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BOP APOCALYPSE


Welcome to the official website of Martin Torgoff, whose next book--Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs, due out from Da Capo Press in January of 2017--tells the story of the evolution of jazz, its relationship to the Beat Generation, and how the use of drugs first entered the DNA of modern American popular culture. Bop Apocalypse features vivid portraits of jazz icons like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean and others, cross-cutting their stories with seminal Beat writers and figures like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. It also includes the never-before published story of Ruby Rosano, a heroin-addicted prostitute and junkie companion of Billie Holiday. At a time when marijuana legalization, a new heroin epidemic, and the gross racial disparities of mass incarceration are all hot topics, it takes the reader back to the time when the templates of modern drug law, policy, and culture were first established, along with the concomitant racial stereotypes--back to the time when the whole culture war over the use of drugs in America first began. Bop Apocalypse is a living history that reads like a novel, and teaches us much about the conflicts and questions that surround drugs today. 

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BOP APOCALYPSE


Welcome to the official website of Martin Torgoff, whose next book--Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs, due out from Da Capo Press in January of 2017--tells the story of the evolution of jazz, its relationship to the Beat Generation, and how the use of drugs first entered the DNA of modern American popular culture. Bop Apocalypse features vivid portraits of jazz icons like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean and others, cross-cutting their stories with seminal Beat writers and figures like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. It also includes the never-before published story of Ruby Rosano, a heroin-addicted prostitute and junkie companion of Billie Holiday. At a time when marijuana legalization, a new heroin epidemic, and the gross racial disparities of mass incarceration are all hot topics, it takes the reader back to the time when the templates of modern drug law, policy, and culture were first established, along with the concomitant racial stereotypes--back to the time when the whole culture war over the use of drugs in America first began. Bop Apocalypse is a living history that reads like a novel, and teaches us much about the conflicts and questions that surround drugs today. 

Welcome to the official website of Martin Torgoff, whose new book, Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs (Da Capo Press, January 2017), tells the story of the evolution of jazz, its relationship to the Beat Generation, and how the use of drugs first entered the DNA of modern American popular culture. Bop Apocalypse features vivid portraits of jazz icons like Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean and others, cross-cutting their stories with seminal Beat writers and figures like Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs. It also includes the never-before published story of Ruby Rosano, a heroin-addicted prostitute and junkie companion of Billie Holiday. At a time when marijuana legalization, a new heroin epidemic, and the gross racial disparities of mass incarceration are all hot topics, it takes the reader back to the time when the templates of modern drug law, policy, and culture were first established, along with the concomitant racial stereotypes--back to the time when the whole culture war over the use of drugs in America first began. Bop Apocalypse is a living history that reads like a novel, and teaches us much about the conflicts and questions that surround drugs today. 

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TELLING THE AMERICAN STORY THROUGH ITS POPULAR CULTURE.


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

TELLING THE AMERICAN STORY THROUGH ITS POPULAR CULTURE.


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

For more than three decades, Martin Torgoff has been at the forefront of major media trends and cultural currents, documenting and telling the story of America through the evolution of its popular culture. An award-winning journalist, author of prize-winning and best-selling books, documentary filmmaker and Emmy-nominated television writer, director and producer of shows that have been seen by millions, his work has encompassed music, art, film, theater, literature, politics, biography, history, race, sociology, sexuality, and celebrity culture.

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Writing


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

Writing


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

“Martin Torgoff has been writing books and making films about sex, drugs and rock and roll for thirty years.” -The New Yorker

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From Woody Guthrie to the Wu Tang Clan, from Elvis Presley to electronic dance music, Martin Torgoff’s work about how music has shaped American culture has spanned genres and generations. In 2004 he published Can’t Find My Way Home: America: America In the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000, an epic work of narrative cultural history about illicit drugs in postwar America. Before that, his work appeared on the cover of Andy Warhol’s magazine, Interview, during its heyday. Other books include the prize-winning American Fool: The Roots and Improbable Rise of John ‘Cougar’ Mellencamp, and the best-selling Elvis: We Love You Tender. His interest in this field goes back his first job as a young Associate Editor at Grosset & Dunlap in the 1970s when he helped pioneer what became a whole trend in trade book publishing of illustrated “scrapbooks” about music and pop culture.

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Film Work


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

Film Work


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

Martin Torgoff cut his teeth as a filmmaker with the coming of the music video revolution and has since written, produced and directed many hours of television for broadcasters as diverse as VH-1, CNN, History, The Sundance Channel, HBO/Cinemax, and PBS.  His last documentary, Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, produced for VH1, was nominated for Emmys in Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and Outstanding Achievement in a Craft: Writing. His work includes groundbreaking multi-part series for VH-1 like The Drug Years, which was based on his last book. In 1987, Torgoff collaborated with Academy-Award winning documentarians Alan and Susan Raymond to make Elvis ’56, a film about one year in Presley’s life that is now considered a classic, and has been cited by Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney as one of their favorite documentaries. 

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Keep Up With Martin


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

Keep Up With Martin


Martin Torgoff is an author, journalist and editor whose writing and publishing career includes books on Woody Guthrie, Liberace, Elvis Presley, John Mellencamp, Can't Find My Way Home: America in In the Great Stoned Age, as well as essays on the Beatles and celebrity journalism in Interview Magazine.

Martin Torgoff is a documentary filmmaker and television writer/director/producer of VH-1 series The Drug Years, Sex--The Revolution, Lords of the Revolution (episodes on Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali, Timothy Leary, The Black Panthers), Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation, Elvis' 56, Aerosmith:The Making of Pump, and music documentaries on Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Ravi Shankar.

Today his experience and expertise equip him to navigate and command all of the fast-moving currents of the present media climate, applying his understanding of American pop culture to projects that include articles, books, film, television, lectures, multimedia events, and advertising/promotion. Follow his every day experiences on his blog and various social media accounts.

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