The B Side

The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698172515

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5420

From an acclaimed cultural critic, a narrative and social history of the Great American Songwriting era. Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it’s a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn’t Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but “Come on-a My House” and “How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?” Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? In The B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews—the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert—the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra. The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It’s destined to become a classic of American musical history.

The B Side

The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Riverhead Books (Hardcover)

ISBN: 1594634092

Category: Popular music

Page: 320

View: 9262

From acclaimed cultural critic Ben Yagoda comes an exploration of the art of songwriting and a study on some of the greatest American songs ever written. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews - the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert - the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. The B Side is about taste, the particular economics and culture of songwriting and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty.

The B-Side

The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Riverhead Books

ISBN: 1594634092

Category: Music

Page: 320

View: 5281

From acclaimed cultural critic Ben Yagoda comes an exploration of the art of songwriting and a study on some of the greatest American songs ever written. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews - the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert - the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. The B Side is about taste, the particular economics and culture of songwriting and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty.

The B-Side Diaries

Author: Brian Joyce

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541344853

Category:

Page: 258

View: 7518

Rory is only seventeen years old and six months removed from his friends in Nashville, Tennessee when he receives the news that his best friend Christopher has died-and worse yet, he has been hand selected to deliver Christopher's eulogy. Over the course of one weekend Rory must confront his fears of public speaking, falling in love, growing up, and losing a sense of what he calls home. Wrought with emotion, and fueled by teenaged doubt, friendship, and punk rock music-The B-Side Diaries unravels the truths about not only what it means to lose a close friend, but also the truths about what it means to be a teenager. Told through diary-like confessions from Rory's perspective, The B-Side Diaries is written in a faux-memoir style, that pulls the reader into the mind of a teenager sorting out his life, and coming to grips with his loss of innocence. Think "The Big Chill" for teenagers meets Fat Kid Rules the World.

Just an Illusion -

The B Side

Author: D. Kelly

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544790763

Category:

Page: 290

View: 7769

Synopsis: Three life-altering months ... That's how long it's been since Amelia Greyson joined the Just an Illusion Tour with Bastards and Dangerous. She's made new friends, embraced her past, and even found love. Back on the road ... Following a tragic situation, Amelia is determined to hit the road, put her life in order, and finish the book she was hired to write. Mel's not the only one affected by what happened; the men of BAD are all trying to move forward, not wanting the past to ruin the remainder of their farewell tour. Brother vs Brother ... Tensions are high on the Weston brothers' bus. As each brother settles into their role in Amelia's life, secrets threaten to rip their relationship to shreds. Can Noah and Sawyer find a way to save the brotherly bond they share? Or will the woman of their dreams end up tearing them apart for good? The B Side is the second book in The Illusion Series

The Familiar, Volume 5

Redwood

Author: Mark Z. Danielewski

Publisher: Pantheon

ISBN: 0375715037

Category: Fiction

Page: 880

View: 1250

The Season One finale of this riveting multisensory masterpiece from the visionary author of House of Leaves. The Familiar Volume 1 Wherein the cat is found . . . The Familiar Volume 2 Wherein the cat is hungry . . . The Familiar Volume 3 Wherein the cat is blind . . . The Familiar Volume 4 Wherein the cat is toothless . . . The Familiar Volume 5 Wherein the cat is named . . . The astonishing series about a young girl who befriends a cat hunting humanity continues with Volume 5, and the Season One finale, in which the consequences of how we encounter one another come into poignant and terrifying relief—especially on one September night, when an unexpected phone call demanding the return of the little white cat challenges everything the Ibrahims hold dear. They are not alone. Jingjing must contend with a rival he could never have anticipated, while Xanther must relinquish all she thought she knew as a far greater responsibility is set before her. Light wavers and pomegranates reveal their price as the effects of a great transition start to reverberate around everyone, Shnorhk’s efforts to resume playing music cannot escape history’s ghosts. Cas, in upstate New York, comes face-to-face with her lifelong nemesis in a candlelit rendezvous that presages the international crisis soon to come. As more lines tangle, Özgür and Luther brawl with a future that may have chosen them long ago, and Isandòrno crosses a line that will force him over the border into a country he has until now steadfastly refused. All the while, a terrible power roaming the world continues to grow . . .

