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From Two Live Crew's controversial comedy to Ice Cube's gangsta
styling and the battle rhymes of a streetcorner cypher, rap has
always drawn on deep traditions of African American poetic
word-play, In Talking 'Bout Your Mama, author Elijah Wald explores
one of the most potent sources of rap: the viciously funny,
outrageously inventive insult game known as "the dozens."
As a performer, songwriter and actor, Will Oldham has carved a singular path through the worlds of indie folk and cinema. Now the critically acclaimed, enigmatic artist presents his life's work: the lyrics to more than two hundred songs spanning the 1980s to the present, each with annotations that impart new meaning to his music. Oldham's aphoristic meditations-on death, patience and turning carelessness into a virtue-are, like his lyrics, profound, earthy and often funny. They reveal flashes of Oldham's philosophy, the sources and circumstances that inspired his lyrics and the literary ambition of his songwriting. Separated from their aural form, Oldham's lyrics become a new kind of poetry-candid, awkward and wise-with influences as diverse as Rabindranath Tagore and The Mekons. A book that will delight his longtime fans and inspire young songwriters, Songs of Love and Horror reveals an artist who has captured extraordinary poetry in music despite being "a stranger among my own language".
David Bowie needs no introduction. An immense star whose music and writing has transcended generations he remains one of the most articulate influencers of modern music. Over fifty years his singles and albums have slid up and down the bestseller charts, adapting to the changing times, exploring new musical themes, always pushing at boundaries in a desperate desire to seek out the new and the different. This fantastic new, unofficial biography covers his life, music, art and movies, with a sweep of incredible photographs.
This large-format deluxe hardback book features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. Together, the record cover designs gathered here create a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring more than 2,000 album cover designs (including hundreds of full-size covers) as well as over 700 12-inch sleeves, this book is truly an encyclopedic document of disco music and the industry and culture attending it. In addition to the visual documents from the era, the book includes interviews with a number of important disco figures such as Mel Cheren (West End Records), Henry Stone (TK Records), Ken Cayre (Salsoul), Marvin Schlachter (Prelude) and Tom Moulton, as well as histories, biographies and discographies of all the major disco record companies, plus sections on roller disco sleeves, disco instruction albums, 12-inch sleeves and a scrapbook of disco ads. Among the many musicians featured here are Bohannon, James Brown, Jocelyn Brown, Cerrone, Dennis Coffey, Donna Summer, Chic, Fatback Band, Gino Soccio, Giorgio Moroder, Gloria Gaynor, Grace Jones, Isaac Hayes, Kool and the Gang, DC LaRue, Loleatta Holloway, MFSB, Ohio Players, Salsoul Orchestra and The Trammps. This is the latest volume in Soul Jazz's deluxe series of books featuring full-size reproductions of record cover art designs. It is compiled and edited by Disco Patrick and Patrick Vogt, editors of the book "Disco Patrick Presents: The Bootleg Guide to Disco Acetates, Funk, Rap and Disco Medleys."
How does one young man survive the deaths of his entire family and manage to make something worthwhile of his life? In Things The Grandchildren Should Know Mark Oliver Everett tells the story of what it's like to grow up the insecure son of a genius in a wacky Virginia Ice Storm-like family. Left to run wild with his sister, his father off in some parallel universe of his own invention, Everett's upbringing was 'ridiculous, sometimes tragic and always unsteady'. But somehow he manages to not only survive his crazy upbringing and ensuing tragedies; he makes something of his life, striking out on a journey to find himself by channelling his experiences into his, eventually, critically acclaimed music with the Eels. But it's not an easy path. Told with surprising candour, Things The Grandchildren Should Know is an inspiring and remarkable story, full of hope, humour and wry wisdom.
It's nearly impossible to discuss the history of rock music without praising the monumental quality, impact, variety, and boldness of Britain's Jethro Tull. Named after an eighteenth-century agriculturalist - and not after their striking frontman Ian Anderson - the group almost immediately became one of the most ambitious, and significant acts in two subsections of the genre: progressive rock and folk rock. Officially formed in 1967, mastermind Anderson and company initially forged a blues course before veering in a more diverse, and expansive direction. Their early 1970s period - which is often considered their peak-took them close to progressive rock via iconic album cuts like `Aqualung' and lengthy narrative suites like Thick as a Brick and A Passion Play. Moving album by album, this book will examine the behind-the-scenes circumstances and motivations for each release via a track-by-track analysis to acutely observe why Jethro Tull were - and always will be - of invaluable benefit to rock music.
