A Hugo Award-winning author and music journalist revisits a time of unparalleled creativity as the sci-fi world collides with the rock 'n' roll world of the 1970s, presenting a whole generation of revered musicians as the sci-fi obsessed conjurers they really were.
Draws upon interviews with Pollard, his friends, family, and bandmates, to trace the story of the founder of the indie rock band Guided by Voices from growing up in blue-collar Dayton, Ohio through the band's success.
Leonard Bernstein's oldest daughter presents a deeply intimate memoir of life with her father that shares insights into his complex personality, sense of humor, artistic influence and erratic creative process.
Published to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song "Kick out the Jams," a memoir by MC5's legendary guitarist traces the band's brief but significant role in redefining rock n' roll, while reflecting on his personal struggles with addiction and creativity.
A leading jazz critic charts the origins of jazz history and the influence of commercialized jazz education on the true spirit of the genre and discusses the synergy between jazz and postmillennial hip-hop and R&B.
The founder of Sire records recounts his career in music, detailing how he has discovered such influential artists as Madonna, The Ramones, Lou Reed, the Talking Heads, The Smiths, and Ice-T.
Explores the unlikely bond between the famous Austrian composer and his pet starling, providing an unexpected window into human-animal friendships, music, and the nature of creative inspiration.
From the witty and exuberant New York Times best-selling author comes a history of humor—from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter memes—that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.
Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved ... difficult.
Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete jerk and — in an unexpected twist — an enragingly good kisser. They've barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can't get enough of her.
Presents a compelling portrait of Robin Williams that illuminates his comic brilliance and often misunderstood character, sharing insights into his gift for improvisation, his struggles with addiction and depression, and his relationships with friends and family members.
A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership between Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II shares insights into how their collaborations pioneered a new art form that became a template for all future musicals, offering additional coverage of their cultural legacy and establishment of one of the most powerful entertainment businesses of their era.
Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the film 2001's release, a colorful narrative traces the collaboration between the acclaimed director and the science fiction writing legend which resulted in one of the greatest films ever made.
Describes the development of Christian rock in the late 1960s by Larry Norman, who wanted to create popular music for Christians and was met with friction from religious conservatives.
Draws on interviews with producers and fans to present a behind-the-scenes look at the reality television phenomenon and explores the show's cultural influence and significance.