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The long-awaited biography of one Great Britain's most fascinating
DONALD CAMMELL: A LIFE ON THE WILD SIDE
Rebecca and Sam Umland
FAB Press | 304 pages | 2006
ISBN 1-903254-28-0 | hardcover | £24.95 | $39.95
ISBN 1-903254-29-9 | paperback | £16.95 | $29.95
When Donald Cammell, the Scottish painter and filmmaker, committed
suicide in 1996, he left behind a handful of unusual, innovative,
frequently disturbing films. One of them - Mick Jagger's acting debut
PERFORMANCE - is now an acknowledged masterpiece of world cinema.
Cammell's extraordinary life was shrouded in both mystery and legend.
This provocative and comprehensive biography separates fact from
fiction, apprehending the realities behind the myths. Sam and Rebecca
Umland explore Cammell's remarkable life and times: his father's
friendship with the notorious Aleister Crowley; Donald's childhood in
pre-war Edinburgh; his early career as a society portrait painter in
Chelsea and the beginning of his film career in Paris during the
"Swinging Sixties." They also explore Cammell's doomed collaborations
with Marlon Brando, his final years of frustration, and ultimate
tragedy in Hollywood. Lavishly illustrated with examples of Cammell's
work as an artist, plus rare and previously
unpublished photographs, and 32 stunning pages of full colour poster
reproductions and rare film stills, the visuals augment the biography
and criticsm. Complete with detailed appendices, notes and index.
"A new generation has discovered PERFORMANCE. I'm very proud of that." -
"In this book, Sam and Rebecca Umland's approach to Donald's life and
to light the many facets of this gifted artist who left behind a
which they have unravelled with scholarly detail." - Frank Mazzola
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