Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years by Michael Palin
Published May 17, 2017
- Author Michael Palin
My Monty Python knowledge is limited, and I know Michael Palin more from his travel work than anything else, but it’s never too late to learn. I love this collection of diaries, covering a full decade that coincidentally starts at the beginning of Python, and ends at the height of its powers with the release of Life of Brian.
What’s really interesting is that behind the scenes, it seems a very fractious group, highs and lows, egos ebbing and flowing, which is understandable but it’s a wonder anything got made really! It was fun to see other bits of well known culture being referenced too - Fawlty Towers, Star Wars, even the moon landings early on the diary.
Clearly there’s a lot of editing taken place here, but what’s left is good and honest, and fascinating.