Author: Ralph Murphy
Publisher: Murphy's Laws of Songwriting
Category: Composition (Music)
Revised 2013 About the Book Achieving "hit writer" status has always been a formidable goal for any songwriter. Never more so however than in the 21st century. Catching the ear of the monumentally distracted, fragmented listener has never been more difficult. Getting their attention, inviting them in to your song and keeping them there for long enough for your song to become "their song" requires more than being just a "good" songwriter. Murphy's Laws of Songwriting "The Book" arms the songwriter for success by demystifying the process and opening the door to serious professional songwriting. Hall of fame songwriter Paul Williams said in his review of the book "If there was a hit songwriters secret handshake Da Murphy would probably have included it." About the Author Ralph Murphy, songwriter, has been successful for five decades. Consistently charting songs in an ever-changing musical environment makes him a member of that very small group of professionals who make a living ding what they love to do. Add to that the platinum records as a producer, the widely acclaimed Murphy's Laws of Songwriting articles used as part of curriculum at colleges, universities, and by songwriter organizations, his success as the publisher and co-owner of the extremely successful Picalic Group of Companies and you see a pattern of achievement based on more than luck.
All the Reasons Why Everything Goes Wrong
Author: Arthur Bloch
Category: Murphy's law
Murphy's Law - popularly known as Sod's Law - with acknowledgements to Parkinson's Law and the Peter Principle - explains the truth of man's existence: that if anything can go wrong, it will. In three volumes of murphology, Arthur Block has provided the only comfort possible - laughter - for all those who have ever been exasparated by things going wrong, with a set of rules offering a wise and witty view of the human predicament in the cosmos.
a biography of Audie Murphy
Author: Don Graham
Publisher: Viking Pr
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Profiles the baby-faced soldier who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor and became the most decorated soldier in American history as a teenager and went on to become a Hollywood star before slipping into a life of dissolution
Author: Jeffrey Brabec,Todd Brabec
Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books
The Insider's Guide to Making Money in the Music Industry. Millions dream of attaining glamour and wealth through music. This book reveals the secrets of the music business that have made fortunes for the superstars. A must-have for every songwriter, performer and musician.
A Badge, Gun and Heartache
Author: D.C. Murphy
CORRUPTION IS EVERYWHERE Near San Francisco, a small town is riddled with bad cops and cocaine dealers... MILL VALLEY sits nestled in the shadow of the Sleeping Princess Mountain in southern Marin County and, at first glance, appears to be a quiet, tranquil little town populated by rock stars, writers, and artists. But a closer look reveals a dark side: corruption has reached the top levels of the police department, and white powder cocaine is the locals’ drug of choice. Sean Patrick Murphy, nicknamed “Rooster” by his supervising sergeant, Dante John Castigari, is a burnt-out Irish cop on a rampage on San Francisco’s skid row. He carries a Badge, Gun, and Heartache, but all he ever wanted was to be a country singer. But so far, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards. The year is 1978. But the story begins in Mill Valley, early in 1973: Sergeant Castigari hates dope dealers and dirty cops. So does Murphy, but his passion to become a country singer soon starts to interfere with his commitment to protect and serve. When Castigari plunges into the dangerous business of cleaning up the town and eradicating the Colombian Drug Cartel from their stronghold, Rock Star Hell, Murphy has to decide among his music, his job, and his mentor. The corruption and greed start to take a toll on everybody involved, including Murphy’s girlfriend, the sultry singer Peggy Sue Barnes. Then Murphy is offered immortality with a record contract—but not without a price. Soon Castigari is asking, “Are you pulling pistols or strumming guitars?” It’s down to the wire, but Murphy has already made up his mind. Now it’s a waiting game, and both the cops and the Colombians await Rooster’s next move.
