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Shel Silverstein

Born September 25, 1930(1930-09-25)
Chicago, Illinois
Died May 10, 1999 (aged 68)
Key West, Florida

Sheldon Alan "Shel" Silverstein (September 25, 1930May 10, 1999) was an American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter and author of children's books. He sometimes styled himself as Uncle Shelby especially for his early children's books. Image File history File links Shel-Silverstein. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Map of Key West Key West is a city located in Monroe County, Florida. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... A poet is a person who writes poetry. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ...


Silverstein confirmed he never studied the poetry of others, and therefore developed his own style: laid-back and conversational, occasionally employing profanity, and slang.

Contents

Biography

Shel Silverstein's first book, Grab Your Socks! (1956) collected his early 1950s cartoons for Stars and Stripes.

Silverstein was already writing by the time he served in the U.S. army. Silverstein was stationed in Japan and Korea in the 1950s, and during his tour, he worked as cartoonist for the Pacific military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. Image File history File linksMetadata Grabsocks. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Grabsocks. ... Stars and Stripes is the newspaper published for the United States Armed Forces overseas. ... This article is about the Korean civilization. ... Stars and Stripes is the newspaper published for the United States Armed Forces overseas. ...


He is most commonly known for writing and illustrating his children's literature including The Missing Piece, A Light In The Attic, Lafcadio, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Falling Up, The Giving Tree, A Giraffe and a Half, and The Missing Piece Meets the Big O. For adults he wrote Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book, a satirical mock children's book, and created Different Dances, a coffee table book of wordless, adult-themed cartoons. He continued to write colloquial poetry on occasion throughout his life, including a rap version of Shakespeare's Hamlet that was published (on yellow-beige specialty paper) in Playboy magazine in 1998. He also co-wrote the screenplay Things Change with David Mamet. Childrens books redirects here. ... A Light in the Attic by the American poet and childrens writer Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins in 1981. ... Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) is a book of childrens poetry written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. ... Falling Up is a 1996 poetry collection for children by Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins. ... The Giving Tree, first published in 1964, is a childrens book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. ... Uncle Shelbys ABZ Book (ISBN 067121148X) is an alphabet book by Shel Silverstein. ... Coffee table book on coffee table A coffee table book is a hardcover book that rests on a coffee table or similar surface in an area where guests sit and are entertained, thus inspiring conversation or alleviating boredom. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... For other uses, see Hamlet (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Playboy (disambiguation). ... Things Change is the first episode of the animated series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003), which originally aired on February 8, 2003. ... David Alan Mamet (born November 30, 1947) is an American author, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and film director. ...


In 2005, Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook, was published posthumously. As the title suggests, every poem and illustration in the book consists of spoonerisms. In an NPR interview, Mitch Myers, Shel Silverstein's nephew, who wrote the liner notes for a "Best of Shel Silverstein" CD and helped compile the new collection of poems, said, "I think he wasn't sure about how it would be received. It is and was very different. And it's not easy, even for adults to read. I think, actually, younger children have a better time at it because they're not so preconceived in their notions of how words work. And the playfulness of it really comes across." Silverstein said "I did not have any inspirations, my talent formed, because that was what I loved to do....(and forever will)" "Many kids should know their talents form in their heart and soul." http://www.shelsilverstein.com/indexSite.html Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Runny Babbit : A Billy Sook is the title of the last childrens book by Shel Silverstein. ... A spoonerism is a play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched (see metathesis). ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ...


Writings

Silverstein's work did not include writing for children when he first began his career, but his editor and girlfriend Ursula encouraged Silverstein to write children's poetry. After having used his clever, silly ideas in his first book, Silverstein decided that he enjoyed the product and wanted to do it again.


