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1960s Austin Gangsters
The noir novelist digs into the capital city's criminal past and unearths characters who are lively, colorful, and interesting
Arts Story  October 1, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...Gangsters?! In Austin?! Really?! Believe it or not ......."

Folk Music Fireball!
Sixty years ago this month and next, Elvis Presley destroyed Austin
Music Story  December 23, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...Don Jester, a Golden Gloves champ, high school football hero, and associate of future local gangster Timmy Overton, got so aggravated with Presley and his undulating hips' way with Austin women that he punched out the future King of Rock & Roll following what would be his last local performance for 21 years. According to Jesse Sublett's recent historical noir volume, 1960s Austin Gangsters, the attack followed a special guest slot at City Coliseum with Grand Ole Opry star Hank Snow, the other act handled by Presley's new manager Col..."

Jay Trachtenberg's Top Reads of 2015
A Brief History of Seven Killings leads a list of works exploring crime and politics abroad and at home
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Jay Trachtenberg
"...Two Austin-centric books of note are Scott Blackwood's See How Small (Little, Brown and Company) and Jesse Sublett's 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital (Arcadia Publishing). The former is a rather unsettling fictional account of the still-unsolved 1991 yogurt shop murders..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...Debra Monroe's blue-collar-to-academia memoir My Unsentimental Education (University of Georgia Press) is as well-written as it is wise. Jesse Sublett gets wonderfully gritty in his true-crime book 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital (Arcadia Publishing)..."

Jesse Sublett's Top Reads of 2015
The Theater of War leads a list that reminds us how ancient lessons about war continue to ring true today
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Jesse Sublett
"...10) And this was the year I finally published my true-crime chronicle, 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital (Arcadia Publishing). Does it seem immodest to include it on my Top 10 list? Tough luck, it would be a lie to leave it off..."

Esther's Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas' Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe
In his history of Esther's Follies, author Jesse Sublett follows the flow of four decades of frivolity
Arts Story  November 30, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Seen that way, the challenge that Jesse Sublett (author of 1960s Austin Gangsters and Grave Digger Blues, among others, and a longtime Chronicle contributor) faced in penning a history of Esther's was on the scale of the Lone Star State: How does one capture 40 years of performances and performers, comedy onstage and drama off, in one book? His answer, as is apparent in Esther's Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas' Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe, was: Talk to a lot of people who were there (and in some cases still are) and cram in as many photos as you can. Threaded through the heavily researched narrative that Sublett himself provides is an oral history from people who have been affiliated with the Follies – cast members, writers, technicians, support staff, artists – and assorted real estate types, pols, chefs, and other locals whose paths crossed that of Follies founders Michael Shelton and Shannon Sedwick over the years..."

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News Story  October 20, 1995
"...In his perpetual quest for funding, Harry has built up a hefty Vegas debt and, in turn, borrows from some L.A. gangsters (Lindo and Gandolfini) in order to keep his affairs afloat..."

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News Story  November 3, 1995
"...In his perpetual quest for funding, Harry has built up a hefty Vegas debt and, in turn, borrows from some L.A. gangsters (Lindo and Gandolfini) in order to keep his affairs afloat..."

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News Story  October 27, 1995
"...In his perpetual quest for funding, Harry has built up a hefty Vegas debt and, in turn, borrows from some L.A. gangsters (Lindo and Gandolfini) in order to keep his affairs afloat..."

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News Story  October 13, 1995
"...The acting, as well, is uniformly superior - far better than much of the grade-B capers coming out of Hollywood these days. Particularly notable is Juri Jarvet as Stub, the nicotine-fiend leader of the Russian gangsters who conveniently tucks a giant roll of uncut cigarettes behind his ear at every opportunity..."

Making a 'Killing'
Joshua Oppenheimer on the half-decade he spent filming for 'The Act of Killing'
Screens Story  August 9, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Dancing girls sway in front of a giant fish like an opium-doused Busby Berkeley routine. The murderers dress as Bogart-style gangsters, cleaning the streets..."

The Good Times Ain't Over
Freddy Powers keeps on truckin'
Music Story  August 22, 2008, by Doug Freeman
"...He was hired to lead the house band at the Stardust, the flagship enterprise of Allan Glick's Chicago Mafia-backed Argent Corp. In the plush red booths at the back of the lounge, Powers spent his evenings drinking with notorious gangsters like Lefty Rosenthal and Tony Spilotro, who were running operations at the Stardust behind titled fronts like "entertainment director." Rosenthal and Spilotro would later become the inspiration for Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci's characters in the film Casino...."

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