Music of the 20th Century
A Secret History of 1968
Paperback ISBN: 0735221367
A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album's fascinating backstory--along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968. On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, Walsh's book follows a criss-crossing cast of musicians and visionaries, artists and hippie entrepreneurs, from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV's wildest show (one episode required two sets, each tuned to a different channel) to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN, who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music star who decided he was God, then controlled the lives of his many followers via acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper called Avatar. A mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks: James Brown quells tensions the night after Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom. From life-changing concerts and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and film shoots, Astral Weeks is the secret, wild history of a unique time and place. One of LitHub's 15 Books You Should Read This March
Famous Father Girl
A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein
Hardcover ISBN: 0062641352
Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter presents a deeply intimate memoir of life with her father that shares insights into his complex personality, sense of humor, artistic influence, and erratic creative process.
The Gershwins and Me
A Personal History in Twelve Songs
Hardcover ISBN: 1451645309
From celebrated entertainer Michael Feinstein comes a beautifully illustrated account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs and accompanied by an original CD of those songs, performed by the author. The “Ambassador of the Great American Songbook
The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration
Hardcover ISBN: 039324623x
The Duke Professor of music and author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism reveals how the cooperative method inspired the history-changing achievements of The Beatles and Duke Ellington's Orchestra.
Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of the '90s
Paperback ISBN: 0306812711
A collection of essays, articles, and other writings by a noted pop music critic offers incisive commentary on the music industry, the evolution of rock music, the alternative-rock era, and the musicians of the period, offering provocative portraits of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, and many others. Original. 30,000 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.
One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World
Hardcover ISBN: 0061780065
A 100th birthday tribute to the iconic entertainer collects 100 short reflections on subjects ranging from his childhood in Hoboken and emergence in the 1940s to his romantic entanglements and bonds with the Rat Pack. By the award-winning editor of The Oxford Book of American Poetry. 30,000 first printing.