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161. Family Songbook
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162. The Art of Mixing (Mix Pro Audio
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163. Electric Guitars: The Illustrated
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164. Passion: A New Musical : Vocal
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161. Family Songbook
by Readers Digest Editors
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Asin: 0895770024
Catlog: Book (1969-06-01)
Publisher: Readers Digest
Sales Rank: 70383
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of Condensed Songs
I quit piano lessons in the eighth grade (the familiar story of the indimidating piano teacher) but I kept playing on my own all through high school and this is the book I played over and over. It has a fantastic overview of many American musical genres of the first half of the 20th century, occasionally dipping slightly back to the late 19th.

The arrangements are fairly easy to play for the intermediate piano player yet they sound deceptively impressive. Guitar chords are also present.

The only reason I didn't give it a five-star rating is that, in keeping with the Reader's Digest tradition, this book is condensed; only the choruses of the songs are present. Having grown up with this book, I had no idea that most of these songs had verses not included here. So if you need the entire song, this book won't help you. But if you want a great, playable overview of American songs from the 20th century, then this book is a good choice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great chording
This is a great songbook for the indtermediate player. The arrangements are full of wonderful rich harmony chording that is not hard to follow. I love a great deminished 7th chord and this book has it. I own five of the Readers Digest song books and whish I had more. In particular I would suggest "The Treasury of Great Showtunes" from this same series.

4-0 out of 5 stars Has a lot of standards, but arrangements are pretty simple
I bought this because I wanted a book that had a lot of the standards. It does. I like to play and sing with my kids (toddlers) and with extended family on different occaisions. I like that it has different holiday songs, ("When Irish Eyes are Smilin'") some patriotic stuff ("America") and plain old songs ("By the light of the Silvery Moon." ) I do wish that the arrangements were a little more difficult...I am not really a great player (one year of lessons in Junior High) but I found myself putting in extra chords and endings. But I am not sophisticated enough to really know what I am doing here, so I have to make it up. Some of the the Gershwin stuff was better, but still cut down. I would call it just beyond beginner. It reminds me of the kind of stuff you hear kids play at piano lessons (year 2). Still, even I am confortable with adding a little here and there, so you can too. OR if you just want to open the page and play a whole new song with few or no mistakes, a novice will like it. Plus it has many songs you would like in an anthology and a nice spiral-like binding--hence the 4 stars above. Overall, a nice book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Book is okay if you are looking for "I only have eyes for U
I didn't know what was in this book because it was shrink-wrapped at Borders but took a chance b/c it was on sale. It is NOT for beginners. I was looking for a book with fun songs for me to play on the piano w/my 2.5 year old daughter, but this is not what we were looking for! It may be what you want though.

Here's the contents: There are 8 categories of songs: Down Memory Lane (Roaring 20s, World War I, Jazz Age), All-Time Broadway Hit Parade (Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter), Great Music from the Movies (Dick Powell, Humphrey Bogart), Swing Years (late 30s and early 40s, Louis Armstrong, Guy Lombardo), Treasury of Operetta & Semi-Classical Hits (Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg), Gaslight Varieties, Greensleeves, and Music to Lift the Spirits (anthems, hymns).

The book says each song has been arranged for piano, guitar and organ. It says the arrangements can be easily adapted to any treble-clef C instrument such as accordion, chromatic harmonica, violin, flute, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, recorder, marimba and xylophone.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great songs, simpler arrangements.
An excellent book. But we love better the (what I think is the original version of it), 'Family Songbook, 137 songs to play and sing' by Tony Fiyalko. We love it better because the arrangements are more complex and exciting - more like what the big bands play, yet not that much harder to play. As the song selection in the two books is almost identical, both are superb. Actually, a couple of the songs are exactly the same arrangment. The worst thing about having both books is the occasional key changes from book to book - it hurts my fingers.

This is a very good book - like all of the Reader Digest song books. It only looses marks because of the direct comparison to Tony Fiyalko's book, which is also available in paperback on Amazon.com. ... Read more


162. The Art of Mixing (Mix Pro Audio Series)
by David Gibson, George Petersen
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Asin: 0918371171
Catlog: Book (1997-07-01)
Publisher: Artistpro
Sales Rank: 49292
Average Customer Review: 3.63 out of 5 stars
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This colorful book uses extensive visual representations to explain how to create every style of music mix. It's an in-depth exploration into the aesthetics of what makes a great mix in a simple, visual manner. Gibson has mapped out everything that can be done to create various effects in all standard mixes, including details on most styles, from bluegrass to big band, new age to heavy metal, classical to hip-hop, jazz to rap, and alternative rock to techno. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in gold
This book has an amazing and unique approach to mixing, by using visualization. It has LOTS of illustrations and is very clear, concise, and just totally chock full of useful information. If your mixes are muddy, pick this one up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers
This answered many questions for me about mixing. How to eq guitars, drums, vocals, bass; how to use compression, etc. The visualizations are cool, and a quick way to identify with the way you might want to mix different song. The pictures show panning positions, volumes, etc. It is genious because the only other way to explain it is to sit right here by me and listen through my monitors at something I've recorded. It's still up to you to train your ear and try some things. If you don't have monitors, none of this will make sense to you, but is still a good reference with specific examples and settings. This is really everything you need if you have been recording and want to get better mixes than you have been. Whether you use Cakewalk, or multitrack and rack/stomp box effects you can learn how to do it the right way from this. It's saved me a bunch of money because I found that I have everything I need and don't need maximizers and other expensive equipment and plug ins that do simple things you could do if you knew how to use what you have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners
This book is great for someone who has not done a lot of mixing before. It explains how to visualize your mix and how to create something that sounds good. Everyone knows a good mix when they hear it, but it's hard to create one if you don't know what you're doing. This book explains the 3 dimensions to your mix and how to work with them. It's a real eye opener for anyone who is just starting out.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not Worth The Money
...What I will say is that the advice given in this book is, in no way, worth the price if the book. The information is far too basic and is presented over and over again until the reader is completely turned-off by the whole concept. In short, we are asked to visually represent a mix in terms of volume, panning, and frequency. This is done with a basic X-Y-Z axis and a series of colored spheres representing the different instruments. That covers about 5 pages. Throughout the rest of the book , we are hit with what seems like hundreeds of these same graphs, each representing examples of different mixes. The problem is, they do not teach us anything other than "every mix is different". To me, that's just not enough.

In short, the basic theory is good, but it is more geared toward a magazine article than to an entire book. By making the concept into a book, we are presented with a lot of over-priced fluff which, in reality, detracts from the fact that the basic theory makes sense...