It was a scene that had many names: some original members referred
to themselves as punks, others, new romantics, new wavers, the
bats, or the morbids. "Goth" did not gain lexical currency until
the late 1980s. But no matter what term was used, "postpunk"
encompasses all the incarnations of the 1980s alternative movement.
"Some Wear Leather, Some Wear Lace "is a visual and oral history of
the first decade of the scene. Featuring interviews with both the
performers and the audience to capture the community on and off
stage, the book places personal snapshots alongside professional
photography to reveal a unique range of fashions, bands, and
Whether you're new to the scene or an experienced collector, Goldmine Record Album Price Guide, 10th edition, is your vinyl answer. Featuring more than 110,000 albums covering 60 years of music history, the catalog is your best and most trusted resource for buying, selling or simply enjoying a record collection. Historian and pricing expert Dave Thompson heads a team of vinyl pros dedicated to bringing you the finest resource available to a treasure trove of American-released albums. As it has for more than two decades, this completely vetted reference features: An easy-to-use format for effortless discovery and fun Current values and key identification information including artist name, record label, catalog number, format details, release date and more. Rock, Pop, Jazz, Country, Blues and more Listings for Various Artists Collections, Soundtracks and Original Cast Recordings The venerable Goldmine Grading Guide, the most widely used source for determining album condition in the hobby today.
A&R Pioneers offers the first comprehensive account of the diverse group of men and women who pioneered artists-and-repertoire (A&R) work in the early US recording industry. In the process, they helped create much of what we now think of as American roots music. Resourceful, innovative, and, at times, shockingly unscrupulous, they scouted and signed many of the singers and musicians who came to define American roots music between the two world wars. They also shaped the repertoires and musical styles of their discoveries, supervised recording sessions, and then devised marketing campaigns to sell the resulting records. By World War II, they had helped redefine the canons of American popular music and established the basic structure and practices of the modern recording industry. Moreover, though their musical interests, talents, and sensibilities varied enormously, these A&R pioneers created the template for the job that would subsequently become known as ""record producer."" Without Ralph Peer, Art Satherley, Frank Walker, Polk C. Brockman, Eli Oberstein, Don Law, Lester Melrose, J. Mayo Williams, John Hammond, Helen Oakley Dance, and a whole army of lesser known but often hugely influential A&R representatives, the music of Bessie Smith and Bob Wills, of the Carter Family and Count Basie, of Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers may never have found its way onto commercial records and into the heart of America's musical heritage. This is their story.
ENew York TimesE Bestseller EA Perfect Union of Contrary ThingsE is the authorized biography of musician and vintner Maynard James Keenan. Co-author Sarah Jensen's 30-year friendship with Keenan gives her unique insight into his history and career trajectory. The book traces Keenan's journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the Army to his time in art school from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking. A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist EA Perfect Union of Contrary ThingsE pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art.THUntil now Maynard's fans have had access to only an abridged version of his story. EA Perfect Union of Contrary ThingsE presents the outtakes the scenes of disappointment and triumph and the events that led him to take one step after the next to change direction to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included are sidebars in his own words often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative as well as commentary by his family members friends instructors and industry colleagues. The book also features a foreword by Alex Grey an American visionary artist and longtime friend of Keenan. Accompanying the text are photos of Keenan from childhood to the present.THMaynard's story is a metaphor for the reader's own evolution and an encouragement to follow one's dreams hold fast to individual integrity and work ceaselessly to fulfill our creative potential.
With hits including `Child in Time', and the iconic `Smoke on the Water', Deep Purple established themselves as one of Britain's greatest rock bands From the moment he saw Elvis Presley on screen, Ian Gillan, a working class teenager from Hounslow, was inspired to become a rock star. That wish was to come true when the opportunity arose to join Deep Purple, and global fame soon followed. The ensuing years were thrilling but punishing. The band recorded six albums in just four years and tensions within the band, as well as issues with alcohol, brought Ian to breaking point. Ian describes the rock `n' roll lifestyle in disarming detail while never taking himself too seriously, making this an entertaining read for any rock fan.