The Inside Stories Behind Country Music s Greatest Hits
Author: Jake Brown
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Category: Biography & Autobiography
You’ve heard them on the radio, listened to them on repeat for days, and sang along at the top of your lungs—but have you ever wondered about the real stories behind all your favorite country songs? Nashville Songwriter gives readers the first completely authorized collection of the true stories that inspired hits by the biggest multi-platinum country superstars of the last half century—recounted by the songwriters themselves. Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown gives readers an unprecedented, intimate glimpse inside the world of country music songwriting. Featuring exclusive commentary from country superstars and chapter-length interviews with today’s biggest hit-writers on Music Row, this book chronicles the stories behind smash hits such as: Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” “Southern Voice,” and “Real Good Man” George Jones’s “Tennessee Whiskey” Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova” Brooks & Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You” Lady Antebellum’s “We Owned the Night” and “Just a Kiss” Brad Paisley’s “Mud on the Tires,” “We Danced,” and “I’m Still a Guy” Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again,” “Crash My Party,” and “That’s My Kind of Night” The Oak Ridge Boys’s “American Made” George Strait’s “Ocean Front Property” and “The Best Day,” Rascal Flatts’s “Fast Cars and Freedom,” and “Take Me There” Kenny Chesney’s “Living in Fast Forward” and “When the Sun Goes Down” Ricochet’s “Daddy’s Money” Montgomery Gentry’s “If You Ever Stop Loving Me” The Crickets’s “I Fought the Law” Tom T. Hall’s “A Week in a County Jail” and “That Song Is Driving Me Crazy” Trace Adkins’s “You’re Gonna Miss This” David Lee Murphy’s “Dust on the Bottle” Jason Aldean’s “Big Green Tractor” and “Fly Over States” And many more top country hits over the past 40 years!
Lyrics from the Golden Era
Author: Herb Jordan
Publisher: Pantheon Books
Presents the complete lyrics to over one hundred Motown love songs, grouped into such categories as lessons of love, the joy of love, and love lost, and including "I'll Be There," "My Girl," and "Please Mr. Postman."
The Rise And Fall of Phil Spector
Author: Mick Brown
Publisher: A&C Black
In 2002, the reclusive and legendary record producer Phil Spector gave his first interview in twenty-five years to Mick Brown. The day after it was published an actress named Lana Clarkson was shot dead in Spector's LA castle. This is Brown's odyssey into the strange life and times of Phil Spector. Beginning with that fateful meeting in Spector's home and going on to explore his colourful and extraordinary life and career, including the unfolding of the Clarkson case, this is one of the most bizarre and compelling stories in pop history.
Author: Susan Sieweke
Things Church Girls Don’t Talk About is a comical, yet poignant, story of a young church girl and her mother in search of true faith amidst a sea of toxic religion and eccentric Southern characters. Meet Mama Careen whose sass gets her into trouble when she announces her husband’s adultery at his surprise birthday party. Enjoy the antics of her sister, Justine, who gets tipsy and does a “tell off” to her brother-in-law's bow-legged mistress at his funeral. Sympathize with Maggie as she tries to forgive and forget her cold, Irish father. Scoff at the narcissism of Jimmy Ray, a quirky preacher with a PH.D—a Pentecostal Hair Do. If you have a bone to pick with religion, or even if you don’t, you will be wooed by this charming and powerful tale of how mercy triumphs over judgment. Excerpts from THINGS CHURCH GIRLS DON’T TALK ABOUT... Maggie McBride on Southern sayings: “...and for your information, a Southern woman can say anything about anyone no matter how cutting or evil if she just follows it up with ‘bless her heart,’ or something similar.” “Don’t go repeating this, but Mrs. Johnson’s loose daughters, Babs and Lola, became Porn whores—bless their hearts.” “Violet’s thighs looked like a tub full of cottage cheese in that bathing suit—bless her heart.” “Mrs. Murphy’s lusty cousins, Beebe and Hortence, are both living in sin—bless their hearts.” I think you get the point. ********** Careen McBride and her unique, attention seeking suicide note: Dearest Martin, Night and day, I have been down on my knees praying to God that you would leave that butt-ugly Ellen woman and come back to me and Maggie. But no, my prayers did nothing but hit the ceiling. You are still with that home wrecker who is not worth the bullets it would take to blow her brains out. Since you’ve been gone, I feel that there is nothing left for me to live for and I might as well just go to be with our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In the event that I get up my nerve and decide to take my life, send our Maggie to live with my rich sister, Justine, if you and your bow-legged bitch don’t want her. That way, at least one of us can live in Mountain Brook. Sincerely, Careen
Author: Karine Polwart
Publisher: Faber & Faber
An immersive musical essay. A meditation on sanctuary. A moor walker's journal. A personal memoir of maternity. An archaeology of flight science and football, medieval medicine and compassion. A wonder tale. Karine Polwart's Wind Resistance is co-produced with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and was originally presented in association with Edinburgh International Festival 2016, supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Winner of the Best Music and Sound Award at the Critics' Awards for Theatre in Scotland (CATS) 2017.