5-0 out of 5 stars Waching tv with your ears!
Is a good book for beginner to mixing, it has shown you how to get things sounding like in a professional mix! The examples for styles are visual (very refreshing look) and is very usefull because when you planifica a mixdown you think inside the head or write draws on a paper with any instrument on your recording. That is what wizard Gibson made. The book give you a solid foundation to create your own style of mixdown, becuase is an art. If you want to about mixing fast, then this is the book for you!... ... Read more


163. Electric Guitars: The Illustrated Encyclopedia
by Tony Bacon, Dave Burrluck, Paul Day, Michael Wright
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Asin: 1571452818
Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (CA)
Sales Rank: 21035
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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From the award winning team that produced the best selling Ultimate Guitar Book comes the most comprehensive book about the electric guitar.Its A-to-Z format covers more than 120 makers from around the world and details their successes and failures through 1,200 unique color, studio quality photographs.The book focuses on the iconic electric guitar with an introduction that places the electric guitar in a historical context, running from early acoustic instruments in the 16th century to amplification experiments in the 1930's.The main body of the book is the A-to-Z of brands, covering the key 65-year period from 1935 to 2000. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Were ealier guitar strings really made out of cat guts????
Were ealier guitar strings really made out of cat guts???
Electric Guitars Encyclopedia by Tony Bacon
Date Published: 1939
It is about every guitar you could think of. It is about they are made of. It also mentions some of the famous people who play them.
Some earlier guitars were made out of cat guts.
If you like guitars or if you like reading real or nonfiction books than you might like this book. Or if you like guitars than you just might like reading this book.
If you really like guitars than I would give this book a 7 out of 10. If you are not really in to them then I would give this a 3 out of 10.

Electric Guitars Encyclopedia by Tony Bacon
Date Published: 1939
It is about every guitar you could think of. It is about they are made of. It also mentions some of the famous people who play them.
Some earlier guitars were made out of cat guts.
If you like guitars or if you like reading real or nonfiction books than you might like this book. Or if you like guitars than you just might like reading this book.
If you really like guitars than I would give this book a 7 out of 10. If you are not really in to them then I would give this a 3 out of 10.

5-0 out of 5 stars A guitar lover's dream book.
Bought this as a gift for a brother-in-law...after reviewing it, I've got to have my own copy. Not only great pictures of guitars but very interesting commentary. Guitar brands are in alphabetical order so it's easy to look up a particular model...many I've never heard of. I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book rocks!
I got this book as a gift and I can't stop looking through it. It has great historical info on the electric guitars and lots of beautiful photos of various models, odd and not so odd. I'm surprised at how many rock legends contributed their axes to be photographed for this publication, the Beatles, and many more are included in this feast for guitar lovers.

I'm impressed, I only wish it was three feet thick...

5-0 out of 5 stars A good coffee table tome
Given as a gift to my little bro', he seems to enjoy it thouroughly, nice pics, high quality, a good gift for guitar fans.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy for the Guitar Lover
This book has the greatest wealth of quality guitar pictures of any "coffee table" guitar book I have yet seen. As a bonus, there is a quite good history of a large number of guitar companies, from obscure to famous. I found that it leaned a little too heavily towards a few top brands (ie: 34 pictures of Fender Stratocasters), but others may find this to be a plus. I would rather have seen more equal space given to brands like Peavey, Yamaha and Ibanez, who have also produced a large variety of great electric guitars. All in all though, a wonderful book. ... Read more


164. Passion: A New Musical : Vocal Score
by Stephen Sondheim
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Asin: 1576232948
Catlog: Book (1999-07-01)
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Sales Rank: 994471
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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1994 Tony Award Winner-- Best Musical and Score! The titles are: Happiness * I Read * Love Like Ours * They Hear Drums * I Wish I Could Forget You * Loving You * No One Has Ever Loved Me. Includes four pages of color photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bring Sondheim's "Passion" home
I just got my copy of the vocal score of Sondheim's "Passion" and I should say it is a Broadway collector's joy to have one of these. The entire book contains all the music, lyrics, and underscores. An average pianist may find it quite difficult to play the music but when played by an expert it makes it sound almost as if you're playing the entire orchestra! Anyone who loves collecting Broadway music definitely wouldn't want to miss owning a copy of this fabulous musical. This goes better together with the script which is also available from Amazon.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Musical Ever Written
Passion is an excellent show. It won the Tony for best musical in 1994.

One of the things that I find most fascinating about this score is the way it flows from song to dialogue and back again. Songs segue into one another without breaking flow or style. There are no set applause points, no big dance numbers, just a moving, touching story told with some of the most beautiful music ever written for the stage.

If you are a Sondheim fan at all, or if you would like to own an achingly beautiful collection of love songs, this is definitely the score for you. ... Read more


165. Songbook
by Nick Hornby
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Asin: 1573223565
Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Sales Rank: 4276
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
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"All I have to say about these songs is that I love them, and want to sing along to them, and force other people to listen to them, and get cross when these other people don't like them as much as I do"
-Nick Hornby


What interests Nick Hornby? Songs, songwriters, everything, compulsively, passionately. Here is his ultimate list of 31 all-time favorite songs. And here are his smart, funny, and very personal essays about them, written with all the love and care of a perfectly mastered mixed tape...
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essays on music from a music lover
Anybody who has read (or seen the movie of) High Fidelity knows that Nick Hornby knows his music. Well, he's just proven it again with his writing in Songbook.

Songbook is a collection of short essays describing his thoughts and feelings (often tangential associations) regarding songs by Teenage Fanclub, Nelly Furtado, Aimee Mann and Ani Difranco, Bob Dylan and the Beatles, Suicide, and others. There aren't 31 essays because Hornby often combines linked thoughts about two different songs in one essay. He delves deep into his personal likes and dislikes and, in the process, has produced a book that is almost a "how-to" of cool. He feels no shame in liking pop music, as long as it's good pop music. What that consists of you'll have to read to find out.

If this were just a book about music, that would be good enough for it to find a place on my music reference shelf (where it fits in quite nicely next to my Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll and my Rolling Stone Record Guide), but it's also--as good reviews are--a portrait of the man himself and the state in which he experienced the songs.

Hornby tells us how he doesn't like to listen to depressing music anymore because life's depressing enough--the only people who can afford to listen to it are those to whom nothing really bad has happened to, he says. He also mention how his book About a Boy--which was inspired by, but is not about, his son--led to a song being on the soundtrack of the movie adaptation that somehow managed to be precisely about his son. It's these kinds of musings that give you entry into the mind of an artist and make him into a real person, not just someone who is paid to entertain you. I found that in many ways, I identified with Hornby and the place he was in his life when he wrote these essays. And that made the reading experience all the more real for me.

