Bob Crane: The Definitive Biography

Today’s “Bookshelf Sunday” post is about a book that hasn’t been published yet.  It’s a work in progress, near completion, that I wanted to feature today –July 13th — because this is the date of Bob Crane’s birthday back in 1928.

UPDATE – since original post 6/13/14

According to the author,  “The book’s new, official title – BOB CRANE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY. While we liked the working title “Flipside: The True Story of Bob Crane,” the new title is felt to be more authoritative and classic. The book will refute inaccurate judgments about Bob and provide an in-depth look at his life and major career accomplishments, many of which were unprecedented.
BOB CRANE: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY will be published by Author Mike Ink Publishing and will be available through all major book retailers September 17, 2015. The book’s release also coincides with the 50th anniversary of “Hogan’s Heroes,” which premiered on September 17, 1965. A portion of the book’s profits will be donated to various charities in Bob’s memory.”


I can’t put it into words any better than one of the authors so I implore you to visit the official website for information on the book.

But if I can sum it up for you in a few sentences without deterring you from visiting the website, this book aims to set the record straight and truly depict the man that Bob Crane was through intensive interviews and research of his co-workers, friends, and family.  It’s to belie the horribly false movie of Auto Focus.  

To quote the site directly, the author states, “Time and again, the message from those closest to Bob came across loud and clear. Bob Crane was NOT the depressed, lop-sided “character” portrayed by Greg Kinnear in Auto Focus. He was kind. He was smart. He was talented. He was driven. He was sensitive. He had a “sunny personality.” He was full of life, laughter, and compassion. He was a loving father. He was a “genius in radio.” He was an “actor’s actor.” He was a star but without an inflated ego.”

This biography I’m sure will delight Bob’s fans who want to learn more about his life outside Hogan’s Heroes as well as opening the eyes of the curious who may not know much about him other than his unsolved murder. 

I became so fascinated with this project when I heard about it because it was nice to find kind words written about Bob Crane for a change.  The lies and snide remarks and disreputable associations regarding Bob’s character are hurtful.

Before, all I know about Bob was Hogan’s Heroes.  When I started following the progress of the book, I learned that Bob was a musician, and the drums you hear on the Hogan’s Heroes theme song is him playing.  I learned that he was a hilarious and popular DJ in Los Angeles and interviewed countless movie stars.  

You can hear these interviews on youtube.

Soundcloud has different audio than YouTube where you can hear him playing the drums more.


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