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Brad Dukes resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Jessica and their poodle Peggy. He has been a fervent Twin Peaks fan since 1990.

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Von Nexus6 am 15. Januar 2015
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Das Buch war ein Geschenk für eine echte Twin Peaks Verrückte, und es wurde sehr gut bewertet.
Eine tolle Idee sind die Interview-Ausschnitte, die das Ganze auflockern. Auch interessante Infos für die, die Twin Peaks noch immer lieben. Empfehlenswert - vor allem weil es doch Twin Peaks Bücher gibt, die man vermeiden sollte.
Wow, Bob, wow - oder - wir freuen uns auf die nächste Staffel!
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HASH(0x9a7dbd44) von 5 Sternen Riveting read for Twin Peaks fans 15. Juli 2014
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As interest in Twin Peaks hits arguably its highest point since 1990 (when the show first aired), the well-timed release of Brad Dukes' oral history provides fans, new and old, with a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the magic was created 25 years ago...and perhaps even more fascinatingly, how it dissipated. Dukes himself watched the show as a 9-year-old and is obviously still obsessed with the series a quarter-century down the line, so he brings an enthusiasm and knowledge to the project which informs both the breadth and depth of the book. Interviewing almost everyone involved with the show, from co-creator Mark Frost on down, Dukes weaves a spellbinding tapestry embracing everything from the nitty-gritty of recording technique in composer Angelo Badalamenti's New York studio to the fast-paced Hollywood packaging of the show for nervous executives to the ineffable magic David Lynch evoked with his hardy band of fellow travelers/co-conspirators on location in Seattle.

The book's greatest strength is its ability to structure all of this material as something not only coherent, but narrative: we move from the heady early days of Twin Peaks' breakneck first season and unexpected smash success to the troubled and still contentious drama behind season two, which failed to sustain the show's audience and resulted in the show's cancellation. At times assembling the various anecdotes to coalesce into a firm picture, at others allowing them to contradict one another as various participants recall circumstances in different fashion, Reflections creates just what its title suggests - an alluring yet fleeting examination of the rise and fall of a phenomenon. In all of this, Dukes casts a sensitive and sympathetic eye on the many elements of this wildly diverse show - exploring each character and storyline in turn. While I (like many) am not a big fan of the second half of season two (after the killer is revealed), I was nonetheless absorbed and even touched reading about the actors' excited explorations of their characters. At the same time, the actors and creators themselves don't hide their disappointment with the turn of events, even as they're not quite able to explain them. Turns out that in the eye of the storm, participants had even less of an idea what was going wrong than those on the outside. Reflections does not offer a grand reveal of what precisely killed Twin Peaks, only more clues.

Among the areas Dukes is able to explore more in-depth than I (at least) have seen before: the involvement of various writers and directors, most fascinatingly the contentious and autocratic presence of German director Uli Edel (whom Russ Tamblyn hated working for), the eccentric touch of Diane Keaton, and the disastrous blood-covered script submitted by heroin-addicted Jerry Stahl; the loving detail lavished on Badalamenti's scoring, with due attention paid to his numerous and usually-overlooked collaborators in the studio; Kyle MacLachlan's always-controversial decision to nix Cooper's romance with Audrey (supposedly because his girlfriend Lara Flynn Boyle was jealous of her attention), which is fleshed-out but not solidified - although Sherilyn Fenn entertainingly harbors no doubts about what went down; Harley Peyton's increased involvement with the series to the point where he was basically running it while Mark Frost and David Lynch were off working on other projects, leading to some pointed confrontations with Lynch in particular; the personalities of various actors shining through in new and unforeseen ways - veteran actor Michael Parks gets some hilarious anecdotes about his confrontation with "gal director" Lesli Linka Glatter (who seems to take his condescension in stride), and Michael Ontkean surprises us as a more offbeat, soulful fellow (with a penchant to refer to himself in the third person) than we might suspect from his performance as the stable, easygoing Sheriff Truman.