This paperback edition is lacking the CD that accompanied the hardcover edition, but in its place are five new essays not appearing in that printing, including another about Aimee Mann--focusing on her album, Bachelor No. 2--and an album review of a Los Lobos boxed set that are just as good as the others. Then, at the very end, he lists some particular recommendations that any music fan would do well to take into consideration.

Songbook isn't just a book of music criticism, it's one man's autobiography in time. Pick it up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book by a thoughtful writer
If you're familiar with Nick Hornby, then you already know he's a huge music fan. In "Songbook", he writes short (each one is about 3-6 pages long) essay pieces discussing some of his favorite songs. His selections are unique and his insights are often wry and humorous. He's truly able to explain what these songs mean to him and what music in general means to fans: how it inspires us and informs the other areas of our lives. The book is an enjoyable (and very quick) read. The accompanying "mix" CD features several of the songs from the book and serves as a great introduction to these bands.

If I have a complaint with this book (and it's a very minor one), it's that some of the essays only tangentially explore their corresponding song. For example, the combined Dylan/Beatles essay only mentions the Beatles "Rain" in the very last paragraph of the essay and it's rather glossed over. This is a minor flaw overall, however, and I highly recommend this book to all music lovers. It will make you think about your passion in some new ways and it will also expose you to lots of great new music.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love Music
Hornby loves music. He expresses his love in this short book of essays. When he talks about music, he means pop, but not in the narrow sense of the term. Pop by his definition includes rock, reggae, country, R&B, rap, and so on. Through examining 31 songs, Hornby explores the many facets of pop. Some people would claim that pop is just junk or throw-away music, but Hornby claims this is actually one of the good points of pop music. Pop doesn't reach for immortality because it has the maturity to admit that immortality is impossible. Hornby is particularly critical of classical music. He claims it makes no sense to listen to music that has already been over-analyzed and has had the life drained out of it. There's nothing new to learn or experience. Whereas pop fans will always find something new or refreshing. Fans of pop enjoy the mystery of "figuring out" a song and when they're done, they move on to the next one. The puzzle is never complete. The challenge is eternal.

If you're a fan of music, you have to read this book. Even if you don't agree with Hornby's opinions, you'll think about pop music in a different way. You'll find new life in your CD collection. Rediscover your love of music.

3-0 out of 5 stars Think "Punch the Clock", not "Imperial Bedroom"....
I like Nick Hornby a lot, but, unfortunately for him, I read "Songbook" immediately after having finished "Mainlines..." by Lester Bangs. To be blunt: Hornby ain't no Bangs. I think it's because he's just too darned nice. Or maybe he just doesn't do enough drugs. Sigh....

4-0 out of 5 stars Great read for music buffs
To be honest, I have not read the work of Nick Hornby but have seen the great films made of his work ("About A Boy", "High Fidelity"). I had read a review of the book when it was released and picked it up just recently and it was hard to put down. As a devoted music collector, this book was right up my alley and turned me on to some music that I never really listened to all that closely (Teenage Fanclub being the most significant example). The book is filled with entertaining essays on certain music that Hornby finds essential. I don't agree with him on some of it but he opens a forum for record shop conversation that one won't usually find at their local chain record store such as FYE. I highly recomend it to music buffs like myself who enjoy good dialogue about quality music. I would love to see Hornby write a follow up to this. ... Read more


166. Gospel's Greatest (Fake Books)
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Asin: 0634004247
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Sales Rank: 199943
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This excellent resource for Gospel titles features 449 songs, including: Amazing Grace * At the Cross * Because He Lives * Behold the Lamb * Blessed Assurance * Church in the Wildwood * The Day He Wore My Crown * Give Me That Old Time Religion * He Looked Beyond My Fault * He Touched Me * Heavenly Sunlight * His Eye Is on the Sparrow * Holy Ground * How Great Thou Art * I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy * I Saw the Light * I'd Rather Have Jesus * In the Garden * Joshua (Fit the Battle of Jericho) * Just a Little Talk with Jesus * Lord, I'm Coming Home * Midnight Cry * Morning Has Broken * My Tribute * Near the Cross * The Old Rugged Cross * Precious Memories * Rock of Ages * Shall We Gather at the River? * There Is Power in the Blood * We Shall Wear a Crown * What a Friend We Have in Jesus * and hundreds more! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Just beginning
I've had my guitar for a year and could only play a few songs and a few chords because I didn't have sheet music to go by.I broke down and bought a few books, this being one of them.It has helped me tremendously.I was able to pick up on a few more chords and play many more songs.I was also able to easily change songs to a different key to make it more chord friendly and I just did that by playing around with the chords I know.It is definately a good book for beginners who are looking for the old time hymns and gospel songs.I now play my guitar almost everyday and with 2 toddlers that's not always easy, but I really enjoy being able to play songs and sing along.

4-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive mixture of hymns, spirituals, modern
This fake book has a very comprehensive listing of old time hymns, traditional spirituals, gospel songs of the past century and some contemporary praise songs.The type-face is small typical of fake books, and songs are crammed in.Lyrics and verses are included, as well as the chords.There is also a reference of guitar chord finger patterns at the end of the book.The entire book lays flat, having the plastic tabbed binding.Songs are listed alphabetically making them easy to find.Very nice reference, and songbook for all "C" instruments, as well as keyboards, vocals and guitar. ... Read more


167. Counterpoint (4th Edition)
by Kent Kennan
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Asin: 013080746X
Catlog: Book (1998-07-29)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Sales Rank: 50096
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Designed for courses in Music, this established text introduces the contrapuntal style of 17th and 18th century music through analysis and writing.While a limited understanding of contrapuntal elements may be gained through analysis alone, these elements are grasped in a more intimate way through the actual writing of contrapuntal examples. Also, by linking the study of counterpoint to music of a specific period, the text provides a clear model for students to emulate and a definite basis for the criticism of student work. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars recommended
This is the most practical and efficient counterpoint textbook for class room use, the textbook I would use if I were to teach counterpoint in the class room. It is clear and concise and to the point. To gain a broader understanding of counterpoint, I recommend this work be supplemented with Walter Piston's COUNTERPOINT. I also recommend PENTATONIC SCALES FOR THE JAZZ-ROCK KEYBOARDIST by Jeff Burns. ... Read more


