Stardust Melody by Richard M. Sudhalter

Stardust Melody
  • Title : Stardust Melody
  • Author : Richard M. Sudhalter
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 9780195168983
  • Pages : 432
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  • Language : English
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This is the definitive biography of Hoagy Carmichael, who was one of the leading songwriters of the great age of American popular song, from the 1920s to 1960s. Originally published: New York; London: Oxford University Press, 2002.


Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History by N.A

Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History
  • Title : Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : 47
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  • Language : English
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Billboard by N.A

Billboard
  • Title : Billboard
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : 80
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  • Language : English
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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.


Jazz Times by N.A

Jazz Times
  • Title : Jazz Times
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The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Brown, Marion - Dilated Peoples by Colin Larkin

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Brown, Marion - Dilated Peoples
  • Title : The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Brown, Marion - Dilated Peoples
  • Author : Colin Larkin
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50% more material than the Third Edition. Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.


The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Selected Albums. Bibliographies by Colin Larkin

The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Selected Albums. Bibliographies
  • Title : The Encyclopedia of Popular Music: Selected Albums. Bibliographies
  • Author : Colin Larkin
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Containing 27,000 entries and over 6,000 new entries, the online edition of the Encyclopedia of Popular Music includes 50% more material than the Third Edition. Featuring a broad musical scope covering popular music of all genres and periods from 1900 to the present day, including jazz, country, folk, rap, reggae, techno, musicals, and world music, the Encyclopedia also offers thousands of additional entries covering popular music genres, trends, styles, record labels, venues, and music festivals. Key dates, biographies, and further reading are provided for artists covered, along with complete discographies that include record labels, release dates, and a 5-star album rating system.


