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Paul Simon: The Life
by Robert Hilburn

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English

Pages

449

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>A publishing event from music legend Paul Simon: an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Simon’s full participation—but without his editorial control—by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.</b><BR><BR>For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like “The Sound of Silence,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years,” and “Graceland” have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has resisted speaking to us outside of his music. He has said he will not write an autobiography or memoir, and he has refused to talk to previous biographers.<BR> <BR>Finally, Simon has opened up—for more than one hundred hours of interviews—to Robert Hilburn, whose biography of Johnny Cash was named by Michiko Kakutani of the <i>New York Times</i> as one of her ten favorite books of 2013. The result is a landmark book that will take its place as the defining biography of one of America’s greatest artists.<BR> <BR>It begins in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, where, raised by a bandleader father and schoolteacher mother, Simon grew up with the twin passions of baseball and music. The latter took over at age twelve when he and schoolboy chum Art Garfunkel became infatuated with the alluring harmonies of doo-wop. Together, they became international icons, and then Simon went on to even greater artistic heights on his own. But beneath the surface of his storied five-decade career is a roller coaster of tumultuous personal and professional ups and downs. From his remarkable early success with Garfunkel to their painfully acrimonious split; from his massive early hits as a solo artist to the wrenching commercial failures of <i>One-Trick Pony</i> and <i>Hearts and Bones</i>; from the historic comeback success of <i>Graceland</i> and <i>The Rhythm of the Saints</i> to the star-crossed foray into theater with <i>The Capeman</i> and a late-career creative resurgence—his is a musical life unlike any other.<BR> <BR>Over the past three years, Hilburn has conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon’s friends, family, colleagues, and others—including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time—and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon’s long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon’s search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions—fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity—that have derailed so many great pop figures.<BR> <BR><i>Paul Simon</i> is an intimate and inspiring narrative that helps us finally understand Paul Simon the person and the artist. “With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, it delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician” (<i>Kirkus Reviews</i>).
Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway Revolutio...
by Todd S. Purdum

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<p><b>A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century</b></p><p>They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals <i>Oklahoma!</i>, <i>Carousel</i>,<i> South Pacific</i>, <i>The King and I</i>, and <i>The Sound of Music</i>, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.</p><br /><p>Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.</p><br /><p>Todd S. Purdum’s portrait of these two men, their creative process, and their groundbreaking innovations will captivate lovers of musical theater, lovers of the classic American songbook, and young lovers wherever they are. He shows that what Rodgers and Hammerstein wrought was truly something wonderful.</p>
The Ultimate Songbook for Beginner Violinists: 50+ Easy Violin Ar...
by Julia Termeer

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English

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Publication Date

May 09, 2018

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<p>Are you a beginning violin player and would you like to learn your first repertoire on the violin? Are you looking for guidance to learn your first songs, whether you are learning at home or with a teacher?</p><br /><p><strong>The Ultimate Book for Violin Beginners</strong> offers an easy solution for any beginning violinists to learn your first songs on the violin, without needing to understand everything about musical notation yet.</p><br /><p>In The Ultimate Book for Violin Beginners you will find</p><br /><ul><br /><li><strong>50+ beautiful songs</strong> for beginning violinists</li><br /><li>every song is provided with easy <strong>violin tabs</strong></li><br /><li>a simple <strong>level system</strong>, to find appropriate songs to practice for each level</li><br /></ul><br /><p>The <strong>easy</strong> <strong>violin tab system</strong> you are about to work with are proven to have helped many violin learners around the world to learn the violin quicker and with more fun. By saving time on learning every detail about music notation, you are able to start practicing & get results on your violin much quicker.</p><br /><p>With accompanying video tutorials on the <strong>YouTube channel</strong> <strong>Violinspiration</strong>, you will be getting the professional support you need to build your repertoire and improve your technique while practicing.</p><br /><p>With this book, all you have got to do now is get your violin and start playing. Each song you will learn will get you closer to the violinist you always have wanted to be. </p><br /><p>Take your violin learning to the next level: scroll to the top of the page and click 'Buy Now' to start practicing with the book right now!</p>
Don't Stop Believin': The Man, the Band, and the Song that Inspir...
by Jonathan Cain

