Conversations with Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music
Author: Jas Obrecht
Publisher: UNC Press Books
In this lively collection of interviews, storied music writer Jas Obrecht presents a celebration of the world's most popular instrument as seen through the words, lives, and artistry of some of its most beloved players. Readers will read--and hear--accounts of the first guitarists on record, pioneering bluesmen, gospel greats, jazz innovators, country pickers, rocking rebels, psychedelic shape-shifters, singer-songwriters, and other movers and shakers. In their own words, these guitar players reveal how they found their inspirations, mastered their instruments, crafted classic songs, and created enduring solos. Also included is a CD of never-before-heard moments from Obrecht's insightful interviews with these guitar greats. Highlights include Nick Lucas's recollections of waxing the first noteworthy guitar records; Ry Cooder's exploration of prewar blues musicians; Carole Kaye and Ricky Nelson on the early years of rock and roll; Stevie Ray Vaughan on Jimi Hendrix; Gregg Allman on his brother, Duane Allman; Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, and Pops Staples on spirituality in music; Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, and Tom Petty on songwriting and creativity; and early interviews with Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani, and Ben Harper.
A Masterclass with the World's Greats
Author: David Mead
Publisher: Sanctuary Pub Limited
Presents a collection of interviews with rock, blues, jazz, and acoustic guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Brian May, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Martin Taylor, and John Williams.
Author: Erica Graham
When Teri hears a small voice calling her, she never would have guessed who she would meet...a cricket! But not just any cricket. This cricket has a guitar. He is hoping that Teri can help him replace a broken string on his guitar. Will Teri's creative thinking be able to help cricket, or will cricket never play his guitar again? This engaging story is a great tool for any parent or speech therapist. It provides over 80 examples of the "t" sound in various word locations to increase speech development. This book also includes tips for parents who are working with their child's speech at home.
Author: FRED SOKOLOW
Publisher: Mel Bay Publications
This book is an encyclopedia of Carter flatpicking style back-up, bluegrass back-up, Carter flatpicking style lead, Doc Watson-style lead, Clarence White-style bluesy lead, Atkins/Travis fingerpicking style, rockabilly guitar style, Nashville lead styles, and Western swing. the tunes and exercises in the book are included on the CD. Fred introduces each tune with page numbers to locate the corresponding material in the text. Stereo split track recordings allow you to hear the guitar through one speaker, separate from the band. In notation and tablature.
Author: Eric Vandenberg
An instructional book about contemporary lead guitar techniques (such as picking, sweeping, tapping amo.) and practicing them. The book is based on the many instructional articles Vandenberg has written throughout the years, and features completely revised versions of some of them, in addition to completely new chapters. This is the actual printed book-version.
A Story of Young Doc Watson
Author: Robbin Gourley
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Arthel "Doc" Watson (1923–2012) was a Grammy-winning guitarist, singer, and songwriter, high in the pantheon of bluegrass and country music greats. This picture book tells the story of a country boy, born blind, who found music in the sounds around him and learned to play that music on his guitar. Minimal text and breathtaking illustrations pay tribute to Doc's early determination, imagination, and musicianship. Includes additional biographical information.
Author: Toni Morrison
Milkman Dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. For the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. With this brilliantly imagined novel, Toni Morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as Saul Bellow or Gabriel García Márquez. As she follows Milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, Morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.
Author: John Schneider
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
While the guitar has stood in the vanguard of musical experimentation, its many new techniques and notations remain a mystery for many composers and players. In The Contemporary Guitar, musician and scholar, John Schneider explains each class of technique and illustrates them with examples.
Author: Irwin Stambler,Grelun Landon
A comprehensive reference source on the history, impact, and current state of country music, offering portraits of figures in the country music world.
The 100 Best Songs
Author: C. Eric Banister
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
In Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs, C. Eric Banister considers the best songs to emerge from the bands who made Southern rock what it is. Banister examines the impact of the songs on the society and culture of devoted fans and delves deep into the history and production of each song. Featuring such well-known bands as the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd as well as less visible groups like Blackhorse and Heartsfield, this book is the perfect introduction for both newbies and dedicated fans.
The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights
Author: Dean Alger
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Lonnie Johnson (1894–1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B. B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father’s band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included a recording contract. His career was launched. Johnson can be heard on many Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong records, including the latter’s famous “Savoy Blues” with the Hot Five. He is perhaps best known for his 12-string guitar solos and his ground-breaking recordings with the white guitarist Eddie Lang in the late 1920s. After World War II he began playing rhythm and blues and continued to record and tour until his death. This is the first full-length work on Johnson. Dean Alger answers many biographical mysteries, including how many members of Johnson’s large family were left after the epidemic. It also places Johnson and his musical contemporaries in the context of American race relations and argues for the importance of music in the fight for civil rights. Finally, Alger analyzes Johnson’s major recordings in terms of technique and style. Distribution of an accompanying music CD will be coordinated with the release of this book.
