The White Album

Essays
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504045661
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 224
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An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture. From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the “giddily splendid” Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus’s footsteps—and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls—“toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes”—and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women’s movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one. Written in “a voice like no other in contemporary journalism,” The White Album is a masterpiece of literary reportage and a fearless work of autobiography by the National Book Award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times Book Review). Its power to electrify and inform remains undiminished nearly forty years after it was first published.

Revolution

The Making of The Beatles' White Album
Author: David Quantick
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 9781556524707
Category: Music
Page: 208
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Most books about the Beatles reveal the big picture first and ask questions afterward. This book reverses that approach. It takes a fresh and often funny look at the magnificent and sometimes idiotic career path of the Beatles through the prism of one vital album -- a record considered by many (including John Lennon) to be the one on which they reached their peak as songwriters. It focuses not just on the intimate recording details and creative process, but on the politics, music, and culture of the era, as well as the band's individual development amid increasing dissolution. In crisp and witty prose, the inside stories behind the making and release of the album are revealed: how the White Album got its look and name; why it included the most experimental track the Beatles ever recorded; how it inspired the bloody massacres of Charles Manson and his 'family'; why Ringo Starr walked out on the sessions and who replaced him; the actual identities of 'Dear Prudence', 'Sexy Sadie', 'Martha My Dear', 'Julia' and 'Bungalow Bill'; on which song Yoko sang lead; which song is about Eric Clapton's teeth;

The Beatles (The White Album) (Songbook)


Author: The Beatles
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1458493393
Category: Music
Page: 80
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(Guitar Recorded Versions). Includes all 12 songs from the second album: Birthday * Cry Baby Cry * Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey * Good Night * Helter Skelter * Honey Pie * Long, Long, Long * Mother Nature's Son * Revolution 1 * Savoy Truffle * Sexy Sadie * Yer Blues.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

Collected Nonfiction
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Everyman's Library
ISBN: 0307264874
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 1122
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A definitive compilation of essays and nonfiction writings spanning more than forty years includes the author's reflections on politics, lifestyle, place, and cultural figures, including her studies of Haight-Ashbury, the Manson family, the Black Panthers, California earthquakes, Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr, and much more.

The Beatles

Yellow Submarine/the White Album
Author: Beatles
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780793581757
Category: Music
Page: 176
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(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Matching folio to these albums recently released on compact disc. 30 songs featuring: All You Need Is Love * Back in the USSR * Birthday * Blackbird * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * Revolution * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * Yellow Submarine * many more.

The Beatles: Back in the U.S.S.R. ; Dear Prudence ; Glass onion ; Ob-la-di, ob-la-da ; Wild honey pie ; The continuing story of Bungalow Bill ; While my guitar gently weeps ; Happiness is a warm gun ; Martha my dear ; I'm so tired ; Blackbird ; Piggies ; Rocky Raccoon ; Don't pass me by ; Why don't we do it in the road ; I will ; Julia


Author: Beatles,Ernst Kayser Heinrich
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 9780793559107
Category: Music
Page: 88
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(Guitar Recorded Versions). This matching songbook to the first album of this double-album masterpiece. Includes 17 classic hits: Back in the U.S.S.R. * Blackbird * The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill * Dear Prudence * Happiness Is a Warm Gun * I'm So Tired * Martha My Dear * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * Rocky Raccoon * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * Why Don't We Do It in the Road * Wild Honey Pie * more.

The Grey Album

On the Blackness of Blackness
Author: Kevin Young
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 1555970427
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 476
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*Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism* *A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Literary Criticism and Essays Pick for Spring 2012* The Grey Album, the first work of prose by the brilliant poet Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mashup of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, Kevin Young's encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical choruses to illustrate the African American tradition of lying—storytelling, telling tales, fibbing, improvising, "jazzing." What emerges is a persuasive argument for the many ways that African American culture is American culture, and for the centrality of art—and artfulness—to our daily life. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young sifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix, the grey areas of our history, literature, and music.

Riding the White Horse Home

A Western Family Album
Author: Teresa Jordan
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679751351
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 219
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The author presents a portrait of three generations of her family in the rural West, their links to the family's Wyoming ranch, and the loss of their rural lifestyle

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Essays
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Open Road Media
ISBN: 1504045653
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 361
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The “dazzling” and essential portrayal of 1960s America from the author of South and West and The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times). Capturing the tumultuous landscape of the United States, and in particular California, during a pivotal era of social change, the first work of nonfiction from one of American literature’s most distinctive prose stylists is a modern classic. In twenty razor-sharp essays that redefined the art of journalism, National Book Award–winning author Joan Didion reports on a society gripped by a deep generational divide, from the “misplaced children” dropping acid in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district to Hollywood legend John Wayne filming his first picture after a bout with cancer. She paints indelible portraits of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and folk singer Joan Baez, “a personality before she was entirely a person,” and takes readers on eye-opening journeys to Death Valley, Hawaii, and Las Vegas, “the most extreme and allegorical of American settlements.” First published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been heralded by the New York Times Book Review as “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” and named to Time magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books. It is the definitive account of a terrifying and transformative decade in American history whose discordant reverberations continue to sound a half-century later.

Reading the Beatles

Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four
Author: Kenneth Womack
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791481967
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 261
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Addresses the Beatles' impact on how we think about gender, popular culture, and the formal and poetic qualities of music.

