Legends of Allyoshmar The Dreams and the Darkness

Author: Caley Bisson
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 0990467309
Format: PDF, ePub
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In The Dreams and the Darkness, the first novel in the Legends of Allyoshmar series, a princess forced to marry a sadistic rapist, a farm-boy haunted by horrific nightmares, a girl who just wants to be loved, and an undead assassin with no memory, find themselves tangled in ancient conspiracies and struggling to survive when, after a thousand years of peace, the darkness everyone had forgotten about returns to their world.

NFL Brawler

Author: Ralph Cindrich
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493019449
Format: PDF, Kindle
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NFL Brawler is a raucous first-person account of an NFL under siege by the game’s first player-turned-agent, Ralph Cindrich, the original “Blind Side” agent whose entertaining pro football memoir takes readers behind the scenes of the game’s most important and outrageous drafts, deals, and trades; takes on NFL scandals by tellin’ it like it is; and takes readers closer to the real action of the sport—from locker rooms to boardrooms, and into the worlds of agents and players—than any book to date. Chronicling more than thirty years in the professional football business—on the field and in the locker room; in high-stakes negotiations with coaches, GMs, and owners; and inside agents’ and players’ personal lives—Cindrich, twice named by The Sporting News as one of the 100 most powerful people in sports, writes about a who’s who of professional football: NFL coaches like Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Mike Ditka, Sid Gillman, and Bill Belichick; NFL owners like Art Rooney and Al Davis to Jerry Jones and others; other sports agents; and the NFL talking heads from John Madden to Keyshawn Johnson. While taking certain aspects of his beloved sport to task, Cindrich’s memoir is entertaining—blowing out of the water Jerry Maguire, Arli$$, and other portrayals of an agent’s life.

Gridiron Gauntlet

Author: Andy Piascik
Publisher: Taylor Trade Publications
ISBN: 1589796527
Format: PDF
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Twelve African-American football players who began their careers between 1946 and 1955, including Joe Perry, George Taliaferro, and Emerson Cole, discuss what it was like to face violence and discrimination on and off the field while blazing a trail for future generations of athletes.

The Songs of John Lennon

Author: John Lennon
Publisher: Berklee Press
ISBN: 9780634017957
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(Berklee Press). An essential guide for all songwriters and Beatles fans, this book explores John Lennon's songwriting genius with a guided tour through 25 of his Beatles-era hits. Author John Stevens explains Lennon's intuitive talent from a technical point of view, through the lens of songwriting's three basic elements: melody, harmony and lyric. He shows how Lennon fashioned songs that were at once politically and socially relevant during the '60s, yet remain ageless and timeless today. Features in-depth musical analysis of: A Hard Day's Night * Ticket to Ride * Norwegian Wood * Strawberry Fields Forever * Come Together * and more. John Stevens is a songwriting professor at Berklee College of Music. For more than 20 years, he has taught "The Music of John Lennon," one of the most popular courses in the Berklee curriculum. "You've got the Beatles' records and the John Lennon records; now with this book, you can have the Owner's Manual. This will tell you how the songs are built and how they work. Good stuff." Marshall Crenshaw, Singer/Songwriter

Under Pressure

Author: Ray Lucas
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1623689171
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In Under Pressure, Ray Lucas provides fans with a timely, uncensored look at pro football's play-at-all-costs culture. Overcoming questions about his size and skills as a quarterback, Lucas persevered and went on to play seven seasons in the NFL. His professional football career, however, came to a sudden end at age 30, when a neck injury caused him to collapse on the sideline during training camp. Instructed by NFL doctors that surgery wasn't an option, Lucas turned to painkillers for relief, but as his tolerance for medication escalated and his NFL insurance coverage expired, he began to plan his suicide. Just days before he planned to take his life, Lucas was put in touch with a group of doctors who agreed to perform neck surgery free of charge. In this tell-all, Lucas shares how—in a league without guaranteed contracts and careers that average just a few seasons long—players in the training room are perceived to lack the toughness necessary to succeed on the field. He discusses how this prevailing attitude leads to widespread abuse of painkillers and leaves many former players unable to lead a normal life once their playing career ends while also sharing details on how he overcame his drug addiction and turned his own life around.

