(2012/Music Mentor) Taschenbuch, englisch, 15,5x23,5 cm, 376 Seiten, s/w Abbildungen. Mit tollen Bildern, Plakaten, Kartenstummeln und vor allem lebendigen Beschreibungen der Shows lässt dieser chronologische Bericht über jeden Besuch eines amerikanischen Rock´n´Rollers an unseren Ufern eine Ära lebendig werden, in der der Rock´n´Roll bewiesen hat, dass er wirklich da war, um zu bleiben´´. Countrymusiker (September 2012). Wie viele Leute wussten, dass der große Tony Williams, der mit The Platters die Hauptrolle spielte, hier im September/Oktober 1974 mit seiner eigenen Besetzung der Gruppe ein paar Termine spielte? Ich hoffe nur, dass es nicht noch neun Jahre dauert, bis der nächste Band erscheint!´´ Now Dig This (Juni 2012).
English, Paperback, 15x22.5, 380 pages, few b&w photos - Louis Armstron pioneered the jazz vocal. Based on dozens of interviews , this book provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse performers who inherited Satchmo´s legacy and made it their own: Ethel Waters, Bing Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Cab Calloway, Big Joe Turner, Billie Holiday, Nat ´King´ Cole, Joe Williams, Dinah Washington, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Betty Carter, Tania Maria, and many others. This edition has been updated with a substantial new chapter that focuses on current artists like Cassandra Wilson and Harry Connick, Jr.
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English, Paperback, 21.5x28 cm, 288 pages/Seiten, completely illustr. with hundreds of rare b/w photos, labelshots and article repros; The American rockabilly movement of the mid-1950s captured the imagination and spirit of young people everywhere. The magical blend of country music and the blues-these divergent sounds merged to create rock ´n´ roll-is personified by such vocalists as Carl Perkins, Bill Haley, Gene Vincent, and, of course, Elvis Presley. But Presley soon took other musical paths, and rockabilly sound ultimately faded. In this detailed book, author Randy McNutt de- scribes the music and artists, gives the secrets by behind the songs and tells us how the early rockabilly records were made. Through oral histories and narrative pieces, the author looks closely at why the music was suddenly popular. At the time, the music was only a feel- ing, a seed of youthful rebellion and expression that would not spawn its own poets until late. So this book is a tribute to the rockabillies themselves, known and unknown. May their music lives forever.
Gebundene Ausgabe - 328 Seiten - Tracking Pop - 2010 - Englisch ´Wrestling clarity from the exuberant chaos of early rock ´n´ roll, Albin Zak´s I Don´t Sound Like Nobody redefines our understanding of the record in the shaping of the post–World War II soundscape. Zak tracks the story which extends from Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra through Elvis and Buddy Holly to the Beatles and Bob Dylan with excursions into dozens of lesser known, but crucial, players in a game with few established rules. A crucial addition to the bookshelf.´ – Craig Werner, author of A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America ´In Albin J. Zak III´s highly original study, phonograph records are not just the medium for disseminating songs but musical works unto themselves. Fashioned from a mix of copyright law, recording studios and techniques, the talent of musicians and disc jockeys, the ingenuity and avarice of producers, and the appetites of record buyers, the all-powerful marketplace Zak describes is an unruly zone where music of, by, and for the people is made and anointed.´ — Richard Crawford, author of America´s Musical Life: A History ´I Don´t Sound Like Nobody´ is a superb account of the transformation of American popular music in the 195os. Albin Zak insightfully explores what recording actually means in terms of the process of making and consuming music. His discussion of the legal, aesthetic, and industrial ramifications of changes in the recording process over the course of the 195os will make popu-lar music scholars and record collectors reconsider what they think they know about the period.´ Rob Bowman, author of Soulsville, U.S.A.: The Story of Stax Records ´From the birth of the record industry through the legacy of Presley, the devel-opment of rock and roll, and the Beatles ´stunning arrival on the world´s stage,´ Albin Zak takes us on a journey of exceptional scholarship. The breadth of cov-erage and deep examination of recordings and repertoire reveal the author´s reverence and sensitivity to the many dimensions and origins of this complex musical soundscape.´ William Moylan, author of Understanding and Crafting the Mix: The Art of Recording
English, Closebound, Gebunden mit Schutzumschlag, 16x24 cm, 242 pages - In this exuberant sequel to his prize-winning ´The Jazz Age´, Anorld Shaw captures virtually every aspect of popular music during the Depression. Here is a colorful year-by-year chronicle of music in the ´30, blended with chapters on broader topics - the jazz clubs on Swing Street, the Big Band boom - and spiced with interviews with major figures (such as Burton Lane and Lionel Hampton), who bring a vibrant first-hand feel to the narrative. Readers visit every corner of the music scene. We watch as the Hollywood musical takes off, highlighted by the brilliant Busby Berkeley and the luminous partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We read about the incredible popularity of radio shows such as ´Your Hit Parade´ and Martin Block´s ´Make-Believe Ballroom´, which brought music to households from coast to coast. And we experience once again the great Broadway musicals of the period - from ´Girl Crazy´ to ´The Cradle Will Rock´ - written by a who´s who of American song: Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, and Cole Porter. But above all. the ´30s were the Swing Era - when swing bands dominated dance halls, ballrooms, radio broadcasts, and record sales - and Shaw provides superb portraits of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and countless others. From Gershwin´s ´Porgy And Bess´ to Disney´s ´Snow White And The Seven Dwarf´, from Woody Guthrie to Ethel Merman, and from the Carioca to the Lindy Hop, here is an affectionate and informative account of this golden era of popular song.
(2002/Big Nickel) Paperback, 21x27 cm, 188 pages, complete illustrated. - Each volume by year (1950 to 1959) provides a month-by-month survey of the key articles, news stories, feature columns and record releases in a given year during Rhythm and Blues´ most vital and musically significant era. Hundreds of authentic illustrations include graphic reproductions of vintage record company advertisements and artist publicity photographs. A comprehensive index enables readers to locate specific mentions of record artists, disc jockeys and talent managers in the Rhythm and Blues field, as well as music companies, nightclubs, theatres, and radio stations who helped promote this historically important music form into the American cultural mainstream; an invaluable aid to the serious researcher looking for primary source information. (These books are now out-of-print).