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Visions of Jazz: The First Century
Visions of Jazz
The First Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0195132416
Poised to become a classic of jazz literature, Visions of Jazz: The First Century offers seventy-nine chapters illuminating the lives of virtually all the major figures in jazz history. From Louis Armstrong's renegade-style trumpet playing to Sarah Vaughan's operatic crooning, and from the swinging elegance of Duke Ellington to the pioneering experiments of Ornette Coleman, jazz critic Gary Giddins continually astonishes the reader with his unparalleled insight. Writing with the grace and wit that have endeared his prose to Village Voice readers for decades, Giddins also widens the scope of jazz to include such crucial American musicians as Irving Berlin, Rosemary Clooney, and Frank Sinatra, all primarily pop performers who are often dismissed by fans and critics as mere derivatives of the true jazz idiom. And he devotes an entire quarter of this landmark volume to young, still-active jazz artists, boldly expanding the horizons of jazz--and charting and exploring the music's influences as no other book has done.
Mozart
Mozart
Hardcover      ISBN: 0670882380
Presents a biography of the eighteenth-century Austrian composer
Swing: Third Ear-The Essential Listening Companion
Swing
Third Ear-The Essential Listening Companion
Paperback      ISBN: 0879306009
Written by one of jazz journalism's best and most knowledgeable critics, this book explores the full swing spectrum from its origins in the 1920s through its current retro resurgence. Features intriguing capsule biographies of 400 of the best musicians, from classic artists like Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to retro swingers such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra and Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, with each artist's most notable CDs reviewed and rated, plus info on film appearances, books, and hard-to-find recordings. Includes insightful essays that explore this music's cultural impact, fun photos and swing memorabilia.
Rock Drums Basics, Steps One and Two Combined
Rock Drums Basics, Steps One and Two Combined
Paperback      ISBN: 1576235610
The first step towards experiencing the fun of playing rock music. This book & CD package will guide you through everything you need to know to begin playing rock drums. Topics include practice tips, note values, eighth- and sixteenth-note variations, the bass drum, fill ideas for each groove, open hi-hat technique, two-bar patterns, ride cymbal technique, rock ballads and shuffles, developing a groove with a bass player, three play-along charts, warm-ups and much more.
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"
Lennon Remembers
Lennon Remembers
Hardcover      ISBN: 1859846009
Presents interviews conducted with John Lennon in December, 1970, in which he discusses the breakup of the Beatles, his favorite Beatles songs and how they were recorded, and his relationship with Yoko Ono.
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
Electro Shock: Groundbreakers of Synth Music
Electro Shock
Groundbreakers of Synth Music
Paperback      ISBN: 0879305827
Offers interviews with the artists and groups behind electronica music, including Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, Kraftwerk, and others, along with background and technical details on the equipment they use.
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
Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyric 1965-1999
Blackbird Singing
Poems and Lyric 1965-1999
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393020495
Collects the ballads, love songs, poems, dreams, and lyrics of one of the most influential figures of twentieth-century culture.