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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>
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>Named a Best Cookbook to Give and Get by the <I>Los Angeles Times</I>, the <I>Atlanta Journal-Constitution</I>, the <I>Boston Herald</I>, and <I>Fine Cooking</I></B><BR />  <BR /><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>
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.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars Updated & Re...
by The Editors of Entertainm...

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English

Pages

112

Publication Date

December 08, 2017

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“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away,” 10 words changed the cinematic world forever. Now <i>Entertainment Weekly</i>’s editors and writers celebrate the <i>Star Wars</i> universe in an updated and revised collector’s edition – <i>Entertainment Weekly The Ultimate Guide to Star Wars</i> – that covers the entire universe, from <i>A New Hope</i> to <i>The Last Jedi</i>, and all the books, television shows, comics and video games in between. This comprehensive guide features rarely seen production and cast photos from all the movies in the series, including behind-the-scenes photos from <i>The Last Jedi</i>, as well as surprising reveals and speculation about the future of the franchise.<br /><br />There are tons of extras throughout for Star Wars–obsessed fans, including an essay on illustrator Ralph McQuarrie, the founding of George Lucas’s Industrial Light & Magic, the secrets hidden within John Williams’s scores, a tribute to director Irvin Kershner written by his son, and a moving tribute to Carrie Fisher by Mark Hamill, as well as insights on what Fisher's unexpected death means for the final film and a discussion about what’s to come in 2018’s <i>Solo: A Star Wars Story</i>. Also included are deep dives focusing on insider-only content like the Holiday Special, spoofs and parodies, a discussion about the now-retired Legends books and comics series, and a discussion about proper viewing order. This is the must-have edition for anyone and everyone who considers themselves a <i>Star Wars</i> fan.
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.
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>
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>
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>
Long Story Short: The Only Storytelling Guide You'll Ever Need
by Margot Leitman

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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>

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