Friday, May 29, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

"On one of the few occasions when an Italian composer scored a British spy film, the soundtrack proved to the hard-edged and dark compared to the music featured in all-Italian productions. Piero Piccioni's intense music for Alistair Maclean's Puppet on a Chain (1971) suited its subject matter (drug trafficking) and its gritty era. The track list reads like an Amsterdam police report: 'Drug Dealers,' 'Psychedelic Mood,' 'Narcotics Bureau,' 'Drugs Hypnosis' and 'Night Club' – all of which live up to their seedy promise."

– from Chapter 2: Spy Symphonies of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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