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I Hear a Symphony opens new territory in the study of Motown's legacy, arguing that the music of Motown was indelibly shaped by the ideals of Detroit's postwar black middle class; that Motown's creative personnel participated in an African-American tradition of dialogism in rhythm and blues while developing the famous "Motown Sound." Throughout the book, Flory focuses on the central importance of "crossover" to the Motown story; first as a key concept in the company's efforts to reach across American commercial markets, then as a means to extend influence internationally, and finally as a way to expand the brand beyond strictly musical products. Flory's work reveals the richness of the Motown sound, and equally rich and complex cultural influence Motown still exerts.
Even More Rock Family Trees is the eagerly awaited new collection by rock's premier draughtsman and archivist Pete Frame. A legend in his own lunchtime, Frame is justly celebrated for his unique contributions to the literature of the music he loves.This latest set includes newly drawn family trees of Elton John, the Allman Brothers Band 1, ELP, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Winwood, The Drifters, Roxy Music, Roger McGuinn, Beach Boys, Martin Carthy, Shirley Collilns, Yes, Asia, Eric Clapton, the Yardbirds, Miles Davis, the Creation label and many more.
Renowned rock author Martin Popoff's exhaustive and detailed timeline of Deep Purple milestones - often to the day - looks at the band's influences, cultural milieu, tours, recording sessions, charts, singles, certification news, break-ups, personal stuff, trivia, mixed with lots of artist quotes to add to the entries, turning the book into a quasi-oral history but loaded with factual matter.But this book is not just about Deep Purple but the whole family of bands that surrounds it. Weaved in and out of the story are the dastardly diaries of Rainbow, Whitesnake, Ian Gillan Band, Gillan, Paice Ashton Lord, all the solo projects, guest slots, even Captain Beyond, Warhorse, Jerusalem, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bedlam, Elf, Episode Six, The Outlaws, and Trapeze.The book also touches on a whole host of other artists including the likes of Uriah Heep, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Nazareth, Moxy, Silverhead, Hard Stuff, Lord Sutch, Warpig, Vanilla Fudge, Brian Auger, Judas Priest, James Gang, Angel and Legs Diamond - but always with contextual explanation that make this book such a fascinating read and an absolute smorgasbord of facts surrounding one of the greatest rock bands' of all time.
'This is not just another Bowie book. This, it's fair to say, is THE Bowie book... Essential for any fan.' THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A truly sparkling collection.' THE DAILY MAIL 'More than 500 photos of immense breadth and depth.' VOGUEChosen as one of Vogue's Best David Bowie Books. This book is the breathtaking result of iconic photographer Terry O'Neill's creative partnership with David Bowie that spanned over a number of years, including images published here for the first time. Containing rare and never-before-seen photographs, their work together includes images from the last Ziggy Stardust performance, recording sessions for Young Americans and the renowned studio portraits for Diamond Dogs - plus live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more. With more than 500 photographs, this is the ultimate portrait of an inspiring, challenging and ever-changing artist.
No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant pop-culture sound of the late-1970s and '80s was not in fact the smash and sneer of punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B that was first staked out on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session muso-crew in LA, and further developed on the band's self-titled three-million-selling debut smash of 1978. A string of hits followed for the band going into the '80s and beyond. Running parallel to this, as stellar session players, Lukather and band-mates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro and Steve Porcaro were also the creative linchpins on some of the most successful, influential and enduring records of the era. In The Gospel According to Luke, Lukather tells the Toto story: how a group of high school friends formed the band in 1977 and went on to sell more than 40 million records worldwide. He also lifts the lid on what really went on behind the closed studio doors and shows the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Don Henley, Roger Waters and Aretha Franklin. And yet, Lukather's extraordinary tale encompasses the dark side of the American Dream. Engaging, incisive and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing . . .
World Music: A Global Journey, Fourth Edition takes students around the world to experience the diversity of musical expression and cultural traditions. It is known for its breadth in surveying the world's major cultures in a systematic study of world music within a strong pedagogical framework. As one would prepare for any journey, each chapter starts with background preparation, reviewing the historical, cultural, and musical overview of the region. Visits to multiple "sites" within a region provide in-depth studies of varied musical traditions. Music analysis begins with an experiential "first impression" of the music, followed by an "aural analysis" of the sound and prominent musical elements. Finally, students are invited to consider the cultural connections that give the music its meaning and life. Fourth Edition features: New sites! Plena from Puerto Rico Chuida from China Gagaku from Japan has returned from the Second Edition New "Inside Look" features spotlight distinguished ethnomusicologists such as Dr. Terence Liu, K.S. Resni, Dr. Sumarsam, Dr. Mick Moloney, Walter Mahovlich, Natalie MacMaster, and Gilbert Velez Addition of DANCE, inseparable to musical expression in some cultures Updates as needed, resulting from various changes in culture, politics, and war New and revised test questions, new photos, and other revised resources The dynamic companion website hosts interactive listening guides plus many student and instructor resources. A set of three CDs is available, with over three hours of diverse music examples necessary to the study. PURCHASING OPTIONS Print Paperback Pack - Book and CD set: 9781138911277 Print Hardback Pack - Book and CD set: 9781138911284 Print Paperback - Book only: 9781138911314 Audio CD: 9781138697805 eBook Pack - eBook and mp3 file: 9781315692791* *For eBook users, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of purchase to obtain access to the mp3 audio compilation. An access code and instructions will be provided. (The mp3 audio compilation is not available for separate sale.)
In 1950 a couple of rhythm and blues-loving teenagers named Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller met for the first time. Leiber was looking for someone to help compose music for lyrics he'd written, and a friend recommended a piano player named Mike Stoller. They discovered their mutual affection for R&B, and, as Jerry and Mike put it in this fascinating autobiography, it was the beginning of an argument that has been going on for more than fifty years with no resolution in sight. Leiber and Stoller had their first success with a song called "Hard Times" that became an R&B hit in 1952. They followed it with the classic song "Kansas City," and then another bluesy composition, "Hound Dog," for the inimitable Big Mama Thornton. They were still in their teens and working with some of the pioneers of rock and roll. A few years later "Hound Dog" would become a #1 record for Elvis Presley, and Jerry and Mike became the King's favorite songwriters. They wrote such early Elvis hits as "Jailhouse Rock," "Treat Me Nice," and "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)." Their affection for Elvis was mutual, but Elvis's manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker, didn't appreciate Jerry and Mike's independent ways and ended the relationship. Leiber and Stoller had a string of hits with the Coasters, including "Yakety Yak," "Poison Ivy," and "Charlie Brown." They infused their songs with wit and playfulness. They had founded their own music label, which led them to an arrangement with Atlantic Records, where they wrote hits for the Drifters and Ben E. King, including "On Broadway" (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) and "Stand by Me" (with King). Their productions for the Drifters brought new instrumentation and musical sophistication to rock music. Not yet in their thirties, Leiber and Stoller became part of the Brill Building scene in the early 1960s. Their Red Bird label produced and recorded some of the most successful girl groups of the era. Along the way they mentored an ambitious young writer-producer named Phil Spector and influenced musician Burt Bacharach. In a completely different genre, Leiber and Stoller wrote and produced "Is That All There Is?" for Peggy Lee. They also created the smash musical Smokey Joe's Cafe, which premiered in 1995 and became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. With the assistance of David Ritz, they describe what it was like when Elvis was a fresh new face and when two young guys with tons of talent and an insatiable love of good old American R&B could create the soundtrack for a generation -- and have a great time doing it.
*THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER* The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year.
Seven years after their unprecedented arrival in the UK, The Kings of Leon are finally making a name for themselves overseas, thanks to a series of hit albums and singles (peaking with 2008's anthemic "Sex on Fire") and a headline slot at Glastonbury in 2008 then Reading in '09 topped off with a Grammy Award for "Use Somebody". No longer indulging in the drugs which were threatening to come between them, the band are older, wiser and in a better position to reflect in their rise to glory. Their's is a unique tale, from their youth as touring musicians in their preacher father's church to their discovery by the American music industry and beyond. Joel McIver's new book, the first ever Kings of Leon biography, digs deep into their history to reveal a band like no other.
