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The Beautiful Music All Around Us

By Stephen Wade
  • ISBN Code: : 9780252094002
  • Publisher : University of Illinois Press
  • Pages : 504
  • Category : Music
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The Beautiful Music All Around Us presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia to the Mississippi Delta and the Great Plains. Including the children's play song "Shortenin' Bread," the fiddle tune "Bonaparte's Retreat," the blues "Another Man Done Gone," and the spiritual "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down," these performances were recorded in kitchens and churches, on porches and in prisons, in hotel rooms and school auditoriums. Documented during the golden age of the Library of Congress recordings, they capture not only the words and tunes of traditional songs but also the sounds of life in which the performances were embedded: children laugh, neighbors comment, trucks pass by. Musician and researcher Stephen Wade sought out the performers on these recordings, their families, fellow musicians, and others who remembered them. He reconstructs the sights and sounds of the recording sessions themselves and how the music worked in all their lives. Some of these performers developed musical reputations beyond these field recordings, but for many, these tracks represent their only appearances on record: prisoners at the Arkansas State Penitentiary jumping on "the Library's recording machine" in a rendering of "Rock Island Line"; Ora Dell Graham being called away from the schoolyard to sing the jump-rope rhyme "Pullin' the Skiff"; Luther Strong shaking off a hungover night in jail and borrowing a fiddle to rip into "Glory in the Meetinghouse." Alongside loving and expert profiles of these performers and their locales and communities, Wade also untangles the histories of these iconic songs and tunes, tracing them through slave songs and spirituals, British and homegrown ballads, fiddle contests, gospel quartets, and labor laments. By exploring how these singers and instrumentalists exerted their own creativity on inherited forms, "amplifying tradition's gifts," Wade shows how a single artist can make a difference within a democracy. Reflecting decades of research and detective work, the profiles and abundant photos in The Beautiful Music All Around Us bring to life largely unheralded individuals--domestics, farm laborers, state prisoners, schoolchildren, cowboys, housewives and mothers, loggers and miners--whose music has become part of the wider American musical soundscape. The paperback edition does not include an accompanying CD.

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Penned by contributors from a range of disciplines, including art history, sociology, and media and cultural studies, this title explores such topics as the conceptual relationship between advertising and culture; the relationship of advertising to cultural fields such as art, fashion, and music; and developments in digital media practice.

Sidney Chambers and The Shadow of Death

By James Runcie
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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • Book Code : 1608198588
  • Total of Pages : 400
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 771
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Book Short Summary:

The first of the Grantchester Mysteries, and inspiration for the PBS/Masterpiece television series, finds Vicar Sidney Chambers beginning his career, as both a spiritual leader and a detective. It is 1953, the coronation year of Queen Elizabeth II . Sidney Chambers, vicar of Grantchester and honorary canon of Ely Cathedral, is a thirty-two-year-old bachelor. Tall, with dark brown hair, eyes the color of hazelnuts, and a reassuringly gentle manner, Sidney is an unconventional clerical detective. He can go where the police cannot. Together with his roguish friend, inspector Geordie Keating, Sidney inquires into the suspect suicide of a Cambridge solicitor, a scandalous jewelry theft at a New Year's Eve dinner party, the unexplained death of a jazz promoter's daughter, and a shocking art forgery that puts a close friend in danger. Sidney discovers that being a detective, like being a clergyman, means that you are never off duty, but he nonetheless manages to find time for a keen interest in cricket, warm beer, and hot jazz-as well as a curious fondness for a German widow three years his junior. With a whiff of Agatha Christie and a touch of G. K. Chesterton's Father Brown, The Grantchester Mysteries introduces a wonderful new hero into the world of detective fiction.

