The Crown of Thorns

Author:Jonathan Gould

Publisher:Hachette UK

ISBN:0349408394

Total Pages:672

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Jonathan Gould's Can't Buy Me Love is more than just a book on the Beatles; it's a stunning recreation of the 1960s in England and America through the prism of the world's most iconic band. The Beatles, perhaps more than any act before or since, were a quintessential product of their time, and Gould brilliantly blends cultural history, musical analysis and group biography to show the unique part they played in the shaping of post-war Britain and America. Gould examines the influence of R&B, rockabilly, skiffle and Motown as the Fab Four forged a sound of their own; he illuminates the mercurial relationship the most productive and lucrative in recording music history between John Lennon and Paul McCartney; he critiques the songs they played and the movies they made, and their impact on competing bands and musicians, as well as on fashion, hairstyles, and humour; and he shows how events on both sides of the Atlantic created exactly the right cultural climate for the biggest music phenomenon of 20th century. Beautifully written, insightful, and wonderfully evocative, this is a magisterial biography by a popular historian of the very first rank.

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Paul McCartney

Author:Philip NORMAN

Publisher:Robert Laffont

ISBN:2221203712

Total Pages:1117

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Qu'aurait été Lennon sans McCartney ? On ne sépare pas comme ça le duo de compositeurs le plus prolifique du XXe siècle – la vie s'en est assez chargée. Et sous ses apparences de gentil garçon, compositeur de mélodies sucrées, éternel numéro deux dans l'ombre du flamboyant John, Paul n'aurait-il pas été, finalement, le véritable capitaine du Yellow Submarine ? Le découvreur hors pair de nouveaux horizons musicaux, à la force créatrice débridée, plus détonante encore que celle de son acolyte ? Superbe évocation d'un demi-siècle de musique et de culture populaires, cette biographie fait aussi la part belle aux à-côtés de la légende, aux détails de la vie privée dans les époques pré- et post-Beatles qui ont compté dans le destin hors normes de ce petit gars de Liverpool : les méandres de l'enfance avec la mort prématurée de sa mère, Mary – qui lui inspirera plus tard Let It Be –, l'âge d'or des sixties, les années 1970 et la séparation du groupe, les abîmes dépressifs, ponctués de sursauts de génie avec Wings et sa muse, Linda Eastman, l'amour, la mort, une nouvelle muse, Heather Mills... Sexe, drogue, rock'n'roll, et l'un des divorces les plus coûteux et acrimonieux de l'histoire de la justice britannique. Chroniqueur éprouvé de l'histoire du rock, Philip Norman ajoute à son oeuvre une nouvelle pièce qui trouvera naturellement sa place dans la bibliothèque de tout beatlemaniaque qui se respecte. " La plus importante biographie de Paul McCartney jamais publiée. " The Washington Post. " Une biographie archi-détaillée... Vous pourrez même sentir l'odeur de la sueur, de la merde de rat et des moisissures du sous-sol du Cavern Club. " Rolling Stone.

Come Together

Author:Peter DOGGETT

Publisher:Sonatine

ISBN:2355841454

Total Pages:416

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Vous pensiez tout savoir sur les Beatles ? Avril 1970. Par un simple communiqué de presse, Paul McCartney annonce la séparation des Beatles. Tragédie pour des millions de fans, c'est aussi un geste symbolique, qui marque la fin d'une époque bénie. Et, paradoxalement, le début d'une des périodes les plus passionnantes et les plus mal connues de l'histoire du groupe. Les Beatles, leurs familles, leurs entourages vont en effet vivre à partir de cette date une cohabitation forcée, riche en conflits et en tragédies de toutes natures. C'est à ces quatre décennies, négligées par la plupart des biographies des Beatles, que Peter Doggett a choisi de consacrer la sienne. À partir de centaines d'heures d'entretiens avec les principaux protagonistes de cette histoire édifiante, il nous livre des révélations surprenantes, de multiples anecdotes inédites, et nous entraîne dans les coulisses d'une aventure humaine unique et déchirante, celle de quatre garçons réunis par l'amour de la musique, séparés par un succès sans précédent. Depuis la rivalité shakespearienne qui oppose les clans Lennon et McCartney, jusqu'aux difficultés de Georges Harrison et de Ringo Starr à se forger une identité hors du groupe, en passant par les impitoyables luttes de pouvoir au sein d'Apple Corps, symbole de la contre-culture dans les années soixante, devenue depuis un véritable empire financier, c'est à une véritable épopée qu'il nous convie ici.

