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61. Chronicles, Vol. 1
by Bob Dylan
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One would not anticipate a conventional memoir from Bob Dylan--indeed, one would not have foreseen an autobiography at all from the pen of the notoriously private legend. What Chronicles: Volume 1 delivers is an odd but ultimately illuminating memoir that is as impulsive, eccentric, and inspired as Dylan's greatest music.

Eschewing chronology and skipping over most of the "highlights" that his many biographers have assigned him, Dylan drifts and rambles through his tale, amplifying a series of major and minor epiphanies. If you're interested in a behind-the-scenes look at his encounters with the Beatles, look elsewhere. Dylan describes the sensation of hearing the group's "Do You Want to Know a Secret" on the radio, but devotes far more ink to a Louisiana shopkeeper named Sun Pie, who tells him, "I think all the good in the world might already been done" and sells him a World's Greatest Grandpa bumper sticker. Dylan certainly sticks to his own agenda--a newspaper article about journeymen heavyweights Jerry Quarry and Jimmy Ellis and soul singer Joe Tex's appearance on The Tonight Show inspire heartfelt musings, and yet the 1963 assassination of John Kennedy prompts nary a word from the era's greatest protest singer.

For all the small revelations (it turns out he's been a big fan of Barry Goldwater, Mickey Rourke, and Ice-T), there are eye-opening disclosures, including his confession that a large portion of his recorded output was designed to alienate his audience and free him from the burden of being a "the voice of a generation."

Off the beaten path as it is, Chronicles is nevertheless an astonishing achievement. As revelatory in its own way as Blonde on Blonde or Highway 61 Revisited, it provides ephemeral insights into the mind one of the most significant artistic voices of the 20th century while creating a completely new set of mysteries. --Steven Stolder ... Read more


62. Harmony and Voice Leading
by Carl Schachter, Edward Aldwell
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Catlog: Book (2002-08-13)
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A comprehensive volume spanning the entire theory course, HARMONY AND VOICE LEADING begins with coverage of basic concepts of theory and harmony, and moves into coverage of advanced dissonance and chromaticism. It emphasizes the linear aspects of music as much as the harmonic, and introduces large-scale progressions--linear and harmonic--at an early stage. The first three Units of the book are designed to be taught sequentially, but instructors have the flexibility to teach the latter units in any combination and order they choose. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but don't expect it to cover everything
The main reason that I want to write a review here is on the off-chance that any AP music theory teachers or students are coming across this and are considering buying the book. My teacher made the mistake of using this as our primary textbook for the year, hoping that it would cover the AP curriculum. Well, it doesn't. It only helps on about 20% of the test, and for the rest you will be dead in the water.

That said, it does a pretty good job introducing and expanding the concept of basic four-part voice leading. It doesn't expend very many pages teaching the absolute basics like major and minor chords, so it helps to approach the book with some understanding of chords, intervals, and the like.

The progressions and rules that it allows do seem a little bit stringent and antiquated considering the many changes in classical music over the past century, but at least you can voice-lead like Bach after reading this!

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything you always wanted to know about tonal harmony┬┐
I first encountered this book when I already had done my master's thesis in music theory and considered myself as quite competent in the field of tonal harmony. Nevertheless, reading the book produced several experiences of finally apprehending clearly something that earlier had only been more or less vague practical knowledge. For this reason I enjoyed every section of the book, even though it starts from the very basics. Yet, its way of expression is so simple, even artless, that surely nobody will find it hard to follow. In fact, at first I was a little irritated by what seemed to me as somewhat patronizing style of the book - occasionally it seemed to me as being written for schoolchildren rather than adult students - but I soon learnt to ignore this stylistic feature (which seems typical of American textbooks in general). In any case, I think the book is simply the best ever written on tonal harmony, containing practically every harmonic usage of classical tonal music and integrating them to a grand overall view. This is a classic book in its field.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very strong text teaching the foundations of tonal music
When I was a student at the University of Michigan School of Music in the late seventies and early eighties, we used the then brand new first edition of this book. I thought it was quite good then, and I believe this third edition to be an even better book. It treats the subjects of tonal harmony and voice leading quite well. There have been some solid improvements in the way a few things are explained and some changes in the musical examples. However, it is still fundamentally the same sound course for undergraduate music theory it has been since 1978. However, it now comes in one volume instead of the two volumes of the first edition.

The text begins with a quick review of the basics of musical grammar, a brief introduction of the rudiments of musical notation, intervals, rhythm (and meter), chords, and four-part harmony. Part II talks about the powerful relationship between the tonic and dominant chords, chord progressions elaborating that relationship, and even the dominant as a key area (whether you call it tonicization or modulation is up to you). Part III discusses the implications of root position, first inversion, and second inversion chords in elaborating harmonies and in sequences. Part IV is actually about contrapuntal issues, but is framed in a discussion of melodic figuration. Part V introduces chromaticism, modal mixture, and extends the discussion on uses of seventh chords. Part VI extends the discussion of chromaticism and includes ninth and eleventh chords, Phrygian II (Neapolitan chords), augmented sixths, and more types of mixture. There is also important discussion of the implications all this has for voice leading and modulation to other key areas.

Some might wish that it contained some treatments of graphical (Schenkerian notation), and I am one of them, but that is a quibble compared to this books many strengths. The counter argument is that until the students really have a handle on the basics of harmony and how voice leading is handled through the music of the early twentieth century, there really isn't a way for them to grasp the meaning of the larger structures Schenker's graphical notation was created to represent. I think that is a fair point, but still think there are some basics in notation that could be introduced early in the process when talking about the basic structure of melodies and supporting harmonies and candential formulas.

The explanations are clear and the musical examples apt. In fact, someone could actually work through this book on his own and grasp what is being presented. Of course, an instructor is helpful to check work and explain things that remain unclear in the student's mind, but that is really true for any book on any subject.

There are some wonderful materials to supplement this text. The most important are the two work books (WB I - ISBN 0-15-506226-3 / WB II - ISBN 0-15-506234-4. They are useful exercises that help the student learn the material by actively working through the application of the materials discussed.

Another resource that should not be overlooked is the two-CD set (ISBN 0-534-52216-5) that contains performances of the hundreds of musical examples in the textbook (not the workbooks). It can really help a student to listen to examples that are unclear. If a student can play them herself or hear them in his head, so much the better, but these discs can enrich reading through the textbook and making sure that you understand what is being presented to you.

Kudos to Professors Aldwell and Schachter for this wonderful text and supporting materials.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, even for beginners
I am an adult beginning keyboard and music student, learning on my own at my own pace. I am in the process of reading this textbook (the first 100 pages or so of more than 400) and have found it most helpful in explaining in detail difficult musical concepts. I also plan to use this book as a reference.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ehh....zzzzzz............
I just can't fully explain how silly this book really is. For the most part, if the disorganized format won't annoy you, then the use of "scholarly jargon" certainly will. You know what that is. That's where some nerd wants to make himself sound prolific so he writes an entire paragraph where a couple of sentences would've worked just as well.
Other nonsense includes the amount of/lack of pages spent on certain topics like rhythm and meter for example (9 pages? THAT'S IT?! Huh...I would think the major difference between Western music and all else deserved more then THAT). At any rate, without going into too many details, this book is simply bad. It's just going to confuse the beginner. There's no need for that.
...I would say that the most 'user friendly' is called Tonal Harmony by Payne, Schindler, and Kostka (ISBN #0-07-035874-5). It's easy to understand; it has a FABULOUS format and its cheaper then the above dribble. The authors defiantly understand that the reader will most likely be a BEGINNER and so it is written that way. ... Read more


63. 2005 Song Writer's Market (Songwriter's Market)
by Ian Bessler, Michael Schweer
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Catlog: Book (2004-10-27)
Publisher: Writers Digest Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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The key to building a dream career, 2005 Songwriter's Market provides songwriters of every kind of music--from rock and hip-hop to classical and country--with all the essential information they need to build and maintain a successful life in songwriting. Readers will find:

*1400 easy-to-reference and updated market listings (including 100 brand new markets)

*Key advice on how to market work for future sales, from writing popular single-song hits to creating a publicity campaign

*Interviews with insiders who've "made it," and are willing to share their secrets for songwriting success

Songwriter's Market is the all-in-one resource aspiring and established songwriters can't and shouldn't live without. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Toolbox without a Screwdriver????
If you are a songwriter and you do not have this book on your shelf - it is like a toolbox without a screwdriver. You just have to get this book -

It tells you everything you need to know to get better results as you work toward your personal success. Most important: It has the latest names, addresses, phone numbers - What people want and sometimes WHAT THEY DON'T WANT!

