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By Peter Goddard. 2017
Considered one of the most influential musicians and cultural figures of his time, Glenn Gould remains a fascinating figure. In… the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician. Presents a deep and nuanced study of Gould's life with unmatched candour and clarity. Inside is a love letter Gould wrote but never sent (he later revised it again and again); the text of a speech that Gould gave to a group of children about life and childhood; and portions of Glenn Gould: hysteric return, a never-before-seen radio script in which Gould imagines his return to the concert stage and all it would have entailed. 2017.
By David L Hammer. 1985
By Steve Turner. 2006
John Lennon famously proclaimed the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, and over the next few years, they were to… become spiritual leaders to a generation trying to find meaning in the world. Turner examines their attitudes toward religion and their spiritual influences, including John's education as a choirboy. By their final albums, the Beatles were weaving more references to religion and spirituality into their music, and Turner attempts to reveal the "gospel" of the Fab Four. Some descriptions of violence, sex and some strong language. 2006.
By Edmund White. 2001
Novelist, critic, and biographer White, who moved to Paris in 1983, describes his wanderings through the city's arrondissements, including districts… congenial to writers, African-Americans, Jews, artists, gays and lesbians, and royalists. A flâneur is someone who strolls about a city with no specific purpose, yet is attuned to its history and character. Bestseller. 2001.
By Simon Winchester. 2001
Award-winning journalist and author Simon Winchester takes readers on a personal tour of the Balkans. Combining history and interviews with… the people who live there, Winchester offers a fascinating glimpse into the complex issues at work in this chaotic region. 2001.
By David Attenborough. 1987
A history of the Mediterranean world from the dramatic creation of the sea when the Atlantic flooded across the barrier… of land connecting Morocco and Gibraltar and plunged over a cliff 50 times the height of Niagara. The transformation of man in this rich region from hunter-gather to a settled form of existence was the beginning of civilisation and so began the process that was to transform the whole area. 1987.
By Ian Wallis. 1996
Traces the life and times of musician Ronnie Hawkins, from his early rockabilly days in Arkansas through his later recording… career. At the leading edge of the rock'n'roll era, he played with legends Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison, and formed friendships with Bob Dylan and John Lennon. Some strong language. 1996.
By Peter Levi. 1981
Greece as seen through the eyes of a sensitive traveller - English classicist, archaeologist, and former Jesuit priest, whose poetic… observations about the land and its people are interspersed with personal narrative. c1981.
By Ted Simon. 1997
The author recounts his 1500 mile journey, much of it on foot, through Eastern Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania,… making personal connections with people in the turbulent region, and learning more about himself and his parents who had escaped from there years before. 1997.
By Helene Hanff. 1973
By Sam H Shirakawa. 1992
Born in Berlin in 1886, this German boy was to become one of the greatest conductors of the twentieth century.… Though his musical genius continues to be recognized through a prodigious number of recordings, nothing seems to erase the suspicion that has surrounded his name since the Nazis came to power. The author describes Furtwangler's role as noble and totally misunderstood. 1992.
By Charles Osborne. 1986
This text gives an account of Mozart's 22 operas. The author explores the operas from four points of view: the… historical setting and Mozart's own life at the time; the libretto and librettist; the story line; and finally the music itself. 1986.
By John Berendt. 2006
Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a portrait of… Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. It is the inhabitants of Venice who are the real stars of this story: Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; or Mario Moro self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week. 2006.
By Frédéric Adrian. 2016
" Un panorama de toute la vie et la carrière de Stevie Wonder, avec un zoom sur les années porteuses… d'albums considérés comme classiques . Un accent mis sur la musique, sans négliger pour autant la vie intime et les engagements politiques de l'artiste (lutte pour les droits civiques, contre l'apartheid...) . Un regard juste et critique, qui ne passe pas sous silence les côtés moins sympathiques de la personnalité (caprices de star, relations avec ses anciens collaborateurs...). " -- 4e de couv.
By Eric Siblin. 2009
J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the search for a Baroque masterpiece Bach's cello suites have become some of the most… enduring pieces in history, but they remain shrouded in mystery - about when and how they were composed, whether they were originally intended for the cello, how much influence Bach's second wife had on their composition, and what happened to Bach's original manuscript. Covers Bach and the missing manuscript from the eighteenth century; Pablo Casals and the discovery of the music in Spain in the late nineteenth century; and Siblin's own infatuation with the suites in the twenty-first. Canada Reads 2012. c2009.
By John Glatt. 1997
A portrait of the popular musical group known for reinventing traditional Irish music. Traces the band's evolution from obscure beginnings… in the 1960s to become the internationally acclaimed, Grammy-winning performers of the 1990s. Strong language. 1997.
By Frances Mayes, Jean-Luc Piningre. 1998
Superbement écrit, ce livre raconte une aventure : vivre en Toscane, tomber amoureux d'une maison, la restaurer, s'adonner aux plaisirs… de la cuisine italienne et découvrir les liens entre les plats et la culture.
By Frank McCourt, J. M Synge. 1997
An unforgettable look at a land that holds Ireland's ancestral language, culture and uncorrupted heart. Synge's lyrical glimpses into the… past, coupled with Donal Donnelly's rich, lilting voice, transport listeners to these tiny Emerald Islands. 1997.
By Solomon Volkov, Antonina W Bouis, Dmitry Shostakovich. 1981
The Russian composer looks back over his life, recalling such musicians, artists and writers as Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Glazunov, Meyerhold and… Anna Akhmatova. His meeting with Stalin was momentous. However, he reserved his deepest scorn for visiting Western liberals like Bernard Shaw who refused to recognise the truth about Stalin's tyranny. 1981.
By Charles Aznavour. 2013
" Dans ce livre de réflexions et de souvenirs intimes, lartiste que lon connaît, lhomme plus secret et lArménien de… cœur viennent tour à tour chuchoter à notre oreille sur le ton de la confidence, dessinant du grand Charles un bel autoportrait. " -- 4e de couv.