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The Sound of Music Companion Collection: Book and CD (Book & CD) Hardcover – 28 Sep 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion Books (28 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186205777X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862057777
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2 x 25.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 382,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurence Maslon is an arts professor in the Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has written several books about musical theater and popular culture, including The South Pacific Companion, The Some Like It Hot Companion, and co-wrote (with Michael Kantor) the companion volume to the Emmy-Winning documentary Broadway: The American Musical. He is also the host of the weekly radio series "Broadway to Main Street" and the editor of American Musicals (1927-1969) for the Library of America.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yi-Peng VINE VOICE on 29 July 2011
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There have been a few Sound of Music books written in the past, but Laurence Maslon's superb book is probably the first of its kind to tell the story in a concise manner. The Hirsch book on the film and the reissued Max Wilk book on the stage show were great books in their own right, but I think this book tops them all. Prof Maslon ought to be thanked and congratulated for offering us this book.

Although the numerous photos are the draw of this coffee-table book, a coffee-table book should offer much more than pretty photographs. For this it certainly delivers. His meticulously researched, well-written text tells us the whole Sound of Music story from Maria's birth to the first Austrian stage production in 2005. This book covers all important stops in the history of Sound of Music up till now, and does not dwell too long on any one time period. An added treat is the inclusion of song lyrics and commentaries on the songs, explaining how they were written and what role they played in the musical. I admit there are a few typo errors in the text, but this well-researched book is jam-packed with facts of the musical. You could literally dip your teeth into it and come out a Sound of Music junkie. I admit there are a few inaccuracies scattered throughout the text, but they don't detract from the book as a whole.

One thought is that it would have been lovely to incorporate the song histories into the body of the text, rather than keep them to the end of the chapter. For instance it would have been good to mention the writing of Edelweiss when the book covers the Boston tryouts. Even so, it's still neat and tidy to find the song histories where they are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eviee572 on 4 May 2012
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BOUGHT AS A 5OTH BIRTHDAY PRESENT, WHICH SHE LOVED.
A GREAT SUPPORT PRESENT TO THE DVD OF THE FILM.
THE BOOK IS ABOUT THE STORY OF THE 'SOUND OF MUSIC'.
IT GIVES ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND BACKGROUND TO THE MAKING OF THE FILM.
IT ALSO GIVES MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT THE ACTORS AND ALL INVOLVED IN THE MAKING OF THE FILM.
LOVELY PICTURES INSIDE.
IT NOT ONLY MENTIONS THE FILM, BUT ALSO THE STAGE MUSICAL AND THE 'REAL' VON TRAPP FAMILY.
IT IS VERY INFORMATIVE AND VERY EASY TO READ.
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By Godmancunian on 2 Jan. 2013
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This book is indeed fabulous if you are a fan of the Sound Of Music film and want to learn more about it. The contents include a soundtrack CD as well as a wealth of photos and fascinating material relating to the story of the original Von Trapp singers and the Hollywood version of their story. However .... the font size on most pages is miniscule, making it extremely hard to read - even using my new glasses! On a lot of pages, there is a pale colour font against a colour background too, making it impossible to decipher the text. Very frustrating and be warned.
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