Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing
An offbeat exploration of the brilliantly bizarre anecdotes that surround the legendary actor Bill Murray.
Tales and rumours surrounding the cult figure's famous line 'No-one will ever believe you' have become a viral phenomenon and this book captures the moment with wit and a sprinkling of Murray-wisdom...
People love Bill Murray movies, but even more, they love crazy stories about Bill Murray out in the world.
Bill reads poetry to construction workers. Bill joins in strangers' kickball games. Bill steals a golf cart in Stockholm. Bill follows the Roots – a hip hop band – around. Bill pays a kid $5 to ride his bicycle into a swimming pool.
The most popular Bill Murray story of all time (which he will neither confirm nor deny): on a crowded street, he puts his hands over a stranger's eyes from behind and says "Guess who?" When he lifts his hands to reveal his identity as Bill Murray, he tells the gobsmacked stranger, "No one will ever believe you."
For The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing, best-selling author Gavin Edwards tracked down the best authentic Bill Murray stories. People savour these anecdotes; they consume them with a bottomless hunger; they routinely turn them into viral hits.
The book not only has the greatest hits of Bill's eye-opening interactions with the world, it puts them in the context of a larger philosophy (revealed to the author in an exclusive interview): Bill Murray is secretly teaching us all how to live our lives.
“Advance praise for The Tao of Bill Murray As much as I love Gavin Edwards’s wonderful The Tao of Bill Murray, I can’t help but feel sad that Bill Murray has never covered my eyes on a street corner.”
Moby, author of Porcelain: A Memoir
“Reading The Tao of Bill Murray is like spending time with Bill, but probably safer.—Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day”
Danny Rubin, screenwriter of Groundhog Day
“When confronted by life’s challenges and opportunities, we should all be asking ourselves, ‘What would Bill Murray do?’ This book actually has the answers.”
Jay Duplass, writer, director, actor, fan of Bill Murray
“An important piece of cultural documentation”
“Edwards does an admirable job of profiling Murray's unique approach to life, friendship, and work, via interviews with the actor himself as well as friends, collaborators, and those acquaintances. The book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray's unconventional and fun-loving life: he's commandeered a street cleaner, crashed an off-campus house party and started doing the dishes, and driven a cab while the cabby practiced playing saxophone in the back seat... Murray's fans are sure to savor this book and walk away with a deeper appreciation of the actor and his work.”
“[A] funny, affectionate portrait . . . Edwards skillfully weaves together many well-known and entirely new anecdotes from throughout Murray’s career that capture him at the height of his power. Murray is an endless delight, and his knack for bons mots and non sequiturs will keep readers laughing before revealing an unexpectedly poignant vision for happiness. . . . A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend.”
“Bill Murray the actor takes a backseat to Murray the trickster figure in this collection of notable, implausible, even inexplicable offscreen appearances. . . . A hilarious read . . . Sure to please Murray fans.”
“If you are among the multitudes who have a Bill Murray story (viz: ‘I was in the airport bar, and who sat down next to me but Bill Murray?’), The Tao of Bill Murray will speak to you.”
“Invite yourself to the party, put on some music, drop some coin and buy the book.”