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The Hard Way   
 
The Hard Way
by Don Fargo, with Scott Teal

  Don Fargo is one of the overlooked stars of the classic era of pro wrestling.  He was a headliner in almost every territory in which he appeared — New York, Amarillo, Dallas, Tennessee, Buffalo, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Louisiana, just to name a few.

  As famous as he was for his ability to draw crowds to the arenas, he probably was more famous for his hijinks behind the scenes.  Stories about the wild lifestyle of professional wrestlers abound.  Many are true, but there also are many that are either downright false or exaggerated to epic proportions over the passage of time.  Rest assured, the stories in this book about Don Fargo are all true, regardless of how outlandish or implausible they may sound.  The stories about his pranks and wild lifestyle are talked about to this day by those who were witness to the events.

  For the first time, Don tells, in detail, the story about what happened when he and his tag-team partner ran afoul of a group of motorcycle outlaws, and how he inadvertently wound up on the wrong side of the law on more than a few occasions.  He also tells stories about pulling ribs on his fellow wrestlers, including well-known celebrities like boxing champ Joe Louis, and classic, hilarious stories about many of the well-known wrestlers of the golden era of pro wrestling.   Don tells the story about how he met Jackie Fargo, how they formed the tag team that became known as the Fabulous Fargos, and the story behind how they became the first team to be billed as "world tag team champions" in Madison Square Garden.

  He shares stories about winning the 1952 Mr. Pittsburgh bodybuilding contest, being punished by veteran wrestlers when he tried to get into professional wrestling, dangling from the roof of the King Edward Hotel in New York, riding naked on the roofs of cars traveling at high speeds, nailing a certain body part to a table, and getting his hand stuck in … well, let’s just say, somewhere you wouldn’t normally put your whole hand.

  Fargo talks about how he created the more than 13 different characters he portrayed in the ring, his discovery of the "hard way," for which he became famous in wrestling circles, his problems with drugs and alcohol, and the friendships he developed along the way.

  Included are more than 300 photos taken during Don’s career, many of which have never been published.

  This is the most detailed book ever written that ties together important events in wrestling history with the hilarious shenanigans that went on behind the scenes.  You’ve never read a more entertaining life story than this one.

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Crowbar Press on Kindle!   
 
Crowbar Press is now releasing all their books on Kindle!

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I Ain't No Pig Farmer!   
 
"I Ain't No Pig Farmer!"
by Dean Silverstone, edited by Scott Teal

  "I suddenly felt the earth tremble, as if we had been hit by an earthquake.  I began to wonder if a natural disaster would be my savior and help me escape what I thought would be my Waterloo.  But, no.  It wasn’t an earthquake.  It was the wild-eyed, out-of-control human beings breaking the ring apart from the outside.  The wrestling ring, which weighed close to 1,800 pounds, was being shaken back and forth and side to side by the angry mob."
  In an era when few people were allowed into professional wrestling’s inner circle, Dean Silverstone pitched the idea of publishing an arena program to Harry Elliott, the wrestling promoter in Seattle, Washington.  Harry gave him permission and Dean’s career as a wrestling publicist began … when he was only 14 years old.
  An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Dean wrote, created, printed, and sold the programs at Seattle’s Senator Auditorium and Masonic Temple for the next 11 years.  During that time, he also would promote spot shows, referee, write and handle publicity for Elliott’s promotion, act as box-office manager, and run a few towns of his own.
  Dean never wanted to be in the spotlight.  He simply wanted to write about, referee, and promote the superstars of wrestling.  When Elliott closed shop, Dean went into business for himself and formed Super Star Championship Wrestling.
  Dean tells about putting together a roster of talent and struggling to build his company, despite opposition from other promoters, who considered him to be an outlaw.  In the process, he faced anti-Semitism, unpredictable actions from his talent, crowd riots, warnings from the Hell’s Angels, collapsing rings, the tragic death of one of his top wrestlers, and even a Molotov cocktail.  Through it all, he developed a rapport and trust between himself and the wrestlers he employed.
  His story includes opening Golden Oldies Records — a retail business venture which would eventually grow to eleven stores in all parts of Washington state — hosting an annual reunion for veteran and retired wrestlers, and working on the board of directors for the Cauliflower Alley Club.
  Finally, the story of Chris Colt's time in Washington is told here for the very first time.  The story fills an entire chapter and contains many of the sordid details of one of wrestling's most eccentric characters.
  This is the story of a self-made man, who, in his own words, was "born at just the right time in history."

