Hard Bop Academy

  • Filename: hard-bop-academy.
  • ISBN: 0634037935
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 179
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation



Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was one of the most enduring, popular, reliable and vital small bands in modern jazz history. Blakey was not only a distinguished, inventive and powerful drummer, but along with Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, he was one of jazz's foremost talent scouts. The musicians who flowed seamlessly in and out of this constantly evolving collective during its 36-year run were among the most important artists not just of their eras, but of any era. Though their respective innovations were vital to the evolution of bebop, hard bop and neo bop, the recorded work of the Messengers sidemen has never been properly analyzed. Until now. Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers critically examines the multitude of gifted artists who populated the many editions of the Jazz Messengers. In addition to dissecting the sidemen's most consequential work with Blakey's band, jazz musician and acclaimed novelist Alan Goldsher offers up engaging profiles of everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Terence Blanchard to Hank Mobley to Wayne Shorter to Horace Silver to Keith Jarrett to Curtis Fuller to Steve Davis. And that's only the beginning. Goldsher conducted over 30 interviews with surviving graduates of Blakey's Hard Bop Academy, many of whom spoke at length of their tenure with the legendary "Buhaina" for the first time. Alan Goldsher is a bassist who has recorded with Janet Jackson, Digable Planets, Cypress Hill and Naughty By Nature. His writing has been published in Bass Player, Tower Pulse, Sport and BasketBull: Chicago Bulls Magazine. Goldsher's debut novel, Jam, was published in 2002 by Permanent Press. He lives in Chicago. Hardcover.

Dancing to the Music in My Head

  • Filename: dancing-to-the-music-in-my-head.
  • ISBN: 9781439153673
  • Release Date: 2009-01-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Sanjaya Malakar
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show -- and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life forever Sanjaya Malakar didn't need to win American Idol to take America by storm. He was just seventeen when his unique style, soft-spoken demeanor, and memorable song selections on the record-breaking show's sixth season captured hearts across the country. In his candid new book, Sanjaya opens up about what it feels like to go from obscurity as a high school student near Seattle to worldwide fame as a top ten finalist on one of the most popular television shows in American history. For the first time, the "People's Idol" talks about life before Randy, Simon, Paula and "Sanjayamania," and offers his devoted "Fanjayas" an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster show. From going to Hollywood with his beloved sister, Shyamali, to becoming the most highly anticipated performer of season six, to facing the unforgiving chopping block, Sanjaya tells his fans everything they want to know. Finally, he shares how his life has changed since he left Idol, and where his music -- and unforgettable persona -- will take him next.

Modest Mouse

  • Filename: modest-mouse.
  • ISBN: 9781466823075
  • Release Date: 2006-11-14
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin



THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR IS SOMETIMES THE WORST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR Unruly and antagonistic, the Washington State rock trio Modest Mouse would seem like one of the least likely candidates for mainstream stardom: Their often brilliant live performances sometimes collapsed into utter chaos. Their highly original, highly off-center songs ran as long as eleven minutes. And their leader managed to raise eyebrows among music writers, law officials . . . and sometimes even his fans. But Modest Mouse persevered. They didn't compromise their original, compelling musical style, nor did they lighten up on the attitude. They just waited for the world at large to catch up. In 2004, with the release of their smash single "Float On," it finally happened. And it was worth the wait. For everybody. Journalist Alan Goldsher uncovers the strange, little-known details of Modest Mouse's rise from DIY indie heroes to platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated international superstars. Goldsher also reveals the troubled background and fractured history of frontman Isaac Brock, a charismatic, cantankerous singer/songwriter who has spent as much time avoiding the media as he has attempting to control it. Thoroughly researched, sharply funny, and filled with more than thirty rare photos, this unauthorized biography shows how Modest Mouse trashed the Behind the Music mold and created their own unique version of the rock 'n' roll, rags-to-expensive-rags success story.

In a Single Bound

  • Filename: in-a-single-bound.
  • ISBN: 9780762756421
  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield



An inspiring memoir of courage, spirit, and determination Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures. A world-class athlete and a celebrated television personality, Sarah Reinertsen not only takes us to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii—she also provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at her season on CBS’s The Amazing Race 10, where millions saw her climb up the Great Wall of China, scale the cliffs of Vietnam, and ride horses in the hinterlands of Mongolia. But In a Single Bound is about more than sports and television. A gripping memoir of inner strength, it’s about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends. It’s about an adolescent girl mustering the inner strength to go stag to her senior prom. It’s about a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

Paul Is Undead

  • Filename: paul-is-undead.
  • ISBN: 1439177953
  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES. For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet. In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

Paul Is Undead

  • Filename: paul-is-undead.
  • ISBN: 1439177953
  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES. For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet. In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

Hard Bop

  • Filename: hard-bop.
  • ISBN: 9780195085563
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: David H. Rosenthal
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand



Devoted to the history of this jazz movement, the study combines a narrative of the evolution of hard bop - from its beginnings as an amalgam of bebop and rhythm and blues to its experimental breakthroughs in the 1960s - with close analyses of the musicians' styles and recordings.

