• Music
      August 2014

      My Father The Godfather

      by Daryl Brown

      “My Father The Godfather” is a history changing book, but most importantly Daryl Brown will set the record straight about his dad, James Brown, The Godfather of Soul! Stories that have NEVER been told such as: Did you know that James Brown, The Godfather of Soul was offered over ten million dollars to convert to a certain religion? Daryl Brown believes that his dad…James Brown, his brother-in-law and his older brother Teddy were murdered. Susie Brown did not abandon James Brown as the movie “Get on Up” would have you believe. The relationship turned deadly with a murder attempt. Leaving the child was the only way to preserve both lives. Black police officer Donald Danner believes James Brown was shot at by white police officers because of the color of his skin. 23 shots fired at the truck. Two shots hit the gas-tank in an effort to “lawfully” murder James Brown. Tomi Rae was stopped by police for being married to a black monkey and the police told her they were going to kill James Brown. Overt racism and threat of “disappearing” or murder was a challenge for both Tomi Rae and Adrienne “James Brown’s 2 wives.” The Inner Circle will include but not limited to: the Mistress, the Limo Driver, the Widow, the Bodyguard, Band Members, Personal Physician, an Arresting Officer and many more! James Brown, The Godfather of Soul may be the most misunderstood man in the last century. His contributions toward modern music pale in comparison to the role he played in modern history. Brown lifted all races toward the ideals of equality and opportunity. Tragically, while he had the ability to calm the storms of social turmoil - his personal life was a perpetual tempest; sex, drugs, rhythm & blues. “My Father The Godfather” brings together, for the first time, Brown’s inner circle. They will correct the distortions of the past and provide the reader a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was James Brown. This book will have you question your assumptions about politics, religion, sports, money and the entire entertainment industry. You will see inside the man. You will never be the same. The name, James Brown is an international Brand. His music is still being sold in over 110 countries. His face is certainly one of the most recognizable in the world. He is loved and adored by millions, but how many people really knew him?

    • Music
      August 2015

      Music Soothes the Soul

      by Matthew Bernstein

      “Music Soothes the Soul” features engaging stories from seventy musicians, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs who show how music can positively impact our lives. These personal narratives demonstrate that music truly is a universal language. “Music Soothes the Soul” reveals the worlds of famous celebrities as well as those who work behind the scenes. Discover how Gene Simmons, Chaka Khan, Dave Wakeling, Riker Lynch, and other artists got their start. Appreciate how nonprofits like Road Recovery and Guitars Not Guns help at-risk youth find emotional strength through making music. Get a peek backstage from musicians who play with Carlos Santana, Beyoncé, and Prince. Learn about performing on reality TV. Music inspired each story and this book tells why. All proceeds from book sales are being donated to the Fender Music Foundation to keep music programs healthy and vibrant across the nation. Music makes a difference in the world, in tangible and intangible ways. Every story shows why music is empowering and powerful, and how it positively can benefit us all.” Foreword by Larry Thomas, Founder of the Fender Music Foundation “Music is a powerful force. The benefits of music run as deep as one’s soul, and it has always taken me to a special place. I’ve been fortunate to spend my life around music, with musicians, instrument-makers, and the blessings of blending a deep passion with a daily job. As a teenager, I learned to play the guitar, and, throughout my life, musical instruments and the sounds they make have fascinated me. Music matters. It is part of the fabric of our culture and an essential part of our lives. Music Soothes the Soul is a must read for anyone who loves music. Matthew Bernstein, at age 17, has interviewed 70 fascinating music leaders from many countries who share a common passion, which is their love of music. In writing this book, Matthew’s goals were to inspire his readers and provide opportunities for children to imagine, create, and express themselves through music.”

