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The First 200 Years of Monty Python
by Kim Howard Johnson (Goodreads Author)
This book celebrates the group's career with exclusive interviews, rare photographs, and an episode guide detailing the original TV shows still being aired daily across the country. Photos throughout.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 15th 1989 by Griffin
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The appeal of Monty Python's Flying Circus continues to draw people to this eccentric, irreverent, and hilarious group of British maniacs. The television program is still playing in re-runs after all these years and finding new fans. This book covers the first 20 years of the group with profiles of each member and those of their continuing supporting cast; photos; and a synopsis and script of each program. Back in the day, phrases from the program found their way into everyday language; i.e. "It ...more
An amusing if overly cute history of Monty Python written by a guy who was essentially a celebrity stalker of the group before celebrities realized they should be afraid of such people and therefor was able to become a friend of several members of the group.
Whilst a very strong recommendation for anyone who loves Python and likes to have a comprehensive library of related materials, the text of this book is far less interesting than the photography. Johnson is very much the fan-boy enthusing over almost anything and everything covered in the book and lacks the writing skill as well as the ability to put his rabid enthusiasm aside now and again. The re-telling of sketch after sketch, episode after episode is redundant though there are some interesti ...more
I picked this off my bookshelf after re-viewing the complete Monty Python's Flying Circus series on DVD recently. In reading back through it now, I realize that this book, written by someone who was a fan before an author was rather shallow. It does give some insights into the origins of the show, but then fails to really examine any kind of influence the show, movies, or group had. Although the book can't be faulted for this, it is rather frustrating having the scope end in the late '80's. A fo ...more
I picked this book up when I was in high school, right around the time they started re-broadcasting Flying Circus on channel 13. I'd set the VCR to tape the episodes when they came on at midnight, then watch them while getting ready for school. This book served as a great companion to the series, especially when there were jokes I didn't quite get, and it made me an even bigger Python fan.
An essential book to fully appreciating all that Python has to offer. It has a fully comprehensive episode guide listing all sketches in detail with MANY sidebars full of trivia, pre- and post-Python history of all members, all about the films, all about the books, all about the albums! Nothing has surpassed this book in terms of Python trivia and knowledge, fans will read it over and over again.