As always, every edition includes new articles on the Song Market and I usually turn there FIRST when I buy each new edition.

Don't go on without this book - you will be glad you bought it!

3-0 out of 5 stars A big diretory
This book is more than 70% a list of publishers, managers, agents etc. The list is good if that is what you are looking for. It tells if they accept unsolicted material, formats, etc.

The "how to" aspect of the book is weak. Not a lot of material or personal stories from songwriters or publishers.

If you are looking for a adresses of where to send songs, then this is the book for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Industry Naviagation Tool for Songwriters/Composers
This book is a great tool. In the "Articles about the Business of Songwriting" section - this book gives detailed perspectives from industry professionals on how/where/why to market your songs as a Songwriter/Composer.

In the "Markets" section - it details the people/entities that are usually interested in hearing new material: Producers, Record Companies, Publishers, etc.

The "Resources" section has contact information for a number of organizations, companies, and conferences all focussed on the songwriter.

This is a must for songwriters new to the music business... trust me - I KNOW.

D.A.L. 12/2001

5-0 out of 5 stars Good starting gate for songwriters and lyricists
Most women and 50% of the men in the United States have probably written a lyric to be composed to music. If they are musicians they may do it themselves. Then where do you go? Read Songwriter's Market. If you live in New York, or Nashville, or Los Angeles, or any major city, it's good to get around a bit along with the reading. The bigness of the book may be confusing to some. Where do you start anyway? You start with the Table of Contents. Initiative and persistence do not guarantee success, but it is a more interesting road if you possess these qualities.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice Resource but...
I have mixed opinions about this book. There's a lot of useful information, and the lay out is nice, but I think it would be a mistake to use it as a first and last resource as many people do and rate your sucess and failure upon those answered and unanswered query letters. A good example is the fact that most major labels only except submissions from management companies, and most management companies often want to see that you local recognition before they take you on. Some of the better ones may only represent one or two artists because a lot of time and money is required, and those that don't often do little more than keep you in their rolodex and throw a gig here and there and take commish when their main act is unavailable - - And Indie labels too want local name recognition, especially if it requires an investment as any production does. Art aside, music IS a business... if a louzy sounding group has a following of a few hundred and plays out regularly, the odds of selling enough CDs to recap the production cost are obvoiusly much higher than say a talented songwriter/performer with a great home studio, but no band or name recognition. The answer then is to make sure you're playing out. You also need to study the grapevine and the "scene" of the music you play. Many of the management companies and indie labels that your favorite bands were on before they made it big may not necessarily be in The Song Writer's Market, yet those were the people who positioned those artists for recognition to get "discovered" - - doing a bit of research and using the internet might yield surprizing results. Many record companies even have up to date A & R pages explaining criterea for submission with surprizing detail and others will answer e-mail. Also note : the info in this book is based on what was submitted to them. They don't actually look up each of the 1,000s of listings. By the time each edition hits print, many are already out of business, some are bombarded with more tapes than they can handle, and others weren't legit to start ("Sorry, we're not excepting material except for our songwriting context. Please send a check for...")

So my suggestion would be, get this book as a supplemnetary resource, but scope out resources in your own scene first, including local ones as well as examining the trail groups or artists with similar vibes took. Be aware of labels and management for new and older resources and the links on their web sites (which also include links to groups with similar vibes lower down the label on more accessible but good labels.) Do what you have to move up the ladder... and that involves being seen and going from one class of venue and management to the next... then use this book for "extra credit" and who knows... you might get lucky ! ! ! ... Read more


64. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hypnosis
by Roberta Temes
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-20)
Publisher: Alpha Books
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Average Customer Review: 3.95 out of 5 stars
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"Want to kick a habit or a field goal?... The secrets in this book willimprove your game and your life."
—Bob Reese, Peak Performance Specialist

From treating cigarette addictions to losing weight, from setting career goalsto getting a good night’s sleep, this updated second edition by notedpsychologist and hypnotherapist Roberta Temes shows how to use hypnosisresponsibly to improve one’s quality of life. Includes updated step-by-stepinstructions for self-hypnosis, plus clear explanations of what hypnosis is andhow it works, tips for finding a reputable hypnotherapist, tips on solvingproblems in one’s love life, career, health, and more.

• First edition is the bestselling book on hypnosis on the market
• Revised and updated with more thorough step-by-step instructions for self- hypnosis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A "Must Read" for anyone considering hypnotherapy!
Dr. Temes wrote what I believe to be the best book ever written for the consumer who wishes to consider hypnosis or hypnotherapy as a modality for health care or self-improvement!

Her book is both comprehensive and easy to understand, a very rare combination to be found in any book; and it is filled with valuable information for anyone considering investing in hypnosis or hypnotherapy. While the author has very credible scientific credentials and professional experience, her information is served to the reader in an objective manner, with the goal of helping the consumer to make an informed choice. She empowers the consumer with important information to help those who desire hypnosis or hypnotherapy to choose wisely, and does so without bias either for or against "lay hypnotists" who lack academic credentials.

Whether you are a consumer considering hypnotherapy, a student of hypnosis, OR a practicing professional, this is a "must read" book. In presenting this important information, Roberta Temes has provided a GREAT SERVICE to the general public!

Roy Hunter M.S.

5-0 out of 5 stars After reading this book you will understand hypnotism.
This book is great for the definition and history of hypnotism. It briefly covers many famous people who made contributions to hypnotism. This book is also the !BEST! that I have seen when it comes to helping you write scripts. It is very limited though when it comes to hypnotising others. It seems that this book is very much in favor of the reader going to a certified hypnotist rather than learn the art for yourself. This book will give you some direction on how to hypnotise others but I would recommend "Professional Stage Hypnotism" or "Fun with Hypnosis" for that. This book will be useful once you have already hypnotised someone and is different that your average beginner/intro to hypnosis.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for the lay reader!
This book is superb for the average reader, because it tells so much about hypnosis. It does not seem to be intended to teach a lay person HOW to be a hypnotherapist, because for that one has to first be a qualified health professional, such as a psychologist or a physician. So, if one wants to learn a lot ABOUT hypnosis, read this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Hypnosis
If you don't know much about hypnosis, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Hypnosis is a great introduction to self-hypnosis and choosing a hypnotist or hypnotherapist. The author dispels many common myths and provides a good historical overview. The portions of the book on self-hypnosis probably aren't comprehensive enough to allow for mastery, but they are certainly a good beginning. The strongest parts of the book deal with addressing common fears associated with being subjected to hypnosis. Like all Idiot's Guides, it is a pleasant and fast-moving book to read...quite enjoyable.

1-0 out of 5 stars The title is perfect for this book
Unless your a complete idiot you dont need this book. It spends page after page of telling you what hypnosis can do. Dont we already know that. Very little information on how to actually do hypnosis. My guess is that you would never be able to do hypnosis by learning from this book. A complete waste of time for Idiots. I only wish I could get my money back. Please Dont Buy this book. ... Read more


65. The Norton Recordings
by Kristine Forney, Joseph Machlis
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-28)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np)
Sales Rank: 253203
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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With nearly three million copies sold over eight editions, The Enjoyment of Music is the best-selling music appreciation text of all time. Spanning the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century, the text offers a thorough introduction to the elements of music, a broad overview of the history of musical styles, and fascinating cultural contexts and perspectives. The Ninth Edition of this classic text features a stunning new design, exciting new repertory, and an unmatched ancillary and media package. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Solid Music Appreciation Textbook
I am currently using the new ninth edition of this textbook for a college music appreciation class.This text is great for people who want to learn about music history in Western society (Western Europe and some of America).

Beginning with a chapter on the elements and aspects of music, the book starts with Gregorian Chant (c. 400) and quickly moves through history all the way to 20th century music, including minimalism and Arvo Part.

The reading is clear and straightforward, and the pictures and charts make the reading more exciting than your typical bland textbook.There are some problems, however.

First, this book is not adequate for music majors.As another reviewer states, many great composers here are overlooked or briefly mentioned, especially those composers who were not on the leading edge of each movement (e.g. William Byrd, Sergei Rachmaninov, Gustav Holst, Bruckner, Wolf, and Prokofiev).

