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Books By David Morgan








From top: Graham Chapman, John Cleese and friends; Michael Palin and Eric Idle filming The Cycling Tour; Conrad Poohs and His Dancing Teeth

 

AVAILABLE FROM HARPER BOOKS (U.S./Canada), 4th ESTATE (U.K.), EAST PRESS (Japan), ARGO (Fmr. Czech Republic) and WIG PRESS (Poland)

MONTY PYTHON SPEAKS
By DAVID MORGAN

An invaluable history of the most successful comic group in films and television, this collection of thoughtful, insightful and revealing (as well as silly) interviews with the surviving members of Monty Python is a look into that rare collective mind that marked a comic collaboration for the ages.

This book covers their coming together, their innovative television and film work, their struggles to maintain artistic control over their work, their friendships, their clashes, their spam!

Featuring interviews with John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin, as well as with Python collaborators and co-conspirators including producer/director Ian MacNaughton, actress Carol Cleveland, Graham Chapman's companion David Sherlock, producer John Goldstone, BBC producer Barry Took, editor Julian Doyle, author Douglas Adams and others. Also includes rare behind-the-scenes photographs (some never before published).

"Well-organized, informative and discreet about such matters as the late Graham Chapman's outre life style, while sufficiently gossipy to tell us that the Apollonian John Cleese was a bullying control freak constantly at odds with the Dionysian Terry Jones, a tantrum-throwing fanatic."
The New York Times Book Review (7/25/99)

"Talk about your Argument Clinics: The internecine grievances stretches from here to Camelot in this witheringly honest oral history of the brilliant comedy troupe. Grade: A."
Entertainment Weekly (7/9/99)

"The nearest thing imaginable to a group autobiography. ... It portrays vividly the give-and-take between strong personalities that formed the group dynamic. ... Cheerful and peppy."
San Francisco Chronicle (8/1/99)

"Essential reading for all fans."
Sunday Star Times (Auckland) (9/12/99)

"Morgan's book reaches the heart of both the artistic and human sides of Monty Python, and fills a void for all those who will never be able to get enough of the most successful comedy group in film and television."
Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo) (1/9/2000)

From Harper (U.S./Canada):
Trade Paperback
US$13.95 / Canada $18.95
352 pp.
Includes black-and-white photos
ISBN: 0-380-80479-4

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From Fourth Estate (U.K.):
Trade Paperback
£12.99
ISBN: 1841151688

From East Press (Japan):
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 4-87257-285-8

From Argo/Marvil (Czech. Rep.):
Monty Python Vlastními Slovy
Hardcover
ISBN: 4-87257-285-8

From Wig Press (Poland):
Tako Rzecze Monty Python
Trade Paperback
39.00 zl
ISBN: 83-87014-90-7

From Gabo (Hungary):
Itt a Monty Python beszŽl!
Trade Paperback
3 392 Ft
ISBN: 9789634060758


You may order on-line from the usual suspects, or ask at your favorite non-virtual bookstore, and thereby publicly exhibit your love of Python. Also visit Harper Books at www.harpercollins.com.








Composers pictured:
Jerry Goldsmith (cover),
Basil Poledouris,
Carter Burwell,
and Jocelyn Pook

Photos: Matthew Joseph Peak, courtesy of Varese Sarabande; Larsen & Talbert; Todd Kasow; and Reprise Records, courtesy of Ronnie Chasen.
 

  AVAILABLE FROM HARPER ENTERTAINMENT (U.S./Canada)

KNOWING THE SCORE:
CONVERSATIONS WITH FILM COMPOSERS ABOUT THE ART, CRAFT, BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS OF WRITING MUSIC FOR CINEMA

By DAVID MORGAN

To read excerpts from KNOWING THE SCORE and hear audio clips, click here.

An appreciation of and inquisitive exploration into the art and craft of film music, as told in the words of some of the form's leading practitioners. They will explore such topics as how film composers choose a musical style for a film; how they collaborate with a director (many of whom are unmusical); what functions music serves toward a film's drama, characters or atmosphere; and how editing changes during post-production can affect the development of their score. It is a revealing and entertaining look at the filmmaking process, exploring one of the most celebrated yet misunderstood elements of movies.

