Hard Bop Academy

  • Filename: hard-bop-academy.
  • ISBN: 0634037935
  • Release Date: 2002
  • Number of pages: 179
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers was one of the most enduring, popular, reliable and vital small bands in modern jazz history. Blakey was not only a distinguished, inventive and powerful drummer, but along with Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, he was one of jazz's foremost talent scouts. The musicians who flowed seamlessly in and out of this constantly evolving collective during its 36-year run were among the most important artists not just of their eras, but of any era. Though their respective innovations were vital to the evolution of bebop, hard bop and neo bop, the recorded work of the Messengers sidemen has never been properly analyzed. Until now. Hard Bop Academy: The Sidemen of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers critically examines the multitude of gifted artists who populated the many editions of the Jazz Messengers. In addition to dissecting the sidemen's most consequential work with Blakey's band, jazz musician and acclaimed novelist Alan Goldsher offers up engaging profiles of everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Terence Blanchard to Hank Mobley to Wayne Shorter to Horace Silver to Keith Jarrett to Curtis Fuller to Steve Davis. And that's only the beginning. Goldsher conducted over 30 interviews with surviving graduates of Blakey's Hard Bop Academy, many of whom spoke at length of their tenure with the legendary "Buhaina" for the first time. Alan Goldsher is a bassist who has recorded with Janet Jackson, Digable Planets, Cypress Hill and Naughty By Nature. His writing has been published in Bass Player, Tower Pulse, Sport and BasketBull: Chicago Bulls Magazine. Goldsher's debut novel, Jam, was published in 2002 by Permanent Press. He lives in Chicago. Hardcover.

Dancing to the Music in My Head

  • Filename: dancing-to-the-music-in-my-head.
  • ISBN: 9781439153673
  • Release Date: 2009-01-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Sanjaya Malakar
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

One of the most popular contestants ever to appear on American Idol gives his fans an all-access pass to the wildly popular television show -- and opens up about how becoming an Idol star changed his life forever Sanjaya Malakar didn't need to win American Idol to take America by storm. He was just seventeen when his unique style, soft-spoken demeanor, and memorable song selections on the record-breaking show's sixth season captured hearts across the country. In his candid new book, Sanjaya opens up about what it feels like to go from obscurity as a high school student near Seattle to worldwide fame as a top ten finalist on one of the most popular television shows in American history. For the first time, the "People's Idol" talks about life before Randy, Simon, Paula and "Sanjayamania," and offers his devoted "Fanjayas" an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster show. From going to Hollywood with his beloved sister, Shyamali, to becoming the most highly anticipated performer of season six, to facing the unforgiving chopping block, Sanjaya tells his fans everything they want to know. Finally, he shares how his life has changed since he left Idol, and where his music -- and unforgettable persona -- will take him next.

Modest Mouse

  • Filename: modest-mouse.
  • ISBN: 9781466823075
  • Release Date: 2006-11-14
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

THE BEST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR IS SOMETIMES THE WORST WAY TO BECOME A ROCK STAR Unruly and antagonistic, the Washington State rock trio Modest Mouse would seem like one of the least likely candidates for mainstream stardom: Their often brilliant live performances sometimes collapsed into utter chaos. Their highly original, highly off-center songs ran as long as eleven minutes. And their leader managed to raise eyebrows among music writers, law officials . . . and sometimes even his fans. But Modest Mouse persevered. They didn't compromise their original, compelling musical style, nor did they lighten up on the attitude. They just waited for the world at large to catch up. In 2004, with the release of their smash single "Float On," it finally happened. And it was worth the wait. For everybody. Journalist Alan Goldsher uncovers the strange, little-known details of Modest Mouse's rise from DIY indie heroes to platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated international superstars. Goldsher also reveals the troubled background and fractured history of frontman Isaac Brock, a charismatic, cantankerous singer/songwriter who has spent as much time avoiding the media as he has attempting to control it. Thoroughly researched, sharply funny, and filled with more than thirty rare photos, this unauthorized biography shows how Modest Mouse trashed the Behind the Music mold and created their own unique version of the rock 'n' roll, rags-to-expensive-rags success story.

In a Single Bound

  • Filename: in-a-single-bound.
  • ISBN: 9780762756421
  • Release Date: 2009-09-01
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

An inspiring memoir of courage, spirit, and determination Touching, funny, and honest, In a Single Bound is the story of how a feisty little girl from Long Island became one of the world’s most famous disabled sports figures. A world-class athlete and a celebrated television personality, Sarah Reinertsen not only takes us to the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii—she also provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at her season on CBS’s The Amazing Race 10, where millions saw her climb up the Great Wall of China, scale the cliffs of Vietnam, and ride horses in the hinterlands of Mongolia. But In a Single Bound is about more than sports and television. A gripping memoir of inner strength, it’s about a one-legged child trying to fit in with her two-legged friends. It’s about an adolescent girl mustering the inner strength to go stag to her senior prom. It’s about a woman who dared to fear less and live more.

