A chronicle of a young black man's journey from violence to the world's elite opera circles describes Ryan Speedo Green's abuse-marked upbringing and struggles with racism and imprisonment before winning a New York Metropolitan Opera competition. By the author of the award-winning In the Land of Magic Soldiers. 100,000 first printing.
Describes how the then-unknown DJ author's 2001 creation of the one-hour mix Gold Teeth Thief launched him into international fame and established him as a figure in the new millennium's fledgling globalized digital art world at the side of such industry pioneers as M.I.A. and Pirate Bay.
A fourth volume of the popular comic chronicles the emergence of the Beastie Boys and Salt-n-Pepa, along with some one-hit wonders.
Explores the evolution of the Los Angeles punk rock movement that occured between 1977-1982, through personal essays, photographs, flyers, and the voices of the people who were there.
Traces how the author acted on a tip from a family member and embarked on a cultural journey in search of the man behind the legend of James Brown, discovering his rich musical legacy and the ongoing disputes surrounding his will as well as the complicated race, music and cultural factors that shaped his story.
A music writer chronicles 1971 as the decade's busiest, most innovative and resonant year, tracing the musical achievements of such forefront artists as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and many more.
The DJ and musician chronicles his life and career through the New York City club scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, where his white, Christian, vegan and teetotaling ways were a sharp contrast to the vice-fueled hedonism of the time.
The Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star takes readers behind the scenes of his groundbreaking hit musical, which is filled with romance, drama, violence, patriotism and adventure and details the many dramatic episodes in Alexander Hamilton's life.
A pop music critic relates how his love for soul music was fostered by records his father left behind when his parents divorced, and he explores how he tried to make sense of living in Arkansas during the 1980s and 1990s.
The prolific musician, songwriter, producer and member of the Eurythmics discusses the parties, collaborations, relationships and creativity that spanned his blockbuster career, from Tom Pettys "Don't Come Around Here No More" to Celine Dions "Taking Chances."
The Broadway star and Academy Award-winning performer best known for his iconic role as the irascible emcee in Cabaret traces his remarkable life story, documenting his Jewish-American upbringing in 1930s Cleveland, childhood roles, rise to fame and challenging losses.
The cultural and psychological roots of Groucho Marx's genius are explored, uncovering the source of the performer's outrageous intellectual acuity and hilarious insolence toward convention and authority in his early upbringing and Marx family dynamics.
Explores the history of stand-up comedy in the United States, from vaudeville through radio and late-night television, discussing how comedians have both reflected and shaped American culture over the past century.