The Guitar in America offers a history of the instrument from America's late Victorian period to the Jazz Age. The narrative traces America's BMG (banjo, mandolin, and guitar) community, a late 19th-century musical and commercial movement dedicated to introducing these instruments into America's elite musical establishments. Using surviving BMG magazines, the author details an almost unknown history of the guitar during the movement's heyday, tracing the guitar's transformation from a refined parlor instrument to a mainstay in jazz and popular music. In the process, he not only introduces musicians (including numerous women guitarists) who led the movement, but also examines new techniques and instruments. Chapters consider the BMG movement's impact on jazz and popular music, the use of the guitar to promote attitudes toward women and minorities, and the challenges foreign guitarists such as Miguel Llobet and Andres Segovia presented to America's musicians. This volume opens a new chapter on the guitar in America, considering its cultivated past and documenting how banjoists and mandolinists aligned their instruments to it in an effort to raise social and cultural standing. At the same time, the audiobook considers the BMG community within America's larger musical scene, examining its efforts as manifestations of this country's uneasy coupling of musical art and commerce. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jack Chekijian. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/021128/bk_acx0_021128_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A noted scholar offers fresh ways of looking at two legendary American authors. Both F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway came into their own in the 1920s and did some of their best writing during that decade. Ronald Berman considers an array of novels and short stories by both authors within the context of the decade's popular culture, philosophy, and intellectual history. As Berman shows, the thought of Fitzgerald and Hemingway went considerably past the limits of such labels as the Jazz Age or the Lost Generation. 1. Language: English. Narrator: David Randall Hunter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/061778/bk_acx0_061778_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Vanity Fair 100 Years showcases a century of personality and power, art and commerce, crisis and culture-both highbrow and low. In the sumptuous 384-page coffee table book, the editors of Vanity Fair have created the definitive history of the most talked-about magazine of our day. From its inception in 1913, through the Jazz Age and the Depression, to its reincarnation in the boom-boom Reagan years (after a 47-year hiatus), to the image-saturated Information Age, Vanity Fair has presented the modern era as it has unfolded-using wit, imagination, peerless literary narrative and bold, groundbreaking imagery. The most innovative voices in popular culture are all compiled within these pages (from Robert Benchley, Jacques Cocteau and Dorothy Parker, to William Styron, Christopher Hitchens and Dominick Dunne) along with the greatest magazine illustrators, artists and photographers of all time-most notably Edward Steichen and Annie Leibovitz, who, through Vanity Fair, virtually invented the modern celebrity portrait. Writers Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger contribute an essay on the incomparable Frank Crowninshield and the birth of the Jazz Age Vanity Fair, Jim Windolf chronicles the magazine's rebirth in 1983, and Frank DiGiacomo gives the history of the glamorous Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the "time-travel professor", and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, Indiana Belle follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Chaz Allen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/080576/bk_acx0_080576_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Long before man. Long before light. Darkness reigned. Then, light pierced its flesh. It hates the light. Even moreso, it hates man who casts light like a garment over this world. A man with the blood of death in his veins. A revenant priest. Both thought their lives couldn't get any worse. Hurricane Katrina proved them both wrong. In the French Quarter, the last thing the setting sun sees is the transformation of St. Peter Street to the cursed Rue La Mort. At the corner where it clashes with Royal Street, the jazz club, Meilori's, shimmers into being for all the children of the night to behold. It is the Crossroads of Worlds. Within lies hallways leading to realms long thought myths. Outside the club stands a being from beyond time itself, waiting for his chance to extinguish all light, wrapping comforting darkness around himself like a womb once more. Meilori's owner, the man with the blood of death in his veins, is the gatekeeper there along with his best friend, a revenant priest. During the month following Hurricane Katrina, the shadowlanders that the owner has kept restrained are unleashed. And the being from outside time knows his chance has come at long last. Against the backdrop of Katrina's aftermath, an agnostic jazz club owner and his best friend, a haunted priest, engage enemies in the shadows that challenge both their belief systems. But there are two things not in doubt: their deep friendship for one another and the dark threat given license to kill by the absence of the police. Samuel McCord is the owner of the jazz club Meilori's, a place in which almost anything is likely to happen and in which almost everything has. He tries to live with the loss of his beloved wife while struggling against political incompetence and intrusions by the Russian Mob, European revenants, and an old enemy seeking final revenge. Father Renfield tries to maintain his doubt-ridden faith under 1. Language: English. Narrator: Charlie James. