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Publisher's Summary

The definitive oral history of the cult classic Dazed and Confused, featuring behind-the-scenes stories from the cast, crew, and Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater.

The production includes an exclusive conversation between Melissa Maerz and Richard Linklater at the end of the audiobook.

Dazed and Confused not only heralded the arrival of filmmaker Richard Linklater, it introduced a cast of unknowns who would become the next generation of movie stars. Embraced as a cultural touchstone, the 1993 film would also make Matthew McConaughey’s famous phrase - alright, alright, alright - ubiquitous. But it started with a simple idea: Linklater thought people might like to watch a movie about high school kids just hanging out and listening to music on the last day of school in 1976.

To some, that might not even sound like a movie. But to a few studio executives, it sounded enough like the next American Graffiti to justify the risk. Dazed and Confused underperformed at the box office and seemed destined to disappear. Then something weird happened: Linklater turned out to be right. 

This wasn’t the kind of movie everybody liked, but it was the kind of movie certain people loved, with an intensity that felt personal. No matter what their high school experience was like, they thought Dazed and Confused was about them. Alright, Alright, Alright is the story of how this iconic film came together and why it worked. Combining behind-the-scenes photos and insights from nearly the entire cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, and many others, and with full access to Linklater’s Dazed archives, it offers an inside look at how a budding filmmaker and a cast of newcomers made a period piece that would feel timeless for decades to come.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2020 Melissa Maerz (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved!!

It was the book I didn’t know I needed. Fun, insightful, and super infesting! The narration is great

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Awesome Revisit w Insight

Really enjoyed hearing a lot of the reliving of the film. And especially of the reflections on it during and after. Everyone seems to reflect on it positively in the end BUT Linklater. Richard—-do you hate being linked to the film that most people remember you for? It seems weird to me. You just seem down on being anchored to it. Lots of negative quotes. Just seem salty. What’s up?

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great book

this was a really fun read, I loved the Rollercoaster of emotions I was feeling as I listened, I really am a lover of this movie. but it took me back to a time, for me, that I loved.

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Watch the leather man

If you love the movie, you’ll love the book. As soon as the audio ended, I watched the movie, the behind the scenes doc, the recent table read (gasp!). I HIGHLY recommend this title (see what I did there?) ; )

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You’d be a whole lot cooler if you did.....

Growing up as a teenager this was one of the go to films for me and my friends....and if you love the movie then you’ll love all the stories and anecdotes from behind the scenes.

It’s a nice easy listen that reflects on a small independent film that went on to become a cult classic and make the 70’s cool again.

A fun, relaxing and enjoyable listen....

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