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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss

The Early Days of SNL from Someone Who Was There
By: Tom Davis
Narrated by: Tom Davis
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat, and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities---Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, and Chris Farley.

Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is the story of coming of age in the 1960s and a spellbinding account of the birth and rise of one of television's most celebrated shows. Davis's memoir is filled with wry, candid anecdotes about his days at Saturday Night Live and his friendship with its stars. But it is also the story of Davis's own coming of age 0 escaping his conservative roots in suburban Minneapolis, traveling the world, and reveling in the hippie culture of 1960s San Francisco. The author finds the highs and lows of his own career to be a hilarious counterpoint to the meteoric rise of SNL and his friends' growing celebrity.

Hysterical, lucid, and wise, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a free-spirited, unrepentant romp through an era of sex, drugs, and comedy.

©2009 Tom Davis (P)2009 Tantor

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drugs, drugs and drugs and roll

I certainly enjoyed Tom's performance of this audiobook. His Al Franklyn impression as well as many others were spot on. I bought this because of the SNL connection and was not disappointed, some great stories here. I waned a little halfway through, when it just seemed to be a list of drugs taken and was completed bored with Tim Leary section. I enjoyed about 87% of it. worth a read/listen.

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  • Ruth R-Evans
  • 21-08-12

GREAT MEMORIES!!!

What did you love best about 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss?

Tom Davis actually reading his own story! With the luck/joy of having known Tom it's a great way to keep him alive ... and doing what he did best ... make me laugh!

What about Tom Davis’s performance did you like?

The way Tom tells his own story, mimicing others and laughing at himself ... just so fun to hear!

Any additional comments?

Thanks Tom ... This little peek into your life keeps you alive in mine!

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  • Justin York
  • 20-06-12

A truly brilliant comedic mind

What did you like best about this story?

I'm a big comedy fan and a big SNL fan and I think Tom Davis has never gotten the exposure he should. I was very happy to finally get to know him a bit.

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Tom, if you ever read this, please keep writing and performing. If anyone in the industry reads this, please hire Tom Davis and give him a platform to write and perform. The world needs more Tom Davis.

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