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Replica posters
  
 
  "Classic Wrestling Poster Replicas" is a series of all-new posters created and produced by Scott Teal through Crowbar Press. Each poster features a classic wrestling card from the past. We have re-created posters from the golden age as closely as possible to the originals. For territories which had no posters, or for which we had no examples, we created them as we imagine they would have looked. We also created posters based on the style of the newspaper ads of the time.
These posters are NOT lithographs or mass-produced on cheap paper. Each poster is actually a high-quality, glossy PHOTOGRAPH which comes in three sizes — 8x10, 12x16, and 16x20 inches.
These beautiful posters are sure to become collector's items and more cards will be released in the near future. Our hope is they will help preserve the legacy of professional wrestling's legends and increase interest in the history of professional wrestling.
— HAVE YOUR NAME PRINTED ON ANY OF THE POSTERS! —
We can add YOUR NAME in the place of ANY wrestler on the poster for an extra $3. This offer is available for 16x20 posters only.

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Autobiographies

Inside Out:
How Corporate
America Destroyed
Professional Wrestling
by Ole Anderson

Inside Out: How Corporate America Destroyed Professional Wrestling

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Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls:
From McMahon to McMahon
by J.J. Dillon

"Wrestlers Are Like Seagulls" From McMahon to McMahon

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Assassin:
The Man Behind the Mask
by Joe Hamilton

Assassin: The Man Behind the Mask

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"Is That Wrestling Fake?"
The Bear Facts
by Ivan Koloff

Is That Wrestling Fake? The Bear Facts

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Bruiser Brody
by Emerson Murray

Bruiser Brody

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Wrestling with the Truth
by Bruno Lauer

Wrestling with the Truth

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The Solie Chronicles
by Bob Allyn

The Solie Chronicles

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Wrestling in the Canadian West
by Vance Nevada

Wrestling in the Canadian West

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Long Days and Short Pays
by H.E. "Duke" West

Long Days and Short Pays

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Drawing Heat
by Jim Freedman

Drawing Heat

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ATLAS:
Too Much, Too Soon
by Tony Atlas

ATLAS: Too Much, Too Soon

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The Last Laugh
by Bill De Mott

The Last Laugh

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HOOKER
by Lou Thesz

HOOKER

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The Last Outlaw
by Stan Hansen

The Last Outlaw

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NIKITA
by Nikita Koloff

NIKITA

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The Strap
by Roger Deem

The Strap

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BRISCO
by Jack Brisco

BRISCO

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Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Memories
by Mike Mooneyham

Mid-Atlantic<br>Wrestling Memories

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling

Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#1
American Wrestling Association

American Wrestling Association

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#2
Georgia Championship Wrestling

Georgia Championship Wrestling

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#3
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling:
The Tag-Team Era

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling: The Tag-Team Era

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#4
The Golden Age of Wrestling

The Golden Age of Wrestling

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#5
World Championship Wrestling
Volume 1

World Championship Wrestling, v1

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#6
World Championship Wrestling
Volume 2

World Championship Wrestling, v2

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#7
World Championship Wrestling
Volume 3

World Championship Wrestling, v3

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#8
The Lovely "But Lethal"
Ladies of Professional Wrestling
Volume 1

The Lovely

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Superstars of Professional Wrestling
#9
The Lovely "But Lethal"
Ladies of Professional Wrestling
Volume 2

The Lovely But Lethal Ladies of Professional Wrestling, v2

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Posters

From Parts Unknown
Poster #1

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #2

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #3

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #4

From Parts Unknown Poster #1

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From Parts Unknown
Poster #5

From Parts Unknown Poster #5

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Shooting with the Legends
#1
Don Fargo

Don Fargo DVD
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#2
The Great Mephisto

The Great Mephisto DVD
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#3
Ole Anderson, volume 1

Ole Anderson DVD
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#4
Ole Anderson, volume 2

Ole Anderson DVD
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#5
Bob Roop, volume 1

Bob Roop DVD
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#6
Bob Roop, volume 2

Bob Roop DVD
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#7
Bobby Simmons

Bobby Simmons DVD
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#8
Mac McMurray

Mac McMurray DVD
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#9
Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall DVD
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#10
Charlie Smith

Charlie Smith DVD
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NEW!  #11
Duke Myers, volume 1

Duke Myers, volume 1 DVD
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NEW!  #12
Duke Myers, volume 2

Duke Myers, volume 2 DVD
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NEW!  #13
Archie Gouldie

Archie Gouldie DVD
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Posters
Professional Wrestling
Title History
Posters
Professional Wrestling
Title History Posters
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #1

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Professional Wrestling
Title History Posters
NWA World Heavyweight Title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #2

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Professional Wrestling
Title History Posters
Missouri Heavyweight Title

Professional Wrestling Title History Poster #3

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