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181. The Ultimate Pop Sheet Music Collection 2000: Easy Piano
by Dan Coates, Warner Bros. Publications
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Dan Coates adds his expert touch to these easy piano arrangements of Warner

Bros. Publications' most requested, top-selling standards and pop songs. Titles include: All My Life; Bye, Bye, Bye; Evergreen; I Swear, I Want It That Way, I Will Always Love You, Oops!..I Did It Again; The Rose; There You'll Be; Un-Break My Heart; and many others ... Read more

182. The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
by Marilyn Manson
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Catlog: Book (1999-04-01)
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From the world's most controversial rock star comes his shocking, confessional and revealing life story. In The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, Marilyn Manson candidly and vividly recounts his metamorphosis from a frightened Christian schoolboy into the most feared and revered celebrity in America. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Anti- People, you've gone Too Far.....
This book is definitive proof that the Hypocrisy of our Society, "teachers" and religious leaders (major and minor) is scarring humanity. Fundamentalists hate Marylin Manson....well, They Created him. I have struggled to understand the Warped view of religion that I have seen, throughout my life...leading me to read voraciously in areas of Spirituality, Anthropology, etc.--and I have always been fascinated with Musicians. Marylin Manson has proven, conclusively, that the "morals" we are taught are not remotely Humanitarian in nature. Society is based on how we present ourselves to others....not how we Truly are, or believe. This book shows the Obsessive, Demented way in which we are instructed to live our lives....leading to Repression, Psychosis and all manner of weirdness. Marylin Manson simply tells it like it really IS, instead-of lying abuot the Reality of how messed-up our Culture has become. He does not paint a pretty picture, with white picket fences...he informs you what goes-on in the basement, behind closed doors. This man sees that few people are raising their children in a manner that is conducive to creating intelligent, enlightenend human beings.... So, he is giving the confused masses a forum to vent their frustration. I love Anthropology and attended the Louisville, Ky concert that the locals fought against, radically....until the camera crews left the streets. Thousands of "religious" people shouted that this man would kill us, or turn us into satanists....but, not ONE person waited to see if we survived. I guess the camera crews didn't stay long-enough..... This book may inspire you to study Psychology and pursue Positive Methods of raising children and teaching children in schools, religious groups, etc. Fanatical adherence to Dogma can create a monster.... You hate in others, what you despise in yourself---Food for thought.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still a great read
I first read this book about 4 years ago, I remember loving it then and reading it about 3 times back to back, feeling satisfied. I don't support all his opinions, but that's not what this review is about. About 3 months ago, I bought one of my friends who is a Marilyn Manson fan this book, and I ended up borrowing it from her and reading it again, to see if I still felt the same way after the initial "manson craze," had died off. It was still an excellent read and I read it in the same 2 day period as before, laughing at his childhood antics, sense of humor, and various inner thoughts. This is still one of the best books I've ever read. (Not because I don't read either!) I would recommend this to anyone, who isn't afraid to let go of their tight grip on a supposed reality, relax, and enjoy a unique book. It's a good one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Manson
I dont read at all but I read this book and it is one of the best I have ever read and after reading it I wanted to read it again....Because Manson is the only person who makes scense anymore....Check this one out

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book ~ A Fun Read !!!
Who knew (besides Manson fans) Manson was so insightful. The book is an easy and fun read filled with well written/detailed accounts of Manson's childhood until the day he wrote the book. Also, great photography is laced into the book. Every chapter/section begins with a cool old quote from Jean-Paul Sartre, Friedrich Nietzsche and other great philosophers. The best part of the book is when Manson talks about his time with Anton Szandor LA Vey (founder of 'The Church of Satan' ~ someone I've always been interested in) you get a better understanding of just how cool La Vey is from how Manson profiles him. =)

If you want a well written, fun to read, visually stunning, fascinating look into this artists' personality...then buy this book! Later, you can sell it on eBay. =)

5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely amazing
This was one of the most intriguing books I've read in a really long time. I was so interested in everything Manson had to say and had a hard time putting the book down. Whether you're a fan or just interested to find out what he's really all about, this is definitely a book to pick up and read. ... Read more

183. The Last Miles : The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991 (Jazz Perspectives)
by George Cole
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Asin: 0472115014
Catlog: Book (2005-03-16)
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
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"Very moving, emotional material."
-Gordon Meltzer, Miles's last road manager and executive producer of the Doo-Bop album

"An important book."
-Brian Priestley, jazz pianist, critic, reviewer, and co-author of The Rough Guide to Jazz

"Bravo! Thank you for telling it like it was!"
-Randy Hall, singer/guitarist

"George Cole's writing, his choice of references, his descriptions of many incidents---it is all so clear and respectful, and shows a deep understanding."
-Palle Mikkelborg, composer, arranger, and producer of the Aura album

The Last Miles is the first book to center exclusively on the music Miles Davis made in the last decade of his life.

Author George Cole spotlights the final period of Davis's career, when Davis emerged from a five-year hiatus. The focus is on the music Davis recorded and played and how it evolved in the eyes of the musicians with whom he played.

Thousands of new facts are uncovered, including a lost Miles Davis album, how Miles got into hip-hop, and how he worked in the studio and on stage. Cole devotes at least one chapter to each album Davis recorded during this period, and the full track-by-track descriptions contain the stories behind the songs.

Sure to satisfy the most serious Miles Davis fans, The Last Miles offers nearly 100 interviews with some of Davis's closest associates and musical friends, including Paul Buckmaster, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Easy Mo Bee, Steve Porcaro, Wallace Roney, David Sanborn, and many more, as well as interviews with thirty-one of the thirty-six band members Miles had in this period, including Bob Berg, Robben Ford, Darryl Jones, Marcus Miller, John Scofield, and Mike Stern, among others.

In addition, the book includes new photos of Miles, a discography, details of unreleased material, Davis's guest recordings, soundtrack recordings, tribute albums, artists who covered Davis's 1980s music, compilations, and more.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Miles Davis's music in the last phase of his career
Not a biography, "The Last Miles" rather concentrates on the music Miles Davis created and recorded in the last decade of his career as one of America's leading jazz musicians. Cole is interested especially in the sources of the music Davis produced in this last period of his prolific and influential career and how each piece was recorded. Such interests are related to Cole's writings as a journalist in the fields of music and technology. The author's keen interest in Davis's place in these fields extends to answering how Davis came up with the titles for each of his recordings. To answer this and other questions, Cole went to musicians who worked with Miles Davis and also the technicians who recorded his pieces. The business of promoting Davis's albums by Columbia and Warner is also covered. A singular look into the last stage of Davis's long, somewhat checkered career gained from varied sources; which at the same time gives a picture of the modern music business.

5-0 out of 5 stars We want Miles - and this book!
Back when I was a kid of about 20 years old living in Copenhagen in the mid 80ties, I bought Miles Davis "We Want Miles" on the same day as I bought "Kind Of Blue". The last album is obviously universally acclaimed as THE defining small group jazz album, which I didn't know at the time, I just listened to both of them with open ears.

I was equally blown away with the 2 albums when I first heard them, but more than anything I was blown away by the fact that the same artist could create 2 such different sounding albums, yet make them equally compelling. I decided to buy every single Miles Davis album I could get a hold of, and I have NEVER been disappointed in any of them.

What led me to go buy both of these albums in the first place were having caught Miles & his band in Copenhagen in 1987. Attending this concert turned out to be a life-altering event for me, actually it completely changed the direction of my life. I devoted my life almost entirely to music since that day, and always with Miles as my guiding light.

Now, if Miles music in the 80ties had sucked really badly as Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Crouch and their cohorts claim, would it have had that capacity to influence a young kid from Copenhagen this way? I am only one of many, many human beings whose lives have been positively influenced by the power of Miles Davis and his wonderful music.

If you want to get backstage and discover how Miles worked his magic -no need to go elsewhere. This is by far the best book on Miles I've ever read, as it has much more involvement from Miles musical partners than any of the others, and remains compassionate and objective at the same time.

And for those that would be interested to understand Miles working methods, you won't get any closer - even for those that prefer what Miles did in the 50ties, 60ties & 70ties, this book probably sheds a lot of indirect light on those periods as well, as it would be difficult to imagine that Miles would radically alter his working style.

Because this book gets us so close to one of the greatest musicians that ever lived, I believe it will be considered an important historical document, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any music lover.

