Your Mother's Not a Virgin! : The Bumpy Life and Times of the Canadian Dropout who changed the Face of American TV!
A high school dropout at 15, and deported from Canada at 17, John Barbour is recognized as "the godfather of reality TV" for his role as the creator, producer, co-host, and writer of the trendsetting hit Real People. He won the first of his five Emmys as the original host of AM LA in 1970, where he interviewed controversial anti-war guests like Mohammed Ali, Cesar Chavez, and Jane Fonda. He was the first in America to do film reviews on the news, winning three more consecutive Emmys as KNBC's Critic-At-Large. He spent ten years as Los Angeles Magazine's most widely read and quoted critic and early in his career, he made stand-up comedy appearances on The Dean Martin Show, The Tonight Show, and others. In 1992 he wrote and directed the award-winning The Garrison Tapes, which Director Oliver Stone heralded as "the perfect companion piece to my movie, JFK." In 2017 he wrote and directed part two: The American Media and the Second Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which was applauded as "the definitive film on JFK and the rise of Fake News." In this highly entertaining, deeply informative autobiography, readers will discover what a multifaceted storyteller Barbour is.
- Paperback | 738 pages
- 152 x 228 x 6mm | 784g
- 01 Apr 2019
- Trine Day
- Walterville, United States
"As a celebrity journalist in Las Vegas, I have interviewed well over a 100 A-list entertainment and sports figures, politicians, news anchors, business moguls and philanthropists. I also read a lot of books, and am writing one myself, so I know the hard work that goes into creating a captivating story. When I first saw the heft of John's book at over 700 pages, I couldn't imagine the time and energy that went into recalling and retelling one's own life. To be honest, the book sat in a pile for a month. Then one day I picked it up and from page one I was hooked. I read it every spare chance I had. I read it every night before I fell asleep. I've never read a book that made me laugh and cry. Every chapter had me spellbound. Starting with John's difficult childhood in Canada and his great desire to come to America to being deported and managing to come back twice. His career path was filled with lots of rejections, and each time John pulled himself back up and kept going. What a lesson in perseverance, forgiveness for those that did him wrong, and keeping a positive attitude that would have made most people bitter or depressed. Whether in Toronto, London or Hollywood, the stories are spellbinding. I cried when he reunited with his estranged father who deserted the family. I laughed at the exchanges he had with the talented, intellectual, heroic and sometimes controversial guests who appeared on his TV show, including Jane Fonda, Mohammad Ali, Ronald Reagan and Cesar Chavez. It didn't matter who it was, John Barbour was always truthful and true to himself whether he was dealing with Frank Sinatra or the head of the TV network who employed and then fired him. John Barbour is a man with a conscience and a man who stands up for what is right. He is a rarity in this world where many people value money above all else. I am honored to know John Barbour and call him a friend. This book will entertain, inform and inspire you. I couldn't believe that after 700 plus pages, I didn't want it to end. Bravo John for such a daunting undertaking. You told your story of a life well-lived with such amazing detail. It is thoroughly engaging. I wish there were more principled men like you in the world. I have the utmost respect and admiration for you. You have a brilliant mind, a huge and generous heart, and a sincere spirit." --Marsala Rypka, Celebrity Scribe
About John Barbour
John Barbour changed the face of American television as the creator, producer, principal writer, and co-host of Real People, television's first reality show. He is a five-time Emmy award winner, a storied actor and performer, a joke and script writer, and entertainment professional across genres.