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ACCIDENTALLY LIKE A MARTYR: THE TORTURED ART OF WARREN ZEVON
The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer fun of great music. This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It's arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners’ horizons— it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos. Each entry is passionately written, with expert listening notes, fascinating anecdotes, and the occasional perfect quote—"Your collection could be filled with nothing but music from Ray Charles," said Tom Waits, "and you'd have a completely balanced diet." Every entry identifies key tracks, additional works by the artist, and where to go next. And in the back, indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions.
A collection of wisdom, humor, and tasteless remarks from Vanderbilt University's House Organ magazine: . Every morning when I would leave for work, he would give me the saddest look he could muster. If you know anything about beagles, you know that this is the canine equivalent of the death scene from Camille. When a beagle wants to look sad, he can roll his big brown droopy eyes up at you and pull his ears back, and you will do anything to make him happier. In fact, many beagles earn top commissions in the sales field by giving customers that sad look until they crack and buy whatever the beagle is selling. "I'll buy anything," the customers cry, throwing money at the beagle, "just stop looking at me like that!" . The voice-mail mantra, "Your call is very important to us" is always a lie. If my call were actually important to you, you would answer the phone instead of putting me on hold and playing an orchestral version of the old Buoys hit "Timothy." A portion of all profits from the sale of this book goes to the Jade Pasley Patient and Family Assistance Fund of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Dan Mason is the all-American boy whose dreams are as big as the Chicago skyline. Armed with a ninety-two mile per hour fastball and a raging passion for success, Dan is drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the eighth round following his senior season in high school. Rather than sign a professional contract, Dan elects to take his blue eyes and golden arm south to the University of Georgia, where he meets the girl of his dreams, southern belle Anna Jean Simpson. On the verge of achieving both of his lifelong dreams, pitching in the major leagues and conquering the affections of the beautiful Anna Jean, fate conspires against young Dan, and he encounters a series of seemingly random blows. As Dan endures constant heartache and loss, he struggles with his faith, attempts to repair a fractured relationship with his mother, and tries to hold onto his wife and daughter. When fortune steps in and Dan gets a second chance at life, a strange confluence of events presents him with the opportunity to pay forward the favor bestowed on him by a person he never even knew; that is if he can find the pluck to pull it off.
Rock music has been the principal outlet of youth rebellion for more than half a century, and though rock rebels have been idolized and profiled extensively, their humor has not been at the center of attention. In Rebels Wit Attitude, music writer Iain Ellis throws a spotlight on the history of humor in rock music, and its use as a weapon of anti-establishment rebellion. The performers who are the subjects of Ellis’ study are not merely musicians or comedians—they are artists whose works exude defiance and resistance. Discussing the work of iconic figures as diverse as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, the Beastie Boys, and Madonna, Ellis reveals how issues of politics, ethics, race, and gender, among others, have energized their expressions of rock (and) humor. Rebels Wit Attitude is an entertaining look at some of the greatest rebels in American rock culture and a fascinating history of humor and dissent.
More seriously funny writing from American's most trusted humor anthology Witty, wise, and just plain wonderful, the inaugural volume of this biennial, Mirth of a Nation, ensured a place for the best contemporary humor writing in the country. And with this second treasury, Michael J. Rosen has once again assembled a triumphant salute to one of America's greatest assets: its sense of humor. More than five dozen acclaimed authors showcase their hilariously inventive works, including Paul Rudnick, Henry Alford, Susan McCarthy, Media Person Lewis Grossberger, Ian Frazier, Richard Bausch, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Nell Scovell, Andy Borowitz, and Ben Greenman -- just to mention a handful so that the other contributors can justify their feelings that the world slights them. But there's more! More Mirth of a Nation includes scads of Unnatural Histories from Randy Cohen, Will Durst's "Top Top-100 Lists" (including the top 100 colors, foods, and body parts), and three unabridged (albeit rather short) chapbooks: David Bader's "How to Meditate Faster" (Enlightenment for those who keep asking, "Are we done yet?") Matt Neuman's "49 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth" (for instance, "Make your own honey" and "Share your shower.") Francis Heaney's "Holy Tango of Poetry" (which answers the question, "What if poets wrote poems whose titles were anagrams of their names, i.e., 'Toilets,' by T. S. Eliot?") And there's still more: "The Periodic Table of Rejected Elements," meaningless fables, Van Gogh's Etch A Sketch drawings, a Zagat's survey of existence, an international baby-naming encyclopedia, Aristotle's long-lost treatise "On Baseball," and an unhealthy selection of letters from Dr. Science's mailbag. And that's just for starters! Just remember, as one reviewer wrote of the first volume, "Don't drink milk while reading."
Provides an overview of Dylan's complete recorded work and analyses of each work's place in his career, critical entries on each of the songs, and biographical sketches of the musicians and songwriters with whom he has associated.
A study of Dylan's lyric writing by someone who is,both a fan of the performer and schooled in the,appreciation of poetic expression, this volume,covers everything from the early protest songs,to his more mature look at relationships on the,album Blood on the Tracks. the latter part of the,book examines how the older Dylan created a new,song-writing style - a process that began with the,nursery-rhyme-drenched Under the Red Sky and,evolved via his two nineties cover albums to,emerge triumphant in 2001 on Love and Theft.
Provides selected lyrics of over 1,000 famous songs in the history of rock and roll.
Two wise-cracking cops, Detectives Tibaldi and Nelson, none-too-popular even within their own ranks, are targeted for death, and with a debt-ridden police department unable to provide protection, it is up to them to seek and stop their own killers
Describes and assesses the styles, composers, and musicians of contemporary music
This in-depth, thought-provoking biography is filled with photographs--some never before published--and goes beyond the myth to examine who Bob Dylan really is, and why he continues to fascinate fans and win new admirers 30 years after he burst onto the music scene. Over 200 photographs.
Music critic Michael Gray presents opinionated entries on hundreds of figures, musical works, and other widely varied topics related to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. Also includes the text on CD-ROM.

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