Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph explores the life of Ludwig van Beethoven, from Enlightenment-era Bonn to the musical capital of Vienna, describing the composer's career, ill health, and romantic rejections.
A celebration of 78rpm record subculture reveals the growing value of rare records and the determined efforts of their collectors and archivists, drawing on historical research and preserver interviews to explore the music of blues artists who have been lost to the modern world.
Los Angeles Times and Morning Edition film critic Kenneth Turan presents a list of his favorite films of all-time, from All About Eve to Spirited Away, and offers anecdotes on the cultural impact, controversies, and history surrounding each.
Traces the World War II experiences of five legendary directors including John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens to assess the transformative impact of the war and period beliefs on Hollywood.
Based on conversations between Sammy Davis Jr. and his daughter, this intimate portrait of Mr. Show Business recounts his adventures through the Rat Pack era and the extraordinary obstacles he overcame to become a huge legend and one of the greatest pop culture icons of the 20th century.
The Grammy Award-winning opera star describes her childhood in the segregated South, the community values and role models that shaped her ambitions, her meteoric rise at the Berlin Opera and the accomplishments that have established her as one of America's most decorated singing artists.