COMING THIS SUMMER: THE JERRY GOLDSMITH COMPANION: VOLUME 1 and 2
For over 70 years, and even now almost two decades after his death in 2004, the name of Jerry Goldsmith has been an iconic addition to a host of science fiction movies, action films, thrillers, war movies and other genres, as well as television projects throughout the 1960s and 1970s, radio work, concert compositions and even familiar movie studio logo music and commercials. Goldsmith’s name guaranteed one thing—that the music from these projects would take on its own life as a virtuoso, involving composition, a work of art of its own that could continue to grip and involve listeners year after year—often when the film or television project itself had been long forgotten.
Jerry Goldsmith’s scores for classic films like Planet of the Apes, Patton, Papillon, Chinatown, The Omen, Alien, Poltergeist and Basic Instinct are part of the DNA of these films—music that helped define them and push them into the forefront of our cultural consciousness. But the composer’s efforts on other films—The Blue Max, The Chairman, Capricorn One, Star Trek – The Motion Picture, First Blood, The Secret of NIMH, Under Fire, Legend, Total Recall, L.A. Confidential, The Sum of All Fears and dozens of others—stand up as influential, lasting creations as well.
Now for the first time in the U.S. Goldsmith’s career and music is explored in a titanic, 2-volume publication by Jeff Bond, author of The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen, Danse Macabre: 25 Years of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton, The Music of Star Trek and other books. Over three years in the making and boasting a manuscript of over 330,000 words - OVER 1,000 pages - The Jerry Goldsmith Companion covers the composer’s earliest projects, including radio work involving Ray Bradbury, William Conrad, Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood; Goldsmith’s groundbreaking work on live television with directors like Franklin J. Schaffner and John Frankenheimer; his pivotal work on the TV programs The Twilight Zone and Thriller, his years under contract at 20th Century Fox where he wrote classic scores such as The Sand Pebbles, Planet of the Apes and Patton; his gritty 1970s television and TV-movie work and his Oscar-winning score for The Omen; his conflicts with directors like Otto Preminger on In Harm’s Way and Ridley Scott on Alien; his struggle to create the monumental music for Star Trek: The Motion Picture in 1979; his symphonic fantasy and action movies of the early 1980s like Poltergeist, The Final Conflict, Night Crossing and First Blood; his exploration of electronics throughout his career and his constant evolution from year to year and decade to decade, and his emergence as one of the only composers of his generation to adapt and remain relevant and in demand for major motion pictures up until the final days of his career.
With never-before-published photographs and artwork, music samples and interviews both archival and new (with fresh insights from David Newman, John Mauceri, Christopher Young, Michael Giacchino, Christophe Beck, John Ottman, Ludwig Goransson, Richard Kraft, Peyton Reed, Conrad Pope, Douglass Fake, Carlos Rafael Rivera, Malcolm McNab, Jeff Russo and others), this massive two-volume set finally puts into perspective the work and career of one of the most important musical artists of the 20th Century.
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