Another issue that some have with the book is its inclusion of women composers into history.I understand why they do it.Even today in society there are few women composers, and it is important to teach our young women that they can write great music.On the other hand,as a result of poor musical education and opportunities, compositions of women composers such as Jacquet de la Guerre and Barbara Strozzi pale in comparison with those of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven.This emphasis of women composers is one that is constantly undergoing debate in the music world.

If you are looking for a Music Appreciation textbook, I would strongly consider this one as well as Roger Kamien's text.If you are not taking a class and just want to learn about music, you should consider getting the 8-CD set of musical excerpts.They go along with the listening guides in the book, and help illustrate the textbook's concepts.

4-0 out of 5 stars In response to the first reviewer
All the criticism from the previous reviewer isn't really justified.This book is used primarily by Gr. 3+ theory and university students who need it for their examinations.A seventeen year old, like myself, probably won't use it for entertainment purposes (due to its content structure and price).It can't exactly be reviewed using the same criteria as other musical "enjoyment" pieces since it's primarily used as a textbook.

Overall, it has everything you'll need to pass your theory exam.However, you may want to look around because you probably won't get as much use out of it as you'd like for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Is there a better book introducing classical music?
If you love classical music, as I do, this is the book to tell you about what you are listening to.That is, for someone like me who has almost no natural musical ability, but does for some strange reason have a profound appreciation for it.How classical music manages to convey its ineffable beauty, I don't know, but it does.This book allows you to place what you are listening to in its place within the whole field of Western classical music.

2-0 out of 5 stars Even classical music has gone politically correct!
I reviewed this book hoping to find a decent introductory overview of the history and basics of music. At the start, this text looked promising. It featured an accompanying interactive CD set with samples of the music overviewed in the text and appeared to cover a wide range of music.

What I found was thoroughly dissappointing - not necessarily the material itself, but the way the book was written. A reoccurring theme of political correctness made me want to gag at times, and at others it prompted only dissapointment at important parts of the history of music that were neglected in the place of politically correct anecdotes about multi-culturalism and entire chapters devoted to obscure composers who are included solely because they happened to be female.

The politically correct themes of this 500 page book ranged from the casual use of extreme PC terminology such as "Before the Common Era" (BCE) instead of the now politically incorrect "Before Christ" (BC) to more bizarre ventures into the realm of modern artistic "Electronic Music." At times the attention paid to modern eccentricism is an embarrassing reflection upon the author in my mind. He names and gives brief biographies of more obscure post modernists, figures in "electronic" music, and neo-romanticist composers than he does for the ENTIRE BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL PERIODS OF MUSIC COMBINED.

The detriment of doing this does not go unnoticed. The author completely neglected any mention whatsoever of the contributions of significant composers including Georg Philip Telemann, Dimitri Kabelevsky, Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan), William Byrd, and Gustav Holst. Similarly the contributions of Correlli, Johann Strauss, Elgar, Couperin, Gluck, CPE Bach, Orff, Borodin, and countless others recieve only brief mentions of a line or two.

Amazingly, after having left out so many significant composers, the author finds room to devote the better part of an entire chapter to the obscure Baroque era harpsichordist Elisabeth-Claude Jaquet De La Guerre and even features a composition of hers, even though she was known more as a musician than a composer and even though her musical contribution was far less than any of the above mentioned composers who were neglected by the author. Jaquet De La Guerre, at best, is an obscure footnote in the history of music, especially compared to giants like Johann Strauss (who was largely neglected) and composers of some of the most significant works of music in history, such as Holst (the Planets), Orff (Carmina Burana), and Corelli (father of the concerto grosso, an important musical form itself that was also discussed in only a sentence or two by the author).

Almost laughably, the author, in light of all his omissions, takes time out to mention modern "ska" music, Curt Cobain, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Ice Cube," Michael Jackson, and the Jefferson Airplane. At least the reader can rest assured that the Jefferson Airplane got paid more attention by the author than one of the most prolific composers in history (Telemann)!

4-0 out of 5 stars new version
There is a newer version - eighth edition ... Read more


66. Sound Reinforcement Handbook
by Gary Davis, Ralph Jones
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Catlog: Book (1990-03-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard
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Average Customer Review: 4.74 out of 5 stars
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This book covers all aspects of designing and using systems for public address and musical performance. The book features information on both the audio theory involved and the practical applications of that theory, explaining everything from microphones to loudspeakers. Written by Gary Davis and Ralph Jones. 2nd edition. 416 pages. Copyright: 1996. Net weight: 2-1/4 lbs. Price WAS $34.95! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A SR Student Must-Have
This book is a must have for all students in the sound reinforcement industry. As a high school theatre sound tech, this book has saved me from disaster hundreds of times and allowed my performances to sound great. The discussed topics are clear, complete, and through. The information is very useful to a beginner or a seasoned pro. I see this book as the "bible" of the sound reinforcement industry. A must have!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best reference book for sound engineering
I used to work on small set of equipment for a local church (1500 people). I currently record at home.
I'm just an amature.
Anyway this book seems to be the best reference out there for beginners.
It has lot of details and some theory that will help you understand how a sound system works.
This book is a must for any one serious about doing there job. Amateur or Pro wanna be.

5-0 out of 5 stars Complete reference book for live band equipment
I've needed this book for a long time and wish I had it long ago. It has the answers I need explained clearly and in detail. One example is its comprehensive explanation of audio equipment system grounding techniques. The information in this book is needed to put together a system of band equipment for best results.

4-0 out of 5 stars good for beginner
this book is very good for beginners and people who do live sound, but it is not detail enough for people who do recording

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Great book for anyboy interested in the field. Must Have! ... Read more


67. Jimi Hendrix : The Man, the Magic, the Truth
by Sharon Lawrence
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-01)
Publisher: HarperEntertainment
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Jimi Hendrix legend has lived on longer than the man, who died in 1970 at the age of twenty-seven. More than thirty years later, what the world knows about him has become deeply distorted. Now Sharon Lawrence, a trusted friend of Jimi's in the final years of his astonishing life, has written a serious exploration of his life, death, and enduring legacy, based partly on the author's never-before-heard recorded interviews with the late musician.

Jimi Hendrix: The Man, The Magic, The Truth contains new and rare material about Hendrix, with major insights from sources who have previously kept their silence -- from childhood neighbors to rock stars and musicians, to music-industry insiders. This book corrects years of false information, reveals key truths, and supplies facts previously known to only a precious few. It also chronicles the years of mind-boggling legal battles over his estate and legacy.

This is the definitive account of Jimi Hendrix, the young man from a pathetic poverty-stricken childhood who invented himself into something rare and special, the man who radiated genius and a bold yet charming personality when he picked up a guitar. It revisits the glory of Hendrix's talent, giving new insight into his sensitive persona, imagination, musical standards, and far-reaching impact.

Iluminating, honest, and bracing, Jimi Hendrix will forever change how we view one of rock and roll's greatest icons.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Another fan of this bio
I won't repeat all of the praises of the previous reviewers. Just wanted to add my "2 cents" that I also found the book well written, compassionate, and eye opening.Thanks to Ms. Lawrence for her decision to re-visit some painful memories and share her perspective and information with us.

5-0 out of 5 stars Et Tu, Al ... and Janie, to Boot!
For years, I've been a Jim Morrison fanatic, in fact, having corresponded with Ray Manzarek, the keyboard player of the fabled band The Doors, in reference to an adaptation of Manzarek's book on his experiences in the band.While I searched for sources at my local library for my proposed screenplay on the last days of Jim Morrison, I happened upon Sharon Lawrence's new book on Hendrix.Suffice it to say, my curiosity prohibited me from passing up the opportunity to read up on a musician whose imagination, both lyrically and musically, have captivated me for over twenty years.

Having read David Henderson's "'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky" Jimi bio in 1985, I thought I possessed some discriminating knowledge, although not some connoisseur's discernment, of Hendrix.I do have to admit that only in the last six years have I begun to replace my Hendrix tapes with remastered CDs, with that all-too-familiar sticker, "Authorized by Experience Hendrix."Well, after reading Lawrence's book and her all-too candid impressions of Jimi's father, Al, and step-sister Janie--who has attempted to pass herself as Jimi's full-blooded sister--I wanted to burn each new CD.

