A portrait of the private life and public career of Walt Disney ranges from his deprived youth, to his contributions to the art of animation, to his visionary creation of the first synergistic entertainment empire, to his reclusive and lonely private world.
A fortieth anniversary commemorative account of the making of the animated Peanuts classic features behind-the-scenes anecdotes, cast member commentaries, production notes, and reminiscences about the producer's relationship with Charles Schulz. Original. 50,000 first printing.
An acclaimed French pianist describes her life-changing first encounter with a wolf hybrid in 1991, her efforts to protect the threatened wolf species, and her foundation of a wolf preserve on the grounds of her New York State home.
Recently revised for the latest wave of classical music fans, this popular introduction to the genre by NPR commentator Miles Hoffman teaches readers how to distinguish between good and bad performances, explains why opera was invented, and shares fascinating facts designed to heighten appreciation for the form. Original.
The competitor who became the longest running champion on Jeopardy! offers an entertaining look at the human fascination with trivia, from the pop culture of the past to such modern-day phenomena as Trivial Pursuit, that celebrates the glory of the useless fact and recounts his own successful run on the popular game show. 50,000 first printing.
Uses 150 interviews to provide a behind-the-scenes look at humorist Doug Kenney and his role in the history of the revolutionary humor magazine "National Lampoon."
In the late sixties and early seventies, an impromptu collection of musicians colonized a eucalyptus-scented canyon deep in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles and melded folk, rock, and savvy American pop into a sound that conquered the world as thoroughly as the songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones had before them. During the canyon's golden era, the musicians who lived and worked there scored dozens of landmark hits, selling tens of millions of records and resetting the thermostat of pop culture. Here, journalist Walker tells the story of this unprecedented gathering of some of the baby boom's leading musical lights—including Joni Mitchell; Jim Morrison; Crosby, Stills, and Nash; John Mayall; the Mamas and the Papas; Carole King; the Eagles; and Frank Zappa —who turned Los Angeles into the music capital of the world and forever changed the way popular music is recorded, marketed, and consumed.—From publisher description.A behind-the-scenes appraisal of the contributions of Laurel Canyon musicians from the 1960s and 1970s cites their pivotal role in shaping American pop culture, profiling such artists as Jim Morrison, The Mamas and The Papas, and Frank Zappa.
The master puppeteer behind the beloved red monster Elmo reveals the lessons he has learned from his colorful alter ego about love, joy, creativity, friendship, human relationships, and life.