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Bob Marley: A Life from Beginning to End (Biographies of Musicians)

Discover the remarkable life of Bob Marley...Free BONUS Inside!Bob Marley, the most prominent reggae musician of all time, was truly an icon. He lived a life about as full as his 36 years on this earth would allow. By the time he was 16, he was in the studio making records, and although superstardom didn’t come to him immediately, Marley never ceased his pursuit of it. He also never ceased in his pursuit of wisdom and spiritual wellbeing. In later life, Marley became a champion for political freedom and even managed to get two vehemently opposed political leaders to shake hands on stage—all to the backdrop of a reggae groove. Bob Marley was many things to many people—in this book, we explore all facets of his unique personality. Discover a plethora of topics such as From His Grandfather's Farm to Trench Town Marriage and Children Marley the Rastafari The Birth of Reggae Music The Wailers Break Up The Assassination Attempt And much more!So if you want a concise and informative book on Bob Marley, simply scroll up and click the "Buy now" button for instant access!

Xenakis: His Life in Music

Xenakis: His Life in Music is a full-length study of the influential contemporary composer Iannis Xenakis. Following the trajectory of Xenakis’s compositional development, James Harley, who studied with Xenakis, presents the works together with clear explanations of the technical and conceptual innovations that shaped them. Harley examines the relationship between the composer and two early influences: Messiaen and Le Corbusier. Particular attention is paid to analyzing works which were vital to the composer’s creative development, from early, unpublished works to the breakthrough pieces Metastasis and Pithoprakta, through the oft-discussed decade of formalization and the evolving styles of the succeeding three decades.

The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715a??1750

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit to learn more. Fugue for J. S. Bach was a natural language; he wrote fugues in organ toccatas and voluntaries, in masses and motets, in orchestral and chamber music, and even in his sonatas for violin solo. The more intimate fugues he wrote for keyboard are among the greatest, most influential, and best-loved works in all of Western music. They have long been the foundation of the keyboard repertory, played by beginning students and world-famous virtuosi alike. In a series of elegantly written essays, eminent musicologist Joseph Kerman discusses his favorite Bach keyboard fugues—some of them among the best-known fugues and others much less familiar. Kerman skillfully, at times playfully, reveals the inner workings of these pieces, linking the form of the fugues with their many different characters and expressive qualities, and illuminating what makes them particularly beautiful, powerful, and moving. These witty, insightful pieces, addressed to musical amateurs as well as to specialists and students, are beautifully augmented by performances made specially for this volume: Karen Rosenak, piano, playing two preludes and fugues fromTheWell-Tempered Clavier—C Major, book 1; and B Major, book 2--and Davitt Moroney playing the Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952, on clavichord; the Fugue on "Jesus Christus unser Heiland," BWV 689, on organ; and the Fantasy and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904, on harpsichord.

Thank You: A Tribute to Chris Cornell

Thank You is a tribute to music legend Chris Cornell, written in the words of his international family of fans. Poems, reminiscences, letters, expressions of love and grief, the overwhelming theme is one of gratitude - to the singer, the songwriter, the man.The individual pieces join together to form a unique tapestry demonstrating the profound influence Chris has had on so many lives around the world. Raw, candid emotion and words written from the heart create beauty out of collective grief.This is a tribute, a love letter, and a legacy combined.

Middlebrow Modernism: Brittena??s Operas and the Great Divide (California Studies in 20th-Century Music Book 24)

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more. Situated at the intersections of twentieth-century music history, historiography, and aesthetics, Middlebrow Modernism uses Benjamin Britten’s operas to illustrate the ways in which composers, critics, and audiences mediated the “great divide” between modernism and mass culture. Reviving mid-century discussions of the middlebrow, Christopher Chowrimootoo demonstrates how Britten’s works allowed audiences to have their modernist cake and eat it: to revel in the pleasures of consonance, lyricism, and theatrical spectacle even while enjoying the prestige that came from rejecting them. By focusing on moments when reigning aesthetic oppositions and hierarchies threatened to collapse, this study offers a powerful model for recovering shades of grey in the traditionally black-and-white historiographies of twentieth-century music.

A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder's American Films (Film Europa Book 5)

With six Academy Awards, four entries on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest American movies, and more titles on the National Historic Register of classic films deemed worthy of preservation than any other director, Billy Wilder counts as one of the most accomplished filmmakers ever to work in Hollywood. Yet how American is Billy Wilder, the Jewish émigré from Central Europe? This book underscores this complex issue, unpacking underlying contradictions where previous commentators routinely smoothed them out. Wilder emerges as an artist with roots in sensationalist journalism and the world of entertainment as well as with an awareness of literary culture and the avant-garde, features that lead to productive and often highly original confrontations between high and low.

