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101. The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk
by Paul D. Grushkin
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Asin: 0896595846
Catlog: Book (1989-07-01)
Publisher: Abbeville Press
Sales Rank: 42795
Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grushkin Great
This is absolutely the most comprehensive collection of poster art celebrating rock n' roll. Whether thumbing thru and glancing at the artwork, or carefully reading the history behind each piece, it is a thoroughly enjoyable book. DON'T buy the paperback version of the book, as the images are a great deal smaller, and not near as magnificent as the hardcover edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for all fans of the 60's!
This is a great book showing the evolution of art in the rock & roll world from the 50's on.Obviously this was a painstaking task,putting all these together and it was worth it.It's a must have for the S.F. Fillmore era poster art alone.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't bother straining your eyes.....
be aware that this TINY book is not much bigger than a book of matches. a true rip off.
save your money for a real rock book.this book is a joke.

1-0 out of 5 stars can you say zero stars
I was unaware this "book" is only 4x5 inches.Kind of defeats the purpose of looking at posters.
Man, what a rip off. The type on some of the "posters" is so small,that you will need a magnifing glass to read what band it is for.
Don't waste your money

5-0 out of 5 stars herculean effort
get the large , hardcover one if you can. i got it at a book store for like 14 bucks, they had plenty of excess copies. while i personally don't care for much punk rock, there are hundreds of wonderful , creative, and beautiful posters from the real golden age of rock- 1965 to about 1971 or so. a bad band from that period would be better than most so called good groups today. i mean, limp bizkit. what the hell is that b.s.? grushkin is to be commended for a great job assembling this tome. ... Read more


102. Why Sinatra Matters
by Pete Hamill
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Asin: 0316347965
Catlog: Book (1998-10-01)
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Sales Rank: 117492
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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As products of the same urban landscape, Pete Hamill and Frank Sinatra have both been credited with giving the American city a voice. In this widely acclaimed and bestselling appreciation--now available in paperback for the first time--Hamill draws on his intimate experience of the man and the music to evoke the essence of Sinatra, illuminating the singer's art and his legend from the point of view of a confidant and a fan. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read--like an old song
Pete Hamill, beyond a doubt, is an excellent writer. He does a wonderful job here. The book is part bio, part history of immigrants in America, and part memoir. It works on all levels. Hamill treats Frank with the respect he deserves. The book is not a gossipy memoir--Kitty Kelly fans should look elsewhere. Instead, he makes the important arguement that Sinatra gave voice to first, a generation, and then an entire country. His artisty is what matters. The myth of the man is fun and gets most the attention, but that is besides the point for Hamill. And he is right. We all talk about the "Sinatra in a hat" (as Hamill dubs him) and the Rat Pack--but the music endures. It is, argues Hamill, what matters in the Wee Small Hours of the Morning. It is what will stand the test of time and give voice to a thousand broken dreams, hearts, and help us--like Frank after the Fall--get back up and start all over again. Thanks, Pete Hamill for getting it right.

5-0 out of 5 stars There will never be another...
I only saw my hero, Frank Sinatra, perform once. It was at the end of his career - and his life. It was a strange evening; he was obviously at the end - he couldn't remember the words to his songs or read the teleprompter. Few people left however - the evening soon became about us - his fans - letting him know that we still loved him. "I LOVE YOU FRANK!" a huge, middle-aged, rough-looking man yelled out during a pause. Sinatra, taken aback by the violence of the outburst, chuckled and replied, "I love you too, pal." As Pete Hamill once pointed out, "Seeing Sinatra in ruins is like seeing the Coliseum in ruins - it's still magnificent."

Why Sinatra Matters is a must-read for any Sinatra-phile. In the Overture, Hamill cites Sinatra's death as the impetus for writing this book. He saw all these young reporters from MTV and VH1 doing stories on Sinatra (obviously prepared in advance) telling the world Sinatra was important, without really understanding why. It certainly wasn't just because he did it "his way."

This is a very short book. As Hamill points out it is not a "definitive biography" - although once he was in talks with Sinatra to write just that. It is, as the title plainly states, an explanation of why Sinatra matters - artistically and culturally - and why he always will. In terms of Culture, Hamill reminds the reader of a time when America felt it was morally obligated to persecute Italians - Sinatra helped change all that. Musically, the reasons are more complex. To put it succinctly, no one ever sounded like Sinatra before.

The book is great because it also sheds light on Sinatra the man, who is often lost in the obscurity of his own public image. He was not just some gruff tough guy - a kind of idiot savant who could churn out a great recording in one take. He was a fiercely intelligent, well-read, well-cultured, self-educated man who worked hard at his craft. The most enjoyable parts of the book are the conversations Hamill recounts between himself and Sinatra. Most shocking of all - to me at least - was to imagine Sinatra using the F-word!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book, horrible book-on-tape
Do not buy the book on tape! Get it in hardcover or paperback.

This is a fine little book, but it's the first book on tape I have had to turn off because the narrator's voice was too grating (and I've listened to tons of books on tape). Had it been read by the author himself, certainly allowances could be made. Instead, the publisher went out to find a professional reader and chose someone who speaks in an harsh, barking monotone, one part Howard Cosell, one part Rain Man, one part the guy who does the Moviephone listings. When the voice first came on, reading the copyright information and other technical details, I assumed that, well, that's just the preliminaries, surely someone else will narrate the rest of the tape. Nope. Amazing.
I have switched to the print version, which is excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars "It's a quarter to three and there' s no one in the place...
I've read several books on Sinatra;But this one is really different.Hamill is an excellent writer and shows us why Sinatra matters;this was not done in other books.He has also shown what made Sinatra so popular,what influenced the changes in his audiences and without coming right out and saying so;why there won't nor can't ever be another one like him.He also reveals the art form that Sinatra perfected in his voice.
As great as Sinatra's music was;it was Sinatra as a man,and all that he represented, as well as the use of the microphone like a painter uses a brush;that made him so great.
Read this book;it will give you a deeper appreciation of Sinatra.

3-0 out of 5 stars Why Sinatra Matters is a fine book.
Pete Hamill is a fine reporter who knew Frank Sinatra as a friend. Sinatra was an enigmatic, charismatic and complex singer of the American soul. Perhaps no singer in 20th century America popular song could get inside a lyric and make it his own like the great "ole blue eyes."
Hamill's opening chapter in which we sit beside Sinatra and his cronies in a Brooklyn bar in 1970 is like something out of Hemingway in its description of a man, era and city.
Hamill points out that it was Sinatra in music, Laguardia in politics and Joe Dimaggio in sports who raised the immigrant Italian ethnic group to greatness in insular, xenophobic America of the 1940s.
Sinatrta could be obnoxious and cruel but he could also be
generous and kind,
This book reminds me of the Penguin Lives series as it is a good starting place for anyone who wants to learn more about Sinatra, his women, his era and most importantly his music. The music will live forever in the American soul.
Sinatra did it his way and Hamill does a fine job of writing in this interesting little book. A good read to take on vacation or a long flight. I recommend it. ... Read more


103. Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music : Classic to Modern (6-CD set)
by Donald Jay Grout
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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104. Jazz Guitar Structures
by Andrew Green
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Asin: 0970057601
Catlog: Book (2002-06)
Publisher: Microphonic Pr
Sales Rank: 37800
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Jazz Guitar Structures shows you how to expand your improvising vocabulary by combining small, easily identifiable melodic ideas (structures) into longer, more complex lines. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Jazz Guitar Structures
great..book... it changes the way you think about playing..the guitar.. it show you things that you may or may not know.. and connects the dots.. for example: arpeggios... I never thought about them in terms of a visual 4 note pattern..starting on each string.. i was always taught from low e to high e.. but Andrews book shows you the arps in small quick to finger patterns.. that lay out the whole fingerboard. Like i said stuff that you may know.. but never made the connection.. then all of a sudden a light goes on!

I have many books.. but if you really want to know what you are doing and don't have a lot of time to work on it.. this is a great place to start...

PS.. if you are looking for TAB.. try something else.( you need to at least know the basic notes and a little theory)..

This book opens up a whole new world..and the stuff sounds goooood..!

"keep Playing"

KAS...

5-0 out of 5 stars Subtitle says it all, "Boosting Your Solo Power" Good Book!
While "Jazz Guitar Technique," Andrew Green's first book, (highly recommended) covers many facets of jazz guitar playing, "Jazz Guitar Structures" is focused on the process of solo line development. "Jazz Guitar Structures" provides a detailed approach to building improvised jazz lines using short identifiable structures. Anyone familiar with Andrew Green's first book, "Jazz Guitar Technique," knows that he is concise and direct in delivering information. This new book also includes a CD that demonstrates many of the lines in the book with bass & piano rhythm section accompaniment.

