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21. All You Need to Know About the Music Business
by Donald S. Passman
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Asin: 0743246373
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster, Inc.
Sales Rank: 4299
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars THE BIBLE OF MUSIC
I am an artist about to release an album. Even before I started venturing into self-producing my first album along w/ my producer/friend , I was reading this book nite & day & I even lent it to my manager since we're really not that knowledgeable in the business yet. It really is a must for someone to treat the music industry as business or else , if u don't know how to play the game, the ins-outs of this industry - u must read this book or else you're gonna sink. Donald is an industry professional whom I believe wants to share his knowledge to struggling & aspiring artists/musicians/managers/etc. like me. I highly recommend this book to new artists & those who have plans of crossing over the US music industry. Even if I'm a Filipino living in Manila , the knowledge that this book has given me is worth so much.

5-0 out of 5 stars COCKY TITLE DELIVERS WHAT IT PROMISES
Author Passman has created something of a journalistic feat: his book is an attorney's look at the mechanisms of the music industry-usually not a particularly fascinating subject-yet he's made it great fun to read. An LA-based music attorney since the seventies, Passman is boyishly enthusiastic about his subject, and says the book is an outgrowth of his professional need to explain the basic workings of the industry to his artist clients. Though he says he is not writing technically (as if for fellow attorneys), he has nevertheless included virtually all of the checkpoints, or "deal points," that come up in contract negotiations today. The point of view being marketed here is that it pays to be an informed artist or songwriter, even if you think you don't care that much about the business side. Passman's "blurbs," or endorsements, are almost overkill: the likes of artist Don Henley, producer Quincy Jones, and longtime Warner Communications Chairman Mo Ostin. In the light of all this prestige (even the publisher, Prentice Hall, is an old-guard New York house), I couldn't believe that beneath Joe Smith's back- cover endorsement, Capitol-EMI, of which Smith was chair, was misspelled as "Capital." Minor flaw, all things considered, and happily not a predictor of sloppy work inside. Passman is an excellent choice for either personal learning or university-level classroom study. On first hearing, the title seems a bit arrogant, but Passman just about does cover it all. The 1994 second edition is virtually identical to the first, except for a welcome expansion of the opening "First Steps" section, and a detailed explanation of legislation the entire music industry lobbied long and hard to achieve: the Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 (the "home taping" legislation). Passman explains the projected flow of revenues from this act back into the music industry: one third to songwriters and publishers, and two thirds to record companies. Among the nineties books on the business of the music industry, this is one of the very best. Ron Simpson, School of Music, Brigham Young University. Author of MASTERING THE MUSIC BUSINESS.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book
This book is the best. It's very easy to read even if english isn's your mother language. Very interesting and iclude All you need to know to know about Music Business.

5-0 out of 5 stars must read
grat book witty with practal and easy to understand terms .A great overview of music related business

5-0 out of 5 stars Agreed- this is the Bible of Music Busines info
Get this book. It is written by a well respected music business attorney and gives specific facts on what you will be getting into when you hit the music business. no, not everything is going to work out like a text book scenerio, but this will give you a better understanding of the business of music better than any book I have found. ... Read more


22. The Wu-Tang Manual: Enter the 36 Chambers, Volume One
by The RZAThe RZA, ChrisNorris
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Asin: 1594480184
Catlog: Book (2004-10)
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Sales Rank: 2568
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Long awaited and much anticipated, The Wu-Tang Manual is The RZA's first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop's original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan.

Since the release of the revolutionary Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - over the course of four seminal group albums and a multitude of ambitious side projects - the Wu-Tang Clan has constantly redefined what hip-hop can do and where hip-hop can go. Now, after a decade of dark beats and mysterious lyrics hinting at a larger whole, the RZA, the abbot of the legendary Staten Island hip-hop collective, fully reveals, for the first time, the complex, multilayered Wu-Tang Universe in The Wu-Tang Manual.

Written in a style that is at once personal and philosophical, The Wu-Tang Manual unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that define the Wu-Tang dynasty. Packed with information that reflects the breadth and depth of the RZA's - and rest of the Clan's - intellectual interests and passions, The Wu-Tang Manual is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean.

Elegantly laid-out and richly printed, the book is designed to reflect the Asian influence on the Wu-Tang universe, which, as the book explains, began with a fascination with kung-fu movies but quickly led to serious study of martial arts and Eastern philosophy and spirituality. The Book also includes a map of Shaolin; a trove of never-before-seen photos of the Wu-Tang Clan, including shots of RZA's trip to China with Sifu Shi Yan-Ming, live shots, and portraits-by Michael Lavine, Craig Wetherby, Sophia Chang, and Frank151; and original illustrations of many of the guiding lights of the Wu-Tang universe.

For the hardcore Wu-Tang disciple and the recent initiate alike, The Wu-Tang Manual is the definitive guide to the essence of Wu, one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of all time.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Enlightening book
Im reading the book now and it has changed my whole perspective on the world in just about an hour. Its a book that can be incredibly deep and spiritual even if you ain't a Wu fan. It shows how deep the minds of the Wu members really are and this book, marks the distinguisment from all other rappers today cause most of them BE SUCKA MCs.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Interesting Abbot
This is actually a pretty cool book, which is particularly interesting for Wu-Tang fans. The RZA breaks down a variety of topics that formulate the ideology of the group. I'm pretty impressed with the RZA's scope of knowledge, as well as the way he engineered the group's success within the music industry. The book is a quick-read that is constructed in a manual format that allows the reader to skip around the varied topics. I particularly enjoyed the sections where the RZA provides his personal and group related interpretations of organized crime, chess, spirituality of production, the deadly art of the rhyme, and production technology. There is an entire section dedicated to the lyrics of the group's more popular songs, where the RZA provides a well-needed interpretation of complicating verses.

5-0 out of 5 stars hip-hop autobiography of Malcolm X
I'm not a hard-core Wu Tang fan -- I love a bunch of hop-hop, but listen to rock, Latin, jazz, classical, whatever.I knew about the Wu Tang Clan, liked some of their albums, but probably like most people, wasn't paying that much attention the last few years.So this book is a pretty big surprise: it's amazing.RZA really is a genius, able to sum up Taoism in three sentences, able to explain producing as a spiritual quest, able to leap tall buildings in a simple bound.It is sort of a superhero book, with RZA as the supreme martial artist who through his mastery of so many arcane fields of knowledge can synthesize everything in a totally unique and compelling way.That makes it hard to classify, but easy to enjoy.It's the best, coolest, most interesting music book I've ever read -- in part because it isn't just a music book, it's a life book, the story of a rise to consciousness of someone who was on the wrong path and found wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.Whether the Wu Tang Clan sticks around or not, this book will last.Check it out.

4-0 out of 5 stars informative but unfocused
I realize that this book is merely an introduction to the Wu-Tang Clan's history, philosophy, religion, and message. However, I think that RZA tried to explain too much in too little space. He manages to cover chess, philosophy, movies, organized crime, drugs, capitalism, and more, so he does not (or can not) go into depth for most of these topics.

He introduces topics without elaborating upon them. For instance, he proposes that chess affects the Clan's hip-hop style, but does not say how (beyond what we can surmise ourselves). Many times, you will be left scratching you head, wondering why RZA brings up certain things, only to put them down and move onto the next topic.

Still, I give this book its rather high rating because the prose is accessible and what RZA does explain is clear. I first thought that the esoteric subject matter would be difficult to follow, but RZA doesn't use slang without explaining it (though he uses the word "ni**a" far too often). RZA is insightful without being abstruse, and his anecdotes are amusing.

This book is for all the fans who want to supplement their store of Wu-Tang knowledge as well as for new Wu heads who want to get their feet wet in one of hip-hop's most unique dynasties. When you read this book, you will be introduced to many aspects of the Wu-Tang Clan (and there are many aspects indeed), but do not expect this introduction to tell you too much. Perhaps RZA wanted to leave some questions unanswered. He's a complicated man, as you will find out, so we may never know.

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY IT READ IT WORSHIP IT
this... is simply... the greatest book ive ever read. rza drops science on the wu. everything u wanted to know and more. i feel smarter after reading it. the knowledge you accumulate reading this book is unparallel to any other book. buy it, read it, worship it. ... Read more


23. Tori Amos:Piece by Piece
by TORI AMOS, ANN POWERS
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-08)
Publisher: Broadway
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24. The First Stage Guitar Book: Learn How To Play Guitar Easily & Quickly!
by Chris Lopez
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Asin: 0966771907
Catlog: Book (2001-07)
Publisher: First Stage Concepts
Sales Rank: 1577
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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BOLDY ILLUSTRATED… SEE AND DO APPROACH...ONLY THE GOOD GUITAR STUFF… FREE OF ALL THAT WORDY FLUFF…

The First Stage is a must have simplified pool of information to add to your guitar learning adventure.For starters, it is a guitar book without a lot of words and words, but is a SEE & DO guitar book which presents the basic essentials of learning how to play the guitar in bold and easy to understand illustrations.

First Stage shows you how to play the most commonly played guitar chords in every key in the easiest fingering forms, Major, Dominant 7th, Minor, Major 7th, and 9th chords, in both Open and Barre Forms along with practice chord progressions galore and how to begin creating your own chord progressions by way of the must have Chord Combination Chart (Available Only In The First Stage Guitar Book...) which shows you exactly which chords can be played with which chords relieving you of the trial and error approach, you will always be right on.

Need to get a feel of playing lead guitar….country, rock, the blues, etc., Start-Up Scale Patterns With Tablature are given in easy to understand illustrations along with chord progressions to accompany the scale patterns. It clearly explains how to change the scale patterns and chord progressions to another key to suit your voice. (Again, Available Only In The First Stage Guitar Book...).

