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Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music

by Greg Kot

A decade ago the vast majority of mainstream music was funneled through a handful of media conglomerates. Now, more people are listening to more music from a greater variety of sources than at any time in history. And big corporations such as Viacom, Clear Channel, and Sony are no longer the sole gatekeepers and distributors, their monopoly busted by a revolution -- an uprising led by bands and fans networking on the Internet. Ripped tells the story of how the laptop generation created a new grassroots music industry, with the fans and bands rather than the corporations in charge. In this new world, bands aren't just musicmakers but self-contained multimedia businesses; and fans aren't just consumers but distributors and even collaborators. As the Web popularized bands and albums that previously would have been relegated to obscurity, innovative artists -- from Prince to Death Cab for Cutie -- started coming up with, and stumbling into, alternative ways of getting their music out to fans. Live music took on an even more significant role. TV shows and commercials emerged as great places to hear new tunes. Sample-based composition and mash-ups leapfrogged ahead of the industry's, and the law's, ability to keep up with them. Then, in 2007, Radiohead released an album exclusively on the Internet and allowed customers to name their own price, including $0.00. Radiohead's "it's up to you" marketing coup seized on a concept the old music industry had forgotten: the customer is always right. National radio host and critically acclaimed music journalist Greg Kot masterfully chronicles this story of how we went from $17.99 to $0.00 in less than a decade. It's a fascinating tale of backward thinking, forward thinking, and the power of music.

The Rise and Fall of the Kate Empire (Lizzie McGuire #4)

by Kirsten Larsen

The cheerleader table is like the Oscars"! You only go if you're nominated. "Two... Four... Six... Eight... How come no ones friends with Kate? Lizzie always tries to stay out of Kate Sanders's way. Ever since Kate made cheerleader, she's become the most popular girl in school. And she's turned into a major she-beast-the kind that likes to hunt defenseless Lizzies. Yikes! But when Kate hurts her shoulder during cheerleading practice, the other girls kick her off the squad. Suddenly, Kate isn't quite so popular anymore. Can Lizzie get Kate to admit that-for once- she actually needs Lizzie's help?

Rise and Fly: Tall Tales and Mostly True Rules of Bid Whist

by Greg Morrison Yanick Rice Lamb

"Proficiency in whist implies capacity for success in all these more important undertakings where mind struggles against mind." --Edgar Allan Poe, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue". "Ha, ha, fool, ya lost! Rise and fly, %@#*!" --Uncle Ralph after running a Boston, Jones family reunion, 2002. Here's a rollicking celebration and guide to bid whist, the official game of family reunions, cookouts, backyard barbecues, and house parties. In Rise and Fly, veteran journalists Greg Morrison and Yanick Rice Lamb explore the deeper secrets of the game, including: * strategies for beating the stuffing out of your opponents * hints for successful trash-talking * the official rules and exotic variations to keep things interesting * tips for organizing tournaments * resources for taking your game to the next level * a whole slew of recipes for whist-worthy snacks. Full of history, lore, and the personal recollections of celebrities and regular folks alike, this is the first all-in-one book of bid whist, a treasure for anyone who's ever pulled up to the table and been dealt in.

The Rival Sirens: Performance and Identity on Handel's Operatic Stage

by Suzanne Aspden

The tale of the onstage fight between prima donnas Francesca Cuzzoni and Faustina Bordoni is notorious, appearing in music histories to this day, but it is a fiction. Starting from this misunderstanding, The Rival Sirens suggests that the rivalry fostered between the singers in 1720s London was in large part a social construction, one conditioned by local theatrical context and audience expectations, and heightened by manipulations of plot and music. This book offers readings of operas by Handel and Bononcini as performance events, inflected by the audience's perceptions of singer persona and contemporary theatrical and cultural contexts. Through examining the case of these two women, Suzanne Aspden demonstrates that the personae of star performers, as well as their voices, were of crucial importance in determining the shape of an opera during the early part of the eighteenth century.

