By Josh Karp
The last word biography of nationwide Lampoon and its cofounder Doug Kenney, this e-book deals the 1st whole background of the immensely renowned journal and its marvelous and whimsical characters. With superb tales of the comedy scene in big apple urban within the Seventies and nationwide Lampoon’s position on the middle of it, this chronicle stocks how the journal spawned a well-liked radio convey and long-running theatrical productions that helped release the careers of John Belushi, invoice Murray, Chevy Chase, and Gilda Radner and went directly to motivate Saturday evening stay. greater than one hundred thirty interviews have been performed with humans hooked up to Kenney and the journal, together with Chevy Chase, John Hughes, P. J. O’Rourke, Tony Hendra, Sean Kelly, Chris Miller, and Bruce McCall. those interviews and behind-the-scenes tales concerning the making of either Animal apartment and Caddyshack aid to catch the nostalgia, humor, and pop culture that nationwide Lampoon evokes.
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It can rather be said, when the Mambuti Pygmies of the Belgian Congo sing their special Lusumba 3 songs to their central deity, the "Great God of the Forest," in times of illness, that they are aware of their music as a mystic force and are utilizing it purely for prayer-like purposes, not as a psychosomatic palliative. That the music acts in the latter way as well is perhaps indirectly felt by some of the more clever shamans, particularly those who have developed the art of magical healing to a high degree and consider themselves specialists in the field.
Verwilghen, in album notes to Songs 0/ the Watutsi, Ethnic Folkways Records, P4z8 (1952), p. 2. 92 See Transcr. ZO, ZI; d. " MUSICAL ETHNOLOGY 39 MUSIC FOR LITIGATION Not within the category of "entertainment," but certainly of a secular nature, is the music for litigation and the airing of grievances. In a sense, such music might be termed non-religious ceremonial music, since it is set within a legal framework that partakes of the formal, ceremonial atmosphere, and since it generally contain'> little, if any, extrahuman implications.
A Futile and Stupid Gesture: How Doug Kenney and National Lampoon Changed Comedy Forever by Josh Karp