Hollywood Monster

  • Filename: hollywood-monster.
  • ISBN: 1439163251
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Robert Englund
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

The Record Haus

  • Filename: the-record-haus.
  • ISBN: 1413702244
  • Release Date: 2003-07-14
  • Number of pages: 267
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica



YouA[a¬a[re Perry Hardaway. You lead a band. You havenA[a¬a[t been laid in forever. And you assistant manage a Chicago music emporium called The Record HaAA1/4s. Your boss is a freak. Your staff ignores you. One co-worker is a skatekid with a penchant for customer harassment. Another canA[a¬a[t keep his hands away from your tushie. Your band has changed its name more times than itA[a¬a[s rehearsed. Your dream girl is a lesbian. Your love life is a farce. And that record store? ItA[a¬a[s going out of business. In seven days. A comic novel inhabiting the same universe as his acclaimed debut Jam, The Record HaAA1/4s is a melding of Nick HornbyA[a¬a[s High Fidelity and Kevin SmithA[a¬a[s Clerks. ItA[a¬a[s a commentary on the destruction of small businessA[a¬ahow the end of one store can alter the lives of its customers, the neighborhood landscape, and the world of an everydude named Perry.

My Favorite Fangs

  • Filename: my-favorite-fangs.
  • ISBN: 9781250011534
  • Release Date: 2012-08-07
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin



THE HILLS ARE ALIVE...WITH THE SOUND OF SUCKING Maria von Trapp is sweet, innocent, and can sing like an angel. Oh, and she's also a bloodthirsty vampire. When Maria is kicked out of the zombie-infested abbey where she's been residing for the past 612 years, she's forced to take care of the family Von Trapp, a rowdy clan in need of some serious discipline... or vampirification. After Maria turns the Von Trapp children into children of the night and marries the Von Trapp patriarch, the family seems destined for eternal (really, really eternal) bliss. But the Nazi Undeath Squads are on the march, intent on ridding Europe of bloodsuckers. And Maria will have to do everything in her power—supernatural or otherwise—to save her vampire brood. Sixteen going on seventeen members of our legal team have instructed us to tell you, even though it should be obvious, that My Favorite Fangs was not prepared, authorized, licensed, approved, or endorsed by any person or entity involved in the creation or production of The Sound of Music film, or any version of the stage musical. That seventeenth wouldn't take our call because he was too busy drinking his tea—a drink with jam and bread—to weigh in.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD LP and Cassette

  • Filename: the-penguin-guide-to-jazz-on-cd-lp-and-cassette.
  • ISBN: 0140153640
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 1287
  • Author: Richard Cook
  • Publisher: Penguin



Now fully updated--the critically acclaimed guide to the world of jazz on CD Where can you find a complete set of Ella Fitzgerald's many songbook recordings? Who are the influences of Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Joshua Redman? What are the earliest available recordings of trumpeter Chet Baker? Leading critics Richard Cook and Brian Morton answer these and myriad other questions in The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD--the most comprehensive critical guide to jazz recordings available.

How to Read a Poem

  • Filename: how-to-read-a-poem.
  • ISBN: 0547543727
  • Release Date: 1999-03-22
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Edward Hirsch
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture—the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you—has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you." So begins this astonishing book by one of our leading poets and critics. In an unprecedented exploration of the genre, Hirsch writes about what poetry is, why it matters, and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message—which is of vital importance in day-to-day life—can reach us and make a difference. For Hirsch, poetry is not just a part of life, it is life, and expresses like no other art our most sublime emotions. In a marvelous reading of world poetry, including verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, and many more, Hirsch discovers the meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don't know how to read it.

And Still I Rise

  • Filename: and-still-i-rise.
  • ISBN: 9781405526784
  • Release Date: 2013-04-04
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Maya Angelou
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longing, partings; of Saturday night partying, and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. 'The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown/ but longed for still/ and his tune is heard/ on the distant hill/ for the caged bird/ sings of freedom.' Of her poetry, KIRKUS REVIEWS has written, 'It is just as much a part of her biography as I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, GATHER TOGETHER in MY NAME, SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTING MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS, and HEART OF A WOMAN.

Airborn

  • Filename: airborn.
  • ISBN: 0340878568
  • Release Date: 2005-01-01
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Kenneth Oppel
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books



Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.

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