Earthbound

David Bowie and The Man Who Fell To Earth

Author: Susan Compo

Publisher: Jawbone Press

ISBN: 9781911036258

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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'Before there was Star Wars ... before there was Close Encounters ... there was The Man Who Fell To Earth.' - advertising tag line for 1981 reissue of the film. Earthbound is the first book-length exploration of a true classic of twentieth-century science-fiction cinema, shot under the heavy, ethereal skies of New Mexico by the legendary British director Nicolas Roeg and starring David Bowie in a role he seemed born for as an extraterrestrial named Thomas Newton who comes to Earth in search of water. Based on a novel by the highly regarded American writer Walter Tevis, this dreamy, distressing, and visionary film resonates even more strongly in the twenty-first century than it did on its original release during the year of the US Bicentennial. Drawing on extensive research and exclusive first-hand interviews with members of the cast and crew, Earthbound begins with a look at Tevis's 1963 novel before moving into a detailed analysis of a film described by its director as 'a sci-fi film without a lot of sci-fi tools' and starring a group of actors - Bowie, Buck Henry, Candy Clark, Rip Torn - later described by one of them (Henry) as 'not a cast but a dinner party.' It also seeks to uncover the mysteries surrounding Bowie's rejected soundtrack to the film (elements of which later ended up his groundbreaking 1977 album Low) and closes with a look at his return to the themes and characters of The Man Who Fell To Earth in one of his final works, the acclaimed musical production Lazarus.
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Warren Oates

A Wild Life

Author: Susan A. Compo

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 081313918X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

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Though he never reached the lead actor status he labored so relentlessly to achieve, Warren Oates (1928--1982) is one of the most memorable and skilled character actors of the 1970s. With his rugged looks and measured demeanor, Oates crafted complex characters who were at once brazen and thoughtful, wild and subdued. Friends remember the hard-living, hard-drinking actor as kind and caring, but also sometimes as mean as a blue-eyed devil. Married four times, partial to road trips in his RV affectionately known as the "Roach Coach," and famous for performances for directors ranging from Sam Peckinpah to Steven Spielberg, Warren Oates remained a Hollywood outsider perfectly suited to the 1960s and 1970s counterculture. Born in the small town of Depoy in rural western Kentucky and reared in Louisville, Oates began his career in the late 1950s with bit parts in television westerns. Though hardly lucrative work, it was during this time Oates met renegade director Sam Peckinpah, establishing the creative relationship and destructive friendship that produced some of Oates's most unforgettable roles in Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), and The Wild Bunch (1969), as well as a leading part in Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974). Though Oates maintained a close association with Peckinpah, he had a penchant for working with a variety of visionary directors who understood his approach and were eager to enlist the subtle talents of the consummate character actor. With supporting roles in In the Heat of the Night (1967), The Hired Hand (1971), Badlands (1973), 1941 (1979), and Stripes (1981), Oates delivered solid performances for filmmakers as diverse and talented as Norman Jewison, Peter Fonda, Terrence Malick, Steven Spielberg, and Ivan Reitman. Oates's offscreen personality was just as complex as his on-screen persona. Notorious for being a nightlife reveler, he was as sensitive and introspective as he was outgoing and prone to periods of exuberant, and at times illegal, excess. Though he never became a marquee name, Warren Oates continues to influence actors like Billy Bob Thornton and Benicio Del Toro, as well as directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Richard Linklater, all of whom have cited Oates as a major inspiration. In Warren Oates: A Wild Life, author Susan Compo skillfully captures the story of Oates's eventful life, indulgent lifestyle, and influential career.
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The History of Science Fiction

Author: A. Roberts

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230554652

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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The History of Science Fiction traces the origin and development of science fiction from Ancient Greece up to the present day. The author is both an academic literary critic and acclaimed creative writer of the genre. Written in lively, accessible prose it is specifically designed to bridge the worlds of academic criticism and SF fandom.
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Radiohead

Welcome to the Machine : OK Computer and the Death of the Classic Album

Author: Tim Footman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 287

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Released in 1997 before the advent of downloadable singles, looks at the composition of Radiohead's "OK Computer" album, examining the themes and artistic and political influences of the album created to be listened to in its entirety.
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Critical Complexity

Collected Essays

Author: Rika Preiser

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 1501502611

Category: Philosophy

Page: 302

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Contemporary theories on complex adaptive systems stem from a natural science perspective. Paul Cilliers was one of the first complexity thinkers to translate the theoretical concepts into a qualitative and normative understanding of complexity. This collected volume of essays consolidates his later work. The introduction by Preiser and Woermann reflects on the significance of his contribution within the broader field of complex systems thinking.
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Thinking Complexity

Author: Paul Cilliers

Publisher: Isce Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Philosophy

Page: 259

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This volume examines the impact of complexity theory on various disciplines, especially the area of philosophy. (Philosophy)
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Seventies Rock

The Decade of Creative Chaos

Author: Frank Moriarty

Publisher: Taylor Pub

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 330

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Based on original interviews, 1970s Rock details the decade's huge range of popular music, evocatively chronicling the artists, trends, and songs of this vibrant period. The scope of sub-genres covered includeds Glam rock, Southern rock, country rock, progressive rock, art rock, folk rock, heavy metal, punk rock, disco, jazz-rock fusion, New Wave, and singer-songwriter oriented material. Artists that get particularly trenchant coverage include Neil Young, The Sex Pistols, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bruce Springsteen.
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