Wax Poetics 50

Wax Poetics 50
Author: Alan Leeds,Gwen Leeds,Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Pages: 98
ISBN: 0979811066
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Release: 2016-05-26
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The special-edition reprint of Wax Poetics Magazine Issue 50--our bestselling issue ever--featuring Prince on the cover, with features on Prince and the Revolution; Morris Day and the Time; the Time's guitarist Jesse Johnson; Grand Central: the roots of Prince and Andre Cymone; Prince's jazz side project Madhouse; the Prince side project the Family; early Prince recordings, 94 East; and Questlove's commentary "33 Reasons Why Prince Is Hip-Hop." Also featuring Larry Graham, Blood Orange, Toro y Moi, DJ Quik, and Frank Ocean. This special-edition reprint contains no advertisements.

Wax Poetics 50

Wax Poetics 50
Author: Alan Leeds,Gwen Leeds,Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Pages: 98
ISBN: 0979811090
Available:
Release: 2016-10-21
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The special-edition reprint of Wax Poetics Magazine Issue 50--our bestselling issue ever--featuring Prince on the cover, with features on Prince and the Revolution; Morris Day and the Time; the Time's guitarist Jesse Johnson; Grand Central: the roots of Prince and Andre Cymone; Prince's jazz side project Madhouse; the Prince side project the Family; early Prince recordings, 94 East; and Questlove's commentary "33 Reasons Why Prince Is Hip-Hop." Also featuring Larry Graham, Blood Orange, Toro y Moi, DJ Quik, and Frank Ocean. This special-edition reprint contains no advertisements.

Wax Poetics Anthology

Wax Poetics Anthology
Author: Wax Poetics
Pages: 238
ISBN: 1576875083
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Release: 2009
Editor: Power House Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

First published in December 2001, Brooklyn-born Wax Poetics hit news stands with a new vision of music journalism. Wax Poetics created a bridge between the old and the new, revealing the numerous connections between musical forefathers and musical future. Although originally created for a concentrated market of music aficionados, the Wax Poetics audience has grown exponentially. This anthology gathers the first five issues into a deluxe must-have hardbound edition.

There Was a Time

There Was a Time
Author: Alan Leeds
Pages: 272
ISBN: 1642933848
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Release: 2020-02-25
Editor: Post Hill Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Alan Leeds was a protegé of James Brown and a true historian of the world that nurtured the great entertainer. Alan was a witness to the vibrant black music scene of the ’60s and ’70s—whose book is both a memoir and a document of a lost world of sound.”—Nelson George, an American author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist, and filmmaker A behind-the-scenes look at the Chitlin’ Circuit during American’s most vital period of soul music—from the eyes and ears of a young, Jewish kid from Queens who joined the team of the hardest working man in show business and learned the art of the music business at the hand of the performer who mastered it. In the mid-’60s, Alan Leeds was a young DJ looking for his way into the music business. An interview with James Brown to promote a local show in Virginia led to an opportunity to promote one of Brown’s concerts, which then led to Brown hiring him to help run his tours. Soon Leeds was wearing many hats and traveling around the country as Brown battled a complicated web of local promoters and managers, all too willing to try to rip him off. In this riveting book—part memoir, part history—Leeds weaves a wholly new and remarkable portrait of Brown as an idiosyncratic iconoclast, determined artist, and forceful businessman. It is a rare look into a world little known to white America immediately following the Civil Rights Movement. Leeds discovers that Brown is a fascinatingly complex man and their experiences, both business and personal, range from emotional to humorous. All the while, they navigate the complicated world of popular Black music in America, told by someone who actually lived it. “Over the course of his long life in music as a tour manager, archivist, writer, and fan, Alan Leeds had a ringside seat for some of the greatest moments in soul and funk history—from James Brown in the sixties to Prince in the eighties to D’Angelo in the first years of the 21st century. His eye for detail and his abiding love for the music shine through in this affectionate, inspirational memoir. Alan is one of my all-time heroes!” –Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson

We Are Music

We Are Music
Author: Brandon Stosuy
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781534409422
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Release: 2018-08-21
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the author of Music Is... Brandon Stosuy comes a second pitch-perfect board book that’s a kid-friendly music history lesson—perfect for the little record collectors in your life. From music writer and The Creative Independent/Kickstarter Editor in Chief, Brandon Stosuy, comes a new board book called We Are Music that dives into the history of music. It starts with clapping, tapping, and drums, and from there the music moves in many different directions. From classical to blues to jazz to country to rock to punk to rap to hip hop, there is one important thread that weaves through every song that has ever been created: us.

