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.
This definitive collection of the photographer's work highlights his friendships with and access to the innovators of modern jazz, including Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday depicted in smoky clubs, backstage parties and even the musician's apartments.
An updated edition of the film reference provides almost 1,500 entries on leading international actors and actresses, directors, and producers, along with critical essays, profiles, and film analyses.
Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes
A treasury of lyrics includes all of the composer's works from "West Side Story" to "Sweeney Todd," and offers a rare glimpse into his creative process and relationships with other legends of the American theater.
Gathers black and white photographs of the Beatles taken in 1964 in Liverpool and in London during the making of their first feature film, and includes pictures of other musicians from Liverpool and brief explanations of the photographs.
This collection of essays showcases the best of Ross's writing from more than a decade at" The New Yorker." Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, "Listen to This" teaches us how to listen.
A pioneering talk-show host shares memories of his experiences with famous guests from John Lennon and Richard Nixon to William F. Buckley and Groucho Marx, in an account that also offers his insights into what his career taught him about American culture. 15,000 first printing.
An autobiography that the late comedian nearly completed before he died chronicles his storied career, during which he pushed the boundaries of comedy and language and influenced several generations of performers. By the author of When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Reprint.