The author of the critically acclaimed Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me offers an eye-opening and frank assessment of the state of classic rock, assessing its past and future, the impact it has had, and what its loss would mean to an industry, a culture, and a way of life. Since the late 1960s, a legendary cadre of artists - including the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, Black Sabbath, and The Who - has revolutionized popular culture and the sounds of our lives. While their songs still get airtime and some of these bands continue to tour, idols are leaving the stage permanently. Can classic rock remain relevant as these legends die off, or will this major musical subculture fade away as many have before? In this mix of personal memoir, criticism, and journalism, Steven Hyden stands witness as classic rock reaches the precipice. Traveling to the eclectic places where geriatric rockers are still making music, he talks to the artists and fans who have aged with them, explores the ways that classic rock has changed the culture, investigates the rise and fall of classic rock radio, and turns to live bootlegs, tell-all rock biographies, and even the liner notes of rock’s greatest masterpieces to tell the story of what this music meant, and how it will be remembered, for fans like himself. Twilight of the Gods is also Hyden’s story. Celebrating his love of this incredible music that has taken him from adolescence to fatherhood, he ponders two essential questions: Is it time to give up on his childhood heroes, or can this music teach him about growing old with his hopes and dreams intact? And what can we all learn from rock gods and their music - are they ephemeral or eternal? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Patrick Lawlor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/007338/bk_harp_007338_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Invitation à un voyage ethnographique dans le monde du hardcore, cet ouvrage explore la pluralité des pratiques qui sous-tendent l´existence de cette ´´ subculture musicale ´´. Une minutieuse enquête multisituée et itinérante de plus de dix ans permet à l´auteur de conduire le lecteur dans les galeries les plus locales de cette scène underground. Du quatrième sous-sol d´un club de Yokohama, à une cabane isolée du campus de l´université de San Diego en passant par Göteborg, Tokyo, Genève ou Lyon, tout un ensemble de logiques et de conventions esthétiques, idéologiques, discursives et kinésiques propres y sont décrites et analysées. Apparu sur la côte est des États-Unis au début des années 1980, le hardcore trouve ses principales origines dans le punk, dont il constitue une forme de radicalisation, aussi bien d´un point de vue musical qu´idéologique. Alors que ses ramifications s´étendent à une échelle quasi globale, ce monde demeure pourtant méconnu du grand public et n´a que très peu suscité l´intérêt des sciences sociales ou de la presse, si ce n´est pour pointer ses aspects les plus spectaculaires : agressivité exacerbée, musique électrique, positionnements idéologiques en opposition au ´´ système dominant ´´. Cet ouvrage entend ainsi dépasser ces représentations caricaturales et poser un regard anthropologique sur le quotidien de ses adeptes, mais aussi sur l´ensemble des médiations collectivement déployées pour construire le monde du hardcore.
Based on the high school subcultures of 1950s America, it takes its name from the tough guy working-class greasers of the era. The musical, set in 1959 in fictional Rydell High in Chicago, tackles such social issues as teenage pregnancy and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship, teenage rebellion and sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some degree, class consciousness/class conflict.This songbook provides vocal selections from the stage version.
A compelling visual portrait of a time, place, and subculture that raised a middle finger to modern society Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 is an unrivalled collection of visually striking ephemera from Britains punk subculture. It presents 500 artefacts - ´zines,´ gig posters, flyers, and badges - from well-known and obscure musical acts, designers, venues, and related political groups. While punk was first and foremost a music phenomenon, it reflected a DIY spirit and instantly recognizable aesthetic that was as raw and strident and irrepressible as the music. As disposable as the items in this book once were, together they tell a story about music, history, class, and art, and document a seismic shift in society and visual culture.
Shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize 2017 13 years ago, from the depths of Bow E3, the voice of a generation emerged. It was dark, it was angry, it was loud, it was unapologetic. It was provocative and fiercely independent. It was the brittle sound of disillusionment, resentment and despair, but also the voice of hope... This Is Grime. Written by Hattie Collins (i-D, the Guardian, The Sunday Times), an authority on Grime who has documented the scene since its beginnings, and accompanied by beautiful images shot by award-winning photographer Olivia Rose solely for the book, THIS IS GRIME will have unrivaled access to the artists and influencers who have created and cultivated the culture over the past fifteen years. Telling their stories and the story of this musical culture - one of the most significant working class British subcultures of its time - in tandem.
