Traces the life of the beloved French chanteuse from her untraditional upbringing to her years after achieving instant stardom, covering such topics as her tumultuous love affairs, her struggles with addiction, and her enduring legacy.
The comedic actress discusses her friendships with such stars as Jimmy Stewart, Lucille Ball, Cary Grant, and Julie Andrews, her successful television show which ran for eleven years, and the sorrows that she overcame with her humor.
A collection of conversations and dialogues between the author and Academy Award-winning film and sound editor Walter Murch offers a revealing, inside look at how films are put together, from the various working styles of such directors as Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas, to the techniques and creative art of editing film. Reprint.
Recounts the author's experiences on frontier Houston as the only child of an alcoholic father and epileptic fanatical mother, describing a coming-of-age marked by honky-tonk barroom brawls, apocalyptic hurricanes and wild improvisations in the face of unpaid bills.
Showcases numerous iconic Hollywood film sets in a sequence of rare archival photographs, original sketches and previously unpublished renderings while sharing behind-the-scenes stories about how final scenes in historical movies were ultimately accomplished.
Traces the life of the folk music pioneer, including his work as a field recorder for the Library of Congress, his efforts to produce multicultural concerts, and his role in the careers of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Burl Ives.
The Black Sabbath front man and reality TV star discusses his life in his own in-your-face style, including his working-class upbringing, his decision to quit a factory job for a life in music, his affinity for biting the heads off bats, his alcohol and substance excesses, his brushes with death and STDs and the surreality of him becoming a grandfather. Reprint. A best-selling book.
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.
On this four-decade-long journey from the studios where the first rap records were made to the boardrooms where the big deals were inked, "The Big Payback" tallies the list of who lost and who won along the 40-year road to hip-hop's dominance.
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.
Draws on the author's work on the A.V. Club column in the satirical newspaper The Onion to provide a revisionist history of cinematic failure, collecting dozens of favorite entries complemented by such bonus features as interviews, illustrations and new entries on notorious failed movies. Original.