My only other response: If Instant Karma hits both Al and Janie, they'll either admit their greed and perform contrition or burn in some eternal afterworld for urinating on the legacy of a great musician.Too bad Jimi had to be so naive when it came to business dealings.

Buy or check out the book.You owe it to Jimi.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Wow, what can I say, the first 2/3 of the book were amazing. It was amazing to see Jimi from the perspective of someone so close to him. But I can honestly say that after the point at which Jimi Hendrix died, it seemed to me to be pages upon pages of law-related platitude and obituary-like talk. Other than that though, it was a very well written book that would sit well with any Hendrix fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Touching and long Overdue!
I just finished Ms. Lawrence's compelling, honest, heartbreaking and touching biography of Jimi. I could not put it down.I have been a fan since I was 13 years old and while not a maniac had a curiosity about this musician who came and left all to quickly, but left an endelible mark on the music of his generation and many more to come.

This book tells the story of Hendrix through the eyes of someone who cared about him, who had an honest relationship with him and this has allowed her to descibe this man in a way no other really could. She describes him in such a way that I was almost in tears by the time Sept 18th rolled around.Such a loss for all of us, one that I had not really comprehended before or for that matter mourned at the time.

2 months prior to his death he played at New Yorks Randalls stadium.I begged my mother to allow me to go and after hours
of pleading she relented.I went early that morning in July because the radio station was looking for volunteers.For whatever reason I was selected to sit on stage and make sure people did not climb up during the shows.

There were many acts that night, Tull, Grand Funk, John Sebastian and of course Jimi.

I could not have been more than 6 feet away from him during that 60 minute set, virtually at his feat, watching in awe, the man whose records I listened to over and over again.I think back to that time every so often and after reading Ms. Lawarence's book much of the dynamics of that night started to come back to me.
Now if I could only find a copy of the video, I could die a happy man!

Any way read this book, even if your not a Hendrix fan. He was a good man who treated people fairly and who really got a raw deal in life.I never would have known many of the things that I learned in this book and I'm a better person for having been a fan and been able to sit at the masters feet all those years ago!

JOHN HOVING
NYC

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Ms. Lawrence
I too have read many biographies of Jimi Hendrix. But when I saw this one was being published I felt that I had to read it because many of the other biographies about Jimi were penned by individuals who were too involved in Jimi's business (either while he was alive and after his death). For instance John McDermott's (with Eddie Kramer) biography is very interesting but may be somewhat suspect as Mr. McDermott is now an employee of Experience Hendrix.

But I have to say thank you to Ms. Lawrence both for her touching and poignant biography but also for being Jimi's friend when he did indeed desperately need a friend who was not interested in his business and who wanted nothing from him but his friendship. And from Ms. Lawrence's book, it is apparent she cherished Jimi and their friendship. So I have to thank her for sharing this part of her life with Jimi's fans. She portrays Jimi as a very polite, very giving, and very unassuming person...someone who did not think of himself as a genius, even though now it is apparent that he was. All Jimi wanted was to make music, the way he wanted to make it, no matter the cost and apparently it cost him his life. It is very tragic that Jimi did not have better management who actually cared about him and his talent, as it is apparent that Michael Jeffrey only cared about Michael Jeffrey and only cared about Jimi as long as he was making money for him. Unfortunately, as Ms. Lawrence points out, Jimi has not fared much better after his death. His image and his music are still being exploited so that persons who claim to be his family can make money and live off of his great legacy.

All I can say is that we miss you Jimi, and wish you were still around making "truth and emotion" as you called it. Unfortunately you are not, and that is a tragedy for the entire world and for those of us loved your music 35 years ago and still love it to this day.

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68. The Musical Classroom: Backgrounds, Models, and Skills for Elementary Teaching, Sixth Edition
by Patricia Hackett, Carolynn A. Lindeman
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Assuming little or no musical background, this book demonstrates how music works—and how to convey this understanding to others. It helps learners develop skills in teaching music while offering them introductory experiences in playing and reading music. KEY TOPICS The book features lots of song material, information on learning instruments, sample lessons, and an accompanying CD. Presented in a non-technical, user-friendly manner, Section I introduces music in the elementary school, the elements of music, music-making activities, curricular approaches and developments, the eclectic world of music, and how to plan and assess music learning. The instrumental instruction section provides information about playing autoharp, guitar, baritone ukulele, piano, and soprano recorder, as well as information about the singing voice. It features descriptions of hand and body positions, fingerings, and strums, including keyboard drawings, chord frames, tuning instructions, and fingering charts; lists specific songs that may be used in learning to play each instrument individually or in large or small groups.For individuals ready to learn music now, and preparing to teach it in the future. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for anyone seeking music in the classroom.
This book and accompanying cassette are invaluable!I teach grades K-8 general music and this book has been very useful for lesson plans.There are step by step lesson plans and the cassette provides the music and excerpts needed to present an effective lesson to the children.I've found that these lessons tie in easily with the benchmarks and goals for all of my children.If you do not own this book- buy it.I'm now waiting for an addition to come out that includes my 6-8 grades.

5-0 out of 5 stars MUSIC EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYONE
Surprisingly, neither the online booksellers nor the publisher, Prentice Hall, refers to the audiocassette of all 60 musical selections in the model lessons for teaching music, which accompanies the Fourth Edition of thisbook.This is actually one of the main benefits to having it in aclassroom or home setting.College instructors use this as a textbookto teach musician and non-musician teachers how to teach the art toelementary school students.Even parents who home school their pre-schooland elementary school age children should find this a very accessibleresource for teaching all basic musical elements: expressive qualities,melody, rhythm, form and harmony.I wish that I had found out aboutthis resource guide and lesson plan library before returning to teachelementary school music full time after 30 years of pursuing a variedcarrier in law, business and "higher" academics.The standardized essayexams for certification in music education should be a snap now.All theright conventional pedagogically sound verbiage is there to satisfy themost melancholy of lesson plan freaks.The cassette tape makes thisbook more helpful than Music Fundamentals, Methods, and Materials for theElementary Classroom Teacher by Michon Rozmajzl and Rene Boyer-White(2ndEd., Longman, 1996).For a complete (and much more expensive) library ofchildhood music experiences in the schools go to the K through 8 textbooksand teacher aids (ample CD recordings, overhead charts, wall charts,musical play scripts, and several video cassettes) in the Share the Musicseries published by McGraw-Hill (2nd Ed. 1998).

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69. Piano for Dummies
by BlakeNeely
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good reference for ppl with music knowledge..not for dummies
I have some basic knowledge on Indian classical music. I wanted to learn Electronic Keyboard and hence chose the dummies book. The first few pages were great to learn the basics. Once I crossed chapter 4 I was lost. The important thing I wanted to know was the fingerings. There is no mentioning of extending the fingerings from the basic position. I would rather prefer a lesson & practice approach. When it comes to Music (instruments), the approach must be "build one block over other". Precisely a strong foundation. The Author must emphasise more on practice sessions and most importantly the recommended No. of hours for an average beginner to get hold of the piece. I am sure the book will be really useful if I know the basics of (piano) music or if I'm a student in a music school. Last word, very nice to learn basics, misses important aspect....Fingerings....

5-0 out of 5 stars excellant book
I like this book very much. I myself can play the piano up to grade 5, but I still like to read this kind of books to improve my skills. I found out that it is very inspiring, and corrected a lot of my wrong concepts. I really recomend this book to all of you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Now I can play
I bought the book the other day and breezed right thru it. It's great in that you can skip around the book to the sections you NEED to read (or refresh yourself on). I keep it handy because I often refer to it. It is thorough in explaining various aspects of reading music, playing, etc. The humor interspersed makes it enjoyable to read rather than boring but the humor doesn't detract from the content and lesson. Glad I bought it and you should buy it, too, if you want to teach yourself how to play!

1-0 out of 5 stars I feel like a dummy for buying this book
I bought several books on learning the piano at the same time. I found this book to be the least useful. As several other reviewers mentioned, the author's sense of humor is pathetic and he tries to throw in a "zinger" every other paragraph. "Thats's right, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, pengiums and parakeets...". Believe me. I not exaggerating on this. I cringed at almost every one of the author's attempts to be humorous. However, this was not enough to discourage me from continuing to read the book. That occurred after having to read over 50 pages before the author presented the first exercise. An excercise that it does not use a middle C hand position, requires you to move your hand, does not indicate which fingers to use for which keys, etc. After looking at this first exercise, I decided not to continue. I suspect that the author has never taught a single piano lession.

