An anecdotal history of radio, set against the backdrop of the rise of America's new youth culture from the 1950s through the 1970s, reveals how the older radio technology survived the onslaught of American television by becoming a key factor in the battle between generations.
The first violinist for the acclaimed Guarneri String Quartet recalls his lifelong obsession with the violin, from the perspective of his own forty-year musical career, discussing the quest for the perfect violin, the history of the renowned Italian violin makers, his musical pilgrimage into his family's past, and great music written for the violin, accompanied by a special CD recording.
In a poignant memoir of love, loss, and music, a rock and pop culture critic shares the story of his romance and marriage to Renée, a young woman with whom he had little in common except for the music that brought them together, and Renée's tragic early death, all viewed from the perspective of the mix tapes that the couple had compiled. 60,000 first printing.
A culinary, rock-and-roll odyssey around the world, written by the lead singer of the popular group Franz Ferdinand, describes a variety of gastronomic encounters, from a donut-shop in a Polish-speaking section of Brooklyn, to bull's testicles in Buenos Aires, to an almost-vegetarian buffet in Singapore. Original. 35,000 first printing.
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.
The popular Colombian-American actor and comedian traces his childhood in Queens, early work on the New York comedy club circuit, relationships with fellow celebrities, and stage and screen successes. 50,000 first printing.
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.
Collects the black-and-white photographs—many never before published—taken in 1956 by a photographer hired by RCA Victor to capture the movements of their new rising star, creating images that are spontaneous, unrehearsed, and completely without artifice.