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41. Hal Leonard Guitar Method,- Complete
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42. Rock n' Blues Harmonica: A World
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41. Hal Leonard Guitar Method,- Complete Edition : Books 1, 2 and 3 Bound Together in One Easy-to-Use Volume!
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Asin: 0634047019
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Sales Rank: 8988
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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The Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and reflects some of the best teaching ideas from around the world. This super-convenient Complete Edition features the new and improved method books 1, 2 and 3 spiral-bound together, available as a book only (00699040) or book with three CDs (00697342)! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent series!
This is a great system for learning the guitar. The instructions and photos are clear and this gets you reading music and playing tunes quickly. (Includes TAB in the second book) - since all three volumes of this serires are bound in one terrific spiral binding - this is an excellent value. I am a pianist and like this system because it gets into reading notes immediately. I tried another system that did not explain what notes were where on the guitar and found it frustrating since I knew where they were on the piano, I wanted to know where they were on the guitar - not just where to place my fingers. This is a great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Start
The 3 book/3 CD compilation of the HL Guitar Method is where I began and what I use to teach students how to master the guitar and to become... musicians. The book methodically relys on learning to read actual music (later in the book the tab method is introduced) and slowly, patiently develops the student's fingers, ears, and appreciation of harmony and melody. Theory is introduced ever so subtley and enjoyably.

The CD tracks are excellent and make quality self-study feasible. Many of the songs or exercises are presented in slow and up tempo versions.

This is a treasure chest for the teacher and student or the student who is teaching himself. The supplemental HL "pop melody" books enhance the entire method, but this compilation volume is itself complete.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect starting point!
I played piano long ago as a kid, but have been out of music for quite a few years now. This is a great way to get back in, learning the bars, notes, and strings. I'm a fan of progressive rock and metal, so I plan to follow in the footsteps of guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Eddie Van Halen. LONG way to go, but the melodies in this book are a great first step.

By the way, if you wanna learn an instrument but find yourself running out of steam, listen to music you enjoy for a while .. You should feel the urge to copy it, and you'll be ready to go again.

4-0 out of 5 stars a precise method to reading music and understanding theory
ive have studied this book under the instruction of my teacher and now i teach myself and use this book as a tutorial. excellent for revealing basic theory and has good exercises for the beginning to intermediate guitar player to sight read.(as opposed to the destructive method of guitar tablature.) ... Read more


42. Rock n' Blues Harmonica: A World of Harp Knowledge, Songs, Stories, Lessons, Riffs, Techniques and Audio Index for a New Generation of Harp Players (Includes book and 74 minute stereo CD Jamming Buddy)
by Jon Gindick
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Catlog: Book (2000-08)
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Here's a rich world of blues harmonica instruction and music for beginning through intermediate players.

Inspired by the idea that most music instruction literature is boring and irrelevant to most people most of the time, Rock n' Blues taches improvisational blues harmonica in a way that gets through the even the most instruction-hating, throy-phobic, eye-closed, "leave-me-alone-I'm-jamming" harp player. THE BOOK includes choosing your harp, first sounds, getting sweet tone, playing chords, playing single notes, basic blues riffs, I-IV-V blues progressions, bending, tongue-blocking, octaves and splits, vibrato, headshakes, mics and amps, positions 1 through 6 plus 12, reed tuning, famous cross harp melodies and more. The audio index tells you the key of harmonica you need to jam with the great blues recordings.

On THE CD, Jon plays every major harp technique over an easy-jamming, blues-band background for your C harmonica. Turn off the instruction to hear only the band. Turn off the band to hear only the instruction. This fully indexed 74 minute audio program will be a constant companion as you develop your tone and techniques.

THE HARMONICA is a Hohner Bluesband in the key of C, regularly retailing at $6. It is capable of sweet tone, bending and blues. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Rock n' Blues Harmonica: A World of Harp Knowledge...
I started with Jon Gindick's book "Country and Blues Harmonica for the musically hopeless", and liked it so much I thought I would try this one as well. Both are excellent. While I was no longer an absolute beginner, this book would still be suitable for someone with no music experience at all. Even so, there was PLENTY of new and useful material for me. In fact I have a friend that I consider an advanced blues harp player, and he still enjoys these books and finds them very useful. The CD is packed with good instruction and music to play along with as you advance. The instruction is on one channel and the background music is on the other - cool idea to give you more control. I don't think you can go wrong with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Effective Book on Harmonica I've Ever Seen!
From time to time while searching through the scores of musical instruction books available, a true jewel of a book is found. That one book that just somehow manages to make things happen..and now! That book is 'Rock n Blues Harmonica' by Jon Gindick. It is everything the details describe and more. It really is. I am a rank beginner at playing harp but this book has inspired me such that I won't be a beginner very long. I am primarily a bass player but after about an hour with this book I won't hesitate to jump on up there and jam out on harp.Not many instructional books can do that so quickly but this one sure can.It's amazing! My friends and family could'nt believe it was really me jamming out with the jam backing tracks provided on the CD. This is one serious, get down, cut out the B.S. instant result gettin book! Within an hour after recieving it I felt compelled to write an e-mail to Jon and share my thoughts with him. Below is that letter.

Greetings Jon!
> I just received my book today Rock n Blues Harmonica.
> I cannot tell you how much I am enjoying it. I have
> learned more in 30 mins than I have ever learned on my
> own in the past. It all makes sense now. You wrote it
> so well and easy to understand. The continous backing
> tracks,explanations and panning options are just what
> the doctor ordered.This by far is one of the best
> music books I have ever bought. My compliments on your
> ability as a teacher and a writer! I will certainly
> recommend your materials to anyone I ever hear express
> an interest in learning the harp. Just felt compelled
> to tell you this. I'm glad I found your website! You
> are an inspiration!
> God Bless and Have a Great Holiday Season! Alan

Don't take my word for it...Get it and Hit it!

5-0 out of 5 stars the one to get first!
I see that this book has 5 stars and over 30 reviews so I hardly have to convince any one of how good it is. The author is obviously a heck of a good guy and he talks you through all the techniques and riffs in the book. The fact that he is not only a great harp player but also a great teacher makes this book and cd worth it's weight in gold. Another great section of the book is the extensive list of albums that feature harmonica with every track listed along with the key the harp is played for every song on the album! I got myself a Hohner Special 20 harp which is Jon's top recommendation on his website. This is an updated version of the Marine Band and is easier to bend notes on than that. Make sure you don't pay too much for one of these harps, about 20 bucks is about right. I saw a catalog for homespun that had the Lee Oskar harps (also recommended and quite similar to the Hohner Special 20) for sale for 37.00 which I guess is list price. Yikes! Like I mentioned, the special 20 and the Oskar is about 20.00 if you go online or to the big guitar outlet place that's all over the place. Anyway, thanks Jon, I'll soon be getting your Americana book with the 2 cds. The Blues Harp collection (different author, but also on amazon) is also a fantastic book although of course you'll have to get at least a Little Walter and a Sonny Boy Williamson album to hear alot of the tunes transcribed in this book. I got the versions called "His Best" of both of these guys. One other book that is no less than amazing is the Bluegrass Harmonica by Mike Stevens (also available thru Amazon) Don't pass this by because you may not be into bluegrass, it's got quite a few traditional melodies and originals by Stevens but the main thing is the technique involved is incredible. It involves bending like in the book reviewed here but it goes a bit further into bends and a somewhat advanced technique called overblows which together will teach you to get every note available out of a regular diatonic harp. Also with a cd and again, the tunes and technique here are not to be missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars fun as hell. start jamming on day one!
Wow. I'm glad I went out on a limb and bought this. It's worth it for the CD alone. The book is a nice aid as well, but, ummm the whole caveman blues-band narrative is a tad cheesy, and would be a little racist (a white, Tarzan-esque hijacking of what is essentially a black music form) if it weren't so obviously bone-headed. Oh stop, I can't help with the cultural analysis. It's a reflex at this point. at least you don't have to sit with me in a movie theatre...

Back to the point, I would go so far as to guarantee that if you simply play along with the CD and skim the book, just spend about 20- 30 minutes a day, you will MASSIVELY improve in skill. And the harmonica sounds really damn good on the CD- which makes you try harder. You want to be that good. Oh- Learning to Bend the notes on holes 2 and 3 takes TIME. I still can't hit them all when I need to.

But I can jam along with my favorite tunes by Mandrill, The Clash, The White Stripes, and many others... I feel like I have bounced months ahead in 2 weeks' time!

