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Poetics of Music

by Igor Stravinsky Arthur Knodel Ingolf Dahl

These lessons provide penetrating glimpses into the thought processes of Stravinsky's mind. While dealing with his chosen topics-the phenomenon of music, the composition of music, musical typology, the avatars of Russian music, and the performance of music-he reveals his reverence for tradition, order and discipline. He believes 'the more art is controlled, limited, worked over, the more it is free. His opinions about Wagner, Verdi, Berlioz, Hindemith, Weber, Beethoven, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Moussorgsky and Bach are refreshing. He also analyzes the function of the critic, the requirements of the interpreter, the state of Russian music, and musical taste and snobbery." - The American Recorder Once again the concertgoer and music lover can take pleasure in Igor Stravinsky's thoughts on the essentials of music. It was over thirty years ago that Stravinsky delivered the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University on which the French-language edition of this book and later the English translation by Arthur Knodel and Ingolf Dahl were based. Now his Poetics of Music is available in paper-with a preface by George Seferis.

The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records

by Albin J. Zak III

A fascinating exploration of recording consciousness and compositional process. It examines the crucial roles played by recording technologies in the construction of rock music and shows how songwriters, musicians, engineers, and producers contribute to the creative project.

Poker Nation: A High-Stakes, Low-Life Adventure into the Heart of a Gambling Country

by Andy Bellin

A deep dive into the world of poker, Texas no-limit hold 'em style, with philosophical ruminations on the appeal of gambling in American culture. Journalist and semi-pro poker player shares his experiences with the game while providing useful tips. Includes info on Texas Hold'em, roulette, and Black Jack as well as advice on counting cards, reading body language, probability, and more.

Polaroids from the Dead

by Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland takes his sparkling literary talent in a new direction with this crackling collection of takes on life and death in North America -- from his sweeping portrait of Grateful Dead culture to the deaths of Kurt Cobain, Marilyn Monroe and the middle class. For years, Coupland's razor-sharp insights into what it means to be human in an age of technology have garnered the highest praise from fans and critics alike. At last, Coupland has assembled a wide variety of stories and personal "postcards" about pivotal people and places that have defined our modern lives. Polaroids from the Dead is a skillful combination of stories, fact and fiction -- keen outtakes on life in the late 20th century, exploring the recent past and a society obsessed with celebrity, crime and death. Princess Diana, Nicole Brown Simpson and Madonna are but some of the people scrutinized.

Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film, and the Secret Police in Soviet Times

by Cristina Vatulescu

This volume, at once a history of Soviet cinema and a primer on the historiographical analysis of secret police files, provides an interesting multi-disciplinary discussion of the police in film, police as film makers and the criminal as subject in the darkest corners of the Soviet police state. Arguing that the levels of implicit and explicit control exercised by secret police authorities in Stalin-era Russia created a cultural framework in which art, literature and film, even those not directly affected by the regime, bore the unmistakable mark of their influence. Vatulescu is a professor of comparative literature at New York University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Policing Cinema: Movies and Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century America

by Lee Grieveson

Tracing the discourses and practices of cultural and political elites and the responses of the nascent film industry, Grieveson reveals how these interactions had profound effects on the shaping of film content, form, and, more fundamentally, the proposed social function of cinema: how cinema should function in society, the uses to which it might be put, and thus what it could or would be.

Politically Correct Holiday Stories : For an Enlightened Yuletide Season

by James Finn Garner

Five Holiday Stories ('Twas the Night Before Solstice, Frosty the Persun of Snow, The Nutcracker, Rudolph the Nasally Empowered Reindeer and A Christmas Carol) are re-written in a politically correct format. This different twist is hysterical and a must read!

Politics and Theater: The Crisis of Legitimacy in Restoration France, 1815-1830

by Sheryl Kroen

In this book, Sheryl Kroen views post-revolutionary France in the years of the Restoration. Following the lead of the French men and women who turned to this play in the 1820s to make sense of their world, Kroen exposes the crisis of legitimacy defining the regime in these years and demonstrates how the people of the time made steps toward a democratic resolution to this crisis.

Politics, Law and Morality: Essays By V. S. Soloviev

by Vladimir Soloviev Vladimir Wozniuk

Considered one of Russia's greatest philosophers, Vladimir Soloviev (1853-1900) was also a theologian, historian, poet, and social and political critic. His works have emerged to enjoy renewed attention in post-Soviet Russia, and his concerns echo in contemporary discussions of politics, law, and morality. In this collection of Soloviev's essays -- many translated into English for the first time -- the philosopher explores an array of social issues, from the death penalty to nationalism to women's rights. Soloviev reacts against the tradition of European rationalist thought and seeks to synthesize religious philosophy, science, and ethics in the context of a universal Christianity. In these writings he reveals the centrality of human rights in his Christian world-view, not only as an abstract theory but also as an inspiration in everyday life. In a substantive introduction and copious annotations to the essays, Vladimir Wozniuk points out distinctive and often overlooked features of Soloviev's works while,illuminating his place within both the Russian and Western intellectual traditions.

