Karen's musical career was short – only 13 years. During that time, the Carpenters released 10 studio albums, toured more than 200 days a year, taped five television specials, and won three Grammys and an American Music Award. But that's only part of Karen's story. As the world received news of her death at 32 years of age in 1983, she became the proverbial poster child for anorexia nervosa.
Little Girl Blue is an intimate profile of Karen Carpenter, a girl from a modest Connecticut upbringing who became a Superstar.
Based on exclusive interviews with nearly 100 friends and associates, including record producers, studio musicians, songwriters, television directors, photographers, radio personalities, classmates, childhood friends, neighbours, personal assistants, romantic interests, hairdressers, and housekeepers.'...thorough and affectionate biography of a singer who's been constantly undervalued by the music industry.' MOJO
'Schmidt cannot be faulted... carefully factual, sensitively pitched book.' The Word
'The first truly convincing account of her nightmarish story.' The Guardian
* Close Together
* Gentle Rain
* The Grand Ballroom
* Gray Skies
* I Wish I Knew
* Melancholy Minutes
* Random Thoughts
* Shimmering Waters
* South of the Border
* Strolling on the Avenue.
This celebratory Omnibus enhanced edition of Burning Bridges: Life With My Father Glen Campbell includes both an interactive digital timeline of his life, filled with videos and images of live performances and interviews, as well as a Spotify collection of the greatest recordings that Glen Campbell ever made.
As a studio musician Campbell contributed to countless Sixties and Seventies records; as a solo artist he produced the classic hits Galveston, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Wichita Lineman and Rhinestone Cowboy; he had a successful US TV show, co-starred with John Wayne in the film True Grit, and was lauded for his talents. However, a series of failed marriages saw this shining star fall heavily into serious substance abuse, and the fabric of his life unravelled.
Persistent short-term memory loss resulted from this turbulence and Glen Campbell would have few constants in his life as the years waned on. One of them, however, was the co-author of this book, his daughter Debby. She witnessed his struggles and suffering, both musically and personally, as well as the beginning of his decline into Alzheimer’s disease.
Burning Bridges: Life With My Father Glen Campbell is a loving but unflinching reminiscence of a multi-talented musician, a troubled man and a father. Debby Campbell provides a poignant, eye-witness account of a musical legend like no other.
From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual, and accomplished musical entities to ever grace American culture. The creative synchronicity among Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan exploded out of the artistic ferment of the early sixties’ roots and folk scene, providing the soundtrack for the Dionysian revels of the counterculture. To those in the know, the Dead was an ongoing tour de force: a band whose constant commitment to exploring new realms lay at the center of a thirty-year journey through an ever-shifting array of musical, cultural, and mental landscapes.
Dennis McNally, the band’s historian and publicist for more than twenty years, takes readers back through the Dead’s history in A Long Strange Trip. In a kaleidoscopic narrative, McNally not only chronicles their experiences in a fascinatingly detailed fashion, but veers off into side trips on the band’s intricate stage setup, the magic of the Grateful Dead concert experience, or metaphysical musings excerpted from a conversation among band members. He brings to vivid life the Dead’s early days in late-sixties San Francisco–an era of astounding creativity and change that reverberates to this day. Here we see the group at its most raw and powerful, playing as the house band at Ken Kesey’s acid tests, mingling with such legendary psychonauts as Neal Cassady and Owsley “Bear” Stanley, and performing the alchemical experiments, both live and in the studio, that produced some of their most searing and evocative music. But McNally carries the Dead’s saga through the seventies and into the more recent years of constant touring and incessant musical exploration, which have cemented a unique bond between performers and audience, and created the business enterprise that is much more a family than a corporation.
Written with the same zeal and spirit that the Grateful Dead brought to its music for more than thirty years, the book takes readers on a personal tour through the band’s inner circle, highlighting its frenetic and very human faces. A Long Strange Trip is not only a wide-ranging cultural history, it is a definitive musical biography.
