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By Mike Johnson on 2010-05-05 09:57:14
Some wrestling book updates:

Crowbar Press are finishing up the editing process on books for Bill DeMott, Tony Atlas and Stan Hansen.  They recently released "Long Days and Short Pays" by H.E. West, who wrestled as The Canadian Rose and Mean Duke West, among other personas in the 1970s.  For details, visit

Add Bruce Hart to the list of authors in the Hart family.  ECW Press will be releasing "Straight from the Hart" by Bruce on 2/1/11.  Between Bret and Stu Hart's autobiographies, The Martha Hart book on Owen Hart's passing and The Stampede book by Heath McCoy, there certainly is a lot of material covering Canada's most famous wrestling family.  You can pre-order the book by clicking here.

Tammy "Sunny" Sytch is said to be working on an autobiography.

The Road Warriors biography "Danger, Death and the Rush of Wrestling" being written by "Road Warrior Animal" Joe Laurinaitis will be released on 3/1/11 by Medallion Press.  Paul Ellering will be writing the foreword. The book can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

The following promotional material was released to promote "Minnesota’s Golden Age of Wrestling - From Verne Gagne to the Road Warriors" by George Schire, which was just released and can be ordered by clicking here:

A comprehensive, illustrated history of the glory days of old-school, professional wrestling—a must-have for wrestling fans!

Why was Minnesota, a land known for its stoic farmers, reasonable politics, and comfortable casseroles, a hotbed of the wacky and wild world of professional wrestling? And how did that old-school wrestling become the Saturday night program of choice for thousands of midwestern families in the last half of the twentieth century? Professional wrestling historian and insider George Schire is here not only to set the record straight but to entice you into a world gone by, a world that comes alive through his colorful and perceptive reporting.

As a kid, Schire found a way to escape the troubles of his life by becoming a wrestling fan, glued to the TV set and then later traveling to see every live “card” in the Twin Cities and many more throughout the region. Over the years he has been involved in all aspects of the sport, and he now offers detailed, behind-the-scenes accounts of important matches from 1954 to 1990 and stories of wrestler personalities, both in and out of the ring. He shares his own extensive collection of wrestling memorabilia— photographs, program covers, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera—to honor the hardworking characters who forged serial storylines onstage week after week and who thrilled fans by carrying out their plots in the ring, with blood, sweat, tears, and high-flying body slams for all.

Advance Praise:

“If you missed the golden age of wrestling, you can catch up by reading this honest, informative book. And remember, ‘Don't Knock the Doc.’” —Dick Beyer, aka “Doctor X” and “the Destroyer”

“Mr. Schire has written an erudite, in-depth look at a half century of AWA wrestling. It’s a great read for anyone interested in the history of professional wrestling. And dat is all da people need to know.”
—Baron Von Raschke, “the Claw”

“I thought I knew the sport of professional wrestling. Then I met George Schire! No one is more knowledgeable about the events and personalities that made professional wrestling what it is today.”
—Greg Gagne, former professional wrestler and titleholder

An avid historian, George Schire has been a writer and columnist for national wrestling publications and a ring announcer. He lives in Oakdale, Minnesota.

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