American Band

Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland

Author: Kristen Laine

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101216972

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 3043

In the spirit of Friday Night Lights comes the stirring story of a marching band from small-town middle America. Every fall, marching bands take to the field in a uniquely American ritual. For millions of kids, band is a rite of passage—a first foray into leadership and adult responsibility, and a chance to learn what it means to be a part of a community. Nowhere is band more serious than at Concord High School in Elkhart, Indiana, where the entire town is involved with the success of its defending state champion band, the Marching Minutemen. In the place where this tradition may have originated, in the city that became the band instrument capital of the world, band is a religion. But it’s not the only religion—as legendary director Max Jones discovers when conflicting notions of faith and purpose collide during his final year as director. In this intimate chronicle, the band marches through a season that starts in hope and promise, progresses through uncertainty and disappointment, and ends, ultimately, in redemption.

"An American Band, The America Story"

Author: Dan Peek

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1609849817

Category: Music

Page: 312

View: 5158

The book starts at the beginning, a rags to riches story of 3 Air Force Brats who eventually met in London, England at the height of the "American Invasion" of music. Courted by every Record Label in town, the band chose to sign with Warner Bros. Records and the rest as they say is History. With the release of their acoustic and vocal harmony masterpiece, "A Horse With No Name", the band was catapulted to the top of the music charts worldwide. Their self-titled debut album containing the forementioned single reached the #1 spot on Music Charts around the world. The book is an insider's look at the opulent and sometimes sleazy world of Rock and Roll during the Golden Years of the 70's. Dan's depiction of meeting the A-List Celebrities of the day, including Rod Stewart, the Beatles, Rolling Stones, CSNY, Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne as well as Movie Stars Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty among others is a compelling read. With feedback such as "Couldn't put it down till I was finished" and "Now reading it for the 3rd time" are typical of the comments the book has engendered. Legendary Managers David Geffen and Elliot Roberts helped guide them and the soon enlisted the talents of Sir George Martin, known for his work with the Beatles. Sir George produced 5 of the 7 albums the group recorded for Warner Brothers and was instrumental in keeping them at the top of the charts, album after album. The book also chronicles the painful breakup of the band as Dan Peek left to pursue a solo career which resulted in a groundbreaking CCM album, "All Things Are Possible" which garnered a Grammy nomination.

Ramones

An American Band

Author: Jim Bessman

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9780312093693

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 2698

The authorized story of an American band who shaped the history of music for generations. Today's new music-makers are looking back at the bands that broke the ground, and the Ramones are it: the original high priests of punk, the stars of rock 'n roll high school, the royal avatars of rock, raunch, and rebellion. 60 photographs and illustrations.

The Eagles

An American Band

Author: Andrew Vaughan

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9781402777127

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 3371

Profiles the rise of the Eagles, "the most popular rock band in American pop music history ... they pioneered the incredibly popular Southern California country rock sound." -- p. 6. Describes the group as "remarkable artists who bridged the gap betweenthe musical idealism of the sixties and the more cynical seventies in which rock music was fast becoming Big Business" -- dust jacket. A Solo discography is provided for Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon, Randy Meisner, Timothy B. Schmit, and Joe Walsh.

Our Band Could Be Your Life

Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991

Author: Michael Azerrad

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316247189

Category: Music

Page: 528

View: 5248

This is the never-before-told story of the musical revolution that happened right under the nose of the Reagan Eighties--when a small but sprawling network of bands, labels, fanzines, radio stations, and other subversives reenergized American rock with punk rock's do-it-yourself credo and created music that was deeply personal, often brilliant, always challenging, and immensely influential. This sweeping chronicle of music, politics, drugs, fear, loathing, and faith has been recognized as an indie rock classic in its own right. Among the bands profiled: Mission of Burma, Butthole Surfers, The Minutemen, Sonic Youth, Black Flag, Big Black, Hüsker Dü, Fugazi, Minor Threat, Mudhoney, The Replacements, Beat Happening, and Dinosaur Jr.

Band of Sisters

American Women at War in Iraq

Author: Kirsten Holmstedt

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811735664

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 3669

Profiles twelve women soldiers who have served in the Iraq War, describing their experiences in the war, discussing the pressures of the job, and touching on the difficulties of being a woman in the military.

An American Band

The Story of Grand Funk Railroad

Author: Billy James

Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9780946719266

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 3626

Grand Funk Railroad were one of the biggest US rock 'n' roll acts of the 70s. Initially coming to prominence following the band's performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival, they sold millions of records and played to sold out arenas the world over. A hard working, no-nonsense power trio fronted by the energetic showmanship of Mark Farner, they were often cited as the loudest rock and roll band in the world. In an era dominated by progressive rock, Grand Funk faired badly with critics, but the public, especially in America, had no such problem in adopting them as their favourite band. This authorized biography details how the band rose to stardom and captured America's heart.

The Ramones

American Punk Rock Band

Author: Brian J. Bowe

Publisher: Enslow Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 9780766032330

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 128

View: 3355

"A biography of American punk rock band the Ramones"--Provided by publisher.

The Beach Boys

America's Band

Author: Johnny Morgan

Publisher: Sterling

ISBN: 9781454917090

Category: Music

Page: 256

View: 1947

The Beach Boys pioneered the wildly popular "Surf Sound," selling more records than any other American band. And 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of their groundbreaking and hugely influential album Pet Sounds and its follow-up single, "Good Vibrations." This book offers the first fully illustrated, in-depth examination of the group's story, with a special emphasis on the creation of those two masterpieces and what came after. More than 150 images include classic and rarely published photographs, album artwork, and archive memorabilia. By examining the writing, recording, and performance of the band's entire catalogue, mostly created by Brian Wilson, the book presents a unique look at the times, trials, and tribulations that went into making the Beach Boys, both before and after their 1966 triumphs.

