Walkin After Midnight

Author by : Joe Ricker
Languange : en
Publisher by : Down & Out Books
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Description : Joe Ricker writes with a voice reminiscent of Jim Thompson and Raymond Carver. This collection of stories is set in the darkest corners of New England, where the damaged American underbelly emerges. The characters in these stories will challenge every notion you have of right and wrong, and you’ll quickly realize that you’ve probably passed some of the characters in these stories on the streets. Be glad you kept walking. Walkin’ After Midnight is a searing and poignant representation of the shadowy side of humanity, the part of our culture that we don’t want to believe exists. But it does, and the author that Esquire referred to as “A man of letters who’s gentle in the way that only the toughest of hard-asses can be” has brought it to your doorstep. Praise for WALKIN’ AFTER MIDNIGHT: “Joe Ricker is a hard-boiled poet in the tradition of Charles Bukowski. He writes of lonely, scarred men, damaged women, and of haunted places we all know. These shorts are served straight up with no chaser. Like the best of noir, it’s about people with few options and often no way out. Highly recommended.”—Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Forsaken and The Redeemers “Tough yet lyrical, bristling with hard-won wisdom, these stories knock you out of any comfort zone you may have found and into the red. Ricker knows people, violence and landscape. He knows truth, too. And these stories beat their fists like drums.”—Tom Franklin, New York Times bestselling author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter “Joe Ricker’s stories are like windows with ragged blinds twisted open to reveal the lives that go on all around us, in spite of us, and sometimes are us. His characters are dark, desperate, and fascinatingly vivid. Read Ricker and have your eyes opened.”—Gerry Boyle, international bestselling author of Once Burned, a Jack McMorrow mystery “Walkin’ after Midnight crackles with danger, and this noir collection of short stories announces Joe Ricker as a provocative new talent. His plots swerve and startle as characters emerge from smoky bars, carrying grudges into frozen landscapes. Ricker’s style is a turns gritty, raw, and surprisingly tender, while his prose goes down like fine whiskey.”—Carla Norton, New York Times bestselling author of Perfect Victim “Ricker writes literary noir. His stories are records of murder and deceit, acts committed by individuals with such considerable damage, and/or in such dire straits, that the actions they commit seem to them logical, and perhaps inevitable. Ricker does not celebrate violence and/or amorality; his fiction talks of such things in carefully crafted, measured prose, and the calm, relentless focus of his narratorial voice presents his characters, their actions and their pasts, without judgment, so that we readers may apply our own. In this manner, his writing becomes highly moral; it asks us to look at actions and decisions that are alien to many of us, and to find empathy where we might otherwise be inclined to turn away.” —Christopher Coake, PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize


Best Of Patsy Cline

Author by : Patsy Cline
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Publisher by : Unknown
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Walking After Midnight

Author by : Maureen McCoy
Languange : en
Publisher by : Washington Square Press
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Description : Having left her drunken husband, wrecked her 1957 Chevy, and spent time in an alcoholic-rehab center, wise-cracking, world-weary Lottie Jay embarks on a shining new career as a country-and-western songwriter


Patsy Cline The Making Of An Icon

Author by : Douglas Gomery
Languange : en
Publisher by : Trafford Publishing
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Description : Patsy Cline remains a much beloved singer, even though she died in 1963. By 1996, Patsy Cline had become such an icon that The New York Times magazine positioned her among a pantheon of women celebrities who transcended any single cultural genre. A series of essays on "Heroine Worship" included Patsy Cline with such "feminine icons" as Eleanor Roosevelt, Martha Graham, Indira Gandhi, Aretha Franklin, and Jackie Onassis. The making of an icon is a cultural process that transcends traditional biographical analysis. One does not need to know the whole life story of the subject to understand how the subject became an icon. This book explores how Patsy Cline transcended class and poverty to become the country music singer that non-country music fans embraced. It goes beyond a traditional biography to explore the years beyond her death. This is the first thoroughly researched book on Patsy Cline. It is true to Patsy and her legacy. Judy Sue Huyett-Kempf President, Celebrating Patsy Cline The Patsy Cline Historic House Winchester, Virginia Douglas Gomery taught mass media history at the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, New York University, the University of Utrecht the Netherlands), and the University of Maryland. He retired in 2005 to become the Official Historian for Celebrating Patsy Cline and Resident Scholar at the Library of American Broadcasting.