The Nowhere City

A Novel

Author: Alison Lurie

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1453271171

Category: Fiction

Page: 344

View: 5368

A young couple from New England’s Ivy League plunges into a culture clash during a year in Los Angeles When his mentor at Harvard University suddenly leaves for Washington, Paul Cattleman finds himself adrift in the wilds of academia. He’s lost his fellowship position for the fall semester, can find work only in what he considers to be intellectual cesspits—schools that would brand the young history professor as forever unsuitable for the Ivy League—and he’s one thesis short of a PhD. Rather than doom his career, he takes a temporary job in Los Angeles, a city whose superficial charms signal an adventure. He is ready to make the best of his year out west. The only thing holding him back is his wife. Katherine is a New Englander through and through, and as soon as she steps into the LA smog, she knows this transition will be a struggle. What Paul sees as fun, she considers vulgar. But while Los Angeles may be a cultural wasteland, this East Coast girl will find that West Coast pleasures can be quite a lot of fun. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alison Lurie including rare images from the author’s collection.

The House of Hunger

Author: Dambudzo Marechera

Publisher: Waveland Press

ISBN: 1478609494

Category: Fiction

Page: 159

View: 6915

This explosive, award-winning novella of growing up in colonial Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), told in exquisite, imaginative prose, touches the readers nerve through the authors harrowing portrait of lives disrupted by white settlers, a young disillusioned black man, and individual suffering in the 1960s and 1970s. Marecheras raw, piercing writings secured his place in African literature as a stylistic innovator and rebel commentator of the ghetto condition. While The House of Hunger is the centerpiece of this collection, readers are also treated to a series of short sketches in which Marechera, with angry humor, further navigates themes of madness, violence, despair, and survival.

The Beast Side

Living and Dying While Black in America

Author: D. Watkins

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1510716408

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

View: 3054

A New York Times Best Seller! To many, the past 8 years under President Obama were meant to usher in a new post-racial American political era, dissolving the divisions of the past. However, when seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot by a wannabe cop in Florida; and then Ferguson, Missouri, happened; and then South Carolina hit the headlines; and then Baltimore blew up, it was hard to find any evidence of a new post-racial order. Suddenly the entire country seemed to be awakened to a stark fact: African American men are in danger in America. This has only become clearer as groups like Black Lives Matter continue to draw attention to this reality daily not only online but also in the streets of our nation’s embattled cities. Now one of our country’s quintessential urban war zones is brought powerfully to life by a rising young literary talent, D. Watkins. The author fought his way up on the eastside (the “beastside”) of Baltimore, Maryland—or “Bodymore, Murderland,” as his friends call it. He writes openly and unapologetically about what it took to survive life on the streets while the casualties piled up around him, including his own brother. Watkins pushed drugs to pay his way through school, staying one step ahead of murderous business rivals and equally predatory lawmen. When black residents of Baltimore finally decided they had had enough—after the brutal killing of twenty-five-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody—Watkins was on the streets as the city erupted. He writes about his bleeding city with the razor-sharp insights of someone who bleeds along with it. Here are true dispatches from the other side of America. In this new paperback edition, the author has also added new material responding to the rising tide of racial resentment and hate embodied by political figures like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, and the impact this has had on issues of race in America. This book is essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of the chaos of our current political moment.

