´´The defining characteristic of America is our fanaticism: We dream big, we think large, we create grandeur...´´ And we created Elizabeth Wurtzel: a celebrated writer who has lent her voice to depression, to women scorned, to addiction, and now to the Constitution of our great states. True to form, Wurtzel brings to life the dry document that framed our nation, homing in on one key feature - the Intellectual Property clause - which she credits for everything cool in our country, from Bruce Springsteen and rock ´n´ roll, to Jeff Koons and his stainless steel balloons to half & half in our coffee. Creatocracy takes everything you thought you knew about pilgrims and their plainly puritanical sensibilities, flips it on its head, throws glitter on it, sets it to a flashy pop score, then throws it a big coming out party. In a movie version of this American origin story, Baz Luhrmann would be calling all the shots. Elizabeth Wurtzel has masterfully written a crash course in American history and the arts, wise and witty, full of humor and insight. This is pop patriotism in audiobook form. Elizabeth Wurtzel is the author of Prozac Nation, Bitch, and More, Now, Again. She was the pop music critic at New York Magazine and The New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, The Oxford American, The Guardian, and many other publications. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, she is a lawyer at Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Elizabeth Wurtzel lives in Greenwich Village. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Therese Plummer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022534de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Learn about the story behind the tradition of Thanksgiving with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. Thanksgiving is a North American festival. It commemorates the good fortune its founders encountered when they arrived in the New World. In Canada, Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday of October. In the United States of America, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. The story of the pilgrims, and the first Thanksgiving, has now become a foundational myth in North American culture. It reminds Americans of its founders, particularly the pilgrims, and the values they espoused. Its story is a fundamental part of American culture. Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds offers 12 main categories, become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport.. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing. Make your MP3 smarter with iMinds MindTracks, intersperse with music and enjoy learning a little about a lot.. knowledge of your own choice and in your own time. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellouise Rothwell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000108de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Flight Of Apollo Eleven is a dramatic audio production featuring the highlights from the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, that marks the 40th Anniversary of that historic event. One Small Step presents the actual NASA voice communications bewteen Houston Control and the Command Module set to an original music score. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Drew Shaw. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rtro/000002de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The controversial history of Chavez Ravine, the immigrant community that once existed on the site that is now Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, is explored with humor, brutal honesty, and pulse-racing music by the nation´s premier Chicano/Latino theatre troupe, Culture Clash.Starring (in alphabetical order): Zilah MendozaRichard Montoya Ric Salinas Herbert Siguenza Musicians: John Avila Randy Rodarte Scott Rodarte 1. Language: English. Narrator: Zilah Mendoza, Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000094de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Rhythm & blues emerged from the African American community in the late 1940s to become the driving force in American popular music over the next half-century. Although sometimes called ´´doo-wop´´, ´´soul´´, ´´funk´´, ´´urban contemporary´´, or ´´hip-hop´´, R&B is actually an umbrella category that includes all of these styles and genres. It is in fact a modern-day incarnation of a musical tradition that stretches back to 19th-century America, and even further to African beginnings. The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999 traces the development of R&B from 1950 to 1999 by closely analyzing the top 25 songs of each decade. The music of artists as wide-ranging as Louis Jordan; John Lee Hooker; Ray Charles; James Brown; Earth, Wind & Fire; Michael Jackson; Public Enemy; Mariah Carey; and Usher takes center stage as the author illustrates how R&B has not only retained its traditional core style, but has also experienced a ´´re-Africanization´´ over time. By investigating musical elements of form, style, and content in R&B - and offering numerous musical examples - the book shows the connection between R&B and other forms of American popular and religious music, such as spirituals, ragtime, blues, jazz, country, gospel, and rock ´n´ roll. With this evidence in hand, the author hypothesizes the existence of an even larger musical ´´super-genre´´ which he labels ´´The New Blue Music´´. Richard J. Ripani is a faculty member at Hume-Fogg Academic High School in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also a professional musician and songwriter in Nashville, performing with artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Ronnie McDowell, the Kentucky Headhunters, and Lee Greenwood. He has worked on numerous national television programs and earned gold and platinum records. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kenneth Lee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/003714de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The crowd sways to the melodic strumming of a bossa nova guitarist. A vocalist belts out lyrics that blend English and Spanish. Couples dance to salsa´s syncopated rhythms. These are the sounds of Latin music. Before Latin music exploded into the mainstream in the 1990s, it was on the sidelines of American pop. Ritchie Valens fused Latin dance music with rock. Julio Iglesias popularized Latin ballads in the United States. And Gloria Estefan was the first crossover artist. But after Ricky Martin´s ´´Livin´ la Vida Loca´´ exploded onto the pop scene in 1999, Latin music took center stage. Follow the evolution of Latin music through the decades. Learn how its distinct sounds and catchy rhythms have been integrated into American pop. Discover how it is used for political expression. And read more about stars such as Victor Jara, Selena, and Shakira. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Intuitive. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lrnr/000021de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Exploring American Folk Music: Ethnic, Grassroots, and Regional Traditions in the United States reflects the fascinating diversity of regional and grassroots music in the United States. The book covers the diverse strains of American folk music - Latin, Native American, African, French-Canadian, British, and Cajun - and offers a chronology of the development of folk music in the United States. A chapter includes detailed information about the roots of hip hop. Exploring American Folk Music also introduces you to such important figures in American music as Bob Wills, Lydia Mendoza, Bob Dylan, and Muddy Waters, who helped shape what America sounds like in the 21st century. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael Rene Zuzel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/025958de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.