Rivals (7th Heaven)

by Amanda Christie

For better or for worse, Mary and Lucy Camden have one thing in common: they're the oldest sisters in a huge, busy family! But sometimes the two of them hardly seem related: strong, independent Mary hangs out on the basketball court while sensitive, impulsive Lucy loves the mall. And when there's a cute guy involved, it's all-out war!

The Road to El Dorado

by Peter Lerangis

An action-packed and comedic novelization tells the full story of Miguel and Tulio's journey to the lost city of gold, highlighting the film "Gold and Glory: The Road to El Dorado."

The Road to Woodstock

by Michael Lang

August 15, 1969. Richie Havens, the first act of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, takes the stage and welcomes a crowd of several hundred thousand to the green fields of Max Yasgur's farm--which is quickly becoming the second-largest city in New York State. People are dancing, imbibing, meeting, and helping the ever-increasing stream of new neighbors set up camp. Beyond the fields, the roads are jammed with cars and people, some of whom have been traveling for days to reach the festival site. Havens enthusiastically delivers folk-blues standards and Beatles songs, then begins to improvise, riffing on the refrain "Freedom." Freedom is at the heart of the harmony of this landmark cultural event--along with brotherhood, love, and peace. The next three days are the realization of months and years of dreaming and planning, the result of miracles and crises and coincidences. The story of the festival begins with Michael Lang, a kid out of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, who liked to smoke a joint and listen to jazz and who eventually found his way to Florida, where he opened a head shop and produced his first festival--Miami Pop, featuring Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and others. In the late sixties, after settling in Woodstock, he began to envision a music and arts festival where folks could come and stay for a few days amid the rural beauty of upstate New York. The idea crystallized when Lang talked it over with Artie Kornfeld, a songwriter and A & R man, and with two other young men they formed Woodstock Ventures. They booked talent, from Janis Joplin and the Who to the virtually unknown Santana and Crosby, Stills and Nash; won over agents and promoters; brought in the Hog Farm commune to set up campgrounds; hired a peacekeeping force; took on fleets of volunteers; appeased the Yippies; and were run out of one town and found another site weeks before the festival. On the ground with the talent, the townspeople, and his handpicked crew, Lang had a unique and panoramic perspective of the festival. Enhanced by interviews with others who were central to the making of the festival, The Road to Woodstock tells the story from inspiration to celebration, capturing all the magic, mayhem, and mud in between.

Roadkill on the Highway to Heaven

by Chonda Pierce

Christian comedian Chonda Pierce takes a look at life on the road as she travels around the world. Her stories will make you laugh, cry, and always point to Christ.

Roadshow, A Landscape With Drums

by Neil Peart

"In this unique travelogue, Peart leverages his considerable literary penmanship to describe the joys and rigors of a rock tour as well as his impressions of the politics, social mores, and cultural heterogeneity he encounters across states and nations. As Peart travels for his art, he perfectly describes the art of travel."

Robbie

by Sean Smith

Robert Peter Williams was a sixteen-year-old selling double glazing when he auditioned for a new boy band which became Take That. Twenty years later he is one of the most popular entertainers Britain has ever produced: he has recorded eight number one albums in the UK and he sold 1. 6 million tickets for his 2006 world tour in a day. The most successful artist in the history of The Brits, Robbie was given a Lifetime Achievement Award one day before his 36th birthday in 2010. The UK's leading celebrity biographer Sean Smith has followed Robbie's remarkable journey from the unpromising streets of Stoke-on-Trent to the millionaire's playground of Beverley Hills and discovered a vulnerable, funny, gifted and deeply complex man. Using new research and interviews, Sean Smith reveals there is far more to being Rob than just being Robbie Williams, superstar. Robbie's roller coaster story will astonish you. Sean Smith's heart-warming account of his life is the unmissable show business book of the year.

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography

by Mitchell Zuckoff

The late Robert Altman--visionary director, hard-partying hedonist, eccentric family man, Hollywood legend--comes roaring to life in this rollicking cinematic biography, told in a chorus of voices that can only be called Altmanesque.

