My new book, I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, comes out September 2023!
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I teach creative writing at Utah Tech University in St. George, Utah. My most recent book, I Want You Around: The Ramones and the Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Backbeat Books), is scheduled for release in 2023.
I am a film/popular music historian with numerous publications. I am the author of Paul Bartel: The Life and Films (2017). Pictures About Extremes: The Films of John Franken-heimer (2008) and Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career (2011). My credits as an editor feature John Frankenheimer: Interviews, Essays and Profiles (2013), director-photographer Steve Carver’s Western Portraits: The Unsung Heroes & Villains of the Silver Screen (2019) and the multi-volume series Roger Corman’s New World Pictures (1970-1983): An Oral History.
Talkin’ ’bout my EDUCATION: In 2004 I earned my Ph.D. in English (Creative Writing-Fiction) from Florida State University, where my professors inlcuded Robert Olen Butler (Pulitzer Prize), Virgil Suarez and Bob Shacochis (National Book Award). I’ve placed short stories in literary journals that include American Writing and Criminal Class Review.
Reviews from back cover of The Ramones and the Making of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School:
The Ramones’ involvement in Rock ‘n’ Roll High School was a significant milestone for the band as it helped them gain more mainstream exposure and recognition. They had a great time working on the movie, and Joey Ramone described the filming process as “a blast.” The movie remains a cult classic among punk rock fans and is remembered as a fun, energetic tribute to the music of the Ramones.–Monte A. Melnick, Ramones tour manager, 1974-1996
There used to be an underground movie theater at Columbus Circle in New York. Is it still there? That’s where Tina [Weymouth, bassist, Talking Heads] and I attended a premier of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. It was so exciting! The Ramones were the first of the CBGB crowd to make a Hollywood movie.–Chris Frantz, drummer, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club
Loaded with compelling anecdotes, Steve Armstrong’s history of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is for anybody who loves the Ramones, and who doesn’t love the Ramones?–Legs McNeil, co-editor Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
Rock ‘n’ Roll High School is a refreshing burst of teenage anarchy. P. J. Soles shines, Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov represent the faculty, and the Ramones supply the rock ‘n’ roll! Raucous and funny, one of my favorite New World Pictures movies.–John Landis, American filmmaker and actor
Here I am speaking about Sydney Pollack’s Jeremiah Johnson for France’s ARTE tv
Roger Corman’s New World Pictures (1970-1983): An Oral History nominated for 2021 Rondo Award
2021 UT Distinguished Professor Award Winner
March 18, 2021
Release party for Western Portraits: The Unsung Heroes & Villains of the Silver Screen. Autry Museum of the American West, November 19, 2019. I edited the book’s literary content, including essays by Steve Carver and Roger Corman. That’s me in the lower-right corner. Others in the photograph include Robert Carradine, L.Q. Jones, Fred Williamson, Bruce Boxleitner, Johnny Crawford and Jon Savage.
PRAISE FOR STEPHEN B. ARMSTRONG’S BOOKS
Roger Corman’s New World Pictures (1970-1983): An Oral History
“There are some great stories for the reader to discover within these interviews.”—Rod Lott, Bookgasm
Paul Bartel: The Life and Films
“Armstrong has delivered a refreshing, anecdote-filled account of Bartel’s life and work.”—Irv Slifkin, Screen International
Andrew V. McLaglen: The Life and Hollywood Career
“Excellent overview.”—Cowboys & Indians
Pictures About Extremes: The Films of John Frankenheimer
“Worth reading.”—Journal of American Culture
Pictures About Extremes praised by DGA
Roger Corman’s New World Pictures (1970-1983): An Oral History, Vol. 1 & 2, on which I served as general editor nominated for Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in “Best Book” Category
Interviewing Wilford Brimley for Utah Tech University’s Fortieth Anniversary screening of The Electric Horseman.