Yael Kohen gathered stories from more than 100 different comedians, writers and producers for her oral history of women in comedy. Out of this chorus of voices — including the likes of Joan Rivers and Tina Fey — emerges a depiction of the challenges these women confronted, as well the achievements they've earned in spite of them.
Documents how public service advertising campaigns became a society-changing part of American culture, tracing the Ad Council's origins as a World War II propaganda engine before progressing to issue-related campaigns featuring such icons as Smokey Bear and Rosie the Riveter.
Kansas City Lightning is the first of two volumes tracing the life of one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Crouch draws on interviews with family, peers and collaborators to reveal Charlie Parker's Depression-era childhood and his early career in Kansas City and New York.
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, creators of the sketch comedy show Mr. Show, offer a collection of scripts and ideas that never met Hollywood's approval. This comedy brings together screenplays that never got a green-light and that have been reclaimed from the cutting-room floor.
A behind-the-scenes history of the Food Network, published to coincide with its 20th anniversary, draws on inside access and interviews with hundreds of leading contributors to trace its rise from a tiny startup to a billion-dollar media and cultural juggernaut.
David Byrne, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of Talking Heads, presents a celebration of music as he knows it. He draws on his own experiences to explore everything from Balinese performance techniques to the acoustics of CBGB, deal structures and Celia Cruz — and, of course, the band that first made him famous.
Sheryl Kaskowitz begins her book with the composition of "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin in 1918 and its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938. Kaskowitz shows how the early popularity of the song reflected the anxiety of the pre-war period and sparked a surprising anti-Semitic and xenophobic backlash.
The drummer for the Grammy Award-winning group The Roots, which also serves as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, discusses a historical range of musical artists as well as African American art, hip hop, culture and philosophy. 40,000 first printing.
Humorist Jean Shepherd served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, and after the ar, he mined his experiences for several decades of hilarious stories, told on the radio and on the page.
Traces the history of the instrument, from its first appearance in the mid-sixteenth century to its modern use by artists, writers, and Hollywood and discusses how the affordable, portable instrument can be used to play Beethoven, jazz, and indie rock.
Mark Kurlansky traces the meteoric popularity of the iconic song by Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter against a backdrop of the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, exploring how the song's multiple meanings rendered it an activist anthem.
While grappling with his own mental well-being, writer Nathan Rabin journeys with the fan bases of Phish and Insane Clown Posse and discovers how both groups have tapped into the human need for community.