168. Contents Under Pressure: 30 Years of Rush at Home and Away
by Martin Popoff
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-30)
Publisher: ECW Press
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169. Ultimate Jazz Fake Book : B Flat/No 240080
by Lennon
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Catlog: Book (1988-03)
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170. Layne Staley: Angry Chair
by Adriana Rubio
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Asin: 0933638132
Catlog: Book (2003-01-27)
Publisher: Xanadu Enterprises
Sales Rank: 28222
Average Customer Review: 2.43 out of 5 stars
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Rock Singer Layne Staley was one of the most private, mysterious and misunderstood performers ever! His story is told by his mother, sister and Layne himself. It dispels the myths about Layne's childhood, his early days in music, and the final, very private years of his life. It contains dozens of never-before-seen drawings, writings and photographs...that all shaped the ALICE IN CHAINS' songwriter/singer who sold millions of CDs...helping revolutionize modern rock. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars It could have been great.........
Well, as a huge AIC fan I have been waiting for this book since August of '01, when I pre-odered it from the books web site. And now that it is here after a few delays, I would be willing to wait a little longer for a more polished product. At times I couldnt determine if I was reading Layne Staley's biography or a essay on my humanities class from college. The author at times also had me confused on the timeline on events in Staleys life. What was nice is that the author was honestly in my opinion trying to tell Layne's tragic story without giving us fans the yellow tabliod crap we are used to regarding stories about Staley. A quick read, and if your a fan I would say go ahead and buy the book. Dont expect a masterpiece, just a decent story about a very talented man who destroyed himself slowly over the last 8 years.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ehhhhh, not too bad, not too good....
Being the biggest fan of Layne Staley, I was hoping for alot more from this book. I understand from reading this, it isnt easy to write too much on him, because he basically was very sheltered and private. I just though there was alot in this book that was just page fillers. There was alot of info that frankly had nothing to do with Layne at all, and lost my interest quite a bit. However, there was some good stuff too, and it was cool just to read some his letters and poems. I didnt learn all that nuch I already didnt know, except for his family life. If your a huge fan, I guess its worth the read, if not, you'll probably throw the book away.

1-0 out of 5 stars What a waste.
I feel sorry for anyone who has already wasted the hour it takes to read this miserably written so-called book. Poorly written, uniformative and incoherent best describe this sorry piece of work. Save yourself the money and just listen to some of the great music Layne, Jerry and the guys made over the years.

2-0 out of 5 stars For true fans only
This is a book you should purchase if you want to take a look at some of the private artworks, poems or photographs of Layne Staley, the 'great late' leadsinger of Alice in Chains. But: it's written by a fan who wants to be in the picture herself. Adriana Rubio is obviously very proud to have had intimate conversations with Staleys mom and sister, and it shows throughout the whole book. Everybody shall know that she has this overwhelming respect for Staley's relatives and their stories. Also, I got the impression that she wrote this book to get rid of her own complexes, comparing Staleys heroin-addiction to her own struggle with Anorexia Nervosa. She places herself too much in front, which is quite irritating after a while. Or, in the words of Layne Staley: "She should write a book about herself". Still, there is the telephoneconversation with Layne Staley and her that is quite shocking for the true fan. I'm still reading the book so now and then, about a year after buying it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Really Bad Book
In less than 200 pagess the author trails off into her own biographical infromation, goats, Cobain conspiracy theories, you get the idea. Poorly written (and printed in large print to beef up appearance of content I presume) and poorly edited (typos). For an individual who had access to a virtual treasure trove of Layne's family photos and early school and artwork, she printed nominal amounts of either, but they are worth seeing. "Interviews" were several hours long with Layne's sister and mother, yet the content was lacking. No light thrown on how or why Staley got so entangled in heroin use. That info. would have been useful. Nor did she reveal much about Demri and how her demise contributed to Staley's self-destruction. Get what you can out of it. . .won't be much. Pics are worth it and the account of her phone conversation with Staley is interesting if accurate. Not much of a biography for a very worthy subject. Eureka! How about Layne's family printing pics and Layne's early school/artwork in a coffee table book and use the proceeds to build/run a school for kids like Layne according to his own solution for how to fix public schools. That would be worth spending money on. The only Angry Chair here was the one I was sitting in as I read this awful book! This book, sadly, was not worth the paper it was printed on. ... Read more


171. Guitar World Presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom (Guitar World Presents)
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Guitar World Presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom. Guitar World magazine and Warner Bros. Publications have teamed up to present an exciting new series. In this book John Petrucci details the patterns and techniques that have made Dream Theater the most amazing and important guitar band of our generation. Includes over 130 music examples, transcribed solos, and techniques to help expand vocabulary, creativity, and chord knowledge. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Clear and helpful
This book is pretty cool. It offers good advice for improving your single-note technique, especially in the realm of soloing. John also presents helpful tips on how and when to use certain modes, along with a couple of demonstrations of each. It's not an exhaustive book on anything, really, but it's definitely worthwhile looking at for players of nearly any level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Goobunny review for petrucci's wild stringdom + audio cd
Wellllll.. like rock discipline, this is a must-have as well. If you're searching for "wild stringdom" on amazon.com, you're probably already familiar with john's columns, so i need not elaborate on them here. My advice is, as i advice on rock discipline, GET IT, NOW!! :) But be willing to muster discipline, that's all you need. This book won't turn you into the guitarist you envision yourself to be unless you put time, discipline and willingness to practice everything AS GIVEN from bottom to top and back, and vice versa, a life time long. BUY IT! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Definately NOT for a beginner.
I've seen it elsewhere in the reviews, and this statement is correct. If you're just starting out in guitar (less than 1 year experience), this is not the book for you.

Ideally the guitarist reading this book should have at least a basic working knowledge of the 7 basic modes (and all the types of chords, scales, and associated arpeggios) , circle of 5ths, and alternate picking techniques.

The book has a ton of great exercieses ( a LOT of chromatic runs) which will help your improve dexterity and 'cleanliness' in picking.

A HUGE bonus is the CD that's included in the back with like 100 tracks, you can actually hear the examples in the book as they are supposed to sound.

If you, as a guitarist, have been stuck in a rut, or are looking to delve into more exotic and cool song structures and such, definately check out this book!

There is so much in this book. I think the best approach is to take it 1 week at a time, and cover a chapter per week. That's what I'm going to attempt!

I myself have been a practicing guitarist since 1996.

Kyle
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5-0 out of 5 stars Vishal
Awesome book for people in the learning curve for lead guitaring. It teaches some really good melodious tunes and concepts. Worth it. I am a big time Satch Fan but this book has TAUGHT me some real good stuff.
MUST BUY

5-0 out of 5 stars This book's way cool!!!!
Whoa dudes, this is the best guitar manual I ever read!! It contains anithing! From beginners' exercises to the solos of songs like "Voices" or "Innocence Faded"! This rocks!!! ... Read more


172. Clay's Way : A Novel
by Blair Mastbaum
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Set against the dazzling backdropof Hawaii's Oahu and Kauai islands, Clay's Way seethes with energy and hormonally charged nihilism. For 15-year-old Sam, a wanna-be punk rocker who writes bad haiku poetry, his middle-class suburban life feels like a prison. Mistaking lust for fate, Sam becomes obsessed with Clay, a 17-year-old surfer, outwardly cool but equally adrift. The violence and tumult of Clay's search for identity propels him, with desperately confused Sam in his wake, through the hardest decisions and obstacles of their young lives.