I don't know about or own any other 'teach your self blues harp,' guides, because this one is working so well I haven't felt the need to purchase another. I enthusiastically reccomend this without reserve!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best method of instruction
I started learning the harmonica not too long ago and this was the first book I found & bought. I will elaborate where this book shined and where it fell short:
When I started with it, I was immediately was put off by this guy's terrible sense of humor. He teaches the harmonica using inane stories involving Biblical characters and cavemen, basically it sounds like you're participating in story hour for five year olds at the library.
The next thing that disappointed me was the cd. Though very useful, his playing on it overwhelmed me and he seemed to move slowly when I felt he could move quicker and quickly when I felt he should move slowly.
That being said, this book does the job it's intended to do. To get the most from it, jam every day with the cd (no matter how bad you sound) and of course the text is most important. He explains very simply how to jam & harmonize with the I-IV-V blues progression and does a satisfactory job explaining technique and how to develop good technique.
Don't buy this book expecting to be a good player in a month (or even a year for that matter), musical instruments take time to learn and the harmonica is no exception.
If you really are concerned with mastery and you're just beginning, try to find a private teacher, but this book can get you started and motivated. ... Read more


43. Scar Tissue
by Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-06)
Publisher: Hyperion
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As lead singer and songwriter for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Anthony Kiedis has lived life on the razor's edge. So much has been written about him, but until now, we've only had Kiedis's songs as clues to his experience from the inside. In Scar Tissue, Kiedis proves himself to be as compelling a memoirist as he is a lyricist, giving us a searingly honest account of the life from which his music has evolved.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are that rare breed of rock band. Critically lauded and popularly embraced by millions of fans, their albums consistently sell into the stratosphere -- their CD Californication sold over 13 million copies alone.

Now in Scar Tissue, Anthony Kiedis defies the rock star clichés. In his telling, we can see everything he has done has been part of a passionate journey. Kiedis is a man "in love with everything" -- the darkness, the death, the disease. Even his descent into drug addition was a part of that journey, another element that he has transformed into art. ... Read more


44. Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook: 201 Self-Promotion Ideas for Songwriters, Musicians & Bands
by Bob Baker
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Asin: 0971483809
Catlog: Book (2001-10-01)
Publisher: Spotlight Pubns
Sales Rank: 23728
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Your guide to independent music success secrets, featuring more than 175 ways to thrive and prosper with your own music. With this manual, you'll discover that music marketing doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Whether you're promoting a fast-growing indie label or a one-man or one-woman act from your basement, the Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook gives you the creative tools you need to get the maximum bang for your buck! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars really good info for those on a budget
If you are broke (or just cheap), you will want to get your hands on this book. I used to spend a lot more money on promotion and not I am spending less and seeing more return. I love the Bob Baker stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars If they allowed ten stars, I'd give it ten.
I bought Bob's Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook - and in less than two months I've done more to energize the mechanisms to promote my new CD, and previous three CDs, than I've done in the past four years combined.  Bob Baker really got me going.

Using this book opened up the floodgates of ideas and inspirations.  More than that - it crow-barred a self-convinced "I hate promotion" guy out of his stubborn old habits and into enthusiasm - which is no dang small feat!

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must-read" resource for all aspiring musicians
Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook: 201 Self-Promotion Ideas For Songwriters, Musicians, And Bands On A Budget by independent musician and songwriter Bob Baker, is a straightforward, "user friendly" guide to promoting one's music and increase sales. Baker covers all aspects of music marketing from designing a user-friendly web site, to exploiting music-related media, to financing a major project or equipment purchase. Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook is a "must-read" resource for all aspiring musicians and songwriters. If you are a musician or songwriter looking to promote and market your own music in the always tough, always competitive music industry, then give a careful and considered reading to Bob Baker's Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Info
This book has a wealth of information for all levels of musicians and performers. I have been in this business for many years and yet still found great suggestions here. In fact, as soon as I statred reading it I was brainstorming ideas which I have since put into practice with great success. I must have for anyone who wants to further their career.

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy to use marketing techniques to help your music career!
Have owned this book for a number of years and still refer to it often. It is packed with down to earth, easy to apply advice on how you can succeed in the music business. I recommend this book for anybody interesting in taking control of their music career. ... Read more


45. Like A Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan at the Crossroads
by Greil Marcus
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Sales Rank: 3177
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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For the fortieth anniversary of the recording of"Like a Rolling Stone," the definitive biography of the song that caught the questing spirit of its time and overnight changed the rules of the possible in popular music for all time

Greil Marcus saw Bob Dylan for the first time in a New Jersey field in 1963. He didn't know the name of the scruffy singer who had a bit part in a Joan Baez concert, but he knew his performance was unique. So began a dedicated and enduring relationship between America's finest critic of popular music-"simply peerless," in Nick Hornby's words, "not only as a rock writer but as a cultural historian"-and Bob Dylan. In Like A Rolling Stone Marcus locates Dylan's six-minute masterwork in its richest, fullest context, capturing the heady atmosphere of the recording studio in 1965 as musicians and technicians clustered around the mercurial genius from Minnesota, the young Bob Dylan at the height of his powers.But Marcus shows how, far from being a song only of 1965,"Like a Rolling Stone" is rooted in faraway American places and times, drawing on timeless cultural impulses that make the song as challenging, disruptive, and restless today as it ever was, capable of reinvention by artists as disparate as the comedian Richard Belzer and the Italian hip-hop duo Articolo 31."Like a Rolling Stone" never loses its essential quality, which is directly to challenge the listener: it remains a call to arms and a demand for a better world. Forty years later it is still revolutionary as will and idea, as an attack and an embrace. How Does it Feel? In this unique, burningly intense book, Marcus tells you, and much more besides. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A more precise look at the sources of his inspiration
Plenty of biographies and critical surveys of rock musician Bob Dylan have been written: author Greil Marcus saw Dylan for the first time in 1963: he may not have known his name, but he recognized talent when he saw it. Thus began a long relationship between critic and musician which has led to Marcus' in-depth survey Like A Roling Stone: Bob Dylan At The Crossroads. Chapters consider song origins, Dylan's major concerts, and the search for exceptional lyrics. If you've read all the other Dylan coverages, Like A Rolling Stone provides a more precise look at the sources of his inspiration - from an insider's view.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Book and an interview the author!
I had a great time reading this book. It was such a fascinating story. I wouldn't have thought one song could have so much history, but in fact, it does. The book does not just cover the history of the song however. Greil does an excellent job covering the time period as a whole, the social importance of the song, the musicans who played on it, etc...

I got to do a great interview with Greil on my web-radio show, Green Room Radio, located at www.greenroomradio.com

It's also available as a podcast, through an RSS feed (http://greenroomradio.libsyn.com/rss). Check out the show, and the book is as well.

2-0 out of 5 stars Like a Rolling Stone
Not enough here for a book but more like a long, long essay.
This is silly and has no purpose. It's only rock and roll
but I like it would suffice.

4-0 out of 5 stars "no direction home," 40 years later
A whole book about one song?If there's a song that deserves it, it's Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone," but this is Greil Marcus, and there's a lot of history, social context and cultural detritus here beyond the song, no surprise.The first section of the book is on the social context into which the song was launched, the middle section is about the making of the song itself, and the last section is about its reception and effects.

I found some of Marcus's cultural commentary compelling and some not so compelling -- the highlights for me are the less disputable "facts" about the great song itself, recorded on June 15, 1965 and released on July 24, 1965.It stormed the pop charts, unprecedented for a 6-minute song, and reached #2 in the USA.What was #1, you ask?It was the Beatles' "Help!"Al Kooper's story of how he ended up playing organ is quite amusing, and Dylan's recruitment and use of Michael Bloomfield in the session is fascinating.Also superb is Marcus's account of the ensuing tour of the new electric Dylan, with the booing in the U.S. and the large-scale disruption of the U.K. concerts, some of it quite purposefully organized by the old British Communist Party, as it turns out, which controlled a network of stodgy folk clubs. "Like a Rolling Stone" was the last song every night on that tour, a perfect howl of anger for Dylan to wreak vengeance on his recalcitrant fans. (See my 9/5/04 review of the LIVE 1966 disc, the official release of the famous "Royal Albert Hall" bootleg of the Manchester concert.)

