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How to Listen to Jazz

Ted Gioia · Basic Books
Pages: 253
Format: Print book

Jazz is the great American art form, its very essence is predicated on freedom and creativity. Its sound unequivocally calls forth narratives of past struggles and future dreams. Yet jazz can be as inscrutable as it is mesmerizing, especially to outsiders who don't know what to make of improvisation...
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Lincoln's White House: The People's House in Wartime

James B Conroy · Rowman & Littlefield
Pages: 328
Format: Print book

Lincoln's White House is the first book devoted to capturing the look, feel, and smell of the executive mansion from Lincoln's inauguration in 1861 to his assassination in 1865. James Conroy brings to life the people who knew it, from servants to cabinet secretaries. We see the constant...
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The White Road: Journey into an Obsession

Edmund de Waal · Farrar
Pages: 401
Format: Print book

An intimate narrative history of porcelain, structured around five journeys through landscapes where porcelain was dreamed about, fired, refined, collected, and coveted.Extraordinary new nonfiction, a gripping blend of history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling...
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Eco Living Japan: Sustainable Ideas for Living Green

Deanna MacDonald · Tuttle Publishing
Pages: 240
Format: Print book

Japan is equally as well known for its ecologically-sensitive traditional homes as it is for cutting-edge, green technology.Eco Living Japan presents 19 contemporary Japanese houses which exemplify the most recent trends in sustainable design in Japan. This is wabi-sabi for the 21st century!...
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New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway

Edna Nashon · Columbia University Press 2016.
Pages: 304
Format: Print book

In the early decades of the twentieth century, a vibrant theatrical culture took shape on New York City's Lower East Side. Original dramas, comedies, musicals, and vaudeville, along with sophisticated productions of Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Chekhov, were innovatively staged for crowds...
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The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

Olivia Laing · Picador
Pages: 337
Format: eBook

An expertly crafted work of reportage, memoir and biography on the subject of loneliness told through the lives of iconic artists, by the acclaimed author of The Trip to Echo Spring What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we're not intimately engaged with another human...
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Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends

Richard Ormond · National Portrait Gallery Publications
Pages: 256

Many of the sitters in this collection were John Singer Sargents close friends. They are posed informally, sometimes in the act of painting or singing, and it is evident from the bold way they confront us that they are personalities of a creative stamp. Brilliant as these pictures are as works...
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The Art of Zootopia

Jessica Julius · Chronicle Books LLC
Pages: 160
Format: Print book

Disney's newest animated feature, Zootopia, is a comedy-adventure starring Officer Judy Hopps, a rookie bunny cop who has to team up with fast-talking scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to crack her first case in the all-animal city of Zooto¬pia. This lushly illustrated book offers a behind-the-scenes...
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Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vincent, Smokey Robinson to Hozier, Thirty-Five Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It

Bob Boilen · HarperCollins
Pages: 288
Format: eBook

From the beloved host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff...
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For Love: 25 Heartwarming Celebrations of Humanity

Eugene Kim · Chronicle Books
Pages: 156
Format: Print book

This collection of highly creative and incredibly moving visual stories from 25 contemporary photographers has been thoughtfully curated by Alice Yoo and Eugene Kim, founders of the leading art and culture blog My Modern Met. These photo essays capture magnificent displays of ordinary people...
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The Secret Life of the American Musical: How Broadway Shows Are Built

Jack Viertel · Sarah Crichton Books
Pages: 336
Format: Print book

For almost a century, Americans have been losing their hearts and losing their minds in an insatiable love affair with the American musical. It often begins in childhood in a darkened theater, grows into something more serious for high school actors, and reaches its passionate zenith when...
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Never a Dull Moment: 1971--The Year That Rock Exploded

David Hepworth · Henry Holt and Company
Pages: 320
Format: Print book

A rollicking look at 1971 - the busiest, most innovative and resonant year of the 70s, defined by the musical arrival of such stars as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Joni MitchellOn New Year's Eve, 1970, Paul McCartney told his lawyers to issue the writ at the High Court...
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Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women, Lesbians, and American Cinema, 1908-1934

Laura Horak · Rutgers University Press
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback

Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, and Katharine Hepburn all made lasting impressions with the cinematic cross-dressing they performed onscreen. What few modern viewers realize, however, is that these seemingly daring performances of the 1930s actually came at the tail end of a long wave of gender-bending...
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The coffee break screenwriter : writing your script ten minutes at a time

Pilar Alessandra · Michael Wiese Productions
Format:  Print book : English : 2nd revised editionView all editions and formats

"'The Coffee Break Screenwriter' keeps it focused and simple. Writers -- from novice to professional -- benefit at every stage of the writing process with a relaxed, "ten minutes at a time" method"--Page 4 of cover.
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Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

Bob Mehr · Da Capo Press
Pages: 521
Format: eBook

Trouble Boys is the first definitive, no-holds-barred biography of one of the last great bands of the twentieth century: The Replacements. With full participation from reclusive singer and chief songwriter Paul Westerberg, bassist Tommy Stinson, guitarist Slim Dunlap, and the family of late...
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