Popular Music And Television In Britain

Author:Ian Inglis

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1317078152

Total Pages:266

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Listening to popular music and watching television have become the two most common activities for postwar generations in Britain. From the experiences of programmes like Oh Boy! and Juke Box Jury, to the introduction of 24 hour music video channels, the number and variety of television outputs that consistently make use of popular music, and the importance of the small screen as a principal point of contact between audiences and performers are familiar components of contemporary media operation. Yet there have been few attempts to examine the two activities in tandem, to chart their parallel evolution, to explore the associations that unite them, or to consider the increasingly frequent ways in which the production and consumption of TV and music are linked in theory and in practice. This volume provides an invaluable critical analysis of these, and other, topics in newly-written contributions from some of Britain's leading scholars in the disciplines of television and/or popular music studies. Through a concentration on four main areas in which TV organises and presents popular music - history and heritage; performers and performances; comedy and drama; audiences and territories - the book investigates a diverse range of musical genres and styles, factual and fictional programming, historical and geographical demographics, and the constraints of commerce and technology to provide the first systematic account of the place of popular music on British television.

Never Say Die

Author:James C. Nicholson

Publisher:University Press of Kentucky

ISBN:0813142008

Total Pages:232

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A quarter of a million people braved miserable conditions at Epsom Downs on June 2, 1954, to see the 175th running of the prestigious Derby Stakes. Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill were in attendance, along with thousands of Britons who were all convinced of the unfailing superiority of English bloodstock and eager to see a British colt take the victory. They were shocked when a Kentucky-born chestnut named Never Say Die galloped to a two-length triumph at odds of 33--1, winning Britain's greatest race and beginning an important shift in the world of Thoroughbred racing. Never Say Die traces the history of this extraordinary colt, beginning with his foaling in Lexington, Kentucky, when a shot of bourbon whiskey revived him and earned him his name. Author James C. Nicholson also tells the stories of the influential individuals brought together by the horse and his victory -- from the heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune to the Aga Khan. Most fascinating is the tale of Mona Best of Liverpool, England, whose well-placed bet on the long-shot Derby contender allowed her to open the Casbah Coffee Club. There, her son met musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison and later joined their band. Featuring a foreword by the original drummer for the Beatles, Pete Best, this remarkable book reveals how an underdog's surprise victory played a part in the formation of the most successful and influential rock band in history and made the Bluegrass region of Kentucky the center of the international Thoroughbred industry.

Lennon

Author:Tim Riley

Publisher:Hachette UK

ISBN:1401303935

Total Pages:800

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In his commanding new book, the eminent NPR critic Tim Riley takes us on the remarkable journey that brought a Liverpool art student from a disastrous childhood to the highest realms of fame. Riley portrays Lennon's rise from Hamburg's red light district to Britain's Royal Variety Show; from the charmed naiveté of "Love Me Do" to the soaring ambivalence of "Don't Let Me Down"; from his shotgun marriage to Cynthia Powell in 1962 to his epic media romance with Yoko Ono. Written with the critical insight and stylistic mastery readers have come to expect from Riley, this richly textured narrative draws on numerous new and exclusive interviews with Lennon's friends, enemies, confidantes, and associates; lost memoirs written by relatives and friends; as well as previously undiscovered City of Liverpool records. Riley explores Lennon in all of his contradictions: the British art student who universalized an American style, the anarchic rock 'n' roller with the moral spine, the anti-jazz snob who posed naked with his avant-garde lover, and the misogynist who became a househusband. What emerges is the enormous, seductive, and confounding personality that made Lennon a cultural touchstone. In Lennon, Riley casts Lennon as a modernist hero in a sweeping epic, dramatizing rock history anew as Lennon himself might have experienced it.

The Great Parade

Author:Peter Filichia

Publisher:St. Martin\'s Press

ISBN:1466867124

Total Pages:304

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It was the Broadway season when Barbra Streisand demanded "Don't Rain on My Parade" and Carol Channing heard the waiters at the Harmonia Gardens say "Hello, Dolly!". From June 1, 1963 through the final day of May 31, 1964, theatergoers were offered 68 different productions: 24 new plays, 15 new comedies, 14 new musicals, 5 revivals of plays, 3 revues, 3 plays in Yiddish, 2 in French, 1 double-bill and even 1 puppet show. Peter Filichia's The Great Parade will look at what a Broadway season looked like a half-century ago analyzing the hits, the flops, the trends, the surprises, the disappointments, the stars and even how the assassination of JFK and the arrival of the Beatles affected Broadway. The Great Parade is a chronicle of a Broadway season unprecedented in the star power onstage: Barbara Streisand, Carol Channing, Claudette Colbert. Colleen Dewhurst, Hal Holbrook, Mary Martin, Christopher Plummer, Robert Preston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards, Jr., Carol Burnett, Tallulah Bankhead, Alec Guinness, Kirk Douglas, Albert Finney, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Richard Burton, Mary Martin, Beatrice Lillie, Hermione Gingold, Robert Redford and many more. Neil Simon and Stephen Sondheim burst on to the Broadway stage with Barefoot in the Park and Anyone Can Whistle. The '63-'64 season was one of Broadway's greatest and in The Great Parade, Peter Filichia gives us another classic.

