One of the modern world's leading conductor delivers an assessment of the life and achievements of the 18th-century master composer. The book shares scholarly insights into how Bach worked, how his music is constructed, how it achieves its effects — and what it can tell us about Bach the man.
New Yorker film critic David Denby considers the future of America's troubled movie industry. He explores film as both an art and a business, tackling topics from the "fandom" phenomenon and the work of critics James Agee and Pauline Kael to the global marketplace's increasing demands for spectacle and digitalization.
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.
A founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and the Hollies shares the story of his life from his youth in post-war England, through his creative relationship with Joni Mitchell and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist.
A darkly comic tale by the actor, artist, and author is told in the style of Alcoholics Anonymous twelve-step testimonials, scripts, letters, diary entries and other forms that explore the nature and purpose of acting while sharing portraits of actors who did not achieve fame.
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.
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.
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.
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.