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Download Minstrel of the Appalachians: The Story of Bascom Lamar by Loyal Jones PDF

By Loyal Jones

It truly is acknowledged that Bascom Lamar Lunsford could "cross hell on a rotten rail to get a folks song"―his Southern highlands folk-song compilations now represent one of many biggest collections of its sort within the Library of Congress―but he did even more than collect songs. He preserved and promoted the Appalachian mountain culture for generations of individuals, founding in 1928 the Mountain Dance and people competition in Asheville, North Carolina, an annual occasion that has formed America's competition move. unswerving Jones pens a full of life biography of a guy thought of to be Appalachian song royalty. He additionally features a "Lunsford Sampler" of ballads, songs, hymns, stories, and anecdotes, plus a discography of his recordings.

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Download Bio-pics : a life in pictures by Ellen Cheshire PDF

By Ellen Cheshire

Bio-pics: A existence in photographs deals a chain of case reviews which throw gentle in this most original of genres. Is the bio-pic a style in its personal correct? Or are such motion pictures in simple terms footnotes in different extra conventional genres comparable to the western or dress drama, looking on the ancient determine below scrutiny. not like different style varieties bio-pics possible proportion no established iconography, codes or conventions. they are often set anyplace and at any time. What hyperlinks them is kind of easily that the flicks depict the lifetime of an 'important' individual. via a gently chosen variety of thematically associated (English-language) bio-pics published in view that 1990 this publication explores key concerns surrounding their resurgence, narrative constitution, creation, topic illustration or misrepresentation, and important reaction. the flicks less than dialogue are grouped round a career (writers, singers, politicians, sportsmen, criminals, artists) bearing in mind comparisons to be drawn in techniques to comparable topic matter.

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Download Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass by Murphy Hicks Henry PDF

By Murphy Hicks Henry

The first publication committed solely to girls in bluegrass, Pretty solid for a Girl records the lives of greater than seventy ladies whose shiny contributions to the improvement of bluegrass were, for the main half, ignored. Accessibly written and arranged by means of decade, the booklet starts with Sally Ann Forrester, who performed accordion and sang with invoice Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from 1943 to 1946, and keeps into the current with artists equivalent to Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and the Dixie Chicks. Drawing from vast interviews, recognized banjoist Murphy Hicks Henry offers voice to ladies performers and innovators all through bluegrass's background, together with such pioneers as Bessie Lee Mauldin, Wilma Lee Cooper, and Roni and Donna Stoneman; relations bands together with the Lewises, Whites, and McLains; and later pathbreaking performers resembling the Buffalo Gals and different all-girl bands, Laurie Lewis, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, and lots of others.

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Download Gloria Swanson: Ready for Her Close-Up by Tricia Welsch PDF

By Tricia Welsch

Gloria Swanson: prepared for Her Close-Up exhibits how a skilled, self-confident actress negotiated an artistic direction via seven a long time of famous person. It additionally illuminates a little-known bankruptcy in American media historical past: how the strong ladies of early Hollywood reworked their striking careers after their stars dimmed. This booklet brings Swanson (1899-1983) again into the highlight, revealing her as a fancy, artistic, entrepreneurial, and carefully sleek woman.

Swanson cavorted in slapstick brief movies with Charlie Chaplin and Mack Sennett within the 1910s. the recognition of her movies with Cecil B. DeMille helped create the big name approach. A glamour icon, Swanson grew to become the main talked-about megastar in Hollywood, incomes 3 Academy Award nominations, receiving 10,000 fan letters per week, and residing as much as a name as Queen of Hollywood. She acquired mansions and penthouses, wearing fur and feathers, and flitted via Paris, London, and manhattan undertaking passionate amorous affairs that made headlines and brought on scandals.

Frustrated with the studio process, Swanson grew to become down a million-dollar-a-year agreement. After a wild experience making unforgettable videos with a few of Hollywood's such a lot colourful characters--including her lover Joseph Kennedy and maverick director Erich von Stroheim--she used to be 1000000 funds in debt. with out hesitation she went trying to find her subsequent problem, starting her lengthy moment act.

Swanson grew to become a skilled businesswoman who patented innovations and received model awards for her garments designs; a normal meals activist many years prior to it used to be stylish; an exhibited sculptor; and a clothier hired via the United countries. all of the whereas she persisted to behave in motion pictures, theater, and tv at domestic and in a foreign country. even though she had considered one of Hollywood's most famed go out lines--"All correct, Mr. DeMille, i am prepared for my close-up"--the genuine Gloria Swanson by no means seemed back.

