The gripping story of the rise of early drug culture in America, from the author of the acclaimed Can't Find My Way Home With an intricate storyline that unites engaging characters and themes and reads like a novel, Bop Apocalypse details the rise of early drug culture in America by weaving together the disparate elements that formed this new and revolutionary segment of the American social fabric. Drawing upon his rich decades of writing experience, master storyteller Martin Torgoff connects the birth of jazz in New Orleans, the first drug laws, Louis Armstrong, Mezz Mezzrow, Harry Anslinger and the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, swing, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, the Savoy Ballroom, Reefer Madness, Charlie Parker, the birth of bebop, the rise of the Beat Generation, and the coming of heroin to Harlem. Aficionados of jazz, the Beats, counterculture, and drug history will all find much to enjoy here, with a cast of characters that includes vivid and memorable depictions of Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Jackie McLean, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Borroughs, Jack Kerouac, Herbert Huncke, Terry Southern, and countless others. Bop Apocalypse is also a living history that teaches us much about the conflicts and questions surrounding drugs today, casting many contemporary issues in a new light by connecting them back to the events of this transformative era. At a time when marijuana legalization is rapidly becoming a reality, it takes us back to the advent of marijuana prohibition, when the templates of modern drug law, policy, and culture were first established, along with the concomitant racial stereotypes. As a new opioid epidemic sweeps through white working- and middle-class communities, it brings us back to when heroin first arrived on the streets of Harlem in the 1940s. And as we debate and grapple with the gross racial disparities of mass incarceration, it puts into sharp and provocative focus the racism at the very roots of our drug war. Having spent a lifetime at the nexus of drugs and music, Torgoff reveals material never before disclosed and offers new insights, crafting and contextualizing Bop Apocalypse into a truly novel contribution to our understanding of jazz, race, literature, drug culture, and American social and cultural history.
In life, we are all faced with many challenges, both positive and negative. There is no question whether you will face adversity and get knocked down; the only question is will you get back up once life hits you with its deadly punch. Coach Winston Bennett has been knocked down on numerous occasions, but refused to stay down. Through the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, Coach Bennett has fought his way back from job losses, personal addiction, and more. He believes that with Christ all things are possible. When you live for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, nothing is too hard for you to overcome. If you are determined to gain your place in the kingdom, you will have to fight. Fight for Your Life is a provocative and detailed description of what it takes to master life's unforeseen challenges. If you are lacking self-esteem, fight; if you are lacking a positive attitude, fight; if you are lacking a relationship with the savior, fight for it. Anything in life worth having is worth fighting for. Fight for Your Life will inspire you to trust the Lord and keep on fighting.
Why Your Teen Is at Risk and What Only You Can Do About It
Author: Jeffrey Dean
Christian parents today feel replaced as the primary influence in their teen’s lives--undermined at school, invaded by the web, and in the dark about what’s really going on. Truth is, says teen expert Jeffrey Dean, parents don’t know the half of it! In The Fight of Your Life, Dean offers a frank, solutions-oriented plan for parents who want to protect their teens from dangerous choices and guide them toward God’s best–and are ready to fight to make it happen. First Dean gives parents a shocking but invaluable inside view of what teens are up against. Then he helps parents discover their irreplaceable role in their kids’ success. Along the way he tackles hot button issues--sex, partying, porn, cheating and eating disorders--and coaches parents on how to protect and grow a healthy relationship with their teens. Packed with hope and solid Bible teaching, The Fight of Your Life gives parents the tools they need to help their teens discover their exciting futures as passionate Christ followers and positive, world-changing adults.