Once you realize the scope of Marcus's musings, it becomes clear that this book could have been much longer.He never devotes any attention to the fact that the song was an existentialist anthem, for instance, which might have involved analysis of the existentialists and their influence on Dylan.He doesn't have much to say about the class resentment that drives much of the song's powerful angry energy, or the vast and growing inequality in the the U.S. that might make that resentment more and more relevant at 40 years on, as the old New Deal programs are under full-scale assault by the president and congress.Dylan himself said "I was hungry, and it was your world" ("Just Like a Woman"), he also said "Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough" ("Tangled Up In Blue"), both references to the fact that he, a middle class boy, had entered a higher status world, and experienced class resentment. Much could have been made of the social context of the Vietnam War, and Dylan's refusal to address it.The turn from the left-wing politics of his folk period (for civil rights, against war) to the apolitical, surrealist stance he took in 1964-5 is never seriously tackled.Some of Marcus's musings are quite idiosyncratic -- of all the music that has followed "Like a Rolling Stone" he chooses the Village People and the Pet Shop Boys for special treatment.I would have chosen at least a thousand others first, but there you go, it's a wide world for cultural influence, and there's 40 years to work with.He mentions, and includes the entire text of, a great old early '70s comedy skit that they used to play on WXRT in Chicago with Dylan pitching a K-Tel album of Golden Protest.An Italian rap group's version of The Song from MASKED AND ANONYMOUS is analyzed at some length.

I can now easily imagine books about Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" quite different from this one.But they haven't been written.I'll close with a quote from Dylan himself from 2004:

"It's like a ghost is writing a song like that.It gives you the song, and then it goes away, it goes away." ... Read more


46. The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory (The Cambridge History of Music)
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Asin: 0521623715
Catlog: Book (2002-04-25)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 131748
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Cambridge History of Western Music Theory is the first comprehensive history of Western music theory to be published in the English language. A collaborative project by leading music theorists and historians, the volume traces the rich panorama of music-theoretical thought from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. Richly enhanced with illustrations, graphics, examples and cross-citations, as well as being thoroughly indexed and supplemented by comprehensive bibliographies, this book will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars alike. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Music Theory Tutorial
Published in 2002. Written by 33 musicologists. This book deals with several important topics of music theory from ancient Greece to the present day; harmonic theory, counterpoint, temperament, the theory of performance, acoustics and mathematics, etc. It seems to this reviewer that the authors endeavour to render concise and precise accounts. Furthermore, each chapter always provides a best selected bibliography of primary and secondary sources. This book will undoubtedly give the reader (including also connaisseurs) much of insightful informations on western music theory.

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PS. Better together with "Computer Music Tutorial". Both books could complement each other. ... Read more


47. Chopin: Pianist and Teacher : As Seen by his Pupils
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Asin: 0521367093
Catlog: Book (1988-12-01)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sales Rank: 52531
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The accounts of Chopin's pupils, acquaintances and contemporaries, together with his own writing, provide valuable insights into the musician's pianistic and stylistic practice, his teaching methods and his aesthetic beliefs.This unique collection of documents, edited and annotated by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger, reveals Chopin as teacher and interpreter of his own music.Included in this study is extensive appendix material that presents annotated scores, and personal accounts of Chopin's playing by pupils, writers, and critics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars You need this if you play Chopin
You need this book if you play Chopin. There is a wealth of information on playing Chopin's music directly from the composer and his pupils. It has answered many questions and cleared up some misconceptions I had about this music.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book on how to play Chopin
For those of us who bungle at the keyboard and can always use more guidance, this book offers a great start in understanding Chopin's music. Probably the most difficult piece to play in public is Chopin Ballade No. 4, and Chopin offers some incredible insight into how he wanted it played. As you know, the music notation on the sheet cannot cover every intention of the composer, much like writing cannot capture everything, but most of what we want to say. This book supplements your understanding of the music. I would not be surprised if your great piano teacher pulls material out of this book in order to advise you on how to play Chopin.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Historical Document
This book is wonderful for understanding Chopin's philosophies on technique and musicianship. One important thing you learn in reading this book, however, is that the piano has changed dramatically since Chopin's time. My main reason for reading this book was to gain valuable information about how to improve my technique for playing Chopin. Although I definitely learned a lot by reading this book, the issues relating to Chopin's advice about technique are unfortunately not as relevant on pianos today as I was hoping. In short, it's a great read, but will not solve all your Chopin technique problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Chopin fans
This is an excellent and well documented work. Anyone who tries to play Chopin or has an amibition to do so, should read this. It goes straight to the heart of Chopins entire musical philisophy, and gives not only insight into the artist himself, but solid and sound advice on practicing, technique, and interpretation. Strongly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible to anyone interested in Chopin
When I went to university, I devoured almost all books on Chopin from the library. None was nearly as informative. Through his pupils, friends, associates, colleagues, you'll know exactly what the master was like when he played and taught, his stylistic requirements, his temperament and the magic he evoked.

I just can't stress this enough - this is a must-buy! If you still have your doubts, get your hands on a copy and have a browse - what you can learn from it is priceless. ... Read more


48. What'd I Say: The Atlantic Story
by Ahmet Ertegun
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-15)
Publisher: Welcome Rain
Sales Rank: 419457
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5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have!!
Ahmet Ertegun what a Important figure in the Music Business? the Guy truly knew His stuff at making a label Important.just His Association with Ray Charles&Aretha Franklin alone speaks volumes to me.He had a strong Idea of what He wanted&He got it.in it's Hey Day Atlantic Records was as Important as Any Other Label then or Now.the one thing you get after reading this Book&Hearing the Atlantic Box Set is that Ahmet Ertegun could vibe with anyone.a Must Have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable!
I had the supreme honor of working for Atlnatic Records as a promotions Manager in the '70s, so I saw first-hand a lot of what's in this book. I saw it through the label, the artists, radio and retail. And lemme tell you, the book is spot-on accurate. The two words that best describe Atlantic Records are sophisticated and engaged, and those characteristics come top-down from the founder, Mr. Ahmet Ertegun, and through all of his management.

While the book is an amazing account of Atlantic Records, what is more is the indispensable perspective on the music business at large. For anyone even remotely interested in the history of this industry and its artists, this book is vital.

The cost is a bit pricey, but the old saying you get what you pay for has never been more true. The oversized book features fantastic photography and superb quality. I just wish it would have had included a 30-song sampler of the history of Atlantic artists.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is one big beautiful book
First of all, this book is huge and weighs a ton. That is appropriate for the subject matter, because Atlantic Records is a huge presence in the history of rhythm & blues and rock. Chock full of pictures and commentary, this presents a totally fascinating portrait of Ahmet Ertegun and his record company, including all the great artists associated with Atlantic. From the early days with artists such as Ruth Brown and the Clovers, through the early career of Ray Charles, and on to Otis Redding, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and the incomparable Aretha Franklin, Atlantic Records made its reputation in R&B. Less well known, but hardly less influential, is its presence in the jazz world, thanks to Ahmet's brother Nesuhi. In the late '60's Atlantic expanded into the field of rock with Cream, Led Zeppelin, and, later, the Rolling Stones, and was a major player in art/progressive rock by signing such bands as King Crimson, Yes, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

They could have ended the book in the early '70's, in my opinion, because after corporate buyouts and sellouts, Atlantic's imprint became less distinctive. Face it, Foreigner could have been on any label and it wouldn't have made much difference. Later forays into country music seem very un-Atlantic, to say the least. But during its heyday, there was no label putting out as high a level of quality music as Atlantic records, and this is its fascinating story.

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally.......It was worth the wait!
Ahmet Ertegun has to be one of the true legends of popular music in the 20th century. When I first heard that Ertegun had penned the story of Atlantic Records 2 to 3 years ago, I immediately searched it out. But for some reason publication was delayed over two years. Alas it's here. This huge book has everything. First hand oral historical accounts on the birth of R&B with Ray Charles, Jerry Wexler, Otis, the Drifters through the evolution of 60's Rock with Cream, the Stones and Zepplin. The photos are spectatcular and Ertegun's own accounts insightful.....A brilliant man with impeccable taste. He may be the hippest son of a Turkish ambassador to ever found a legendary record label. While I personally can do without the more recent sections dealing with 80's and 90's music (how can you include Jewel with the likes of Ray Charles and Ben E. King?), this book is so huge (almost 10 lbs.) that the majority of the book far exceeds all expectations. At a time when lightweight books by airheaded groupies who played abolutely no role in the creation of a musical revolution somehow make their way into publication, this book stands alone as a classic account of a time when the musicians really were artist who paid their dues, song writers were stylists, and goood taste and genuine talent not only mattered, but actually sold records. If you are a true music fan, this book is the next best thing to being present at the birth of the R&B. One more suggestion, get the Atlantic R&B box set. If I were allowed to keep but one body of work from my music collection, this would be the one. It is the Rosetta Stone of modern R&B. ... Read more


49. Play Piano in a Flash! Play Your Favorite Songs Like a Pro--Whether You've Had Lessons or Not!
by Scott Houston
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As seen on public television stations nationwide, a revolutionary new approach to playing non-classical music on the piano.