P.S: Buy the DVD Miles Davis "Live In Montreal" from 1985 as your companion disc - catches Miles on a great night with Scofield, Darryl Jones, Bob Berg etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars An essential guide to Miles Davis' 1980-1991 music!
Having read virtually every significant Miles Davis book ever published, I start appreciating even more those authors who have a truly fresh take on the subject, and now George Cole has put the "post-retirement" music of 1980-1991 into sharp focus. Those looking for a general biography may prefer John Szwed's book, but those wanting the focus aimed at the music itself will find no better in-depth examination than is presented here.THE LAST MILES is more of a chronological musical analysis than a biography, albeit there's enough non-musical information to keep the reader informed of key life events not directly related to his art.Yet the end zone here is the music itself, and Cole goes to unprecedented lengths to examine how the music of Miles' last decade was created.Cole interviewed all but a handful of the participants (e.g., musicians, producers, etc.), a key element to the book reaching its potential.One wishes that a book like this would have been written regarding the earliest periods of Davis' career while those musicians were still living.Fortunately in Cole's case, nearly all of the participants are currently alive and well ... and willing to chat with the author.

The bulk of the book is devoted to individual chapters on each recording project from 1981's "comeback album" THE MAN WITH THE HORN to the posthumous releases.For each album Cole takes a "Making Of ..." approach, getting into the events leading up to the albums, background on the personnel involved, the overall context in which the music was created, and a look at the critical and consumer reaction to the music.Of particular interest is that most of the musicians become more than just a name buried in the albums' personnel listings.Sure, many music fans are aware of the major players (Kenny Garrett, John Scofield, etc.), but Cole introduces the role players as well as the stars. Every album has a story worth telling, and Cole's research fills in virtually all existing holes in our knowledge of the music of Miles' last decade.

Not to be overlooked is that the author genuinely likes the music of Miles' final years.This is to the book's benefit because Cole can look at the particulars objectively, yet take a "cup-is-half-full" attitude in dealing with some of the issues raised by the music.In other words, even when the author is critical about a particular track, his attitude is not negative (as is the case with some others who write disrespectfully about Miles' late-period music).Cole puts a lot of effort into detailing the musicians' perspectives as they recorded and/or toured with Davis.In the end, some projects succeeded moreso than others, and the author ends each chapter by fairly determining what degree of merit each album has.

The bottom line is that due to Cole's book, detractors of Miles' 1980s-era are going to have a tougher time of dismissing the music outright and maintaining credibility.That is because the author has effectively cross-examined such cliches as that 1) Miles was more interested in painting than music, 2) his creativity was stifled by the studio production techniques of the day, 3) the quality of the musicians he worked with were generally subpar, 4) he was "selling out," 5) he was suddenly obsessed with being a pop star, and so on.Eliminating such stereotypes doesn't necessarily mean that Davis' detractors are automatically going to embrace that which they previously rejected.Yet at the very least, THE LAST MILES does effectively counter the "Miles didn't take it seriously so why should I" attitude held by some.Davis was intensely involved with his 1980-91 music, but often in ways the broke existing paradigms regarding even his own music, let alone jazz in general.Cole makes that point and many others clear, and as such THE LAST MILES is a crucial, highly recommended addition to our understanding about Miles Davis' "electric-era" musical approach. ... Read more

184. Decoding Wagner: An Invitation to His World of Music Drama (includes 2 CDs)
by Thomas May
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-22)
Publisher: Amadeus Press
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The cultural controversies he helped to create have long since died down, but Richard Wagner still remains a polarizing icon. Just as he dreamed of combining the arts, his influence extends well beyond the field of classical music to theater, literature, painting, and more. Wagner represents a phenomenon which is hard to ignore. His compulsive need to document his thoughts—apart from his art—finds an echo in the enormous body of explanation Wagner has inspired. Yet even with so much written about him, Wagner continues to be a deeply misunderstood figure.

This guide aims to unlock the world of Richard Wagner and his works, his monumental achievements, and, ultimately, the great emotional power inherent in his art. This emotional power is double-edged, often serving as a kind of mirror for what each listener brings to it. The book challenges the assumptions and stereotypes of the "Wagnerian" idea of art.

Decoding Wagner presents a straightforward, fresh overview of what Wagner attempted to achieve with his "artwork of the future." Lively discussions of his major works place them in the context of his life and consider the interplay of dramatic and musical elements with philosophical ideas which are so unique to Wagner.

Two accompanying full-length CDs illustrate and trace his growth as a composer. Decoding Wagner appraises the enormously expressive richness that continues to make his art compelling and relevant for contemporary audiences. ... Read more

185. 101 Must-Know Blues Licks: A Quick, Easy Reference for All Guitarists
by Wolf Marshall
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Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Sales Rank: 6181
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Now you can add authentic blues feel and flavor to your playing! Here are 101 definitive licks - plus a demonstration CD - from every major blues guitar style, neatly organized into easy-to-use categories. TheyÕre all here, including Delta blues, jump blues, country blues, Memphis blues, Texas blues, West Coast blues, Chicago blues, and British blues. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good collection of licks for intermediate level guitarist
I bought "101 Must-Know Blues Licks" based on strenth of couple
other books of Wolf Marshal that I own: "Best of Jazz Guitar" and "Guitar Jamming - Classic Blues". I have seen "licks collection" type of guitar books before but this book is by far the best.
Licks included are real life - easily recognizable lines that you can attribute to guitarist mentioned in text. Both standard notation and tablature are included. Licks are organized in collections of major blues styles: Pre-War Electric, Post-War Electric, Country and Early Chicago, Memphis, Texas, Modern Chicago and Texas, British, Postmodern.
Notation is VERY well annotated: leading tones, chords arpeggiated, question/answer, turnaround etc are all clearly marked. Smaller "licks within licks" are named. All that greatly enhances ease to learn and reusability of those lines.
Each lick is recorded twice on CD - normal and slowdown speed (usually slow enough to pick the notes easily by ear). Each section of licks is recorded using guitar tone (both axe and amp) reflecting typical guitar tone of the style and the guitar and amp used are described in detail in text.
I HIGHLY recommend this compendium to any intermediate guitarist in need of solid blues vocabulary. ... Read more

186. ACID Pro 5 Power!: The Official Guide to Sony ACID Pro 5 Software : The Official Guide to Sony's ACID Pro 5 (Power!)
by D. Eric Franks
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Catlog: Book (2004-12-20)
Publisher: Muska & Lipman/Premier-Trade
Sales Rank: 59580
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you recognize all the power that ACID® Pro software has to offer for composing, recording, editing, and producing, and you want to learn more, this book is for you. With three new patent-pending technologies?Groove-Mapping?, Groove Cloning?, and the powerful Media Manager??ACID Pro 5 software explores new potential and flexibility in music creation. This detailed book explains how to get the most out of these and many more features, including native VST effects support, nestable folder tracks, ReWire? device support, and more. From the basics of song creation to incorporating ACID Pro software into your live performance, you?ll learn the tricks of the trade and find out how to achieve truly professional results. This official guide is your essential guide to truly leveraging this application to its fullest. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Intermediate Level Tutorial/Reference Book
Sub-Title: The Official Guide to Sony ACID Pro 5 Software : The Official Guide to Sony's ACID Pro 5 (Power!)

ACID Pro, at about $400 retail (about $250 discounted) isn't the cheapest or the most expensive music processing software. It is probably the most popular loop based creation and remixing software sold.

This book is intended to be both a tutorial and a reference book and it does that by spending the first couple of chapters leading you through a tutorial before moving to a more reference like format. It is intended to be a supplement to the manual that comes with the product, at once providing more basic understanding of the underlying philosophy of loop generated music.

Mr. Frank, the author is a multimedia artist specializing in digital video production and scoring. He has used ACID to create music for a wide variety of customers.

This is an intermediate to advanced level book, as the author says, play around with the software first, and then we'll settle down to doing some work. ... Read more

187. Arranging Concepts Complete: The Ultimate Arranging Course for Today's Music (2718)
by Dick Grove
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Catlog: Book (1989-12-01)
Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company
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188. Mind over Matter: The Images of Pink Floyd
by Storm Thorgerson, Peter Curzon
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Asin: 1860748333
Catlog: Book (2003-03-03)
Publisher: Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd.
Sales Rank: 46035
Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars
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Mind over matter contains exclusive stories behind the images of nearly all of Pink Floyd's albims including A Saucerful of Secrets, Atom Heart Mother, The Dark Side of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Division Bell amongst others.

This 3rd edition of Mind Over Matter has been expanded to 224 pages with over 300 photographs and illustrations in full colour comprising not only album covers, but also posters, single bags, tee shirts, logos, programmes, song books and so on.

