Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1981-2011, With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes, and Miscellany

Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1981-2011, With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes, and Miscellany

After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), Stephen Sondheim returns with the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat, giving us another remarkable glimpse into the brilliant mind of this living legend, and his life?s work.   Picking up where he left off in Finishing the Hat, Sondheim gi After his acclaimed and best-selling Finishing the Hat (named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2010), St...

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Title:Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1981-2011, With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes, and Miscellany
Author:Stephen Sondheim
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1981-2011, With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes, and Miscellany
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:453 pages pages

Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1981-2011, With Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes, and Miscellany Reviews

  • Daniel
    Dec 08, 2011
    This and his previous volume, Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics, 1954-1981, With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines, and Anecdotes are a must for any serious student or fan of Stephen Sondheim. The sidebars are fewer in this volume, but there's a lot of odds an...
  • Kevin Fanning
    Feb 24, 2012
    Worth it just for Into the Woods & Assassins. I didn't read the whole thing, I haven't seen Passions and skipped most of the movie section except for Dick Tracy. In some ways this volume feels lighter, but since Sunday, Woods, and Assassins are my favorite Sondheim shows I still li...
  • Kathy
    Dec 29, 2011
    The tone of this second volume seemed to me a bit more reflective, and even regretful in places. But there was still plenty of Mr. Sondheim's wit and some fascinating recollections of the talented people he knew and worked with. The section about the work that became Road Show had an i...
  • Rachel
    Apr 14, 2012
    A lyrics writer can learn all she needs to know just by reading the footnotes in this magnificent memoir/teaching manual by the master lyricist of our tim. Stephen Sondheim is generous in sharing not only the way he arrived at his successes, but mistakes along the way, illuminating the...
  • Julie
    Jan 24, 2012
    The first volume followed Sondheim?s career from the beginning to 1980, and so it benefitted from the logical progression and growth of his experiences. This second one was a little less compelling for me because, although it contains two of my favorites (Into the Woods and Sunday in...
  • Rachel
    Feb 27, 2019
    I might have liked the first volume a tiny bit better, but still an excellent book for musical theater fans who are interested in how these things really come together. ...
  • Marcella
    Jun 24, 2017
    I love Sondheim, in that his hits far outweigh his misses for me. The main problem with this book is the format: it is huge, heavy, and the typeface is tiny. It cannot be read in bed if you don't want to be crushed to death. I feel like it is intended to be put on a special stand with ...
  • Ilyse
    Dec 25, 2017
    This is excellent for use in research. As in most celebrity writings, I sometimes wonder what I am supposed to think of this person. ...
  • Bruce
    Dec 30, 2011
    Look, I Made a Hat completes the publication of Sondheim?s collected lyrics, picking up where Finishing the Hat left off and then backfilling those gaps in the record Sondheim deemed noteworthy: incidental songs from movies, unproduced shows (including selected examples of juvenilia)...
  • Schmacko
    Jan 18, 2012
    Look, I Made a Hat is only slightly less successful for me than Sondheim?s first book of collected lyrics. I still say Sondheim is the best lyricist the stage has ever seen, and for any stage aficionado, both books are required reading. However, sections of this book are spent on son...
  • Karen
    Jun 26, 2012
    Not as fascinating as the first book, but still interesting. Like the first time, I didn't actually read the lyrics, but just read the intro, the stand alone essays and some of the comments/anecdotes scattered throughout the book. What incredible experiences he's had. The book well ref...
  • Abby
    Apr 18, 2018
    Great to have this insider perspective on his own work and the industry as a whole. ...
  • Alex Nagler
    Dec 08, 2011
    He's God. I mean the man's a God. He wrote the book to Sweeney Todd with a nod to De Sade. ...
  • Michael Stevens
    Mar 17, 2012