Old Records Never Die

One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

Author: Eric Spitznagel

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698168046

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 756

A Hudson Booksellers Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year, with foreword by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy High Fidelity meets Killing Yourself to Live when one man searches for his lost record collection. As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle-age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely the loss of… something. Freedom? Maybe. Coolness? Could be. The records he sold in a financial pinch? Definitely. To find out for sure, he sets out on a quest to find the original vinyl artifacts from his past. Not just copies. The exact same records: The Bon Jovi record with his first girlfriend's phone number scrawled on the front sleeve. The KISS Alive II he once shared with his little brother. The Replacements Let It Be he’s pretty sure, 20 years later, would still smell like weed. As he embarks on his hero's journey, he reminisces about the actual records, the music, and the people he listened to it with—old girlfriends, his high school pals, and, most poignantly, his father and his young son. He explores the magic of music and memory as he interweaves his adventures in record-culture with questions about our connection to our past, the possibility of ever recapturing it, and whether we would want to if we could. "Memories are far more indelible when married to the physical world, and Spitznagel proves the point in this vivid book. We love vinyl records because they combine the tactile, the visual, the seeable effects of age and care and carelessness. When he searches for the records he lost and sold, Spitznagel is trying to return to a tangible past, and he details that process with great sensitivity and impact."—Dave Eggers, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle

Falling Stars (the B Side)

Author: Jaime Buelterman,J. L. Brooks

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781530586493

Category:

Page: 278

View: 7428

From the Best-Selling Author of Rotten Drugs, Sex & EDM It had all the makings of a perfect plot, and for best-selling author Lila Keaton, it was a hedonistic past she kept hidden far away. Many nights were spent crossing the velvet rope, dancing until dawn and bedding one of the world's biggest DJs, Hunter Michaels aka Arial Assault. When Lila's agent uncovers her thrilling secret, it appears as if nothing is off limits when it comes to pitching the story, whether Lila wants to tell it or not. Despite knowing her reluctance is career suicide, she cannot bring herself to open her heart once more to the man who nearly destroyed it. When Lila is given the opportunity to escape her predicament, Hunter attempts to reconcile the pain he has caused, and rekindle the passion that was abandoned long ago. When a series of events causes history to repeat itself, she sets off unaccompanied throughout the west to test her boundaries with the sensual and surreal, and ultimately comes face to face with the only thing that can keep her from falling.

The Beautiful Side of Evil

Author: Johanna Michaelsen

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 9780890813225

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 222

View: 4667

The last 15 years have witnessed an unprecedented explosion of interest in psychic phenomena. Johanna Michaelsen shares an extraordinary story about how she became a personal assistant to a psychic surgeon and witnessed miraculous healings, yet realized the true occultic source behind The Beautiful Side of Evil. Over 235,000 sold!

About Town

The New Yorker and the World it Made

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0684816059

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 478

View: 2574

Offers a critical and cultural history of "The New Yorker" from its founding in 1919 through 1987, discussing the evolution of the magazine's content over the years and its role in American cultural life

The Illusion Series: Side A, the B Side, Ep

Author: D. Kelly

Publisher: Dee Kelly

ISBN: 9781732639423

Category: Fiction

Page: 810

View: 3872

Bastards and Dangerous has hired Amelia Greyson to write their story while they complete their farewell tour. Things get dicey when twins Noah and Sawyer Weston, front men for BAD, both fall for the author of The O Factor. As Amelia gets to know each brother, tempers flare and sparks fly, but can she make the right choice? Suddenly, life as they know it comes to a halt when tragedy strikes the group, leaving them scrambling to find their new normal. With so much history between Amelia and the two brothers, picking up the pieces and starting anew is difficult. Will she be able to complete their story? Or will she remain lost in the pain, convincing herself all her hopes and dreams were just an illusion? This book includes Just an Illusion-Side A, Just and Illusion-The B Side, and Just an Illusion EP.

