Every Song Ever

Every Song Ever
Title Every Song Ever PDF eBook
Author Ben Ratliff
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages 272
Release 2016-02-09
Genre Music
ISBN 1429953594

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What is music in the age of the cloud? Today, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. It is possible to flit instantly across genres and generations, from 1980s Detroit techno to 1890s Viennese neo-romanticism. This new age of listening brings with it astonishing new possibilities--as well as dangers. In Every Song Ever, the veteran New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. In the age of the cloud, the genre of the recording and the intention of the composer matter less and less. Instead, we can savor our own listening experience more directly, taking stock of qualities like repetition, speed, density, or loudness. The result is a new mode of listening that can lead to unexpected connections. When we listen for slowness, we may detect surprising affinities between the drone metal of Sunn O))), the mixtape manipulations of DJ Screw, and the final works of Shostakovich. And if we listen for more elusive qualities like closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of bluegrass vocals illuminate the virtuosic synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet. Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff's book is a definitive field guide to our musical habitat, and a foundation for the new aesthetics our age demands.

The Words of Every Song

The Words of Every Song
Title The Words of Every Song PDF eBook
Author Liz Moore
Publisher Crown
Total Pages 338
Release 2007-07-03
Genre Fiction
ISBN 0767926420

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From the acclaimed author of Long Bright River and Heft, a novel that allows us to take a peek behind the curtain of the music industry Liz Moore shows us the inner workings of an industry we’ve been fascinated with for decades. In these fourteen linked episodes, we meet a cast of characters from all the corners of the industry that we’ve come to glamourize. There’s the arrogantly hip, twenty-six-year-old A&R man; the rising young singer-songwriter; the established, arena-filling rock star on the verge of a midlife crisis; the type-A female executive with the heavy social calendar; and other recognizable figures. Set in the sleek offices, high-tech recording studios, and grungy downtown clubs of New York, The Words of Every Song offers an authenticity drawn from Liz Moore’s own experience and brings an insider’s touch to its depiction of the music industry and its denizens.

The Song of All

The Song of All
Title The Song of All PDF eBook
Author Tina Le Count Myers
Publisher Start Publishing LLC
Total Pages 461
Release 2018-02-20
Genre Fiction
ISBN 1597806234

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On the forbidding fringes of the tundra, where years are marked by seasons of snow, humans war with immortals in the name of their shared gods. Irjan, a human warrior, is ruthless and lethal, a legend among the Brethren of Hunters. But even legends grow tired and disillusioned. Scarred and weary of bloodshed, Irjan turns his back on his oath and his calling to hide away and live a peaceful life as a farmer, husband, and father. But his past is not so easily left behind. When an ambitious village priest conspires with the vengeful comrades Irjan has forsaken, the fragile peace in the Northlands of Davvieana is at stake. His bloody past revealed, Irjan’s present unravels as he faces an ultimatum: return to hunt the immortals or lose his child. But with his son’s life hanging in the balance, as Irjan follows the tracks through the dark and desolate snow-covered forests, it is not death he searches for, but life.

The Who

The Who
Title The Who PDF eBook
Author Geoffrey Feakes
Publisher On Track
Total Pages 160
Release 2020-04
Genre
ISBN 9781789520767

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Formed in 1964 and still going strong in 2020, the Who are one of the most popular and enduring bands in the history of rock. The legendary debut album My Generation and a string of hit singles paved the way for Live At Leeds, hailed as the best live rock album of all time, and the best selling Who's Next. Powered by the phenomenal rhythm section of Keith Moon and John Entwistle, they earned a reputation as a premier live act and pioneered festival and arena performances. The rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia took popular music into uncharted territories and both inspired hit films. Despite regular infighting, breakups and the death of two key members, the band continued into the 21st century with the well received Endless Wire album and original members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend stage spectacular live shows to this day. This book examines each one of the band's studio albums, including the latest Who released in December 2019. Non-album tracks are also included and the book traces the band's long and diverse history. Compilations, live albums and soundtracks are also discussed, making this the most comprehensive guide to the music of the Who yet published. Whether the reader is a diehard fan or someone curious to see what lies beyond Tommy, this is essential reading.

John Lennon

John Lennon
Title John Lennon PDF eBook
Author Paul Du Noyer
Publisher Stories Behind the Songs
Total Pages 0
Release 2010
Genre Music
ISBN 9781847326652

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"Jonn Lennon's life in the years between 1970 and his tragically young death in 1980 were eventful and fascinating. He moved from stardom in the world's biggest pop group, to global peace campaigner and figurehead for radical causes. He left England for a new life in the USA with Yoko Ono. There was a bizarre interlude of 18 months - his famous 'lost weekend' - when John ran off with Yoko's secretary May Pang and descended into alcoholism. Reunited with Yoko, he abandoned publi life and retired to his New York apartment to raise their son and live the life of a recluse. In 1980 he re-emerged with a new album, but the plan to resume his career was cruelly curtailed on that fateful night outside the Dakota Building. This book recounts John's life after The Beatles in a fascinating and revealing track-by-track analysis of the stories behind each song that he wrote."--Back cover.

Asia: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)

Asia: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)
Title Asia: Every Album, Every Song (On Track) PDF eBook
Author Peter Braidis
Publisher On Track
Total Pages 176
Release 2020-11-26
Genre
ISBN 9781789520996

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A progressive rock supergroup? In the 1980s? Who would want such a thing critics asked, as they immediately went on the attack. But music fans disagreed. John Wetton, Geoff Downes, Steve Howe and Carl Palmer had played with the likes of King Crimson, Roxy Music, Yes and ELP to name just a few and they lived up to the supergroup tag. Asia's self-titled debut album went to number one for nine weeks on the US charts, went top twenty in the UK and sold over ten million copies worldwide. Asia was all over MTV, had a sold-out world tour, several hit singles and a Grammy nomination. After 1983's Alpha album, Wetton left to be replaced, bizarrely by Greg Lake, then Wetton was back and Howe was gone, replaced by Mandy Meyer for Astra in 1985. Fans needed a scorecard to keep track of it all, then the group split. Geoff Downes would struggle to keep the flame alive with John Payne from 1991-2005 until the original line up reunited in 2006 with newfound respect accorded them by both the media and fans until Wetton's sad passing in 2017. This book covers every studio album as well as key live albums, compilations and solo projects in detail, making it a comprehensive guide to the music of this enigmatic and ever-changing band.

Blue Oyster Cult

Blue Oyster Cult
Title Blue Oyster Cult PDF eBook
Author Jacob Holm-Lupo
Publisher On Track
Total Pages 160
Release 2018-11
Genre
ISBN 9781789520071

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This book is a song-by-song analysis of the discography of Long Island's greatest sons, the Blue Öyster Cult. Dubbed 'the thinking man's heavy metal band' and celebrated by critics, fans and musicians since their debut album in 1972, the band carved a unique path in hard rock history by combining chops, humour, occultism, poetry, jazz chords and pop sensibilities. Best known for their FM radio hits '(Don't Fear) The Reaper' and 'Burnin' For You', their discography is a treasure trove of ever-evolving music by a band that never had the slightest respect for genre boundaries. The band's influences stretches from seminal metal bands like Metallica to cult act like Current 93 and their music has been heard in movies like Scream and Halloween and has been quoted by Stephen King. This book combines the author's analyses of Blue Öyster Cult's songs with insight from band members and people who worked with them through the years. It is the ultimate companion for a deep dive into music which is inscrutable, fascinating and rewarding. From the canonized first four albums, through their controversial 80s output and all the way to their revitalization and comeback in the late 90s, this book treats every era of the band with equal respect. Book jacket.