Polly of the Circus

by Margaret Mayo

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.

Popular Music and National Culture in Israel

by Motti Regev Edwin Seroussi

A scholarly book on popular music's role in the national identity and political culture in Israel.

Popular Theater and Society in Tsarist Russia

by E. Anthony Swift

A detailed and fascinating account of the emergence of popular theater in Russia out of a synthesis of fairground shows, elite theater tradition, folk performance, and the new possibilities of mass culture. Swift shows how the public seized upon theater as an art form, as entertainment, and as an instrument of popular education.


by Ayn Carillo-Gailey

When Ayn Carrillo-Gailey confronted her boyfriend about his porn habit, he pronounced her "pornophobic." Determined to prove she wasn't phobic, simply more enlightened, Ayn set out to learn all she could about this phenomenon. Like any good researcher, she added her new quest to her daily To-Do list: 1. Drop off dry cleaning 2. Call Mom 3. Visit sex toy store on Melrose Acting as an amateur anthropologist introduced Ayn to a world populated by everyday people. Her quest aroused the curiosity of her female friends: her knitting group quickly turned into informal information sessions.

The Portable Henry Rollins

by Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins is an artist whose legendary, no-holds-barred performances encompasses music, acting, and written and spoken word. As Details magazine said when it named Rollins the 1994 Man of the Year: "through two decades of rage and discipline, Henry Rollins has transformed himself from an L. A. punk rocker into a universal soldier. His enemies: slackers and hypocrites. His mission: to steel your soul and rock your world." Rollins was frontman for the seminal punk band Black Flag, and since 1987 has led the Rollins Band, whose ninth album, Come In and Burn, was just released by DreamWorks. As a spoken-word artist, he regularly performs at colleges and theaters worldwide and has released eight spoken-word audiotapes. His album Get in the Van won the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for 1995. As an actor, he has appeared in The Chase, Johnny Mnemonic, Heat, and David Lynch's forthcoming film,Lost Highway. From his days as front man for the band Black Flag and the current Rollins Band to his books and spoken-word audiotapes, Henry Rollins is the music, the attitude, and the voice that takes no prisoners. In his twelve books, he has led us on a hallucinatory journey through the decades--and his mind--with poems, essays, short stories, diary entries, and rants that exist at "the frayed edges where reality ends and imagination begins" (Publishers Weekly). For the first time, the best of his legendary, no-holds-barred writings are available. This collection includes new photos and works from such seminal Rollins books as: High Adventure in the Great Outdoors; Art to Choke Hearts; Bang! Black Coffee Blues; Get in the Van; Do I Come Here Often? Solipsist. Plus never before released stories and more. . .

The Portable Radio in American Life

by Michael Brian Schiffer

History of the development of the portable radio over the years.

A Portrait of Mendelssohn

by Clive Brown

Clive Brown draws a different picture of Felix Mendelssohn's personality and work.

Posh & Becks

by Andrew Morton

Young, good-looking, famous and rich, there is no better-known celebrity couple than Posh and Becks. In this biography, Andrew Morton reveals the truth behind the headlines. He examines Victoria's relationship with the other Spice Girls and David's relationship with Manchester United.

Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford

by Donald Spoto

Joan Crawford was one of the most incandescent film stars of all time, yet she was also one of the most misunderstood. In this brilliantly researched, thoughtful, and intimate biography, bestselling author Donald Spoto goes beyond the popular caricature-the abusive, unstable mother portrayed in her adopted daughter Christina Crawford's memoir, Mommie Dearest-to give us a three-dimensional portrait of a very human woman, her dazzling career, and her extraordinarily dramatic life and times. Based on new archival information and exclusive interviews, and written with Spoto's keen eye for detail, Possessed offers a fascinating portrait of a courageous, highly sexed, and ambitious woman whose strength and drive made her a forerunner in the fledgling film business. From her hardscrabble childhood in Texas to her early days as a dancer in post-World War I New York to her rise to stardom, Spoto traces Crawford's fifty years of memorable performances in classics like Rain, The Women, Mildred Pierce, and Sudden Fear, which are as startling and vivid today as when they were filmed. In Possessed, Spoto goes behind the myths to examine the rise and fall of the studio system; Crawford's four marriages; her passionate thirty year, on-and-off-again affair with Clark Gable; her friendships and rivalries with other stars; her powerful desire to become a mother; the truth behind the scathing stories in her daughter Christina's memoir; and her final years as a widow battling cancer. Spoto explores Crawford's achievements as an actress, her work with Hollywood's great directors (Frank Borzage, George Cukor, Otto Preminger) and actors (Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, John Barrymore), and later, her role as a highly effective executive on the board of directors of Pepsi-Cola. Illuminating and entertaining, Possessed is the definitive biography of this remarkable woman and true legend of film.

