For a generation of musicians and fans, the late Ray Charles provided the catalyst that fused the previously largely exclusive genres of jazz, blues and gospel music.
In an era when jazz and pop music were seemingly poles apart, the impact of Charles' music was truly revolutionary in that it brought together these strands and fans for the first time.
Bill Evans (1929-1980) played a major role in the history of modern jazz.
This biography is a detailed examination of the pianist's career, describing his work in key jazz trios, his festival and concert appearances, and recording sessions, and looking at his relationships with various record labels. B&w and color photos are included. Shadwick, a musician, has been writing and broadcasting about music for 25 years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
By 1975 rock icon David Bowie was in crisis.
Lost in Los Angeles, he was ravaged by cocaine abuse, overwork, and an obsession with the occult, while his marriage lay in tatters. Desperate to reignite his creative spark, Bowie relocated in mid-1976 to Berlin, accompanied by an equally troubled Iggy Pop, former Stooges frontman. The move to Berlin proved fortuitous both personally and professionally. There he produced two of Iggy Pop's best albums and starred in Just a Gigolo. Most importantly, he wrote and recorded three of his finest works — Low, Heroes, and Lodger — with the help of such legends as Brian Eno, Tony Visconti, and Robert Fripp. New Music Night and Day explores the sometimes dark forces that fueled Bowie's artistry during the time and the creation of these albums. The book explores how the albums ushered rock and pop into the electronic era and examines their continued influence on the contemporary musical landscape.
How did a shy and conflicted young daughter of a minister become one of the most important and unique female musical voices for more than a decade?
Pretty Good Years is a love story between a woman and a piano a romance between a musical prodigy and the rabid fan base that she never thought she'd have. It is the story of Tori Amos, a sophisticated singer-songwriter who drew inspiration from her life and turned them into vibrant art. Tori Amos defied conventional logic when her solo debut Little Earthquakes and its single "Silent All These Years" rocketed out of obscurity to become one of the musical benchmarks of the '90s. Despite never having had a great deal of radio play or a "hit single," Amos blew open the doors for intelligent, artistic women songwriters, while making the solo piano acceptable again for popular music. Pretty Good Years takes a look at the ups and downs of a visionary artist, a savvy businesswoman, a smart and slightly kooky personality, a loving mom, and one of the most passionate voices in rock.
Dylan's friends—from Pete Seeger to Bruce Springsteen to Rosanne Cash to Bono to Tom Petty—offer insight into the singer-songwriter's artistic genius and personality.
This is an oral history of a major musician who played a significant role in America's cultural history.
Supremely successful, volatile, creative, a craftsman, a genius, self-aware, and self-destructive, singer-songwriter Billy Joel's life reads like a popular novel.
This book takes an in-depth look at the piano man, starting with his middle-class Long Island, NY childhood, and his years as a gang member and a working musician. With his breakthrough 1973 album Piano Man, Joel's story becomes one of unstoppable success. Bordowitz covers those heady days, as well as the turbulent business dealings and bad advice that have colored his career. The book explores his big moments, including his inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his shift from popular to classical composition, his move to Broadway, and it also examines his personal struggles with broken marriage and substance abuse. Based on numerous interviews, this biography gives a detailed picture of this deeply troubled man and his music. Includes 24 pages of black-and-white photos. Watson-Guptill Billy Joel - The Life and Times of an Angry Young Man Book Features: 272 pages Size: 6.25" x 9.25" Artist: Billy Joel
Dark Magus is a warts-and-all look at the real Miles Davis.
As told by his son, this book strips away the public perception of Davis and gets down to the realities of his personality, his relationships, and his many quirks. Dark Magus details this enigmatic superstar's Jekyll and Hyde behavior: his swings between sobriety and prodigious drug use; his tender family moments and his destructive selfishness; his search for marital stability and his obsession with young women; his exalted musical talent and his ever-present personal demons. The author also delves into Davis' relationships with artists such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane, as well as his role as a mentor to young musicians, his obsession with sports, the ups and downs of his career, and the family's turmoil over his final will. "This book is a brilliant and engaging revelation of Miles' character through the recollections of his oldest son. It's a book about a legendary musician who was one of my closest friends, and a book that's second to none.” - Clark Terry ©2006, 176 pages.
Neil Young's musical evolution has been as versatile as rock itself:
pioneering country-rocker with Buffalo Springfield; seminal folk-rocker with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; gentle acoustic guitarist; crashing hard rock electric guitarist; grunge prototype; and good-times rock 'n' roller. This cerebral singer/songwriter has penned unforgettable melodies, harmonies and lyrics, portraying plaintive sadness, lilting warmth and ragged anguish with his unmistakable tenor voice. Offering detailed analyses of this idiosyncratic musician's songs and the stories behind them, this book examines all of Young's key albums from 1967 to 2000, including such milestones as After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Tonight's the Night, Rust Never SLeeps, Harvest Moon, Silver & Gold and many others. An essential companion to one of the most important of all rock repertoires. Backbeat Neil Young - Journey Through the Past Book Features: 160 pages Size: 11" x 8-1/2" Artist: Neil Young
This is the most comprehensive oral history of The Beatles ever published - an 'as it happened' story of the greatest pop group of them all.
Published by Omnibus Press, 2007
The definitive biography of one of pop's most private stars.
Annie Lennox first came to the public eye in the 80's duo The Eurythmics, with the song "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This") and the accompanying eye-catching video. The authors of this book interviewed musicians, photographers, record company executives, producers, directs and even stylists to find the full story of Annie Lennox from her childhood through the Eurthymics reunion album "Peace." 418 pages.
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