Phil Hardy was an English film and music industry journalist. He was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1945 and studied at the University of Sussex, 1964-1969, during which time he was a visiting student at the Berkeley campus of the University of California (1966-1967). At Sussex he started The Brighton Film Review. He worked as a freelance music and film writer, writing for Time Out, Variety and other publications while at the same time acting as a consultant on music business issues for bodies such as the Greater London Enterprise Board and the World Bank. In 1986 he travelled to Eritrea, Ethiopia and Sudan to research and write the documentary film, Food Trucks & Rock’n’Roll about how the money raised by Band Aid was spent in Africa. He was the founding editor of Music and Copyright, a bi-weekly newsletter offering news and analysis on the international music industry. The newsletter was subsequently bought by the Informa Media Group and in 2008 Hardy left Music and Copyright to publish and edit the online newsletter theviewfromtheboundary (www.theviewfromtheboundary.com). He has written or edited several books on music and film, including Samuel Fuller (1970), The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music (1990), and The BFI Companion to Crime (1997). He was also the chief editor and contributing writer of The Aurum Film Encyclopedia. In 2012, he self-published Dire Straits, an account of the 12 major music markets in 2010-2011, as a Kindle book. His account of the last 20 or so years of the record industry, Download!: How Digital Destroyed the Record Industry, was published in February 2013 in the UK and US by Omnibus Press. Phil Hardy died in 2014.
THE OVERLOOK FILM ENCYCLOPEDIA: THE GANGSTER FILM — Buy it here
Since the initial publication of the first three groundbreaking volumes — Horror, Science Fiction, and The Western — The Overlook Film Encyclopedia series has been deemed the most authoritative, stylish, and compulsively readable film reference series ever. In The Gangster Film, series editor Phil Hardy has created yet again a landmark in film reference.
Included in this lavish volume are critical entries on more than 1,500 gangster films, complete with plot synapses and credits, and 650 black and white photographs to capture the look of this exciting genre. Arranged chronologically, The Gangster Film offers deliciously opinionated and detailed descriptions, statistical information, credits and trivia from early classics such as Public Enemy, Key Largo, Dragnet, and On the Waterfront to contemporary blockbusters such as The Grifters, Chinatown, The Godfather, and Pulp Fiction. Essential, authoritative, and entertaining, The Gangster Film is the guide for serious students of film, film buffs, and home viewers.
PUBLISHER: Overlook Press
PUBLICATION DATE: 1 January 2000
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A reference guide to horror films. Entries on 1,800 films and their directors, effects and actors.
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The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music has established itself as the classic reference work in this area. From ABBA to ZZ Top, through Noel Coward, The Skatalites and The Stone Roses, this book covers the major players in the vast history of popular music in the twentieth century. With over 2,500 entries and covering bebop to western swing by way of psychedelic rock, Hardy’s companion maps out a cultural history of the century that is both entertaining and informative.
SAMUEL FULLER — Buy it here
Setting Fuller and his films in a context which makes them more accessible to discussion, this book groups together his films and then discusses each individually producing an examination of Samuel Fuller as well as one of his films.
PUBLSIHER: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
PUBLICATION DATE: 5th October 1970
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Robbers, gangsters, murderers, and criminals of every description have long been a staple of popular entertainment. Movies are no exception, and film buffs and scholars alike now have a complete guide to the vast array of films that make up the fascinating world of crime cinema. The BFI Companion to Crime offers detailed information on the sub-genres and motifs of movies dealing with criminals and their behavior: prison dramas, heist stories, kidnappings, the exploits of serial killers, juvenile delinquents, and hired guns. Phil Hardy also includes articles on the historical and social background of crime movies. The Mafia, the Japanese yakuza, the FBI, and the underworld of union rackets, prostitution, and drugs are some of the topics covered. Fictional characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Maigret, Philip Marlow, and Pretty Boy Floyd appear in these pages, along with the literary sources of many crime films. The works of Graham Greene, Dashiell Hammett, Mickey Spillane, and Eric Ambler are among those featured. Abundantly illustrated with more than 500 photographs, this is the book for film enthusiasts and anyone interested in the crime genre.