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How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime?

How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime?

Stephen Witt

$35.00

How Music Got Free is a blistering story of obsession, music and obscene money. It is a story of visionaries and criminals, tycoons and audiophiles with golden ears. It's about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, and an illegal website six times the size of iTunes.

It begins with a small-time thief at a CD-pressing plant, and a groundbreaking invention on the other side of the globe. Then pans from the multi-million-dollar deals of the music industry to the secret recesses of the web; from German audio laboratories to a tiny Polynesian radio station. 

This is how one man's crime snowballs into an explosive moment in history. How suddenly all the tracks ever recorded could be accessed by anyone, for free. And life became forever entwined with the world online. It is also the story of the music industry - the rise of rap, the death of the album, and how much can rest on the flip of a coin. How an industry ate itself. And how the most successful music release group in history is one you've probably never heard of.

How Music Got Free is a thrilling, addictive masterpiece of reportage from Stephen Witt. It's a story that's never been told - but that's written all over your hard drive.
Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Peter Ackroyd

$22.99

He was the very first icon of the silver screen, and is one of the most recognisable faces in Hollywood, even a hundred years on from his first film. But what of the man behind the moustache? The director holding the camera as well as acting in front of it? Peter Ackroyd's new biography turns the spotlight on Chaplin's life as well as his work, from his humble theatrical beginnings in music halls to winning an honorary Academy Award. Everything is here, from the glamour of his golden age to the murky scandals of the 1940s and eventual exile to Switzerland. This masterful brief life offers fresh revelations about one of the most familiar faces of the last century and brings the Little Tramp into vivid colour.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

Judd Apatow

$34.99

Intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy - including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.

Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd. He took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club so he could watch endless stand-up for free. He hosted a show for his local high school radio station on Long Island - a show that consisted of QandAs with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld.

Thirty years later, Apatow is still that same comedy nerd - and he's still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do. Sick in the Head gathers Apatow's most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career, but his entire adult life. The comedy legends who inspired and shaped him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin, the contemporaries he grew up with, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And the brightest stars in comedy today, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. 

And along the way, something kind of magical happens: what started as a lifetime's worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely. It becomes an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the joy that comes from making people laugh.

Loaded with the kind of back-of-the-club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching, this fascinating, personal, and borderline-obsessive book is Judd Apatow's gift to comedy nerds everywhere. Royalties will be donated by to 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center in Los Angeles.
Cobain: Montage of Heck

Cobain: Montage of Heck

Brett Morgen ,  Richard Bienstock

$39.99

More than twenty years have passed since Kurt Cobain took his own life in April 1994. Today, his legacy continues to fascinate, inspire, and haunt us. This riveting companion book to the highly anticipated documentary about the life of Nirvana frontman and grunge legend Kurt Cobain, features expanded exclusive interviews with the family and friends who knew him best and never-seen-before photographs and artwork.

This paints an illuminating and honest portrait of the Nirvana frontman, capturing the contradictions that made up his character: he could be sincere and sentimental and also ironic and sarcastic, was sweet yet sour, and was both serious and very funny.

This book - the only book about Kurt that has been produced with the cooperation of his widow, Courtney Love, and the Cobain Estate - includes interviews with numerous family members and friends, many of whom speak publicly about their relationship with Kurt for the first time, along with animation stills from the film, never-before-seen photographs, and other artefacts, offering revealing new insights into the life and character of Kurt Cobain.

This is the ultimate book for fans of Nirvana, whose popularity continues to endure, and of Kurt, who remains a fascinating icon of popular culture.
American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

American Titan: Searching for John Wayne

Marc Eliot

$24.99

From the veteran New York Times bestselling biographer comes a major, in-depth look at one of the most enduring American icons of all time, the Duke, John Wayne.

As he did in his bestselling biographies of Jimmy Stewart and Clint Eastwood, acclaimed Hollywood biographer Marc Eliot digs deep beneath the myth in this revealing look at the most legendary Western film hero of all time; the man with the distinctive voice, walk, and demeanor who was an inspiration to many and a symbol of American masculinity, power, and patriotism.

Eliot pays tribute to the man and the myth, identifying and analyzing the many interesting contradictions that made John Wayne who he was: an Academy Award-winning actor associated with cowboys and soldiers who didn t like horses and never served in a war; a Republican icon who voted for Democrats Roosevelt and Truman; a white man often accused of racism who married three Mexican wives. Here are stories of the movies he made famous as well as numerous friends and legendary colleagues such as John Ford, Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood, and Dean Martin.

A top box-office draw for more than three decades starring in 142 films from Stagecoach and True Grit, for which he won the Oscar to The Quiet Man and The Green Berets John Wayne s life and career paralleled nearly the entire twentieth century, from the Depression through World War II to the upheavals of the 1960s. Setting his life within the sweeping political and social transformations that defined the nation, Eliot s masterful portrait of the man they called Duke is a remarkable in depth look at a life and the American Century itself.
Keepers: The Greatest Films - And Personal Favorites - Of a Moviegoing Lifetime

Keepers: The Greatest Films - And Personal Favorites - Of a Moviegoing Lifetime

Richard Schickel

$45.95

From a legendary film critic and movie fan extraordinaire, the highlights reel of a life spent at the movies. Richard Schickel has been going to the movies for more than seven decades (reviewing them since 1965), and, in that time, he's seen, by his own count, somewhere in the neighborhood of 18,750 films. Call it  obsession, lunacy,  or a  grand passion  (Schickel grants all three), but there's no one who knows film better than Schickel.

