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Laurie Anderson: All the Things I Lost in the Flood

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All The Things I Lost In The Flood Laurie Anderson 320 Pages ISBN: 9780847860555 Rizzoli Electa 2018 The story of performance artist and cultural icon Laurie Anderson's book All The Things I Lost In The Flood started in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy (the third costliest storm in U.S. history) hit New York. After the storm passed, Anderson went to the basement—where she kept her equipment, props, papers, books, and archives from her illustrious ...

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Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975

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Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice 1967-1975 Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg 304 Pages ISBN-13 : 978-1616208950 Algonquin Books 2021 Legendary British folk and folk-rock guitarist/singer/songwriter Richard Thompson focuses on his early career in this memoir. The story of his musical coming of age, it is devoted primarily to his years with Fairport Convention, early freelance playing, and work with his ex-wife as Richard and Linda Thompson. The first ...

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A Year With Swollen Appendices: Brian Eno's Diary, 25th Anniversary Edition

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A Year with Swollen Appendices Brian Eno 480 Pages ISBN: 0571364616 Faber & Faber 2020 Published diaries are a strange affair. The relationship between the diarist and the diary itself is a private affair, considered to be almost sacred. People write their deepest, most heartfelt passions in their diaries, their thoughts, and desires, and they are safe in the knowledge that the diary will not be seen by others. This ...

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The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond 2020

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The Essential W. Royal Stokes: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond W. Royal Stokes 560 Pages ISBN: # 979-8611405475 Hannah Books 2020 Musician-actor Martin Mull once expressed that, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." That is certainly good for a laugh, but there is a lot of music out there and only a limited amount to time to listen. So how does one narrow the field? Listening to music--the activity that makes perfect ...

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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Forrest Kelly

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Early Music: A Very Short Introduction Thomas Forrest Kelly 144 Pages ISBN: # 978-0199730766 Oxford University Press 2011 There is a Romantic desire to get back to the beginning of things because, somehow, a certain purity is believed to have existed that has since been sullied by modernity and all of its depraved trappings. During the folk music revival of the late '50s and early '60s, scores of record collectors wiled away much ...

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Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong

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Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong Ricky Riccardi 339 Pages ISBN: # 978-0-19-091411-0 Oxford University Press 2020 Louis Armstrong was arguably the most celebrated performer of the twentieth century. Known around the world for his prodigious talent on the trumpet, his inimitable vocal stylings, and as the foremost ambassador of jazz, Satchmo, as his fans lovingly knew him, cut an iconic figure in American music. While his public-facing ...

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I Don't Fit In: My Wild Ride Through the Punk & Power Pop Trenches with The NERVES & The BEAT

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I Don't Fit In: My Wild Ride Through the Punk & Power Pop Trenches with The NERVES & The BEAT Paul Collins 272 Pages ISBN: #978-0996331999 Hozac Books 2020 Paul Collins' memoir I Don't Fit In is not expressly designed to be a companion piece to his archival release Another World: The Best of the Archives (Alive Records, 2020) but it works that way regardless. My Wild Ride Through the Punk & Power ...


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