You will find a new approach to getting your fingers prepared for moving on to the next level, in other words, building a solid foundation, something I created called the CAGE DEA approach, this approach shows you exactly which chords you should focus on when beginning to play the guitar something I thought would be an excellent way for a beginning guitar player to feel immediate progress, with CAGE DEA you will practice only the very essential chords which you will be playing for as long as you play guitar, it focuses on learning to move from chord to chord with ease and memory. Another great thing about these chords is that you can mix them anyway you choose and you will always be right on.

Suppose you find a piece of music you like or you begin creating your own music and you want to change it so that it will fit your voice, there is a simple technique explained called TRANSPOSING that will show you how this is done.

Learning the contents of this guitar book you will surely be able to choose any of your favorite songs from virtually any song folio and sheet music and be able to approach and play them with more confidence as a result of learning the chord forms presented in this guitar book as well as the other guitar learning information provided.

Because all the chord forms you will find in those song folios and sheet music have been gathered and clearly illustrated in this new method approach guitar book.So with the practice of the chords and the other guitar learning material presented in this guitar book you will be better prepared to practice your favorite songs whether they are in individual sheet music form or from your favorite song folios with less struggle.

Why have to stop playing through your favorite song just to learn a new chord over and over again when you can learn all the most commonly played guitar chords NOW in the most easiest to play fingering patterns and the best sounding fingering patterns along with suggested tips on how to enhance the sound of a chord.All this and more will allow you to be better prepared and ready to play any of your favorite songs. Being better prepared will allow you the freedom to more easily glide through your favorite songs or to begin forming your own chord progression creations.There are also tips on how to instantly change a chord of the same name from a major chord to a minor or seventh chord by just lifting a finger (i.e., an F Major to an F Minor to an F7).

You will also be able to put your own melodies together with the CHORD COMBINATION CHART leaving you without the guessing of which chord goes with which chord and in a key that will suit your voice with the easy transposing chord progressions method introduced in this guitar learning book for beginners and for those who already play some….

Good News!..there are simple and easy to understand practice chord combinations galore, not to mention the endless ones that you will soon be creating using the CHORD COMBINATION CHART. The First Stage Guitar Book...has been delivered to thousands upon thousands of satisfied new guitar players world wide and continues to bring the BASICS AND ESSENTIALS to beginning guitar players today.

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The First Stage Guitar Book - Learn How To Play Guitar Easily & Quickly! contains the same learn how to play guitar information as The Guitar Book - For Those Who Have Just Landed On The Planet Earth! - Learn How To Play Guitar, the only difference is that you have a choice of which book cover you would prefer.

Getting both The First Stage Guitar Book... and The Next Stage Guitar Book... would be the perfect choice to building a great foundation in establishing the overall skills to learning how to play a guitar without spending a great deal of time in music theory and reading. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Getting Started Made Easier Than Ever!
I got the book and discovered this guitar book is just what I wanted. The chords are easy to understand and given in both "open" and "barre" finger forms. It has other helpful learning information such as the individual notes on the guitar and how they relate to written music. The illustrations are large and clear. It is much simpler now since everything I needed to get started is in The "First Stage" Guitar Book.

I am pleased that it is a spiral bound book, the pages stay flat making it easy to practice. It is a valuable guitar book for a beginner like myself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn how to play guitar....
This guitar book is very clear and to the point with bold and easy to understand illustrations. I also highly recommend The 'Next Stage' Guitar Book - Learn How To Play Scale Patterns & Tabs Easily & Quickly! Both these guitar books make a great package in learning how to play guitar.

5-0 out of 5 stars 40+ guitar beginner
This was the first book I used to get started from scratch. The reason I like it is that it has NO songs, so it took the pressure off having to learn a song, yet the 4 chord sequences sound quite good (according to my wife). It includes barre chords, but also alterative figuring to barre chords, so you can learn them slowly/progresively without pressure. The other book a bought (for songs) is "The Complete Guitarist" by Russ Shipton

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for Real Beginners
I have been playing the guitar for about a month. I have learned more from going through the chord progressions in this book than a [$$$] one I bought elsewhere. It certainly isn't all I need to know but it is a great start. I intend to go on to the next one in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start
A great book for beginners to start with. Though I found the combination of the book and lessons most helpful, I think the book is clear enough that you could use it to teach yourself guitar. The "First Stage" Guitar Chord Chart (also by Lopez) offers a nice addition. ... Read more


25. The Rose That Grew From Concrete
by Tupac Shakur
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Asin: 0671028448
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: MTV
Sales Rank: 2483
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars
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His talent was unbounded, a raw force that commanded attention and respect.

His death was tragic -- a violent homage to the power of his voice.

His legacy is indomitable -- remaining vibrant and alive.

Here now, newly discovered, are Tupac's most honest and intimate thoughts conveyed through the pure art of poetry -- a mirror into his enigmatic life and its many contradictions.

Written in his own hand at the age of nineteen, they embrace his spirit, his energy...and his ultimate message of hope. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars See The World Through The Eyes of a Great Man
"The Rose That Grew From Concrete" is an amazing collection of poetry by Tupac Shukur. The poems let you go deep in his mind and see a side of Tupac that most people have never seen. As you read his poems you start to realize how he truly feels and what messages he wants to get across. You also see the pain and obstacles in his life that he had to overcome. Some people listen to Tupac's music and just hear the negative and the cussing. Not understanding that you have to know the negative to see and understand the positive. Some people see Tupac's music as a bad influence, because they don't listen to all the words to get the real message. This collection of poems is a great way to understand Tupac's life and to receive his true message, to end crime and to stop the hate. This collection of poems has had a great influence on my life and the way I look at the world. I think that everyone who reads this book can relate to Tupac in some way and I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of poetry about life and of course to anyone who loves Tupac.

5-0 out of 5 stars His Legend Lives On
Tupac Shakur's collection of poetry is as dynamic as his life and songs. Tupac has touched on many subjects that cross the racial barriers in his book. He seems a young man full of hope and promise. The gangster mentality is almost nonexistent in The Rose That Grew From Concrete. His thoughts on love and relationships are wonderul and moving. Even his poem about death is insightful. Some of the poetry really touched my soul. I have been a Tupac fan for many years and when I saw the book in the store, I immediately started reading. The poems are compelling and remind me of his life. I couldn't wait to share The Rose That Grew From Concrete with my family and friends. If you love poetry and the African American culture than this is a book to add to your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful teaching tool!!!
I am a middle school English teacher who uses this collection when teaching a poetry unit. While most of Tupac's writing is rough and unedited, it shows students that poetry is a beautiful way to express ideas and emotions. Young people are so full of passion and idealism. Someone as famous as Tupac started off similar to them... Small with bigs dreams and a hunger for growing up and changing the world. It's not so much about rap but about the art of lyrical poetry. My students find it fascinating and inspiring.

1-0 out of 5 stars sorry to say this
all the stuff from this book is from when he wasn't famous yet. he didn't have anything to say back then. he was a very profound person but i wasn't compelled with anything he said until he started looking at political issues and crimes and society in his raps. When he was in his late teens and early 20's and had to deal with the corruptions of society, that was when he had interesting, even brilliant things to say. But, not before. I'm a big Tupac fan, but this wasn't worth it. He just talks about love and it's cheesy and the rhymes aren't very well done. Get stuff from his more recent times to really understand his character.

5-0 out of 5 stars tupac shakur in the hearts of his fans
This book is full of feelings towards love and full of anger towards the government and against politics. His best poetry was written through his expressions and feelings. This book could relate to the way you feel about something during that period of time. The right words are put together to express what you feel within. Tupac was a great poet who was with respect by the society he wrote what he felt, not what people wanted to hear. ... Read more


26. American Idol Season 4: Behind-the-Scenes Fan Book : Prima's Official Fan Book
by JASON RICH
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-13)
Publisher: Prima Games
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money-Entertaining, colorful & well-written!!
I love American Idol and I loved reading this book. The photos are great and so are the interviews. I read stuff in this book that I didn't hear anywhere else. Anyone who is an American Idol fan will really enjoy the inside look that this book provides. Kudos to the author and the photographer! The book gives great insight into the whole audition process and what it's really like to be a contestant trying out for the show. The free poster was a great bonus too!

5-0 out of 5 stars I love American Idol!!!
This book is awesome. It has tons of great interviews and photos. I love this show and I love this book. If you want to learn all about American Idol and see behind-the-scenes stuff, read the book!!! ... Read more


27. Guitar: An American Life
by Tim Brookes
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Asin: 0802117961
Catlog: Book (2005-04-10)
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Sales Rank: 4293
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Shortly before his fiftieth birthday, baggage handlers destroy Tim Brookes's guitar, his twenty-two-year-old traveling companion. His wife promises to replace it with the guitar of his dreams, but Tim discovers that a dream guitar is built, not bought. He sets out to find someone to make him the perfect guitar-a quest that ends up a dirt road in the Green Mountains of Vermont. As Brookes awaits his dream instrument, he explores the guitar's mystique: freedom, the open road, protest and rebellion, the blues, youth, lost love, and sexuality. Arriving with conquistadors and the colonists, the guitar found itself in an extraordinary variety of hands: those of miners and society ladies, lumberjacks and presidents' wives, Hawaiians, African-Americans, Cajuns, jazz players, spiritualists, singing cowboys of the silver screen, and Beatles fans. In time it has become America's instrument, the rhythm of its soundtrack. With adoration, Brookes tries to unravel the symbolic associations a guitar holds for so many of us, musicians and non-musicians alike. His quest takes him across the country, talking to historians, curators, and guitar makers¾including the amiable curmudgeon master-guitar-maker, Rick Davis, who takes a rare piece of cherry wood and creates Brookes' new companion. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A GREAT read I couldn't put down!
You wouldn't believe a book about the guitar could be this enthralling. I got my copy last night, and couldn't put it down until I finished it this morning.