The Black and White of American Popular Music by Vera Lee

The Black and White of American Popular Music
  • Title : The Black and White of American Popular Music
  • Author : Vera Lee
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  • Pages : 363
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  • Language : English
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This book analyzes racial pattern in American popular music, beginning in 1800 and ending around 1950. Since then the situation in race relations and music has changed conspicously. For example, back in the 1950s, when I was just starting out as a professional musician, I could not have appeared on the same bandstand with the white instrumentalists who play with me today. In fact, in the South, we couldn't even sit and have a cup of coffee without running into trouble. Today, wherever I go, I can work with whoever fits the bill musically. As Miles Davis said, his musicians can be black, white or blue. None of it matters if they can play. Over fifty years ago, certain questions posed in this book were lively subjects for debate among critics: How did the races interact in music? What is the importance of each to the history of jazz? What is a black sound and what is a white one? Now, in the 21st century, such questions may appear dated. Those so-called critics who insist, for instance, that jazz is a black or white phenomenon are often writing defensively, almost as an act of desperatio, and with a personal bias. Today, we can no longer think in terms of racial uniqueness and ethnicity in jazz. I cannot think in such terms when playing with a guitarist who comes from Israel, an alto saxophonist from Italy, and others from assorted cultures around the world. Everything depends on the experience and talent of the players who have taken the time to learn and assimilate the jazz language. But jazz and its musicians have come a long way, and this book will help one understand better how that happened. Vera Lee has taken on a vast and vital topic and has done justice to it. You may find it provocative and controversial at times, but is is a thoughtful study, thoroughly researched, well written and an important contribution. Today we are at the beginning of an introspective period in America. This book is certain to help make jazz a major part of the process. —Ellis Marsalis, former director of Jazz Studies, University of New Orleans, from the introduction This book analyzes racial pattern in American popular music, beginning in 1800 and ending around 1950. Since then the situation in race relations and music has changed conspicously. For example, back in the 1950s, when I was just starting out as a professional musician, I could not have appeared on the same bandstand with the white instrumentalists who play with me today. In fact, in the South, we couldn't even sit and have a cup of coffee without running into trouble. Today, wherever I go, I can work with whoever fits the bill musically. As Miles Davis said, his musicians can be black, white or blue. None of it matters if they can play. Over fifty years ago, certain questions posed in this book were lively subjects for debate among critics: How did the races interact in music? What is the importance of each to the history of jazz? What is a black sound and what is a white one? Now, in the 21st century, such questions may appear dated. Those so-called critics who insist, for instance, that jazz is a black or white phenomenon are often writing defensively, almost as an act of desperatio, and with a personal bias. Today, we can no longer think in terms of racial uniqueness and ethnicity in jazz. I cannot think in such terms when playing with a guitarist who comes from Israel, an alto saxophonist from Italy, and others from assorted cultures around the world. Everything depends on the experience and talent of the players who have taken the time to learn and assimilate the jazz language. But jazz and its musicians have come a long way, and this book will help one understand better how that happened. Vera Lee has taken on a vast and vital topic and has done justice to it. You may find it provocative and controversial at times, but is is a thoughtful study, thoroughly researched, well written and an important contribution. Today we are at the beginning of an introspective period in America. This book is certain to help make jazz a major part of the process. —Ellis Marsalis, former director of Jazz Studies, University of New Orleans, from the introduction This book analyzes racial pattern in American popular music, beginning in 1800 and ending around 1950. Since then the situation in race relations and music has changed conspicously. For example, back in the 1950s, when I was just starting out as a professional musician, I could not have appeared on the same bandstand with the white instrumentalists who play with me today. In fact, in the South, we couldn't even sit and have a cup of coffee without running into trouble. Today, wherever I go, I can work with whoever fits the bill musically. As Miles Davis said, his musicians can be black, white or blue. None of it matters if they can play. Over fifty years ago, certain questions posed in this book were lively subjects for debate among critics: How did the races interact in music? What is the importance of each to the history of jazz? What is a black sound and what is a white one? Now, in the 21st century, such questions may appear dated. Those so-called critics who insist, for instance, that jazz is a black or white phenomenon are often writing defensively, almost as an act of desperatio, and with a personal bias. Today, we can no longer think in terms of racial uniqueness and ethnicity in jazz. I cannot think in such terms when playing with a guitarist who comes from Israel, an alto saxophonist from Italy, and others from assorted cultures around the world. Everything depends on the experience and talent of the players who have taken the time to learn and assimilate the jazz language. But jazz and its musicians have come a long way, and this book will help one understand better how that happened. Vera Lee has taken on a vast and vital topic and has done justice to it. You may find it provocative and controversial at times, but is is a thoughtful study, thoroughly researched, well written and an important contribution. Today we are at the beginning of an introspective period in America. This book is certain to help make jazz a major part of the process. —Ellis Marsalis, former director of Jazz Studies, University of New Orleans, from the introduction This book analyzes racial pattern in American popular music, beginning in 1800 and ending around 1950. Since then the situation in race relations and music has changed conspicously. For example, back in the 1950s, when I was just starting out as a professional musician, I could not have appeared on the same bandstand with the white instrumentalists who play with me today. In fact, in the South, we couldn't even sit and have a cup of coffee without running into trouble. Today, wherever I go, I can work with whoever fits the bill musically. As Miles Davis said, his musicians can be black, white or blue. None of it matters if they can play. Over fifty years ago, certain questions posed in this book were lively subjects for debate among critics: How did the races interact in music? What is the importance of each to the history of jazz? What is a black sound and what is a white one? Now, in the 21st century, such questions may appear dated. Those so-called critics who insist, for instance, that jazz is a black or white phenomenon are often writing defensively, almost as an act of desperatio, and with a personal bias. Today, we can no longer think in terms of racial uniqueness and ethnicity in jazz. I cannot think in such terms when playing with a guitarist who comes from Israel, an alto saxophonist from Italy, and others from assorted cultures around the world. Everything depends on the experience and talent of the players who have taken the time to learn and assimilate the jazz language. But jazz and its musicians have come a long way, and this book will help one understand better how that happened. Vera Lee has taken on a vast and vital topic and has done justice to it. You may find it provocative and controversial at times, but is is a thoughtful study, thoroughly researched, well written and an important contribution. Today we are at the beginning of an introspective period in America. This book is certain to help make jazz a major part of the process. —Ellis Marsalis, former director of Jazz Studies, University of New Orleans, from the introduction This book analyzes racial pattern in American popular music, beginning in 1800 and ending around 1950. Since then the situation in race relations and music has changed conspicuously. For example, back in the 1950s, when I was just starting out as a professional musician, I could not have appeared on the same bandstand with the white instrumentalists who play with me today. In fact, in the South, we couldn't even sit and have a cup of coffee without running into trouble. Today, wherever I go, I can work with whoever fits the bill musically. As Miles Davis said, his musicians can be black, white or blue. None of it matters if they can play. Over fifty years ago, certain questions posed in this book were lively subjects for debate among critics: How did the races interact in music? What is the importance of each to the history of jazz? What is a black sound and what is a white one? Now, in the 21st century, such questions may appear dated. Those so-called critics who insist, for instance, that jazz is a black or white phenomenon is often writing defensively, almost as an act of desperation, and with a personal bias. Today, we can no longer think in terms of racial uniqueness and ethnicity in jazz. I cannot think in such terms when playing with a guitarist who comes from Israel, an alto saxophonist from Italy, and others from assorted cultures around the world. Everything depends on the experience and talent of the players who have taken the time to learn and assimilate the jazz language. But jazz and its musicians have come a long way, and this book will help one understand better how that happened. Vera Lee has taken on9781887542470\\Touring in Italy becomes 'tranquillamente' when you take along The Essential Guide for Driving in Italy as your traveling companion. Within these pages you will find everything you need to know, quickly and easily the rules of the road and those trouble spots to avoid, a time-tested itinerary for the optimum Italian experience and tips on visiting the country s most enchanting sights. It s all here, at your fingertips, just waiting to show you la dolce vita for which Italy is so famous.