This book details an approach that includes hearing, facility and visualization exercises by which the reader gains experience in hearing and applying familiar melodic figures to most chord types. This approach really helps to reduce the seemingly huge amount of material that one can feel confronted with when working at jazz improvisation. This is not a book of licks or stylistic examples. Rather, it is a detailed approach to making the greatest use of short melodic structures. What excites me is that this approach, once mastered, will enable a person to fully develop many, many uses for melodic structures as they come into one's musical consciousness. As a student of improvisation, I have read interviews with the masters where one will refer to hearing one of her or his favorite players apply an idea in many different contexts. I am quite sure that "Jazz Guitar Structures" provides a method with which to do that. This is excellent material. ... Read more


105. The Beatles Anthology
by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-05)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.77 out of 5 stars
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Created with their full cooperation, The Beatles Anthology is, in effect, The Beatles' autobiography. Like their music, which has been a part of so many of our lives, this landmark release is warm, frank, funny, poignant and bold. At last, here is The Beatles' own story. Each page is brimming with personal stories and rare, vintage images. Includes over 340,000 words and over 1300 images, including unseen photographs and personal memorabilia. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
I was going to give this book 4 stars, until half-way through I was struck by the pure genius of it all. Why? It's like a cover song - when someone else plays a Beatles song, does it ever really sound as good as the original? Rarely. "Anthology" is a huge tome of a book comprised entirely of interviews and snippets from the Fab Four themselves, with a very few extras from their manager, studio producer, etc. It seems like a coffee table book, but it certainly isn't - over 350 large pages of fine print.

The reason why this book ALMOST got 4 stars is because of the inherent nature of a book made entirely of quotes - natural conversation doesn't translate well onto the printed page, especially when so many people are quoted from different periods in their lives. The book never says "In 1964, the Beatles recorded Rubber Soul" or anything like that. Instead, the quotes gradually roll around to telling you, until you realize "Oh, we're in the studio again". Often this book is disjointed and hard to follow, especially if you don't anything about the Beatles.

However, few people know nothing about the Beatles! After the first 30 pages, you get used to the style of presentation, and later on you realize the beauty of it all - these boys are down-right inspiring. Worked in with all the tours and stories and pranks and bad rumors and other nonsense are wonderful descriptions of their music and how it was written, what its inspiration was, and the trials that were faced to create it. The Beatles didn't idolize themselves, not like their fans do, so the words just flow out effortlessly and pure, just like their music did. This was their lives, no big deal, this is what they did. The creativity is catchy.

If you are a die-hard Beatles historian, I'm positive that nothing new is said in this book. There is no "myth-making" in these pages - their fights and disagreements are very bluntly presented - but you can see a "No Big Deal" kind of attitude formed. It's is only natural, the survivors are turning 60, after all. Like the video series and the CDs, this version of Anthology is a warm revisit of a wonderful little rock'n'roll band. Check it out.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Chronicle At Last
Hundreds of books have been written about The Beatles, but it is
crushingly obvious when reading this Anthology volume that by far the
best one would naturally come from the bandmembers themselves. [The
price] seems like an incredible bargain considering the size and
quality of this work, which covers the years 1940 (the birth of Ringo
and John) to the breakup in 1970. At 368 coffee-table sized pages
it's already huge, but the small print makes it almost double that
size.

The book would be worth it just for the photos alone, which
are beautifully reprinted--many from the early years are actually in
color--chronicling dozens of previously unpublished, intimate moments
taken straight from the group's personal archives. But what really
makes this one essential is the text itself, which is taken from
interviews conducted with Paul, George and Ringo in the 90s and an
exhaustive compilation of Lennon quotes from all points in his life (I
recognized many, but there were also some I've never seen before).
Even after the dozens upon dozens of biographies which have recounted
the group's earth-shattering tale ad nauseum, you feel like you're
reading it for the first time. All four bandmembers speak with a
thousand times more wit, frankness and detail than all of their
previous biographers combined; in fact, they manage to offer up
juicier tales, and more interesting spins on already known events,
than anything you've read before even in the most gossipy bios--and
you get it this time knowing that it's honest (you know it's honest
when you hear conflicting memories about certain events!).

"Anthology" is especially revealing when it comes to the
childhoods and Hamburg era: you get to hear about the first time
George got laid (right in front of the other three bandmembers!), or
when Ringo was a member of the Dingle gang, or what they did at
teenage parties. The detail is so thorough and vividly recalled for
the early years (and butressed by the photos) that you feel like
you're living it as it actually happened. No stone is left unturned
about the famous years, either: George and Ringo philosophize about
their first LSD trips and the meaning of "Tomorrow Never
Knows", the Maharishi controversy is finally put to rest (hint:
he never made a pass at anybody), and new insight is shed on the
evolution of the friendships between John and the other three. More
is made about the breakup than was on the "Anthology"
videos, including Yoko's presence and the business hassles, as well as
the making of "Abbey Road". Finally, all of this is told
with such an elegant sense of Beatle humor that even the heaviest
moments are a joy to read. Also included are excerpts from Stu
Sutcliffe and Brian Epstein's personal diaries. With this volume now
finally released, the only other essential Beatle books to get are
Lewishon's "Beatles Chronicle" and Miles' "The Beatles:
A Diary", both of which give exact reference dates and
descriptions for every live show, radio, recording and filming session
(as well as more great photos).

5-0 out of 5 stars Magical mystery tour through the Beatles' career
This book purports to tell the Beatles's story in their own words (though augmented by memories from people close to them like Brian Epstein, producer George Martin, roadies Neil Aspinall and Mal Evans, and publicist Derek Taylor), and does the job quite well.

I would estimate that at least 80% of the information contained in this book is already old hat for die-hard Beatlemaniacs who have memorized Mark Lewisohn's "Complete Beatles Chronicle" and read every Beatle book out there. But it's not so much the substance of the information as the way in which it is told--it's great to be able read about these events from the Beatles' point of view, even as seen through the prism of the thirty to forty years that have passed. And I am grateful that George was able to participate in the whole Anthology project before his untimely death in 2001.

The modern-day comments from Paul, George, and Ringo were apparently taken from the interviews from the Beatles Anthology circa 94-95 (if you watch the entire video/DVD and compare it to the text in the book it's pretty obvious). Hard-core fans will be able to recognize where many of the other quotes came from, although they aren't sourced, unfortunately--after each such quote there's merely a superscript such as "64" or "70" showing the year it was said, with no reference to the publication or interview it was taken from. That said, the editors had an incredible job piecing this thing together; they could almost be listed as co-writers!

There's a great deal of eye-candy (photographs, memos, handwritten notes, drawings, etc.), which are fascinating to look at. Sometimes, though, the arrangement of text, typeface, and photographs on the page seems rather random and thrown together, and even can make it difficult to read (for example, page 177, which tells about George and John's first LSD trip is printed on a background of garish red with magenta and orange text that all but obliterates the actual text). But it's never dull.

Despite the fact that it may be a bit of a chore to read, since it's large and heavy (even in paperback), it is a joy to read and I heartily recommend it to all Beatle fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Beatles!
This book transcends its overt purpose of being an anthology of the Beatles.

Anyone who loves the music the Beatles gave us will find much rewarding material here. Those who want to know about how success can be accomplished in popular music will be riveted. Those who like to look back on popular culture in times past will have a happy trip. If you just love exciting photography, there is much to attract you to this volume. I found myself singing the Beatles' songs to myself as I read the text and looked at the illustrations. That was the best part!

To me, the most thought-provoking part of this book was its rags-to-genius quality. The Beatles were unlikely candidates to become leading musical innovators. Most of them were so poor that their families lacked indoor bathrooms when they were growing up. None of them could read music. The combined number of music lessons they had was less than ten in total. They could not afford musical instruments. Their families could not afford to subsidize their careers. Yet they were observant about the new, in contact with what moved their hearts, listened intently for better music, and worked with a never-ending frenzy to fulfill their passion for the music. It's vastly more heartwarming and fascinating than any rags-to-riches story ever can be.

I had never understood John Lennon's complaints about the "packaged, predictable" Beatles until I read in this book about the type of band they were while evolving their style. Particularly in the Hamburg gigs, they were more like a jazz combo that played rock and roll. The music was free form, and they stretched some songs into being as long as an hour and a half.

In fact, their commercial success was a tremendous tragedy for their artistic success because they were probably at the edge of developing a whole new musical genre that would have become the dominant one today. I'm sorry it never happened. I feel even more sorry for them, in realizing that they knew what they lost and must feel it very deeply.

I was also moved by the story of their tempestuous friendship. These guys went through tremendous stresses, strains, and deprivations together. They fought, they disagreed, they slugged each other, and they appreciated each other. Yet, there was a strong enough pull towards each other that allowed the group to continue through its amazing journey, despite the difficulties. To have had such friendships, even if they are eventually lost, must be an amazing experience. Few will know this closeness in their lives.

I came away from this book with a new appreciation for the Beatles. Before this book, the Beatles were all about (for me) how they sounded and looked, and how I reacted to that. Now, I see them as being role models for important aspects of human experience that we should all appreciate.

Before closing, I do have two words of caution. This book is very open about the major and minor vices of life. As such, this book could make the wrong impression on adolescents. They don't need too many new ideas about how to rebel, and this book could be read that way. That's not what the Beatles were doing, but a 13 year old could see it that way.

