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Laugh & Learn

The many lessons between Monty Python’s punch lines

Everything I Ever Needed To Know About___ I Leared From Monty Python

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About ____* I Learned from Monty Python

By Brian Cogan, Ph.D and Jeff Massey, Ph.D

Hardcover, 320 pages ($25.99 Thomas Dunne Books, Kindle edition $11.04)

The authors, two profs at New York’s Molloy College, apply their scholarly skills to a entertaining, engaging deconstruction of the work of classic British satire of iconic comedy troupe, showing how it coursed with complex, nuanced references to history, art, literature, language, religion and a myriad of other “intellectual” contexts. Covering the group’s 1969-1973 TV series onward, it’s sure to delight diehard Python fans. But it’s also a hoot for anyone interested in learning more about one of comedy’s most durable acts, whose subversive pop cultural success spread from television to movies and eventually the Broadway stage.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!

New release reveals more early Beatles BBC treasures

Beatles BBC Vol2_CD

The Beatles

On Air—Live At The BBC Volume 2

CD $19.88 (Capitol/Universal Music Group)

An all-new companion to the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum-selling 1994 Live At The BBC, this treasure trove features 63 live tracks recorded by the Fab Four for a variety of radio programs on the BBC in the early to mid 1960s. The eclectic mix includes 37 previously unreleased musical performances and more than 20 snippets of never released studio banter, revealing the band’s youthful high spirits and also the great breadth of their early musical influences, with covers of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You,” Little Richard’s “Lucille,” Ray Charles’ “I’ve Got a Woman,” and Chan Romero’s “The Hippy Hippy Shake.” And, of course, there are spunky run-throughs of 30 now-familiar Beatles classics, including “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Twist And Shout,” “Please Mister Postman” and “Money,” plus a 48-page booklet.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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