The English television personality reveals his struggles to become a successful comedian, discussing his troubled childhood, his addiction to drugs, sex, and alcohol, his mental illness, and his recovery aided by the support of his family and friends.
A comprehensive profile of the enigmatic jazz pianist and composer offers insight into his origins, his early musical career, and the mid-twentieth-century cultural upheavals that shaped his personal and creative life.
A resource on classical music provides coverage of composers, works, musical terminology, and performers, along with recommended recordings and access to an interactive Web site that allows readers to listen to sample works, techniques, and performers discussed in the reference.
An updated overview of the magical world of film special effects traces the history and evolution of motion picture special effects, from silent films' smoke and mirrors to computer-assisted, optical, and digital effects, and dissects such components as optical illusions, models, animation, and makeup and sound effects.
16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 104 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists
Offers an opinionated compendium of pop culture lists and trivia on such topics as film, music, television, books, comics, and video games, including guest lists by the likes of Amy Sedaris and Weird Al Yankovic.
Collects two hundred images taken by the 20th-century master photographer during his residency in a New York City flower district loft that was the site of famous after-hours jazz jam sessions.
One of the most revered filmmakers of our time, Werner Herzog wrote this diary during the making of Fitzcarraldo, the lavish 1982 film that tells the story of a would-be rubber baron who pulls a steamship over a hill in the Amazon jungle in order to access a rich rubber territory. Later, Herzog spoke of his difficulties when making the film, including casting problems, reshoots, language barriers, epic clashes with the star, and the logistics of moving a 320-ton steamship over a hill without the use of special effects. Hailed by critics around the globe, the film went on to win Herzog the 1982 Outstanding Director Prize at Cannes. Herzog's diary is a glimpse into the mind of a genius during the making of one of his greatest achievements."—Jkt.