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Michael Owen is a writer, archivist, and researcher. A historian of popular music and culture, he is the consulting archivist to the estate of the songwriter Ira Gershwin, for which he is currently completing a scholarly, annotated book of Ira Gershwin's 1928 travel journal as part of the Gershwin Critical Edition project. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their cat.


"Beautifully crafted and stunningly researched, this entertaining biography of Julie London reminds us why she matters, now and for always. It is a great read!" Michael Feinstein, singer
" Go Slow offers us a long-awaited, highly detailed look at a neglected jazz and pop singer who has always been worthy of greater recognition and attention. The author provides lots of new information and historical context, while, to his credit, resisting the temptation to make outrageous claims for his subject. I learned a lot that I didn't know and it made me want to hear more." Will Friedwald, author of Stardust Melodies and Sinatra! The Song Is You
"Michael Owen tells the unique story of a singular talent and reluctant celebrity with dispassionate appreciation, weaving personal life and professional history into the tale of a woman who was steadfast in her personal passions and career path without the ego and ambition that drives so many other singers and actors. Neither sycophant nor assassin, Owen deftly chronicles Julie London's life with both empathy and objectivity." Michael Cuscuna, record producer, writer, and discographer
" Go Slow is a sensitive, informative biography, inviting the reader to discover Julie London's unique and solitary contribution to the history of American music. With an ear for tone and an eye for story, Michael Owen leads us seamlessly through a life fashioned for style, revealing an instinctive range where just enough sound can occupy a space, exploiting every lyrical nuance along the way. As Go Slow discloses, through years of struggle and turmoil, an irony was born that would further distill some of Julie's finest work as an interpreter of popular song. Esteemed jazz vocalists and musicians loved and respected her. A generous spirit to her family and friends, Julie London was one grand dame and there will never be anyone like her. Thanks to Michael Owen, we begin to understand why." Kevin Tighe, actor, Emergency!
"An affectionate and complex portrait of London that will help rekindle an interest in her life and work." Kirkus Reviews
"The book offers an intimate look at her memorable public career and the sharp contrasts of her private life." Discover Hollywood
"Michael Owen has written an interesting book that fans of London or people interested in the popular culture of the 1950s will want to read." All About Jazz
"Owen's fascinating, clear-eyed portrait examines her work and looks at her decision to walk away from show business in the '70s, as well as her apparent indifference to her career." The Arizona Republic

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