Robert Pattinson

by Isabelle Adams

Here's everything you need to know about gorgeous Robert Pattinson. From his early days in amateur theater . . . to landing the role of Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire . . . to the amazing moment he found out he would play Edward Cullen in the movie of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight! Sigh over eight pages of glossy photos, be surprised by what Robert loves and loathes, and discover exactly what he looks for in a girlfriend in this inside scoop on a megawatt star!

Robert Redford: The Biography

by Michael Feeney Callan

The long-anticipated biography of Robert Redford.Among the most widely admired Hollywood stars of his generation, Redford has appeared onstage and on-screen, in front of and behind the camera, earning Academy, Golden Globe, and a multitude of other awards and nominations for acting, directing, and producing, and for his contributions to the arts. His Sundance Film Festival transformed the world of filmmaking; his films defined a generation. America has come to know him as the Sundance Kid, Bob Woodward, Johnny Hooker, Jay Gatsby, and Roy Hobbs. But only now, with this revelatory biography, do we see the surprising and complex man beneath the Hollywood façade.From Redford's personal papers--journals, script notes, correspondence--and hundreds of hours of taped interviews, Michael Feeney Callan brings the legendary star into focus. Here is his scattered family background and restless childhood, his rocky start in acting, the death of his son, his star-making relationship with director Sydney Pollack, the creation of Sundance, his political activism, his artistic successes and failures, his friendships and romances. This is a candid, surprising portrait of a man whose iconic roles on-screen (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men, The Natural) and directorial brilliance (Ordinary People, Quiz Show) have both defined and obscured one of the most celebrated, and, until now, least understood, public figures of our time.From the Hardcover edition.

Robin Williams

by Andy Dougan

This book contains profanity and some descriptions of medical consequences of sexual encounters. Scottish author Andy Dougan holds Robin Williams in high esteem as he demonstrates in this unauthorized biography of one of America's best loved comedians. Through his interviews with Robin Williams, interviews with his friends and colleagues and extensive quotes of interviews Mr. Williams has given to Playboy and People magazines, nearly half of this biography is in Williams' own words. Beginning with the first manifestations of the humor the lonely only child used to exchange with his often absent mother, to the humor that deflected bullies at school, to the humor he used to ease the tension in his acting classes at Julliard to the humor that won the heart of America in Mork and Mindy and Good Morning Vietnam, Dougan traces Williams development from a self absorbed loner to a manic, substance abusing, womanizing actor/comedian who was too insecure to listen to the silence. Dougan traces Robin Williams's growing maturity through his first serious romance, through his first marriage where he was at the same time needy and unfaithful, to his second marriage where he had come to treasure family life. Williams set out to be a serious actor, but it was his irrepressible, spontaneous, train of thought and associative humor which captured the attention of professionals and public alike in stand-up comedy clubs and on television. Williams has made many films, often choosing challenging roles rather than parts sure to break records at the box office. In this biography you will make the journey with him through desperate depression and addiction, failed projects and disappointments to the films which have made him proud and showcased his talent as a comedian as in Mrs. Doubtfire and his serious acting abilities in Awakenings, and his ability to entertain children like his own in Aladdin. The pages are full of Hollywood background material and trivia and the author's pleasant style, fair minded approach and forward momentum will hold any reader's interest. The extensive filmography, list of Williams' top ten grossing movies at the box office, list of sources by chapter and complete index are included and have been carefully checked.