The First Generation Of Country Music Stars

Author by : David Dicaire
Languange : en
Publisher by : McFarland
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Description : "This book focuses on fifty of the most important entertainers in the history of country music, from its beginnings in the folk music of early America through the 1970s. Each entry includes a brief biography of the chosen artist with special emphasis on experiences which influenced their musical careers"--Provided by publisher.


Honky Tonk Angel

Author by : Ellis Nassour
Languange : en
Publisher by : Chicago Review Press
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Description : Earthy, sexy, and vivacious, the life of beloved country singer, Patsy Cline, who soared from obscurity to international fame to tragic death in just thirty short years, is explored in colorful and poignant detail. An innovator--and even a hell-raiser--Cline broke all the boys' club barriers of Nashville's music business in the 1950s and brought a new Nashville sound to the nation with her pop hits and torch ballads like "Walking After Midnight," "I Fall to Pieces" and "Crazy." She is the subject of a major Hollywood movie and countless articles, and her albums are still selling 45 years after her death. Ellis Nassour was the very first to write about Cline and did so with the cooperation of the stars who knew and loved her--including Jimmy Dean, Jan Howard, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, Dottie West, and Faron Young. He was the only writer to interview Cline's mother and husbands. This updated edition features not only a complete discography and a host of never-before-published photographs, but includes an afterword that details controversial claims about her birth, the battle between Cline's siblings for her possessions, the amazing influence Cline had on a new generation of singers and, in Cline's own words from letters to a devoted friend, her excitement as her career soared to new heights and her marriage descended to new depths.


The Archaeology Of Dreams And Other Plays

Author by : Caridad Svich
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Description : THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF DREAMS AND OTHER PLAYS collects four of playwright Caridad Svich's epic "fantasias" for the theatre. In addition to the title play, the volume includes THE SPELL OF EDEN, which speculates on the creative relationship among Federico Garcia Lorca, Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel; RELISH MY TEARS, a dark ballad play; and CALCULATING GENESIS, which imagines a poetic memoryscape for mathematicians Paul Erdos, G.H. Hardy, Stanislaw Ulam and John Nash.


Walkin After Midnight

Author by : Hank Edwards
Languange : en
Publisher by : Totally Entwined Group (USA+CAD)
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Description : Floyd has trouble staying interested in men, but meeting Gavin changes everything. Until Floyd learns his boss is dating Gavin. Now Floyd wants him even more. Floyd Burland tends bar at Dudebaker's, one of the city's hottest nightspots. He's something of a serial dater, but nowhere near as bad as his boss, club owner Shawn Frost. Floyd is trying to figure a way out of an entanglement with Trevor, a Dudebaker's bus boy, when Gavin Hunt steps into his life. Handsome, outgoing, and just Floyd's type, Gavin is there to talk with Shawn about a singing gig. On a moonlit night, Floyd discovers Gavin in the club's parking lot with a car that won't start. He walks Gavin home and, during their conversation, Floyd realises he could very easily fall in love with the man. Later, however, Shawn begins to brag that he and Gavin are dating, and Floyd, in a rash moment of jealousy, kisses Trevor the bus boy right in front of Gavin. Soon everyone is pointing fingers and demanding answers, and before Floyd can even try to fix things between him and Gavin, the singer leaves town to pursue his dream of cutting an album. Will Floyd follow his own dream and pursue Gavin in an effort to win him back? Will Gavin even give him the time of day if Floyd shows up at his door?


Language Before Stonewall

Author by : William L. Leap
Languange : en
Publisher by : Springer Nature
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Description : This book explores the linguistic and social practices related to same-sex desires and identities that were widely attested in the USA during the years preceding the police raid on the Stonewall Inn in 1969. The author demonstrates that this language was not a unified or standardized code, but rather an aggregate of linguistic practices influenced by gender, racial, and class differences, urban/rural locations, age, erotic desires and pursuits, and similar social descriptors. Contrary to preconceptions, moreover, it circulated widely in both public and in private domains. This intriguing book will appeal to students and academics interested in the intersections of language, sexuality and history and queer historical linguistics.


