One of the nation's most respected DJs shares his best picks from recorded music, covering the range from Frank Sinatra to Frank Zappa, organized in lists with titles like "Queens of Punk," "My Desert Island Discs," and "Great Road Music." Original. 20,000 first printing.
A portrait of the man who created King Kong profiles the life and career of Merian C. Cooper, documenting his efforts to live dangerously through his military career and his filmmaking enterprises in remote locales and global hot spots.
Beethoven was a genius so universal that his popularity, extraordinary even during his lifetime, has never ceased to grow. It now encircles the globe: Beethoven's most famous works are as beloved in Beijing as they are in Boston. Biographer Morris brings the composer to life as a man of astonishing complexity and overpowering intelligence. A gigantic, compulsively creative personality unable to tolerate constraints, he was not so much a social rebel as an astute manipulator of powerful and privileged aristocrats, at a time when their world was threatened by the rise of Napoleon. Struggling against progressive, incurable deafness (which he desperately tried to keep secret), he nonetheless produced towering masterpieces. Morris illuminates Beethoven's life, including his interactions with the women he privately lusted for but held at bay, and his work, whose grandeur and beauty were conceived "on the other side of silence."—From publisher description.
Woody Guthrie is revealed to be as significant an artist as he was a song writer, poet, writer, and political activist in a collection of more than three hundred examples of never-before-published artworks and journal excerpts. 15,000 first printing.
A definitive profile of the pioneering African-American performer and film star, follows the life and career of Lincoln Perry from his vaudeville and minstrel show beginnings, to his Hollywood years, to his decline into obscurity and bankruptcy, and offering a vindication of his frequently reviled role in the entertainment world. 12,500 first printing.
A portrait of a year in the life of the bard traces his career in 1599, which marked the building of the Globe Theater, the English invasion of Ireland, and the creation of the plays "Henry V," "Julius Caesar," "As You Like It," and "Hamlet."
In an open and honest memoir chronicling his poetic life and times, one of the 1960s most popular folk artists describes how his unconventional and romantic lyrics and sound ushered in a new vibe to the folk genre of the sixties. 40,000 first printing.
A selection of forty previously unpublished interviews with top musicians from the past half-century includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning oral historian's discussions with such figures as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Louis Armstrong. 25,000 first printing.
A history of hip-hop cites its origins in the post-civil rights Bronx and Jamaica, drawing on interviews with performers, activists, gang members, DJs, and others to document how the movement has influenced politics and culture. 50,000 first printing.