Have you ever wished you could play the piano? Well, now you can! Scott "The Piano Guy" Houston teaches you to play the way the pros play, in a style enormously simpler than traditional classical piano and with an absolute minimum of note-reading. By focusing on playing the melody with the right hand (one note at a time) and simple chords with the left hand, Houston gives you the tools you need for a lifetime of musical enjoyment. Best of all, your tour guide to this adventure forces you to have fun along the way! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the how-to
I have read a couple of books that apply to not only the how-to genre, but to just making life simpler and more understandable in general. This book, and make every girl want you. Both are incredible how-to books, that take otherwise difficult tasks, and break them down into their elementary sub-parts to make them easier. This book tackles the piano, while the other book tackles dating. The great thing is that both books get to the point succinctly with no wasted time or material. I downed them both in under two hours. Up until now, Mary had a little lamb was the most I could play on the piano! While I'm not claiming to be able to play Chopin, I do now have a much better understanding of the basics of piano playing (sharps, flats, chords, scales, melodies). The key to this book is its explanation of chords and melodies to help you grasp the concepts, rather than just throwing you headfirst into seeing notes and playing them with your fingers. No more reading notes (sure most classical pianists probably scoff at this method), but for the rest of us - who just want to be able to play some fun songs, it's the best!

5-0 out of 5 stars What a great book to help playing songs I heard from the TV
I had learned classical piano for 8 years when I was young. But I could never figure out how come some others can play any songs once they learn the Melody. With this book, now I know the trick and I can start playing any songs I like with the clord technique. However, I think you need to learn piano for 2 to 3 years in order to take advantage with this book's shortcut technique. But this book can't replace regular classic piano lessons since you need to learn all the different skill of playing a song.
Alex

5-0 out of 5 stars i loved the book
ok, i chose this book cause i thought i didn't need to touch the chords etc like other ways

when i looked at the chord section, i quickly turned back

don't get me wrong, i've been trying to learn music theory for 6 years, but i never understood it, as i only remembered enough to pass the test (in fact, i got a 60%).

BUT

when i turned back, i saw the page of that chapter, and it said something like: you might turn back on the sight of this chapter (lol) but just remember its always here and you'll need it eventually

i actually read the chapter about chords... and i was happy... cause it wasn't that bad afterall... and now i'm happy... i'm not finished with the book.. i only finished the chords part... but i'm already very happy, and this IS the first time i've commented after my 10 years of internet using.

i like this book period: it really is for someone who wants to just play the piano in a flash, like me, lol

1-0 out of 5 stars Seen it all before.
The information in this book outside of a bunch of bad jokes and a writing style that treats the reader like an idiot has appeared in books written before this one. The Piano Guy lifts what it wants out of other books and adds nothing new. It is a poorly made book unusable at the piano. Basically if you MUST buy this nonsense I strongly suggest a used copy as you will not be adding to his pocket from a work copied from others.

1-0 out of 5 stars I agree with the don't get this book group
This is a regular paperback to be read somewhere other than in front of the piano, so why bother. To have to hold this little paperback with one hand and try to practice with the other is not worth the trouble. It is much easier to just get a beginner book with a binding condusive to page turning and teach yourself. The shipping time was also not worth it - 2 or 3 months if I remember correctly?? ... Read more


50. Basic Materials in Music Theory: A Programmed Course, 10th Edition (Book Only)
by Greg A Steinke, Paul O. Harder
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This classic, self-paced, auto-instructional introduction to music fundamentals allows users to work independently through a programmed format. From the wealth of clearly laid-out lessons and exercises, learners receive continual feedback and reinforcement as they work through the sequence at their own pace.Chapter topics cover the basic materials of music: time and sound, the notation of pitch, time classification, note and rest values, time signatures, intervals, the basic scales, the major scale, minor scales, key signatures, and triads.For private music studio teachers, and anyone involved in the teaching—and learning— of the basic fundamentals of music. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Theory
This is a good book and excellent way of learning the basics with how the lessons are laid out.I have really no formal training in music but was really keen on learning so I picked this one up based on recommendations from the other reviewers.Some parts were a little hard, like compound time and borrowed time but I kept ploughing through and it just got easier.As of course with any book, don't expect to get all of your information from one source.I have some other books that explain a little better the Major/Natural Minor, Harmonic and Melodic Minor scales with regards to the pattern of intervals that define each.I would recommend picking up a basic book on how to read sheet music.With this and Basic Materials in Music Theory you'll have some good introductory foundatation for further studying and other texts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Part of Best series available for Music Theory
I have passed music theory exams prior to using these books, but have never been fully happy with my understanding; especially in the more complex usage of chromatism. Having used these books for a while, I believe them to provide and impart the best understanding of Classical Western music theory for harmony, part writing and voice leading available, I have many other music theory books, most are very good, but this series is far superior to any other.

However, it is limited in terms of practical music writing required for diploma and degree exams, so though they cover the theory elements very well, for practical work I would recommend getting a good workbook, here I would recommend getting the ABRMS or Trinity College publications, available via their web sites or their distributors.

I would recommend all the books, Basics, Programmed Course 1 & 2, and excellent bridge to 20th Music and Contrapuntal Techniques.

Sadly like most college level text books they are expensive!

4-0 out of 5 stars Lots of Info, Lacks Aural Aspect
I had to have this book for a college music theory class, "Rudiments of Music I". It has a lot of useful information in an easy to understand format, which is awesome for the college student who have about a million other books that they have to read.

One improvement that could be made it to add a companion audio CD or CD-ROM.The aural training would be extremely useful when learning about the scales, especially the minor scales or when talking about perfect, major, minor, diminished or augmented pitches.Understanding would greatly increase if you could hear them.

I thought that the book was a bit overpriced, considering that it is paperback with pictures and little text.

If you just want to see the different aspects of music and be able to identify them on a piece of sheet music, this is a good book.If you want to pick out the different aspects of music when you hear them, find a CD that you can use in conjunction with this bok.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source for Learning Basic Music Theory
The content included in "Basic Materials in Music Theory" is nicely annotated and listed by the customer reviewer, johnlski from May 13, 2003. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn the basics in music. As a college professor, I use "Basic Materials in Music Theory" with incoming freshman music majors who have failed their diagnostic exam and need remedial work before entering Theory I. If you are thinking of majoring in music in college, or just want a good basic undertanding of music theory, this is an excellent book to start with. The thorough explanations, along with the immediate feed-back to questions, make it so everyone can use this book on their own. This should be the minimum understanding of music theory that a student has as they enter through the doors of the ivy halls.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Easy Step-by-Step Learning
I first heard about this book from the Ball State University School of Music. They were explaining the audition process and highly recommended this book for their theory exam. I had already been looking for a music theory book so I decided to get it. It was amazing!
It was so easy to learn by myself using this book. Each chapter consists of two columns of 'frames'. On the right is questions and information. After completing the question, you simply uncover the left column to see the answer. Each chapter consists of these frames that slowly build on what you have learned in previous frames until you complete the chapter. It is very simply yet VERY effective. Also at the end of each chapter are 'Mastery Frames' similar to a test. If you get a question wrong it tells you what frames to review in the chapter. Also included at the end of each chapter is an increasingly challenging ear training activity.
For those interested here are all the chapters to show what the book covers:
1)The Basic Materials of Music: Time and Sound
2)The Notation of Pitch
3)Time Classification
4)Note and Rest Values
5)Time Signatures
6)Intervals
7)The Basic Scales
8)The Major Scale
9)The Minor Scales
10)Key Signatures
11)Triads
Also included in the back are two appendixes on Piano Styles and an Orchestration Chart along with a complete Glossary of Musical Terms. One very useful addition is an extensive bibliography for further study.
I can play an instrument proficiently and new basic music theory pertaining to my instrument. After reading this book I have brushed up on all the stuff I thought I completely knew and learned many more things I never knew in regards to basic music theory. I am now at a level where I can begin to start basic compositions- one goal I was aiming for.
I would recommend this book without hesitation to anyone interested in Music. ... Read more


51. Start and Run Your Own Record Label, Revised and Expanded Edition
by Daylle Deanna Schwartz
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Billboard Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.39 out of 5 stars
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"Daylle Deanna Schwartz has conveniently packaged all you need to know to start your own record label in a very reader-friendly new edition. What took me over ten years to learn the hard way has been easily explained in Start & Run Your Own Record Label. If you’re thinking about competing in the often-treacherous world of independent record labels, arm yourself with this book." – RYAN KUPER, Redemption Records

In its first edition, Start and Run Your Own Record Label was an authoritative resource for anyone who ever dreamt of building their own record business from the ground up. Comprehensive, informative, practical, and accessible, the book covered every aspect of setting up, owning, and operating a record label.