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aTo the Break of Dawn marks a crucial turning point in hip-hop
writing. . . . By opening the discourse on hip-hopas aesthetic,
Cobb spearheads a new sub-genre, and perhaps a return or revolution
in hip-hop aesthetics.a
a[P]eels back the many digitized layers of hip-hop to explore
the evolution of the MC, from African folkloric traditions to the
global (and often hypercommercial) phenomenon it is today.
SEE ALSO: "Pimps Up, Hoas Down: Hip Hopas Hold on Young Black Women" by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.
aTo the Break of Dawn is smart, funny, conversational -- a book
to touch off serious study of the modern MC.a
aUpon finishing To The Break of Dawn any objective fan will
acknowledge that Cobb has done a commendable job in chronicling
rapas evolution and explaining its multiple influences and
aTo the Break of Dawn dissects the evolution of hip hop lyricism
from its most primitive beginnings to its current manifestation as
a global phenomenon. Author Jelani Cobb examines issues of race,
geography, genre and bravado in this overview of hip hopas lyrical
art. Covering words from B.I.G., Cube, Obie Trice and Pimp C, Cobb
offers an intellectual and up-to-date report on hip hopas most
aWhat makes William Jelani Cobb's To the Break of Dawn so
refreshing is that it centers on what hip-hop is, rather than on
what it does. Eschewing the common practice of treating rap lyrics
as just another way to talk about race, politics or the self, Cobb
treats them as art. His aim is ambitious: toarticulate hip-hop's
aesthetic principles while tracing its roots back to the aancestral
poetic and musical traditionsa of black oral culture, from Sunday
sermons to gut-bucket blues. To the Break of Dawn celebrates
lyrical invention, the artists and even the particular rhymes that
make hip-hop great. For the uninitiated, it is Hip-Hop 101,
offering a rich overview of rap's verbal artistry. For the
aficionado, it alternately affirms and challenges deeply held
beliefs of what is valuable in hip-hop.a
aThis book makes an important contribution to hip-hop history. .
. . Cobbas writing style is engaging, and the book benefits from
the legitimacy provided by the authoras background: he is a former
MC who grew up with the culture.a
aOn literally every page [Cobb] displays a tremendous command of
language and history as he aexamines the aesthetic, stylistic, and
thematic evolution of hip hop from its inception in the South Bronx
to the present era.a But make no mistake: this groundbreaking work
is an artfully constructed and vividly written look at athe
artistic evolution of rap music and its relationship to earlier
forms of black expression.a Much of the book's pleasure also comes
from Cobb's ability to afreestylea serious and humorous
insights-from how artists such as Tupac and Nas sometimes astepped
outside the conventions of hip-hop to pen sympathetic narratives
about the sexual exploitation of young women, a to how LL Cool J's
pioneering aI Need a Beata sounded alike he'd raided every entry in
an SAT book.a aa
aVital stuff for hip hop fans eager to know more about their
favorite culturalidiomas development and underpinnings.a
aAt a time when academics are just beginning to recognize hip
hop as a legitimate form, William Jelani Cobb, a child of rap
himself, brings an unparalleled level of understanding to the
music. His historically informed yet hip-to-the-tip viewpoint roots
readers in the art form rather than the hype.a
aWith poetic passion and surgical precision, William Jelani
Cobb's engaging exploration of the hip hop aesthetic lovingly
demonstrates that, when it comes to beats and rhymes, the beauty of
the (bass) god resides in the details.a
aFinally, a hip hop study that captures the verve and swagger
that marked the work of our critical forebears Albert Murray and
Amiri Baraka. In his brilliant new tome, William Jelani Cobb
bridges the gap between the majesty of the blues and the gully
regality of hip hop.a
"Wow! "To the Break of Dawn" is a crucial contribution to hip
hop history. I'm thrilled that William Jelani Cobb has documented
hip hop's relationship to the blues. If you want to truly
understand how hip hop was born, read this booka
"aTo the Break of Dawn" tells the serious story of hip hop's
artistic roots, and in the process revels in the great MCs who
stand at the crossroads of music and literature. In a crowded field
of hip hop scholars, pundits, and journalists, "To the Break of
Dawn" puts William Jelani Cobb way out in front.a
aUpon finishing To the Break of Dawn, any objective fan will
acknowledge that Cobb has done a commendable job in chronicling
rapasevolution and explaining its multiple influences and impact.
