"An American Band, The America Story"

Author: Dan Peek

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 1609849817

Category: Music

Page: 312

View: 2718

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: 8922

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.

An American Band

The Story of Grand Funk Railroad

Author: Billy James

Publisher: SAF Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 9780946719266

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 4405

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.

American Band

Music, Dreams, and Coming of Age in the Heartland

Author: Kristen Laine

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101216972

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 8240

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.

The Eagles

An American Band

Author: Andrew Vaughan

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9781402777127

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 695

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.

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: 1284

"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"--

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: 7863

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.

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: 7045

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 Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa

Author: Paul E. Bierley

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252031474

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 453

View: 2346

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.

Band of Sisters

American Women at War in Iraq

Author: Kirsten Holmstedt

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811735664

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 563

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.

Skinheads: A Guide to an American Subculture

A Guide to an American Subculture

Author: Tiffini Travis,Perry Hardy

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313359547

Category: Social Science

Page: 161

View: 9467

This book provides a fascinating examination of one of the most notorious countercultures in the United States. • Includes images of American skinheads from the 1980s, 1990s, and today that depict skinhead fashion, hairstyles, and lifestyles • Provides an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources in a variety of formats, including articles from magazines and scholarly journals, books, and websites

The Life You Save May Be Your Own

An American Pilgrimage

Author: Paul Elie

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374529215

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 554

View: 1517

The author explores the lives of Thomas Merton, Dorothy Day, Walker Percy, and Flannery O'Connor to search for evidence that their "Christ haunted" Catholic backgrounds inspired them to write, in a study of the spiritual and literary pilgrimage of these four great American Catholic writers. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

I Love Capitalism!

An American Story

Author: Ken Langone

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0735216258

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9794

New York Times Bestseller Iconoclastic entrepreneur and New York legend Ken Langone tells the compelling story of how a poor boy from Long Island became one of America's most successful businessmen. Ken Langone has seen it all on his way to a net worth beyond his wildest dreams. A pillar of corporate America for decades, he's a co-founder of Home Depot, a former director of the New York Stock Exchange, and a world-class philanthropist (including $200 million for NYU's Langone Health). In this memoir he finally tells the story of his unlikely rise and controversial career. It's also a passionate defense of the American Dream -- of preserving a country in which any hungry kid can reach the maximum potential of his or her talents and work ethic. In a series of fascinating stories, Langone shows how he struggled to get an education, break into Wall Street, and scramble for an MBA at night while competing with privileged competitors by day. He shares how he learned how to evaluate what a business is worth and apply his street smarts to 8-figure and 9-figure deals . And he's not shy about discussing, for the first time, his epic legal and PR battle with former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer. His ultimate theme is that free enterprise is the key to giving everyone a leg up. As he writes: This book is my love song to capitalism. Capitalism works! And I'm living proof -- it works for everybody. Absolutely anybody is entitled to dream big, and absolutely everybody should dream big. I did. Show me where the silver spoon was in my mouth. I've got to argue profoundly and passionately: I'm the American Dream.

An American Life: An Enhanced eBook with CBS Video

The Autobiography

Author: Ronald Reagan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439141487

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 736

View: 4148

Ronald Reagan’s autobiography is a work of major historical importance. Here, in his own words, is the story of his life—public and private—told in a book both frank and compellingly readable. Few presidents have accomplished more, or been so effective in changing the direction of government in ways that are both fundamental and lasting, than Ronald Reagan. Certainly no president has more dramatically raised the American spirit, or done so much to restore national strength and self-confidence. Here, then, is a truly American success story—a great and inspiring one. From modest beginnings as the son of a shoe salesman in Tampico, Illinois, Ronald Reagan achieved first a distinguished career in Hollywood and then, as governor of California and as president of the most powerful nation in the world, a career of public service unique in our history. Ronald Reagan’s account of that rise is told here with all the uncompromising candor, modesty, and wit that made him perhaps the most able communicator ever to occupy the White House, and also with the sense of drama of a gifted natural storyteller. He tells us, with warmth and pride, of his early years and of the elements that made him, in later life, a leader of such stubborn integrity, courage, and clear-minded optimism. Reading the account of this childhood, we understand how his parents, struggling to make ends meet despite family problems and the rigors of the Depression, shaped his belief in the virtues of American life—the need to help others, the desire to get ahead and to get things done, the deep trust in the basic goodness, values, and sense of justice of the American people—virtues that few presidents have expressed more eloquently than Ronald Reagan. With absolute authority and a keen eye for the details and the anecdotes that humanize history, Ronald Reagan takes the reader behind the scenes of his extraordinary career, from his first political experiences as president of the Screen Actors Guild (including his first meeting with a beautiful young actress who was later to become Nancy Reagan) to such high points of his presidency as the November 1985 Geneva meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev, during which Reagan invited the Soviet leader outside for a breath of fresh air and then took him off for a walk and a man-to-man chat, without aides, that set the course for arms reduction and charted the end of the Cold War. Here he reveals what went on behind his decision to enter politics and run for the governorship of California, the speech nominating Barry Goldwater that first made Reagan a national political figure, his race for the presidency, his relations with the members of his own cabinet, and his frustrations with Congress. He gives us the details of the great themes and dramatic crises of his eight years in office, from Lebanon to Grenada, from the struggle to achieve arms control to tax reform, from Iran-Contra to the visits abroad that did so much to reestablish the United States in the eyes of the world as a friendly and peaceful power. His narrative is full of insights, from the unseen dangers of Gorbachev’s first visit to the United States to Reagan’s own personal correspondence with major foreign leaders, as well as his innermost feelings about life in the White House, the assassination attempt, his family—and the enduring love between himself and Mrs. Reagan. An American Life is a warm, richly detailed, and deeply human book, a brilliant self-portrait, a significant work of history.

