Hit Me Fred

  • Filename: hit-me-fred.
  • ISBN: 0822329093
  • Release Date: 2002-09-25
  • Number of pages: 326
  • Author: Fred Wesley
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



The legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician who played with James Brown moves from sideman to center stage in this loving tribute to a seminal but often overlooked force in American music. (Performing Arts)

Hit Me Fred

  • Filename: hit-me-fred.
  • ISBN: 082238695X
  • Release Date: 2002-09-25
  • Number of pages: 342
  • Author: Fred Wesley
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



With Hit Me, Fred, sensational sideman Fred Wesley Jr. moves front and center to tell his life story. A legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician, Wesley is best known for his work in the late sixties and early seventies with James Brown and as the leader of Brown’s band, Fred Wesley and the JB’s. Having been the band’s music director, arranger, trombone player, and frequent composer, Wesley is one of the original architects of funk music. He describes what it was like working for the Godfather of Soul, revealing the struggle and sometimes stringent discipline behind Brown’s tight, raucous tunes. After leaving Brown and the JB’s, Wesley arranged the horn sections for Parliament, Funkadelic, and Bootsy’s Rubber Band, and led Fred Wesley and the Horny Horns. Adding his signature horn arrangements to the P-Funk mix, Wesley made funk music even funkier. Wesley’s distinctive sound reverberates through rap and hip-hop music today. In Hit Me, Fred, he recalls the many musicians whose influence he absorbed, beginning with his grandmother and father—both music teachers—and including mentors in his southern Alabama hometown and members of the Army band. In addition to the skills he developed working with James Brown, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, and the many talented musicians in their milieu, Wesley describes the evolution of his trombone playing through stints with the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, Hank Ballard, and Count Basie’s band. He also recounts his education in the music business, particularly through his work in Los Angeles recording sessions. Wesley is a virtuoso storyteller, whether he's describing the electric rush of performances when the whole band is in the groove, the difficulties of trying to make a living as a rhythm and blues musician, or the frustrations often felt by sidemen. Hit Me, Fred is Wesley’s story of music-making in all its grit and glory.

Hit Me Fred

  • Filename: hit-me-fred.
  • ISBN: 9780822335481
  • Release Date: 2005-04-21
  • Number of pages: 344
  • Author: Fred Wesley
  • Publisher: Duke University Press



The legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician who played with James Brown moves from sideman to center stage in this loving tribute to a seminal but often overlooked force in American music. (Performing Arts)

98 Funky Stuff

  • Filename: 98-funky-stuff.
  • ISBN: 9781613743492
  • Release Date: 2013-02-01
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Maceo Parker
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press



Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.

Music Makes Me

  • Filename: music-makes-me.
  • ISBN: 9780520268883
  • Release Date: 2011-05-25
  • Number of pages: 375
  • Author: Todd Decker
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press



Fred Astaire is best known for his brilliant dancing in the movie musicals of the 1930s, but in Music Makes Me, Todd Decker argues that Astaire's work as a dancer and choreographer, particularly in the realm of tap dancing, made a significant contribution to the art of jazz.

Party Music

  • Filename: party-music.
  • ISBN: 9781613744956
  • Release Date: 2013-10-01
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Rickey Vincent
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press



Party Music explores the culture and politics of the Black Power era of the late 1960s, when the rise of a black militant movement also gave rise to a “Black Awakening” in the arts--and especially in music. Here Rickey Vincent, the award-winning author of Funk, explores the relationship of soul music to the Black Power movement from the vantage point of the musicians and black revolutionaries themselves. Party Music introduces readers to the Black Panther's own band, the Lumpen, a group comprised of rank-and-file members of the Oakland, California-based Party. During their year-long tenure, the Lumpen produced hard-driving rhythm-and-blues that asserted the revolutionary ideology of the Black Panthers. Through his rediscovery of the Lumpen, and based on new interviews with Party and band members, Vincent provides an insider's account of black power politics and soul music aesthetics in an original narrative that reveals more detail about the Black Revolution than ever before. Rickey Vincent is the author of Funk: The Music, The People, and the Rhythm of the One, and has written for the Washington Post, American Legacy, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Hit Men

  • Filename: hit-men.
  • ISBN: 9780307802088
  • Release Date: 2011-09-14
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Author: Fredric Dannen
  • Publisher: Anchor



Copiously researched and documented, Hit Men is the highly controversial portrait of the pop music industry in all its wild, ruthless glory: the insatiable greed and ambition; the enormous egos; the fierce struggles for profits and power; the vendettas, rivalries, shakedowns, and payoffs. Chronicling the evolution of America's largest music labels from the Tin Pan Alley days to the present day, Fredric Dannen examines in depth the often venal, sometimes illegal dealings among the assorted hustlers and kingpins who rule over this multi-billion-dollar business. Updated with a new last chapter by the author.