Tim Brookes weaves a story with two threads: a step-by-step account of having his own guitar custom-built by Vermont guitar-maker Rick Davis, and the step-by-step story of how the guitar became THE instrument of American music.

If you've ever played guitar, or enjoyed listening to it in any of its many musical roles - folk, classical, blues, rock or heavy-metal weapon - you will love this book.

The writing is excellent, evocative of many memories - and very, very funny. Example from the Glossary:

"Guitar, bass: Low-end instrument, in every sense, to which a guitarist is banished when the band hires someone better than him to take over lead."

From Singing Cowboys, Hawaiian slide wizards and exploited black bluesmen to the British Invasion of the 1960s, Heavy-Metal Heroes and pimply punks; Brookes evokes them all.

But this isn't yet another book about guitar heroes - this time the hero is the guitar itself.

I'm already thinking about starting it over again...

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
This one-of-a-kind book by Tim Brookes is the book I wish I could have written (assuming I was an actual writer, or similarly gifted). I.E: Presenting factual information (much rarely, if ever, written about) in an entertaining way, so the "laymusician" can enjoy and understand it. The simple Glossary alone is worth the admission price ("DADGAD: A wonderfully clever tuning that has the combined effect of making a guitarist seem not only dexterous but also emotionally complex. Deep, even. Its use is heavily protected by copyright"). Much like T.V.'s The Simpsons, Tim has the ability to boil down indecipherable history and complex truths into a single witty sentence that most of us can understand and relate to.
Every other chapter concerns the author's experience in ordering his first custom guitar. Those of you who play and cherish new instruments should enjoy and relate to Tim's journey.
The remaining chapters present Tim's unique view of the guitar's American cultural history, in ALL its permutations. Mr. Brookes fearlessly approaches this topic from a fresh, "outsider's" perspective. With it, he hits upon a new simple, obvious (and necessary) explanation of a guitar: "Not a single instrument but a syndrome, a collection of symptoms from a list" (then giving some examples from this list).
What all this boils down to is, in effect, two short "novels" - independent stories presented with so much new insight and humor that I was saddened when each ended.
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28. Can't Stop Won't Stop :A History of the Hip Hop Generation
by Jeff Chang
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Asin: 031230143X
Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 2844
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Many good books have been written about the history of hip-hop music and the generation that nurtured it. Can't Stop Won't Stop ranks among the best. Jeff Chang covers the music--from its Jamaican roots in the late 1960s to its birth in the Bronx; its eventual explosion from underground to the American mainstream--with style, including DJs, MCs, b-boys, graffiti art, Black Nationalism, groundbreaking singles and albums, and the street parties that gave rise to a genuine movement. But the book is about more than beats and rhymes. What distinguishes his book from the pack is Chang's examination of how hip-hop has shaped not only pop music, but American history and culture over the past 30 years. He shows how events such as urban flight, race riots, neighborhood reclamation projects, gang warfare in the Bronx and Los Angeles, and grassroots movements that influenced political agendas are as integral a part of the hip-hop story as the music itself. He also charts the concurrent rise of hip-hop activism and the commodification of the music and the ideological clashes that developed as a result.

Based on hundreds of interviews and over a decade of work as a respected music journalist, Chang offers colorful profiles of the lives and influences of "the trinity of hip-hop music"--Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and DJ Kool Herc--along with many other artists, label executives, DJs, writers, filmmakers, and promoters. Impressive in its scope, Can't Stop Won't Stop is a lively and sharply written exploration of the power of hip-hop to unite people across generational, racial, and economic lines. --Shawn Carkonen ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Culture, Biased Politics
Jeff Chang has written an amazing book that truly justifies the scope of its title. The writing is fresh and original in both the journalistic and prose senses of the word. As someone who has witnessed many of the events of this book unfold during my own lifetime, I was amazed by the clarity with which Mr. Chang was able to conjure such a rich account of a cultural movement so few people in our society really understand. It is a well researched and truly amazing addition to the essential cause of preserving hip-hop culture as it is and not what pop culture is continually making it out to be.

My issue with this book is the racial slant. As someone who is no stranger to "cutting-edge activism," I was disappointed to see Mr. Chang's book follow the popular course in contemporary activist literature by portraying whites as a generic, dubious mass. There is no way to discount what has happened to People of Color in this country. It's not even an argument to say that these are the Americans who have suffered most in our attempt at democracy. Crediting members of these ethnicities with the lion's share of the work in getting hip-hop started is also an irrefutable truth.

Still, as with a lot of other activist literature, the message here goes beyond setting the record straight and presenting a solid exhibition of pride. In contemporary race politics, I am finding that the message of "pride" is taking on an increasingly separatist tone. Authors who speak of the achievements of People of Color are doing so more and more with the undertone that such achievements are not only BY but exclusively FOR People of Color (and in some cases, specifically, especially and definitely NOT for whites.) While the specific nationalities of People of Color are routinely documented and respected, whites are just as often shamelessly relegated to being generically white. Such an inequality of form only furthers the sentiment that whites are devoid of culture altogether. That's racist.

As a white male who grew up in and around the events of the era detailed in this book, his writing leaves me feeling a bit like a second class citizen in my own childhood. I do not expect him to water down the experiences of other races in order to seem on a par with mine. I do wonder, however, if Mr. Chang, along with a bulk of his contemporaries, can't work a little harder to exact his message to its fullest extent without simultaneously vilifying whites by either casting them as a generic mass or presenting only the worst cases when specifics are applied.

For example: from Billie Martin to Thurman Munson, seemingly only the worst kind of "white" people were considered for the first chapter of this book. I do not suggest omitting their inexcusable racist remarks from the record, but the author nonetheless has a responsibility to maintain a balance of fairness if he is going to be true to his goal of combating racism. Presenting two such outright white racists right-off-the-bat is just as bad as casting an African American as a mugger for the opening sequence of a film. For a book whose chronology begins in the 60s, this sort of staged 1977 opening smacks of clear agenda-setting from the get-go.

If racial reparations are the true underlying intention of this book, the author would be better suited by dealing honestly with his readers than with veiling his motives. Chang's "us and them" mentality is exactly the sort of reactionary mindset the power elite of this country love to see (divided we fall, etc.) Such an attitude also clearly exhibits the abuse of selective history as a means for sewing ostensible authenticity into numerous "points" that are really of the author's sole invention. As a first generation Irish American, I can say with total assurance that neither I nor any of my ancestors ever performed a clitoridectomy or bound a woman's feet. Sadly (for "whites"), such facts are inadmissible in the court of political correctness at this time.

I do stand by my initial remarks about the quality of this work as a lively piece of hip-hop history. What I reject almost completely is Chang's politicization of hip-hop on such subjective, racial terms. He seems absolutely obsessed with racial tension as the predominant causation for America's failed democracy when any political science professor (without the same chip on their shoulder) will tell you that our problems stem primarily from class division. In Chang's worldview, I sense that even an argument on those grounds would illicit the same divisive stance. As that is pure conjecture, I won't go any further on the point.

In closing, I fully understand that comments such as these fly in the face of what contemporary political correctness teaches us. Still, I do hope that anyone who responds to this post will take the time to actually read what I have said and form a studied response instead of spontaneously erupting from a position they deem to be the exact and total opposite of mine. I apologize if such a disclaimer sounds unfairly disarming but I do live in San Francisco after all.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Jeff Chang!
I picked up this book expecting another (yawn) re-telling of the history of hip-hop - you know the one - Kool Herc plays two recordsat the same time in the South Bronx and then Tupac and Biggie get shot!What I found, thankfully, is a well informed and well written book by someone who really loves and understands hip-hop, and realizes it's importance as, among other things, a youth movement and political force.Filled with everything a good hip-hop book should have - drama, discographies, quotes, and editorializing - this book deserves to be on your shelf, in between your dvd of "Style Wars" and those cds by The Coup you should be listening to!

4-0 out of 5 stars Don't sweat it
Mr. Chang, don't sweat any negative reviews. This is the book that Hip-Hop's been waiting for. IMHO, Hip-Hop is now in it's "teen years" so to speak. We've already gone through all the environmantal discovery that a child goes through, all the playing and such. But now in the teen years we are becoming more aware of ourselves, and Hip-Hop is growing it's own consciousness more than ever. In such a drastically changing time, we need a guide to know where we've been. You'll find that guide/mentor in this book. I've learned more from this book than I have growing up in tha LBC and surrounding areas.

This book is essential and vital.

We've been talkin it up over at http://www.templeofhiphop.org

And as a writer, I love Mr. Chang's use of words and masterful imagery that BOOM! explodes thru the pages.


If you want an education, start here.


Peace and one luv,


~ LordShen
http://www.thelordshen.com

5-0 out of 5 stars From The Author
Unfortunately I think the previous reviewer may have missed the point of my book.

As I've said, in the book and in talks I've given on the book, I never set out to do a "definitive" history of hip-hop culture, let alone one simply about rap music. I don't believe that any one book could capture the breadth and depth of the hip-hop generation's contributions to culture and politics.

In 14+ years of writing on hip-hop from the street level around the globe, working (and often battling) in an international cipher of incredibly talented, passionate, and committed hip-hop artists (not just rappers), journalists, activists, writers, and scholars, I have developed a very strong opinion on this point: there are millions of ways to tell the story of the hip-hop generation. Mine is but one version. It's not "the" history, it's just "a" history.

I want to point everyone to some of the incredible writing that is available-in anthologies edited by people like Raquel Cepeda, Oliver Wang, and Rob Kenner, in books by Joan Morgan, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Bakari Kitwana, Raquel Rivera, Michael Eric Dyson, Mark Anthony Neal, S.H. Fernando, Adisa Banjoko, and Cheo Hodari Coker, and in fiction by Danyel Smith, Black Artemis, Erica Kennedy, and Adam Mansbach. There are classics of hip-hop writing by Tricia Rose, Brian Cross, Steven Hager, David Toop, Greg Tate, Billy Upski Wimsatt, James Spady, Jim Fricke and Charlie Ahearn. As I write this, I know of future classics still coming by people like Dave Tompkins, Brian Coleman, and many others. Nor am I trying to exclude the many other worthy and important writers out there-trust me, I've only scraped the surface of this expanding field of hip-hop generation (not just rap) books. Before long, our shelves should be bending from all the great stuff.

