Rock'n America

A Social and Cultural History
Author: Deena Weinstein
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442600187
Category: Music
Page: 368
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What is rock? This book offers a new and systematic approach to understanding rock by applying sociological concepts in a historical context. Deena Weinstein, a rock critic, journalist, and academic, starts by outlining an original approach to understanding rock, explaining how the form has developed through a complex and ever-changing set of relations between artists, fans, and mediators. She then traces the history of rock in America through its distinctive eras, from rock's precursors to rock in the digital age. The book includes suggested listening lists to accompany each chapter, a detailed filmography of movies about rock, and a wide range of visuals and fascinating anecdotes. Never separating rock music from the social, political, economic, and cultural changes in America's history, Rock'n America provides a comprehensive overview of the genre and a new way of appreciating its place in American society.

Books in Print


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Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
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Books in print is the major source of information on books currently published and in print in the United States. The database provides the record of forthcoming books, books in-print, and books out-of-print.

Televisuality

Style, Crisis, and Authority in American Television
Author: John Thornton Caldwell
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813521640
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 437
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The collision of auteurism and rap--couched by primetime producers in the Northern Exposure script--was actually rather commonplace by the early 1990s. Series, and even news broadcasts, regularly engineered their narratives around highly coded aesthetic and cultural fragments, with a kind of ensemble iconography. Televisuality interrogates the nature of such performances as an historical phenomenon, an aesthetic and industrial practice, and as a socially symbolic act.

The Improvisation Studies Reader

Spontaneous Acts
Author: Ajay Heble,Rebecca Caines
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136187146
Category: Music
Page: 462
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Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies Reader draws together the works of key artists and thinkers from a range of disciplines, including theatre, music, literature, film, and dance. Divided by keywords into eight sections, this book bridges the gaps between these fields. The book includes case studies, exercises, graphic scores and poems in order to produce a teaching and research resource that identifies central themes in improvisation studies. The sections include: Listening Trust/Risk Flow Dissonance Responsibility Liveness Surprise Hope Each section of the Reader is introduced by a newly commissioned think piece by a key figure in the field, which opens up research questions reflecting on the keyword in question. By placing key theoretical and classic texts in conversation with cutting-edge research and artists’ statements, this book answers the urgent questions facing improvising artists and theorists in the mediatized Twenty-First Century.

Es

Roman
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641053579
Category: Fiction
Page: 1536
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Das Böse in Gestalt eines namenlosen Grauens In Derry, Maine, schlummert das Böse in der Kanalisation: Alle 28 Jahre wacht es auf und muss fressen. Jetzt taucht »Es« wieder empor. Sieben Freunde entschließen sich, dem Grauen entgegenzutreten und ein Ende zu setzen. Stephen Kings Meisterwerk über die Mysterien der Kindheit und den Horror des Erwachsenseins. »Ein Meilenstein der amerikanischen Literatur.« Chicago Sun-Times

Mystic Chords of Memory

The Transformation of Tradition in American Culture
Author: Michael Kammen
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307761401
Category: History
Page: 880
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Mystic Chords of Memory "Illustrated with hundreds of well-chosen anecdotes and minute observations . . . Kammen is a demon researcher who seems to have mined his nuggets from the entire corpus of American cultural history . . . insightful and sardonic." —Washington Post Book World In this ground-breaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Machine That Would Go of Itself examines a central paradox of our national identity How did "the land of the future" acquire a past? And to what extent has our collective memory of that past—as embodied in our traditions—have been distorted, or even manufactured? Ranging from John Adams to Ronald Reagan, from the origins of Independence Day celebrations to the controversies surrounding the Vietnam War Memorial, from the Daughters of the American Revolution to immigrant associations, and filled with incisive analyses of such phenonema as Americana and its collectors, "historic" villages and Disneyland, Mystic Chords of Memory is a brilliant, immensely readable, and enormously important book. "Fascinating . . . a subtle and teeming narrative . . . masterly." —Time "This is a big, ambitious book, and Kammen pulls it off admirably. . . . [He] brings a prodigious mind and much scholarly rigor to his task . . . an importnat book—and a revealing look at how Americans look at themselves." —Milwaukee Journal

