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The Rough Guide to Film arranges film reviews according to directors, profiling both the mavericks and the lesser-known auteurs in many different genres. Each film is placed in the context of the director's career, with extensive cross-referencing that enables film buffs to view the entire body of work by a particular individual. Broader issues are also discussed, such as film genres, movements and innovations. This latest entry to the Rough Guide series is edited by Armstrong, Charity, Hughes and Winter, who are all noted film critics and scholars. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Complete with a list of the best soundtracks, websites and books for further reading, this Rough Guide takes a behind the scenes look at this magical movie genre.
From dimly lit streets and glamorous apartments to world-weary detectives and irresistible femmes fatales, The Rough Guide to Film Noir illuminates every corner of cinema's darkest and most compelling genre. From early masterpieces like Double Indemnity and Kiss Me Deadly through to neo-noir classics such as Chinatown and LA Confidential, this book highlights all the groundbreaking noir movies. There are profiles of legendary performers such as Humphrey Bogart and Barbara Stanwyck, great directors like Fritz Lang plus key cinematographers, composers and designers. Complete with website listings and books for further reading, this Rough Guide takes a fascinating look at the noir movies made in the Classical Hollywood era and beyond.
Teaches how to play flutes and piccolos, and many other things readers want to know about them.
Kids' Movies - where do you start? There are hundreds of them out on video and DVD, and life (or at least, childhood) is too short to discover the gems, or to endure the dross. Which is where this Rough Guide comes in, reviewing the best kids' films across genres from action to fantasy to westerns, and telling you, crucially, if they're any good. The Rough Guide includes reviews of more than 250 kids' movies, celebrating recent hits such as Finding Nemo and Elf, as well as classics like The Wizard of Oz and lesser-known gems like Miyazaki's Kiki's Delivery Service. There is also full coverage of more than 100 'grown up' movies, from James Bond to Jane Austen, which should divert and delight older kids. For each entry there is advice on content and suitability the film, noting scenes or language which might disturb younger viewers - or their parents!
Rock legends Led Zeppelin remain a colossal music force with songs at once mystical, heavy, traditional and highly original. The Rough Guide to Led Zeppelin tells the story of the life and afterlife of this most extraordinary supergroup. Features include: The Story: from the first meeting of Plant and Page to the untimely death of John Bonham, detailing the magic, mayhem and excesses of the era. The Music: the band's fifty best songs unpicked, plus coverage of blues influences, bootlegs, solo careers, and the best Jimmy Page guitar solos and most outstanding Robert Plant vocals. The Passengers: profiles of collaborators and colleagues including Roy Harper and Mickie Most. The Cargo: Zeppelin films, places, myths and memorabilia, books, websites and the afterlife of 'Stairway to Heaven.' It's a whole lotta Zep . . . .
Whether you are a complete newcomer or a seasoned opera buff, The Rough Guide To Opera is the perfect companion to one of the most exciting of all art forms. Covering the full range of opera, from Monteverdi to Thomas Ades, the guide provides lively biographical information of some 150 composers plus detailed discussion of over 30 operas. As well as a synopsis and a short essay for each opera, the guide includes reviews of the finest available CDs - both the latest releases and the best historical recordings - and DVD recommendations for the top 60 operas in the repertoire. In addition there's a who's who of opera's finest singers and conductors, a glossary of the most useful technical terms and scores of superb illustrations.
The Rough Guide to Pink Floyd is the ultimate companion to the band that changed the sound and scale of pop music forever. Features include: The Story: from the Syd Barrett era, the Dark Side Of The Moon phenomenon to their transformation into one of the world's biggest bands, The Music: 50 essential Floyd songs and the stories behind them, plus all the albums and recording sessions, side-projects and solo careers, Floyd On Film: the movies and film soundtracks, TV appearances and videos - from The Wall and More to Zabriskie Point and Pink Floyd at Pompeii, The Floyd File: the cover versions, rarities, DVDs, books and websites. From the psychedelic "happenings " of 60s London to the arena gigs, world tours and Live 8 reunion - it's all here.
The Beatles are the ultimate band--the most popular, the most respected, the most influential. This new edition of The Rough Guide to the Beatles covers every aspect of the Fab Four, delving deep into the music, lyrics, movies and solo careers. Features include: The Story: from Liverpool clubs to Beatlemania. The Music: incisive reviews of every Beatles and solo album. The Canon: the inside track on the 50 greatest songs. On Screen: the movies, the promos and the TV appearances. The Fifth Beatle: George Martin, Yoko Ono, Magic Alex and other contenders. Beatleology: the best books, the weirdest covers, the most obsessive websites, the obscurest trivia.
The Rough Guide to Blues gives you the complete lowdown on all the grittiest singers, bottleneck guitarists, belt-it-out divas and wailing harmonica players that made the most influential music of the last century. From music legend B.B. King to folk hero Robert Johnson, the guide includes detailed profiles of hundreds of artists and critical reviews of their best albums. The fascinating story is told in full--how the blues crawled from the Mississippi Delta, went electric in the big cities, and spread across the world--with feature boxes on topics like boogie woogie, gospel and the best blues record labels. Check out the ten greatest slide-guitar tracks or the ten most miserable 'woke up this mornin's. With the handy playlists that help you to pick 'n' choose quick 'best ofs' to download to your iPod or MP3 player.