Let me talk about this book. In Can't Stop Won't Stop, I wanted to explore the notion that hip-hop is one of the big ideas of my generation. It's a powerful idea that unites us, divides us, that we feel deeply passionate about, that for many of us helps to define our identity, around the world.

So what I've tried to do here is to present the emergence of the hip-hop generation, through the cultural and the political changes that we've made and that have made us. In doing so, I chose to tell many less-told stories, both because I wanted to add to the shelf of books above and because each of these stories revealed a certain truth about the generation we have come to be.

I wanted the book to be a window on the last three decades of the 20th century, the so-called American Century. In another three decades, this will sound like common sense even if it doesn't right now: you can't talk about America without talking about hip-hop. And you can't talk about hip-hop without talking about America. This is why the book moves back and forth between hip-hop's content and hip-hop's context. I think they are inseparable. Understanding one only helps the understanding of the other.

Personally, I came to hip-hop as a young boy growing in Honolulu in the early 80s, so I am a product of the culture's global reach, and I document its global roots beginning in Jamaica and moving through to its role now as both a indispensable commodity for the multinational media corporations and a grassroots community movement that bridges people and places all over the map.

Finally, I've tried to capture and celebrate the joy that this culture has given to me and to millions of others-not just through rap, but through all of the aesthetic forms hip-hop has moved through and transformed. All throughout the book, my generation's promethean creative powers are on full and glorious display.

Hip-hop has grown from being a local culture to something bigger, something that frames the very way that we see and live in our world. So I wanted Can't Stop Won't Stop to be a history that also begins from the neighborhood level and expands into a generational worldview, with a lot of dope stuff to move to and think about along the way.

Thanks for reading this and please do check out some of the other books I've mentioned above.

2-0 out of 5 stars Informative yet oddly incomplete
Jeff Chang has written a massive volume with lots of interesting information, much of it based on interviews with hip-hop's originators.The early part of the book, which focuses on Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, and the Furious Five, provides a fascinating glimpse into how the music and hip-hop culture got started in New York.The book then moves to the west coast to chronicle the development of "gangsta rap."However, this is where the book narrows its focus and loses its perspective.

There is so much of an emphasis on the history of gang wars and the "right-wing" 1980s Reagonomics/social policy of the 1980s that it comes at the expense of properly placing the artists and their music in the context of broader musical, economic, and societal shifts.While the book claims to cover the period from the 1970s to 2001, it is strangely selective in the history of hip-hop's more recent years.While Public Enemy, NWA, Ice T, and Ice Cube rightly receive lots of attention, more recent artists such as Tupac and Biggie, no less newsworthy than their predecssors, seem to be mentioned only in passing.The accomplishments of Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys are glossed over.Naughty by Nature, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, and the FuGees are not mentioned at all; Suge Knight, Lauryn Hill, 2 Live Crew, the Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, Puffy, Missy Elliot, Jill Scott, India.Arie and Meshell Ndegeocello are some of the artists/producers mentioned almost as an afterthought, many of them lumped together, towards the end.Many others are left out.

The overemphasis in the book on the difficulties of living in the 'hood and the LA riots ultimately does a disservice to all the artists and their accomplishments.There is no discussion of hip-hop's global reach- i.e., DJ Krush, MC Solaar, Russel in "Gorillaz"- that positively illustrate just how far from the 'hood hip-hop artists have come and the economic power they hold in today's economy.Very little is written about how media-savvy individuals such as Puffy and Jay-Z have used the elements of hip-hop to build empires.In the many pages describing "youth oppression," there is no comparison to the grunge movement in the 90s, no contrast about the survival of rap vs. grunge, no talk of rap's influence on artists like Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit, no discussion of artists like Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and Gwen Stefani looking to "urban" music to broaden their appeal.There is very little devoted to the changes in technology that drove much of the development of both new wave and rap- synthesizers and samplers- and mass culture- MTV and the Internet.Discussion of these related topics would have brought the book into the present day, added a much-needed positive spin to this often deadly-serious book, and really showcased the magnitude of what the hip-hop generation has accomplished.As it stands, the book does not do much to explain why rap music is so appealing to those who didn't grow up in the 'hood.

Overall, a highly informative and at times excruciatingly detailed book; for a more inclusvie overview of rap music and hip-hop culture, I would look elsewhere.


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29. The Beatles - Complete Scores
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Catlog: Book (1993-06-01)
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A fitting tribute to possibly the greatest pop band ever - The Beatles. This outstanding hard-cover edition features over 1100 pages with full scores and lyrics to all 210 titles recorded by The Beatles. Guitar and bass parts are in both standard notation and tablature. Also includes a full discography. Songs include: All You Need Is Love * And I Love Her * Baby You're a Rich Man * Back in the U.S.S.R. * The Ballad of John and Yoko * Blackbird * Can't Buy Me Love * Come Together * Drive My Car * Eleanor Rigby * From Me to You * Glass Onion * A Hard Day's Night * Help! * Hey Jude * I Saw Her Standing There * I Want to Hold Your Hand * Michelle * Penny Lane * She Loves You * Twist and Shout * Yesterday * and many more! Book is packaged in its own protective box. A must-own for any serious Beatles fan or collector! 7-2/8 inch. x 10-7/8 inch.. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Bible
I have read some of the negative feedback for this book, and I am pretty disgusted. This is the best book I have EVER SEEN.

It has identified 95% of the instruments on every Beatle song. People say that they have seen better stuff off the internet. They must be CRAZY!!! I have been getting crap off the internet for years. Most songs are incomplete. They say they will "tab the rest later". Yeah right! and some are even in the wrong key.

Yes, I will admit that there are typos, but you like the Beatles enough to buy this book, then you will know if its a G minor instead of a G major and that type of stuff.

People also complain about the typos in the lyrics. If you know the Beatles enough to purchase this book, then you know the lyrics anyway!!

People also complain how "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love" isn't in there. Well Hello!!!! This book wasn't even published until 1993, while the two songs mentioned came out in '95/'96.

Bottom line, this is the best you'll ever get. Yeah, the type is small, but it's not invisible. I have a blast dusting off any album and playing along, because it's all there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not A Half Bad Attempt At An Exhausting Task !!!
Let Me first Stress That I am Not just a Beatlemaniac but I also Played John In the Off/Broadway production of Beatlemania. I thought The Book needed work. It was written years ago and with the technology we have today, we can do better. Ok.... Let's get started !!! There were alot of mistakes !!! Especially in the repetitons ( This is when a verse or versus repeat ). Notes are misplaced, guitar chord positions are sometimes incorrect as are the notes for some of the solos. Words are mispelled. Sometimes guitar chords are missing all-together and last but not least There are songs missing. When I hear the word 'Complete ' It should entail Everything. A good example of this is ' Cry For A Shadow ' or ' I'll Be On My Way ' Cry For A Shadow is, by the way, the first Beatles original to Ever grace a record. If you are looking for any of the Beatles Early original material - You Will Not find it in this book. There are many others as well. Such as : Hello Little Girl, You'll Be Mine, In Spite of All The Danger, Like Dreamers Do, If You've Got Trouble, That Means Alot, Not guilty As well as Cover songs They did (Example ' Aint she Sweet', ' My Bonnie ', ' Some Other Guy ', ' Soldier of Love ', 'Besame Mucho', Hippy Hippy Shake ' and ' You'd Better Leave My Kitten Alone ' ) and Songs Written for other Artists such as Bily J. Kramer, Peter and Gordon, Mary Hopkins and Badfinger. Remember the Song Which was written for The Beatles Called : 'How Do You Do It ' which was recorded by them but never released and then given to Jerry and The Pacemakers because The Beatles didn't like it and opted for 'Please Please Me ' refurbished. Sorry, but the word Complete means Complete. I haven't really bitched about it because I know all of these songs inside/out. I'm mentioning it to those individuals who are searching for these songs, some of which do not exist on paper yet. I Think with the technology we have today, We can make the proper corrections and include the lost songs to make it Complete. One more thing I'd really like to add is the size of the book, although it is legible ( sometimes with the help of a magnifying glass ) it really should be in a larger format such as an 11 by 17 inch book. I'd gladly pay the extra money for it. There is simply way to much information to squeeze into a book this size which may have added to the amount of typos. With all this said I think It's not bad. However, it is not complete or completely accurate by a long shot !!! I do recommend it to anyone interested in playing The Beatles Music. This is about as close as you will get at this point in time to one book with this much info in it until They come out with a second and obviously much larger addition with all the songs in it. I really hope and think they will do this very Soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Rock and Roll Transcription Out There!
The massive undertaking of this project makes it a gift from Rock and Roll Heaven! Every major instrument on Beatles records written out for the needy to learn and the curious to discover!

Of course, it's impossible to take what was never written down in the first place and write it all down perfectly, (not to mention, infusion of character!) but this book will get the average musician at least 90 percent of the way there. That's something I could never do on my own! And why not add a little originality along the way to make up for the remaining 10 percent? While it's not exactly the same string, fret, etc, it'll get you to where you can find the rest on your own. It'll also send your fingers in new musical directions they've never gone before!

Although I'd like to keep this book as my own little secret, might as well reward the guys who labored so hard on it! This book can do so many things for you! It is a lifetime's worth of jamming, practice, reference and study. Yes, it's a Beatles Bible!

