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Meredith Willson - America's Music Man by Bill Oates Pdf
Meredith Willson – America’s Music Man is a loving, thorough and accurate examination of one of Broadway’s great composers. It tells the story before, during and after The Music Man opened in 1957. The story of Willson’s family, his life in Mason City, Iowa, and his eventual rise to the top of the music world forms the platform that led to four musicals and dozens of awards. Also included are Willson’s activities scoring movies, directing orchestras on Old Time Radio, and even becoming a character on radio and television shows. This is the first in-depth look at the career of a real music man from north central Iowa.
"But He Doesn't Know the Territory" by Meredith Willson Pdf
Chronicles the creation of Meredith Willson’s The Music Man—reprinted now as the Broadway Edition Composer Meredith Willson described The Music Man as “an Iowan’s attempt to pay tribute to his home state.” Now featuring a new foreword by noted singer and educator Michael Feinstein, this book presents Willson’s reflections on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of making one of America’s most popular musicals. Willson’s whimsical, personable writing style brings readers back in time with him to the 1950s to experience firsthand the exciting trials and tribulations of creating a Broadway masterpiece. Fresh admiration of the musical—and the man behind the music—is sure to result.
Mark Cabaniss brings to life the rocky origins of this timeless show, the music behind it, and the against-all-odds success story of its creator. Interweaving behind-the-scenes perspectives, this book looks at Meredith Willson’s unusual career as a composer, conductor, radio personality, and flutist, which reached its pinnacle in The Music Man.
Answering the Music Man by B. Kyle Keltz,Tricia Scribner Pdf
Dan Barker, ex-preacher and co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, travels widely, arguing in debates and speaking on his beliefs that Christianity is false, God does not exist, and the Bible is filled with errors and mythology. He has been touted as one of America's leading atheists. Yet close examination of his arguments shows that Barker's reasons for disbelief are poorly reasoned and miss the mark as they are aimed at a mistaken caricature of Christian theism. Answering the Music Man exposes Barker's misunderstandings of Christianity and provides compelling answers to Barker's arguments.
The Migration of Musical Film by Desirée J. Garcia Pdf
Movie musicals are among the most quintessentially American art forms, often celebrating mobility, self-expression, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. But like America itself, the Hollywood musical draws from many distinct ethnic traditions. In this illuminating new study, Desirée J. Garcia examines the lesser-known folk musicals from early African American, Yiddish, and Mexican filmmakers, revealing how these were essential ingredients in the melting pot of the Hollywood musical. The Migration of Musical Film shows how the folk musical was rooted in the challenges faced by immigrants and migrants who had to adapt to new environments, balancing American individualism with family values and cultural traditions. Uncovering fresh material from film industry archives, Garcia considers how folk musicals were initially marginal productions, designed to appeal to specific minority audiences, and yet introduced themes that were gradually assimilated into the Hollywood mainstream. No other book offers a comparative historical study of the folk musical, from the first sound films in the 1920s to the genre’s resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s. Using an illustrative rather than comprehensive approach, Garcia focuses on significant moments in the sub-genre and rarely studied films such as Allá en el Rancho Grande along with familiar favorites that drew inspiration from earlier folk musicals—everything from The Wizard of Oz to Zoot Suit. If you think of movie musicals simply as escapist mainstream entertainment, The Migration of Musical Film is sure to leave you singing a different tune.
A 14 year old girl with extreme musical talent is dying of cancer. Her father (a special government agent), a strange visitor from another planet simply calling himself the Music Man and four powerful beings who accompany him converge on Earth to thwart a pending attack in our future. But can they do it in time? Who can be trusted? Will the young girl realize her destiny in time before she dies? What will happen to Earth if she fails? Why is all this related to only music? What did a fifth airplane on 9/11 have to do with the young girl? The Music Man has been sent to Earth by four special beings. But why was he sent here and what does he know about Earth? How can a 14-year-old girl save our planet? A genius inventor, a radical doctor and a NASA video surveillance specialist all become part of the now complex countdown. And we just have a little over 677 years to become prepared for the inevitable.