A blurb by Otto Penzler from his crime anthology Murder for Revenge (1998) states:

"The phrase "Renaissance man" tends to get overused these days, but apply it to Shel Silverstein and it practically begins to seem inadequate. Not only has he produced with seeming ease country music hits and popular songs, but he's been equally successful at turning his hand to poetry, short stories, plays, and children's books. Moreover, his whimsically hip fables, beloved by readers of all ages, have made him a stalwart of bestseller lists. A Light in the Attic, most remarkably, showed the kind of staying power on the New York Times chart—two years, to be precise—that most of the biggest names (John Grisham, Stephen King, and Michael Crichton) have never equaled for their own blockbusters. Leonardo da Vinci is regarded in many Western cultures as the archetypal Renaissance Man. A polymath (Greek polymathÄ“s, πολυμαθής, having learned much)[1][2] is a person with encyclopedic, broad, or varied knowledge or learning. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... This article is in need of attention. ... The New York Times Best Seller List is a weekly chart in The New York Times newspaper that keeps track of the best-selling books of the week. ... Grisham redirects here. ... For other persons named Stephen King, see Stephen King (disambiguation). ... Michael Crichton, pronounced [1], (born October 23, 1942) is an American author, film producer, film director, and television producer. ...


And there's still more: his unmistakable illustrative style is another crucial element to his appeal. Just as no writer sounds like Shel, no other artist's vision is as delightfully, sophisticatingly cockeyed.


One can only marvel that he makes the time to respond so kindly to his friends' requests. In the following work, let's be glad he did. Drawing on his characteristic passion for list making, he shows how the deed is not just in the wish but in the sublimation."

This anthology was the second in a series, which also included Murder for Love (1996) and Murder and Obsession (1999). All three anthologies included contributions by Shel Silverstein.


As a songwriter

Silverstein's passion for music was clear early on as he studied briefly at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. As a songwriter, Silverstein tended to shun publicity and even photographers. Nonetheless, his musical output included many songs which were hits for other artists. Chicago College of Performing Arts is well situated on the top floors of the historic Auditorium Building, designed by world-famous architects Dankmar Adler and Louis Sullivan. ... Roosevelt University is a private institution of higher education with full service campuses in Chicagos Loop and northwest suburban Schaumburg. ... Wikibooks has more about this subject: Marketing Look up publicity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Most notably, he wrote the music and lyrics for "A Boy Named Sue" that was performed by Johnny Cash (for which Silverstein won a Grammy in 1970), "One's on the Way" (which was a hit for Loretta Lynn), and "The Unicorn", which, despite having nothing to do with Ireland nor Irish culture, became the signature piece for The Irish Rovers in 1968 and is popular in Irish pubs all over the world to this day. Another Silverstein song recorded by Cash is "25 Minutes to Go", sung from the point of view of a man facing his last 25 minutes on Death Row, with each line of the song counting down one minute closer. He wrote the lyrics and music for most of the Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show songs, including "The Cover of the Rolling Stone", "Freakin' at the Freakers' Ball", "Sylvia's Mother", and the cautionary song about venereal disease, "Don't Give a Dose To the One You Love Most". He also wrote many of the songs performed by Bobby Bare, including "Rosalie's Good Eats Cafe", "The Mermaid", "The Winner", "Tequila Sheila," and a co-write with Baxter Taylor for the song "Marie Laveau" for which the songwriters received a BMI Award in 1975. "The Mermaid" was also covered in 2005 by Great Big Sea, who released their version on their CD The Hard and the Easy. The song "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan", recorded in 1979 by Marianne Faithfull and later featured in the films Montenegro and Thelma & Louise, was also by Silverstein, as was "Queen of the Silver Dollar", which appeared on Emmylou Harris' 1975 album Pieces of the Sky and was also covered by "Dave & Sugar". He was nominated for an Oscar for his music for the film Postcards from the Edge. He also composed original music for several other films, and displayed a musical versatility in these projects, playing guitar, piano, saxophone, and trombone. 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Silverstein also had a popular following on Dr. Demento's radio show. Among his best-known comedy songs were "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout (Would Not Take The Garbage Out)", "The Smoke Off" (a tale of a contest to determine who could roll—or smoke—marijuana joints faster), and "I Got Stoned and I Missed It". He also wrote "The Father of a Boy Named Sue", in which he tells the story from the original song from the father's point of view, and the 1962 song "Boa Constrictor" that is sung by a man who is being progressively swallowed whole by a snake, although it is now better known as a children's playground chant. Dr. Demento is the stage name of Barret Eugene Hansen (born April 2, 1941),[1] a radio disc jockey specializing in novelty songs and pop music parodies. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