BTS are much more than just a K-Pop phenomenon, they are a band acclaimed for their record-smashing, barrier-breaking, trend-setting dance-pop and hip-hop tunes and personal philosophies. BTS: The Ultimate Fan Book is the first celebration of this colourful seven-piece phenomenon from Korea, exploring in stunning technicolour detail the group's origins, members and super rise to success, beautifully accompanied by photographs celebrating the band's kaleidoscope of personalities and passions that have made them famous. BTS are more than just a boy band - they are a way of life.
The Drive-By Truckers' Southern Rock Opera takes listeners on a road trip through the American South, with stops along mean old highways and soul-sucking swamps, iconic recording studios and doomed chartered jets, and even Heaven and Hell. Along the way, the Truckers attempt to untangle the mess that is southern history by exploring the contradictory, dualistic nature of the region. Like twin paths intersecting and diverging before meeting again, the opera's libretto focuses on the lives of two bands: the fictional Betamax Guillotine, a stand-in for the Truckers themselves, and Southern rock gods Lynyrd Skynyrd. Rien Fertel takes us for a ride along the Truckers' winding road through the opera's Southlands, a region filled with youthful rockstar aspirations, fatal crashes, the wreckage of one band gone too soon, and the ambitions of another wrestling with the great hope and tragedy that is America.
REVISED EDITION WITH FIVE THOUSAND WORDS BONUS MATERIAL AND NEW PHOTOGRAPHS M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village cafe where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable artists at work today.
Violin Jazz on a Winter's Night is a Christmas album of stylish, swinging arrangements for violin and piano. Favourite Christmas carols and songs are given the complete jazz treatment, with rhythm, embellishment, grooves, and solos all carefully notated. The expertise of the arranger, a celebrated jazz musician and composer, guarantees an authentic jazz sound, and a range of styles from Nat King Cole to John Coltrane. While paying homage to American Christmas jazz, the collection also reflects a European tradition, in such time-honoured classics as 'In the bleak mid-winter'.
This beautifully designed book tells the story of Taylor Swift, one of America's biggest stars. When Taylor Swift's fourth full-length album 'Red' sold 1.2 million copies in autumn 2012, it was her second consecutive album to top a million in its debut week. The daughter of an investment banker, she emerged from a small town in Pennsylvania to become a star by sheer force of will. Her girl-next-door image was no pretence, but her most impressive achievement was crossing over from the country market and making inroads on the mainstream charts. This small-town girl with the big talent has become America's sweetheart and seems set to remain so. Included in this high-quality gift pack are 6 free 10 x 8 prints
Marc Bolan, the biggest pop star in post-Beatles Britain, was haunted by the fear that he would die before his 30th birthday. He repeatedly told friends, family and colleagues that he had foreseen his own death in a car crash and that the car would be a mini. He had alluded to the tragedy in several songs and a poem in which he named the tree that would become a shrine to his grieving fans. It is said that he had also known the date of his death, gleaned from a painting, titled 'The Sixteenth of September' by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte which foreshadowed an iconic image on the cover of his 'The Slider' album. Whatever the truth, it is a fact that on that very date in 1977, two weeks short of his 30th birthday, Bolan's morbid prophecy was fulfilled. In this definitive new biography Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created some of the most instantly appealing and enduring songs of the 70s -- 'Ride A White Swan', "Hot Love', 'Get It On', 'Telegram Sam', 'Children of the Revolution' and 'Solid Gold Easy Action' -- in what appears to have been a fevered rush to cheat Fate. At the peak of his popularity in 1972 the Beatles acknowledged Bolan and his group T-Rex as their natural successor and Ringo Starr directed the film that brought the fan hysteria known as T-Rextasy to a stagnant British pop scene and which was to top the DVD charts 30 years after it original release. That year the former working class Hackney mod launched his own label and continued a run of number one hits that accounted for 3.5% of the total singles sales in the UK, outselling the combined singles sales of Jimi Hendrix and The Who. But just when Bolan was at the summit of his success it all went sour. This is the incredible story of Marc Bolan's roller-coaster rise to fame and his resurrection as the self-styled 'Godfather of Punk' that promised to put him back on top until the fatal accident which cut short his life and hopes of a comeback.
Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man's journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers--Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax--in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo's signature style that helped define Brown's brand of funk, and the phrase "Maceo, I want you to blow!" became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author--one of the funkiest musicians alive--and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.
