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Hit Me Fred

Author : Fred Wesley
ISBN : 0822329093
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The legendary funk, soul, and jazz musician who played with James Brown moves from sideman to center stage in this loving tribute to a seminal but often overlooked force in American music. (Performing Arts)
Category: Biography & Autobiography

98 Funky Stuff

Author : Maceo Parker
ISBN : 9781613743492
Genre : Music
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Revealing the warm and astonishing story of an influential jazz legend, this personal narrative tells the story of a man’s journey from a Southern upbringing to a career touring the world to play for adoring fans. It tells how James Brown first discovered the Parker brothers—Melvin, the drummer, and Maceo on sax—in a band at a small North Carolina nightclub in 1963. Brown hired them both, but it was Maceo’s signature style that helped define Brown’s brand of funk, and the phrase “Maceo, I want you to blow!” became part of the lexicon of black music. A riveting story of musical education with frank and revelatory insights about George Clinton and others, this definitive autobiography arrives just in time to celebrate the 70th birthday of the author—one of the funkiest musicians alive—and will be enjoyed by jazz and funk aficionados alike.
Category: Music

The Texas Criminal Reports

Author : Texas. Court of Criminal Appeals
ISBN : CORNELL:31924062060243
Genre : Criminal law
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The Up Of The Down Beat

Author : Teddy Adams
ISBN : 9781684096916
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The musical journey chronicled in this book is an interesting, truthful and in some instances a very funny revelation of events, places and people encountered. Beginning in this writer's hometown, Savannah, Georgia, to national and international places, there's always an unexpected, yet thought provoking twist of occurrences and incidents throughout his encounters with many Jazz greats. Much like the syncopation found in Jazz music, the journey of the author's encounters is unexpected, yet every moment or experience shared with other uniquely talented, creative and interesting Jazz musicians left lasting impressions for a lifetime. Through personal experiences and associations this musical journey reveals insight, information and trivia that is probably not considered as being common knowledge about several Jazz musicians, many of them of national/international prominence. Like the lives and music of these musicians, the element of surprise and the unexpected are an intricate part of their makeup....thus "The Up of the Down Beat" is most befitting when describing them and the environment in which they dwell.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Knut Hamsun Remembers America

Author : Knut Hamsun
ISBN : 0826263232
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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When Americans remember him at all, they no doubt think of Knut Hamsun (1859–1952) as the author of Hunger or as the Norwegian who, along with Vidkun Quisling, betrayed his country by supporting the Nazis during World War II. Yet Hamsun, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1920 for his novel The Growth of the Soil, was and remains one of the most important and influential novelists of his time. Knut Hamsun Remembers America is a collection of thirteen essays and stories based largely on Hamsun’s experiences during the four years he spent in the United States when he was a young man. Most of these pieces have never been published before in an English translation, and none are readily available. Hamsun’s feelings about America and American ways were complex. For the most part, they were more negative than positive, and they found expression in many of his writings—directly in his reminiscences and indirectly in his fiction. In On the Cultural Life of Modern America, his first major book, he portrayed the United States as a land of gross and greedy materialism, populated by illiterates who were utterly lacking in artistic originality or refinement. Although the pieces in this collection are not all anti-American, most of them emphasize the strangeness and unpleasantness, as the author saw it, of life in what he called Yankeeland. Arranged chronologically, the pieces fall into three categories: Critical Reporting, Memory and Fantasy, and Mellow Reminiscence. The Critical Reporting section includes articles that appeared in Norwegian or Danish newspapers soon after each of Hamsun’s two visits to America and that give his views on a variety of American subjects, and includes an essay devoted to Mark Twain. Memory and Fantasy comprises narratives of life in America, most of which are presented as personal experiences but which actually are blends of fact and fiction. Mellow Reminiscence includes later and fonder recollections and impressions of the United States. The pieces in this collection provide variations on a theme that runs through much of American history—European criticism of American ways. They give vivid, at times distorted, pictures of life as it was in the United States. They tell us something about the development of the worldview of a man who became a great writer, only to jeopardize his reputation by defending the Nazi oppressors of his own people. Knut Hamsun Remembers America will appeal to anyone interested in the history of American civilization or, more specifically, in the history of anti-Americanism.
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Ruth E. Johnson
ISBN : 9781615794003
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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"BITTERSWEET" This is the tale of one girl's life in America. The Childhood The Teen Years The Young Married Years The Raising of the Family The Business Years to earn the needed money for the Children. The Dream and Hope for my Golden Years, that sustained and inspired me to push forward, working towards the fulfillment of that dream. Never letting the challenges, defeats, struggles, blur or erase the happiness I knew awaited me. I loved him so. I wanted this book to be different, so I added pictures to further interest and enhance the reading. I wanted to share the excitement of, "Your one true love." The beauty, the greatness of love shared. The amazement, the joy of sharing, "Your true love." Just to know the other exists is worth living. Hook your spirit to mine and come along. We'll ride the stars together.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Good Things Happen Slowly

