Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential composer. Since its first performance in 1791, The Magic Flute has been a crowd pleasing opera and it remains one of the most celebrated in its genre.
Brett Anderson is the founder and lead singer of Suede.
Oscar Andrew Hammerstein
Oscar Andrew Hammerstein III is a painter, writer, lecturer, and family historian. He has devoted much of his life to studying and preserving his family's heritage and their contribution to American culture. He lectures frequently at universities, institutes, and theatrical and civic organizations on the Hammerstein family's pivotal role in shaping the development of musical theater and popular entertainment in this country from the 1860's to the present. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia University, teaching graduate level New York City theater history.
Jennifer Armstrong is a feature writer for Entertainment Weekly. She has provided pop culture commentary for CNN, VH1, Fox News Channel, and ABC, and her writing has been featured in Salon, MTV.com, Glamour, Budget Travel, and the Chicago Sun-Times. She also co-founded and continues to run SirensMag.com, an alternative online women's magazine.
Richard Barrios is the author of A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film, which was awarded the Theatre Library Association Prize. He has presented films at the Smithsonian Institute and the Film Forum; appeared as narrator in documentary films; and contributed audio commentaries to numerous DVD and Blu-Ray releases. Barrios lives in western New Jersey.
Harry and Michael Baxter
Harry and Michael Baxter are both experienced music teachers: Harry Baxter studied at the Hichschule fur Musik, Berlin, and at the Royal Academy of Music in London, while his son Michael graduated from King's College, London University, and the Royal Academy of Music and now teaches, composes and runs a music publishing company.
Mark Billingham has twice won the Theakston's Old Peculier Award for Crime Novel of the Year, and has also won a Sherlock Award for the Best Detective created by a British writer. Each of the novels featuring Detective Inspector Tom Thorne has been a Sunday Times bestseller. Sleepyhead and Scaredy Cat were made into a hit TV series on Sky 1 starring David Morrissey as Thorne, and a new series based on the novels In the Dark and Time of Death will be broadcast on BBC1 in 2017. Mark lives in north London with his wife and two children.
Georges Bizet was a French composer, mainly of operas. In a career cut short by his early death, he achieved few successes before his final work, Carmen, became one of the most popular and frequently performed works in the entire opera repertory.
Ken Bloom and Frank Vlastnik are the co-authors of Sitcoms. Bloom is the author of The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs; Jerry Herman: The Lyrics; and a two-volume history of Twentieth Century-Fox music, among other books. He lives in New York City.
Mel Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer and songwriter. Brooks is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies including The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. More recently, he had a smash hit on Broadway with the musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers. An EGOT winner, he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2009, the 41st AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2013, and a British Film Institute Fellowship in March 2015. He was married to Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005. Three of Brooks' classics have appeared on AFI's 100 best comedies of all-time. Blazing Saddles at number 6, The Producers at number 11, and Young Frankenstein at number 13.
David Browne is the former music critic for Entertainment Weekly, where he worked for over 15 years. A former reporter and columnist for the New York Daily News, he has also contributed to The New York Times, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, MOJO, Spin and other publications.
Peter Ames Carlin
Peter Ames Carlin is a writer and the author of several books, including Bruce, a biography of Bruce Springsteen published in 2012. Carlin has also been a free-lance journalist, a senior writer at People in New York City, and a television columnist and feature writer at The Oregonian in Portland. A regular speaker on music, art and popular culture, Carlin lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and three children.
Sir Tom Courtenay has been one of our best-loved actors since he began his career in classic films like 'Billy Liar' and 'Dr Zhivago'. His numerous West End successes include the title role in 'The Dresser' (a role he recreated on film), 'Moscow Stations' and Serge in the original cast of 'Art'.
Tom Cox is the author of several bestselling books, including three previous memoirs about his adventures in cat ownership: Under the Paw, Talk to the Tail and the Sunday Times bestseller, The Good, The Bad and The Furry. He is on Twitter at @cox_tom and @MYSADCAT and blogs at www.tomcoxblog.blogspot.co.uk
Kevin Crouch , co-author of Sun King, is the former archivist for the Roy Orbison estate.
Tanja Crouch, co-author of Sun King, worked in the music business for over 15 years, most notably as an agent for artists such as Carl Perkins, Randy Travis and Vince Gill, and as the Vice President of the estate of Sun Records artist Roy Orbison.
In the early 1970s Jim Driver began promoting punk and new wave gigs in Britain. Since then he has written mainly for Time Out, The Independent, ES, Crime Time and Country Music International. In 1994 Jim founded the independent publishing house, The Do-Not Press.
Slim Dusty was one of Australia's most prolific recording artists, releasing over 100 albums since his first commercial recording in 1946, and record sales of over seven million. Slim was awarded an MBE in 1970 and an OA in 1998 and was the first Australian to have an international hit record. Until his death in 2003, he held more gold and platinum record awards than any other Australian artist.
Sean Egan's previous books include The Rough Guide to the Rolling Stones and 100 Albums That Changed Music. He is wellconnected in the music press in the UK and America.
Jean-Michel Guesdon, a musician, composer, and sound engineer, who wrote with Philippe Margotin All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release and Bob Dylan All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track. He lives in Paris.