Goths: A Guide to an American Subculture

A Guide to an American Subculture

Author: Micah Lee Issitt

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0313386056

Category: Social Science

Page: 159

View: 8801

This in-depth exploration of Goth culture invites fresh understanding—and a critique of contemporary mainstream culture by comparison. • Sidebars cover topics such as face paint, hair color, and the origin of various body piercings • Biographical sketches and interviews help students learn about the people fundamental to Goth culture • Primary documents support research and analysis • A glossary helps students understand essential terms related to the Goths. • A bibliography of print and nonprint resources directs readers to additional sources of information

The Mormon People

The Making of an American Faith

Author: Matthew Bowman

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0679644911

Category: Religion

Page: 368

View: 8510

“From one of the brightest of the new generation of Mormon-studies scholars comes a crisp, engaging account of the religion’s history.”—The Wall Street Journal With Mormonism on the nation’s radar as never before, religious historian Matthew Bowman has written an essential book that pulls back the curtain on more than 180 years of Mormon history and doctrine. He recounts the church’s origins and explains how the Mormon vision has evolved—and with it the esteem in which Mormons have been held in the eyes of their countrymen. Admired on the one hand as hardworking paragons of family values, Mormons have also been derided as oddballs and persecuted as polygamists, heretics, and zealots. The place of Mormonism in public life continues to generate heated debate, yet the faith has never been more popular. One of the fastest-growing religions in the world, it retains an uneasy sense of its relationship with the main line of American culture. Mormons will surely play an even greater role in American civic life in the years ahead. The Mormon People comes as a vital addition to the corpus of American religious history—a frank and balanced demystification of a faith that remains a mystery for many. With a new afterword by the author. “Fascinating and fair-minded . . . a sweeping soup-to-nuts primer on Mormonism.”—The Boston Globe “A cogent, judicious, and important account of a faith that has been an important element in American history but remained surprisingly misunderstood.”—Michael Beschloss “A thorough, stimulating rendering of the Mormon past and present.”—Kirkus Reviews “[A] smart, lucid history.”—Tom Brokaw

Noise in My Head

Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground

Author: James Kritzler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781922129352

Category: Alternative rock music

Page: 464

View: 9098

The Ugly Australian Underground documents the music, song writing, aesthetics, lives and struggles of 50 of Australia's most innovative and creatively significant bands and artists at the creative peak of their careers. The book provides a rare insight into the most 'happening' cult music scenes in Australia. The author, Jimi Kritzler is both a journalist and a musician and is personally connected to the musicians he interviews through his own involvement in this music sub culture. The interviews are extremely personal and reveal much more than any interview granted to street press or blogs. The interviews deal with not only the music and song writing processes of each band but in some circumstances their struggles with drugs, the death of band members and involvement in crime. The book is complimented by previously unpublished photographs of all the bands interviewed The Australian underground scene in the last five years has been heralded not only in Australia but also in Europe and particularly America. Known as the "Australian Invasion" in America, many of the bands interviewed in this book have received a great deal of hype and press in America with many of the bands signing to American record labels. Bands featured in the book like The Drones, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Royal Headache, Uv Race, Circle Pit, HTRK, Lost Animal, Oren Ambarchi, Total Control, Witch Hats, Deaf Wish, Blank Realm, New War, Holy Balm, Fabulous Diamonds, The Garbage and The Flowers, Straight Arrows, xNoBBQx, Naked on the Vague, Kitchens Floor and My Disco are all on American record labels and have all toured America at least once. Eddy Current Suppression Ring even lent their song 'Memory Lane' to an American telecommunications company advertisement, which was played repeatedly during the Super Bowl. Whilst that may indicate the influence of the band in America at the more mainstream end of the spectrum, at the other end, Eddy Current Suppression Ring are a culturally significant and revered underground band both in Australia and America who play to thousands of people at any given show. The bands in this book have dedicated fan bases both in Australia and America that recognise that this crop of bands are the most creatively important in the Australian music scene today. These are the bands that will be remembered in twenty years for having created seminal records. Already The Drones and Eddy Current Suppression Ring have won The Music Prize as well as both being named in the "100 Best Australian Albums of All-Time." The Author: James ( Jimi) Kritzler graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Journalism degree and an Honours Degree in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology. He is currently a feature writer, reviewer and contributor to Vice Magazine. He has written for The Courier Mail Newspaper (News Ltd, QLD), Timeoff Magazine, Rave Magazine and New York's 'SUP Magazine. Jimi also plays in Slug Guts (Sacred Bones Records-NYC) and White Hex (Avant Records -Euro/USA) & Nihilistic Orbs -Australia). Slug Guts have released four albums, toured Australia innumerable times as well as Japan and USA. He has been putting on shows for a decade including many for bands featured in this book

Adventures of an American Composer

An Autobiography

Author: Neal Colgrass,Ulla Colgrass

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781574631555

Category: Music

Page: 221

View: 1021

"Selected recordings of Michael Colgrass": p. 217-221.