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Beethoven's Third Symphony 'the Eroica'

Beethoven's Third Symphony 'the Eroica'

James Hamilton-Paterson

$39.99
In 1805, the world of music was set on its ears by a new work from a German composer. Intellectually and emotionally, Beethoven's Third Symphony, the 'Eroica', was revolutionary music. After those first two stunning chords, Western music was never the same again. And the whiff of actual political revolution was woven into the work, for it was originally dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, a dangerous hero for a composer dependent on conservative royal patronage. James Hamilton-Paterson reconstructs this great moment in Western culture, the shock of the music and the symphony's long afterlife. The Landmark Library is a testament to the achievements of mankind from the late stone age to the present day. Each volume is handsomely illustrated and carries a text of 25,000 words devoted to a crucial theme in the history of civilization.
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Talking as Fast as I Can

Talking as Fast as I Can

Lauren Graham

$32.99
In this collection of personal essays, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood reveals stories about life, love, and working as a woman in Hollywood-along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girls, where she plays the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore once again.

In Talking as Fast as I Can, Lauren Graham hits pause for a moment and looks back on her life, sharing laugh-out-loud stories about growing up, starting out as an actress, and, years later, sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asking herself, Did you, um, make it? She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood (Strangers were worried about me; that's how long I was single!), the time she was asked to audition her butt for a role, and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (It's like I had a fashion-induced blackout).

In What It Was Like, Part One, Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon and reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay What It Was Like, Part Two reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.

Some more things you will learn about Lauren- She once tried to go vegan just to bond with Ellen DeGeneres, she's aware that meeting guys at awards shows has its pitfalls (If you're meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you've already set the bar too high), and she's a card-carrying REI shopper (My bungee cords now earn points!).

Including photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls- A Year in the Life, this book is like a cozy night in, catching up with your best friend, laughing and swapping stories, and-of course-talking as fast as you can.
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Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas: A Handbook for Performers

Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas: A Handbook for Performers

Stewart Gordon

$33.95
The thirty-two Piano Sonatas of Ludwig van Beethoven form one of the most important segments of piano literature. In this accessible, compact, and comprehensive guidebook, renowned performer and pedagogue Stewart Gordon presents the pianist with historical insights and practical instructional tools for interpreting the pieces.

In the opening chapters of Beethoven's 32 Piano Sonatas, Gordon illuminates the essential historical context behind common performance problems, discussing Beethoven's own pianos and how they relate to compositional style and demands in the pieces, and addressing textual issues, performance practices, and nuances of the composer's manuscript inscriptions. In outlining patterns of structure, sonority, keyboard technique, and emotional meaning evident across Beethoven's compositional development, Gordon provides important background and technical information key to understanding his works in context. Part II of the book presents each sonata in an outline-chart format, giving the student and teacher ready access to essential information, interpretive choices, and technical challenges in the individual works, measure by measure, all in one handy reference source.

In consideration of the broad diversity of today's Beethoven interpreters, Gordon avoids one-size-fits-all solutions or giving undue weight to his own tastes and preferences. Instead, he puts the choices in the hands of the performers, enabling them to create their own personal relationship with the music and a more powerful performance.
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Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

Hank: The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams

Mark Ribowsky

$42.95
After he died in the back seat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine, Hank Williams-a frail, flawed man who had become country music's first real star-instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights with simple songs of despair, depression and tainted love, he would become in death a template for the rock generation to follow. Mark Ribowsky weaves together the first fully realised biography of Williams in a generation. Examining his music while re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, he traces the rise of this legend-from the dirt roads of Alabama to the immortal stage of the Grand Ole Opry and to a lonely end on New Year's Day, 1953. This original work uncovers the real Hank beneath the myths that have long enshrouded his legacy.
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The Milestones of Rock'n'roll

The Milestones of Rock'n'roll

Ernesto Assante

$42.99
From Dylan s first appearance in NYC to the Beatles rooftop concert, from Woodstock and Monterey to the Pink Floyd reunion tour, this illustrated book presents 68 milestones that changed the history of rock and, in some cases, the world. Beginning in 1964 with Elvis and continuing through the twenty-first century, this new edition of the music history favorite reveals how music, culture, life, and society were inextricably and irrevocably intertwined. Here are the Rolling Stones rocking the house in their London debut, Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire, Michael Jackson moonwalking, the superstar-studded Concert for Bangladesh and Live Aid, and so many more memorable, earth-shattering events.<i>In a new, smaller format.</i>
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You're Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

