An inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries - their contact sheets. Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is the definitive history of hip-hop's early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today. With essays from BILL ADLER, RHEA L. COMBS, FAB 5 FREDDY, MICHAEL GONZALES, YOUNG GURU, DJ PREMIER, and RZA
By Gobbi, Tito
The renowned Italian baritone recalls his life and his carrer in opera, noting his approaches to the nearly ninety roles in his repertoire and offering anecdotes about such associates as Maria Callas, Tulio Serafin, and Furtwangler
Drawing Secrets Revealed - Basics
By Parks, Sarah
Learn to draw anything you see!Discover the artists' "secrets" that make drawing accessible for everyone. Sarah Parks shares with you her favorite materials and the basic techniques that make it possible. Follow along as she guides you through 20+ demonstrations: You'll learn how to strip a composition down to its basics before learning to build it back up into the masterpiece you've long imagined creating. Everything is covered, from the simple shapes of a composition, to the block-in of your drawing, to shading and proportions.You may be new to the world of drawing, but soon you'll be able to draw anything!Get 3-D effects in your drawingsDevelop your artist's eye by learning to refine the overall shape, structure and features of the subjects around youDraw dynamic figures and gain a better understanding of their basic structure 20+ step-by-step demonstrations cover everything from still life to people to animals and more! .
North Light Books
By Simmons, Gene
Gene Simmons, KISS front-man, multi-hyphenate entrepreneur, and master of self-invention, shares his philosophy on power - how to attain it, how to keep it, and how to harness it as a driving force in business and in life.
YOU CAN HAVE POWER.
YOU DESERVE TO HAVE POWER.
GENE SIMMONS IS HERE TO UNLOCK THE DOORS TO THE TEMPLE.
As co-founder of KISS, America's #1 gold record-award-winning group of all time, Gene Simmons knows the thrill and seduction of power firsthand. But gold records alone don't equal power, he advises. The decisions you make once you attain a certain level of success are what separate the pretenders from the pantheon of the truly strong.
Inspired by Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince, Simmons offers his unique take on the dynamics of power, in every realm of life, from the bedroom to the boardroom, to the world of rock, celebrity, and social media, to politics. With one-of-a-kind stories from his life and career, as well as stories from historical and contemporary masters of power, including Cleopatra, Napoleon Bonaparte, Warren Buffett, and Elon Musk, Simmons crafts a persuasive and provocative theory of power and how it is used to drive civilization.
According to Simmons, power is a living, breathing thing, and he explains how it can be attained, used, abused, and lost. He also discusses how the rules of power are changing in today's fast-paced, hyper-connected world in a way that Machiavelli never could have imagined - and how we all need to learn to adapt to achieve success.
Dey Street Books
Stand Up Straight and Sing!
By Norman, Jessye
One of America's most admired and decorated artists tells her amazing story, from her childhood in the South to the world's greatest stages.Jessye Norman is not only one of the world's most admired and beloved singers, she is an American icon whose life story is as moving and dramatic as the great operatic roles she has performed on stage.Born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, nurtured in a close family and tight-knit community centered around the church, she studied the piano and sang the songs of her childhood, not dreaming that this passion for music might lead to her life's profession.In Stand Up Straight and Sing!, Jessye Norman recalls in rich detail the strong women who were her role models, from her ancestors to family friends, relatives, and teachers.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
A View from A Broad
By Midler, Bette
With her brassy voice and bold performances making the world finally pay attention, she needs no introduction. Grammy award–winning singer, Academy Award–nominee, Broadway star of her critically acclaimed one-woman show and beloved actress in The Rose, Beaches and Down and Out in Beverly Hills—Bette Midler is a household name whose career and fans span generations. In A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Bette relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying, crazy schedules and wisdom she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect. Filled with photographs, a new introduction and heartwarming stories that highlight only a portion of a brilliant career, A View from a Broad is the perfect gift for anyone who loves music, theater or just plain fun—and will be cherished by the fans of Divine Miss M for years to come.
Simon & Schuster; Updated edition
Move On Up
By Cohen, Aaron
Curtis Mayfield. The Chi-Lites. Chaka Khan. Chicago's place in the history of soul music is rock solid. But for Chicagoans, soul music in its heyday from the 1960s to the 1980s was more than just a series of hits: it was a marker and a source of black empowerment. In Move On Up, Aaron Cohen tells the remarkable story of the explosion of soul music in Chicago. Together, soul music and black-owned businesses thrived. Record producers and song-writers broadcast optimism for black America's future through their sophisticated, jazz-inspired productions for the Dells and many others. Curtis Mayfield boldly sang of uplift with unmistakable grooves like "We're a Winner" and "I Plan to Stay a Believer." Musicians like Phil Cohran and the Pharaohs used their music to voice Afrocentric philosophies that challenged racism and segregation, while Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire and Chaka Khan created music that inspired black consciousness.
University of Chicago Press
Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!
