The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante - the king of Jazz Age con artists - who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game.Edgar Laplante was a small-time grifter, an erstwhile vaudeville performer, and an unabashed charmer. But after years of playing thankless gigs and traveling with medicine shows, he decided to undertake the most demanding and bravura performance of his life. In the fall of 1917, Laplante reinvented himself as Chief White Elk: war hero, sports star, civil rights campaigner, Cherokee nation leader - and total fraud.Under the pretenses of raising money for struggling Native American reservations, Laplante dressed in buckskins and a feathered headdress and traveled throughout the American West, narrowly escaping exposure and arrest each time he left town. When the heat became too much, he embarked upon a lucrative continent-hopping tour that attracted even more enormous crowds, his cons growing in proportion to the adulation of his audience. As he moved through Europe, he spied his biggest mark on the Riviera: a prodigiously rich Hungarian countess, who was instantly smitten with the con man. The countess bankrolled a lavish trip through Italy that made Laplante a darling of the Mussolini regime and a worldwide celebrity, soaring to unimaginable heights on the wings of his lies. But then, at the pinnacle of his improbable success, Laplante’s overreaching threatened to destroy him....In King Con, Paul Willetts brings this previously untold story to life in all its surprising absurdity, showing us how our tremendous capacity for belief and our longstanding obsession with celebrity can make fools of us all - and proving that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/006327/bk_rand_006327_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
You are a songwriter, and you need to unlock those great songs inside of you Yes, this book is designed entirely to share those secrets that will inspire you to write that great song that you know you can! And once the creativity really starts flowing, we´ll create great habits and write even more, each and every day. Get down to writing the music and the lyrics you know that you can because writer´s block is a fantasy. You just need inspiration. The Magic of Lyrics & Music This book discusses creativity with the lyrics, creativity with the music, and creativity with the forms of your songs, with a number of actionable suggestions and creative exercises to get the juices flowing. There´s also a brief discussion about good habits for songwriters to be more productive (or eventually become a professional), and a list of resource organizations and websites from performing rights to promotion. If you want to develop as a songwriter, possibly even with the goal of going pro, then these are topics you need to think about: The Songwriter´s process Creativity with form Creativity with lyrics Creativity with music Professional? Rights, royalties, and piracy Pro songwriter habits And more... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dave Garner. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/057463/bk_acx0_057463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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.
Paulie Horvath is never going to be a good student like his brother, John, never going to follow his hardworking father into the plumbing trade, never going to ease his mother´s mind by passing tests or cleaning up his room. But once he hears jazz by accident from the basement of a speakeasy, he knows exactly what he will do: learn that music and make it his life. Jazz is all around in gangland Chicago, but not so easy for a 12-year-old to find, especially when his father disapproves of it. Paulie has to lie, beg, and steal just to get time for lessons, time to practice, time to slip across town to see stars like King Oliver and Louis Armstrong. Lies last only so long until they are found out, and a confrontation is coming. Will he choose home and family or sleazy dives with that wonderful music? To decide, Paulie has to face an even tougher question. What is jazz, after all? Author James Lincoln Collier has played and studied jazz throughout his life. Here is a novel that shows us a great moment in the history of jazz, and points at issues that still trouble us today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: August Ross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbca/001273/bk_bbca_001273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An Economist best book of the year In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today´s leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong´s innovative sounds to the exotic compositions of Duke Ellington, Gioia covers everything from the music´s history to the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-listen for anyone who´s ever wanted to understand America´s greatest contribution to music. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Ganim. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/003415/bk_hach_003415_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
For generations the Rabinowitz men have been Cantors in the synagogue but not Jakie. He is passionate about jazz and ragtime and after bitter arguments with his Dad leaves home to make it on his own. He finds opportunities for his career but is faced with difficult decisions to balance his career, his relationship with Mary, and his memories of his family. Here Al Jolson memorably reprises perhaps his greatest filmed moment when he ushered in the sound age with the immortal words ´you ain´t heard nothin´ yet!´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Al Jolson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/copy/000035/bk_copy_000035_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Ted Gioia´s History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic - acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history - Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie´s advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis´s 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman´s experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny´s visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the listener with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the listener to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after-hours spots of corrupt Kansas City, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bob Souer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/018793/bk_adbl_018793_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elegant, enigmatic Jay Gatsby yearns for his old love, the beautiful Daisy. But she is married to the insensitive if hugely successful Tom Buchanan, who won’t let her go despite having a mistress himself. In their wealthy haven, these beguiling lives are brought together by the innocent and entranced narrator, Nick – until their decadent deceits spill into violence and tragedy. Part morality tale, part fairy tale, The Great Gatsby is the consummate novel of the Jazz Age. Its tenderness and poetry make it one of the great works of the 20th century. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Hope. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/naxo/000592/bk_naxo_000592_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Everyone knows ´´The Great Gatsby´´, every American reader, and everyone who belonged to the cream of the crop in 1920´s New York that F. S. Fitzgerald captured in his famous novel. We have carefully cut the book down to 4 hours, cast more than 30 actors, added real sounds and period jazz music. The illusion is perfect, so simply press PLAY and you will become one of the characters in the story. It´s the story of Nick Carraway, a young man form the Midwest and a New York businessman, his neighbor Jay Gatsby - an extravagant millionaire longing for his great love. ´´The Great Gatsby´´ is a fascinating portrait of the Jazz Age generation that lived, loved, caroused, experienced disappointment, and believed in new beginnings. This colorful interpretation is a thrilling experience and a tribute to Fitzgerald´s loved novel. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Weintraub, Lily Chu, Madelyn M. P. Grubbs, Jared Doreck, Philip Hays. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tymp/000020/bk_tymp_000020_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.