Greg Kot recounts the life and achievements of the lead singer of the Staple Singers, revealing how her family fused diverse musical genres to transcend racism and oppression through song.
On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow and performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down, arrested and tried. Two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. Journalist Masha Gessen tells their story through interviews with the band members, their families and their associates.
A founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Hollies shares the story of his life from his youth in post-war England, through his creative relationship with Joni Mitchell and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist.
The pop culture historian and author of Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. presents a portrait of the renowned dancer, choreographer, screenwriter and director that traces his numerous reinventions and prodigious professional achievements as well as his romantic relationships and excessive appetites.
A celebration of the work of the late Academy Award-nominated author and screenwriter collects her writings on topics ranging from journalism and feminism to food and aging, in a volume complemented by her notorious Wellesley commencement address and her recent blogs about death.
Kansas City Lightning is the first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Crouch draws on interviews with family, peers and collaborators to reveal Charlie Parker's Depression-era childhood and his early career in Kansas City and New York.
A behind-the-scenes history of the Food Network, published to coincide with its 20th anniversary, draws on inside access and interviews with hundreds of leading contributors to trace its rise from a tiny startup to a billion-dollar media and cultural juggernaut.
While grappling with his own mental well-being, writer Nathan Rabin journeys with the fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.
This selection of writings encompass the author's cultural observations on everything from music and movies to books and television throughout the past four decades.
An analysis of Shakespeare's Hamlet explores the prismatic qualities that enable the play to project meaning, providing original perspectives to consider the Hamlet's political context, relation to religion and reflection of love and desire.
You know the song — Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." You've probably listened to one of the many covers, sung by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainright and Michael Bolton; odds are high you've caught some of its many appearances in film and television. But, as Alan Light writes, the anthem was not always destined for classic status. When it was first released, it was practically unheard of — but in the nearly 30 years since, it has been covered by dozens of artists, accumulating a history that's as improbable as it is unique.
Respect Yourself traces the rise and fall of the original Stax Records, touching upon the racial politics in Memphis in the 1960s, the personal histories of the sibling founders and the prominent musicians they featured.