*Illustrates Brian Duffy's five different photographic shoots with David Bowie, documenting Bowie's career and pioneering reinvention, as well as Duffy's special relationship with the artist over almost a decade*Includes some of the most famous Bowie images together without takes and rare shots "Talking about a creative session is like talking about a boxing match. It happened because there was a little bit of magic in the room that night. I'll say it myself, it's a fucking great cover."Brian Duffy Brian Duffy defined the image of the 1960s, and was as famous as the stars he photographed. Together with David Bailey and Terence Donovan, he is recognized as one of the innovators of "documentary" fashion photography, a style which revolutionized fashion imagery and furthermore the fashion industry. Duffy's most famous photograph dates from the 1970s and is the iconic and revolutionary cover of David Bowie's album Aladdin Sane, a shot that became the defining look of Bowie's long career, and has been referred to as the Mona Lisa of pop. The photographer and the rock star collaborated on four other projects: Ziggy Stardust, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) and Lodger. They worked together during the pivotal years of Bowie's career; when the king of glam was assuming and discarding extraordinary personas, Duffy was capturing them all. Written by David Bowie's biographer, Kevin Cann, Duffy Bowie: Five Sessions features anecdotes and stories from those attending the shoots-including Tony Defries (Bowie's manager at the time of Ziggy Stardust); Celia Philo (designer) & Philip Castle (airbrush artist) from the famous Aladdin Sane shoot; Francis Newman (Duffy's studio manager); May Routh (costume designer) from The Man Who Fell to Earth; Geoff MacCormack (musician and Bowie's childhood friend); Derek Boshier (art director of Lodger); Natasha Kornilof costume designer for Scary Monsters; Edward Bell (artist); Steve Strange (musician) and Duffy's son, Chris, who also worked on the Scary Monsters session. Included are many unseen images and behind the scenes photographs. "It wasn't until we saw the contact sheets the next day I remember thinking, God this is spectacular. You just knew you had cracked it, boy, did you know it."Celia Philo
WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY THE AUTHOR The definitive biography of the late Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. The genius behind such classic songs as Suzanne, So Long, Marianne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a man of spirituality, emotion, and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love. I'm Your Man explores the facets of Cohen's life. Renowned music journalist Sylvie Simmons draws on Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired. Containing exclusive material and interviews, this is the biography to buy on Leonard Cohen.
* The first book to combine the "classic" output of Deep Purple and Rainbow into one book in such detail. * 2018 sees the 50th anniversary of the first Deep Purple album "Shades of Deep Purple." * Deep Purple have remained active until this day, and a version of Rainbow reformed for live shows in 2015, to considerable media attention. * Written by a respected journalist and magazine editor. Few would deny that Deep Purple were one of the most influential and popular heavy rock bands to emerge from the melting pot of the late `60s, going through several line-up changes, and stylistic shifts, before splitting up for the first time in 1976. Talismanic guitarist Ritchie Blackmore carried the spirit on in many ways when he formed Rainbow after leaving Purple in 1975, particularly with his partnership with legendary singer Ronnie James Dio. This is an exhaustive guide to the band's music, as critical opinion rubs shoulders with facts, trivia and anecdotes to provide a fascinating `alternative history' of these revered bands . Whether you are a hardcore fan or simply want a guide through the world which lies beyond Smoke on the Water, this book is for you.
Each of the 50 record-shaped cards in this conversation deck is printed with a music-themed question on each side (100 questions total). The questions range in format: some invoke songs that are tied to memories (name a song from your school dance); others prompt you to choose an ideal soundtrack for a hypothetical situation (if you were a major league baseball player, what song would blast when you're up to bat?); some cards aim to get people comparing their favourite (and not-so-favourite) music moments. Created expressly to start a conversation about the music people love and the personal insights that their favourite songs evoke, Songversations is the perfect gift for serious audiophiles, casual listeners, and everyone in between.
Proving that a band is truly the sum of its parts, this music
history traces the influences and experiences that would later
converge to form Led Zeppelin. Every recording and live session
made by the future band members is traced and woven into a rich and
insightful web of influences that contains a complete family tree
of their musical and professional colleagues as well as a massive
discography and list of live performances. Staggering insight into
the workings of this period's big wigs and foot soldiers accompany
details on bands and records that were recently discovered to have
featured Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones. Rare
photographs of the bandmates in their pre-Led Zeppelin incarnations
are included along with original interviews with their friends and
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