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Me: Elton John Official Autobiography
by Elton John

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English

Pages

376

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p><b>INSTANT #1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film <i>Rocketman</i>, to becoming a living legend.</b></p><p>Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.</p><p>His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with song-writing partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation to conquering Broadway with <i>Aida</i>, <i>The Lion King</i>, and <i>Billy Elliot the Musical</i>. All the while Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade.</p><p>In <i>Me</i>, Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble, and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you by a living legend.</p>
Switched On Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters
by , Charlie Harding

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

November 15, 2019

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Pop music surrounds us - in our cars, over supermarket speakers, even when we are laid out at the dentist - but how often do we really hear what's playing? <em>Switched on Pop</em> is the book based on the eponymous podcast that has been hailed by <em>NPR</em>, <em>Rolling Stone</em>, <em>The Guardian,</em> and <em>Entertainment Weekly</em> for its witty and accessible analysis of Top 40 hits. Through close studies of sixteen modern classics, musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding shift pop from the background to the foreground, illuminating the essential musical concepts behind two decades of chart-topping songs.<br /><br />In 1939, Aaron Copland published <em>What to Listen for in Music</em>, the bestseller that made classical music approachable for generations of listeners. Eighty years later, Nate and Charlie update Copland's idea for a new audience and repertoire: 21st century pop, from Britney to Beyonc茅, Outkast to Kendrick Lamar. Despite the importance of pop music in contemporary culture, most discourse only revolves around lyrics and celebrity. <em>Switched on Pop</em> gives readers the tools they need to interpret our modern soundtrack. Each chapter investigates a different song and artist, revealing musical insights such as how a single melodic motif follows Taylor Swift through every genre that she samples, Andr茅 3000 uses metric manipulation to get listeners to "shake it like a Polaroid picture," or Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee create harmonic ambiguity in "Despacito" that mirrors the patterns of global migration.<br /><br />Replete with engaging discussions and eye-catching illustrations, <em>Switched on Pop</em> brings to life the musical qualities that catapult songs into the pop pantheon. Readers will find themselves listening to familiar tracks in new waysand not just those from the Top 40. The timeless concepts that Nate and Charlie define can be applied to any musical style. From fanatics to skeptics, teenagers to octogenarians, non-musicians to professional composers, every music lover will discover something ear-opening in <em>Switched on Pop</em>.
Solid State: The Story of "Abbey Road" and the End of the Beatles
by Kenneth Womack

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English

Pages

288

Publication Date

October 15, 2019

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<p>Acclaimed Beatles historian Kenneth Womack offers the most definitive account yet of the writing, recording, mixing, and reception of<i> Abbey Road.</i></p><p>In February 1969, the Beatles began working on what became their final album together. Abbey Road introduced a number of new techniques and technologies to the Beatles' sound, and included "Come Together," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun," which all emerged as classics. </p><p>Womack's colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for fans of the Beatles. <i>Solid State</i> takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studio, which boasted an advanced solid state transistor mixing desk. Womack focuses on the dynamics between John, Paul, George, Ringo, and producer George Martin and his team of engineers, who set aside (for the most part) the tensions and conflicts that had arisen on previous albums to create a work with an innovative (and, among some fans and critics, controversial) studio-bound sound that prominently included the new Moog synthesizer, among other novelties. </p><p>As Womack shows, <i>Abbey Road </i>was the culmination of the instrumental skills, recording equipment, and artistic vision that the band and George Martin had developed since their early days in the same studio seven years earlier. A testament to the group's creativity and their producer's ingenuity, <i>Solid</i> <i>State </i>is required reading for all fans of the Beatles and the history of rock 'n' roll<i>.</i></p>
Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes: A Step-by-Step, Illustrate...
by Two Knotty Boys