Second, as revealing as the book is, more is ultimately still hidden below the surface than is revealed. These young men knew a lot of pain, and that pain was an important source of their brilliance. Don't be offended that they did not share more. It was probably very painful to share as much as they did.

I would like to give the editors major credit for developing a successful dialogue style in the book that included quotes from John Lennon. It must have been the dickens to read through all of his many quotes, and to weave them into material comparable to what can be developed in a simple interview where the others could be aware of what each other said.

"Take a sad song, and make it better."

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent production.
I thought the book was excellently produced, but would have liked more input from non-Beatles and from sacked drummers (nudge nudge wink wink). For instance, Lennon and McCartney recount the time they finished up "I Wanna Be Your Man" for the Rolling Stones; I'd like to have had a word from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards about that experience as well.

To the reviewer who complained that they were still slamming Pete Best's drumming ability and mental acuity, or lack thereof, forty years on--that's not strictly true. Pretty much all the statements in the book on that subject are at least 35 years old. But I'd still like to have seen some more input from Pete, as well as a page or two regarding his post
Beatles musical career. He did actually have one, and did fairly well for a couple of years. But, as this book presents him, he was basically a non-entity, just the last in a long line of drummers who occupied the Beatles' drum stool before Ringo came along.

There have been some conflicting reports on the musical skills of the various members of the band, ca. 1962. McCartney's own brother said of the group at that time, none of them was a rocket scientist, musically speaking, and it could have been any one of them fate could have chosen to go. Granted that statement was a bit disingenuous in retrospect, but wrt Pete Best it seems as if there was always an official policy in the Beatles' organization to purge his memory. For instance, when the BBC tapes were put on CD, the first two shows, with Pete Best, were omitted due to problems with the 'sound quality'. I've heard some of those performances, and the sound was fine. The drumming wasn't fantastic, but seemed more than adequate in the context. ... Read more


106. Hip Hop America
by Nelson George
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Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Sales Rank: 19883
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, Hip Hop America is "an invaluable, entertaining and well-written account from one who has not only witnessed the evolution of hip-hop, but who. . . has had a hand in shaping it, as well."--The New York Times Book Review

From the award-winning author of The Death of Rhythm and Blues comes Hip Hop America, the history of hip hop from its roots in the late 1970s to its emergence as the cultural force that today influences everything from movies to fashion, advertising to sports. It's the story of a society-altering collision between black youth culture and the mass media--and it's very big business.

Called "the most insightful hip hop writer on the planet" by Rolling Stone, Nelson George offers an insider's tour through a multimedia phenomenon of which rap music is only the audible manifestation, and also includes drugs, fashion, incarceration, basketball, entrepreneurship, technology, and language. Examining hip hop as music, a style, a business, a myth, and a moral code, he turns hip hop over to look at the ways it has been treated by Hollywood, Madison Avenue, and Wall Street to reach not just young black consumers but all young people. Hip Hop America shows us why, against all odds, hip hop has held a steady grip on American popular culture for over twenty years.

"I love hip-hop more than I love my mother-- and Nelson George writes about hip-hop with heart, soul, and insight." --Chris Rock

"An immensely readable survey of rap and its wide cultural impact."--The Philadelphia Inquirer
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5-0 out of 5 stars I rate it 6 out of 5 stars! A must-read!!!
Of all the Hip Hop related works that I've read (and that's many), none can reach the insightful level of Nelson Georges's "Hip Hop America", which not only covers the history of the culture, but more importantly, delivers the sociological aspects of it, explaining not only "when", but also "how" and "why". It made me an instant fan of Nelson George. It's a very informative, sincere and to some extent analytical book, with plenty of facts and informations and first-hand experiences from the man "who has not only witnessed the evolution of hip-hop, but who. . . has had a hand in shaping it, as well." (The New York Times Book Review).
I could really write a long review for this great book, but I'll probably do that after my second reading, which starts NOW!

4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough, exciting and involving.
I am one of those people who claim to be a hip hop fan, but being only 22 years of age, and British, I can hardly say that I was around 'back in the day'. I felt that I owed it to myself to do some research into the subject so I was extremely happy to come across this book. Nelson George had interested me since I saw him on a Channel 4 hip hop documentary. After reading the book I'm still not a font of all rap knowledge, but I am onsiderably more learned in one of my favourite styles of music. It is obvious that Nelson loves hip hop more than anything else. The book is written with power and insight, as well as emotion. This emotion can sometimes blur the facts, but this is bound to happen in a book written by someone who is so close to their subject matter. The only real criticism I could level at the book is that it tails off a bit at the end, it doesn't really end with a bang. Then again, there is no real end to the story seeing as how rap is still thriving and reinventing itself. Maybe it's best to see this book as an extract, plucked from the movement at particular moments in time. And, looked at in this way, this book is a wortrhwhile read for anyone remotely interested in hip hop music. It is an absolutely essential purchase for people out there who believe that rap music begins and ends with Eminem and Tupac.

4-0 out of 5 stars Especially good on the early days of hip hop
I read this book for an African-American Studies class at UNC. At first I did not like it at all. I did not connect with George's choice of language, which seemed outdated and out of touch with current hip hop lingo.

But as I got into the book, I realized that this outdated language was not George's fault. After all, as George himself points out in a section about hip hop movies, trends and lingo in hip hop change too quickly for anyone to keep up without a very detailed scorecard. So if you can get past him using somewhat outdated language, this is a great book.

George manages to discuss a wide array of topics, from graffiti to break dancing to production and distribution of records to hip hop themed movies to hip hop lingo to the proliferation of hip hop around the world. Despite the very diverse topics, George manages to tie everything to a common theme, the impact of hip hop on American culture.

If I had to pick one aspect of the book that was especially good, I would have to choose his discussion of the roots of hip hop and its early days. As a native of New York during hip hop's formative years, George is very well informed on the topic and indeed was a witness to many key events in the early days of hip hop. He also has connections with many key figures, throughout the time period covered in the book, and he is able to recall these connections to tell unique stories you cannot find anywhere else.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of hip hop. It is a quick, enjoyable, and informative read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant review of hip hop and black culture in America
This book is as good as anything I've read about hip hop culture in America, and how it weaves into other elements of African-American culture: basketball, feminism, the ghetto, racism, the drug wars, and more. It's extremely interesting and detailed in its close look at the way key trends in hip hop have unfolded since its founding -- the key players etc. Intelligent and thoughtful. If you are interested in contemporary music, hip hop is *the* major creative force of the last 20 years. This book is the key text. Too much writing out there is very ephemeral on this subject, about the latest hot act; this is the reference. Search Google for a longer review I wrote on postconsumer dot com with the terms "george nelson hip hop america amol sarva". I can't fit it in here.

4-0 out of 5 stars A lot of memories and some intersting views
Wow! reading this book and reflecting back on much of the culture brought up from back in the days really had me feelin' this book. Although I didn't agree with all of the authors views in this book, he did bring some insight and depth to some things I really never thought of. As a whole this book was great...everything from graffiti to music buisness to hip hop moguls to politics...for real...read this book. ... Read more


107. Drumstick Spinology (Book & DVD)
by Steve Stockmal
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DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ TAKES A HUGE STEP TOWARD HEALING

"Healthystix" for Your BrainSanta Barbara musician, teacher and author Steve Stockmal proudly takes his hugely successful book and DVD DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ to the next level. DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ was recently discovered by Dr. Kurt Kuhn who applies it to his patients.Dr. Kuhn says: "It probably seems odd to see a section in a book on drumstick spinning written by a doctor, who spends his days chasing down lesions in the brain.Imagine then how it was for Steve Stockmal who got an e-mail from me telling him how his book Drumstick Spinology was the best thing since sliced bread for kids with ADD/ADHD and other learning disorders".(See Drstix.comfor Dr. Kuhn’s complete article)DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ is the first book ever written and devoted to the subject of drumstick spinning (twirling) and comes with a 56-minute DVD. Drummers all over the world have embraced this book and made it a huge success. DRUMSTICK SPINOLOGY™ will now be introduced all over the world and as Stockmal says:
"It is amazing and totally unexpected that my spinning would help children and adults with learning disabilities. Through my years of teaching, I have witnessed how much drumming and drumstick spinning has helped my students’ coordination, focus, and attention span, but Dr. Kuhn has taken it to a new and neurological level.We are happily spreading the news about this wonderful tool." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good book. The only one as far as I know on the subject.
I was surprised to see this book, since I had done an extensive search for a book on this subject a year ago. Actually, I had searched for ANY book on twirling, drumstick OR baton. I found exactly one on baton twirling but it wasn't very good.

This book is good. It lists 15 basic twirls and then goes thru various combinations to get your imagination fueled. There are many good quality photos, tho some photos are missing. There is a handy digest at the end that concisely presents the content of the book again. The book is kind of on the thin side, but that's largely a good thing, easier to digest and work thru. I recommend this book.