Hold On World

Hold On World
Author: John Kruth
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781493052363
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Release: 2021-06-15
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Hold On World revisits Lennon and Ono's love affair and startling collaborations. John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band was arguably the most emotionally honest album ever made. It wasn't merely another record but more like a sonic exorcism, a spiritual, public bloodletting. Lennon's album drove a stake through the heart of the Beatles' myth while confronting everything else in John's life, from Dylan to God to his glorified status as a "Working Class Hero." Determined to rid himself of past traumas—abandonment by his father and the death of his mother, Julia—Lennon wrote the most powerful song cycle of his career, confronting fear, disappointment, and illusion, all the while espousing his love for Yoko Ono. Released simultaneously, Ono's album Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band is emotionally raw and challenging. It inspired bands like the B-52s and Yo La Tengo to employ pure sound, whether shrieking vocals or guitar feedback, to express their deepest feelings.

A Tribe Called Quest s People s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm

A Tribe Called Quest s People s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Author: Shawn Taylor
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781441118448
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Release: 2007-04-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the finest hip-hop albums ever made, A Tribe Called Quest's debut record (featuring stone-cold classics like "Can I Kick It?" and "Bonita Applebum") took the idea of the boasting hip-hop male and turned it on its head. For many listeners, when this non-traditional, surprisingly feminine album was released, it was like hearing an entirely new form of music. In this book, Shawn Taylor explores the creation of the album as well as the impact it had on him at the time - a 17-year-old high-school geek who was equally into hip-hop, punk, new wave, skateboarding, and Dungeons & Dragons: all of a sudden, with this one album, the world made more sense. He has spent many years investigating this album, from the packaging to the song placement to each and every sample - Shawn Taylor knows this record like he knows his tattoos, and he's finally been able to write a fascinating and highly entertaining book about it.

Book of Rhymes

Book of Rhymes
Author: Adam Bradley
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780465094417
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Release: 2017-06-27
Editor: Civitas Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager listeners.Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.

Prince and the Parade and Sign O The Times Era Studio Sessions

Prince and the Parade and Sign O  The Times Era Studio Sessions
Author: Duane Tudahl
Pages: 620
ISBN: 9781538144527
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Release: 2021-06-07
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From Prince's superstardom to studio seclusion, this second book in the Prince Studio Sessions series chronicles the years immediately following the Purple Rain era. Interview accounts of over 260 recording sessions and two tours reveal the indistinguishable majesty of Prince's artistry.

Ian Johnson

Ian Johnson
Author: Ian Johnson
Pages: 60
ISBN: 097887398X
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Release: 2015-02
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Since his 2008 monograph, Ian Johnson has had six solo shows and undergone an evolution, while remaining just as jarringly cool and full of life. This new book presents all-new paintings and drawings by Johnson in his signature style: portraits of jazz musicians from the '40s, '50s, and '60s that were produced using gouache, acrylic or pen on paper or wood panel. Johnson combines abstract background shapes with figurative representations to create jaw-dropping pieces that succeed at evoking the music of each artist.

Love Peace and Soul

Love  Peace  and Soul
Author: Ericka Blount Danois
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781480363984
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Release: 2013-08-01
Editor: Hal Leonard Corporation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

(Book). Love, Peace, and Soul tells the story of the television phenomenon known as Soul Train , a show created in the land of bell bottoms, afros, and soul power; a show that became the touchstone of the Baby Boomer generation. Don Cornelius, host and owner of the show, was one of the coolest cats on television. With his platform shoes, wide neckties, and mellifluous voice, he showed the world just how corny American Bandstand was in comparison. In 2012, fans were shocked to hear one of the most powerful men in the music and television business took his own life. Love, Peace, and Soul is a celebratory, behind-the-scenes collection of anecdotes, stories, and reflections, from the people who were there, about the host, the show, and the power of black music and dance on television. Music and television connoisseurs will enjoy the history of not just Soul Train , but of other shows, including Shindig! , Don Kirshner's Rock Concert , Hullabaloo , American Bandstand , and Graffiti Rock . Entrepreneurs will be interested in Cornelius' humble beginnings with the local version of the show in Chicago, created with his own money. Fans will delight in the lively images and the quirky details. The first mass market book on Soul Train since Cornelius's passing, this volume has something for everyone. Includes afterword by Gary Harris.

Cover Story

Cover Story
Author: Wax Poetics
Pages: 288
ISBN: 1576875091
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Release: 2009-04
Editor: Power House Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The second book by the esteemed journal Wax Poetics is a vivid exploration of an element of music culture that has withered with the advent of MP3s and digital downloading. Records possess a visual as well as an aural capacity for storytelling. The record cover - eye candy for the music lover - speaks a language rooted in the environment and era of the music itself.