Die Zeit der Schmetterlinge

Roman
Author: Julia Alvarez
Publisher: Piper Edition
ISBN: 3492977243
Category: Fiction
Page: 460
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»Ich sammelte alles Material über die ebenso tapferen wie schönen Frauen. Mich ließ die Frage nicht los: Woher hatten sie diesen ungewöhnlichen Mut genommen?« Schön, klug und mutig sind die Widerstandskämpferinnen Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa und Dedé Mirabal. Die vier Schwestern, genannt »die Schmetterlinge« wurden hinterrücks von den Schergen Trujillo, des Diktators der Dominikanischen Republik ermordet. Nur Dedé kam davon. Julia Alvarez zeichnet die außergewöhnlichen Lebensgeschichten der vier Schwestern nach. Jede kommt selbst zu Wort und schildert aus ihrer Sicht ihre Kindheit, ihre erste Liebe, ihre Familie und schließlich das politische Erwachen und den Mut den Diktator Trujillo zu bekämpfen.

The Bank of England and Public Policy, 1941-1958


Author: John Fforde
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521391399
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 861
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In this 1992 book, the official history of the Bank of England was continued into the late wartime and early postwar periods. The author's position as a central banker by trade and a former Executive Director of the Bank put him in an ideal position to carry out this analysis.

I've heard those songs before

the weekly top ten tunes for the past fifty years
Author: Elston Brooks
Publisher: William Morrow & Co
ISBN: N.A
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 444
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A week-by-week listing of the ten most popular American songs from 1930 to the present

Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948-1958


Author: André Bazin
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 0292767404
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 360
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André Bazin is renowned for almost single-handedly establishing the study of film as an accepted intellectual pursuit, as well as for being the spiritual father of the French New Wave. In 1951 he cofounded and became editor-in-chief of Cahiers du cinéma, the most influential critical periodical in the history of cinema. Four of the film critics whom he mentored at the magazine later became the most acclaimed directors of the postwar French cinema—François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette, and Claude Chabrol. Bazin is also considered the principal instigator of the influential auteur theory—the idea that, since film is an art form, the director of a movie must be perceived as the chief creator of its unique cinematic style. Bazin wrote some 2,600 articles and reviews, only about 150 of which are accessible in anthologies or edited collections. Bazin on Global Cinema, 1948–1958 offers English-language readers much of his writing on Asian cinema; previously untranslated essays on James Dean, the star system, political engagement and the cinema, and film criticism itself; and several reviews of film books, as well as reviews of notable American, British, and European movies, such as Johnny Guitar, High Noon, Umberto D., Hamlet, Kanal, and Le jour se lève (Daybreak). The book also features a contextual introduction to Bazin's life and work, the first comprehensive bibliography of works by and about Bazin, credits of all the films he discusses in this book, and an extensive index.

Rhythms of Race

Cuban Musicians and the Making of Latino New York City and Miami, 1940-1960
Author: Christina D. Abreu
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469620855
Category: Social Science
Page: 322
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Among the nearly 90,000 Cubans who settled in New York City and Miami in the 1940s and 1950s were numerous musicians and entertainers, black and white, who did more than fill dance halls with the rhythms of the rumba, mambo, and cha cha cha. In her history of music and race in midcentury America, Christina D. Abreu argues that these musicians, through their work in music festivals, nightclubs, social clubs, and television and film productions, played central roles in the development of Cuban, Afro-Cuban, Latino, and Afro-Latino identities and communities. Abreu draws from previously untapped oral histories, cultural materials, and Spanish-language media to uncover the lives and broader social and cultural significance of these vibrant performers. Keeping in view the wider context of the domestic and international entertainment industries, Abreu underscores how the racially diverse musicians in her study were also migrants and laborers. Her focus on the Cuban presence in New York City and Miami before the Cuban Revolution of 1959 offers a much needed critique of the post-1959 bias in Cuban American studies as well as insights into important connections between Cuban migration and other twentieth-century Latino migrations.

Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism


Author: Perry Anderson
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781859841075
Category: History
Page: 304
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The rise of the modern absolutist monarchies in Europe constitutes in many ways the birth of the modern historical epoch. Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, the companion volume to Perry Anderson's highly acclaimed and influential Lineages of the Absolutist State, is a sustained exercise in historical sociology to root the development of absolutism in the diverse routes taken from the slave-based societies of Ancient Greece and Rome to fully-fledged feudalism. In the course of this study Anderson vindicates and refines the explanatory power of a Marxist conception of history, whilst casting a fascinating light on Greece, Rome, the Germanic invasion, nomadic society, and the different patterns of the evolution of feudalism in Northern, Mediterranean, Eastern and Western Europe.

