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By Neil Young, Phil Baker. 2019
Neil Young took on the music industry so that fans could hear his music—all music—the way it was meant to… be heard. Today, most of the music we hear is com-pressed to a fraction of its original sound,while analog masterpieces are turning to dustin record company vaults. As these record-ings disappear, music fans aren’t just losing acollection of notes. We’re losing spaciousness,breadth of the sound field, and the ability tohear and feel a ping of a triangle or a pluckof a guitar string, each with its own reso-nance and harmonics that slowly trail off intosilence. The result is music that is robbed of its original quality—muddy and flat in sound compared to the rich, warm sound artists hear in the studio. It doesn’t have to be this way, but the record and technology companies have incorrectly assumed that most listeners are satisfied with these low-quality tracks. Neil Young is challenging the assault on audio quality—and working to free music lovers from the flat and lifeless status quo. To Feel the Music is the true story of his questto bring high-quality audio back to musiclovers—the most important undertaking ofhis career. It’s an unprecedented look insidethe successes and setbacks of creating thePono player, the fights and negotiationswith record companies to preserve master-pieces for the future, and Neil’s unrelentingdetermination to make musical art availableto everyone. It’s a story that shows how muchmore there is to music than meets the ear. Neil’s efforts to bring quality audio to his fans garnered media attention when his Kickstarter campaign for his Pono player—a revolutionary music player that would combine the highest quality possible with the portability, simplicity and affordability modern listeners crave—became the third-most successful Kickstarter campaign in the website’s history. It had raised more than $6M in pledges in 40 days. Encouraged by the enthusiastic response, Neil still had a long road ahead, and his Pono music player would not have the commercial success he’d imagined. But he remained committed to his mission, and faced with the rise of streaming services that used even lower quality audio, he was determined to rise to the challenge. An eye-opening read for all fans of Neil Young and all fans of great music, as well as readers interesting in going behind the scenes of product creation, To Feel the Music has an inspiring story at its heart: One determined artist with a groundbreaking vision and the absolute refusal to give up, despite setbacks, naysayers, and skeptics.
By Prince. 2019
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in… his own words—featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic deathNAMED ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE GUARDIAN • NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of “Uptown” to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of “Paisley Park.” But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era. The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince—a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince’s early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince’s evolution through candid images that go up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book’s fourth section: his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain—the final stage in Prince’s self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey. The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring’s riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months—a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he’d so carefully cultivated—and annotations that provide context to the book’s images. This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince’s ideas and vision, his voice and image—his undying gift to the world.
By Gavin Edwards, Travis Barker. 2015
Travis Barker s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer s art and his life … including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery--a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood P P After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182 everything changed for Travis Barker But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll his marriage chronicled for an MTV reality show fell apart Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash and then his close friend collaborator and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose In this blunt driving memoir Barker ruminates on rock stardom fatherhood death loss and redemption sharing stories shaped by decades worth of hard-earned insights His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives
Media portrayals of Orthodox Jewish women frequently depict powerless, silent individuals who are at best naive to live an Orthodox… lifestyle, and who are at worst, coerced into it. Karen E. H. Skinazi delves beyond this stereotype in Women of Valor to identify a powerful tradition of feminist literary portrayals of Orthodox women, often created by Orthodox women themselves. She examines Orthodox women as they appear in memoirs, comics, novels, and movies, and speaks with the authors, filmmakers, and musicians who create these representations. Throughout the work, Skinazi threads lines from the poem “Eshes Chayil,” the Biblical description of an Orthodox “Woman of Valor.” This proverb unites Orthodoxy and feminism in a complex relationship, where Orthodox women continuously question, challenge, and negotiate Orthodox and feminist values. Ultimately, these women create paths that unite their work, passions, and families under the framework of an “Eshes Chayil,” a woman who situates religious conviction within her own power.