Tools and Techniques for Writing Better Lyrics
Author: Pat Pattison
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Berklee Guide). Veteran songwriter Pat Pattison has taught many of Berklee College of Music's best and brightest students how to write truly great lyrics. Her helpful guide contains essential information on lyric structures, timing and placement, and exercises to help everyone from beginners to seasoned songwriters say things more effectively and gain a better understanding of their craft. Features examples of famous songs for study, including: Be Still My Beating Heart * Can't Fight This Feeling * It Was a Very Good Year * Tickle Me * and more.
Author: Brett Anderson
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Brett Anderson came from a world impossibly distant from rock star success, and in Coal Black Mornings he traces the journey that took him from a childhood as 'a snotty, sniffy, slightly maudlin sort of boy raised on Salad Cream and milky tea and cheap meat' to becoming founder and lead singer of Suede. Anderson grew up in Hayward's Heath on the grubby fringes of the Home Counties. As a teenager he clashed with his eccentric taxi-driving father (who would parade around their council house dressed as Lawrence of Arabia, air-conducting his favourite composers) and adored his beautiful, artistic mother. He brilliantly evokes the seventies, the suffocating discomfort of a very English kind of poverty and the burning need for escape that it breeds. Anderson charts the shabby romance of creativity as he travelled the tube in search of inspiration, fuelled by Marmite and nicotine, and Suede's rise from rehearsals in bedrooms, squats and pubs. And he catalogues the intense relationships that make and break bands as well as the devastating loss of his mother. Coal Black Mornings is profoundly moving, funny and intense - a book which stands alongside the most emotionally truthful of personal stories.
The Original Classic (Abridged)
Author: Joseph Murphy,Mitch Horowitz
The Classic of Empowered Living, Now in a Special Concise Edition! Do you sense the existence of a greater power inside you? You are right. You will discover your true potential in this unique abridgement of the masterwork of higher living: Joseph Murphy's The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. This thorough but compact condensation exposes you, in an unforgettable forty minutes, to the methods, principles, and exercises you can use right now to harness your subconscious mind for achievement, wellness, and success. Learn: How to find answers to problems while you sleep. How your inner talking becomes reality. The secret to effective prayer. The right use of visualizations and affirmations. How to escape self-limiting patterns of the past. Condensed and introduced by PEN Award-winning historian Mitch Horowitz, this brief volume will broaden how you see yourself and your possibilities. Discover what millions have found in The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.
Author: Rebecca Godfrey
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: True Crime
Who were the seemingly ordinary teenagers who beat and killed a girl who longed to be their friend? And how could they hide the murder from their parents and teachers and the police for eight days? Drawing on six years of research -- including interviews with the accused -- acclaimed writer Rebecca Godfrey answers these questions in this stunning account of the notorious "Schoolgirl Murder." Through a skillful blend of hard journalism and riveting narrative, Godfrey takes us into the bedrooms and classrooms of a powerful hip-hop-obsessed clique and the loner-victim who just wanted to belong, then into the police stations and courtrooms where adults -- grieving, devastated -- must reckon with the shocking crime. Highlighting along the way the deeply entrenched social tensions that provoked the murder, Under the Bridge is more than a true-crime book -- it is an unforgettable wake-up call.
The Complete Handbook from Start to Success
Author: Bobby Borg
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Music Pro Guide Books & DVDs). There has never been a greater need for musicians to understand the music business than now, when emerging technologies make it possible for artists to act as their own record labels, and new contracts are structured to grab the biggest slice of an artist's revenue pie. But in a digital age overflowing with confusing and ever-changing information, musicians need trusted business advice from a veteran artist who can break down the basics in a language they understand. Written by a professional musician for other musicians, Business Basics for Musicians is the layperson's guide to the music industry. In a conversational tone and an easy-to-scan format, it simplifies five vital areas in which musicians need to succeed: Career Execution, Business Relationships, Pro Teams, Deals and Dollars, and Future Predictions. Everything from copyright to record deals, managers, merchandising, and doing it yourself is covered. With interviews, anecdotes, and review quizzes, this must-have manual will help artists master business essentials quickly so they can get back to doing what they love best creating music.