Author : Fred Hersch
ISBN : 9781101904350
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Jazz could not contain Fred Hersch. Hersch’s prodigious talent as a sideman—a pianist who played with the giants of the twentieth century in the autumn of their careers, including Art Farmer and Joe Henderson—blossomed further in the eighties and beyond into a compositional genius that defied the boundaries of bop, sweeping in elements of pop, classical, and folk to create a wholly new music. Good Things Happen Slowly is his memoir. It’s the story of the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz player; a deep look into the cloistered jazz culture that made such a status both transgressive and groundbreaking; and a profound exploration of how Hersch’s two-month-long coma in 2007 led to his creating some of the finest, most direct, and most emotionally compelling music of his career. Remarkable, and at times lyrical, Good Things Happen Slowly is an evocation of the twilight of Post-Stonewall New York, and a powerfully brave narrative of illness, recovery, music, creativity, and the glorious reward of finally becoming oneself.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Goodness And Mercy

Author : Fred Amina
ISBN : 1548865443
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Join Matthew Pinati on his introspective odyssey into the mind, heart, and spirit of a wayward boy who found enlightenment through the love and guidance of his Divine Creator and God's only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Experience the whole spectrum of emotions and issues (e.g., bitterness, anger, worry, fear, love, joy, patience, kindness, forgiveness, unforgiveness, illiteracy, divorce, marriage, birth, death, abuse and neglect, alcoholism, addiction, suicide, gender-orientation, and so much more). Laugh, cry, and pause to reflect as you witness this extraordinary life - and perhaps, through him, your own capacity to endure enormous trials and ultimate redemption!

Hit Men

Author : Fredric Dannen
ISBN : 9780307802088
Genre : Music
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Copiously researched and documented, Hit Men is the highly controversial portrait of the pop music industry in all its wild, ruthless glory: the insatiable greed and ambition; the enormous egos; the fierce struggles for profits and power; the vendettas, rivalries, shakedowns, and payoffs. Chronicling the evolution of America's largest music labels from the Tin Pan Alley days to the present day, Fredric Dannen examines in depth the often venal, sometimes illegal dealings among the assorted hustlers and kingpins who rule over this multi-billion-dollar business. Updated with a new last chapter by the author.
Category: Music

Two Foot Fred

Author : Fred Gill
ISBN : 9781451636277
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Country music celebrity Two Foot Fred shares his story of living with dwarfism, overcoming odds, and finding peace and success with a positive attitude. Despite his physical limitations from birth—a form of dwarfism known as diastrophic dysplasia, a cleft palate, clubfeet, and scoliosis—Fred Gill rose above his circumstances to graduate college and open his first restaurant by the young age of twenty-two. In 1998, Fred took what proved to be a life-changing trip to Nashville during the city’s annual country music celebration, where he met John Rich. That fateful meeting led to a regular job as Ambassador of Attractions for the band Big & Rich, as well as to numerous country music award shows and other television programs. But while his successes are many, Fred has had more than his share of challenges, including “a quarter-life crisis” and troubles with depression, alcohol, and gambling. Like many other celebrities, Fred worked to find peace, turning to his small-town upbringing for solace and affirmation. Two Foot Fred shows that nothing can defeat you unless you allow it to, and that our lives are simply what we make of them.
Category: Biography & Autobiography