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39 Years of Short Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O Donoghue, and Chris Farley Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, 339 Years of Short Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O Donoghue, and Chris Farley Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, 39 Years of Short Term Memory Loss is the story of coming of age in the 60s, and a spellbinding account of the birth and rise of one of television s most celebrated shows, Saturday Night Live Tom Davis memoir is filled with wry, candid anecdotes about his days at Saturday Night Live and friendship with its stars But it also the story of Davis own coming of age escaping his conservative roots in suburban Minneapolis, traveling the world, and reveling in the hippie culture of 1960s San Francisco The author finds the highs and lows of his own career to be an hilarious counterpoint to the meteoric rise of SNL and his friends growing celebrity Hysterical, lucid and wise, 39 Years of Short Term Memory Loss is a free spirited, unrepentant romp through an era of sex, drugs, and comedy.
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Commentaires:

Jason Koivu
Captivating for its often hilarious and, in the very least, entertaining stories about life as a writer for Saturday Night Live in its earlier years. Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is an autobiography of sorts, sketching out Tom Davis's life with a patchwork of details. Davis was Al Franken's long-time writing partner. The duo formed up early in their lives, working out bits that garnered them, if not fame and fortune, enough notoriety to attract the attention of SNL's producer Lorn [...]

Alan
True story: I was in the midst of reading Tom Davis' memoir when our phone rang and it was a campaigner from the Midwest PAC trying to raise support for his former partner in comedy, U.S. Senator from Minnesota Al Franken, of all things. I couldn't resist telling her that I was reading this book, though I turned her down anyway, this time. I hope she didn't think those things were related.I did find this book rambling and choppy, though, more a series of flashbacks told out of order than a coher [...]

El_kiablo
For a professional writer - much less an award winning professional writer - I have never read a more amateurish book. The final chapter - which you would think would be some sort of conclusion or catharsis - is literally just a description of random news stories he has pinned to his bathroom walls over the years. This book includes phrases like "the next day I reminded him of the nonincident" and at one point he relates an anecdote which he can't remember if he saw himself or read in an unnamed [...]

Sharneel
This is one of the most disjointed books I have ever read. Davis flits around from one memory to another without any relationship to what was related before or the time frame. Perhaps this lack of discipline is a product of the life he has lived, which comes across as largely self-serving and aimless. It reminds me of an elderly person who lives so much in the past that all conversation hinges on the 'good old days.'. Some of the vignettes were entertaining and enlightening in relationship to th [...]

Tom Franklin
An absolute mess of a book. I imagine Tom David getting stoned and dictating most of this into a microcassette recorder and then having someone transcribe it all onto a typed page. The stories/memories are all in a jumble, with no linear timeline in place anywhere in the book. Some events are mentioned twice, lots and lots of names are dropped (most of whom I've never heard of) and some chapters devolve into one-line remembrances that read more like trivia than insights.It may have been the drug [...]

Davida
Quite uneven, but perhaps that was his intent. This dude sure knew a lot of crazy and interesting famous folks, including Jerry Garcia and Timothy Leary. The book is not so much about SNL but about all of his crazy, mainly drug-induced, adventures. It's interesting what has happened now with Al Franken in light of these early years.I lost interest in it pretty early on but something kept me reading. I guess I wanted to see who else he knew or had worked with. He didn't really impress me much and [...]

Brian
An interesting but ultimately unsatisfying memoir. There really isn't any narrative, it is all a series of anecdotes. Each chapter is essentially stand-alone. By itself that wouldn't be too much if a problem, but I found the character introductions to be tedious after a while. For instance, I got real tired of reading "Susan Forristal, Lorne's supermodel girlfriend." I wanted to yell back "yes, I remember her from all the previous introductions!". That, and fact that the chapters are not chronol [...]

Emrys
What a mess! I had well, I had mediocre hopes for this book. Davis spent time with a lot of funny people, but unfortunately they don't appear in this book very often. Most of the book is about his girlfriends or his drug use, and even the parts that aren't are frequently interrupted by a memory of a girl or a drug experience. I couldn't finish this one, and I'll stick to Franken's books in the future!

