His biographical work includes Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn, and Positively 4th Street: The Lives and Times of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mimi Baez Farina and Richard Farina. His nonfiction work includes The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, and Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture.
^Bell, Bill (April 30, 1999). "Long Live the Duke". Daily News (New York City). Retrieved March 14, 2011. "He was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., where his father was a mill worker and his mother a waitress. He majored in journalism at New York University, and except for a brief flirtation with the Episcopal priesthood as a seminarian at the New York General Theological Seminary, he has worked as a writer and editor for about 25 years."
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