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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<p><strong>From One of the Greatest Bands in History Comes a Reminder to Never Give Up Hope. </strong>In this long-awaited memoir, complete with color photographs, songwriter and keyboardist Jonathan Cain takes us on an odyssey from center stage with Journey when all America was listening to songs like "Don't Stop Believin'," "Faithfully," and "Open Arms," to his hope and faith today. He tells of the thrilling moments when the music came together and offers an inside look at why Steve Perry left and the extraordinary story of their gifted new vocalist, Arnel Pineda.</p><p>When Jonathan Cain and the iconic band Journey were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cain could say he had finally arrived. But Cain's journey wasn't always easy - and his true arrival in life had more to do with faith than fame.</p><p>As a child, Cain survived a horrific school fire that killed nearly 100 of his classmates. His experience formed a resilience that would carry him through both tragedy and success. Moving from Chicago to Sunset Boulevard, Cain never let go of his dreams, eventually getting his big break with Journey - and writing the songs that would become the soundtrack of a generation.</p><p><em>Don’t Stop Believin’</em> is an epic story of one man's dream that takes you from playing old-country songs at an Italian Deli in Chicago and his experiences with a warm, encouraging father who died too soon, to suddenly writing mega-bestselling songs with some of the most talented musicians and performers ever to take the stage of some of the world's largest arenas. The song "Don't Stop Believin'" is the most downloaded song of all time, and is one that has been covered by major televisions shows and adopted by a whole new generation.</p><p>Through a wonderful retrospective of music that takes us right to the present, Jonathan Cain reminds us of the melodies and lyrics that serve as milestones for our biggest dreams as they call us to never stop believing.</p>
Martin Taylor Beyond Chord Melody: Master Jazz Guitar Chord Melod...
by , Joseph Alexander

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English

Pages

98

Publication Date

April 26, 2018

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<h1>Master Jazz Guitar Chord Melody with Virtuoso Martin Taylor MBE</h1><h2><br />Beyond Chord Melody Jazz Guitar</h2><ul><li>Do you struggle to create beautiful chord melody guitar arrangements?</li><li>Do you want to find your own unique jazz guitar voice?</li><li>Do you want to improvise spontaneous chord melody guitar solos?</li></ul><p><b>Beyond Chord Melody with Martin Taylor MBE</b> condenses over 40 years of playing expertise and insight into this beautiful jazz guitar book. Learn from the internationally acclaimed master of jazz chord melody guitar as he guides you through his 7-step method to creating your own guitar arrangements.</p><p>As a special bonus, 2 specially commissioned online videos are included, with Martin Taylor illustrating key techniques.</p><p>Chord Melody Guitar: What you’ll learn:</p><ul><li>7 steps to jazz chord melody guitar that will unlock your creativity</li><li>How to make a chord melody arrangement of any jazz standard.</li><li>How to play chords and solo at the same time.</li><li>Overcome the common blocks that stifle your jazz guitar progress</li><li>Build stunning jazz chord melody guitar arrangements</li><li>Leverage the essential components of any jazz standard</li><li>Break away from chord boxes and discover the freedom of polyphonic jazz guitar playing</li></ul><p><b>Bonus 1: </b>Learn a complete chord melody arrangement of an original tune to consolidate all the jazz guitar techniques and kick start your jazz chord melody guitar mastery.</p><p><b>Bonus 2: </b>Two exclusive videos with Martin Taylor that clearly demonstrate the most fundamental aspects of his jazz guitar style.</p><h2>Putting Creative Jazz Guitar Tools in Your Hands</h2><p>If you love jazz chord melody guitar, you’ve probably struggled to learn other people’s arrangements, while struggling to create your own.</p><p><b>Beyond Chord Melody</b> teaches you Martin Taylor’s own secret formula for creating instant jazz guitar arrangements and gives you the tools to master your guitar and create your own stunning chord melody arrangements.</p><h2>Here’s What You Get:</h2><ul><li>The definitive guide to jazz chord melody guitar, taught by virtuoso Martin Taylor</li><li>A step by step jazz guitar method that starts simple and adds layers of complexity</li><li>2 specially commissioned chord melody guitar videos from Martin Taylor</li><li>Expert guidance on jazz chord voicings, jazz guitar arrangements and soloing</li><li>An original chord melody composition that puts each lesson into context.</li><li>Perfectly notated examples with tab and notation.</li><li>Studio-quality audio to download for FREE.</li></ul><h2>7 Steps to Unlocking the Secrets of Solo Jazz Chord Melody Guitar</h2><p><br /><b>Beyond Chord Melody with Martin Taylor MBE</b> is the antidote to formulaic guitar methods. His 7-step chord melody guitar system helps you “break out of the box” and is taught in a clear, concise manner.</p><p>Martin Taylor’s Beyond Chord Melody starts from basic jazz guitar theory and adds layer upon layer of detail to create your own, beautiful jazz guitar chord melody guitar arrangements.</p><h2>Hear it!</h2><p>Beyond Chord Melody guitar contains over 100 supporting audio examples, so you can hear exactly how each step in the process should sound.</p><h2>See it!</h2><p>Watch Martin Taylor teaching his techniques in two exclusive jazz guitar videos</p><p><i>Buy it now to begin creating your own beautiful chord melody guitar arrangements.</i></p>
Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock
by Steven Hyden