The text is full of anecdotes and explanation as well as providing technical information. This edition has also been updated with the addition of Ecoes Best of PF double album, Wish You Were Here webilm, and Live At Pompiee DVD.

Mind Over Matter (3rd edition) is being released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of The Dark Side of the Moon, arguable one f the world's 3 greatest albums which was firtst released in the UK in March 1973. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not a true graphic artists compilation
As a music fan, there are two things you want to add to your experience, a songlist compilation and a biography. Anything more is really too much, but in the case of groundbreaking album cover art, and knowing Pink Floyd's history of employing visual effects in their shows, a book like this is necessary, especially since albums are gone now, and the tiny graphics you get on a CD jewel case don't compare with the stuff promoters used to jam into album jackets. This book is a trip into Storm Thurgeson's head, not necessarily Floyd's. The difference is not much since Storm was a boyhood chum, and listened so well to his employer's ideas, instead of pushing his own. That's one reason the band was so successful musically as well, was Hypnosis' reliance on the members' themes. This book is not a graphic artist's design book, though I wish it were, but it would be tons bigger. It covers 30 years (and not even all the Floyd's covers (for instance, The Wall)). But you will appreciate the fact that Storm operated more under impluse as a designer than by today's modern design houses which try to render graphics in a production line style...can't be done. The author's bylines give us insight if not in technical process, then in the intellect process, and it's good fun knowing this guy was a friend to the Floyd for a LONG time, even having to uncomfortably stand in the middle of relationships for the 'Is There Anybody Out There?' live Wall issue. All in all, I'd give 5 stars for the artwork and presentation, but lose half of one for lack of technical explanation. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars "Mind Over Matter" is a treat
Few people have been more closely associated with Pink Floyd over the band's 30-year career than graphic designer Storm Thorgerson. And virtually no one (outside the band members themselves) has been more responsible for the mystique that shrouds the band and its music.

In "Mind Over Matter", Thorgerson explains in some detail the concepts and techniques behind the creation of some of the most evocative and memorable images in the history of Rock and Roll. With stories and recollections dating back to the band's foundations in the mid-sixties, Thorgerson goes piece-by-piece through most of the band's catalogue, recounting not only how he and his team created the images, but also detailing what they are meant to represent and how they relate to the music.

The book features beautiful color reproductions of the band's album covers, lyrics layouts, and CD booklets. (All but two Floyd albums-- "The Wall" and "The Final Cut"-- are included ; these are omitted because Thorgerson was, in his own words, "temporarily relieved of [his] duties" for these albums.) But the biggest treat to the serious fan are the reproductions and discussionsof lesser-known images, such as a tour promo and program from 1975, and artwork specially conceived for the 'deluxe' boxed set "Shine On". Also included are the designs for the remastered and repackaged CD releases of the Floyd's albums, as well as some art which was apparently created just for this book.

As a full-sized coffee table book, "Mind Over Matter" is gorgeous to look at. Thorgerson's text, which is witty and insightful, makes for a good read. All in all, no Pink Floyd fan should be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "Beautiful" Mind
I absolutely knew I had to purchase "this" book the second I saw the book cover. Storm Thorgerson is utterly amazing, eyecatching & perhaps a bit eccentric (aren't most true artists?) I loved reading about his ideas/how he came up with them & how he laid them out in the end, and after reading this book, I now want to check out other material on him as well. Pink Floyd is indeed legendary as are the works of Storm Thorgerson. A Fantastic view of Unimaginable Talent. Check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Mindblowing Journey
What do you get when you cross art and the greatest rock band in history? A materpiece! If I had the chance, I would give this book a million stars!

Storm Thorgerson, mastermind behind most of Pink Floyd's album artwork, has compiled almost all of the rare, unusual, interesting, and familiar pieces. It also includes stories on how they (the art) came to be (which, by the way, sheds a light on the innovative genius of the band). It goes from the early years of Syd Barrett to the post-Waters era. This book is a must for any Floyd fan, especially one who is interested in the history and progress of the band.

5-0 out of 5 stars storm and po: applause!!! the eye of hipgnosis
a wonderful book for any album art fan, or a floyd fan...i am both. Storm is captivating in his art, and it is art. Great insight into the band also, as written from a close friend perspective. ... Read more

189. Harmony
by Walter Piston, Mark Devoto, Arthur Jannery
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Asin: 0393954803
Catlog: Book (1987-03-01)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Take all reviews with a grain of salt....
Interesting to read the reviews about this book. Just because a book is "hard" or confuses you doesn't mean it's a bad book. Look, I'm a professional musician, composer and teacher. This book is the most complete and best harmony text out there. There's plenty of room for personal preference, and it's probably not fair to say one book is better than another. This book, however, is truly exceptional, and the 5th edition is the best so far.

BTW, I taught myself harmony from this book when I was in high school (with the guidance of a teacher reviewing my exercises) and tested out of all theory at a prestigious university. Basically I got the equivalent of an undergrad theory background from studying this text.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic text, not dumbed down
As the other reviews make clear, you'll only like this book if you truly want to study harmony! Those who do tend to give the book high marks.

I read the book on my own, because I was finding that in my other reading about classical music I was encountering ideas and terminology that I didn't understand. For this purpose, it really helped me a lot to read Piston. The examples, taken from throughout the history of classical music, are intriguing and helpful as illustrations.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book
If you feel that your knowledge in harmony is incomplete, that is the right book for you! It is very systematic and not hard at all(even for me: english is not my mother tongue) Some people complain about the fact, that it is dry.Well what do they expect from a harmony book? It gives you all the knowledge you need starting from zero, building it gradually to more sophisticated exercises. You really don't have to be super-intelligent to be able to understand it, you just have to work on it systematically and with discipline, you might even enjoy it (I did) By the time you finish the book, you will not feel anymore that your knowledge in harmony is insufficient, on the contrary the word harmony will be more associated as a friend than as an enemy.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best.
Pay no attention to the reviews bashing this book. True, it IS a hard book, but once you've made your way through this book from cover to cover, your understanding of music and classical harmony will be SO much stronger. The excercizes are thoughtful and offer many challenges, which help to enforce the points taught in each chapter. And it isn't TOO hard. I'm a junior in high school (and a DRUMMER, to boot), and I've really enjoyed this book thus far (I'm on chapter 14). Grab this book. With the proper amount of dedication paid to it, it will serve you well.

1-0 out of 5 stars The most over-praised musical textbook of the 20ty centruy
Piston's Harmony was the worst book I used in six years of classes on the undergraduate and graduate levels. While there were many reasons for this one of the most important was that Piston's theory of harmony makes no sense. The figuring taught by this book is useless for anything but showing your teacher that you can write the numbers under the chords.

If you are lucky enough to be able to choose your own textbook Roger Session's out of print Harmonic Practice is a far better book.

I didn't really learn anything about harmony until after doing counterpoint exercises (from Jeppesen's Counterpoint) at the keyboard. Eventually learning to play from a figured bass and training your ear is the only real way to learn diatonic harmony. Short of that try to improvise. Just about anything which deals with actual music making is better than Piston's note drawing exercises. ... Read more

190. Standing in the Shadows of Motown : The Life and Music of Legendary Bassist James Jamerson
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Catlog: Book (1989-05-01)
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Bassist James Jamerson was the embodiment of the Motown spirit and groove - the invisible entity whose playing inspired thousands. His tumultuous life and musical brilliance are explored in depth through hundreds of interviews, 49 transcribed musical scores, two hours of recorded all-star performances, and more than 50 rarely seen photos in this stellar tribute to behind-the-scenes Motown. Features a 120-minute CD! Allan Slutsky's 2002 documentary of the same name is the winner of the New York Film Critics "Best Documentary of the Year" award! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A good book about a great bassist
This book and CD combination examines the music of James Jamerson, the studio bassist on most of the early Motown hits. Until rather recently, Jamerson was unknown to the general public and not widely known to musicians. Nonetheless, his playing was very influential and many bassists today consider his playing the gold standard of bass guitar in popular music.

This book is valuable as a reference for the history of Motown, but it is primarily a teaching tool. It is organized into three parts. The first 78 pages give a biography of Jamerson and put his work into historical context. Part two (17 pages) is a compilation of data: descriptions of bass equipment, recording facilities, accompanists, and discography. Also included in this section is a four page "Appreciation of Style" by Anthony Jackson that attempts to analyze the musical elements that made Jamerson unique. Part three contains 90 pages of transcriptions of Jamerson bass lines and accompanying text. The transcriptions go with the CDs described below.

