Music History and Criticism +
A Brief History of Rock 'n' Roll
Paperback ISBN: 0786720514
A lively half-century history of rock and roll profiles performers and music that completely reshaped world culture, placing an emphasis on the pivotal year of 1956 while citing the contributions of such figures as Elvis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. Original.
Broadway Musical MVPs 1960-2010
The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons
Paperback ISBN: 1617740861
Every year, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League name a Most Valuable Player - an MVP. The Broadway musical community doesn't. Oh, there are the Tony Awards, the Drama Desk Awards, and the Theatre World Awards. But what if Broadway selected a MVP each season? In Broadway MVPs: 1960-2010, The Most Valuable Players of the Past 50 Seasons, Peter Filichia names his choices for the MVPs of each of the past 50 Broadway seasons - they might be performers, producers, directors, or choreographers. Not surprisingly, many of the featured MVPs are multitaskers, such as directors who also choreographed, or wrote the book, or even designed the costumes! Also included are awards in categories such as Comeback Player of the Year, Reliever of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Led League in Errors. From Tammy Grimes, MVP of the 1960-61 season for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, to Joe DiPietro, MVP of the 2009-10 season for Memphis, Filichia recognizes the best and the brightest that have appeared on Broadway.
Paperback ISBN: 0879309520
Keyboard Presents: Classic Rock brings out the stories behind the hits on drive-time radio, as told by the keyboard-playing artists and sidemen who created them. What was Billy Joel thinking when he wrote "Piano Man"? Who played the pounding piano on the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove"? What was it like to back up Jim Morrison in the Doors? How did synthesizers create the sound of Genesis? It's all here: the gear, the songs, the road stories, and the inspiration behind some of the greatest songs of the '60s, '70s, and '80s by Chicago, Deep Purple, Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers, Blood, Sweat and Tears Steve Winwood, the Grateful Dead, and many more.
Country Music Originals
The Legends and the Lost
Paperback ISBN: 0199732663
Graced by more than 200 illustrations, many of them seldom seen and some never before published, this sparkling volume offers vivid portraits of the men and women who created country music, the artists whose lives and songs formed the rich tradition from which so many others have drawn inspiration. Included here are not only such major figures as Jimmie Rodgers, The Carter Family, Fiddlin' John Carson, Charlie Poole, and Gene Autry, who put country music on America's cultural map, but many fascinating lesser-known figures as well, such as Carson Robison, Otto Gray, Chris Bouchillon, Emry Arthur and dozens more, many of whose stories are told here for the first time. To map some of the winding, untraveled roads that connect today's music to its ancestors, Tony Russell draws upon new research and rare source material, such as contemporary newspaper reports and magazine articles, internet genealogy sites, and his own interviews with the musicians or their families. The result is a lively mix of colorful tales and anecdotes, priceless contemporary accounts of performances, illuminating social and historical context, and well-grounded critical judgment. The illustrations include artist photographs, record labels, song sheets, newspaper clippings, cartoons, and magazine covers, recreating the look and feel of the entire culture of country music. Each essay includes as well a playlist of recommended and currently available recordings for each artist. Finally, the paperback edition now features an extensive index.
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.
Donny Hathaway Live
Paperback ISBN: 1628929804
"The first nonfiction book about Hathaway, [this volume] uses original interviews, archival material, musical analysis, cultural history, and poetry to tell the story of Hathaway's life, from his beginnings as a gospel wonder child to his final years. But its focus is the ... music he created as he raced the clock of mental illness--especially in the performances captured on his 1972 album Donny Hathaway Live"--Amazon.com.
A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years
Paperback ISBN: 1610392361
The Doors: a lasting voice, or psychedelic trash? To Greil Marcus they can be both--in the same song. More Doors songs can be heard on the radio today, forty years after Jim Morrison's death, than those of almost any group of their era. Sparked by that fact, and with the deep focus of a critic engaged with his subject, Marcus both revisits a parade of great performances and explores why and how the Doors have endured with their spirit and menace intact. He makes plain that the Doors are at the heart of what Leslie Fiedler called "the mythic life of their generation," and dramatizes how their music still shimmers with the dread that in their time hovered over a country convulsed by assassination and war, and over a city terrorized by the specter of the Manson murders--a dread that, in different forms, with different faces, is with us still.--From publisher description.
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.
Dylan Goes Electric!
Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
Hardcover ISBN: 0062366688
Delving into folk revival, the rise of rock and the tension between traditional and groundbreaking music, a well-respected music critic explores the cultural, political and historical context of when—50 years ago, on July 25, 1965—Bob Dylan, backed by an electric band, debuted his new rock hit, "Like a Rolling Stone." 50,000 first printing.