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Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is the long-awaited memoir from Elvis Costello, one of rock and roll's most iconic stars.
Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world's greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. This memoir, written with the same inimitable touch as his lyrics, and including dozens of images from his personal archive, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.
In 1987, Roy Orbison crowned his critical rehabilitation with this concert in Los Angeles, where he runs through his greatest hits with the help of some famous friends. Those joining the Big O for such classics as 'Only the Lonely', 'Crying', 'It's Over' and 'Oh, Pretty Woman' include Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Soles, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes.
Mike Myers reprises his role as Austin Powers, the oversexed super-spy from the sixties. Arch-enemy Dr Evil has travelled back in time to 1969 and stolen Powers' mojo, the secret of his all-conquering virility. Realising that this theft is probably part of one of Dr Evil's attempts at world domination, our intrepid hero gives chase, following the super-criminal back to 1960s swinging London. Once there, he teams up with the beautiful CIA agent Felicity Shagwell (Heather Graham), but due to his aforementioned lack in the mojo department, he is unfortunately unable to consummate the relationship - which raises the stakes considerably. Watch for cameos from Elvis Costello, Jerry Springer and Woody Harrelson.
As an encapsulation of the most vital period in Elvis Costello's career, The First Ten Yearsportrays of a rule-breaker who nevertheless had a deep respect for his musical roots. Even as he was defining New Wave in the late 1970s with "Watching the Detectives," "Pump it Up," and "Radio, Radio," Elvis was paying homage to The Byrdson "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" and copping Spinners riffs on "Alison." The collection follows Costello into the '80s as he expands his songwriting and production palette ("New Lace Sleeves," "Beyond Belief") while tackling old-school country ("Good Year for the Roses") and Stax soul ("I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down"). In the years that followed this collection's scope, Costello would launch himself whole-heartedly into everything from big-band jazz to classical orchestration, but the seeds of all that eclecticism (not to mention the aesthetic template for most of his subsequent work) lie in the tracks presented here. As one of the most original artistic personalities of his era, Costello proved enormously influential for multiple generations, and The First 10 Yearsshows the achievements on which his legend is built.
National Ransom is the latest Elvis Costello gem, recorded in a total of eleven days at Sound Emporium, Nashville and Village Recorders, Los Angeles and was produced by T Bone Burnett and engineered and mixed by Michael Piersante at Electromagetic, Los Angeles.
All of these songs are newly composed by Costello with the exception of "I Lost You," co-written with Jim Lauderdale and "All These Strangers," for which Costello and T Bone Burnett collaborated on the lyrics. Costello and Burnett also provide the lyrics for "My Lovely Jezebel," a Leon Russell rock and roll tune. All members of the Imposters and Sugarcanes appear on the CD along with guests Vince Gill, Marc Ribot, Buddy Miller and Leon Russell.
All 13 episodes from the first series of the music and chat show hosted by English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. Recorded at Harlem's famous Apollo Theatre and 30 Rock's 8H studio in New York, the show features Costello interviewing some of the biggest names in music and joining them in some unique musical collaborations. Guests in this series include: Elton John, Lou Reed, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, The Police, Herbie Hancock and Smokey Robinson, among others.
Double-bill of films from cult British director Alex Cox. In 'Straight to Hell' (1986), a gang of bank robbers headed by the hit-man Norwood (Sy Richardson) make their way into the desert with a suitcase full of stolen loot. They bury the money and stumble into an old oilfield settlement, the home of the caffeine-addicted McMahon gang. Everybody tries to play it cool, but with all these bizarre characters and the massive amounts of coffee being drunk it won't be long before the tensions become unbearable. Also starring former-Clash frontman Joe Strummer. In 'Death and the Compass' (1992), celebrated detective Lonnrot (Peter Boyle) is on the trail of the notorious Red Sharlach (Christoper Eccleston) and will stop at nothing to bring him to justice. But when he finally tracks the villain down to the Villa Triste-Le-Roy, what he encounters there will tax his celebrated reasoning power to the very limit.
Documentary about the Beach Boys which gives plenty of attention to the drug and psychological problems of brothers Dennis and Brian Wilson and their sufferings at the hands of their abusive dad and manager Murray. All the surviving members of the band tell their stories themselves, from the early surf days to their experimental 'Pet Sounds' sessions, leading up to and beyond their controversial gig at Ronald Reagan's 1985 presidential inauguration.
Alan Bleasdale pens this dark comedy set in Liverpool. As a parting shot, a retiring Liverpool nightclub manager plays a cruel prank on his successor by booking two groups of pensioners - one Catholic and one Protestant - into the same bar room on the same night. When the new manager, Mike (Michael Angelis), walks into this explosive situation, he must pull out all the stops to keep the peace. Joanne Whalley and Bernard Hill co-star, while pop star Elvis Costello makes a cameo appearance as an inept magician.
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