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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 In… the first book to be published in co-operation with Gould's estate, Peter Goddard draws on Gould's unpublished writings, interviews, and never-before-seen photographs to present a startling new portrait of Gould, the man and the musician.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 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 Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. 1987
The 19th century Russian author's account of an 1852-1853 journey from St. Petersburg around the Cape of Good Hope, up… to Japan on the frigate "Pallada", concluding with an overland trek across Siberia. c1987. Uniform title: Fregat "Pallada".
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 Jerry Kobalenko. 2002
Ellesmere Island lays a mere 450 miles from the North Pole and has the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere… east of the Rockies. For more than a decade, Kobalenko has traced the routes of explorers and Inuits, and broken many new trails across the frozen terrain of Ellesmere Island. He investigates the motives and mistakes of the island's first explorers, searches for clues to the mysterious disappearance of scientist-explorer Dr. Hans Kruger and the murder of an Inuit guide. 2002.
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 Paul Theroux. 1992
Renowned travel writer Theroux embarks on an exotic exploration of the Pacific Islands. From New Zealand to Hawaii, with stops… in New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and others, he explores the lush landscapes, encounters unique wildlife, and lives among the fascinating peoples who have made Oceania their home. c1992.
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 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 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 Eric Newby. 1978
The author made the 6,000 mile journey from Moscow to the Pacific, on the Trans-Siberian railway in 1977. He was… accompanied by a Slovene (his wife), a German (photographer) and the official Russian guide. The result is a very individual travel book. 1978.
By David Emblidge. 1996
A collection of travel diaries and registers, historical accounts, and other writings that portray the 2,140-mile recreational footpath running from… Georgia to Maine. Traces the wilderness trail northward, depicting its history, geology, scenery, wildlife, and lore. 1996.
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 Diego Audemard. 2007
C'est en tandems que Jean-Christophe Perrot et Diego Audemard ont choisi de réaliser leur projet "Raconte-moi la Terre" découvrir l'Afrique,… pendant toute une année, guidés par des personnes non et mal- voyantes. Avec leurs 27 copilotes, ils ont pédalé sur 13 500 kilomètres à travers douze pays, gravi à pied quatre sommets de plus de 4 000 mètres d'altitude, et réalisé qu'au-delà du défi physique, ils vivaient un véritable partage des sens. Le témoignage d'une expérience authentique, menée pour le plaisir de voir avec d'autres yeux. Une aventure où il faut être deux pour avancer, un aveugle et un voyant, un autochtone et un étranger. 2007.
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.
By Mel Tillis, Walter H Wager. 1985
Reminiscences of a successful Nashville singer and songwriter whose comic use of his stuttering has brought him extra recognition. Discusses… the breakup of a 20-year marriage and a remarriage in 1979. 1985.
Follows Tony Giles' journey of adventure as he travels across North America, Asia and Australasia. Full of drama, danger and… discovery, this travel biography is a young blind man's view of the world as he sets out to achieve his dream, dealing with disability while living life to the limit. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. c2010.