Your Neighbor's Hymnal

Author:Jeffrey F. Keuss

Publisher:Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN:1621890163

Total Pages:150

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Your Neighbor's Hymnal provides a winsome and thoughtful exploration of popular music, from rock to hip-hop to metal to soul, as a vital source contemporary culture continues to go to learn about faith, hope, and love. Where some Christians have kept their focus only on a hymnal found in their church or formed by the genre of Contemporary Christian Music, Keuss argues that your neighbor's hymnal is filled with great music that God is using and deserves a deeper listen. Offering forty songs spanning time and genres, each section includes a number of representative reflections on the history and artist that created the song, reflections on its lyrical content, and theological and biblical connections that will hopefully show some ways in which the song illustrates how your neighbor is hearing, seeking, and finding faith, hope, and love through popular music. This book can be approached in a number of ways. As an introduction to this stream of popular culture, the overviews and short introductions to each song provide a glossary useful in courses needing texts in theology and popular culture. For use with church groups, whether adult bible studies or youth groups, Your Neighbor's Hymnal provides points of reference for connecting key aspects of the Christian faith with illustrations readily available for discussion. For interested music listeners, the book will provide a means of giving voice to their own musings on faith. As with faith, good music is meant to be shared, and Your Neighbor's Hymnal offers a wonderful opportunity to do both.

In the sixties

Author:Barry Miles

Publisher:Le Castor Astral éditeur

ISBN:

Total Pages:256

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Au début des années 1960, Barry Miles était un étudiant en art ; à la fin il dirigeait le label Zapple des Beatles, vivant dans le légendaire Chelsea Hotel de New York. Voici le récit de ce qui s’est passé entre les deux. Durant cette décennie, Barry Miles organise avec Ginsberg et Burroughs la lecture qui marque l’avènement de la Beat Generation à Londres, cofonde la galerie Indica, véritable centre de commande de la contreculture et y lance le premier magazine underground d’Europe, International Times... Le journal de Miles est au plus proche des artistes des sixties, à la fois pour la littérature et pour la musique. Il fait se rencontrer Yoko Ono et John Lennon, suit la grossesse de Marianne Faithfull, collabore avec les Beat- les, fait la fête avec Frank Zappa et les Pink Floyd, s’entretient avec Mick Jagger et Leonard Cohen, enregistre Bukowski, Brautigan et Burroughs sur Zapple Records... Saisissant !

Powers of Two

Author:Joshua Wolf Shenk

Publisher:Hachette UK

ISBN:1848545916

Total Pages:368

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All of us have experienced creative connection, and glimpsed its power. Yet, for centuries, the myth of the lone genius has obscured the critical story of the power of collaboration. In Powers of Two, Joshua Wolf Shenk argues that creative pairs are the exemplars for innovation. Drawing on years of research on great partnerships in history - from Lennon and McCartney to Marie and Pierre Curie, plus hundreds more in fields including literature, popular culture, art and business - Shenk identifies the common journey pairs take from the spark of initial connection, through the passage to a cognitive 'joint identity' to competition and the struggle for power. Using scientific and psychological insights, he uncovers new truths about epic duos - and sheds new light on the genesis of some of the greatest creative work in history. He reveals hidden partnerships among people known only for their individual work (like C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien), and even 'adversarial collaborations' among those who are out to beat each other. This revelatory and lyrical book will make us see creative exchange as the central terrain of our psyches.

