Nilsson in the News

With the release of the Harry Nilsson Biography and a new box set of Nilsson’s recordings, Harry Nilsson is receiving numerous mentions in the news and other media.

Harry Nilsson in the News

Douglas Wolk illustrates his overview of Nilsson’s career and it’s affect on others, The Surprising, Lasting Influence of Harry Nilsson, at mtvhive.com with videos of Nilsson and others performing Harry’s songs.

On August 6, Jane Fonda talked with Jimmy Fallon about Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson album which was produced by Fonda’s boyfriend, Richard Perry.

Geoff Edgers talked with Van Dyke Parks and Lee Blackman for his August 3 Boston Globe article, Harry Nilsson gets star treatment in new set, book. Edgars also appeared on WBUR’s Radio Boston show to talk about Nilsson (Rediscovering Musician Harry Nilsson).

Sean Fennessey describes Nilsson as “the great lost music genius of the 1970s” in his grantland.com article Deconstructing Harry (August 2).

Ben Greenman lists “The Ten Best Lesser-Known Nilsson Songs” in his July 30, New Yorker article.

While discussion the biography and box set, Slate describes Nilsson as a cross between John Lennon and Paul McCartney: “Harry Nilsson had John’s perversity, Paul’s whimsy, and one of the strangest careers in singer-songwriter history.”

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The Simpsons Features “Me and My Arrow”

“To Cur With Love,” episode eight of the 24th season of “The Simpsons,” first aired on December 16, 2012. The episode centers around a flashback as Grandpa Simpson tells the story of Homer’s childhood pet dog, Bongo.

During the flashback, a montage of six-year-old Homer and his dog Bongo is accompanied by Harry Nilsson’s “Me and My Arrow” from The PointDuring the montage, the style of the animation switches to the 1970s style as seen in The Point.  Arrow and Oblio and Homer and Bongo

The Point: The Definitive Collector’s Edition

The Point: The Definitive Collector’s Edition is now available. In addition to the award-winning animated feature narrated by Ringo Starr and featuring songs written and performed by Harry Nilsson, the definitive collector’s edition DVD includes over 25 minutes of bonus features including: Who Is Harry Nilsson?, Pitching the Point, Making the Point, and Legacy Of The Point.

The DVD is available online from Amazon.com.

A Liar’s Autobiography

On November 2, 2012, Brainstorm Media releases “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untold Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.” The 82-minute 3D animated feature features the voices of Python alumni Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam. Graham Chapman’s dialogue is from an audio book he recorded with Harry Nilsson in Nilsson’s studio. Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, and Jeff Simpson directed the film for Bill & Ben Productions.

Born in Leicester, England, Chapman studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Medical College and later at Cambridge. But, his professional career took a different direction. Through the 1960s, he wrote comedy for David Frost and others at the BBC. In 1969, the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered with Chapman as a member of the comedy troupe.

Chapman played the lead roles in Monty Python’s feature films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian.

Chapman wrote, produced, and starred in the ill-fated film Yellowbeard. Harry Nilsson wrote and performed a song, “Men At Sea,” for the film, but it wasn’t used in Yellowbeard. The song does appear at the end of Group Madness, a documentary about the filming of Yellowbeard.

Chapman died on October 4, 1989, from tonsil cancer which he had been diagnosed with in November, 1988.

“A Liar’s Autobiography” will be released in theaters and on Epix.