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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
by John Seabrook

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English

Pages

362

Publication Date

October 05, 2015

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<p>“An utterly satisfying examination of the business of popular music.” —Nathaniel Rich, <em>The Atlantic</em></p><br /><p>Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today’s songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more.</p><br /><p>In <em>The Song Machine</em>, longtime <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits. Seabrook takes us into a strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making from its obscure origins in early 1990s Sweden to its dominance of today's <em>Billboard</em> charts.</p><br /><p>Journeying from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with new "track-and-hook" techniques. The stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Stargate, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, <em>The Song Machine</em> shows what life is like in an industry that has been catastrophically disrupted—spurring innovation, competition, intense greed, and seductive new products.</p><br /><p>Going beyond music to discuss money, business, marketing, and technology, <em>The Song Machine</em> explores what the new hits may be doing to our brains and listening habits, especially as services like Spotify and Apple Music use streaming data to gather music into new genres invented by algorithms based on listener behavior.</p><br /><p>Fascinating, revelatory, and original, <em>The Song Machine</em> will change the way you listen to music.</p>
Inside Studio 54
by Mark Fleischman

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English

Pages

368

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<div>In <i>Inside Studio 54</i>, the former owner takes you behind the scenes of the most famous nightclub in the world, through the crowd, to a place where celebrities, friends, and the beautiful people sip champagne and share lines of cocaine using rolled-up hundred-dollar bills. In the early eighties, Mark Fleischman reopened Studio 54, the world's most glamorous and notorious nightclub, after it was closed down by the State of New York. Ten thousand people showed up that night, ready to restart the party that abruptly ended after the raid in 1978 landed its former owners in jail.<BR><BR><i>Inside Studio 54</i> invites you to revisit the happening scenes of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, the post-Pill, pre-AIDS era of free love, consequence-free sex, and seemingly endless partying. Following Fleischman as he built<br /><br />connections as a hotel, restaurant, and club owner that lead him to Studio 54. <i>Inside Studio 54</i> takes the reader from Brazil to the heights of debauchery in the Virgin Islands and finally to New York City. A star-studded thrill ride through decadent and drug-fueled parties at the legendary Studio 54.<BR></div>
Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour
by Dita Von Teese

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

December 01, 2015

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<p>From burlesque show to fashion runway, magazine cover to Internet video, fashion icon and “burlesque superheroine” (<em>Vanity Fair</em>) Dita Von Teese has undergone more strokes of red lipstick, bursts of hair spray, boxes of blue-black hair dye and pats of powder in a month than a drag queen could dream of in a lifetime. Whether she’s dazzling audiences swirling in a towering martini glass in Swarovski-covered pasties and stilettos or sparking camera flashes on the red carpet, one reality is constant: for this self-styled star, beauty is an art. Now, for the first time in her Technicolor career, Dita divulges the beauty wisdom that keeps her on international best-dressed lists and high-profile fashion show rosters in this illustration and photography-filled opus.</p><p>In <em>Your Beauty Mark: The Ultimate Guide to Eccentric Glamour</em>, Dita and co-writer Rose Apodaca take you through every step of Dita’s glamour arsenal, and includes friends—masters in makeup, hair, medicine, and exercise as well as some of the world’s most eccentric beauties—for authoritative advice. This 400-page book is packed with sound nutrition and exercise guidance, skincare and scent insight, as well as accessible techniques for creating bombshell hairstyles and makeup looks. Among the hundreds of lavish color photographs, instructive step-by-step images and original illustrations by Adele Mildred, this inspiring resource shares the skills, history, and lessons you need to enhance your individual gifts and realize your own beauty mark.</p>
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Ultimate Guide to the Justice League
by The Editors of Entertainm...