Paul Is Undead

  • Filename: paul-is-undead.
  • ISBN: 1439177953
  • Release Date: 2010-06-22
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S TIME TO REALLY MEET THE BEATLES. For John Lennon, a young, idealistic zombie guitarist with dreams of global domination, Liverpool seems the ideal place to form a band that could take over the world. In an inspired act, Lennon kills and reanimates local rocker Paul McCartney, kicking off an unstoppable partnership. With the addition of newly zombified guitarist George Harrison and drummer/Seventh Level Ninja Lord Ringo Starr, the Beatles soon cut a swath of bloody good music and bloody violent mayhem across Europe, America, and the entire planet. In this searing oral history, discover how the Fab Four climbed to the Toppermost of the Poppermost while stealing the hearts, ears, and brains of smitten teenage girls. Learn the tale behind a spiritual journey that resulted in the dismemberment of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Marvel at the seemingly indestructible quartet’s survival of a fierce attack by Eighth Level Ninja Lord Yoko Ono. And find out how the boys escaped eternal death at the hands of England’s greatest zombie hunter, Mick Jagger. Through all this, one mystery remains: Can the Beatles sublimate their hunger for gray matter, remain on top of the charts, and stay together for all eternity? After all, three of the Fab Four are zombies, and zombies live forever. . . .

Hard Bop

  • Filename: hard-bop.
  • ISBN: 9780195085563
  • Release Date: 1993
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: David H. Rosenthal
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

Devoted to the history of this jazz movement, the study combines a narrative of the evolution of hard bop - from its beginnings as an amalgam of bebop and rhythm and blues to its experimental breakthroughs in the 1960s - with close analyses of the musicians' styles and recordings.

Hollywood Monster

  • Filename: hollywood-monster.
  • ISBN: 1439163251
  • Release Date: 2009-10-13
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Robert Englund
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

The Record Haus

  • Filename: the-record-haus.
  • ISBN: 1413702244
  • Release Date: 2003-07-14
  • Number of pages: 267
  • Author: Alan Goldsher
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica

YouA[a¬a[re Perry Hardaway. You lead a band. You havenA[a¬a[t been laid in forever. And you assistant manage a Chicago music emporium called The Record HaAA1/4s. Your boss is a freak. Your staff ignores you. One co-worker is a skatekid with a penchant for customer harassment. Another canA[a¬a[t keep his hands away from your tushie. Your band has changed its name more times than itA[a¬a[s rehearsed. Your dream girl is a lesbian. Your love life is a farce. And that record store? ItA[a¬a[s going out of business. In seven days. A comic novel inhabiting the same universe as his acclaimed debut Jam, The Record HaAA1/4s is a melding of Nick HornbyA[a¬a[s High Fidelity and Kevin SmithA[a¬a[s Clerks. ItA[a¬a[s a commentary on the destruction of small businessA[a¬ahow the end of one store can alter the lives of its customers, the neighborhood landscape, and the world of an everydude named Perry.

The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD LP and Cassette

  • Filename: the-penguin-guide-to-jazz-on-cd-lp-and-cassette.
  • ISBN: 0140153640
  • Release Date: 1992
  • Number of pages: 1287
  • Author: Richard Cook
  • Publisher: Penguin

Now fully updated--the critically acclaimed guide to the world of jazz on CD Where can you find a complete set of Ella Fitzgerald's many songbook recordings? Who are the influences of Wynton Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Joshua Redman? What are the earliest available recordings of trumpeter Chet Baker? Leading critics Richard Cook and Brian Morton answer these and myriad other questions in The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD--the most comprehensive critical guide to jazz recordings available.

How to Read a Poem

  • Filename: how-to-read-a-poem.
  • ISBN: 0547543727
  • Release Date: 1999-03-22
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Edward Hirsch
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Read a poem to yourself in the middle of the night. Turn on a single lamp and read it while you're alone in an otherwise dark room or while someone sleeps next to you. Say it over to yourself in a place where silence reigns and the din of culture—the constant buzzing noise that surrounds you—has momentarily stopped. This poem has come from a great distance to find you." So begins this astonishing book by one of our leading poets and critics. In an unprecedented exploration of the genre, Hirsch writes about what poetry is, why it matters, and how we can open up our imaginations so that its message—which is of vital importance in day-to-day life—can reach us and make a difference. For Hirsch, poetry is not just a part of life, it is life, and expresses like no other art our most sublime emotions. In a marvelous reading of world poetry, including verse by such poets as Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Pablo Neruda, William Wordsworth, Sylvia Plath, Charles Baudelaire, and many more, Hirsch discovers the meaning of their words and ideas and brings their sublime message home into our hearts. A masterful work by a master poet, this brilliant summation of poetry and human nature will speak to all readers who long to place poetry in their lives but don't know how to read it.