By Shane Vogel. 2018
In 1956 Harry Belafonte’s Calypso became the first LP to sell more than a million copies. For a few fleeting… months, calypso music was the top-selling genre in the US—it even threatened to supplant rock and roll. Stolen Time provides a vivid cultural history of this moment and outlines a new framework—black fad performance—for understanding race, performance, and mass culture in the twentieth century United States. Vogel situates the calypso craze within a cycle of cultural appropriation, including the ragtime craze of 1890s and the Negro vogue of the 1920s, that encapsulates the culture of the Jim Crow era. He follows the fad as it moves defiantly away from any attempt at authenticity and shamelessly embraces calypso kitsch. Although white calypso performers were indeed complicit in a kind of imperialist theft of Trinidadian music and dance, Vogel argues, black calypso craze performers enacted a different, and subtly subversive, kind of theft. They appropriated not Caribbean culture itself, but the US version of it—and in so doing, they mocked American notions of racial authenticity. From musical recordings, nightclub acts, and television broadcasts to Broadway musicals, film, and modern dance, he shows how performers seized the ephemeral opportunities of the fad to comment on black cultural history and even question the meaning of race itself.
By Hyojung Sun. 2019
This book explores why widespread predictions of the radical transformation in the recording industry did not materialise Although the… growing revenue generated from streaming signals the recovery of the digital music business it is important to ask to what extent is the current development a response to digital innovation Hyojung Sun finds the answer in the detailed innovation process that has taken place since Napster She reassesses the way digital music technologies were encultured in complex music valorisation processes and demonstrates how the industry has become reintermediated rather than disintermediated This book offers a new understanding of digital disruption in the recording industry It captures the complexity of the innovation processes that brought about technological development which arose as a result of interaction across the circuit of the recording business production distribution valorisation and consumption By offering a more sophisticated account than the prevailing dichotomy the book exposes deterministic myths surrounding the radical transformation of the industry
By Alessandro Antonietti, Barbara Colombo, Braelyn R. DeRocher. 2018
This book explores how music can improve skills that are impaired in some neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD attention… deficit hyperactivity disorder autism and Rett syndrome Rehabilitation interventions based on the use of music termed music therapy are relatively widespread but not all are supported by empirical evidence This book offers readers an updated and scientifically grounded perspective on this theory and argues that music can be effective in promoting the acquisition of some basic mental abilities Chapters present some of the latest research and data on how musical activities can lead children affected by neurodevelopmental disorders to improve those skills including examples of training programs and exercises The book will be a valuable resource for therapists rehabilitators psychologists educators musicians researchers as well as anyone interested in exploring the potential in music for human growth
By Steve Knopper. 2015
The ultimate critical biography of the King of Pop: a panoramic, vivid, and incisive portrait of Michael Jackson that explores… and celebrates his influence in music, dance, and popular culture, drawing on 400 interviews.From the moment in 1965 when he first stepped on stage with his brothers at a local talent show in Gary, Indiana, Michael Jackson was destined to become the undisputed King of Pop. In a career spanning four decades, Jackson became a global icon, selling over 400 million albums, earning thirteen Grammy awards, and spinning dance moves that captivated the world. Songs like "Billie Jean" and "Black and White" altered our national discussion of race and equality, and Jackson's signature aesthetic, from the single white glove to the moonwalk, defined a generation. Despite years of scandal and controversy, Jackson's ultimate legacy will always be his music. Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper delves deeply into Michael Jackson's music and talent. From the artist's early days with the Jackson 5, to his stratospheric success as a solo artist, to "Beat It" and "Thriller," "Bad" and "The Man in the Mirror," to his volatile final years, his attempted comeback, and untimely death, Knopper explores the beguiling and often contradictory forces that fueled Michael Jackson's genius. Drawing on an amazing 400 interviews--ranging from Jackson's relatives, friends, and key record executives to celebrities like will.i.am and Weird Al Yankovic--this critical biography puts all the elements of his career into perspective, and celebrates his triumph in art and music. This is a rare and panoramic view into the genius and influence of an incomparable talent.
