Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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Downloadable Audiobook - 2018 | Unabridged
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From the ingenious comic performer, founding member of Monty Python, and creator of Spamalot, comes an absurdly funny memoir of unparalleled wit and heartfelt candor We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python'from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on an unforgettable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theater, and film. Coming of age as a writer and comedian during the Sixties and Seventies, Eric stumbled into the crossroads of the cultural revolution and found himself rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Harrison, David Bowie, and Robin Williams, all of whom became dear lifelong friends. With anecdotes sprinkled throughout involving other close friends and luminaries such as Mike Nichols, Mick Jagger, Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Lorne Michaels, and many more, as well as the Pythons themselves, Eric captures a time of tremendous creative output with equal parts hilarity and heart. In Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, named for the song he wrote for Life of Brian (the film which he originally gave the irreverent title Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory) and that has since become the number one song played at funerals in the UK, he shares the highlights of his life and career with the kind of offbeat humor that has delighted audiences for five decades. The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of The Pythons, and Eric is marking the occasion with this hilarious memoir chock full of behind-the-scenes stories from a high-flying life featuring everyone from Princess Leia to Queen Elizabeth.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Random House Audio, [2018]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781984829481
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (8 hr., 12 min.))


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Apr 06, 2019

Audiobook memoirs are often read by the author, which makes it much more personal as you know the writer experienced everything they wrote about (or at least thought they did). When it is a celebrity's life, there's that extra layer of hobnobbing with other celebrities, many who may become close friends.

This is certainly the case with Eric Idle. His career has been long and diverse, and he knows a lot of people. As mentioned in the book, he name drops the more famous of them, because we wouldn't know the unknowns, would we? With all the name-dropping, this sort of flippant manner can be irksome.

Idle must have kept a detailed journal of his life, as this book is in great detail of what he did, how he felt, and who was there. In looking back at my unimportant life, How much should we care?

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