Rare Performing Arts
Songs of the North, Gathered Together From the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland
Songs of the North, Gathered Together From the Highlands and Lowlands of Scotland
Hardcover      SKU: 1199556238

4to. 202 pages. 10th edition, no date-- after 1893 (a reproduction of Sandys' Proud Maisie, drawn this date, appears before the title page) and before 1901 (book is dedicated to the Queen-- Victoria, not yet dead!). Faded burgundy boards, worn at corners and edges, rather rubbed as well, but intact with all contents present. Front hinge starting a little, water stained along bottom edge with bleeding to endpapers. Gilt titling on cover is bright, somewhat duller at spine. All and all, solid but not uber-collectible copy.

The Spectator: Talk about Movies and Plays with the People Who Make Them
The Spectator
Talk about Movies and Plays with the People Who Make Them
Hardcover      ISBN: 1565845536

The Studs Terkel Interviews: Film and Theater collects the Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian's remarkable conversations with some of the greatest luminaries of film and theater. Originally published under the title The Spectator, this "knowledgeable and perceptive" (Library Journal) look at show business presents the actors directors, playwrights, dancers, lyricists, and others who created the dramatic works of the twentieth century.

Among the many highlights in these pages, Buster Keaton explains the wonders of unscripted silent comedy, Federico Fellini reflects on honesty in art, Carol Channing reveals that she is far more serious than she lets on, and Marlon Brando turns the tables and wants to interview Terkel. We learn about crucial artistic decisions in the lives of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, and Edward Albee and hear from a range of film directors, from Vittorio De Sica and King Vidor to Satyajit Ray. We even get to witness Terkel playing straight man to a wildly inventive Zero Mostel. Because Terkel knows his subjects' work intimately, he asks precisely the right questions to elicit the most revealing responses. As the New York Times Book Review noted, "Terkel's knowledge and force of personality make him fully a player alongside his famous guests."

The Story of a Musical Life
The Story of a Musical Life
      SKU: 281AKJ1020068

Dark brown cloth with gilt titles, beveled edges. Signed and inscribed by the author. Light rubbing, especially to corners and to extremities of spine. An autobiography of the Civil War composer and songwriter.

The Trouble with Cinderella
The Trouble with Cinderella
Hardcover      SKU: 281AKJ1002211
Vast Encyclopedia: The Theatre of Thornton Wilder
Vast Encyclopedia
The Theatre of Thornton Wilder
Hardcover      ISBN: 0313293562

This comprehensive, detailed study of Wilder's entire dramatic oeuvre is the only one to place the works in their broad aesthetic and philosophical context and to integrate literary analysis of the plays with interpretation of their theatrical techniques. Its sources include Gilbert Harrison's authorized 1983 biography of the dramatist and the published selections from Wilder's journals for the years 1939-1961, as well as unpublished material--letters, diaries, and notes--in the Yale Collection of American Literature Wilder papers. Lifton discusses the symbolist, naturalist, expressionist, Brechtian, futurist, Pirandellian, and existentialist elements in Wilder's plays, as well as parallels between Wilder's theatre and that of such diverse cultures as the classical Greek and Roman, medieval European, Elizabethan, Renaissance Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese.

"Oct. 225pgs, Crisp copy. Slate boards with gilt titling. Veyr crisp and tight copy. Minor scuffs to boards.

We Can Still Hear Them Clapping
We Can Still Hear Them Clapping
Paperback      SKU: 1199256528

"1975, 4to. Signed. Photos of vaudeville stars as young performers next to their older selves in 1975. Includes a page or more of interview per star. Plastic coating peeling from black wraps at edges. Scuffed overall with edgewear. Spine has two closed, horizontal tears but book is still tightly bound. Black from some photos bleeding to facing pages. Crease at front cover corner and front cover slightly bowed from redaing. White speckles on back cover. Light soil on back cover and facing page. Inscribed To Debbie, Thank you for your interest and interview. Peace + Happiness, Marcia Keegan

Words Without Music: A Memoir
Words Without Music
A Memoir
Hardcover      ISBN: 0871404389

A world-renowned composer of symphonies, operas, and film scores, Philip Glass has, almost single-handedly, crafted the dominant sound of late-twentieth-century classical music. Yet here in Words Without Music, he creates an entirely new and unexpected voice, that of a born storyteller and an acutely insightful chronicler, whose behind-the-scenes recollections allow readers to experience those moments of creative fusion when life so magically merged with art.

"If you go to New York City to study music, you'll end up like your uncle Henry," Glass's mother warned her incautious and curious nineteen-year-old son. It was the early summer of 1956, and Ida Glass was concerned that her precocious Philip, already a graduate of the University of Chicago, would end up an itinerant musician, playing in vaudeville houses and dance halls all over the country, just like his cigar-smoking, bantamweight uncle. One could hardly blame Mrs. Glass for worrying that her teenage son would end up as a musical vagabond after initially failing to get into Juilliard. Yet, the transformation of a young man from budding musical prodigy to world-renowned composer is the story of this commanding memoir.

From his childhood in post-World War II Baltimore to his student days in Chicago, at Juilliard, and his first journey to Paris, where he studied under the formidable Nadia Boulanger, Glass movingly recalls his early mentors, while reconstructing the places that helped shape his artistic consciousness. From a life-changing trip to India, where he met with gurus and first learned of Gandhi's Salt March, to the gritty streets of New York in the 1970s, where the composer returned, working day jobs as a furniture mover, cabbie, and an unlicensed plumber, Glass leads the life of a Parisian bohemian artist, only now transported to late-twentieth-century America.

Yet even after Glass's talent was first widely recognized with the sensational premiere of Einstein on the Beach in 1976, even after he stopped renewing his hack license and gained international recognition for operatic works like Satyagraha, Orph e, and Akhnaten, the son of a Baltimore record store owner never abandoned his earliest universal ideals throughout his memorable collaborations with Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, Martin Scorsese, and many others, all of the highest artistic order.

Few major composers are celebrated as writers, but Philip Glass, in this loving and slyly humorous autobiography, breaks across genres and re-creates, here in words, the thrill that results from artistic creation. Words Without Music ultimately affirms the power of music to change the world.