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us (with Bitchin’ Soundtrack)

by Steve Almond

Drooling fanatic, n. 1. One who drools in the presence of beloved rock stars. 2. Any of a genus of rock-and-roll wannabes/geeks who walk around with songs constantly ringing in their ears, own more than 3,000 albums, and fall in love with at least one record per week. With a life that's spanned the phonographic era and the digital age, Steve Almond lives to Rawk. Like you, he's secretly longed to live the life of a rock star, complete with insane talent, famous friends, and hotel rooms to be trashed. Also like you, he's content (sort of) to live the life of a rabid fan, one who has converted his unrequited desires into a (sort of) noble obsession. Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life traces Almond's passion from his earliest (and most wretched) rock criticism to his eventual discovery of a music-crazed soul mate and their subsequent production of two little superfans. Along the way, Almond reflects on the delusional power of songs, the awkward mating habits of drooling fanatics, and why Depression Songs actually make us feel so much better. The book also includes: * sometimes drunken interviews with America's finest songwriters* a recap of the author's terrifying visit to Graceland while stoned* a vigorous and credibility-shattering endorsement of Styx's Paradise Theater * recommendations you will often choose to ignore* a reluctant exegesis of the Toto song "Africa" * obnoxious lists sure to piss off rock critics But wait, there's more. Readers will also be able to listen to a special free mix designed by the author, available online at www.stevenalmond.com, for the express purpose of eliciting your drool. For those about to rock--we salute you!From the Hardcover edition.

Rock Hudson: His Story

by Rock Hudson Sara Davidson

Autobiography of the actor, written in the days after he went public with his homosexuality and battle with AIDS.

Rock Music Styles: A History, 5th Edition

by Katherine Charlton

Rock Music Styles blends musical commentary into an historical and social framework as it traces the development of rock music from its roots in country and blues to the most contemporary trends. Through well-chosen song examples and easy-to-read listening guides, students will experience firsthand the defining characteristics of rock styles and develop the ability to make connections between the popular music of yesterday and today.

Rock On

by Denise Vega

Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known only as the kid brother of sports star Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother's shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own.With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage? Denise Vega's deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing's for sure: We all just want to rock on.

Rock & Roll Jihad

by Salman Ahmad

Memoir by a Pakistani doctor, Moslem rock star, and UN Ambassador, who embarks on a quest to unite the Western world and Islam through music.

The Rock Says: The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment

by Joe Layden Dwayne Johnson

The autobiography of Dwayne Johnson, the professional wrestler known as "The Rock."

Rockers and Rollers: A Full-throttle Memoir

by Brian Johnson

By night, Brian Johnson sings in the biggest rock 'n' roll band on the planet. But by day, AC/DC's frontman drives balls to the wall. Cars and rock 'n' roll-they were made for each other. When he was a young boy growing up in a working-class English town, Brian developed what would become a lifelong passion for cars, trolling junkyards and even pretending to drive the family car. From there, he steamed up the windows of his old Mini Cooper as a teenager, spent untold time in hygienically challenged tour buses with helpful signs such as No Shitting Allowed. Shagging Expected, was chauffeured in leather-trimmed limos, and raced cars to a checkered flag. Featuring guest stars Cliff Williams, Malcolm and Angus Young, and many, many others, even Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rockers and Rollers is a tribute to Brian's obsession with four wheels. By turns surprising, poignant, funny, and maybe a little bit bawdy, these are the stories of a man who drives as hard as he rocks.