Michael
Do you want to read a book about the early days of SNL? Great! So do I. However, this is not that book. However, if you are looking to read a jumbled, all over the place memoir that mentions SNL in passing, but basically boils down to "I did drugs. I did drugs with famous people" then this is the book you want to read. I read half and couldn't take it any longer.

Angela Mclean
Great book, especially the end. I enjoyed his correspondences with Franken the most. It was a little hard to follow at times because it was far from chronological, but I reckon that was the artist in him emergingor the years of acid.

Gary
Lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of drugs.

Douglas
The vagaries of fate. How does one member of a 22 year old comedy partnership end up with considerably greater success -- a better show business career and best selling author -- while the other member is slowly relegated to the edges of show business. Davis wrote this book three years prior to dying from brain cancer, while his former partner is a well regarded US Senator, so the disparity in career paths has only accelerated.This book is easy to read and is written in a rather matter of fact s [...]

Sarai
From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review. Writing for Saturday Night Live during the sketch show's legendary early seasons may be Davis's claim to fame, but this captivating memoir is about much more, including his suburban Minneapolis childhood, couch-surfing through his hometown, San Francisco, and New York City during the 1970s, and a life-long friendship with comedian-turned-political commentator-turned (probable) Senator Al Franken. Of course, that doesn't stop Davis from hooking readers at the [...]

Katy
I've read all the SNL memoirs, and of course they're all juicy and entertaining, but Tom Davis writes with a "fuck it" sense of truth that makes you really believe SNL was as he says it was. Steve Martin, Alan Zweibel, Anne Beatts and many others have attempted this type of memoir regarding the early days of the show. I loved all these books, and respect their authors as honest, but not totally unbiased. Tom Davis has somehow managed to write a book about his part in the creation of the greatest [...]

Matt
Tom Davis did a lot of drugs.A good 30-40% of "Thirty-Nine Years" is spent spinning tales about drugs (pot, LSD, heroin--but never, he assures us, with a needle) and the famous people with whom he shared them (Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, Belushi et al). In fact, the storytelling isn't unlike hanging out with a friend who's high on whatever -- stories begin and end without warning, and seemingly meaningful events like Belushi's death show up in mid-paragraph while he's recalling one of Lorne Mic [...]

Sam
It's tough because this was written by a guy who was THERE at SNL alongside Al Franken and the original "Not Ready For Primetime Players." And yet it's kind of a sluggish, stream of consciousness read for the most part. It jumps back and forth, making it kind of confusing. Regardless, it's a great account.For a book that promises to talk about "the early days of SNL," it skips a LOT of details. Most of the book details the weird and wacky days of Franken & Davis trying to make it in show bus [...]

Downward
this is a nonlinear memoir by tom davis, half of the franken and davis duo and part of the early writing team for saturday night live. about half of it is about the grateful dead and the other half is about his relationship with al franken. there are a lot of drugs, and it's at its funniest when it is relentlessly namedropping and pulling stories out of the 70s and 80s, giving them a point of view that is unsentimental and so very funny. one thing that stands out is how much of a prick al franke [...]

furious
yet another insanely uneven book about/by one of the original SNLers. this baby is all over the board, jumping through time more than scott bakula. each chapter seems to have a theme, but there is very little apparent in the way of rhyme or reason. the tone is very odd, the author employing a style nearly devoid of any emotional attachment to the subject's life, which an exceptionally odd effect given that this is a memoir. Davis seems to be relating the many (often very interesting) tales of hi [...]

Quinn Lavender
This was a frustrating read for me. I honestly had never heard of Tom Davis, despite having been an SNL fan for many years. I was more interested in the "behind-the-scenes" history of the show that was promised in the books subtitle. Sadly, this is seriously lacking in the book. Really, really, really lacking. In fact the only reason I finished this book was because of the hope of actually getting to a chapter that talked about SNL.I wasn't interested at all in Davis' many years and types of sub [...]

David Ward
Thirty- Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL From Someone Who Was There by Tom Davis (Grove Press 2009)( Biography). Tom Davis was U.S. Senator Al Franken's comedy partner in the duo "Franken & Davis" on Saturday Night Live back in the 1970's when the show was still funny. He was a notorious Deadhead; he emceed the Grateful Dead New Year's concert that became the DVD “The Closing of Winterland.” Al Franken became a U.S. Senator from Minnesota; Tom Davis was propell [...]