The Big Guitar Chord Songbook The Fifties

Author by : Wise Publications
Languange : en
Publisher by : Wise Publications
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Description : Now you can play eighty-five rock and pop classics from the hey-day of guitar music and the era that brought us Rock 'n' Roll, the 1950s. Including your favourtie hits from Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley and many more legends!


Country Guitar Chord Songbook

Author by : Hal Leonard Corp.
Languange : en
Publisher by : Hal Leonard Corporation
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Description : (Guitar Chord Songbook). A collection of guitar chords and lyrics for 80 country standards, including: Abilene * Always on My Mind * Amazed * Blue * Blue Bayou * Boot Scootin' Boogie * Breathe * Chains * Could I Have This Dance * Crazy * Elvira * Folsom Prison Blues * Friends in Low Places * He Stopped Loving Her Today * Hey, Good Lookin' * I Feel Lucky * I Hope You Dance * Jambalaya (On the Bayou) * Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys * Okie from Muskogee * Ring of Fire * Rocky Top * Sixteen Tons * You Are My Sunshine * Your Cheatin' Heart * and more.


Lost S Buried Treasures

Author by : Lynnette R. Porter
Languange : en
Publisher by : Sourcebooks, Inc.
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Description : Lost's Buried Treasures is the ultimate unauthorized guide to the ideas that have influenced the show and its writers.


The Cult Film Experience

Author by : J. P. Telotte
Languange : en
Publisher by : University of Texas Press
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Description : "Play it again, Sam" is the motto of cult film enthusiasts, who will watch their favorite movie over and over, "beyond all reason." What is the appeal of cult movies? Why do fans turn up in droves at midnight movies or sit through the same three-hanky classics from Hollywood's golden era? These are some of the questions J. P. Telotte and twelve other noted film scholars consider in this groundbreaking study of the cult film. The book identifies two basic types of cult films—older Hollywood movies, such as Casablanca, that have developed a cult following and "midnight movies," most notably The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Telotte, Bruce Kawin, and Timothy Corrigan offer thought-provoking discussions about why these two types of movies become cult films, the sort of audience they attract, and the needs they fulfill for that audience. Subsequent essays employ a variety of cultural, feminist, ideological, and poststructural strategies for exploring these films. In a section on the classical cult film, the movie Casablanca receives extensive treatment. An essay by T. J. Ross considers Beat the Devil as a send-up of cult films, while another essay by Wade Jennings analyzes the cult star phenomenon as personified in Judy Garland. "Midnight movie madness" is explored in essays on The Rocky Horror Picture Show, movie satires of the 1950s, science fiction double features, and horror thrillers. Illustrated with scenes from favorite movies and written for both fans and scholars, The Cult Film Experience will appeal to a wider audience than the "usual suspects."


Walkin After Midnight

Author by : Grace Knight
Languange : en
Publisher by : Unknown
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Description : Walkin' after midnight -- Momma he treats your daughter mean.


The Chair Volume Ii

Author by : Robert McKenzie
Languange : en
Publisher by : Fresh Ink Group
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Total Read : 31
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Description : A grand epic saga by Robert McKenzie, The Chairspans centuries, touching the lives of 22 related mothers and daughters, their stories witnessed by a simple pine chair. Resolute, strong, loving, and fiercely protective, these women must strive to pass their values to new generations in a world of racism and sexism, politics, scandal, fashion—even the rise and dominance of baseball. They live in privilege and poverty, with faith and despair, relishing every moment of love even as they suffer abiding grief. Volume I: Lightning, Thunder, & Glory spans the 1600s through WWI, while Volume II: Faith, Hope, & Lovefollows these women’s descendants into modern times and beyond. An authentic and uniquely American novel, The Chairconjures the very hallmarks of history, yet navigates the simple intimacy of everyday lives to reveal who and why we are. Everybody sits, so find your own seat and discover The Chair.


The New Rolling Stone Album Guide

Author by : Nathan Brackett
Languange : en
Publisher by : Simon and Schuster
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Description : A reference guide to the decade's top trends, performers, and sounds, reviews the most influential albums, provides biographical overviews of key artists, and considers how technology and the Internet have impacted the industry.


