An acclaimed cultural historian — drawing on previously untapped archival sources and a vast array of interviews with such voices as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt and Herb Alpert — presents a fascinating social history of the Great American Songwriting Era.
Based on interviews and years of research, a journalist explores the cultural dominance of the Twee movement, an old-fashioned yet highly modern aesthetic that has been embraced in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics.
A rollicking memoir by the legendary Monty Python comic traces his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble origins and early collaborations with Graham Chapman through his uproarious achievements in multiple venues.
Draws upon interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals and screenplay drafts to trace Richard Pryor's journey from his rough childhood to his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s — and his struggles with drugs and fame.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain, a former senior editor of Rolling Stone offers a complete history of the making of both the popular film and the best-selling soundtrack album of the same name.
The first complete biography about this remarkable singer's life reveals the challenges she confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Jordan's views as a woman living the jazz life in an era of racial and gender discrimination while surrounded by those often struggling with the twin evils of alcohol and drug abuse are skillfully woven into the tapestry of the tale she tells.
The influential singer's road manager retraces Joplin's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, pivotal career decisions, appearance at Woodstock, attendance at her high-school reunion, and tragic final days.
Features outrageous Hollywood tales from the James Bond actor's life and career, as well as those told to him by a host of stars and filmmakers, including Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, Peter Sellers and many more.
Robert Lee Watt tells the story of his musicianship, from first picking up his instrument to becoming the first black French horn player hired by a major symphony in the United States. The book takes a look at not only the world of music and Watt's progression as a musician, but the racial climate of America.
Bandleader George Clinton of Parliament-Funkadelic pairs with journalist Ben Greenman to deliver this memoir detailing his work in, and influence on, pop music.
Brian Moynahan recounts the 1942 performance of Dmitri Dmitrievich Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony during the siege of Leningrad, placing it in the context of the city's intellectual and social life, and its sufferings from Stalinist terror as much as from the Nazi invasion.