The Stardust Road & Sometimes I Wonder by Hoagy Carmichael,Stephen Longstreet

The Stardust Road & Sometimes I Wonder
  • Title : The Stardust Road & Sometimes I Wonder
  • Author : Hoagy Carmichael,Stephen Longstreet
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  • Pages : 313
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  • Language : English
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This book combines for the first time Carmichael's two autobiographies, "The Stardust Road" (1945) and "Sometimes I Wonder" (1965) with the addition of eight new pages of photos and a new introduction and select discography. of photos.


ARSC Newsletter by Association for Recorded Sound Collections

ARSC Newsletter
  • Title : ARSC Newsletter
  • Author : Association for Recorded Sound Collections
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Cassette Books by Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Cassette Books
  • Title : Cassette Books
  • Author : Library of Congress. National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
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  • Pages : N.A
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Play the Way You Feel by Kevin Whitehead

Play the Way You Feel
  • Title : Play the Way You Feel
  • Author : Kevin Whitehead
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0190847573
  • Pages : 400
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"This book-both a narrative and a film directory-surveys and analyzes English-language feature films (and a few shorts and TV shows/movies) made between 1927 and 2016 that tell stories about jazz music, its musicians, its history and culture. Play the Way You Feel looks at jazz movies as a narrative tradition with recurring plot points and story tropes, whose roots and development are traced. It also demonstrates how jazz stories cut across diverse genres-biopic, romance, musical, comedy and science fiction, horror, crime and comeback stories, "race movies" and modernized Shakespeare-even as they constitute a genre of their own. The book is also a directory/checklist of such films, 66 of them with extensive credits, plus dozens more shorter/capsule discussions. Where jazz films are based on literary sources, they are examined, and the nature of their adaptation explored: what gets retained, removed, or invented? What do historical films get right and wrong? How does a film's music, and the style of the filmmaking itself, reinforce or undercut the story?--


