The Complete Screenplay of one of the season’s most anticipated films


The Illustrated Screenplay with Lyrics

Joel and Ethan Coen



• Introduction by music historian ELIJAH WALD about the late 50s and early 60s folk music scene in Greenwich Village

• A Conversation with T BONE BURNETT, the film's musical supervisor, on how the music was conceived and executed

• Illustrated with Stills throughout

• Publication coincides with the film’s release on December 6

• Available at Amazon, B&N, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, Bookazine and all fine bookstores. Also available as an E Book


 Oscar-winning writers and directors Joel and Ethan Coen portray the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene with Inside Llewyn Davis, winner of the Grand Prize of the Jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The complete screenplay, including lyrics, of the highly anticipated film will be published by Opus on December 6, in coordination with the film’s U.S. release.  (INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen; An OPUS Trade Paper Original, $15.95, ISBN: 978-1-62316-037-1, Stills;  also available as an E-Book).

     The book includes an Introduction by music historian Elijah Wald who sets the film in living context. An exclusive interview with the Grammy and Academy Award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett describes the character and style of the music in this fourth collaboration with the Coen brothers.  In the tradition of O Brother, Where Art Thou?,  it is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place, an epic on an intimate scale.

     “The Greenwich Village of Llewyn Davis is not the thriving folk scene that produced Peter, Paul and Mary and changed the world when Bob Dylan went electric.  It is the folk scene of the dark ages before the hit records and big money arrived, when a small coterie of true believers traded old songs like a secret language… when no one could have imagined the Village scene becoming the center of a folk music boom that would produce international superstars and change the course of popular music,” says Wald.  “…The center of the Village scene in those days was not a nightclub or coffeehouse, but Washington Square Park, where singers and musicians gathered to jam on Sunday afternoons.”

     Wald, co-author of The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the memoir of Dave Von Ronk, one of the  leading spirits of that Village scene, shares Von Ronk’s memory of this “”key period in which an intimate band of young musicians shaped a new approach to folksinging, studying old records to capture the grit and rawness of Delta blues and Appalachian ballads, then finding ways to make that music express their own feelings and desires…. There would be six or seven groups playing at the same time, each with their own circle of friends and listeners….The ballad and blues people tended to hang with each other, because there were not many of either, and  they formed a clique within a clique.”

     Wald writes that "Those ballad and blues singers were shaping a new aesthetic that would produce people like Dylan, Phil Ochs, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, and inspire the folk-rock innovations of the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Byrds, the Mamas and the Papas, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young…. But in the late 1950s they did not know they were on the cusp of a new era ….”

    “If one wanted to date Inside Llewyn Davis precisely,” Wald observes, “the obvious bookends are the opening of Folk City in January 1960, and Dylan’s arrival in New York almost exactly a year later. That was a kind of in-between moment, when the scene was obviously changing but no one had any clear idea where it was headed.”

     The book also features a memorable Conversation with the renowned musician T Bone Burnett, who won Grammy Awards for the soundtrack of the Coen brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, discussing his work as executive music producer on this latest Coen brothers’ project; what governed his song choices; and  what the film means to him.

     “The film is about a time very much like the time we’re in...when there’s a new moment happening. The old has died, and the new thing hasn’t quite been born. We’ve been in an interregnum now for the past ten years, really, where the old has been dying but is not dead, and the new is being born but it’s not yet alive.”

     “The Coens deliberately set the story specifically in the pre-Dylan era,” he explains in the interview.  “They wanted to explore the music scene that existed before Dylan came and changed everything.” 

     Burnett, who played on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder tour, remarks:
     “I feel we’re at a time now when the value of music has been brought into question.  This movie speaks very eloquently about the value of music, and about the value of art throughout culture.”

Written and directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.  Produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen.  Executive Music Producer: T Bone Burnett.  A CBS Films and Studiocanal Presentation in Association with Anton Capital Entertainment.

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