When a jazz hero dies, rumors, speculation, gossip, and legend can muddle the real cause of death. In this book, Frederick J. Spencer conducts an inquest on how jazz greats lived and died pursuing their art. Forensics, medical histories, death certificates, and biographies divulge the way many musical virtuosos really died. An essential reference source, Jazz and Death strives to correct misinformation and set the story straight. Reviewing the medical records of such jazz icons as Scott Joplin, James Reese Europe, Bennie Moten, Tommy Dorsey, Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Wardell Gray, and Ronnie Scott, the book spans decades, styles, and causes of death. Divided into disease categories, it covers such illnesses as ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), which killed Charlie Mingus, and tuberculosis, which caused the deaths of Chick Webb, Charlie Christian, Bubber Miley, Jimmy Blanton, and Fats Navarro. It notes the significance of dental disease in affecting a musician's embouchure and livelihood, as happened with Joe "King" Oliver. A discussion of Art Tatum's visual impairment leads to discoveries in the pathology of what blinded Lennie Tristano. Heavy drinking, even during Prohibition, was the norm in the clubs of New Orleans and Kansas City and in the ballrooms of Chicago and New York. Too often, the musical scene demanded that those who play jazz be "jazzed." After World War II, as heroin addiction became the hallmark of revolution, talented bebop artists suffered long absences from the bandstand. Many did jail time, and others succumbed to the ravages of "horse." With Jazz and Death, the causes behind the great jazz funerals may no longer be misconstrued. Its clinical and morbidly entertaining approach creates an invaluable compendium for jazz fans and scholars alike. Frederick J. Spencer is a professor and associate dean emeritus of the School of Medicine (Medical College of Virginia) at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Journal of Public Health, and Modern Medicine, among other publications.
Victorious families don't just happen. Victory is ours when we learn what the Bible teaches about how to keep the devil out of our homes. God has given us a potent weapon designed to stop the devil in his tracks. When we memorize, proclaim, and apply Scripture to the specific attacks against our families, the devil doesn't stand a chance. Devil-Proof Your Family outlines specific Bible-based strategies that will help you: Develop the mindset of a warrior parent/spouse Recognize temptation Safeguard your home from cultural anarchy Draw on God's protective angelic power Position your marriage for blessing Build unity with your spouse Partner with the Holy Spirit to raise children who love God
This metaphysical self-help/how-to book is a practical guide designed to help one recognize what life is for, and, how to stay oriented to living a truly human life. Events that cause one to reflect on the passage of time (like an old song), or an intense experience, often serve to "Wake us up." We may feel an imperative to not waste life on worries, hates, or fears, but to sublimate over the petty, in order to focus on and create our life. To be believing in you. This survival manual will help one overcome oppression, to stay believing in you; doing so, one lives true to what life is for. One is at the pinnacle of humanity, regardless of ones physical or mental attributes, or socio-economic classification.
Lester Young was one of the great jazz masters, and his impact on the course of the art form was profound. He fundamentally changed the way the saxophone was played--his long, flowing lines brought new levels of expressiveness and subtlety to the jazz language, setting the standard for all modern players. In Being Prez, renowned British critic Dave Gelly follows Lester Young through his life in a rapidly changing world, showing how the music of this exceptionally sensitive man was shaped by his experiences. The reader meets a complicated, vulnerable, gentle individual who was brought up in his father's traveling carnival band. His early career was spent in the nightclubs and dancehalls of Kansas City and the Southwest, and he made his landmark recording debut at the peak of the Swing Era. But at the height of his powers, he was drafted into the US Army, where racism and his own unworldliness landed him in military prison. Following these events, Young grew increasingly withdrawn and suspicious, changes in his character reflected in the darkening mood of his music. Gelly, himself a jazz saxophonist, examines many of Young's classic recordings in illuminating detail. He reveals how as a saxophonist--and as major contributor to the Count Basie band--Young created a strong personal voice, a cool modernism, and a new rhythmic flexibility in the freely dancing rhythms of 4-beat swing. With his sax jutting oddly to one side, his bizarre oblique use of language, and his unique musical rapport with Billie Holiday (who famously nicknamed him "Prez"), Lester Young has become an icon and a cult figure. This marvelous biography illuminates the life and work of this giant of jazz.
