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And Now For Something Completely Digital: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Monty Python CDs and DVDs [Paperback]

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This is the story of six men, five English and one from America, who, in the space of forty-five half-hour television shows, transmitted on the UK's BBC 2 (pretty near commercial suicide at the beginning) from the late 60s till the early 70s; four full length feature films; a bunch of albums; the odd single; and some pretty impressive books, transformed everything we know about comedy today. They were translated into German twice (Monty Python's Fliegender Zirkus), banned on the big screen (Life of Brian) and played sold out shows at The Hollywood Bowl-yeah, just like The Beatles!

The impact that the members of Monty Python have had around the world is incredible. Now, Python associate Alan Parker has compiled the definitive guide to all "Monty Python" CDs and DVDs.

A must-have for all Python devotees
All Monty Python CDs are being re-mastered and reissued from fall 2005 to spring 2006
Includes previously unavailable material from the brand new Monty Python CD (released April 2006) and will be tied-in with the new CD

Alan Parker is a freelance journalist who contributes to a number of periodicals including Mojo and Record Collector. He is the author of Vicious: Too Fast to Live: The Authorized Biography of Sid Vicious (Creation, 2003), as well as Sex Pistols: Satellite (Abstract Sounds, 2002), John Lennon: The FBI Files (With Phil Strongman) (Sanctuary, 2003), and Stiff Little Fingers Song By Song (With Jake Burns) (Sanctuary, 2003).

Mick O'Shea has two books in print: Zootopia Tree (Abstract Sounds Books)-a story for children, based loosely on the lives of Mick's own cats-and The Early Days of the Sex Pistols (Helter Skelter Publishing), a brand-new take on the old Sex Pistols story. He has contributed to many magazines, including Record Collector, The Zone, and Amped.





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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7.2" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   The Disinformation Company
ISBN  1932857311  
ISBN13  9781932857313  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alan Parker---director, writer, and producer---directed his first film, "Bugsy Malone," in 1975. His other films include "Midnight Express," "Fame," "Birdy," "Mississippi Burning," "The Commitments," and "Angela's Ashes," The numerous accolades for his work include nineteen British Film Academy awards, ten Golden Globe awards, and six Oscars. Parker was knighted in 2002 for services to the British film industry.

Alan Parker was born in 1944.

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An excellent guide to collecting all of the Monty Python television and movie comedy routines and performances   Jul 5, 2006
Collectively authored by Alan Parker and Mick O'Shea, And Now For Something Completely Digital: The Complete Illustrated Guide To Monty Python CDs And DVDs is a trivia worthy collection of intriguing facts, background information and entertaining insights into the timeless and enduringly popular television, movie, book, and album series by the British comedy troupe known world wide as Monty Python. Deftly compiling a wealth of fun and useless information from the diverse Monty Python productions, And Now For Something Completely Digital immediately captivates readers total attention through the zany wit and improbable wisdom of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. And Now For Something Completely Digital is a "must" for the legions of Monty Python fans and will serve as an excellent guide to collecting all of the Monty Python television and movie comedy routines and performances (including the Flying Circus and chart singles) now available on CD and DVD.
 
Maybe not the Holy Grail, but no ex-parrot either  Jun 16, 2006
It's sobering to think that an entire generation has grown up viewing Monty Python from -- let's say -- a cultural/historical perspective; at the time they were still performing together, they were regarded as ""omedy rock stars." That pop-culture fact is pointed out in a delightful new book about the Python troupe.

A man named Alan Parker (who has come into contact with the remaining members of the group by way of updating their record albums to the CD format), with his partner Mick O'Shea, has written "And Now for Something Completely Digital: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Monty Python CDs and DVDs" (The Disinformation Co. Ltd., $17.95). That unwieldly title notwithstanding, the book is a very enjoyable history of the Pythons, from their origins with varied British comedy groups and TV shows right up to the present day, covering Eric Idle's Tony-winning Broadway show "Monty Python's Spamalot" and the aforementioned CDs that are to be issued with bonus Python material this year.

Parker is very much the starry-eyed fan -- he confesses to having a wealth of Python dolls and other memorabilia -- and that perspective serves him perfectly well here. He reverently but breezily covers every aspect of the Pythons' careers and provides what could almost be considered the final word on the availability of their audio and video works. (One startling fact is that their legendary TV series is available in its entirety on DVD -- but only in America. Thus far, Britons have had to make do with a "Best of..." compilation DVD. No doubt the team appreciates the Pythonesque nature of that irony.)

I have but two (admittedly subjective) quibbles with the book. Parker goes into great detail about the Python TV shows and movies but gives very short shrift to their record albums, which in their own way were as groundbreaking as their other work. And when describing the plotlines of Python movies, Parker falls into that terrible trap that entraps far too many Python fans: he does elaborately cutesy Pythonesque non-sequitors in the belief that some of the group's wit will rub off on his work. This is doubly disheartening because the rest of Parker's writing, when he's not trying to come off as "the seventh Python," is nicely done.

But that's hardly enough to discourage any Python buff or newcomer-fan from reading "And Now for Something Completely Digital," a nicely comprehensive round-up of the vast Monty Python canon that's also just plain fun to read.
 

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