The Beautiful Ones

Author:PRINCE,Dan PIEPENBRING

Publisher:Robert Laffont

ISBN:2221246616

Total Pages:153

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L'histoire de l'ascension fulgurante et sublime de l'un des plus grands artistes de tous les temps, écrite de sa main et accompagnée de photos inédites, collages originaux et textes de chansons. Prince était un génie musical, un visionnaire exceptionnel. Sa créativité était telle qu'il embrassait tous les univers, du paradis sexy, brut et funk de " Uptown " aux paysages mythiques de Purple Rain. Mais son entreprise la plus ambitieuse fut de transformer un petit gamin du Minnesota en Prince, l'un des musiciens les plus aimés, accomplis et acclamés de notre temps. Comment Prince est devenu Prince. Cet ouvrage comprend les textes autobiographiques que Prince a rédigés avant sa mort, des pages de prose lyrique qui nous transportent dans le monde de son enfance ; sous forme de scrapbook, on y découvre ses débuts dans la musique, avant la sortie de son premier disque ; une série de photos personnelles illustrent l'évolution de l'artiste jusqu'à son avènement ; les documents originaux liés à Purple Rain – l'étape finale de l'autocréation de Prince – sont aussi réunis ici. Dans une introduction émouvante, Dan Piepenbring raconte sa collaboration avec l'artiste dans les derniers mois de sa vie, une période où celui-ci réfléchissait à une manière différente de s'exprimer et de diffuser ses idées, tout en conservant son mystère et sa mystique. The Beautiful Ones n'est pas seulement un hommage à une icône universelle, c'est une véritable oeuvre de création littéraire, reflétant la vision artistique de Prince, sa voix et son image – son dernier cadeau au monde.

Lennon. Człowiek, mit, muzyka

Author:Tim Riley

Publisher:Virtualo

ISBN:837881422X

Total Pages:828

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Biografia jednej najważniejszych postaci muzyki popularnej XX wieku. Monumentalna biografia Johna Lennona autorstwa Tima Rileya ukazuje nam artystę, który marzy o wielkim sukcesie, a kiedy go osiąga, dostrzega bezsens sławy i na ile to możliwe stara się wycofać z pola rażenia fleszy. Ukazuje niepokornego faceta, który nie boi się stwierdzić, że jego zespół jest popularniejszy niż Jezus i który wszystko robi jakby na przekór oczekiwaniom milionów beatlemaniaków. John Lennon to zarówno młody student wydziału sztuki, który wraz z kolegami wyjechał do Hamburga, by tam w oczekiwaniu na upragniony sukces koncertować dla garstki osób w podrzędnych barach St. Pauli, jak i samoświadomy, zaangażowany społecznie artysta, jakim został w okresie późniejszym. A także z całą pewnością jedna z najbardziej legendarnych postaci rock'n'rolla. Opowieść Rileya o Lennonie wciąga bardziej niż najlepsza fikcja.

The Long and Winding Road from Blake to the Beatles

Author:M. Schneider

Publisher:Springer

ISBN:0230613179

Total Pages:230

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This book traces the musical and cultural achievements of this contemporary musical phenomenon to its origin in the Romantic revolution of the 1790's in England when traditional concepts of literature, politics, education and social relationships were challenged as they were in the 1960's.

American Popular Music, Grades 5 - 8

Author:Mark Ammons

Publisher:Mark Twain Media

ISBN:1580379834

Total Pages:96

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Make music come alive for students in grades 5 and up with American Popular Music! This 96-page book explores how the roots of American music began and developed. From European musical traditions in the seventeenth century to African American music today, this book uncovers a foundation and appreciation of America’s music. It features genres such as ragtime, blues, Dixieland, swing, big band, musical theater, folk, country western, rock and roll, disco, funk, punk, rap, alternative, and contemporary Christian.

Le Meurtre du Commandeur, livre 1 : Une idée apparaît

Author:Haruki MURAKAMI

Publisher:Belfond

ISBN:2714479146

Total Pages:392

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Peut-être un jour serais-je capable de faire le portrait du rien. De la même façon qu'un peintre avait été capable de dessiner Le Meurtre du Commandeur . Mais il me faudrait du temps avant d'y parvenir. Je devais faire du temps mon allié. Quand sa femme lui a annoncé qu'elle voulait divorcer, le narrateur, un jeune peintre en panne d'inspiration, a voyagé seul à travers le Japon. Et puis, il s'est installé dans la montagne dans une maison isolée, ancienne propriété d'un artiste de génie, Tomohiko Amada. Un jour, le narrateur reçoit une proposition alléchante : faire le portrait de Wataru Menshiki, un riche homme d'affaires. Tandis que celui-ci pose comme modèle, le narrateur a du mal à se concentrer. Quelque chose chez Menshiki résiste à la représentation. Une nuit, il découvre un tableau dans le grenier, une œuvre d'une grande violence, le meurtre d'un vieillard, comme tirée du Don Giovanni de Mozart. C'est Le Meurtre du Commandeur. Cette peinture obsède le narrateur. Et des choses étranges se produisent, comme si un autre monde s'était entrouvert. À qui se confier ? À Menshiki ? Mais peut-il vraiment lui faire confiance ? Premier livre d'une œuvre exceptionnelle, dans la lignée du monumental 1Q84, un roman somme, ambitieux, profond. Deux tomes pour une odyssée initiatique étrange, inquiétante, envoûtante, où le maître Murakami dévoile ses obsessions les plus intimes.

