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Sviatoslav Richter was a dazzling performer but an intensely private man. Though world famous and revered by classical music lovers everywhere, he guarded himself and his thoughts as carefully as his talent. Fascinated, author and filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon tried vainly for years to interview the enigmatic pianist. Richter eventually yielded, granting Monsaingeon hours of taped conversation, unlimited access to his diaries and notebooks, and, ultimately, his friendship. This book is the product of that friendship.
Richter reveals himself as a man and an artist. Unsentimentally and with his characteristic dry humor and intelligence, the musician describes his poignant childhood and spectacular career, including his tumultuous early days at the Moscow Conservatory and his triumphant 1960 tour of the United States. His laconic recounting of playing in the orchestra at Stalin's surreal, interminable state funeral is riveting. Most important for music lovers, Richter discusses his influences and views on musical interpretation. He describes his encounters with other great Russian performers and composers, including Prokoviev, Shostakovich, Oistrakh, and Gilels. Candid sections from his personal journals offer his sober and unguarded impressions of dozens of performances and recordings--both his own and those of other musicians.
This volume offers readers the sizable pleasure of lingering in the thoughts and words of one of the most important pianists of the twentieth century. Unlike many other star performers, Richter was also an intellectual who had interesting things to say, particularly about the musician's proper role as interpreter of the composer's art. This alone makes the book worth reading. Sviatoslav Richter belongs on the shelves of everyone with a classical music collection and will also appeal to lovers of autobiography and admirers of Russian musical culture.
Queen of Pop, superstar, maverick, and fashionista; Lady Gaga is one of the most recognisable and sensational pop stars for a generation.
A true original, Gaga found fame the hard way, playing the grimy bars and burlesque shows of New York City, before finally relocating to Los Angeles to begin work on what would become her debut album The Fame.
Constantly en vogue and always in the public eye, this is the biography of the rise of Gaga, from her early life as a teenage protege, to her life as one of the most respected musicians and most recognised entertainers on the planet.
This audiobook lifts the lid on Lady Gaga. Find out all you ever wanted to know about the eccentric star.
From Graham Nash--the legendary musician and founding member of the iconic bands Crosby, Stills & Nash and The Hollies--comes a candid and riveting autobiography that belongs on the reading list of every classic rock fan.Graham Nash's songs defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll--he's written over 200 songs, including such classic hits as "Carrie Anne," "On A Carousel," "Simple Man," "Our House," "Marrakesh Express," and "Teach Your Children." From the opening salvos of the British Rock Revolution to the last shudders of Woodstock, he has rocked and rolled wherever music mattered. Now Graham is ready to tell his story: his lower-class childhood in post-war England, his early days in the British Invasion group The Hollies; becoming the lover and muse of Joni Mitchell during the halcyon years, when both produced their most introspective and important work; meeting Stephen Stills and David Crosby and reaching superstardom with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; and his enduring career as a solo musician and political activist. Nash has valuable insights into a world and time many think they know from the outside but few have experienced at its epicenter, and equally wonderful anecdotes about the people around him: the Beatles, the Stones, Hendrix, Cass Elliot, Dylan, and other rock luminaries. From London to Laurel Canyon and beyond, Wild Tales is a revealing look back at an extraordinary life--with all the highs and the lows; the love, the sex, and the jealousy; the politics; the drugs; the insanity--and the sanity--of a magical era of music.
Jim Morrison and the Secret Gold Mine: Breaking Through The Doors to Hidden Reality and the Mind of God
Revealed at Last ... the Monumental Mystery Inside the Music of The Doors
The Doors were one of the most important rock groups of the 1960's, and their longevity and popularity has defied the expectations of nearly all critics. Why? Because most of them, including Robert Cristgau, Lester Bangs, Joan Didion, and Greil Marcus - were entirely keyless. They had no idea what was taking place in the music.
Jim Morrison and the Secret Gold Mine is the first book to explain the monumental vision hidden inside The Doors. Award-winning author David A. Shiang explores how Doors music transports listeners to an unseen world of transcendence and spiritual discovery. Shiang shows why Morrison's lyrics have stood the test of time and why Doors music continues to capture new and old audiences alike.
"Morrison was not only a first-rate poet but also a major thinker. The Doors journeyed into seldom-explored realms of spirituality and consciousness and brought back findings of great importance to all of us. The Doors, especially Morrison, were psycho-spiritual pioneers, and their insights and achievements extend far beyond the world of rock music into areas such as spirituality, science, philosophy, psychoanalysis, and mythology. The significance of their extraordinary vision has yet to be widely recognized."
- from the book
This book will open the eyes and ears of Doors lovers, Doors haters, and Doors newbies. Prepare yourself for a joyous thrill ride as you embark upon a musical and intellectual journey unlike any other.
Author David A. Shiang is a graduate of MIT and has a Master of Management from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He was a Danforth Fellow in the English PhD program at UC Berkeley also studied at L'ESSEC, Cergy, France. He is also the author of God Does Not Play Dice: the Fulfillment of Einstein's Quest for Law and Order in Nature, The Regret Cure: How to Eliminate Toxic Emotions and Never Regret Again, and The Top 10 Commandments of Jim Morrison.
