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Their songs have been covered by acts as diverse as Ride, Boney M, and the Sex Pistols; they impressed Pete Townsend so much that he asked their guitarist to join the already successful Who; said guitarist pioneered the use of a bow on guitar strings--a trick later plagiarized by Jimmy Page; and they have been cited as an influence by the likes of Paul Weller and John Lydon. Yet The Creation never had a hit single or even made an album in their two-year recording career, from 1966-68. But nevertheless, they are cherished by generations of fans. This is their untold story.
Expression in Pop-Rock Music is a collection of critical and analytical essays written by todaya (TM)s top scholars on pop and rock music. Applying a wide variety of analytical techniques and critical approaches in the study of songs by artists such as Tori Amos, David Bowie, James Brown, the Cure, Genesis, Radiohead, and Frank Zappa, these essays tackle the musical text itself in coming to terms with political, social, cultural, and stylistic issues expressed in the most popular music of the past half-century. It has been expanded in its second edition to include three new essays and other additions accounting for the changes to the popular music landscape since its first edition, with particular attention paid to the rise of hip-hop and country music.
Test your musical knowledge with this fun compilation, filled with 100 beautifully designed infographics, that pays homage to the songs we can't get out of our heads-inspired by lyrics from artists such as Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, Paul Simon, TLC, Bob Dylan, Weezer, and more. Challenge friends and family to "name that tune" with this entertaining collection of references to pop lyrics. Featuring a minimalist and artful design, Pop Charts reinterprets lines from songs that have become part of the zeitgeist. Classics, earworms, and cult hits are reimagined with cool, playful infographic designs-from David Bowie's Space Oddity to the Beastie Boys' Sabotage and Beyonce's Run the World. With an appealing retro look, the full-page designs of Pop Charts give a clever new twist to pop music's most hummable songs. The flip side of each designed page includes the tune's name, and the book includes a full bibliography of every song included. Pop Charts is ideal for music and pop culture enthusiasts and modern design fans.
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the first comprehensive history of the disc jockey, a figure who has become a powerful force shaping the music industry--and since its original publication, the book has become a cult classic. Now, with five new chapters and over a hundred pages of additional material, this updated and revised edition of Last Night a DJ Saved My Life reasserts itself as the definitive account of DJ culture, from the first record played over airwaves to house, hip hop, techno, and beyond. From the early development of recorded and transmitted sound, DJs have been shaping the way we listen to music and the record industry. Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton have tracked down the inside story on some of music's most memorable moments. Focusing on the club DJ, the book gets first-hand accounts of the births of disco, hip hop, house, and techno. Visiting legendary clubs like the Peppermint Lounge, Cheetah, the Loft, Sound Factory, and Ministry of Sound, and with interviews with legendary DJs, Last Night a DJ Saved My Life is a lively and entertaining account of musical history and some of the most legendary parties of the century.
Manchester, its bands, its fashions, its attitude, has defined pop culture for the best part of four decades. Joy Division, The Fall, Buzzcocks, New Order, The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Stone Roses, Oasis. These were the bands that shaped two generations of teenagers and changed the course of pop music. Manchester: Looking for the Light through the Pouring Rain is a portrait of these individuals, the city, and their times. Whether it be on a rain-soaked stage in Brazil, a rented room in Whalley Range, or on the dancefloor of the legendary Hacienda, Kevin Cummins' exquisite photographs capture the anarchic energy of the Manchester pop moment. This stunning visual record of the city and its pop history is complemented by four textual contributions from Paul Morley, Stuart Maconie, Gavin Martin and John Harris. What is it about that city that makes it the Memphis of the UK? Cummins' photographic record of the past 30 years captures the highs, the lows and the transcendent pop moments of Manchester's most famous sons.
Astonishing, richly spontaneous, and almost entirely unpublished images of the Beatles historic first trip to the United States, as chronicled by an award-winning photographer given unique access to their tour. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles first visit to the United States, this rare and mostly unseen collection of photographs marks the beginning of the British Invasion. In February 1964, photographer Bill Eppridge was on assignment for Life magazine to cover the band s arrival at JFK airport. He was then invited to continue shooting in their room at the Plaza Hotel and during the days that followed, notably at the Ed Sullivan Show rehearsal and historic performance; in Central Park; on a train ride to Washington, D.C., for the concert at the Washington Coliseum; at the British embassy; and at their renowned performance at Carnegie Hall. The book is an intimate fly-on-the-wall account of a visit that introduced the Beatles to America and changed the course of music, internationalizing the industry and opening the door for other artists to achieve global success."
