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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
by John Seabrook

Language

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>
A World Without "Whom": The Essential Guide to Language in the Bu...
by Emmy J. Favilla

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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<i>A World Without "Whom" </i>is <i>Eats, Shoots & Leaves </i>for the internet age, and BuzzFeed global copy chief Emmy Favilla is the witty go-to style guru of webspeak. <br /> <br /> As language evolves faster than ever before, what is the future of "correct" writing? When Favilla was tasked with creating a style guide for BuzzFeed, she opted for spelling, grammar, and punctuation guidelines that would reflect not only the site's lighthearted tone, but also how readers actually use language IRL.<br /> <br /> With wry cleverness and an uncanny intuition for the possibilities of internet-age expression, Favilla makes a case for breaking the rules laid out by Strunk and White: A world without "whom," she argues, is a world with more room for writing that's clear, timely, pleasurable, and politically aware. Featuring priceless emoji strings, sidebars, quizzes, and style debates among the most lovable word nerds in the digital media world--of which Favilla is queen--<i>A World Without "Whom" </i>is essential for readers and writers of virtually everything: news articles, blog posts, tweets, texts, emails, and whatever comes next . . . so basically everyone.
Marrying Miss Kringle: Lux
by Lucy McConnell

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 30, 2017

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<b>Christmas Magic is changing and the Kringle Family scrambles to keep up in this fun and entertaining, sweet Christmas romance from Author Lucy McConnell.</b><br /><br />A normal electrical substation takes two years to build; but, Lux has 365 days to install one at the North Pole or Christmas Magic will overload the factory and send them back to the Dark Ages. <br /><br />The one man on the planet with the know-how, the education, and the time to help Lux finish the substation before her Noel deadline, is also the one man who sends sparks through her heart and surges through the power system.<br /><br />If Lux kisses Matthew Quik—again!—she could blow up Santa’s workshop before she has a chance to save it. If she doesn't kiss him, she may lose him forever.
The New Wine Rules: A Genuinely Helpful Guide to Everything You N...
by Jon Bonne

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English

Pages

152

Publication Date

November 14, 2017

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There are few greater pleasures in life than enjoying a wonderful glass of wine. So why does finding and choosing one you like seem so stressful?<br /> <br />Now, becoming a happier, more confident wine drinker is easy. The first step is to forget all the useless, needlessly complicated stuff the “experts” have been telling you. In <i>The New Wine Rules</i>, acclaimed wine writer Jon Bonné explains everything you need to know in simple, beautifully illustrated, easy-to-digest tidbits. And the news is good! For example: A wine’s price rarely reflects its quality. You can drink rosé any time of year. Don’t save a great bottle for anything more than a rainy day.
The Heroin Diaries: Ten Year Anniversary Edition: A Year in the L...
by Nikki Sixx

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English

Pages

512

Publication Date

September 18, 2007

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In honor of the ten-year anniversary of<i> The Heroin Diaries</i>, Nikki Sixx’s definitive and bestselling memoir on drug addiction is reissued with exclusive new content. This shocking, gripping, and at times darkly hilarious memoir explores Nikki’s yearlong war with a vicious heroin addiction. Now more than ever, with opioid addiction ravaging our country and rising by twenty percent in the past year alone, Nikki’s story of both his descent into drug-addled decay and subsequent recovery and transition into a rehabilitation advocate are now more relevant than ever.<BR><BR>When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn’t any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn’t do. He spent days—sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers—in a coke- and heroin-fueled daze.<BR> <BR>The highs were high, and Nikki’s journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions.<BR> <BR>Here, Nikki shares the diary entries—some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre—of those dark times. Joining him are Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Bob Rock, and a host of ex-managers, ex-lovers, and more.<BR> <BR>Brutally honest, utterly riveting, and surprisingly moving,<i> The Heroin Diaries </i>follows Nikki during the year he plunged to rock bottom—and his courageous decision to pick himself up and start living again.
Prince and the Purple Rain Era Studio Sessions: 1983 and 1984
by Duane Tudahl