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Download A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of by Mark Griffin PDF

By Mark Griffin

He used to be the acclaimed director of such cinematic classics as Meet Me in St. Louis, An American in Paris, and Gigi, and both renowned for his tumultuous marriage to the mythical Judy Garland. yet to assert that Vincente Minnelli's conflicted own lifestyles proficient his motion pictures will be a real understatement. As Mark Griffin persuasively demonstrates during this definitive biography of the Academy Award–winning director, Minnelli was once not just construction a impressive Hollywood legacy, but additionally growing an fascinating autobiography in code.

Drawing on greater than a hundred interviews with such icons as Kirk Douglas, Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall, Tony Curtis, and George Hamilton, Griffin turns the highlight at the enigmatic “elegant director,” revealing long-kept secrets and techniques on the center of Minnelli’s genius.

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Download Woman: The Incredible Life of Yoko Ono by Alan Clayson, Barb Jungr, Robb Johnson PDF

By Alan Clayson, Barb Jungr, Robb Johnson

This riveting exposé of Yoko Ono covers her formative years growing to be up because the eldest daughter of a prosperous jap relatives and her own event due to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima on the finish of the realm conflict II. precise are her circulate to ny for education in the course of the Fifties, her first marriage to a composer, and her early days as an experimental artist in London throughout the early Sixties. New mild is shed on her preliminary assembly with John Lennon and their 13-year dating, and the rebuilding of her lifestyles after his tragic homicide. Her lifestyles as artist, musician, businesswoman, and mom are explored from her early life to the current.

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Download Scientific Autobiography (Oppositions books) by Aldo Rossi PDF

By Aldo Rossi

This revealing memoir via Aldo Rossi (1937--1997), probably the most noticeable and debatable figures ever at the foreign structure scene, intermingles discussions of Rossi's architectural tasks -- together with the key literary and creative affects on his paintings -- along with his own historical past. Drawn from notebooks Rossi stored starting in 1971, those ruminations and reflections variety from his obsession with theater to his proposal of structure as ritual. The booklet initially seemed as one of many landmark titles within the MIT Press's Oppositions Books sequence, yet has been out of print for a few years. This newly issued paperback reprint comprises illustrations -- images, evocative photographs, and a collection of drawings of Rossi's significant architectural tasks ready fairly for this booklet -- chosen through the writer himself to reinforce the text.

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Download Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash PDF

By Johnny Cash

He used to be the "Man in Black," a rustic track legend, and the crucial American troubadour. He used to be an icon of rugged individualism who have been to hell and again, telling the story as by no means ahead of. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny money tells the reality in regards to the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the folks who formed him.

In his personal phrases, money set the list instantly -- and dispelled a number of myths -- as he regarded unsparingly at his extraordinary existence: from the thrill of his boyhood in Dyess, Arkansas to superstardom in Nashville, Tennessee, the line of Cash's lifestyles has been whatever yet tender. money writes of the fun of twiddling with Elvis, the relaxation of praying with Billy Graham; of his battles with habit and of the devotion of his spouse, June; of his gratitude for all times, and of his strategies on what the afterlife might carry. the following, too, are the chums of an entire life, together with Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. As strong and noteworthy as certainly one of his vintage songs, Cash is full of the candor, wit, and knowledge of a guy who really "walked the line."

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Download Celebrity and Culture by Ellis Cashmore PDF

By Ellis Cashmore

During this attention-grabbing and topical rookies advisor, Ellis Cashmore explores the interesting factor of megastar tradition: its origins, its which means and its worldwide effect. protecting such various views as status dependancy, the ‘celebrification’ of politics and famous person fatigue, Cashmore analyzes the connection big name has with commodification and the patron society, and investigates the recent media and the search for self-perfection. Cashmore takes readers on a quest that visits the Hollywood movie of the early 20th century, the movie set of Cleopatra within the Nineteen Seventies, the dressing room of Madonna within the Eighties, the burial of Diana within the Nineteen Nineties, and the massive Brother condominium of the early 2000s. writer of Beckham and Tyson, Cashmore collects examine, conception, and case reviews en direction as he explores the fascinating factor of superstar tradition: its origins, its that means, and its worldwide impact. together with reports of latest literature, and an overview of key modern subject matters, this soaking up e-book skilfully explains why we've turn into so captivated by way of the lives and loves of the fame and, in so doing, provides the clearest, such a lot complete, wide-ranging, and available account of star tradition up to now.

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Download Peter Sculthorpe: The Making of an Australian Composer by Graeme Skinner PDF

By Graeme Skinner

Peter Sculthorpe, who died in 2014, is still Australia’s best-known composer and is largely held to be crucial inventive musical spirit the rustic has produced. superbly written and rigorously researched, this approved biography offers an perception into Sculthorpe’s formation years: his quest for private voice, and his arrival – via many artistic friendships and collaborations – at a spot within the collective middle of the nation.

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