I also picked up two books called "Total Piano" and "Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course" both of which I've found quite good so far. If you have a digital piano with a MIDI interface, check out "Teach Me Piano". I've been using it for a few days now, I can't say enough good things about this piece of software.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money.
I tried to read this book. I really did try, but I gave up on page 52 because I couldn't take Mr. Neely's pathetic attempts at being amusing. He seems to feel that he has to be 'cute' because a straight book on playing the piano wouldn't be interesting enough. Or perhaps he didn't have enough to say and had to pad the book somehow. The one bright spot is that I took this book out of the library instead of wasting money on it. ... Read more


70. Concise Guide to Jazz, Fourth Edition
by Mark C. Gridley
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best Quick Intro to Jazz
Tells what jazz is, how it originated, how it is made, who is importantand why, how to locate the best recordings. Optional CD of historicrecordings is available. Optional CD of narrated demonstrations for jazzinstruments, jazz methods and how to listen is also available. This is theabridged edition of the best-selling, critically acclaimed JAZZ STYLES byGridley. ... Read more


71. The Real Book: Sixth Edition
by Various Artists
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The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces. Hal Leonard is very proud to present the first legitimate and legal editions of these books ever produced. You won't even notice the difference, other than that all of the notorious errors have been fixed: the covers and typeface look the same, the song list is nearly identical, and the price for our edition is even cheaper than the original! Every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced accurately and ethically, benefitting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest tunes of all time! Includes 400 songs: All Blues * Au Privave * Autumn Leaves * Black Orpheus * Bluesette * Body and Soul * Bright Size Life * Con Alma * Dolphin Dance * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Easy Living * Epistrophy * Falling in Love with Love * Footprints * Four on Six * Giant Steps * Have You Met Miss Jones? * How High the Moon * I'll Remember April * Impressions * Lullaby of Birdland * Misty * My Funny Valentine * Oleo * Red Clay * Satin Doll * Sidewinder * Stella by Starlight * Take Five * There Is No Greater Love * Wave * and hundreds more! ... Read more


72. How To Play Popular Piano In 10 Easy Lessons (Fireside Books (Fireside))
by Norman Monath
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Catlog: Book (1984-11-28)
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"Anyone who can dial a telephone can learn to play popular piano quickly and easily."

So says Norman Monath, author of How to Play Popular Piano in 10 Easy Lessons. His no-frills, no-drills method will have you playing simple tunes within 30 minutes -- even if you don't know one note from another.

The secret? Learning the basic chords and how to adapt them. With lots of clearly illustrated chord examples, keyboard diagrams and practice pieces ranging from "Silent Night" to "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," Monath teaches you:

* the basic structure of music
* how to alter the basic chords for creative accompaniment
* how to read tunes from sheet music
* how to improvise
* how to play by ear
* how to create your own playing style -- whether you lean toward pop, blues, jazz or rock

For everyone from rank beginner to experienced virtuoso, this step-by-step, uncomplicated guidebook makes learning to play popular piano the easy and enjoyable experience it should be. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I really did learn how to play the piano! Amazing!
I got a piano for Christmas and lessons are $65/mo for a half hour class a week! Glad I bought this book instead! It explains in a logical, non-technical way how to read music, find chords, and by the end how to augment and diminish chords, write music, play by ear, or transpose a song into another key for singing accompnament. I was playing "Silent Night" like a pro my first day. Give it a try!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for Pianists Wanting to "Play by Ear"
Having taught piano the "traditional" way for 20 years, I bought this book for a student who already played by music but wanted to learn to play off a chord sheet (used a great deal by Christian Praise Bands). Mr. Monath uses very clear terms to describe how to play on the piano basic chords found in most fake books. I have too often found that the pianist who learns by using a traditional piano course method, can't play basic chords or play by ear. This book gives examples of songs to try to play using the right hand melody line and chords. I wouldn't recommend this book for someone who doesn't read music at all, but for anyone who's had traditional piano lessons and can play basic right hand melodies, it's a great way to learn to play chords and fill in from fake books or praise music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy
I never played a instrument before. But after reading this book I am playing after the 3rd lesson. Piano is now easy.
Anyone wanting to learn to play quick buy this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pop piano made easy
While this title is somewhat dated (1984) it represents one of the best pop piano tutorials presently in print. The author clarifies early on the purpose of the book and delivers the rudiments of treble clef plus chord playing styles. As the author properly notes, this book will do nothing toward developing a classical repertoire but will allow the student (assuming the requisite practice) to play numerous pop/jazz standards from fakebooks or sheet music.

Authors of this genre tend to avoid music theory like the plague and this book is no exception. By including just a little more information on note/finger selection Mr. Monath could have put the student in a much better position to avoid the often alluded to "bad habits" critics of these books are quick to mention. However, it's still a very good and accesible book that will have the student playing with confidence by the end of Chapter 3.

I would also recommend purchasing a book such as "Total Piano" by Terry Burrows. Not only does this book fill in some of the theory/technique missing from "..Play Pop Piano in 10 Lessons..", but it does so along with easy classical pieces and historical information that is entertaining in a much more polished package. Buy both!

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate to buy this book!
Concise, fast & easy. But don't ever think you can get away without disciplined studying & memorizing. But that's such a small price to pay in exchange for learning to play the piano. This is creative learning. Simple keyboard diagrams. The author explains the why's in detail. It sure beats the stodgy regimented ways others taught in the past! ... Read more


73. The Classics of Music: Talks, Essays, and Selected Writings Previously Uncollectedy
by Donald Francis Tovey
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74. This Business of Artist Management (Business of Artist Management)
by Xavier M., Jr. Frascogna, H. Lee Hetherington
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Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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The streamlined, reorganized, and updated Second Edition of This Business of Music Marketing and Promotion is informed by the transformation of the music industry in recent years. Online music has provided much of the fuel, with downloadable songs and file-sharing programs opening up new avenues of distribution and promotion to some 60 million consumers.

The new edition of this book accounts for this transformation. Its focus is the full integration of online sales and promotion into the standard marketing mix. To emphasize the Internet's integration into the marketing process, Internet chapters are now spread out to relevant locations throughout the narrative. In addition, the first edition's chapter on promotion, "Promoting the Product," has been broken into several chapters to differentiate activities that come under this heading, including publicity; radio, video, and television promotion; sales promotion and miscellaneous activities; and online promotion.

In addition, a new chapter entitled "Twenty Profile-Building Ideas to Use Right Now" has been added to the new edition, as have new interviews representing the spectrum of music marketing activity: a successful self-marketing musician, a record label marketer, and an Internet specialist. Also included is expanded coverage of new marketing tactics, from innovative uses of e-mail to more intelligent approaches to generating sales on a Web site.

Finally, the revised and updated edition of This Business of Music Marketing and Promotion includes a new preface, discussing the rationale for its revision, and a new Appendix listing information sources.

As before, author Tad Lathrop provides a practical guide to planning and producing a complete marketing campaign for selling music to consumers. A comprehensive array of techniques, tools, and strategies - both standard and alternative - are presented to get artists' music to the marketplace, to promote it effectively, and to ensure the highest possible record sales. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars THE BUSINESS OF COMPLICATING ARTIST MANAGEMENT
During many of my seminars and workshops, people often ask me what is a good book to get on the subject of artist management. I always assume that "good" means beneficial. I also assume that it means easy to read and comprehend.

This book lacks those qualities. Because the subject of artist management is so misunderstood, many books that attempt to clarify and explain the subject tend to complicate it in the process.

So what is the one book should you read on artist management?

As an educator and industry professional I've read most books on the subject and I'm still not satisfied, and thus not comfortable with making a recommendation; however, I will encourage anyone who really wants to know about the business of artist management to contact someone who actually does management for a living and invite them out to lunch (that you pay for) and pick their mind as much as you can about what "real life" managers do versus "paperback" managers.

