Bill Conti

Named William after his grandfather, Bill Conti was born on April 13, 1942 in Providence, Rhode Island. He joined an Italian-American family whose interests included sculpture, music and painting, but it was the second of those arts which played a major role in the young man’s development: there was a radio on the table at home...

Bill Conti on James Bond and Thomas Crown

A man walks into a major New York City museum and walks out with a Monet as casually as if he were leaving an ice cream parlor with a cone topped with two scoops of double-fudge chocolate. Of course, the trick is that one doesn’t just take a painting like that off the wall and stroll out with it. One must arrange such things. It takes imagination. Courage. Help...

Bill Conti

In 1976 Bill Conti earned himself a place in film music history with his celebrated score for ROCKY. Inasmuch as that score launched him to the forefront of film composers’, it also had the effect of labelling him as a pop musician in the eyes of many critics. “Everything in Hollywood is based on a hit,” he recalled. After ROCKY, “I was receiving a lot of...

Bill Conti

I interviewed Bill Conti in 2008 primarily about his science fiction scores for the album notes I wrote for La-La Land’s soundtrack to MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE. But we also discussed a number of other milestones in his film musical career, with much of the Q&A appearing in my Soundtrax column for May 8, 2008. The interview has been “remastered” (re-edited) ...