Award-winning CNN correspondent-turned-screenwriter Bryce Zabel has created or developed five primetime network television series, including fan favorites Dark Skies, M.A.N.T.I.S., and The Crow: Stairway to Heaven. Bryce has worked on a dozen TV writing staffs, been a feature writer in both live-action and animation, and has collaborated with both Steven Spielberg and Stan Lee. Bryce won the Writers Guild of America (WGA) award for the miniseries, Pandemic, and the Sidewise Award for Alternate History for the original version of Surrounded by Enemies. He has received screenwriting credit on Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Blackbeard, NBC’s primetime The Poseidon Adventure, Lois and Clark, and L.A. Law. Bryce was the first writer since Rod Serling elected to serve as Chairman/CEO of the Television Academy, the organization that awards the Emmys. He has also been an adjunct professor at both the USC School of Cinematic Arts and the Marshall School of Business.
It is rumination on what might have happened in Russia in 1917 and after if Nicholas II had been a different kind of ruler and if the Revolution had been quelled. The author follows actual events and incorporates real people for the most part, with new characters added for dramatic effect and to allow the narrative to follow its new path.
In this version of history, Nicholas marries the fictional Katya, a bright, down-to-earth Russian girl instead of the real life Princess Alix of Hesse, a German princess who ruled at his side as Empress Alexandra but was never accepted in her adopted country.
Our fictional Nicholas and Katya, working with a group of forward-looking people that they had gathered around them, are able to weather the revolution, escape the firing squad that awaited Nicholas and Alexandra, and go on to defeat the Bolsheviks and lay the foundation for democracy in Russia.
One of the finest music writers today, Michael Azerrad has catalogued the shortcuts, lazy metaphors and uninspired prose that so many of his beloved colleagues all too regularly rely on to fill column inches. In 2014, he began his wickedly droll Twitter feed @RockCriticLaw to expose and make fun of this word-hash. Now, he consolidates these "Laws" into one witty, comprehensive and fully illustrated volume.
Rock Critic Law includes timeless gems such as:If a band pioneered something, you must say they are "seminal." That is the Seminal Law of Rock Criticism.If a recording features densely layered guitars, then you MUST use the phrase "sonic cathedrals."Even when it’s easy to find out with research, by all means ask a band how they got their name.Please feel free to deny an artist’s individuality and say they are "the new [x]."If two guitars play a melodic line in harmony, you MUST say they are "twin lead guitars."
All 101 Rock Critic Laws are accompanied by original illustrations from Ed Fotheringham, beloved Seattle scenester and highly regarded artist who has created album covers for everyone from, well, seminal grunge band Mudhoney to iconic jazz label Verve Records, as well as illustrations for The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and more, making this book a must-have for music lovers everywhere. A unique appreciation of music writing from one of its own, Rock Critic Law irreverently captures all the passion and furor of fandom.