On the bad side, the book seems to be a "version 1" that was rushed out the door before it was as good as it should have been. Some photos are missing. There is an 11 page chapter on humor that adds nothing of value and should be cut out. The digest at the end also seems to be fluff, but it's actually handy, but it would be better if it were condensed to just one or two pages, rather than 11 pages.

All in all, especially since to my knowledge it's the only book out there on the subject, it's worth having.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another classic
All drummers should include this book along with the classics, Stone, Chapin and Reed

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome book
i got this book and studied a spin called the forward spin and tried it. it was shaky at first, then i had mastered the spin within 5 minutes. i think if your interested in spinning drumsticks, you should buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars If all the drummers only knew about this magnificent book
Having bought this book, I really came to understand how to spin my drumsticks. I have alwasy admired fellow drummers throughout the drumming history, throwing a few spins here and there and finally one person, Steve Stockmal, figured out a system and gave us this absolutely fantastic book. Thank you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Hand Is Quicker Than The Eye
Where did this book come from? From the amount of information and the overall content of the book, it must have come from years of thought on the subject and a lot of dropped sticks. There's just no other way to cover that many spins unless you've tried them all - many, many times. Believe me, for I've been kind-of-spinning drumsticks for several years, and I've dropped my share. After a few weeks of diligent study, I've found myself spinning my drumsticks now without thought. I can be scrolling through pages on the internet with one hand and with the other practice my "stick set" as I call it; a series of spins and figures that allow me to develop many different hand movements.

By approaching the Spinology book as a text book, and testing myself on all the spins including the newest one I'm learning, I've worked my way through the book twice, and I'm on the third time. Each time, I start with the first spin ("Grip Spin"), practice it for two minutes to my Yamaha DD-8 drum machine's beat, then go on to the second for two minutes, and so on. As I work through the book, I incorporate each of the previous spins into the current one, so that by the end of the book I'm doing a rapid-fire succession of spins that would have a chameleon's eyes crossed if he tried to watch me.

My hand strength has already increased, as have my overall dexterity and finger individuality. I'm impressed with the coverage of the topic, and I'm glad someone took the time to write a thorough book on a fun, invigorating subject. ... Read more


108. iPod & iTunes Garage
by Kirk McElhearn
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109. The Norton Anthology of Western Music, Fourth Edition, Volume 1: Ancient to Baroque
by Claude Palisca
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From Adam (de la Halle) to Zwilich (Ellen), The Norton Anthology of Western Music provides a comprehensive collection of scores illustrating every significant trend, genre, and national school. These authoritative readings are reproduced from reliable and easy-to-read originals, and all foreign-language texts are accompanied by English translations. Each work in the anthology is discussed in A History of Western Music. The editor's notes and comments follow the score of each work.

The new Fourth Edition includes twenty-two new selections, including works by Luca Marenzio, Benjamin Britten, Amy Beach, John Adams, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, all of whom are newly represented in The Norton Anthology of Western Music. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive anthology of scores
This is the first volume of the Norton Anthology of Western Music Third Edition). It covers Music of the Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, while the second volume deals with Music from the Classical, Romantic Contemporary and Modern Periods. The book offers a selection of scores (86 in total) from several composers and it spans over a period of more than two millennia (earliest score from 408 B.C., latest from 1752 A.D.). The scores that are included are representative of most composers that made an impact through these two millennia (at least according to the editors): Leonin, Perotin, Machaut, Landini, Dunstable, Duffay, Ockeghem, Des Prez, Willaert, Gesualdo, Monteverdi, Dowland, Byrd, Palestrina, Luis de Victoria, Orlando di Lasso, Caccini, Peri, Gabrielli, Schutz, Froberger, Frescobaldi, Scarlati, Purcell, Buxtehude, Lully, Couperin, Corelli, Vivaldi, Rameau, J.S. Bach and G. F. Handel. In this volume, 60 eponymous composers (and several anonymous) are included. The only noticeable absence on a first reading of the index is perhaps that of Boccherini. However, given the restrictions of space that are inherent to any written medium, the Anthology still manages to remain quite comprehensive. On the other hand, very few, if any, comments or analyses of the scores are offered for each of the pieces (always following the music). Pieces that involve vocals (i.e. excerpts from operas, cantatas, masses) are supplemented with an English translation, besides the original text. The scores themselves are 'full' scores and not piano reductions. Naturally, this causes some scores that involve richer orchestration (i.e. the excerpt from Bach's B Minor Mass "Et expecto resurrectionem") to be printed in small fonts, which in turn may take its toll in the readability of the music. However, since most pieces of the period involve smaller orchestras, the problem is not as much of a deal as it is with volume two. Additionally, if one always remembers the restrictions of space that accompany any written medium, it is clear that it is a decision to be made- it's either small fonts or fewer scores.

Two notes of warning: first, the book, much like volume two, is not accompanied by any music. It contains simply the printed scores. A good choice for supplementing the two volume set, is Hannig's Concise History of Western Music with its 4 CD set. Although the CD set does not contain all music of the two volumes, it does contain a good portion of it and has a user friendly, easy to understand cross-reference system with the two volumes. Second note of warning: as any anthology, this one, too, is merely a representative sample. It is not a 'Greatest Hits' collection-for example you won't find Pachelbel's "Canon in D", Vivaldi's "Four Seasons", Bach's Brandemberg Concertos or his Passions or Handel's "Messiah" in it. Only one complete score of a larger scale piece is included, that of Bach's cantata "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (BWV 140). Otherwise, the anthology consists of excerpts of larger pieces (whole movements or introductions for example), and shorter complete pieces (i.e. Bach's Praeludium et Fuga in A minor, BWV 543), that from the editors perspective present a more or less complete landscape of Music up to where Vol. 2 picks up from (Late Baroque/Early Classical). Naturally, omissions are inevitable, especially when one looks for balance. The four stars (and not five) are mainly because of the choice of scores at some points, at the choice (or omission) of composers at others, and, mainly, for the lack of more comprehensive commentaries and analyses of the pieces.

5-0 out of 5 stars A thorough survey of western music from written sources.
Editors Palisca and Grout present a thorough survey of western music from written sources, with a welcome emphasis on lesser-known works. They include neumes and other ancient methods of notation. Entirely scholarly and accompanied by beautifully executed recordings of each piece, this book is a must for every student of musicology, and a boon to anyone interested in ancient music.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a collection of scores to the CD selections
Both volumes of the (paperback) Anthology (N.B.: 3d ed. goes with 5th ed. of the "History" text) are primarily fully reproduced (though reduced in size) scores to the music reproduced audiophonically on the CD's in Volumes 1 and 2 of "Recorded Anthology." The Anthology, according to its 3d ed. preface, now contains almost no text of its own. The "History" text (clothbound and yes, definitive) contains minimal examples in musical notation and refers to these two volumes frequently. Despite the above review being included with this volume, be advised that the study guide by J. Peter Burkholder is to the "History" text, not primarily to the Anthologies, which also supplement the History (along with the CD's).

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better
I took a music history survey with J. Peter Burkholder, who wrote the study guide for this text. It seemed to be a selection of examples that contradicted the specific rules of each genre, rather than reinforcing them. In general, it's good, but not the most exciting of reads. ... Read more


110. Classical Music for Dummies
by DavidPogue, ScottSpeck, GlennDicterow, Scott Speck
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In a time when school music classes (if they exist at all) teach their students the finer points of the themes from The Twilight Zone and Jaws instead of real music; when classical radio stations are converted to Lite Rock or switched to a "top 100" classical jukebox format; and when even churches increasingly favor banal "Jesus Is My Boyfriend"-style slop instead of Bach, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams, classical music may legitimately be seen as an endangered cultural species. Enter Scott Speck and David Pogue, who take out the unnecessary mystery, and offer an easy-to-swallow quickie education, ranging from Gregorian chants to contemporary composers such as John Adams and John Corigliano. If you can't tell an oboe from a bassoon, there's also a dandy guide to the instruments of the orchestra, and once you're through that information you'll know the difference between a concerto and a sonata. Best of all is the introduction to music theory, which actually makes a daunting subject seem easy. It's all supported by a helpful enhanced compact disc (it works in your CD-ROM drive; it plays on your stereo's CD player) containing more than an hour of representative musical tidbits from good EMI recordings. Although the tone is unremittingly flippant and the jokes are, for the most part, pretty bad, Classical Music for Dummies is one of the better works in this series, and really does provide a useful reference for a subject too often seen as arcane. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars da-da-da-DUMB!
I picked this book up because I was looking for a CD-book combo that would give me some good tips on the art of listening. This did that and much more. The book is extremely comprehensive and systematic in its coverage of classical music. The authors provide a lot of information simply and efficiently so that within a few pages, the reader is no longer such a dummy. This book goes beyond an academic explanation of the subject to being a real "how to" - how to listen, how to prepare, how to behave at a concert, how to get good tickets on the cheap... No stone is left unturned. The only drawback is that in an effort to dumb down the book, they inject corny jokes into almost every sentence. In small doses this is OK but, depending on your tastes in reading material, THIS GETS VERY ANNOYING after a few pages! Despite this drawback I pressed on because the content under the jokes was too good to miss.

