It was a tough sell to get greenlit. Following a slew of canceled meetings, Harry Nilsson managed to secure an airplane seat next to an ABC executive to finally pitch his idea for an all-ages animated film. Like a true passion project, Nilsson feverishly sold his concept of an unconventional children’s fable based around fictitious characters with pointed heads (and an archetypal “outsider” protagonist). Fifty years on, it’s hard to imagine the musician’s legacy without it.
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Shelley Duvall :: He Needs Me (Harry Nilsson – 1979 Demo)
In 1979 Harry Nilson took a hiatus from recording what would turn out to be his final (full) album, Flash Harry , in order to act as musical director behind filmmaker […]
Who Is Harry Nilsson And Why Is Van Dyke Parks Talking About Him?
Van Dyke Parks is a true conversationalist. He speaks in fluid lines, quickly but with great care devoted to each word. At the moment, the producer, songwriter, and arranger — who’s worked for […]
Titi :: Rainmaker (Harry Nilsson Cover)
Jelly Roll Morton may have penned “Whinin’ By Blues”, but no one nailed the whine quite like Harry Nilsson. What would have likely devolved into caterwaul in the hands of […]
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?)
Beginning today, and running for two weeks, you can stream the excellent Harry Nilsson documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) in its entirety. Highly recommended. Also, be sure to read the interview we did with the filmmaker […]
Harry Nilsson :: You Can’t Do That (Alternate Take)
Aside from his entree into an enduring friendship with the Fabs, Nilsson’s re-arranged cover of the Beatles “ You Can’t Do That “ (featured on his sophomore LP, Pandemonium Shadow Show ) was also his first hit […]
Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?
In the summer of 2007 the documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) saw a limited engagement (read: single viewing) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. I was fortunate to be in attendance, and for the […]
Harry Nilsson :: Isolation (John Lennon)
Stay tuned for our interview with filmmaker John Scheinfeld per his documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) . In the meantime, check out Nilsson’s cover of John Lennon’s “Isolation;” a track I’ve has on steady […]
Harry Nilsson Does The Beatles
A few summers ago, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, I caught a limited screening of Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him) . It took a few years, but the documentary finally landed a DVD distribution […]
Andrew Bird Covers Harry Nilsson
First off, have you seen the documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?) ? If not, you should get on that. This weekend the mailman delivered Songs From The Point , a collection of ‘indie’ artists each covering a track […]
Nilsson :: The Point (Me And My Arrow) 1971
“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came […]
Who Is Harry Nilsson? :: The Documentary
“Harry was a big bunny….with very sharp teeth.” — Paul Williams (songwriter & friend) Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 — January 15, 1994) — Over this past weekend […]