Nolan Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, on October 8, 1939, seven years after his cousin, Johnny. The bi-racial product of a rape by a black man of a 16-year-old Christian girl in America´s conservative Bible Belt, he experienced extreme prejudice growing up during the racially divided ´50s. His opportunity for country music stardom beckoned when he witnessed an event that inspired him to write the song that would change his life - the church massacre at Bowling Green. What happened next might have come straight from the pages of a Hollywood political thriller. Nolan was charged with treason and hidden in the prison system with a new identity, his secret about that event in Bowling Green buried with him. Only the 50-year disclosure on official secrets - CIA documents recently released - enabled the facts to finally emerge. Here, then, is the story of Nolan Cash, collateral damage in America´s struggle to move away from racist division. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Andrew Brel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/105014/bk_acx0_105014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You are about to discover proven steps and strategies from music producers on how to produce music, even if you have zero experience in recording and audio engineering. You will be able to learn everything you need to know in order to make your first single sound just the way you want it. In this audiobook, you will to learn how to build your own studio and have the right gear and software in order to start creating music. You will also learn how to be a smart recording artist or give the right direction to performers for whom you want to produce songs. Your first home studio does not need to have all the top-of-the-line gear; you just need the basic stuff, for now. As long as you know how to use the most basic studio equipment, you will know what to do once you hit the big studio. We will make sure you know how to engineer all the tracks that you have recorded in order to make your first single sound just the way you want it. Here is a preview of what you´ll learn.... How to set up a studio and what equipment you need to use How to perform a song while in the studio How to create a final mix for your songs What your studio should have What is the best digital audio workstation (DAW) for you? Recording your first single Mixing your first song Creating music that will enable you to get noticed And, much, much more! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Erich Bailey. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103218/bk_acx0_103218_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Cass Wheeler - a British singer-songwriter, hugely successful since the early ´70s, whose sudden disappearance from the music has been the subject of intense speculation among her fans - is in the studio that adjoins her home, taking a journey back into her past. Her task is to choose 16 songs from among the hundreds she has written since her early teens, for a uniquely personal greatest hits record, describing the arc of her life through song. It has been over a decade since Cass last put out an album, 10 years since a tragedy catapulted her into a breakdown. In the course of this one day - both ordinary and extraordinary - each song Cass plays sets off a chain of memories, leading us deep into her past and into the creative impulse that has underpinned her work. This is the story of a life - of highs and lows, love and separation, success and failure. Of what it is to live a fulfilled life and how to make peace with our mistakes. Read by Imogen Church. This audiobook features extracts from the album Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits by Kathryn Williams. Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits is available from One Little Indian Records. Full copyright details and the complete lyrics to each song are included in the PDF that accompanies this audiobook. For more about Kathryn Williams´ music, and One Little Indian Records, visit indian.co.uk. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Imogen Church. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/001107/bk_orio_001107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Political reporters on the campaign trail aren’t the only journalists racking up the frequent flyer miles right now. It’s the season of major film festivals, and people who cover movies get the better destinations. Last weekend was the festival in Telluride, Colorado; the Venice Film Festival is wrapping up; Toronto has just begun; and at the end of this month New York´s big film festival kicks off. What are all these festivals for, and to whom do they matter? Next, back in 1996, when I was just starting to think about my first novel, which I wanted to be big and funny and serious and say fresh things about modern life, a new novel appeared on my doorstep. A gigantic novel, a thousand pages in galleys, signed by the author: it was David Foster Wallace´s Infinite Jest. I plunged in and realized why so much fuss was being made. It was a dazzling, infuriating, altogether remarkable book about the sadness at the core of turn-of-the-21st-century America’s frenzied addiction to entertainment and diversion.Then, pop music´s not what it used to be. That’s what every generation of no-longer-kids says about what the kids are listening to, but fogey cliches aren’t necessarily wrong. A study just published in the Journal of Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts tracked the mood of pop songs over five decades of Billboard charts, and it confirms that pop has changed in substantial ways. Far more of today’s hits are now in minor keys (which most of us hear as sadder or more complex) — more than half, as compared to just 15% in the 1960s.Next, even if you don’t know the song ´´How You Like Me Now?´´ by name, you’ve almost certainly heard it. The funky, gritty tune has been ubiquitous for a couple of years — in a Super Bowl car ad, in TV shows like Entourage and Community, and lately as part of the official Obama re-election campaign playlist. The band behind the song is four British guys ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/120908/rt_stud_120908_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Classical Hits for Children is an ideal concert for fans of classical music and for anyone who would like to be. Marko Simsa, the king of children´s concerts, presents ´´Classical Hits for Children´´, 23 different pieces of classical music by famous composers. Each piece is introduced in a fun and easy way by the actor Howard Nightingall. It is perfect for native speakers and anyone who wants to combine learning English with listening to classical music.Table of contents: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A little Night Music; Antonio Vivaldi: Spring; Ludwig van Beethoven: For Elise; Johann Sebastian Bach: Musette; Giocchino Rossini; The Cats´ Duet; Robert Schumann: The Happy Peasant; Edvard Grieg: Puck John Travers: Cornet Voluntary; George Friedrich Händel: Water Music; Johann and Josef Strauss: Pizzicato Polka Franz Schubert: Grätzer Galopp; Leopold Mozart: Bourlesq Johann Strauss Sr.: Radetzky March Ludwig van Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Battle. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Howard Nightingall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/jumb/000614/bk_jumb_000614_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Much like The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs Of Christmas, The Stories Behind The Great Traditions of Christmas and More Stories Behind The Best Loved Songs of Christmas this new Collins Christmas book will fill a void in the book world. With a look at these secular classics, people who love the music of the season will finally have a source that gives the stories behind the creation of these wonderful songs, the way they found their way into the hands of those who made them famous and the reason they climb the charts. The Stories Behind the Greatest Hits of Christmas is really a guide or a map that connects Christmas past with Christmas present. It will be a time machine that connect the past to the present and makes the experience of hearing Christmas classics even more special. Completed with thoughts of those who penned these classics, along with the artists, such as Brenda Lee, who made them famous, this will be a book that is sure to generate fan interest. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Boehmer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/zond/000892/bk_zond_000892_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Over the last two decades, a new type of song has emerged. Today´s hits bristle with ´´hooks´´, musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain´s delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are industrial-strength products made for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. The tracks are so catchy and so potent that you can´t not listen to them. Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early ´90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today´s charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine will change the way you listen to music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dion Graham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/high/000999/bk_high_000999_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
One of the greatest songwriters of all time offers a frank and riveting account of his life and the stories behind the hits. Over the past six decades, Burt Bacharach´s legendary songwriting has touched millions of devoted listeners all over the world. In Anyone Who Had a Heart, Bacharach steps out from behind the music to give an honest, engaging look at his life - from his work with Hal David, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, and many others to his tumultuous marriages and the devastating fate of his beloved daughter. Growing up in Forest Hills, New York, during the 1930s and ´40s, Burt Bacharach fell in love with music after sneaking into a Manhattan jazz club to see the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. After a stint in the Army during the Korean War, he toured the world with Marlene Dietrich, wrote an endless string of hits, scored numerous Hollywood films, married the glamorous movie star Angie Dickinson, and composed the music for the huge Broadway hit Promises, Promises. While he soared professionally, Bacharach´s private life was dominated by the never-ending search for love - and the heartbreak that comes when it is lost - which is reflected in his greatest songs. His first three marriages ended in divorce. His long-running partnership with the late Hal David suffered a bitter split that lasted seventeen years. Throughout the highs and lows, Bacharach steadfastly pursued his muse - a quest that continues to this day. Anyone Who Had a Heart is the story of a man who has always expressed his deepest feelings through his music. Filled with the emotional power that defines Burt Bacharach´s most unforgettable songs, his memoir offers a candid backstage look at show business as well as the personal struggles of an artist whose incredible body of work has earned him a unique position in the American cultural landscape. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tony Call, Jeff Woodman, Therese Plummer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003420/bk_harp_003420_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of the music that accompanies the cinematic adventures of Ian Fleming´s intrepid Agent 007 is one of surprising real-life drama. In The Music of James Bond, author Jon Burlingame throws open studio and courtroom doors alike to reveal the full and extraordinary history of the sounds of James Bond, spicing the story with a wealth of fascinating and previously undisclosed tales. Burlingame devotes a chapter to each Bond film, providing the backstory for the music (including a listener-friendly analysis of each score) from the last-minute creation of the now-famous ´´James Bond Theme´´ in Dr. No to John Barry´s trend-setting early scores for such films as Goldfinger and Thunderball. We learn how synthesizers, disco and modern electronica techniques played a role in subsequent scores, and how composer David Arnold reinvented the Bond sound for the 1990s and beyond. The audiobook brims with behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Burlingame examines the decades-long controversy over authorship of the Bond theme; how Frank Sinatra almost sang the title song for Moonraker; and how top artists like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, and Madonna turned Bond songs into chart-topping hits. The author shares the untold stories of how Eric Clapton played guitar for Licence to Kill but saw his work shelved, and how Amy Winehouse very nearly co-wrote and sang the theme for Quantum of Solace. New interviews with many Bond songwriters and composers, coupled with extensive research as well as fascinating and previously undiscovered details - temperamental artists, unexpected hits, and the convergence of great music and unforgettable imagery - make The Music of James Bond a must listen for 007 buffs and all popular music fans. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tom Parks. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015520/bk_adbl_015520_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was 24. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world´s greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. Unfaithful Music describes how Costello´s career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. The memoir, written entirely by Costello himself, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned cowriters and coconspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Elvis Costello. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002666/bk_peng_002666_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.