Music Specific Aspects
Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson
Untouchable
The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson
Paperback      ISBN: 0802145825
"The first deep-dive narrative by a veteran journalist covering the King of Pop's convoluted final years on earth . . . Untouchable] helps cast Jackson in a new light."--Los Angeles Times

"A dishy Michael Jackson biography that makes the exhaustively covered King of Pop fascinating all over again."--People

"A tale of family, fame, lost childhood, and startling accusations never heard before."--ABC Nightline

Delivering exclusive information and a compelling psychological portrait, Untouchable is the story of Michael Jackson from his boy idol childhood to the final four-year odyssey of his tumultuous adult life. Beginning with his last departure from Neverland, Sullivan captures Jackson's final years shuttling around the world, and plans to recapture his wealth and reputation with a comeback album and planned series of fifty mega-concerts. Sullivan delves deep into Jackson's past, depicting a man both naive and deeply cunning, a devoted father whose parenting decisions created international outcry, a shrewd businessman whose failures nearly brought down a megacorporation, and an inveterate narcissist who desperately wanted a quiet, normal life. Sullivan has never-before-reported information about Jackson's business dealings, the pedophilia allegations that besmirched his reputation, and the fate of his billion-dollar-plus estate, and exclusive access to inner-circle figures including Jackson's former attorneys and managers. Untouchable is a remarkable portrait of the man who still reigns as King of Pop.

"Randall Sullivan more than tells the story of Michael Jackson--he relives it. . . . Sullivan leaves few stones unturned."--The Daily Beast
The A to X of Alternative Music
The A to X of Alternative Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0826482171

What do AC/DC and Aphex Twin have in common? David Bowie and Butthole Surfers? The Clash and the Chemical Brothers? On the surface, very little. Yet they are all representative of the most important movement in modern music - Alternative.

What makes these acts alternative? And why do we care? The A to X of Alternative Music answers these questions. Based on a show on pioneering London-based radio station Xfm, this is both the story of the greatest music ever made and an investigation into what it means to be cutting-edge.

The book covers global giants like Bob Dylan, Prince, Nirvana and Radiohead; cult favourites like Joy Division, the Pixies, the Sex Pistols and the Velvet Underground; as well as lesser-known pioneers like Can, Fela Kuti, MC5 and Spacemen 3.

Alphabetically organized entries assess each act on the basis of their claim to alternative status according to three criteria: working practice, musical output and cultural perception. These acts have rejected the accepted or easy route to success, avoiding commercial imperatives and clich to make inspiring and influential music that has won devoted - in some cases fanatical - followings.

The entries place artists in their musical and chronological context, providing the background to key scenes and tracing links - both formal and aesthetic - between these seminal acts. The book is also a buyers' guide for established and new fans of alternative music, with each entry recommending key releases. The A to X of Alternative Music is the essential reference companion for anyone who loves music made - and listened to - outside the mainstream.
All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage
All Ears
The Aesthetics of Espionage
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0823273954

The world of international politics has recently been rocked by a seemingly endless series of scandals involving auditory surveillance: the NSA's warrantless wiretapping is merely the most sensational example of what appears to be a universal practice today. What is the source of this generalized principle of eavesdropping?

All Ears: The Aesthetics of Espionage traces the long history of moles from the Bible, through Jeremy Bentham's "panacoustic" project, all the way to the intelligence-gathering network called "Echelon." Together with this archeology of auditory surveillance, Szendy offers an engaging account of spycraft's representations in literature (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Joyce, Kafka, Borges), opera (Monteverdi, Mozart, Berg), and film (Lang, Hitchcock, Coppola, De Palma).

Following in the footsteps of Orpheus, the book proposes a new concept of "overhearing" that connects the act of spying to an excessive intensification of listening. At the heart of listening Szendy locates the ear of the Other that manifests itself as the originary division of a "split-hearing" that turns the drive for mastery and surveillance into the death drive.
Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art
Applied Practice
Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 1474283837
Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art engages with a diversity of contexts, locations and arts forms - including theatre, music and fine art - and brings together theoretical, political and practice-based perspectives on the question of 'evidence' in relation to participatory arts practice in social contexts. This collection is a unique contribution to the field, focusing on one of the vital concerns for a growing and developing set of arts and research practices. It asks us to consider evidence not only in terms of methodology but also in the light of the ideological, political and pragmatic implications of that methodology.
In Part One, Matthew Reason and Nick Rowe reflect on evidence and impact in the participatory arts in relation to recurring conceptual and methodological motifs. These include issues of purpose and obliquity; the relationship between evidence and knowledge; intrinsic and instrumental impacts, and the value of participatory research.
Part Two explores the diversity of perspectives, contexts and methodologies in examining what it is possible to know, say and evidence about the often complex and intimate impact of participatory arts.
Part Three brings together case studies in which practitioners and practice-based researchers consider the frustrations, opportunities and successes they face in addressing the challenge to produce evidence for the impact of their practice.
The Athletic Musician: A Guide to Playing Without Pain
The Athletic Musician
A Guide to Playing Without Pain
Paperback      ISBN: 0810833565

