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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
By Brilliance Audio
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4.9 out of 5 stars with 69 reviews
Remember the first time you saw Michael Jackson dance with zombies in ''Thriller''? Diamond Dave karate kick with Van Halen in ''Jump''? Tawny Kitaen turning cartwheels on a Jaguar to Whitesnake's ''Here I Go Again''? The Beastie Boys spray beer in ''(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)''? Axl Rose step off the bus in ''Welcome to the Jungle''? Remember when all you wanted was your MTV? It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was


The Humorless Ladies of Border Control: Touring the Punk Underground from Belgrade to Ulaanbaatar
By Tantor Audio
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4.2 out of 5 stars with 91 reviews
In 2009 musician Franz Nicolay left his job in the Hold Steady, aka the world's greatest bar band. Over the next five years, he crossed the world with a guitar in one hand, a banjo in the other, and an accordion on his back, playing the anarcho-leftist squats and DIY spaces of the punk rock diaspora. He met Polish artists nostalgic for their revolutionary days, Mongolian neo-Nazis in full SS regalia, and a gay expat in Ulaanbaatar who needed an armed escort between his home and his job. The


Orchestra of Exiles: The Story of Bronislaw Huberman, the Israel Philharmonic, and the One Thousand Jews He Saved from Nazi Horrors
By Tantor Audio
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4.6 out of 5 stars with 99 reviews
At 14, Bronislaw Huberman played the Brahms ''Violin Concerto'' in Vienna, winning high praise from the composer himself. Instantly famous, Huberman began touring all over the world and received invitations to play for royalty across Europe. But after witnessing the tragedy of World War I, he committed his phenomenal talent and celebrity to aid humanity. After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, Huberman joined the ranks of Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein in calling for peace through the Pan


Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin: The Early Years, 1926-1966
By Tantor Audio
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4.2 out of 5 stars with 121 reviews
Maximum Volume offers a glimpse into the mind, the music, and the man behind the sound of the Beatles. George Martin's working-class childhood and musical influences profoundly shaped his early career in the BBC's Classical Music department and as head of the EMI Group's Parlophone Records. Out of them flowed the genius behind his seven years producing the Beatles' incredible body of work, including such albums as Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and Abbey Road.




Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music (Sixth Edition) (Vol. 1: Ancient to Baroque)
By W. W. Norton & Company
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ean: 9780393113099, isbn: 0393113094,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 46 reviews
The newly expanded recorded anthology features updated recordings from some of the best performers and ensembles working today alongside classic recordings by great artists.Early-music ensembles Sequentia, Altramar, Hilliard Ensemble, Anonymous 4, Tallis Scholars, La Chapelle Royale, and Les Arts Florissants.Singers Paul Hillier, Ellen Hargis, Emma Kirkby, Maria Callas, Christa Ludwig, Luciano Pavarotti, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Peter Pears, and Bethany Beardslee.Harpsichordists Gustav


Madama Butterfly w/audio cd
By Brand: Black Dog n Leventhal Publishers
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ean: 9781579125103, isbn: 1579125107,

4.2 out of 5 stars with 35 reviews
The Black Dog Opera Library is one of the most popular, informative, and budget-friendly ways to enjoy all the great operas. Each book in the series includes a history of the opera, a synopsis of the story, a complete libretto in its original language as well as in English, and dozens of photographs and drawings depicting great scenes, singers, performances, and more. Each book also includes an excellent Angel/EMI recording of the entire opera on two CDs, as well as commentary from experts in


Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Life in L.A.'s Legendary Rock and Roll Neighborhood
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4.1 out of 5 stars with 25 reviews
Laurel Canyon was the neighborhood perched above the clubs and record companies of Sunset Strip where Joni Mitchell, Jim Morrison, Graham Nash, Cass Elliot, Carole King, Don Henley, and Peter Tork, just to name a few, lived and collaborated to make an indelible mark on our music and our culture. This is the story of an important period in rock music, but also of the harsher results of the sixties, as hard drugs and easy sex began to take their toll and the gruesome Wonderland murders signaled


Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination
By Tantor Audio
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Rooted in rhythm-and-blues pioneered by black musicians, 1950s rock and roll was racially inclusive and attracted listeners and performers across the color line. In the 1960s, however, rock and roll gave way to rock: a new musical ideal regarded as more serious, more artistic-and the province of white musicians. Decoding the racial discourses that have distorted standard histories of rock music, Jack Hamilton underscores how ideas of ''authenticity'' have blinded us to rock's inextricably