* Angels We Have Heard On High
* Auld Lang Syne
* Away in a Manger
* Believe (from The Polar Express)
* The Christmas Waltz
* Deck the Halls
* The First Noel
* Frosty the Snowman
* Gesù Bambino (The Infant Jesus)
* The Gift
* Go, Tell It on the Mountain
* God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
* Good King Wenceslas
* Grown-Up Christmas List
* Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
* Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
* A Holly Jolly Christmas
* (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
* I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
* I'll Be Home for Christmas
* It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
* It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
* Jingle Bell Rock
* Jingle Bells
* Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
* Joy to the World
* Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
* Let There Be Peace on Earth
* Mary, Did You Know?
* O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
* O Come, All Ye Faithful
* O Come, O Come Emmanuel
* O Holy Night
* O Little Town of Bethlehem
* Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
* Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
* Santa Baby
* Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
* Sending You a Little Christmas
* Silent Night
* Sleigh Ride
* There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas
* Ukrainian Bell Carol
* Up on the Housetop
* We Three Kings of Orient Are
* We Wish You a Merry Christmas
* What Child Is This?
* When Christmas Comes to Town (from The Polar Express)
* Winter Wonderland
* Being Silly
* Feelin' Fine
* High Jump
* I Just Get So Mad
* I'm Happy
* A Quiet Day
* Wishing on a Star
For more than forty years, Guy Clark wrote and recorded unforgettable songs. His lyrics and melodies paint indelible portraits of the people, places, and experiences that shaped him. He has served as model, mentor, supporter, and friend to at least two generations of the world’s most talented and influential singer-songwriters. In songs like “Desperados Waiting for a Train,” L.A. Freeway,” “She Ain’t Going Nowhere,” and “Texas 1947,” Clark’s poetic mastery has given voice to a vision of life, love, and trouble that has resonated not only with fans of Americana music, but also with the prominent artists—including Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Jeff Walker, and others—who have recorded and performed Clark’s music.
Now, in Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark, writer, producer, and music industry insider Tamara Saviano chronicles the story of this legendary artist from her unique vantage point as his former publicist and producer of the Grammy-nominated album This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. Part memoir, part biography, Saviano’s skillfully constructed narrative weaves together the extraordinary songs, larger-than-life characters, previously untold stories, and riveting emotions that make up the life of this modern-day poet and troubadour.
Joni Mitchell may be the most influential female recording artist and composer of the late twentieth century. In Reckless Daughter, the music critic David Yaffe tells the remarkable, heart-wrenching story of how the blond girl with the guitar became a superstar of folk music in the 1960s, a key figure in the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1970s, and the songwriter who spoke resonantly to, and for, audiences across the country.
A Canadian prairie girl, a free-spirited artist, Mitchell never wanted to be a pop star. She was nothing more than “a painter derailed by circumstances,” she would explain. And yet, she went on to become a talented self-taught musician and a brilliant bandleader, releasing album after album, each distinctly experimental, challenging, and revealing. Her lyrics captivated listeners with their perceptive language and naked emotion, born out of Mitchell’s life, loves, complaints, and prophecies. As an artist whose work deftly balances narrative and musical complexity, she has been admired by such legendary lyricists as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen and beloved by such groundbreaking jazz musicians as Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock. Her hits—from “Big Yellow Taxi” to “Both Sides, Now” to “A Case of You”—endure as timeless favorites, and her influence on the generations of singer-songwriters who would follow her, from her devoted fan Prince to Björk, is undeniable.
In this intimate biography, drawing on dozens of unprecedented in-person interviews with Mitchell, her childhood friends, and a cast of famous characters, Yaffe reveals the backstory behind the famous songs—from Mitchell’s youth in Canada, her bout with polio at age nine, and her early marriage and the child she gave up for adoption, through the love affairs that inspired masterpieces, and up to the present—and shows us why Mitchell has so enthralled her listeners, her lovers, and her friends. Reckless Daughter is the story of an artist and an era that have left an indelible mark on American music.
When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom had the opportunity to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she was eager to reconnect with the performer she'd first met late one night in 1966 at a Yorkville coffeehouse. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their most recent recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process.
In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni's childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes . . . This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of illuminating a timeless body of work and inspiring others.
* Dreaming in Daytime
* Duet for One Alone
* Wayward Wind, and six others. There is a variety of styles, calling for a number of totally different approaches and attitudes on the part of the performer. Students will delight in the fact that most of the preludes sound much harder than they really are!
