We Don’t Need Roads:
The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy (2015)
Written by Caseen Gaines
Release Date: 6/23/2015
ISBN: 9780142181539 (softcover)
Size: 5.33 in (w) x 8.00 in (h) x 0.50 in (d)
List Price: $17.00 USD
Long before Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled through time in a flying DeLorean, director Robert Zemeckis, and his friend and writing partner Bob Gale, worked tirelessly to break into the industry with a hit. During their journey to realize their dream, they encountered unprecedented challenges and regularly took the difficult way out.
For the first time ever, the story of how these two young filmmakers struck lightning is being told by those who witnessed it. We Don't Need Roads includes original interviews with Zemeckis, Gale, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Huey Lewis, and over fifty others who contributed to one of the most popular and profitable film trilogies of all time.
With a focus not only on the movies, but also the lasting impact of the franchise and its fandom, We Don't Need Roads is the ultimate read for anyone who has ever wanted to ride a Hoverboard, hang from the top of a clock tower, travel through the space-time continuum, or find out what really happened to Eric Stoltz after the first six weeks of filming. So, why don't you make like a tree and get outta here -- and start reading!
We Don't Need Roads is your density.
Caseen Gaines is the author of We Don't Need Roads: The Making of the Back to the Future Trilogy (Plume, 2015), which led to his television appearances in North America on Entertainment Tonight and Fox Business’s Kennedy. His most recent book, The Dark Crystal: The Ultimate Visual History, was published last year by Insight Editions and received a starred review in Booklist.
His first book, Inside Pee-wee's Playhouse (ECW Press, 2011), was a 2012 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medalist. Its follow up, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic (ECW Press, 2013), was featured on The TV Guide Network, where Gaines also appears on a perennially televised documentary.
Beyond his books, he has been published at Vanity Fair, io9, and New York Magazine — and has written original features for Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club, and Decider. He has also worked as a consultant and ghostwriter on several narrative nonfiction projects.
He holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in American Studies, where he focused on racial representations in popular culture, and, in addition to writing, is co-Artistic Director of a nonprofit theater company he co-founded in 2005 and a high school English teacher in New Jersey, where he has taught for the past eleven years.