By Stanley, Bob
An addictively readable, encyclopedic history of pop music in chapters as short and adrenaline-fueled as the best pop songs themselves. As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes, and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock around the Clock" (1954) to Beyoncé's first megahit, "Crazy in Love" (2003). It covers the birth of rock, soul, R&B, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno, and more, and it will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place. Bob Stanley -- musician, music critic, and unabashed fan -- recounts the progression from the Beach Boys to the Pet Shop Boys to the Beastie Boys; explores what connects doo wop to the sock hop; and reveals how technological changes have affected pop production.
W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition
Destruction Was My Beatrice
By Rasula, Jed
In 1916, as World War I raged around them, a group of bohemians gathered at a small cabaret in Zurich, Switzerland. After decorating the walls with art by Picasso and other avant-garde artists, they embarked on a series of extravagant performances. Three readers simultaneously recited a poem in three languages; a monocle-wearing teenager performed a spell from New Zealand; another young man sneered at the audience, snapping a whip as he intoned his "Fantastic Prayers." One of the artists called these sessions "both buffoonery and a requiem mass." Soon they would have a more evocative name: Dada.In Destruction Was My Beatrice, modernist scholar Jed Rasula presents the first narrative history of Dada, showing how this little-understood artistic phenomenon laid the foundation for culture as we know it today.
Basic Books (AZ)
Reinventing Pink Floyd
By Kopp, Bill
The Dark Side of the Moon, Bill Kopp explores the ingenuity with which Pink Floyd rebranded itself following the 1968 departure of Syd Barrett. Not only did the band survive Barrett's departure, but it went on to release landmark albums that continue to influence generations of musicians and fans.
Reinventing Pink Floyd follows the path taken by the remaining band members to establish a musical identity, develop a songwriting style, and create a new template for the manner in which albums are made and even enjoyed by listeners. As veteran music journalist Bill Kopp illustrates, that path was filled with failed experiments, creative blind alleys, one-off musical excursions, abortive collaborations, general restlessness, and - most importantly - a dedicated search for a distinctive musical personality.
This exciting guide to the works of 1968 through 1973 highlights key innovations and musical breakthroughs of lasting influence. Kopp places Pink Floyd in its historical, cultural, and musical contexts while celebrating the test of fire that took the band from the brink of demise to enduring superstardom.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Hand Drawn Lettering
By Bergin, Mark
Unleash your creativity with this book that encourages readers to explore new ideas, nurture originality, and create unique forms of lettering. You'll find:32 pages of instructions, and another 96 pages of alphabet samples for practicePointers on techniques and the use of colorTips on materials and a discussion of fontsHigh-quality paper that yields excellent results Fans of drawing, painting, and printing will thoroughly enjoy this step-by-step guide to hand drawn lettering.
The Ansel Adams Guide
By Schaefer, John Paul
A comprehensive and accessible guide to photography. It covers cameras and lenses, the specifics of black-and-white and color photography. field trips. All aspects of photography are thoroughly presented in a clear, readable manner.
By Bailey, Philip
A revealing and heartfelt memoir from the lead singer of the legendary Earth, Wind & FireWith more than ninety million records sold and eight Grammy awards throughout its forty-year history, Earth, Wind & Fire has staked its claim as one of the most successful, influential, and beloved acts in music history. Now, for the first time, its dynamic lead singer Philip Bailey chronicles the group’s meteoric rise to stardom and his own professional and spiritual journey.Never before had a musical act crossed multiple styles and genres with a quixotic blend of astrology, Universalism, and Egyptology as Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) did when it exploded into the public’s conscience during the 1970s. The group’s shows became sensory experiences with their dramatic staging, shimmering costumes, elaborate choreography, baffling magic tricks and a thumping backbeat.
Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism
By Brothers, Thomas David
The definitive account of Louis Armstrong -- his life and legacy -- during the most creative period of his career.
Nearly 100 years after bursting onto Chicago's music scene under the tutelage of Joe "King" Oliver, Louis Armstrong is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. A trumpet virtuoso, seductive crooner, and consummate entertainer, Armstrong laid the foundation for the future of jazz with his stylistic innovations, but his story would be incomplete without examining how he struggled in a society seething with brutally racist ideologies, laws, and practices.
Thomas Brothers picks up where he left off with the acclaimed Louis Armstrong's New Orleans, following the story of the great jazz musician into his most creatively fertile years in the 1920s and early 1930s, when Armstrong created not one but two modern musical styles. Brothers wields his own tremendous skill in making the connections between history and music accessible to everyone as Armstrong shucks and jives across the page. Through Brothers's expert ears and eyes we meet an Armstrong whose quickness and sureness, so evident in his performances, served him well in his encounters with racism while his music soared across the airwaves into homes all over America.
Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism blends cultural history, musical scholarship, and personal accounts from Armstrong's contemporaries to reveal his enduring contributions to jazz and popular music at a time when he and his bandmates couldn't count on food or even a friendly face on their travels across the country. Thomas Brothers combines an intimate knowledge of Armstrong's life with the boldness to examine his place in such a racially charged landscape. In vivid prose and with vibrant photographs, Brothers illuminates the life and work of the man many consider to be the greatest American musician of the twentieth century.