He made it from the woods to international fame in just a few years but, behind the ‘overnight’ success of Justin Vernon, lies an inspirational personal story.
Bon Iver: Good WinterBon Iver: Good Winter is the first in-depth account of the struggles, heartaches and hardships that led Vernon to become Bon Iver and includes contributions from all of his major collaborators and associates in the Eau Claire community as well accounts of various side projects and his eventual vindications, triumphs and artistic achievements.
The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book continues the beloved tradition of celebrating a simpler life, this time with a focus on Appalachian music, folk legends, and a history full of outsized personalities. We hear the encouraging life stories of banjo players, gospel singers, and bluegrass musicians who reminisce about their first time playing at the Grand Ole Opry; we shiver at the spine-tingling collection of tall tales, from ghosts born of long-ago crimes to rumors of giant catfish that lurk at the bottom of lakes and quarries; we recollect the Farm Family Program that sustained and educated Appalachian families for almost fifty years, through the Depression and beyond; and we learn the time-honored skills of those who came before, from building a sled to planting azaleas and braiding a leather bull-whip. Full of spirited narrative accounts and enduring knowledge, The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book is a piece of living history from a fascinating American culture.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
* A Quiet Day
* Autumn Memories
* Clowning Around
* Football Saturday
* Gypsy Violins
* Sunday Morning
* Wishing Well.
Looks at how their debut album Sigh No More scored chart success in multiple countries and the band's numerous awards including two Grammy nominations.
Fully chronicles the lives of band members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Country Winston Marshall and Ted Dwayne; a must-read for fans new and old. About the Author
Chloe Govan is an author, travel writer and music critic. Former contributing editor of Real Travel and regular contributor to numerous national newspapers and magazines, she has also written three other books for Omnibus Press – Rihanna: Rebel Flower, Katy Perry: A Life of Fireworks and Taylor Swift: Her Story.
* Learning to Waltz
* Skeletons' Ball
* Sometimes at Night
A beautiful, comprehensive volume of Dylan’s lyrics, from the beginning of his career through the present day—with the songwriter’s edits to dozens of songs, appearing here for the first time.
Bob Dylan is one of the most important songwriters of our time, responsible for modern classics such as “Like a Rolling Stone,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and “The Times They Are a-Changin’.” The Lyrics is a comprehensive and definitive collection of Dylan’s most recent writing as well as the early works that are such an essential part of the canon. Well known for changing the lyrics to even his best-loved songs, Dylan has edited dozens of songs for this volume, making The Lyrics a must-read for everyone from fanatics to casual fans.
These arrangements of Skip to My Lou, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Oh! Susanna, Down in the Valley, Barbara Allen, and other tunes include advice for following the time signatures, strumming patterns, and other suggestions. Best of all, each song features a free MP3 download for students to listen to and play along with. The recordings will familiarize beginning guitarists with the pieces' melodies and tempos, and provide practical guidance for playing these beloved folk songs.
* Squeaky Stairs
* In the Garden
* Rustling Leaves
This folio includes:
* Hawai'i '78
* White Sandy Beach
* 'Opae E
* Na Ka Pueo
* N Dis Life (In This Life)
* Ka Pua U'i
* Kuhio Bay
* Henehene Kou 'Aka
* Panini Puakea
* Wind Beneath My Wings/He Hawai'i Au
* Starting All Over Again
* Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
* Forgotten Memories
* Listen to the Falling Rain
* More Salsa, Please!
* Scary Movie Night
* The Stay-at-Home Blues
* Sunset Trail Ride
* Where Am I Going?
* Wonder If I Could
* More Serene
* Silly Rag
* In a Spanish Mood.
Japanese Music and Musical Instruments has three main orientations: The history of Japanese music Construction of the instruments Analysis of the music itself.The book covers in a lucidly written text and a wealth of fascinating photographs and drawings the main forms of musical expression. Many readers will find the useful hints on purchasing instruments, records, and books especially valuable, and for those who wish to pursue the matter further there is a selected bibliography and a guide to Tokyo's somewhat hidden world of Japanese music. It will be found an invaluable aid to the understanding and appreciation of an important, but little-known, and fascinating aspect of Japanese culture.