Public Library Core Collection by John Greenfieldt,Patrice Bartell

Public Library Core Collection
  • Title : Public Library Core Collection
  • Author : John Greenfieldt,Patrice Bartell
  • Publisher : Hw Wilson Company
  • ISBN Code : 9780824210946
  • Pages : 1856
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Wilson's Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction (13th Edition, 2008) recommends reference and nonfiction books for the general adult audience. It is a guide to over 9,000 books (over 6,500 titles are new to this edition), plus review sources and other professional aids for librarians and media specialists. Acquisitions librarians, reference librarians and cataloguers can all use this reliable guide to building and maintaining a well-rounded collection of the most highly recommended reference and nonfiction books for adults. All titles are selected by librarians, editors, advisors, and nominators-all of them experts in public library services. The collection is a valuable tool for collection development and maintenance, reader's advisory, weeding your collection, and curriculum support. Richly enhanced records provide a wealth of useful information. All entries include complete bibliographic data as well as price, subject headings, annotations, grade level, Dewey classification, cover art, and quotations from reviews. Many entries also list awards, best-book lists, and starred reviews. Save Time: Efficiently organised and includes ""Starred"" titles Save Money: Allocate your resources to the best materials available Stay Relevant: Discover the best in important, contemporary categories Complete Coverage: Includes recommendations on periodicals and electronic resources, too Four-Year Subscription This Core Collection was originally sold as a four-year subscription. The core edition, published in 2008, delivers a library-bound volume with an extensive, selective list of recommended books. From 2009 to 2011 Wilson published extensive paperback supplements to the 2008 edition. A new cycle of materials will begin in 2012. However, the 2008 to 2011 materials are currently available. Buyers of them will receive all these materials immediately. All four years are only $420. Uniquely Valuable There is nothing quite like Wilson Core Collections. The accumulated expertise of our selectors, and the unquestioned reputation of these collections, is invaluable. Wilson Core Collections are universally recognised as impartial and expert aids to collection development that assist and reinforce the judgement of librarians everywhere. Selection to a Wilson Core Collection is strong support to any challenged purchase. Contemporary Relevance This Core Collection includes broad updates in the areas of crafts; terrorism, and international security; environment and global warming; diseases and medicine; and religion, plus other contemporary topics that keep the library's collection as current as today's headlines. Other Key Features Classified Catalogue - A list arranged by Dewey Decimal Classification, with complete cataloguing information for each book. Author, Title, Subject and Analytical Index - An in-depth key to the information in Classified Catalogue-including author and title analytics for works contained in anthologies and collections. Richly enhanced records provide complete bibliographic data, price, subject headings, descriptive annotations, grade level, Dewey classification, evaluative quotations from a review, when available. Listing works published in the United States, or published in Canada or the United Kingdom and distributed in the United States, Public Library Core Collection: Nonfiction features extensive revisions in the areas of health, science and technology, personal finance, sports, cooking and gardening, and handicrafts. Biography, poetry and literary criticism continue to receive comprehensive treatment. Reference works in all subject fields are included.


Hoosiers in Hollywood by David L. Smith

Hoosiers in Hollywood
  • Title : Hoosiers in Hollywood
  • Author : David L. Smith
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  • Pages : 596
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  • Language : English
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Leading men and women actors, Tarzans, cowboys, directors, screenwriters and novelists, musicians and composersthey are all represented in this volume.Hoosiers in Hollywood includes Oscar winners and nominees, soap opera Hoosiers, movies shot in or about Indiana and Hoosiers on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The book also includes more than three hundred illustrations, including promotional shots from Hollywood studios and colorful movie posters.


Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy by Rick Kennedy

Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy
  • Title : Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy
  • Author : Rick Kennedy
  • Publisher : Indiana University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0253007690
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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“A lively and anecdotal history” of the tiny family-run studio where jazz greats from Jelly Roll Morton to Louis Armstrong made their first recordings (Jazz Times). From 1917 to 1932, in a primitive studio next to the railroad tracks, the Gennett family of Richmond, Indiana, recorded some of the earliest performances of jazz, blues, and country greats—including Jelly Roll Morton, Big Bill Broonzy, King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Gene Autry, Bix Beiderbecke, and native Hoosier Hoagy Carmichael (whose “Stardust” debuted on Gennett as a dance stomp). Jelly Roll, Bix, and Hoagy is the first thoroughly researched account of the people and events behind this unique company and its outsized impact on American music. Alive with personal details and anecdotes from musicians, employees, and family members, it traces the colorful history of a pioneer recording company.


You're Sensational by N.A

You're Sensational
  • Title : You're Sensational
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : 158
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  • Language : English
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Tin Pan Alley by David A. Jasen

Tin Pan Alley
  • Title : Tin Pan Alley
  • Author : David A. Jasen
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code : 113594900X
  • Pages : 384
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  • Language : English
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For nearly a century, New York's famous "Tin Pan Alley" was the center of popular music publishing in this country. It was where songwriting became a profession, and songs were made-to-order for the biggest stars. Selling popular music to a mass audience from coast-to-coast involved the greatest entertainment media of the day, from minstrelsy to Broadway, to vaudeville, dance palaces, radio, and motion pictures. Successful songwriting became an art, with a host of men and women becoming famous by writing famous songs.


