March 29, 2024

The Blues Brothers~A Classic!

I would be amiss if I did not share this new book, The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic.

I imagine most of us saw the movie The Blues Brothers. It was funny, and had great music. I remember my husband laughing outloud during most of the entire movie. As was everyone else in the theatre. There were very funny parts, I admit.

Daniel de Visé, author of this book, writes about the story of the epic friendship between John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, the golden era of improv, and the making of a comedic film classic that helped shape our popular culture.

Daniel de Visé said, "In the 44 years since, it has been acknowledged a classic: it has been inducted into the National Film Registry for its cultural significance, even declared a “Catholic classic” by the Church itself, and re-aired thousands of times on television to huge worldwide audiences. It is, undeniably, one of the most significant films of the twentieth century."

This book gives us muck more understanding, I think, of the people who wrote, directed, and starred in the movie. It also shows us why it has become a classic.

"Join me and let us revisit the era of The Blues Brothers." Susan Reichert

Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. A graduate of Wesleyan and Northwestern universities, he worked at the The Washington Post, the Miami Herald and three other newspapers in a 23-year career. He shared a 2001 team Pulitzer Prize and garnered more than two dozen other national and regional journalism awards. His investigative reporting twice led to the release of wrongly convicted men from life terms in prison. His first book, I Forgot To Remember (with Su Meck, Simon & Schuster, 2014), began as a front-page article de Visé wrote for the Washington Post in 2011. His second book, Andy & Don (Simon & Schuster, 2015), began as a journalistic exploration into the storied career of his late brother-in-law, famed actor Don Knotts. His third book, The Comeback (Grove Atlantic, 2018), rekindles a childhood obsession with professional cycling. Daniel is married to Sophie Yarborough, a senior editor at The Washington Post​. They and their children live outside Washington D.C.

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