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English

Pages

96

Publication Date

November 10, 2017

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<b>The League’s finally all here to—what else? Save the world.</b><br /><br />Justice League has arrived. One of the most formidable collections of superheroes the world has ever known is together on the big screen. <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> takes you behind the scenes and onto the set, including exclusive interviews with the cast and creators, in this all-new collector’s edition, <i>The Ultimate Guide to Justice League</i>. They’re all here—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, the Flash and, yes, Superman—with character profiles, concept art, costumes, origin stories and more. Stuffed with insider information, including a history of the Justice League in comic-book form and a discussion of each superhero's or -heroine’s past and future on the big screen, this comprehensive guide will delight readers of all ages. Interviews with the cast, including Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill, are featured. It’s time to join the battle for the future of the world!
Start to Finish: Woody Allen and the Art of Moviemaking
by Eric Lax

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>A cinephile's dream: the chance to follow legendary director Woody Allen throughout the creation of a film--from inception to premiere--and to enjoy his reflections on some of the finest artists in the history of cinema.</b> <br /><br />Eric Lax has been with Woody Allen almost every step of the way. He chronicled Allen's transformation from stand-up comedian to filmmaker in <i>On Being Funny</i> (1975). His international best seller,<i> Woody Allen: A Biography</i> (1991), was a portrait of a director hitting his stride. <i>Conversations with Woody Allen</i> comprised interviews that illustrated Allen's evolution from 1971 to 2008. Now, Lax invites us onto the set--and even further behind the scenes--of Allen's <i>Irrational Man,</i> which was released in 2015, and starred Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone. Revealing the intimate details of Allen's filmmaking process, Lax shows us the screenplay being shaped, the scenes being prepared, the actors, cinematographers, other crew members, the editors, all engaged in their work. We hear Allen's colleagues speak candidly about working with him, and Allen speaking with equal openness about his lifetime's work. An unprecedented revelation of one of the foremost filmmakers of our time, <i>Start to Finish</i> is sure to delight not only movie buffs and Allen fans, but everyone who has marveled at the seeming magic of the artistic process.
Homegrown: Cooking from My New England Roots
by Matt Jennings

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English

Pages

353

Publication Date

October 17, 2017

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<DIV><B>“Simple, approachable, and delicious recipes. . . . Matt finds the perfect balance between honoring New England’s influential landscape and rich history while also providing a fresh twist on classic dishes, including influences from his wide travels and infinite repertoire.”<BR /> —Mario Batali, chef, author, philanthropist</B><BR />  <BR /><B>A Game-Changing Chef Redefines a Classic American Cuisine</B><BR /><BR /> In his debut cookbook, chef Matt Jennings honors the iconic foods of his heritage and celebrates the fresh ingredients that have come to define his renowned, inventive approach to cooking. With four James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: Northeast, three Cochon 555 wins, and a spot on <I>Food & Wine</I>’s 40 Big Food Thinkers 40 and Under list, Jennings is a culinary innovator known for his unexpected uses of traditional northern ingredients (maple syrup glazes a roasted duck; a molasses and cider barbecue sauce makes the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken wings; carbonara takes on a northern slant with the addition of razor clams). With over 100 vibrant, ingredient-driven recipes—including modern spins on New England staples like clam chowder, brown bread, and Boston cream whoopie pies, as well as beloved dishes from Jennings’s award-winning restaurant, Townsman—<I>Homegrown</I> shines a spotlight on a trailblazing chef and pays homage to America’s oldest cuisine. </DIV>
Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep
by Michael Schulman

