Thursday, February 14, 2019

Tosh Berman and Andrew Lampert on TOSH at Artbook @ MoMA PS1




This event is free and open to the public.

E-mail booksmomaps1@artbook.com to pre-order a signed copy of TOSH: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World.

Book Space
Artbook @ MoMA PS1 Bookstore
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 1110
(718) 433-1088


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Interview with Tosh Berman on The Please Kill Me website

Photo by Wallace Berman

Largehearted Boy: Tosh Berman's Playlist for his Memoir "TOSH: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World" (City Lights)


"For us Topanga citizens, Neil Young was the cultural king of the area, and his band, Crazy Horse was his knights around the table. My dad was friendly with Neil, but his close friends Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, and George Herms were very close to the musician, and it was a regular event to see Neil and Crazy Horse either playing at the local bar, ‘The Topanga Corral’ or at a venue in greater Los Angeles."
Tosh Berman shared a playlist for his memoir, Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World, at Largehearted Boy.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Tosh Berman and Jason Schwartzman discussing "Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World" at Skylight Books

Photo by Janet Grey

It was a treat for me to do an event and signing at Skylight Books in Los Feliz (Los Angeles). The crowd was amazing and I enjoyed the conversation with Jason Schwartzman about my book "Tosh." Jason is a very good friend, and it was comforting for me to be in front of the audience with his presence.  I want to thank Skylight Books for hosting, and just being a fantastic bookstore.  So thank you!

Here's the discussion:  


Friday, February 8, 2019

Tosh Berman and Kevin Sampsell at Powell's Books in Portland





Some photos from Tosh Berman's reading/signing/discussion with author Kevin Sampsell at Powell's in Portland last Monday. A great event in a fab town and an awesome book store! - Kimley Maretzo

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tosh Berman, in Conversation with Lisa See, discusses and signs "Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World" at Book Soup


Event date: 
Book Soup, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
8818 Sunset Blvd
West HollywoodCA 90069


TOSH is a memoir of growing up as the son of an enigmatic, much-admired, hermetic, and ruthlessly bohemian artist during the waning years of the Beat Generation and the heyday of hippie counterculture. A critical figure in the history of postwar American culture, Tosh Berman's father, Wallace Berman, was known as the "father of assemblage art," and was the creator of the legendary mail-art publication Semina. Wallace Berman and his wife, famed beauty and artist's muse Shirley Berman, raised Tosh between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and their home life was a heady atmosphere of art, music, and literature, with local and international luminaries regularly passing through.  Tosh's unconventional childhood and peculiar journey to adulthood feature an array of famous characters, from George Herms and Marcel Duchamp to Michael McClure and William S. Burroughs, to Dennis Hopper and Dean Stockwell, to the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and Toni Basil.  TOSH takes an unflinching look at the triumphs and tragedies of his unusual upbringing by an artistic genius with all-too-human frailties, against a backdrop that includes The T.A.M.I. Show, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandEasy Rider, and more. With a preface by actress/writer Amber Tamblyn (daughter of Wallace's friend, actor Russ Tamblyn), TOSH is a self-portrait taken at the crossroads of popular culture and the avant-garde. The index of names included represents a who's who of mid-century American--and international--culture. (City Lights Books)
Event date: 
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
8818 Sunset Blvd
West HollywoodCA 90069
Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World Cover Image
By Tosh BermanAmber Tamblyn (Preface by) 
$17.95 
ISBN: 9780872867604 
Availability: On Our Shelves Now 
Published: City Lights Books - January 15th, 2019

Tosh Berman on BOOKWORM

Photo by Christopher Ho

"A book that takes place at the meeting point of the art, film, music, and literary world of a certain Los Angeles, during the transition between beat culture and 60s counterculture, written from the perspective of Tosh Berman as a teenager. Learn about the artistic morality of Tosh’s father, Wallace, an assemblage artist with great originality and notable admirers. Tosh’s mother Shirley acts as a bridge between popular culture and the avant-garde.

Living in Topanga, Tosh discovers rock music, science fiction, even magick (yes, with a ‘k’). 
Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World is a depiction of culture brought into Los Angeles from the rest of the world and remade to fit the special conditions and requirements of Los Angeles."  Bookworm, KCRW


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Citizens of the World can Special Order "Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World" (City Lights)


Dear Future Readers, I just want to let you know that you can now special order my book "Tosh" Growing up in Wallace Berman's World" at your local bookstore. What you do is call or go into your local store, give them the title above, and then if you need to, give them the ISBN number which is 9780872867604. And I believe a foreign bookstore can order the book for you as well. Ingram is a wholesaler that sells books to bookstores, and they now have my book in their warehouse. So order away, and enjoy reading my book - Tosh Berman. Photo by Lacy Soto at the Artbook location in Los Angeles.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Friday, January 18, 2019


TOSH BERMAN DISCUSSES HIS MEMOIR "TOSH" WITH JASON SCHWARTZMAN at the fantastic, wonderful, and one of my second-homes, Skylight Books in my (I do own) Los Angeles. Bookstores mean a lot to me. I like going to the store, and hanging out, and just noticing not only the books on the shelves but also the people who come in and out like a wave hitting a beach. Like being in a record store, I never ever had a bad time in a bookstore. Skylight Books is (sort of ) walkable from my headquarters, and a delight in every visit. Also, they have a killer Graphic Comic section. Do support your local book store. For one, you can preorder my book, signed, and they will even mail it to you, wherever you leave your hat (or wig). For those who will go, here's the info:

Event date:
Tosh & Jason at Skylight Books
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address:
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dennis Hopper - Interview Retrospective 2008 | part 1 (Wallace Berman)





Dennis Hopper was an old friend of my dad, Wallace Berman.  Here's an interview he gave for Arte.tv regarding knowing and hanging out with my dad. I wrote about this in my book "Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman's World" (City Lights)   Thanks to Kevin Bradford for bringing this footage to my attention.