The CDs and transcriptions are the heart of the set. The CDs feature Motown tunes with the bass lines played by over two dozen "all-star" bassists (e.g Marcus Miller, Jack Bruce, John Entwistle). Bass is on the left channel with instrumental accompaniment on the right. The bass lines are transcribed by the author and the transcriptions are accompanied by short bios of the artists who play the lines. The tracks on the CDs are interspersed with short interviews of people who knew Jamerson. The artists reportedly donated their services as a tribute to Jamerson and the bass lines and accompaniment were recorded in a variety of circumstances. Many tracks are recorded in home studios. The quality varies, but all tracks are well played and all are useful teaching tools. I thought the variation of sounds would be a drawback, but it is a very interesting part of the project. The best Precision Bass tones are not necessarily from the artists you would expect. (Not everyone tries to duplicate Jamerson's tone. Geddy Lee was approached backstage at a concert and contributed "Get Ready" on either a Steinberger or a Rickenbacker. Lots of fun.)

The level of the transcriptions is somewhat advanced. Transcriptions are given in traditional bass staff (no tab) and the rhythms will give your reading skills a workout. There are very few specific comments about fingering, right-hand technique, or damping. Yet the range of difficulty is from dead simple (beautifully rendered) line to lines that will challenge the most advanced player. (The challenge is rhythm and feel not lots of note or big stretches.) Beginning to intermediate players can use this book, but will benefit greatly by using it with the help of a good teacher.

One can quibble with the historical overview. It is quite readable, but doesn't dig deeply into any of the tough issues it raises (e.g. Jamerson's drinking and emotional stability, Berry Gordy's business practices). Since the focus is on the music, some of this reticence is laudable. However, one important musical controversy that the author fails to pursue is the question of the true credit for recorded bass lines in the era when Motown was moving from Detroit to LA. (Many tracks were demoed by LA studio bassists and then cut by Jamerson as well. There is still debate as to which track made it to the final recording. The question is acknowledged, but no new information is brought forth.) Another musical deficit is that there is very little about the interplay between Jamerson and other members of the rhythm section. (This is in contrast to the author's better-written (if slightly less important) book on the James Brown rhythm sections.)

Even with those minor issues considers, this is an extremely valuable book. It is clearly a labor of love and will be an extremely valuable learning tool for any bassist with the fundamental skills (or support) necessary to ap

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe The Hype!
As a biography of James Jamerson, this book succeeds. However, as an educational guide to James Jamerson's playing style, it is lacking. While the CDs are excellent learning tools, there are a few errors in the transcriptions. Also, there is no tablature, so be prepared to read music. Only a few of the examples are suitable for beginning bassists, and there is no fingering information, so you'll have to figure it out for yourself. As far as analysis of Jamerson's playing style goes, there are fewer than 10 pages devoted to picking apart what made his bass-lines special. On the other hand, the book includes a wonderful chromatic exercise penned by Jamerson for a fellow studio bassist.

In summary - this is a good book if you are really interested in learning about this Motown legend, or if you are an intermediate or advanced bass player willing to spend some serious time to learn some incredible bass-lines. Just thought I'd add a level-headed assessment to all the adulation here.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Portrait, a Tribute, a Learning Tool, & a Great Listen
To comprehend James Jamerson's work, listen to the beautiful bass lines of the hits. Whether you're a student of bass or a seasoned player, playing those lines is no easy task! "Bernadette", "Reach Out",.... Envigorating sounds! Jamerson's story is here. Hear re-creations of his work minus vocals by the best of the best of today's bass players. Most of the sheet music is included!
Sitting without tribute, quietly and anonymously in the audience at the Motown 25th anniversary TV special performance in California, Jamerson had been akin to the elder Indian in the old "Keep America Beautiful" TV ad who sheds a tear with grief at the spoiling of his pristine land. This book was a great first step at righting that wrong.
This book went on to inspire a similarly titled movie on the Funk Brothers. This book and the 2 CDs that accompany it are a one-of-a-kind find for the bassists and all who crave the Motown and soul sound of the sixties and seventies. Thanks to its author for assembling the treasures and for inspiring such good will in the music community!

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb resource for new Bass players
This is a must-have for new Bass players who want to be serious about the craft.
One possible draw-back is that there is no TAB, but serious students will value the extra push towards better standard notation reading skills.
Much of Jamerson's music is now 40+ years old. So, in some ways the book now also serves as an important Historical perspective on the roots of the modern Bass sound.
If you're serious about BASS, get the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars James Jamerson, Stone Alone
In contrast to the bass players warning you away from not reading this book, those who have seen the movie of the same name may not be surprised enough by how different this book (dedicated to James Jamerson alone) is. This is because the movie is frankly a celebration of a Motown sound which is no longer a live cultural influence, and many may not properly understand the equivocality of this statement on account of Norman Whitfield's other omisssions -- Jamerson was very much a figure of Detroit Motown, but like the "psychedelic soul" which immediately preceded the *auteur* LA era he was *meant* to be felt and not heard.

Due to his increasing cultural stature, very little attention is paid here and elsewhere to the fact that the famous AM-friendly Motown mastering was intended almost explicitly to reduce Jamerson's presence in the mix, to the point that I suspect the first revelation for quite a few concerning the downside of the Sixties was the discovery that some people *really* knew how to play. The praise for "Igor" is not "subaltern" hype: Jamerson's arpeggios meet the formal standards for virtuosity set by classical musicians, and the further standard of not interfering with Motown's positioning in the "social field" as the "Sound of Young America" in no ambiguous sense. Here we can see how Jamerson's stature was reduced during his lifetime *even* as the cultural influence of his midsixties highpoints increased.

Such that we might do well to wonder not only "whither Berry Gordy?" but also whether Jamerson's descent into madness and death reflected the de-privileging of a certain standard of craftsmanship in American culture (one might also consider Rick James' sobriquet for the late Marvin Gaye, "Uncle Marvin"). On this score, the sociologist Niklas Luhmann once said that his position on long-term societal changes was that he was not asked: and although there is a refreshing amount of realism in such positions, that is rather explicitly and interestingly not the stance of this book -- those curious about "cultural memory in the present" would also do well to consider it. ... Read more

191. The Mastering Engineer's Handbook (Mix Pro Audio Series)
by Bobby Owsinski, Sally Englefried
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Artistpro
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Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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This perfect follow-up to "The Mixing Engineer's Handbook" features detailed information on the critical areas of expertise for mastering engineers. Learn the professional secrets of mastering in stereo and mastering in surround. The book features in-depth interviews with hit-making, world class mastering engineers, a description of the various mastering tools currently available in the marketplace as well as their proper uses, and the techniques and methods of the major mastering engineers. Includes a detailed discussion of the newly emerging field of surround-sound mastering. Well-known mastering engineers discuss their methods and working environments making this book valuable to everyone from the novice to professional mastering engineers! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've ever seen on the subject
As Owsinski carefully points out, the most essential elements for a mastering engineer cannot be obtained in any book because they are the same as for any of the other fine arts: a great pair of ears, a refined sense of musical judgment and experience. Without those, the aspiring mastering engineer is at an extreme handicap. As far as equipment goes, Owsinski demonstrates that mastering engineers use very expensive gear because of the cleanness of its circuits and the very minute amount of adjustments they can make, as opposed to the gross knobs and dials of ordinary equipment. All that anyone could ever possibly hope to glean from the collective wisdom of the greatest mastering engineers of our day is in this book, including the most scathing indictment I have ever seen against the current industry trend toward hotter and hotter CDs. Great work from a master that includes in-depth interviews with all the top mastering engineers in the United States. Those who are looking for step-by-step instructions on how to operate specific pieces of equipment for specific situations in the studio had better look elsewhere. That's not what mastering is about. This book is what mastering is about.

2-0 out of 5 stars Interesting read, but out of date and not very helpful
This book does not outline the steps involved in the mastering process. It is just some interviews with different mastering engineers. Instead of talking about how they go about mastering a project or what they listen for, they brag about their cool customized gear and how little signal processing goes between the source and the final output. Yet at the same time saying how much they are improving the sound.

You get the history of mastering.
You get how they schedule their day.

I was hoping for more of a real "handbook".

