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  1. Hi, Just ordered a cool John Williams/Raiders t-shirt from a guy who clearly loves John Williams . He's called Cinefanart1. Apparently the second in a series of composer designs for John Williams, with a difference.Very thoughtful design, especially utilising the top music bar to emphasis Indy's escape from 'The Ball'. The musical notes are a great addition to the design and look almost perfect to me.Anyway take a look.... may be worth your while. https://tinyurl.com/Cinefanart1
  2. Hi to all JWFN members. It is great to see such dedication and knowledge to the man who has scored more than just the movies. On that note The History Press and I would like to share word of a new book published now in the UK and September 1st 2018 in the US. John Williams is the spine and soul of this book. Mark O’Connell didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker. He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California. Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn’t just change cinema – they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before. In Watching Skies, O’Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Star Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island. From the author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumped a whole generation to hyperspace*. *Action figures sold separately. From examining his contributions to these key films, the soundtracks to broken homes and the VHS revolution to seeing the musical DNA from JANE EYRE all the way through to ATTACK OF THE CLONES, WATCHING SKIES is as much about John Williams as it is Spielberg, Lucas and Donner. It is about how 'Leaving Home' was exactly the cue going through the author's life and mind when he did just that, how the 'Love Theme from Superman' had to be played at a Pinewood Studios wedding, how 'ET and Me' scored a divorce and how a honeymoon on Amity Island couldn't help but hear those JAWS 2 harps at every street corner and beach rock. Were it not for the work of Williams, this book and these movies would not exist with the same legacy they have today. WATCHING SKIES - STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US is available now. WATCHING SKIES on Facebook WATCHING SKIES on Twitter For more about WATCHING SKIES and author Mark O'Connell
  3. The Duel of the MacGuffins, or Williams scoring the god of the Old vs. the New Testament. (don't know how prone we are to religious flamewars, so I'll just stick to this) The Ark theme is very enjoyable with many great renditions. I consider it the villain theme of Raiders. To me, it communicates "You're meddling in things you should not be meddling in. If you so much as blink wrongly I will smash you like an ant." Uncovering the Ark is not a triumphant moment, it is quite dark and foreboding, like Indy and Sallah just released an ancient evil. The only semi-nice version is the finale of Miracle of the Ark, when the nazis are dead, and Indy and Marion finally submit to the rules, so the Ark benignly does not strike them down. The Holy Grail is the penultimate goal of any adventurer, the perfect career peak for Henry Jones and Jr., and I think Williams communicates this perfectly. The theme is very reverent and distant at first, not even played too many times, but becomes triumphant, warm and embracing once Indy makes the wise choice, then heals his father, and the final, full rendition as they leave the temple is a combination of these two. I personally prefer it over the Ark. Any other thoughts?
  4. I spotted some guy in UK auctioning 3 Williams cds (RAIDERS Silva edition & 2 E.T) on ebay. I'am NOT the seller. Im not sure if these are fake or not but the seller has some story about how he got them. You decide ? But if anyone is interested then please check these out: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Raiders-Of-The-Lost-Ark-Expanded-Soundtrack-CD-Signed-By-John-Williams/132248986803?_trksid=p2481888.c100678.m3607&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908131621%26meid%3D5af7e68036a54b4c84acfc34d46a1b5f%26pid%3D100678%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D262755854904&_trkparms=pageci%3A100f2126-6159-11e7-8713-74dbd180d795%7Cparentrq%3A11caa99d15d0aa1270ec99e3fffa529b%7Ciid%3A1 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-ET-Academy-Award-Winning-Soundtrack-Signed-In-Person-By-John-Williams/132248080852?_trksid=p2481888.c100675.m4236&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160908105057%26meid%3D11303f9792de495bb241d076b57f9d11%26pid%3D100675%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D253027234128&_trkparms=pageci%3A100f2126-6159-11e7-8713-74dbd180d795%7Cparentrq%3A11caa99d15d0aa1270ec99e3fffa529b%7Ciid%3A1 http://www.ebay.com/itm/Beautiful-1st-Edition-ET-Soundtrack-CD-Signed-in-Oscar-Gold-by-John-Williams-/132250288575?hash=item1ecabb41bf:g:3JIAAOSwyWZZXBTj
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