A resource on classical music provides coverage of composers, works, musical terminology, and performers, along with recommended recordings and access to an interactive Web site that allows readers to listen to sample works, techniques, and performers discussed in the reference.
The leader of the platinum selling hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan describes his rise from a Staten Island projects youth to an international performance artist, expanding on the mythology introduced in The Wu-Tang Manual to reveal the spiritual beliefs that he credits with his successes.
In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldn't last. William Knoedelseder was then a cub reportercovering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He was there when the comedians—not paid by the clubs where they performed—tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. Here he tells the story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.—From publisher description.