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
There is one thing I must say here in defense of this book. Most people who have not dedicated there mind to learning the real craft of mastering may find this book boring. There are no shortcuts. This book explains every single process involved in the so called "black art" of mastering, and in great detail (with the masters). What more could you want? The techniques are there and they are plainly obvious. If you are not familiar with mastering terms and technical jargon then yes, it may be over your head. If you don't understand fundamental pitches and harmonic frequencies, then you may not understand the section on EQ. I could go on but the point is this:
Familiarize yourself with terms before you purchase this book or you will remain lost.
It has helped me tremendously

Earle Holder

1-0 out of 5 stars Save your Money for a microphone cable!!!
This book is $35.00 I'll never get back. Better off blind folding yourself and working your toe's.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a complete waste of space!
What a complete waste of text! Want to learn mastering? Don't actually expect to learn ANYTHING from this book. You'll learn though on how mastering engineers complain and whine about the state of the industry.... and that's about it! Reading these other reviews makes me wonder if these people even read this book at ALL! The first review says the book is great, and that it tells you nothing! Wow, just what I wanted to spend my money on, nothing at all. No, one book will NOT teach you everything you need to know about mastering, but this book teaches you NOTHING about mastering, except 'less is more' philosophy. Ok, there you go, you just learned everything you needed from this book from me. In short, dont' waste your time or money on this book. Would you want to read a book on car mechanics saying that 'hey, forget about being a mechanic, it's too tough!' and then continue on for several hundred pages? This is what this book is! ... Read more

192. How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!: The Electric Guitar Owner's Manual (Guitar Player Book)
by Dan Erlewine
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Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Sales Rank: 13911
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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From shopping for a first electric guitar to setting customized action, this do-it-yourself playerÕs primer for owning and maintaining an electric guitar explains the ins and outs of: choosing the right guitar; cleaning, tools and basic maintenance; personalizing and improving on a "factory setup"; trouble-shooting; basic guitar electronics; setups of the pros; and much more. Written by Dan Erlewine, author of the bestselling Guitar Player Repair Guide and the popular "Repairs" column in Guitar Player magazine, this book also includes a plastic sheet with specialized guitar tools you can snap-out! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a great book to learn how to properly setup your guitar. I've only been playing for a couple months, but after installing some strings that claimed to be 9s (but I don't think were) and having them yank my bridge about 3/4" out of the body of the guitar I figured I oughta learn how to properly deal with that (other than just switching strings...)

The book takes you through many common problems, fixes, and general setup/maintenance for Strats and Les Pauls (as well as their clones and various other rarer guitars).

Much of the book is a narative form, describing particular tough setups for various guitars. Some have complained about this, but I've found there's enough info in there to find what you want. Plus there are more step-by-step setup instructions towards the end.

The book got my bridge fixed up nicely, as well as my action set more properly, so the guitar's easier to play and sounds better as well.

3-0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but more of a story than a how-to
This book is about adjusting your electric guitar to play well - and is divided into 8 steps, starting at the head, and ending with the bridge.

Let me say what I liked and disliked about this book...

***What I liked about the book:

It's a good reference to have if you just bought your first electric guitar and want to become more acquainted with its components. He goes over how to adjust the neck (truss rod adjustment and bolt-on neck adjustment), adjusting the bridge, filing down the nut, and so on. Keep in mind that he doesn't cover aftermarket modifications to make your guitar sound or play better - this book is all about making an adjustment here and there (ie, tightening, loosening, filing, lubricating, cleaning etc.) to optimize the guitar's playability and sound.

***What I disliked about the book:

He has a storytelling approach to writing his books... Basically the book is a story about how he set up a few of his and other people's guitars, as opposed to having a list of things to do and describing each one separately. Some people may like this approach, but I personally found it to be rather cumbersome, because my eyes would glaze over while waiting for him to get through so many unnecessary/run-on details. Run-ons are not cool. Wow, are we having great weather today or what!

Finally, to point out a possible book error - when he talks about how he installed a Bigsby Vibrato on a Les Paul...he complains about the Vibrato not fitting right, but it's probably not fitting right because the model he is using is not meant to be put on a Les Paul :p... He is using the one made for SGs, not the one made for Les Pauls, for which they have a different model.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners!!!
This book takes a somewhat indepth look at setting up your electric guitar, but when it gets too complicated, he tells you to go to a pro. As far as getting a good setup on your guitar, this is the book to have. Covers many types of bridges, pickups, and nuts, and shows tools you can make, instead of buying. After studying this book, I set up my cheap Harmony strat style axe to play better than I ever thought it would. Great Book!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars I need to use it!!!
I broke a wire in my guitar and I need to use this book. ANyway this book should tell you anything you need to know about fixing your guitar or what to look for when buying a new one. Whats great is that their is an endless plethora of pictures to make sure you get the job right but you do need the tools.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have used this book to set up my Lespaul and my Telecaster (with confidence). This is simply a must have if you play. Lots of fun side info to read as well. ... Read more

193. Midi for the Technophobe
by Paul White
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Sanctuary Press (UK)
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Introducing the beginner to the concept of MIDI. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
I always knew what midi was, but never played around with it until recently. I relaized I was in over my head and required assistance. This book starts with the basics and builds from there. Midi is complex and intimidateing. The author does a great job by reiterating key points, resulting in greater comprhension and understanding. If you are starting out and want to understand midi and basic synthesis, this is a great book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect first MIDI read...
I've been a musician most of my life, and a computer and software engineer for over 15 years. I am NOT a technophobe, yet MIDI hasn't come easy for me. It is the only "science" that has given me fits... until now.

Mr. White's 'MIDI for the Technophobe' explains in simple terms how to make MIDI work. After the first 2 chapters I had a fundamental understanding of the connectivity & interaction between MIDI components.

It is a slow read at first, but it has to be to clarify what other books assume their readers can figure out for themselves. That's what makes this book so excellent for first-time and beginning MIDI users - it doesn't bury you in buzzwords, it buries you in visualizations on how it all connects and makes music.

A great book for the analog musician who wants to add MIDI synths, percussions and orchestrations to their recordings!

5-0 out of 5 stars At Last
After reading about 20 books on the subject of MIDI and music technology, I found that "Midi for the Technophobe" is the only one written so that anyone can understand what is being explained. It is written as ifthe reader has absolutely no prior experience in the music technology fieldand explains each little word with care. ... Read more

194. iPod & iTunes: Missing Manual, Second Edition
by J.D. Biersdorfer
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Catlog: Book (2004-02-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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The iPod is the world's bestselling music player. But if you think that it's just a music player, then you must think Clark Kent is just a newspaperman. In this freshly updated edition, New York Times tech columnist J. D. Biersdorfer blows open the secret doors of this gleaming, chrome-and-white beauty. With humor and authority, she lays bare an astonishing collection of useful tips, tricks, and shortcuts like these: iPod as PalmPilot. The iPod can suck in your calendar, address book, to-do list, and notes from a Mac or PC, and then display them at the touch of a button. It also doubles as an alarm clock and stopwatch. iPod as hard drive. You can use your iPod to carry gigantic files from place to place. iPod as e-book. The iPod makes an excellent book reader, capable of scrolling through recipes, driving directions, and even Web pages. iPod as GameBoy. The iPod's games are perfect time-killers for waiting rooms, bus rides, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition is much more than it seems, too. It not only covers all iPod models for both Mac and Windows, including the iPod Mini, it's also the ultimate guide to the iTunes software, MusicMatch Jukebox, and the new iTunes Music Store for both Mac and Windows. No matter what kind of music moves you, iPod & iTunes: The Missing Manual, 2nd Edition will help you get much more out of your iPod--and much more into it. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars a MUST HAVE for anyone with an iPod
Whether you are a newly initiated iPod user or a veteran iPodder, this comprehensive, clearly written, and entertaining addition to the successful "Missing Manual" series is a MUST have. It has basic information for people who want to get started, but also has great insightful info for people who want to get their iPod to be more than just an elegant digital Walkman with tips, hacks and some things even this iPod fanatic didn't know about! This book is the only iPod book I've seen that thoroughly covers Mac and Windows issues, the latest 2003 models (which have some fairly fun differences from their predecessors) and the new iTunes Music Store.