    • Music recording & reproduction

      Recording the Classics

      Maestros, Music, and Technology

      by James J. Badal (author)

      “There is no doubt that this book will appeal to specialists, including conductors, recording enthusiasts, musicologists, and performers. It provides unique information about conductors’ views regarding the artistic, procedural and commercial aspects of recording. Of greatest importance is the inclusion of 16 conductors who, while expressing varying viewpoints, are among the most important conductors of the past 15 years. James Badal’s interview technique successfully leads the conversation into many important areas, but allows each conductor to engage in some exploration of issues unique to the individual’s background, career, and areas of specialization.” —Wayne Gorder, Conductor and Associate Professor of Music, Kent State UniversityIn this collection of interviews with major orchestra conductors, James Badal explores the impact of recording technology on contemporary musical culture. Spanning more than a decade with masters such a Vladimir Ashkenazy, Christoph von Dohnányi, and Christopher Hogwood, these discussions offer valuable commentary on the digital revolution and subsequent compact disc explosion.One issue addressed in Recording the Classics is how recordings have significantly raised the general public’s level of musical knowledge. Classical music discs provide both entertainment and education—the traditional, ideal vehicles for increasing the appreciation of great music among those who lack access to recital halls and opera houses. However, listening to music in private affords an essentially different experience that that of attending a live concert; both the public and the musicians are absent from the home listening environment.Badal and maestros Pierre Boulez, Ricardo Chailly, Andrew Davis, Colin Davis, Antal Doráti, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Järvi, Erich Kunzel, Erich Leinsdorf, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle, and Leonard Slatkin as well as Ashkenazy, Dohnányi, and Hogwood examine the effect of technology no only in the listening public’s perception of music, but also on the matter in which music is made.

    • Humour

      You Like That, Don't You?

      by Kelvin Nel

      A DELICIOUSLY DARK COMEDY Acclaimed Fifty-year old Broadway and Hollywood writer, Gavin De Jong, has returned to his old English coastal hometown resort of Southend-on-Sea, under a cloud of suspicion and scandal. De Jong’s life has everything one would expect from a man of his position: drama, travel, sex, laughter, media interest – even a touch of intrigue. But this was his life almost thirty years ago. Before he even became famous. During 1984, apart the minor issue of being associated with five deaths, young cinema projectionist, Gavin De Jong – a football mad, soul, funk and film buff – experiences an otherwise average year in Southend. Roll up; roll up for this seaside extravaganza! Laugh along with De Jong and his bunch of hilarious and eccentric friends, known as The First Team, as they create and perform in perhaps the worst band of all time, unaware that the consequences of their uniquely shambolic concert, will prove to be a deadly one. Gasp as De Jong earnestly juggles the mundane daily routine of his working life around two contrasting love affairs, while the shadows of a psychotic boss and a mysterious killer, stalk his every move. Marvel at how De Jong still manages to find the time, in the middle of all the bodies, to enjoy a roller coaster lifestyle of parties, drinking and nightclubs. And happily follow De Jong’s odyssey through 156 momentous days, until his devastating and tragic secret is revealed, in a heart-rending climax. A romantic and savagely funny satire on British youth culture and the pre-political correctness era of the 1980s, YOU LIKE THAT DON’T YOU? is often a harsh, lewd and challenging tale, full of symbolic imagery. THIS WAS NOT WHAT GEORGE ORWELL HAD FORESEEN FOR 1984

    • Biography & True Stories

      My Cool Sixties

      Lennon, Jagger & The Rest

      by Tony Norman

      'If you remember the Sixties, you weren't there.' Tony Norman turns the cliché on its head with his memories of an amazing decade. Sex, drugs, laughter, gang fights, groupies, lovers, broken hearts. They are all part of growing up with the teenage Mod band he loves like brothers. It's a golden age for music and London is buzzing like never before. The Rest live it all to the max. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Tony dreams of becoming a music writer and interviewing rock legends like John Lennon and Mick Jagger. It all comes true in this sexy-funny-handclappin'-footstompin'-good-time-story. Young and Free in Sixties London. Right place... Right time... Be there! Also available 'My Cool Sixties - The Album'. 13 original songs inspired by the people and places in the highly acclaimed book.

    • Music recording & reproduction
      September 2010

      Fragments of Yesteryear

      by Author(s): Robert D. Morritt

      As a youth, the author obtained a scratchy old 78rpm record of “The Prisoner’s Song” sung by Vernon Dalhart. He also sang and played American Folk songs on an old acoustic guitar with a harmonica rest strapped around his neck. It was at that time that he wondered, who were these early recording artists?What was their background? How old really, were these Folk and Country songs; How and where did they originate? Fragments of Yesteryear is intended to give some answers to these questions, in the hope it may enthuse others to enjoy this hobby, but moreover, to enjoy this rustic music.The author is a specialist in early American rural recordings. Fragments of Yesteryear represents many years of first-hand research based on field trips to Appalachia and other rural areas in order to understand the the origin of rural musicians, and of their music. From his substantial private collection of obscure early country recordings, he is pleased to be able to share the information herein and to dedicate this book to the memory of a fellow collector, the late much loved Albert Shewmaker of Kentucky (formerly Indiana) who spent his entire life researching these musicians.

