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They're Playing Our Song: Conversations with America's Classic Songwriters

by Max Wilk

Originally published in 1973, when it won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award , reprinted and revised several times since, They're Playing Our Song is a classic oral history of American popular music. Now further updated...


This Will End in Tears

by Adam Brent Houghtaling

Sad music moves us like nothing else, and despite its gloomy nature it also has the curious power to make us happy. In This Will End in Tears: The Miserabilist Guide to Music, author Adam Brent Houghtaling explains...


Rubens: A Portrait

by Marie-Anne LESCOURRET

A vivid portrait of Rubens's enormous life against a background of the turbulent history of his times. Without neglecting his paintings, Ms. Lescourret also gives the reader a fascinating picture of Rubens's...


The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s

by Elizabeth Kendall

Kendall's examination of classic comedies from It Happened One Night to The Lady Eve -and the comediennes who starred in them-reveals what these films said about America during the Depression and how they helped...


Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music

by Alvin Lucier & Robert Ashley

An engaging inside view of experimental music


Once Upon a Time in New York: Jimmy Walker, Franklin Roosevelt, and the Last Great Battle of the Jazz Age

by Herbert Mitgang

The crackdown- the largest ever in U.S. history dethroned Walker, paved the way for Roosevelt's career as president after almost ruining his chances and brought the roaring Jazz Age to an end.


The Bitter End: Hanging Out at America's Nightclub

by Paul Colby

Colby, the owner of the Greenwich Village music and comedy venue for over a quarter of a century, shares his memories of Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Woody Allen, George Carlin, Sarah McLachlan and many others who...


Solomon's Temple: Myth, Conflict, and Faith

by Alan Balfour

A highly original architectural history of Solomon’s Temple and Islam’s Dome of the Rock that doubles as a social and cultural history of the region

  • The most extensive study of the interrelated history of...


Written in Stone: Making Cecil B. DeMille's Epic The Ten Commandments

by Katherine Orrison

From concept stage through production in Egypt to release of the film: Katherine Orrison carefully recreates the behind-the-scenes story of Cecil B. DeMille's beloved epic.


Patterns from the Golden Age of Rustic Design: Park and Recreation Structures from the 1930s

by Albert H. Good

In this informative treasure of a design book, you will find that the author reached his principal goal to present structure that appear to belong and be a part of their settings.


Terrence Malick and the Thought of Film

by Steven Rybin

Terrence Malick and the Thought of Film explores how the experience of viewing Terrence Malick's films enables imaginative acts of philosophical interpretation. Useful for both professional philosophers interested...


Modern Drama by Women 1880s-1930s

by Katherine E. Kelly

Modern Drama by Women 1880s-1930s offers the first direct evidence that women playwrights helped create the movement known as Modern Drama.

It contains twelve plays by women from the Americas, Europe and Asia,...


The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images

by Angela Faris Belt

The greatly revised and expanded edition of The Elements of Photography is a new kind of textbook for a new generation of photographers. Moving far beyond the usual technical manual, Angela Faris Belt dives...


Music of the Soul: Composing Life Out of Loss

by Joy S. Berger

Music of the Soul guides the reader through principles, techniques, and exercises for incorporating music into grief counseling, with the end goal of further empowering the grieving person.

Music has a unique...


John Cage's Theatre Pieces

by William Fetterman

The experimental composer John Cage (1912-1992) is best known for his works in percussion, prepared piano, and electronic music, but he is also acknowledged to be one of the most significant figures in 20th...


Tone Clock

by Peter Schat

In addition, The Tone Clock contains a broad selection of Peter Schat's polemical writings, embracing historical, political, aesthetic and environmental perspectives. His book is not just of interest to composers,...


Maria Irene Fornes

by Scott T. Cummings

Maria Irene Fornes provides an enlightening introduction to a pivotal figure in both Hispanic-American and experimental theater. From her theatrical origins in 1960s Cuba to her precedent plays for the US stage,...


The Christmas Carol Reader

by William E Studwell, Frank Hoffmann & B Lee Cooper

Like that Biblical, astronomical star of Bethlehem, The Christmas Carol Reader guides readers on their quest for information about Christmas songs. Studwell gathers a composite picture of the world's most important...


Vested Interests: Cross-Dressing and Cultural Anxiety

by Marjorie Garber

Beginning with the bold claim, "There can be no culture without the transvestite," Marjorie Garber explores the nature and significance of cross-dressing and of the West's recurring fascination with it. Rich...


Meanings of Abstract Art: Between Nature and Theory

by Paul Crowther & Isabel Wünsche

Traditional art is based on conventions of resemblance between the work and that which it is a representation "of". Abstract art, in contrast, either adopts alternative modes of visual representation or reconfigures...