. Innumerable live links to supplemental content (including Mr. Russell’s own blog) allow the user to shape his or her own experience by exploring instantly whatever he or she finds fascinating, and users are invited and encouraged to join in the discussion and make their own contributions to our collective historical record. In that way the book has the potential to be incredibly empowering and perhaps to set a new precedent for how history gets written.
In sum, “Ethan Russell: An American Story” is brilliant and not to be missed. It’s also a tremendous value. Buy it now and be fascinated.