Now he gives us the ultimate summing up: a history of film as he's seen - and lived - it, a tour of his favorites, a master class in what makes a film soar or flop. Schickel's no-holds-barred, often raucously irreverent opinions can range from panning classics ( Gone with the Wind ) to defending bombs ( A.I. ) to spotlighting forgotten treasures. Buster Keaton, Ingrid Bergman,  Bonnie and Clyde, Star Wars,  Stanley Kubrick,  The Matrix - Schickel reveals all the films and the forces behind them that have kept him coming back for more.

An essential addition to any cinephile's library,  Keepers  is the curation of a brilliant connoisseur and critic, but more than that, it's a love letter to film from one of its most dedicated fans.
The Language of Film

The Language of Film

Robert Edgar ,  John Marland ,  Steven Rawle

$49.99

An effective filmmaker needs to have a good understanding of how film language works, and more importantly, how to actively influence an audience's thoughts and feelings and guide their gaze around the screen. Packed with examples from classic and contemporary cinema, The Language of Film reveals the essential building blocks of film and explains how the screen communicates meaning to its audience. You will learn about fundamental theories and concepts, including film semiotics, narrative structures, ideology, and genre, as well as how elements such as shot size, camera movement, editing technique, and color come together to create the cinematic image. With insightful case studies and discussion questions, dozens of practical tips and exercises, and a new chapter on film sound, this new edition of The Language of Film is a must-have guide for aspiring filmmakers.
The Time Traveller's Guide to British Theatre

The Time Traveller's Guide to British Theatre

Aleks Sierz

$34.95

British theatre is booming. But where do these beautiful buildings and exciting plays come from? And when did the story start? To find out we time travel back to the age of the first Queen Elizabeth in the sixteenth century, four hundred years ago when there was not a single theatre in the land. This is where the story of British theatre starts, not with the religious dramas of the medieval mystery plays, but with the invention of new secular plays performed before large audiences in public spaces in an urban setting. So we go back to the 1550s, when magnificent nobles put on shows to amaze and delight their queen. Within a decade, a couple of statesmen had penned Gorboduc, the first English tragedy to be written in blank verse, and by doing so they kicked off the whole history of British drama. The Time-Traveller's Guide is an accessible, journalistic account of this subject which, while based firmly on extensive research and historical accuracy, tells the story of five centuries of British creativity in an interesting and relevant way. It is celebratory in tone, journalistic in style and accurate in content.
Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theater

Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theater

Ethan Mordden

$23.95

Mordden offers an entirely fresh and infectiously delightful history of American musical theatre.  Anything Goes stages a grand revue of the musical from the 1920s through the 1970s, narrated in Mordden's famously witty, scholarly, and conversational style. He peers with us over Stephen Sondheim's shoulder as he composes at the piano. He places us in a bare rehearsal room as the cast of Oklahoma! changes history by psychoanalyzing the plot in the greatest of the musical's many Dream Ballets. And he gives us tickets for orchestra seats on opening night-raising the curtain on the pleasures of Victor Herbert's The Red Mill and the thrill of Porgy and Bess. Mordden examines the music, of course, but also more neglected elements. 

Dance was once considered as crucial as song; he follows it from the nineteenth century's zany hoofing to tap  combinations  of the 1920s, from the injection of ballet and modern dance in the 1930s and '40s to the innovations of Bob Fosse. He also explores the changing structure of musical comedy and operetta, and the evolution of the role of the star. Fred Stone, the avuncular Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, seldom varied his acting from part to part; but the versatile Ethel Merman turned the headlining role inside out in Gypsy, playing a character who was selfish, fierce, and destructive. 

From  ballad opera  to burlesque, from Fiddler on the Roof to Rent, the history and lore of the musical unfolds here in a performance worthy of a standing ovation.
Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929

Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929

Jane Pritchard

$50.00

'A sumptuous illustrated catalog.' Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune Serge Diaghilev (1872 - 1929) was an extraordinarily gifted impresario, curator, director and animator of the arts. He was perfectly at home driving the wave of creative energy that pushed theatrical performance to the cutting edge of cultural activity in the early twentieth century. A roll call of the Ballets Russes' collaborators and circle bears witness to their impact on modernism and later twentieth-century art; Picasso, Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Bakst, Goncharova, Matisse, Chanel, Prokofiev, Man Ray and Cocteau all worked with Diaghilev - and their work is discussed and illustrated here. This beautiful book draws on new research to explore Diaghilev's life, work and cultural milieu. It pulls together the music, pictures, costumes, archives and art of the Ballets Russes to illustrate Diaghilev's working process, accomplishments and society.
           
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