I bought my first 5GB iPod the moment they rolled off the line a couple years back and have since upgraded. After the initial excitement, it has become a part of my life I take for granted. It plays music. It works. What more do you need to know? I've spent some time looking at a lot of the excellent websites that have cropped up when I needed help (which the author has helpfully included in the book). I picked up this book and now I am really excited again about all the possibilities. I am also really glad to have so much information all in one place. I highly recommend this book for anyone with an iPod, as well as anyone planning to give an iPod as a gift.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gotta get it!
The iPod is the best personal music player available. Its ease of use, and enormous storage capability, are possible because of the software written for the device, the iTunes utility, and to the fact that the iPod is basically a portable hard drive. This valuable 350 page how-to book will guide both new users and experienced hacks to utilize the capabilities of the iPod, as well as the iTunes utility, to the maximum.
This is not a supplemental manual. It is a stand-alone reference that will walk the reader through the basics of the iPod and iTunes. It will also, in simple language and clear graphics, explain how to utilize iPod as a PDA, a data storage unit, and even a recording device.
The author, very thoughtfully, provides not only thorough coverage of topic for Mac-only users, but also includes detailed guidance for Windows users as well as Mac OS 9 users. For Windows users, utilities that can be linked with the iPod are explained as clearly as Mac utilities. And as important as explaining what various capabilities are, describing the limitations to each utility are often just as detailed.
There are generous amounts of figures and other graphics for both Mac and Windows utilities. What I particularly liked about many of the the illustrations was that layered windows, and menus for several steps, were shown in a single figure. This makes it even easier for "visual" learners to master the instructions.
Perhaps the part of the book I was most pleased to find was in the appendix. For both iTunes and Music Match Jukebox Plus, every menu (dozens of them) are explained in detail. I think this is essential for novice users to have this kind of guidance, and I have not found it in other manuals and "how to" books.
Disappointments were few and minor. Though I suspect there are no substantial differences with using the iPod Mini, I would have liked to have this stated one way or the other. Also, I would like to have been instructed in how I could have set up a separate iTunes account on my Mac, so others who use my computer would find it easier to download only their music into their own iPod. Finally, marker tabs on the side of the book may make it easier to find chapters more quickly. These, though, pale in comparison to the benefits of buying this "must have" book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great update!
"iPod & iTunes, 2nd Ed.: The Missing Manual" is an update to the 2003 book, "iPod, The Missing Manual". I described the earlier book in a prior review as "having everything you wanted to know" about the iPod, its software, and its accessories. It was everything a manual should be and more.

Since then, the iPod has changed - it's now bigger and more capable, has newer and better software, and has been joined by the iPod mini. This new edition of "iPod and iTunes" is bigger, updated, and improved as well. It still is everything a manual should be and more. It has everything you could possibly want to know about the iPod universe, circa May 2004.

For example, Apple bundles a set of earphones with the iPod which are described as noticeably better than most. The book reveals that the Apple speakers use neodymium transducer magnets, described by Apple as five times as powerful as conventional aluminum or cobalt used in cheaper units. That material is a rare earth metal, atomic #60. Not every resource would have that depth of description or explanation!

In its sixteen chapters and 349 pages (including index), the book updates the original by describing the latest iPod hardware and available accessories. It details the features of the latest iPod, iTunes, and iSync software, both Mac and Windows versions. Regarding nearly all its topics, the book makes every attempt to cover both the Mac and PC variants, including the PC-specific Music Match Jukebox software included as an alternative to the PC version of iTunes.

Even if you don't have an iPod yet, you still will have a great manual for the iTunes software which has more features than previously and includes the iTunes Store features.

From learning how to maximize and/or benefit from the iPod and iTunes software, to knowing all the available accessories for the iPods, this book is as thorough and useful as you can get.

4-0 out of 5 stars A must-read for iPod owners and iTunes users!
Title: iPod & iTunes, Second Edition
Author: J. D. Biersdorfer
Edited by David Pogue
Publisher: Pogue Press/O'Reilly & Associates, February, 2004
ISBN: 0-596-00658-6

Reviewed by: Curt Blanchard, Tucson Macintosh Users Group

The Missing Manual books from Pogue Press/O'Reilly have another publication in their outstanding series. iPod & iTunes (Second Edition) is a 350 page follow-up to the original iPod Missing Manual published in July, 2003. Once again, J. D. Biersdorfer takes the helm (David Pogue edits) and does a masterful job of handling the complexities of a couple of seemingly simple things. One of Apple's greatest strengths from the very beginning has been their ability to take a complex piece of software or hardware and make it nonchalantly intuitive while keeping a vigilant and attentive eye on ease-of-use. Both iTunes (software) and iPod (hardware) are fine examples of this. Both can be used without reading a single page of instruction. (Try THAT on a PC!) However, underneath their friendly, simple faces, lie things that is deceptively robust approaching near pro levels.

The iTunes application, part of the iLife suite, which was not covered in the first edition, and is now explored in detail - the latest and greatest version being iTunes 4.5. J. D. Biersdorfer treats it in her usual thorough way without making it heavy or gooey to read and absorb. (This is a real skill. Why are Mac writers able to do this better?) About a third of the book deals with iTunes, its formats, playlists and how to rip music so it will burn onto CDs or get sucked into the iPod properly.

The iPod takes up the rest of this comprehensive book. Who knew so much could be written about such a miniscule machine which is now smaller than a stack of business cards! Yes, the iPod Mini is covered as well. These marvels of miniaturization are not just sophisticated a Walkman, at their hearts are real hard disks that can make the iPod an ideal place to download images from your digital camera, can masquerade as a GameBoy, an Alarm Clock, an address book and calendar, a player of audio books or even an external, bootable hard drive. Yes, iPods record data just as well as music! The book will lead you through the ins and outs of playing and recording music, importing calendars and contacts, syncing with your desktop machine, connecting to home and car audio systems and lots more. There is even a wealth of iPod accessories and shareware apps.

To be fair, this book is dual-platform and devotes equal time to Mac and PC step-by-step instructions. Both are treated with respect and are given the time and space required to explain the differences. The Mac platform is the native one, of course. Both are Apple products

Last year, I wrote enthusiastically about the first edition, but now I heartily endorse this new Second Edition, iPod & iTunes. It covers so much more - mostly because so much more is now available - the iPod Mini, iTunes 4.5 and an ever-expanding list of exciting accessories. If you have an iPod, you really need this book, if you don't have one yet, read this book and you'll want one!

--Curt Blanchard - 5/28/04

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything for the iPod enthusiast
This is an end-user manual primarily for the iPod, but also for iTunes. It covers both Mac and Windows. Part one covers the basics of the iPod. Part two, the heart of the book covers iTunes and it's interaction with the iPod. The writing is high quality, but there are a lot of screenshots, and some editing errors. For example, the figure 4-20 is missing entirely. The third, and last part, of the book, covers more uses for the iPod. Ideas include using the iPod as a calendar, an address book, as an external disk, and for games.

I recommend this book for anyone looking to get the most out of their iPod. ... Read more

195. Guitar for Dummies
by MarkPhillips, JonChappell
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Catlog: Book (1998-09-02)
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Let’s face it – in the music world, guitars set the standard for cool. Since the 1950s, many of the greatest performers in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and country have played the guitar. Playing electric guitar can put you out in front of a band, where you’re free to roam, sing, and make eye contact with your adoring fans. Playing acoustic guitar can make you the star of the vacation campfire sing-along or allow you to serenade that special someone. And playing any kind of guitar can bring out the music in your soul and become a valued lifetime hobby.

Guitar For Dummies delivers everything the beginning to intermediate guitarist needs. The information has been carefully crafted so that you can find exactly what you want to know about the guitar. This clearly written guide is for anyone who wants to know how to

  • Strum basic chords and simple melodies
  • Expand your range with advanced techniques
  • Play melodies without reading music
  • Choose the right guitar
  • Tune, change strings, and make simple repairs

Figure out how to play anything from simple chord progressions to smokin’ blues licks. Guitar For Dummies also covers the following topics and more:

  • Hand position and posture
  • Basic major and minor chords
  • Adding spice with basic 7th chords and barre chords
  • Playing melodies in position and in double-stops
  • Different styles including rock, blues, folk, and classical
  • Buying a guitar and accessories
  • Taking care of your guitar

Guitar For Dummies also contains a play-along audio CD that contains all 97 songs and exercises from the book. Whether you’re contemplating a career as a heavy metal superstar or you just want to strum a few folk songs for your friends, this friendly book-and-CD package makes it easy to pick up the guitar and start playing. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for overview of guitar but...
I recently purchased both Guitar for Dummies and 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist by Bruce Arnold. I thought I made a very wise choice for both texts. First let me say that Guitar for Dummies is a great reference text. It has information on so many aspects of playing the guitar like; changing strings, guitar accessories, basic maintenance, etc. All this information was very useful because I'm a total beginner. I felt that as a method to learn to play guitar Guitar for Dummies wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong there is a lot of information in this book about how to play the guitar. The problem for me is that much of this information is nothing I would ever consider playing for anyone. For example "Oh Susanna" and "On Top of Old Smoky" might be great songs for a camp counselor to learn but I'm more into rock and folk music from the 60's to the present and Guitar for Dummies does not contain any music like this. This is were the 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist by Mr. Arnold really helped. The chord progressions were challenging, gradually became more difficult and sounded like something I felt good about playing in front of somebody. Mr. Arnold's book also went into much more detail about many aspect of learning to play guitar and music in general. In my opinion these two books make a great combination for a beginner guitarist.

