Leeds! John Barry Mason[1] MBE (born 12 July 1935[2]) is an English songwriter; he grew up in the village of Coppull, near Chorley in Lancashire. They renamed it Circus of Books and opened the Silver Lake branch. The West Hollywood location closed on February 9, 2019. (Netflix) LA queer community was sad to see Circus of Books go. [2][1] The owners' daughter Rachel Mason, an artist, musician, and filmmaker,[6] stated the easy accessibility of gay pornography and cruising apps like Grindr replaced the need for a spot like Circus of Books. Leeds! The premise revolves around Circus of Books, a bookstore and gay pornography shop in West Hollywood, California, and in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. [12][13] As of April 2020, the film was streamed by Netflix. At first, Barry and Karen stuck mostly to selling racy magazines, but as VHS became a bigger deal, the Masons pivoted and started making a fortune selling pornographic films. He founded his own publishing company, Barry Mason Enterprises Ltd.[2][9]. [2][4] In 1989 the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department ordered that the West Hollywood store close from 2 AM to 6 AM after complaints that it attracted hustlers. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Karen Mason is an American theatre actress and singer. ", "Silver Lake's Circus of Books is closing up shop", "Preserving WeHo's Circus of Books: A Documentary by Its Owners' Daughter", https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/22/movies/circus-of-books-review.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Circus_of_Books&oldid=983630955, Buildings and structures in West Hollywood, California, Independent bookstores of the United States, Infobox mapframe without OSM relation ID on Wikidata, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 09:51. John Barry Mason[1] MBE (born 12 July 1935[2]) is an English songwriter; he grew up in the village of Coppull, near Chorley in Lancashire. [3] A third branch in Sherman Oaks was forced to close in the 1990s because it was too close to an elementary school. Karen and Barry Mason with two of their children. [10], Member of the Order of the British Empire, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, "Les Reed - Music Biography, Credits and Discography", "Eurovision Song Contest 1965 | Year page | Eurovision Song Contest - Malmö 2013", "UK's million-selling singles: the full list", "5 Best & Worst Doctor Who Songs Of All Time", "John Barry Mason - Director at Patricia Music Limited and Barry Mason Enterprises Limited. "), the anthem of Leeds United F.C. [4] "The Last Waltz" became a million selling UK number one for Humperdinck in September 1967. [2], As of June 2020[update], Circus of Books holds a 98% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 52 reviews with an average rating of 7.75/10. Barry and Karen Mason took over Circus of Books in 1982. She has appeared on stage in Broadway theatre, notably as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard, and is a multiple award-winning cabaret performer Circus of Books was a bookstore and gay pornography shop in West Hollywood, California, and in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. 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During the week of Monday, January 9 - Friday, January 13, 2017 Barry is picking his 'Tracks of My Years' on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2", Interview with Barry Mason in International Songwriters Association's Songwriter Magazine, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Barry_Mason&oldid=982871183, Members of the Order of the British Empire, Pages containing London Gazette template with parameter supp set to y, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 October 2020, at 21:46. Circus of Books is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Rachel Mason, written by Rachel Mason and Kathryn Robson and starring Karen Mason, Barry Mason and Rachel Mason. [14], Circus of Books (2019 documentary) on IMDb. "These grandparents sold gay porn for decades and almost went to prison. [4], The film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. The Silverlake branch closed on August 8, 2016. Her mother was initially a journalist and her father worked as a special effects engineer in the film industry. The Mason children were raised attending a "classical, regimented, very intensely patriarchal" Jewish synagogue, and parents Karen and Barry led something of a double life during the years in which they operated their three stores, which served as hubs for the gay community during the '80s in Los Angeles. A leading songwriter of the 1960s, he wrote the bulk of his most successful songs in partnership with Les Reed. He was also the major songwriter for the English singer Declan Galbraith for his first album, Declan (2002), including the hit "Tell Me Why" (No. Article continues below advertisement Mason gained many gold and platinum awards for his work including five Ivor Novello Awards, the most recent of them in 1998. [7] They also wrote "Marching On Together" (aka "Leeds! [3] The song was beaten by "I Belong". [10], On April 22, 2020, the film was released on Netflix. [9][10][11] It was the opening night gala presentation at the 2019 Outfest film festival. Circus of Books is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Rachel Mason, written by Rachel Mason and Kathryn Robson and starring Karen Mason, Barry Mason and Rachel Mason. It wasn't the most obvious career choice for Karen and Barry Mason, and not one they could talk about openly. It was established in the 1960s as "Book Circus". Barry and Karen renamed it when they took ownership of the shop. The premise revolves around Circus of Books, a bookstore and gay pornography shop in West Hollywood, California, and in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to music. Back then, the store was called Book Circus. The store opened at 8230 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood as Book Circus. A leading songwriter of the 1960s, he wrote the bulk of his most successful songs in partnership with Les Reed. [1][2] In addition to gay porn and adult toys, the store stocked back-list paperbacks,[3] novels by LGBTQ writers, science fiction books, Bibles, and foreign newspapers. 29 in UK[8]) and "Till the Day We Meet Again". Karen and Barry Mason – Circus of Books Who is Barry Mason? [5] (A marijuana dispensary occupies the former space, although the original sign remains.) [1], In the 1980s, after the election of Ronald Reagan as president and especially after the publication of the Meese Report, law enforcement cracked down on pornography. Netflix documentary "Circus of Books", 57:47. They renamed it Circus of … Before Barry ventured into the world of pornographic bookstores and activism, he worked as a special effects engineer in the film industry and inventor, with titles under his belt including Star … [1], Business declined in the 21st century. Mason was a frequent guest on the BBC1 panel game Pop Quiz, hosted by Mike Read. As notable Los Angeles gay cruising spots of the late 20th Century, both locations are now considered important sites of Los Angeles' gay history. [2][3], The film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, and was released on Netflix in the United States on April 22, 2020. His songwriting credits included "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", "The Last Waltz", "Here It Comes Again", "I Pretend", "There Goes My First Love", "A Man Without Love", "Winter World of Love" "Now That You are Gone", "Rowbottom Square" and "Delilah". She has an older brother, Micah, and a younger brother, Josh. In 1982, when the owner was having financial problems, it was taken over by Barry Mason, a former special effects engineer and inventor, and his wife Karen, a former journalist, who had been working as distributors for Larry Flynt's publications. [9] At the 2019 Sidewalk Film Festival, the film won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. "[11] The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw rated the film 4 out of 5 stars. Mason and Reed wrote a song for Kathy Kirby, "I'll Try Not To Cry", as part of A Song for Europe 1965, the BBC's contest to choose the United Kingdom entry for that year's Eurovision Song Contest in Naples. Mason was born in Los Angeles, California, to parents Karen and Barry Mason. The website's critics consensus reads: "Like the cheekily named store at this documentary's center, Circus of Books proves there are countless stories below the surface if we're only willing to look. Circus of Books was caught in an FBI sting and Barry Mason was prosecuted; his lawyer mounted a First Amendment defence and he was let off after a guilty plea by the corporation. Now, they are calling it quits", "Bookstore Fights Claims That It Attracts Hustlers", "Silver Lake's Circus of Books prepares for its final chapter", "Rachel Mason: Is That a Good Revelation? In 1982, when the owner was having financial problems, it was taken over by Barry Mason, a former special effects engineer and inventor, and his wife Karen, a former journalist, who had been working as distributors for Larry Flynt 's publications.