Popular Songs, Social Justice and the Will to Change
(Rutgers University Press)
Music Is Power at AMAZON

Music Is Power takes us on a guided tour through the past 100 years of politically -conscious music, from Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie to Green Day and NWA. Covering a wide variety of genres, including reggae, country, metal, psychedelia, rap, punk, folk and soul, it demonstrates how musicians can take a variety of approaches—angry rallying cries, mournful elegies to the victims of injustice or even humorous mockeries of authority—to fight for a fairer world.

While shining a spotlight on Phil Ochs, Gil Scott-Heron, The Dead Kennedys and other seminal, politicized artists, there is a new appreciation of classic acts such as Lesley Gore, James Brown, and Black Sabbath, who overcame limitations in their industry to create politically potent music.

Music Is Power tells fascinating stories about the origins and the impact of dozens of worldchanging songs, while revealing political context and the personal challenges of legendary artists from Bob Dylan to Bob Marley. 18 photos, 4 in color.


The Critics on Music Is Power:

“Brad Schreiber understands both music and politics, as well as the jagged lines where they overlap and intersect. His clarity, intelligence and insight provide lasting rewards.”
—Anthony DeCurtis, Grammy Award-winning journalist, Rolling Stone and author of Lou Reed: A Life

“An inspiring tour through the history of making change with music, and an important call for retrieving music’s intrinsic ability to challenge power.”
—Douglas Rushkoff, documentarian, professor, Media Theory and Digital Economics, CUNY/ Queens, and author of Team Human

“A stirring survey of the sometimes sad, sometimes joyful, sometimes angry but ever hopeful music that is the soundtrack for America’s struggle to become a more fair and just society.”

—Seth Rosenfeld, journalist, winner, George Polk Award, and author of Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power


The Patty Hearst Kidnapping, Mind Control & the Secret History of Donald DeFreeze & the SLA
(Skyhorse Publishing, NY)



Revolution’s End fully explains the most famouskidnapping in US history, detailing Patty Hearst’s relationship with Donald DeFreeze, known as Cinque, head of the Symbionese Liberation Army. Not only did the heiress have a sexual relationship with DeFreeze while he was imprisoned, she didn’t know he was an informant and a victim of prison behavior modification.

Neither she nor the white radicals who followed DeFreeze realized that he was molded by a CIA officer and allowed to escape, thanks to collusion with the California Department of Corrections. DeFreeze’s secret mission: infiltrate and discredit Bay Area anti-war radicals and the Black PantherParty, the nexus of 70s activism.

When the murder of the first black Oakland schools superintendent failed to create an insurrection, DeFreeze was alienated from his controllers and decided to become a revolutionary, since his life was in jeopardy. Revolution’s End finally elucidates the complex relationship of Hearst and DeFreeze and proves that the largest shootout in US history, one that killed six members of the SLA in South Central Los Angeles, ended when the LAPD purposely set fire to the house and incinerated those

The Critics on Revolution's End:

Revolution’s End is a stunning and chilling exposé of one of the most bizarre political chapters in my lifetime—the rise of the Symbionese Liberation Army and the kidnapping of bad-girl heiress Patty Hearst. Brad Schreiber presents a compelling new case that the SLA was a creation of the police state to infiltrate, subvert and destroy the growing radical movements of the period.”
--David Talbot, founder,, author of Season of the Witch and The Devil’s Chessboard

“This book careens to its bloody ending with all the inevitability of a train wreck. Schreiber won’t let us take our eyes off it. He ignites the past in chilling detail and at the same time shines an uncanny and unsettling light on who we are today.”
--T. Jefferson Parker, three-time winner of the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award

“‘The Symbionese Liberation Army’ was a counter-revolutionary front, carefully created…to infiltrate and discredit the authentic leftist movements then alive and well in California. Such is the unhappy, fascinating truth Brad Schreiber tells in Revolution’s End—a careful book and one as necessary as it is disturbing.”
--Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of Media Studies, New York University



From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London,
The Untold Story of a Musical Genius

(Da Capo/Perseus)

Becoming Jimi Hendrix at Amazon

The first biography of the formative years of the greatest electric guitarist of all time. Leaving his broken home in Seattle, where he experienced near starvation, Jimi tours with the greats of R&B in the Deep South and discovers LSD and a whole new way of playing and writing music in Greenwich Village, prior to his breakthrough in London…and eventually America and the world.