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English

Pages

98

Publication Date

July 11, 2012

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When Two Knotty Boys, Dan and J. D., began teaching rope bondage together in 1999, they discovered that most people learn best when they're shown 鈥?close up, step by step, and repeatedly 鈥?how to tie basic knots and combine them into bondage techniques. It is this learning process that they duplicate in this book. With the help of world-renowned photographer Larry Utley, they use over 750 photos and captions to explicate the soup-to-nuts techniques for turning great knots into great bondage that is safe, sensual, attractive, and effective. Readers can learn at their own pace, review whole techniques at a single glance, or even lay it flat on the table (beside their blindfolded partner) and follow along as they tie. <i>Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes</i> appeals to those interested in improving the quality of their sex lives, not to mention aficionados of bondage and discipline/sadomasochism (BDSM), both curious newcomers and serious players alike.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock...
by David Browne

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English

Pages

470

Publication Date

April 02, 2019

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<b>"In what is the most comprehensive biography of the group to date, Browne compiles a fun and fast-paced music history.... an authoritative chronicle." --<i>Publishers Weekly</i><br /></b><b><br /></b><b>The first and most complete narrative biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, by acclaimed music journalist and <i>Rolling Stone</i> senior writer David Browne</b><br /><br /> Even in the larger-than-life world of rock and roll, it was hard to imagine four more different men. David Crosby, the opinionated hippie guru. Stephen Stills, the perpetually driven musician. Graham Nash, the tactful pop craftsman. Neil Young, the creatively restless loner. But together, few groups were as in sync with their times as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Starting with the original trio's landmark 1969 debut album, the group embodied much about its era: communal musicmaking, protest songs that took on the establishment and Richard Nixon, and liberal attitudes toward partners and lifestyles. Their group or individual songs--"Wooden Ships," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "After the Gold Rush," "For What It's Worth" (with Stills and Young's Buffalo Springfield), "Love the One You're With," "Long Time Gone," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Southern Cross"--became the soundtrack of a generation. <br /><br /> But their story would rarely be as harmonious as their legendary and influential vocal blend. In the years that followed, these four volatile men would continually break up, reunite, and disband again--all against a backdrop of social and musical change, recurring disagreements and jealousies, and self-destructive tendencies that threatened to cripple them both as a group and as individuals.<br /><br /> In <i>Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup</i>, longtime music journalist and <i>Rolling Stone</i> writer David Browne presents the ultimate deep dive into rock and roll's most musical and turbulent brotherhood on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Featuring exclusive interviews with David Crosby and Graham Nash along with band members, colleagues, fellow superstars, former managers, employees, and lovers-and with access to unreleased music and documents--Browne takes readers backstage and onstage, into the musicians' homes, recording studios, and psyches, to chronicle the creative and psychological ties that have bound these men together--and sometimes torn them apart. This is the sweeping story of rock's longest-running, most dysfunctional, yet pre-eminent musical family, delivered with the epic feel their story rightly deserves.
Elegant Pie: Transform Your Favorite Pies into Works of Art
by Karin Pfeiff-Boschek

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English

Pages

180

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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Everyone knows that serving a pie for dessert makes guests happy. And serving one with a beautifully designed crust that makes guests swoon is even better. Pies are easy to make as stunningly attractive as the most decorative cakes using some basic techniques and the appropriate care when working with pie dough.<br /><br />The recipes and techniques presented in this book give any home baker the tools they need to create breathtaking works of pie art. From preparation of the dough to the last moments of baking, all methods are clearly presented using step-by-step photographs. A flat surface, rolling pin, sharp knife, different size and shaped cookie cutters make embellishing an ordinary pie crust easy. The 25 designs, arranged by three levels of difficulty, range from graphic art styles to seasonal-inspired florals.<br /><br />Beautifully decorated pies are a hit on social media, and until now there has not been a book on how to create these stunning works of edible art. Karin Pfeiff-Boschek is a master pie designer and explains in detail her textile-based methods used to reproduce her most popular top crust works of art.<br />聽
High School
by , Tegan Quin

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English

Pages

361

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><b>From the iconic musicians Tegan and Sara comes a memoir about high school, detailing their first loves and first songs in a compelling look back at their humble beginnings</b><br /><i></i><br /><i>High School</i> is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, who grew up at the height of grunge and rave culture in the nineties, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents鈥?divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan's and Sara鈥檚 points of view, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendship they explored in their formative years. </p><p>A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, <i>High School </i>captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from each another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara.</p>
Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter
by Randy Schmidt

