History Music / SamShepard

3rd Jul '16 2:41:34 PM gewunomox
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Drumming for a reasonably successful rock band is a career in and of itself for most, but for Shepard, this was barely a hobby. He was highly involved in New York City's off-off-Broadway theatre scene in the 60s and early 70s. His best known plays came during the late 70s and early 80s, at which time he had relocated to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. Some of his most notable works of the period are ''Curse of the Starving Class'', ''Theatre/BuriedChild'' (for which Shepard won a Pulitzer) and ''True West''. At the same time, he was collaborating with no less than BobDylan, helping him with his film ''Renaldo and Clara'' and co-writing Dylan's song "Brownsville Girl."

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Drumming for a reasonably successful rock band is a career in and of itself for most, but for Shepard, this was barely a hobby. He was highly involved in New York City's off-off-Broadway theatre scene in the 60s and early 70s. His best known plays came during the late 70s and early 80s, at which time he had relocated to UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. Some of his most notable works of the period are ''Curse of the Starving Class'', ''Theatre/BuriedChild'' (for which Shepard won a Pulitzer) and ''True West''. At the same time, he was collaborating with no less than BobDylan, Music/BobDylan, helping him with his film ''Renaldo and Clara'' and co-writing Dylan's song "Brownsville Girl."
29th May '16 5:51:39 AM Mdumas43073
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29th May '16 5:50:50 AM Mdumas43073
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Sam Shepard is a playwright, actor, director, musician and perhaps the biggest {{Badass}} you've never heard of. Let's just start at the beginning.

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Sam Samuel Shepard Rogers III (born November 5, 1943) is a an American playwright, actor, director, musician and perhaps the biggest {{Badass}} you've never heard of. Let's just start at the beginning.
9th Mar '16 9:13:44 PM KevinKlawitter
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20th Feb '16 12:12:25 PM jamespolk
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26th Dec '15 5:26:35 PM nombretomado
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His plays are just as awesome as he is. Falling somewhere between {{Absurdism}} and PostModernism, plays by Sam Shepard tend to be [[BlackHumor darkly funny]] and somewhat menacing. (Just read a synopsis of ''Tooth of Crime'' or ''Buried Child'' some time.) Also, if a play doesn't [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] the AmericanDream at some point, he probably didn't write it.

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His plays are just as awesome as he is. Falling somewhere between {{Absurdism}} and PostModernism, plays by Sam Shepard tend to be [[BlackHumor darkly funny]] and somewhat menacing. (Just read a synopsis of ''Tooth of Crime'' or ''Buried Child'' some time.) Also, if a play doesn't [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstruct]] the AmericanDream UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream at some point, he probably didn't write it.



* AmericanDream: The [[{{Deconstruction}} complete decimation]] of which is par for the course in his plays.



* ThePatriarch: As with the AmericanDream, the role of [[ThePatriarch patriarch]] is often subverted or deconstructed.

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* ThePatriarch: As with the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, the role of [[ThePatriarch patriarch]] is often subverted or deconstructed.
9th Jun '15 9:14:10 PM GoldenSeals
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* {{Absurdism}}: Kind of, almost...
** To clarify, his earlier plays were more experimental and were heavily influenced by the Theatre of the Absurd. Later on, his plays took on a more serious, post-modern feel. Still influenced by absurdism, still punctuated by moments of gutbusting hilarity... but not quite Absurdist with a capital A anymore.

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* {{Absurdism}}: Kind of, almost...
** To clarify, his
almost. His earlier plays were more experimental and were heavily influenced by the Theatre of the Absurd. Later on, his plays took on a more serious, post-modern feel. Still influenced by absurdism, still punctuated by moments of gutbusting hilarity... but not quite Absurdist with a capital A anymore.
26th Apr '15 6:28:56 PM detachableface
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To recap: cowboy, psychedelic rock drummer, playwright extraordinaire, actor (when he feels like it) and lives with one of the most beautiful actresses, ever.

To recap more succintly: {{Badass}}.

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To recap: cowboy, psychedelic rock drummer, playwright extraordinaire, actor (when he feels like it) and lives lived with one of the most beautiful actresses, ever.

To recap more succintly: succinctly: {{Badass}}.
26th Apr '15 6:27:33 PM detachableface
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And of course that's just his professional life; the company he keeps privately is no less awesome. When Shepard first moved to New York, he lived with Charles Mingus Jr. (yes, the son of ''that'' Music/CharlesMingus). He was briefly involved with PunkRock legend Patti Smith before shacking up with Creator/JessicaLange (they're still together). The level of talent his productions currently attract is also very high, with a recent play starring Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, and Cheech Marin.

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And of course that's just his professional life; the company he keeps privately is no less awesome. When Shepard first moved to New York, he lived with Charles Mingus Jr. (yes, the son of ''that'' Music/CharlesMingus). He was briefly involved with PunkRock legend Patti Smith before shacking up with Creator/JessicaLange (they're still together).Creator/JessicaLange. The level of talent his productions currently attract is also very high, with a recent play starring Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, and Cheech Marin.
12th Mar '15 12:18:37 PM TrustBen
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