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Bowie: Photographs by Steve Schapiro

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Bowie: Photographs by Steve Schapiro Steve Schapiro 104 Pages ISBN: 9781576878064 Powerhouse Books 2016 One thing is for certain, in his work, be it lyrics, visuals or music, singer David Bowie almost never embraced clear meaning. A one-man melting pot for ideas, his whole persona was so inventive and strange that it made people so fun and sometimes so hard to keep up with him on the path of his artistic adventures over ...

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224 Pages ISBN: #13-978-1-59580-086-2 Santa Monica Press 2016 During the course of Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight, Frank R. Hayde integrates Levey's personal perspective by frequently including excerpts of interviews released with the cooperation of the drummer's family. In a little over two hundred pages, Hayde's third person narrative and Levey's commentary illuminate a large complicated life filled with musical and personal transformations. Not unlike a ...

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Prince: Let’s Go Crazy (Prince and the Making of Purple Rain)

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Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain Alan Light 304 pages ISBN: 1476776725 Atria Books 2014 Musician Prince is one of the enduring enigmas of today's pop music. Throughout the years this eclectic, mercurial and prolific genius has dazzled, enraged and confused audiences and music critics alike both with his anarchic approach to music making, writing songs that oozed with sexuality, keeping the temperature rising with explicit shows, which ...

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Drummer Stan Levey Improvised His Life with a Steady Beat

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Stan Levey: Jazz Heavyweight Frank R. Hayde 224 Pages ISBN: # 13-978-1595800862 Santa Monica Press 2016 The word “Heavyweight" in the title of this fast-paced biography of the late great jazz drummer Stan Levey is not just a metaphor for his reputation as a musician. Levey, in addition to having been a revered drummer who helped jump-start the bebop movement, was also a fair to middlin' prize fighter! Growing up in Prohibition ...

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The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles

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The Miles Davis Lost Quintet and Other Revolutionary Ensembles Bob Gluck 256 Pages ISBN: #022618076X University of Chicago Press 2016 In the history of jazz, no one has been written about more than Miles Davis. No one has been more debated, reviled and revered than the difficult genius who defines so much of the disparate history of modern jazz. So taking on yet another analysis of the composer and trumpeter could have been ...

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The Real Dixieland Book / Tunes Of The Twenties

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The Real Dixieland Book Robert Rawlins 378 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4234-7694-8 Hal Leonard 2015 Saxophonist Robert Rawlins, who is also Professor of Music Theory at Rowan University (New Jersey) has done jazz a great service by producing The Real Dixieland Book and Tunes Of The Twenties. While they obviously serve different audiences, and can be enjoyed separately, they are really meant to supplement each other. Jazz is a living art, and ...

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No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

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No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead Peter Richardson 384 Pages ISBN: # 1250010624 St. Martin's Press 2015 The declarative tone Peter Richardson adopts and maintains throughout No Simple Highway renders his depiction of the evolution of the Grateful Dead seem like nothing less than destiny. In fact, the way this erudite writer follows the evolution of the band, it's as if any story of modern American culture would be ...

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The Band Photographs 1968-1969

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The Band Photographs 1968-1969 Elliott Landy 160 Pages ISBN: # 149502251X Backbeat Books 2015 As much as the Band disavowed imagemaking, preferring to focus as strictly as possible on their music when they emerged from the shadows Bob Dylan's backing ensemble, when embarked upon their own career, they definitely nurtured a distinctive collective persona and the photography of Elliott Landy, in the midst of an illustrious career that found him capturing the essence ...


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