Throughout the 1970s, no style of pop music was more controversial than progressive rock, and no progressive rock band was more controversial than Emerson, Lake and Palmer. The group´s imaginative fusion of rock, jazz, and classical motifs with cutting-edge technology, breathtaking virtuosity, and monumental stage shows made them hugely popular on both sides of the Atlantic and gave rise to a host of detractors. In Endless Enigma, Edward Macan argues that ELP was an important contributor not only to progressive rock, but to 1970s rock in general. Besides a magisterial band biography, Macan provides a comprehensive critical examination of the band´s music and, in particular, its best albums, such as Brain Salad Surgery, which addressed technology´s role in fostering societal alienation and totalitarianism. His analyses are so perceptive, precise, and detailed, that listening to the recordings in conjunction with his comments opens new avenues of thought about the band and its music.
Learn the inspiring story of the Utah Jazz´s legendary guard John Stockton! In John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball´s Greatest Point Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball´s greatest point guards of all time, John Stockton. Stockton ran the point for the Utah Jazz through the majority of the ´80s and ´90s. He holds the NBA record for the most assists and steals of all time. Playing for the majority of his career alongside Karl Malone, Stockton had a highly illustrious career. By the time he retired, he was a 10-time All-Star and had led the league in assists nine times. He is one of few point guards to ever average a career double-double in points and assists. In this unauthorized biography, you´ll relive Stockton´s impressive career from his rookie season to his final game. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Josh Horowitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/122180/bk_acx0_122180_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Thailand´s Bhumibol Adulyadej, the only king ever born in the United States, came to the throne of his country in 1946 and is now the world´s longest-serving monarch. ´´The King Never Smiles,´´ the first independent biography of Thailand´s monarch, tells the unexpected story of Bhumibol´s life and sixty-year rule--how a Western-raised boy came to be seen by his people as a living Buddha, and how a king widely seen as beneficent and apolitical could in fact be so deeply political and autocratic. Paul Handley provides an extensively researched, factual account of the king´s youth and personal development, ascent to the throne, skillful political maneuverings, and attempt to shape Thailand as a Buddhist kingdom. Handley takes full note of Bhumibol´s achievements in art, in sports and jazz, and he credits the king´s lifelong dedication to rural development and the livelihoods of his poorest subjects. But, looking beyond the widely accepted image of the king as egalitarian and virtuous, Handley portrays an anti-democratic monarch who, together with allies in big business and the corrupt Thai military, has protected a centuries-old, barely modified feudal dynasty. When at nineteen Bhumibol assumed the throne, the Thai monarchy had been stripped of power and prestige. Over the ensuing decades, Bhumibol became the paramount political actor in the kingdom, silencing critics while winning the hearts and minds of his people. The book details this process and depicts Thailand´s unique constitutional monarch--his life, his thinking, and his ruling philosophy.
Ray Dalio is an American investor, hedge fund manager, and philanthropist. Dalio is the founder of investment firm Bridgewater Associates, one of the world´s largest hedge funds. Raymond Dalio was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. He is the son of a jazz musician, Marino Dallolio (1911-2002), who ´´played the clarinet and saxophone at Manhattan jazz clubs such as the Copacabana,´´ and Ann, a homemaker. Dalio began investing at age 12. At this young age, he bought shares of Northeast Airlines for $300 and tripled his investment after the airline merged with another company. Dalio received a bachelor´s degree in finance from Long Island University (C. W. Post) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. After completing his education, Dalio worked on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and traded commodity futures. He later worked as the Director of Commodities at Dominick & Dominick LLC. In 1974, he became a futures trader and broker at Shearson Hayden Stone. In 1975, he founded, out of his apartment, the Connecticut-based investment management firm, Bridgewater Associates, which in 2012 became the largest hedge fund in the world as it is today, with over $160 billion in assets under management as of October 2014. Dalio has said that he could continue improving his returns by solidifying recurring lessons into ´´principles´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Kollins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/102168/bk_acx0_102168_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A Dream of Jazz takes the listener on a historic and tuneful ride to Cleveland in the 1940s. The city, jazz, and friendship are celebrated through the eyes of the teenage friends Don and John. Their thoughts are filled with nothing but jazz, and their troubles are carried away on the magic carpet of the music. The spirit and power of jazz are captured in Kim Maerkl´s compelling production. Her original compositions combined with the smooth storytelling voice of renowned Austro-American actor August Zirner and the sophisticated playing of the band Fourscore is a musical treat for jazz lovers of any age. Author biography: Kim Maerkl was born in 1961 in Cleveland, Ohio. She is an author, composer, and producer. Her works have been performed in concert halls and theaters throughout Europe and released by publishers in America, Germany and Switzerland. She is a Fulbright scholar. Narrator biography: August Zirner was born in 1956 in Urbana, Illinois, and is the son of Austrian-Jewish immigrants. He has appeared in over 100 films and television shows and is one of the most popular actors in Germany. He co-starred in The Counterfeiters, which won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. youtube.com/watch?v=O3-6yhFtBJY&feature=youtu.be 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Zirner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/001353/bk_naxo_001353_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.