5-0 out of 5 stars By far, the best guitar overview.
This is a great guitar overview but I'm puzzled that so many beginners rate this so highly. I started with Ernie Ball method books and can't imagine using this particular book as a single substitute. For example, unless you're a natural, you're not going to go from playing in open position to playing in other positions in one paragraph. I think the best package for beginners would be this book AND a progressive method AND some lessons.

If you are an intermediate player, you can enjoy reviewing things in this text that you've already learned as well as getting quick concise information about particulars, be it string bends, double double stops, power chords, or whatever.

This book is a great buy as it saves you from acquiring a whole shelf of guitar books to find out all there is to explore. Once you find a particular topic of interest, seek out a more specialized book.

The CD is unbeatable as you can immediately associate what you hear in different types of music with the musical notation.

If you're a Rock bigot, note that there is a Rock Guitar version. However, this one is my favorite. If you're going to be a rolling stone, you gotta be well rounded, right?

5-0 out of 5 stars very good overview for beginners
This is a very good overview for beginners. The word "overview" should be emphasized: I wouldn't recommend that anyone make it his ONLY book for very long. On the other hand, you don't have to be an ABSOLUTE to beginner to get something, quite a lot, actually, out of this book. (Intermediate and advanced players might care to look into something like Ron Rendek's "We Gather Together", for example, instead.)

4-0 out of 5 stars I always wanted to study music...
I always wanted to study music, but I was highly encouraged to get my degree in something "sensible" by my family. So I became an avid music supporter. Going to gigs, concerts everything. Well, for my birthday my husband bought me 3 things: an accoustic guitar, Voice Lessons TO GO by Vaccarino (singing lessons on CD), and Guitar for dummies. Needless to say, they were awesome gifts. Everyday I get a little better, and feel that much more in tough with the music I oh so love.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn guitar with some humor
Absoulutely amazing I'm just starting and I had fun right away!
Theres humor too to keep you chuckling even though you are growing calluses on you left hand. After reading this book I have wanted other books by this series. There is soooooo many!

Have Fun! ... Read more

196. Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida: The Making of the Broadway Musical
by Michael Lassell
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Disney Editions
Sales Rank: 197016
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Enthusiastically anticipated as the latest Disney stage production, following the astounding success of Julie Taymor's breakthrough production of The Lion King, Aida is certain to be a hit. Celebrated songwriter Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice present their version of the classic tale of Aida - the story of a love triangle in which the three main characters - Radames, Aida, and Amneris - are torn between love for each other and greater duties.

This colorful book contains all the excitement of the lavish production, detailing all the action on the stage and behind the curtain. You'll find spectacular costume sketches, fabric samples, and set designs, as well as interviews with the actors, directors, producers, and composers. Best of all are brilliantly photographed scenes that convey the full breadth of the show's beauty and drama and offer readers the next-best thing to a front-row seat. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Overall a fine book but lacking at times
You'll find this oversized book ripe with details, from conception to Broadway debut, and filled with pages of colorful photos that illuminate the production. Journalist and author Michael Lassell traces the show's history with interviews from those intimately involved, from writer and composer Elton John and Tim Rice to stars Adam Pascal and Heather Headley to costume designers and choreographers. His unrivaled access allows us to visit every aspect of the production.

The book is divided into four chapters: story, composition, production, and performance. The first section describes the timeless tragedy and romance of Aida and of its rebirth from acclaimed opera to modern day rock musical. John and Rice's hammering out the numbers is described in the second part, and we begin to see the show's evolution from its originally titled "Elaborate Lives" Atlanta production. Set design, art direction, scenery, and costuming are detailed in the third chapter, and the last focuses on performance details.

The most ardent fan will always find such books lacking, but in fairness it gives the common theatre-goer a good sense of the energy required to stage a Broadway production. One of the best features is the photos, both plentiful and saturated with color. I especially liked the visual contrasts between various stages of the show, such as early costume sketches compared with the final outfits. The breadth of interviews also conveys the passion of an extraordinary "Aida" team.

A couple of things could have been improved upon. While I enjoyed the pictures, there was a redundancy to some. Two full page spreads of "Dance of the Robe," for example, one to illustrate the lighting and a second to show the choreography, proved unnecessary. Space dedicated to "sequence shots," a cluster of essentially the same candid photo, could also have been better utilized with more production stills or, better yet, meatier text. At the core of the show is the story, its historical and contemporary implications, and this book doesn't drive into the heart of the characters quite forcefully enough. Lassell only dedicates several pages at the end to the actors' interpretations of their characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a heckuva book!
This is an excellent book and very informative. It tells you about all of the changes that the show went through. It has wonderful pictures. They're all in color and they bring back memories of the show. I had had the good fortune of seeing the show with the entire original cast still intact. There were no understudies that day and I was so happy. I'm still trying to remember where that scrim in Fortune Favors the Brave came from. My only complaint is that they didn't tell the name of the man who played Radames before Adam Pascal took over in Chicago. Buy this book. You will thank me.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to capture AIDA
I saw Aida on Broadway and was impressed by the music, the acting, the scenery, and the dancing. When I discovered this book, I found a way to relive the moment. I enjoyed looking through the photos of this book and showing them to people who have not yet seen the play on Broadway. I also enjoyed reading all the behind the scenes comments by the actors and actresses. All in all, I have found this book a great way to cherish one of the greatest musicals on Broadway. ... Read more

197. Music Theory Made Easy (Reference)
by David Harp
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Asin: 0918321999
Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
Publisher: Music Sales Corporation
Sales Rank: 8077
Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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The easiest theory book ever covers scales and chord structures for folk, blues, rock, country, and jazz, with emphasis on composing your own songs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Music Theory Made Easy
This book is great! I'm an adult who loves music but whose education was neglected in the field of music theory. This explained all of those "mysteries" and helped me understand that music is simply another language and not just a "gift". The style is clear and easy enough for my 4th grader to understand. It enervated me and made me feel not-so-hopeless and that, yes, someday with practice I can play an instrument and understand why music does what it does.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better, faster, cheaper than almost any other theory book
Although this book is obviously not geared towards those undergoing heavy-duty classical music training, if you just want to learn what chord construction, chord progression, scales, and a little of what jazz and rock styles are all about, this is the book for you. This is, hands down, the best theory book for the player who just wants to play an instrument well enough to jam with his/her friends or to learn and play songs from a fake book. Even an accomplished musician who knows little about theory (and yes, those people do exist) can benefit from reading this plainly-written, enjoyable, and inexpensive little book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely handy little book
I've got a stack of music theory and improvisation books in my collection but this basic, unpretentious little book is one of the ones I come back to most often. Too many music theory books are abstract and geared toward classical music; this by contract is a very practical little book aimed at people more intersted in pop, rock, jazz, etc. And you can't beat the price.