The Beatles Solo on Apple Records


Author: N.A
Publisher: Four Ninety-Eight Productions Llc
ISBN: 9780966264951
Category: Music
Page: 358
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The Beatles Solo on Apple Records" is the companion piece to Bruce Spizers critically acclaimed "The Beatles on Apple Records." This book details the solo records released by John, Paul, George and Ringo on theirown Apple label in America, starting with the December, 1968, release of Georges "Wonderwall Music" album and ending with the December, 1975, release of Georges single "This Guitar (Cant Keep From Crying)." All solo projects are covered, including all of the albums and singles released by John & Yoko and Paul McCartney & Wings, as well as classic albums such as "Imagine," "Band On The Run," "All Things Must Pass" and "Ringo." The book provides comple te session and chart information and shows all picture sleeves, album covers and label variations, along with many of the promotional posters, displays and trade magazine ads. The bookis hard cover and printed on heavy weight glossy paper. It has over 900 images (all in full color or original black & white) spread throughout the the books 358 pages.

Political Fictions


Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0375718907
Category: Political Science
Page: 338
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An incisive compilation of political essays, originally written for The New York Review of Books from 1988 to 2000, explores the nature of American politics and political figures and the role of the media in transforming the American political landscape. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Beatles, Or the "white Album"


Author: Mark Goodall
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781909394605
Category: Music
Page: 200
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Critical opinion on The Beatles (aka the 'White Album') in 1968 varies, the record being seen as something of a comedown after the exhilaration of the group's somewhat over-rated predecessor, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In addition, conventional wisdom holds that The Beatles marks the beginning of the end of the Lennon/McCartney partnership. This book however, exists to argue that The Beatles is not only the finest achievement of the Beatles group but can also be considered one of the greatest LP recordings of all time. The Beatles were famous as a tight unit with extremely high standards of composition, musicianship and production and it is the 'messiness' of The Beatles LP that is considered problematic (most famously by producer George Martin who wanted to edit the songs into a single LP). Unlike the relatively consistent style the previous LPs had offered, The Beatles revels in confusion. Is the LP rock'n'roll? Folk? Avant-garde? Rock? Looking back at the LP 50 years later, The Beatles can be seen as a true representation of the spirit of the 'Fab Four' and the individual talents that combined to form the greatest group of all time. This book is not to be read as a scholarly study of The Beatles LP but rather as an experience like listening to the actual record itself: uneven, disorientating, difficult and fun.

The White Book

The Beatles, the Bands, the Biz: An Insider's Look at an Era
Author: Ken Mansfield
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 1418576441
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
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Through exclusive photos and personal stories, former US manager of Apple Records and Grammy Award winning producer Ken Mansfield offers a compelling memoir that delves into his life in the 1960s and '70s and his unique partnership with the Beatles and other musicians who orbited their world. As observer, friend, and colleague, Mansfield sat in their recording sessions, partied in their swimming pools, took their irate calls, and publicized their successes. Entertaining, historically accurate, and illuminating a side of the Fab Four known only to a few like Mansfield, The White Book shines fresh light on the true characters behind the cultural phenomena that revolutionized a generation. As the former Head of Apple Records International, Jack Oliver, has said of Ken, "He is one of the few insiders left that bore witness to the highs and lows of those insane days when we ruled the world." "Ken has a unique gift. He can take you in the room and have you sit with the folk he knows and make you one of the gang, part of the plan. and considering these folk include the Beatles, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, the Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, David Cassidy and a whole host more that is some doing. I really enjoyed sitting in on his world and I respect the affection he has for our game, and what he brought to it, will get you." ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM Rolling Stones Manager and Producer "Ken Mansfield brings us a new and closely personal perspective not only on the Beatles, but on a whole cast of musical characters from Brian Wilson to Don Ho. An observant and perceptive man in the centre of the storm; a contradictory man, both ambitious and spiritual, but at the heart of the record industry during its most exciting years and enjoying every minute of it. I lived through those years with Ken and we became friends. It is a pleasure to experience so much of it all again through the accuracy of his story telling and the clarity of his memory." PETER ASHER Peter and Gordon/A&R Chief Apple Records/Producer-Manager (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Carole King et al) "Journalism is normally a very inexact science. Many of the countless books about the Beatles have been written by researchers-not by people who were actually there. Everyone has experienced reading a book or article where one's own inside knowledge about a particular person or event shows up inaccuracies on the part of the writer that totally distort the truth. This book is an exception-I know because I was there for some of it myself. Ken Mansfield and I unknowingly shared the experience of the famous Apple rooftop session where I was nervously adjusting mikes and cables for the sound recording of that unforgettable day. Ken was not only working for the Beatles through their heyday, he was also their trusted friend. There is no one better equipped to tell the Beatles' story-truthfully-and more importantly-factually, from the inside." ALAN PARSONS Engineer to the Beatles/Pink Floyd, Multi Platinum Producer, Alan Parsons Project "Unlike many people claiming a Beatles connection, Ken Mansfield doesn't have an agenda or try to elevate his role or importance. Ken comes across as a man who knows how lucky he was to be where he was and enjoys sharing his stories with us. Ken was there and that is why The White Book is informative, fresh and entertaining without being ego-driven." BRUCE SPIZER Author, Beatle Historian

The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four [2 volumes]

Everything Fab Four
Author: Kenneth Womack
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313391726
Category: Music
Page: 1116
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A fascinating look at the history of the Beatles, from their formative years through the present day, as detailed in hundreds of entries chock-full of information never before shared with the public. • Offers unprecedented insights into the Beatles' collective and solo releases, as well as the people and places that impacted their work • Analyzes their complete body of work along with the instrumentation and recording sessions behind the music • Tells the story of this iconic group through compelling entries written with a clear focus on readability

Reading Joan Didion


Author: Lynn Marie Houston,William V. Lombardi
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313364036
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 159
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This book is a compelling reference guide for book clubs on the work of Joan Didion, with summaries of her major works and discussion questions. * Discussion questions on Joan Didion's works, literary movements, and literary analysis * An exhaustive bibliography of additional writings about Didion as well as similar authors and books