New book on director Hal Ashby


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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