Since the publication of that edition, the music industry has witnessed a new era for independent record labels. While not profoundly different, new technology has made it easier and more affordable for practically anyone to record their own music at home and to sell it online and at performances. As a result, increasingly more musicians are finding it easier to achieve their musical goals.

In the Updated and Expanded edition, new chapters are included to address such issues as resources for the business end of running a record label, getting exposure, exploring alternative markets for all genres of music, and maximizing the use of the Internet. In addition, all chapters are rewritten and more interviews with cutting edge experts on today's music market have been added. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource!
I'm about to put out my first CD and found this book extremely enlightening. It's made me think of my music as a business and I'm working hard to form a marketing strategy as Daylle suggests. I've read other books but this one is the clearest and most useful for me as a beginning label. While it doesn't offer false expectations, it does provide hope. Daylle's encouragement made me feel that I had a shot at being successful, however small. I highlighted many of the promotional strategies and will keep this book with me through it all. Anyone thinking about starting their own label should read this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for a Beginner
This book is a very informative book for a beginner and for those that have been working in the music industry for years. It tackles many of the issues that someone will confront when starting and running a label. It is full of outside input in the form of quotational passages from industry professionals, so even if you do not trust the author, she has brought reinforcements. At first I was a bit turned off by the fact that an ex-high school teacher was the author, but Mrs. Schwartz deffinitly knows the music business and many tricks to get yourself started. Perhaps her being an educator as a profession has aided her chrystal clear explaination of many complicated topics. It is also a very thurough book that you should read over and over again. (It even has a chapter about the "over-seas market). Worth the money, and the time to read it.

3-0 out of 5 stars ok if you are a beginner
I think this one is ok if you are a beginner, but feel that most people with experience will find it a little boring. If you have no idea about the music business, I think this is a bargain for (). However, if you're out there playing in clubs and looking for something a little more focused on helping you make that happen. I really like "How I Make $100,000 in Music" by David Hooper to help you with understanding how music business people think, the Indie Bible by David Wimble to help you with contacts, and the Jeri Goldstein book about booking to put it all together.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not for experienced industry types
This is a good primer for those with little to no experience of the music industry who are looking to get in or those looking for a basic reference guide but if you've spent any significant time in the industry already doing a key marketing, promotion or A&R job at a major or major independent label, this book offers very little for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good, solid, guide
As the owner of a independent world music label..., I was interested in consulting this book due to various reasons. My initial desire to buy this book was to get the advice and experiences of a person who started a label from scratch. Schwartz starts from a basic level in educating the novice on the pitfalls and glories of running your own label. The other reason I enjoyed this book was due to the personal vignettes that the author offers up from others in the music business. Overall, this book is not a revelation. Rather, it is a very simple and effective guide on how to start your own label. Just as advertised. ... Read more


52. Magical Mystery Tours : My Life with the Beatles
by Tony Bramwell, Rosemary Kingsland
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Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
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"If you want to know anything about the Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell. He remembers more than I do."- Sir Paul McCartney to Donovan in a January 2002 interview

Tony Bramwell's remarkable life began in a postwar Liverpool suburb, where he was childhood friends with three of the Beatles long before they were famous. And by the time he caught up with George Harrison on the top of a bus going to check out "The Beatles, direct from Hamburg"--one of whom George turned out to be--Tony was well on his way to staying by them for every step of their meteoric rise.

If anything needed taking care of, Tony Bramwell was the man the Beatles called, the man they knew they could trust. His story has been sought after for years, and now, here it is, full of untold stories and detailing with an insider's shrewd eye the Apple empire's incomparable rise, Brian Epstein's frolics, Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, Phil Spector's eccentric behavior, and new stories about Yoko Ono, the Stones, and the life--his life.

From developing the first Beatle music videos to heading Apple Films, and from riding bikes and trading records with George Harrison to working and partying with everyone from the Beatles to Hendrix, Ray Charles, and The Who, Tony's life really did (and does) encompass a who's who of rock.

His story reveals fresh insights into the Beatles' childhoods and families, their early recordings and songwriting, the politics at Apple, and Yoko's pursuit of John and her growing influence over the Beatles' lives. And it uncovers new information about the Shea Stadium concert footage, John Lennon's late-night "escapes," and more. From the Cavern Club to the rooftop concert, from the first number one to the last, and from scraps of song lyrics to the discovery of the famous Mr. Kite circus poster, Tony Bramwell really did see it all.

Conversational, direct, and honest, the ultimate Beatles insider finally shares his own version of the frantic and glorious ascent of four boys from Liverpool lads to rock and roll kings.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Really?!!
First-hand stories of legends (living or not) from half a century ago are usually just that: stories. I'm sure most of them are true, but they don't have to be to sell books. And who's memory is that good, or has not been diluted or rearranged many times during one's life, to be able to note specifics of conversations or events pertaining to somebody else?

We all know that Yoko was the black widow that ate the Beatles heart, but we also should know that John desperately needed a "mommy" figure because he lost his mother twice as a child. People have been alot more screwed up from alot less trauma.

It is also been well known for quite a while that the Beatles re-recorded parts of the Shea Stadium concert soundtrack. Mark Lewisohn also details this (secret? Come on!) episode in The Complete Beatles Chronicles, although with plenty of inaccuracies as well. There are many bootleg copies of the concert, some with the original Shea audio, and some with the re-dubbed audio, and it's fairly easy to tell which is which, once you've seen it a few times. And hardly everything was touched-up anyway. Many of the original vocals remained with some of the instruments re-dubbed on a given track, but some songs were never touched at all. I guess it came as a shock to me, when I first saw the "Rain" video on Ed Sullivan, that they weren't really singing or playing; just miming, but I'm not 10 years old anymore, and they didn't invent lip-syncing, either.

So, I guess my point is that even historical documents often bear false information, so don't take somebody's "I was there" book as Gospel. It is, after all, just entertainment!

4-0 out of 5 stars One Big Suprise-true or false?
This is an enjoyable romp thru the Beatles history marred only by some suprising inaccuricies.They can mostly be overlooked as so much time has passed and a lot of alcohol has gone over the dam since then.

HOWEVER-there is a claim made in the book that I have never heard before and am really wondering about.Bramwell states the entire Shea Stadium concert of 1965 was re-recorded in the studio and dubbed onto the film shown on CBS the following year.With the exception of "Act Naturally", the studio version of which is used in the film, it appears the Beatles are playing and singing live. Has anyone heard of this, or has it been confirmed thru another source?Just wondering.

One last thought.This book is not likely to make Yoko Ono's end of the year top ten list.She has to be one of the most annoying people of the last century.What the hell was John Lennon thinking?

5-0 out of 5 stars Rare Gem of a Beatle Book - Advanced Beatle History
I love this book.This is a refreshing Beatle biography, from the standpoint of someone who literally grew up with the Beatles and socialized with them from boyhood.A gifted raconteur, Bramwell draws readers into a "sense" of each Beatle as a boy; what it was like to have George Harrison have dinner at your table; to witness George pulling a very dangerous stunt as a boy and being warned about John's questionable influence on his peers.

Bramwell does a stellar job of portraying a part of musical/artistic/cultural history that will no doubt delight inveterate Beatle fans, but attract the attention of those either becoming familiar with the Beatles or who have an interest in history in general.This book is really geared for all ranging from the "advanced" Beatle fan; that is, one who has a strong background in Beatle knowledge to people wanting to learn more about them and bring them to a high level of Beatle information.

This inveterate, avid Beatles' fan gives this work a hearty endorsement and a yeah, yeah, yeah!



3-0 out of 5 stars Hatred of Yoko Spoils What Could Have Been Something Special
Mr. Bramwell really did know the Beatles in Liverpool and the beginning sections of this book are excellent.Unfortunately Mr. Bramwell's blinding hatred of Yoko Ono really spoils the latter half.Mr. Bramwell puts an anti-Yoko, pro-Paul statement on practically every page and and some of his ommissions and misstatements are really egregious. Once Yoko enters the picture, Paul can do no wrong, and John's contributions are constantly minimized. Perhaps Yoko really was as loathsome to Mr. Bramwell as he claims when he worked for Apple.But his description of the complex Paul/John/Yoko dynamic is simply too vitrolic to be taken seriously.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good insider's view of the Beatles
Tony Bramwell, assisted by Rosemary Kingsland, writes a commendable overview of his years with the Beatles.Bramwell was the "go to" guy when members of the band or their management needed something done.

His early years with the group were the most interesting to me.He makes the reader feel that they are along for the ride when Tony and the group go on an exhausting van trip across England.The reader can tagalong as Tony assists John in escaping suburban imprisonment and embarking on a drunken night on the town in swingin' '60's London.

