Biography Film, Television & Music Books


Here is a book about Robert Burns, about his songs, about history, about politics, about love and loss. Part Biography and literary analysis, part Guitar Songbook, this has two audiences: the general reader who wants a fuller understanding of Burns and how he was shaped by the political and religious forces of his times; and the musician wanting to play and understand these beautiful, old Scottish songs. All twelve pieces are arranged for accompanied or solo guitar (with links to my YouTube channel to see and hear them performed). The arrangements are all in standard EADGBE tuning and can be played with a plectrum /pick. N.B. There is also a ukulele version of this book.

Thank You: A Tribute to Chris Cornell

Thank You is a tribute to music legend Chris Cornell, written in the words of his international family of fans. Poems, reminiscences, letters, expressions of love and grief, the overwhelming theme is one of gratitude - to the singer, the songwriter, the man.The individual pieces join together to form a unique tapestry demonstrating the profound influence Chris has had on so many lives around the world. Raw, candid emotion and words written from the heart create beauty out of collective grief.This is a tribute, a love letter, and a legacy combined.

What About the Fans?: A rock and roll memoir!

After reading the memoirs of some of his favorite rock idols, this music lover realized that the fans have a story to tell also. Along with some of his friends, he traveled up and down California and Nevada to see his favorite rock bands perform live while attempting to get backstage and meet the stars. Follow as he chronicled his experiences from listening to his favorite pop songs on AM radio as a child, to his discovery of hard rock music, drugs and live concerts, which led him into all sorts of interesting and life changing situations. From his first concert as a teenager in 1976 to present day, he finds himself everywhere from the nosebleed seats to being onstage with some of the biggest rock bands in the world! “For years my friends and co-workers heard my stories about getting backstage and meeting celebrities. I finally decided to put those stories in writing. My hope is that the readers will re-live some of their own escapades, or at least be entertained by mine!” Bud Hathaway

Janet Devlin: One Classy Lassie

In 2011, a young lady abruptly and unexpectedly came on to the world music scene after appearing on a well-known talent discovery television program which had been airing for a number of years. The young lady was Miss Janet Maureen Aoife Ne Devlin.All the accounts of Miss Devlin on the show were naturally about her music and her unusually lovely voice. At first she got rave reviews from the judges, the live audience, and the television viewers. She fell out of favor with the judges and reached fifth in the competition. She went home to her little hamlet of Gortin, Ireland – end of story? – not so fast. Four years later Miss Devlin is back on the scene with her first recording album. But the story is not her rise in music; it is about her tenacity and character. You may want to consider her as your child’s role model. You decide.

A Foreign Affair: Billy Wilder's American Films (Film Europa Book 5)

With six Academy Awards, four entries on the American Film Institute’s list of 100 greatest American movies, and more titles on the National Historic Register of classic films deemed worthy of preservation than any other director, Billy Wilder counts as one of the most accomplished filmmakers ever to work in Hollywood. Yet how American is Billy Wilder, the Jewish émigré from Central Europe? This book underscores this complex issue, unpacking underlying contradictions where previous commentators routinely smoothed them out. Wilder emerges as an artist with roots in sensationalist journalism and the world of entertainment as well as with an awareness of literary culture and the avant-garde, features that lead to productive and often highly original confrontations between high and low.

The Nolan Variations: Free Ebook Sampler

**FREE EBOOK SAMPLER***A rare, intimate portrait of Hollywood's reigning 'blockbuster auteur' whose deeply personal billion-dollar movies have established him as the most successful director to come out of the British Isles since Alfred Hitchcock. 'A masterclass . . . brilliant. Immersive, detailed, meticulous, privileged inside-dope.' - Craig Raine More than just the tinkerings of a glass watchmaker, Christopher Nolan's films have an unerring grasp of the way time makes us feel. Time steals people away in his films, and he takes careful note of the theft. Time is Nolan's great antagonist, his lifelong nemesis. He seems almost to take it personally.Written with the full cooperation of Nolan himself, who granted Tom Shone access to never-before-seen photographs, storyboards and sketches, the book is a deep-dive into the director's films, influences, methods and obsessions. Here for the first time is Nolan on his dislocated, transatlantic childhood, how he dreamed up the plot of Inception lying awake one night in his dorm at school, his colour-blindness and its effect on Memento, his obsession with puzzles and optical illusions - and much, much more. Written by one of our most penetrating critics, The Nolan Variations is a landmark study of one of the twenty-first century's most dazzling cinematic artists.

Middlebrow Modernism: Brittena??s Operas and the Great Divide (California Studies in 20th-Century Music Book 24)

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more. Situated at the intersections of twentieth-century music history, historiography, and aesthetics, Middlebrow Modernism uses Benjamin Britten’s operas to illustrate the ways in which composers, critics, and audiences mediated the “great divide” between modernism and mass culture. Reviving mid-century discussions of the middlebrow, Christopher Chowrimootoo demonstrates how Britten’s works allowed audiences to have their modernist cake and eat it: to revel in the pleasures of consonance, lyricism, and theatrical spectacle even while enjoying the prestige that came from rejecting them. By focusing on moments when reigning aesthetic oppositions and hierarchies threatened to collapse, this study offers a powerful model for recovering shades of grey in the traditionally black-and-white historiographies of twentieth-century music.

The Art of Fugue: Bach Fugues for Keyboard, 1715a??1750

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s new open access publishing program for monographs. Visit to learn more. Fugue for J. S. Bach was a natural language; he wrote fugues in organ toccatas and voluntaries, in masses and motets, in orchestral and chamber music, and even in his sonatas for violin solo. The more intimate fugues he wrote for keyboard are among the greatest, most influential, and best-loved works in all of Western music. They have long been the foundation of the keyboard repertory, played by beginning students and world-famous virtuosi alike. In a series of elegantly written essays, eminent musicologist Joseph Kerman discusses his favorite Bach keyboard fugues—some of them among the best-known fugues and others much less familiar. Kerman skillfully, at times playfully, reveals the inner workings of these pieces, linking the form of the fugues with their many different characters and expressive qualities, and illuminating what makes them particularly beautiful, powerful, and moving. These witty, insightful pieces, addressed to musical amateurs as well as to specialists and students, are beautifully augmented by performances made specially for this volume: Karen Rosenak, piano, playing two preludes and fugues fromTheWell-Tempered Clavier—C Major, book 1; and B Major, book 2--and Davitt Moroney playing the Fughetta in C Major, BWV 952, on clavichord; the Fugue on "Jesus Christus unser Heiland," BWV 689, on organ; and the Fantasy and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904, on harpsichord.

Xenakis: His Life in Music

Xenakis: His Life in Music is a full-length study of the influential contemporary composer Iannis Xenakis. Following the trajectory of Xenakis’s compositional development, James Harley, who studied with Xenakis, presents the works together with clear explanations of the technical and conceptual innovations that shaped them. Harley examines the relationship between the composer and two early influences: Messiaen and Le Corbusier. Particular attention is paid to analyzing works which were vital to the composer’s creative development, from early, unpublished works to the breakthrough pieces Metastasis and Pithoprakta, through the oft-discussed decade of formalization and the evolving styles of the succeeding three decades.