Guest Blogger: Bill Marx, author of Son of Harpo Speaks! (Applause Books)
I suppose that because I am the last living person on Planet Earth to have worked professionally with the three Marx Brothers, those being my dad, Harpo, and uncles Groucho and Chico, one could say it is a distinct honor that could be considered both fortunate and dubious. It was in a time span extending over twenty-six years, starting with my being a prop man for Harpo and Chico in 1949 while touring the British Music Hall circuit, and ending with my accompanying Groucho on piano in his later years up until the time of his passing in 1977.
Fortunate? Quite indeed. However…
Son of Harpo Speaks! by Bill Marx (available Nov. 15, 2011), in addition to offering a unique perspective of a very special man and revealing many stories never before in print, is also a book about a “too-Hollywood-to-believe” life-altering quirk of fate that ultimately brought him together with his parents.
Visit Bill Marx at sonofharpospeaks.com
Bill Marx has been a musician almost his entire life. At 16, he became musical conductor/arranger for his father, Harpo Marx. Bill has studied composition at the Juilliard School and has written numerous concertos, including a first-of-its-kind double harp concerto. He has scored for motion pictures, television, theater, and ballet; concertized for years as a jazz pianist; and recorded many albums, including two with his father. His autobiography, Son of Harpo Speaks!, is the sequel to his father’s autobiography Harpo Speaks! (Limelight Editions).