5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous and fun way to really learn about music
If you like to have fun when you learn, this book is a home run. I studied a little music in college and this book covers all the essentials very well. Better yet, it does so with humor. This book is really fun! I am using this book to get my 12 and 14 year old sons to develop some appreciation of classical music. We read it together and listen to the cuts on the accompanying CD. The book clearly explains the different periods in music, e.g. baroque, classical, romatic, etc. With great humor, it introduces the reader to the great composers. Furthermore it makes musical forms and styles understandable such as "sonata form" in the symphonies and concertos of the classical period. if you want your kids to appreciate music, this is your best chance at successfully introducing them to it. You will really learn about music with this book and have a hoot doing it. I highly recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
I've always liked listening to Classical Music but didn't know my Brahms from my Bach. I decided recently to try and learn more about this music. There are plenty of books that are hard to read and technical and then there's this book. This is a great crash course in classical music. Learn what all those Allegro con moto things mean. How many movements are there in a symphony, in a concerto?
The book contains a ton of short light biographies on composers along with nice recommendations. Besides that, the book comes with a CD with nine selections of classical music that are broken down moment by moment in the book. It was sheer joy learning how sophisticated and structured the music is. How themes are introduced and worked, how some works tell stories or represent storms, tranquil seasons or the struggles of heros!
If you know almost nothing about classical music and want a great introduction, this is the book. I read it cover to cover in a week and now I can't stay out of the library, I'm too busy listening to classical music with a much greater appreciation!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Light-Hearted Look At A Wonderful jWorld
This book is both humorous and a quality look at the world of classical music. If you are at all curious about classical music, give this a read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Unpacking Delightful World of Classical Music
Many avenues of culture are closed deliberately to people by insiders who use the jargon of the trade with sophistication and snobbery to raise themselves above the poor unknowing multitudes who have not a clue what is being said.

Here, authors do a credible and entertaining aid of unpacking the wonderful world of classical music. As one internet classical station puts it, "Classical music without the attitude."

Here, although they do make light of it, it aids the uninformed what is at the heart of things classical. From different periods, to how to attend a concert, to beginning a CD collection, to understanding some theory, this is just excellent entrance.

Especially fascinating are the peeks into this world, e.g. the audition of the flute players, divorced and their trials at securing a major symphony chair.

The interactive materials with CD make their points well, and aid many in enjoying more fully this delightful world. ... Read more


111. Singing for Dummies
by Pamelia S.Phillips, Pamelia S. Phillips
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Develop proper posture and breath control

From classical to pop to musical theater – take your singing skills to the next level

Dreaming of becoming a sensational singer? Whether you enjoy singing in the shower or on the stage, this how-to guide will help you calm your nerves, match pitch, increase your vocal range, and develop a strong singing technique. You get expert advice on keeping your voice healthy, choosing a voice teacher, selecting the right material, and giving a stellar performance.

All this on the audio CD

  • Singers demonstrate every exercise so you can hear how it’s done
  • Allows you to develop agility, pop riffs, and dynamic control
  • Exercises help you strengthen your chest voice, head voice, middle voice, and falsetto
  • Put your singing skills to the test with a song recorded on the CD
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5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting
As a professional singer of 30 years and a voice teacher, I found the book very interesting. The basics were there, and she did make a good point of stating that these were only suggestions (there are as many "correct and only way to sing" methods out there as there are teachers). I found nothing wrong with the book at all, except one thing --- one can't know if they are doing things correctly just because they immitate the sound their hear. One can learn a lot from a well written book on singing, and this one is very easy to understand (many are so filled with jargon the real purpose behind the instruction is lost). A real key missing in this book is the things to watch out for. An example: She mentions "Lip Trills." Some teachers really rely on these stupid exercises (where you sound like a horse blowing air through its lips, and even sing while doing them) to help the student manage breath. There are real dangers doing them without proper supervision, the least of which is a super raised larynx and a depressing tongue. Those things only ruin one's ability to sing with a free open throat and with the full range.

Most singers sing with a too wide of an "east-west" facial position and not a large enough "North-South" position. Though she slightly mentions this, in order for a person to hear themselves, they are required to use more of the "east-west" facial position thus actually making their tone louder in their ears, but quieter and less ringing to the audience. She talks about "feeling how you sing and not relying on your hearing, or on listening" but she doesn't explain how to do that. If you don't have a teacher, the only way to do it is through a very good quality tape recorder (poor quality ones give you no real image of what you sing like as they cannot record either the volume of the voice or the natural resonance of the sound; and even with an excellent recorder, you are only getting maybe 20% of your sound reflected back to you). Then you MUST figure out what is a good sound quality, when you hear it on the tape, then concentrate beyond belief on what you felt like, what sensations you had while producing that sound, and learn to reproduce those sensations all the time. Gently cupping your hands IN FRONT of you ears can reflect what the audience actually hears, but it will be softer than the sound they hear. Although testing the voice that way is fine, one must never come to rely on those things. One must rely on the feel and then when you find the correct feel to maintain it all the time, even while singing when ill.

I rated it a five star because it is well written, and it covers many aspects of singing, not just technical, and well, is very approachable. It is a good introduction to singing, but as a warning: anyone really interested in serious singing, and perhaps in a serious career, get a real teacher who can watch what you are doing, and show you when you are doing something wrong. It is very easy to immitate the correct sound, but to do it in a very incorrect way. When you are very young, you may get away with that, but your voice will not last for very long. And she doesn't make it very clear that for popular singing, even the broadway belt (belting is not loud singing, or shouting out the song, or "belting it out" like a lot of people think; it is using the voice with much more forward resonance than in classical singing, less inner dome, and with the sound very concentrated on the upper lip area; one can sing very loud, or very soft and should not be confused with the "norm" amongst young "would be stars" of just yelling and screaming their way through a song at top volume), one still needs all the same foundation they use in classical singing, but that the use of the raised soft palate is less pronounced. However, there is a correct way of working the voice that won't hurt it and brings the extreme forward focus used for Broadway into the voice; she doesn't cover this (and I think most people will use this book not to become opera singers, but so they can study a week or two and sing popular music and musical comedy). When incorrectly done, belting can ruin the voice in no time flat; a classic singer can often sing for decades with incorrect technique before real problems get out of hand; not so with a poorly produced belting tone used in popular singing or broadway; the voice dies quickly because the voice is being abused to produce that sound.

Again, a great introduction, but only an introduction to singing. One needs a second pair of ears, and a second pair of eyes, to make sure they entire body is coordinated to produce the best sound quality possible.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great start!
I always wanted to learn how to sing, so I picked up a copy of this book. I have been using it for a month now, and I'm actually starting to sound good (it's a lot of work, though). Overall, the content and explanations are excellent, and the CD-ROM is good, as well. I think Pamelia Phillips has done an excellent job here!

It probably shouldn't be your only source if you want to become a serious singer, however. But, it's a great start, and it should give you the confidence you need to start taking singing lessons. It might also save you considerable embarrassment.

I easily give this book 5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy for Anyone
About two months ago, I was attending an open-call audition for a Broadway show. I'd have to say that I would have been no where without this book! With practicing with the cd and book everyday, I could tell that my singing voice was becoming stronger and more in tune. This is a wonderful book for singers of all levels, even the tone-deaf can become singers with this! ... Read more


112. The Wilco Book (with CD)
by Wilco, Dan Nadel, Peter Buchanan-Smith
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Between all the critical acclaim, Greg Kot's book on the band, and the introspective I Am Trying to Break Your Heart documentary, you'd think that pretty much everything has already been said about Wilco. But The Wilco Book--the influential rock band's own scrapbook of photos, observations, and random notes--has more than a few revelations for fans. Here we get beautiful photographs of musical instruments (taken apart, being fixed and played) interspersed with quotes about their studio, their performance and recording habits, and their songwriting. Some may think a close-up of a Gibson guitar is a mundane affair, but to Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, that tool of the trade is an important element in the music-making process, worthy of plenty of attention. In addition, there are numerous shots of the band, random images by Fred Tomaselli, a new essay on the ensemble by Rick Moody, and "The Angel Is My Watermark," a piece by Henry Miller that resonates with the group. The enclosed 12-track CD contains previously unheard tracks from the A Ghost Is Born sessions. A couple tunes ("Diamond Claw," "What Good Am I") rank with Wilco's best work, while the rest show the band in the midst of the creative process, making aural sketches. All-told, the poignant randomness of The Wilco Book unfolds like a great Wilco album: it's a wonderful mix of compelling experimentation and heartfelt sentiment. A must-have for Wilco lovers. --Jason Verlinde

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  • 113. Losing My Virginity : How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
    by RICHARD BRANSON
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    "Oh, screw it, let's do it."

    That's the philosophy that has allowed Richard Branson, in slightly more than twenty-five years, to spawn so many successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), to retail (Virgin Megastores), and nearly a hundred others, ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none.

