Brian Solomon, author of Godzilla FAQ, sat down with Fox News to discuss the godzilla character with the new release of Toho Films, Shin Godzilla. He briefly shares his thoughts on the character plus more.
The latest release of Godzilla by Toho Films is its first since 2004. That film, Godzilla: Final Wars, was intended to retire the character for at least a decade. Since then there have been 28 versions over the course of 62 years. This 2016 release, Shin Godzilla, hones in on the essence of the horrifying character that was created with the initial release in 1954.
The film is kind of not looking to remake that because it’s not a remake of the plot, but they’re looking to recapture that horror and kind of reinvent the character.
Brian was the perfect person to explaining the character and popularity surrounding it since he discusses Godzilla further in his upcoming release, Godzilla FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the King of Monsters. The book will explore the many facets of the monumental, fire-breathing radioactive lizard that has roared his way into our hearts over a 60-year reign of terror. But more than just a movie monster, he has become a pop-culture avatar, pervading our consciousness as few fictional creations have. Now, Godzilla FAQ take readers on a headlong dive into the depths of this unstoppable cinematic force of nature.
When asked if the Godzilla character was a metaphor to the United States, Brian shared how there were some parallels.
I enjoy the parallel of seeing Godzilla as a symbol of something else.
Godzilla FAQ will be released May 23, 2017. To preorder the book, click here.
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Brian Solomon is a former editor and writer for WWE, having worked on such publications as WWE, Raw, and SmackDown!, which he launched during his surreal seven-year tenure with the company. He is the author of WWE Legends, Pro Wrestling FAQ, and has also contributed to Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He speaks publicly on his experience in the business as part of New York’s acclaimed Kevin Geeks Out series.
Elliott Landy is a phenomenal photographer with a 40+ year career having documented the classic rock-and-roll era with greats such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. He recently sat down with Laura Ingle on Fox News Radio’s, “Bonus Track,” to discuss his latest book, The Band Photographs 1968-1969.
I designed and created this book entirely in my own studio, with complete creative control. Because of this, I was able to lay out the photos as I wanted, in order to create the most harmonious visual book experience and communicate what was going on in front of the camera.
Landy had taken photos for the band through the production of their first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band, producing over 12,000 photos. The Band Photographs 1968-1969 features 200 of those, more than half had never been published before.
This interview comes just in time for the 40th anniversary The Band’s farewell concert appearance, The Last Waltz. The concert took place on Thanksgiving Day in 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. It was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary under the same name in 1978. To this day, the concert is still referred to as the best of its time.
When I knew them, it was pure brotherhood in the best sense of it
The Band Photographs 1968-1969 is Elliot Landy’s chronicle of the Band from 1968-1969. The mutual trust and collaborative partnership was so deep that this collection of photographs forms an intimate portrait of the a group of miscians not only engaged in their craft, but captured as they created a new genre of music.
The book features commentary from John Simon who produced the Band’s first two albums and was considered the Band’s sixth member. There is also an introduction by Jonathan Taplin, their tour manager form 1969-1972.
When they made music, all they wanted to do is that music to come out right. So that’s what I hope they’ll take away from this, is peace and love.
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