Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos - book cover
  • Publisher : William Morrow
  • Published : 02 Nov 2021
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN-10 : 0063090023
  • ISBN-13 : 9780063090026
  • Language : English

Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos


"Essential for fans, with a revelation on every page." -Kirkus Reviews

"A spectacular tell-all...the ultimate book on The Sopranos, made by the people who lived it." -Publishers Weekly

Expanding on their hit Talking Sopranos podcast with exclusive interviews for the book with the cast, crew, producers, writers, directors and creators, stars Michael Imperioli and Steve Schirripa deliver the definitive oral history of the landmark television series and streaming hit The Sopranos. Packed with untold stories from behind the scenes and on the set, they're spilling all the secrets.

Who made the phone call that got HBO to launch The Sopranos? What's the significance of all those eggs? And, what the hell ever happened to the Russian? Michael Imperioli, Steve Schirripa, and the entire cast and crew of The Sopranos have all the answers-and they're revealing where all the bodies are buried. 

Inspired by the incredibly successful Talking Sopranos podcast, The Sopranos stars Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobby Baccalieri) finally reveal all the Soprano family secrets in a surprising, funny, and honest new book. Woke Up This Morning is the definitive behind-the-scenes history of the groundbreaking HBO series that became a worldwide cultural phenomenon, ushered in a new Golden Age of Television, and to this day continues to be one of the most binged shows of all time.

Michael and Steve tell all the incredible stories that The Sopranos fans have been waiting to hear for over twenty years. The book covers the entire history of The Sopranos series from the original concept pitch and casting to the infamous cut to black-and answer many of the thousands of fan questions sent to the podcast, as well as dispel some widely propagated myths and reveal things no one outside the show would even know to ask.

Editorial Reviews

"Essential for fans, with a revelation on every page....Devotees will revel in the stroll into series minutiae" -- Kirkus Reviews

"A spectacular tell-all about the making of the Emmy-winning hit television series….What makes this sing is the passion and energy brought by Imperioli and Schirripa and its indelible tribute to the late James Gandolfini. As Aida Turturro (Janice Soprano) recalls, 'He was there for you no matter what.' This is the ultimate book on The Sopranos, made by the people who lived it. " -- Publishers Weekly

Readers Top Reviews

andy j
The book is just their pod cast written down to create a book. I found the beginning really interesting as it talks about how each actor got their part in the Soprano's but after that it becomes really boring as it goes onto dissect various episodes with the catch phrase being "Do you remember". I think perhaps this book for Soprano super fans only.
Andrew Christie
The book is filled with backstory and information relating to the creation and filming of The Sopranos. I loved it for 3 reasons: 1. It adds a new dimension because the reader gains a new insight into the show by sharing the perspective of how the show was made, how it developed. 2. Complexities of the storyline and flashes of detail easily missed are highlighted and, let's face it, the narrative is very busy - even after watching the show 3 times I am finding things that I missed. 3. It isn't a summary of each episode - the book explores the development of the show from season to season, sure, but focuses on the themes and characters. A definite winner for anyone who likes, let alone loves, The Sopranos.
M. LongJ. K. Campbel
This was not a total waste for me, despite being a big sopranos fan, I had not listened to the podcast. However, the transcript nature of the “book” led to a lot of repetition and interplay between Michael and Steve that while probably amusing did not read well. Further proof of the diminishing returns of sopranos material is that this book obviously was timed with the release of Many Saints of Newark which was a major disappointment as well. Short format movie is obviously not the strength of Chase, er al, and a oral history is not just a transcript of previous spoken word instead of interviews.. A great example of an outstanding oral history is Bob Hoskin’s Led Zeppelin book, which gave lots of new stuff and told the same anecdotes from different POV.