Peter Benjaminson's ninth book, SUPER FREAK: THE LIFE OF RICK JAMES, was released by Chicago Review Press on March 1, 2017.
Peter's previous book, MARY WELLS: THE TUMULTUOUS LIFE OF MOTOWN'S FIRST SUPERSTAR, the only biography of this great Motown vocalist ever written, was released in paperback in Spring, 2016. It was published in hardcover in 2012.
In 1979, Peter wrote THE STORY OF MOTOWN (New York: Grove Press), the first U.S. book ever written about the Motown Record Company. In 2008, he wrote THE LOST SUPREME: THE LIFE OF DREAMGIRL FLORENCE BALLARD, for Chicago Review Press.
Born in Washington, D.C., Peter was a reporter and City-County Bureau Chief for the DETROIT FREE PRESS from 1970-76. While at the Free Press, he wrote the book INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, with David Anderson (Indiana University Press, 1976 and Iowa State University Press, 1990), the first how-to book in that field. It was in print for 20 years.
From 1979 to 1981 he was a reporter for the ATLANTA JOURNAL and the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION. He taught journalism at Binghamton University, New York University, and Columbia University from 1981-91.
In 1984, he wrote DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON: AMERICA'S NEWSPAPER GIANTS STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL (Andrews, McMeel) the first and only book ever written about the death of afternoon newspapers in America's big cities. In 1992, he wrote PUBLISH WITHOUT PERISHING (National Education Association and National Writers Union) and in 1997, he wrote SECRET POLICE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF INVESTIGATION (New York: Barricade Books).