Brando: Songs My Mother Taught Me

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This is Marlon Brando's own story, and his reason for telling it is best revealed in his own words: "I have always considered my life a private affair and the business of no one beyond my family and those I love. Except for moral and political issues that aroused in me a desire to speak out, I have done my utmost throughout my life, for the sake of my children and myself, to remain silent...But now, in my seventieth year, I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate ...
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New York, NY 1994 Hard cover New in new dust jacket. Beautifully bound biography. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 468 p. Contains: Illustrations (over 50 photo-pages). ... Audience: General/trade. Anyone who has ever enjoyed a Brando film will relish this book which he participated in creating, leaving out none of the ribald, angry, or self-deprecating words. Read more Show Less

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Overview

This is Marlon Brando's own story, and his reason for telling it is best revealed in his own words: "I have always considered my life a private affair and the business of no one beyond my family and those I love. Except for moral and political issues that aroused in me a desire to speak out, I have done my utmost throughout my life, for the sake of my children and myself, to remain silent...But now, in my seventieth year, I have decided to tell the story of my life as best I can, so that my children can separate the truth from the myths that others have created about me, as myths are created about everyone swept up in the turbulent and distorting maelstrom of celebrity in our culture." To date there have been over a dozen books written about Marlon Brando, and almost all of them have been inaccurate, based on hearsay, sensationalist or prurient in tone. Now, at last, fifty years after his first appearance onstage in New York City, the actor has told his life story, with the help of Robert Lindsey.
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The publisher reportedly paid $5 million for this book but expects to recoup its investment; after all, this will be the only Brando autobiography available. Lindsey, who authored the prize-winning The Falcon and the Snowman, also helped Ronald Reagan when he faced writer's block over his autobiography. A 500,000-copy first printing.
Bonnie Smothers
When Marlon Brando, playing Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront", bemoaned the fact that he "coulda been somebody," audiences hung onto his words, but according to Brando, the role "was actor-proof, a scene that demonstrated how audiences often do much of the acting themselves in an effectively told story. " Brando's evaluation of his acting and that of other celebrated actors, e.g., Olivier in "Wuthering Heights", mark this rumination on his life. In his analysis of his films, from "Streetcar" to "The Freshman", the master tries hard to demonstrate hubris and to provide public lessons. At the same time, he claims that luck, physical desires, and the need to make money motivate him. The book, which the publisher would not release in galleys, strikes the reader as a confession, an attempt to set the record straight, to circumvent "a carrion press that has an insatiable appetite for salaciousness and abhors being denied access to anyone, from pimps to presidents." Is it coincidence that Manso's unauthorized "Brando" and this book are being published a month apart? Whatever its raison d'etre, "Songs My Mother Taught Me" has much to offer. First, it's beautifully illustrated, beginning before the text with 24 pages of photographs covering Brando's early life, continuing with a number of well-placed photos documenting various film shoots, and concluding with 32 pages of photographs near the end. Brando's account of his early years rings true as he records the frailties of his alcoholic parents. His anecdotes about work and play are entertaining and memorable, and he addresses the many social causes he has championed. It's an interesting, albeit incomplete, work: according to coauthor Lindsey, Brando promised to "hide nothing . . . except his marriages and his children." (So many marriages, so many children.) Readers of Manso can't come here to find Brando's side of his marital troubles or the perplexing murder of his daughter's husband at the hands of his son. But they will find insight into the life of a man who was definitely a contender.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679410133
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

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    Enjoyed this bio.great book by a talented interesting man.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Wish There was More

    Although I enjoyed the auto-bio as a whole, I wish that Brando's marriages and family-life were included. The omission seems "odd" in one's biography.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Amazing!

    I loved this book!! Every page was perfect! If you want to learn about Marlon Brando this is definitely the book to read! Great pictures throughout the book as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    Nice

    WoW wHaT a GrEaT boOk i LoVe It!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2002

    Wow

    This book was incredible. It's a big book, but every page is interesting, and funny at times, too. I recommend it to anyone who wants to know anything about Marlon Brando.

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