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English

Pages

553

Publication Date

November 17, 2017

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<span><span style="font-weight:bold;">Featuring groundbreaking, never-before-heard stories, Duane Tudahl pulls back the paisley curtain to reveal the untold story of Prince’s rise from cult favorite to the biggest rock star on the planet.<br /><br /></span><span>His journey is meticulously documented through detailed accounts of his time secluded behind the doors of the recording studio as well as his days on tour.<br /><br />With unprecedented access to the musicians, singers, and studio engineers who knew Prince best, including members of the Revolution and the Time, Duane Tudahl weaves an intimate saga of an eccentric genius and the people and events who helped shape the groundbreaking music he created. From Sunset Sound Studios’ daily recording logs and the Warner Bros. vault of information, Tudahl uncovers hidden truths about the origins of songs such as “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry,” and “Raspberry Beret” and also reveals never-before-published details about Prince’s unreleased outtakes. <br /><br />This definitive chronicle of Prince’s creative brilliance during 1983 and 1984 provides a new experience of the </span><span style="font-style:italic;">Purple Rain</span><span> album as an integral part of Prince’s life and the lives of those closest to him.</span></span>
Under the Black Flag (Epic LitRPG Adventure - Book 6) (Fayroll)
by Andrey Vasilyev

Language

English

Pages

377

Publication Date

November 20, 2017

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Hoist the sails! Full speed, sailors, we’re at the start of the new Adventure!<br /><br />Book 6 of the Fayroll series is a breakthrough. The author acts resolutely and ruthlessly, swirling what used to be untouchable in the previous five books — the real world. All the mystery that appears as slight hints before, now reveals themselves as a full-scale masterplan of some supernatural creatures. Everything you knew has to be rethought now, as the double bottom of the out-of-the-game world is exposed. It was, and it will be “More than a Game.”<br /><br />Another quest sends Kif to a brand new location where no player’s foot has trodden before. He’s the first and only one there. As soon as he falls off the portal, he finds himself in the middle of pirates’ problems, faction’s wars, sea battles, boardings and corsairs’ intrigues in the rough waters of the Tigali Archipelago. Being unable to leave the place, or to contact other players or to reveal his location, Hagen, the warrior from the West, joins Captain Daisy Englend’s fleet to finish his quest. Under the black flag of the young but furious Captain Daisy, he has to gain a reputation among corsair’s fractions, discover new islands and items, deal with sailors and bearded captains with sharp rapiers and cunning traders, find vivid allies and deadly enemies, reveal dodgy traitors and meet the Great Kraken itself. Where will the line of Archipelago’s quests lead our hero? Batten down the hatches, a storm is coming!<br /><br />You thought you knew enough about the game-world of Fayroll? Well, so does Kif, but the developers still have something up their sleeves! Just getting along with his position in the Fayroll world, logging-out, he finds himself at the center of another big game between Raidion and the Consortium, and this one is bigger than anything he has seen before. Both powerful real-life fractions need him to cooperate, and both of them are not what they seem to be at first sight. Most of the daring thoughts and guesses of Harriton are now confirmed. The real world doesn’t seem to be so simple anymore. Things, which might be usual for the Fayroll world but not for the real one, are happening and each time get more and more dangerous. The everlasting scriptural conflict comes to its point around the Fayroll game in real life. Will it come to an end and what will that mean for everyone involved? No more sneaking around and playing games, it’s all serious now. Beware, Harriton, your soul is at stake…<br /><br />“Fayroll: Under the Black Flag” is the 6th book from the fantasy litRPG series by Andrey Vasilyev. Creating an epic story, he gets recognition for his talent. The first book of the Fayroll series “More Than a Game” was voted as new fantasy book of the year 2014. Later it was adapted and translated for English-speaking readers and found it’s fans all over the world!<br /><br />LitRPG is a young genre, but it has already got its fans. The Fayroll series is an excellent example of a well-written and breathtaking story. Gaming fans will be pleased to find references and familiar details as quests and achievements, experience and NPC’s, but at the same time, people far away from gaming won’t be entangled in terms and game features. The book does not overdose with “in-game” as a large part of it contains real life. In total, we get a nicely proportioned mixture of the fantasy world and the real one. The whole setting is catchy, so the story gets the entire attention of any reader till the last page. <br /><br />You have unlocked Masks off<br />Task: Read Fayroll book 6, find all hidden secrets and reveal the truth<br />Reward: <br />+100 to wisdom<br />Accept?<br />
The DIY Balloon Bible Themes & Dreams: How To Decorate For Galas,...
by Sandi Masori