Hereas a fresh look at a music that continues to electrify,
confound, alienate, and fascinate.a
"He'll idle with some prelim scratches to let the crowd know what's coming next. And if his boy got skills enough, if the verbal game is tight enough, that right there will be the kinetic moment, that blessed split-second when beat meets rhyme."
With roots that stretch from West Africa through the black pulpit, hip-hop emerged in the streets of the South Bronx in the 1970s and has spread to the farthest corners of the earth. To the Break of Dawn uniquely examines this freestyle verbal artistry on its own terms. A kid from Queens who spent his youth at the epicenter of this new art form, music critic William Jelani Cobb takes readers inside the beats, the lyrics, and the flow of hip-hop, separating mere corporate rappers from the creative MCs that forged the art in the crucible of the street jam.
The four pillars of hip hop--break dancing, graffiti art, deejaying, and rapping--find their origins in traditions as diverse as the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira and Caribbean immigrants' turnstile artistry. Tracing hip-hop's relationship to ancestral forms of expression, Cobb explores the cultural and literary elements that are at its core. From KRS-One and Notorious B.I.G. to Tupac Shakur and Lauryn Hill, he profiles MCs who were pivotal to the rise of the genre, verbal artists whose lineage runs back to the black preacher and the bluesman.
Unlike books that focus on hip-hop as a social movement or a commercial phenomenon, To the Break of Dawn tracks the music's aesthetic, stylistic, and thematic evolution from its inception to today's distinctly regional sub-divisions and styles. Written with an insider's ear, the book illuminates hip-hop's innovations in a freestyle form that speaks to both aficionados and newcomers to the art.
Bono (U2) once said, "More than any other band, The Who are our role models." Starting as a simple four-piece 'mod' band in the early 1960s, The Who went on to conquer the world with their unique and supremely powerful music that transcended any genre and appealed to fans across the world. The original lineup of Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon, Pete Townshend and John Entwhistle honed their sound and recorded some milestone albums in rock history: Live at Leeds, Tommy and Quadrophenia are just some of the legendary records they released.
Modzines is an original book that documents the fast living world of fanzines during the Mod revival years, fully illustrated with original artwork and photography. Leading figures from the scene including fanzine editors, bands, DJ's, promoters, journalists and main `faces' are interviewed providing exclusive behind the scenes stories, anecdotes and memories. Fully illustrated with original, rare artwork from key issues as well as front covers and spreads from celebrated fanzines Direction Reaction Creation; Extraordinary Sensations; Roadrunner; Maximum Speed; Sense of Style; Sth Circular; Patriotic; Go Go; In The Crowd; Right Track; Beat That and many more.
In 1999, Underworld's Karl Hyde began writing a public diary. Every day since then, Hyde has documented his thoughts, lyrical works-in-progress, poetry and biographical essays alongside 'found' visuals. For the last sixteen years, these entries have collectively created an on-going, utterly unique monologue on Underworld's website. I Am Dogboy handpicks a selection of diary entries and rearranges them to create an autobiographical narrative that takes Hyde from childhood through to the exploratory early years of Underworld, an electronic act who have been peerless for the last twenty five years. Spliced throughout the narrative are standalone/abstract poetic pieces that offer occasional snapshots of life on the road and in the studio and give an insight into Hyde's singular style of lyric writing. The book is beautifully designed by John Warwicker - Hyde's long time collaborator and co-founder of the Tomato collective. Karl Hyde and John Warwicker have previously published the typographic books Mmm... Skyscraper I Love You and In The Belly of St Paul.
This is the perfect book for any music maestro planning to host a pub quiz with their family and friends, either at home or in the pub! This amazing book contains more than five thousand pop music pub-quiz questions at various difficulty levels, ranged from easy to medium and hard. There are themed quizzes on a huge variety of musical subjects including genre quizzes (like indie, hip hop and heavy metal), legendary artists (like Elton John, Queen and Madonna) and specialist decade quizzes, as well as pot-luck quizzes for an extra challenge. This book contains all you need for setting your own pub quizzes or brushing up on your musical knowledge for your next competition.