Bramwell is affecting when describing the trials and tribulations of Brian Epstein, the genius who made the Beatles "bigger than Elvis," but who succumbed to his own inner demons.

Yoko Ono is portrayed as the crazed "stalker" who calculatingly seduces John and evetually lures his interests away from the group.Sadly, Tony's account of her calculated pursuit of the vulnerable Lennon rings tragically true.

The reason I didn't give the book five stars is due to its occasional lapse in historical accuracy and misspellings.Bela Lugosi, who is described as a friend and dinner guest of Phil Spector, died in 1956, two years before Spector even wrote his first number one hit, "To Know Him is to Love Him."Bryan Ferry is rechristened "Brian" Ferry.

Still, overall, I recommend Tony Bramwell's book to all Beatles fans.Reading the book is like sitting in a cozy pub with a man who was one of the Beatles' closet friends and confidantes. ... Read more


53. The Inner Game of Music
by BARRY GREEN, W. TIMOTHY GALLWEY
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Catlog: Book (1986-02-21)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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By the best-selling co-author of Inner Tennis, here's a book designed to helpmusicians overcome obstacles, help improveconcentration, and reduce nervousness, allowing them toreach new levels of performing excellence andmusical artistry. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A book for all musicians
There's a lot to like about this book, including the specific techniques used to get past mental obstacles, so musicians can play better and enjoy their playing more. I also enjoyed the encouraging tone it takes with the reader. The authors give you the sense that anyone can make music.

The personal stories that illustrate the book's strategies help you connect more deeply with the material. You may even get a chuckle or two from some of these.

What I get from the book is that we all have inner resources that we've hidden from ourselves, and that we can learn to tap these resources with a bit of work and AWARENESS.

This book could actually help in lots of areas besides making music. If you like motivational books, such as those by Tony Robbins, or books on NLP, this book might actually seem tame in comparison, but still relevant.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unexpected benefits of this book!!!
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. He thought it would improve my guitar playing. What I noticed almost immediately, within the excercizes is actually a methodolgy for dealing with attention deficit disorder! I have had ADD since before there was a diagnosis for it and the methods in this book are not only helping me with music but are also having a profound affect on other areas of my life. I don't think it was the author's intent to help in this regard, but this "inner game" method has far reaching implications....Thank you!!!...

5-0 out of 5 stars Vital Read for Aspiring Performers
Former principal bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Barry Green has created what has to be one of the most important books on musical psychology ever written. As a young clarinetist myself, I've found this read to help me change from one who frets over my auditions and solos to becoming a confident musician in front of others.

Green begins by discussing what makes up a good performance. He invented the formula P = p - i, where P is the level of the performance, p is the potential of the performer, and i is the level of mental interference during the performance. He explains how to decrease the amount of i in order to bring the level of P as close as possible to p.

Green then digs further into his ideas by introducing to two "selves". Quoted, "Self 1 is our interference. It contains our concepts about how things should be, our judgments and associations. It is particularly fond of the words 'should' and 'should not' and often sees things in terms of what 'could have been. Self 2 is the vast reservoir of potential within each one of us. It contains our natural talents and abilities, and is a virtually unlimited resource that we can tap and develope. Left to its own devices it performs with gracefulness and ease." Green goes own to give advice and excercises on how to ignore the interference of self 1 during performance and how to let self 2 work uninterupted.

Over the next chapters, Green goes into more technical and complicated details, while teaching us the powers of awareness, will, and trust. These three chapters are loaded with useful excercises, and most of them have the least do with music, at least directly. But they all tie in somewhere. Green also writes of 'Letting Go', a chapter all about how to 'become' the music while playing, rather than looking at it from a technical aspect.

Later, there's a particularly good chapter on how to, not perform but, listen to music. It explains why sometimes we don't feel moved by the music, and then gives relevant solutions to enjoying the performance.

Green chooses to end the book by not recapping all the techniques he have taught, but instead by writting several chapters on realizing how big a gift music is, and how to appreciate it to the fullest extent.

Reading this book is a potentially life changing experience. I urge all of you to give it a try...even if you are already a capable performer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well developed techniques for musicians
Using Timothy Gallwey's "Inner Game" techniques, Barry Green has provided here an excellent resource for musicians who feel that they practice adequately, but still lack a "certain something" in their music. Mr. Green leads the reader through a series of examples and techniques that combat nervousness, a lack of emotion, and many other problems that most musicians face. Although I am a rather well versed saxophonist, I tended to get nervous before many of my performances and auditions, and the techniques of the "Inner Game" have helped me to combat that. My practice time is now more effective, and my performances are better because of this book. Some may feel that the only shorcoming in this book is that Green discusses too many varying techniques, but in actuality they are all similar in philosophy and practice, and they all lead the performer to greater chances of success.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could be the coach you've been looking for.
This book is a miracle for me. You might have heard of a book called the Inner Game of Tennis. In this book, the author reveals how he vastly improved his tennis skills through the revelation that he was actually playing 2 games: 1) The outer game, i.e. his skills and physical abilities and 2) The inner game, i.e. his mastery over his own psychological and emotional states while practicing and playing.

Well, these principles are not limited to the game of tennis, but wholly applicable to any challenge in life, from playing music to forming good relationships to whatever. Along comes a musician who recognizes this, teams up with the original author and writes a miraculous book for the musicians of the world. I doubt if there are many musicians who could not benefit from the information in this book.

Why should you improve your inner game? The book gives a great example... think of something that is easy for you to play, something you can play well every time. Now picture yourself thrust down onto the stage of Carnegie Hall in front of a packed house that expects you to play something brilliant. Do you think your nerves might get in the way of playing this simple little piece to your potential? If so, then you probably need this book. If not, you are a master already and I wonder why you are wasting your time reading this!

Remember that your skills, no matter what level, are considered part of your "outer game." These skills are particular to you, your physical limitations, your instrument, and your instrument's limitations. This book focuses on the inner game, which is universal. By universal, I mean the inner game is not even specific to music, but applies to any challenge. By using language, stories, and metaphors that are familiar to musicians, the book can help you improve your musical inner game, but there's no reason it should stop there.

The Inner Game of Music does an ingenious job of simplifying the psychology and spirituality of playing music into something practical by putting aside debatable beliefs about ego, id, subconscious, conscious, etc, and focusing simply on whether you are playing your inner game or losing it.

An example from my life... I have been studying with a master jazz guitarist for a couple of years. At times when I practice, I find myself playing a good inner game, very relaxed, playing from the heart, amazed at the notes I hear. I find that when you play a good inner game, you feel more like an observer than a participant. Well, when I sit down with my teacher, I become aware of his mastery. My own nervousness and desire to play well for him quite often cause enough interference to make me play well below my ability. Since reading this book, I have found that more often I can really relax with him, stretch out and really play to the best of my ability, often surprising us both. I find myself coming further in my limited practice time and playing better in unfamiliar situations. It is all about the inner game! ... Read more


54. Jazz Styles : History and Analysis (9th Edition)
by Mark C. Gridley
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55. Integrating Music into the Elementary Classroom (with CD)
by William M. Anderson, Joy E. Lawrence
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The market-leading text for the Elementary School Music Methods course, INTEGRATING MUSIC IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM boasts an author team who helped set the national standards for teaching music in elementary schools. The first to emphasize the theme of integrating music throughout the school day, Anderson and Lawrence show future educators how to make music an effective part of the entire elementary curriculum. The text introduces the songs, instruments, sources of age-appropriate music, and methods of making music in a multicultural environment--making the text perfect for students with no prior knowledge of the fundamentals of music. With easy-to-use techniques for teaching young children how to sing, play instruments, move to music, create music, listen to music, and understand music, this text relates music to all subject areas. Notably, the authors provide sample lesson plans for kindergarten through grade six, along with more than 150 songs from different cultures and historical periods. ... Read more


