Saturday, December 16, 2017

A little something about the new Louise Brooks book on Now We're in the Air (1927)

As a few of you may know, I've recently written a new book on the Louise Brooks film Now We're in the Air. Here are links to the book on various sites, which I might suggest, would make the perfect gift for the silent film buff friend or Louise Brooks devotee:



This companion to the once "considered lost" 1927 Louise Brooks' film, Now We’re in the Air, tells the story of the film’s making, its reception, and its discovery by film preservationist Robert Byrne. Also considered is the surprising impact this otherwise little known film has had on Brooks’ life and career. With two rare fictionalizations of the movie story, more than 75 little seen images, detailed credits, trivia, and a foreword by Robert Byrne, the scholar who found the film in Prague, the Czech Republic.

On December 3, 2017, the curiously named Monsieur Chelaine (a personage not known to me) gave the book it's first amazon review, calling my book "The absolute final word on the film from the world's foremost expert on Louise Brooks. Thoroughly researched and expertly written, oh, and did I mention lavishly illustrated? If you love silent film and if you love Louise Brooks (and who doesn't) you really should pick up a copy for your library."

And that's not all. Earlier, a fine fellow named Paul Joyce posted this tweet praising the book. ithankyou Paul.


Now We're in the Air is chock-full of images, including a number that even the most devoted Louise Brooks fan will not have seen, including this rare photo of Brooks' name in lights above a Prague theater in 1929, around the same time that Now We're in the Air was showing in the Czech capitol! (Why Brooks' name was in lights is explained in the book.)



I had a lot of fun writing and compiling this 130 page book. I wanted to thank all those who helped, and did so in my acknowledgements, which I shaped into an airplane.

Friday, December 15, 2017

"Louise B," a song about Louise Brooks by Moussu T e lei Jovents

Yesterday, I received a CD in the mail from France. It is called Navega!, and it's by Moussu T e lei Jovents, a French musical trio who have received glorious reviews across the major media in France, England and elsewhere.

Their 2016 CD came with a handwritten note telling me that it includes a song about Louise Brooks. And indeed it does! The tenth track is called "Louise B," and its lyrics (which are included among the linear notes) evoke the silent film star. I've listened to the disc, and like it a lot. In fact, I am re-listening to it as I type this blog. By the way, the disc has lovely packaging, and not just because it has pictures of Brooks contained within. A couple of pages are reproduced below.


Moussu T e lei Jovents play a type of world music referred to as fRoots (pronounced "eff-Roots"), which is short-hand for Folk/Roots. Or in the case of Moussu T e lei Jovents, French Roots. Check out the band and their recordings at http://www.moussuteleijovents.com/

On their website, you can navigate to their discography. Click on Navega!, and there, you can listen to "Louise B." Copies of  can be Navega! can be purchased HERE.

Otherwise, their Facebook page can be found HERE, while their Facebook fan page can be found HERE.


Here are a couple of video of their songs, each of which features Louise Brooks. Another video for the song "Smoking Area" also includes a brief clip of Louise Brooks.



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Exploring the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks (part 4), by Philip Vorwald

Today completes a four part / four day guest blog by Philip Vorwald. It is an exploration of the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks.






















Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Exploring the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks (part 3), by Philip Vorwald

Today continues a four part / four day guest blog by Philip Vorwald. It is an exploration of the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks. Part four will follow tomorrow.









Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Exploring the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks (part 2), by Philip Vorwald

Today continues a four part / four day guest blog by Philip Vorwald. It is an exploration of the 1927 Laurel Canyon Home of Louise Brooks. Part three will follow tomorrow.















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