LIVEOver the past few weeks you could not get away from the coverage of the 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Live. As a lifelong fan of SNL, I was enjoying all the discussions and tributes to the classic television program and was reminded of the definitive chronicle of the show’s past 40 years, the wonderful book, Live From New York – The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales.

This is a great book for anyone interested in the show itself or anyone who is curious about the creative process and popular culture. Live From New York is an oral history of the iconic television program and it is fascinating to see it all from a lens we rarely see.

About Live From New York – The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales: “Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, a rollickingly updated edition of Live from New York with nearly 100 new pages covering the past decade. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now a fourth decade has passed—and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.”

Saturday Night Live is unparalleled in its influence on popular culture over the past four decades. Even if you were never a fan of the show itself, you have certainly become fond of one of the show’s performers or works by the talented writers and other artists who have gone on to influence other television shows, theater, music and film. This book will touch on what you think you know about SNL but will entertain and inform you about so much more.

Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.