Guy Pratt came of age just as bass playing became sexy. Having dallied with punk legend Sylvain Sylvain, Pratt suddenly found himself on Top of the Pops and supporting David Bowie with smooth Australian outfit Icehouse. He became bass player to the stars, crawling from studio to bar and hotel to stadium Portakabin with the likes of Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Womack &Womack and Bryan Ferry. Guy has recorded with everyone from Madonna and Michael Jackson to McFly. He was in The Smiths for a week, and has travelled through customs in a wheelchair after a flight with Jimmy Page. Following the success of his live show at the 2005 Edinburgh Festival and the subsequent sell out tour of Australia, Guy Pratt’s narrates his bestselling book, My Bass and Other Animals, a witty, revealing but heartfelt memoir of life at the pointy end of the music business. When not playing with David Gilmour or Bryan Ferry, he continues to take the show around the world. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Guy Pratt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/mkle/000001/bk_mkle_000001_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Derided for its conformity and consumerism, 1950s America paid a price in anxiety. Prosperity existed under the shadow of a mushroom cloud. Optimism wore a Bucky Beaver smile that masked worry over threats at home and abroad. But even dread could not quell the revolutionary changes taking place in virtually every form of mainstream music. Music historian James Wierzbicki sheds light on how the Fifties´ pervasive moods affected its sounds. Moving across genres established--pop, country, opera--and transfigured--experimental, rock, jazz--Wierzbicki delves into the social dynamics that caused forms to emerge or recede, thrive or fade away. Red scares and white flight, sexual politics and racial tensions, technological progress and demographic upheaval--the influence of each rooted the music of this volatile period to its specific place and time. Yet Wierzbicki also reveals the host of underlying connections linking that most apprehensive of times to our own uneasy present. The book is published by University of Illinois Press.´´The author successfully demonstrates the impact of social change upon Fifties music in a well-written and engaging way. Recommended.´´ (Library Journal)´´This fascinating book is accessible for students and general readers, even as Wierzbicki offers new insights that will be of interest to specialists as well.´´ (Gayle Sherwood Magee, author of Charles Ives Reconsidered)´´Wierzbicki is to be especially commended for his mastery of many sources and the way he has woven them together.´´ (Michael Broyles, author of Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Carrico. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082368/bk_acx0_082368_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Want to know more about music? Want to learn awesome new bass playing techniques? Want to play songs without wasting your time looking for tabs on the net? If your answer is yes, then this is the right guide for you! In this audiobook, we will help you understand music theory. This audiobook also includes popular advanced bass techniques: Amaze your friends and band mates with your new bass techniques Create funkier and groovier beats with your bass! Impress your friends by showing them that you can play anything without the help of inaccurate bass tabs Communicate better with other musicians Make you bass guitar sing! Stand out and make catchy solos! You don´t have to go to expensive music schools to understand the music theory and scales! You can now play like a pro! This book is what you need if you want to know more about music and your bass. This book also uses simple terminologies so that it will be easier for you to follow and understand. If you are ready to be a full-fledged musician and bassist, it´s time for you to grab a copy of our book. Download now! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Eflin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/074185/bk_acx0_074185_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Composer Charles Strouse on this edition of Fresh Air. His Broadway musicals include Bye Bye Birdie, Annie, Applause, It´s a Bird, It´s a Plane, It´s Superman, and Golden Boy, which originally opened on Broadway in 1964 and starred Sammy Davis, Jr. The show will be revived later this month by City Center Encores in New York. Strouse also composed music for film and TV, including ´´Those Were the Days,´´ the theme song for TV´s All in the Family. (Broadcast date: March 5, 2002) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/020305/rt_whyy_020305_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Times best-selling, authoritative account of the life of Charles Manson, filled with surprising new information: ´´A riveting, almost Dickensian narrative…four stars” (People). More than 40 years ago Charles Manson and his mostly female commune killed nine people, among them the pregnant actress Sharon Tate. It was the culmination of a criminal career that author Jeff Guinn traces back to Manson’s childhood. Guinn interviewed Manson’s sister and cousin, neither of whom had ever previously cooperated with an author. Childhood friends, cellmates, and even some members of the Manson family have provided new information about Manson’s life. Guinn has made discoveries about the night of the Tate murders, answering unresolved questions, such as why one person near the scene of the crime was spared. Manson puts the killer in the context of the turbulent late 60s, an era of race riots and street protests when authority in all its forms was under siege. Guinn shows us how Manson created and refined his message to fit the times, persuading confused young women (and a few men) that he had the solutions to their problems. At the same time he used them to pursue his long-standing musical ambitions. His frustrated ambitions, combined with his bizarre race-war obsession, would have lethal consequences. Guinn’s book is a ´´tour de force of a biography…Manson stands as a definitive work: important for students of criminology, human behavior, popular culture, music, psychopathology, and sociopathology…and compulsively readable” (Ann Rule, The New York Times Book Review). 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jim Frangione. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/009568/bk_sans_009568_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Boy, do I have a lot to learn! Anyone who´s ever picked up a musical instrument of any kind - from the first caveman banging rocks to that little kid at the guitar shop - has thought that. I know I did. I´d been trying for years to break in to the music scene, to show everyone my chops, to make my mark. And I was good. But I wasn´t great. I knew that there was something wrong. ´´Then the teacher showed up. I didn´t ask for him. I didn´t think I needed him. And all he said he could teach me was ´nothing´. ´´What happened next, you may not believe...I sure didn´t...but that didn´t stop him.´´ The Music Lesson is the inspiring story of a young bass player and the lessons he learns about Life, Music, and the Life of Music. Throughout this audiobook is new, original music written by Victor Wooten and a bonus performance by the original supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Victor L. Wooten. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001439/bk_tant_001439_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/acx0/003714/bk_acx0_003714_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Hot Water Music is a collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski, published in 1983. The collection deals largely with: drinking, women, gambling, and writing. It is an important collection that establishes Bukowski´s minimalist style and his thematic oeuvre. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christian Baskous. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003559/bk_harp_003559_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A vocal group without peer, The Browns were central artists in the changing sound of country and American popular music at mid-century. They were part of major changes in the entertainment business and American culture, participated in the folk music movement in the ´60s, and saw the steady birth of rock ´n´ roll up close as they worked with Presley and others. Looking Back to See is a remarkable story told here for the first time. Published by The University of Arkansas Press. ´´Valuable contribution to country music and Arkansas history from the too-rare viewpoint of a woman who lived it.´´ - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ´´Spunky, no holds-barred, immensely readable´´ - Country Music People ´´An irreplaceable narrative by a participant in the golden age of country and ‘hillbilly´ music who witnessed and made its history.´´ - Charles McGovern, former curator, Smithsonian´s National Museum of American History 1. Language: English. Narrator: Reagan Boggs. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/103466/bk_acx0_103466_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.