Rocking the Classics: English Progressive Rock and the Counterculture

by Edward L. Macan

Few styles of popular music have generated as much controversy as progressive rock, a musical genre best remembered today for its gargantuan stage shows, its fascination with epic subject matter drawn from science fiction, mythology, and fantasy literature, and above all for its attempts to combine classical music's sense of space and monumental scope with rock's raw power and energy. Its dazzling virtuosity and spectacular live concerts made it hugely popular with fans during the 1970s, who saw bands such as King Crimson, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, and Jethro Tull bring a new level of depth and sophistication to rock. On the other hand, critics branded the elaborate concerts of these bands as self- indulgent and materialistic. They viewed progressive rock's classical/rock fusion attempts as elitist, a betrayal of rock's populist origins. In Rocking the Classics, the first comprehensive study of progressive rock history, Edward Macan draws together cultural theory, musicology, and music criticism, illuminating how progressive rock served as a vital expression of the counterculture of the late 1960s and 1970s. Beginning with a description of the cultural conditions which gave birth to the progressive rock style, he examines how the hippies' fondness for hallucinogens, their contempt for Establishment-approved pop music, and their fascination with the music, art, and literature of high culture contributed to this exciting new genre. Covering a decade of music, Macan traces progressive rock's development from the mid- to late-sixties, when psychedelic bands such as the Moody Blues, Procol Harum, the Nice, and Pink Floyd laid the foundation of the progressive rock style, and proceeds to the emergence of the mature progressive rock style marked by the 1969 release of King Crimson's album In the Court of the Crimson King. This "golden age" reached its artistic and commercial zenith between 1970 and 1975 in the music of bands such asJethro Tull, Yes, Genesis, ELP, Gentle Giant, Van der Graaf Generator, and Curved Air. In turn, Macan explores the conventions that govern progressive rock, including the visual dimensions of album cover art and concerts, lyrics and conceptual themes, and the importance of combining music, visual motif, and verbal expression to convey a coherent artistic vision. He examines the cultural history of progressive rock, considering its roots in a bohemian English subculture and its meteoric rise in popularity among a legion of fans in North America and continental Europe. Finally, he addresses issues of critical reception, arguing that the critics' largely negative reaction to progressive rock says far more about their own ambivalence to the legacy of the counterculture than it does about the music itself. An exciting tour through an era of extravagant, mind-bending, and culturally explosive music, Rocking the Classics sheds new light on the largely misunderstood genre of progressive rock.

Rocky and Other Plays about Sports

by Sylvester Stallone William Blinn Durrell Royce Crays Johnny Dawkins Adoley Odunton

Five teleplays--screenplays adapted from sports movies by the original authors. Brian's Song; It's A Mile From Here To Glory; Heartbreak Winner; The Hero Who Couldn't Read; Rocky. Student edition includes discussion questions after each chapter.

Rocky IV

by Sylvester Stallone

THE MOST EXPLOSIVE CHAPTER YET IN THE GREATEST HEAVYWEIGHT STORY OF ALL TIME! Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang-Rocky Balboa came a long way from the slums of South Philly before he said good-bye to Goldmill's Gym and settled down to a quiet family life with Adrian and their son, Rocky Junior. But now he receives a challenge no American can ignore-from Ivan Drago, a mammoth Cuban-trained fighter from the Soviet Union, nicknamed the "Siberian Express." Drago and his magnificently beautiful wife, Ludmilla, arrive in the USA ready to take all comers. So the Italian Stallion returns to the ring. Can Rocky win in Leningrad? Can the American Champion beat the Russian Champion in what is being touted as World War III?

Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

by Kinky Friedman Willie Nelson

You won't see no sad and teary eyes When I get my wings, and it's my time to fly Just call my friends and tell them There's a party, come on by So just roll me up and smoke me when I die In Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson muses about his greatest influences and the things that are most important to him, and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blessed his remarkable journey. Willie riffs on everything: music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights from friends and others close to him. Rare family pictures, beautiful artwork created by his son Micah Nelson, and lyrics to classic songs punctuate these charming and poignant memories. Willie Nelson has touched millions, and none more deeply than his family, friends, and bandmates, several of whom share, for the first time, intimate stories about the Red Headed Stranger. From teaching a granddaughter to play the guitar to touring with the Highwaymen, from picking cotton while growing up in Texas to being home with the tribe on Maui, Willie takes you on the tour bus and, through candid observations and vivid recollections, gives you a front-row seat to his remarkable world. But beware: "You know you shouldn't be reading this BS, it could ruin you for all time to come," he says. "You could end up a social outcast like me, an outlaw!" At once a road journal written in his inimitable, homespun voice and a fitting tribute to America's greatest traveling bard, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die--introduced by Kinky Friedman, another favorite son of Texas--is a deeply personal look into the heart and soul of a unique man and one of the greatest artists of our time, a songwriter and performer whose legacy will endure for generations to come.

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