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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>
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
by Martin McDonagh

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English

Pages

112

Publication Date

January 10, 2018

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<p>After months pass without a culprit in her daughter's murder case, Mildred Hayes pays for three signs challenging the authority of William Willoughby, the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon, a mother's boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement threatens to engulf the town.</p><p><i>Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri</i> is a darkly comedic drama from Martin McDonagh.</p><p>The film won Best Drama Motion Picture - Drama and Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes 2018.</p>
Let the Story Do the Work: The Art of Storytelling for Business S...
by Esther K. CHOY

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

July 27, 2017

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<p>It sounds so simple: Incorporate a story and people will remember your message. But when you get down to crafting one, there’s nothing easy about it.</p><p>Material for stories surrounds us. Yet few people are skilled at sharing personal anecdotes and even fewer know how to link them to professional goals. Whether you want to stand out in the interview process, add punch to a presentation, or make a compelling case for a new initiative, <i><b>Let the Story Do the Work</b></i> shows you how to mine your experience for simple narratives that convey who you are, what you want to achieve, and why others should care.</p><p>Packed with enlightening examples, the book explains how to find the perfect hook, structure your story…and deliver it at the right time in the right way. You’ll discover how to use stories to: </p><p><ul><li>Capture attention</li><li>Engage your audience</li><li>Change minds</li><li>Inspire action</li><li>Bring facts and data to life</li><li>Clarify challenging concepts</li><li>Pitch persuasively</li><li>Fundraise effectively</li><li>And more</li></ul></p><p>Never underestimate the power of a great story. Learn to leverage the elements of storytelling—and turn everyday communications into opportunities to connect, gain buy-in, and build lasting relationships.</p>
Did I Just Join a Cult?: PoeTree of Life
by Joseph Taliaferro

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English

Pages

154

Publication Date

January 19, 2018

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<div></div><div>My Travel through fraternities, religions, jobs, entertainment, social networks and academic institutions have been interesting to say the least. Anything can be classified as a cult. Depending on who you ask to define a cult will determine the definition. So, I would rather concentrate on a relationship with the Creator. My Relationship with Yahshua whom all things were created through has led and guided my path. And because I know his voice I know when he is leading me. Before I turned from my wicked ways I was being tossed backward and forward by charismatic leaders and doctrines of devils. But all that ended when Yah sealed me with his Holy Spirit and I will end this book with the solution to LIES.</div>
The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
by , Neil Strauss

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

May 08, 2012

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<p>The best-selling autobiography of America’s most controversial celebrity icon, Marilyn Manson (with a bonus chapter not in the hardcover).</p><p>In his twenty-nine years, rock idol Manson has experienced more than most people have (or would want to) in a lifetime. Now, in his shocking and candid memoir, he takes readers from backstage to gaol cells, from recording studios to emergency rooms, from the pit of despair to the top of the charts, and recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered music superstar in the country. Illustrated with dozens of exclusive photographs and featuring a behind-the-scenes account of his headline-grabbing Dead to the World tour.</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>
The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing th...
by Catherine Burns

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English

Pages

354

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

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<b><i>“</i>Wonderful." <b><i>—</i>Michiko Kakutani, <i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br />Celebrating the 20th anniversary of storytelling phenomenon The Moth, 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best ever told on their stages</b><br /><br />Carefully selected by the creative minds at The Moth, and adapted to the page to preserve the raw energy of live storytelling, <i>All These Wonders</i> features voices both familiar and new. Alongside Meg Wolitzer, John Turturro, Tig Notaro, and Hasan Minhaj, readers will encounter: an astronomer gazing at the surface of Pluto for the first time, an Afghan refugee learning how much her father sacrificed to save their family, a hip-hop star coming to terms with being a “one-hit wonder,” a young female spy risking everything as part of Churchill’s “secret army” during World War II, and more.<br /><br /> High-school student and neuroscientist alike, the storytellers share their ventures into uncharted territory—and how their lives were changed indelibly by what they discovered there. With passion, and humor, they encourage us all to be more open, vulnerable, and alive.
How To Make It in the New Music Business: Practical Tips on Build...
by Ari Herstand