The Athletic Musician is an innovative approach that teaches musicians how to prevent and manage injuries, presented in a unique format that combines sound medical protocol with a musician's point of view. Harrison, a musician, discusses the magnitude of the problem of musicians' injuries with reference to statistical surveys and discusses the emotional and psychological impact of injury on the individual musician. Paull, an orthopedic physiotherapist describes, in layman's terms, the athletic approach to a musician's injuries. Each commonly injured area is examined in turn, from neck, back and shoulder pain to arm, wrist and hand problems. For each area, the anatomy is described, followed by an explanation of what causes the injury and how to avoid or prevent the injury from occurring. Musicians should regard themselves as elite "musical athletes" and protect themselves from injury by following athletic training protocols. The authors present appropriate stretching regimes and postural corrections for both on and off stage, as well as ergonomic changes to instrument and playing positions. The text is amply illustrated with sketches for every exercise and stretch, photographs of musicians demonstrating playing postures, and unique anatomical drawings of musicians. The Athletic Musician presents research-based, scientific material in a format that is relevant, clear, and practical for all musicians. The combination of a medical and musical perspectives makes it an indispensable guide for all musicians and the health care professionals who aspire to help them.

Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues
Barrelhouse Blues
Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues
Hardcover      ISBN: 046500881x

In the 1920s, Southern record companies ventured to cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans, where they set up primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios. They brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through Southern work camps, prison farms, and vaudeville shows would be lost to us if it hadn't been captured on location by these performers and recorders.

Eminent blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers these folk traditions and the circumstances under which they were recorded, rescuing the forefathers of the blues who were lost before they even had a chance to be heard. A careful excavation of the earliest recordings of the blues by one of its foremost experts, Barrelhouse Blues expands our definition of that most American style of music.

The Basic Guide to How to Read Music
The Basic Guide to How to Read Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0399511229
The Basic Guide to How to Read Music will teach you the principles of reading music in staff notation quickly and painlessly. If you could once read music but have forgotten how, it will refresh your memory. It contains all the terms and symbols you are likely to come across when studying music and explains them fully. Helen Cooper explains the written language of music in greater detail than you might get from your teacher. This book is ideal for the classroom, private lessons, and the home.

Caetano Veloso's A Foreign Sound
Caetano Veloso's A Foreign Sound
Hardcover      ISBN: 1501319221

What makes a song sound foreign? What makes it sound "American, +? or Brazilian? Caetano Veloso's 2004 American songbook album, A Foreign Sound, is a meditation on these questions-but in truth, they were questions he'd been asking throughout his career. Properly heard, the album throws a wrench into received ideas regarding the global hegemony of US popular music, and also what constitutes the Brazilian sound. This book takes listeners back through some of Veloso's earlier considerations of American popular music, and forward to his more recent experiments, in order to explore his take on the relationship between US and Brazilian musical idioms.

33 1/3 Global, a series related to but independent from 33 1/3, takes the format of the original series of short, music-basedbooks and brings the focus to music throughout the world. With initial volumes focusing on Japanese and Brazilian music, the series will also include volumes on the popular music of Australia/Oceania, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and more.

Cantico espiritual
Cantico espiritual
Spanish    Paperback      ISBN: 8496290174

El C ntico espiritual presenta el t pico del amor entre Dios y sus devotos. El matrimonio con la divinidad como met fora de la comuni n cristiana. Esta es una obra de referencia en la llamada contrarreforma de Espa a. Cantico espiritual explores the topic of love between God and the devout. Marriage with the divine is a metaphor for Christian communion. This mystical work is a landmark for the Spanish Counter-reformation period.

The Complete Book of Hymns: Inspiring Stories about 600 Hymns and Praise Songs
The Complete Book of Hymns
Inspiring Stories about 600 Hymns and Praise Songs
Paperback      ISBN: 1414309333
The Complete Book of Hymns brings to life the stories behind more than 600 hymns and worship songs. With background on the composer, the inspiration behind the lyrics, scriptural references for devotional consideration, and a sampling of the song lyrics, this book brings forth the message of these great songs of the faith like never before