56. Music Listening Today (with 2-CD set)
by Charles R. Hoffer
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Now in its Second Edition, Charles Hoffer's best-selling MUSIC LISTENING TODAY teaches students to enjoy all types of music--taking them beyond superficial listening while developing their knowledge of musical styles, forms, and genres. This affordable, brief, chronological survey of music begins with a chapter that emphasizes the reasons for learning about music. The chapter also offers suggestions for improving listening skills and using the 89 "Listening Guides" presented throughout the text. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss It
Unquestionably the most understandable,interesting,even entertaining text for introduction to music courses. It would also be an excellent gift for anyone wanting to know more about classical, ethnic and contemporary music. The CD ROMs add immeasurably to the book, providing graphic illustrations of the ideas in the text. An outstanding book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The world of music at your fingertips, with 2 CDs
This is a beautiful book. Anyone who wants to learn more about music -- its notation, its instrumentation, its history, how and why it moves us -- will enjoy this book immensely. It discusses music theory in understandable terms, covering rhythm, melody, harmony, dynamics, timbre, and organization. The instruments of the classical orchestra are all explained, as are folk instruments. In fact, folk music from around the world is discussed as a prelude to the main sections on the so-called "art music" of Europe and America. I especially liked the Listening Guides. They correspond to tracks on the two CDs that come with the book. The author explains what's going on at each important part of a piece of music, with timings provided so you can follow along, and even provides musical notation showing important themes. I don't read music, but I enjoyed being able to see the score of a familiar strain and following along with the Listening Guide to better understand what the music was about. There are also biographies of each important composer and beautiful full-color reproductions of art from the period being discussed. The book also includes an appendix about musical notation (which if I had studied better would probably give me musical literacy). It also has a very useful glossary and index. This book is obviously a college textbook, but anyone who wants to increase his or her understanding and appreciation of the world music will benefit from reading it. ... Read more


57. Solutions for Singers: Tools for Performers and Teachers
by Richard Miller
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5-0 out of 5 stars Miller's best book
Richard Miller has written a library of works for singers, teachers, coaches, and anyone interested in the science of singing.The one thing that has always been missing, though, is an easy-to-use guide to much of his information, in the form of the Q&A, or to use the computer-literate term, an FAQ.

Well, here it is!

In this book, Miller addresses series of questions (gleaned from master class students and teachers over his many years of teaching) individually and specifically, giving the curious or troubled artists an opportunity to find an answer quickly and easily.

Of course, Miller cannot possibly address every conceivable question; I, for one, have a question about the female secondo passaggio and bridging the lower and upper mechanisms more efficiently; but a good read will glean the answers to many many other questions, plus give the aspiring student with little knowledge of vocal pedagogy a jumping-off point to dive into Miller's other works (The Structure of Singing, Teaching Soprano Voices, Teaching Tenor Voices, just to name a few fine ones).

This library is far cheaper than the Caldwell Publishing series, which is far easier to digest as a student, but simply out of the financial reach of everyone BUT tenured voice teachers (If you're listening, Robert Caldwell, we would love to buy them!, but it isn't possible at $600 for the series), and though it is fairly technical in its language and might require some background in the physiology of the larynx to completely comprehend, Miller's books are the rarest of beasts in voice ped:affordable, comprehensive, and helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, but not for novices
This book is not really a manual for voice teaching but a book of oft-asked questions and answers written by Richard Miller, noted voice teacher and author.Miller has written several books on singing and voice teaching, and all of them have been generally well received.This book is no exception.

The questions are grouped in sections of subjects beginning with breath management.Following chapters address posture, laryngeal functions, resonance, nasals and consonants, vibrato, registration, healthy singing, pedagogy issues, and performance concerns.As one can see, this layout of the book ensures that while Miller does skip from question to question, the book does flow similarly to great treatises on singing and voice instruction.

If one has never read a book by Richard Miller, one should know that his books can be technical and perhaps even...er, boring.Miller has certainly taken great care that each question be answered thoroughly and accurately (not with a simple yes or no).This is not the best book for a novice trying to learn about the voice.Try books by Oren Brown or Clifton Ware first, or be prepared to look it up if you don't know exactly where the zygomatic muscles are or how the thyroid cartilage works.

That being said, this book covers so many of the questions that people have about singing, even the questions that most voice teachers do not know.Miller also includes a wonderful repertoire list for younger or beginning singers in the back, and his select bibliography is also as rigorous as I've seen anywhere else.You may have to reread some answers, but it is clear that you are getting a well-researched answer.

I strongly recommend this book to any voice teacher.As long as they are prepared for technical answers, I think they will find it to be an invaluable resource.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's like having Richard Miller right there!
Solutions for Singers is like having Richard Miller at your beck and call to answer questions regarding vocalism. In this book, Miller gives sensible solutions to help solve different vocal problems and explains how the vocal apparatus works. Solutions is most helpful when consulted along side the author's other books such as Structure of Singing and Training Tenor Voices. This book is a must have for any vocalist, teacher, coach, conductor and performer!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have read all of Richard Miller's books on vocal production and pedagogy. They are very technical and sometimes rather dry reading, but you are getting a very informed and to the point understanding of correct and safe vocal production; and that can be used in all types of singing, not just classical like so many people think.

Unlike his other book "the Structure of Singing", which covers all the same points, in this book he presents questions that people have about various techniques and explains the difference between them and why one or the other works better or less effectively while singing.

As I would say with all books on singing, you can't learn to sing reading a book, however, you would get closer to good correct singing with sound principles using his books than any other. He covers everything from vowel modification, to proper balanced release and attack (things seldom covered in any meaningful way in most books, especially those dealing with "becoming a singing star" for modern singing), posture, everything. He has many exercises that help discover the truths behind healthy production (but not as many as he has in his other books).

It is not always interesting reading, and he does nothing to whet your appetite for gossipy back stage stuff like some singing teaching writers do. If he has worked with many singers, you would have no clue about it, or who they are. No name dropping in any of his books like one finds in so many books on singing (all for the purpose to brag about the author's abilities, or to sell you on the fact they know what they are doing because Mr X and Miss Y were former students, or he coached with them once). All you have to sell you on the principles in his writings are the facts and the explanations to help you understand what good singing is all about.

All the books by Richard Miller are excellent and informative, actually overly packed with information (you can read them a million times and find stuff each and every time, and see more in what you read before than what you originally thought was there), and this one is no different. I feel everyone, teacher or student, who is really serious about singing and singing well for decades to come (not just because an "American Idol" for a year or two) really should study these books. I feel they should be recommended readings at all university vocal music departments. Get the facts and understand the physiology of the voice, and you can go a long way. There is no "new improved scientific technique to create great voices." Why, you may ask? Because anyone who preaches that sort of stuff is selling you a bag of air. There are no new and improved scientific techniques to teach voice. We may have a better understanding, scientifically, of what happens when someone sings, but we have no idea how to create what we see or even why the folds do what they do, they are involuntary actions of our brain which we control only by the desire to sing a certain pitch. The vocal muscles cannot be manipulated like that, they aren't like developing muscles for lifting or running. None of Miller's principles are based on just what we see the voice box doing while singing; rather they are based on centuries of what worked, and what the masters through the ages discovered produced good sound quality in the voice. His explanations of things and how the voice works, are the clearest and most detailed I have ever read, and the most useful when it comes to understanding the voice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good book.
This is a book that answers many unanswered questions - the ones you felt like asking during a master class, the ones you might have had when you studied voice with a teacher who did not know much, the ones you didn't have time to ask your voice teacher, the ones you couldn't ask because what you were working on at a specific time during a voice lesson was not related to your question, the questions you ever wanted to ask but never had the opportunity to... and many others.

Being based on a question-answer approach, this book may surprise you with the sometimes unexpected answers to the questions asked.

However, do not expect this book to have the answer to each and every question about singing you might have ever had. Miller himself advises you that it doesn't.

This book is more than simply a vocal technique book. It provides food for thought galore. I felt very fulfilled by some of the reading I did of this book.

It would be good if R. Miller attempted including more information in each chapter, in each answer, should this book have a second edition, which I surely think it deserves.

This is a book for those who, like me, can never get enough of singing, vocal technique and so on. ... Read more


58. The Complete Phantom of the Opera
by George Perry
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Catlog: Book (1991-04-01)
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This is the lavishly illustrated, definitive account of The Phantom of the Opera, tracing the Phantom legend from its origins in historical fact through Gaston Leroux's heartrending classic novel and other artistic incarnations to the present day and Andrew Lloyd Webber's incredibly successful musical.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must for Phans
Amazing, interesting and informative are just a few of the words that discribe this excellent book!
It starts out with a history of the Paris Opera House, along with beautiful pictures. It discribes how life was in the 1880's, and what people would regularly do at the Opera. It also is about Gaston Leroux, who wrote the Phantom novel.
Part Two is about the Lon Chaney Phantom film and other film versions of the story.
And last but not least it how the Andrew Lloyd Webber version came to light, with rare backstage photos and conversations with the production crew and cast.
In short, a definite MUST for all Phans, makes an excellent gift.