Featured composers include:

  • Elmer Bernstein (THE GRIFTERS)
  • Carter Burwell (FARGO)
  • John Corigliano (ALTERED STATES, THE RED VIOLIN)
  • Mychael Danna (THE SWEET HEREAFTER)
  • Patrick Doyle (HENRY V, LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST)
  • Elia Cmiral (RONIN)
  • Philip Glass (KOYAANISQATSI, POWAQQATSI)
  • Elliot Goldenthal (THE BUTCHER BOY, TITUS)
  • Jerry Goldsmith (CHINATOWN)
  • Mark Isham (FLY AWAY HOME)
  • Michael Kamen (BRAZIL)
  • Alan Menken (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST)
  • Basil Poledouris (CONAN THE BARBARIAN)
  • Jocelyn Pook (EYES WIDE SHUT)
  • David Raksin (THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL)
  • David Shire (RETURN TO OZ)

    Also featured is a conversation with record producer Robert Townson on the art of the soundtrack album and the legacy of Alex North.

    "Fascinating ... [An] excellent examination of this mostly mysterious process."
    Java Magazine

    "This is all fascinating stuff, and the only problem with the book is that it makes you want to see the movies it discusses again and this time really listen to them."
    Booklist

    "A worthy insight to the world of film music."
    Austin Chronicle (7/20/01)

    "**** ... [Add] this to your book shelf and listen to the music (and view the films too) as you read this book."
    Film Score Monthly

    "Gives readers insight into creativity in progress."
    Publishers Weekly (12/11/00)

    "For any moviegoer or musician who's ever been curious about how to score a movie, Knowing the Score reveals an often heard but seldom seen part of the film industry."
    — Turner Classics Movies' Book Corner (5/01)

    "You have presented one of the best symposiums of the most interesting aspects of film scoring I have ever read. I am proud to have been included in this very real and meaningful presentation of our art."
    — Basil Poledouris

    "Thank you for Knowing the Score. It is always a pleasure to see the art of music for film presented with intelligence and accuracy."
    — Elmer Bernstein

    From Harper Entertainment
    Trade Paperback
    US$14.00 / Canada$20.95
    336 pp.
    ISBN: 0-380-80482-4

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  • Photo by Randall Michelson

      AVAILABLE FROM HARPER COLLINS (U.S./Canada)

    SUNDANCING
    Hanging Out and Listening In at America's Most Important Film Festival

    By JOHN ANDERSON
    Edited by DAVID MORGAN

    Every winter, 8,000 feet above sea level in the Utah snow, the hopes and dreams of young moviemakers are put on display at the Sundance Film Festival — the haven for independent films where you can show up a kid and go home a star. In barely twenty years of existence, the festival — now overseen by Robert Redford's Sundance Institute — has assumed tremendous importance for today's film culture: during the annual ten-day event, tiny Park City is so overrun by agents, publicists, studio executives, and other Hollywood types that in 1998 they blew out the town's cell-phone relay system.

    JOHN ANDERSON, chief film critic for Newsday, attended his ninth Sundance in 1999, but this time he did more than screen films and leap for tables at overbooked restaurants. He interviewed performers and filmmakers of all kinds, including top prize winners, but also uncovered the effect of all this ballyhoo on the indie film scene — and on the bemused Park City locals. Alongside the thoughts of Diane Lane, Steve Buscemi, Mike Figgis and other distinguished film people are conversations with festival volunteers, bus drivers, policemen, shopkeepers, and more. Together, they form the most candid, most fascinating, most hilarious, and most human-sized coverage of the Sundance Film Festival ever achieved.

    JOHN ANDERSON is the chief film critic for New York's Newsday. He is a member and past chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, and has survived nine Sundance Film Festivals.

    Features photographs by Randall Michelson.

    "Candid and often hilarious."
    Nashville Scene (2/7/2000)

    "With the exception of film producer John Pierson's Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes, no book about the indie film movement has etched a keener portrait of the Darwinian spectacle that is the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance was supposed to create a nurturing community of artists, but Anderson's version sounds more like a shark tank. Filmmakers, producers and studio reps all seems to share one sentiment: sadness that the event makes them treat almost everyone outside their immediate circle as a rival or potential rival."
    — Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Press (3/29/2000)

    "A thoroughly entertaining collage portrait of the festival."
    — Stuart Klawans, The Nation (4/3/2000)

    From Harper Paperbacks
    Trade Paperback
    U.S. $12.50 / Canada $19.50
    288 pp.
    ISBN: 0-380-80408-8

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    copyright 1999, 2009, 2013 by David Morgan
    All rights reserved.

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