Welcome to Books By My Friends, Stevie! You have a very interesting story to tell us about today. Let’s rock’n’roll.
JH: What’s the blurb for your book?
ST: Raw material and interviews behind Anthony Scaduto’s iconic biography of Bob Dylan.
JH: What inspired you to edit and produce The Dylan Tapes: Friends, Players, and Lovers Talkin’ Early Bob Dylan?
ST: A year before his death, my husband, Anthony Scaduto, found a box in our basement, of his reel-to-reel tapes of the interviews – the primary source, raw material – that were the basis of his 1971 biography of Bob Dylan. These were Scaduto’s “basement tapes.” Anthony initiated turning the interviews into a book and then I completed the project after his death. I also wrote a forward and a final, summing up chapter.
JH: What one thing do you love most about writing?
ST: My husband, as a journalist, was about getting the story and then telling it. I’m a singer/actress, and my work is always about giving life to a good story–telling it well.
JH: What’s next for you in the way of writing/publishing?
ST: I created and perform an award-winning cabaret about an iconic Mexican singer, Chavela Vargas. I would like to write her biography.
JH: How can readers contact you?
A celebrated actress, singer, and writer, Stephanie Trudeau met Anthony Scaduto in 1972 and was his wife and research assistant from 1978 until his death. Shortly after Scaduto’s death, Stephanie took on the project Scaduto had initiated: creating a book of the found reel-to-reel recordings of the interviews that were the raw material of his iconic biography of Bob Dylan. Stephanie wrote introductions to each chapter, introduced Scaduto in a forward, and summed up Dylan’s work in a closing chapter. Just before Stephanie took on the project of editing “The Dylan Tapes,” Stephanie developed and performed a cabaret show, “Here’s to the Girls,” songs by women composers. Research on songs written by Latina songwriters led to research on iconic Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. The docu-cabaret musical, “Becoming Chavela.” written and performed by Ms. Trudeau, won the 2020 New York Bistro Award for Outstanding Tribute Performance. Trudeau adapted her cabaret show to create a short narrative film “Becoming Chavela,” which is currently appearing at film festivals.
JH: Amazing, Stephanie. Thanks for this behind-the-book look! Please write that biography about Chevela and come back to tell us about it!
All good things,
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