Unbelievable Facts and Astounding Trivia on Movies, Music, Crime, Celebrities, History, and More
Author: Jamie Frater
Publisher: Ulysses Press
Features lists that cover a broad range of subjects including bizarre births, weird jobs, crazy diets, strange phobias, historical oddities, religious scandals, ridiculous criminal acts, and weird superstitions.
The Blues and Black Southerners, 1890-1945
Author: R. A. Lawson
Publisher: LSU Press
In Jim Crow's Counterculture, R. A. Lawson offers a cultural history of blues musicians in the segregation era, explaining how by both accommodating and resisting Jim Crow life, blues musicians created a counterculture to incubate and nurture ideas of black individuality and citizenship. These individuals, Lawson shows, collectively demonstrate the African-American struggle during early twentieth century.
The Postwar Blues Guitarists
Author: Jas Obrecht
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Featuring interviews with some of the most influential blues musicians who ever lived, this guide explores the electric guitar pioneers and practitioners of Chicago and Delta blues, including such historic figures as Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker, Elmore James, Jimmie Reed, and Freddie King. Original.
Author: Mark Phillips,Jon Chappell
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The bestselling music guide - now updated and with a FREE DVD! Have you always wanted to learn to play guitar? Who wouldn't? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster. . . Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to "Johnny B. Goode". . .B.B. King making his "Lucille" cry the blues. No doubt about it—guitars are cool. Guitar For Dummies gives you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all—and you don't even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guitar guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton." Helps you choose the guitar and equipment that best fits your needs and budget Shows you how to build strength and dexterity while playing Teaches you to play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical Fully revised and updated, with an all-new interactive DVD packed with video and audio clips that help you learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player. CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.
Author: Tyler COWEN
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Category: Business & Economics
Does a market economy encourage or discourage music, literature, and the visual arts? Do economic forces of supply and demand help or harm the pursuit of creativity? This book seeks to redress the current intellectual and popular balance and to encourage a more favorable attitude toward the commercialization of culture that we associate with modernity. Economist Tyler Cowen argues that the capitalist market economy is a vital but underappreciated institutional framework for supporting a plurality of co-existing artistic visions, providing a steady stream of new and satisfying creations, supporting both high and low culture, helping consumers and artists refine their tastes, and paying homage to the past by capturing, reproducing, and disseminating it. Contemporary culture, Cowen argues, is flourishing in its various manifestations, including the visual arts, literature, music, architecture, and the cinema. Successful high culture usually comes out of a healthy and prosperous popular culture. Shakespeare and Mozart were highly popular in their own time. Beethoven's later, less accessible music was made possible in part by his early popularity. Today, consumer demand ensures that archival blues recordings, a wide array of past and current symphonies, and this week's Top 40 hit sit side by side in the music megastore. High and low culture indeed complement each other. Cowen's philosophy of cultural optimism stands in opposition to the many varieties of cultural pessimism found among conservatives, neo-conservatives, the Frankfurt School, and some versions of the political correctness and multiculturalist movements, as well as historical figures, including Rousseau and Plato. He shows that even when contemporary culture is thriving, it appears degenerate, as evidenced by the widespread acceptance of pessimism. He ends by considering the reasons why cultural pessimism has such a powerful hold on intellectuals and opinion-makers.
16 Songs Expertly Arranged in Chord-Melody Style As Popularized on YouTube!
Author: Matt Otten
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
(Guitar Solo). Jazz guitarist Matt Otten, who has over 23,000 subscribers on his YouTube page which includes hundreds of video lessons, has authored this book featuring 16 jazz guitar selections in standard notation and tab. Songs include: Beautiful Love * Comecar De Novo * Days of Wine and Roses * Dolphin Dance * Estate * How Insensitive (Insensatez) * In Love in Vain * Laurie * Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) * My Foolish Heart * My Funny Valentine * My One and Only Love * My Romance * Nature Boy * Never Let Me Go * You Must Believe in Spring.
Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition
Author: Robert L. Stone
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
In this book, Robert L. Stone follows the sound of steel guitar into the music-driven Pentecostal worship of two related churches: the House of God and the Church of the Living God. A rare outsider who has gained the trust of members and musicians inside the church, Stone uses nearly two decades of research, interviews, and fieldwork to tell the story of a vibrant musical tradition that straddles sacred and secular contexts. Most often identified with country and western bands, steel guitar is almost unheard of in African American churches--except for the House of God and the Church of the Living God, where it has been part of worship since the 1930s. Sacred Steel traces the tradition through four generations of musicians and in some two hundred churches extending across the country from Florida to California, Michigan to Alabama. Presenting detailed portraits of musical pioneers such as brothers Troman and Willie Eason and contemporary masters such as Chuck Campbell, Glenn Lee, and Robert Randolph, Stone expertly outlines the fundamental tensions between sacred steel musicians and church hierarchy. In this thorough analysis of the tradition, Stone explores the function of the music in church meetings and its effect on the congregations. He also examines recent developments such as the growing number of female performers, the commercial appeal of the music, and younger musicians' controversial move of the music from the church to secular contexts.