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The Natural Mystics: Marley, Tosh and Wailer
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.
Rock She Wrote: Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap
Rock She Wrote
Women Write About Rock, Pop, and Rap
Paperback      ISBN: 0859652335
From London to L.A., from the pages of New Musical Express to Rolling Stone, women have been writing about rock and pop music for more than thirty years. Rock She Wrote collects the best of women's writing on music from the 1960's to the present, from the days when women were only tolerated as screaming groupies behind the scenes to the day they took centre stage as performers and critics in their own right. These vibrant, subversive, irreverent and often brilliant voices on the music of then and now tell the sidelined history of women in rock. Patti Smith (on Dylan as a sex symbol) Marianne Faithfull, Caroline Coons (on The Sex Pistols) Patricia Kennealy Morrison ('Rock around the Cock: My Life With and Without Jim Morrison'), Kim Gordon ('Boys Are Smelly: Sonic Youth Tour Diary), Riot Grrrls; just a few of the names who turn rock'n'roll on its head in this provocative collection. The articles in Rock She Wrote bring together feminism and rock'n'roll, the music of female self-discovery, the beats of liberation and power, and the intimate details of pop culture.
Double Dreams: Living a Life of Glee, Harmony And, Oh Yes ... Jazz Hands!
Double Dreams
Living a Life of Glee, Harmony And, Oh Yes ... Jazz Hands!
Paperback      ISBN: 1458406695
Ever since an enthusiastic student from the state of Washington posted the now famous Double Dream Hands video on You Tube, millions of people around the world have embraced it, and John Jacobson's life has never been the same - or has it? John Jacobson (aka "Double Dream Hands Guy") has spent a lifetime inspiring students of all ages, including adults, to dream and work for a world that lives and breathes in harmony. In this book, John now shares his thoughts of how that dream world might become more of a reality if we all embrace a lifestyle of honesty, courage, compassion, integrity, healthy habits and a joyful spirit. Double Dreams is a warm, fun and fuzzy read that just might move the whole world one step closer to making this double dream come true! For all ages.
December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died
December 8, 1980
The Day John Lennon Died
Paperback      ISBN: 1617130893
"Follows the day's events leading up to the horrible moment when Mark David Chapman, realizing his perverse fantasy of attaining perennial notoriety, calmly fired four bullets from his Charter Arms .38 Special into the rock icon."-- Dust jacket.
Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham
Paperback      ISBN: 0374536198
Traces the story of the author's great aunt, a free-spirited, privileged Southern woman who flaunted the conventions of her time until oppressive techniques used to "cure" her lesbianism forced her into addiction and mental illness. By the author of Mordecai. Includes notes and family tree.
Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music
Less Noise, More Soul
The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music
Paperback      ISBN: 1617130982
(Book). The digital revolution has enabled the creation and distribution of music in ways previously unimagined. Paradoxically, it has also made possible better and better recordings of less and less substance. Artists, engineers, and producers have begun to raise questions about the balance between the profoundly human undertaking that is the creation of music and the ever-more-antiseptic means by which it is translated into recordings. Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music brings together original essays by a select group of industry professionals, many of them award winners, who share a wealth of experience, passion, and insight into where popular music has been, where it currently finds itself, and where it's going. The book is designed to be a portable vehicle for generating discussion: not too long, and replete with the poignant, thought-provoking commentary of many "brand-name" players in the industry. Perfect for the office or the college classroom, Less Noise, More Soul will enhance the understanding of music as a medium and a business for students, artists, producers, and other industry professionals. Contributors include Bob Ludwig, Adam Ayan, Kenny Aronoff, Lydia Hutchinson, and more.
The Martin Ukulele: The Little Instrument That Helped Create a Guitar Giant
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.
Roger Waters: The Man Behind the Wall
Roger Waters
The Man Behind the Wall
Hardcover      ISBN: 161713564x
Describes the life of the man behind classic Pink Floyd from his childhood in war-torn England to his musical success.
Prince: Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution
Chaos, Disorder, and Revolution
Paperback      ISBN: 087930961x
Chronicles the decades-long career of pop star Prince, covering every album, every movie and every tour and profiling his various key collaborators and business dealings. Original.
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
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.