Category: History & Criticism
Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives
by: Rare Bird Books, A Barnacle Book
Product rating: 5.0 with 1 reviews
Whether it was Patti Smith’s angry moan, Nina Simone’s guttural growl, or Dolly Parton’s towering hair and sweet voice, women have been a musical force to be reckoned with. In Here She Comes Now, today’s biggest and brightest writers tackle their favorite female musicians and the effect they’ve had on their own lives. From Rosie Schaap writing about Sandy Denny to Susan Choi writing about Stevie Nicks to Elissa Schappell writing about Kim Gordon, Here She Comes Now thoughtfully and lovingly discusses the extreme badassery of the women who break through all the barriers to truly rock.
Posted in History & Criticism Tagged with: A Barnacle Book, Changed, Comes, Have, Here!, Lives, Music, Rare Bird Books, Women
The Gilmore Girls Companion
by: BearManor Media
Product rating: 4.4 with 18 reviews
Since we first peeked into Stars Hollow, Conn. on Oct. 5, 2000, Gilmore Girls
has delighted people worldwide. Combining unparalleled writing with endearing characters and a respect for the complexities of life, the series continues to bring people together today.
The Gilmore Girls Companion takes you behind the scenes of this television classic, from the first glimmer of the idea to the making of the series finale, based on more than 40 interviews with cast and crew, including Edward Herrmann, Kelly Bishop, Michael Winters, Sean Gunn, executive producer Gavin Polone and writer Jane Espenson. Go inside the writers room, the wardrobe trailer and the editor’s office as an episode comes together in a scant eight days.
Along the way, relive your favorite Gilmore moments with a full program guide, complete with behind-the-scenes recollections from many of the people who made it all possible.
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Future Days: Krautrock and the Birth of a Revolutionary New Music
by: Melville House
Product rating: 4.2 with 5 reviews
A sweeping history of the men and women who transformed postwar Germany—and created a musical genre that revolutionized rock and roll and gave birth to hip-hop.
West Germany after World War II was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this orphaned landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the strange and beautiful sounds that became known as Krautrock.
Eschewing the easy pleasures of rock and roll and the more substantive seductions of blues and jazz, they took their inspiration from elsewhere: the mysticism of the East; the fractured classicism of Stockhausen; the grinding repetition of industry; the dense forests of the Rhineland; the endless winding of Autobahns.
Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Can, Kraftwerk—the influence of these groups’ music on Western popular music is incalculable. They were key to the development of movements ranging from post-punk to electronica and hip-hop and have directly inspired artists as diverse as David Bowie, Talking Heads, and LCD Soundsystem. Future Days
is the brilliantly reported, deeply researched story of the groups that created Krautrock, and a social and cultural history of the Germany that challenged, inspired, and repelled them.
Posted in History & Criticism Tagged with: Birth, Days, Future, Krautrock, Melville House, Music, Revolutionary
Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
by: Centipede Press
Product rating: 5.0 with 2 reviews
Edited by Danel Olson (The Exorcist: Studies in the Horror Film), with seventeen new interviews by Justin Bozung and recent Paris/London conversations with co-screenwriter Diane Johnson and the legendary Shining Twins by Catriona McAvoy, this study is the first featuring recent reminiscences with cast & crew of The Shining and original interdisciplinary essays by top critics. This landmark edition also includes rare and unpublished photographs, archival material, seminal reprints, and galleries of artwork & posters inspired by the Kubrick film, all on heavy acid-free paper in two full-color, brilliantly-designed Smyth-sewn paperback.
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Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties
by: Dey Street Books
Product rating: 4.8 with 5 reviews
One of the music world’s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary.
On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world—Dylan’s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation—and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.
In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan’s artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever. Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.
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Amity 6 to Base: A Jaws Ride History: (aka The Sharks Are Not Working)
by: New Shiva Books
Product rating: 4.0 with 1 reviews
Amity, as you know, means friendship. Ahoy, maties and welcome aboard! AMITY 6 TO BASE is the first ever book written about Universal Studios Florida’s JAWS RIDE, beginning with its troublesome debut in 1990 and concluding with its unfortunate closure in 2012. Packed with rare images and insider trivia, AMITY 6 TO BASE dishes details on everything from the ride story to the mechanical sharks to the Skippers that manned the attraction. It may finally be July 5th in Amity, but that doesn’t mean it’s finally safe to go swimming. Check out AMITY 6 TO BASE today before it swims up and bites you in the ***!
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