In This Is All a Dream We Dreamed, two of the most well-respected chroniclers of the Dead, Blair Jackson and David Gans, reveal the band´s story through the words of its members, their creative collaborators and peers, and a number of diverse fans, stitching together a multitude of voices into a seamless oral tapestry. Capturing the ebullient spirit at the group´s core, Jackson and Gans weave together a musical saga that examines the music and subculture that developed into its own economy, touching fans from all walks of life, from penniless hippies to celebrities, and at least one U.S. vice president. This definitive book traces the Dead´s evolution from its humble beginnings as a folk/bluegrass band playing small venues in Palo Alto to the feral psychedelic warriors and stadium-filling Americana jam band that blazed all the way through to the 90s. Along the way, we hear from many who were touched by the Dead—from David Crosby and Miles Davis, to Ken Kesey, Carolyn ´´Mountain Girl´´ Garcia, and a host of Merry Pranksters, to legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, and others. Throughout their journey the Dead broke (and sometimes rewrote) just about every rule of the music business, defying conventional wisdom and charting their own often unusual course, in the process creating a business model unlike any seen before. Musically, too, they were pioneers, fusing inspired ideas and techniques with intuition and fearlessness to craft an utterly unique and instantly recognizable sound. Their music centered on collective improvisation, spiritual and social democracy, trust, generosity, and fun. They believed that you can make something real, spontaneous, and compelling happen with other musicians if you trust and encourage each other, and jam as if your life depended on it. And when it worked, there was nothing else like it. Whether you´re part of the new generation of Deadheads who are just discovering their music or a devoted fan ... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Holter Graham, Fred Berman, Oliver Wyman, Arthur Bishop, Eliza Foss, Helen Litchfield, Cynthia Hopkins, David Gans. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/aren/002134/bk_aren_002134_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sex. Drugs. Loud music. Wild costumes. Dazzling light shows. These words can all describe a great rock concert or a hot dance club, but they were also part and parcel of the ancient cultural phenomenon known as the ´´Mystery religions´´. In this book, author Christopher Knowles shows how the long-dead Mystery religions got a secular reincarnation when a new musical form called rock ´n´ roll burst onto the scene. Knowles shows how the Mysteries prefigured subcultures as diverse as Santeria, Freemasonry, and Mardi Gras, and explains exactly how ancient rituals and music found their way to the New World. In the process, The Secret History of Rock ´n´ Roll traces the development of rock´s most popular genres, such as punk and metal, and reveals how many of rock´s most iconic artists fill the same archetypal roles as the ancient gods. You´ll see how many of the rituals, customs, and musical styles of our postmodern society have stunning ancient parallels. You´ll meet history´s first pop divas, headbangers, and guitar heroes and read the untold story of the Puritan Woodstock. Get ready for a wild ride that will take you from the Stone Age to the Space Age. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bill Andrew Quinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/000326/bk_acx0_000326_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Songs Only You Know: A Memoir plunges listeners into the Detroit hardcore punk scene with 18-year-old Sean and spans a dark decade during which his father succumbs to crack addiction, his younger sister spirals into a fatal depression, and his sense of home crumbles. Sean´s salvation is music, as well as the many eccentrics and outsiders he befriends as front man of a band once referred to by Spin magazine as ´´an art-coremindfuck´´. Sean´s prose whips from mordantly funny to searingly honest while offering an unflinching look at a family in crisis, low-rent music subculture, and the hard-earned identity of its author. A story of young manhood that deserves a place alongside Tobias Wolff´s In Pharaoh´s Army and Nick Flynn´s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Songs Only You Know is a beautiful, devastating exploration of family, friends, and one young man´s musical dream. It marks the arrival of a fiercely original literary voice. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tristan Morris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/006505/bk_blak_006505_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I read somewhere that 77 percent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I´m more intrigued by the 23 percent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.´´ - Jerry Garcia Despite the enormous esteem he has garnered from virtually every corner of the music world, Jerry Garcia has continued to elude both fans and music historians as they attempt to determine his origins and categorize his art and influence on American music. Part of their difficulty lies in the fact that his work as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, ´´one of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the twentieth century´´, tended toward a blending of the traditional with the experimental. He was willing to use almost any and every available ethnic musical resource. Garcia´s passionate interest in virtually every nook and cranny of American music, particularly rural music, made the task of following his concepts from moment to moment an unpredictable and inexact science. In his explorations and elaborations on old musical treasures, whether familiar or obscure, he fully indulged in almost all of them at one time or another. For Garcia, this was not a career move but a joyous personal search to create a vast palette of harmonic, rhythmic, and textural escapades. As an iconic example of the ´´communitarian, drug-positive hippie subculture of Haight-Ashbury´´, and fulfilling all the expectations of the devotees who immersed themselves in the era´s music, Garcia could just as easily draw from classical music as he could from American jazz. He performed highly regionalized blues in all of their dialects, along with country music, numerous shades of rock music, and any combination of all of them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Violet Meadow. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034641/bk_acx0_034641_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A revelatory history of the operatic masterpiece that both made and destroyed Rouben Mamoulian, its director and unsung hero. ´´Bring my goat!´´ Porgy exclaims in the final scene of Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. Bess, whom he loves, has left for New York City, and he’s determined to find her. When his request is met with astonishment - New York is a great distance from South Carolina’s Catfish Row - Porgy remains undaunted. He mounts his goat-cart and leads the community in an ecstatic finale, ´´Oh Lawd, I’m on my way.´´ Stephen Sondheim has called ´´Bring my goat!´´ ´´one of the most moving moments in musical theater history.´´ For years it was assumed that DuBose Heyward - the author of the seminal novella and subsequent play, Porgy, and later the librettist for the opera Porgy and Bess - penned this historic line. In fact, both it and ´´Oh Lawd, I´m on my way´´ were added to the play eight years earlier by that production’s unheralded architect: Rouben Mamoulian. Porgy and Bess as we know it would not exist without the contributions of this master director. Culling new information from the recently opened Mamoulian Archives at the Library of Congress, award-winning author Joseph Horowitz shows that, more than anyone else, Mamoulian took Heyward´s vignette of a regional African-American subculture and transformed it into an epic theater work, a universal parable of suffering and redemption. Part biography, part revelatory history, On My Way re-creates Mamoulian´s visionary style on stage and screen, his collaboration with George Gershwin, and the genesis of the opera that changed the face of American musical life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephen Bel Davies. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013577/bk_adbl_013577_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.