The very first full biography of The Association, one of the most successful bands to come out of the mid-1960s US folk-rock boom, with some of the most distinctive harmony sounds of the era, but one that is largely overlooked today. The group achieved two US Billboard Number One hits, a number of further Top 20 places, along with a run of successful best-selling LPs. In addition, whilst often credited as being one of the hardest working bands of the era, they are also honoured as having the second-most played song on US radio history during the 20th century! This extensive biography looks at the early foundations of the line-up, from the various group member’s struggles in an early 1960s Los Angeles, touring the folk clubs and coffee houses, through to their 1965 breakthrough and their first recording contract. Then, follow the band through the heady days of a psychedelic 1960s America, and into the confusion of the 1970’s where tragedy, disappointment and disarray left the band on the edge of breakup. The careers of each of the band members are discussed at length as they came, left and re-joined, most notably during the 1980s reunion tour, with full access to the recollections from principle members Jules Alexander, Terry Kirkman and Jim Yester. Finally, we bring the story fully up to date, with the band celebrating their 50th Anniversary and still out on the road, playing to packed venues across the country. Cherish IS indeed the word
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Offers a decade-by-decade history of American singing groups, from the Ames and Mills Brothers, to the Platters and the Beach Boys, to Destiny's Child, the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, and many others, covering more than 380 artists and furnishing information on each group's career, key members, influences, photos, and discographies. Original.
In The British Invasion, Simon Philo illustrates how this remarkable event in cultural history disrupted and even reversed pop culture’s default flow of influence, goods, and ideas—orchestrating a dramatic turn-around in the commercial fortunes of British pop in North America that turned the 1960s into “The Sixties.”
The Uncensored Story of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
Author: David Bianculli
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever changed the face of television. Decades before The Daily Show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television for no-holds-barred political comedy with a decidedly antiauthoritarian point of view. In this first-ever all-access history of the show, veteran entertainment journalist David Bianculli tells the fascinating story of its three-year network run -- and the cultural impact that's still being felt today. Before it was suddenly removed from the CBS lineup (reportedly under pressure from the Nixon administration), The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour was a ratings powerhouse. It helped launch the careers of comedy legends such as Steve Martin and Rob Reiner, featured groundbreaking musical acts like the Beatles and the Who, and served as a cultural touchstone for the antiwar movement of the late 1960s. Drawing on extensive original interviews with Tom and Dick Smothers and dozens of other key players -- as well as more than a decade's worth of original research -- Dangerously Funny brings readers behind the scenes for all the battles over censorship, mind-blowing musical performances, and unforgettable sketches that defined the show and its era. David Bianculli delves deep into this never-told story, to find out what really happened and to reveal why this show remains so significant to this day.
Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings
Author: David N. Howard
Publisher: Hal Leonard
(Book). You may not have heard of them, but you have certainly heard their songs! From the lo-fidelity origins of early pioneers to today's dazzling technocrats, the role of the music producer is as murkily undefined as it is wholly essential. Sonic Alchemy: Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings is an exploration of the influence of the often colorful, idiosyncratic and visionary music producers through popular music and the fascinatingly crucial role they have played in shaping the way we hear pop music today. Sonic Alchemy is nothing short of the secret history of the music producer.
Th is third book in the series deals with the extraordinary eff orts of individuals in their attempt to conquer the perils of love. Th e stories deal with deceitfulness, righteousness, and revenge. Almas Azules (Blue Hearts) Th is has us in a Baja peninsula nightclub owned by a former drug smuggler turned lawful. All is well until a chance encounter connects two ex-lovers who had been tricked into believing that the other was dead. An FBI agent is the culprit responsible, and the lovers plan a revenge undertaking for a needed payback reprisal. Fifty-Two A Mr. Richard Cummings celebrating his fi fty-second birthday, drives to Palm Springs for the weekend. As fate ascertains life, Richard meets a lovely lady and by chance, she is selling a refurbished 1952 Pontiac, Richards past dream vehicle. As their liaison begins to heighten, they become hostages in a tours stop restaurant by bank robbers. To add to the confl ict, the lady is a distressed estranged woman whose erratic police offi cer husband is attempting to foil her plans of a divorce and a new life. Toni Bates Montez Th is tells the perils of a determined drug addict woman trying to control her addiction and grasp a fi nal accolade in the drug trade so she can arrest her addiction and seek recovery through a twelve-step fellowship and reunite with her recovering husband and fi ve-year-old son