No Substitute for Sundays

Author: Steve Serby
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780470528853
Format: PDF, Mobi
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All-New revelations About Brett Favre Based on interviews with dozens of players and significant team personnel, including owner Woody Johnson, long-time New York Post columnist Steve Serby brings to light juicy new information about Brett Favre's season with the New York Jets. This powerful account reveals: Behind-the-scenes details of the negotiations, including key correspondence, that brought Favre to the Jets Woody Johnson's thoughts on the ineffable appeal of Namath, Favre, and top draft pick Mark Sanchez That Favre kept trying to convince himself that he had made the right decision to play in New York How Favre tried to fit in, but also resisted team rules The pranks Favre would play, even on his coaches How Favre elevated Woody Johnson?s expectations for the team, which ultimately doomed Head Coach Eric Mangini Woody Johnson's admission on why Mangini was fired The tackle that hurt Favre's arm, as described by the player who made it, and how the team didn?t adjust to his weakening arm That Favre, over the last 4-5 weeks of the season, threw the ball sparingly in practice; instead, he often handed off to rest his arm as Kellen Clemens made most of the throws How discarded Jet quarterback Chad Pennington handled his signing with the archrival Miami Dolphins and his final showdown against the man who replaced him with the division title on the line With scores of black-and-white photos and a color insert, No Substitute For Sundays shows why Favre can?t give up the game or give up on himself.

The Hidden Game of Football

Author: Bob Newhardt Carroll
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781892129017
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Reviews the origins and history of the game, explains the different positions, and rates great players, while discussing betting, odds, and current issues

Let Jasmine Rain Down

Author: Kay Kaufman Shelemay
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226752112
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When Jews left Aleppo, Syria, in the early twentieth century and established communities abroad, they carried with them a repertory of songs (pizmonim) with sacred Hebrew texts set to melodies borrowed from the popular Middle Eastern Arab musical tradition. Let Jasmine Rain Down tells the story of the pizmonim as they have continued to be composed, performed, and transformed through the present day; it is thus an innovative ethnography of an important Judeo-Arabic musical tradition and a probing contribution to studies of the link between collective memory and popular culture. Shelemay views the intersection of music, individual remembrances, and collective memory through the pizmonim. Reconstructing a century of pizmon history in America based on research in New York, Mexico, and Israel, she explains how verbal and musical memories are embedded in individual songs and how these songs perform both what has been remembered and what otherwise would have been forgotten. In confronting issues of identity and meaning in a postmodern world, Shelemay moves ethnomusicology into the domain of memory studies.

Renegade

Author: Mark E. Smith
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0241972434
Format: PDF, ePub
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Still going after thirty years, The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands, their music - odd,spare, cranky and repetitious - an acknowledged influence on The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. And Mark E. Smith IS The Fall - 47 members have come and gone over the years yet he remains its charismatic leader, a professional outsider and all-round enemy of compromise, a true enigma. There have been a number of biographies of the legendary Smith, but this is the first time he has opened up in a full autobiography. For the first time we get to hear his full, candid take on the ups and downs of a band as notorious for its in-house fighting as for its great music; and on a life that has endured prison in America, drugs, bankruptcy, divorce, and the often bleak results of a legendary thirst.

Strange Things Happen

Author: Stewart Copeland
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061791512
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When Stewart Copeland gets dressed, he has an identity crisis. Should he put on leather pants, hostile shirts, and pointy shoes? Or wear something more appropriate to the tax-paying, property-owning, investment-holding lotus eater his success has allowed him to become? This dilemma is at the heart of Copeland’s vastly entertaining memoirin- stories, Strange Things Happen. Most people know Copeland as the drummer for The Police, one of the most successful bands in rock history. But they may not know as much about his childhood in the Middle East as the son of a CIA agent. Or be aware of his filmmaking adventures with the Pygmies in the deepest reaches of the Congo, and his passion for polo (Brideshead Revisited on horses). In Strange Things Happen we move from Copeland’s remarkable childhood to the formation of The Police and their rise to stardom, to the settled-down life that followed. It’s a book of amazing anecdotes, all completely true, that take us backstage in a life that is fully lived.