    Losing My Virginity is the unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time. When Richard Branson started his first business, he and his friends decided that "since we're complete virgins at business, let's call it just that: Virgin." Since then, Branson has written his own "rules" for success, creating a group of companies with a global presence, but no central headquarters, no management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy.

    Many of Richard Branson's companies--airlines, retailing, and cola are good examples--were started in the face of entrenched competition. The experts said, "Don't do it." But Branson found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been ripped off or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent.
    And in this stressed-out, overworked age, Richard Branson gives us a new model: a dynamic, hardworking, successful entrepreneur who lives life to the fullest. Family, friends, fun, and adventure are equally important as business in Branson's life. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a productive, sane, balanced life, filled with rich and colorful stories:


    • Crash-landing his hot-air balloon in the Algerian desert, yet remaining determined to have another go at being the first to circle the globe

    • Signing the Sex Pistols, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Boy George, and Phil Collins

    • Fighting back when British Airways took on Virgin Atlantic and successfully suing this pillar of the British business establishment

    • Swimming two miles to safety during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico

    • Selling Virgin Records to save Virgin Atlantic

    • Staging a rescue flight into Baghdad before the start of the Gulf War . . .

    And much more. Losing My Virginity is the ultimate tale of personal and business survival from a man who combines the business prowess of Bill Gates and the promotional instincts of P. T. Barnum.

    Also available in the UK from Virgin Publishing, and in Canada from General Publishing, ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Do It Branson's Way
    Losing My Virginity is one of the most captivating, enjoyable, and surprising autobiographies I've read. Whether or not you have followed Virgin's (and Branson's) success, this book is definitely a worthwhile read - both for the content and for the style. From the age of 17, Branson shows how his adventuresome nature, competitive spirit, and pure drive (in addition, of course, to a more than fair share of good luck) have helped him succeed. And unless you've followed his life closely, you'll be surprised at just how many business areas he's had his fingers in. From aiding in the success of the Sex Pistols, to launching Virgin Cola Atlantic, and Brides, Branson has seemingly done it all. It's a great story and an enthralling read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Absolute page turner!
    This is a great book! I read an excerpt while in London and got it as soon as it was available here. I read it in 4 days, which is quite rapid for me.

    Richard Branson has lived an incredible life, and he details the successes and failures in his business career and his personal endeavors.

    I think this book is highly entertaining and very useful to people interested in bettering themselves. Branson's business philosophy is described through the work which opened my eyes to a number of possibilites.

    I only wish there was a volume two available that I could look forward to reading.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A different path in life and business
    While Branson is certainly intelligent, creative, and perseverant, his business ventures illustrate just how much luck and good timing play into becoming successful. The stories also show how people pursue numerous ideas, end up failing at many of them, learn from prior experience, and finally -at long last- they break through. Branson's business pursuits are a testament to value investing - make a number of risks with a limited downside, yet a few can pan out and pay off handsomely. The importance of networking is also shown, which is how Branson connected with new ideas and valuable people.

    Branson's adventures are great reminder of all the fun and excitement life has to offer. What a contrast to most people's habits of passively sitting in front of the television, routinely doing chores, and other low-energy ways of passing the time. While most people are not going to go out and literally risk their life, this does serve a useful point of comparison.

    This is a quick, action-packed read, full of insights into business and life. Recommended to a wide range of readers, who will find this informative, interesting, and enjoyable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, superb, exquisite...
    An amazingly fast paced narrative full of adrenaline pumping narratives of corporate rivalry and raw aggressive enterprunal instincts almost all of which came good at almost all the right times interspersed with crazy and ambitious life threatening balloon expeditions. The story of Richard Branson told by Richard Branson almost reads like a bestseller Michael Crichton novel and not an Autobiography. I really was not aware that the virgin group of companies has under it's flagship (can you believe this) 200 companies and all this created just by the positive energy and never say die attitude of a man whose mantra is "anything is worth a shot at least once". And he really applies this as Branson dabbled his fingers in almost anything and everything so that from the beginnings of a record company virgin music (which he later sold to EMI), he created Virgin Atlantic airways, virgin cars, virgin rails, virgin cola, virgin books, Virgin holidays, Virgin insurance, Virgin cinemas, Virgin wear and even - Virgin Bridal! There are a lot more Virgin companies, which need to total around 200 making up Virgin Group as a whole. I kept glancing at the cover and kept rechecking whether this was an autobiography or a piece of fiction. If some one had even written a novel, which scripted the whole Virgin story, I would have found the plot too unbelievably fairy tallish even if it inhabited a fictional world. Branson is as candid as he can be in this book. Although if he has left out anything, we will never know and don't have the right to know in any case. Also if he presents his viewpoint on the battle against British airways as a righteous crusade painting himself as a hero, he has every right to, as this is his autobiography. The most exciting parts of the book are the balloon expedition narratives and the most suspenseful is the narrative of the crusade against the 'dirty tricks' campaign by lord King of BA (This part is almost like a first rate novel, you'll forget you are reading an autobiography, full of intrigue, corporate skullduggery and potentially damaging but 'untrue and baseless' journalistic exposes planned by some papers against RB albeit with the supposed help of the BA dirty tricks wing.This is the best autobiography I have yet read. Most mainstream bestseller novels will seem dull in comparison to this action packed success story, which actually happened to a person. In fact I would love to read the other side of the story regarding BA and RB. Would be interesting to read a book on BA by someone from BA and how it compares to what RB has to say. After reading this book, I have stuck RB's poster to my cupboard which when I look at immediately inspires me to stay positive and to persist carrying on chugging away at achieving my goals and to laugh off the temporary setback and carry on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Awe inspiring; minus the Epilogue.
    The book is brilliant, inspiring yada yada yada. I read the latest edition of this book which included a few pages of pictures at each quarter of the book. The pictures were an essential part of Branson's story as each event, as unbelievable as they sounded, was then driven home by the stunning reality portrayed in the pictures.

    My only criticism of the book is that after the last chapter Branson has included an Epilogue that spanned the years from around 1997 through to around 2003. I found this addition to the book poorly written and a half hearted attempt from Branson. The events were repetitive and particularly boring. By this stage I found myself completely "Virgined OUT." If I was to read another word about another Virgin anything, I think I would have screamed!

    It was delightful to hear about a company growing from nothing into something great. Unfortunately after the Epilogue, I am left with the taste in my mouth that Virgin has become what Branson fought so hard to defeat. ... Read more


    114. The Ultimate Pop Rock Fake Book: Over 500 Songs for Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Electronic Keyboards & All "C" Instruments 1955 to Present (Fake Books)
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    Asin: 079357000X
    Catlog: Book (1996-07-01)
    Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
    Sales Rank: 30727
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars great book
    This is truely the ultimate pop/rock fake book. Almost every single song is the best and there are over 600 songs in this book(4th ed) the books uses plastic comb style binding for easy handling. if you are looking for a pop/rock fake book, look no further, this is the one!
    btw, the full song listing can be found in hal leonard website(the publisher of the book)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Pop fake book
    I was more than pleased with this book. It has so many songs that I recognize, I can just flip through it and play new songs any time. It's a great tool for practicing because you can always practice a new song. I choose this book because I wanted songs I knew well since I'm a beginner at the piano. ... Read more


    115. Chekhov - The Major Plays
    by Anton Pavlovich Chekhov, Jean-Claude Van Itallie
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    Asin: 1557831629
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: Applause Books
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Despite the abundant variety of Chekhov translations available in bookstores and libraries, American directors and actors have sought out these versions by Jean-Claude van Itallie to make them the most often performed renditions on the American stage today. This edition includes "The Seagull," "Uncle Vanya," "Three Sisters," and "The Cherry Orchard." ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars No heros, no talent
    Living in Russia it is hard to avoid reading Chekhov. He is considered Russia's best playwright, and a foreigner in Russia is not considered to be truly educated in Russian culture until he reads Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and The Three Sisters. This book sat on my shelf for close to two years before I finally sat down and read it. Somehow I knew it would be a struggle, and one not worth the effort. And I was certainly right.

    Uncle Vanya is one of the worst plays ever written. It is awkward, stilted, and boring. Since it is only about 60 pages, it doesn't really have a chance to build up any kind of dramatic tension - not that it would have been any better had it been twice as long. The characters are forgettable, and the plot is stale.

    The Cherry Orchard is slightly better, but not much. First of all, it is labeled as a comedy. I have no idea what exactly is funny about a woman who left her country after losing both her husband and her son within a month of each other, and returned five years later so financially ruined that she was forced to sell her estate.

    The Three Sisters is probably the best of his works, but that's not saying much. Here, at least, there is a truly wicked character - someone to root against in the absence of someone to root for. But despite the predictably sad ending, the play is not a tragedy. It's just a real downer. Whereas a good tragedy will tweak at your heart, this play just leaves you feeling dirty.

