Vocal Music of Specific Genres
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.
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."
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.

Celine Dion: Loved Me Back to Life
Celine Dion
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 B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song
The B Side
The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song
Paperback      ISBN: 1594634092
From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era.

Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it's a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn't Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but "Come on-a My House" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews--the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert--the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra.

The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It's destined to become a classic of American musical history.
Becoming Barbra
Becoming Barbra
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789336952
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.
Bel Canto: A History of Vocal Pedagogy
Bel Canto
A History of Vocal Pedagogy
Paperback      ISBN: 0802086144

In this well documented and highly readable book, James Stark provides a history of vocal pedagogy from the beginning of the bel canto tradition of solo singing in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries to the present. Using a nineteenth-century treatise by Manuel Garcia as his point of reference, Stark analyses the many sources that discuss singing techniques and selects a number of primary vocal 'problems' for detailed investigation. He also presents data from a series of laboratory experiments carried out to demonstrate the techniques of bel canto.

The discussion deals extensively with such topics as the emergence of virtuoso singing, the castrato phenomenon, national differences in singing styles, controversies regarding the perennial decline in the art of singing, and the so-called secrets of bel canto.

Stark offers a new definition of bel canto which reconciles historical and scientific descriptions of good singing. His is a refreshing and profound discussion of issues important to all singers and voice teachers.