Did They Mention the Music?: The Autobiography of Henry Mancini

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Best known for the "dead-ant" theme to the Pink Panther films, Henry Mancini also composed the music to Peter Gunn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, and the Academy Award winning soundtracks to Victor/Victoria and The Days of Wine and Roses. In a career that lasted over thirty years, Mancini amassed twenty Grammy awards and more nominations than any other composer. In his memoir, written with jazz expert Lees, Mancini discusses his close friendships with Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, and Paul ...
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Overview

Best known for the "dead-ant" theme to the Pink Panther films, Henry Mancini also composed the music to Peter Gunn, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Orson Welles' Touch of Evil, and the Academy Award winning soundtracks to Victor/Victoria and The Days of Wine and Roses. In a career that lasted over thirty years, Mancini amassed twenty Grammy awards and more nominations than any other composer. In his memoir, written with jazz expert Lees, Mancini discusses his close friendships with Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, and Paul Newman, his professional collaborations with Johnny Mercer, Luciano Pavarotti, and James Galway, and his achievements as a husband, father, and grandfather. A great memoir loaded with equal parts Hollywood glitz and Italian gusto.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815411758
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,442,528
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Gene Lees is the author of Oscar Peterson: The Will to Swing and Waiting for Dizzy, both published by Cooper Square Press. He lives in Ojai, CA.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Preface xix
1 Beaver Valley 1
2 Max 20
3 What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? 27
4 Ginny 38
5 Two for the Road 50
6 Universal Studios 62
7 The Salt Mine 69
8 Peter Gunn 83
9 Moon River 94
10 Days of Wine and Roses 104
11 Freddie and Bud 114
12 Hollywood-on-Thames 128
13 The Pink Panther 137
14 The Crazy Italians 150
15 Blake and Julie 167
16 The Process 178
17 The Perks 186
18 Changes 201
19 Mr. Lucky 212
Afterword 223
Postscript 235
Appendix Awards, Accomplishments, Discography 238
Index 247
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    My name middle name is henry

    My great great grand father is henry mancini

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  • Posted December 17, 2011

    Recommended for those interested in Mancini and in film music in general.

    This book doesn't contain any shocking stories. Mancini's history wasn't terribly turbulent. Instead, what this book offers is a portrait of a man who managed to make a living doing what he had always wanted to do.

    Mancini's music is central here; it was the driving force of his life, his relationships, and his achievements. The book is all the more effective because of how familiar the reader will be with most of the music he is discussing, either through the films or the records.

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