An essential lexicon of rockological knowledge, as funny as it is informative, this does something that no previous rock reference has dared to: not take rock fandom so seriously. Whether you laughed at Jack Black's overamped character in School of Rock or sheepishly recognized yourself in High Fidelity, you'll treasure this book.
Written by renowned studio guru and technical wizard, Steve Levine, this is the only guide anyone who has bought into the concept of the iPod/ iTunes, and wants to know exactly how and where they can download music, will ever need.
Sylvia Hampton is a music journalist and jazz lover who befriended the soul diva, Nina Simone in the late 1950s. Now, in conjunction with the Simone family, Sylvia delves into her colourful collection of memorabilia of the star to provide a vivid portrait of the singer over her 40-year career.
The Stones frontman's legend is explored through the lens of his life, with particular attention paid to the disconnect between public perceptions of his sexual and narcotic excess and the reality of his unparalleled musicianship. Original. 25,000 first printing.
The 52 Most Depressing Songs You've Ever Heard. A wry, caustic and hilarious examination of the songs we all cry along to. With a tear in his beer, Tom Reynolds examines a wide variety of songs that have crushed our spirits over the years, from 1950s teenage car-crash songs to ever popular overwrought remakes of otherwise-OK songs. Artists making the list include Bruce Springsteen, Evanescence, Loretta Lynn, Black Sabbath, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, The Beatles, Celene Dion, The Cure, The Doors, Joy Division. With wonderfully dreary line drawings, this is a must-have compilation of melodic misery which will appeal to the music critic in all of us.
The author presents a balanced assessment of Moore's impact on the political and cultural life of America, from his breakthrough film Roger & Me through his most recent film, Fahrenheit 9/11. 25,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.
Filled with trivia about gay and lesbian culture, this unique collection of fascinating facts reveals the first openly gay politician to be elected to office as well as the first lesbian soap opera character, as well as many other interesting tidbits.
With the English Premiership more popular today than ever before, and with the influx of major foreign players an everyday occurence, is it any wonder that football is the world's number-one obsession? Not according to national football and broadcating icon and renowned statistician John Motson. Here, for the first time, Motson provides football lovers with a wealth of shocking and ultimately fascinating trivia on the beautiful game. 'Motson's National Obsession' is an essential read. Perfect for Fathers Day.
Following a much loved format, we delve into the weird, funny and shocking trivia of the entertainment world. Over 400 pieces of amazing and fascinating information on film, theatre and television. The ultimate bathroom read, once picked up, you'll never want to leave!
An entertainment journalist offers a humorous but ultimately positive take on American pop culture, showing how film, fashion, television, fashion, advertising, and sports attract people from all over the world to American values.
Take a tour of the windy city with journalist Claire Hughes as she discusses the musical delights Chicago has to offer the tourist. Includes interviews with musicians, writers, poets and performers on the street, and travel, eating out and accommodation information.
This superb box set contains detailed biographies on George, John, Paul and Ringo - that encapsulates and celebrate their lives, and musical heritage. With interviews from many people in the music industry as well as family and friends, this is the collector's essential reference guide to the lives and recording careers of the Beatles.
Ever wanted to know how to play the didgeridoo? Or who makes the fastest raps in the world? Or why the Chinese sang into bamboo canes back in the 9th century? With over 400 musical facts, this book contains everything you didn't think you needed to know about music, but do.
From classical to soul, jazz to rock, folk to rap, every record label has its own successes, its own agenda and its own story. From A&M Records, to Motown, to ZTT, "The A-Z of Record Labels" explores the colourful history of one of the most important aspects of popular music.