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/008063/bk_acx0_008063_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From award-winning NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua comes a rare and exciting collection of radio documentaries, features, and dramas.One Song at a TimeThis radio performance includes many stories about the Kerrville Folk Festival, the longest continuously running music festival in North America. Lady Bird JohnsonOne of the most licensed audiobooks on the Public Radio Exchange and iTunes, Lady Bird Johnson is an award-winning audio documentary examining the challenges and achievements of this extraordinary woman.From Moonshine to ArmadillosVeteran NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua hosts thishour long program outlining the history of Threadgill’s and Armadillo World Headquarters, which contributed to the birth of the Austin music scene.Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans, with Wynton MarsalisRecorded in the French Quarter of New Orleans, this radio program features jazz great Wynton Marsalis, and others, who talk on the origins of jazz, and the life and music of legendary trumpeter, Louis Armstrong.Healthy Living in the CatskillsIn this radio documentary, a husband and wife explore the rural byways within four miles of their home in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, and find local business owners working to promote healthy lifestyles that have a national impact.Radio Tales for the Road, Volume OneCombining storytelling, documentary, radio drama, and original music, Radio Tales for the Road are vivid recollections of the 1960s. All Things Joe BevThis radio production is a collection of sixteen short audiofeatures created for public radio by award-winning producer Joe Bevilacqua,also known as Joe Bev.We Take You Now to Grover’s MillThis 1988 documentary looks at how the landmark broadcast came about and examines its impact on broadcast history. The program includes rare i 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Bevilacqua. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005843/bk_blak_005843_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
New York City in the Jazz Age was host to a pulsating artistic and social revolution. Uptown, an unprecedented explosion in black music, literature, dance, and art sparked the Harlem Renaissance. While the history of this African-American awakening has been widely explored, one chapter remains untold: The story of a group of women collectively dubbed "Miss Anne". Sexualized and sensationalized in the mainstream press - portrayed as monstrous or insane - Miss Anne was sometimes derided within her chosen community of Harlem as well. While it was socially acceptable for white men to head uptown for "exotic" dancers and "hot" jazz, white women who were enthralled by life on West 125th Street took chances. Miss Anne in Harlem introduces these women - many from New York’s wealthiest social echelons - who became patrons of, and romantic participants in, the Harlem Renaissance. They include Barnard College founder Annie Nathan Meyer, Texas heiress Josephine Cogdell Schuyler, British activist Nancy Cunard, philanthropist Charlotte Osgood Mason, educator Lillian E. Wood, and novelist Fannie Hurst - all women of accomplishment and renown in their day. Yet their contributions as hostesses, editors, activists, patrons, writers, friends, and lovers often went unacknowledged and have been lost to history until now. In a vibrant blend of social history and biography, award-winning author Carla Kaplan offers a joint portrait of six iconoclastic women who risked ostracism to follow their inclinations - and raised hot-button issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the bargain. Returning Miss Anne to her rightful place in the interracial history of the Harlem Renaissance, Kaplan’s formidable work remaps the landscape of the 1920s, alters our perception of this historical moment, and brings Miss Anne to vivid life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Liisa Ivary. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/003886/bk_harp_003886_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Great Lenore is the tale of a ravishing young Brit whose falsely-reported death provides her with an opportunity to begin a new life. Before she can disappear for good, however, she longs to know the reaction of her two-timing husband and his aristocratic family. To find out, Lenore enlists Richard - an outsider in the money-and-booze-sodden landscape of Nantucket high society - to be her eyes and ears. As events unfold, Richard discovers the entanglements of Lenore's relationships are more intricate than he ever expected - more intricate even than the secrets within Lenore's miniature punt boat. This elegant debut paints an idyllic island surrounded by reflective seas and encased in a world where souls collide, mysteries thicken, and dreams unravel. With lively, modern prose reminiscent of The Jazz Age, Tohline orchestrates a playful literary riff on affluence, love, grief, and duplicity. In the author's words, "[It] is about dreams, and about the things we sacrifice to chase them." 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Greenman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/iamb/000124/bk_iamb_000124_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Focus: Popular Music in Contemporary India examines India's musical soundscape beyond the classical and folk traditions of old to consider the culturally, socially, and politically rich contemporary music that is defining and energizing an Indian youth culture on the precipice of a major identity shift. From Bollywood film songs and Indo-jazz to bhangra hip-hop and Indian death metal, the book situates Indian popular music within critical and historical frameworks, highlighting the unprecedented changes the region's music has undergone in recent decades. This critical approach provides readers with a foundation for understanding an Indian musical culture that is as diverse and complex as the region itself. Included are case studies featuring song notations, first-person narratives, and interviews of well-known artists and emerging musicians alike. Illuminated are issues of great import in India today-as reflected through its music-addressing questions of a "national" aesthetic, the effects of Western music, and identity politics as they relate to class, caste, LGBTQ perspectives, and other marginalized voices. Presented through a global lens, Focus: Popular Music in Contemporary India contextualizes the dynamic popular music of India and its vast cultural impact.