This year marks the golden anniversary of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the flagship band of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Formed in 1966 and flourishing until 2010, the Art Ensemble distinguished itself by its unique performance practices— members played hundreds of instruments on stage, recited poetry, performed theatrical sketches, and wore face paint, masks, lab coats, and traditional African and Asian dress. The group, which built a global audience and toured across six continents, presented their work as experimental performance art, in opposition to the jazz industry?s traditionalist aesthetics. In Message to Our Folks, Paul Steinbeck combines musical analysis and historical inquiry to give us the definitive study of the Art Ensemble. In the book, he proposes a new theory of group improvisation that explains how the band members were able to improvise together in so many different styles while also drawing on an extensive repertoire of notated compositions. Steinbeck examines the multimedia dimensions of the Art Ensemble's performances and the ways in which their distinctive model of social relations kept the group performing together for four decades. Message to Our Folks is a striking and valuable contribution to ourunderstanding of one of the world's premier musical groups.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Rolling Stone — a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism and music from the 1960s to today — presents a decade-by-decade exploration of American music and history alongside interviews with rock legends and image makers.
The child prodigy-turned-violin virtuoso describes how her career was upended by the 2010 theft of her beloved 1696 Stradivarius, revealing how the instrument represented her senses of self and music and how its displacement triggered revelations about art, passion and what it means to do what one loves.
Published to commemorate the first anniversary of the iconic musician's death, a candid assessment of his personal and professional life by his first wife traces their long-distance courtship, marriage and creative partnership as well as the challenges that compromised their romance.
Cheech Marin describes how he formed his successful comedy duo, became representative of the recreational drug movement, forged a successful solo career and amassed a collection of renowned Chicano art.
The story behind the classic movie High Noon shares insights into the toxic political climate in which it was created, recounting how, during the film shoot, screenwriter Carl Foreman was interrogated and blacklisted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities. By the New York Times best-selling author of The Searchers.
Traces how the author acted on a tip from a family member and embarked on a cultural journey in search of the man behind the legend of James Brown, discovering his rich musical legacy and the ongoing disputes surrounding his will as well as the complicated race, music and cultural factors that shaped his story.
The Broadway star and Academy Award-winning performer best known for his iconic role as the irascible emcee in Cabaret traces his remarkable life story, documenting his Jewish-American upbringing in 1930s Cleveland, childhood roles, rise to fame and challenging losses.
The former front man for Skid Row traces his rise from a choir boy to a famous music artist at the height of the heavy metal era, describing his unconventional youth, friendships with fellow performers and successful solo career.
For all fans of John Hughes and his hit films such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, a hilarious memoir of growing up obsessed with the iconic filmmaker's movies follows the author as he found his path in life, becoming a writer in New York City, all the while watching John Hughes movies religiously.
A memoir by the influential rock artist traces his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing in Toronto, his early years with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, the rise of The Band, the stories behind his iconic songs and The Band's famous farewell concert, The Last Waltz.
The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed, offering insight into the farcical aspects of the political and social systems of today's world.
An unpublished edition of Coppola's notes and annotations on The Godfather novel by Mario Puzo, written before Coppola's iconic films at the age of 32, reveals the intense creative process behind the movie and is complemented by exclusive photos from on and off the set.
An in-depth examination of the history of television traces the evolution of shows through classic TV genres, including the sitcom, the crime show, the miniseries, the soap opera, the western, the animated series and the late night talk show.
The Genesis frontman and solo artist shares insights into the experiences behind many of his iconic songs and performances, discussing his early years, relationships with fellow artists and struggles with addiction.
Truevine is the true story of George and Willie Muse, two albino African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.
Traces the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life from his childhood in a Catholic New Jersey family and the musical experiences that prompted his career to the rise of the E Street Band and the stories behind some of his most famous songs.