No Half Steppin

No Half Steppin
Author: Claude Paradise Gray,Giuseppe "u. net" Pipitone
Pages: 212
ISBN: 0999212702
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Release: 2017-06-23
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Latin Quarter was an incubator of talent for the Golden Era of hip-hop. During the mid- to late '80s, legends were born in that bustling Times Square club-from Stetsasonic, KRS-One, and Eric B. & Rakim to Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, and A Tribe Called Quest. You could walk into the club a nobody and come out a star.

An Introduction to Arab Poeti

An Introduction to Arab Poeti
Author: Adonis
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780863567377
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Release: 2013-04-01
Editor: Saqi
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Poetry is the quintessence of Arab culture. In this book, one of the foremost Arab poets reinterprets a rich and ancient heritage. He examines the oral tradition of pre-Islamic Arabian poetry, as well as the relationship between Arabic poetry and the Qur'an, and between poetry and thought. Adonis also assesses the challenges of modernism and the impact of western culture on the Arab poetic tradition. Stimulating in their originality, eloquent in their treatment of a wide range of poetry and criticism, these reflections open up fresh perspectives on one of the world's greatest - and least explored - literatures. 'The most intellectually stimulating of several Arab books of unique literary distinction in fine translations ... Translated with uncommon intelligence ... As important a cultural manifesto as any written today.' Edward Said, Independent on Sunday 'Adonis's only prose work available in English is this book. The loss is ours and it is massive, for Adonis is a writer like Neruda or Marquez.' Geoff Dyer, Independent 'Introduces the reader to a new way of interpreting all poetry, and to many marvellous words that do not have an English equivalent.' Arts Letter

Behind the Beat

Behind the Beat
Author: Raph,Raph Rashid
Pages: 157
ISBN: 1584235101
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Release: 2012-11-30
Editor: Gingko PressInc
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Looks at the studios of a variety of hip hop musicians and disc jockeys.

A Love Supreme

A Love Supreme
Author: Marisa Aveling
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0578528371
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Release: 2019-09-23
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Soul Train

Soul Train
Author: Questlove
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780062320292
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Release: 2013-12-03
Editor: Harper Collins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson of the award-winning hip-hop group the Roots, comes this vibrant book commemorating the legacy of Soul Train—the cultural phenomenon that launched the careers of artists such as Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Whitney Houston, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, and Aretha Franklin. Questlove reveals the remarkable story of the captivating program, and his text is paired with more than 350 photographs of the show's most memorable episodes and the larger-than-life characters who defined it: the great host Don Cornelius, the extraordinary musicians, and the people who lived the phenomenon from dance floor. Gladys Knight contributed a foreword to this incredible volume. Nick Cannon contributed the preface.

This Bird Has Flown

This Bird Has Flown
Author: John Kruth
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781617136436
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Release: 2015-10-01
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THIS BIRD HAS FLOWN: THE ENDURING BEAUTY OF RUBBER SOUL FIFTY YEARS ON

Catullus Through his Books

Catullus Through his Books
Author: John Kyrin Schafer
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781108472241
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Release: 2020-03-31
Editor: Cambridge University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A new, holistic reading of Catullus emerges from convincing solutions to centuries-old problems concerning the nature of his surviving text.

For the Record 5 George Clinton P Funkadelic

For the Record 5  George Clinton   P Funkadelic
Author: Dave Marsh
Pages: 159
ISBN: 0380793784
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Release: 1998-06-01
Editor: Harper Perennial
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Booming out from the depths of disco in the 1970s was an unmistakable new sound: a danceable beat and bass riff, laid under an exquisitely tight and inventive horn ensemble, all coaxed out by an ultra-hip narrator whose spoken revelations believably proclaimed they came from another planet. The speaker--actually, the rapper--was musical mastermind George Clinton. Under his inspired direction, the groups Parliament and Funkadelic established what he called "P-Funk" as the modern outgrowth of soul, its irresistible funky genius paving the way for everything from rap and hip-hop to techno and alternative. The authors take you aboard the P-Funk mothership for candid reflections from Clinton himself, and from bandmates Bootsy Collins, Fuzzy Haskins, Bernie Worrell, Fred Wesley, Garry Shider, album cover wizard Pedro Bell, and many others. In their own words, they tell you how it feels to lay down "uncut funk" with one of pop music's greatest innovators, and get booties shaking from coast to coast.