Reuters: Thomas Newman "Has Produced Some of the Most Memorable Film Music of the Past 20 Years"
Thomas Newman is the subject of a feature article from Reuters and the Hollywood Reporter. The article, written by Kevin Cassidy, traces Newman's career in music, from his early ambivalence about following in his famous father's footsteps to his becoming an acclaimed composer in his own right, with scores to films like Revolutionary Road and HBO's Angels in America, both available on Nonesuch.
Newman, writes Cassidy, "has produced some of the most memorable film music of the past 20 years," with ten Oscar nominations to his name. (As noted earlier this year in the Nonesuch Journal, he picked up the Classical BRIT Award for Soundtrack of the Year for Revolutionary Road in May.)
In the Reuters piece, Newman discusses his childhood as the son of Alfred Newman, who scored some of classic Hollywood's most famous films, and the indirect road that led from there to his current career, having since, says Cassidy, "cemented his place on the A list."
For additional insight on the matter, Cassidy looks to Thomas's cousin and fellow composer, Randy Newman, and to director Sam Mendes, with whom Thomas Newman has worked on a number of films, including American Beauty and, most recently, Revolutionary Road.
"One of the skills of a great artist is to be able to work in any style and yet remain utterly, recognizably himself," Mendes tells Cassidy. "Tom somehow manages to achieve exactly this."
To read the complete article, visit reuters.com. To pick up a copy of the soundtrack to Revolutionary Road and Angels in America, with the high-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the complete album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.
Speaking of the Newman family, Randy is set to perform in a fundraiser for 826 National—the nonprofit tutoring, writing and publishing organization for students 6-18 headed by writer Dave Eggers—at the Writer's Guild Theatre in Beverly Hills tomorrow night. Eggers and director Judd Apatow host the night's festivities, which also feature performances from Ryan Adams, Lindsay Buckingham, Garry Shandling, and Aziz Ansari. The event is titled I Found This Funny, after Apatow's new book of the same name, which benefits 826 National as well.
For more information, visit 826la.org.
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