Mets le feu et tire-toi

Author:James McBride

Publisher:Éditions Gallmeister

ISBN:2404006061

Total Pages:336

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“Chacun dans sa vie, homme ou femme, a sa chanson, et si vous avez un peu de chance, vous ne l’oubliez pas. La chanson de votre mariage, la chanson de votre premier amour, la chanson de votre enfance. Pour nous, les Africains-Américains, la chanson de notre vie, la chanson de toute une histoire, s’incarne dans l’existence et l’époque de James Brown”. Mais qui était James Brown et quelle était cette époque ? Pourquoi, surtout, est-il devenu une part de l’âme de l’Amérique au même titre que Martin Luther King ou Mohamed Ali ? Une enquête virtuose pour percer le secret du génie de la soul, complexe et intense.

Ray Charles

Author:Michael Lydon

Publisher:Routledge

ISBN:1135878099

Total Pages:472

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Ray Charles: Man and Music is a complete biography of this seminal singer/pianist who has been active on the American music scene since the mid-'50s. Originally published in 1995 by Penguin Books, and universally hailed as the definitive biography, this new edition will bring Charles's life up to date, covering the last 7 years of his life.

Le Bouddha de banlieue

Author:Hanif Kureishi

Publisher:Christian Bourgois éditeur

ISBN:2267028611

Total Pages:414

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Londres à la fin des années 70. Karim, dix-sept ans, tiraillé par sa double origine, court après les ennuis, le sexe et la gloire. Entre un père indien et une mère britannique, la communauté « paki » en mal d'intégration et une famille en mal de repères, il peine à trouver sa voie. Jusqu'au jour où Pa se recycle en gourou New Age, jetant son fils dans la cohue de la vie, le show business et les expériences en tout genre... Roman d'éducation mené tambour battant, album de famille décalé et chronique sauvage de l'Angleterre métissée : un livre échevelé, irrévérencieux et drôle. Salué par Salman Rushdie, ce livre a été récompensé par le Whitbread Prize à sa publication.

Tune In

Author:Mark Lewisohn

Publisher:Crown Archetype

ISBN:0804139342

Total Pages:944

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Tune In is the first volume of All These Years—a highly-anticipated, groundbreaking biographical trilogy by the world's leading Beatles historian. Mark Lewisohn uses his unprecedented archival access and hundreds of new interviews to construct the full story of the lives and work of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Ten years in the making, Tune In takes the Beatles from before their childhoods through the final hour of 1962—when, with breakthrough success just days away, they stand on the cusp of a whole new kind of fame and celebrity. They’ve one hit record ("Love Me Do") behind them and the next ("Please Please Me") primed for release, their first album session is booked, and America is clear on the horizon. This is the lesser-known Beatles story—the pre-Fab years of Liverpool and Hamburg—and in many respects the most absorbing and incredible period of them all. Here is the complete and true account of their family lives, childhoods, teenage years and their infatuation with American music, here is the riveting narrative of their unforgettable days and nights in the Cavern Club, their laughs, larks and adventures when they could move about freely, before fame closed in. For those who’ve never read a Beatles book before, this is the place to discover the young men behind the icons. For those who think they know John, Paul, George, and Ringo, it’s time to press the Reset button and tune into the real story, the lasting word.

The Beatles Are Here!

Author:Penelope Rowlands

Publisher:Algonquin Books

ISBN:1616203617

Total Pages:287

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“This compulsively readable personal history . . . gathers the recollections of fans, writers, musicians, and artists” about the enduring impact of The Beatles (Publishers Weekly). The arrival of the Beatles in America was an unforgettable cultural touchstone. Through the voices of those who witnessed it or were swept up in it indirectly, The Beatles Are Here! explores the emotional impact—some might call it hysteria—of the Fab Four’s February 1964 dramatic landing on our shores. Contributors, including Lisa See, Gay Talese, Renée Fleming, Roy Blount, Jr., Greil Marcus, and many others, describe in essays and interviews how they were inspired by the Beatles. This intimate and entertaining collection arose from writer Penelope Rowlands’s own Beatlemaniac phase: she was one of the screaming girls captured in an iconic photograph that has since been published around the world—and is displayed on the cover of this book. The stories of these girls, who found each other again almost fifty years later, are part of this volume as well. The Beatles Are Here! gets to the heart of why, half a century later, the Beatles still matter to us so deeply.