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<p>A portrait of a woman, an era, and a profession: the first thoroughly researched biography of Meryl Streep—the “Iron Lady” of acting, nominated for nineteen Oscars and winner of three—that explores her beginnings as a young woman of the 1970s grappling with love, feminism, and her astonishing talent.</p><p>In 1975 Meryl Streep, a promising young graduate of the Yale School of Drama, was finding her place in the New York theater scene. Burning with talent and ambition, she was like dozens of aspiring actors of the time—a twenty-something beauty who rode her bike everywhere, kept a diary, napped before performances, and stayed out late “talking about acting with actors in actors’ bars.” Yet Meryl stood apart from her peers. In her first season in New York, she won attention-getting parts in back-to-back Broadway plays, a Tony Award nomination, and two roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions. Even then, people said, “Her. Again.”</p><p><em>Her Again</em> is an intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school, through her early days on the stage at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama during its golden years, to her star-making roles in <em>The Deer Hunter, Manhattan,</em> and <em>Kramer vs. </em><em>Kramer.</em> <em>New Yorker</em> contributor Michael Schulman brings into focus Meryl’s heady rise to stardom on the New York stage; her passionate, tragically short-lived love affair with fellow actor John Cazale; her marriage to sculptor Don Gummer; and her evolution as a young woman of the 1970s wrestling with changing ideas of feminism, marriage, love, and sacrifice.</p><p>Featuring eight pages of black-and-white photos, this captivating story of the making of one of the most revered artistic careers of our time reveals a gifted young woman coming into her extraordinary talents at a time of immense transformation, offering a rare glimpse into the life of the actress long before she became an icon.</p>
The Mudd Club
by Richard Boch

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

September 12, 2017

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<p>"I was a Long Island kid that graduated college in 1976 and moved to Greenwich Village. Two years later, I was working The Mudd Club door. Standing outside, staring at the crowd, it was "out there" versus "in here" and I was on the inside. The Mudd Club was filled with the famous and soon- to- be famous, along with an eclectic core of Mudd regulars who gave the place its identity. Everyone from Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, and Robert Rauschenberg to Johnny Rotten, The Hell's Angels, and John Belushi: passing through, passing out, and some, passing on. Marianne Faithful and Talking Heads, Frank Zappa, William Burroughs, and even Kenneth Anger— just a few of the names that stepped on stage. No Wave and Post- Punk artists, musicians, filmmakers, and writers living in a nighttime world on the cusp of two decades. This book is a cornucopia of memories and images, and how this famed wicked downtown club attained the status of midtown and uptown. There was nothing else like it— I met everyone, and the job quickly defined me. I thought I could handle it, and for a while, I did. "—Richard Boch</p>
Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful C...
by Stephen Rosenfield

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English

Pages

254

Publication Date

November 01, 2017

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<DIV>This entertaining and sharply written guide—for both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careers—examines the work of great comedians such as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and more as a means of illustrating the most important techniques of performing and writing stand-up.<BR /><BR />Here, Stephen Rosenfield lays out a clear plan for achieving success, candidly explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. Including a 12-item "Successful Comedian's To-Do List," Rosenfield states, "Get undeniably good at each of these and you can kiss your day job good-bye. You will be a pro."<BR /><BR />The<I> New York Times</I> heralded <B>Stephen Rosenfield </B>as "probably the best known comedy teacher in the country." His alumni include some of today's most prominent comedians and comedy writers, such as Lena Dunham, Jim Gaffigan, Eric Slovin, and Jessica Kirson. Rosenfield has directed, coached, and/or written for these and hundreds of other comedians. As a pioneer in the field of teaching comedy, he founded the American Comedy Institute, the premier stand-up comedy school in the United States, in 1989.</DIV>
Victoria & Abdul
by Lee Hall

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English

Pages

128

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<p><i>Victoria & Abdul</i> tells the extraordinary true story of Queen Victoria's relationship with Abdul Karim, her Muslim manservant, who travelled from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee but within months became her personal teacher of Urdu and dedicated spiritual advisor. The unprecedented and unlikely friendship caused meltdown within the royal household, the ensuing battle royale pitting the Queen against the court and her entire family. </p><p>Through the prism of a highly unusual love story, Lee Hall's <i>Victoria & Abdul</i>, based on the book by Shrabani Basu, explores race, religion, power and the farce of empire through the prism of a highly unusual love story.</p>

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