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"There are no definitive histories,­" writes Elijah Wald, in this provocative reassessment of American popular music, "because the past keeps looking different as the present changes.­" Earlier musical styles sound different to us today because we hear them through the musical filter of other styles that came after them, all the way through funk and hiphop. As its blasphemous title suggests, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll rejects the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history. Rather than concentrating on those traditionally favored styles, the book traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies--­including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television --­to give a fuller, more balanced account of the broad variety of music that captivated listeners over the course of the twentieth century. Wald revisits original sources--­recordings, period articles, memoirs, and interviews--­to highlight how music was actually . . .

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David Morrell isnt only an acclaimed thriller author and the creator of Rambo in his novel First Blood. Hes also a former professor of American Studies who writes in-­depth profiles about film and music legends.­Frank Sinatras dramatic life sometimes upstaged his genius. Although he was the greatest interpretive singer of the recording era, some commentators emphasize his boozing, brawling, and womanizing rather than his brilliance as a performer, or else they take his brilliance for granted rather than attempt to explain it. In FRANK SINATRA: THE ARTIST AND HIS MUSIC, award-­winning author David Morrell discusses the talent and determination that led Sinatra to progress from being a singing waiter to becoming the Chairman of the Board. Many Sinatra fans might be surprised to learn that this intensely autobiographical singer had a face that was permanently scarred from birth. They might also be surprised that, despite the legend that he was a “natural” singer, Sinatra took vocal . . .

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The man known simply as 'Enge' by his millions of fans worldwide has sold over 150 million records and is in the for achieving 56 consecutive weeks in the chart with 'Release Me'. From living on the dole and receiving last rites with tuberculosis, to buying a Hollywood palace with a heart-­shaped pool and a fleet of fourteen Rolls Royces, Engelbert wears his 'King of Romance' crown so well that horticulturists even named a rose after him. And the love god has certainly lived up to his reputation, indulging in a string of affairs and one-­night stands, whilst remaining happily married to his first love Patricia. Forty years on from his early hits 'Enge' is still at the very top, selling out concerts across the world, representing the UK at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, and topping the charts in all the major markets. Inspired by the warmth of his millions of affectionate fans and the endless support of his wife, Engelbert shares his incredible life story with openness, humour . . .

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When Genesis announced their reformation and tour dates early in 2007, the shows sold out in just a few hours - proof, if any were needed, that despite being in hibernation for some years, they remain on of the most popular acts in rock music.­Now the band has just three original members; but fans hark back to the golden period of the early seventies, when the ranks included superb guitarist Steve Hackett and above all the charismatic front man Peter Gabriel.­This fully illustrated eBook tells the story of those halcyon days, when albums such as Nursery Cryme, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway and Foxtrot took the music scene by storm, providing five middle class boys from Surrey with critical and commercial success they could only have dreamed about. The narrative tells the fascinating stories of the inspiration behind and the making of those remarkable albums that changed the face of rock music and still provide the backbone of the bands live set to this very day.­The author reviews . . .

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Blesh published They All Played Ragtime as first major scholarly work on ragtime music in 1950, which sparked a ragtime revival. He founded Circle Records in 1946, which recorded new material from aging early jazz musicians as well as the Library of Congress recordings of Jelly Roll Morton. He sparked renewed interest in the music of Joseph Lamb, James P. Johnson, and Eubie Blake, among others.

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The Beatles were one of the most popular bands in the world. Their songs ranged from simple pop to sophisticated rock and roll. This book describes the background of ten of their most popular songs from Love Me Do to Let it Be.

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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-­the top-­selling American musical act of the decade-­and provides insight into their string of 16 consecutive top-­20 hits, including "Close to You,­" "We've Only Just Begun,­" "Top of the World,­" and "Superstar,­" as well as a critical review of her aborted solo career. 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 . . .

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The Black Eyed Peas are one of the super groups to come out of the music world. Their music has become popular in sports arenas, on commercials, and even during presidential elections. Each member of the group is also a great talent in their own right starting out in the business mostly as kids in television shows and other wise. They have even made it so far as to the Super bowl performing to a worldwide audience and have generated record sales both online and offline in the millions worldwide.

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Chronicling the meteoric rise of one of today's hottest music stars, this comprehensive biography of Taylor Swift reveals how she conquered the pop and country music charts, earned a shelf full of awards, and broke multiple chart records—all before she turned 20. Beginning with her childhood in Pennsylvania, the account recalls her early ambition to land a record deal, describing her personal deliveries of demos to Nashville record companies at age 11, her first failed deal with RCA Records, and her ultimate success signing with Big Machine Records. Alongside full-­color photos, the guide goes on to detail Taylor's songs, albums, and tours; friends and boyfriends; and other must-­know facts, from musical influences, duets, and acting gigs to charity work and future plans. This updated edition includes new chapters with coverage of all her recent romances and adventures in the spotlight and a section on Swift’s 2012 album Red . Lively and engaging, this unofficial story gets to the . . .

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Are you a fan of rock band the Arctic Monkeys? Have you followed their career from the early days when the band first gained recognition via the internet through to international success? Would you like to know more about your favourite indie band? 101 Interesting Facts on Arctic Monkeys gives you the chance to pick up some little-­known trivia about popular band from Sheffield. What was the original line-­up and who was the bands other lead singer with Alex Turner? What NME first did the Arctic Monkeys clock up in 2006? What offer did the Band repeatedly turn down during 2005? Find out the answers in this exciting new book along with many more fascinating facts. Packed with information including many personal details about the individual band members as well as up-­to-­date news on the Arctic Monkeys recent projects. This book will appeal to anyone with an interest in contemporary music and is a must-­have for all Arctic Monkeys fans.

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