Traces the story of Impulse Records and the pivotal contributions of avant-garde jazz musician John Coltrane in the 1960s and 1970s, explaining how the label was shaped by thirty-eight of his politically charged recordings.
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 iconic country-music singer and songwriter draws on the principles of ancient Chinese philosophy to share the lessons he has learned throughout his life and career, in a gentle and inspirational collection of insights that explores such topics as friendship, religion, and war. 200,000 first printing.
Two hundred archival photographs accompany a nostalgic look at the San Francisco jazz scene during the 1940s and 1950s, taking a fascinating tour of the city's Fillmore District in its heyday, including its restaurants, theaters, shops, and nightclubs, and the great musical legacy of such performers as Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and others. Original.
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.
Documents the stories behind some of America's most revered hymns, in an account that shares the author's concerns about how hymn traditions are being compromised by modern hymn adaptations and traces his search for community and religious grace through hymn singing. 30,000 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 thorough dictionary of movie-making terminology encompasses more than five hundred entries, including slang, phrases, and other terms, along with definitions, all alphabetically organized for easy access, and features personal anecdotes, insider examples, and witty narrative. Original. 15,000 first printing.