Long considered lost, these extensive interviews between legendary "Rolling Stone" journalist Paul Nelson and Clint Eastwood were discovered after Nelson's death in 2006. Clint Eastwood has forged a remarkable career as a movie star, director, producer and composer. These newly discovered conversations with legendary journalist Paul Nelson return us to a point when, still acting in other people's films, Eastwood was honing his directorial craft on a series of inexpensive films that he brought in under budget and ahead of schedule. Operating largely beneath the critical radar, he made his movies swiftly and inexpensively. Few of his critics then could have predicted that Eastwood the actor and director would ever be taken as seriously as he is today. But Paul Nelson did. The interviews were conducted from 1979 through 1983. Eastwood talks openly and without illusions about his early career as an actor, old Hollywood, and his formative years as a director, his influence and what he learned along the way as an actor - lessons that helped him become the director he is today.
"Conversations with Clint" provides a fresh and vivid perspective on the life and work of this most American of movie icons.
Jonathan Lethem is one of the most acclaimed American novelists of his generation. His books include Motherless Brooklyn, The Fortress of Solitude, and Chronic City. His essays about James Brown and Bob Dylan have appeared in Rolling Stone. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Kevin Avery's writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Mississippi Review, Penthouse, Weber Studies, and Salt Lake magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and stepdaughter. His first book, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson, is published by Feral House.
Foreword - Jonathan Lethem; Filmography; Introduction - The Good, the Bad...; The Telephone Call - January 1983; The Conversations - October 1979 to October 1983; Flashback - December 1979; Afterword; Acknowledgments; Source Materials.