Live from New York

by Shales, Tom.

Format: Book on CD 2002
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Sewickley Public Library AV - Audiobooks CD 791.45 SHA 2002
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Shales and Miller interview Saturday Night Live's former and current cast members, writers, and guests to create an enlightening description of the inner workings of the show.
"Saturday Night Live" changed the face of television: it introduced brash new stars, trashed TV taboos, and had an impact on American life, laughter, and politics.
Dozens of stars, writers, guest hosts, contributors, and craftsmen (as read by professional narrators) recall the backstage stories, behind-the-scenes gossip, feuds, foibles, drugs, sex, struggles, and calamities, including personal details never before revealed. Stars interviewed include Mike Meyers, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, Adam Sandler, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Martin, Jon Lovitz, Jane Kattan, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Garrett Morris, Molly Shannon, Damon Wayans, Chris Elliott, Julie Sweeney, Norm Macdonald, and Paul Simon--plus writers like Al Franken, Conan O'Brien, Larry David, Rosie Shuster, Jack Handey, Robert Smigel, Don Novello, and others who got their big breaks as part of the "SNL" team.
"Live from New York" does what no other book about the show has ever done: It lets the people who were there tell the story in their own words, blunt and loving and uncensored.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Cultural icon Saturday Night Live seems to get almost as much attention for its anniversaries and retrospectives as it does for its current shows. It has also been the subject of several books. But even those who think they have heard all the stories will be impressed by the work Shales and Miller have done to pull together this oral history that covers the last 27 years of laughs and groans. Actors, writers, producers, staff, guest hosts--all weigh in to give readers an in-depth, revealing portrait with a you-are-there quality. There's also more dirt here than there are stars in the SNL firmament: the rivalries, the fights, and the romances, although that may be too, well, romantic a word. Founding (and current) producer Lorne Michaels comes across as a particularly fascinating character, a father figure to some, a preening enigma to others; the final chapter, which is entirely devoted to what people think of him, doesn't seem nearly enough. Eddie Murphy refused to cooperate with the authors, and it would have been fun to hear from some of the show's lesser lights, but like the proverbial box of chocolates, this is full of tasty tidbits and hard to put down. --Ilene Cooper"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "SNL fans, beware: this audiobook, while chock full of dishy dirt on everybody from Chevy Chase to Jimmy Fallon, requires a little playing along on the part of the listener. Shales and Miller went to great lengths to compile this work, but unfortunately, for this audio version, the oral history is read by stand-ins masquerading as Bill Murray, Lorne Michaels, Jimmy Fallon and others. So listeners have to imagine that it's really Chevy Chase speaking, not an audiobook reader who sounds nothing like him. A narrator introduces each chapter, helping listeners orient themselves, and then reads each person's name before that person speaks. Hearing the narrator pronounce, "Dan Aykroyd, actor:" and then hearing the voice of a complete stranger (there are no liner notes explaining who's reading which parts) tell of his memories of the show is somewhat disconcerting. The actors' deliveries range from the lackadaisical to the high-strung. Despite the obvious troubles of not having the book's contributors read their own parts, the book's content is terrific, with tons of behind-the-scenes gossip and juicy tales of backstage goings-on. Simultaneous release with the Little, Brown hardcover (Forecasts, Sept. 9). (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Saturday night live (Television program)
Publisher Minneapolis, MN :HighBridge,2002
Edition Abridged.
Other Titles Live from New York :
Contributors Miller, James Andrew.
Burns, Christopher.
Conger, Eric.
Herrman, Agnes.
Joseph, Jeffrey.
Lee, Phil.
Leslie, Don.
McCue, Kerin.
McDonald, Beth.
McLarty, Ron.
Parker, Paula Jai, 1969-
Stransky, Charles.
Wyman, Oliver.
HighBridge Audio (Firm)
Participants/Performers Read by Christopher Burns, Eric Conger, Agnes Herrman, Jeffrey Joseph, Phil Lee, Don Leslie, Kerin McCue, Beth McDonald, Ron McLarty, Paula Parker, Charles Stransky, and Oliver Wyman.
Language English
Notes Abridged.
Subtitle from container.
Compact disc.
Description 8 audio discs (9 hr.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1565115244
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