The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor

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How do you encapsulate the life of Bill Murray? Clearly no normal biography will do. Well, Robert Schnakenberg has accepted this seemingly insurmountable task with The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray, an A-to-Z encyclopedia of all things Murrayesque.

Alongside character descriptions, classic cohorts, and stories from Murray’s life that have become pop culture lore, you’ll find unexpected entries like Murray’s thoughts on being assassinated, C-SPAN, William Holden, In-N-Out Burger, magnets, Gregor Mendel, Ralph Nader, the sex scene from Road House, petty cash, player pianos, religion, the song “Summer Breeze,” Bob Woodward, and of course, his eclectic filmography.

Utterly nontraditional (and thereby perfect for representing Murray), The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray manages to explore all facets of Murray’s life and personality; despite its fawning fanboy tone, it discusses his darker turns, his sometimes vicious takedowns, and his knack for being immensely frustrating to studio execs and longtime friends alike.

It’s been said, “Some people photobomb pictures. Bill Murray photobombs life.” If so, there’s no greater collection of those photobombs than right here. Hardcore fans and casual ones alike will learn plenty.


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Author Robert Schnakenberg
Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 272 pages
Publisher Quirk Books
Publish Date 15-Sep-2015
ISBN 9781594748011
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Issue March 2016
Category Pop Culture
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