4-0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
I purchased the book and have no real complaints except for the Harrison/Lennon song "Cry for a Shadow" it was recorded very early on, and yeah sounds easy to figure out, but should have been transcribed anyway. So it's really not complete among other songs recorded by them. I have purchased guitar magazines with guitar solos of certain songs transcribed and one can see every transcriber has a different interpretation of the song including on the Internet. There is an art to transcribing and some are better at it, I wish I was but it takes a lot of practice. This book is no exception, but worth the price even though it is not completely complete and there is some discrepancies about it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Beatle Bible
If you have a love for the Beatles and really want to learn what they did and how they made it so good, this is the book. It's been my constant musical companion over the last three years and has made me a better guitar player as well as given me insight into the secondary parts that made the songs so great.

I recommend this book to anyone into music and especially other musicians and Beatle nuts. Throw out all your other Beatle song books and buy this. There's none better.

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30. Bass Guitar for Dummies
by PatrickPfeiffer, WillLee, Patrick Pfeiffer
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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Shake the earth with deep, sonorous vibrations. Be the force that relentlessly drives the music. Rumble like the ominous thunder of an approaching storm. For you, it's not enough just to be heard; you need to be felt, too. You need to play bass guitar.

Imagine your favorite music without bass. It doesn't work, does it? The bass is the heartbeat of the music, the foundation of the groove, and the glue that holds together all the different instruments. You can feel the vibrations of the low notes – sometimes subtle and caressing, sometimes literally earthshaking – as they propel the song. The bass is the heart. So leave center stage to the other musicians – you have more important work to do. The limelight may be cool, but bassists rule!

You can find everything you need to dominate the bass in Bass Guitar For Dummies – whether you're a beginner picking up a bass for the first time or an experienced player looking for way to improve. And you won't drown in complicated music theory, either; this easy-to-understand reference gives you just enough music theory to get you on your way.

Bass Guitar For Dummies includes the following topics and more:

  • Exploring the anatomy of a bass guitar
  • Getting started: Holding your bass, positioning your hands, and striking notes
  • Reading bass notation and understanding chords, scales, and octaves
  • Creating a groove and playing solos and fills
  • Examining different bass-playing styles, from rock and funk to blues and reggae
  • Caring for your bass: Cleaning, changing strings, and so on
  • Buying your own bass and accessories
  • Top Ten lists on bassists you should know about

Bass Guitar For Dummies also comes with a CD that includes audio clips of all the examples in the book.

So put away the air bass guitar and get yourself the real thing. With the help of Bass Guitar For Dummies, you'll be groovin' in your own band in no time! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bass Guitar not just for Dummies
This book is packed with more information than several other books combined so it's well worth the price. Fantastic resource for the beginner and intermediate and, despite the title, even advanced players will gain new insight into their craft. The simple straight forward writing is clear and directly to the point - and some of the attempts at humor are actually humorous. Covers everything: what the bass does in a band, creating grooves, different styles of music, scales/modes and arpeggios, reading notation and even concepts for soloing. AND the CD is awesome!!!! You can hear and play along with examples from the book to really get the feel. Pfeiffer is an excellent teacher and having his book is like taking lessons from him. I think using this book will help you to quickly understand and play bass well.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Bass Bible
If any of you Bass Players are like me, You have been purchasing book after book just to end up in the same (or worse) situation. Stumped, trying to connect point A to Point B. Some books don't make points clear enough for you to understand things like, Proper warm up techniques, building major, minor scales, modes, chords, playing solos, playing in odd meter, understanding sight reading, the importance of timing and how to achieve it etc etc. If you tried to tackle any one of these subjects chances are you have a book collection large enough to rival the NY Public Library...(I know I do) Bass Guitar For Dummies is like the book all books were derived from. All of the topics I mentioned (and some I didn't) are discussed in a clear orderly fashion. The book goes from the basics to the more advanced, A definate reference guide even for the Professional. Just Starting on Bass? Well, this book is the book for you as well.....(I wish this book was out when I started!!) "Bass Guitar For Dummies" will lead you to the proper road to success. I suggest every one who is serious (or just curious) about bass playing, pick up this most incredible offering by Performer, Teacher, Composer "Patrick Pfeiffer" Hey, what do you have to lose? If you want to play with the big boys, you need to arm yourself with the proper tools........I recommend this book to all.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Complete Joy
I've been playing bass for 20 years on and off and never had a lesson. I bought this book 2 months ago and I'm finally learning what I'm doing right, what I'm doing wrong and why! I wish this had been out when I started.

The style is entertaining and easy to read but also detailled and comprehensive without being tiring or overwhelming. The split of topics is good and the CD is a real support, not a gimmick.

This book blows away every other bass instruction work I've ever picked up. Great fun, I'm really enjoying my playing and I can hear myself getting better week on week. Do yourself a favour and get this, it really is that useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bass Guitar for Dummies
Do not let the title of this book fool you...Bass Guitar for Dummies is by far the Best overall Bass instruction book that I have ever had! The author's of the 'Dummies' series of books are all experts in their fields. Patrick Pfeiffer is no different! He is a Professional Bassist, and Bass teacher. In Bass Guitar for Dummies, Patrick Pfeiffer, shares with us his knowledge of the Bass and Bass playing, using his own special method of teaching.
Bass Guitar for Dummies is well written and laid out. There is something in Bass Guitar for Dummies for everyone...From the very basics to creating your own Groove! There are superb examples of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Country, Reggie, Funk, Pop, Hard Rock, etc. in the book and on the CD.
Most of the work and research has been done for by Patrick Pfeiffer. All you have to do is get a copy of Bass Guitar for Dummies, read it and practice what you have leaned. What could be easier?!

5-0 out of 5 stars Must-have Bass Book!!
This book is a must have for the beginner and advanced player alike- any level of player will be able to draw from this book . From the make-up of the instrument itself to concepts in exercises and grooves, the book gives a thorough explanation of the foundation of the bass guitar in different styles of music- and does it in an entertaining and understandable way. The accompanying CD is the best of its kind- no synthesized bass and drum loops here, folks- this is the real deal, with real drums and bass demonstrating hip groove styles. The book is very thorough, but enjoyable and humorous enough to delve into or just to peruse at your leisure. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has ever played or yearns to play the bass. ... Read more


31. The "First Stage" Guitar Chord Chart - Learn How To Play The Most Commonly Played Guitar Chords
by Chris Lopez
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Publisher: First Stage Concepts
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Now you can learn the most commonly played guitar chords! The ideal guitar learning chord chart for anyone who would like to quickly learn to play guitar! Includes lots of practice chord combinations! Learn to play guitar to rock 'n roll, country, blues, popular songs, etc., on an electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and 12 string guitar. Clear, simple, and very easy to understand illustrations. This guitar chord chart is for the beginner who wants a simple and direct method to learn how to play chords on the guitar. There is no note reading or complicated theory to deal with. There are study notes and clearly illustrated fingering diagrams to help you on your way to playing chords to your favorite songs and some great exercises to get you going on your own songs. This guitar chord chart is easy to understand and is presented in a clear and methodical fashion with chord grids and logical explanations. Finally!, a learn to play guitar chord chart that offers you so much more! Includes 6 full chart pages of the most commonly played guitar chords!

Even though this is a great handy guitar chord chart, getting both THE "FIRST STAGE" GUITAR BOOK and THE "NEXT STAGE" GUITAR BOOK would be the perfect choice to building a great foundation in establishing the overall skills to learning how to play a guitar without spending a great deal of time in music theory! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good Beginnings
Recently got First Stage Guitar Chord Chart by Chris Lopez and Essentials by Bruce Arnold. I'm a weekend geetar picker just getting started. I'm mostly interested in learning chords and scales. I thought both books were good they both gave simple presentations of the most important chords and scales. Essentials has an interesting quark in that you can download videos and mp3 files that go with various parts of the book. I found the mp3 files to be very useful to jam over but I'm over here on a dial up connection so couldn't use the video stuff that much. One thing I did watch though was movies about common problems found with each chord. It showed me all the common problems people have when learning chords and I thought that was pretty cool. Ya really can't go wrong with either book though - they lay everything out very clearly and are enjoyable to work with.

5-0 out of 5 stars buy all books written by Chris Lopez
You can't go wrong his books! They're straight and to the point, but easy enough for the beginners. I play seven different instruments, all self taught and the guitar is the hardest instrument that I have ever tried to master. This man's books have made that goal a lot easier. If you don't to spend a lot of money on lessons, then just buy his books and practice, practice, practice! Did you know that most musicians out there are self taught? It's true and I'm living proof!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful chord reference in an simple package
I had been checking music stores and the net for a good chord reference material. I found plenty of those 10000 or a million chords books, which seems to be very useful for professional musicians, but unfortunately were too complicated for such a beginner and "weekend" guitar player like me.

Then I found this booklet, which was 8 pages long, but it seemed quite complete and very simply to follow and understand.

We basically have chord diagrams with four types of A chords, four types of E chords, four types of D chords, etc... We have the most common and used 48 chords, and an interesting aspect is that it always tells you which chords go well with other chords.

It means that you can learn the chords by simply copying the diagrams and then create your chord progression for a song you want to compose. A very useful tool to compose your first songs for acoustic or electric guitar.

There is also a guide for chord progressions, in case you don't even want to create your own and just want to follow instructions and learn new things.

I am sure there must be more complete books around, but if you basically want to learn a few more chords, learn about chord progressions and maybe compose your first songs, this cheap booklet is almost a must.

This booklet is rightly priced, it contains valuable info and is presented in a simply to understand format. Maybe later I will go for a more complete book on chords, with all those thousands of chords, but right now I am very happy with my choice!

