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Billie Holiday: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations
Billie Holiday: 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.
Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth
Billie Holiday
The Musician and the Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 0143107968
"Revelatory . . . one of the most briskly revealing pieces of jazz biography that I've read." --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

When Billie Holiday first stepped into a recording studio 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 popular taste, and today 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 life--her prostitution at the age of fourteen, her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships--or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. But Billie Holiday strips away the myths and puts her music front and center, staying close to her artistry, her performance style, and the self she created and put on record and onstage.

Drawing on a vast amount of new material that has surfaced in the last decade, critically acclaimed jazz writer and musician John Szwed presents not just a biography, but a meditation on Billie Holiday's art and its relation to her life. Along the way, he illuminates her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, her signature songs--including Strange Fruit and God Bless the Child--and her enduring legacy as the greatest jazz singer of all time.
Frank: The Voice
Frank
The Voice
Paperback      ISBN: 0767924231

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. Now James Kaplan brings deeper insight than ever before to the complex psyche and turbulent life behind that incomparable voice, from Sinatra's humble beginning in Hoboken to his fall from grace and 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.

The Inn Crowd: A Christmas Musical for Children, Director's Score
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 (a rich wool salesman), and Rock Starling (a 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, we learn that Jesus came for everyone, and that because of Him, we're all included in God's Kingdom. For grades K--6.

In the Studio with Michael Jackson
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.

Alfred's Christmas Sing-Along: 60 of the World's Most Popular and Best Loved Traditional and Contemporary Christmas Songs
Alfred's Christmas Sing-Along
60 of the World's Most Popular and Best Loved Traditional and Contemporary Christmas Songs
Paperback      ISBN: 0739042734

This collection includes traditional carols as well as popular hits, Christmas tunes for younger folks and songs that bring a smile. Here are 60 of the very best songs written about the holiday season, for easy piano and voice, with lyrics and chord symbols included for optional guitar. Titles: The Christmas Song * I'll Be Home for Christmas * Jingle Bell Rock * Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town * Winter Wonderland * Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer * The Little Drummer Boy * Frosty the Snowman * All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth * Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer * and more.

This title has received the iParenting Media award as one of the "Greatest Products of 2006."
Sinatra: The Chairman
Sinatra
The Chairman
Hardcover      ISBN: 0385535392

Just in time for the Chairman's centennial, the endlessly absorbing sequel to James Kaplan's bestselling Frank: The Voice--which completes the definitive biography that Frank Sinatra, justly termed the "Entertainer of the Century," deserves and requires. Like Peter Guralnick on Elvis, Kaplan goes behind the legend to give us the man in full, in his many guises and aspects: peerless singer, (sometimes) accomplished actor, business mogul, tireless lover, and associate of the powerful and infamous.
In 2010's Frank: The Voice, James Kaplan, in rich, distinctive, compulsively readable prose, told the story of Frank Sinatra's meteoric rise to fame, subsequent failures, and reinvention as a star of live performance and screen. The story of "Ol' Blue Eyes" continues with Sinatra: The Chairman, picking up the day after he claimed his Academy Award in 1954 and had reestablished himself as the top recording artist. Sinatra's life post-Oscar was astonishing in scope and achievement and, occasionally, scandal, including immortal recordings almost too numerous to count, affairs ditto, many memorable films (and more than a few stinkers), Rat Pack hijinks that mesmerized the world with their air of masculine privilege, and an intimate involvement at the intersection of politics and organized crime that continues to shock and astound with its hubris. James Kaplan has orchestrated the wildly disparate aspects of Frank Sinatra's life and character into an American epic--a towering achievement in biography of a stature befitting its subject.

Becoming Barbra
Becoming Barbra
Hardcover      ISBN: 0847861546
Becoming Barbra presents a never-before-seen look at a star in the making by an award-winning photographer with full access.

From the humble beginnings of Barbra Streisand's career in 1963 to full-fledged stardom in 1966, renowned Life magazine photographer Bill Eppridge had full access to the young singer. He photographed Streisand shopping in a thrift shop; trying on outfits in her apartment; and there's an appearance on the The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson--then live from New York. Eppridge documented Streisand meeting with producer David Merrick, who wanted her for the starring role in Broadway's Funny Girl, which catapulted her to celebrity status.

By the time Eppridge caught up with Streisand in 1966, she was a star in full orbit. Funny Girl had just wrapped, CBS had signed her to star in three television specials, five of her albums had gone gold and one platinum, and she had received three Grammys and an Emmy. Eppridge photographed Streisand throughout her CBS rehearsals and recording sessions, then went to Paris where he covered her at fashion shows with Marlene Dietrich and Coco Chanel, and captured a Richard Avedon shoot of her for French Vogue.

Eppridge's photographs are vivid, candid, and a truly intriguing and unprecedented look at the beginnings of Streisand's career--an intimate photo album by a master photographer of one of the most talented performers of our time.
Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory
Pitch Perfect
The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory
Paperback      ISBN: 1592408214
A musical tale of collegiate a cappella filled of high notes, high drama, and high jinks that inspired the hit films Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2.

Get ready to be pitch slapped.

The roots of unaccompanied vocal music stretch all the way back to Gregorian chants of the Middle Ages, and collegiate a cappella is over a century old. But what was once largely an Ivy League phenomenon has, in the past twenty years, exploded. And it's not what you think. Though the blue blazers and khakis may remain, a cappella groups at colleges across the country have become downright funky.

In Pitch Perfect, journalist Mickey Rapkin follows a season in a cappella through all its twists and turns, covering the breathtaking displays of vocal talent, the groupies (yes, there are a cappella groupies), the rock-star partying, and all the bitter rivalries. Rapkin brings you into the world of collegiate a cappella characters--from movie-star looks and celebrity-size egos to a troubled new singer with the megawatt voice. Including encounters with a cappella alums like John Legend and Diane Sawyer and fans from Prince to presidents, Rapkin shows that a cappella isn't for the faint of heart--or lungs.

Sure to strike a chord with fans of Glee and The Sing-Off, this raucous story of a cappella rock stars shows that sometimes, to get that perfect harmony, you have to embrace a little discord.
The Standards: Piano, Vocal
The Standards
Piano, Vocal
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1470610388

Few artists have turned out as many powerhouse albums as Gloria Estefan. With her newest release, The Standards, she has managed to capture the essence of some of the most popular and timeless songs and transform them into entirely new experiences. Now pianists can explore the rich harmonies in each original arrangement as performed by the artist. Titles: Call Me Irresponsible * Embraceable You * Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar * For All We Know * Good Morning Heartache * How Long Has This Been Going On * I've Grown Accustomed to His Face * Sonr e * The Day You Say You Love Me * The Way You Look Tonight * They Can't Take That Away from Me * What a Difference a Day Makes * What a Wonderful World * You Made Me Love You * Young at Heart.