Creator / Cameron Crowe
Cameron Crowe started out as a rock journalist for Rolling Stone
at the age of 15 in The '70s
. While his colleagues at the magazine were indifferent to (if not contemptuous of) the Hard Rock
, Progressive Rock
, and other popular music of the decade (including such groups/musicians as Joni Mitchell
, Fleetwood Mac
), Crowe was a fan of most of it, and was often the only journalist at the magazine willing or able to snare interviews with those bands/musicians.
Near the end of the decade, Crowe left the magazine and wrote Fast Times at Ridgemont High
, which became a film in 1982 (directed by Amy Heckerling). Dismissed at the time at being merely another teen sex comedy, it has since been Vindicated by History
. After writing a sequel (1984's The Wild Life
) which was nowhere near as successful commercially or critically, Crowe eventually turned to directing in 1989 with Say Anything...
. He won an Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay in 2000 for Almost Famous
, which was based on his time at Rolling Stone
Tropes associated with his work include: