Rare Performing Arts
Musical Landscapes in Color: Conversations with Black American Composers
Musical Landscapes in Color
Conversations with Black American Composers
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810837064

A sequel to the award-winning The Black Composer Speaks (Scarecrow Press, 1978), this exploration of the creative world of African American composers traces the lives and careers of 40 talented individuals and, in their own words, provides perspectives on a world that has been slow to recognize their remarkable contributions to classical music. The discussion places the music of these composers within the greater context of Western art music, but analyzes it through the lenses of sociology, Western concepts of art and taste, and vernacular musical forms, including spirituals, blues, jazz, and contemporary popular music. Each chapter is devoted to an individual composer, who discusses his or her musical training, compositional techniques and style, and the composer's personal philosophy as reflected in his or her music. A selected list of compositions for each composer is included, as well as a photo and sample of the composer's "hand." Banfield offers unprecedented insight into the history and influence of the African American composer with this documentary, which will appeal to everyone from the music scholar to the general reader.

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My Name Is Prince
My Name Is Prince
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062939238

The ultimate collection of stunning photographs documenting the career of one of the world's greatest superstars

There has never been or will there ever be an artist like Prince. "A 5' 3? Mastermind . . . satiated with virtuosity, controversy, stubbornness, and poise . . . His influence on Music transcended any and every category given titles by industry wizards and musicologists. Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Classical, Funk, Jazz, Soul, and Rap . . . He did it all and he did it well . . . and in his time . . . He did it first," writes Randee St. Nicholas.

For twenty-five years, this legendary photographer, with a storied career of her own, worked closely with Prince, capturing some of his most intimate and revealing moments both on and off stage.

Now, the fruits of their numerous collaborations are on full display in My Name Is Prince, the largest collection of the most iconic photographs that will ever exist of one of the world's greatest superstars.

In this dazzling collector's edition, readers are treated to a front-row seat to their innovative and awe-inspiring projects, from his music videos Gett Off and My Name Is Prince; to their impromptu photo shoots...just because; their adventures around the world from London to Tokyo to Prague, and his breathtaking, showstopping live concert appearances from great stages at Coachella and the 02 Arena to intimate nightclubs.

Many of the trips, we will discover, are either unplanned or hastily arranged. And yet you will marvel at the results--as Prince expected nothing less than the best.

When they met, Prince was ready for a change. The quixotic performer was known for seizing a moment and then on to the next.

After their initial 1991 photo shoot in her Los Angeles studio, Prince assured St. Nicholas, "Don't worry, I'll be back."

Over the next twenty-five years he would return again and again, challenging himself and St. Nicholas to reach higher and to go further with every original pursuit.

My Name Is Prince is the story of that unique working relationship and artistic evolution that produced many stunning images and lasted from their first meeting until the end:

He had incredible timing, not just musically but spiritually, emotionally, and creatively . . . that Prince rhythm fueled a spontaneity that was contagious, enabling you to be more fearless and flexible than you thought you ever could be. When he would call . . . you had to be ready for anything . . . to jump on a plane with an hour or two notice, to put together a crew in a city you had never worked in before without any preparation time . . . or to simply just go outside your house at four in the morning where he was parked in his car, waiting for you to get in and listen to new music he had just recorded. One never knew what to expect . . . but it was always an inspired adventure.

Told through 384 pages of striking visuals and poignant, intimate stories, the insights revealed in My Name Is Prince show a side of the enigmatic megastar that few have ever seen.

We go beyond the genius and meet the man--playful, moody, disciplined, sensual, serious, and soulful.

And in hundreds of photographs, we see that incandescent light behind his hypnotic eyes; that sly smile, strong hands, and transformative and transcendent presence that connected people from every part of the globe through his music.

As his sound lives on, My Name Is Prince is a visual testimony to his greatness and a space that can never be filled.

Norwegian Black Metal
Norwegian Black Metal
Hardcover      SKU: 1199517739

A limited first edition published to coincide with exhibition at Gallery Speak For in Tokyo, April to May 2005. No. 833 of a limited edition of 3000 copies. Black cloth boards with silver titles, near fine, in slipcase which has been opened & torn.

Old Plays; a Collection of Georgian Printings of Restoration Plays Bound Together, Including Lucius Junius Brutus, Father of his Country: A Tragedy; Busiris, King of Egypt, A Tragedy; Venice Preserv'd, Or a Plot Discover'd: A Tragedy; and the History and
Old Plays; a Collection of Georgian Printings of Restoration Plays Bound Together, Including Lucius Junius Brutus, Father of his Country: A Tragedy; Busiris, King of Egypt, A Tragedy; Venice Preserv'd, Or a Plot Discover'd: A Tragedy; and the History and
Leather      SKU: 281AKJ1020097

16mo. A collection of Georgian printings of Restoration plays, issued between the years 1732 and 1735, and bound in panelled calf. Five raised bands and gilt titles ("Old Plays") to spine. Moderately rubbed overall; well-rubbed at edges, hinges, and corners. Despite these cosmetic flaws, the binding is solid and tight. Page edges toned, but the interior is clean. Includes the following: 1. Lucius Junius Brutus, Father of his Country: A Tragedy. Nathaniel Lee. 1734. 84 pages. Printed for W. Feales at Rowe's Head against St. Clement's Church in the Strand; A. Wellington and the Dolphin and Crown without Temple-Bar; J. Wellington, A. Bettesworth, and F. Clay, in Trust for B. Wellington. 2. Busiris, King of Egypt. Edward Young. 1735. 72 pages. Printed for Jacob Tonson in the Strand. 3. Venice Preserv'd or A Plot Discover'd: a Tragedy. Thomas Otway. 1732. 84 pages. Printed for G. Strahan at the Golden Ball, against the Royal Exchange in Cornhill; and B. Motte at the Middle Temple Gate in Fleet Street. 4. History and Fall of Caius Marius: a Tragedy. Thomas Otway. 1734. 84 pages. Printed for John Darby in Bartholomew-Close for Mary Poulson, and sold by A. Bettesworth in Paternoster Row, R. Caldwell in Newgate-street, and F. Clay without Temple Bar.

Performance Degree Zero: Roland Barthes and Theatre
Performance Degree Zero
Roland Barthes and Theatre
Hardcover      ISBN: 0802090710

Throughout his career, famed critical theorist Roland Barthes (1915-1980) had a complex and often uneasy relationship with theatre and performance. From his early theatre criticism, through his abrupt and enigmatic silence on theatre, to the theoretical 'stagings' of his thought in the 1970s, Barthes committed several stunning reversals with his opinions on theatrical performance.

In Performance Degree Zero, Timothy Scheie argues that Barthes's body of work must be considered a lifelong engagement with theatre. Exploring his changing critical methodologies, Scheie provides a new understanding of the rapid shifts in critical modes Barthes traverses, from a Sartrean Marxism in the 1950s, through semiology, to French post-structuralism and the mournful introspection of his later years. The theatrical figure illuminates Barthes's accounts of the sign, the text, the body, homosexuality, love, the voice, photography, and other important and contested terms of his thought.

Performance Degree Zerooffers the first comprehensive account of Barthes's lifelong engagement with theatre and performance and fills a significant gap in Barthes criticism. It is essential reading for all Barthes scholars, theatre historians, and performance theorists.

Prince: A Documentary
A Documentary
Paperback      ISBN: 0711931798
Quaker Girl: Vocal Score
Quaker Girl: Vocal Score
Hardcover      SKU: 119954082x

"3/4 leather, small 4to with green cloth covers & gilt titles.

Roadside Songs of Tuscany
Roadside Songs of Tuscany
Hardcover      SKU: 1199396265

4to, 340pgs. Full-bound vellum with gilt tooling and fillets on boards and spine. Leather labels on spine somewhat rubbed. Both boards are sprung, lightly rubbed and scuffed, also with wear and tearing/cracking at head/tail of spine and front joint. Deckled page edge. Inside are gilt stamped dentelles and marbled endpapers. Interior is exceptionally clean with light ghosting from illustrations on the blanks. . White Vellum boards are remarkably clean considering age.

Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'round the World: The Illustrated History
The Twang Heard 'round the World: The Illustrated History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0760340625

It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock 'n' roll and ruling the world. Here's the story of Elvis Presley's first Sun records that inspired all. And here's Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955--1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. The story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There's still good rockin' tonight

Sketches of Tudor Hall and the Booth Family
Sketches of Tudor Hall and the Booth Family
Hardcover      SKU: 1199220442

8vo. 1st edition. Full bound green cloth with gilt title on front board. Text includes b&w plates, portraits of the Booths and of Tudor hall and its grounds. Interior clean throughout. Boards lightly dust soiled with minor fraying to corner tips and light rubbing on spine ends. Previous owners inscription on front free end paper.