Important Revelations in BECOMING JIMI HENDRIX:

    Jimi learning from master guitarists B.B. and Albert King, while touring the South

    Jimi getting arrested at one of the earliest US civil rights sit-ins, in Nashville

     Jimi experiencing racism, touring with groundbreaking, integrated group The Starliters

    The “promoter” who brought Jimi to New York and turned out to be a female impersonator

    The impact science fiction stories had on Jimi’s initial songwriting

    Jimi setting his guitar on fire, touring with Little Richard…in 1964

    Jimi refusing to work for the biggest drug dealer in Harlem

    Linda Keith, girlfriend of Keith Richards, getting Jimi “discovered” in Greenwich Village

    The Critics on Becoming Jimi Hendrix:

    “It’s a fascinating book for the story it tells, but I would pay the cover price just for its amazing photographs.”
    --Steve Coates, New York Times

    “Hendrix’s career as a superstar has been well-chronicled; the more interesting details of how he became one are told here.”
    --New York Times Book Review

    "Most important, the book shows how Greenwich Village was crucial to Hendrix’s 1966 breakthrough."
    --Rolling Stone

    “Superb…I’m amazed by your detailed research and the eloquence of the writing. It makes an absolutely invaluable contribution to our knowledge of Jimi.”
    --Tony Palmer, Emmy Award-winning director of over 100 films

    Becoming Jimi Hendrix book trailer link: (click image below)



Death in Paradise: 
An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner
(Running Press/Perseus)

Death in Paradise on Kindle at Amazon

Death in Paradise is the first authorized pictorial history of the world's most famous coroner's office. It features extensive archival photography of Southern California locations, famous and infamous victims, and medical and forensic technology.

Death in Paradise explores high-profile cases of suicide, accidental death, and murder in Hollywood from the early years of moviemaking to the present day.

What are the lingering controversies surrounding the deaths of director William Desmond Taylor in the 1920s and film comedienne Thelma Todd in the 1930s? Was the horrific 1940's "Black Dahlia" case linked to the little-known "Lipstick Murders"?

Walk along the City of Angels' darker side with modern tragedies involving George Reeves, Dorothy Dandridge, the Tate-La Bianca murders, Freddie Prinze, and the Simpson-Goldman mystery, among others.

The book also chronicles the evolution of the coroner's role, the founding of Los Angeles, and scientific developments in forensic science throughout the 20th century.

The Critics on Death in Paradise:

"Death In Paradise co-authors Tony Blanche and Brad Schreiber have finally done the impossible-that even I could not achieve-publish a book with photographs that should be censored."
---Larry Flynt

"A colorful history of the L.A. County Coroner's Department."
---Los Angeles Times

"An intriguing look at the forensic science behind some of L.A.'s grisliest crime scenes."
---Los Angeles Magazine

"With crackling prose, glorious and gory photographs and mind-blowing accounts of your favorite celebrity exits, the authors have created the perfect book for a coffee table in hell."
---Jerry Stahl, consultant, "CSI" (CBS), author, "Permanent Midnight."

Brad discusses Death In Paradise on ABC's Primetime Crime




Stop the Show! 
A History of Insane Incidents and 
Absurd Accidents in the Theater  

(Da Capo Press/Perseus)

Stop The Show at Amazon

The first collection of theater's greatest blunders, from the West End and Broadway to the lowliest amateur theater, Stop the Show! revels in ruined lines, dangerous scenery, rude theatergoers, performers sabotaging each other and more.

Among the outrageous and mind-boggling events during live performances:

Richard Burton, after an afternoon of drinking with his brothers, accidentally urinates through his tights while swordfighting Michael Redgrave at Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Second City Toronto member who took LSD for the first time feels its effects hours the middle of a comedy sketch, posing as a taxi cab driver.

A homeless woman climbs onstage during a production of Cats on Broadway, rubs up against stunned, costumed performers and begins singing off-key.

In London's intimate Bush Theatre, an actor finds himself onstage with a petrified burglar who sneaked inside the building to rob it, not knowing it was a theatre.

