Q: Muscle, Smoke and Mirrors – Volume Two – has been described as the most extensively researched text on bodybuilding history ever published. As with Volume One, it leaves no stone unturned in providing detailed back-stories on some of the most intriguing and, in many cases, controversial bodybuilding events to have occurred over the past century.
What were some of the difficulties/challenges you experienced in compiling such a weighty tome?
A. I think “weighty” pretty much sums up most of my difficulty. Sure, I had some moments with the eyesight hindrance, but I have squawked about that enough in other interviews. It was the size of Volume II that surprised me and also gave me challenges. All the way up to about 2010 it was supposed to portray both the 1970s and 1980s. I had spent almost the entire summer of 2009 writing the prologue which was to encapsulate and serve as a prelude to the whole volume. The sub titles were:
The Glory Years of Modern Bodybuilding…
and the Great Challenge to its Nutritional Legacy.
I remember talking to Wayne DeMilia in one of our numerous discussions about the extent of content I would have in Volume II regarding these two decades. He said,Read More
Review by David Gentle.
www.musclessmokeandmirrors.com Printed in USA. ISBN 978-1-4670-3 84 l-6(sc)
If you had bought and read Volume 1 of the above title by Randy Roach, then you would have no requirement from me to recommend the second volume of an intended trilogy. The premier volume with its encyclopaedic, highly researched, yet remaining highly readable account of the early life and times of bodybuilding and its icons, would ensure that you, like me, would be waiting restlessly for the next issue to show and continue with the story and fascinating tales of the movers and shakers in the wonderful world of those who wish to improve their health, strength, vanity or sheer wealth. The last century of “modern muscle building” the beginnings of which was written in volume one, continues into the follow up era. Of Pumping Iron, The Iron Game, Nautilus and other fixed machines designed to develop muscles, along with recounting the human “inside ” story of those who led or were inspired by the next band of “Makers of Men “, or “Builders of Champions”
The sheer amount of research almost extends beyond belief. It’s said a man must read a library to write a book, well, Randy has not only turned over a library, but also used his time and effort to quiz all those active then and now without including the bull shit or as Arnold reputedly said, the “Comic book” style of writing and reporting. Randy, an expert nutritionist, goes into frightening detail of the use and abuse of drugs without pulling any stops.Read More
Coe knew Joe Weider since the 50′s and was close to him in the late 60′s right up to the end of his life. Roach has interviewed hundreds of people about Weider for his book Muscle, Smoke & Mirrors. These two men have a very different perspective about the man and his empire.
Guests: Author Randy Roach & Bodybuilding Legend Boyer Coe
Full Interview:Read More