    • Music recording & reproduction
      September 2010

      Fragments of Yesteryear

      by Author(s): Robert D. Morritt

      This book represents many years of first-hand research based on field trips to Appalachia and to other regions in order to understand the origins of American Folk and Country music.

    • Music
      December 2014

      Music and Technologies 2

      by Editor(s): Darius Kučinskas, Georg Kennaway

      The findings of this book are drawn from a conference held in 2013 in Kaunas, Lithuania, titled “Music and Technologies 2”, which provided a continuous discussion on the interdisciplinary music research developing currently at such important forums as the CIM (Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology) and the ISMIR (International Society for Music Information Retrieval). This book consists of a collection of articles written by musicologists and musical performers, sound engineers, and educators from Europe and the USA. Leading contemporary ideas in the field of music technologies are explored, as are some aspects of the cognition of classical and contemporary music.

    • Music recording & reproduction
      September 2010

      Fragments of Yesteryear

      by Author(s): Robert D. Morritt

      As a youth, the author obtained a scratchy old 78rpm record of “The Prisoner’s Song” sung by Vernon Dalhart. He also sang and played American Folk songs on an old acoustic guitar with a harmonica rest strapped around his neck. It was at that time that he wondered, who were these early recording artists?What was their background? How old really, were these Folk and Country songs; How and where did they originate? Fragments of Yesteryear is intended to give some answers to these questions, in the hope it may enthuse others to enjoy this hobby, but moreover, to enjoy this rustic music.The author is a specialist in early American rural recordings. Fragments of Yesteryear represents many years of first-hand research based on field trips to Appalachia and other rural areas in order to understand the the origin of rural musicians, and of their music. From his substantial private collection of obscure early country recordings, he is pleased to be able to share the information herein and to dedicate this book to the memory of a fellow collector, the late much loved Albert Shewmaker of Kentucky (formerly Indiana) who spent his entire life researching these musicians.

    • Music
      December 2014

      Music and Technologies 2

      by Editor(s): Darius Kučinskas, Georg Kennaway

      The findings of this book are drawn from a conference held in 2013 in Kaunas, Lithuania, titled “Music and Technologies 2”, which provided a continuous discussion on the interdisciplinary music research developing currently at such important forums as the CIM (Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology) and the ISMIR (International Society for Music Information Retrieval). This book consists of a collection of articles written by musicologists and musical performers, sound engineers, and educators from Europe and the USA. Leading contemporary ideas in the field of music technologies are explored, as are some aspects of the cognition of classical and contemporary music.

    • Society & culture: general
      June 2019

      Vinyl London

      A Guide to Independent Record Shops

      by Tom Greig, photography by Sam Mellish

      A comprehensive guide to London's 60 independent record shops. Features extensive original photography by Sam Mellish that documents and celebrates London's record shop culture. From the author of the bestselling The 500 Hidden Secrets of London. Forms part of a wider series that explores creative London. London's record shop scene is at its most vital and buoyant point since the 1990s, following a resurgence of interest in vinyl over recent years. Tom Greig, who has immersed himself in the world of London's record shops for close to two decades, profiles and tells the story of 60 distinctive independent record stores, selling both new and used vinyl. Vinyl London is at once a practical guide, featuring maps, addresses, opening times and stock information, and an attractive visual celebration of London's record shops. The book is organised geographically, and contains the following chapters; Soho; North; East; South; West; Suburbs; Markets; Vinyl Cafes.

    • Business, Economics & Law
      November 2013

      Music and Law

      by Mathieu Deflem

      This volume deals with various social-science perspectives on law and legal control pertaining to music in a variety of contexts. Under influence of important recent social developments, especially in the realm of communications technology, the world of music has been changing very rapidly and profoundly these past decades. As a result, the world of music, especially popular music, has been subject to a range of new legal issues. This volume brings together some 15 scholars to contribute their respective chapters on the socio-legal aspects involved in music as a social reality. The chapters address various pertinent questions from the perspective of socio-legal studies, sociology of law, jurisprudence, and related social and behavioral sciences. The issues addressed can range from matters of formal law and legislation to law-related behavior, deviance, and informal normative structures and processes that have a relevance to music, whether in a contemporary or historical setting. Thematically diverse within the province of the social and behavioral sciences related to law, the chapters in this volume are not restricted in terms of theoretical approach and methodological orientation.

