Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music

Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music
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Sinatra. Streisand. Dylan. Pavarotti. McCartney. Sting. Madonna. What do these musicians have in common besides their super-stardom? They have all worked with legendary music producer Phil Ramone. For almost five decades, Phil Ramone has been a force in the music industry. He has produced records and collaborated with almost every major talent in the business. There is a craft to making records, and Phil has spent his life mastering it. For the first time ever, he shares the secrets of his trade. Making Records is a fascinating look “behind the glass” of a recording studio. From Phil’s exhilarating early days….

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Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945

Lost Chords: White Musicians and their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945
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Too many jazz fans and critics–and even some jazz musicians–still contend that white players have contributed little of substance to the music; that even, with every white musician removed from the canon, the history and nature of jazz would remain unchanged. Now, with Lost Chords, musician-historian Richard M. Sudhalter challenges this narrow view, with a book that pays definitive tribute to a generation of white jazz players, many unjustly forgotten–while never scanting the role of the great black pioneers. Greeted enthusiastically by the jazz community upon its original publication, this monumental volume offers an exhaustively documented, vividly narrated history of….

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Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday
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Traces the life and career of the great jazz singer, including her imprisonment for heroin possession, her struggles against racial prejudice, and an analysis of her performances and recordings

Jazz Writings (Continuum Impacts)

Jazz Writings: Essays and Reviews, 1940-1984
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Philip Larkin (1922-85) was not only one of the foremost English poets of the twentieth century, but also a notable novelist and a distinguished writer on jazz. He was jazz critic for The Daily Telegraph between 1961 and 1971. Jazz Writings brings together Larkin’s reviews, articles and essays written for The Guardian, The Observer, The New Statesman, and numerous other publications.

Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie (The History Press)

Alabama Musicians: Musical Heritage from the Heart of Dixie
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan traveled to North Alabama to record with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm section, also known as the Swampers. But Alabama hasn’t just attracted musical stars with its talent–it also has a history of creating stars of its own. Join author and musician C.S. Fuqua as he showcases the breadth of Alabama’s musical talent through the profiles and stories of its historic performers and innovators. From the “father of the blues,” W.C. Handy, to Hank Williams, the originator of modern country music,….

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Swinging At The Savoy The Memoir of a Jazz Dancer

Swingin' at the Savoy
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The dancer and choreographer chronicles her life and provides a history of the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem and its influence on American culture.

The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards

The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards
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From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway and Hollywood, The Great American Songbook: The Stories Behind the Standards tells the stories of our most popular songs with humor, drama and insight. This is timeless music written in unique ways that is constantly being reinterpreted by each generation. Isaac Stern made this distinction between talent and genius: A person possesses talent; genius possesses the person. This is a book about singers, musicians, lyricists and composers taking their talent into the atmosphere of immortality. They are fascinating, and they set the standards by which popular music is measured. They may not have lived….

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Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music)

Jazz and Death: Medical Profiles of Jazz Greats (American Made Music (Hardcover))
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When a jazz hero dies, rumors, speculation, gossip, and legend can muddle the real cause of death. In this book, Frederick J. Spencer conducts an inquest on how jazz greats lived and died pursuing their art. Forensics, medical histories, death certificates, and biographies divulge the way many musical virtuosos really died. An essential reference source, Jazz and Death strives to correct misinformation and set the story straight. Reviewing the medical records of such jazz icons as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Bennie Moten, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Ronnie Scott, the book spans….

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What to Listen For in Jazz

What to Listen For in Jazz
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Exhilarating and exciting, subtle and profound—jazz requires knowledge and understanding to be truly appreciated. Barry Kernfeld here provides a thorough, learned, and accessible introduction to jazz, discussing its musical concepts, procedures, and styles and providing the background necessary to fully enjoy this musical art. The book is organized around twenty-one historical jazz recordings—from the New Orleans Rhythm Kings’ Tin Roof Blues (1923) to Ornette Coleman’s Honeymooners (1987)—that are analyzed in the text and included in a compact disc that accompanies the book.Barry Kernfeld draws from these musical works to illustrate jazz rhythm, forms, arrangement, composition, improvisation, style, and sound (recording….

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Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song

Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song
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Recorded by jazz legend Billie Holiday in 1939, “Strange Fruit” is considered to be the first significant song of the civil rights movement and the first direct musical assault upon racial lynchings in the South. Originally sung in New York’s Cafe Society, these revolutionary lyrics take on a life of their own in this revealing account of the song and the struggle it personified. Strange Fruit not only chronicles the civil rights movement from the ’30s on, it examines the lives of the beleaguered Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol, the white Jewish schoolteacher and communist sympathizer who wrote the song….

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