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"Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades"

A Nostalgic look at Tucson
from the 1950s through 1990s

Complete 3-Volume Book Set
Over 700 pages Now Available!

100 page
Read a free sample from all three volumes

The entertainment scene in Tucson, Arizona during the 1950s through the 1990s was vibrant. Thousands of local musicians played in hundreds of venues. Now, much of the culture has been preserved for history.

The complete three-volume set of "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades" brings back over 50 years of local musical memories. Interviews, original photos and feature articles tell the story of Tucson's culture during the last half of the 20th Century.

Within these three volumes, and nearly 800 pages, are the memories and the experiences of those people and places. All three volumes are available in print on Amazon.com and in digital format on Kindle.

Volume 1: 1950s-1985

Volume 2: 1986-1989

Volume 3: The 1990s

These are the original articles and interviews published in several local newspapers that covered the Tucson entertainment scene over the decades- the Entertainment Magazine, Tucson Teen and the Newsreal. Follow the experiences of local musicians through the decades– the big breaks, record releases, hot performances and duds, break ups, tragedies, personal insights and struggles.

Contact Author: Robert Zucker

Buy All 3 "Entertaining Tucson" Volumes on Amazon and Kindle:

To get an author signed book at a bigger discount, find the "Robert Zucker Collection" in Amazon's New Books Link to purchase autographed copies.

Buy Local: copies of "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades" are available locally in Tucson on the shelf at:

Call the author for more information, or to make wholesale purchases at 520-623-3733.


Neon Prophet

Neon Prophet from the 1980s. 

Search Your Name/Band to See If You Are Included in either volume.

If you enjoyed listening to local Tucson musicians, or performed in Tucson, anytime between the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s through early 2000s, then you probably will be familiar with many of these people who performed music, theatre and comedy and nightclubs where they played.

Tucson's culture preserved

By Robert Zucker

Tucson's entertainment nightlife ranged from country, western, folk, rock and roll, reggae, Swing, Big Band, jazz, blues, new wave, disco, alternative and punk. Popular musicians like Giant Sandworms, Statesboro Blues Band, Nadine & the MoPhonics, Dean Armstrong and over one thousand others.

Tucson is well known for producing such great national artists as Linda Ronstadt, Rex Allen and Garry Shandling who are also featured.

"Entertaining Tucson" is a compilation of the Entertainment Magazine, Newsreal, Tucson Teen and other local tabloids published during the 1980s.

Read sample articles republished covering the years between the 1950s through the end of 1985. This book is in recognition to all of the Tucsonans who kept us entertained over those decades and to those reporters and photographers who contributed their work and time to keep Tucson informed.

"Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades" is a three volume compilation by Entertainment Magazine publisher Robert Zucker.

Tucson in the 1950s








Within these pages are the memories, and the experiences of those people and places. These are the original articles and interviews published in several local newspapers that covered the Tucson entertainment scene over the decades. Follow their stories through the years– the big breaks, record releases, hot performances and duds, break ups, tragedies, personal insights and struggles.

Volume 2 carries on the entertainment from 1986 through the early 2000s.

Statesboro Blues Band

Tucson Musician Updates

Howie Salmon passes away

Musician and artist Howard (Howie) Salmon died August 7, 2014. Howie was the drummer for the Phantom Limbs in the early 1980s. Read Howie's article on the 1982 Punk Rock Scene.

Charles Bowden dies

How Many Musicians Can You ID?

All of these Tucson musicians, and more,
are featured in this new book!
Now Available!


Original Entertainment Magazine Video 1991



Published by entertaintucson.com and BZB Publishing, Inc.
P.O. Box 91317, Tucson, Arizona 85752

Gina Torres-Vanasse, Intellectual Property Assessor

Email: [email protected]
Web: http://entertaintucson.com/

Printed in the United States of America by CreateSpace, an Amazon.com company. Available for sale through Amazon.com and other outlets.

Robert Zucker has published several Tucson, Arizona-based tabloid newspapers– Youth Alternatives, Youth Awareness Press, Tucson Teen, The Magazine and Entertainment Magazine.

Published Titles From BZB Publishing, Inc.

  • "Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades, Vol. I: 1950s-1985,” by Robert E. Zucker (978-1-939050-06-9)
  • “Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades, Vol. II: 1986-1999,” by Robert E. Zucker (978-1-939090-07-6)
  • “Entertaining Tucson Across the Decades, Vol. III: 1990s,” by Robert E. Zucker (978-1-939050-09-0)
  • “Treasures of the Santa Catalina Mountains: Legends & History,” by Robert E. Zucker (978-1-93905-05-2) “Traveling Show,” by Robert E. Zucker (978-1-939050-03-8)
  • “Searching for Arizona’s Buried Treasures,” by Ron Quinn (978-1-939050-40-3)
  • “Mysterious Disappearances and Other Strange Tales,” by Ron Quinn (978-1-939050-04-5)

Titles can be purchased at Amazon.com and other retail outlets.

2015 © Southwest Alternatives Institute, Inc.
2015 © Tucson Entertainment Magazine and BZB Publishing.
2015 © Newsreal, Jonathan L.
All rights are reserved. These are the compiled works of contributed materials from writers and photographers previously published in the Tucson Teen, Magazine, Entertainment Magazine and Newsreal newspapers, and from Entertainment Magazine On Line (EMOL.org). No part of the material protected by this copyright may be reproduced or utilized in any means, electronic or mechanical, without written permission from the publisher.
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