    The sad thing about Chekhov's plays is that there are no heroes, no loveable characters, no one to root for. They are perhaps of minor interest in the sense that they reflect something of Russian culture and society at the time - the beginning of the fall of the landed aristocracy, the bitterness and difficulty of life, etc. But that doesn't make up for the fact that this is bad writing, pure and simple.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Chekhov's greatest plays.
    While other Amazon.com reviewers of Chekhov's plays have been concerned with the quality of the translation, I would like to place my emphasis on the quality of the plays. These four great plays: The Sea Gull, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, and Uncle Vanya represent some of the most influential drama written at the turn of the twentieth century; their impact on the development of modern theater is well documented.

    Chekhov brought drama out of its conventional Victorian setting and made human character the pivotal point of his work. Plot becomes secondary and what is important is how the various characters respond to situations which usually take place off stage. There are no convenient denouements or deus ex machinas with Checkhov. His characters are flesh and blood and do not undergo dramatic character changes during the play; they are usually the same at the end of the play as they were at the beginning.

    Common threads run through these four plays. The dramas are set in provencial Russia with the recurring theme of a longing for a life that is just out of the reach of its characters. Especially moving is the masterful Three Sisters in which the sisters become more and more certain that their dream of returning to Moscow is never to be realized, and that they will spend the rest of their lives in an isolated garrison town where their talents will never be recoginized. Also, for the first time that I am aware, nature is given central stage. Chekhov takes his plays out of the drawing room and sets them in nature with detailed set descriptions describing the time of day and the nature of the weather - all of which gives his plays a palpable realism.

    5-0 out of 5 stars human nature
    The five masterpieces in this collection deal with the dizzying pace of an industrializing world. Although the plays were written a hundred years ago, they are still very relevant to our modern existence. Chekov's questions about the place of class in a world in which class boundaries rapidly shift, the value of money in a world in which life has no meaning, and the meaning of existence in which experience is absurd still open our eyes to the many layers of existence which we uncover (or choose not to) every day.

    In today's world, which, like Chekov's, is changing every day, it would behoove all of us to sit down for a while every day and ponder the infinite wisdom of "The Cherry Orchard" (which is in this collection) and try to understand ourselves.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best Chekov translation for actors.
    This is a wonderful translation and it happens to be the translation reccomended to me by Miss Joan Potter. (Voted one of the five utmost speakers on Chekov) She has traveled all over and has all the translations ever. It's an easy read compared to most translations and very actable.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A "Translation"
    As the "translator" himself admits (as he pompously plugs the fact that he is associated with elite and narrow institutions such as Harvard and Princeton), he doesn't even know Russian. Ah, but that's OKAY, because some guy gave him a "literal translation" from which he could "become" Chekhov. The translator admits that he was never really interested in the writer, and his commentary is pretty superficial. He thinks of Chekhov as "an old uncle," as an old fashioned writer who might serve some historical purpose (we'll leave it for the schmucks at Yale to decide!). He revises his "translation" many times to fit the "evolving tones of language." The translator continuously writes things like "Chekhov is like me because he knew a little French." One can easily glean where the translator's real interest is - in himself. This translation might be good for readers looking for a book by Van Italie, but one must search elsewhere to find Chekhov. I was very disappointed that I bought this without flipping through the pages. Let this be a lesson: ANYONE will try to translate something these days, such is the nature of human vanity in the modern age. Therefore: Please buy my new translations of Rilke. I will sell them to you at a ridiculous price and only edit parts of the poems that are no good in my opinion, leaving the rest for Harvard undergraduates to mill over and screw up. ... Read more


    116. The Fabulous Sylvester : The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco
    by Joshua Gamson
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    Asin: 0805072500
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-01)
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
    Sales Rank: 591461
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    A journey back through the music, madness, and unparalleled freedom of an era of change-the '70s-as told through the life of ultra-fabulous superstar Sylvester

    Imagine a pied piper singing in a dazzling falsetto, wearing glittering sequins, and leading the young people of the nation to San Francisco and on to liberation where nothing was straight-laced or old-fashioned. And everyone, finally, was welcome-to come as themselves. This is not a fairy tale. This was real, mighty real, and disco sensation Sylvester was the piper. Joshua Gamson-a Yale-trained pop culture expert-uses him, a boy who would be fabulous, to lead us through the story of the '70s when a new era of change liberated us from conformity and boredom. Gamson captures the exuberant life, feeling, energy, and fun of a generation's wonderful, magical waking up-from the parties to the dancing and music.

    The story begins with a little black boy who started with nothing buta really big voice. We follow him from the Gospel chorus to the glory days in the Castro where a generation shook off its shame asSylvester sang and began his rise as part of a now-notorious theatrical troup called the Cockettes. Celebrity, sociology, and music history mingle and merge around this endlessly entertaining story of a singer who embodied the freedom, spirit, and flamboyance of a golden moment in American culture.
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    117. Listening to Music (with CD)
    by Craig Wright
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    Asin: 0534603726
    Catlog: Book (2003-06-05)
    Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
    Sales Rank: 86510
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    This chronological text, which covers all the major periods in music history, offers instructors and students particular help in developing listening skills in three ways: First, a free "Introduction to Listening" CD comes packaged with each student copy of the text. This CD plays all of the music discussed in the music fundamentals chapters of the text and provides an audio guide called "Instruments of the Orchestra." The guide presents the instruments and then tests students' ability to recognize them by themselves and in various combinations. Second, every chapter in Wright's text offers unique listening exercises. It is the only music appreciation book to have listening exercises built into and fully integrated with the text. Third, interactive listening guides and listening quizzes for all of the music in the text are available free via download from the Schirmer website. More than any other music appreciation text, LISTENING TO MUSIC challenges students to develop and refine their listening skills. Wright covers traditional Western music from medieval to modern, and integrates non-Western music throughout the text where appropriate, drawing comparisons between music of Western and other cultures. Concluding chapters discuss popular music and its impact on the world of music. Musical examples from each historical period are discussed within their social context, giving students a broad sense not only of a piece's composition, but also of its historical and cultural meaning. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great text, great author
    I took Craig Wright's class at Yale, from which he wrote the text.The listening exercises are great--not too difficult, more just to guide listening--and it really can help guide a musical novice to proficiency.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A concise, thorough guide to music with personal insight.
    Craig Wright not only provides us with a nicely packaged history of music, composers, and culture, but also gives us a peak into the personal lives within the societies of these periods.Each chapter contains excellent listening exercises to be used with works on the included CD and there are excellent illustrations and photographs that "bring you back" to each age of music.I recommend it as a general reference source for accomplished musicians, and as a nice guide for all classical music fans. ... Read more


    118. Home Recording for Musicians for Dummies
    by JeffStrong
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    Asin: 0764516345
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-05)
    Publisher: For Dummies
    Sales Rank: 7447
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    This friendly guide covers the essentials a first-time recording engineer needs to know about setting up and operating a home or project recording studio. Home Recording For Musicians For Dummies hits all the major topics including choosing the right device for your project, building a studio space, operating your recording equipment, using MIDI technology, choosing and using the right microphones, getting great sounds on the recording, editing, mixing, adding sound effects, and sharing it with others via CD or the Internet. This up-to-date resource covers the latest technologies that the older books don't explain, including the latest PC-based recording software and standalone recording devices. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners
    This book is basically recording 101. I think it actually even advertises it as that. Well...It only covers basics and the basic techniques of compression, expansion, etc. It doesn't get much more into anything beyond that or advanced. True, if I hadn't taken Audio Arts I at my college, I would've bought it...But I did and I see I already know 90% of the info in it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
    This book helped me win the song contest http://www.songoftheyear.com for songwriters

    5-0 out of 5 stars Place Title for this review here
    I wish this would have been around when I started recording. This book is very straightforward and well laid out. I've always had the impression that recording shouldn't be that hard, and the chosen few who know weren't going to give those that don't all the details. Just enough to frustrate. Or else, these writers really had an assistant engineer who really did all the engineering and the writer didn't know what he was talking about. During my involvement with home recording, I found out through trial and error some of the most important simple things that were never mentioned in any of the books I started with. Most of these books are still for sale. This book covers everything and for me and it's a good refresher. Very handy to have everything I need to reference in one book. Also, I've picked up a few tidbits I didn't already know. Get this book and read it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just buy it
    For a long time i have been messing around with recording on a 4-track and my pc but getting bad results, but having no idea why, or what i need to do or buy to get some quality recordings. So i bought this book and it has opened up a whole world of home digital recording to me that i never had any way of accessing before. i now feel like i could confidently walk into a shop and buy the things i need and know exactly what im talking about, and know exactly what im looking for. If you want to get into home recording and dont know where to start, just buy this book, its all you need. I cant comment on whether more experienced musical technicians would find it insteresting as well, but im sure it would make a good reference book for them.
    what are you waiting for?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information
    This book is great!!!! I have been messing around with home recording for about 2 years, So I say I am still new at this. This book has got me off on the right foot, and helped to set up the studio I have now. It has also shown what kinda of upgrades I can make in the future. I now have everything that I want to get in the future laid out in the order I want/need to get them. I highly recommend this book ... Read more