Celebrating the dark origins of our most American music, Country reveals a wild shadowland of history that encompasses blackface minstrels and yodeling cowboys; honky-tonk hell and rockabilly heaven; medieval myth and musical miscegenation; sex, drugs, murder; and rays of fierce illumination on Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and others, famous and forgotten, whose demonology is America's own. Profusely and superbly illustrated, Country stands as one of the most brilliant explorations of American musical culture ever written.
In the winter of 2006 Justin Vernon - aka Bon Iver - picked up a guitar, a laptop and some basic recording equipment and retreated to a remote cabin in the woods of Wisconsin to lick his wounds.
The story of how he recorded alt-folk classic For Emma, Forever Ago there has become the stuff of musical myth. He made it from the woods to international fame in just a few years but behind the 'overnight' success of Justin Vernon lies an inspirational personal story.
Bon Iver: Good Winter traces his life from his earliest days as pioneer of the collaborative musical scene in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, through his years as frontman of the experimental rock band DeYarmond Edison and his 'lost' solo albums, to his Grammy-winning Bon Iver, Bon Iver album.
Bon Iver: Good Winter is the first in-depth account of the struggles, heartaches and hardships that led Vernon to become Bon Iver and includes contributions from all of his major collaborators and associates in the Eau Claire community as well accounts of
various side projects and his eventual vindications, triumphs and artistic achievements.
MARK BEAUMONT is an award-winning music journalist, broadcaster and author of Out Of This World: The Story Of Muse,
Jay-Z: King Of America and his debut novel .
These sketches study the musical architecture of five compositions from three stylistic periods: two compositions by Bach -- " Ich bin's, ich sollte büssen" from the St. Matthew Passion and the Prelude No. 1 in C Major from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier; the development section from the first movement of Haydn's Sonata for Piano in E-Flat Major; and two ètudes by Chopin -- in F Major, Op. 10, No. 8, and in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12. Each composition is analyzed in a series of sketches, with selective interpretations of chords, indications of voice leading, and other easily understood devices that demonstrate Schenker's theories and their expression.
It is a complete and authoritative history that only Botto, the curator of PLAYBILL's incomparable 116-year-old archives, can tell. Expanded from his popular column in PLAYBILL magazine, AT THIS THEATRE is the biography of those living, breathing buildings we call theatres. In this substantially updated version, Botto includes the histories of all the theatre rescued from the wrecker in the last ten years, including the American Airlines Theatre, Disney's New Amsterdam, and the Lyric and the Apollo, now combined into the Ford Center.
AT THIS THEATRE is filled with great stories featuring a cast of characters including Ethel Merman, David Merrick, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and Spencer Tracy. And it's also a theatrical spectacle boasting lavish illustrations of posters, programs, and photographs throughout. This is the gift book for every theatre lover on your list, including yourself!
Now a Netflix original movie starring Machine Gun Kelly, Daniel Webber, Douglas Booth, and Iwan Rheon, directed by Jeff Tremaine.
"Without a doubt, it is the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling, and utterly revolting, full of blood, leather, eyeliner, heroin, and, oh yes, the glam metal that made the Eighties...the Eighties."--Joe Levy, Rolling Stone
Celebrate thirty years of the world's most notorious rock band with the deluxe collectors' edition of The Dirt--the outrageous, legendary, no-holds-barred autobiography of Mötley Crüe.
Fans have gotten glimpses into the band's crazy world of backstage scandals, celebrity love affairs, rollercoaster drug addictions, and immortal music in Mötley Crüe books like Tommyland and The Heroin Diaries, but now the full spectrum of sin and success by Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars is an open book in The Dirt. Even fans already familiar with earlier editions of the bestselling exposé will treasure this gorgeous deluxe edition. Joe Levy at Rolling Stone calls The Dirt "without a doubt . . . the most detailed account of the awesome pleasures and perils of rock & roll stardom I have ever read. It is completely compelling and utterly revolting."
She met the Beatles in 1964 when she was cast as a schoolgirl in "A Hard Day's Night." Ten days later a smitten George Harrison proposed. For twenty-year-old Pattie Boyd, it was the beginning of an unimaginably rich and complex life as she was welcomed into the Beatles inner circle--a circle that included Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Jeff Beck, and a veritable who's who of rock musicians. She describes the dynamics of the group, the friendships, the tensions, the musicmaking, and the weird and wonderful memories she has of Paul and Linda, Cynthia and John, Ringo and Maureen, and especially the years with her husband, George.
It was a sweet, turbulent life, but one that would take an unexpected turn, starting with a simple note that began "dearest l."
I read it quickly and assumed that it was from some weirdo; I did get fan mail from time to time.... I thought no more about it until that evening when the phone rang. It was Eric [Clapton]. "Did you get my letter?..". And then the penny dropped. "Was that from you?" I said....It was the most passionate letter anyone had ever written me.
For the first time Pattie Boyd, former wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, a high-profile model whose face epitomized the swinging London scene of the 1960s, a woman who inspired Harrison's song "Something" and Clapton's anthem "Layla," has decided to write a book that is rich and raw, funny and heartbreaking--and totally honest and open and breathtaking. Here is the truth, here is what happened, here is the story you've been waiting for.
"From the Hardcover edition."