5-0 out of 5 stars A handy chord guide
This is a very handy chord reference guide to have available for a quick check on a chord you are practicing. It also includes a chord combination chart so that you can start arranging your own chord progressions.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Get Guitar Learning Helper
There is much more to this chord chart than the most commonly played guitar chords, it also shows you how to make up your own chord arrangements and plenty of practice chord combinations. This low priced handy chord chart is the best one I've seen out there. It is definitely a must get guitar learning helper. ... Read more


32. Stradivari's Genius : Five Violins, One Cello, and Three Centuries of Enduring Perfection
by TOBY FABER
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33. Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music: Ancient to Baroque (6-CD set)
by Donald Jay Grout
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4-0 out of 5 stars The Standard
If you're a music student at almost any major school (I just finished my undergraduate at Indiana University, for example) you'll most likely need to take a course that uses these CD's as part of its history survey. For that purpose, this set is an excellent collection. These, with their companion Norton Anthology of Western Music, and in conjunction with Grout/Palisca's History of Western Music, make for a thorough survey of the roots and history of Western music. Both the History and the Anthology use these CD's, and make constant references to them. (At least, up until 1750, after which you'll need the second volume)

Having said that, however, i'm afraid that these CD's are limited to their intended purpose. Obviously, there would be absolutely no way to have a comprehensive collection of music and text be affordable to an average college student. As it is, the Grout, Norton, and CD's total about $200 total. However, for that cost they provide an extremely good survey of Western music. A student can follow historical developments through the music, and learn an enormous amount from these CD's. They provide a fairly good cross-section of different styles of major composers, and even a few examples of lesser known composers. One is far less likely to criticize the music of the twentieth century, for example, if one finds that Gesualdo (of the late 16th century) was writing music that was MUCH stranger than anything before the turn of the twentieth century.

For someone outside of the music school (who will most likely be required to buy these anyway), these are also an excellent (and comparatively affordable) way to survey the mainstream and less-mainstream trends in Western music. The recordings are all relatively high-quality, often using historical instruments and interpretations (something important to a student of musical history) and providing a good introduction to classical music.

For that reason, then, i recommend these to the casual listener as a good introduction to Western music. If you seek a "greatest hits" album, these are not that; go buy those Time-Life things they advertise on television. This is rather a serious collection of music from as many different styles as allowable while still maintaining some depth. The only thing that keeps the fifth star empty is the lack (by necessity, though i must admit) of a more wide-ranging selection of music. Despite that, they are still an excellent buy. The casual listener of classical music should find these to be a valuable introduction to the well known, and also the more obscure realms of early music. ... Read more


34. The Dirt : Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band
by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx, Neil Strauss
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Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
Publisher: Regan Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.68 out of 5 stars
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Whiskey and porn stars, hot reds and car crashes, black leather and high heels, overdoses and death. This is the life of MÖtley CrÜe, the heaviest drinking, hardest fighting, most oversexed and arrogant band in the world. Their unbelievable exploits are the stuff of rock 'n' roll legend. They nailed the hottest chicks, started the bloodiest fights, partied with the biggest drug dealers, and got to know the inside of every jail cell from California to Japan. They have dedicated an entire career to living life to its extreme, from the greatest fantasies to the darkest tragedies. Tommy married two international sex symbols; Vince killed a man and lost a daughter to cancer; Nikki overdosed, rose from the dead, and then OD'd again the next day; and Wick shot a woman and tried to hang his own brother. But that's just the beginning. Fueled by every drug they could get their hands on and obscene amounts of alcohol, driven by fury and headed straight for hell, MÖtley CrÜe raged through two decades, leaving behind a trail of debauched women, trashed hotel rooms, crashed cars, psychotic managers, and broken bones that has left the music industry cringing to this day. All these unspeakable acts, not to mention their dire consequences, are laid bare in The Dirt.

Here -- directly from Nikki, Vince, Tommy, and Mick -- is the unexpurgated version of the whole glorious, gut-wrenching story. In these pages, published for the first time anywhere, are Tommy Lee's letters to Pamela Anderson from prison: Mick's confession to having an incurable disease that is slowly killing him; Vince's experience burying his own daughter -- and the train wreck that his life became afterward; and Nikki's anguished struggle to deal with an entire life fueled by anger over his childhood abandonment, his discovery of the family he never knew he had -- and his subsequent loss of them. And all of it accompanied by scores of rare, never-before-published photographs, mug shots, and handwritten lyrics. No one is spared. Not David Lee Roth, Ozzy Osbourne, Vanity, Aerosmith, Heather Locklear, AC/DC, Lita Ford, Iron Maiden, Pamela Anderson, Guns N' Roses, Donna D'Errico, RATT, or those two girls from Dallas, Texas.

Make no mistake about it: these guys are geniuses. They invented glam metal and then left it in the dust; sold more than forty million albums from Shout at the Devil to Dr. Feelgood; toured the world dozen times and have the scars to prove it it; and maintained a rabid following in an era of throwaway pop stars. MÖtley CrÜe has done nothing less than tattoo the psyche of the entire MTV generation. They are the ultimate rock 'n' roll band. And if you don't believe it, read The Dirt. You don't know what decadence is...

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock's Bad Boys Tell All...
I've followed the Crue since 1982 and have read so much about the band, listened to interviews, and watched them on TV. Knowing all I know about them, I could not put this book down once I started reading it. It's amazing to actually hear how the band was consumed by drugs and alcohol.

The book follows each member from childhood. It gives you a sense of each member's personality and shows you a different side of them not seen by the public. While each member's tales of their upbringing were interesting, Nikki's childhood stories are the most interesting and moving. Moving past childhood and adolescence, the member's chronicle their way into music and Motley Crue.

From their wild nights and endless days of partying while making a name for themselves in L.A., see how the band promoted themselves, and snagged a record deal with Elektra Records. It amazing that they got signed after reading just how wild they were before they hit the big time. At that point, the party had only begun.

The Dirt allows you to see the real people behind the Bad Boy Rock Star Images of the Motley members. While they are one of the wildest bands to walk the face of this earth, they are in fact human and have faced more problems and turmoil than most of us combined will ever know. Some of their problems may have been self inflicted but none the less, real problems. With all the good and bad they went through, they made it out alive and left their mark in rock and roll.

This book covers everything Motley. The wild tours, fights, arrests, deaths, recording sessions, parties, groupies and more. Motley Crue lived the Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll life style like no other band. VH1's "Behind The Music" only scratched the surface of the bad boys story. If you want it all, pick up "The Dirt" and I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars THEATRE OF PAIN...INDEED!
I'm not a fan of Motley Crue (the people or their music) but this book came to my attention through all of the stories I have heard over the years. As far as rock biographies go, it's a fast paced read. Motley Crue epitomizes the message of "Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll!" So since there are so many other reviews I think I'll just share what I have learned about the band members through their 430 page opus.

Vince Neil has the most penultimate tear-jerker in the chapter that deals with the death of his daughter. In a book made to shock and astonish, this was as touching a moment as anything I have read. Beyond his love and loss, he comes off like a stand-up guy who enjoys the life style and isn't making excuses.

Nikki Sixx had a rough childhood and has so many father-son issues it's not even funny. While I respect the fact that he's been through more turmoil than I'll ever know...get over it. There's nothing more pathetic than listening to rock star millionaires pining away about how sad they are. I guess money can't buy happiness.

Mick Mars has the least to say in this book and this left me the most intrigued. He has battled rough times from personal illness to divorce to just plain being the victim of emotional abuse. I'm amazed he stayed with the band as long as he has. His is the true sad story in The Dirt.

Tommy Lee...moron. Here is the epitome of a millionaire jerk who just never learns. How a guy like this managed to bag babes like Heather Locklear, Pamela Anderson, and Carmen Electra...is beyond me. Don't expect to learn anything from his chapters except to see a spoiled baby who is used to getting anything he wants, and if he doesn't then the tantrums start...then and now.

It's a testament to this book that I enjoyed reading it. The chapters flow quickly telling each band member's story and author Neil Strauss never slows down. And unlike biographies by other rock groups, these characters actually have some bizarre stories to tell...and how they survived is beyond me. While I may not be racing out to buy any Crue music, I'm very happy that I read this biography.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for hard core Motley Crue fans!
This was a great book......great pictures and the stories of these guys is just amazing. The fact that it is so in detail about each band member and how they told each of thier stories is amazing. The fact that they are all clean and sober is just as great. This band is amazing and I do feel that the music will live on forever. Don't ever judge a book by its cover. Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars a wild ride
"The Dirt" is impossible to describe. The stories Motley Crue tell are hard to believe, yet you know it's all true. Struggling in Hollywood living together in a roach infested apartment, the wild parties, the girls, girls, girls. Of course, they become a huge famous band and their drugs and girls get huge too.

The chapters Nikki Sixx wrote were my favorites. He comes across as very intellligent and is a great storyteller. Mick Mars' chapters are very insightful, as he always seemed to shy away from media attention and I never knew all that much about him. Tommy Lee's chapters make him sound like a spoiled child. He was always my favorite member of the Crue, but his chapters got harder and harder to read (ending with letters he wrote to Pamela from prison that were so juvenille it hurt to read them).

All in all, this is a fantastic book that I've read three times since purchasing. It's hard to put down, hard to believe and a totally wild ride.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unadulterated Realism
In my opinion, this is the most gut renching, unadulterated truth that I have ever read. From laughing out loud, to being completely disgusted, the boys of Motley Crue cover all basis and pulled no stop when it came to this autobiography of their lives as they lived it.