5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite birthday present
As a hardcore Phantom fan, I am always looking for more information on the play. I came across this amazing book in the public library in my town and was amazed at the detail. There was so much that I didn't already know, and I knew a lot. I wanted to keep on renewing the book and never give it back but a good friend of mine, who is also very adamant about Phantom, went searching for this book that I wouldn't shut up about and bought me a copy. I love it. It includes info on the opera house, Gaston Leroux(the author of the novel on which Andrew Lloyd Webber's play is based), the story behind the novel, Lon Chaney's film, other versions of the film and other plays, Andrew Lloyd Webber's version, and the Libretto. This is the most complete and well written book on the play I've come across. George Perry reveals the intricacies of the production from make-up to costumes to set to everything. I consider this a valuable part of my Phantom collection and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes this play or theater in general. It rocks!

4-0 out of 5 stars Desire and Passionate
Christine, a young singer in the Paris Grand Opera, is loved by Raoul DeChagny. The employees are terrified by stories of a weird Phantom who is supposed to inhabit the sub-cellars under the opera house. Guided by a strange and commanding voice that she hears from the walls, Christine finally achieves success as a singer. Then the mysterious voice summons her and she finds its owner is a huge man wearing a mask. He takes her to his hiding place and demands her love in payment. Tearing off his mask, she finds a horrible and grotesque monster. Due to her pleading, he allows her to sing once more and breaking her promise, she manages to communicate with Raoul, who plans to save her. The monster, who is the Phantom, learns of the plan and again kidnaps her. Raoul, aided by Ledoux of the secret police, seeks to rescue her, but they are trapped in fiendish ways by the Phantom, who has been identified as an insane musician and magician. The Phantom finally captures them but the brother of Buquet who was murdered by the Phantom leads a mob to the hiding place. The phantom realizes that love cant be snatched but won; releases Christine to her true love Raoul.

This is an emotional moving read.

5-0 out of 5 stars History in a few short pages
George Perry did an excellent job putting together the history of the Paris Opera house, Gaston Leroux, and the story of the Phantom. This book was an integral source in my review of the book and in depth analysis of Leroux's writing style and the novel itself.

The vivid images are inspiring to poets and writers, and the full libretto is a nice touch in the rear of the book.

I recommend this book for anyone seeking further information about the tale, the author, or the opera house.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Necessary for Any Phantom "Phan"
This book is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of Phantom. Starting with the Paris Opera House, Gaston Leroux, and the early movie versions, it works up to the different interpretations and the ALW musical. It has tons of color pictures and a libretto to the ALW musical in the back. A must have! ... Read more


59. Complete Handbook of Voice Training
by Richard Alderson
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
Here we have a book on vocal production and training that is just that: a book on vocal training. Yes, it contains exercises and other things, and great detailed explanations as to what things mean in vocal pedegogy. One would actually learn more about singing and voice production from this book, and doing it correctly, than from all the "singing for dummies" sort of books out there. The only draw back with the book is it is long, and it is not that exciting to read. He is not wordy, he is just to the point, all of the points of singing.

I would recommend this book for anyone seriously wanting to learn to sing, and I mean sing. Study it, read it, get an understanding of what singing is all about, and what you should be fixing as a goal in learning how to sing. Most books on singing don't give enough information so you could actually fix any realistic goals about singing, or what to expect from your own progress, or out of a lesson, or even from your teacher. People buy these other books, learn a few things, sing a few notes better than they did before, and think they are on their way to stardom.

Well, people, get real. Read this book and you will get a better understanding of what singing is all about. And on the first pages you will learn one important thing -- you will never hear your voice correctly, so no matter how wonderful you think it is sounding, you will need the ears of someone else (if not a teacher, at least someone with a good ear for quality sound) to let you know what you really sound like.

However, if you read this book carefully, you can also save yourself a ton of grief when choosing a teacher. There are tons of teachers out there who, quite frankly, have no business teaching at all. A former singing career, or the ability to sing oneself, is NO indication the person can actually teach what they know, or even that they understand what they did (Joan Sutherland is a perfect example; she sang wonderfully but would never consider teaching as she openly admits she has no clue how it all works). Reading this book will not make you an expert on the subject whatever, but it will give you enough information that you won't be led up the garden path. You will have a great idea of what to expect, what to anticipate, and what should be happening in any voice lesson you have. If your teacher doesn't cover any of these points, then you will have an idea they aren't a real voice teacher and that they don't really know much. Perhaps it would be better to seek out someone else's advice.

The advice in this book is excellent, but again, no book can teach you to sing, they can only enlighten you to what to consider and look for in learning technique.

5-0 out of 5 stars hi
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60. Into the Heart: The Stories Behind Every U2 Song
by Niall Stokes
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Into the Heart examines the behind-the-scenes influences that shaped U2’s internationally popular and critically acclaimed music. Included are original and revealing interviews with band members and the key people close to U2. The band’s rich cultural and social context is fully explored, providing a colorful backdrop to the songs. Into the Heart traces U2’s meteoric rise from the early days of their career with Boy, their first album, to the spanning success of The Joshua Tree, Rattle and Hum, Achtung Baby, and Pop. U2 is a group that has become a world-class rock ’n’ roll band; a band that continues to invent themselves and is not afraid to take chances with their craft—as well as make a unique impact in the world of music with their raw, emotional energy. This edition includes over 100 black and white and color photos, provides a complete chronology and discography, and covers the band's newest CD, All That You Can’t Leave Behind. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book if you're a U2 Fanatic. . .
This book is a very entertaining read provided that you're approaching a fanatical level of U2-ness. It's wonderful in that nearly all of their songs are written about -- from the beginnings to All That You Can't Leave Behind -- another reviewer said it's only for songs before Zooropa, but this is most definitely not true. Furthermore, it has shorter narratives on many of their B-side tracks as well.

That being said, the actual writing could be better -- it seems that Mr. Stokes had unprecendented access to Bono, Edge, Larry and Adam and while his interviewing must have been extensive, his writing style leaves much to be desired. He leaves things purposely vague and his attempts at sounding profound actually confuse and make things more opaque than they need be; U2 are excellent song-writers but the meanings behind their songs are much simpler than Mr. Stokes wants to let on -- his writing would benefit tremendously from increased lucidity. Nonetheless, the book makes for entertaining reading and allows for new insight into one of the greatest rock bands ever. . .

4-0 out of 5 stars U2: Exegesis
Niall Stokes has written one of the definitive books on U2 (along with Bill Flanagan's "U2 At the End of the World") with this massive, song-by-song exegesis of the U2 canon. Maybe not for the casual fan, "Into the Heart" is a must-own for the hardcore U2 fanatic. Stokes devotes at least a page to every song on every U2 album, and the writing isn't press-releasy fan worship, but a loving and critical analysis joined with commentary from the band members and such U2 cohorts as Brian Eno, Flood and Daniel Lanois (the fifth, sixth and seventh members of the band, by all accounts).

For the most part, the book is insightful, informative and was no doubt exhaustively researched. It is beautifully designed and packed with never-before-seen photos of the band. Not only are all the albums dissected, but there's plenty of material covering the B-sides and "extra-curricular activities" of the band members. Fascinating stuff.

Of course, U2 songs aren't terribly easy to pin down, and to my mind it's impossible to say definitively what "Bad" is all about, or "Wire," or "Promenade," or "With Or Without You." Mystery is a huge part of the music's allure, and while I appreciate Stokes' examination of Bono's sometimes incomprehensible lyrics, the mystery and magic of the band's music remains -- blessedly -- intact.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book of Inspiring Insight into U2's Storytelling
Upon reading this book, even the casual U2 listener will experience listening to U2 albums in a new light; and even better, experience the live versions with much more emotional investment.
The book, offers insights, inspirations, influences and passions that drive U2 to write songs, many that take on a gospel-like quality. When read cover to cover, the book is a fascinating look into the various depths in the emotional and intellectual journey U2 experiences from their beginning to their fascination with electronica in "Pop," to their recent stripped-down sense of soul in "All You Can't Leave Behind."
My favorite example of the book's impact is reading about New Year's Day, then listening to the song as the lyrics take on a more lucid and emotionally powerful dimension about the turmoil in the world -espeically in Ireland and in Poland. To top it off, hearing "New Years day" live during the 2001 Slane Castle performance, in which Bono raises the Irish flag and rejoices with over 100,000 fans singing along, the song generates anthem-like electricity. It is quite unmistakable that Bono is indeed, moved as well, as the song takes on a fresh meaning on that night at Slane Castle.
"Into the Heart" is an architectural insight into the creation of each U2 song and will undoubtedly inspire you to spend nights locked up in your room listening to the all the U2 albums again in one sitting.

5-0 out of 5 stars I like U2. I like the book about U2.
It was extremely good.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but.....
A lot of this book was interesting, especially when Stokes would go into the story behind writing and recording the song... but a lot of the book is speculation, and not tremendously in-depth at that. Its a good read for big U2 fans, but not a must-have. ... Read more


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