Notes by Music Library Association

Notes
  • Title : Notes
  • Author : Music Library Association
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  • Pages : N.A
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Talking Book Topics by N.A

Talking Book Topics
  • Title : Talking Book Topics
  • Author : N.A
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The British National Bibliography by Arthur James Wells

The British National Bibliography
  • Title : The British National Bibliography
  • Author : Arthur James Wells
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The Georgia Review by N.A

The Georgia Review
  • Title : The Georgia Review
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : N.A
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The Book Review Digest by N.A

The Book Review Digest
  • Title : The Book Review Digest
  • Author : N.A
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Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater by Jeffrey Magee

Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater
  • Title : Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater
  • Author : Jeffrey Magee
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199911630
  • Pages : 408
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  • Language : English
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From patriotic "God Bless America" to wistful "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter's immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin's legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer's most enduring songs, from "There's No Business Like Show Business" to "Puttin' on the Ritz." Magee shows how Berlin's early experience singing for pennies made an impression on the young man, who kept hold of that sensibility throughout his career and transformed it into one of the defining attributes of Broadway shows. Magee also looks at darker aspects of Berlin's life, examining the anti-Semitism that Berlin faced and his struggle with depression. Informative, provocative, and full of colorful details, this book will delight song and theater aficionados alike as well as anyone interested in the story of a man whose life and work expressed so well the American dream.


Bix by Jean Pierre Lion

Bix
  • Title : Bix
  • Author : Jean Pierre Lion
  • Publisher : Burns & Oates
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 348
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  • Language : English
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Bix Beiderbecke is considered the #1 jazz legend by many aficionados, and this will be the only biography in print in English. Organized chronologically, this book includes previously unpublished photographs and letters.


America, History and Life by N.A

America, History and Life
  • Title : America, History and Life
  • Author : N.A
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Article abstracts and citations of reviews and dissertations covering the United States and Canada.


Beans by Ken Albala

Beans
  • Title : Beans
  • Author : Ken Albala
  • Publisher : Berg
  • ISBN Code : 1847883419
  • Pages : 256
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  • Language : English
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Winner of The 2008 Jane Grigson Award, issued by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Winner of the 2008 Cordon d' Or Culinary Literature - History Culinary Academy Award. This is the story of the bean, the staple food cultivated by humans for over 10,000 years. From the lentil to the soybean, every civilization on the planet has cultivated its own species of bean. The humble bean has always attracted attention - from Pythagoras' notion that the bean hosted a human soul to St. Jerome's indictment against bean-eating in convents (because they "tickle the genitals"), to current research into the deadly toxins contained in the most commonly eaten beans. Over time, the bean has been both scorned as "poor man's meat" and praised as health-giving, even patriotic. Attitudes to this most basic of foodstuffs have always revealed a great deal about a society. Beans: A History takes the reader on a fascinating journey across cuisines and cultures.


American Book Publishing Record by N.A

American Book Publishing Record
  • Title : American Book Publishing Record
  • Author : N.A
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Skylark by Philip Furia

Skylark
  • Title : Skylark
  • Author : Philip Furia
  • Publisher : St. Martin\'s Press
  • ISBN Code : 1466819235
  • Pages : 320
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  • Language : English
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Skylark is the story of the tormented but glorious life and career of Johnny Mercer, and the first biography of this enormously popular and influential lyricist. Raised in Savannah, Mercer brought a quintessentially southern style to both his life in New York and to his lyrics, which often evoked the landscapes and mood of his youth ("Moon River", "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"). Mercer also absorbed the music of southern blacks--the lullabies his nurse sang to him as a baby and the spirituals that poured out of Savannah's churches-and that cool smooth lyrical style informed some of his greatest songs, such as "That Old Black Magic". Part of a golden guild whose members included Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, Mercer took Hollywood by storm in the midst of the Great Depression. Putting words to some of the most famous tunes of the time, he wrote one hit after another, from "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby" to "Jeepers Creepers" and "Hooray for Hollywood." But it was also in Hollywood that Mercer's dark underside emerged. Sober, he was a kind, generous and at times even noble southern gentleman; when he drank, Mercer tore into friends and strangers alike with vicious abuse. Mercer's wife Ginger, whom he'd bested Bing Crosby to win, suffered the cruelest attacks; Mercer would even improvise cutting lyrics about her at parties. During World War II, Mercer served as Americas's troubadour, turning out such uplifting songs as "My Shining Hour" and "Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive." He also helped create Capitol Records, the first major West Coast recording company, where he discovered many talented singers, including Peggy Lee and Nat King Cole. During this period, he also began an intense affair with Judy Garland, which rekindled time and again for the rest of their lives. Although they never found happiness together, Garland became Mercer's muse and inspired some of his most sensuous and heartbreaking lyrics: "Blues in the Night," "One for My Baby," and "Come Rain or Come Shine." Mercer amassed a catalog of over a thousand songs and during some years had a song in the Top Ten every week of the year--the songwriting equivalent of Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak--but was plagued by a sense of failure and bitterness over the big Broadway hit that seemed forever out of reach. Based on scores of interviews with friends, family and colleagues, and drawing extensively on Johnny Mercer's letters, papers and his unpublished autobiography, Skylark is an important book about one of the great and dramatic characters in 20th century popular music.