Friday Night Jam: Sax, Hand Drums, Rock n Roll (Roots jam)

Fresh with discovery of African rhythms, a beginning djembe player tries to fit in with the local jam group, bucking the convention of cover tunes led by frontmen with guitars.On the one hand, he’s emboldened by freedom’s mantra, “It’s all good.” But harmony is not a given, when anxiety and impatience meet ego and status.Leaning on the upbeat and offbeat, a compromise might be struck in the reggae mode, a Third World feel. One way or another, the drop-ins and old hands at the Friday Night Jam have to find a way to get along, and more: to find gold in the moment.Part prose riff recalling Kerouac’s “spontaneous bop” style, and part guidance for would-be jam drummers, this musical memoir by Nowick Gray (creator of and the Roots Jam rhythm collections) warns of the pitfalls and shares the joys of group improvisation.Pick up your copy today by clicking the Buy Now button at the top of this page.

The Nolan Variations: Free Ebook Sampler

**FREE EBOOK SAMPLER***A rare, intimate portrait of Hollywood's reigning 'blockbuster auteur' whose deeply personal billion-dollar movies have established him as the most successful director to come out of the British Isles since Alfred Hitchcock. 'A masterclass . . . brilliant. Immersive, detailed, meticulous, privileged inside-dope.' - Craig Raine More than just the tinkerings of a glass watchmaker, Christopher Nolan's films have an unerring grasp of the way time makes us feel. Time steals people away in his films, and he takes careful note of the theft. Time is Nolan's great antagonist, his lifelong nemesis. He seems almost to take it personally.Written with the full cooperation of Nolan himself, who granted Tom Shone access to never-before-seen photographs, storyboards and sketches, the book is a deep-dive into the director's films, influences, methods and obsessions. Here for the first time is Nolan on his dislocated, transatlantic childhood, how he dreamed up the plot of Inception lying awake one night in his dorm at school, his colour-blindness and its effect on Memento, his obsession with puzzles and optical illusions - and much, much more. Written by one of our most penetrating critics, The Nolan Variations is a landmark study of one of the twenty-first century's most dazzling cinematic artists.

Janet Devlin: One Classy Lassie

In 2011, a young lady abruptly and unexpectedly came on to the world music scene after appearing on a well-known talent discovery television program which had been airing for a number of years. The young lady was Miss Janet Maureen Aoife Ne Devlin.All the accounts of Miss Devlin on the show were naturally about her music and her unusually lovely voice. At first she got rave reviews from the judges, the live audience, and the television viewers. She fell out of favor with the judges and reached fifth in the competition. She went home to her little hamlet of Gortin, Ireland – end of story? – not so fast. Four years later Miss Devlin is back on the scene with her first recording album. But the story is not her rise in music; it is about her tenacity and character. You may want to consider her as your child’s role model. You decide.

How to Rhyme Vol. 1:The Complete Science of Written Rhyme FUNDAMENTALS

How to Rhyme has made a ground breaking discovery of a perfect science behind writing Rhymes. Contrary to the way other conventional books have taken a poetic approach to teach rhyming, the How to Rhyme series has been the most efficient set of books on the market in allowing novices, creative writers, poets and rappers everywhere discover and benefit in all of the following ways:• It can teach nearly anyone who doesn't know How to Rhyme, how to rhyme. • Teach those who only know how to rhyme on a basic level how to rhyme on a very high level. • Teach anyone who only knows how to rhyme on an intermediate level to understanding how to rhyme on an advanced rhyming level. • Teach anyone who doesn't know how to rap How to Rap.• Teach anyone who only knows how to rap on a basic level how to rap on an intermediate level.• Teach anyone who already knows how to rap on an intermediate level How to Rap on an advanced level.• How to write rhymes on a basic, intermediate, and advanced level without the confusion of complex poetic terminology.• The difference between rhyming like a poet and rhyming like a rapper.• A full proof system that will take the most unskilled beginner to rhyming like William Shakespeare or Eminem even only after the first Volume.•How to Rap• How to write Raps with intricate Rhyme patterns.• How to Rap with rhythm and artistic skill.• How to Rap like any rapper you think REALLY knows How to Rap. • How to taking your skill in writing verses to very high levels.• How to become an amazing lyricist who’s lyrics a far beyond the norm.• How to achieve both quality and quantity by overcoming writers block FOREVER.• How to make yourself become Inspired. • How to write poetry.• How to master all of the areas of writing, which inspired the book. “Poetry how to”, to teach you how to write poetry or rap with perfection.• How to write poetry with rhymes as advanced as rappers.• How to write rap using the writing disciplines seen in “Poetry How To”.• The difference between poetry and rap.• How to make your rhymes flow.• A system which reveals the complete science of writing rhymes. • A system which uses a unique perspective in revealing all of the rhyme schemes and patterns anyone can make by understanding the core rhyming patterns inherent in all rhyming patterns. • A complete Science behind written rhyme which has never been discovered so thoroughly in any other How to Rhyme course. • A step by step system which gives you a gradual progression through all of its levels like any other science is taught.• The MTS learning system which is based on Syllables, Techniques (rhyme patterns distinguished by the number of syllables present) and Methods (specific types of arrangements for the techniques to follow).• You will also get a great background of the progression of how people learned How to rap and How to rhyme from the earlier days up to the present time. • How to rhyme and How to rap with incredible CONTENT. •How to rap and How to rhyme in concise and long form. • How to write rhyme and How to write raps with GREAT ENDINGS! YOU DO NOT NEED A KINDLE TO PURCHASE THIS BOOKLook to the right inside the "Try it Free" box you will see some small words that say "Available on your pc". Click that and download this book to your pc or mac which is better because it is full color and you won't understand it if you are reading it in black and white. USING FULL COLOR VIEWERS IS ADVISED. Full color viewing (by downloading this book to your blackberry, iphone, or any smart phone or the "color" kindle, a PC or Mac) is recommended because this book cannot be understood in black and white.

