Doug Adams: Bio


Doug Adams is a Chicago-based musician and writer with roots in both classical and contemporary music, and is considered one of today’s leading film music advocates.

As a journalist, Adams began writing for Film Score Monthly magazine in the early 1990s, where he interviewed and collaborated with composers such as Elmer Bernstein (The Magnificent Seven), Alf Clausen (The Simpsons), John Corigliano (The Red Violin), Don Davis (The Matrix), Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands), Philip Glass (Koyaanisqatsi), Elliot Goldenthal (Frida), and David Raksin (Laura). At the same time, Adams started penning liner notes for CDs of classic film music, including works by Bruce Broughton, Jerry Goldsmith, Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Alfred Newman, Howard Shore, and Franz Waxman.

In 2001, Adams was invited by composer Howard Shore to follow his work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He attended the recording sessions in London and began regularly visiting the composer’s studio in New York. Impressed by the intricate nature of their collaboration, the two agreed to pursue a full book that would showcase the immense detail and beauty of the project. Shore stated at the time, “I have been reading Mr. Adams' articles and essays on film music for years. His writing on the subject is intelligent, accessible and insightful. His work is tremendously respected within the film community and he is the perfect author for this book.”

The finished book – The Music of the Lord of the Rings Films – was released in 2010.

Recent appearances include the Kraków Film Music Festival in Poland; the Gala der Filmmusik in Vienna, Austria; Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Academy of Music, and the Royal College of Music in London; the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Luzern in Switzerland; Robert DeNiro's Tribeca Film Festival and Radio City Music Hall in New York; the Cleveland Symphony; and lectures in Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, and Los Angeles.

Currently, Adams is preparing to return to Middle-earth with a book that covers Shore’s work on Peter Jackson’s upcoming two-film adaptation of The Hobbit.
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