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The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films, a comprehensive account of Howard Shore's score for the trilogy in a book by Doug Adams and will be released on Oct. 5.
Adams, a Chicago-based author and musicologist, was invited in 2001 by Howard Shore to observe and document his work on Peter Jackson's motion picture trilogy. Adams attended recording sessions, examined the original scores, and was given complete access to the composer's archives. He runs the popular blog, http://www.musicoflotr.com, which documents his work on this project. The 416-page full-color volume features a Foreword by Howard Shore, an Introduction by The Lord of the Rings screenwriter/producer Fran Walsh, original sketches by John Howe and Alan Lee, and numerous images from the films. Also included in the book is "The Lord of the Rings: The Rarities Archive," a CD presenting 21 tracks of previously unreleased music created for the films, and an audio interview with Howard Shore.