The Doppelganger Invasion by Juan Carlos Arjona Ollero Second part of a Trilogy [The Doppelganger Invasion] The Earth, 2018. A year after our heroes finished the Chrono-Hunters, everything or, at least, half of it, seemed to be back to normal - Billy and Jessel were still missing since the Continuum incident. For their part, James, Mary and a renewed Louis have become the spearhead of the most ambitious scientific project of humanity: the Hyperion Project, of which main objective was to create a dimensional portal that facilitates the space-time travel. However, from a forgotten dimension a greater threat looms: the Doppelgangers, strange mythical beings who ambition to take over the entire Universe, have set their eyes on our planet. Promoting one of the most elaborate deceptions of History, they will break the barrier that keeps them apart from our world. Under this precept of anarchy, Rick van Helsing and Rasputin will meet in a battle, their personal domain will further complicate the serious situation that our world is going through. A predestined clash between Bearers of Infinity and Chaos that entails much more than mere revenge. The world as we know it is about to face its darkest time. How can you believe in someone you do not trust? How can you fight against someone who was once your ally? This time it is not a war, it is an invasion.
A Deluxe Revised Edition of the Classic Best-seller for Enhancing Marriage and Preventing Divorce
Author: Howard J. Markman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Family & Relationships
A thorough revision with a new DVD of couples in action, using the PREP method for strengthening marriage and avoiding divorce court The third edition of the best-selling classic on marriage enhancement and divorce prevention, features the latest research and changes of heart in our culture and society. New and revised, Fighting for Your Marriage is based on the widely acclaimed PREP (Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program) approach. Groundbreaking studies have found that couples can use the strategies of this approach to handle conflict more constructively, protect their happiness, and reduce the odds of breaking up. The book is based on more than twenty years of university research Explores how to apply the PREP approach to any marriage Shows couples how to talk more and fight less, deepen and protect their friendship, and keep the fun alive Reveals what it takes to have a more intimate, sensual relationship and how to clarify and act on priorities The authors have included a wealth of techniques and down-to-earth guidance for all couples who seek to promote greater character and pleasure in their long-term relationships.
... Don’t give up, no matter how long it takes, You are a very special person when you learn by your mistakes. Please listen to me and search your soul, Jesus can make you pure as gold. Your new life can start today, Just humble down and be willing to pray ... Life is full of challenges, trials, and tribulations that test all of our faith at one time or another. With that in mind, Lisa shares an inspirational collection of poetry that she hopes will minister to the minds and souls of others, lighten their burdens, and allow hope and faith to shine through the darkness of despair. With a focus on God’s grace and unconditional love, Lisa offers a glimpse into her life experiences as she learned to trust in Jesus, count her blessings, never give up, focus on gratitude, and rely on prayer to help her through the tough times. Included are several poems that will inspire young people to make the right decisions and make a better life with Jesus Christ. The Truth offers a lyrical journey through love, compassion, fun, and sincerity fueled by the comforting knowledge that God loves everyone.
Through vast and unique life experiences, C. Nicholas has written a compelling book that helps others have a better understanding of life's big questions on various topics and the anomalies that happen in our everyday lives. C. Nicholas was born in Tunkhannock, PA, but raised since age 2 in West Chester, Ohio (outside of Cincinnati). An avid soccer and baseball player in his youth and musician by nature. He spent 6 years in the Armed Forces as an Air Traffic Controller, including deployment to The Persian Gulf War, leaving the military a decorated veteran. He worked for public and private corporations until 2004 when he began running his own businesses. He began writing in 2011 and currently still lives in Cincinnati, OH
DescriptionThis short autobiography is touching and deceptively simple. In fact it is through Georgina's use of simple descriptions that the reader gets a rare and emotive view of another's internal and external world. That external world is post-war Britain for a child and adolescent woman, an experience hitherto not sufficiently explored. About the AuthorI am 63 years old and live in York. I have had a dream all my life to write my life story. At last that dream has come true. It has taken a long time and I did not just put pen to paper. I wrote it out many times and put in a lot of long hours through the night. A lot of good and sad memories, lots of tears remembering and going through everything.I like most things and a variety in my life - I easily get fed up of the same things. I am a happy and contented person. I like company and people, but am a bit of a loner at times.It is thanks to my niece that I was able to get my book published as she typed it out for me to send to the publishers.