The most prominent figure Dukes was unable to interview is David Lynch, co-creator of the series and the most famous name attached to it. This is unsurprising - as Lynch is often loath to discuss his work - and also less unfortunate than it might seem, for that very reason: it's impossible to imagine the director letting down his guard enough to offer Dukes new information, or expose his reasons for apparently abandoning the series when it was at its most troubled (he would later return, but it was too late). That said, the absence of Lynch does create a bit of a void when it comes to his side of the story, compounded by the fact that his eventual ally Robert Engels (one of the show's head writers, who eventually joined Lynch in creating the prequel film after the series was cancelled) doesn't have nearly as much to say as Harley Peyton, another head writer and eventually the show's executive producer. Peyton butted heads with Lynch in season two and says frankly, "We didn't get along." The result is that Lynch comes off as rather enigmatic and even erratic, while Frost and Peyton appear more sympathetic.

This relates to another subtle preference on Dukes' part - he doesn't seem to consider Laura Palmer's character the key to Twin Peaks, except inasmuch as her murder mystery fuels the show's exploration of other stories and characters. This perspective is both (mostly) good and (somewhat) bad as far as the book is concerned. As already noted, Dukes' wideranging love of the show allows him to explore every facet with equal respect and curiosity, picking up on tidbits others might neglect. Twin Peaks was, after all, an entire world, populated with more characters than several other shows combined, a potpourri of different tones and themes and stories. Dukes delights in this and his delight is contagious. And yet by overlooking the centrality of Laura's evolution from object to subject (particularly important to Lynch, changing not just the tone of the show but the nature of his own film work), Dukes misses the role it plays in the series' declining popularity and thematic confusion. To be fair, he notices the importance of the show's reveal narratively (if not thematically) and to his credit the section devoted to the second murder which reveals the killer offers much insight into the unsettling subtext of Twin Peaks and the reactions this engenders (one technician turned to Lynch after running the footage and said, "I hate you!"). And it closes with a compelling and provocative quote from Sheryl Lee which brings home precisely why Twin Peaks remains troubling as well as alluring two decades later.

But after this point, with Lynch's absence largely unaccounted for, the fallout between him and Frost outlined only vaguely, and the development of the prequel film given short shrift, we lose sight of precisely WHY Lynch was alienated from the show and felt compelled to devote an entire movie to the character he'd become obsessed with. Dukes has stated elsewhere that he doesn't like Fire Walk With Me, and that he wanted the book to focus on the series which is fine. However, his brief presentation of the film as variously a disappointment, mistake, and afterthought is unfair and imbalanced - lacking any perspective from participants like Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, and Robert Engels, who consider it their best work and the climax of the Peaks experience (as does, quite emphatically, David Lynch). This disinterest in the centrality of Laura's mystery, or perhaps a lack of information, means also that the importance of that mystery is underplayed in early chapters. Frost is frequently on record saying he and Lynch knew the perpetrator very early on, but you won't find that assertion anywhere in Reflections; on the contrary, numerous participants openly speculate that Lynch and Frost were making it up as they went along, having no master plan beyond the season one cliffhanger. This serves to undercut the notion that Laura's story matters (aside from being a MacGuffin) and overlooks its role in the series' shifting fortunes. Notably, audience and critics abandoned the show not after the reveal or subsequent decline, as many in the book imply, but rather after the slowly-paced and darkly-toned season two premiere which indicated the show's new direction under Lynch's heavier involvement. Anyway, despite my frustration with this oversight, it remains a minor quibble, mostly balanced by the insight the book offers into various corners of the Twin Peaks universe.

Ultimately, Reflections is not about the exact secrets of Twin Peaks' creation and wild ride, but about the texture of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, something Dukes captures beautifully. You won't find a book better at evoking all the moods of Twin Peaks or offering more insight into the nuts and bolts of how the magic was conjured. It's something I'm sure I'll return to in future years, the same way I return to the series itself. By allowing the participants to tell their own story, Dukes doesn't just relay facts but their flavor. And it's as tasty as - pardon the expression - a slice of cherry pie.

