Pigeonholed in popular memory as a Jazz Age epicurean, a playboy, and an emblem of the Lost Generation, F. Scott Fitzgerald was at heart a moralist struck by the nation´s shifting mood and manners after World War I. In Paradise Lost, David Brown contends that Fitzgerald´s deepest allegiances were to a fading antebellum world he associated with his father´s Chesapeake Bay roots. Yet as a midwesterner, an Irish Catholic, and a perpetually in-debt author, he felt like an outsider in the haute bourgeoisie haunts of Lake Forest, Princeton, and Hollywood - places that left an indelible mark on his worldview. In this comprehensive biography, Brown reexamines Fitzgerald´s childhood, first loves, and difficult marriage to Zelda Sayre. He looks at Fitzgerald´s friendship with Hemingway, the golden years that culminated with Gatsby, and his increasing alcohol abuse and declining fortunes which coincided with Zelda´s institutionalization and the nation´s economic collapse. In doing so, he reveals Fitzgerald as a writer with an encompassing historical imagination not suggested by his reputation as ´´the chronicler of the Jazz Age.´´ Fitzgerald wrote powerfully about change in America, Brown shows, because he saw it as the dominant theme in his own family history and life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Colacci. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/008757/bk_tant_008757_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Eyewitness provides a rare and fascinating opportunity to hear the events of the century described by those who saw them happen. A wealth of BBC archive recordings, some never previously broadcast, is interwoven with an illuminating commentary by the historian Joanna Burke. Published in 10 volumes, Eyewitness examines the role and the life of the British people in each decade of the century.Although defined as the decade of the flappers, jazz, and Bright Young Things, the Roaring Twenties did not really begin until 1926. In 1920 the mood was solemn, with a sense of post-war disillusionment. Ex-servicemen, expecting to come home to ´a land fit for heroes´ found instead widespread unemployment. The General strike plunged the country into a state of emergency, and at the end of the decade the worldwide financial crisis swept Britain into recession.But between those years there was much to celebrate. The BBC was founded, Wembley Stadium was completed to host the 1923 Cup Final, and Sir Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen. Key figures such as Sir John Reith, Ramsay MacDonald, and Alfred Hitchcock, as well as miners, ex-servicemen, and strikebearers, recall the decade from their differing perspectives.Thought-provoking and moving, these are the voices of the past, speaking to the present. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Pigott-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/bbcw/000278/rt_bbcw_000278_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Though his work was often classified as just ´´arrangements´´, Percy Faith´s work went well beyond that and could be more accurately described as ´´recompositions´´. He got his start as a child studying piano and eventually made his mark as an instrumental stylist, importing elements of jazz and rock into mood music. In a conversation with host Wink Martindale, Faith discusses the work it takes to find and keep fans, his lengthy music career, and his focus on creating music that makes him happy versus music that might sell well. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wink Martindale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/comm/000138/bk_comm_000138_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Derided for its conformity and consumerism, 1950s America paid a price in anxiety. Prosperity existed under the shadow of a mushroom cloud. Optimism wore a Bucky Beaver smile that masked worry over threats at home and abroad. But even dread could not quell the revolutionary changes taking place in virtually every form of mainstream music. Music historian James Wierzbicki sheds light on how the Fifties´ pervasive moods affected its sounds. Moving across genres established--pop, country, opera--and transfigured--experimental, rock, jazz--Wierzbicki delves into the social dynamics that caused forms to emerge or recede, thrive or fade away. Red scares and white flight, sexual politics and racial tensions, technological progress and demographic upheaval--the influence of each rooted the music of this volatile period to its specific place and time. Yet Wierzbicki also reveals the host of underlying connections linking that most apprehensive of times to our own uneasy present. The book is published by University of Illinois Press."The author successfully demonstrates the impact of social change upon Fifties music in a well-written and engaging way. Recommended." (Library Journal)"This fascinating book is accessible for students and general readers, even as Wierzbicki offers new insights that will be of interest to specialists as well." (Gayle Sherwood Magee, author of Charles Ives Reconsidered)"Wierzbicki is to be especially commended for his mastery of many sources and the way he has woven them together." (Michael Broyles, author of Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Scott Carrico. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/082368/bk_acx0_082368_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
