Music History and Criticism +
Hijinx and Hearsay
Scenester Stories from Minnesota's Pop Life
Paperback ISBN: 1681341328
In the summer of 1978, while disco was dying and new wave and punk were rising from the underground, two twenty-something guys were thrown together on a new music monthly ignobly called Sweet Potato. One had a Canon camera, the other a thirty-six-pound Royal typewriter. Over the next several years, the two chronicled the Minneapolis scene and the cultural landscape of the Twin Cities, covering some of the most influential artists, musicians, writers, comedians, and entertainers of the past forty years. They profiled legendary musicians from across the globe and across musical genres—Paul and Linda McCartney, Bob Marley, U2, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, Devo, and more—as well as homegrown talents ranging from Dylan and Prince to the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. They covered such disparate writers as William Burroughs and Dr. Seuss, and young, up-and-coming comedians like Jerry Seinfeld, Louie Anderson, and Lizz Winstead. In Hijinx and Hearsay, writer Martin Keller and photographer Greg Helgeson are at it again, offering a delectable, fun, and fresh perspective through Helgeson's photography (much of it never seen before) and new stories and insights by Keller that shed fascinating light on a singular, influential era in popular culture in Minnesota.
The Natural Mystics
Marley, Tosh and Wailer
Hardcover ISBN: 0393081176
Describes the history of the Wailers from their upbringing in the brutal slums of Kingston to their first recordings and super stardom through the lens of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, religion and the cultural revolution taking place in the 1970s. 17,000 first printing.
Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Musical Theater
Opera, Operetta, Musical Comedy
Paperback ISBN: 0879103728
Have you heard of the first American musical, The Black Crook, which opened in 1866 and had fifteen revivals? Do you know Oscar Straus's hilarious parody of Wagner's Ring cycle, Die lustigen Nibelungen (The Merry Nibelungs)? Do you know who the Ricci brothers, the Piccinni family, Edmond Audran, David Braham, or Francois-Joseph Gossec were? Look them up in this remarkable, thoroughly researched, lively book. Packed with nearly 1,800 entries, this is a must-have research tool and handy reference for the theater and music lover, student, teacher, professional singer, director, and producer! Meant as a supplement and companion to Blumenfeld's Dictionary of Acting and Show Business (Limelight, 2009), this unique dictionary is chock-full of information about all the various genres of musical theater; thumbnail plot summaries of works well-known and obscure; thumbnail biographies of composers and writers; and dance, theatrical, singing, and music terminology. Historical terms and foreign terms (with pronunciations) are included along with information on available recordings of many obscure pieces. Convenient lists of the works of Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Gilbert and Sullivan, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and many others are provided.
The Martin Ukulele
The Little Instrument That Helped Create a Guitar Giant
Paperback ISBN: 1476868794
(Book). The Martin Ukulele is a detailed look at the ukuleles built by the C. F. Martin Co. of Nazareth, PA, and at how the instruments' success forever changed the company that made them. Martin's ukulele-making led the small, respected builder of fine guitars and mandolins into an era of unprecedented growth in the 1920s and helped it become one of the most legendary manufacturers of high-quality guitars in the world. Drawing heavily from the extensive archives at the Martin factory, the book examines the company and its development, from production records, sales ledgers, and a vast collection of correspondence to hundreds of photos, including many of the rarest ukuleles the company produced. Extensive additional imagery chronicles the history of the popularity of the ukulele itself. The book is both a narrative about Martin's ukulele manufacturing history and a reference work detailing the numbers of each style of ukulele ever made by the company. It is an exploration from Martin's first attempt at production in 1907, to the peaks of ukulele popularity in the 1920s and '50s, to the disinterest that caused Martin to cease ukulele production in the 1990s, to the recent resurgence that has allowed the firm to again offer a wide assortment of new models.
A Subversive History
Hardcover ISBN: 1541644360
A music historian and author recounts four-thousand-years of music history focusing on the social outcasts, riffraff, insurgents and provocateurs who became trailblazers of this artistic expression and have repeatedly reinvented it, from Sappho to the Sex Pistols. 35,000 first printing.
The Rest Is Noise
Listening to the Twentieth Century
Paperback ISBN: 0312427719
A colorful history of modern music is set against the backdrop of the events, personalities, social institutions, and cultural movements of the twentieth century, chronicling the evolution of mass culture and mass politics, technological innovation, revolution, social experiments, and more in terms of the music of the era. Winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Electronic Musician Presents The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums
Paperback ISBN: 1617130419
Culled from 10 years of the Electronic Musician, Remix, and EQ magazines' archives, the articles in Electronic Musician Presents the Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums will enlighten readers about the recording and songwriting techniques that helped create 50 great albums, spanning as far back as 1967 and as recent as 2011, revealing the methodology of numerous talented artists, producers, and engineers. Ranging from such seminal classics as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic, and the Who's Quadrophenia to recently recorded works by Danger Mouse, Foo Fighters, and Phoenix, this compilation of articles taps into the inner studio realm of a wide range of artists, crossing boundaries of era, genre, geography, and recording style. But what these articles have in common is a wealth of behind-the-scenes secrets that inform how many amazing sounds and songs were captured and constructed. Musicians craving great tips and advice to pursue their own musical dreams - as well as fans interested in how their favorite artists made their music - will find a treasure trove of stories from the long-respected music-production magazines that dug deep to capture all of the juicy recording details.
God Save the Kinks
Paperback ISBN: 1781311641
Draws on interviews with former band members and collaborators to trace the complex history of the English rock group, which was marked by sibling rivalry, walkouts, overdoses, and the creation of innovative and influential music.