As I've noted in the past, either there is weaker editing in books these days or I'm getting better at catching mistakes. One thing I've noticed about these errors is they're much more likely to occur on subjects beyond the main one the author is writing about. Let me give you a few recent examples to demonstrate.
Peter Filichia's Strippers, Showgirls And Sharks is about shows that didn't win the Tony for best musical (the title refers to the trio of Gypsy (lost to The Sound Of Music and Fiorello!) Follies (lost to Two Gentlemen Of Verona) and West Side Story (lost to The Music Man)). In one chapter he discusses the enchanting She Loves Me, which lost to Hello, Dolly!
Filichia knows his way around Broadway. He's 70 years old and has seen most of the production he discusses. But I guess he's not as big a movie fan that he wouldn't recognize who took what from where.
Seinfeldia, a book about, sure enough, Seinfeld. She discusses the careers of the main cast members before they joined to make TV history. She notes that Jason Alexander was a major Broadway star, having won a Tony for his performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway.
She describes his role, however, as "an aspiring comedy writer." She's obviously confused the musical revue, where Alexander plays numerous parts--none of which are comedy writers--with another play Alexander was in, Neil Simon's Broadway Bound. An easy mistake to make, I suppose, if your expertise is TV, and not the stage. She could have used Peter Filichia's help.
Homeward Bound: The Life Of Paul Simon. Simon and Garfunkel played the Monterey Pop Festival, and Carlin's right on it. But when he mentions The Association, another act on the schedule, he states one of their hits was "Here Comes Windy."
It's clear, in the little time Carlin discusses the band, he doesn't think much of them, but they deserve better than this. I think "Here Comes Windy" is some sort of mash-up of two big Association hits, "Along Comes Mary" and "Windy." (Actually, I like the sound of "Here Comes Windy." Sort of "Here Comes The Sun" with different weather.)
It was odd--in that it seemed unnecessary--how dismissive Carlin was of The Association. Perhaps he, or at least his editors, should have spent just a few minutes more to look up the names of their songs.