Stardust Melodies by Will Friedwald

Stardust Melodies
  • Title : Stardust Melodies
  • Author : Will Friedwald
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781556525575
  • Pages : 397
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  • Language : English
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This pop culture history takes 12 legendary songs and, with a staggering wealth of detail and unprecedented understanding, provides an extended history of each. The circumstances under which each was written and first performed are explained and their musical and lyric content are explored. Those who were responsible for making these songs famous and performers who have left their unique marks on them are also identified. Variations in style, classic and obscure versions, brilliantly original interpretations, and ghastly travesties in the performance lifetime of each song are discussed. Also included are revelations of facts, such as Herman Hupfeld, who wrote "As Time Goes By," had a much bigger hit with "When Yuba Plays the Rhumba on the Tuba"; Billy Strayhorn wrote about "a week in Paris" in "Lush Life" when he was a teenager and had never been to any city larger than Pittsburgh; and the first-ever public performance of "I Got Rhythm," sung by Ethel Merman, featured Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Jimmy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller.


The Washington Post Index by N.A

The Washington Post Index
  • Title : The Washington Post Index
  • Author : N.A
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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Stardust by Albert Harris

Stardust
  • Title : Stardust
  • Author : Albert Harris
  • Publisher : Samuel French, Inc.
  • ISBN Code : 9780573681790
  • Pages : 76
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Library Journal by N.A

Library Journal
  • Title : Library Journal
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Nilsson by Alyn Shipton

Nilsson
  • Title : Nilsson
  • Author : Alyn Shipton
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199756570
  • Pages : 345
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In this first ever full-length biography of Harry Nilsson, author Alyn Shipton traces the musician's life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence, and charts his gradual move into the spotlight as a talented songwriter.


Music in the 20th Century by Dave DiMartino

Music in the 20th Century
  • Title : Music in the 20th Century
  • Author : Dave DiMartino
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 800
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Contains over 160 articles that provide information about some of the most significant musical developments and performers of the twentieth century, covering genres, forms, technical advances, national styles, and individuals; arranged alphabetically from Abba to Genesis.


The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: Canon to Classic rock by Stanley Sadie

The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: Canon to Classic rock
  • Title : The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians: Canon to Classic rock
  • Author : Stanley Sadie
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Directions in Sound by WFIU (Radio station : Bloomington, Ind.)

Directions in Sound
  • Title : Directions in Sound
  • Author : WFIU (Radio station : Bloomington, Ind.)
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  • Language : English
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The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia by Thomas S. Hischak

The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia
  • Title : The Tin Pan Alley Song Encyclopedia
  • Author : Thomas S. Hischak
  • Publisher : Greenwood
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 530
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Offers background information and commentary on 1,200 popular songs from a variety of styles and genres written between the mid-nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century.


A History of Music in American Life by Ronald L. Davis

A History of Music in American Life
  • Title : A History of Music in American Life
  • Author : Ronald L. Davis
  • Publisher : Krieger Publishing Company
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 320
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This three-volume history of music in America covers the sweep from Puritan psalms to the hits of the '70s. It is written from the historian's viewpoint rather than that of the musicologist and considers music in America against the backdrop of a changing society. The work deals not only with music written in America, but also with the reception of the European classics in the concert halls and opera houses of the United States. The story is presented in lively, human fashion, as free of technical analysis as possible, but the set will also serve as a comprehensive reference work.


The Gramophone by N.A

The Gramophone
  • Title : The Gramophone
  • Author : N.A
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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The Life and Death of Tin Pan Alley by David Ewen

The Life and Death of Tin Pan Alley
  • Title : The Life and Death of Tin Pan Alley
  • Author : David Ewen
  • Publisher : New York, Funk and Wagnalls
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 380
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Hoagy Carmichael by Hoagy Carmichael

Hoagy Carmichael
  • Title : Hoagy Carmichael
  • Author : Hoagy Carmichael
  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • ISBN Code : 9780634016639
  • Pages : 64
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Musicals/Movies/Kids Piano Solos