A longtime friend of American singer and songwriter Pat Dailey, Silverstein collaborated with Dailey on the (posthumously released) 2002 Underwater Land album. It contains 17 children's songs written and produced by Silverstein and sung by Dailey. Silverstein also appears along with Dailey on a few tracks. The album also contains artwork by Silverstein.


Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. A posthumous recognition is a ceremonial award given after the recipient has passed away. ... The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame was established by the Nashville Songwriters Foundation, Inc. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


As a playwright

The Rising Sun Performance Company's production of "The Lifeboat is Sinking" An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
The Rising Sun Performance Company's production of "The Lifeboat is Sinking" An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein was produced by the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in September 2001. The collection of short sketches, directed by Karen Kohlhaas, comprised the following: lifeboat RNLI File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Rising Sun Performance Company is one of the current up-and-coming theatre companies in the Off-Off-Broadway community that is establishing a reputation for their talented ensemble of writers, directors, and actors featuring a strong selection of original works balanced by revivals of off-beat published works. ... The Atlantic Theater Company runs an off-Broadway theater in a converted church in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

  • "One Tennis Shoe" - Harvey claims that his wife, Sylvia, is becoming a bag lady, but his wife claims that he is just overreacting.
  • "Bus Stop" - Irwin stands on a street corner with a sign reading "bust stop" and uses the opportunity to soliloquize on the subject.
  • "Going Once" - A monologue in which an auctioneer shows off a woman, who is putting herself up for auction to the highest bidder.
  • "The Best Daddy" - Lisa's got the best daddy in the world. After all he bought her a pony for her birthday. Too bad he shot it dead.
  • "The Lifeboat is Sinking" - Jen and Sherwin sit safely on their bed playing a game of Who-Would-You-Save-If... the family was drowning.
  • "Smile" - Bender and his henchmen have found the man responsible for the phrase "Have a nice day." and they're going to make him pay.
  • "Wash and Dry" - Marianne stops by the laundromat, but she's horrified to discover that her laundry hasn't been cleaned.
  • "Thinking Up a New Name for the Act" - Pete hits on the phrase "Meat and Potatoes" as the perfect name for their vaudeville act.
  • "Buy One, Get One Free" - Two hookers are offering the deal of the century, offering a golden opportunity to passersby in rhyme.
  • "Blind Willie and the Talking Dog" - Blind Willie panhandles as his dog argues that they could use his talent to make some real money.

Shel's Shorts was produced in repertory as two separate evenings under the titles Signs of Trouble and Shel Shocked by the Market Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts in December 2001. Signs of Trouble was directed by Wesley Savick, and Shel Shocked was directed by Larry Coen. Location in Middlesex County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Middlesex Settled 1630 Incorporated 1636 Government  - Type Mayor-City Council  - Mayor Kenneth Reeves (D) Area  - Total 7. ...


