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No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page

No Quarter: The Three Lives of Jimmy Page

Martin Power

$59.95
No Quarter: The Three Lives Of Jimmy Page explores the life, times and music of the man behind one of the 20th century's greatest bands: the mighty Led Zeppelin.Using new and exclusive interviews Martin Power tells the full story of Jimmy Page's long career. Starting with the early Sixties session scene when the teenage Page contributed to recordings by The Who, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones and many more, the author goes on to explore Page's time in The Yardbirds, the band that would metamorphose into the legendary Led Zeppelin.Supported by album reviews, rare photographs, a full discography and candid conversations with Page's friends, managers and musical collaborators, author Martin Power's No Quarter: The Three Lives Of Jimmy Page represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date biography yet written about Jimmy Page - a one man guitar army and true music legend.
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The Lighting Designer: What is 'Good Lighting'?

The Lighting Designer: What is 'Good Lighting'?

Nigel Levings

$16.99
Lighting for the stage is at its best when it goes unnoticed: when the the actors' faces are expressive, the costumes look great, the time and mood of the day are eloquent and the changes are imperceptible, writes the eminent lighting designer Nigel Levings, regarded by many as the father of contemporary stage lighting practices. Creative teams hunt in packs, such is the pressure backstage in performance, he says, but lighting designers come late to the team and he prefers to work alone. Good lighting is that which integrates itself into the production and stitches the elements together into a seamless whole. From his long experience in the opera houses of the world he describes how a deep knowledge of the science of light, and fine attention to the elements, can transform a production. Good lighting is intelligent lighting. It springs from deep thought about the text and the director's interpretation of it.
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In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett

Tony Fletcher

$35.95
Wilson Pickett was arguably the greatest male soul screamer of the 1960s and '70s. Well known for his unprecedented string of Soul hits, including In the Midnight Hour, Land of 1,000 Dances, and Mustang Sally, Pickett has sold millions of albums, and tens of millions of singles. A first ballot inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he collaborated with some of the biggest names in '60s and '70s pop, rock, and soul, recorded for the most renowned labels in soul and R&B, and was a legendary presence on stage, his performances frequently culminating in stage invasions by frenzied audience members of all colors eager to bask (and dance) in his radiant aura. Equally well known for his personal troubles, his musical brilliance and success - like that of so many other superstars - Pickett's career was punctuated by violence, drug and alcohol addictions, and fits of erratic and wild behavior. In In the Midnight Hour, veteran music journalist and biographer Tony Fletcher not only tells the full story of Wilson Pickett's incredible career, and troubled life, but goes beyond the individual anecdotes to illustrate how Pickett's journey - geographic, musical, and cultural - was emblematic of both that of his generation of southern black men, and that of black American music in the second half of the twentieth century. He grew up in Alabama under Jim Crow in '40s where he experienced the peak of the gospel circuit before moving north to Detroit as part of the Second Great Migration, where he recorded for the nascent Tamla/Motown label. In the 60s he participated in integrated recording sessions for Stax and Atlantic, before moving back to Alabama where he took part in sessions at Muscle Shoals that made the studios signature sound famous, and at the beginning of the '70s, found himself in Philadelphia where he was instrumental in the birth of the Philly Soul sound. While centered around Wilson Pickett and his music, In the Midnight Hour will also be about the roller-coaster journey he took in his life, the social upheavals that surrounded him, the genre he helped shape along the way, and the pitfalls of the fame that success brought him. The first biography of one the most famous, influential, and fascinating figures in soul and R&B, In the Midnight Hour will find an eager audience among fans of Wilson Pickett, and soul and R&B music in general, as well as readers interested in the development of black music during the second half of the twentieth century.
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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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