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We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy Paperback – June 23, 2015
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"Caseen Gaines has written a very compelling and enjoyable history of our trilogy. For me, reading it was like going back in time. And - Great Scott - there were even a few anecdotes that I'd never heard!" - Bob Gale, co-creator, co-producer, and co-writer of the Back to the Future trilogy
"The most enlightening and informative book I've read since Grays Sports Almanac. Every true fan of the Holy Trilogy should own a copy... It's your density."
-Ernest Cline, DeLorean owner/Author of Ready Player One
"We Don't Need Roads is the truly fascinating story of how one of America's greatest movie franchises came to be. Caseen Gaines' in-depth research and unprecedented look at Robert Zemeckis' series proves that the journey to make a perfect movie is anything but perfect. It's a must read for any true Back to the Future lover and anyone who wants to peek behind the curtain to see how films get made." - Adam F. Goldberg, creator of ABC's The Goldbergs
"Read this book, then watch the movie for the umpteenth time. You'll appreciate Back to the Future all the more thanks to Caseen Gaines' muscular reporting and conversational writing style." - Michael Davis, New York Times bestselling author of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street
"What fun! Deeply researched and engagingly written, Caseen Gaines' We Don't Need Roads is the book Back to the Future fans have been craving for decades. Geekily enthusiastic and chock full of never-before-heard tales of what went on both on and off the screen, We Don't Need Roads is a book worthy of the beloved trilogy itself." - Brian Jay Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Jim Henson: The Biography
“Impressively exhaustive...[We Don't Need Roads is] an enthusiastic and thorough oral history.” —NPR
“A must-read for Future fans, media studies students, aspiring filmmakers, and time-travel buffs.” —Library Journal
"An incredibly revealing look at a film series that helped change Hollywood...if you love movies, you should pick this book up." —io9.com
"Even if you are a hardcore fan, this book can at times feel like a revelation; like hitting-one’s-head-on-the-edge-of-a-toilet-and-suddenly-understanding-flux-capacitors revelations." —Film School Rejects
"Even the most knowledgeable Future fans will find much to learn from this intricately detailed and exhaustively researched book. But it's not just the depth of Gaines's knowledge and the scope of his interviews that impresses; he clearly adores these films and understands their importance to popular cinema, and that love and understanding shines through the text." - Jason Bailey, author of Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino's Masterpiece
“The 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy is the perfect time for a book celebrating and examining the greatest comedy science fiction time travel trilogy ever made. With over five hundred hours of interviews with key cast and crew members, Caseen Gaines’ book is a delightful way to travel back to the future and relive those wonderful times with Marty McFly, his family, friends, and enemies – not to mention the inimitable Doc Brown. Strap into your DeLorean and get ready for the ride of your life!” - Marc Scott Zicree, author of The Twilight Zone Companion
"We Don’t Need Roads is essential for any Back To the Future fan. Not only does Caseen Gaines offer up a meticulously crafted and entertaining account of one of the most beloved time-traveling franchises in movie history, but he uses his access to take an incisive look behind-the-scenes of Hollywood filmmaking. A must read for all pop culture aficionados."
Larry Landsman, author of Planet of the Apes Revisited
About the Author
Caseen Gaines is a popular culture historian. He is the author of Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Untold, Unauthorized, and Unpredictable Story of a Pop Phenomenon, which received the 2012 Independent Publisher's Book Award - Silver Medal in the Popular Culture / Leisure category, as well as A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic. Caseen also directs theater and teaches high school English in New Jersey, where he lives. He aspires to be a Renaissance Man and fears being a jack of all trades.
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When the book arrived I causally skimmed through the pages looking for things I had said. That didn't last very long as I became caught up in the style of the writing and started to read, in earnest, from the begining. I found it to be informative, even for an "insider", and a very fun read. Things I thought I knew were clarified, things I did know were explained correctly and corroborated by others. Caseen did an amazing job of pulling together those disparate voices into a clear narrative. Yes, much of the lore was out there before, mostly as rumor or hearsay, but until now never presented with such authoritative sourcing and readability. Caseen, "thanks for the memories".
There is tons of information by everyone from Robert Zemeckis (director) to Harry Waters Jr. (Marvin Berry). Like I said, you can't get more in depth that this! I could go on, but honestly, if you're interested in the BTTF trilogy (and obviously you are if you're reading this) then don't hesitate, order this book and read it!
Final Verdict: A MUST read for any fan of the trilogy!
I was born in the same generation as Gaines; I was introduced to the films by people who saw the first theater runs, although supposedly, as a one-month-old I was taken to the theater to see "Back to the Future III".
I just LOVE that the films make sense. So many details went into the storyline, the "science," the visuals, the acting, the music...Gaines picked the perfect details to share and explain in the book to make me appreciate the films from many different perspectives.
I'm going to watch the third film with my little 13-year-old sister in a few days; it's her first time and I'm so excited to see it with her. This book got me especially excited about that viewing!
If you remember the films coming out, if you grew up with the films, or you are just discovering "Back to the Future," this is a great read. Check it out!
Every story, every comment, every voice made me feel like I was there, the insights to the behind the scenes was exactly what a film nerd like me needs to know.
I highlighted many passages and recently followed up with a viewing of the trilogy to pick out the parts I hadn't noticed before.
If you like film, if you like being behind the scenes then this is for you!
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