Subscript text==Personal life== Silverstein had two children. His first child was daughter Shoshanna (Shanna), born June 30, 1970, with Susan Hastings. Susan Hastings died 5 years later, on June 29, 1975, in Baltimore, Maryland. Shoshanna's aunt and uncle, Meg and Curtis Marshall, raised Shanna from the age of 5 until her death of a cerebral aneurysm in Baltimore on April 24, 1982 at the age of 11. Shanna was attending the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore at the time of her death. Silverstein dedicated his life to all people on earth is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 180th day of the year (181st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United... Official language(s) None (English, de facto) Capital Annapolis Largest city Baltimore Largest metro area Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 42nd  - Total 12,407 sq mi (32,133 km²)  - Width 101 miles (145 km)  - Length 249 miles (400 km)  - % water 21  - Latitude 37° 53′ N to 39° 43′ N... A cerebral aneurysm or brain aneurysm is a cerebrovascular disorder in which weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery or vein causes a localized dilation or ballooning of the blood vessel. ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United...

 1983 reprint of Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros to the Marshalls. Had Shanna lived, she would have been 28 at the time of Silverstein's rftudjdt6yudedicated to Shanna, and Silverstein drew the sign with a flower attached. Shoshanna means lily or rose in Hebrew. 

Silverstein's other child was his son Matthew, born on November 10, 1983. Silverstein's 1996 Falling Up was dedicated to Matt. Matthew's mother is alleged to be the "Sarah" mentioned in the other thanks for Falling Up. Shel Silverstein died sometime during the weekend of May 8, 1999, in Key West, Florida, of a heart attack. His body was found by two housekeepers the following Monday, May 10. It was reported that he could have died on either day that weekend (Saturday or Sunday). For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Hebrew language most commonly refers to Modern Hebrew; in historical contexts, it commonly refers to the Biblical Hebrew language. ... is the 314th day of the year (315th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 128th day of the year (129th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Key West redirects here. ... Heart attack redirects here. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Interviews

Silverstein had his own view of how his life started out:

"When I was a kid—12, 14, around there—I would much rather have been a good baseball player or a hit with the girls. But I couldn't play ball, I couldn't dance. Luckily, the girls didn't want me; not much I could do about that. So, I started to draw and to write. I was also lucky that I didn't have anybody to copy, be impressed by. I had developed my own style, I was creating before I knew there was a Thurber, a Benchley, a Price and a Steinberg. I never saw their work till I was around 30. By the time I got to where I was attracting girls, I was already into work, and it was more important to me. Not that I wouldn't rather make love, but the work has become a habit." For the political scientist, see James A. Thurber. ... Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. ... George Price (9 June 1901 - 12 January 1995) was a United States cartoonist. ... Saul Steinberg (June 15, 1914–May 12, 1999) was a Romanian-born American cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his work for The New Yorker magazine. ...

--(Jean F. Mercier. "Shel Silverstein", Publishers Weekly, February 24, 1975). Publishers Weekly is a weekly trade news magazine targeted at publishers, librarians, booksellers, and literary agents. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Silverstein did not really care to conform to any sort of norm, but he did want to leave his mark for others to be inspired by:

"I would hope that people, no matter what age, would find something to identify with in my books, pick up one and experience a personal sense of discovery. That's great. But for them, not for me. I think that if you're creative person, you should just go about your business, do your work and not care about how it's received. I never read reviews because if you believe the good ones you have to believe the bad ones too. Not that I don't care about success. I do, but only because it lets me do what I want. I was always prepared for success but that means that I have to be prepared for failure too. I have an ego, I have ideas, I want to be articulate, to communicate but in my own way. People who say they create only for themselves and don't care if they are published...I hate to hear talk like that. If it's good, it's too good not to share. That's the way I feel about my work. So I'll keep on communicating, but only my way. Lots of things I won't do. I won't go on television because who am I talking to? Johnny Carson? The camera? Twenty million people I can't see? Uh-uh. And I won't give any more interviews." For other persons named John Carson, see John Carson (disambiguation). ...