This important study in ethnomusicology is an attempt by the author -- a musician who has become a social anthropologist -- to compare his experiences of music-making in different cultures. He is here presenting new information resulting from his research into African music, especially among the Venda. Venda music, he discovered is in its way no less complex in structure than European music. Literacy and the invention of nation may generate extended musical structures, but they express differences of degree, and not the difference in kind that is implied by the distinction between 'art' and 'folk' music. Many, if not all, of music's essential processes may be found in the constitution of the human body and in patterns of interaction of human bodies in society. Thus all music is structurally, as well as functionally, 'folk' music in the sense that music cannot be transmitted of have meaning without associations between people. If John Blacking's guess about the biological and social origins of music is correct, or even only partly correct, it would generate new ideas about the nature of musicality, the role of music in education and its general role in societies which (like the Venda in the context of their traditional economy) will have more leisure time as automation increases.
From Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin to Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton, from the Drifters and Bobby Darin to Sonny and Cher, Steve Winwood, and Phil Collins, the book bristles with anecdotes about the performers that Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, brought to greatness. Photographs.
Leslie Bricusse grew up in Pinner in the war years - with a family that's relationship with the theatre was limited to a grandmother who earned a living scrubbing the front steps of the London Apollo. But for Leslie's life was to be a little more privileged and his involvement with the Arts scene was to be phenomenal. Like most children Leslie turned his modest five by seven bedroom in south west London into a jungle of movie posters and train sets; he detested his weekly piano lessons and can't quite comprehend how his sister got him to attend tap dancing classes. At just six years of age, Leslie associated music with the hits of George Gershwin, but his interest in music was to be put relatively on hold for another six years; till one day he wondered down to the West End, on his way home from the public school he attended in Hampstead, and witnessed his first MGM musical: an experience that was to change his life. After 2 years National Service and a degree education at Cambridge University, Leslie was to become on of the greatest score writers of all time. With awards, including Oscars, for both stage and film scores including "Gold Finger: James Bond" and more recently, "Scrooge". This is a wonderfully written, detailed and witty account of life as an ordinary boy to becoming an extraordinary and talented figure in the music world.
Presents a pictorial history of acoustic and electric guitars from the sixteenth to the twenty-first century, covering Fender, Martin, Gibson, Ibanez, Jim Burns, and other makers from around the world.
The World of Musicals: An Encyclopedia of Stage, Screen, and Song [2 volumes] by Mark A. Robinson Pdf
This wide-ranging, two-volume encyclopedia of musicals old and new will captivate young fans—and prove invaluable to those contemplating staging a musical production. • Offers 700 alphabetically arranged entries related to musicals in theatre, film, and television • Spans the history of musical theatre from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas in the late 1800s to the present • Concentrates on musicals that are historically important and/or of mainstream interest, as well as those that might be examined in a high school music, music history, or theatre class • Features a teacher-friendly guide to the most popular musicals performed by high schools, discussing casting/characters, costume needs, notes on the difficulty of the music, and more • Includes a selected bibliography, discography, and videography as well as a chronology capturing key events in the history of the musical
Like a Meteor Blazing Brightly by Eric J. Wittenberg Pdf
Ulric Dahlgren was a brilliant, ambitious young man who became the youngest full colonel in the United States Army at the age of twenty-one, yet died before his twenty-second birthday. This is the first biography of Dahlgren, and thankfully it was penned by cavalry expert and award-winning author Eric J. Wittenberg. Wittenberg’s account chronicles Dahlgren’s full life story, with a deep look at his military career and extensive connections within the nation’s capital, all of which led to the climax of his life: the notorious Dahlgren Raid. Like a Meteor Burning Brightly: The Short but Controversial Life of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren is based upon a plethora of source material, including previously unknown or little-used archival sources. Anyone interested in the Civil War in general, or just a fascinating life well-told, will want this book on their shelf.