A portrait of the trumpet virtuoso notes his place at the forefront of the bebop and Latin jazz revolutions, describing how he overcame rural poverty in race-torn South Carolina to rise to stardom and achieve eighteen honorary degrees and a Kennedy Center Honor. 20,000 first printing.
The author's quest to unravel the symbolic associations a guitar holds for so many takes him across America to talk with historians, curators, and guitar makers in an exploration of the folk instrument that became an American icon.
The story of the 1970s disco singer relates his humble origins, his early days as a chorus singer and member of the notorious Cockettes theatrical group, and the flamboyant energy and changing lifestyles that shaped his career.
Stating that classical music in the United States is largely performance driven, a chronological history documents its rise at the end of the nineteenth century and decline after World War I, covering such topics as the quest for an American compositional voice, the nation's top performers, and the author's recommendations about a postmodern musical direction. 13,000 first printing.
A revealing look inside one of the most controversial news organizations in the world reveals a fledgling Arab-language network struggling to balance its commitment to time-honored standards of journalism with the needs of its audience in the Middle East. 20,000 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.
The enigmatic State Island hip-hop collective offers a definitive introduction to the mysteries and complexities of the Wu-Tang Universe, revealing the intricate web of personalities and alter egos, warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual and philosophical concepts that define their world. Original.