Frequently Asked Questions about Jean Shepherd

by Jim Sadur
Updated 6/20/2011


Q: Are audio tapes of Jean Shepherd available?

A: Yes, there are several sources of Shepherd audio. The best is the excellent catalog of airchecks and other archives available from Max Schmid.

Jean Shepherd Tapes from Schmidco!

Audio cassettes of Shep reading some of his stories have also been available from Barnes and Noble (1-800-242-6657). This set has a catalog number of 1838614 and sells for $50. Individual tapes are $7.95. These recording have been re-issued under a new catalog number. Check with B&N for details.

Shep did the narration on Charles Mingus's "The Clown" recorded February 13, 1957 in New York City. It was re-released in 1984 on Atlantic Jazz #7567-90142-2. Buy It Now

Other Shep programs exist with collectors who had the foresight to record shows as they aired.

Our Shep Bibliography lists his recordings which are currently out of print.

Q: Are Jean Shepherd videos available?

A: Video releases of his feature films are available.

VHS - Buy It Now A Christmas Story, VHS VHS
DVD - Buy It Now A Christmas Story, DVD DVD
VHS - Buy It Now A Christmas Story Blu-Ray

Buy Buy: "My Summer Story"

Gary Croner found 2 related Shep videos from:

Critic's Choice Video
P.O. Box 749
Itasca, IL 60143-0749
(800) 367-7765

They are selling "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss" starring James B. Sikking, Dorothy Lyman, and Jerry O'Connell, for $29.95
and "My Summer Story" with Charles Grodin, Mary Steenburgen and Kieran Culkin for $14.95.

Q: What was the theme song for Shep's radio show?

A: The Bahn Frei Polka (Clear Track) by Edouard Strauss. The rendition Shep used is by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops. It's available on CD as RCA # 09026-61688-2 and it's titled "Strauss Family Waltzes" / Arthur Fiedler Boston Pops Orchestra. Buy It Now

Q: What are some of the other music & songs Shep used on his shows.

A: With the help of other Shep fans, I am assembling a list of the music Shep used. This is a work in progress and I welcome any additions or corrections to the list.

Q: Are any books by Jean Shepherd still available?

A: Yes, the following titles are in print as paperbacks:

Do you have questions and/or answers about Shep?

Send them to: Jim Sadur
Thanks, Jim

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