Bands of Sisters

U.S. Women's Military Bands during World War II

Author: Jill M. Sullivan

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810881632

Category: History

Page: 182

View: 7105

During World War II, the U.S. military employed all-female bands to support bond drives. These bands drew such attention that they were placed on tour, raising money for the war and boosting morale. Even after the war ended, the bands would last for some 60 years. Based on Jill Sullivan's interviews with over 70 surviving band members, Bands of Sisters: U.S. Women's Military Bands during World War II tells the tale of this remarkable period in the history of American women. The opportunities presented by military service inevitably promoted new perspectives on what women could accomplish outside of the home, resulting in a lifetime of lasting relationships that would inspire future generations of musicians.

We Band of Angels

The Untold Story of the American Women Trapped on Bataan

Author: Elizabeth M. Norman

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

ISBN: 0812984846

Category: History

Page: 333

View: 6924

"In the winter of 1941, as Japanese bombs began to fall on Luzon, American Army and Navy nurses stationed in the Philippines suddenly found themselves caught in a fiery hell of war. Undaunted, they did everything in their power to aid the soldiers, setting up much needed field hospitals in the jungles of Bataan and the tunnels of Corregidor, where they tended to the most devastating injuries of war amidst the raining shells and shrapnel. But the worst was still to come: As Bataan and Corregidor fell, ninety-nine of the nurses were herded into internment camps, where they endured three years of suffering, brutality, and starvation. Here, in letters, diaries, and firsthand accounts, is the story of what really happened during those dark days, woven together into a compelling saga of women in war"--

A History of the Trombone

Author: David M. Guion

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0810874458

Category: Music

Page: 251

View: 3490

This book, the first in the American Wind Band series, is a comprehensive account of the development of the trombone, from its initial form as a 14th-century Medieval trumpet to its alterations in the 15th century; from its marginalized use in a particular Renaissance ensemble to its acceptance in various kinds of artistic and popular music in the 19th and 20th centuries. The book is fully illustrated with more than 80 images and includes an appendix of transcriptions of selected primary source documents with translations and a comprehensive bibliography.

The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa

Author: Paul E. Bierley

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252031474

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 453

View: 7653

Most famous for his military marches, John Philip Sousa led a group of devoted musicians around the world and shaped a new cultural landscape. This book documents almost every aspect of the "March King's" band: its history, its star performers, its appearances on recordings, and the problems the group faced on their 1911 trip around the world.

The Twentieth Century American Wind Band/ensemble

History, Development and Literature

Author: Frank L. Battisti

Publisher: Meredith Music Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Music

Page: 174

View: 926

A focus on the development of the wind band/ensemble and its literature as a medium of artistic musical expression. Incredibly insightful and written by perhaps the most knowledgeable person in the field today.

Swingin' the Dream

Big Band Jazz and the Rebirth of American Culture

Author: Lewis A. Erenberg

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226215174

Category: Music

Page: 344

View: 8260

Explores the cultural meaning of swing music to the people of the United States as they struggled through the Depression and World War II.

And the Band Played On

Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic, 20th-Anniversary Edition

Author: Randy Shilts

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429930390

Category: History

Page: 656

View: 2112

Upon it's first publication twenty years ago, And The Band Played on was quickly recognized as a masterpiece of investigative reporting. An international bestseller, a nominee for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a critically acclaimed movie, Shilts' expose revealed why AIDS was allowed to spread unchecked during the early 80's while the most trusted institutions ignored or denied the threat. One of the few true modern classics, it changed and framed how AIDS was discussed in the following years. Now republished in a special 20th Anniversary edition, And the Band Played On remains one of the essential books of our time.

The American Band Arranger

A Complete and Reliable Self-instructor for Mastering the Essential Principles of Practical and Artistic Arranging for Military Band

Author: Mayhew Lake

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Bands (Music)

Page: 44

View: 3416

Under the Starry Flag

How a Ban of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship

Author: Lucy E. Salyer

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674989228

Category: History

Page: 338

View: 6196

In 1867 forty Irish-Americans sailed for Ireland to fight against British rule. Claiming that emigrants to America remained British citizens, authorities arrested the men for treason, sparking a crisis and trial that dragged the U.S. and Britain to the brink of war. Lucy Salyer recounts this gripping tale, a prelude to today’s immigration battles.

Swing Changes

Big-band Jazz in New Deal America

Author: David W. Stowe

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674858268

Category: History

Page: 299

View: 1445

"Although its musical roots extended back to the 1920s, swing seemed to many to come out of nowhere in 1935, inspiring a welter of conflicting descriptions and explanations. Stowe explores this history to suggest why the music of Goodman and Ellington caught so many unawares, and why it fired so many - and so many different - imaginations when it emerged in full force. He links the music to the politics of the time, to prevailing ideas about race relations, and to the complex culture industry that was evolving in the 1930s. At its commercial apex in the early 1940s, swing was readily adapted to World War II, and Stowe reveals how the music served the cause as a symbol of national unity, even as this service worked to undermine the utopian values swing expressed. He follows the failure of swing to keep its unlikely cultural coalition together and describes the subsequent attempts of bebop to pick up where the big band left off.