The section on management in author Lee Wilson's book, "Making It In The Music Business," does a wonderful of discussing the role of the manager in the music business in relation the success of the artist, which is critically important.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not that great.
A decent primer for a completely inexperienced beginner, but it hardly goes past what anyone with basic perception & common sense would already know. And the new edition is deceptive, too - the guy still talks about sending "demo cassettes" - it's pretty sad that they can't even update that basic of a detail. I'd STRONGLY recommend opting for 'All you need to know about the music business' by Donald Passman - it's infinitely more detailed & helpful, and is a very easy, yet informative read - you can get as much or as little out of it as you need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent resource book. It gives you all the information you need to know to effectively do your job.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Business of a great useful tool for the industry
I'll start off by saying I've been working in live sound for years and been a performer for longer. On top of being a very good describer of roles and key issues around industry careers the author (Xavier) explains in very precise detail what is involved from the start of a band to the high points. It is realistic and not out there in the clouds about managing "The Rolling Stones." Although this deals with management it is great for people interested in the industry. I speak highly of this book because I've had paid (at amazon.com) for books with 10% of the information in this book for [money]. Get this book and "This Business of Music" M. William Krasilovsky, these are great resources for the beginning to advanced people of knowledge of the industry. Also I must mention (what the description doesn't) that the book has sample contracts in the back that are very good.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great information
This book is great for anyone trying to gain a better understanding of just what artist management involves. I had only a limited knowledge of the subject and learned a great deal from this book.

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75. Music: An Appreciation, Fourth Brief Edition with Kamien 4.0 Multimedia CD-ROM
by RogerKamien
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-03)
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When it comes to writing a text for non-music majors, Kamien knows the score. With the care you would expect from the concert pianist he is, Kamien introduces the musical elements and repertoire thoroughly and clearly, without assumptions of prior knowledge but also without condescension.As a teacher at Queens (NY) College, Kamien developed the concept of the Listening Outline, which he incorporated into the first edition of Music: An Appreciation and which he has refined and enhanced in every subsequent edition.This is a text with which students of all levels and backgrounds can feel comfortable. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Well done, with shortcomings
This is an excellent text for a survey course strictly on the history of western classical music.Kamien's experience and scholarship as a teacher and historian cannot be equalled in this area. I don't recommend thechapters on non-western music, jazz and popular music, however.If you areteaching a survey course that is more inclusive, this text is not ideal. Of all the western classical music texts I have used in my teaching,Kamien's accompanying CD compilation contains the nicest performances.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive introduction to music.
I have used this text and earlier editions teaching music appreciation at community college and have found it to be the best yet so far. The most useful part of the text for the [before class] non-active listener are thelistening outlines, with very detailed descriptions of what to listen forin various pieces of music. Kamien includes very early musical selectionsup to the very recent. Also included are some non-western music examples.This text could be very beneficial to musician and non-musician alike.There is great detail in his explanations of how various musical forms areput together. There is just enough history included in the text to avoidthe boredom of the purely historical perspective of music appreciation. ... Read more


76. Heart of the Artist, The
by Rory Noland
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This book explores issues of character facing Christian artists who want to use their gifts more effectively in church ministry. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Nothing else like it.
"The Heart of the Artist" is an indispensable guide to understanding artists and the struggles they face in Christian music ministry. It is not only suitable for artists themselves, but for anyone trying to figure out those "artsy types".

This book contains valuable insights into many areas that I have not found addressed by any other source. Chapter titles include: Servanthood versus Stardom; Excellence versus Perfectionism; Handling Criticism; Jealousy and Envy; Managing Your Emotions; Leading Artists; The Artist and Sin; and The Spiritual Disciplines of the Artist.

Issues are dealt with from a biblical viewpoint by the author, who leads a huge team of artists and technical people at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, a suburb of Chicago.

The most encouraging thing to me that came out of the book is that as artists, we serve a creative God, and we should be creative. Because Bible-believing Christians have things to say that have eternal significance, we should be neither ashamed nor stifled in our expression. Yes, artists are created differently, as evidenced by our sensitivity, our temperaments, and our personalities, but we must not allow those things to be an excuse for bad behavior and bad character. God knows we're different, and He made us that way on purpose. Winning people to Christ is the only thing we can do that has eternal significance, and He has given artists a way to communicate His truth to people in a way that speaks to the hearts of people like nothing else does. God deserves our best, most creative, and most powerful work.

"The Heart of the Artist" can be read individually, or used as a small group study guide since it comes complete with group discussion questions, follow-up questions, and personal action steps.

3-0 out of 5 stars A good guide for Christian artists
"The Heart of the Artist" is written in an easy-to-digest style by long-time music ministry leader Rory Noland. It is a nice guide for artists, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, etc., who want to use their talents in a Church or "ministry" setting. There are some helpfull chapters in this book that deal realistically with the sort of problems that Christians in the arts (or anyone in the arts) will have to deal with, such as "excellence verses perfectionism" and "handling critisism". However, Noland deals ONLY with the role of Christian artists within the somewhat "safe" church environment. What about the role of Christian artists OUTSIDE of the local church body? What is the proper role of the Christian artist in a secular, or even a hostile setting? Should a Christian artist create ONLY works of the "sacred", or should they be afforded the same artistic freedom as their secular peers? These are really the types of issues that I would have liked to see Noland deal with, and with the same level-headed approach that he tackles Church-related issues. Perhaps he should write a follow-up book that deals with these concerns. However, if you are a Christian with an interest in the arts, or in the responsibilities and problems of public ministry, then this book is well worth a read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome for today's levites
I wish I had read this book when I was a worship director--I would have been so much more effective. What makes me appreciate Rory Noland's education so much is that he is breathtakingly personal, practical, and poignant. I feel like I know him better than I know a lot of people, since reading his book.

In teaching about worship ministry, he defines true worship, requisite relationship building with God, the process of spiritual searching and maturity, and relational dynamics within the church.

Don't let the "artist" moniker dissuade you from reading this book. I'm an engineering school graduate who works for a bank, i.e. non-artist, and this book has clarified truths about worship, ministry relationships, and my walk with Christ. This book will help you worship better, and will help you worship better with others.

4-0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all "high-maintenance artistic types"
Somebody once called me a "high-maintenance artistic type". And, I suppose it's true. Not that it's an excuse for anything, mind you. But creative types are often overly sensitive, vulnerable to temptations and addictions, insecure, prideful, and have a host of other tendencies that do nothing to promote good, harmonious working relationships with others in the church (and with God). Guilty as charged. Well,this book gets right to the heart of the matter in dealing with every conceivable situation that arises among groups of artists (whether worship team, drama team, or dance team)that attempt to work together for the glory of God. The fact is, there is no place for jealousy, envy, and backbiting among artists or any other Christians. Rory Noland pinpoints issues that often arise in the life of the artist, and gives good, Biblical solutions. A must-have for Christian artists in any field.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Heart of the Artist
The Heart of the Artist is a must have. The book has been made required reading for all particpants in the music ministry at my church. Noland handles every situation I've ever encountered. Indulge! ... Read more


77. The Ultimate Jazz Fake Book (Fake Books)
by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
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Asin: 0881889792
Catlog: Book (1989-01-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Sales Rank: 203099
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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This must-own collection includes more than 625 songs spanning all jazz styles from more than 9 decades - from traditional to swing to modern jazz, carefully chosen chords with common practice chord substitutions, lyrics to accomodate vocalists, easy-to-read music, and composer and performer indexes. Songs include: Maple Leaf Rag * Basin Street Blues * A Night In Tunisia * Lullaby Of Birdland * The Girl From Ipanema * Bag's Groove * I Can't Get Started * All The Things You Are * and many more! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Poor
This is a book worth buying only if you are a singer looking for melody and text to jazz/dixie tunes. The chord progressions are weak, with many faults and flaws. The lineup is poor as well, as the compilation process has forced the songs to be typed with no concern to form etc. No four-bars-per-line here. No book to bring along to the gig, but a great resource for old-and-nearly forgotten tunes.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Tunes, but take the changes with a grain of salt !
This book has a fantastic selection of tunes. Its almost like THE REAL BOOKS 1 & 2 COMBINED plus THE NEW REAL BOOK only with those annoying commercial fake book chord changes. That is my major criticism... Basically what they do is give you chord changes that I guess are meant to help out players who aren't at the level where they can really reharmonize things on the spot, and need something quasi hip to play. The problem with that though is that people shouldn't really buy a fake book like this to LEARN how to play Jazz. You get a book like THE JAZZ THEORY BOOK (by Mark Levine) etc. etc. then apply that knowlege to the fake books. I think using a book like this as "instructional sheet music" (as a reviewer will occasionally imply to have done) actually hurt the aspiring Jazz student because they deprive him or her of the skill gained through instruction or experience of identifying basic Jazz forms (key to building repoitoire and improvisational ability). You just learn how to play specific songs and arrangements note for note - - and never learn how to think of the changes functionally in order to be able to improvise or accompany at a jam session or playing in an ensemble. Its really important for you to be able to look at a tune, tell what type of beast it is, then tackle it from that perspective... Hence, this is my main (and strong) criticism about the book : A good and functional fake book gives the musician the melody, the root of the chord, and its fundamental quality (major, minor, dom, etc.) - - after that, they *should* decide for themselves what type of extensions to or not to use - - - It is the musicians job to decide whether that C7 chord should really be played diminished, dominant, flat nine, raised nine, thirteenth - - But a book such as this will often jump the gun, for example not only won't it say C7 or C7b9, it'll say E diminished or something like that... Technically speaking it might be correct, but it distracts the improviser from the main point. (*and let me also say that in many ways this book is better than some of the others and even some of the non-commercially available professional fake books have these "errors" so these complaints aren't leveled exclusively against this book !)

