Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebelby Nick Dawson
In Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, author Nick Dawson tells the story of a man whose thoughtful and challenging body of work continues to influence modern filmmakers and whose life was as dramatic and unconventional as his films. Although his name may not be recognized by many of today's filmgoers, Hal Ashby is certainly familiar to filmmakers. Despite… See more details below
In Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel, author Nick Dawson tells the story of a man whose thoughtful and challenging body of work continues to influence modern filmmakers and whose life was as dramatic and unconventional as his films. Although his name may not be recognized by many of today's filmgoers, Hal Ashby is certainly familiar to filmmakers. Despite his untimely death in 1988, his legacy of innovation and individuality continues to influence a generation of independent directors, including Wes Anderson, Sean Penn, and the Coen brothers, who place substance and style above the pursuit of box-office success. In this biography, Nick Dawson draws on firsthand interviews and personal papers from Ashby's estate to offer an intimate look at the tumultuous life of an artist unwilling to conform or compromise.
"It's obvious that Nick Dawson has a deep appreciation of the director's work and his enthusiasm is contagious.... When a book inspires me to reevaluate my own opinions about a filmmaker's career, it's well worth recommending." Cinebeats"
"Dawson depicts Ashby's professional and personal relationships in a way that is fittingly yet painfully human." Anniston Star"
"Dawson's brilliantly-written biography will long remain the definitive literary exploration of Ashby's work." Hugh Lilly, Insequential"
"Films and books strive toward a common goal: telling a story. And very few modern filmmakers are as good at spinning a yard as the late Ashby was, the subject of a penetrating and applause-worthy biography written by film journalist Nick Dawson." Pop Matters"
"Rebel is a biography that finally tells the full story of Ashby's unlikely journey from Ogden, Utah to Hollywood." Facets Features"
"Nick Dawson should be teaching a course in how to write a Hollywood biography. Being Hal Ashby is note perfect, with the appropriate attention paid to the art and to the artist's messy life." Creative Loafing"
"The legendary director... has finally become the subject of a long-overdue biography." Splice Today"
"[Ashby's] speedy rise and spectacular swan dive from Tinseltown's high board is an old story, but a fascinating read as relayed by Nick Dawson in his scrupulously researched Being Hal Ashby: Life of a Hollywood Rebel." Sunday Star Ledger"
"A rigorously researched, page-turning biography of the iconic director that is highly recommended." Filmmaker Magazine"
"A fascinating and fun read for anyone acquainted with Ashby's work." GreenCine Daily"
"Dawson [excels] when reporting on film, and both Beatty and Ashby remain object lessons of filmmakers taking chances at the top, not simply as first-timers with nothing to lose." Bookforum"
"Nick Dawson has written the first biography of Ashby, a work that examines the director's tormented personal life and childhood, and traces the troubled personal skein into an exemplary body of work in motion pictures." Editors Guild Magazine"
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