In this extensively researched ode to scandal, Peter Blecha recounts the travails of musicians who have dared to air "unacceptable" topics. Filled with several centuries' worth of raunchy sex ditties, morbid murder ballads, satanic songs, paeans to intoxication and radical political anthems, this book lays the censors' stories bare, and casts a much-needed spotlight on civil liberties and artistic freedom in our post-9/11 world. Highlights the work of hundreds of controversial musicians, including: the Beatles, Ray Charles, the Dixie Chicks, Dylan, Eminem, Billie Holiday, Nirvana, Elvis, Public Enemy, Sex Pistols, Springsteen, Zappa and others. "Blecha tells a story of how free we aren't. It's a story every music fan needs to know." - Dave Marsh
Now there's an easy way to learn how to record tracks on your home computer, create MIDI files, and master your own CDs. This book demystifies the recording process. It provides simple, easy-to-follow instructions on: choosing and setting up computer and audio equipment, MIDI recording and editing, selecting and using microphones, audio recording and editing, effects, EQ, working with virtual instrument and beat-slicing software, mastering, CD production and much more The book contains 88 diagrams, tables, photos, and screenshots.
The classic instruction manual for the beginner including chapters on Tablature, Basic Right- and Left-Hand techniques, Alternating Bass, Arpeggios, Bass Runs, Transposition, and much more. Over 45 songs complete with melody, chords, and accompaniment. Includes: Banks of the Ohio Oh, Sinner Man Buffalo Girls Erie Canal Frankie and Johnny Careless Love
(Applause Libretto Library). Grey Gardens is based on the 1975 Albert and David Maysles film about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's eccentric aunt and cousin. The touching and sometimes heart-wrenching musical adaptation explores the dysfunctional relationship between former socialite Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, Little Edie, as they languish in a derelict East Hampton manor, Grey Gardens. Propelled by Christine Ebersole's tour-de-force performance, the gorgeous score, and intricate lyrics, the Broadway musical has garnered much critical praise. "An experience no passionate theatergoer should miss." Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Of all the paths available to today's musicians, the life of the singer-songwriter remains one of the most alluring and popular. This handbook is the ultimate guide for the modern singer-songwriter, full of real-world advice and encouragement for both aspiring and accomplished troubadours. The founding editor of Acoustic Guitar magazine, Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers draws on his own experiences as a performing songwriter and interviews with artists such as Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, Arlo Guthrie, Chrissie Hynde and Paul Simon to offer an invaluable companion for the journey from idea to song to stage and studio. Also includes inside info from managers, agents, lawyers and record execs. "A lucid, well-written, fact-stuffed work." - Bruce Cockburn
Based on rare and previously unavailable interviews, a new look at the life and career of the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday captures the essence of a complex, charismatic, and tortured figure, full of strength and humor.
The live concert business is exploding; hundreds of acts are hitting the road every year, and whatever style music they play, they need to sound great. How can you be at the controls for these show? Learn from this book Meet 72 of the world's finest front-of-house and monitor engineers, and listen as they reveal what gear they use and how, how they make top acts always sound amazing, and what it takes to survive the climb to the big time. Get the inside scoop straight from concert engineers on the road with stars such as Aerosmith, KISS, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, U2, the Dixie Chicks, Blondie, Madonna, Norah Jones, Elton John, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others
(Book). Take charge of your musical destiny All Area Access is your map for the road to musical success. Author Marc Davison puts his many years of experience as a musician and artist manager into this book. Topics include: starting a band, booking gigs, press and the media, recording, copyrights, merchandising, touring, finances, managers, agents, record deals, and much more everything you need to know and do to market your act and your music.