This is the untold story of living legend Mavis Staples--lead singer of the Staple Singers and a major figure in… the music that shaped the civil rights era Now in her seventies Mavis has been a fixture in the music world for decades One of the most enduring artists of popular music she and her family fused gospel soul folk and rock to transcend racism and oppression through song Honing her prodigious talent on the Southern gospel circuit of the 1950s Mavis and the Staple Singers went on to sell more than 30 million records with message-oriented soul music that became a sound track to the civil rights movement--inspiring Martin Luther King Jr himself Critically acclaimed biographer and Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot cuts to the heart of Mavis Staples s music revealing the intimate stories of her sixty-year career From her love affair with Bob Dylan to her creative collaborations with Prince to her recent revival alongside Wilco s Jeff Tweedy this definitive account shows Mavis as you ve never seen her before I ll Take You There was written with the complete cooperation of Mavis and her family Readers will also hear from Prince Bonnie Raitt David Byrne Marty Stuart Ry Cooder Steve Cropper and many other individuals whose lives have been influenced by Mavis s talent Filled with never-before-told stories this fascinating biography illuminates a legendary singer and group during a historic period of change in America
Every man has a story to tell and this was no less true of the hundreds of emigrants from the… Highlands and the Hebrides who crossed the Atlantic from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century to settle in North America. This selection of Scottish Gaelic songs brings to light the revealing and often touching poems of some twenty such emigrants. Focusing on themes of emigration and exile, their subjects range from the biblical motif of liberation from tyranny (pre-destined by the Creator who provided a land of bounty across the seas), to the happier future anticipated for his daughter by a loyalist fugitive in North Carolina; from a sense of security on the part of a clergyman settled in Pictou County after the disruption in his homeland, to the disenchantment of an emigrant to Manitoba who longed to move on to North Dakota. Their tone may be lyrical, elegaic, or satirical. Songs from various parts of the new world – the Carolinas, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario, and the Canadian west – are included in Gaelic with a facing English translation. A short biography of each bard prefaces the selections attributed to him or her. Detailed notes provide a guide to sources and variant texts, elucidate obscure passages, and define the social and cultural context in which the songs originated. An appendix reproduces the tunes for nine of these songs.This is a book that will inform and entertain both the specialist and the general reader.
By Bill Gutman. 1977
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington was one of jazz's greatest innovators. Join Bill Gutman as he explores the fascinating life of… this legend from his birth at the turn of the century to his death at the age of seventy-five. Interviewing Duke's friends, fans, and fellow musicians, Gutman documents the progress of a man who dedicated his life to crafting the ever-changing sound of jazz. Gutman plunges into the history of jazz from its origin in the honky-tonk sounds of the Ragtime Era to the forms that are widely enjoyed today. Jazz has evolved through the years to become one of the most popular forms of music, with Duke Ellington as chief composer, artist, and perfomer. Gutman's account of Ellington's life as it parallels the history of jazz provides a fascinating history for both jazz veterans and those new to the art form.
By Günther Rötter. 2017
Das vorliegende Handbuch gibt nicht nur einen berblick ber den aktuellen Forschungsstand sondern zeigt au… erdem die M glichkeiten und Grenzen des Einsatzes Funktionaler Musik auf Neben der Theorie soll insbesondere die gegenw rtige Praxis ber cksichtigt werden Dies wird durch die Auswahl der Autorinnen und Autoren deutlich die sowohl aus der Wissenschaft als auch der Industrie und dem therapeutischen sowie k nstlerischen Bereich entstammen Das Werk wendet sich damit zum einen an einen wissenschaftlichen Leserkreis zum anderen aber auch an Personen die sich mit der praktischen Anwendung Funktionaler Musik befassen
By Martin Geck. 2013
Robert Schumann (1810-56) is one of the most important and representative composers of the Romantic era. Born in Zwickau, Germany,… Schumann began piano instruction at age seven and immediately developed a passion for music. When a permanent injury to his hand prevented him from pursuing a career as a touring concert pianist, he turned his energies and talents to composing, writing hundreds of works for piano and voice, as well as four symphonies and an opera. Here acclaimed biographer Martin Geck tells the fascinating story of this multifaceted genius, set in the context of the political and social revolutions of his time. The image of Schumann the man and the artist that emerges in Geck's book is complex. Geck shows Schumann to be not only a major composer and music critic-he cofounded and wrote articles for the controversial Neue Zeitschrift für Musik-but also a political activist, the father of eight children, and an addict of mind-altering drugs. Through hard work and determination bordering on the obsessive, Schumann was able to control his demons and channel the tensions that seethed within him into music that mixes the popular and esoteric, resulting in compositions that require the creative engagement of reader and listener. The more we know about a composer, the more we hear his personality in his music, even if it is above all on the strength of his work that we love and admire him. Martin Geck's book on Schumann is not just another rehashing of Schumann's life and works, but an intelligent, personal interpretation of the composer as a musical, literary, and cultural personality.