Nathan Carter has become Ireland's biggest country music star. He is heralded by many as reviving the country music genre and bringing it into the mainstream. He has sold out venues across the UK and Ireland, has landed his own primetime show, and is loved and respected by legions of fans across Ireland. But how did a lad from Liverpool accomplish all this before the age of 27? In his revealing and inspirational autobiography, Nathan reminisces about his music filled childhood, and growing up in Merseyside with his Liverpool-Irish family. From his first taste of showbiz at the tender age of four, to his success on the north of England club circuit and his subsequent relocation to Donegal, Nathan explores the twists of fate that took him to chart success and to become Ireland's adopted poster boy for country music.
I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms. Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands tells the story of one of the most revered British bands of the 1980s: Spacemen 3. As the decade turned and acid house hit the mainstream, the band imploded spectacularly, going their separate ways just as they were on the cusp of breakthrough success. Here, Will Carruthers tells the story of his time in a wholly dysfunctional yet hugely influential band, in one of the funniest and most memorable music memoirs.
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Beatlemania, with their first number one, and their first album. From the time they were formed in 1962, through to their break-up eight years later, the Beatles were associated with a multitude of items, places and people. This illustrated collection focuses on 100 of the most important of those 'objects' - which heralded landmark moments, career changing achievements or curious episodes in the life of a Beatle. From tickets to records, instruments to memorabilia, clothes and the stories and histories behind them - including the drum kit Ringo purchased in 1960 and a copy of 'My Bonnie' (the band's first professional recording) and a ticket for Candlestick Park (the Fab Four's last concert); here are 100 amazing objects that tell the story of the Beatles as never before.
An unauthorised biography of the most pro-actively political rock band on the planet. Founder member and guitarist Tom Morello has given author Joel McIver his blessing to write this biography. Joel McIver has given a clear and unbiased analysis of the group's stance on a wide range of issues as well as the chronology of their career.
Dean Boland began a fifteen plus-year quest-to find out the why, how, and what behind rock names. The result is an alphabetical listing, from AC/DC to ZZ Top, spanning over four decades.
Electronic dance music was once the utopian frontier of pop culture. But three decades after the acid house 'summer of love', it has gone from subculture to the global mainstream. Does it still have the same power to inspire?
From the pleasure palaces of Ibiza and Las Vegas to 'new frontiers' like Shanghai and Dubai, raving is now a multi-million-dollar business. But there are still hardcore believers upholding its DIY ethos - the techno idealists of Berlin and Detroit and the queer subcults of New York, the post-apartheid party people of South Africa and the outlaw techno travellers of France.
In Rave On, Matthew Collin travels the world to experience these unique scenes first-hand, talk to the key players and hear the story of how dance culture went global - and find out if its maverick spirit can survive its own success.
Gered Mankowitz is the photographer who created the enduring and defining image of the rock star as we know it today Inspired to take up photography by the comedian Peter Sellers, Mankowitz opened his first studio in 1963. Finding himself at the centre of Swinging London, he soon established himself as one of the most prominent music photographers on the scene. This book showcases Mankowitz's most striking and beautiful photographs from the 1960s to the 2000s. Encompassing the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull, Led Zeppelin, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, Oasis and many others, 50 Years of Rock and Roll Photography contains some of music's most important and iconic images. Record industry insider and author Brian Southall supplies incisive background text on the subjects, while Mankowitz recounts anecdotes of his 50 years behind the lens. Introduced by Peter York and complete with forewords by music legends Annie Lennox, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman, this is the most extensive and varied collection of Gered Mankowitz's work ever published.