When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn’s Cold War Triumph and Its Aftermath
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April of 1958 - the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest, and the outcome of the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition seemed preordained. Nonetheless, as star musicians from across the globe descended on Moscow, an unlikely favorite emerged: Van Cliburn, a polite, lanky Texan whose passionate virtuosity captured the Russian spirit. This is the story of what unfolded that spring - for Cliburn and the other competitors, jurors, party officials, and citizens of the world who were touched by


The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio (Oxford Handbooks)
By Oxford University Press
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ean: 9780190651053, isbn: 9780190651053,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 18 reviews
As audiences are increasingly no longer solely listeners but also active producer-consumers, and as video games and other interactive systems increasingly permeate our daily lives, understanding interactivity and its impact on the audience has never been more important. A collection of newly commissioned chapters on interactivity in music and sound edited by preeminent scholars in the field, this book marks the beginning of a journey into understanding the ways in which we interact with sound,


Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Love, One Song at a Time
By Random House Audio
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4.8 out of 5 stars with 44 reviews
What is love? Great minds have been grappling with this question throughout the ages, and in the modern era, they have come up with many different answers. According to Western philosopher Pat Benatar, love is a battlefield. Her paisan, Frank Sinatra, would add the corollary that love is a tender trap. Love hurts. Love stinks. Love bites, love bleeds, love is the drug. The troubadours of our times agree that they want to know what love is, and they want you to show them. But the answer is


Jazz Guitar Soloing Concepts: A Pentatonic Modal Approach to Improvisation Bk/Online Audio
By Hal Leonard
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mpn: HL00695961, ean: 9781423420132, isbn: 9781423420132,

4.3 out of 5 stars with 115 reviews
(Guitar Educational). Learn an entirely new way to improvise over jazz changes! This hefty book/audio pack sheds new light on the old five-note scales that all guitarists know and love. The system is theoretically sound, easy to implement, and best of all, it's designed specifically for guitar. It will work with any chord progression from simple to complex and, unlike other systems, there are no notes to avoid. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be


Audio Culture, Revised Edition: Readings in Modern Music
By Bloomsbury Academic
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ean: 9781501318368, isbn: 1501318365,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 83 reviews
The groundbreaking Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum; September 2004; paperback original) maps the aural and discursive terrain of vanguard music today. Rather than offering a history of contemporary music, Audio Culture traces the genealogy of current musical practices and theoretical concerns, drawing lines of connection between recent musical production and earlier moments of sonic experimentation. It aims to foreground the various rewirings of musical composition and


Goodnight, L.A.: Untold Tales from Inside Classic Rock’s Legendary Recording Studios
By Tantor Audio
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 37 reviews
From behind the walls of a handful of well-hidden, unlikely recording studios in the Los Angeles area, legends-in-waiting created masterpiece albums. It was a time of astonishing creativity and unprecedented fame and fortune. It was also a time of unfettered excess that threatened to unravel everything along the way. With access that only a longtime music business insider can provide, Kent Hartman packs Goodnight, L.A. with never-before-told stories about the most prolific time and iconic




X-Ray Audio: The Strange Story of Soviet Music on the Bone (Strange Attractor Press)
By Strange Attractor Press
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ean: 9781907222382, isbn: 1907222383,

4.8 out of 5 stars with 29 reviews
Telling the story of forbidden culture, bootleg technology and human endeavour, this is the secret history of Russian X-ray records and of the people who made, bought and sold them.Many older people in Russia remember seeing and hearing mysterious vinyl flexi-discs when they were young. They had partial images of skeletons on them, could be played like gramophone records and were called 'bones' or 'ribs'.  They contained forbidden music.In the cold war era, the Soviet recording industry and


A New America: How Music Reshaped the Culture and Future of a Nation and Redefined My Life
By Tantor Audio
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4.0 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews
Tommy Mottola discovered a passion for Latin music when he was a small child on the streets of the Bronx, where he fell in love with the energy and rhythm of the legendary Tito Puente. It was a love he would carry with him to this day. In A New America, Mottola explores the societal and cultural impact the Latino community and its music has had on America by sharing behind-the-scenes stories from his own life and his connection to the Latin sound throughout the decades - from his initial


Wishing on the Moon: The Life and Times of Billie Holiday
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4.7 out of 5 stars with 63 reviews
No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues - and this authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life - from her childhood in the streets and good-time houses of Baltimore, through the early days


Marian McPartland's Jazz World: All in Good Time
By Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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4.9 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews
In this collection of musical portraits, jazz pianist and radio host Marian McPartland pays sparkling tribute to such beloved and legendary figures as Benny Goodman, Bill Evans, Joe Morello, Paul Desmond, Alec Wilder, Mary Lou Williams, and others. In a preface to this new edition, published originally as All in Good Time, McPartland extends her commentary to include details of her long-running National Public Radio show Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz and memories of her late husband, famed



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