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Author: A. J. Albany
Publisher: Tin House Books
ISBN: 1935639765
Format: PDF, Docs
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A. J. Albany's recollection of life with her father, the great jazz pianist Joe Albany, is the story of one girl's unsentimental education. Joe played with the likes of Charles Mingus, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker, but between gigs he slipped into drug-induced obscurity. It was during these times that his daughter knew him best. After her mother disappeared, six-year-old Amy Jo and her charming, troubled father set up housekeeping in a seamy Hollywood hotel. While Joe finished a set in some red-boothed dive, chances were you'd find Amy curled up asleep on someone's fur coat, clutching a 78 of Louis Armstrong's "Sugar Blues" or, later, a photograph of the man himself, inscribed, "To little Amy Jo, always in love with you--Pops." Wise beyond her years and hip to the unpredictable ways of Old Lady Life at all too early an age, A. J. Albany guides us through the dope and deviance of the late 1960s and early 1970s in Hollywood's shadowy underbelly and beyond. What emerges is a raw, gripping, and surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a young girl trying to survive among the outcasts, misfits, and artists who surrounded her.

Born in Flames

Author: Howard Hampton
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674023178
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Twenty years as an outsider scouring the underbelly of American culture has made Howard Hampton a uniquely hardnosed guide to the heart of pop darkness. Bridging the fatalistic, intensely charged space between Apocalypse Now Redux and Nirvanaâe(tm)s âeoeSmells Like Teen Spirit,âe his writing breaks down barriers of ignorance and arrogance that have segregated art forms from each other and often from the world at large. In the freewheeling spirit of Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs, and Manny Farber, Hampton calls up the extremist, underground tendencies and archaic forces simmering beneath the surface of popular forms. Ranging from the kinetic poetry of Hong Kong cinema and the neoâe"New Wave energy of Irma Vep to the punk heroines of Sleater-Kinney and Ghost World, Born in Flames plays odd couples off one another: pitting Natural Born Killers against Forrest Gump, contrasting Jean-Luc Godard with Steven Spielberg, defending David Lynch against aesthetic ideologues, invoking The Curse of the Mekons against Fredric Jamesonâe(tm)s Postmodernism, and introducing D. H. Lawrence to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. âeoeWe are born in flames,âe sang the incandescent Lora Logic, and here those flames are a source of illumination as well as destruction, warmth as well as consumption. From the scorched-earth works of action-movie provocateurs Seijun Suzuki and Sam Peckinpah to the cargo cult soundscapes of Pere Ubu and the Czech dissidents Plastic People of the Universe, Born in Flames is a headlong plunge into the passions and disruptive power of art.

Unfaithful Music Mein Leben

Author: Elvis Costello
Publisher: eBook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827078326
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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»Mit guten Manieren und schlechtem Atem kommt man nirgendwo hin.« Getreu dieser Devise sang Elvis Costello in seinem Protestsong gegen Margaret Thatcher, er werde auf ihrem Grab stehen und darauf herumtrampeln. Bei seinem legendären Auftritt bei Saturday Night Live stellte er sich der Zensur von Bands wie den Sex Pistols im Radio entgegen. Bis heute nimmt Costello bei seiner Kritik an politischen Missständen und jeder Form von Nationalismus nie ein Blatt vor den Mund. In den dreißig Alben, mit denen der Brite seit 1977 Erfolge feiert, erfand sich der eigenwillige Künstler immer wieder neu. Seine rauen Anfänge lagen zwischen Rock, New Wave und Punk − und schon damals erreichte er ein Millionenpublikum. Mit »She«, aufgenommen für die romantische Komödie »Notting Hill«, rührte er die Herzen aller Liebenden. Über alle Hinwendungen zu so unterschiedlichen Stilrichtungen wie Country, Folk, Motown, Jazz, Ska und Klassik hinweg begeistert Costello seine Fans − und ist dabei in Deutschland gerade mit seinen jüngsten Alben besonders erfolgreich. Elvis Costellos Buch erklärt die Hintergründe seiner legendären Songtexte und berührt durch seine Poesie.