John Williams’ Film Music: Jaws, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the Return of the Classical Hollywood Music Style
(University of Wisconsin Press, paperback, $30)
By Emilio Audissino
What do Superman, Jaws, E.T. and Star Wars all have in common? Their scores were written by one of the most distinguished composers in musical history, John Williams. As of 2014, Williams has been nominated for 49 Academy Awards, second only to Walt Disney (who garnered 59 nominations before his death in 1966). Audissino is the first to offer historical insight into Williams’ life and career, beginning with an outline of Hollywood’s Golden Age from 1933-1958.
Out: June 12