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Rock Covers

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Rock Covers Jon Kirby, Robbie Busch 552 pages ISBN: 978-3836545259 Taschen 2014 Most common opinion is that fine art is something that can be found adorning the walls of galleries, studios or museums. But one of the most unusual places where interesting, engaging and groundbreaking art can be found is on various album covers. Many visual artists, throughout the years and regardless of genre, have created visual artworks for various ...

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The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969-1974

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The Best Gig in Town: Jazz Artist at the White House 1969 -1974 Edward Allan Faine 229 Pages ISBN: #9780985795245 IM Press 2014 There is something puzzling and curious about a book documenting jazz performances at the White House specifically during the Nixon Administration. A thoroughly divisive historical figure, President Richard Nixon, has on only rare occasions since his resignation, been treated in a positive, or even neutral, light. Author Edward Allan Faine ...

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On Tour With Leonard Cohen

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On Tour With Leonard Cohen Sharon Robinson 221 ISBN: 1576877256 PowerHouse Books 2014 When singer and poet Leonard Cohen got back on the road in 2008 after years of absence and seclusion in a Zen monastery beset by management and financial woes, his comeback was universally greeted by audiences worldwide. Despite the age when most musicians of his generation are retired or about to it seems that the return to stage rekindled ...

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Neil Young: Special Deluxe A Memoir of Life & Cars

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Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life & Cars Neil Young 384 Pages ISBN: # 0399172084 Blue Rider Press 2014 It's hard to believe Special Deluxe is written by the same man who wrote Waging Heavy Peace (Blue Rider Press, 2012). Neil Young sounded so selectively obsessive on that glibly titled and not so well-edited autobiography, his focused and conversational writing here, from the very preface on, is the proverbial breath of ...

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Alan Light: Let’s Go Crazy (Prince and the Making of Purple Rain)

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Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain Alan Light 304 ISBN: 1476776725 Atria Books 2014 Musician Prince is one of the enduring enigmas of today's pop music. Throughout the years this eclectic, mercurial and prolific genius has dazzled, enraged and confused audiences and music critics alike both with his anarchic approach to music making, writing songs that oozed with sexuality, keeping the temperature rising with explicit shows, which were ...

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School For Cool

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School For Cool: The Academic Jazz Program and the Paradox of Institutionalized Creativity Eitan Y. Wilf 268 pages ISBN: #978-0-226-12519-0 The University of Chicago Press 2014 Anthropologist/trumpeter Eitan Y. Wilf's School for Cool is an ethnographic study of institutionalized creativity in two highly regarded academic jazz programs: the Berklee College of Music and the New School. Influenced by the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and political science, as well as by interviews ...

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Il Suono Del Nord: La Norvegia protagonista della scena jazz europea

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Il Suono Del Nord: La Norvegia protagonista della scena jazz euorpea Luca Vitali 320 pages ISBN:9788886784979 Auditorium Edizioni 2014 Inspite of having a population of only five million inhabitants, Norway, contests author Luca Vitali, produces and consumes more jazz than almost any other country in Europe. The growth of jazz festivals, jazz courses and a seemingly never-ending supply of strikingly original groups and individual voices has, with generous government funding for the ...

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Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page

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Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page Jimmy Page 512 ISBN: 1905662327 Genesis Publications 2014 Of the truly talented musicians of our lifetimes, very few can rival the accomplishments and the stature of guitarist Jimmy Page. This enigmatic music genius and mastermind behind one of the best, if not the best, rock and roll bands of all time, Led Zeppelin, has had a storied career like no other. He has been renowned for many things ...



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