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<p><strong>A <em>New York Times Book Review </em>"New and Noteworthy" selection</strong></p><p><strong>“A wise meditation on why classic rock stars keep trucking, both on the road and in our dreams. Every page is an irresistible argument starter.”—Rob Sheffield, <em>Rolling Stone</em></strong></p><p>The author of the critically acclaimed <em>Your Favorite Band is Killing Me</em> offers an eye-opening exploration of the state of classic rock, its past and future, the impact it has had, and what its loss would mean to an industry, a culture, and a way of life.</p><p>Since the late 1960s, a legendary cadre of artists—including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and the Who—has revolutionized popular culture and the sounds of our lives. While their songs still get airtime and some of these bands continue to tour, its idols are leaving the stage permanently. Can classic rock remain relevant as these legends die off, or will this major musical subculture fade away as many have before, Steven Hyden asks.</p><p>In this mix of personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Hyden stands witness as classic rock reaches the precipice. Traveling to the eclectic places where geriatric rockers are still making music, he talks to the artists and fans who have aged with them, explores the ways that classic rock has changed the culture, investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio, and turns to live bootlegs, tell-all rock biographies, and even the liner notes of rock’s greatest masterpieces to tell the story of what this music meant, and how it will be remembered, for fans like himself.</p><p><em>Twilight of the Gods</em> is also Hyden’s story. Celebrating his love of this incredible music that has taken him from adolescence to fatherhood, he ponders two essential questions: Is it time to give up on his childhood heroes, or can this music teach him about growing old with his hopes and dreams intact? And what can we all learn from rock gods and their music—are they ephemeral or eternal?</p>
Counterpoint and Harmony (Songs and Sonatas Book 5)
by Jerica MacMillan

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English

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Publication Date

May 20, 2018

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I’m a nerdy cellist. <br /><br />She’s a superstar. <br /><br />We live on different planets with incompatible atmospheres. <br /><br />There’s no way our relationship can work.  I know this.  And I’ve already screwed everything up by pushing her away. <br /><br />But when I get a second chance, I can’t resist taking it.  Even though I know it’ll end in disaster. <br /><br />Because we all know what happens when you fly too close to the sun.   <br /><br /><i>The spellbinding conclusion to Charlie and Damian’s story, you’ll find out what happens when there’s no longer anywhere to hide and how much it takes to make love work.  Emotional, exquisite, and unputdownable, grab Counterpoint and Harmony today! <br /></i>
How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, an...
by Robert Greenberg

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

April 26, 2011

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<b>Learn how to better appreciate music in this guide—from one of the most trusted names in continuing education—that will unlock the knowledge you need to understand “the most abstract and sublime of all the arts.”</b><br /><br />Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert music has the power to move you. The right knowledge can deepen the ability of this music to edify, enlighten, and stir the soul. In <i>How to Listen to Great Music</i>, Professor Robert Greenberg, a composer and music historian, presents a comprehensive, accessible guide to how music has mirrored Western history, that will transform the experience of listening for novice and long-time listeners alike. <br /><br />You will learn how to listen for key elements in different genres of music—from madrigals to minuets and from sonatas to symphonies—along with the enthralling history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. You'll get answers to such questions as Why was Beethoven so important? How did the Enlightenment change music? And what's so great about opera anyway? <i>How to Listen to Great Music</i> will let you finally hear what you've been missing.
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us
by Hanif Abdurraqib

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English

Pages

236

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates profoundly.<br /><br />In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of black Americans, Willis-Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car.<br /><br />In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Willis-Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves, and in so doing proves himself a bellwether for our times.
Born to Run
by Bruce Springsteen

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English

Pages

529

Publication Date

September 27, 2016

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“Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.” —Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of <i>Born to Run</i><BR><BR>In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began.<BR> <BR>Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.<BR> <BR>He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on <i>The Ed Sullivan Show</i>. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song “Born to Run” reveals more than we previously realized.<BR> <BR><i>Born to Run</i> will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.<BR> <BR>Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

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