Blood and Tinsel

Blood and Tinsel : A Memoir

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A dazzling memoir of passion and humour In Blood & Tinsel, Jim Sharman takes us on an epic personal journey from his colourful childhood in his father's boxing troupe to Tokyo, London, Berlin and Sydney via the international successes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Whether recounting conversations with Lou Reed, giving us the inside story about Rocky Horror or describing a fateful meeting with Patrick White, Jim Sharman casts a brilliant story of the people and events that have shaped the times. Blood & Tinsel ranges from the rough and ready world of outback Australia in the fifties, where boxers and panto dames shared the stage, to the cultural explosions in which Sharman played a part. Blood & Tinsel is a remarkable story about Australia. It is also a moving tribute to a family legendary in the entertainment stakes.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 160 x 220 x 40mm | 997.9g
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • English
  • 0522853773
  • 9780522853773
  • 746,570

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"Jim Sharman is one of Australia's visionary greats: low-brow, high-brow, pop yet classical, fearless and fun." --Baz Luhrmann "Blood & Tinsel is a stunning self-portrait-lyrical, wry, smart and uncompromising-of one of the most daring Australian directors. Jim has perched ringside at the carnival of his own times-and it's a hot ticket! The Sharman/Shaman/Showman firmament twinkles with galaxies as diverse as Rocky Horror, Hair, discovering Kubrick, Lou Reed, Weimar cabaret. He made Australian creativity hip and original and international when it really mattered." --Geoffrey Rush "In "Blood and Tinsel" Sharman wonderfully evokes this world of the sideshow alley, the smell of linseed oil and farm animal shit at agricultural shows, the bluff, blokey universe of boxing with its blood, sweat and brutal urgency, all choreographed to the beating of a bass drum. --Australian Literary Review "In Blood and Tinsel Sharman wonderfully evokes this world of the sideshow alley, the smell of linseed oil and farm animal shit at agricultural shows, the bluff, blokey universe of boxing with its blood, sweat and brutal urgency, all choreographed to the beating of a bass drum. --Australian Literary Review
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About Jim Sharman

Jim Sharman is an international director of film, musicals and theatre.
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