    119. African American Heritage Hymnal: 575 Hymns, Spirituals, and Gospel Songs
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    Asin: 1579991246
    Catlog: Book (2001-09)
    Publisher: GIA Publications
    Sales Rank: 40783
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Eight years of inspired work by a committee of more than 30 musicians and pastors, all leaders in African American worship and gospel music, have resulted in this compendium representing the common repertoire of African American churches across the United States. For the first time in an African American hymnal, traditional hymns and songs are notated to reflect performance practices found in the oral tradition of the black church in America. At a time when such traditions are falling victim to modern technology, this book strives to preserve this rich heritage for future generations. Presented are litanies for “Fifty-Two Sundays of Worshipful Celebration” outlining an African American church year, including such special days as Martin Luther King Sunday, Elders’ Day, Mother’s Day, and Men’s Day. Also included are 52 responsive scripture readings from the Old and New Testaments and an extensive index that includes scriptural and thematic cross-references. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, yes!
    This collection of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs is a total delight. As soon as I opened this book and started playing this music on my keyboard, I could hear heavenly gospel choirs singing in my head. Of course, there are many hymns and songs included here that most people would know, but what makes this hymnbook a treasure are the songs specific to the African-American tradition, with harmonies that unmistakeably suggest a black gospel choir. As a bonus, there is a good quantity of responsive readings in the front of the book suitable for use in the worship service. This book will get you into the Spirit, whether you are black, white, or anything in between. The "African-American Heritage Hymnal" zoomed right to the top of my hymnal collection list the moment it arrived. Get it, you won't be sorry!

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best hymnal ever!!
    The church that I go to recently purchased these hymnals to use and I love them. The book has a wide variety of songs, from traditional hymns to childrens songs to contempory songs that are popular in the African American church. the music director at my church would have to go through tons of music books to find the right songs for the choir, then another set for praise and worship, then another for devotionals and so on. Now it is easier to find a song.

    5-0 out of 5 stars 10 Stars!
    I'm rating this book as a historian and African American Studies resources specialist rather than as someone using it in worship. With that in mind, let me say I have yet to "stump" this hymnal. No matter what song comes to my mind, there it is in the index. Citations regarding authorship & copyright are thorough, the introductory essays informative, and the "Index of Composers, Authors and Sources" invaluable. The only other book which even compares is Songs of Zion, first published by the United Methodist Church in 1981. It has half as many songs though it does include a few not found here...what a vast musical tradition this is!

    This is a book that belongs in every library, and on the bookshelf of anybody with an interest in African American sacred music traditions.

    Curator, AfroAmericanHeritage dot com

    5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the Best
    Let me add my heartfelt appreciation to this magnificent hymnary. If I were stranded on a desert island and could take along with my Bible only one volume of hymns that included praise, worship and liturgy, it would most certainly be this.

    Yes, most of the liturgy is aimed at African-American congregations, and perhaps the male segment at that. But is there not a universality evenso? The gospel-hymn element is beautifully scored, elegant and full, and (as one would expect) in terms of content its most distinguishing feature versus the more white-oriented denominational hymnals. Nonetheless, gospel songs emerge even more triumphant in the context of a cover-to-cover comprehensive hymnal that all can enjoy.

    The HERITAGE reader/purchaser/worshiper will encounter a fully fleshed-out representation of the Anglo-American strain, as good as any I've seen in the old Broadman-Cokesbury-Hope lineage; also something of what would today be generically be lumped as "Catholic" (perhaps better be said "contemporary"); then again up-to-date modern compositions, including songs and responses just not to be encountered elsewhere (sometimes specifically commissioned for the book). HERITAGE paid homage to, but was in no way in thrall to, the "hardshell" or Calvinist aspect of, black American worship traditions.

    Am I abashed or what! I had thought I already put away most of my preconceptions of what a "black hymnal" ought to be from exposure from such earlier excellent works such as GIA's "Lead Me, Guide Me." But HERITAGE isn't just a ground-breaker, it's an EARTH-SHAKER. It's a sad reflection on Mainline Protestantism that none of our denominations has had the ba-- excuse me, the guts, to have produced anything like the mass of music and meaning that is HERITAGE. Six Stars. Bless it. Buy It! What part of "all can enjoy" is misleading?

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A great hymnal for ALL people
    Initially I was looking for that ONE hymnal that just contained as many of my favorite songs as possible. I was looking for only one book since I did not intend to buy a whole bookshelf of them.

    I have to admit that the title first confused me. I was afraid that I would end up with a whole book of wonderful songs I didnt know. Wrong on all accounts! This is a great hymnal book for ALL people who love and treasure these precious hymns. Thank God for the people who had the gift of putting together this wonderful hymnal. ... Read more


    120. Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science
    by Bob Katz
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    Catlog: Book (2002-11-26)
    Publisher: Focal Press
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Mastering Audio explains leading-edge audio concepts in an easy-to-grasp, holistic manner, including an ear-opening investigation of the mysteries of jitter, dither and wordlengths, high sample rates, distortion, headroom, monitor calibration, metering, depth perception, compression and expansion, equipment interconnection and much more.Mastering Audio is for everyone who wants to increase their mastery of digital and analog audio: musicians, producers, A&R, mastering, recording and mixing engineers, and students.

    *Outlines the steps taken in producing a compact disc, from creation to final pressing
    *Provides insights to equipment, training, and the business of mastering
    *Answers questions most frequently asked by audio engineers
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Mastering Audio...
    If you buy this book and reread it 4 times, you'll come out better of than buying 5 separate books about mastering. Mastering is a true art and if some book tells you exactly how and where to apply your "enhancements" to improve your sound, avoid it. I've been mastering on the cheap with just a "sound forge" mastering software with a 16bit computer. Working off of old tapes from all the bands I've been in, it's been a pretty steep learning curve mastering these tapes to cd. This book is good as a reference, what you're looking for is easy to find. Dither, wordlengh, editing, compression, reverb and all that other stuff is explained well and provides for deeper understanding when reread. I've got my money's worth and am still learning from it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars REALLY GOOD!!!
    This book is really one of the best on the subject. It may be a little complicated if you don't have background in digital music because all the terms involved, but other than that it's a masterpiece. This book for sure will also be a reference manual for me, not because it's formatted like one, but because it has so many valuable pieces of information. The constant references to further chapters kinda drives you crazy and tempts you to jump to those chapters. All the information is so exciting, I read more than 100 pages non stop... If you're into details and want to learn a few well kept secrets this book is what you should have by your side on your next mastering session.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Stay away from it if you are looking for hard-and-fast rules
    I bought this book after reading many good reviews. After reading it, I would say that it is indeed a very interesting book, there are a lot of "obscure areas" that the author dares to tackle, with a remarkable "scientific" approach.

    BUT, before you buy this book...It's not a "funny" reading, you should get this book if you are already familiar with all the technical subjects covered, the author seems to assume a certain previous knowledge, otherwise you won't go past chapter 1. AND, for all of you cookbook lovers, forget it, you are not bound to find those here.

    That being said, I have it, and I like it. I'll probably re read it sometime in the future.

    5-0 out of 5 stars if you want a deeper understanding of audio
    and a deeper respect for mastering engineers then READ THIS BOOK. this book walks you through the disecting audio to different types of audio. it takes you from handing over your mix to the mastering engineer to what it's going to sound like once it hits the shelf. it's not really a "how to" book. it's a "why you need a qualified mastering engineer" book. don't think you're going to master like bob by the time you read this book.... honestly to really understand what's going on you're probably going to have to read the book more than once. it's a deep book, giving you deep understanding of "the art and science of mastering audio."

    3-0 out of 5 stars Difficult to understand..
    I relied upon the several positive reviews on this book but I was a bit disappointed. Yes, the book does have an incredible amount of information. It does explain very thoroughly all the concepts, acronyms and just about everything else. The only problem here is it's almost too much.

    I purchased this book with the intention of learning how to master properly by using a compressor effectively, making my mix punchier, etc. This book talks about all of those things but in such a round-about way that it's far from a step-by-step guide to mastering. This is more of the history of mastering, how it has changed in the studio, and how you need to be extremely technically proficient to really even follow what he's saying half the time. For example, he breaks out into a long discussion comparing mastering on 24-bit versus 16-bit and how you need to account for differences mathematically, how changing the sampling rate from 48khz to 44.1Khz needs to be corrected,e tc. These are all very valid and useful things to know but I was not able to find any step-by-step tutorials. The reason why they don't exist here is because the author does not believe there is any one approach to mastering, and that there is no magical formula. I can understand that too, but I need something to point me in the right direction. For example, if he told me that cutting ##Hz frequencies and boosting ##Khz frequencies typically provide a "punchy" mix, at least I would have a reference point for what he's talking about. There is simply no such thing here. Maybe I'm asking too much but I really would have liked to have a CD-ROM with examples and explanations of the various tweaks he talks about.

    Overall, this is a good book, but far from a "Mastering For Dummies" type of book. ... Read more


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