B-Sides, Undercurrents and Overtones: Peripheries to Popular in Music, 1960 to the Present

Author: George Plasketes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317171136

Category: Music

Page: 222

View: 9621

There are undercurrents and peripheral taste preferences that are a defining part of our individual and collective cultural experience. Music is no exception. George Plasketes adapts the iconic "A-side/B-side" dichotomy from the 45 r.p.m. for use as a unique conceptual, critical, historical, and cultural framework for exploring and threading together a variety of popular music and media texts. The profiles and perspectives focus on the peripheries; on texts which might be considered "B-sides"”overlooked, underappreciated, and unsung cases, creators, patterns and productions that have unassumingly, but significantly, marked popular culture, music and media during the past 40 years. The underappreciated yet enduring contributions of a variety of creative individuals in music, television and film are a centerpiece of this volume: actress Doris Day's son, Terry Melcher, a 1960s music producer whose imprint is on the surf, country blues, garage pop and most importantly the folk rock genre; Hans Fenger's kid chorus cover project, a musical variation of "outsider art" that became representative of the tribute wave that began in the 1990s and continues today; versatile guitarist virtuoso Ry Cooder's extensive film soundtrack work; World Music "missionary efforts" of American artists beyond Paul Simon's Graceland, including Neil Diamond's precursor with Tap Root Manuscript in the 1970s and the exotic adventures of Henry Kaiser and David Lindley in Madagascar and Norway”to name just a few examples. These B-sides represent undercurrents, but they resonate as overtones in the mainstream of music and culture, many as historical hinges. Collectively, these B-sides are an A-side antidote of outskirt observations, individual snapshots of artists, artifacts and rituals, genres and generations, producers and musical productions in television, film and video. They constitute an important connect-the-dots cultural chronicle with a multi-layered context”social, legal, historic, economic, technological, generational, aesthetic”for interpreting the interrelations between creators and institutions, the music market place, the production of culture and important connections between the peripheral and the popular.

The Sound on the Page

Great Writers Talk about Style and Voice in Writing

Author: Ben Yagoda

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 006186062X

Category: Reference

Page: 304

View: 6144

In writing, style matters. Our favorite writers often entertain, move, and inspire us less by what they say than by how they say it. In The Sound on the Page, acclaimed author, teacher, and critic Ben Yagoda offers practical and incisive help for writers on developing and discovering their own style and voice. This wonderfully rich and readable book features interviews with more than 40 of our most important authors discussing their literary style, including: Dave Barry Harold Bloom Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Bill Bryson Michael Chabon Andrei Codrescu Junot Díaz Adam Gopnik Jamaica Kincaid Michael Kinsley Elmore Leonard Elizabeth McCracken Susan Orlean Cynthia Ozick Anna Quindlen Jonathan Raban David Thomson Tobias Wolff

Plenty More

Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi

Author: Yotam Ottolenghi

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607746220

Category: Cooking

Page: 352

View: 5687

The hotly anticipated follow-up to London chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s bestselling and award-winning cookbook Plenty, featuring more than 150 vegetarian dishes organized by cooking method. Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the world’s most beloved culinary talents. In this follow-up to his bestselling Plenty, he continues to explore the diverse realm of vegetarian food with a wholly original approach. Organized by cooking method, more than 150 dazzling recipes emphasize spices, seasonality, and bold flavors. From inspired salads to hearty main dishes and luscious desserts, Plenty More is a must-have for vegetarians and omnivores alike. This visually stunning collection will change the way you cook and eat vegetables From the Hardcover edition.

Elsa's housebook

a woman's photojournal

Author: Elsa Dorfman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 78

View: 2951


Green Building, Environment, Energy and Civil Engineering

Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering (GBMCE 2016), April 26-27 2016, Hong Kong, P.R. China

Author: Jimmy Kao,Wen-Pei Sung

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 149878058X

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 424

View: 8867

This proceedings volume contains select Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering related papers from the 2016 International Conference on Green Building, Materials and Civil Engineering (GBMCE2016) which was held in Hong Kong, P.R. China, April 17-18, 2016. This volume of proceedings aims to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academics as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in the fields of Energy, Environment and Civil Engineering.