How to Marry a Million Dollar Man

  • Filename: how-to-marry-a-million-dollar-man.
  • ISBN: 9781480498044
  • Release Date: 2014-04-01
  • Number of pages: 180
  • Author: ArLynn Leiber Presser
  • Publisher: Open Road Media



HOW TO MARRY…A MILLION-DOLLAR MAN, originally published under the byline Vivian Leiber Clarissa Shaughnessy is a single mother with a seven-year-old son, not enough money and a plan: find and marry a man worth at least a million dollars. She does her research, schemes to crash the “right” tony parties and is determined not to fall in love with a sexy, penniless guy who just happens to be courting her intensely. Conor James is smitten from the beginning, loves Clarissa’s adorable son and thinks she is way too far gone in her search for financial security. But how is he going to convince her to give in to passion when sense tells her that wealth is the answer? He must overcome her practical instincts, heal a heart that’s been hurt too many times and prove once again that love does conquer all.

A Man Called Ove

  • Filename: a-man-called-ove.
  • ISBN: 9781476738031
  • Release Date: 2014-07-15
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Fredrik Backman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



Read the New York Times bestseller that has taken the world by storm! Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time? Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations. A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others. “If there was an award for ‘Most Charming Book of the Year,’ this first novel by a Swedish blogger-turned-overnight-sensation would win hands down” (Booklist, starred review).

Fred and Ted s Road Trip

  • Filename: fred-and-ted-s-road-trip.
  • ISBN: 9780375898549
  • Release Date: 2011-05-24
  • Number of pages: 48
  • Author: Peter Eastman
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers



Fred and Ted—beloved canine stars of P.D. Eastman's Big Dog . . . Little Dog and son Peter Eastman's Fred and Ted Go Camping and Fred and Ted Like to Fly—are on the move once again in Fred and Ted's Road Trip, the 100th Beginner Book published since Dr. Seuss launched the series in 1957 with The Cat in the Hat. In their latest adventure, Fred and Ted pack a picnic basket, jump in their cars, and hit the open road—but as usual, things don't go as the doggy duo plan. They encounter muddy roads, thunder and lightning, tire-piercing cacti, and overenthusiastic tire inflating that almost sends Fred into orbit! Perfect for P. D. Eastman fans, dog lovers, and families on car trips, this is a beginner reader that harkens back to the best of the Beginner Books edited by the Good Doctor himself. Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning. From the Hardcover edition.

Fred Stays With Me

  • Filename: fred-stays-with-me.
  • ISBN: 9780316055215
  • Release Date: 2008-12-14
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Nancy Coffelt
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers



Told from the point of view of a young child whose parents are divorced, Fred Stays with Me follows a girl and her dog, Fred, from one parent's house to the other's, giving her a sense of continuity and stability. With a simple text and childlike language, the story expresses and addresses a child's concerns, highlights the friendship between child and pet, presents a common ground for the parents, and resolves conflict in a positive way. Tricia Tusa's charming and whimsical artwork adds a light, happy feel to this poignant--but not overly sentimental--story.

Music Makes Me

  • Filename: music-makes-me.
  • ISBN: 9780520950061
  • Release Date: 2011-06-24
  • Number of pages: 392
  • Author: Todd Decker
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press



Fred Astaire: one of the great jazz artists of the twentieth century? Astaire is best known for his brilliant dancing in the movie musicals of the 1930s, but in Music Makes Me, Todd Decker argues that Astaire’s work as a dancer and choreographer —particularly in the realm of tap dancing—made a significant contribution to the art of jazz. Decker examines the full range of Astaire’s work in filmed and recorded media, from a 1926 recording with George Gershwin to his 1970 blues stylings on television, and analyzes Astaire’s creative relationships with the greats, including George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, and Johnny Mercer. He also highlights Astaire’s collaborations with African American musicians and his work with lesser known professionals—arrangers, musicians, dance directors, and performers.

Hit Me with Your Best Shot

  • Filename: hit-me-with-your-best-shot.
  • ISBN: 0811861406
  • Release Date: 2008-04-30
  • Number of pages: 160
  • Author: Raina Lee
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books



When karaoke calls, get ready to steal the show. Karaoke Queen Raina Lee helps beginners and veterans conquer stage fright, pick songs to showcase vocal talent (or disguise a lack thereof), and master their moves (mic twirls, Mick Jagger kicks, etc.). She turns what can be a terrifying social rite of passage into a party no one wants to miss. With lists of the best songs for all occasions, advice from World Karaoke Champions, awesome hand-drawn typography and illustrations, plus party scene snapshots of people singing their hearts out, this pocket-size resource will turn up the volume on happy hour. Rock on.

They Call Me Fred the Landlord

  • Filename: they-call-me-fred-the-landlord.
  • ISBN: 1552122328
  • Release Date: 1999-01-01
  • Number of pages: 290
  • Author: Fred Miller
  • Publisher: Trafford



A hilarious and true look at the life of a landlord. Fred Miller was your typical beer drinking, pizza eating bachelor until one day he became a Landlord. This lapse in judgement had 12 years of disaster written all over it. You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll scream "I don't believe it" but unfortunately for Fred... it was all true! There is something for everyone in this book -- whether you are dealing with banks, lawyers, real estate agents, appliances, City Hall, tenants, illegal suites, golf, fishing, Morning Glory or Revenue Canada, it's all here.

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