Sporting shades and a feedback-heavy sounds, the Velvets straddled art and rock, changing popular music forever, and sowing the seeds for punk, grunge and thousands of counter-cultural four-chord wonders. The Rough Guide to The Velvet Underground explores: The Velvet Story: How Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and the others emerged from the New York scene, their successes and excesses and what happened to each in their solo years. Velvet Music: From their 1967 debut with Nico to their 1993 reunion with all the tales behind the tunes. Velvet Universe: Everybody who was anybody in the Velvet's world, taking in Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, David Bowie, Delmore, Schwaretsz and Brian Eno. Velvet Goldmine: The Underground on screen, the Velvet's New York, clubs, influences, covers, websites and more.
From the saloon to the cattle trail, gunslinging outlaws to ferocious Indians, The Rough Guide to Westerns is the ultimate companion to the genre that has, since the birth of cinema, fed our fascination with the Wild West. The origins: How the myth of the West was shaped as much by entertainers like Buffalo Bill and James Fenimore Cooper as by real-life figures like Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid, The history: From the silent era, through 50s box-office domination, to spaghetti and 21st-century Westerns, The canon: 50 essential Westerns, including Stagecoach, Once Upon A Time In The West, High Noon and The Searchers, The icons: Profiles of legends such as John Wayne, John Ford, Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood and Gary Cooper, And the rest: Westerns from around the world, archetypal characters, iconic locations, and the best books, magazines and websites.
The Rough Guide to World Music is the unchallenged reference work on sounds from around the globe. This third edition is more comprehensive than ever - updated and expanded throughout and with a number of new countries added. Volume 1: Africa & Middle East has full coverage of genres from Afrobeat to Arabesque, and artists from Amadou & Mariam to Umm Kulthum. The book includes articles on more than 60 countries written by expert contributors, discographies for each article with biographical notes on thousands of musicians and reviews of their best CDs.
The book presents some of the most influential and widely known work on gender and performing arts, together with exciting and provocative new writings in the field.
At the end of World War II, Germany was a broken nation. Split in two and occupied by the victorious Allies, it would have to be rebuilt, literally, from the rubble of its own defeat. Volumes of books have been published chronicling its structural and economic rebirth; this unique study reveals how Germany rebuilt itself culturally. Rubble Films is a close look at German cinema in the immediate postwar era, and a careful examination of its relationship to Allied occupation. Shandley reveals how German film borrowed -- both literally and figuratively -- from its Nazi past, and how the occupied powers (specifically the US) used its position as victor to open Europe to Hollywood movie products and aesthetics. Incorporating a careful reading of several important postwar films, Shandley also discusses how the German studio system operated immediately after the war, in the east and the west, giving special focus on DEFA, the east German studio that rose during Soviet occupation. Pathbreaking in its research, Rubble Films sheds new light on a significant moment of German cultural rebirth, and adds a new dimension to the study of the history of film.
Why did the bugs go to Paris? They wanted to be French flies! When is Chuckie like a bell? When he's a ring bearer. The babies go to Paris! This collection of over 100 jokes based on their latest movie adventure is sure to keep fans rolling in the aisles!
IS THERE LIFE AFTER COLLEGE? In this sidesplitting follow-up to his smash hit, Ruminations on College Life, Aaron Karo takes readers on another outrageous journey -- this time through his early twenties. With hilarious anecdotes and irreverent observations, Karo captures the twentysomething experience like never before and answers the question, "Is there life after college?" Featuring the very best of his world-renowned email column as well as brand-new material published here for the first time, Ruminations on Twentysomething Life details Karo's evolution from frat boy to manhood and explores the frenzied lives of a generation living in the strange and unique gap between college and marriage. With his trademark acerbic wit, Karo ruminates on everything from your first day on the job to the last call at the bar. Perfect for students about to get their first dose of reality, twentysomethings procrastinating at work, or anyone who wants to relive their glory days, this book is sure to have readers laughing out loud and nodding their heads in agreement that there is indeed life after college.
A Choice Outstanding Academic Book. A musicologist and cultural critic as well as a professional musician, Robert Walser offers a comprehensive musical, social, and cultural analysis of heavy metal in Running with the Devil. Dismissed by critics and academics, condemned by parents and politicians, fervently embraced by legions of fans, heavy metal music attracts and embodies cultural conflicts that are central to our society. Walser explores how and why heavy metal works, both musically and socially, and at the same time uses metal to investigate contemporary formations of identity, community, gender, and power.
