Complicated Game

Author: Andy Partridge
Publisher: Jawbone Press
ISBN: 9781908279781
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Complicated Game offers a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters--Andy Partridge. It is also an unprecedentedly revealing and instructive guide to how songs and records are made. Developed from a series of interviews conducted over many months, the book explores in detail some thirty XTC songs--including well-known singles such as 'Senses Working Overtime' and the controversial 'Dear God'--from throughout the group's thirty-year career. It casts new light on the writing of lyrics, the construction of melodies and arrangements, the process of recording, and the workings of the music industry. But it is also filled with anecdotes about Partridge, his XTC bandmates, and their adventures around the world, all told with the songwriter's legendary humor.


Author: Chris Twomey
Publisher: Omnibus Press
ISBN: 9780711991057
Format: PDF
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Written and compiled from hours of interviews with Andy Partridge, Colin Moulding and Dave Gregory, this biography offers an often moving account of the trials and tribulations that have beset the Swindon based art rockers since their emergence in 1977.


Author: Greg Kot
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 0307493199
Format: PDF
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The intimate story of one of the great American bands of our time, creators of the controversial masterpiece Yankee Hotel Foxtrot When alt-country heroes-turned-rock-iconoclasts Wilco handed in their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, to the band’s label, Reprise, a division of Warner Brothers, fans looked forward to the release of another challenging, genre-bending departure from their previous work. The band aimed to build on previous sales and critical acclaim with its boldest and most ambitious album yet, but was instead urged by skittish Reprise execs to make the record more “radio friendly.” When Wilco wouldn’t give, they found themselves without a label. Instead, they used the Internet to introduce the album to their fans, and eventually sold the record to Nonesuch, another division of Warner. Wilco was vindicated when the album debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard charts and posted the band’s strongest sales to date. Wilco: Learning How to Die traces the band’s story to its deepest origins in Southern Illinois, where Jeff Tweedy began growing into one of the best songwriters of his generation. As we witness how his music grew from its punk and alt-country origins, some of the key issues and questions in our culture are addressed: How is music of substance created while the gulf between art and commerce widens in the corporate consolidation era? How does the music industry make or break a hit? How do working musicians reconcile the rewards of artistic risk with the toll it exacts on their personal life? This book was written with the cooperation of Wilco band members past and present. It is also fully up to date, covering the latest changes in personnel and the imminent release of the band’s fifth album, A Ghost Is Born, sure to be one of the most talked-about albums of 2004.

Are We Still Rolling

Author: Phill Brown
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1476856095
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(Book). From the author's first glimpse of a magical recording studio in the mid-1960s up through a busy career that continues to the present day, this rollicking story can only be told by those that werethere. As the young tape operator on sessions for The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Cocker at the famed Olympic Sound Studios in London, Phill learned the ropes from experienced engineers and producers such as Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer. Phill soon worked his way up engineering sessions for Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley and many other lendary rockers. He eventually became a freelance engineer/producer and worked with Roxy Music, Go West, Talk Talk, and Robert Plant. But more than a recollection of participating in some of the most treasured music of the past 40 years, this is a man's journey through life as Phill struggles to balance his home and family with a job where drug abuse, chaos, rampant egos, greed, lies and the increasingly invasive record business take their toll. It's also a cautionary tale, where long workdays and what once seemed like harmless indulgences become health risks, yet eventually offer a time to reflect back on.

States of Mind

Author: Sven Michael Davison
ISBN: 9780985552862
Format: PDF
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THE CHILD OF DARKNESS IS LIGHT... Through the viral form of The Chip, The Consortium has solidified their rein over the Earth. Freedom's last hope lies with the free colonies on the moon, Artificial Intelligence, and the will power of Jake Travissi. But another AI is born from the minds who would control us, and he has no interest in the weakness of flesh. Having lost everything, Jake joins the resistance in the ultimate battle to bring back free will. From tank battles in Riyadh to sabotaging the International Space Agency's station in orbit around the earth, Jake is sucked into a maelstrom of conflict, which lands him on the moon to face the solar system's most vicious foe, an AI named Constantine who feels humanity's exit from the universe is long overdue. In a final battle for the survival of the human race, and his own mind, Jake travels to Riyadh, Kennedy Space Center, Guilvinec, Vancouver, Banff, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Denver and the Moon. As he persevers, Jake must determine what is real, and what is illusion crafted by his AI enemy to misdirect his actions.


Author: Neville Farmer
Publisher: Gardners Books
ISBN: 9781900924030
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Something Quite Peculiar

Author: Steve Kilbey
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
ISBN: 1743582927
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Step inside the world of the enigmatic Steve Kilbey – frontman of The Church, one of Australia’s best-loved and most successful bands, and 40-year veteran of the music industry, in his memoir, Something Quite Peculiar. Singer, songwriter and bassist. Ethereal, psychedelic and indefinable. Journey through his migrant ten-pound pom childhood and garage-band adolescence during the hey-day of the Beatles, Dylan and the Stones. Laugh at his failed attempts at the 9-to-5 life. Jump aboard his wild adventures with The Church as they conquer Australia, and then the world. The tours. The records. The women. And the heroin addiction that enslaved him for a decade. From snowy Sweden to a cell in NYC, from Ipanema Beach to Bondi, stumble through Kilbey’s surreal life – his foolish ways will make you want to smile ... then give him a big kick up the arse. Like its titular galaxy, ‘Under the Milky Way’ is a song that feels as though it has always existed. The Guardian, Australia The Church are, at heart and their best, psychedelic electricians and their full-volume shows ... have been ringing endorsements for their stubborn longevity.Rolling Stone, USA The peaks and troughs of this fragile/indestructible institution have been exhilarating and dire. As ringleader, bass player and random image generator between the astrally-colliding guitars of Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper, Steve Kilbey knows it. Rolling Stone, Australia

Pop Pagans

Author: Donna Weston
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317546660
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Paganism is rapidly becoming a religious, creative, and political force internationally. It has found one of its most public expressions in popular music, where it is voiced by singers and musicians across rock, folk, techno, goth, metal, Celtic, world, and pop music. With essays ranging across the US, UK, continental Europe, Australia and Asia, 'Pop Pagans' assesses the histories, genres, performances, and communities of pagan popular music. Over time, paganism became associated with the counter culture, satanic and gothic culture, rave and festival culture, ecological consciousness and spirituality, and new ageism. Paganism has used music to express a powerful and even transgressive force in everyday life. 'Pop Pagans' examines the many artists and movements which have contributed to this growing phenomenon.

Presentation Zen

Author: Garr Reynolds
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 0321601890
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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FOREWORD BY GUY KAWASAKI Presentation designer and internationally acclaimed communications expert Garr Reynolds, creator of the most popular Web site on presentation design and delivery on the Net — — shares his experience in a provocative mix of illumination, inspiration, education, and guidance that will change the way you think about making presentations with PowerPoint or Keynote. Presentation Zen challenges the conventional wisdom of making "slide presentations" in today’s world and encourages you to think differently and more creatively about the preparation, design, and delivery of your presentations. Garr shares lessons and perspectives that draw upon practical advice from the fields of communication and business. Combining solid principles of design with the tenets of Zen simplicity, this book will help you along the path to simpler, more effective presentations.