Ken
This book just goes to show that it may be easier to win an Emmy than write a good book. Not to say "39 Years" didn't have its moments. It clearly did and that's why I waded through the jumbled editing, second-hand recollections, acid trips, and constant praises to the Grateful Dead. There will still enough behind the scenes stories to hold my attention. Tom Davis is not someone I clearly remember from the early SNL days but, based on this memoir, he doesn't clearly remember most of it either. F [...]

Scott
This often hilarious memoir weaves together the coming-of-age stories of a comedy writer and the television institution he helped spawn. When Saturday Night Live first hit the airwaves, Gerald Ford was president. No one expected it to run for decades; least of all, footloose midwestern hippie and cutup Tom Davis. Perhaps best remembered today as the other half of the Franken & Davis comedy team, Davis won four Emmy Awards during the '70s, but his free-spirited 39 Years of Short-Term Memory L [...]

Todd Martin
39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a scatter-shot memoir from Davis (of Franken and Davis semi-fame) of his life and days as a writer for Saturday Night Live. There are a few anecdotes of the people who were around SNL at the time (Belushi, Aykroyd and Michaels), but he has surprisingly little to say about the rest of the cast. You might expect that the autobiography of a comedy writer would be replete with humor, but you'd be wrong. Of course, this is the same guy that wrote Coneheads, so it [...]

Angela
I read this thing straight through for a couple of days after I received it from the library. This is a memoir by a former writer for Saturday Night Live, who was a writing partner of now-Senator Al Franken. Though this guy is a huge Grateful Dead fan, he's fun to read nonetheless, and seems to have stumbled upon every interesting person on the planet of the last few decades. It gives interesting insight into the early and not-so-early days of SNL and the people behind them. Recommended for memo [...]

Jnagle4
Tom Davis has some great stories. He's been around the world several times, counted Jerry Garcia among his personal friends and wrote for Saturday Night Live during it's most subversive period. He also did a ton of drugs. Perhaps this is why his autobiography is written in a non-linear format. Davis has some great stories and a remarkable memory for someone that has taken so many acid trips. However, the jumping around is a bit jarring. I prefer my biographies to be chronological, but I guess I' [...]

Martha
As a longtime fan of SNL, I enjoy reading about the early days. While this book claims to cover these, and we get some interesting tidbits and backstage scoop, it also meanders thru time and place pretty randomly. The drug use was pretty well chronicled prior to this book, but with the amounts documented here, it's amazing that the writer could recall this many details. I like a good backstory, but this effort could have used a better writer -- but wait, that's what Tom Davis is. huh. Somebody g [...]

Kate Woods Walker
Tom Davis went to his great reward unapologetic and pretty darned honest. You have to admire that.Others have found Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss to be somewhat bitter. I didn't. It's a great illustration, to be sure, of the differences in personality that can propel one old hippie to the U.S. Senate and another to solitude and penury, but mostly it was a loving catalog of the many substances that produced pleasant sensations for a talented, freethinking sensualist.

Thomas
The sloppy but entertaining story of a drug fueled funny man. Gratuitous name dropping competes with detailed descriptions of acid trips to the point where you'd think one or the other would have to give. But if it were in fact fictionalized you'd have to wonder why he didn't portray himself a little better overlooking all that, there are some genuinely hilarious moments here, mostly sober and involving Franken.

Eric
I gave it a couple hours. Then I realized it was all going to be about wandering through a drug-addled state with a bunch of like-minded idiots talking about their sexual conquests and days on stage. I honestly didn't set out to listen to this, put it showed up in my library queue as being available after having been on hold. My first inclination had been to just removed it - should have taken my own advice.

Emily
I’m sure half of my frustration with this book is that I didn’t know all the characters discussed. Clearly my knowledge base is a later SNL.Overall it sounds like Tom Davis was always in the right place at the right time, so that was interesting. If you don’t want to read something that sounds like he wrote it while he was high, don’t bother with this book. The amount of ‘funny’ did not outweigh the amount of inner monologue, ‘why am I trying to finish this thing?’

  • ✓ Thirty-Nine Years of Short-Term Memory Loss: The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There || ✓ PDF Download by è Tom Davis Al Franken
    Tom Davis Al Franken
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