24-year-old Blair Mastbaum graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in fine arts. He was a fashion model for six years, and now lives in Beverly Hills, where he is hard at work on his second novel.

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5-0 out of 5 stars BEST GAY BOOK EVER
This is absolutely the best book I've ever read about being gay. Except it's not really about about being gay and I think people that aren't gay will love it too. It's so real and not political or chessy at all. There is none of that "coming out crap" and nothing about AIDS. This book is about a really interesting and complicated character that just happens to be gay. I loved Clay's Way. It was really involving and personal. Some of it was really funny. I haven't laughed out loud while reading a book in a long time. It really made me think about love and the importance of connecting with other people. It was cool to read a book that was about a gay character that was sexy, funny and true. I'm going to read it again.

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT AND POETIC
I really loved this book. I've never read anyting I felt captured what it feels like to be a teenager and the feeling of sexual and emotional longing that Clay's Way has. Blair Mastbaum is a great writer. I hope he keeps writing. I think this book is sexy, funny, sad and it really puts you in the heads of its characters. I wish it was longer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read a cool book !
I am not sure how the cover grabbed me, but it did and I am glad it did! Great novel! And Blair Mastbaum's first! I have lived in Hawaii and so I might have finally chosen to buy it for that reason, but the characters are millions of miles away from me. I am 44 years old, and they are below 18 years old. The novel tells a story that is set in a world different from the one of "Will And Grace", and "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy". Being high school aged is different. Clay and Sam, the main characters, are flawed. They could grow up to be well adjusted, but they are trapped in their messed up social enviroments for the length of the novel. Being Gay is hard at that age! Hawaii is an unforgiving place as well, since it is so small. Everyone knows everyone else's business. Going to Mastbaum's web site I was thrilled to see that he is writing a sequel. (blairmastbaum.com) San Francisco has a Gay youth organization called "Lyric" and I think that I will go donate my copy to them. People should read this! Not all Gay teens will become lawyers and rich...they need something that speaks to them as well! ... Read more


173. The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking: How to Play the Alternating Bass Fingerpicking Style (Bk & CD)
by Mark D. Hanson
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By mastering all techniques described in the book, you will be on your way to elevating the Travis pick from a basic chordal accompaniment to a complex solo style! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Get this book if you want to learn fingerstyle!
This book starts easy with basic Travis patterns and builds gradually to harder stuff (two chords per measure, walking, etc.) And the songs are fun to play and sing, you don't have to endure Mary Had a Little Lamb. It greatly helped my playing skills, and I'm now working on his next book, The Art of Solo Fingerpicking. Buy this book, you won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars There are instruction books - and then there's Mark Hanson
If you have been playing guitar for a bit and have learned the standard 5-6 chords, but are no longer satisfied, then this book can get you to the next level.

Fifteen years ago, I picked up this book and tape set after a year of strumming away at Beatle, Dylan, etc.. tunes. It provided a simple and enjoyable entry into learing fingerstyle guitar. I have bought dozens of other guitar books and can say that this one was the best 'teaching' book I read. No jargon, no complicated charts, just a few simple practice patterns and some fun tumes to play. Also don't miss the companion book The Art of Solo Fingerpicking, which picks up right where this one leaves off. I still get a lot of kudos when I play the The Art of Solo Fingerpicking tunes to other musicians. No doubt, the best two book music instruction set I ever bought.

5-0 out of 5 stars A truly ...starter book for finger picking
Greatest book ever if you want to learn fingerstyle. I'm about three quarters of the way through now, and can't believe I'm playing some of this stuff. You have to know some basic chords (open A, D, G, etc.) to get going, and towards the end of the book some Barre chords come into play, but it's nothing too difficult. I just wish I had found this book years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for the beginning fingerstyle guitarist
I picked up the guitar recently after a 20 year layoff and wanted to learn fingerstyle guitar. This is an excellent book/CD combination that helped me reach an impressive level of technique in a short time--at least I've impressed myself. I now have two other Mark Hanson books and am equally pleased with his other publications. I intend to get the whole series. I recommend that you look at Hanson's website for a complete listng of what he has published (see www.accentonmusic.com).

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great book for learning a new technique.
I have tried to play the Travis Style of fingerpicking before. I ran into dead ends with other instruction books on the subject. This book has a great CD to play along with or just listen to. The book is written in an easily understood style of tablature. The songs are great--no nursery rhyme stuff here.
I was able to play some good sounding stuff within a day or so. My spouse came down to my music area and asked what new toy I had bought--because it sounded like I had a different guitar. I have ordered the second book in this series as well as Fingerpicking Noel. This series of instruction books has me so enthusiastic about guitar playing again, that I ordered a new Chet Atkins SST model guitar to accompany me. ... Read more


174. Oxford Composer Companion: J.S. Bach (Oxford Composer Companion)
by Malcolm Boyd, John Butt
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This superb reference work on Johann Sebastian Bach is the first volume in a new species of Oxford Companion that will focus on major composers.Illustrated with twenty-four black-and-white plates, this volume boasts over a thousand alphabetically arranged entries that cover Bach's music, his life and times, scholarship on Bach, and the performance of his music. Readers will find entries on the various genres that Bach worked in (including chorales, fantasia, sonata, concerto, missa), his many individual works (such as St. John's Passion, The Goldberg Variations, Brandenburg Concertos, Passacaglia, Well-Tempered Clavier, The Christmas Oratorio, andThe Art of Fugue), places important to his career (such as Muhlhausen, Weimar, and Leipzig), and important contemporaries (Handel, Rameau, Vivaldi, Telemann, among others).There are also entries on instruments (harpsichord, organ, clavier, and so on), Bach performance practice, stylistic influences on his work, and other biographical details. The book concludes with a family tree, a chronology of Bach's life, a list of his works, and a glossary of terms. Bach was one of the giants of classical music, a composer of astonishing powers of invention. In The Oxford Composer Companion: J.S. Bach, music aficionados will have at their fingertips a treasure chest of information on this major figure. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for Bach lovers
The title and the alphabetical format of this book seems uninspiring, but actually it is a veritable treasure. It has an excellent article or entry on almost anything you might wonder about Bach, and the format lets you just to look up the issue alphabetically. The appendices also ease the effort-- there is a thematic list of all entries, a BWV list with years, a text list of the first lines of all arias/choruses, first performance dates of cantatas... The tone of the book is scholarly but very readable.