You're Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

Rob Snarski

$24.99
From Perth to Europe and all points in between, Rob Snarski shares his observations and insights from the music world he has performed in, the people he has worked with, the domesticated animals he has loved, and the things he's had to do to pay the rent. Snarski has played in legendary Australian bands since the 1970s: Chad's Tree, The Blackeyed Susans, and, replacing his friend David McComb, The Triffids. This collection of fragments and photographs uncover a delicate humour in the man who remains a dedicated follower of music and the musicians he's been influenced by.
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Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

Tim Rayborn

$32.99
Beethoven's Skull is an unusual and often humorous survey of the many strange happenings in the history of Western classical music. Proving that good music and shocking tabloid-style stories make excellent bedfellows, it presents tales of revenge, murder, curious accidents, and strange fates that span more than two thousand years. Highlights include: A cursed song that kills those who hear it A composer who lovingly cradles the head of Beethoven's corpse when his remains are exhumed half a century after his death A fifteenth-century German poet who sings of the real-life Dracula A dream of the devil that inspires a virtuoso violin piece Unlike many music books that begin their histories with the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, Beethoven's Skull takes the reader back to the world of ancient Greece and Rome, progressing through the Middle Ages and all the way into the twentieth century. It also looks at myths and legends, superstitions, and musical mysteries, detailing the ways that musicians and their peers have been rather horrible to one another over the centuries.
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Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine

Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine

John Scanlan

$34.99
The explosive story of the Sex Pistols is now so familiar that the essence of what they represented has been lost in a fog of nostalgia and rock ’n’ roll cliché. In 1976 the rise of the Sex Pistols was regarded in apocalyptic terms, and the punks as visitors from an unwanted future bringing chaos and confusion.

John Scanlan considers the Sex Pistols as the first successful art project of their manager, Malcolm McLaren, a vision born out of radical politics, boredom and his deep and unrelenting talent for perverse opportunism. McLaren deliberately set a collision course with establishments, both conservative and counter-cultural, and succeeded beyond his highest expectations. Scanlan tells the story of how McLaren’s project – designed, in any case, to fail – foundered on the development of the Pistols into a great rock band and the inconvenient artistic emergence of John Lydon.

Moving between London and New York, and with a fascinating cast of delinquents, petty criminals and misfits, Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine is not just a book about a band. It is about the times, the ideas, the coincidences and the characters that made punk, that ended with the Sex Pistols – beaten, bloody and overdosed – sensationally self-destructing on stage in San Francisco in January 1978, and that transformed popular culture throughout the world.
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Kurosawa's Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films

Kurosawa's Rashomon: A Vanished City, a Lost Brother, and the Voice Inside His Iconic Films

Paul Anderer

$39.95
Despite his iconic status, Kurosawa's life story remains an enigma and art imitates life with its own Rashomon effect. To discover Kurosawa, Paul Anderer guides us through the ruins of a defeated country and a shattered family. He brings to life the dynamic energy of Tokyo in the 1920s and the city's impact on the young Kurosawa. He resurrects the spectre of Kurosawa's older brother, Heido, a star in the silent film industry, who leads a colourful, rebellious life until his despairing, tragic end. Anderer brings these formative years into focus and looks beyond the aura of Kurosawa's enduring fame. Kurosawa's Rashomon brings Kurosawa and his vivid, challenging world to life.
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Magic Color Flair: The Art of Mary Blair

Magic Color Flair: The Art of Mary Blair

John Canemaker ,  Mary Blair

$44.99
Vibrant, charming, and splendidly hued, the work of Disney designer and illustrator Mary Blair is both acclaimed and adored. From her dazzling concept art for Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Peter Pan to her innovative designs for the popular Disney theme park ride it's a small world, the astonishingly varied creations crafted by this twentieth century icon continue to thrill and influence today.Produced as the official catalogue for The Walt Disney Family Museum exhibition of the same name, Magic Color Flair is the authoritative collection of Blair's lifework, including her precocious early paintings, concept art from her Disney days, and the artistic innovations of her later life (including her illustrated Golden Books, which are still in print). This book is a bold, lively look into the work of an equally bold and lively artist, whose invaluable influence and keen eye helped shape some of the world's favorited Disney experiences.
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