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English

Pages

392

Publication Date

May 17, 2010

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<p>An intimate profile of one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century, this first full-length biography of Karen Carpenter details every aspect of her life, from her modest Connecticut upbringing and her rise to stardom in southern California to the real story of her tragic, untimely death. This illuminating depiction of a 1970s icon covers her time as lead singer of the Carpenters鈥攖he top-selling American musical act of the decade鈥攁nd provides insight into their string of 16 consecutive top-20 hits, including "Close to You,"聽"We've Only Just Begun," "Top of the World,"聽and "Superstar," as well as a critical review of her aborted solo career.<i> </i>A behind-the-scenes look into the life of a superstar, from the prolific recordings and the relentless touring to the awards, fame, and fortune, this history also chronicles her struggle with anorexia nervosa and gives important new details from her autopsy that shed new light on her death at age 32. Groups such as Sonic Youth and the Corrs and artists including k. d. lang and Madonna have cited Karen Carpenter among their major influences, and this definitive biography, based on exclusive interviews with nearly 100 of聽her friends and associates, is a testament to her brief yet remarkable life.</p>
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild--Creating a Champion
by Dark Horse Books

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English

Pages

424

Publication Date

November 20, 2018

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<b><b>This oversized hardcover is the ultimate companion to the award-winning video game</b><b><i> The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild</i></b><b> and includes material from its DLC packs. Witness the making of a champion!</b></b><br /><br /><b>This book features:</b><br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅?lt;b>Nearly 50 pages of sketches and official illustrations from Takumi Wada</b><br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅?lt;b>296 Pages of design artwork and commentary about the making of the game from creators</b><br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅?lt;b>55 Page historical section that divulges an in-depth history of the Hyrule of </b><b><i>Breath of the Wild</i></b><b>.</b><br /><br />聽聽鈥⒙犅?lt;b>Interviews with key members of the development team including Hidemaro Fujibayashi, Satoru Takizawa, Takumi Wada, and Eiji Aonuma</b><br /><br /><b>Make sure to check out the other installments in this unparalleled collection of historical information on </b><b><i>The Legend of Zelda</i></b><b> franchise with the </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> best selling </b><b><i>The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia</i></b><b>, </b><b><i>The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts</i></b><b>, and </b><b><i>The Legend of Zelda: Encyclopedia</i></b><b> which detail the first 30 years of this historic video game franchise! </b>
ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your...
by , Jonathan Melber

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English

Pages

369

Publication Date

March 05, 2009

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The definitive, must-have guide to pursuing an art career鈥攖he fully revised and updated edition of <i>Art/Work</i>, now in its fourteenth printing, shares the tools artists of all levels need to make it in this highly competitive field.<br /><br />Originally published in 2009, <i>Art/Work</i> was the first practical guide to address how artists can navigate the crucial business and legal aspects of a fine art career. But the rules have changed since then, due to the proliferation of social media, increasing sophistication of online platforms, and ever more affordable digital technology. Artists have never had to work so hard to distinguish themselves鈥攊ncluding by making savvy decisions and forging their own paths. Now Heather Bhandari, with over fifteen years of experience as a director of the popular Chelsea gallery Mixed Greens, and Jonathan Melber, a former arts/entertainment lawyer and director of an art e-commerce startup, advise a new generation of artists on how to make it in the art world.<br /> <br />In this revised and updated edition, Bhandari and Melber show artists how to tackle a host of new challenges. How do you diversify income streams to sustain a healthy art practice? How can you find an alternative to the gallery system? How do you review a license agreement? What are digital marketing best practices? Also included are new quotes from over thirty arts professionals, updated commission legal templates, organizational tips, tax information, and advice for artists who don鈥檛 make objects. An important resource for gallerists, dealers, art consultants, artist-oriented organizations, and artists alike, <i>Art/Work</i> is the resource that all creative entrepreneurs in the art world turn to for advice.

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