So if you have ever wondered what was the trumpet like in Bach's day, the real meaning of well-tempered, who P.D.Q. Bach is, what did Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg do with the concertos, you need to get this book. Indispensable for anyone who has been bitten by the Bach bug; it will appeal to the starter and the expert alike. ... Read more


175. International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers: A Manual for English and Foreign Language Diction
by Joan Wall
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Catlog: Book (1989-09-01)
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A solid foundation for learning all aspects of the sounds of singing, this manual is highly recommended as an aid for singers and teachers. Widely adopted as an auxillary text, the book is designed specifically so that singers can lead themselves through the text. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great IPA for singers
If you want to get to the heart of great diction in singing, you must go through this book carefully and methodically. You will never be sorry you did.

4-0 out of 5 stars A very good way to introduce IPA to young singers
I absolutely love this book. It is by far the best publication I have found to teach young singers the basics of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). I found it very easy to understand and their are excellent charts for easy references. Although there are a few ocassional exceptions to rules that could be more easily explained, the basics are taught well. It receives my highest recommendation as a vocal instructor.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Very Helpful Book for Singers!
This book provides the reader/singer with exersises that will help them with diction, communication, pronounciation, and other techniques needed to be an expert singer. If you want to learn the "rules" of singing correctly--here's a good way to start! ... Read more


176. Discover Your Voice : How to Develop Healthy Voice Habits
by Oren L.Brown
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5-0 out of 5 stars Enormous Information in a Compact Space
This book may look and seem small, but it is enormous inside. I have studied voice for years, as a hobby, and have had coaching and instruction from numerous vocal teachers and choir directors. I'm a stay-at-home-mom who has found myself in the position of not being able to study with a teacher for a while. Yet I wanted to continue to grow as a singer. I thought I might be at the point where I could do some self-study until the day when I could return to my lessons, and came online to find a book that might assist me with this. There were so many titles and authors on singing at Amazon.com. What to choose!

When this book by Oren L. Brown showed up on my recommendations list, I eagerly read the description of it: Professor at Juilliard, hmmmm, that sounds good. It comes with a CD!! Wow, this might be just what I want. ... Eeek, that sounds like a lot, but I just have a hunch this is just what I'm looking for.

I feel very strongly that this was the best [money] I have ever spent. From the very first page, I was learning, learning. The book was jam-packed with valuable information that synthesized all the fragments of learning about the voice that had accumulated with me through the years. Some of my singing teachers, God Bless their souls, had exercised me and arpeggioed me but never had been quite clear what the heck they were doing. My voice seemed to grow and get better, and my understanding about how to use it seemed to improve, but the whole teaching and learning process seemed so mysterious. Maybe in taking the time to explain what was happening, physically and scientifically, it would have taken away from the exercising of my voice and no one could spend that instruction time. But after reading through this book (which I will re-read again and again) I feel I finally understand all that I and my teachers have been trying to accomplish through these years. I have a comprehensive overview of the voice, and feel confident that I will be able to avoid harming my voice with bad habits after reading through this information. I also am encouraged to know that some things I thought were my limitations can be improved by regular practice. All of my teachers told me I had to practice, but no one ever explained to me what to practice. This book provides exercises and gives you a firm direction and purpose to the practicing you'll be doing.

What I really love is the way the author has such a deep respect and regard and fascination for the human voice. He has analyzed what happens when we sing and has explored it physically, metaphysically, scientifically, artistically.

There was improvement in my singing just from being exposed to the concepts in the book.

I read the book first, before I listened to the CD. I had trouble finding time to listen with my children interrupting, etc., so I put it in my car and have been listening there. I was thrilled and overjoyed to hear the author's voice resonate over the Bose speakers in my car. His speaking voice is one of a person who loves voice. He uses his own speaking voice so richly and well. I knew I was in good hands. The exercises on the CD are demonstrated so clearly and beautifully by the singers, with Mr. Brown's comments and explanations. It is the closest I will come to being able to study with a real person at this time when I cannot get to a vocal instructor. I feel that I could not be in better hands.

In fact, after reading this book, I highly suspect that I know a lot more than many singing teachers do about the voice. I really feel that most of what a singer will need to know is contained in this book. I probably will venture out to some of the other hot authors, but I suspect I will find a mere repetition (in various forms or another) of the concepts outlined in this book .

5-0 out of 5 stars A Superior Book
This is quite possibly the best book on the singing voice that I have ever encountered. I say this in light of the fact that I have taught voice for over thirty years, both privately and at the university level. The book is a clear, lucid, and convincing distillation of Mr. Brown's wisdom and expertise. I recommend it to anyone looking for an authoritative and trustworthy approach to singing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Discover Your Voice, by Oren L. Brown
Excellent book for any singer at any level. The techniques described in the book are based on the author's many years of experience in teaching singing at The Julliard School and in the field of voice therapy. The CD included the book fully illustrate proven methods of vocalization. If vocal control, agility, strength, stamina, and health are of importance, I highly recommend this work. ... Read more


177. Wicked - Piano/Vocal Arrangement
by Stephen Schwartz
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-15)
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Nominated for a whopping 10 Tony Awards and grossing more than $1 million each week, Wicked is this year's Broadway smash! A prequel to the all-American classic The Wizard of Oz, this new musical is a character study of Elphaba and Glinda, school roommates who grow up to become the Wicked Witch and the Good Witch, respectively. Feature a special section of color photos from the production, a note from composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and these fantastic tunes: As Long as You're Mine ? Dancing Through Life ? Defying Gravity ? For Good ? I Couldn't Be Happier ? I'm Not That Girl ? No Good Deed ? No One Mourns the Wicked ? One Short Day ? Popular ? What Is This Feeling? ? The Wizard and I ? Wonderful. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great score, arrangements! (melody in the piano part)
After waiting for so long to finally get this book, I've discovered it to be well worth the wait.

Stephen Schwartz is releasing two versions of vocal selections for wicked, this version containing the melody interpolated into the piano part, and another book that is billed as a professional acompaniment without the melody necessarily built into the piano arrangement. This led many to speculate that the "with melody" version would therefore be much easier and less true to the music. Although I haven't seen the other book yet as it has yet to be released as I write this, you should definitely know that this book has not one "easy" arrangement. The arrangers have done a really excellent job of keeping the parts interesting while building in the melody. For instance, "Defying Gravity," the amazing Act-One closing number, is particularly well done, and if you can work through the key-- (it remains, as in the show, in Db) you will be VERY satisfied with the richness and fullness of the sound.