1-0 out of 5 stars Music Theory Made Confusing
Very confusing book with cutesy aside comments by the author. I give it zero stars. Don't waste your $$.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great value - a great guide
I have tried to understand music theory before but I would easily get discouraged. I picked this up and immediately felt like I'd gotten somewhere closer to understanding something. It's concise so it didn't lose me but took out the complexity so I could follow. I really did learn something and the value is unbeatable. ... Read more

198. The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to Playing the Harmonica
by William Melton, Randy Weinstein
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Asin: 0028642414
Catlog: Book (2001-10-18)
Publisher: Alpha Books
Sales Rank: 3821
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Complete Idiots
This book is surprisingly good for a book written for "complete idiots". I expected something very basic but it covers just about every aspect of learning to play a harmonica up to a pretty high level. It goes way beyond simple techniques. One thing I found unique is that the authors treat the harmonica like a real musical instrument instead of just a toy. They explain concepts and techniques from the standpoint of real music but it doesn't get bogged down or complicated. They even give you the option of learning to play the harmonica by reading music or by the more standard tab system, and the chapter that teaches you how to read music is extremely easy to understand. It also includes some information not usually included in harmonica books such as the history of the harmonica, buying and repairing harmonicas and how to play in a band. There are other books that may be better on individual topics, but this is by far the most complete soup-to-nuts harmonica instruction book. I recommend this be the first harmonica book you buy and then you probably won't need to buy any others.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you really want to learn to play....
I really like this book. I have been playing around with the harmonica for a couple of years but had never taken lessons or tried an instruction book. This book helped me understand the mechanics and improve what I thought I already knew, like bending notes and tongue blocking. But it also does a good job of explaining some of the more advanced aspects of playing the harmonica like playing different positions and chord progressions. The chapter on playing blues was the clearest explanation I've seen on the underlying fundamentals.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best that's out there
This was one three harmonica instruction books I bought, and clearly the best. for the best part is its organization, which is easy to follow even for a beginner. It has the usual Complete idiot's Guide structure which emphasizes making it easy to read and find things, like a complete index, easy to read forma, and tips and tricks which are hi-lighted. The resource guide at the end is also useful and gives you additional instructional material, harmonica websites and organizations, magazines and places to purchase harmonicas, etc.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good starter, but that's it
I think this book gets you thru the basics pretty nicely, but, as things start to get harder, the book isn't as useful.

At one point you are advised something like this: "from this point out we aren't going to advise you when to play chords or single notes, just go with what sounds good". Great for the musically creative, but not me.

The section on reading music doesn't clearly show you what notes go with what holes, is another example. And the section on playing blues was odd, not even explaining how 12-bar blues really works.

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good instruction
If you tried Jon Gindick's harmonica technique (he wrote a simple method and bundled it with an inexpensive harmonica in the Klutz books series) you might find you are interested in learning more. There are a lot of books on harmonica method, and they range from too simple to too complicated.

This book is surprisingly good. It covers what harmonicas to purchase (and the advice is good, the listing of brands fairly complete.) There is a section on bending notes, an essential technique for getting more notes out of a diatonic harmonica and for creating a bluesy sound.

The best chapter, for me, was on the structure of 12-bar blues with an explanation of the "call-and-response" structure. It's easy to understand and essential for structuring your blues riffs to make musical sense. There's also a fine chapter on the etiquette of jamming with harmonica when you join up with a guitarist, singer and other instrumentalists. The harmonica plays support, mostly, but does get to solo. When should you chime in and when do you fade to the background? This chapter tells you how not to make a fool of yourself.

The only thing this book doesn't have is a CD with guitar or piano for jamming along with. If you are getting started in harmonica, especially blues harp, you will need some CD's, especially of the greats like Little Walter and Charles Musselwhite, to provide examples. You can't listen enough to get the ideas down. But this book is a really worthy text to go along with your practice. ... Read more

199. Elvis Presley : The Man. The Life. The Legend.
by PamelaClarke Keogh
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Catlog: Book (2004-07-06)
Publisher: Atria
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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That voice, those eyes, that hair, the cars, the girls...Elvis Presley revolutionized American pop culture when, at the age of twenty-one, he became the world's first modern superstar. A Memphis Beau Brummel even before he found fame, Elvis had a personal style that, like his music, had such a direct impact on his audience that it continues to influence us to this day. Elvis Presley compellingly examines Elvis' life and style to reveal the generous, complex, spiritual man behind the fourteen-carat-gold sunglasses and answers the question, "Why does Elvis matter?"

"Elvis Presley is the greatest cultural force in the twentieth century," proclaimed Leonard Bernstein. By any measure, Presley's life was remarkable. From his modest beginnings in a two-room house to his meteoric rise to international fame, everything about his life -- his outsized talent to his car collection -- clamored for attention. And he got it; even today, Elvis continues to fascinate.

Written with the assistance of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Pamela Clarke Keogh's biography draws on extensive research and interviews with Presley friends and family, among them Priscilla Presley, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Larry Geller, Bernard Lansky, famed Hollywood photographer Bob Willoughby, and designer Bill Belew. Offered access to the Graceland archives, the author considered thousands of images, selecting more than one hundred color and black-and-white photographs for this book, many of them rarely seen before.

Both a significant biography of the greatest entertainer of our time and a provocative celebration of what Presley means to America today, Elvis Presley introduces the man behind the myth, a very human superstar beloved by millions. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars The Legend continues....
There is no doubt that the author comes across as a true-blue Elvis fan and there is some very interesting and poignant moments in the book that have not been delved into in other publications (Elvis' meeting with the Beatles and his afterthoughts, and Sophia Loren's encounter with the King). However many of the stories and words in the book have been read and heard ja vu? Also, there are some inaccuracies in the book(albeit minor) where only die-hard elvis fans like myself would notice. Nevertheless, the book is a fast read that's entertaining with accompanying photos and is a good addition to every Elvis fan's collection.

As a side note, I highly recommend Peter Guralnick's "Last Train to Memphis" and "Careless Love" - the best and most compelling books on Elvis ever written!

5-0 out of 5 stars A book worthy of a King
Wonderful is all I can say. Ms. Keogh is a masterful orchestrator of the words and images that do Elvis Justice finally.
I Recomend this book to any who loves or loved the King or knows anyone who did... it will be a treasured gift...

5-0 out of 5 stars A riveting and fresh take on The King
A brilliant literary tour de force, this book offers a fresh take on Elvis, explaining why he still matters today (and probably always will). Told in an energetic style, it has the crackling narrative drive of a great novel. Fans will adore it; it's a beautiful book, full of stunning black-and-white photos of the King, some seldom seen. And it will delight anyone interested in the style secrets of an icon, from his clothes to his Graceland furniture. The coolest book on Elvis ever. ... Read more

200. Beethoven: Biography of a Genius
by George R. Marek
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Catlog: Book (1972-06-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Immersed in the Austria of Beethoven's time.
The great advantage I find in Marek's book is his effort to give the reader a feel for the era in which Beethoven lived. In the foreward of the book Marek says he sees Beethoven not as an isolated phenomenon but "as a man who grew from the soil of his times and stood deep in the cultural, political, and social streams that swirled around him." Marek takes the time to explore these streams, as when for instance he devotes the first two chapters to review the shifts in philosophy, science, art in general and music in particular - in Europe overall, then focusing on Bonn, birthplace of the composer. He describes the streets of Bonn, the Electoral Palace and its household, the personalities of the various Electors who employed not only Beethoven but his father and grandfather before him. Later, a whole chapter is given to discuss the transition of the arts from the Classical to the Romantic period. And he paints verbal portraits of many figures acquainted with Beethoven, such as Goethe and Napoleon, Maazel and Count Rasoumovsky.

As one example, we learn early on in a quote by Kapellmeister Ignaz von Seyfried that Beethoven "was as much at home in Rasoumovsky's palace as a hen in her coop." How sad then to learn that in 1816, Rasoumovsky - shortly after being elevated from Count to Prince - gave a gala event at which a fire broke out, destroying much of his palace including its library and tapestries, and causing the roof to collapse onto his collection of sculptures. After this, Marek relates, Rasoumovsky went into a decline in which he "existed rather than lived." Now, one does not need to know this in order to appreciate the set of quartets that Beethoven had dedicated to this patron, but I for one am glad to know of it nonetheless.

All this background is in addition to, not in place of, the details of Beethoven's life, all presented in an extremely readable style without in any way "writing down" to the reader. Quoted are many of the composer's contemporaries and letters, as well as Thayer's classic "Life of Beethoven". As one example of the effort that went into this book, a team of researchers in Vienna searched - among many other things - the Vienna newspaper files dating between 1793 and 1827.

Note well -- this book is not the place to look for extensive discussion of the music itself. Of this Marek gives fair warning in his statement: "I would like to emphasize that this book is about the man, not about the music." You will, however, find plenty of details on the performances, the successes and failures, of Beethoven's resulting delight or rage.

So, if you like the idea of following Beethoven's life while being more or less immersed in the Austria of two centuries ago, this biography is a wonderful place to begin.

In this handsome book (my copy is of the original Funk & Wagnalls' edition) there are extensive illustrations, all save one in black-and-white.

A little on the author. George R. Marek was born in Vienna and often attended performances of the Vienna State Opera. At the age of 17, he came to the USA, where in the 1950's he headed RCA's Red Seal division, later becoming V.P. and General Manager of the Record Division. He worked with a number of top classical recording artists of the time, such as Toscanini and Artur Rubinstein. ... Read more

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