Tales of Times Square, The Tapes by Josh Alan Friedman
By Josh Alan Friedman
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TALES OF TIMES SQUARE: THE TAPES BY JOSH ALAN FRIEDMAN This podcast presents voices of strippers, old fighters, burly-Q men, peep show girls, hustlers, cops and the priest who tried to save them. I’m Josh Alan Friedman, reporting to you from Times Square in the ’70s and ’80s. The people you will hear–now ghosts of Old Broadway–spilled their souls for my book,
||Clean#12: The Princess of 42nd Street||CARUSO TIPPED HER $5||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11: The Man Who Booked the Movies||The Man Who Booked the Movies From Cagney to Kung Fu. Martin Levine, president of Brandt Theaters, booked most of the movies across 42nd Street for 50 years. His office reflects the faded glamour of a once mighty theater empire now reduced to kung-fu,..||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Uncle Lou’s Scrapbook||INNOCENT VICTIMS OF ADVERSITY. That’s how Uncle Lou, a geologist turned chauffeur, saw many of the girls in Times Square, who affectionately called him Uncle. His scrapbook documents an era of burlesque queens and porn starlets,||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9: Oh Susanna!||Copping a feel in Times Square.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8: Holy Cross||THE CATHOLIC CHURCH VS. TIMES SQUARE||11/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7: King Heroin||The Toast of Broadway||10/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6: The Peeps||LIVE NUDE GIRLS 25¢||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5: Penny Arcade in Hell||WELCOME TO THE BOWELS OF 42ND STREET||10/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Raven||A burlesque queen with grace who always set the pace||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3: Mr. Burlesk||Welcome to the back office of the Melody Burlesk. Frank Sinatra’s boyhood pal and first bodyguard, Bob Anthony, also became a big band singer. Tougher than Frank, but devoid of hit records, he went on to found the Melody Burlesk in Times Square.||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2: The Ghetto Avenger||To hear Izzy Grove is to understand Damon Runyon. Unnerstand? He swears he’s “never been a shylock, a bookie, a tough guy.” But do you believe him?||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Pee Wee||This podcast presents voices of strippers, old fighters, burly-Q men, peep show girls, hustlers, cops and the priest who tried to save them.||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Take a walk around old Times Square
A fascinating collection of stories from a time and place that no longer exists. Josh Alan Friedman takes you on a gritty journey to meet the kind of folks that you definitely don't want to bring home to mother -- peep show girls, burlesque dancers, mop boys, midgets, and ministers -- and peels back the stereotypes to meet the real people underneath these sordid professions.
The companion piece to his seminal book Tales of Times Square, this podcast unearths the original audio recordings of Friedman's interviews with the inhabitants of "the sleaziest block in town."
So grab a mop and a bucket, some ear muffs for the kids, and enjoy the ride back in Time(s).
Hurry...Bring on Episode 2.
Great True Stories documented and narrated by a Great story teller, Josh Alan. I loved reading Josh Alan's autobiographical novel "Black Cracker ". So, it is no surprise to me how much I enjoyed this 1st Episode of "Tales of Times Square". BTW, the intro music is Josh, himself, singing and strumming his guitar.
Brilliant, Not To Put Too Fine a Point on the Matter...
The book ("Tales of Times Square") is a perennial, blooming from the bookcase and often read in this household. Social Anthropology in its truest form. How very rewarding to hear those voices in Real Time... The podcast dovetails ideally with the written word. Beautiful.