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English

Pages

276

Publication Date

December 08, 2017

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Are you looking for a way to decorate an upcoming Gala, Bar Mitzvah, School Event, Anniversary, Quinceanera, Wedding, or just a random themed party just because? In this book, Sandi Masori, “America’s Top Balloon Expert”, shows how to make more than 40 different designs covering 9 different popular party themes. The designs in this book are up to date, tried and true designs that Sandi actually sells to her event clients. These are the most popular designs for galas, anniversaries, milestone birthdays, school events, Bar Mitzvahs, Quinceaneras, weddings and more! Amaze your friends and wow your relatives. In addition to step by step instructions and photos, there is a link to a video for each recipe, so if you learn better by watching, you’re covered there too! <br /><br />And did we mention that most of these designs are air-filled? That’s right, most of them don’t require any helium! Instead they use frames (that you can build- it’s in the book), and common air. Be the hit of every party and have fun at the same time. Get your kids or friends involved and make a party out of making the party! <br /><br />Author Sandi Masori, has been in the balloon industry since 1994 and began making educational videos for the industry in 2002. She's authored 5 best-selling books on balloons and has made numerous local, national and international tv appearances talking about balloons and showing what can be done with them. When she's not decorating events with her local balloon company, Balloon Utopia, she's either writing the next book, recording how- to videos at You Tube, or hanging out with her kids.<br />
31 Days of Movie Movie Monsters: An Inktober Project
by Adam Ahl

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English

Pages

36

Publication Date

December 12, 2017

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31 Days of Movie Monsters: An Inktober Project is a month’s worth of illustrations with as few words as possible. From the twisted mind of Adam Ahl comes a collection of drawings of your favorite movie monsters like you’ve never seen them before. From Freddy and Jason to the Creature from the Black Lagoon, you’re sure to fall in love with these characters all over again. Not a fan of the horror genre? You'll love this book too. Filled with pop culture references, this book was made to tickle everybody's funny bone.
How to Kiss a Billionaire (Billionaire Beach Romance)
by Cami Checketts

Language

English

Pages

118

Publication Date

November 16, 2017

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<b><i> Sassy meets swoon-worthy in this fast-paced Christmas romance.</i></b><br />Miriam Salisbury escapes to Oregon to avoid a boyfriend who won't take no for an answer, killing her beloved cat to prove it. When her father sends Clay Browning to protect her, she's certain he's lost his mind. As far as she's concerned Clay's experience is limited to posing for the camera, charming women, and making fun of her. He's been teasing her since they were children and she's never gotten over the way he threw crawdads at her at church picnics.<br />Clay retired from the military and entered the world of private security. When he gets the call to protect Miriam he's excited to be around his lifelong crush. As expected, he teases her nonstop and the only thing he takes seriously is her security. He knows she'd never give him a chance and he can't help but give her a hard time.<br />After Miriam is dumped in the freezing ocean on a crabbing expedition and Clay saves her from drowning and freezing to death, she takes a second look at her hired gun. But opening up to him is more terrifying than facing her stalker.<br />As events escalate to a frenzied climax, Miriam and Clay must put aside past grudges in the hope of finding a lasting love for their future.<br />Don't miss the rest of the Billionaire Beach Romances:<br />Shadows in the Curtain<br />Caribbean Rescue<br />Cozumel Escape<br />Cancun Getaway<br />Trusting the Billionaire<br />How to Kiss a Billionaire<br />Thanks for reading!

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