The Book Of Strange New Things

Author by : Michel Faber
Languange : en
Publisher by : Canongate Books
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Total Read : 71
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Description : 'I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .' Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea. The Book of Strange New Things is a wildly original tale of adventure, faith and the ties that might hold two people together when they are worlds apart. This momentous novel, Faber's first since The Crimson Petal and the White, sees him at his expectation-defying best. WINNER OF THE SALTIRE BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 4


Songcite

Author by : William D. Goodfellow
Languange : en
Publisher by : Routledge
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Description : First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


Blue Tomorrow

Author by : Barrett McCloud
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu Press, Inc
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Total Read : 16
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Description : The fleeting blush of romance and the fragility of love are explored in these 14 short stories that find once-spellbound men and women listening for heartbeats in the darkness.


Ukulele Songs For Dummies Songbook

Author by : Hal Leonard Corp.
Languange : en
Publisher by : Hal Leonard Corporation
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Total Read : 69
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Description : (Ukulele). Want to learn to play a wide variety of songs on the ukulele? Then this is the right book for you! An easy-to-use resource for the casual hobbyist or working musician, this collection features 50 full songs with standard notation, ukulele tablature, lyrics, and helpful performance notes. Tunes include: All You Need Is Love * Can't Help Falling in Love * Edelweiss * The Gambler * Hey, Soul Sister * Mr. Tambourine Man * Puff the Magic Dragon * (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay * Still the One * Tiny Bubbles * You Are My Sunshine * and more.


Lost S Buried Treasures

Author by : Lynnette Porter
Languange : en
Publisher by : Sourcebooks, Inc.
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Total Read : 75
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Description : The Ultimate Unauthorized Resource to the Stories Behind Lost Lost is a complex and mysterious tale, one that draws on many sources for its themes and ideas—sources you must understand to become an advanced Lost expert. Lost's Buried Treasures is the ultimate unauthorized guide to the ideas that have influenced the show and its writers—and is completely updated through Season Five. Explore: Books and movies important to the show and how they are connected Geographical clues New and old theories Musical references and the meaning behind the incredible soundtrack The best online resources The video and role-playing games and what they've revealed Cast, writer, and director biographies And much more NO TRUE LOST FAN SHOULD EVER WATCH AN EPISODE WITHOUT THIS CRUCIAL GUIDE IN HAND. Explore all the interconnected stories and mysterious references that make the show so fascinating. DISCLAIMER: This book is an independent work of commentary, criticism, and scholarship. Neither this book, nor its author and publisher, are authorized, endorsed or sponsored by, or affiliated in any way with the copyright and trademark owner of Lost and/or the creators of Lost.


Country Music

Author by : Kurt Wolff
Languange : en
Publisher by : Rough Guides
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Total Read : 24
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Description : Traces the growth of country music as an industry, and includes biographies of hundreds of performers, album reviews, and background stories of songs.


The Chair Volume I

Author by : Robert McKenzie
Languange : en
Publisher by : Fresh Ink Group
Format Available : PDF, ePub, Mobi
Total Read : 62
Total Download : 785
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Description : A grand epic saga by Robert McKenzie, The Chairspans centuries, touching the lives of 22 related mothers and daughters, their stories witnessed by a simple pine chair. Resolute, strong, loving, and fiercely protective, these women must strive to pass their values to new generations in a world of racism and sexism, politics, scandal, fashion—even the rise and dominance of baseball. They live in privilege and poverty, with faith and despair, relishing every moment of love even as they suffer abiding grief. Volume I: Lightning, Thunder, & Glory spans the 1600s through WWI, while Volume II: Faith, Hope, & Lovefollows these women’s descendants into modern times and beyond. An authentic and uniquely American novel, The Chairconjures the very hallmarks of history, yet navigates the simple intimacy of everyday lives to reveal who and why we are. Everybody sits, so find your own seat and discover The Chair.