If Raymond Carver or Charles Bukowski wrote noir and pulp, this would be it.... Minimalist in approach but long on mood and atmosphere, this first entry in The Ladies of Liquor series is a boozy mix of old-school pulp, shadowy noir, and hard-boiled double-crosses. Writer Anthony Venutolo delivers a collection of nearly 50 flash fictions and short stories that splatter into the ear at 90 proof. From the deserted bus stations of Route 66 to the smoky, neon-tinged jazz dives of the big cities, these wanton tales of longing introduce us to desperate vixens on the fringe and those shifty men that drove them there. Get your shot glass ready because in this retro world, showgirls, drifters, barmaids, and thieves have one thing in common - they´re all painted on a seedy canvas drenched in a hearty barrel of Kentucky´s finest nectar. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Matthias N Bossi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/039399/bk_acx0_039399_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jazz musician James Moody and Screenwriter and novelist Richard Price. Just after World War II, Moody joined the bebop big band of Dizzy Gillespie and played with Milt Jackson. His most famous recording is of an improvisatory piece he performed in 1949, now known as ´´Moody´s Mood For Love.´´ Terry talked to him in 1996, about his CD, Young At Heart, which had just been released. It is a collection of Frank Sinatra tunes. In this CD, MOODY performed as vocalist, tenor/alto/soprano saxist and flutist. Some of the selections include ´´Love and Marriage,´´ ´´Nancy,´´ ´´Only the Lonely´´ and ´´In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning.´´ (Broadcast Date: December 28, 2000) Price´s books include The Wanderers, Bloodbrothers, and Clockers, which was a National Book Critic Circle Award nominee. He was also nominated for an Academy Award in 1986 for his screenplay of ´´The Color of Money.´´ His other screenplays are ´´Sea of Love,´´ ´´Night and the City´´ and ´´Mad Dog and Glory.´´ His newest credit is ´´Kiss of Death,´´ which stars David Caruso, Samuel Jackson and Nicholas Cage. (Original Broadcast Date: May 9, 1995) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/001228/rt_whyy_001228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A major new biography of Duke Ellington from the acclaimed author of Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong. Edward Kennedy ´´Duke´´ Ellington was the greatest jazz composer of the twentieth century - and an impenetrably enigmatic personality whom no one, not even his closest friends, claimed to understand. The grandson of a slave, he dropped out of high school to become one of the world´s most famous musicians, a showman of incomparable suavity who was as comfortable in Carnegie Hall as in the nightclubs where he honed his style. He wrote some fifteen hundred compositions, many of which, like ´´Mood Indigo´´ and ´´Sophisticated Lady,´´ remain beloved standards, and he sought inspiration in an endless string of transient lovers, concealing his inner self behind a smiling mask of flowery language and ironic charm. As the biographer of Louis Armstrong, Terry Teachout is uniquely qualified to tell the story of the public and private lives of Duke Ellington. Duke peels away countless layers of Ellington´s evasion and public deception to tell the unvarnished truth about the creative genius who inspired Miles Davis to say, ´´All the musicians should get together one certain day and get down on their knees and thank Duke.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Peter Francis James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/002227/bk_peng_002227_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Want to know how to finally be happy with your life? This light-hearted insightful book offers you powerful techniques to change your mood and give you more energy! The author Christina Souza is a powerful singer and talented actress based in Hawaii. She has dedicated her life to uplifting people through music and the arts. Well known for her diverse and eclectic repertoire, Christina is excellent at jazz, Motown, soul, pop, and salsa, among other genres. Christina amazes audiences with her dynamic and vibrant performances, and with her smooth and melodic vocals. Her songs are charismatic and full of energy, and are appreciated by audiences of all ages. On top of all of this, Christina is also an accomplished and successful actress. She has been cast as a lead in international Broadway musical tours such as Fame, Dreamgirls, Selena, Beehive, and Joseph, among others. Her professionalism and expertise on the stage always comes through and receives consistent praise and acclaim.. Christina also has a long list of acting credits to her name, including commercials with Herbal Essence, and guest acting roles on NCIS, CSI: Miami, Boston Legal, Medium, Girlfriends, Becker, Lost, and Hawaii Five-O just to name a few. Christina is also making waves on the big screen, starring in feature films such as the End of the Spear and Pretty Dead Girl. She is also featured in Godzilla, a monumental role which is career defining for Christina. In all of her professional acting work, Christina has had the pleasure to work with the likes of Bette Midler, Barbara Streisand, Zac Efron, and Adam Devine, just to name a few. She has learnt from these greats, and with her talent and flair for performing, her career in the industry is skyrocketing. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christina Souza. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/096896/bk_acx0_096896_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.