Hip-hop has come a long way from its origins in the Bronx in the 1970s, when rapping and Djing were just part of a lively, decidedly local scene that also venerated break-dancing and graffiti. Now hip-hop is a global phenomenon and, in the United States, a massively successful corporate enterprise predominantly controlled and consumed by whites while the most prominent performers are black. How does this shift in racial dynamics affect our understanding of contemporary hip-hop, especially when the music perpetuates stereotypes of black men? Do black listeners interpret hip-hop differently from white fans? These questions have dogged hip-hop for decades, but unlike most pundits, Michael Jeffries finds answers by interviewing everyday people. Instead of turning to performers or media critics, Thug Life focuses on the music's fans - young men, both black and white - and the resulting account avoids romanticism, offering an unbiased examination of how hip-hop works in people's daily lives. As Jeffries weaves the fans' voices together with his own sophisticated analysis, we are able to understand hip-hop as a tool listeners use to make sense of themselves and society as well as a rich, self-contained world containing politics and pleasure, virtue and vice.
The concept behind Ruth and Martin's Album Club is simple: make people listen to a classic album they've never heard, then ask them to review it. Compiled here are the blog's greatest hits, as well as some new and exclusive material, each entry boasting a comprehensive introduction by all-round music geek Martin Fitzgerald: Ian Rankin on Madonna's Madonna. J. K. Rowling on the Violent Femmes' Violent Femmes. Chris Addison on Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Bonnie Greer on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Brian Koppelman on The Smiths' Meat Is Murder. Anita Rani on The Strokes' Is This It. Richard Osman on Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure. And many, many more.
This is the b format edition of the critically acclaimed biography. Cloaked in mystique, Joy Division's extraordinary vocalist Ian Curtis tragically took his own life in 1980, leaving just two haunting albums an a depleted band that would famously evolve into New Order. In this in-depth biography of the late singer, the authors have gained exclusive access to Ian Curtis's family and many others close to him. Mick Middles was the first journalist to interview Joy Division for the music press and formed a close association with the band that continues to this day.
An anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary from the heyday of British pop music writing. In its heyday, from the 1960s to the 1980s, the UK music press was the forging ground for a new critical culture, where readers could encounter anything from comics and cult films to new musical forms and radical underground politics. It created an off-mainstream collective cultural commons improvised through a networked subculture of rival weeklies, monthlies, and fanzines, including such titles as NME, Melody Maker, Sounds,Record Mirror, Black Echoes, Black Music, Let It Rock, Street Life, Zigzag, and Smash Hits. This anthology of conversations and essays, memories and commentary explores how this uncharted space first came about, who put it together, what it achieved, and where it went. Along the way, it unearths the many surprising worlds explored by this network of young anarchists, dreamers, and agitators who dared to take pop culture seriously, and considers what remains of their critical legacy. Contributors Valerie Wilmer, Charles Shaar Murray, Richard Williams, Penny Reel, Jonh Ingham, Jon Savage, Cynthia Rose, Paul Morley, David Toop, Bob Stanley, Barney Hoskyns, Jonathon Green, Simon Frith, Paul Gilroy, and many others With cover and illustrations by legendary comics artist Savage Pencil.
Adele touches the hearts of millions of people who love her for her music and share the real and honest emotion she brings to each and every song. In a cynical age, she is a phenomenon. In Adele, bestselling biographer Sean Smith talks to those close to her as he follows her astonishing journey to fame that began on the gritty streets of Tottenham. Through compelling new research and interviews, he reveals that there is far more to Adele than the superstar we all think we know. He uncovers the story of her complex family relationships; the ill-starred love affair between her mother and father; her devastation at the untimely death of her grandfather; and her seemingly unpromising future in a gang-ravaged area of South London. She found salvation at the BRIT School before a series of unhappy love affairs provided the inspiration for her record-breaking albums. He describes how she conquered America and how it all could have been ended by a dramatic vocal injury. Instead, she has made an amazing comeback and found personal happiness in a new relationship and becoming a mum. Intimate and revealing, Adele is the uplifting story of the woman with the most glorious voice in the world.
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