Pacific Passages

An Anthology of Surf Writings
Author: Patrick J. Moser
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 0824831551
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 338
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'Pacific Passages' brings together four centuries of writing about surfing. It explores the sport's most recent trends, tracing the development of surfing into the global phenomenon it is today and revealing connections to major social concerns.

Bayonne Passages


Author: Kathleen M. Middleton
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 9780738563855
Category: History
Page: 160
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A tragic railroad crash, a salad oil caper, a courageous heavyweight boxer, and a clever kite inventor all have one thing in common: Bayonne. This marvelous second volume traces the extraordinary history of the peninsula from 1850 to 1969. Many readers will remember first hand some of the events shown in some of these photographs. Other photographs have not been published in over a hundred years. This city is steeped in history, and its story continues in Bayonne Passages. These exceptional images recount such memorable events as the Jersey Central Railroad crash of 1958 and the "Great Salad Oil Swindle," biographical stories such as life of Chuck Wepner, which served as the basis for the movie Rocky, and little-known episodes such William A. Eddy's experiments with aerial kite photography. This visual history also helps us recreate decisive moments when Bayonne's history became that of the world's: the impressive performance of America's Cup yachts in the 19th century, the historic opening of the Naval Supply Depot in 1942, and the proud launching of Elco PT boats during World War II. Also included in this extensively researched volume are John Moody, founder of Moody's Investors Service; Bob Fish, designer of the America's Cup yachts; Ray Ewry, winner of ten Olympic gold medals; and Sister Miriam Teresa, recognized as a "Servant of God" by the Vatican, as well as movie stars, heroes, and family and friends of many past and present Bayonne residents.

Politics in Dark Times

Encounters with Hannah Arendt
Author: Seyla Benhabib
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139491059
Category: Political Science
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This outstanding collection of essays explores Hannah Arendt's thought against the background of recent world-political events unfolding since September 11, 2001, and engages in a contentious dialogue with one of the greatest political thinkers of the past century, with the conviction that she remains one of our contemporaries. Themes such as moral and political equality, action, judgment and freedom are re-evaluated with fresh insights by a group of thinkers who are themselves well known for their original contributions to political thought. Other essays focus on novel and little-discussed themes in the literature by highlighting Arendt's views of sovereignty, international law and genocide, nuclear weapons and revolutions, imperialism and Eurocentrism, and her contrasting images of Europe and America. Each essay displays not only superb Arendt scholarship but also stylistic flair and analytical tenacity.

This Is Our Music

Free Jazz, the Sixties, and American Culture
Author: Iain Anderson
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 0812201124
Category: History
Page: 264
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This Is Our Music, declared saxophonist Ornette Coleman's 1960 album title. But whose music was it? At various times during the 1950s and 1960s, musicians, critics, fans, politicians, and entrepreneurs claimed jazz as a national art form, an Afrocentric race music, an extension of modernist innovation in other genres, a music of mass consciousness, and the preserve of a cultural elite. This original and provocative book explores who makes decisions about the value of a cultural form and on what basis, taking as its example the impact of 1960s free improvisation on the changing status of jazz. By examining the production, presentation, and reception of experimental music by Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane, and others, Iain Anderson traces the strange, unexpected, and at times deeply ironic intersections between free jazz, avant-garde artistic movements, Sixties politics, and patronage networks. Anderson emphasizes free improvisation's enormous impact on jazz music's institutional standing, despite ongoing resistance from some of its biggest beneficiaries. He concludes that attempts by African American artists and intellectuals to define a place for themselves in American life, structural changes in the music industry, and the rise of nonprofit sponsorship portended a significant transformation of established cultural standards. At the same time, free improvisation's growing prestige depended in part upon traditional highbrow criteria: increasingly esoteric styles, changing venues and audience behavior, European sanction, withdrawal from the marketplace, and the professionalization of criticism. Thus jazz music's performers and supporters—and potentially those in other arts—have both challenged and accommodated themselves to an ongoing process of cultural stratification.

Open Thoughts - Passages of Poetry


Author: Paul Ray
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0578059487
Category: Poetry
Page: 96
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A random collection of verse that offers various Christian, familial, humorous and imaginary themes.