    This review is for both Volume 1 ("Finishing the Hat" and Volume 2 ("Look I Made a Hat") of Stephen Sondheim's reflections and commentary on his lyrics. These are necessary tools for any serious theatre-goer who wants to fully understand Sondheim's body of work. It is not overstatin...
  • Brendan
    Jul 08, 2018
    Okay, I didn't read all the lyrics, but Sondheim's insights about writing, story-telling, and theatre were wonderful. I need to read the first book now, but I think I'm going to make the three maxims he listed a core of my writing. It helps that "Less is More" already is part of them. ...
  • willaful
    Aug 04, 2012
    I didn't read this as thoroughly as the first volume, because I'm only familiar with two shows in it ("Into the Woods" and "Candide.") But everything I did read was interesting, though I got a bit more of a grumpy old man vibe rrom this one. Still, a must-read for anyone interested in ...
  • Abigail
    Jan 09, 2012
    If you are any kind of musical theatre geek, this is a must-read. I love some Sondheim shows more than others, but having his insight and some of his anecdotes make going back through his lyrics such a great experience. Definitely start with his first volume "Finishing the Hat," but co...
  • Kimberly
    Jan 21, 2019
    A great retrospective on his time in the theater with great writing tips for musicals. ...
  • Gretchen
    Oct 25, 2014
    Look, I Made a Hat is the second volume in Stephen Sondheim's collection of lyrics. This installment gives us his newest musicals (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, and Passion), as well the much-revised Wise Guys and songs written for movies and special occa...
  • Steve Carroll
    Dec 07, 2011
    A worthy successor to the first volume which feature three of my all-time favorites (Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins). I thought the case study of the 4 different versions of WiseGuys/Bounce/RoadShow was a really interesting case study in artistic problem solv...
  • Craig
    Aug 25, 2017
    My favorite part of this book was the four chapters talking about his failed musical Road Show. It reads almost like a mystery: can you spot what is wrong with these lyrics? Can you figure out how they're going to fix them, or at least try? What new problems will that cause? It gives (...
  • Alicia
    Dec 29, 2017
    See the review I gave for Finishing the Hat. This one especially stands out for me because it deals with three of my favorite musicals (OF ALL TIME): Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Assassins. Seeing how much work is crafted in to every lyric only deepened my (alread...
  • Melody
    Feb 19, 2014
    I rated the first volume of this 5 stars before I finished it 2 or 3 years ago - I wanted to save the final Merrily We Roll Along chapter until I'd experienced that show as a whole (no cast recording could ever hope to capture the story there - fortunately now we have the Digital Theat...
  • Jarrah
    Jul 03, 2015
    I read the first part of Stephen Sondheim?s collected lyrics (?with attendant comments, principles, heresies, grudges, whines and anecdotes?) about a year ago and eagerly awaited this second (planned to be concluding) volume. Like the first book, you won?t get much out of this ...
  • Stuart
    Mar 24, 2015
    Extremely interesting on the process of lyric writing and the sheer amount of effort that goes into the writing of a musical - a bull-headed refusal to be beaten seems to be the primary attribute required. I have to say though that his interruptions with anecdotes and digressions were ...
  • Greg Kerestan
    Jan 25, 2016
    Just like the first volume, "Finishing the Hat," this is a highly essential read for both theatre fans and creative writers, as the notoriously brilliant but prickly Stephen Sondheim explores his complete works while giving an object lesson in the creative process. Casual fans are most...
  • ALLEN
    Feb 21, 2017
    The Maestro, Stephen Sondheim, wrote this erudite book (2011), making it literate, engaging and terribly informative. It covers the period from 1981 to 2011 and includes all lyrics. Even sort-of Sondheim enthusiasts should have this book; for the rest of us it's a must. Predecessor vol...
  • JANIII
    Oct 08, 2017
    Not as engaging as the first book, if only because the musicals being featured are not as compelling as the early works (with the exception of Passion, Sondheim's last Masterpiece). ...
  • Rick Berdelle
    Jan 27, 2018
    Loved learning about Sondheims process and his behind the scenes moments. If you love musicals, you'll love this book. ...
  • Bookworm1858
    Jan 04, 2012
    After finishing the first book Finishing the Hat, I was beyond excited to get my hands on this second book, which features a string of awesomeness, if not popular successes: Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Wood, and Assassins (my personal favorite Sondheim). And those sections...