Douglas Adams: The First and Lost Tapes

Douglas Adams The First and Lost Tapes This is an ebook not an audio book It contains many highlights from a long rambling taped interview with DNA before he was famous It is not an audio recording however nor a full verbatim transcrip

  • Title: Douglas Adams: The First and Lost Tapes
  • Author: Ian Shircore
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This is an ebook, not an audio book It contains many highlights from a long, rambling taped interview with DNA before he was famous It is not an audio recording, however, nor a full verbatim transcript.Nearly 33 years ago, a young 27 and still overdrawn Douglas Adams was poised on the brink of fame The first radio series of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy hadThis is an ebook, not an audio book It contains many highlights from a long, rambling taped interview with DNA before he was famous It is not an audio recording, however, nor a full verbatim transcript.Nearly 33 years ago, a young 27 and still overdrawn Douglas Adams was poised on the brink of fame The first radio series of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy had been released Escaped, was the word, according to Douglas and largely ignored in a late night slot on BBC Radio 4 It had then been repeated at a less perverse time, gathering listeners and momentum as the six episodes unfolded But the books, the second radio series, the TV show and the long , long delayed movie version were still to come Douglas Adams had done a handful of short interview pieces, most of which had just pinched his jokes and ignored his opinions But when I got the chance to spend several hours with him under cover of an unlikely feature for the soft porn magazine Penthouse, Adams found himself with half a day to ruminate, pontificate and smoke too many cigarettes in the cluttered office where he was earning a crust as script editor for the Tom Baker era Dr Who The dusty cassette tapes of this historic interview were then lost from view for almost three decades, until they suddenly turned up during a once in a lifetime burst of spring cleaning.Apart from the few column inches Penthouse was able to accommodate, the material on these tapes, from 1979, had lain unexplored and unpublished ever since Parts of the interview had a brief airing in the early issues of an obscure online SF magazine in 2007, but this little book is the first time these extracts have been made available to a wider public.

    One thought on “Douglas Adams: The First and Lost Tapes”

    1. Was hoping for more of a transcript of the tapes than what this was some author's summary with some quotes. Read like a long magazine article.

    2. This is not a direct transcript of the interview. It's a hybrid blend of a long article and a short biography. It was clearly written after his death, but mostly based on the source material from an interview conducted after the first phase of the radio play had aired twice to modest success.The most interesting details were about the process of writing and rewriting the series for the next format -- radio play, then book, then tv, then Americanized movie. Douglas was writing the first book at t [...]

    3. Interesting, though it doesn't really have much that hasn't already been said in other interviews.The parts that grabbed my attention most were those revolving around television scripts and the process of editing them, and the acknowledgement that what works in one medium doesn't work in another. So, on one hand Adams is very accepting that Hitchhikers can never be identical from one format to another. But on the other, he's disgruntled that the Dr. Who shows produced from his scripts ended up s [...]

    4. I heart Douglas Adams' books. It's so hard to describe his books to non-fans because I can never explain what kind of humor it is. Reading his comments about not assuming that readers are idiots (my words, not his) helped me realize that I can't explain it because it's so different than other comedic approaches out there. Also, as a recent convert to Dr. Who, I enjoyed learning that he was a part of that enterprise.Other reviewers noted that there is nothing new in this interview. That may well [...]

    5. Despite being sourced from tapes misplaced for years with supposedly hours of conversation, there are several bits of repetition among the four sections of this ebook. I found it interesting though but the work seems like a rush job.

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