A leading jazz critic charts the origins of jazz history and the influence of commercialized jazz education on the true spirit of the genre and discusses the synergy between jazz and postmillennial hip-hop and R&B.
The founder of Sire records recounts his career in music, detailing how he has discovered such influential artists as Madonna, The Ramones, Lou Reed, the Talking Heads, The Smiths, and Ice-T.
Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.
From the witty and exuberant New York Times best-selling author comes a history of humor—from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter memes—that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved ... difficult.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete jerk and — in an unexpected twist — an enragingly good kisser. They've barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can't get enough of her.
Presents a compelling portrait of Robin Williams that illuminates his comic brilliance and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into his gift for improvisation, his struggles with addiction and depression, and his relationships with friends and family members.
A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II shares insights into how their collaborations pioneered a new art form that became a template for all future musicals, offering additional coverage of their cultural legacy and establishment of one of the most powerful entertainment businesses of their era.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film 2001's release, a colorful narrative traces the collaboration between the acclaimed director and the science fiction writing legend which resulted in one of the greatest films ever made.
Describes the development of Christian rock in the late 1960s by Larry Norman, who wanted to create popular music for Christians and was met with friction from religious conservatives.
Draws on interviews with producers and fans to present a behind-the-scenes look at the reality television phenomenon and explores the show's cultural influence and significance.
A memoir by the composer, producer, and impresario of some of the most recognized musicals in theater history traces his half-century career, sharing insights into his family, his Oxford education, his creative process, and the events that shaped his characters and productions.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the show's Broadway premiere, an oral history of Angels in America, a generation-defining classic and moving account of the AIDS era, is told through nearly 200 voices in vibrant conversation and debate and is both a rollicking theater saga and an uplifting testament to one of the great works of art of the past century.
Pairing the colors and flavors of Indian cuisine and Indian cinema, a full-color collection offers delicious, bold recipes for real, home-cooked Indian food, like Shrimp Curry and Bhindi Masala, with movie stills of dazzling song-and-dance numbers from Bollywood. 20,000 first printing.
A Harvard classics professor and expert on Bob Dylan expands on his popular seminar in a full-length, meditative examination of the Nobel Prize-winning lyricist's enduring influence, sharing insights into Dylan's formative experiences against a backdrop of western and classical literature. 100,000 first printing.
A definitive account of the life and career of the legendary Broadway caricaturist covers his achievements as an agent, his three marriages, his famous parties, and the ongoing cultural influence of his distinctive creative style.
The host of the wildly popular podcast presents a collection of insights and observations from such guests as Jerry Seinfeld, Robin Williams and Barack Obama to explore how today's most recognizable figures handle the challenges of today, from parenting and relationships to sexuality and success.
A highly anticipated memoir by the prolific hip-hop artist traces his unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth, discussing his early years in Alabama and Georgia, his activities as a drug dealer, the experiences that inspired his influential street anthems and his recent prison term.