They had drugs on tap, sex on tap, and a boat load of trouble that followed them everywhere they went. The fact that some people dislike this book because of their "Hedonistic actions", they must realize that this IS life as it was and still is today. I highly recommend that people read this book just so they can know what is out there and what really happened/happens in the world of rock as we know it. ... Read more


35. Rolling with the Stones
by Bill Wyman, Richard Havers
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Sales Rank: 39935
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Of his own choosing, Bill Wyman's career as a founding member of the Rolling Stones has achieved a perspective that his legendary bandmates don't yet enjoy: a beginning, middle, and end. Indeed, the musicians once hailed as the greatest rock & roll band in the world have become more like the band that wouldn't die. But history can't be denied, and the man born William Perks of Lower Sydenham, London, has lovingly assembled this over-500-page book, equal parts memoir and lavishly illustrated coffee-table tome, with a winning mix of clear-eyed reportage (based on his own voluminous diaries) and an eye for colorful detail and ephemera worthy of a proud family scrapbook. Which, in many ways, Rolling with the Stones most resembles: family--and musical--trees are acknowledged, career moves dissected, deaths mourned, and triumphs and foibles alike are dispensed with equal candor. Wyman deflates the myth of the Stones as rock's preternatural bad boys (a conservative, sensationalist press made it all too easy to live down to expectations) yet allows the tragic legend of band founder Brian Jones to assume its proper perspective. A half-decade older than his bandmates, the retired Stone has few illusions about the band's true cultural impact and creative arc, devoting nearly three-quarters of the book to the Stones' first, turbulent decade. What is more gratifying is that he avoids the myopic constraints of the similarly sized Beatles Anthology, generously weaving the recollections of band members, associates, family, reporters, and even fan letters into a narrative whose outline is epic, but whose viewpoint has a decidedly human scale. --Jerry McCulley ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book on the Rolling Stones if you only get one!
I'm also prejudiced as I'm a very strong and longtime Stones fan, e.g. I've got all the new SACD albums and have seen them 6 times on the 2002 US tour! This book is a superb summary of both their off and on stage escapades with lots of details too. Designed as a high end coffee book it is more than its 2,000 photos, 45 two page tour spreads (yes - each tour and every date is listed up to 1993 - when Bill Wyman had left). Plus their are lots of quotes from many who were there and so much more! It literaly starts with where they were born and goes on from there. Definitely easy to dip in to, say for your favorite album or tour, or to read through in one very long sitting. Highly recommended. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Holy Grail for the Rolling Stones fan
So much has been written about the Rolling Stones over the years, but as shown in his autobiography Stone Alone, Bill Wyman's accounts carry much weight because he was there. This massive book is a huge collage of trivia, photos and memorabilia of the band's long reign. Still, the written content is just as valuable, and Wyman packs every page with inside information and personal observations which makes this priceless.

All the famous and not so famous moments of the Rolling Stones' career are highlighted, and the reader is spared the pretensions of the boring rock critics who usually suck the life out of their subjects. Particularly enjoyable (as in Stone Alone) are the anecdotes about the early Stones and their unlikely rise to fame.

Lots of tidbits all over; for example, Wyman still seems pissed 30 years later about Keith Richards overdubbing the bass on "Happy". There's trivia, like the story behind the cover shoot of Get Your Ya-Yas out and Andy Warhol's disapproval of the Love You Live cover, as well as detail like the typical set lists from all the tours. Ticket stubs and concert posters are everywhere, now if only I could find my 1979 Oshawa concert ticket that's pictured in the book!

Wyman still manages to convey the excitement of the whole experience, and its obvious that he loves being an integral part of the Rolling Stones' legacy.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you love the Stones, run--don't walk--to buy this!
Let me begin by tempering my comments with the fact that I've long been a fan of the Stones (going back to my garage-band days in the late 60's), so I began this book with a sincere interest in understanding the "phenomenon" we know as "The Rolling Stones". After just a short while, I was absolutely blown away by Bill Wyman's thorough, loving, and fantasically annotated effort. Here it is ladies and gentlemen, the complete history (warts and all) of one of the world's great rock bands. I am amazed that the book comes across as objective, and Wyman never sounds as if he's boasting or bragging...he just lays out the history of the group, song-by-song and performance-by-performance. Information is presented in somewhat of a scrapbook format, but this quickly grows on you, as it allows you to skip over items you might not care to view (lists of each forum where the Stones played on each tour), and savor the tidbits of information that are so insightful. Each page holds an incredible amount of information: photographs, background information, side notes, copies of contracts, mini-biographies, discographies, and so on. Very interesting tidbits of information are found almost everywhere....did you know that the famous "Jumping Jack Flash" riff was NOT a Jagger/Richard idea? Lots of clippings from newspapers and other media of the day, in turn condemning or praising the Stones as a group and as individuals. It's almost like being allowed to view Wyman's day-by-day scrapbook/diary of what happened as the band went from a bunch of school boys to the greatest rock band left standing. The amazing thing is that I never found myself bored with this volume. Maybe that's because I've always been amazed by the Stones, and perhaps that's natural for someone who "grew up" with them. So my advice is aimed at those who are sincere Stones fans or those who have a deep interest in the history of the band. This book should pretty much answer all your questions and provide MANY hours of entertainment as you "roll" with the Stones.

5-0 out of 5 stars An absolute "must have".
If you're gonna buy one book about the Rolling Stones, this is the one. When it came out, I remembered reading a long time ago that Bill Wyman was "the band's archivist". He did one helluva job!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
I highly recommend this book to every music fan. Contains old journal entries, rare pictures, and memorabilia, this book takes you back in time when the Stones were really rolling. ... Read more


36. The Best Fake Book Ever: For Keyboard, Vocal, Guitar, and All "C" Instruments (3rd Edition)
by Hal Leonard
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Asin: 0634034243
Catlog: Book (2002-04-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 69591
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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The latest edition of this fake book is truly the Best Ever! Hundreds of songs have been added for a grand total of over 1,000 huge hits! Includes the melody lines, lyrics and chords for: Against All Odds * Amazed * At the Hop * Autumn Leaves * The Birth of the Blues * Bohemian Rhapsody * Cabaret * California Girls * Candle in the Wind * Centerfold * Chariots of Fire * Colors of the Wind * Crazy * Dust in the Wind * Earth Angel * Eleanor Rigby * Fever * Fire and Rain * From a Distance * Hello, Dolly! * Hey Jude * I Am Woman * Imagine * Joy to the World * Kansas City * The Keeper of the Stars * La Bamba * Lady in Red * Linus and Lucy * Longer * Me and Bobby McGee * Mickey Mouse March * Misty * More * More Than Words * Oye Como Va * Peggy Sue * The Rainbow Connection * Respect * Route 66 * Shout * Spanish Eyes * Stormy Weather * Take Five * Thriller * Time in a Bottle * Unchained Melody * Wave * The Way We Were * Y.M.C.A. * You've Got a Friend * and hundreds more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not for youngsters
I just want to disagree with those reviewers who say that if you are over 40 this book is not for you. I am over 50, and I find the song selection of this book to be outstanding. I am sure my 21 year old son wouldn't identify with it, but I recognized almost all the song titles and found the variety to be outstanding!

2-0 out of 5 stars Guitar players think twice
There are some gems in here, but for the most part I would agree with the reviewer who said that for those over 40 years of age, time tested pieces are scarce. I would also add that although this book claims to be for guitar, the presence of chords ( names but in this case no mini chord charts )over the melody line ( by definition necessary for a fake book ) might be of minimal assistance in this case. Many, if not most, of the songs are in the more "guitar unfriendly" keys. Many ,if not most of the songs, are "incidental heavy" in their chord listings which no doubt preserves the original chord flavoring of the songs well but may require advanced finger gymnastics for the guitar player. Often some accomodation in keys and chords is made when "for guitar" is mentioned, or implied, in a title. So guitar players, despite the cover note that implies some degree of guitar friendliness or accomodation, think twice , or better yet go to a "brick and mortar" store where you can actually look at the keys and chords, before buying.

2-0 out of 5 stars More a miss than a hit
There are some gems in here for certain, however I agree with the other reviewer who stated that if you're 40+ you won't find a wealth of time tested standards. Also for guitar players the difficulty I would place at intermediate to advanced due to the keys and (perhaps needless)chord complexities (no mini-charts with the chords which would have helped with all of the obscure ones). I have two other fake books from Hal Leaonard ( Christmas guitar and Folksongs )and I can't imagine that this group was gathered by the same team since I really like the other titles. I had several other Hal Leonard fake books on my "wish list" but now that I find the compilations inconsistent in quality I won't buy any more sight unseen.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not for you if you're over 40-
I purchased the Ultimate Fake Book a few months ago and found it to be a great joy with lots of familiar songs and easy-to-read notations. I expected The Best Fake Book Ever to be a continuation of the mixed genre of the first book. What I found, instead, was a book loaded with very unnoteworthy
music - three-fourths of which were unknown to this over-40
player....way too many Top-40 songlists that do not have the "wearability" of the tried and true standards which the Ultimate Fake Book had. I suppose, nevertheless, that the
songs I glean from this book pay for it considering the cost of sheet music this day and age. I would hate to think that Hal Leonard has already run out of songs to include in these
compilations. Perhaps he should "steal" some songs from his other fake books to publish as the "Best Fake Book Ever", 2nd edition. I would much rather see some classical, jazz, religious, Broadway, and standards mixed together than being bombarded with such inane titles as are found in this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book gets 5 stars... If you don't know what a fake book is, it is only going to have the melody line (for the piano part, it will only have the right hand, not the left).

The book with the RED cover is for C instruments (piano, guitar, harmonica, violin, flute, recorder, oboe, viola).
The book with the GREEN cover is B-Flat instruments (clarinet, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, trumpet, baritone T.C.).
The book with the BLUE cover is for E-Flat instruments (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone).

It is about a level 4-5 on a difficulty scale of 1-10 with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest. ... Read more


37. The Frank Sinatra Reader
by Steven Petkov, Leonard Mustazza
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Asin: 0195095316
Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr (T)
Sales Rank: 948002
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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From the time he made hordes of hysterical fans swoon at the Paramount in 1942 up until the present day, Frank Sinatra has never been out of the public spotlight. With some 1,800 recordings, 60 film credits, two Oscars, numerous Grammys and a Grammy Legends Award, and the undying loyalty of millions of fans around the world, Sinatra has become an American hero. Songs sung by the Italian-American phenomenon, such as "New York, New York," "My Way,""Fly Me to the Moon," and "That's Life" are now the undisputed classics of American popular music.

