New book on director Hal Ashby

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Those of you who got to know the work of Hal Ashby in our Summer 2008 retrospective will be excited to hear there is finally a definitive book on the director.

Says author Nick Dawson, “This book is is the first biography of Ashby — aka “the hippie director” — who made Harold and Maude, Being There, Shampoo, Coming Home and The Last Detail, among other films.”

Here, as they say, is some “advance praise”:

“Scrupulously researched and sensitively rendered, Being Hal Ashby is the definitive biography of a protean, gone-too-soon talent.”
– David Stenn, author of Bombshell: The Life and Death of Jean Harlow

“Finally, a book–and a very good one indeed–on Hal Ashby, the neglected, least appreciated director of the 1970s. Hopefully, Dawson’s excellent volume will revive his reputation and get him the attention he deserves.”
 – Peter Biskind, author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex-Drugs-and-Rock ”N” Roll Generation Saved Hollywood

You can find more information about the book on Amazon.

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