Animierte Wunderwelten / Animated Wonderworlds

By Suzanne Buchan,Andres Janser,Museum für Gestaltung
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  • Publisher : Schwabe AG
  • Book Code : 3907265076
  • Total of Pages : 208
  • Category : Design
  • Members : 336
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Before buying this enhanced ebook, please confirm that your reader is compatible with fixed layout and videos. For more information, please scroll down. Bevor Sie dieses erweiterte eBook kaufen, prüfen Sie, ob Ihr Reader Fixed Layout und Videosequenzen wiedergeben kann. Aus Pixeln gebaute Fabelwesen bewohnen fantastische Welten, Flugsimulatoren lassen uns schweben wie Vögel, Medienfassaden überformen ganze Bauwerke. Animierte Bilder wie diese durchdringen die visuelle Kultur und bestimmen unseren Alltag so selbstverständlich mit, dass wir sie kaum bewusst wahrnehmen. In hyperrealistischen Bildern verschwimmen die Grenzen von Wirklichkeit und Fiktion. Ebenso verblüffende körperliche oder räumliche Erfahrungen bieten interaktive Werke wie Games oder immersive Installationen. Animation verleiht aber auch Formlosem wie Daten und Informationen oder philosophischen Ideen eine Gestalt und macht Ereignisse im Nanometer-Bereich sichtbar. Die Publikation zeigt massgebende Arbeiten und ihre Entstehung und gibt so Einblicke in die mannigfaltigen Welten der Animation in der Ära des Digitalen. Mythical creatures constructed from pixels inhabit fantastical worlds, flight simulators give us a chance to soar like birds, and media facades transform entire buildings. Animated images such as these permeate our visual culture and we take them and the way they shape our everyday lives so much for granted that we scarcely notice them, at least consciously. Hyper-realistic images blur the borderlines between reality and fiction. Interactive creations such as video games or immersive installations offer equally astounding experiences. Animation also gives a form to philosophical ideas or formats without a clear shape, such as data and information, and renders nanometre-scale events visible. The publication presents key works and looks at how they came into being, offering glimpses into the multi-faceted world of animation in the digital era. More than 20 video clips are included in the expanded eBook, which offers genuine multi-media added value.

Jericho's Road

By Elmer Kelton
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  • Publisher : Forge Books
  • Book Code : 9781429912778
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 368
  • Pdf File: jericho-s-road.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When Texas Ranger private Andy Pickard is assigned to help patrol the Texas-Mexico border country he rides directly into a deadly feud. At odds are two land and cattle barons - Jericho Jackson, whose great spread lies just north of the Rio Grande, and Guadalupe Chavez, whose domain lies south of the river. The men are alike in only one respect: their hatred for each other, a hate born at the time of the Alamo and the U.S.-Mexican War, when Mexican lands were confiscated by ruthless Americans. The old rivals have turned to preying on each others' cattle with resulting bloodshed on both sides of the river. Between the two camps, Big Jim McCawley's ranch seems almost symbolic of the opportunity for the people of the two nations to live together. McCawley is married to Guadalupe Chavez's sister, Juana -a fact that does not ingratiate him to either the Chavez or Jackson faction. To Andy Pickard, who as a child was taken captive by Comanches, old prejudices are familiar territory, but the Jackson-Chavez war is flaring out of control by the time he reaches the Ranger camp on the border in the company of fellow Ranger Farley Brackett. The two Rangers find themselves caught up in the feud, risking arrest for crossing the river into Mexico, and risking death for not heeding the warning sign at the edge of Jericho Jackson's domain: This is Jericho's Road. Take the Other. Inevitably, the cauldron boils over and the forces of Jericho Jackson and "Lupe" Chavez meet in bloody combat. In the midst of this battle on Mexican soil are Andy Pickard -- longing to court and marry Bethel Brackett and live a peaceful life as an ex-Ranger -- and Brackett himself, falling in love with Teresa, Big Jim McCawley's half-Mexican daughter. Jericho's Road, sixth book in Kelton's acclaimed Texas Ranger series, typifies "The right blend of action, drama, romance, humor and suspense" that Publishers Weekly said has made Kelton "a master of both plot and character development." At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

The Whisperer

By Adda Leah Davis
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  • Publisher : Abbott Press
  • Book Code : 1458217221
  • Total of Pages : 104
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 993
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Book Short Summary:

