Recommendations of SW Books?


(Yodlaf Peterson) #61

[quote=“Reverend Danite, post:53, topic:2168”]The Glittering Images set are fantastic but probably almost unattainable now…[/quote]Have they gone now Rod?

I still haven’t picked up the third one.


(Stanton) #62

Probably you should buy the Hughes book also. It analyses 20 classics in detail, and is a very good starting point.


(Phil H) #63

[quote=“Yodlaf Peterson, post:61, topic:2168”]Have they gone now Rod?

I still haven’t picked up the third one.[/quote]

Second hand I think they go for about £40 mate


(Yodlaf Peterson) #64

[quote=“Phil H, post:63, topic:2168”]Second hand I think they go for about £40 mate[/quote]Cheers Phil.

Damn, just never got around to picking it up.


(RamonRed) #65

Any Gun Can Play is a tremendous read. I got it back in March when I was obsessing over the Spaggies ( still am), and I found it very insightful and informative. Go with it.


(Sebastian) #66

Been working on a little overview listicle for newcomers,

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/10_Must-read_Spaghetti_Western_Books_-_From_Leone_to_the_Genre’s_Demise

As you can see I am missing some text for at least one book, and I am wondering if I can ask for a few more eyes to go over the list to see if anything can be added, corrected, etc.

When I am done publishing this list, I also want to improve the individual book pages. These all really look rather shitty in the SWDb right now


(Novecento) #67

You should definitely include Marco Giusti’s dictionary.


(TucoBene) #68

A decent list of recommended readings! Haven’t heard of Cox’ 10,000 ways to die before, sounds very interesting. Will try to get my hands on this one soon :wink:

IMO a worthwhile and entertainig read are the Western All’Italiana Volumes I - III, by Antonio Bruschini & Antonio Tentori, published by Glittering Images. It provides readers with insightful information about important directors, movies and contains tons of posters, moviestills, fotobustas etc.


(Jonny Powers) #69

Saw the Opera of Violence was listed as OOP, it’s still available used, however, perhaps that should be changed?


(Stanton) #70

[quote=“Sebastian, post:66, topic:2168”]Been working on a little overview listicle for newcomers,

http://www.spaghetti-western.net/index.php/10_Must-read_Spaghetti_Western_Books_-_From_Leone_to_the_Genre’s_Demise

As you can see I am missing some text for at least one book, and I am wondering if I can ask for a few more eyes to go over the list to see if anything can be added, corrected, etc.

When I am done publishing this list, I also want to improve the individual book pages. These all really look rather shitty in the SWDb right now[/quote]

Fraylings Something To Do With Death is his real must have book about Leone, not Once Upon A Time In Italy, which is of course also worth reading.

And please, the infamous fairy book by Weisser should only make the top one list of SW books one should immediately get rid of. Nobody needs this book who has access to the SW data base anyway.

And of the German ones, the book by Christian Keßler is actually the best one, unfortunately also very oop.

And this German one about Leone is also a must have: http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASIN/3865053173/italowestern-21


(Asa) #71

It’s very good indeed. Covers fifty one movies in great depth: Massacre at Grand Canyon (Corbucci, 1963), A Fistful of Dollars (Leone, 1964), Minnesota Clay (Corbucci, 1964), In a Colt’s Shadow (Grimaldi, 1965), For a Few Dollars More (Leone, 1965), A Pistol For Ringo (Tessari, 1965), The Return of Ringo (Tessari, 1965), Johnny Oro (Corbucci, 1965), Django (Corbucci, 1966), Arizona Colt (Lupo, 1966), The Bounty Killer (Martin, 1966), The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Leone, 1966), The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966), A Bullet For the General (Damiani, 1966), Massacre Time (Fulci, 1966), A Stranger in Town (Vanzi, 1966), Navajo Joe (Corbucci, 1966), Django Kill (Questi, 1967), Requiescant (Lizzani, 1967), 1000 Dollars on the Black (Cardone, 1967), The Hellbenders (Corbucci, 1967), Face to Face (Sollima, 1967), Death Rides a Horse (Petroni, 1967), Bandidos (Dallamano, 1967), Little Rita of the West (Baldi, 1967), The Great Silence (Corbucci, 1968), Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, 1968), Tepepa (Petroni, 1968), The Mercenary (Corbucci, 1968), Black Jack (Baldanello, 1968), Johnny Hamlet (Castellari, 1968), The Ruthless Four (Capitani, 1968), Today it’s Me… Tomorrow it’s You! (Cervi, 1968), If You Meet Sartana, Pray For Your Death (Parolini, 1968), The Price of Power (Valerii, 1969), Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1969), Django the Bastard (Garrone, 1969), And God Said to Cain (Margheriti, 1969), Sabata (Parolini, 1969), The Specialists (Corbucci, 1969), Compañeros (Corbucci, 1970), They Call Me Trinity (Barboni, 1970), Duck, You Sucker (Leone, 1971), Blindman (Baldi, 1971), The Grand Duel (Santi, 1972), The Fighting Fists of Shanghai Joe (Caiano, 1973), My Name is Nobody (Valerii, 1973), A Genius, Two Partners & a Dupe (Damiani, 1975), Don’t Touch the White Woman (Ferreri, 1974), Closed Circuit (Montaldo, 1978) and California (Lupo, 1977). Doesn’t varnish his opinion either.


(Phil H) #72

Agree with the above suggestions.

Giusti’s Diccionario, Frayling’s Something to do with Death and the Western All’Italiana volumes are all worth including. Giusti’s book being an essential. And Weisser’s book has no place in it. It’s largely a work of fiction and should be warned against not recommended in any way.

I’m happy to help with a description and short review for Opera of Violence. I’ll add something over the next couple of days.


(Sebastian) #73

Great suggestions, will incorporate those and if opera of violence should stay on it, some text would be great. but even if we exclude it, a text or review of it would still be nice


(ENNIOO) #74

Opera of Violence is a great book :slight_smile:


(Sebastian) #75

Ok removed WEisser and including Guisti. Will also correct the double Fraylings. But I need quotes, reviews and/or little “about” texts. Can you guys help? thanks!


(Søren) #76

Had a great read with Christian Kessler’s Willkommen in der Hölle … I would probably choose that one over a lot of the ones presently on the list. But that’s just me :slight_smile:


(Reverend Danite) #77

Ha - I 'enjoy’ my copy of Weisser’s bullshit-bible. It cost me a lot of money when I didn’t know better and I’m determined to get my money’s worth. Very ocassionally it’s cock on … I watched Killer Kid last night and you’d think that Weisser had too :o and then they’ll be some utter shite written where he’s simply made it up. At least we can have a laugh :stuck_out_tongue: at this when we compare the truth with the fiction.

On a more serious note Seb - what do you envision as a review - I’ve got The Opera of Violence in my field of vision… I’ve no problem giving it a re-read over the next coupla days and writing a review-ette? That is if nobody’s already started one?


(Stanton) #78

Me too


(Sebastian) #79

well a short little paragraph just about the book will be enough, doesnt have to be a full on review, just something quick for people to read what the book is about


(John Welles) #80

Although I think full-length book reviews to complement the database’s film reviews would of course be not a bad idea.