The journalist author of Radio Shangri-La blends media and history in an account of the founding of CNN by Ted Turner and a motley assortment of cable-television visionaries, big-league rejects and non-union newcomers, whose collective successes exceeded their wildest ambitions.
"This book-both a narrative and a film directory-surveys and analyzes English-language feature films (and a few shorts and TV shows/movies) made between 1927 and 2016 that tell stories about jazz music, its musicians, its history and culture. Play the Way You Feel looks at jazz movies as a narrative tradition with recurring plot points and story tropes, whose roots and development are traced. It also demonstrates how jazz stories cut across diverse genres-biopic, romance, musical, comedy and science fiction, horror, crime and comeback stories, "race movies" and modernized Shakespeare-even as they constitute a genre of their own. The book is also a directory/checklist of such films, 66 of them with extensive credits, plus dozens more shorter/capsule discussions. Where jazz films are based on literary sources, they are examined, and the nature of their adaptation explored: what gets retained, removed, or invented? What do historical films get right and wrong? How does a film's music, and the style of the filmmaking itself, reinforce or undercut the story?—
An Emmy Award-winning original Saturday Night Live writer draws on personal memories and interviews with such contemporaries as Eric Idle and Dave Barry in a cultural memoir that includes discussions of the creative process behind classic skits.
The 15-time Grammy Award-winning music artist traces her journey from self-censorship to full expression, describing her complicated relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career and her struggles with gender expectations.
An unstinting memoir by the pop artist and fashion icon traces the story of her life before and after fame, the role of faith in her achievements and her difficult decision to step out of the limelight. 500,000 first printing. Illustrations.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post critic and pianist describes how he navigated loss and a complicated childhood through the masterpieces of Bach, sharing insights into how Bach's genius compositions combine unique counterpoints to evoke transcendent emotion.
An official, behind-the-scenes guide to the record-breaking stage production chronicles its evolution from the early phases of development and scripting through the extraordinary work of its artists and actors in major world venues.
Collects essays from the New Yorker columnist about her passion for television, beginning with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, including comedy sketches that helped elect a reality-television president, and touching on the impact of #MeToo.
Examines the biggest themes of JAY-Z's career, including hustling, and it recognizes the way that he's always weaved politics into his music, making statements about race, criminal justice and black wealth. By the author of Tears We Cannout Stop. Illustrations.
An authoritative history of the Hollywood musical profiles the innovations and talents of stars ranging from Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly to Doris Day and Ann-Margret, exploring the influence and enduring legacy of landmark productions. Illustrations.
In a book started before his tragic and untimely death, the popular and influential musician describes his life as a young boy who absorbed the world around him, crafted a persona, developed an artistic vision and worked tirelessly to become a musical superstar. Illustrations.
The acclaimed choreographer traces his rise from humble origins to the pinnacle of the performing-arts world, discussing his formation of the Mark Morris Dance Group and his celebrated collaborations with such artists as Mikhail Baryshnikov and Yo-Yo Ma. Illustrations.