An acclaimed cultural historian — drawing on previously untapped archival sources and a vast array of interviews with such voices as Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt and Herb Alpert — presents a fascinating social history of the Great American Songwriting Era.
Based on interviews and years of research, a journalist explores the cultural dominance of the Twee movement, an old-fashioned yet highly modern aesthetic that has been embraced in music, art, film, fashion, food and politics.
A rollicking memoir by the legendary Monty Python comic traces his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble origins and early collaborations with Graham Chapman through his uproarious achievements in multiple venues.
Draws upon interviews with family and friends, court transcripts, unpublished journals and screenplay drafts to trace Richard Pryor's journey from his rough childhood to his ascent in the "New Hollywood" of the 1970s — and his struggles with drugs and fame.
Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the release of Purple Rain, a former senior editor of Rolling Stone offers a complete history of the making of both the popular film and the best-selling soundtrack album of the same name.
The first complete biography about this remarkable singer's life reveals the challenges she confronted, from her growing up poor in a Pennsylvania coal mining town to her rise as a bebop singer in Detroit and New York City during the 1950s to her work as a recording artist and performer under the influence of and in performance with such jazz luminaries as Charlie Parker, George Russell, Lennie Tristano, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Thelonious Monk. Jordan's views as a woman living the jazz life in an era of racial and gender discrimination while surrounded by those often struggling with the twin evils of alcohol and drug abuse are skillfully woven into the tapestry of the tale she tells.
The influential singer's road manager retraces Joplin's breakout performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, pivotal career decisions, appearance at Woodstock, attendance at her high-school reunion, and tragic final days.