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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

Read "Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music" reviewed by Doug Collette

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff 472 pages ISBN: 10: 1770414835 ECW Press 2020 It's some measure of Ted Templeman's humility that so many of the photos that appear throughout A Platinum Producer's Life in Music do not feature him. Rather, those musicians and technical personnel with whom he collaborated over the years are prominent, as are the rooms and locales where he worked ...

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Space Is The Place: The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra

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Space Is The Place: The Lives And Times Of Sun Ra John F. Szwed 512 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4780-0841-5 Duke University Press 2020 Of all the 20th century jazz figures, perhaps only John Coltrane and Miles Davis have achieved greater cult status than Sun Ra. Unlike Coltrane, Ra lived into old age. And unlike both Coltrane and Davis, Ra is not usually credited with pioneering or leading new directions in jazz. Ra's fame had ...

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Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century

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Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century Bill Beuttler 304 Pages ISBN: #978-1643150055 (13) Lever Press 2019 Journalist Bill Beuttler modeled this book after Joe Goldberg's Jazz Masters of the 50s (Macmillan Publishing Co, 1965). It devoted a chapter each to a dozen musicians, providing a snapshot of where jazz stood as it entered the 1960s. Beuttler attempts to give a similar sense of where jazz stands today, through the ...

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Stones From the Inside: Rare and Unseen Images

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Stones From the Inside: Rare and Unseen Images Bill Wyman 272 Pages ISBN: 978-1788840699 Acc Art Books 2020 The most important musician in a band is the drummer. Everyone agrees that no group is better than its drummer. Then there are the singers—aka the frontmen—and the lead guitarists, and finally, there are the bassists. The bassist is the other half of what constitutes a rhythm section. The rhythm section is the heart of ...

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Roy DeCarava: The Sound I Saw

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The Sound I Saw Roy DeCarava 228 Pages ISBN: 9781644230107 David Zwirner 2019 Roy DeCarava was a jazz photographer, artist and Harlem local who captured everyday life in the Manhattan area with an insider's eye. Through a spare, striking use of natural light, DeCarava's exploration of the aesthetics of blackness was revolutionary, challenging the cultural assumptions around race, poverty and artistic representation that were prevalent in the 1950s and 1960s. His much fêted ...

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Tribute: Cocker Power

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Tribute: Cocker Power Linda Wolf 333 Pages ISBN: #978-1-64722-025-9 Insight Editions 2020 It was a cloudy yet warm day in mid march 1970 as musicians, singers, soundmen, girlfriends, photographers, a dog, and several hangers on made their way to the A & M records soundstage on La Brea Ave. in jny: Los Angeles, California for rehearsals. The festive tribal gathering was there at the behest of keyboardist Leon ...

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Glastonbury 50

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Glastonbury 50 Michael Eavis & Emily Eavis 304 Pages ISBN: 978-1-4091-8393-8 Trapeze 2019 Published in time for Christmas 2019, Glastonbury 50 was intended as part of the build up to the legendary festival's 50th anniversary in 2020. That was before COVID-19 changed everything. Glastonbury 2020 was cancelled, with the official 50th anniversary celebrations postponed until 2021. For those pining for Glastonbury in this enforced fallow year, this book should provide more than a ...


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