Schwartz has adapted the songs for use as solos or (where applicable) duets, removing longer instrumental breaks, trimming ensemble sections, and providing some new lyrics and endings to make the songs work really well for this new format. This in my opinion is yet another reason to purchase the book, as it gives fans of the show a way to interpret small sections of some of the songs differently.

Sometimes I do wish some cuts could have been avoided (notably I miss the wonderful "We deserve each other" theme that appears on the cast album intersecting "Dancing through Life" and the counterpoint melody "Who's that mage..." in "One Short Day"), but Schwartz is right, it would have impeded the creation of solo pieces to put those in.

The score for Wicked is definitely not to be missed, it really is a must have-- (especially while I wait patiently for the imminent release of the other version of the score!)

Overall, the music is wonderful, the arrangements remain challenging, but are extremely well edited and contain chord diagrams to help you along as well. Well done. ... Read more


178. Then Sings My Soul, Book 2 : 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories (Then Sings My Soul)
by Robert J. Morgan
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-12)
Publisher: Nelson Reference
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Rob Morgan's unmistakable talent for storytelling continues to help reacquaint people with the hymns of the faithful.Then Sings My Soul has sold over 300,000 copies,and it's still going strong!

In Then Sings My Soul Book 2, these devotional-style stories brim with emotion and drama about the people whose faith led them to write the hymns, and about the people whose lives were changed by them. Designed to be personally reflective, these stories speak to your soul and add depth and meaning as you worship God through the beauty of song.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Presents Hymns & Carols in Historical & Theological Context
Robert Morgan has collected the stories of familiar hymns which transcend denominational boundaries. I sang many of these as a youth at Catholic Mass, and later, as I have regularly attended Protestant services. Not only did I enjoy reading the lyrics in the quiet of my living room, but I also learned more about the intended meaning of each song.

Significant Songs (just a few of another 50 I could list)
* "O Sacred Heart Now Wounded"
* "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
* "Joy to the World!"
* "The First Noel"
* "O Holy Night"
* "O How I Love Jesus"
* "I Love to Tell the Story"
* "Beulah Land"
* "Nothing But the Blood"
* "God of Our Fathers"
* "Softly and Tenderly"
* "I'll Fly Away"
* "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"

Christian hymns are part of world music, going back hundreds of years. Whether written by a repentant slave owner or a Catholic priest who believes scripture should be in the common man's language, or as an extension of a theologian's great poetic skill, the stories of the classics are anything but ordinary.

What impressed me was the easy style of Morgan's writing as he explained the theology and origin of the songs. Each song receives one page describing its author and history.

I learned, for example, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" by Ada Ruth Habershon isn't a secular song of generic faith sung only by folk singers, but a rich song of longing for eternity in Heaven specifically for Christians.

I like that Morgan included "Away in the Manger" and other Christmas carols. In the Christmas holiday context, they feel like simple ditties, but reading the lyrics showed me how many started as hymns sung throughout the year as worship.

A downside of the book was the organization. Morgan researched this carefully and grouped the hymns chronologically. Each song gets its own entry. In many cases, specific material was lacking, or, as in the case of the Wesley brothers, John and Charles, many were written by one author. There was only so much Wesley information to spread out over all of their songs. It would have made more senses to collection the songs of one author together, with one essay to avoid this problem.

"Then Sings My Soul" is aptly titled, referencing the famous lyric. It is as instructive as it is encouraging. For me, as I walked through memories new and old, I found that this coming Sunday as I sing these with my fellow parishioners, I will be singing with more soul than the Sunday before.

I fully recommend "Then Sings My Soul: 150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories" by Robert J. Morgan.

Anthony Trendl

5-0 out of 5 stars Nicely Put Together
This is a lovely collection of hymns with a small history of the song and songwriter. It also comes with the music notes for playing as well. Great addition to any library!

5-0 out of 5 stars No Protestant musician should leave home without it!
Charles Wesley wrote over 6000 hymns. One of his most beloved compositions is "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." However, the song would've been different if his friend, evangelist George Whitefield, had not altered the first line from Wesley's original: "Hark! How all the welking rings."

"Rock of Ages" lyricist Augustus Toplady died at the young age of 38, but the song, written in 1776, has survived as a testament to him.

Father Joseph Mohr wrote "Silent Night" due to the fact that the church organ was broken and something was needed for the Christmas Eve presentation in 1818.

Charlotte Elliott wrote "Just as I am" out of despair and hopelessness over her constant ill health. Although she suffered for most of her 87 years, the song served as a beacon to others and probably accounted for her longevity.

"In the Garden" was written as the result of slowly developing film.

These brief snippets are just some of the facts that populate this fascinating book covering the development of 150 hymns.
Each hymn is provided with the background historical information.

The book sports ragged edged paper to give it an air of authenticity to the parchment copies of old.

Author Morgan has a genuine respect for the hymn and has done his research in compiling this notable work.

As a church musician, I am most appreciative.

5-0 out of 5 stars dfern
This is a great book.Written in a devotional style there's just enough information to maybe make you do a little digging yourself.I've had other hymn story books that either had too much or not enough information.This one has just the right amount for me.Another source for hymn information can be found at www.cyberhymnal.org

4-0 out of 5 stars Lifts the heart
I am greatly enjoying this little book. Contains most of the traditional hymns I grew up with in the 1950s and 1960s. The music and lyrics are printed on the left-hand page. The right-hand page contains a short essay giving the Biblical source for the text and some information about the writing of the hymn and its use through the years. I am learning a lot and I find myself singing the hymns out loud morning and evening. A great way to frame the day! Recommended for people who feel the loss of tradition in 21st century worship and for anyone who loves church music. ... Read more


179. The Funkmasters: The Great James Brown Rhythm Sections 1960-1973
by Allan "Dr Licks" Slutsky, Chuck Silverman
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Asin: 1576234436
Catlog: Book (1997-01-27)
Publisher: Warner Brothers Publications
Sales Rank: 246844
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In this unique rhythm section workbook, 23 James Brown classics have been transcribed, broken down into individual lessons, and meticulously recreated on two one-hour CDs. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource for funk musicians
At last I can really see how the James Brown rhythm section material is put together.This is a really inspiring book and CD set.I've given it as a gift to many musician friends, as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent teaching tool for ensemble playing
This is a very complete guide to the workings of one of the great R&B rhythm sections.The book is composed of 23 lessons examining the rhythm grooves for a selection of James Brown hits.Two CDs accompany the book.The lessons are arranged in chronological order by the date the songs were cut. Each lesson has printed material including an ensemble chart and individual charts for drums, bass, and guitar.Both staff and tab are given for guitar and bass.Historical and musical comments accompany each lesson.The CDs include four tracks per lesson: an ensemble track and the three individual instruments played at a slower speed.The mix is very clear and it is easy to distinguish the individual instruments in the ensemble track. While clearly intended as teaching tools, the tracks do have a feel that keeps the music compelling.