4.5 stars - Highly recommended for fans of the series and with caution for the simply curious - Dukes carefully and chronologically unveils spoilers, but you should still tread lightly (or just watch the show first).
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HASH(0x9a7dc72c) von 5 Sternen this book is packed with fantastic details, trivia 13. Juli 2014
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Guys, this book is packed with fantastic details, trivia, stories, surprises and information. I basically read the whole thing in one day. If you love twin peaks then you love reading interviews with almost every major player. I wish the book was longer. I actually wanted more.
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HASH(0x9a7dc1e0) von 5 Sternen Best book about Twin Peaks 17. Juli 2014
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Twin Peaks is a special part of television history and this book does a tremendous job of getting first hand accounts of many aspects of the show. While it sadly lacks material from David Lynch, just about every other major player in the show provided detailed interview material. Clearly, the author has put a ton of effort into this and it will surely be the definitive book about Twin Peaks, the TV series (there is very little material concerning the follow up movie, "Fire Walk With Me").

I found that reading the book was much like watching the show for me. The first half of the book that covers the genesis of the show through the end of season one was fantastic and totally drew me in. As the book covered later episodes in season two, much of my interest waned. Just like the series finale, this book finished quite strongly.

Twin Peaks is one of my all time favorite TV shows. I can never get enough of it. I am grateful to have this fantastic book to reveal so many secrets of what went into making the show.
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HASH(0x9a7dc8b8) von 5 Sternen Revisit the series with this book 3. September 2014
Von Mary Czerwinski - Veröffentlicht auf
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Reflections is the perfect companion to the newly-released Twin Peaks' blu-ray set. The book paints an interesting portrait of what it was like to be there at the show's inception, production, height of its popularity and the decline of the second season. But, just as the series finished strong so does Dukes' Relections. The structure is set up as interviews conducted by Dukes over the years. You get a well-rounded opinion of how everything went down based on the varying stories and interesting anecdotes. I didn't expect it to be such a page-turner. The unique format sets this book apart from other fan-written television critiques as it is not the writer's opinion, but rather the candid comments by those directly involved with Twin Peaks. In fact, the writer's voice is pretty minimal serving only to bridge the gap between ideas and chapters rather than trying interfere with the opinions of those who were actually there. I was simply amazed by the scope of how many people Dukes was able to get comments from. Yes, there is no Lynch or Lara Flynn Boyle, but honestly, I didn't miss them. What we get is so much more interesting because it's everyone from Mark Frost to episode-specific directors. Sure, the remarks from the actors are fun, but it's always the producers and the writers who have more interesting insights about the bigger picture. I particularly loved the chapter on the music by Angelo Badalamenti. It's such a huge part of what made the show unique, moody and mysterious, I could have read many chapters on this and still been interested. Clearly the author has a deep appreciation for it as well and it shows. Nevertheless, what we get is really thorough. I am a pretty die-hard Peaks fan and there were some juicy tidbits in here that even I didn't know about. I won't spoil them for you. There is only one anonymous quote and it's towards the end (well-worth reading on for). Other than that, proper attribution is used and the material is handled with care and class.

I think you can enjoy Reflections even if you're just a casual fan. It gives you a very specific look at television in the early 90s and just how Twin Peaks' was this unique anomaly that probably will never happen again. Also, there are some pretty rare photographs that haven't been seen before, so the hardcore fans will be all over it. If you're watching the series again, let Reflections be your guidebook. I guarantee it will give you a new appreciation for the production end of the show. It is not a thematic analysis, but honestly I'm tired of television books guessing about a visionary's meaning. The only negative for me is there is not enough discussion of the film, Fire Walk With Me. No matter what your opinion is on the film, it's still a part of the Peaks' Legacy and should be included even if everyone was not a participant in it. Having said that, Reflections was an awesome read that will shed some new light on the factors that led to the show's mass appeal and its early demise. I highly recommend it!
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HASH(0x9a7dcd38) von 5 Sternen Essential for any fan of the Twin Peaks series 3. August 2014
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Brad Dukes has done a great job of compiling an oral history from the Twin Peaks television show including most of the actors, writers directors, crew, agents, network executives ... you name it. The most notable exceptions are those you would expect (David Lynch, Lara Flynn Boyle and Eric Da Re). There are a lot of interesting stories about the creation and production of the episodes, plus several photographs that weren't available before.
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