Description : A personal, idiosyncratic history of popular music that also may well be definitive, from the revered music critic From the age of song sheets in the late nineteenth-century to the contemporary era of digital streaming, pop music has been our most influential laboratory for social and aesthetic experimentation, changing the world three minutes at a time. In Love for Sale, David Hajdu—one of the most respected critics and music historians of our time—draws on a lifetime of listening, playing, and writing about music to show how pop has done much more than peddle fantasies of love and sex to teenagers. From vaudeville singer Eva Tanguay, the “I Don’t Care Girl” who upended Victorian conceptions of feminine propriety to become one of the biggest stars of her day to the scandal of Blondie playing disco at CBGB, Hajdu presents an incisive and idiosyncratic history of a form that has repeatedly upset social and cultural expectations. Exhaustively researched and rich with fresh insights, Love for Sale is unbound by the usual tropes of pop music history. Hajdu, for instance, gives a star turn to Bessie Smith and the “blues queens” of the 1920s, who brought wildly transgressive sexuality to American audience decades before rock and roll. And there is Jimmie Rodgers, a former blackface minstrel performer, who created country music from the songs of rural white and blacks . . . entwined with the sound of the Swiss yodel. And then there are today’s practitioners of Electronic Dance Music, who Hajdu celebrates for carrying the pop revolution to heretofore unimaginable frontiers. At every turn, Hajdu surprises and challenges readers to think about our most familiar art in unexpected ways. Masterly and impassioned, authoritative and at times deeply personal, Love for Sale is a book of critical history informed by its writer's own unique history as a besotted fan and lifelong student of pop.
Description : This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the world. In the collection, there are five previously unpublished essays. The topics covered in these new essays are women in the play, the play's debt to contemporary theater, its critical and performance histories in Germany and Japan, the metrical variety of the play, and the distinctly modern perspective on the play as containing dark and disturbing elements. To compliment these new essays, the collection features significant scholarship and commentary on The Comedy of Errors that is published in obscure and difficulty accessible journals, newspapers, and other sources. This collection brings together these essays for the first time.
Description : The intense urbanization and industrialization of America's largest city from the turn of the twentieth century to World War II was accompanied by profound shifts in sexual morality, sexual practices, and gender roles. Comparing prostitution and courtship with a new working-class practice of heterosexual barter called "treating," Elizabeth Alice Clement examines changes in sexual morality and sexual and economic practices. Women "treated" when they exchanged sexual favors for dinner and an evening's entertainment or, more tangibly, for stockings, shoes, and other material goods. These "charity girls" created for themselves a moral space between prostitution and courtship that preserved both sexual barter and respectability. Although treating, as a clearly articulated language and identity, began to disappear after the 1920s and 1930s, Clement argues that it still had significant, lasting effects on modern sexual norms. She demonstrates how treating shaped courtship and dating practices, the prevalence and meaning of premarital sex, and America's developing commercial sex industry. Even further, her study illuminates the ways in which sexuality and morality interact and contribute to our understanding of the broader social categories of race, gender, and class.
Description : Gideon Lowry, one of the better sundrenched Florida private investigators, becomes involved in another Key West murder case after meeting a woman through an escort service. The woman turns up dead shortly after telling Lowry about a piece of salvaged Spanish treasure in her possession.
Description : From the Whore of Babylon to The Happy Hooker, eminent historian Nils Johan Ringdal has written a masterly, extremely readable world history of the world’s oldest profession, spanning a wide historical swathe armed with a lively wit. Beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and ancient cultures from Greece to India and beyond, Love for Sale takes the reader on a tour through the entire recorded history of prostitution up to the modern red-light district. It shows how different societies have dealt with prostitutes—ancient Greece, Rome, and India incorporated them into several social echelons, including the priestess class; their close relations with artists in 19th-century Europe made them muses to the modern sensibility; the Victorians campaigned against them. It shows the similarities between medieval European heterosexuals and contemporary gay men when visiting public baths, gives lively commentary on the classic Fanny Hill and on Emma Goldman’s and Eva Peron’s sympathy for prostitutes, and closes with Sydney Biddle Barrows, the rise of the sex-workers’ rights movement and contemporary “sex-positive” feminism, and a realistic look at the true risks and rewards of prostitution in the present day.
Description : By now, Edith has become Sophia, ruthlessly determined to achieve the sort of success she had, until now, only dared to dream of. Even her sexual awakening is orchestrated for best results, and her confidence with eligible young men grows. When Ronnie finds her a wealthy man, Toby Winters, life seems ready to take a dramatic - and unexpected - turn that could complete the job that he alone started. Toby is an increasingly famous man with money, looking to hide his troubled and amoral past from too many prying eyes. Sophia can help him do that. It seems to be the perfect match, made in heaven, where love is not required. But, if not, then what is it? And does Sophia’s coming of age reach the triumphant climax that seems to be waiting for her? The roller-coaster ride continues, full of more glorious highs and frightening lows as the Vietnam War demonstration in London ends abruptly for Sophia with tragic consequences, and the greatest day of her young life, when the Fab Four - ‘The Beatles’ - play especially for her, is nearly destroyed when history repeats itself. Will she survive it? And, if she does, how will she deal with it? And will she seek revenge? ‘Love for Sale’ is the second book in ‘The Cost of Loving’ Series. If you enjoyed ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, then you will love Martin Humphries’ next volume in this bitter-sweet voyage of discovery through some of the most exciting and turbulent years in recent memory. Buy ‘Love for Sale’ today and continue Sophia’s fascinating and wide-eyed journey through the 60’s where everything is changing every day, and the future looks so exciting and bright. Which it is, and then again, it isn’t.
Description : Romance was for fools… And CEO Matthew Kent was anything but. So what was he doing in Arizona as half owner of a shop devoted to romance? He blamed it all on his aunt. The silly woman had thought he wouldn't be happy until he was married, so she'd set him up. She'd left him not only her fortune, but a business partner, as well. A sweet, sultry, thoroughly romantic business partner. Rachel McCarthy was exactly the kind of woman he avoided. How was he supposed to do business with her? Especially when his heart began demanding a different kind of merger. And Matthew discovered he was a fool for love….
Description : Kruger's practice reflects the discovery, evident throughout contemporary art, of the formative power of images, the capacity of signs to affect deep structures of belief. Her art is concerned with positioning of the social body, with the ways in which out thoughts, attitudes and desires are determined by society's dictates.
Description : Murder, kidnapping, and mystery abound in this latest delightful entry in theGrace and Favor series from the Agatha and Macavity award-winning author.