In The Frank Sinatra Reader, Leonard Mustazza and Steven Petkov have brought together for the first time a singular selection of writings about the famous singer that focuses on his music and his legendary voice. A unique anthology of reviews, photographs and memoirs, many of them back in print for the first time in decades, this collection tells the story of Sinatra's extraordinary musical career from its inception to the present. We see Sinatra as a teen phenomenon and follow his rise and fall as a solo performer, his comeback as a mature recording artist with Capitol Records and his reign as a powerful and influential personality in the 60s. Lastly, the book contemplates Sinatra's ability to endure and triumph in a changing musical world. Included among the prominent writers, musicians, and journalists that recount and applaud the star's progress through the twentieth century are Henry Pleasants, Arnold Shaw, Stephen Holden, Gay Talese, Whitney Balliet, Gene Lees, and William Kennedy. Readers will also find intimate recollections by writers who knew not only the musician but the man himself, such as those by Pete Hamill, Jonathan Schwartz, and Rosalind Russell. The editors provide introductions to each section, a selected discography, a complete filmography, as well as a biographical chronology of the author's life and a selected bibliography.

In The Frank Sinatra Reader, the man and his music become inseperable as the reader develops a greater understanding and appreciation of both. Mustazza and Petkov have created an invaluable collection that both illuminates and reflects Sinatra's incredible impact on the American cultural landscape. It is a must read for all Sinatra fans and for anyone interested in popular music and culture. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Inside View of the #1 Megastar of them all!!
From Bobby Sox fave to Sultan of Swoon to the Fall and Great Comeback, it is just about all here, except for the very last years from the mid-1990's to the end. This volume is a collection of essays surveying the vast realm of an incredible career. The clear links between his peerless Capitol recordings,and his own life are explained,as are the demanding sessions themselves, his always being in charge with a lot of help from his friends. Every piece here is worthwhile, my favorite being Gay Talese's FRANK SINATRA HAS A COLD (1966)To quote:"Sinatra with a cold is Picasso without paint,Ferrari without fuel..A Sinatra with a cold can, in a small way,send vibrations through the entertainment industry and beyond as surely as a President can, suddenly sick, shake the national economy." A great fun of a read! Not for Frank fanatics only.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone who loves Ole Blue Eyes
This book is like an almanac of information on Frankie. I had the pleasure of reading it at a friends house, and it was just great. I highly recommend it. Another good one, is "Why Sinatra Matters." Both give a glimpse into a man that we all love. ... Read more


38. Mix Tape : The Art of Cassette Culture
by THURSTON MOORE
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Asin: 0789311992
Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
Publisher: Universe
Sales Rank: 602568
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Stop. Fast-forward. Pause. Rewind. It has become part of our vocabulary when talking about the momentum of our lives . . . .
Over forty years ago Phillips launched the compact audio cassette at the 1963 Berlin Radio Show and our relationship with music has never been the same. Durable, inexpensive, and portable, the new format was an instant success. By the 1970s, we were voraciously recording music onto blank cassettes. It allowed us to listen to, and, in effect, curate music in a new way. Privately. Mix tapes let us become our own DJs, creating mixes for friends, lovers, and family, for parties and road trips.
Artist and musician Thurston Moore looks back at the plastic gadget that first let us make our own compilations. Over eighty home tapers, including artists, musicians, actors, writers, directors, comediennes, talk show hosts, and, of course, record store employees were invited to tell the stories behind their mixes. From the Romantic Tape, to the Break-up Tape, the Road Trip Tape, to the "Indoctrination" Tape-the art and text that emerged was of the mix cassette as a new way of re-sequencing music to make sense of our most stubbornly inexpressible feelings-a way of explaining ourselves to someone else, or to ourselves.
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39. The Ultimate Broadway Fake Book: Over 720 Songs from over 240 Shows for Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Electronic Keyboards and All "C" Instruments
by Stanley Green
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Asin: 0793582598
Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 60919
Average Customer Review: 3.57 out of 5 stars
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Over 720 songs from over 240 Broadway shows! Recently revised to include hits from Martin Guerre, Rent, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Sunset Boulevard, Victor/Victoria, and more! This is the definitive collection of Broadway music, featuring: * Song title index * Show title index * Composer and lyricist index * Synopses of each show. Song highlights include: Ain't Misbehavin' * All I Ask of You * Another Op'nin' Another Show * As Long As He Needs Me * At The Ballet * Bali Ha'i * Beauty and the Beast * Bewitched * Cabaret * Camelot * Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man * Castle on a Cloud * Consider Yourself * Dance: Ten, Looks: Three * Day by Day * Do-Re-Mi * Don't Cry for Me Argentina * Down in the Depths (On the Ninetieth Floor) * Edelweiss * Everything's Coming Up Roses * Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye * Getting to Know You * Give My Regards to Broadway * Hello, Dolly! * How Are Things in Glocca Morra * How High the Moon * I Don't Know How to Love Him * I Dreamed a Dream * If I Can't Love Her * If I Were a Man * If I Were a Rich Man * (I'm a) Yankee Doodle Dandy * The Impossible Dream * The Lady Is a Tramp * Last Night of the World * Love Changes Everything * The Music of the Night * Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' * Oklahoma * Ol' Man River * On My Own * Only You * People * The Rain in Spain * Seasons of Love * Send in the Clowns * The Sound of Music * Starlight Express * Tell Me on a Sunday * Tell Me to Go * Tomorrow * Unexpected Song * Waitin' for the Light to Shine * What I Did for Love * With One Look * You'll Never Walk Alone * more! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
I have so much fun playing Broadway songs on my violin. I really do. The nice thing about this book, especially for violin, is that it only shows the melody in treble clef so it eliminates the annoying page-turning you have to deal with when playing from a piano book. Though sometimes I get sad the book doesn't have a song I like in it, but it really has a great selection, one or two songs from any Broadway you can think of and many pages of music from greats like Les Miz and Phantom. Well worth the investment.

3-0 out of 5 stars not for theory challenged
Definitely not for the theory challenged as it includes only melody lines and chords -- not full arrangements. Great for auditions if you're working with a seasoned accompanist with solid chord theory and ability to play from charts. Otherwise your audition could trip up on a mediocre pianist scrambling to improvise.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, Not Great
This is a good buy for a pro pianist like me who might get requests for tunes I've never heard of from shows I've never seen. It has three indexes: by tune, by show, and by composers and lyricists.

One of the best things in the book is an alphabetical show-by-show synopsis, containing information about each show's history, its major personnel, and its plot.

However -- and it's a BIG however; in fact, several howevers: an awful lot of the songs are second-rate and I can't imagine getting requests for them, or even wanting to play them myself.

The book proclaims its inclusion of "great songs" from several more recent shows such as "Rent"; gimme a break -- these songs are barely listenable, much less "great."

Throughout the book, many of the chord changes are incorrect (this is a musician's constant complaint about ALL fake books).

Most of the songs do not include the verse (and for Rodgers & Hart, Gershwin, and Kern these are often essential parts of the song). And there are inexplicable omissions.

For example: (1) Some of the included shows are lacking some of their best songs: "The Nervous Set" omits "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most," "Finian's Rainbow omits "Necessity." "The Merry Widow" omits "The Merry Widow Waltz." "Mack and Mabel" omits "I Promise You a Happy Ending." (2) Some excellent shows are missing altogether. No "L'il Abner." No Cy Coleman's "I Love My Wife." And Leonard Bernstein is represented only by two songs from "Wonderful Town"; no "Candide," no "On the Town," no "West Side Story."

And of course there are many songs I already own in other collections, although the book is useful as a one-stop source for all of these, and there are about fifty to a hundred decent to superb songs that I own nowhere else.

There is ample representation of Rodgers & Hart, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Kern, Gershwin, Porter, Frank Loesser, Jerry Herman, Harold Arlen, Lerner & Loewe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, et al.

In the end, despite its flaws, to me the book was well worth the price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book,great price
I've used a friends copy of this book and it was time for me to get one of my own. Great selection of tunes. Amazon definitely has the best price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Selection!
This book definitely has an amazing selection of pieces from old and new musicals alike. Everything ranging from Carosel to Rent. Althought it is quite pricey, Amazon.com has been able to reduce it greatly.

- A definite "must-have" for all you theater buffs out there! ... Read more


40. The Praise & Worship Fake Book
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Asin: 0634063111
Catlog: Book (2004-10-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 64223
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Book Description

A great resource for worship leaders or anyone who loves today's praise and worship music. This book includes nearly 400 songs arranged for C instruments and many of them also include vocal harmony lines. There's a convenient index by key as well as the standard alphabetical listing and the whole collection is comb-bound so it stays open where you want it to. Song highlights include: Above All * Agnus Dei * Ancient of Days * As the Deer * Awesome God * Better Is One Day * Breathe * Celebrate Jesus * Come, Now Is the Time to Worship * Draw Me Close * Firm Foundation * Give Thanks * Glorify Thy Name * Great Is the Lord * He Has Made Me Glad * The Heart of Worship * Here I Am to Worship * I Could Sing of Your Love Forever * I Love You Lord * I Worship You, Almighty God * Jesus, Name Above All Names * Lord, I Lift Your Name on High * Lord, Reign in Me * Majesty * More Precious Than Silver * My Life Is in You, Lord * My Redeemer Lives * Oh Lord, You're Beautiful * Open the Eyes of My Heart * The Power of Your Love * Refiner's Fire * Shine, Jesus, Shine * Shout to the Lord * Step by Step * This Is the Day * Trading My Sorrows * We Fall Down * We Will Worship the Lamb of Glory * You Are My All in All * You Are My King (Amazing Love) * and more. ... Read more


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