--Shel Silverstein, from Publishers Weekly, February 24, 1975 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The few interviews he did give throughout his life gave insight to his thinking patterns. One example of these interviews:

Question: "Why do you have a beard?" Shel: "I don't have a beard. It's just the light; it plays funny tricks." Question: "How do you think your present image as world traveler, bawdy singer, etc. combines with your image as a writer of children's books?" Shel: "I don't think about my image." Question: "Do you admit that your songs and drawings have a certain amount of vulgarity in them?" Shel: "No, but I hope they have a certain amount of realism in them." Question: "Do you shave your head for effect or to be different, or to strike back at the long-haired styles of today? Shel: "I don't explain my head."

--(1965) from the album I'm So Good That I Don't Have to Brag.


Books

Silverstein believed that written works needed to be read on paper – the correct paper for the particular work. He usually would not allow his poems or stories to be published unless he could choose the type, size, shape, color, and quality of the paper himself. Being a book collector, he took seriously the feel of the paper, the look of the book from the inside and out, the fonts for each poem, and the binding of his books. He did not allow his books to be published in paperback as he did not want his work to diminish in any way. Uncle Shelbys ABZ Book (ISBN 067121148X) is an alphabet book by Shel Silverstein. ... The Giving Tree, first published in 1964, is a childrens book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. ... Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) is a book of childrens poetry written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. ... The Missing Piece is a album by British progressive rock band Gentle Giant which was released in 1977. ... A Light in the Attic by the American poet and childrens writer Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins in 1981. ... Sheldon Alan Shel Silverstein (September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999) was an American poet, songwriter, musician, composer, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of childrens books. ... Falling Up is a 1996 poetry collection for children by Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins. ... Runny Babbit : A Billy Sook is the title of the last childrens book by Shel Silverstein. ... Book collecting is what it sounds like, the collecting of books. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Albums

Shel Silverstein also recorded numerous unreleased songs. Some were found at A&R Recording Studio in New York, but never officially released—though bootleg albums of these exist. These songs are generally more vulgar than his other material. Most are thought to have been recorded around 1969-1970, although they resemble the Songs & Stories musical and lyrical style of 1978.Shel also sung poems. Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Cadet Records was started as Argo Records in 1955 as the jazz subsidiary of Chess Records. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Janus Records is a record label which distributed Westbound Records from 1970 until 1977. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Flying Fish Records is a Chicago-based eclectic blues and country record label. ... Where the Sidewalk Ends (1974) is a book of childrens poetry written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. ... A Light in the Attic by the American poet and childrens writer Shel Silverstein, published by HarperCollins in 1981. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Bootleg. ...


Popular culture references

  • In the book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, it is said that Shel Silverstein "looks more like a criminal or pirate than a guy who writes poems for kids."
  • In an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, there was a fight scene involving a bald, bearded man -- and one of the MST3K robots quipped "Damn you, Shel Silverstein!" when the bald man got punched out.

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References

Book

  • Lisa Rogak: A Boy Named Shel. The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein (2007). ISBN: 0312353596
  • Flippo, Chet. (1998). "Shel Silverstein". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 484.
  • Steve Pond: The Magical World of Shel Silverstein. PLAYBOY (US Edition) 1/2006. pp74-78 & pp 151-153.

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Shel Silverstein - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2176 words)
Shel Silverstein was clearly in the Dadaist tradition, and he reveled in contradiction.
Silverstein was stationed in Japan and Korea in the 1950s, and while in the military, he was a cartoonist for the Pacific edition of the military newspaper, Stars and Stripes.
Silverstein's passion for music was clear early on as he studied for a while at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.
Shel Silverstein - Biography - AOL Music (695 words)
Shel Silverstein was one of those rare "multi-threat" artists -- composer, singer, cartoonist, illustrator, author -- with popular successes in all of those areas.
The magazine was then on the cutting edge of popular culture, and Silverstein's cartoons, which appeared in every issue from 1957 through the mid-'70s, with their satirical and provocative content, were some of the sharpest work in there.
Silverstein's most important album from this period, however, and his most successful was Freakin' at the Freakers Ball, released in 1973, in which he turned his jaundiced, satirical eyes toward the counterculture, hippies, and radicals of all stripes.
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