"PAYBACK'S A BITCH, JERRY." The words scrawled crudely across Jerry Heller's bedroom mirror that afternoon meant the rap wars had suddenly escalated. In the battle of his life over the ragingly successful music label he had helped found, Ruthless Records, Heller had seen death threats, strong-arming, and beatings. Now the violence had come home when his enemies burglarized his house, jacked his Corvette, and left behind this sneering piece of graffito. Heller didn't get mad; he got even. Ruthless tells the explosive story of Jerry Heller's alliance with Eric Wright, aka Eazy-E, one of the legends of rap music and a founding member of N.W.A., "the world's most dangerous band." As a longtime music industry superagent, Heller had the skill and insight necessary to guide N.W.A.'s cometlike rise to the top of the charts. Along the way there were raucous nationwide tours, out-of-control MTV pool parties, and X-rated business meetings. Heller held on through the brutal shocks and reversals of the Ruthless Records era, which saw the label being targeted by the FBI, and its principal artists locked in bitter conflict, until a final turnaround placed Ruthless at the top of the heap once more. Always in the middle of the whirlwind were Jerry and Eazy, an odd-couple pairing that represents one of the deepest and most appealing stories in American music. You don't have to be an N.W.A. fan to love Ruthless. Heller turns the music industry inside out, exposing its strange logic and larger-than-life personalities. Ruthless provides keen insight into the popular music scene, with an unforgettable portrait of its rollicking excesses, life-churning drama, and multimillion-dollar highs.
Advances in audio industry technology have opened up tremendous, new creative options. Musicians can now bend, shape, mold, stretch, tune, distort, and restore with an ease only imagined 10 or 15 years ago. Today, if you can imagine it, you can create it. The S. M. A. R. T. Guide to Mixers, Signal Processors, Microphones, and More covers the essential ingredients in audio recording -- core equipment, the building blocks of the entire technical and creative aspects of audio recording -- and includes an impressive DVD with more than 100 video and audio demonstrations that enhance and clarify the concepts in the book. You will cover specific techniques designed to improve the overall quality of your audio recordings, enabling them to viably compete with the music on your favorite professional recordings. Study recording examples that fit real musical situations, and learn solutions to common problems that will help you enhance your music. Put each new principle and concept into practice, combine it with your own creativity and imagination, and start cranking out the hits!
Jennifer Talldeer is Osage and Cherokee, granddaughter of a powerful Medicine Man. She walks a difficult path: contrary to tribal custom, she is learning a warrior's magics. A freelance private investigator, Jennifer spends hours tracking down stolen Indian artifacts. The construction of a new shopping mall uncovers fragments of human bone, revealing possible desecration of an ancient burial ground. the sabotage of construction equipment implicated Native American activists - particularly Jennifer's old flame, who is more attractive, and more dangerous, than ever. Worst of all, the grave of Jennifer's legendary medicine Man ancestor has been destroyed, his tools of power scattered, and a great evil freed to walk the land. Jennifer must stand against the darkness. If she wavers even for an instant, she will be annihilated, and the world will fall into oblivion.
An inside look at the higher wisdom of teamwork from Chicago Bulls' head coach Phil Jackson. At the heart of the book is Jackson's philosophy of mindful basketball -- and his lifelong quest to bring enlightenment to the competitive world of professional sports, beginning with a focus on selfless team play rather than "winning through intimidation".
Sal Mineo is probably most well-known for his unforgettable, Academy Award-nominated turn opposite James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and his tragic murder at the age of thirty-seven. Finally, in this riveting new biography filled with exclusive, candid interviews with both Mineo's closest female and male lovers and never-before-published photographs, Michael Gregg Michaud tells the full story of this remarkable young actor's life, charting his meteoric rise to fame and turbulent career and private life. One of the hottest stars of the 1950s, Mineo grew up as the son of Sicilian immigrants in a humble Bronx flat. But by age eleven, he appeared on Broadway in Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo, and then as Prince Chulalongkorn in the original Broadway production of The King and I starring Yul Brynner and Gertrude Lawrence. This sultry-eyed, dark-haired male ingenue of sorts appeared on the cover of every major magazine, thousands of star-struck fans attended his premieres, and millions bought his records, which included several top-ten hits. His life offstage was just as exhilarating: full of sports cars, motor boats, famous friends, and some of the most beautiful young actresses in Hollywood. But it was fourteen-year-old Jill Haworth, his costar in Exodus the film that delivered one of the greatest acting roles of his life and earned him another Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe win with whom he fell in love and moved to the West Coast. But by the 1960s, a series of professional missteps and an increasingly tumultuous private life reversed his fortunes. By the late sixties and early seventies, grappling with the repercussions of publicly admitting his homosexuality and struggling to reinvent himself from an aging teen idol, Mineo turned toward increasingly self-destructive behavior. Yet his creative impulses never foundered. He began directing and producing controversial off-Broadway plays that explored social and sexual taboos. He also found personal happiness in a relationship with male actor Courtney Burr. Tragically, on the cusp of turning a new page in his life, Mineo's life was cut short in a botched robbery. Revealing a charming, mischievous, creative, and often scandalous side of Mineo few have known before now, Sal Mineo is an intimate, moving biography of a distinctive Hollywood star.
The play is about seven sisters, but only three sisters and a flounder are rehearsing. With only four sisters in the music hall, the songs are sinking. Will the sisters come together in time to perform the gala?
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