And Still I Rise

  • Filename: and-still-i-rise.
  • ISBN: 9781405526784
  • Release Date: 2013-04-04
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Author: Maya Angelou
  • Publisher: Hachette UK

Maya Angelou's poetry - lyrical and dramatic, exuberant and playful - speaks of love, longing, partings; of Saturday night partying, and the smells and sounds of Southern cities; of freedom and shattered dreams. 'The caged bird sings/ with a fearful trill/ of things unknown/ but longed for still/ and his tune is heard/ on the distant hill/ for the caged bird/ sings of freedom.' Of her poetry, KIRKUS REVIEWS has written, 'It is just as much a part of her biography as I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS, GATHER TOGETHER in MY NAME, SINGIN' AND SWINGIN' AND GETTING MERRY LIKE CHRISTMAS, and HEART OF A WOMAN.

Helen in Egypt

  • Filename: helen-in-egypt.
  • ISBN: 0811205444
  • Release Date: 1974-01
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Hilda Doolittle
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing

The fabulous beauty of Helen of Troy is legendary. But some say that Helen was never in Troy, that she had been conveyed by Zeus to Egypt, and that Greeks and Trojans alike fought for an illusion. A fifty-line fragment by the poet Stesichorus of Sicily (c. 640-555 B.C.), what survives of his Pallinode, tells us almost all we know of this other Helen, and from it H. D. wove her book-length poem. Yet Helen in Egypt is not a simple retelling of the Egyptian legend but a recreation of the many myths surrounding Helen, Paris, Achilles, Theseus, and other figures of Greek tradition, fused with the mysteries of Egyptian hermeticism.


  • Filename: airborn.
  • ISBN: 0340878568
  • Release Date: 2005-01-01
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Author: Kenneth Oppel
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary.

Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid

  • Filename: next-generation-business-strategies-for-the-base-of-the-pyramid.
  • ISBN: 0132101572
  • Release Date: 2010-11-05
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Ted London
  • Publisher: FT Press

More and more enterprises are seeking to craft winning "base of the pyramid" (BoP) ventures, serving the world's four billion poorest customers while alleviating poverty at the same time. Early first-generation ventures focused primarily on selling products to this massive and growing under-served market. Many of these initiatives did not scale, and some have failed. Crucial lessons have been learned along the way, and innovators are now succeeding with a more sophisticated and nuanced approach to "BoP." These second-generation business strategies have remained invisible to many leaders in the for-profit, non-profit, and development communities--until now. In this book, Ted London, Stuart L. Hart, and nine leading BoP thought and practice leaders show how to apply today's most significant BoP innovations, techniques, and business models. London, Hart, and their contributors go beyond providing low-cost products and extending distribution reach, demonstrating how to promote market development, innovation, and capability creation "with" BoP new customers, not "at" them. Readers will learn how to reconceptualize their opportunities, create sustainable business ecosystems, design new technologies with BoP in mind, and even transform entire sectors through collaborative entrepreneurship. From start to finish, this book shares proven, "on-the-ground" insights for building scalable, profitable businesses that are sustainable, and truly can help alleviate social ills.

Bream Gives Me Hiccups

  • Filename: bream-gives-me-hiccups.
  • ISBN: 9780802190819
  • Release Date: 2015-08-31
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Jesse Eisenberg
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

“Eisenberg is truly a talented writer. . . Hilarious and poignant.”—Entertainment Weekly Bream Gives Me Hiccups: And Other Stories is the whip-smart fiction debut of Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg. Known for his iconic film roles but also for his regular pieces in the New Yorker and his two critically acclaimed plays, Eisenberg is an emerging voice in fiction. Taking its title from a group of stories that begin the book, Bream Gives Me Hiccups moves from contemporary L.A. to the dormrooms of an American college to ancient Pompeii, throwing the reader into a universe of social misfits, reimagined scenes from history, and ridiculous overreactions. In one piece, a tense email exchange between a young man and his girlfriend is taken over by the man’s sister, who is obsessed with the Bosnian genocide (The situation reminds me of a little historical blip called the Karadordevo agreement); in another, a college freshman forced to live with a roommate is stunned when one of her ramen packets goes missing (she didn’t have “one” of my ramens. She had a chicken ramen); in another piece, Alexander Graham Bell

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