Michael Jackson´s journey to fame began in 1966 at age eight, when he started singing with his brothers in the Jackson 5. In the early 1970s, he launched a solo career, accumulating a dozen number-one singles. His record-breaking album, Thriller, has sold an estimated 110 million copies worldwide. He won 17 Grammy awards and was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. In 2009, people of all ages mourned Michael´s sudden death. Adored for his music, dancing, and performing - and known for his highly publicized personal life - Michael Jackson remains the ultimate music legend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Intuitive. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/lrnr/000702de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Based on the award-winning radio documentary heard around the world, and drawing on 30 years worth of exclusive and rare interviews, The Beatles, An Aural History is the first chapter of a three-part series. This is not just another Beatles´ history; this is The Beatles story like you´ve never heard it before. These are the voices of the band, their family members, friends, and colleagues who participated in the events that were pivotal in forming Rock ´n´ Roll´s most important band.John Lennon´s former school headmaster recalls his pupil´s first band and the trouble they caused. The Cavern Club´s disc jockey recounts the dawn of Beatlemania in Britain. Picture these young men experimenting with what would become their signature hairstyle, as described by photographer Astrid Kirchherr. Revolver cover artist Klaus Voorman describes the thunder that rocked the Kaiserkeller in the heart of Hamburg´s seedy red-light district. Back in Liverpool at 10 Mathew St., a regular patron describes the throng of sweating enthusiasts packed into the Cavern Club.These are the sights, sounds and sensations of history in the making. The familiarity, the excitement and the surprises that accompanied these lads from Liverpool to Hamburg and back again is yours to experience. Witness the birth of the original rock ´n´ roll legend. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Pritchard. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/lyso/000001de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Guided by Voices was one of the most popular indie-rock bands of the 1990s. Critics internationally have lauded the band´s brain trust, Robert Pollard, as a once-in-a-generation artist. Pollard has been compared by The New York Times to Mozart, Rossini, and Paul McCartney (in the same sentence) and everyone from P. J. Harvey, Radiohead, R.E.M., the Strokes, and U2 has sung his praises and cited his music as an influence. But it all started rather prosaically when Pollard, a fourth-grade teacher in his early 30s from Dayton, Ohio, began recording songs with drinking buddies in his basement. James Greer, an acclaimed music writer and former Spin editor, enjoys a unique advantage in having played in the band for two years. This personal connection grants him unparalleled insight and complete access to the workings of Pollard´s muse. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Grove. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/021819de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
So, you´re a music teacher. Or perhaps you are an administrator hoping to start a music program at your school. Maybe your program is running, but you have no idea how to drive it, give it a long vision and productive implementation. Is it working? Is it doing what it should be doing? What is that goal in the first place? Or maybe you are a parent, wondering how to put your child or yourself on the path to music literacy. This book is for you. Once a culture restores the priority of training its people in music, the task shifts to finding what type of instruction should be present in formal school education. In this book, you will find practical help in answer to this search and so much more: Music as a language Four principles for music literacy Common pitfalls in music training Music making vs. music history The teacher as curriculum It´s time to revive robust music training again, training that imparts great skill modeled after the Triune God who authored all truth, goodness and beauty. Whatever your role in this endeavor, this book will offer tools to again bring musicians like Bach to the Future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jarrod Richey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/083100de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is the first study to explore fully the myth of America as reflected in the nation´s popular music. Beginning with the songs of the Pilgrims and continuing through more than two centuries of history and music, Born in the U.S.A. shows the emerging American myth and gives a close reading of the compositions of songwriters as diverse as William Billings, Henry Clay Work, Irving Berlin, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen. So that the full and diverse narrative of this complex nation might be recorded, this insightful study is focused both upon the national myth and upon the songwriters and performers representing subcultures and alternative viewpoints that are the text of America´s story. Through hymnlike paeans and through discordant lamentations protesting the realities of the contemporary workaday world, popular music is an astonishing mirror of American history. The book is published by University Press of Mississippi. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gary Roelofs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/084876de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz 101 is a fascinating entry into the world of jazz, for the beginner, novice, or jazz enthusiast. Szwed takes listeners on a tour of the varied and nonlinear history of jazz, exploring how it developed from an ethnic music to become America´s most popular music and then part of the avant-garde in less than 50 years. Szwed´s complete overview includes the major types of jazz and significant jazz musicians of the 20th century, the roots of jazz, including its European and African influences, and recommended listening, plus appendices on jazz singers, record guides, and more.Infinitely readable and highly entertaining, Jazz 101 is a vital tool in understanding and appreciating jazz. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Grover Gardner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/000748de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What does classical music mean to the Western world? How has it transformed over the centuries? What relevance does it have today? Julian Johnson inspires readers to explore over 1,000 years of music and examines how music is related to some of the big ideas of Western experience, including spirituality, emotion, the weight of history, and self-identity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Geoff Ridden. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/boli/001153de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the former senior editor of Rolling Stone and author of The Holy or the Broken, called ´´thoughtful and illuminating´´ by The New York Times, a new book on the unlikely coming to be of Prince´s now legendary album. Purple Rain is a song, an album, and a film - each one a commercial success and cultural milestone. How did this semiautobiographical musical masterpiece that blurred R&B, pop, dance, and rock sounds come to alter the recording landscape and become an enduring touchstone for successive generations of fans? Purple Rain is widely considered to be among the most important albums in music history and is often named the best soundtrack of all time. It sold over a million copies in its first week and blasted to number one on the charts, where it would remain for a full six months and eventually sell over 20 million copies worldwide. It spun off three huge hit singles, won Grammys and an Oscar, and took Prince from pop star to legend. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary year of Purple Rain´s release, acclaimed music journalist Alan Light takes a timely look at the making and incredible popularizing of this once seemingly impossible project. With impeccable research and in-depth interviews with people who witnessed Prince´s audacious vision becoming a reality, Light reveals how a rising but not yet established artist from the Midwest was able not only to get Purple Rain made but deliver on his promise to conquer the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fred Berman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022248de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Folk music is more than an idealized reminder of a simpler past. It reveals a great deal about present-day understandings of community and belonging. It celebrates the shared traditions that define a group or nation. In America, folk music - from African-American spirituals to English ballads and protest songs - renders the imagined community more tangible and comprises a critical component of our diverse national heritage. In ´´I Hear America Singing´´, Rachel Donaldson traces the vibrant history of the 20th-century folk music revival from its origins in the 1930s through its end in the late 1960s. She investigates the relationship between the revival and concepts of nationalism, showing how key figures in the revival - including Pete Seeger, Alan Lomax, Moses Asch, and Ralph Rinzler - used songs to influence the ways in which Americans understood the values, the culture, and the people of their own nation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Arthur Flavell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055448de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Classical purists say it isn´t ´real´ music, yet it regularly tops charts and plays to sell-out concert hall audiences. Chart music followers consider the orchestral form passé, yet artists are increasingly sampling from cinema classics. Many cinemagoers are unaware there is music accompanying the films they watch. Some composers say that´s the way it should be. Others strongly disagree.This book celebrates the rich history behind all these views. Who have been the most influential composers and who have they influenced? Which scores have best served a film and why? What have been the historical, social, and technological changes that have affected the industry? This book addresses all these points in a chronological examination of this much-maligned art form. From Ben Hur to Star Wars and Psycho to Scream, film music has played an essential role in such genre-defining classics. Making us laugh, cry, and jump with fright, it´s the manipulative tool directors cannot do without. There are many differing approaches and opinions about what achieves a desired emotional effect, with composers always hunting a golden rulebook of tricks they can employ. This isn´t that particular book. What´s in it? The turbulent history, the ever-changing craft, the reclusive or limelight-loving superstars, the enthusiastic world of fandom surrounding it, and the best way to build a collection. It´s all streamlined into a user-friendly guide for buffs and novices alike. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victoria Gaskell-Watkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/summ/000180de/bk_rhde_002536_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.