By Fernando Soria. 2018
Un recorrido hist rico a trav s de los protagonistas y creadores del heavy metal en Uruguay … El fen meno cultural del metal en Uruguay no es una moda Es m s que m sica es cultura y forma de vida stas son algunas de las conclusiones a las que el lector podr llegar leyendo este libro Desde las primeras expresiones a nivel mundial a mediados de la d cada del 70 del Siglo XX pasando por las primeras manifestaciones en Uruguay hace m s de 30 a os las caracter sticas del p blico los festivales y medios propios de difusi n son algunas de las tem ticas que Fernando Soria autor y activo participante de la escena metalera uruguaya logra plasmar en estas p ginas Como un riff filoso de guitarra el testimonio y la opini n juegan para crear este libro que trabaja por primera vez en 30 a os un g nero que ha logrado trascender la m sica cido Alvacast Cross Chopper Reytoro son solo algunas de las historias que se rescatan en voz de sus integrantes y nos permiten armar este puzle hecho de metal
By Dudley Delffs. 2018
Dolly Parton has entertained, educated, and inspired millions of fans for over five decades. Whether she’s writing songs, performing live,… recording new albums, acting in or producing new movies and TV programs, expanding her wildly successful Dollywood amusement park, helping children around the world learn to read with her Imagination Library nonprofit, or donating millions of dollars to schools, charities, and people in need, the Queen of Country Music has never been shy about crediting her Christian faith for her success.“A belief in God is essential,” Dolly shares. “You have to believe in something bigger than yourself. We grew up believing that through God all things are possible.” Growing up in the little mountain church where her grandfather preached, Dolly started singing hymns and playing guitar at services when she was only six. Consequently, she has never been shy about discussing her faith and relationship with God. “People say, ‘Well, I am surprised that you talk about your faith,’ and I say, ‘Why not? That’s who I am. That’s what keeps me going,’” she explains. Tennessee native, Dolly fanboy, and award-winning writer Dudley Delffs now spotlights ten faith lessons as evidenced in Dolly’s life, music, interviews, and attitude. The Faith of Dolly Parton focuses on the ways Dolly’s life can inspire us all to be more authentic, to trust God during hard times, to stay grounded during the good times, and to always keep our sense of humor. Sometimes poignant, sometimes funny, frequently surprising, and always true to Dolly’s down-home spirit of joyful generosity, this book will delight her millions of fans as well as anyone seeking a fresh faith-filled role model.
By Sandro Romero Rey. 2008
Es un recorrido de cr nicas del rock desde sus gustos pasiones experiencias y viajes Como… dice Sandro Clock es un libro para los ya fan ticos para los no fan ticos para los futuros fan ticos Con su humor y su lenguaje entretenido nos lleva a trav s de la historia de bandas como The Beatles Rolling Stones Eric Clapton Bob Dylan Michael Jakcson e incluso hace un homenaje a ese evento conocido como Rock al Parque
By Ryan Adams. 2009
Ryan Adams one of America s most consistently interesting singer songwriters has written a passionate arresting … and entertaining book of verse Fans are going to love it and newcomers will be pleased and startled by his intensity and originality The images are vivid and the voice is honest and powerful --Stephen King author of Duma Key Ryan Adams writes with equal parts precision and recklessness the blood he draws from the text is easily as unnerving as its unapologetic tenderness He is proof that poetry will find its writer --Mary-Louise Parker actress Infinity Blues is Ryan Adams at his personal unforgettable best Strong and beautiful and funny and pure Like all his work it s soul poetry of the highest order --Cameron Crowe filmmaker This is much better than reading a friend s journal It s more like watching somebody you love in the bathtub talking to himself You re like wow he s even good at taking a bath After reading Infinity Blues which I think is a great title I give Ryan Adams the best compliment I ever got--and the only reason for reading anyone s poetry Ryan I really like your mind --Eileen Myles author of Cool for YouRyan Adams may be known primarily for acclaimed albums such as Cardinology Heartbreaker Gold which includes the popular hit songs When the Stars Go Blue and New York New York Love Is Hell Cold Roses Jacksonville City Nights and Easy Tiger but the world renowned singer songwriter has always been a poet and fiction writer at heart With the release of Infinity Blues his nonmusical writing is for the first time ever unveiled in book form Mr Adams s work rings of an emotional authenticity that provides perhaps an even deeper insight into the man than is revealed through the songs that have resonated with his hundreds of thousands of fans the world over RYAN ADAMS is usually performing in some city on the globe at any given moment with his longtime band the Cardinals Adams is known for his prolific nature which in the last ten years has produced various international hit albums Adams has also produced Willie Nelson s Songbird album and contributed to records by Toots and the Maytals Beth Orton the Wallflowers Counting Crows and Cowboy Junkies additionally he has appeared on CMT s Crossroads with Elton John He was a longtime Manhattan resident before relocating to France in 2009 and he listens to A LOT of heavy metal
