There’s a New Book Out About ‘The Blues Brothers’ Film and Its Origins

From author Daniel de Visé

John Belushi’s and Dan Aykroyd’s iconic musical comedy The Blues Brothers is now the subject of a book. 

The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic, from author Daniel de Visé, was published on March 19, 2024, via Atlantic Monthly Press.

Daniel de Visé is an author and journalist. He worked at The Washington Post, the Miami Herald, and three other newspapers in a 23-year career. He shared a 2001 team Pulitzer Prize and garnered more than two dozen other national and regional journalism awards.

As Best Classic Bands site notes, according to de Visé, the saga behind The Blues Brothers encompasses the colorful childhoods of Belushi and Aykroyd; the comedic revolution sparked by Harvard’s Lampoon and Chicago’s Second City; the birth and anecdote-rich, drug-filled early years of Saturday Night Live, where the Blues Brothers were born as an act amidst turmoil and rivalry; and, of course, the indelible behind-the-scenes narrative of how the film was made, scene by memorable scene. Based on original research and dozens of interviews probing the memories of principals from director John Landis and producer Bob Weiss to Aykroyd himself, The Blues Brothers illuminates an American classic while vividly portraying the creative geniuses behind modern comedy.

You can purchase The Blues Brothers book here.

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