This problem aside, if you DO know your basic Jazz forms, or are in the process of mastering them, I HIGHLY reccomend this book (and even if you're not, it IS an incredible book to futz around with). ...It offers an enormous wealth of tunes and definitely beats carrying along a brief case of fake books. Just carry a pencil with you. Just to give you a feel.. here are a few of the tunes in it...

Airegin All Blues Along Came Betty Angel Eyes Bag's Groove Be-Bop Bernie's Tune Billie's Bounce Bluesette Body And Soul Boplicity (Be Bop Lives) Caldonia (What Makes Your Big Head So Hard?) The Champ Cherokee Donna Lee Doodlin Jeannine Killer Joe Mercy, Mercy, Mercy Milestones

Minor Swing Nica's Dream A Night In Tunisia Oleo Parker's Mood Saturday Night Fish Fry Scrapple From The Apple Senor Blues Sister Sadie Song For My Father Sugar Twisted Walkin' Work Song

In summary, this is an excellent resource, just have a pencil in hand ! (In regard to the print, there are ways to deal with that problem. I'm glad I can fit it in my case !)

3-0 out of 5 stars what you'd expect
both the reviews above are accurate. there are some troublesome formatting issues with this book which lead it to be more useful for study and practice than for performance. and there are some tunes that, shall we say, stretch the idea of jazz (shake, rattle and roll?) . but that seems par for the course for a fake book to me. i liked the breadth of the collection, and have spent too many pleasant nights just browsing and playing things. if you're just starting to do jazz, it's a nice place to begin. also - guitarists - if you're looking to expand your chordal vocabulary, this book can be a fun way to do it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Will give the musician a headache-more ways than one
This book has plenty of tunes,but presents them very poorly. The small print of the tunes and the placement of two on a page makes reading very testing for a musician. Also the chord changes on some tunes,the bebop tunes in particular,are wrong. This book is good for the casual player,but one who is looking for decent representation of the music should look into other sources.

4-0 out of 5 stars A valuable source of lead sheets, but hardly all jazz.
This copious collection is made up of clear, well-conceived lead sheets. In general, they are melodically accurate and harmonically acceptable. Many of them also contain lyrics. Despite the title, however, the book contains a number of songs which are inconsistent with the idea of its being a jazz source. Such titles as "Jingle-Bell Rock", "Put On A Happy Face" and "Everything's Coming Up Roses" are, at best, gratuitous filler material. Also on the negative side, the lack of double bars and/or other delineations of form may cause less experienced seekers of musical treasures to experience some confusion. Otherwise, this is a valuable and highly economical reference, with tunes costing the buyer only about a half a cent each. My money was well spent. ... Read more


78. A History of Western Music, Sixth Edition
by Donald J. Grout, Claude V. Palisca
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Asin: 0393975274
Catlog: Book (2000-12)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Sales Rank: 30606
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Recognized as the finest survey of Western art music in the English language, this distinguished book has enlightened a multitude of music lovers since it first appeared in 1960. This handsome new edition incorporates the latest advances in music scholarship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Reference!
Before I say anything else, you should know that the everyday price for this 6th edition hardcover book is much less at your local bookstore (not at liberty to state where). Why on earth does Amazon charge so much!?

I was delighted to hear that Palisca had released yet another edition of this fine reference on the history of Western art music. I present pre-concert lectures & talks for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Ravinia Festival and other local orchestras and I find this reference to be a good starting point for refreshing my knowledge of the historical context behind a piece of music I've been asked to talk about. The writing gets clearer and easier to read with every new edition. I found the 6th edition a very easy read, engrossing and wonderfully thorough given the scope of what it sets out to achieve.

Since I want this reference to assist me with historical context, I found that it does a terrific job up to the late 19th century, and is somewhat lacking from then on. The reference treats the late 19th and 20th century on a composer-by-composer basis and doesn't link the overall trends very well. For instance I couldn't find much on why Shostakovich and Prokovief composed as they did, whereas composers of the 18th and 19th centuries are placed in larger trends and movements rather easily. I understand that it takes time and dedicated scholars to reveal the many layers that make up an era and its art, so I am forgiving if still a little frustrated.

I was impressed that Palisca set out to have each and every section & composer reviewed by scholars in their respective fields of expertise. For instance, I had read a recently published and excellent book that set out to challenge the generally accepted view on Haydn and his place in history as a composer of symphonies, and that author is referenced as a source for the section on Haydn in this 6th edition. Palisca's desire to be thorough and to reflect the lastest research and thought on composers and their eras makes this 6th edition an even more valuable resource for my personal library.

I also found the revised glossary to be outstanding and incredibly helpful!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Place to Start
This book is undoubtedly the place to begin any serious look into music history. It is an omnibus study of what is commonly referred to as Western Art Music. It discusses composers, styles, and trends within music history itself. It doesn't cover ethnomusicology more than necessary (although it does point out examples beyond the scope of the book that merit further study, such as jazz). As for tying music history to art history, world history, and philosophy (ie the "new" musicology), this book does a commendable, albeit conservative, job. There are discussions of how major historical trends shaped music (most notably the spread of Christianity) and plenty of color plates showing works of art contemporary to the pieces being discussed.

What sets this book apart from other omnibus texts is its throughness. It starts at the very beginning of music history and remains strong to the present. Here is a page breakdown to illustrate my point:

1-32 - Ancient Greek and Roman Musical Thought (very few textbooks start before the Medieval period)

32-152 - Medieval Music

152-268 - Renaissance Music

268-439 - Baroque Period

439-533 - Classical Period

533-692 - Romantic Period

692-805 - Modern and Postmodern trends

805-822 - Glossary (very useful)

As you can see, it treats all the phases of music history relatively equally, giving a better sense of how the big picture comes together. There is some excellent supplemental material which includes the basics of reading medieval and renaissance music notation.

Donald Grout and Claude Palisca aren't so much boring in their writing style as they are serious. The book is concise and well-written. While it is by no means a page-turner (it's much too dense), it does have a good flow.

At $65, this book is expensive, but it's well worth the extra money to get the best text available. I know this will be a reference resource in my library for years to come.

5-0 out of 5 stars The 6th edition still sets the standard !
I remember the First edition of Grout's "A History of Western Music"--it was the main text in use when I was a first year undergraduate student. In fact it was one of the standard texts in use at a large number of colleges. The good news is that I was pleased to see the excellent changes. I didn't have to look far to find my first (1 st) edition Grout ( I've used it still until I purchased this new 6th edition several weeks ago)--there are 101 more pages of text. In reality there is much more to look at as the 1st edition book was only 6 x 9 inches. The new 6th Edition is larger: 7 1/4 by 10 1/2 inches. In addition, there is a highly attractive layout; the best feature? A wonderful highlighted-in-blue area (appearing every 40 pages or so) in which the composers themselves speak about a wonderful range of topics such as Francois Couperin 'On the Union of the Italian and French Styles' or, the great J.S. Bach's description of one the church service's he organized (known as an 'Order of Service') taken from a collection of his memoirs.
Lastly, I enjoyed seeing the addition of an overall "Time-Line of Events" which prefaces each unit. This includes not only items from music, but any historical event which remotely affected change in music or musical thought.
My singluar critical note is perhaps something which the authors had little time to devote to. The 6th edition ends with composers who, in this reviewer's opinion, were certainly not 'mainstream'--like John Cage (1912-1992) (who's infamous "4'33" is actually a period of four minutes and thirythree seconds in which the 'performer' remains totally silent). Cage was popular in the late 70s more for his extremism than anything else. The last paragraph of the book does state, in effect, that composers are being more sensitive to their audiences. (No doubt! Their INsensitivity nearly killed classical music in the 70s) As with any textbook, deadlines must limit speculation--there will undoubtedly be a 7th edition to address more changes in our musical world.
Lastly, the reader should take note that the current author of this work, Claude V. Palisca, is also the author of the "Norton Anthology of Music" which can be used in conjunction with this text. Also, the publisher, W.W.Norton and Co., has a website for readers (which is also mentioned in the text: http://www.wwnorton.com/grout.). The website is still active (I just visited it) and has a wealth of information and listening resources---too bad we didn't have this back in 1967 !

