All the Terrible Titles Cameron Crowe Almost Gave to Almost Famous

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May 7 2014 1:13 PM

All the Terrible Titles Cameron Crowe Almost Gave to Almost Famous

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A snippet of Cameron Crowe's working notes from Almost Famous.

The Uncool/Empire Magazine

To celebrate its 300th issue, Empire got several prominent directors to make guest contributions to the magazine. One of those directors is Cameron Crowe, who provided a handwritten list of titles he considered for Almost Famous.

“Dancing on the Page”
“Untitled”
"My Back Pages"
"Tangerine"
"Coda"
"A Thousand Words"
"Superstar"
"Songs for Beginners"
"Stillwater"
“Rewind Forward”
"Rewind to the End"
“Mixes to Myself”
“Rock Mix”
"My Opening Farewell"
"Original Cover"
"Rock School"
"1000 Words"
"On the Way Home"
"In Thru the Outdoor"
"Pictures & Pages"
“Pictures on the Page”
"The Three of Us"
“Rewind the Page”
“Goin’ Back”
"Words by Heart"
“Words Can’t Say”
"Words for You"
“Words Get in the Way”
“Words in a Distance”
“Words of a Song”
"Words on Fire"
"Words or Music?"
“Words and Music”
“Momentarily Uncool”
“Wish Me Luck”
“Words Fail Me”
“Written in My Soul”
“Song for Penny”
“Suitable Rubies”
“Breakfast at Noon”
“Days of Future Passed”
“Before I Forget”
“Hotel Kisses”
“Real Uncool”
“Late for Breakfast”

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As you may have noticed, many of the  titles are song lyrics (“Written in My Soul,” for instance, from Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue”), song titles (Led Zeppelin’s “Tangerine,” Dylan’s “My Back Pages”), or album titles (Graham Nash’s Songs for Beginners). Crowe admits that a lot of the alternatives are “bad … but luckily, we ended up with one keeper on the list.

You can check out the handwritten notes here.

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.