Pop Music: Our Most Influential Laboratory for Social and Aesthetic Experimentation--Changing the World Three Minutes at a Time
Named a Must-Read by Vanity Fair and the BBC as well as a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly
In Love for Sale: Pop Music in America, from the vaudeville singer Eva Tanguay, the "'I Don't Care' Girl," who upended Victorian conceptions of feminine property to become one of the biggest stars of her day, to the scandal of Blondie playing disco at CBGB, David Hajdu--one of the most respected music historians of our time--presents an incisive and idiosyncratic history of a form that has repeatedly upset social and cultural expectations.
Hajdu, unbound by the usual tropes of pop music history, gives a star turn to Bessie Smith and the blues queens of the 1920s who brought wildly transgressive sexuality to American audiences decades before rock and roll. And Jimmie Rodgers, a former blackface minstrel performer, who created country music from the songs of rural whites and blacks...entwined with the sound of the Swiss yodel.
Surveying the late-nineteenth century to the present era of digital streaming, Love for Sale is as authoritative as it is impassioned, drawing from the critic's unique history as a besotted fan and lifelong student of pop.
For beginning musicians, Alfred's Easy series is the fast track to developing a repertoire of well-known and fun-to-play songs, while more experienced players will find an excellent resource of favorite songs. The Easy Hits Piano format provides fun and satisfying piano arrangements that are easy to play and sound like the original recordings. This Movie Hits edition features popular songs and themes from the most timeless of films, such as Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz, Let It Go from Frozen, Ghostbusters from the original 1984 movie, I See Fire from The Hobbit series, Gonna Fly Now from Rocky, and many more Titles: Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (Arthur) * Because You Loved Me (Up Close and Personal) * Better Love (The Legend of Tarzan) * Can You Read My Mind? (Love Theme) (Superman) * Evergreen (Love Theme) (A Star Is Born, 1976) * Everything Is Awesome (Awesome Remixxx ) (The Lego Movie) * Falling Slowly (Once) * Footloose (Footloose) * For Your Eyes Only (For Your Eyes Only) * Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters, 1984) * Glory of Love (The Karate Kid Part II) * Goldfinger (Goldfinger) * Gonna Fly Now (Rocky) * The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Main Title) (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) * The Great Escape March (The Great Escape) * The Greatest Love of All (The Greatest) * High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin') (High Noon) * (Everything I Do) I Do It for You (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves) * I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (Armageddon) * I Love to See You Smile (Parenthood) * I See Fire (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) * Theme from Ice Castles (Through the Eyes of Love) (Ice Castles) * If I Only Had a Brain (The Wizard of Oz) * In Dreams (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring) * Into the West (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King) * It Might Be You (Tootsie) * James Bond Theme (Dr. No) * Let It Go (Frozen) * The Magnificent Seven (The Magnificent Seven) * Mamma Mia (Mamma Mia ) * Midnight Cowb
(Book). How to Have Your Hit Song Published is an indispensable, step-by-step guide for songwriters to navigate through the competitive business of music publishing. This long-overdue revision of the original 1988 bestseller contains even more savoir faire advice on striking the right chord with publishers, producers, music industry attorneys and record executives, and is written to motivate as well as to inform.
Photographer Allen Beaulieu worked with Prince from the late 1970s into the early '80s, capturing the musician's progression from rising star to his ultimate purple superstardom. Always at Prince's side with camera in hand, Beaulieu helped Prince carry forward his vision with legendary album cover images and promotional photos during the groundbreaking Dirty Mind, Controversy, and 1999 era, while also capturing live performances on tour with Prince.Prince: Before the Rain puts into focus the hallmark imagery--including behind-the-scenes, candid, and casual shots--with recollections from Beaulieu on his personal and professional relationship with Prince. Accomnpanying text will take the readers deeper into the context of these crucial years, with reminiscences from former bandmates, including Bobby Z., Dez Dickerson, Andr Cymone, and more. Prince: Before the Rain paints another important picture in the mythology of the celebrated, influential, and endlessly invigorating performer while providing an intimate portrait of the Minnesota artist about to take over the world.
(Book). Still going strong in her 60s, Cher is one of the most enduringly successful stars of our time. She has sold more than 100 million records, topped the charts in six consecutive decades an unprecedented feat and starred in some of the most popular films of the past 30 years. Cher: All I Really Want to Do takes readers through the ups and downs of a career that spans more than 50 years in show business. Beginning with her breakthrough alongside husband Sonny Bono in the '60s, it takes in the high highs and low lows of the '70s, the big-screen success of the '80s, and global superstardom in the '90s, and continues right up to her latest comeback alongside Christina Aguilera in Burlesque . There's detailed coverage of every major album, film, and tour, from "I Got You Babe" to "Believe," "Half-Breed" to Moonstruck, "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves" to Mermaids, and beyond.