Jason Molina: Riding with the Ghost details Molina’s personal trials and triumphs and reveals for the first time the true story of Molina’s last months and works, including an unpublished album unknown to many of his fans. Offering unfettered access to the mind and artistry of Molina through exclusive interviews with family, friends, and collaborators, the book also explores the Midwest music underground and the development of Bloomington, Indiana–based label Secretly Canadian.
As the first authorized and detailed account of this prolific songwriter and self-mythologizer, Jason Molina provides readers with unparalleled insight into Molina’s tormented life and the fascinating Midwest musical underground that birthed him. It’s a story for the ages that speaks volumes to the triumphs and trials of the artistic spirit while exploring the meaningful music that Molina’s creative genius left behind.
Beneath the often tranquil surface of his music and his clear, clean tenor voice, however, lurked a darker side to Denver's character. The writer of 'Annie's Song', one of the most straightforward and personal expressions of love, became a wife-beater. The man who cavorted with the Muppets was an alcoholic. The committed environmentalist had his own plane, the most polluting form of transport.
John Collis has delved deep to discover exactly who John Denver was. By unravelling the complexities of the singer's personality and background, he reveals Denver as a complicated, contradictory man, much more intriguing than the sometimes placid surface of his music might suggest. Millions of people around the globe found something in his music that touched their souls; Collis, by charting Denver's career and development as an artist, explores his legendary contribution not only to the world of music but also to the society of which he was a protagonist and a victim.
Included within some songs are links to youtube videos for demonstration purposes! (Very helpful for those of you who need to see it and hear it in order to practice).
The book has some of the pieces Aaron has been giving away to fans already, but it has all been handwritten, re-copied, revised and presented by his wife Nicole in an easy to read 8.5" x 11" format.
Clawhammer is a banjo style that also works on the ukulele. It is from the Appalachian mountains of the US and is part of the old time string band tradition of music.
Woody Guthrie was born in Oklahoma and traveled this whole country over—not by jet or motorcycle, but by boxcar, thumb, and foot. During the journey of discovery that was his life, he composed and sang words and music that have become a national heritage. His songs, however, are but part of his legacy. Behind him Woody Guthrie left a remarkable autobiography that vividly brings to life both his vibrant personality and a vision of America we cannot afford to let die.
“Even readers who never heard Woody or his songs will understand the current esteem in which he’s held after reading just a few pages… Always shockingly immediate and real, as if Woody were telling it out loud… A book to make novelists and sociologists jealous.”
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is the deeply personal, honest, and revealing memoir of folk legend and relentlessly creative spirit Judy Collins. In it, she talks about her alcoholism, her lasting love affair with Stephen Stills, her friendships with Joan Baez, Richard and Mimi Fariña, David Crosby, and Leonard Cohen and, above all, the music that helped define a decade and a generation’s sound track.
Sweet Judy Blue Eyes invites the reader into the parties that peppered Laurel Canyon and into the recording studio so we see how cuts evolved take after take, while it sets an array of amazing musical talent against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent decades of twentieth-century America.
Beautifully written, richly textured, and sharply insightful, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes is an unforgettable chronicle of the folk renaissance in America.
From the Hardcover edition.
The tunes were chosen by cataloging a large number of recordings by tune title. A tally was taken to find out which had been recorded most often. This established a foundation of material that could not be left out. To this list I added the names of other pieces which had not been recorded as frequently, but which I knew were played regularly and with respect. I admit to sprinkling the collection with a few lesser known tunes which happen to be personal favorites, but I am sure they will hold their own when placed next to the old war horses of the fiddler’s repertoire.
. . . Although I started out with my students in mind this book has turned out to be the book that I’ve always wanted and I hope that it will serve the advanced player as well as the beginner.”
“A fascinating life worthy of a sequel.”—Entertainment Weekly
The Christmas Angels:
* Angels from the Realm of Glory
* Angels We Have Heard on High
* Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (Dennis Alexander)
* I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
* The Bells on the Sleigh to Grandma's House [Over the River and Through the Wood / Jingle Bells]
* Bells Are Ringing [Ding Dong Merrily on High / Ring, Little Bells] (Mary K. Sallee)
The Christmas Manger
* What Child Is This?