By Ryan Adams. 2009
Ryan Adams writes with equal parts precision and recklessness the blood he draws from the text is easily as… unnerving as its unapologetic tenderness He is proof that poetry will find its writer -Mary-Louise Parker actress Ryan Adams one of America s most consistently interesting singer songwriters has written a passionate arresting and entertaining book of verse Fans are going to love it and newcomers will be pleased and startled by his intensity and originality -Stephen King on Infinity BluesRyan Adams may be acclaimed primarily for albums such as Cardinology Heartbreaker Gold which includes the popular hit songs When the Stars Go Blue and New York New York and Easy Tiger but the world-renowned singer songwriter has always been a poet and fiction writer at heart With the release of Hello Sunshine Ryan continues to break literary ground beyond what he established with his wildly popular first book Infinity Blues Ryan s new work provides perhaps an even deeper insight into the man than is revealed through the songs that have resonated with his hundreds of thousands of fans Where his debut was characterized by the bitterness of heartbreak Hello Sunshine is a graceful sensual assertion of the other side of the emotional coin This is a 2009 fever dream-inside Ryan s heart and mind-replete with unforgettable verse that will shock and delight those expecting a mere continuation of where Infinity Blues left off Ryan Adams is known for his prolific nature which in the last ten years has resulted in various international hit albums Ryan has also produced Willie Nelson s album Songbird and contributed to records by Toots and the Maytals Beth Orton the Wallflowers Counting Crows and Cowboy Junkies additionally he has appeared on CMT s Crossroads with Elton John
By Jonathan Gould. 2007
Nearly twenty years in the making, Can't Buy Me Love is a masterful work of group biography, cultural history, and… musical criticism. That the Beatles were an unprecedented phenomenon is a given. In Can't Buy Me Love, Jonathan Gould seeks to explain why, placing the Fab Four in the broad and tumultuous panorama of their time and place, rooting their story in the social context that girded both their rise and their demise. Beginning with their adolescence in Liverpool, Gould describes the seminal influences--from Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry to The Goon Show and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--that shaped the Beatles both as individuals and as a group. In addition to chronicling their growth as singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists, he highlights the advances in recording technology that made their sound both possible and unique, as well as the developments in television and radio that lent an explosive force to their popular success. With a musician's ear, Gould sensitively evokes the timeless appeal of the Lennon-McCartney collaboration and their emergence as one of the most creative and significant songwriting teams in history. And he sheds new light on the significance of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band as rock's first concept album, down to its memorable cover art. Behind the scenes Gould explores the pivotal roles played by manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin, credits the influence on the Beatles' music of contemporaries like Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, and Ravi Shankar, and traces the gradual escalation of the fractious internal rivalries that led to the group's breakup after their final masterpiece, Abbey Road. Most significantly, by chronicling their revolutionary impact on popular culture during the 1960s, Can't Buy Me Love illuminates the Beatles as a charismatic phenomenon of international proportions, whose anarchic energy and unexpected import was derived from the historic shifts in fortune that transformed the relationship between Britain and America in the decades after World War II. From the Beats in America and the Angry Young Men in England to the shadow of the Profumo Affair and JFK's assassination, Gould captures the pulse of a time that made the Beatles possible--and even necessary. As seen through the prism of the Beatles and their music, an entire generation's experience comes astonishingly to life. Beautifully written, consistently insightful, and utterly original, Can't Buy Me Love is a landmark work about the Beatles, Britain, and America. From the Hardcover edition.
By Christie Goodwin, John Sheeran. 2018
A stunning collection of rare and unseen photographs and stories charting Ed Sheeran s rise to global superstar by… long-time collaborator Christie Goodwin Featuring a foreword and additional photo captions by Ed s father John Sheeran When I first met Ed Sheeran he was unknown and unsigned - just a young busker trying to make it big But I could see something special in Ed I agreed to photograph him for free to help him on his way to the top That was the beginning of a 10-year collaboration with the two of us crossing paths as Ed became one of the biggest stars on the planet - a story told here through my camera Including images and stories I m sharing for the first time with additional captions by Ed s father John this is an up-close and intimate view of Ed Sheeran Christie Goodwin