Bill Murray has become the stuff of legends over the past few decades. Whether it is stories of him miraculously showing up at a party, taking a photo and leaving, or random encounters at karaoke bars, Murray has become more of a myth than anything. In the new book by Robert Schnakenberg, The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actor, readers are given a history of the man who has given us everything from the infamous groundskeeper in Caddyshack to a voice in a terrible cartoon version of Garfield.
The book alphabetically cataloges information, as verified as best as possible, about the elusive Murray. This includes films, his feelings on award shows, his first jobs and the fact that the only way to reach him is an 800 number after ditching the premise of agents. It also includes segments called “Tales from Murrayland” which discuss his random encounters with bachelor parties, joy riding in a golf cart in Stockholm, playing kickball with strangers and even taking over a Texas bar and only pouring shots of tequila for the rest of the night. The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray has given me a deeper respect for Bill Murray.
The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray is most certainly a work of fan adoration and enjoyment. Robert Schnakenberg certainly did his homework and the book shows that. The book is hefty, fun to read, and looks crazy stylish on an Ikea coffee table.
The Big Bad Book of Bill Murray: A Critical Appreciation of the World’s Finest Actoris available from Quirk Books September 15, 2015.