An NYU professor of psychology describes how he was able to learn to play the guitar in midlife in spite of a limited musical aptitude, revealing what he learned about the brain's capacity for musical proficiency at any time of life and how his findings challenge commonly accepted beliefs about musical talent and training.
Susan Orlean chronicles the rise of the iconic German shepherd character, sharing the stories of the real World War I dog and canine performer and exploring Rin Tin Tin's relevance in military and popular culture.
A tribute to the Pacific Northwest's grunge genre draws on the observations of individuals at the forefront of the movement from Soundgarden and the Melvins to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, citing the influences of such factors as the rise of Seattle's Sub Pop record label and the death of Kurt Cobain.
Draws on the archives of Slayer Magazine in a photographic treasury that features such classic heavy metal bands as Kreator, Mayhem and Morbid Angel, providing supplemental rare archival material, historical photographs and previously unreleased interviews.
Traces the 1960s effort to revive music in England that underscored the achievements of such period artists as Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, and Led Zeppelin, providing insight into how their work reflected historical precedents.
The influential pop music performer and songwriter shares the story of his career, describing his formative experiences in the evolving music scene beside such contemporaries as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Madonna.
We live in a pop age gone loco for retro and crazy for commemoration. Band re-formations and reunion tours, expanded reissues of classic albums and outtake-crammed box sets, remakes and sequels, tribute albums and mash-ups ... But what happens when we run out of past? Are we heading toward a sort of cultural-ecological catastrophe, where the archival stream of pop history has been exhausted? Retromania is the first book to examine the retro industry and ask the question: Is this retromania a death knell for any originality and distinctiveness of our own?
Chronicles five epochal years of music in the Big Apple against a backdrop of the period's high crime, limited government resources and low rents, tracing the formations of key sounds while evaluating the contributions of such artists as Willie Colón, Bruce Springsteen and Grandmaster Flash.
I Want My MTV shows how the channel grew from a radical programming concept to a defining network for a generation and a force in the worlds of music, television, sports, fashion and politics.
Combining firsthand reporting with historical research, a music journalist provides a musical history of the birth of rock 'n' roll in the black juke joints where James Brown and B.B. King got their start. 17,000 first printing.
The frontman of the classic rock band Aerosmith tells his story, including his rise to rock stardom in the 70s, the band's drop in popularity, and their comeback in the late 80s and 90s. (biography & autobiography). Simultaneous.
Recounts the life of the man who invented soul music and is best known for his popular music chart successes, including "All Around the World" (1955), "Need Your Love So Bad" (1956) and "Fever" the same year.
Presents the life and career of the music journalism pioneer, who championed the early careers of such musicians as Bob Dylan and the New York Dolls, but fell into obscurity after abruptly leaving the profession.
A guide to 100 of most compelling films to draw a faithful following. From mainstream hits like The Sound of Music to Italian cannibal movies like Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals, film scholars Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik tell the stories of these strange classics.
Unique among the arts, ballet has no written texts or standardized notation. It is a storytelling art passed on from teacher to student. A ballerina dancing today is a link in a long chain of dancers stretching back to sixteenth-century Italy and France: Her graceful movements recall a lost world of courts, kings, and aristocracy, but her steps are also marked by the dramatic changes in dance and culture that followed. From ballet's origins in the Renaissance and the codification of its basic steps and positions under France's Louis XIV (himself an avid dancer), the art form wound its way through the courts of Europe, from Paris and Milan to Vienna and St. Petersburg. Jennifer Homans, a historian and critic who was also a professional dancer, traces the evolution of technique, choreography, and performance in clear prose, drawing readers into the intricacies of the art with vivid descriptions of dances and the artists who made them—From publisher description.
A decade after her death, Pauline Kael remains the most important figure in film criticism today. Brian Kellow gives us a richly detailed look at one of the most astonishing bursts of creativity in film history and a rounded portrait of this remarkable (and often relentlessly driven) woman.
The Doors presents a critical look at the songs and short performing career of an iconic American band, examining their relationship with the essence of their generation and their lasting cultural impact.