Power Chord: One Man's Ear Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes

by Thomas Scott Mckenzie

Determined to track down the legendary guitar heroes of the golden age of heavy metal--men like Ronnie James Dio, Slash, and Ace Frehley of KISS--McKenzie set off on a pilgrimage to come to terms with the instrument that captivates him and music lovers everywhere.

The Power of Film

by Howard Suber

This book examines the patterns and principles that make films popular and memorable, and will be useful both for those who want to create films and for those who just want to understand them better.

Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate a Cappella

by Joshua S. Duchan

Collegiate a cappella, part of a long tradition of unaccompanied singing, is known to date back on American college campuses to at least the colonial era. Considered in the context of college glee clubs, barbershop quartets, early-twentieth-century vocal pop groups, doo-wop groups, and late-twentieth-century a cappella manifestations in pop music, collegiate a cappella is an extension of a very old tradition of close harmony singing---one that includes but also goes beyond the founding of the Yale Whiffenpoofs. Yet despite this important history, collegiate a cappella has until now never been the subject of scholarly examination. InPowerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate A Cappella, Joshua S. Duchan offers the first thorough accounting of the music's history and reveals how the critical issues of sociability, gender, performance, and technology affect its music and experience. Just as importantly, Duchan provides a vital contribution to music scholarship more broadly, in several important ways: by expanding the small body of literature on choruses and amateur music; by addressing musical and social processes in a field where the vast majority of scholarship focuses on individuals and their products; and by highlighting a musical context long neglected by musicologists---the college campus. Ultimately,Powerful Voicesis a window on a world of amateur music that has begun to expand its reach internationally, carrying this uniquely American musical form to new global audiences, while playing an important role in the social, cultural, and musical education of countless singers over the last century.


by Darren O'Donnell

pppeeeaaaccceee, is a vast, imaginative and mesmerizing glide through Life and Power. The play is set in Ephemeral; three people firmly floating chat - in O'Donnell's inimitable rapid-fire style - about the revolution. Which revolution? Good question. A gently aggressive meditation, pppeeeaaaccceee examines our being, asks us what we're doing and reminds us that there are monsters in here. Peace. Say it slow, stretch it out, make it last forever.

Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists

by Mike Hoolboom

'The streets are full of admirable craftsmen, but so few practical dreamers.' Man Ray What if there were movies made th same way as suits, custom fitted, each one tailored for one person? Not broadcast, but narrowcast? Not theatres around the world showing the same globalized pictures, but instead a local circumstance, a movie so particular, so peculiar, it could cure night blindness or vertigo? Welcome to the world of fringe movies, where artists have been busy putting queer shoulders to the wheels, or bending light to talk about First Nations rights (and making it funny at the same time), or demonstrating how a personality can be taken apart and put together again, all in the course of a ten-minute movie which might take years to make. Practical Dreamers takes us to this other side of the media plantation. In it, twenty-seven Canadian artists dish about how they get it done and why it matters. The conversations are personal, up close and jargon free, smart without smarting. The stellar cast includes smartbomb Steve Reinke; visionary Peter Mettler; Middle East specialist Jayce Salloum; queer Asian avatars Richard Fung, Midi Onodera, Ho Tam, and Wayne Yung; footage recyclers Aleesa Cohene and Jubal Brown; overhead projector king Daniel Barrow; First Nations vets Kent Monkman and Shelley Niro; international art presence Paulette Phillips; and documentarian Donigan Cumming. These in-depth talks come lavishly illustrated in an oversized volume.

Practical DV Filmmaking

by Russell Evans

Written for the beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking guides you thorough the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. While the technical tools you need are fully explained, the book concentrates on filmmaking principles throughout, illustrating how these tools can be used to achieve stylistic approaches for innovative filmmaking.The book assumes no background knowledge in either technology or filmmaking and is divided into four key areas:*DEVELOPMENT: turn your idea into a workable script, storyboard and schedule.*PRODUCTION: develop skills to shoot original short films and turn a zero-to-low budget to your advantage.*POST-PRODUCTION: learn basic editing techniques to enhance your original idea using iMovie, Premiere and other popular tools.*DISTRIBUTION: set up a website and use the internet to promote your film. Includes numerous links to useful websites. Plus, top tips for how to enter a film festival and a new chapter on developing a career.Projects enable you to master each step of the process taking you through different aspects of filmmaking today. Gradually you will find out where your strengths lie and how to make the most of them. The book also encourages stylistic development by intruding theoretical approaches to filmmaking. A glossary of terms plus an appendix of resources make this guide a one-stop essential handbook to DV filmmaking practice for beginners and student filmmakers.

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