Vocal Music of Specific Genres
A Life on Record
Hardcover ISBN: 0847843599
A tribute to the life and work of one of the great musical icons of the twentieth century, reflected through the lenses of the world’s greatest photographers. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the release in 1964 of her groundbreaking debut single "As Tears Go By," this is the definitive book on Faithfull, one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century. As a folk singer in London, Marianne Faithfull was discovered in a coffeehouse in 1964 by the manager of the Rolling Stones. Over the five decades since, her work as a musician, her performances as an actress on stage and screen, and her presence as an icon of style have made Faithfull an undisputed icon of pop culture. Edited by the artist herself, with accompanying handwritten captions, this book represents a personal collection of images that tell the stories of her life—from her explosive success in London in the 1960s and her infamous relationships with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, to her rise as an actress and her collaborations with artists as diverse as David Bowie and Nick Cave. Including never-before-seen snapshots from Faithfull’s collection, specially commissioned photographs of her home in Paris, and iconic images by many of the world’s best-known photographers—Steven Meisel, David Bailey, and Anton Corbijn, among many others—this is a revealing celebration of an extraordinary life in popular culture.
A Man Called Destruction
The Life and Music of Alex Chilton, from Box Tops to Big Star to Backdoor Man
Paperback ISBN: 0143127055
Drawing on interviews with more than 100 close associates, a revelatory account of the late music artist's career traces his fame as a teen rock star in the 1960s and descent to humble jobs before his comeback as a solo artist, producer and innovator in the indie-rock genre.
The Musician and the Myth
Hardcover ISBN: 0670014729
Published in celebration of Holiday’s centenary, the first biography to focus on the singer’s extraordinary musical talent When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in ?twentieth-century popular music. Her voice weathered countless shifts in public taste, and new reincarnations of her continue to arrive, most recently in the form of singers like Amy Winehouse and Adele. Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her lifeher prostitution at the age of fourteen, her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationshipsor tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. But now, Billie Holiday stays close to the music, to her performance style, and to the self she created and put into print, on record and on stage. Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, critically acclaimed jazz writer John Szwed considers how her life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.
In the Studio with Michael Jackson
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1423464958
No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records - records that topped the charts and shook the world. Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer-plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago - when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz, and he was the master technician who gave the records their sound as the trio progressed to Jackson's greatest triumphs, Off the Wall and the iconic, history-making Thriller, which revolutionized music and video and fixed Jackson in culture as the King of Pop. In the Studio with Michael Jackson is the chronicle of those times, when everything was about the music, the magic, and the amazing talent of a man who changed the face of pop music - and culture - forever. In his laid-back style, Bruce Swedien offers anecdotes about being part of Quincy Jones' extended "family" and reveals the technical details of creating Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums, as well as Bad, Dangerous, and HIStory. Including over 100 photos, In the Studio with Michael Jackson provides an insider's look that will thrill anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of hit making and the history of some of America's most influential music.
The Last Interview and Other Conversations
Paperback ISBN: 1612196748
The first-ever collection of interviews with the tortured but groundbreaking singer Billie Holiday, part of Melville House’s beloved Last Interview series Legendary singer Billie Holiday comes alive in this first-ever collection of interviews from throughout her career. Included is her last interview, given from her deathbed in a New York City hospital, where police were standing by ready to arrest her for a parole violation should she recover. Also included: The transcript of an interrogation by a US Customs official questioning about whether she'd violated her parole by using drugs on a foreign tour. But the book is more than a look at just the famously tragic side of her life. In other conversations, drawn from music magazines, late-night radio programs, and newspapers across the US and Canada, she discusses her childhood, musicians who influenced her, her friendship -- and falling out -- with the influential sax player Lester Young, why she chose the gardenia as her symbol, why she quit Count Basie's band, her substance abuse problems, writing songs and whether she wrote her own memoir, and more. In frank and open conversations, Billie Holiday proves herself far more articulate, aware, intelligent, and even heroic than the way she's often portrayed. This collection is an essential volume for all who have been moved by her music.
Paperback ISBN: 0767924231
Bestselling author James Kaplan redefines Frank Sinatra in a triumphant new biography that includes many rarely seen photographs. Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of the twentieth century—infinitely charismatic, lionized and notorious in equal measure. But despite his mammoth fame, Sinatra the man has remained an enigma. As Bob Spitz did with the Beatles, Tina Brown for Diana, and Peter Guralnick for Elvis, James Kaplan goes behind the legend and hype to bring alive a force that changed popular culture in fundamental ways. Sinatra endowed the songs he sang with the explosive conflict of his own personality. He also made the very act of listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had ever been. In Frank: The Voice, Kaplan reveals how he did it, bringing deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable vocal instrument. We relive the years 1915 to 1954 in glistening detail, experiencing as if for the first time Sinatra’s journey from the streets of Hoboken, his fall from the apex of celebrity, and his Oscar-winning return in From Here to Eternity. Here at last is the biographer who makes the reader feel what it was really like to be Frank Sinatra—as man, as musician, as tortured genius. From the Hardcover edition.
The Note from Heaven
How to Sing Yourself into a Higher State of Consciousness
Paperback ISBN: 1780289359
'An enriching East-West guide to the voice as a spiritual practice ... rooted in a range of essential vocal practices,The Note from Heaven deepens self-inquiry, and awakens your heart's ears through a joyous process of creative intention, self-discipline and expression.' Chloe Goodchild singer, voice pioneer, founder of The Naked Voice website and author of The Naked Voice Githa Ben-David presents a method for liberating the natural voice using regressive cell singing - one of the most direct ways to get in contact with the subconscious mind. This liberation has a healing effect on body and soul and can be experienced by every speaking person. With inspiration from India, Githa has put together a program for self-study, along with a practice instruction program that can be downloaded. Utilising this method you will 'sing yourself free from traumas that have their origin in this life, the womb or previous lifetimes. In regressive cell singing, The Note from Heaven is used as a tuning fork to retune cells to their former harmony. Any notes, sounds or outbursts that genuinely express The Note from Heaven can release blocked energy imprisoned in the Singer’s body as trauma. The process starts a cell-dance, which reorganizes the body back to it's original balanced matrix. Transform your life through the power of sound. In the beginning there was sound. With sound everything was created. You are sound.
The Musician and the Myth
Paperback ISBN: 0143107968
"Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, ... jazz writer John Szwed considers how [Holiday's] life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy"--Amazon.com.
Loved Me Back to Life
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1470614146
Award-winning musical icon Celine Dion has returned with her eleventh english-speaking album, Loved Me Back to Life. Featuring lush memorable arrangements that compliment Dion's famous voice, the album is a true return to form. The album has been painstakingly transcribed for piano and voice so fans can recreate these fabulous songs. Titles: Loved Me Back to Life * Somebody Loves Somebody * Incredible (Duet with Ne-Yo) * Water and a Flame * Breakaway * Save Your Soul * Didn't Know Love * Thank You * Overjoyed (Duet with Stevie Wonder) * Thankful * At Seventeen * Always Be Your Girl * Unfinished Songs * How Do You Keep the Music Playing * Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel).
The Inn Crowd
A Christmas Musical for Children, Director's Score
Paperback ISBN: 1470627256
The infamous census of the ages has made Bethlehem a busy and crowded spot, and there are some guests at a local inn who aren't very happy. F.W. Woolworth (rich wool salesman), and Rock Starling (hip star singer), among others, have made it clear they want no part of the "lower class" staying at the inn (or otherwise). By the end of this 20-minute, easy-to-prepare and present musical, everyone learns that Jesus came for everyone, and that because of Him, we're all included in God's Kingdom. For grades K--6.