Peckinpah – A Portrait in Montage (Audiobook)

Peckinpah – A Portrait in Montage (Audiobook)

Written by Garner Simmons and read by Jason Culp

Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage (The Definitive Edition) is a comprehensive biography on the American filmmaker Sam Peckinpah, creator of such films as The Wild BunchRide the High CountryStraw Dogs, and Junior Bonner.

Audiobook Samples

Wild Bunch

Cable Hogue

Straw Dogs

Junior Bonner

The Getaway

Pat Garrett

Ride The High Country

Written by Garner Simmons, whose relationship with Peckinpah began in 1973 and continued until the director’s death in December of 1984, the book is read by the gifted actor Jason Culp, son of the late Robert Culp. It examines Peckinpah’s genius, his conflicted life, and his controversial films in the words of those who knew him. Because Robert Culp and Sam Peckinpah had been friends since the mid-1950s, Jason grew up knowing the director.

Thus his ability to capture Peckinpah’s distinctive voice is uncannily accurate as are the voices of the more than 70 actors, writers, producers, collaborators, family, friends, and enemies, including Strother Martin, LQ Jones, RG Armstrong, William Holden, Charlton Heston, Ida Lupino, and many more. It concludes with the special bonus: “Remembering Sam – A Conversation Between Jason Culp and Author Garner Simmons”.  

More about the book…

PECKINPAH: A Portrait in Montage — The Definitive Edition

This new definitive edition of the book was first published through the University of Texas Press (1982) then updated and expanded through Limelight Editions of New York (1998). Available here in paperback, hardcover and an audiobook it brings together for the first time all of my writings on Sam Peckinpah in one place.

Of special note is the audiobook from ACX Audible. Read by the gifted Jason Culp whose father, the late actor Robert Culp, and Peckinpah were friends, he flawlessly captures the tone, timbre and edginess of the director’s voice as well as those of the 70+ actors, writers, cohorts and crew, friends and family, enemies and lovers who spoke with me. A remarkable creative genius whose films challenged the established norms of Hollywood, Peckinpah remains a unique 20th American artist whose chosen medium was motion pictures.

Today, more than 50 years after the release of his masterpiece The Wild Bunch, his work still resonates with audiences throughout the world. My relationship with Sam began in the summer of 1973 and continued until his death in 1984. He was only 59. Like all great artists he sacrificed everything for his art — 14 feature films and a small but commanding body of television work — a legacy that will live for as long as people continue to tell stories on film. If you find this intriguing and are interested in owning a copy of the book, either in print or audio, please click on the following link. Thank you and enjoy.