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Open Sky: Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Open Sky
Sonny Rollins and His World of Improvisation
Paperback      ISBN: 0306809885
Now in paperback: The first-ever biography of one of the legends of modern jazz, written with his full cooperation
Ramones: An American Band
Ramones
An American Band
Paperback      ISBN: 0312093691
Traces the history of the popular rock group, looks at their major albums, and describes the films that have featured their music
The Beatles Anthology
The Beatles Anthology
Hardcover      ISBN: 0811826848
Created in cooperation with the surviving Beatles and Yoko Ono, this anthology of personal memorabilia, documents, photographs, and other items from personal archives chronicles the band's Liverpool origins, rise to fame, and breakup.
Satchmo: My Life in New Orleans
Satchmo
My Life in New Orleans
Paperback      ISBN: 0306802767
”In all my whole career the Brick House was one of the toughest joints I ever played in. It was the honky-tonk where levee workers would congregate every Saturday night and trade with the gals who’d stroll up and down the floor and the bar. Those guys would drink and fight one another like circle saws. Bottles would come flying over the bandstand like crazy, and there was lots of just plain common shooting and cutting. But somehow all that jive didn’t faze me at all, I was so happy to have some place to blow my horn.” So says Louis Armstrong, a tough kid who just happened to be a musical genius, about one of the places where he performed and grew up. This raucous, rich tale of his early days in New Orleans concludes with his departure to Chicago at twenty-one to play with his boyhood idol King Oliver, and tells the story of a life that began, mythically, on July 4, 1900, in the city that sowed the seeds of jazz.
Cole Porter: A Biography
Cole Porter
A Biography
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0306800977
"In 1933 Irving Berlin wrote to composer-lyricist Cole Porter, ”I am mad about Night and Day.” Millions of others throughout the world have been ”mad about” that Porter gem, as well as dozens of others"
Abba Gold: Greatest Hits
Abba Gold
Greatest Hits
Paperback      ISBN: 0757906516
Titles: Dancing Queen * Knowing Me, Knowing You * Take a Chance on Me * Mamma Mia * Lay All Your Love on Me * Super Trouper * I Have a Dream * The Winner Takes It All * Money, Money, Money * S.O.S. * Chiquitita * Fernando * Voulez Vous * Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) * Does Your Mother Know * One of Us * The Name of the Game * Thank You for the Music * Waterloo.
Stephen Sondheim: A Life
Stephen Sondheim
A Life
Paperback      ISBN: 0385334125
A full-scale portrait of the distinguished composer-lyricist draws on personal interviews with Sondheim to describe his troubled childhood, early struggles, rise to the pinnacle of Broadway musical theater, collaboration with Hal Prince, and original theatrical works. Reprint.
Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy
Air Guitar
Essays on Art & Democracy
Paperback      ISBN: 0963726455
Essays explore the influence of art in twentieth-century American culture, including jazz, basketball, professional wrestling, magic, gambling, entrepreneurship, series television and automotive design
Rock Folk: Portraits from the Rock 'N Roll Pantheon
Rock Folk
Portraits from the Rock 'N Roll Pantheon
Paperback      ISBN: 0806512067
Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky: Music and Myth
Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky
Music and Myth
Paperback      ISBN: 0814747272
Our cultural darlings make music; we make them mythic. Every musical genre begets a community of listeners, performers, and critics, and quite often those categories are blurred. From the principled punk refusal of celebrity to hip-hop's celebration of its power, the music world is self-obsessed. Stars Don't Stand Still in the Sky assembles scholars, music writers, industry workers, and musicians, who offer a range of opinions and experience of the nature of fame. The collection focuses on commerce, the crowd, performance and image, history and memory, and romance. Contributors discuss black women icons, love-songs, the legacy of the blues, the image of the tortured rock star, MTV, the politics of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the joy of line-dancing, and more. The contributors are James Bernard, Anthony DeCurtis, Katherine Dieckmann, Chuck Eddy, Paul Gilroy, Daniel Glass, Lawrence Grossberg, Jessica Hagedorn, Kathleen Hanna, James Hannaham, Dave Hickey, Jon Langford, Greil Marcus, Angela McRobbie, Paul D. Miller (a.k.a. DJ Spooky), Barbara O'Dair, Ann Powers, Toshi Reagon, Simon Reynolds, Robert Santelli, Jon Savage, Danyel Smith, Arlene Stein, Deena Weinstein, and Ellen Willis.