    • Music recording & reproduction

      Wired for Sound

      Engineering and Technologies in Sonic Cultures

      by Paul D. Greene

      Wired for Sound is the first anthology to address the role of sound engineering technologies in the shaping of contemporary global music. Wired sound is at the basis of digital audio editing, multi-track recording, and other studio practices that have powerfully impacted the world's music. Distinctions between musicians and engineers increasingly blur, making it possible for people around the globe to imagine new sounds and construct new musical aesthetics.;This collection of 11 essays employs primarily ethnographical, but also historical and psychological, approaches to examine a range of new, technology-intensive musics and musical practices such as: fusions of Indian film-song rhythms, heavy metal, and gamelan in Jakarta; urban Nepali pop which juxtaposes heavy metal, Tibetan Buddhist ritual chant, rap, and Himalayan folksongs; collaborations between Australian aboriginals and sound engineers; the production of "heaviness" in heavy metal music; and the production of the "Austin sound." This anthology is must reading for anyone interested in the global character of contemporary music technology.

    • The Arts
      January 2016

      PANSOPHISTES

      The Man Who Knows

      by Humphrey Truman

      Cover. : Size A5 Plain Yellow Background Wording : centralised : PANSOPHISTES The Man Who Knows A Film by Humphrey Truman Reflections on the Culture of our Society

    • Acoustic & sound engineering
      February 2015

      RA The Book

      by Roger D'Arcy

      RA:The Book - The Recording Architecture Book of Studio Design was first published as a single, hardcover volume in 2011 and which has sold in over fifty countries to critical acclaim. A necessarily large format dictated by the detailed drawings it contained, RA:The Book was unavoidably heavy and costly to produce and ship. This iBook version is the first of three stand alone volumes which will hopefully make this essential guide to recording studio design more accessible. It includes a new introduction with previously unavailable photographs. The following description is for the original hardcover: Established by Roger D'Arcy and Hugh Flynn on April 1st 1987 Recording Architecture has risen to become one of the premier recording studio design companies in the world. First Commissioned by ex Def Leppard guitarist Pete Willis for Blue Room studios In Sheffield swiftly followed by projects such as Hulgrave Hall, for composer Keith Hopwood the company has grown to design key installations around the world. Now for the first time they will be publishing a history of these ground breaking designs covering all aspects of architectural, acoustic and interior design of these studios and spaces specifically related to sound on a project by project basis. In a Career spanning Three decades Recording Architecture has virtually unrivalled experience in the design of studios which range in size and purpose from classical orchestral, residential, mixing, mastering, post production, film dubbing, video editing and rehearsal studios over 40 countries worldwide. Stating his desire to expand awareness with the new book Roger D Arcy states Over the years, and perhaps surprisingly, the only available books on recording studio design seem to have been written by individuals with little or no qualified background in Architecture or design in the field - we are trying show the detailed architectural/acoustic input behind a successful design with each studio study showing drawings in large format . This is not a theoretical guide but a detailed presentation of tried and tested techniques as applied to real, built projects in many of the case studies, the actual drawings issued for construction are reproduced. The examples illustrate not only what we think should be done but what was in fact physically (and successfully) implemented in a wide variety of situations from small, private project studios to large, commercial land mark studios such as Lansdowne and CTS. Examples range in scope from individual spaces and rooms to multi studio facilities and cover the two principal strands of recording and mixing: MUSIC studios recording (tracking), mixing and mastering (including cutting) project to orchestral in scale examples have been taken from the private, commercial and educational sectors. POST PRODUCTION studios voice over (dubbing), FX recording ( Foley ), film mix studios (dubbing theatres) from small voice over studios for TV to large Dolby Premier Certified film mix theatres. Contents include hundreds of photographs together with detailed plans and construction drawings - including comprehensive specifications of materials and techniques - showing exactly how these environments were created.

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