Saturday, May 30, 2009

Book Excerpt of the Day

"For sexy '60s camp, nothing beats Valley of the Dolls. Based on the best-selling novel by Jacqueline Susann, Valley is the sordid story of a trio of ambitious young women wrestling with the trappings of fame and fortune in New York while popping a steady stream of 'dolls' (uppers and downers). Much of John Williams' instrumental cues epitomize the swanky easy listening of the period. On 'Chance Meeting,' cascading harps and swirling strings accompany gently strummed acoustic guitar and bossa nova rhythms. And the era's attitude toward sex without marriage is perfectly summarized in the lyrics to 'Come Live with Me.'"

– from Chapter 3: Sexploitation Serenade of Kristopher Spencer’s Film and Television Scores, 1950-1979

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