The Road to America's Wal-Mart Economy
Author: Shane Hamilton
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Trucking Country is a social history of long-haul trucking that explores the contentious politics of free-market capitalism in post-World War II America. Shane Hamilton paints an eye-opening portrait of the rural highways of the American heartland, and in doing so explains why working-class populist voters are drawn to conservative politicians who seemingly don't represent their financial interests. Hamilton challenges the popular notion of "red state" conservatism as a devil's bargain between culturally conservative rural workers and economically conservative demagogues in the Republican Party. The roots of rural conservatism, Hamilton demonstrates, took hold long before the culture wars and free-market fanaticism of the 1990s. As Hamilton shows, truckers helped build an economic order that brought low-priced consumer goods to a greater number of Americans. They piloted the big rigs that linked America's factory farms and agribusiness food processors to suburban supermarkets across the country. Trucking Country is the gripping account of truckers whose support of post-New Deal free enterprise was so virulent that it sparked violent highway blockades in the 1970s. It's the story of "bandit" drivers who inspired country songwriters and Hollywood filmmakers to celebrate the "last American cowboy," and of ordinary blue-collar workers who helped make possible the deregulatory policies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and set the stage for Wal-Mart to become America's most powerful corporation in today's low-price, low-wage economy. Some images inside the book are unavailable due to digital copyright restrictions.
One Woman's Search for Everything
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
Publisher: A&C Black
Category: Biography & Autobiography
The Number One international bestseller, Eat, Pray Love is a journey around the world, a quest for spiritual enlightenment and a story for anyone who has battled with divorce, depression and heartbreak.
The Life of Mark Murphy
Author: Peter Jones
Publisher: Popular Music History
Category: Jazz singers
When Mark Murphy died in October 2015, some of the obituaries mourned the passing of the greatest jazz singer in history. Murphy was the last of his kind, a hipster of the Kerouac generation, who rejected the straight life of prosperity and numb consumerism. With a catalogue of more than 40 albums under his own name as well as numerous guest appearances, Mark Murphy was a consummate improviser, who never sang a song the same way twice. He could have enjoyed a successful mainstream career in the vein of Mel Torme or Jack Jones. But his ambition was greater - to be an artist, to rebel against the commercial music industry and to carry the jazz vocal flame wherever it led him. Murphy was a master of scat and vocalese, of songwriting and the spoken word. He expanded the jazz singing repertoire, adding his own lyrics to instrumentals like John Coltrane's Naima, Freddie Hubbard's Red Clay, and Oliver Nelson's Stolen Moments. Unrivalled as an interpreter of ballads, he was able to express longing and regret to a degree lacking in any other jazz singer. For years he roamed the world, playing thousands of gigs. Rediscovered in the Eighties by a new audience of jazz dancers, and again in the 21st century by a digital generation who remixed him and invited him to guest on their recordings, he remains a crucial though unjustly neglected figure in vocal jazz. This Is Hip is more than a biography: it also explores Murphy's innovative approaches both to singing and to the teaching of singers. Based on numerous interviews with those who knew him best, the book delves into a performing and recording career that spanned 60 years and earned him five Grammy nominations.
Author: Liza Klaussmann
Publisher: Little, Brown
A dazzling novel set in the French Riviera based on the real-life inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is The Night. When Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy met and married, they set forth to create a beautiful world together-one that they couldn't find within the confines of society life in New York City. They packed up their children and moved to the South of France, where they immediately fell in with a group of expats, including Hemingway, Picasso, and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. On the coast of Antibes they built Villa America, a fragrant paradise where they invented summer on the Riviera for a group of bohemian artists and writers who became deeply entwined in each other's affairs. There, in their oasis by the sea, the Murphys regaled their guests and their children with flamboyant beach parties, fiery debates over the newest ideas, and dinners beneath the stars. It was, for a while, a charmed life, but these were people who kept secrets, and who beneath the sparkling veneer were heartbreakingly human. When a tragic accident brings Owen, a young American aviator who fought in the Great War, to the south of France, he finds himself drawn into this flamboyant circle, and the Murphys find their world irrevocably, unexpectedly transformed. A handsome, private man, Owen intrigues and unsettles the Murphys, testing the strength of their union and encouraging a hidden side of Gerald to emerge. Suddenly a life in which everything has been considered and exquisitely planned becomes volatile, its safeties breached, the stakes incalculably high. Nothing will remain as it once was. Liza Klaussman expertly evokes the 1920s cultural scene of the so-called "Lost Generation." Ravishing and affecting, and written with infinite tenderness, VILLA AMERICA is at once the poignant story of a marriage and of a golden age that could not last.