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Take Me to the River: An Autobiography
Take Me to the River
An Autobiography
Paperback      ISBN: 1556528108

With an extraordinary appeal that has continued unabated since the early 1970s, Al Green remains the quintessential soul man--one of the most enduring, electrifying, and enigmatic artists of our era. But at the very heart of his appeal is the conflict between the devil's music and God's calling, a conflict he has wrestled with all his life. This is his story. Take Me to the River is an inspiring, unsparing, and ultimately transforming autobiography. From a sharecropper's shack in Jacknash, Arkansas, to the absolute pinnacle of show-business success, it chronicles Al Green's career in rich detail. This is the whole story--his early days on the gospel and R&B circuits, his fateful encounter with legendary producer Willie Mitchell, his climb to the top of the charts, the attempted murder and suicide scandal that made headlines worldwide, and his decision to become a pastor and found his own church--the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee. Take Me to the River brings Al Green's epic spiritual struggle--a story of repentance, redemption, and renewal--to life with all the urgency and immediacy of his music.

Blues Harp Basics
Blues Harp Basics
Paperback      ISBN: 3802408578

Blues Harp Basics offers a first glimpse into the world of the Blues Harpist, and deomonstrates essential basic playing techniques.

You Call It Madness: The Sensuous Song of the Croon
You Call It Madness
The Sensuous Song of the Croon
Hardcover      ISBN: 0679463089

Crosby, Vallee, Columbo. They are their own trinity. Bing is the universal dad. Rudy the misbehaving son. "That leaves Russ. The holy ghost."
New York, 1931: The curtain falls on the Ziegfeld Follies, a victim of the rising popularity of talking pictures; Rudy Vallee, radio's wildly popular " Vagabond Lover, " worries that increasingly sophisticated microphones and Hollywood-minted heartthrobs will make his megaphone-amplified vocals passe; a pugnacious, hard-drinking baritone named Bing Crosby cleans up his act, preparing to take America by storm on CBS radio; and handsome twenty-three-year-old Russ Columbo, a former violinist dating a Ziegfeld girl, makes his debut on NBC radio.
In an America poised to take its dominant place on the world stage, the Crooner points the way forward. With his heated core of sex appeal wrapped in well-tailored layers of cool distance and cigarette smoke, the Crooner brings something new to the country's self-image: this is no Yankee-Doodle Dandy, but a suave and seductive figure, sophisticated as any European, flush with youthful strength and energy. It's all there in his voice, his croon: a soft, intimate, sensual form of singing that combines jazz sensibilities with the smooth and danceable rhythms of the Big Band sound and Swing.
But who would embody the new archetype? Vallee crooned too soon. That left Crosby and Columbo to duel it out over the airwaves. Hailed as " The Romeo of Radio" and " The Valentino of Song, " romantically linked to actresses Pola Negri and Carole Lombard, Columbo is all but forgotten today, his limitless promise cut short in a tragic and controversialaccident as he stood on the verge of winning the stardom that Crosby, his great rival, would soon achieve.
In this impressionistic tour-de-force- a musical history combining the drama of a bestselling novel and a soundtrack from the Golden Age of Broadway and Hollywood- master musician and critic Lenny Kaye trains a spotlight on Columbo while crooning a love song to an earlier America- a pitch-perfect evocation of one of the most romantic, creatively exuberant periods of our past- an era whose influence still burns brightly in the music and popular culture of today.

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar
You Can Teach Yourself Blues Guitar
Paperback      ISBN: 0786639253
Church Boy
Church Boy
Paperback      ISBN: 0849940508

When he fell from a darkened stage in November 1996, Kirk Franklin could easily have been killed. That ten-foot plunge might have ended the career of one of America's most exciting young prodigies. But thanks to his dramatic recovery, the fall added not only a new dimension to his story but it brought Kirk Franklin to the attention of millions who otherwise might never have heard the name.

Today Kirk Franklin is bigger than ever. His recordings have topped the charts, selling more copies in less time than any gospel musician in history. He has won every award gospel music has to offer but his own success is the last thing on his mind.

This is the story of a young man from the poor side of town. He was taunted and teased as a child, but his faith and his remarkable musical talent helped him overcome the odds. In these pages Kirk Franklin reveals the real source of his strength. "What motivates me," he says, "is the knowledge that God has redeemed me from the pain and the hurts and the sin of my past and given me a new joy I can't even explain. It's not just for show," he says. "It's the truth, and that's what I want to express."

Jammin' the Blues
Jammin' the Blues
Paperback      ISBN: 0786634405

This volume in the Frank Vignola play-along series contains useful, well-structured solos for 14 choruses of the blues in the most common keys. Funky, bluesy, and bop oriented lines allow you to feel and hear what it is like to play a well-constructed solo. Some of these etudes have been recorded at both a slower practice tempo and at performance tempo. In the performance tempo renditions, the solo segments are often followed by numerous choruses featuring the rhythm section only. This format allows for individual practice of the written solos or elaboration of original ideas with a live rhythm section. Occasionally, during the rhythm only sections, Frank Vignola will play an improvised solo for four, 12 or 24 measures. These solos provide an opportunity for the student to interact with the recording by copying ideas, building upon what has just been played, or practicing the chords to the piece.
Also available in Japanese from ATN, Inc.

Blues Guitar Method: Level 2
Blues Guitar Method
Level 2
Paperback      ISBN: 0786676388
Favorite Hymns for Piano Solo
Favorite Hymns for Piano Solo
Paperback      ISBN: 0871667282
The B.B. King Reader: Six Decades of Commentary
The B.B. King Reader
Six Decades of Commentary
Paperback      ISBN: 0634099272

B.B. King is a national treasure. For more than five decades, he has been the consummate blues performer. His unique guitar playing, powerful vocals, and repertoire of songs have taken him from tiny Itta Bena, Mississippi, to worldwide renown. In this comprehensive volume, the best articles, interviews and reviews about B.B. King's life and career have been gathered. Learn how he first made his mark as a disc jockey in Memphis hawking "Pepticon" elixir and taking the moniker of the "Beale Street Blues Boy"; trace his early tours and recordings; see him be swept up in the blues revival; and finally, enjoy his fame as the greatest living exponent of the blues style.

Mel Bay Presents Popular Guitar Styles  Reggae & Music of the Islands
Mel Bay Presents Popular Guitar Styles Reggae & Music of the Islands
Paperback      ISBN: 0786675853