In terms of the level of difficulty, someone who didn't know this music might glance at the charts and conclude that the bass parts were (mostly) elementary, the guitar parts only slightly more difficult, while the drum parts combine fairly standard hand technique with advanced kick drum playing.Of course, this is misleading.It takes great timing to combine these parts in a way that has soul, and that's the great value of these lessons.A bass player (guitarist, drummer) trying to play this music has to really understand how he or she fits in with the other members of the ensemble.This is a very successful attempt to spell that out for the player.

One quibble: the organization of the historical material helps support the lessons, but makes it difficult to read as a straight narrative.One request: how about volume two with keyboard and horn charts?

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
This is a great book for any musician, beginner or advanced. It gives Guitar and Bass notation as well as tab, and also drum music. The included CDs make it easier to catch on to the rhythm and learn all the parts. I play bass, guitar, and drums and this books has taught me many useful things in the funk and other areas. Great for anybody! ... Read more


180. Motown : Music, Money, Sex, and Power (Music of the Great Lakes)
by GERALD L. POSNER
list price: $24.95
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Asin: 0375500626
Catlog: Book (2002-12-24)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 77415
Average Customer Review: 2.77 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

In 1959, twenty-nine-year-old Berry Gordy, who had already given up on his dream to be a champion boxer, borrowed eight hundred dollars from his family and started a record company. A run-down bungalow sandwiched between a funeral home and a beauty shop in a poor Detroit neighborhood served as his headquarters. The building’s entrance was adorned with a large sign that improbably boasted “Hitsville U.S.A.” The kitchen served as the control room, the garage became the two-track studio, the living room was reserved for bookkeeping, and sales were handled in the dining room. Soon word spread that any youngster with a streak of talent should visit the only record label that Detroit had seen in years. The company’s name was Motown.
Motown cuts through decades of unsubstantiated rumors and speculation to tell the true behind-the-scenes narrative of America’s most exciting musical dynasty. It follows the company and its amazing roster of stars from the tumultuous growth years in Detroit, to the drama and intrigue of Hollywood in the 1970s, to resurgence in 2002.
Set against the civil rights movement, the decay of America’s northern industrial cities, and the social upheaval of the 1960s, Motown is a tale of the incredible entrepreneurship of Berry Gordy. But it also features the moving stories of kids from Detroit’s inner-city projects who achieved remarkable success and then, in many cases, found themselves fighting the demons that so often come with stardom—drugs, jealousy, sexual indulgence, greed, and uncontrollable ambition.
Motown features an extraordinary cast of characters, including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder. They are presented as they lived and worked: a clan of friends, lovers, competitors, and sometimes vicious foes. Motown reveals how the hopes and dreams of each affected the lives of the others and illustrates why this singular story is a made-in-America Greek tragedy, the rise and fall of a supremely talented yet completely dysfunctional extended family.
Based on numerous original interviews and extensive documentation, Motown benefits particularly from the thousands of pages of files crammed into the basement of downtown Detroit’s Wayne County Courthouse. Those court records provide the unofficial—and hitherto largely untold—history of Motown and its stars, since almost every relationship between departing singers, songwriters, producers, and the label ended up in litigation.
From its peaks in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when Motown controlled the pop charts and its stars were sought after even by the Beatles, through the inexorable slide caused by their failure to handle their stardom, Motown is a riveting and troubling look inside a music label that provided the unofficial soundtrack to an entire generation.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting..but!
This is an interesting book on Motown and Berry Gordy, if this is your first venture into the area. As it turns out, I had first read Berry Gordy's book "To Be Loved" about six months back. Unfortunately perhaps the largest part of this book is quotes from Gordy's book so it is much like reading the Gordy book again. There were a few areas Posner got into, that Gordy did not, but essentially it was a rehash. As far as the overall read, for information gained, I liked the Gordy book better, and I did not feel this book added any startling or shocking insight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Motown: Berry, Relationships, Schemes, & Amok-isms
Books and movies on the Funk Brothers and Motown artists enrapture readers and viewers with Motown's mobilized creativity and the never-again equalled gems. This book, Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power, by Gerald Posner is a great read with a different perspective. It shows the toils, foibles, relationships, un-substantiated schemes, and amok-isms behind the skin of the Motown company ("Beauty is only skin deep." Yawn, yes. But, it is true.). Rather than enrapturing, this book evokes, at times, admiration and, at times, revulsion. The book suggests that Berry Gordy's greatnesses helped build the beautiful Motown and his weaknesses gave Motown cardiac arrest to the abandonment of the Detroit musicians, artists, and the world-wide listening public. The reader infers from this book that Berry Gordy, perhaps alone, landed on his feet - a rich man of questionable conscience with many good people left as his road kill. Read this book (and others) to see whether you share in my perception or not.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sadly inaccurate work
This book was a disappointment because so much of the information was wrong. Page after page this book was loaded with errors that even the casual Motown fan can find. If you don't know anything about Motown, I can see how someone would enjoy it, but why learn about a company with wrong information?

I would recommend the books by Berry Gordy (founder), Mary Wilson (Supreme), Martha Reeves (Vandellas), Jack Ashford (Funk Brothers), Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Peter Rivera (Rare Earth), and others first. This is where much of Mr. Posner gets his information from, before he confused many of the facts.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sad
Rather than concentrate on the music coming out of Motown, Mr. Posner mostly trashes the women at Motown. Does he have a bias towards African American women? He trashes Suzanne de Passe by implying that she had no business skills and that she suffered from a weight problem. He stated that Tammi Terrell was a promiscuous and had a drinking problem (he probably read the book by that woman that claimed to married to David Ruffin). And since he made that statement about Ms. Terrell, why didn't he mention that she was involved with James Brown? Posner states that Florence Ballard had her boyfriend manage her career but he it's obvious he didn't do too much homework because Flo married Tommy Chapman. I guess it suited Posner's frame of mind to make the women at Motown look like a bunch of loose women just to suit the title of his book. The only thing that was interesting in his book is the way Motown ripped off the artists and producers by selling records at a discount so they didn't have to pay royalties.

If you're a Motown fan, please check this book out of the library because it's not worth purchasing.

4-0 out of 5 stars So So book
I really don't know what to say about this book. This book was just a rehash of what we already know from the various stars' memoirs. A lot of what he took was from Berry's book. He did reveal some things about Motown's business practices that were eye-openers. He also talks about what happened to flow and that whole situation was a crying shame. I found the parts about Hollywood Motown to be interesting. The failure of some of their movies just proves the point that everybody can't do everything.

I did read this book, start to finish, in two days though. ... Read more


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