Adda Leah Davis writes with warmth and passion of both people and places, bringing readers into worlds where journeys prove enlightening. She tells stories worth hearing and makes memories with her words. Joe Tennis, author of Beach to Bluegrass and contributing editor of Blue Ridge Country You are a lovely writer who touches the souls of the characters and the readers . . . and that is as good as it gets. Belle Avery of Apelles Entertainment Janie Query is an impulsive, nosey, inquisitive busybody-or so people say. She willingly admits to being curious since she is an avid twelve-year-old investigator. Unknowingly Janie helps to keep her small town safe by using her skills of reasoning in solving problems. With the help of her skittish friend, Prudence Leery no crime remains a secret around Curious Janie Query, but in this case she gets in over her head. One night she and Prudence take a “snooping trip” into the local cemetery, the Garden of Eternal Peace and witnessed a very mysterious event. Two men, one with a rasping whispered voice, were carrying a large crate out of the cemetery. Janie and her friend hide behind a tree because she senses that they are up to no good. One man says they have to return later, so Janie plans to return, too. Even though, Prudence thinks Janie is crazy to pursue the whispering man, Janie refuses to be deterred. Her curiosity always overrides her caution and Janie tucks her pigtails under her cap and decides to get to the bottom of this cemetery mystery. She could end up a hero-or a permanent resident in the Garden of Eternal Peace.

Picket Wire

By
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  • Publisher : Booktango
  • Book Code : 1468912534
  • Total of Pages :
  • Category : Christian life
  • Members : 916
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Book Short Summary:

When the original French settlers of Purgatoire, Pennsylvania, left, the remaining English speaking settlers spelled it the best they could, hence, the town of Picket Wire was named. These are the stories of its ancestors some two centuries after the town's naming. A motley crew thay are. From Tiny who runs her beauty shop and, after the curious death of her husband Wayne, his chain shop parlor to Sadie Louise who is over a hundred and a celebrated dame of the town. With so many others coming into the story as our narrator tells his tales. There's Mae-Venice and her messy divorce, Eustace Powder and his blackmail attempts, Ludy Ann who runs the brothel, Ethel Fromme, the self appointed Christian leader, Emil Mauchbauch with his sidewalk religion, and Junior Debs. Well there is only one Junior Debs. Let us all be thankful. These are the stories of their lives as they create their own typhoons of funny and sordid lives.

Once Upon Forever

By Becky Lee Weyrich
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  • Publisher : Diversion Books
  • Book Code : 1626813302
  • Total of Pages : 277
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 695
  • Pdf File: once-upon-forever.pdf

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A woman’s life—and love—are not her own when she travels back in time to Civil War Kentucky in a novel from “one of the finest and most gifted writers” (Romantic Times). In the arms of Union soldier Hunter Breckinridge, Clair de Lune Summerland finds love both true and impossible. In a century that isn’t her own, she lives another woman’s life, and loves another woman’s husband. As she’s haunted by visions of an eerie moonbow, Clair must risk her past and future for a passion that spans two worlds, and a love stronger than time itself.

Sing Me Back Home

By Dana Jennings
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  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Book Code : 9781429996242
  • Total of Pages : 272
  • Category : Music
  • Members : 178
  • Pdf File: sing-me-back-home.pdf

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The years from about 1950 to 1970 were the golden age of twang. Country music's giants all strode the earth in those years: Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, George Jones and Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. And many of the standards that still define country were recorded then: "Folsom Prison Blues," "Your Cheatin' Heart," "Mama Tried," "Stand by Your Man," and "Coal Miner's Daughter." In Sing Me Back Home, Dana Jennings pushes past the iconic voices and images to get at what classic country music truly means to us today. Yes, country tells the story of rural America in the twentieth century—but the obsessions of classic country were obsessions of America as a whole: drinking and cheating, class and the yearning for home, God and death. Jennings, who grew up in a town that had more cows than people when he was born, knows all of this firsthand. His people lived their lives by country music. His grandmothers were honky-tonk angels, his uncles men of constant sorrow, and his father a romping, stomping hell-raiser who lived for the music of Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and the other rockabilly hellions. Sing Me Back Home is about a vanished world in which the Depression never ended and the sixties never arrived. Jennings uses classic country songs to explain the lives of his people, and shows us how their lives are also ours—only twangier.