Named one of the best music books of 2017 by The Wall Street Journal
A unique and kaleidoscopic look into the life, legacy, and electricity of the pop legend Prince and his wideranging impact on our culture
Ben Greenman, New York Times bestselling author, contributing writer to the New Yorker, and owner of thousands of recordings of Prince and Prince-related songs, knows intimately that there has never been a rock star as vibrant, mercurial, willfully contrary, experimental, or prolific as Prince. Uniting a diverse audience while remaining singularly himself, Prince was a tireless artist, a musical virtuoso and chameleon, and a pop-culture prophet who shattered traditional ideas of race and gender, rewrote the rules of identity, and redefined the role of sex in pop music.
A polymath in his own right who collaborated with George Clinton and Questlove on their celebrated memoirs, Greenman has been listening to and writing about Prince since the mid-eighties. Here, with the passion of an obsessive fan and the skills of a critic, journalist, and novelist, he mines his encyclopedic knowledge of Prince's music to tell both his story and the story of the paradigm-shifting ideas that he communicated to his millions of fans around the world. Greenman's take on Prince is the autobiography of a generation and its ideas. Asking a series of questions--not only "Who was Prince?" but "Who wasn't he?" and "Who are we?"--Dig if You Will the Picture is a fitting tribute to an extraordinary talent.
For music makers who love pop music, this collection provides unlimited fun It contains more than 250 pages of piano/vocal/guitar sheet music for 44 familiar favorites. Titles: Because of You (Kelly Clarkson) * The Big Bang Theory (Main Title Theme) * Billionaire (Travie McCoy) * Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve) * California Gurls (Katy Perry) * Count on Me (Bruno Mars) * Dancing Queen (ABBA) * Don't Stop Believin' (Journey) * Dynamite (Taio Cruz) * Falling Slowly (from Once) * Firework (Katy Perry) * Forget You (Cee Lo Green) * Girl on Fire (Alicia Keys) * Give Your Heart a Break (Demi Lovato) * Greatest Love of All (Whitney Houston) * Grenade (Bruno Mars) * Home (Phillip Phillips) * I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith) * I Have Nothing (Whitney Houston) * I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz) * If I Die Young (The Band Perry) * I'll Stand By You (The Pretenders) * Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (Bruno Mars) * Kiss from a Rose (Seal) * Love Song (Sara Bareilles) * Love You Like a Love Song (Selena Gomez & The Scene) * Make You Feel My Love (Adele) * Man in the Mirror (Michael Jackson) * My Immortal (Evanescence) * Nothin' on You (B.o.B. featuring Bruno Mars) * Out Here on My Own (Irene Cara) * Over the Rainbow (IZ) * Play That Funky Music (Wild Cherry) * The Prayer (Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli) * Say It Right (Nelly Furtado) * Teardrops on My Guitar (Taylor Swift) * Teenage Dream (Katy Perry) * Temporary Home (Carrie Underwood) * Un-Break My Heart (Toni Braxton) * What Goes Around . . . Comes Around (Justin Timberlake) * Wide Awake (Katy Perry) * You and Me (Lifehouse) * You Light Up My Life (LeAnn Rimes) * You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban).
Over 30 million records sold. The most photographed British star of the '80s - alongside Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher. Not since the Beatles has a British personality been so well known internationally, across a complete cross-section of ages, genders, races, and religions. Now, for the very first time, Samantha Fox has decided to tell the whole, and sometimes painful, story of the bullied North London girl who managed to captivate an entire world. "My first memory is of an explosion and the smell of burnt flesh." With those words, following a prologue in which readers are introduced to her backstage in 2015, Samantha Fox begins her story. Thoughts of Myra - the love of her life who has been battling an aggressive form of cancer for almost two years - whirl through her mind, then shortly she takes to the stage once more, to sing "Touch Me " the song which made her world famous almost 30 years earlier. Samantha Fox's autobiography is a captivating tale about a fighter who has gone through hell more than once, but who has always come out stronger; someone who has remained in the public's consciousness for almost four decades now - and who continues to play to sold-out crowds across the world.
Throughout the 1990s, Prince feuded with his record label, Warner Bros., over his rights as an independent recording artist--and made some of the most brilliant music of his career. During that time, Jim Walsh covered Prince for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and wrote about him passionately, thoughtfully, exhaustively. Here, in real time, is that coverage: a clip-by-clip look back at Prince in the '90s. Walsh's newly unearthed interviews, essays, columns, and reviews make Gold Experience an essential slice of history for fans, scholars, and latecomers to the Minneapolis-born musical genius Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958-April 21, 2016).
Join Walsh at the 1994 NBA All-Star game after party and release bash for the single "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World." Accompany him to the after-hours clubs Erotic City, Glam Slam, and, of course, Paisley Park. Meet Prince's wife and bandmate Mayte (and while you're at it, take in the wedding and reception). Enjoy a two-hour sit-down interview with Prince. Explore Prince's veganism, talk to fans in line for a Target Center show, preview the "Jam of the Year" concert and check in at the after party. The passions and influences, from Mozart to funk godfather Larry Graham; the gigs and the Paisley Park garage sale; Walsh's open letter to the artist and his reflections on religion and spirituality. This is Prince as few have seen him, reported as only Jim Walsh can: a portrait of the artist from a dizzying array of angles, captured in living color for all time.