3-0 out of 5 stars A concise cure for insomnia
For better or worse, this is the standard music history text that most college music majors use. For that purpose, I've yet to find anything as complete and concise. It also works well as a reference, when trying to place some composer or composition in the correct historical context. However, as any freshman music student can tell you, the book is also a fantastic cure for insomnia. Reading this book for any purpose other than academic interest is going to be a hard slog, and I wouldn't recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent concise History of Western Music
I own used this book, and the anthology and CD's, and used them for my intermediate Music history studies; I still use it as a quick reference or starting point for my current more detailed studies. When I want more detail about a period or specific composers or styles, then there are numurous more detailed books available. I have found it comprehensive in coverage, informative, easy to read and containing enough information without getting bogged down in unnecessary detail. I believe there could be more on 20th century composers/techniques, but given the scope of music development for that period, I believe a more dedicated book should be used. I must agree that as a general student text book, it is rather pricey; sadly the CD's are also very useful and NOT cheap either. Still definitely worth buying and keeping as a reference. ... Read more


79. The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Set: 10 Volume Set (Garland Encyclopedia of World Music)
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Asin: 0815318650
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Garland Publishing
Sales Rank: 782026
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The Garland Encyclopedia of World Musicis the first encyclopedia to tell the complete story of music, culture by culture. Each volume includes an overview of the region, a survey of its musical heritage, traditions and themes; and a description of specific musical genres, practices, and performances.

Music as an expression of art, life, and culture
Recognizing music as a vital social and cultural force, each volume of The Garland Encyclopedia of World Musicfocuses on a single region and examines the role of music in the lives, arts, and culture of its people.

Generously illustrated-and organized for easy access
Articles are illustrated with photographs that show musicians, musical instrument, and the cultural context of dances, rituals, and ceremonies. Drawings, maps, and musical examples in notation also illuminate the coverage. For easy reference, each volume provides an extensive glossary, with special emphasis on non-English terms.

Listen to the music-an audio CD accompanies each volume
Each regional volume ofThe Garland Encyclopedia of World Music includes an audio CD that provides over one hours of musical examples keyed to the text.
Special features
*Exceptionally strong emphasis on music in a cultural context
*A comprehensive treatment of music cultures that usually are split among multiple national entries
*International musical authorities, including African, Asian, Pacific, South Americn, Caribbean, European, and North American scholars
*Multidisciplinary scholarship, utilizing the latest research and methodologies
*Timely coverage takes you through the 1990s
*Coverage of popular music, which is often absent from other encyclopedias
*Examination of art music composition throughout the world
*User friendly
*A thorough index gives quick access
*A glossary defines unfamiliar terms, particularly non-English ones
*A discography identifies commercial recordings available to the reader
*Musical examples supplement and enrich the musical descriptions
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80. Broken Music: A Memoir
by Sting
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Asin: 0385336780
Catlog: Book (2003-10)
Publisher: The Dial Press
Sales Rank: 2704
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Having been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any songwriting I had ever done.

And so Broken Music began to take shape. It is a book about the early part of my life, from childhood through adolescence, right up to the eve of my success with the Police. It is a story very few people know.

I had no interest in writing a traditional autobiographical recitation of everything that’s ever happened to me. Instead I found myself drawn to exploring specific moments, certain people and relationships, and particular events which still resonate powerfully for me as I try to understand the child I was, and the man I became.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very articulate writing, Mr. Sumner!
I was very impressed with Sting's writing ability and this captivating book. At times, I could not put this book down and was very tired the next morning at work! This book is a MUST for any Sting fan and also for those who grew up in Wallsend and Newcastle. My mother was born and raised not too far from where Sting grew up and she wants the book when I'm done.

The only reason why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 was because of the first 15 pages. I was getting turned off in the beginning because it didn't seem like it started where it should, which was on page 16. As I read further, it was starting to make a little more sense why he wrote the beginning the way he did, but it may turn off some readers at first. I urge people to read further if they start feeling the way I did in the beginning...it is well worth it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Broken Memory?
I love the music of Sting and was looking forward to hearing about the man who created it and how the music was created. Unfortunately, the readers get some interesting information, but they do not get the whole story.

The book begins with Sting and his wife, Trudie, in Brazil taking part of a religious ceremony where some kind of psychedelic plant has been taken. In taking this plant, Sting is taking back into his memories, which leads the reader into Sting's past. As a literary tool, this is interesting.

We learn about Sting's troubled childhood as well as his journeyman years as a musician. This was very enlightening and really gave me an idea of who the musician is. However, as a fan since the 80s, I would like to have read more about his time with The Police. This part doesn't come until the last pages of the book and is not particularly enlightening. This part reads as the climax of his career, although I know his career doesn't end there.

Although the book talks of Sting's first marriage and the first meeting with Trudie, the book does not go into the end of the first or the beginning of the second. As this fits with the time of The Police, maybe we will get this in another book down the line.

Still, I would recommend this book for people who want to understand the man behind the musician and the musician behind the man.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Effort, Greedy Editor
I read this book on Christmas Day and finally feel like I can give it a fair review (6 months later.) My problem is that I have enjoyed Sting's music and lyrics from the days of the police, and now I'm amazed at his drive to become a better human being even in light of his wealth and fame. Not everyone would do that...and we have plenty of examples of those who don't. I admire Sting as an artist and a person.

However, I did not admire this book. For those who know Sting's lyrics it's obvious he's a deep thinker and knows the artistry of words. However, writing song lyrics is different than writing a book, and memoir seems to be a difficult genre. Not everything happens when narratively convenient, nor progresses in tension or hangs together perfectly. Such is Sting's book.

There are moments I was captivated...no matter that it was Sting's life, just that it was someone's life was fascinating. And, quite frankly, there were sections I was bored to sleep. I'm still not sure if some events are in the book or daydreamed by me.

Honestly, I think Sting's effort was monumental and I'm irritated at his editor. There are problems, easy to fix that would have made this book a work of art instead of a simple memoir of a famous personality. With a little coaching, Sting may have had a classic book to add to his great works but, as it is, I feel those in the know let him down. He did better than most of us would striving to write down the moments of our lives, but not as well as his editor should have helped him to do.

So, I recommend it, but don't expect "Fragile" or "Synchronicity" or anything as artistic as his mesmerizing bass lines. Read it as pop lit by a great artist pushed out by an editor trying to make a Christmas deadline. Than pray for another volume and for Sting to get serious about a writing class or two.

Curse that greedy editor.

2-0 out of 5 stars A great musician who needs an editor
I was a rabid Police fan starting back in 1980 and have admired Sting ever since. I knew when I bought this book that it would discuss his life before the Police, and that was fine. I was interested to learn more about Last Exit and Frances and his childhood, so I have no complaints with the content.

But his writing style stands in the way of the story. It is pompous and egotistical with pretentious metaphors and a really annoying habit of switching between past and present tense. I could just picture him sitting there with a thesaurus trying to find the most intellectual-sounding way to say each thing he wanted to say.

The foreshadowing "teasers" started getting to me, too: "Little did I know then that this person [or moment or event] would change my life forever." Over and over and over. Ugh.

He really needed somebody to reign him in on this one.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, dry read....
I have to admit it-I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy reading a memoir by an international music idol, and I certainly wasn't expecting much out of Sting in creating this work. His diction is very particular and precise. I used this book as my before bedtime wind-down, but found myself struggling to keep into it, as the language and general approach was extremely dry. I could only read a few sections of each chapter/unit and then had to put it down.

Not terribly exciting, but it held my interest because I'm such a fan of Sting's music. ... Read more


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