The Alan's Album Archives Selection Box: Music Arcade

At last, after ten years, nearly 1250 posts, the exhaustion of five laptops and very nearly the author himself, the Alan’s Album Archives website ( is now a bona fide book series. The AAA has been reviewing everything by a select list of thirty acts or artists since its inception in 2008 and we mean everything: all the studio albums analysed in mind-numbing detail (we get upset if a review doesn’t make 7000 words!), every live album, every solo spin-off, rarities albums, box sets, all the important compilation albums, A sides, B sides, EP tracks, all the key books and DVDs, a guide to all the surviving TV clips, the best songs that are still unreleased, landmark concerts, important cover songs, ‘extracts from our website’s ‘top ten’ column looking at topics shared amongst our bands and an essay per book getting to the heart of what makes each of our chosen artists tick. Exclusive to these books compared to the website are three new sections: ‘biographies’ of all the key players, ‘thematic threads’ analysing themes that run through the book and three key influences that inspired the chosen acts to make their music. Everything our chosen golden thirty ever did should be in these books somewhere, from teenage doo-wop recordings to albums only released in Germany to obscure spin-off live albums, all in as close to chronological order as is humanly possible. It’s like a big record – both in terms of recording everything a band ever did and in the fact that we’ve presented it like a ‘record’ with an ‘A’ side and a ‘B’ side. Along the way we seek to ask ‘why?’ an album or song turned out the way it did, as well as the usual questions of ‘Who?’ ‘What?’ ‘When?’ and ‘Where?’ These books aren’t meant to be definitive, they’re not meant to be the final word on the music and they’re not meant to replace the official books – that’s why they’re the Alan’s Album Archives Guides, one fan’s attempt to be the big brother with the record collection you always dreamed of whispering in your ear and saying ‘don’t buy that, buy this!’ One book a month in the series is due to be released between June 2018 and December 2020 in a colourful way designed for use in tablet form (though they can be read in monochrome Kindle format if you tweak your colour settings slightly). Music collecting is a bit like a box of chocolates: you never know if the contents are squashed or melted till you get them home, they can take you to delicious squishy heaven or coffee-crème centered hell and they may well contain nuts. It’s important to try before you buy, so that’s what we’re offering here with a selection of bits and pieces from the Alan’s Album Archives archives so that you can see for yourselves if our brand of lengthy discussion interrupted by the odd joke about the Spice Girls is for you. There’s at least one article from all of our 31 books in here presented in chronological order for you to get a flavour of what we’re all about: lengthy discussions of studio albums with the odd solo album, live album, compilation, archive release, film review, discussion of influences and cover versions, landmark concerts, surviving TV appearances, top ten columns and extracts from our ‘April Fool’s Day’ editions thrown in, plus two mid-book essays because we couldn’t stop ourselves. We’ve topped the lot with a new ‘biographies’ section (dedicated to each band this time, not each band member) and a new introduction that discusses the ‘why?’ for the AAA project rather than the AAA bands. We’re keeping this book dirt cheap (and for certain periods when we’re allowed for free) so if you’ve been worried about forking out money for our other books then this is the one for you!

Stories from a London a city: Book 4

Stories from London what you read is my memories and family memories