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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (214 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tom Davis Narrator: Tom Davis Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2009 ISBN:
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39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a seriously funny, offbeat, and irreverent memoir that chronicles the early days of Saturday Night Live and features some of its greatest personalities---Al Franken, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, Bill Murray, Michael O'Donoghue, and Chris Farley.

Written by Tom Davis, an original SNL writer and comedy partner of Al Franken, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is the story of coming of age in the 1960s and a spellbinding account of the birth and rise of one of television's most celebrated shows. Davis's memoir is filled with wry, candid anecdotes about his days at Saturday Night Live and his friendship with its stars. But it is also the story of Davis's own coming of age 0 escaping his conservative roots in suburban Minneapolis, traveling the world, and reveling in the hippie culture of 1960s San Francisco. The author finds the highs and lows of his own career to be a hilarious counterpoint to the meteoric rise of SNL and his friends' growing celebrity.

Hysterical, lucid, and wise, 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss is a free-spirited, unrepentant romp through an era of sex, drugs, and comedy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Maloney | 2/19/2014

    " I absent-mindedly started this in the middle. Each chapter holds it own which isn't too surprising since Davis has written for SNL etc. I should start on chapter 1 soon so I can start writing a real review. But I've enjoyed the fast pace and easy style of Davis so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susie | 2/17/2014

    " For a writer from SNL I was surprised at how much I didn't enjoy his writing. I guess you could give some leniency...it was written in an ADD/drug addled memory sort of way that is kind of the point of the memoir...but I still couldn't get that into it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 1/16/2014

    " This often hilarious memoir weaves together the coming-of-age stories of a comedy writer and the television institution he helped spawn. When Saturday Night Live first hit the airwaves, Gerald Ford was president. No one expected it to run for decades; least of all, footloose midwestern hippie and cutup Tom Davis. Perhaps best remembered today as the other half of the Franken & Davis comedy team, Davis won four Emmy Awards during the '70s, but his free-spirited 39 Years of Short-Term Memory Loss jogs through the honors, lingering instead on his interactions with Lorne Michaels, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Chris Farley. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brian | 1/3/2014

    " An interesting but ultimately unsatisfying memoir. There really isn't any narrative, it is all a series of anecdotes. Each chapter is essentially stand-alone. By itself that wouldn't be too much if a problem, but I found the character introductions to be tedious after a while. For instance, I got real tired of reading "Susan Forristal, Lorne's supermodel girlfriend." I wanted to yell back "yes, I remember her from all the previous introductions!". That, and fact that the chapters are not chronological tend to distract from the actual story. I guess this would be very interesting to a SNL enthusiast, but I didn't find much meat here. There was one line that I loved: "I looked it up in the encyclopedia (for you younger readers, that's a hardcopy search engine)" "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 12/30/2013

    " Often interesting, especially when the author describes adventures with buddies Al Franken and Dan Ackroyd and the other characters and many, many women in his life. Lots of boring paragraphs describing myriad drug experiences. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jodi | 12/27/2013

    " I really wanted to love this book, but it was in desperate need of a good editor. Too much jumping around without a coherent timeline of the stories. Given the number of drugs this guy did, I guess I should be impressed that he remember any of it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kelly | 12/8/2013

    " Disjointed, rambling, and repetitive. For a book with SNL in its title, I expected more stories actually about SNL, but they were few and far between. Should have been called "I did a lot of drugs and hung out with Jerry Garcia." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 12/1/2013

    " Not as good as the other books I've read...lots of drug experiences and I had no idea this guy was such a huge fan of Timothy Leary...but I guess that makes sense with all the drugs. some funny anecdotes with the SNL cast. Lots of skipping around, kind of a weird read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Earl Bayer | 11/29/2013

    " self serving book written by a narcistic guy who may have done too many drugs and too many women if that's possible. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Vukmirovich | 9/22/2013

    " Way too much of Tom's travel and drug details, not enough SNL. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/26/2013

    " Davis' book is like a window into the world of vintage Saturday Night Live...and his circle of friends is fascinating, ranging from fellow writers and cast members on SNL to pop culture icons like Timothy Leary, Jerry Garcia, G. Gordon Liddy, and the guys from Monty Python. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 7/10/2012

    " Listened to about 2/3 of this tale of doing drugs and writing and acting comedy with celebrities. A sort of wannabe Hunter Thompson-esque Fear and Loathing in SNL. It's interesting how much Al Franken is part of the story, also drug-addled, since he's now a senator. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lacey | 2/5/2012

    " An excellent read! Lots of behind the scenes antics in this book from someone who was in the thick of it. I enjoyed it immensely. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Mollo | 10/19/2010

    " A MUST read for any SNL fan. I don't know how the hell he remembered so much with all the drugs that he did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen Olson | 10/13/2010

    " Lots of real life stories were used for SNL skits. They sometimes were skewed a little. Interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam Traphagen | 8/14/2010

    " This might have been a great book if only he had an editor and proofreader. It reads like a first draft. His story is great, though. Hilarious and heart-rending by turns and I'd have given it 4 stars if he had finished it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Colette | 7/19/2010

    " Read this book if you want to know the real Al Franken.
    He spent so many years drugging and partying that I'm not sure what part of his brain is intact. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 6/25/2010

    " I would recommend this as the Tantor Audio Book read by the author. This is a series of little stories which he provides the voices and tells with humor. I found this more interesting than I thought I would. As a book I don't think I would enjoy it as much, it is too disjointed.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 6/4/2010

    " I can never resist SNL memoirs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 5/30/2010

    " Often interesting, especially when the author describes adventures with buddies Al Franken and Dan Ackroyd and the other characters and many, many women in his life. Lots of boring paragraphs describing myriad drug experiences. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/28/2010

    " Great book. I wonder how much more there is that he couldn't recall. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 4/17/2010

    " It's like the book wasn't edited at all.
    Tom Davis rambles on about his life, SNL, and his drug problem. Chapters are also divided into people he knows (or knew). It's a terrible mess.
    I wanted this book to be much better than it is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donkey21 | 4/16/2010

    " okay, Tom Davis, thanks for telling us about all the times you were fucked up. Choppy and not as compelling as it should be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmen | 10/26/2009

    " Lots of real life stories were used for SNL skits. They sometimes were skewed a little. Interesting read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 10/8/2009

    " Some interesting stories, but extremely disjointed. No flow whatsoever — perhaps by design. More than anything it makes you wish you were friends with Dan Aykroyd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jana | 9/27/2009

    " Listened to about 2/3 of this tale of doing drugs and writing and acting comedy with celebrities. A sort of wannabe Hunter Thompson-esque Fear and Loathing in SNL. It's interesting how much Al Franken is part of the story, also drug-addled, since he's now a senator. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carol | 8/20/2009

    " He may be a good comedy writer, but he is not a good author. I think all the drugs fried his brain. I didn't finish this. "

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