Do you want to know when Duke Ellington was king of The Cotton Club? Have you ever wondered how old Miles Davis was when he got his first trumpet? From birth dates to gig dates and from recordings to television specials, Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler have left no stone unturned in their quest for accurate, detailed information on the careers of 3.300 jazz musicians from around the world. We learn that Duke Ellington worked his magic at The Cotton Club from 1927 to 1931, and that on Miles Davis's thirteenth birthday, his father gave him his first trumpet. Jazz is fast moving, and this edition clearly and concisely maps out an often dizzying web of professional associations. We find, for instance, that when Miles Davis was a St. Louis teenager he encountered Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie for the first time. This meeting proved fateful, and by 1945 a nineteen-year-old Davis had left Juilliard to play with Parker on 52nd Street. Knowledge of these professional alliances, along with the countless others chronicled in this book, are central to tracing the development of significant jazz movements, such as the "cool jazz" that became one of Miles Davis's hallmarks. Arranged alphabetically according to last name, each entry of this book chronologically lists the highlights of every jazz musician's career. Highly accessible and vigorously researched, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz is, quite simply, the most comprehensive jazz encyclopedia available.
A kick-ass practical guide that packs a major punch ... without even throwing one! Self-defense lecturer and no-nonsense blonde bombshell Lori Gervasi lays out simple actions and important decisions women must make BEFORE they find themselves in physical danger to eliminate surprise and panic. It's an unfortunate reality that women are susceptible to random acts of aggression, from sexual harassment and stalking to physical assaults, domestic violence, date rape and worse. But women can learn how to protect and defend themselves -- with this groundbreaking guidebook. Let martial arts black belt and accomplished journalist Lori Hartman Gervasi walk you through easy-to-follow, everyday steps for taking charge of your personal safety, training your reflexes, and -- if and when the time comes -- using force. Her program consists of 26 potentially life-saving decisions that every woman must make, including: DECIDE TO BELIEVE IN YOUR FIGHT – Battles are waged from the inside out. Your conscience, intelligence, and guts must be committed to the cause. You and those you love are the things worth fighting for. DECIDE TO DEVISE A STRATEGY – Create a one-way ticket out of every imaginable circumstance, from back-door escape routes to getaways in public places. Think "what-if...?", plan for the unexpected, and be ready for anything! DECIDE TO RECOGNIZE THE THREAT OF THE INITIAL ATTACK – When practicing awareness, you can detect danger before it happens. The bad guy will take steps to get close to you. Watch carefully and identify these for what they are—the preludes to an attack. DECIDE TO MOVE – If an attacker strikes, don't freeze—get moving! Break through your fear with instant mobility. You have limitless options and any movement works as long as it leads to your safety. DECIDE TO ACT ON YOUR INSTINCTS – Your intuition is your guide, but you must respond physically in order to be successful. When something isn't right, take action, change plans, redirect yourself, and control your destiny! ...along with Defense Do's And Don'ts, inspiring "Power Points," and other survival tactics that can help you to be prepared, stay strong, and FIGHT LIKE A GIRL...AND WIN
We all yearn to have time for personal needs and creative dreams — after all, this is our life to make the most of. And we all know how hard it is to remember what really matters. With distractions from jobs, aging parents, and children — not to mention women’s perennial fear of being labeled “selfish” — following our own desires and dreams can become ever more elusive. The Life Organizer aims to help you shift your focus, augmenting traditional goal setting with the ease that comes from steady inner listening and mindfulness. It will become your trusted companion — and maybe the most important book you’ll ever own.