Live From New York

Live From New York

The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests

Book - 2014
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Grand Central Pub
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of LIVE FROM NEW YORK with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade.

When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed---and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

Baker & Taylor
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of the iconic late-night show comes a revised and updated edition of a classic oral history, which incorporates nearly 100 pages of new material from the past decade to cover new stars, surprises and controversies. 50,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

A history of the long-running television series draws on backstage anecdotes and uncensored reminiscences to create an oral history of "Saturday Night Live."

Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Co., c2014
Edition: Rev. ed
ISBN: 9780316295048
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 MIL
Characteristics: 781 p., [24] p. of plates :,ill, ports. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Shales, Tom

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Bryce_Crittenden Jan 26, 2015

I'd give the first 500 pages or so five stars but the last couple of sections when they're talking about the last decade of SNL just isn't that interesting. They talk in length about how great a lot of the women on the show were like Fey. Wiig, Poehler, and Rudolph. Don't get me wrong they were great but you can only read about it for so long. Not too much dirt is spilled. The entertaining chapters are the ones that cover up to the early 2000's.

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Jan 10, 2015

This is a wonderfully updated and expanded edition of a book previously published in 2002. While there have been a number of other books written about Saturday Night Live over the years, and I admittedly haven't read any of them, it's hard to imagine that any gives a greater glimpse into just what makes SNL tick than this 781-page tome by James A. Miller. The chronological narrative (if you could call it that) from idea conception to the present is told via bite-sized quotes, a format which works surprisingly well for the subject. The sheer number of past and present cast, crew, hosts and executives he must have interviewed is astounding. There were many instances in which I wished this could be a multi-media experience -- for example, when reading about a particularly awkward sketch or awful episode, I of course wanted to view the footage in question right then and there. Much of the content focuses on the fascinating interpersonal relationships, an aspect of which the viewer is rarely aware. Whatever you conclude about producer Lorne Michaels' personality, he is unarguably a TV god. Oh, and I'm pretty stoked that Al Franken is now my US Senator.

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