My Country Roots

Author by : Alice Randall
Languange : en
Publisher by : Thomas Nelson
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Total Read : 76
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Description : How do you define rockabilly? Who were the original "outlaws" of Country music? Where can you go to hear great music in Austin, Texas? My Country Roots answers all these questions and hundreds more! It is a resource that will help you fill your mp3 player with the essential Country songs, while impressing your friends with your knowledge of the ultimate outsider art. Containing 100 recommended playlists for downloading, this book is the best and most unique way to explore the Country music genre in a modern easy, convenient way. Each playlist walks you through the history, culture, and relevance of Country music, revealing the authenticity and raw truth that represents Country. Whether you are a long-time lover of Country music or just discovering the genre, this book will help you not only organize your music, but explore, evaluate, and critique the music while learning about the basics of Country?what we sound like, what we believe in, where we've come from, and where we're goin'. This guide also provides a behind the scenes look at some of the cities that have spawned the greatest music of the genre and films that have contributed to the mystique which defines Country. For all you music lovers, mp3 users, or folks who are interested in discovering or rediscovering your country roots, this is a book you can't live without!


Off Broadway Musicals 1910 2007

Author by : Dan Dietz
Languange : en
Publisher by : McFarland
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Total Read : 62
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Description : Despite an often unfair reputation as being less popular, less successful, or less refined than their bona-fide Broadway counterparts, Off Broadway musicals deserve their share of critical acclaim and study. A number of shows originally staged Off Broadway have gone on to their own successful Broadway runs, from the ever-popular A Chorus Line and Rent to more off-beat productions like Avenue Q and Little Shop of Horrors. And while it remains to be seen if other popular Off Broadway shows like Stomp, Blue Man Group, and Altar Boyz will make it to the larger Broadway theaters, their Off Broadway runs have been enormously successful in their own right. This book discusses more than 1,800 Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway, showcase, and workshop musical productions. It includes detailed descriptions of Off Broadway musicals that closed in previews or in rehearsal, selected musicals that opened in Brooklyn and in New Jersey, and American operas that opened in New York, along with general overviews of Off Broadway institutions such as the Light Opera of Manhattan. The typical entry includes the name of the host theater or theaters; the opening date and number of performances; the production's cast and creative team; a list of songs; a brief plot synopsis; and general comments and reviews from the New York critics. Besides the individual entries, the book also includes a preface, a bibliography, and 21 appendices including a discography, filmography, a list of published scripts, and lists of musicals categorized by topic and composer.


Country Music Culture

Author by : Curtis W. Ellison
Languange : en
Publisher by : Univ. Press of Mississippi
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Description : A social history of country music from the 1920s to the present, discussing such artists as Patsy Cline, Grandpa Jones, Dolly Parton, and Garth Brooks.


The Singer

Author by : H.J. Sage
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Fun With Oldies

Author by : Scott Alan Murphy
Languange : en
Publisher by : Lulu.com
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Total Read : 52
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Description : A Must Have for DJs & Oldies Music Lovers Everywhere! "FUN with Oldies" is a Book of Lists of 50's, 60's, 70's Plus Oldies & Classic Rock & Roll Songs categorized by idea, genre or theme. It started as a feature on My Radio Show when "Gearhead Ed" asked for some CARtoons for "Classic Car Week" like Little Deuce Coupe-Beach Boys, GTO-Ronnie & The Daytonas, or Mustang Sally-Wilson Pickett. You get the idea. Then I started doing three song sets on a variety of different themes calling it "Fun with Oldies". The popularity grew until my loyal listeners requested my music sets! COOL! "Fun with Oldies" The Book was born. Over 180 categories including CARtoons, Susie Songs, Slow Jams, Candy Songs, One Hit Wonders, Girl Groups, Teen Idols, Angels & Devils, Happy Songs, Crying Tunes, Jungle Fever, Jailbird, Wild Wild West, & A Day The Music Died Feature. A Special Addition to Any Oldies Library!!! Buy it, & you'll soon be having your own "FUN with Oldies"! Share the Lunacy! You'll Love it!


1 000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die

Author by : Tom Moon
Languange : en
Publisher by : Workman Publishing
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Description : The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz—author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die—does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners the joy, the mystery, the revelation, the sheer fun of great music. This is a book both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It's arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners’ horizons— it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the '80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos. Each entry is passionately written, with expert listening notes, fascinating anecdotes, and the occasional perfect quote—"Your collection could be filled with nothing but music from Ray Charles," said Tom Waits, "and you'd have a completely balanced diet." Every entry identifies key tracks, additional works by the artist, and where to go next. And in the back, indexes and playlists for different moods and occasions.