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.
Describes how a journalist and guitarist was transformed into Bj"rn Troque, the nation's second greatest air guitarist, detailing the international air guitar subculture and his determined quest to becoming the ultimate air guitarist. Original.
Presents essays on the life and accomplishments of the filmmaker, discussing the impact of his early life of poverty on the the recurring themes of his films, the evolution and refinement of his movie-making techniques, and his final recognition as a comic genius.
SUPERANNO A celebration of salsa music chronicles the lives of more than forty salsa musical giants. Singers, musicians, and experts guide us around the spicy world of salsa in this educational, historic, entertaining, touching legacy from the musicians to their fans. Learn about the most important unifying element of the Hispanic culture—its music—in a departure from the more straight-laced, historical or musicological fare with more than 300 photographs.
The correspondent and anchor for CNN recounts events from his life and career, offering a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most devastating modern tragedies and their effect on his own life.