An April Fool's Day announcement in a Broadway theatre, claiming that Glenn Close, Richard Dreyfuss and Gene Hackman all have understudies going on for them creates a mass exodus from the theatre before the audience can learn it's a joke.

The Critics on Stop the Show:

 "Mr. Schreiber's book of anecdotes should be deposited in every dressing room both on and off Broadway."
--Eric Bogosian

"Among its many virtues is its historical sweep...provides a source of endless pleasure."
--Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly

“Fascinating and fun reading for anyone interested in the theatre.”
--Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winner, A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain



What Are You Laughing At?
How to Write Humor for Screenplays, Stories & More

What Are You Laughing At? at Amazon

The definitive book on how to “write funny” is the first to compare writing comedic screenplays with fiction and nonfiction in all forms. Using principles developed in his UCLA Extension Writers’ Program class on humor writing and his CBS Studio City seminars on screenwriting, it includes an introduction by Christopher Vogler (The Writer’s Journey) and:

  • More than 80 excerpts from such top prose and screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin and Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
  • Unique writing exercises developed exclusively for this book
  • Vital, additional information on writing comedy for TV, stage and audio

Where else would you find 11 Modes of Comedic Dialogue, 13 Things Bad Screenwriters Commonly Do and The Cream of Wheat Theory of Exposition?

The Critics on What are You Laughing At?:

"At last. A how-to book by someone who actually knows how to.
--Larry Gelbart, creator-writer, M*A*S*H, screenwriter, Tootsie

“Attention, aspiring writers! You’ll learn so much about the craft from Schreiber’s book that you can skip school altogether and spend your tuition money on sex and drugs.”
-Tom Robbins, novelist, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Jitterbug Perfume

“Some people are just plain funny. Some people don’t know funny when it bites them in their collective ass. For the rest of us in the middle, this book might help. That is, if funny is your idea of a good time.”
--Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller

"Brad Schreiber has the rare gift of demonstrating the art of comic writing even as he teaches it. He's like one of those professors whose class you couldn't sleep through. Laugh and learn."
--Phil Proctor, writer-performer, The Firesign Theatre




by Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor and Brad Schreiber

Where's My Fortune Cookie? at Amazon

Phil Proctor, co-founder of the legendary, surrealist comedy group and thrice Grammy-nominated Firesign Theatre, has fashioned the most outrageous, eclectic autobiography intergalactically conceivable. It covers his Amish/Irish origins, leading inexplicably to work on Broadway, radio, TV, film, and with the Firesign Theatre, creating the most revolutionary comedy recordings ever made.

Phil, with Peter Bergman, Phil Austin and David Ossman, predicted reality TV, hackers, computer viruses, virtual reality, the fall of the Soviet Union, 9/11 and more.

The Critics on Where's My Fortune Cookie?:

“I met Phil Proctor when I was just a small, feral child living in the woods on grubs and berries. He took me in, raised me as his own, and taught me how to be funny. The fact that my entire childhood was omitted from Phil’s otherwise complete and compelling memoir is disconcerting to say the least, but it’s still a fascinating read, I guess."
-- “Weird Al” Yankovic

“I used to hitchhike around the country, following Proctor and Bergman to see their shows. Phil finally took a liking to me and gave me important advice about showbiz that still serves me today. That advice is sprinkled throughout this book. Read it.”
--Penn Jillette 



Weird Wonders and 
Bizarre Blunders: 
The Official Book of Ridiculous Records

Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders at Amazon

Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders (Simon & Schuster) collects the most ridiculous records in the world--those that Guinness wouldn't dare print. Click here for sample records. The book features more than 425 records in the following categories:

The Human Body | Animal, Vegetable or Mineral | Science and Technology | Artistic Achievements | Buildings, Structures and Locations | Mechanical Inventions | Business and Commerce | Lifestyles | Human Accomplishments | Athletics and Hobbies

The Critics on Weird Wonders and Bizarre Blunders:

"This is truly funny stuff." 
--Tom Snyder

"Wonderful. What a lot of fun." 
--Mike Duffy, Detroit Free Press

"Wacky...hilarious stories." 
--National Enquirer

"I am impressed...A hilarious book. A very strange guy." -
--Bill Handel, KFI-A.M., Los Angeles