(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). 40 enduring favorites are featured in each volume of this series. Due to their popularity and their playability on piano, these songs rank among the top-selling sheet music titles of all-time. Whether you seek new songs to perform, skill-building practice material or just the sheer fun of playing great songs that you could never quite figure out by ear, these collections guarantee a lifetime of enjoyment. Songs: Amazed (Lonestar) * American Honey (Lady Antebellum) * Anyway (Martina McBride) * Blessed (Martina McBride) * The Dance (Garth Brooks) * Desperado (Eagles) * Go Rest High on That Mountain (Vince Gill) * Home (Blake Shelton) * How Do I Live (LeAnn Rimes) * I Cross My Heart (George Strait) * I Run to You (Lady Antebellum) * I Saw God Today (George Strait) * I Told You So (Carrie Underwood) * If I Die Young (The Band Perry) * I'll Stand by You (Carrie Underwood) * I'm Movin' On (Rascal Flatts) * In My Daughter's Eyes (Martina McBride) * Jesus, Take the Wheel (Carrie Underwood) * Leave the Pieces (The Wreckers) * Let Me Down Easy (Billy Currington) * Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw) * Lost in This Moment (Big & Rich) * Love Can Build a Bridge (The Judds) * Love Lives On (Mallary Hope) * Love Me if You Can (Toby Keith) * Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) * Need You Now (Lady Antebellum) * Peaceful Easy Feeling (Eagles) * Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford) * Smile (Uncle Kracker) * Stand by Your Man (Tammy Wynette) * Take It Easy (Eagles) * Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver) * Temporary Home (Carrie Underwood) * Then (Brad Paisley) * There You'll Be (Faith Hill) * When I Said I Do (Clint Black) * When You Come Back Down (Nickel Creek) * Whiskey Lullaby (Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood) * You Don't Know Me (Eddy Arnold).
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.
Geoff Emerick became an assistant engineer at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in 1962 at age fifteen, and was present as a new band called the Beatles recorded their first songs. He later worked with the Beatles as they recorded their singles aShe Loves Youa and aI Want to Hold Your Hand, a the songs that would propel them to international superstardom. In 1964 he would witness the transformation of this young and playful group from Liverpool into professional, polished musicians as they put to tape classic songs such as aEight Days A Weeka and aI Feel Fine.a
Then, in 1966, at age nineteen, Geoff Emerick became the Beatlesa chief engineer, the man responsible for their distinctive sound as they recorded the classic album "Revolver," in which they pioneered innovative recording techniques that changed the course of rock history. Emerick would also engineer the monumental "Sgt. Pepper" and "Abbey Road" albums, considered by many the greatest rock recordings of all time. In "Here, There and Everywhere" he reveals the creative process of the band in the studio, and describes how he achieved the sounds on their most famous songs. Emerick also brings to light the personal dynamics of the band, from the relentless (and increasingly mean-spirited) competition between Lennon and McCartney to the infighting and frustration that eventually brought a bitter end to the greatest rock band the world has ever known.
In 1980, the celebrated new wave band Blondie headed to Los Angeles to record a new album, and along with it, the cover "The Tide Is High" originally written by Jamaican legend John Holt. With percussion by Peruvian drummer and veteran L.A. session musician "Alex" Acuna and horns and violins that were pure L.A. mariachi by way of Mexico, "The Tide Is High" demonstrates just one example of the ways in which the music of Los Angeles and Latin America have been intertwined since the birth of the city in the 18th century. The Tide Was Always High gathers together essays, interviews, and analysis from leading academics, artists, journalists, and iconic Latin American musicians to explore the vibrant connections between Los Angeles and Latin America. Published in conjunction with the Getty's Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, the book shows how Latin American musicians and music have helped shape the city's culture, from Hollywood film sets to recording studios, from vaudeville theaters to Sunset Strip nightclubs, and from Carmen Miranda to Perez Prado and Juan Garcia Esquivel.
In the late eighties and early nineties, Moby, then an underground DJ and musician, was scraping out a living in New York City. In a scene popular chiefly among working-class African-Americans and Latinos, Moby - a poor, skinny, white Christian, vegan and teetotaller - looked like he would never make it. By the late nineties, contemplating the end of his music career, he released what he assumed would be his swansong, Play, which went on to become a multi-million-selling album, opening up an astonishing new phase in his life. Porcelain is an unfailingly honest, funny and brilliantly written memoir about making it, losing it, loving it, hating it and everything in between.
In October 2016 the Swedish Academy finally conceded to a quarter-century's worth of clamorous petitions and sustained lobbying enacted by a chorus of poets novelists songwriters and academics. At long last Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature his vast corpus spread out like Highway 61 behind him. How is a Dylan debutante to make sense of the song and dance man's six decade career? How might a diehard Dylan fanatic stumble upon something they didn't know they didn't know? Why with award-winning journalist Bruce Pollock's EBob Dylan FAQE of course!THEBob Dylan FAQE the latest installment in Backbeat's FAQ series condenses the life and times of America's premier songster into an addictively vivacious 400-page brick jam-packed with critical analysis minutiae photographs ephemera and period history. Every aspect of Dylan's life and career from his ever-expanding discography touring history fallow periods literary and visual artistic efforts peers influences and legacy to his devoted fanbase is explored. Best of all the book's structure invites perusing at any random point as each chapter serves as a freestanding article on its subject. Dive into Dylanana with EBob Dylan FAQE!
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