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

December 20, 2016

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<p>"Ari is at the front of the front. He gets it. I've read a hundred how-to-make-it-in-the-music-biz books, and this one is today's definitive, comprehensive manual." —Jack Conte, 150+ million YouTube views, Pomplamoose, CEO of Patreon</p><br /><p>Forget everything you think you know about the odds of “making it” in the music industry. Today, odds mean nothing and success is not about lucky breaks. It’s about conquering social media, mastering the art of merchandising and simply working harder and being smarter than everyone else. We are living in the midst of an industry renaissance, one that has left the record companies desperately struggling to maintain their prominence, as a subculture of dedicated, DIY (do-it-yourself) musicians have taken over. These days talent is a given and success has to be earned.</p><br /><p>In 2008, Ari Herstand boldly turned in his green Starbucks apron to his manager, determined to make a living off his craft as a singer/songwriter. Almost a decade later, he has become a founding member of the new DIY movement and a self-sustaining musician, all without the help of a major label. Now, drawing from years of experience, Herstand has written the definitive guide for other like-minded artists, the ones who want to forge their own path and not follow the traditional markers of success, like record sales, hits on the radio or the amount of your label advance. Incredibly comprehensive and brutally honest throughout, <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> covers every facet of the "new" business, including how to:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>Build a grass-roots fan base—and understand the modern fan</li><br /><li>Book a profitable tour, and tips for playing live, such as opening vs. headlining etiquette, and putting on a memorable show</li><br /><li>Become popular on YouTube, Spotify and SoundCloud</li><br /><li>Get songs placed in film and television</li><br /><li>Earn royalties you didn’t know existed and reach your crowdfunding goals</li><br /></ul><br /><p>Musicians will not only be introduced to all the tools available today but will be shown how to effectively leverage them to actually make money. More important, they will develop the mindset to be aware of new advancements both online and in the real world and always stay in tune with a constantly evolving landscape.</p><br /><p>There has never been a better time to be an independent musician. Today, fans can communicate with their idols by simply picking up their phones, artists are able to produce studio-worthy content from their basement and albums are funded not by "record men" but by generous, engaged supporters. As result, <em>How to Make It in the New Music Business</em> is a must-have guide for anyone hoping to navigate the increasingly complex yet advantageous landscape that is the modern music industry.</p>
Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need
by Margot Leitman

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 13, 2015

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This is a practical storytelling guide from comedian, winner of multiple Moth storytelling competitions, and founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade storytelling program, Margot Leitman. Did you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Storytelling teacher and champion Margot Leitman will show you how! With a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, this guide breaks a story into concrete components with ways to improve content, structure, emotional impact, and delivery through personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises.<br /><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>
Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical T...
by Penn Jillette

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

August 02, 2016

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Penn Jillette’s <i>New York Times </i>bestselling account of his “extremely funny and somewhat profane journey to discovering a healthy lifestyle…that will motivate others to seek weight-loss solutions” (<i>The Washington Post</i>).<BR><BR>More than three hundred and thirty pounds and saddled with a systolic blood pressure reading at dangerous heights, legendary magician Penn Jillette found himself at a crossroads. He needed a drastic lifestyle change if wanted to see his small children grow up. Enter Crazy Ray. A former NASA scientist and unconventional, passionate innovator, Ray Cronise changed Penn Jillette’s life with his wild “potato diet.”<BR> <BR>In <i>Presto</i>, Jillette takes us along on his journey from skepticism to the inspiring, life-changing momentum that transformed the magician’s body and mind. He describes the process in hilarious detail, as he performs his Las Vegas show, takes meetings with Hollywood executives, hangs out with his celebrity friends and fellow eccentric performers, all while remaining a dedicated husband and father. Throughout, he weaves in his views on sex, religion, and pop culture, making his story a refreshing, genre-busting account. Outspoken, frank, and bitingly clever, <i>Presto</i> is an incisive, rollicking read. In the end, it is “undeniably inspiring” (<i>Booklist</i>).

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