* Coventry Carol
* Away in a Manger (Tom Gerou)
The Christmas Shepherds
* How Great Our Joy
* It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
* The First Noel (Victor Labenske)
He Is Born!
* Good Christian Men, Rejoice
* What Child Is This?
* Polish Lullaby
* Il est né (Joyce Grill)
A Jazzy, Jolly Christmas
* Up on the Housetop
* Jolly Old St. Nicholas
* Jingle Bells (Victor Labenske)
* Still, Still, Still
* Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
* Joy to the World (Cindy Berry)
The Three Kings
* March of the Three Kings
* We Three Kings of Orient Are
* O Come, All Ye Faithful (Robert D. Vandall
Three Moods for Christmas
* Carol of the Bells
* What Child Is This?
* We Wish You a Merry Christmas (Sharon Aaronson)
* Amazing Grace
* Danny Boy
* 'Liza Jane
* Farewell, Lad (Adéu, Donzellet)
* To the Sky
* Scarborough Fair
* She's Like the Swallow
* Angels Through the Night (All Through the Night/All Night, All Day)
* Homeward Bound
* 'Cross the Wide Missouri
* All My Trials
* All Through the Night
* Camptown Races
* Fire Down Below
* Follow the Drinking Gourd
* Go 'Way from My Window
* He's Gone Away
* Old Dan Tucker
* Poor Boy
* Poor Wayfaring Stranger
* Simple Gifts
* The Water is Wide
Foxfire has brought the philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers, teaching creative self-sufficiency and preserving the stories, crafts, and customs of Appalachia. Inspiring and practical, this classic series has become an American institution. In July 2016, Vintage Shorts celebrates Foxfire's 50th Anniversary.
This Omnibus Enhanced edition includes curated Spotify playlists for each song in this collection, showcasing both the recorded works of Leonard Cohen and a selection of the many interpretations and reimaginings of his songs. Additionally, alongside an exclusive tribute to the man, there is also an interactive timeline of his life, complete with rare videos and images of life performances, book extracts and more.
Cohen was an accomplished novelist and poet before releasing his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen. His music documented the tender yearnings and salved the heartbreaks of romantics around the world for six decades. The Lyrics of Leonard Cohen is an examination of the literary influence of the master wordsmith and a dazzling display of the work of one of our most passionate musical artists. Rediscover his genius in with this celebratory volume.
* Li'l Liza Jane
* Scarborough Fair
* De Colores
* and Many More!
Everybody Knows is a detailed examination of the journey that Leonard Cohen wove, from his beginnings as a novelist and poet, his critically acclaimed ‘cult-classic’ albums of the sixties through to his triumphant tours of the new millennium. Every stage of Cohen's remarkable life up until his 80th birthday in September 2014 is expertly analysed, including thoughts, memories and comments from those who have worked with him and from the open-hearted many who have been inspired by his art.
This Omnibus Enhanced edition includes a Digital Timeline of his life, allowing you to experience his music, live performances and memorabilia through audio, video and imagery.
However, with the whole-hearted co-operation of his daughter and son, Cliodhna and Phelim, it has been possible to put together Ronnie's work on his memoir along with his other writings, interviews with Cliodhna and Phelim, a wealth of photographs and other material from the family archive, and contributions from close friends, to create a book that is a wonderful portrait of, and a fitting and loving tribute to, the man Bono called 'the king of Ireland'.
*Black Velvet Band
*Clancy Lowered the Boom
*Cockles and Mussels (Molly Malone)
*Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)
*I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
*The Irish Rover
*The Irish Washerwoman
*Irish Wedding Song (The Wedding Song)
*It's a Great Day for the Irish
*The Kerry Dance
*The Last Rose of Summer
*My Wild Irish Rose
*The Parting Glass
*The Rocky Road to Dublin
*Seven Drunken Nights
*The Wearin' of the Green
*When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
*Whiskey in the Jar
*The Wild Rover
*You Raise Me Up