Thelonious Monk

Author: Robin Kelley
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439190463
Release Date: 2010-11-02
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A comprehensive profile of the enigmatic jazz pianist and composer offers insight into his origins, his early musical career, and the mid-twentieth-century cultural upheavals that shaped his personal and creative life.

Norman Mailer A Double Life

Author: J. Michael Lennon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439150214
Release Date: 2014-10-28
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Drawing on extensive interviews and unpublished letters, as well as his own encounters with Mailer, this authoritative biography of the eminent novelist, journalist and controversial public figure chronicles his entire career and his self-conscious effort to create a distinctive identity for himself.

Bad Boy

Author: Ronin Ro
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743434171
Release Date: 2002-02-02
Genre: Music

This is a tale of friendship, greed, and betrayal in the music industry—and a definitive history of America's biggest rap mogul. No one knows more about creating hits than Sean “Puffy” Combs. For years he virtually ran hip-hop. It seemed the perfect arrangement: “Puffy” provided the sounds and obsessive attention to detail while the Notorious B.I.G. promoted an image that kept rap fans happy. It should have lasted forever, but “Biggie” was murdered at the height of his career—and “Puffy”'s ascension to superstardom ushered in an age of disloyalty and deception that exploded into one of the greatest debacles in the history of the music industry. Through interviews with label insiders, grand jury testimony, and other sources, America's preeminent rap journalist Ronin Ro -reveals the true story of “Puffy” -addresses the larger issues that shaped the man and the industry -explains how Bad Boy both helped and destroyed hip-hop and R&B music -details why some artists “Puffy” created ultimately left his Bad Boy family in disgust. At once an intimate history and a portrait of an era, Bad Boy shows readers exactly how Combs lost his strangle-hold over the multibillion-dollar rap music industry. The story of Bad Boy Entertainment is the story of the American Dream, an up-close and personal account of the people, the money, the creative process that made it all come true, and the young mogul who caused the dream to fall apart. In this hip-hop tragedy of Shakespearean dimensions, readers finally learn the story that Sean “Puffy” Combs does not want them to know.

The Columbia Guide to Contemporary African American Fiction

Author: Darryl Dickson-Carr
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231124720
Release Date: 2005-12-06
Genre: Literary Criticism

In both the literal and metaphorical senses, it seemed as if 1970s America was running out of gas. The decade not only witnessed long lines at gas stations but a citizenry that had grown weary and disillusioned. High unemployment, runaway inflation, and the energy crisis, caused in part by U.S. dependence on Arab oil, characterized an increasingly bleak economic situation. As Edward D. Berkowitz demonstrates, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and defeat in Vietnam led to an unraveling of the national consensus. During the decade, ideas about the United States, how it should be governed, and how its economy should be managed changed dramatically. Berkowitz argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced by a more skeptical attitude about government's ability to positively affect society. From Woody Allen to Watergate, from the decline of the steel industry to the rise of Bill Gates, and from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers, Berkowitz captures the history, tone, and spirit of the seventies. He explores the decade's major political events and movements, including the rise and fall of détente, congressional reform, changes in healthcare policies, and the hostage crisis in Iran. The seventies also gave birth to several social movements and the "rights revolution," in which women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities all successfully fought for greater legal and social recognition. At the same time, reaction to these social movements as well as the issue of abortion introduced a new facet into American political life-the rise of powerful, politically conservative religious organizations and activists. Berkowitz also considers important shifts in American popular culture, recounting the creative renaissance in American film as well as the birth of the Hollywood blockbuster. He discusses how television programs such as All in the Family and Charlie's Angels offered Americans both a reflection of and an escape from the problems gripping the country.

Mailer

Author: Peter Manso
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416562863
Release Date: 2008-11-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

An authorized narrative profile of the late iconic writer and political figure draws on the insights of forefront twentieth-century contemporaries, including George Plimpton, William F. Buckley Jr., and Allen Ginsburg to assess his private life and public achievements. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Author: Charles Reagan Wilson
Publisher:
ISBN: UOM:49015002857101
Release Date: 1989
Genre: History

Offers a large-scale, detailed portrait of life and culture in the Southern United States. Bibliogs

The New Republic

Author: Herbert David Croly
Publisher:
ISBN: UCSD:31822026900878
Release Date:
Genre: Political science


The Utne Reader

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: STANFORD:36105112748772
Release Date: 1999-03
Genre: Underground press publications


Im toten Winkel

Author: Walter Dean Myers
Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE
ISBN: 9783838706771
Release Date: 2010-12-21
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Nach dem 11. September 2001 meldet sich der junge Amerikaner Robin Perry freiwillig zum Einsatz im Irak. Seine Einheit für Civil Affairs soll das Vertrauen der Einheimischen gewinnen. Doch die Realität des Krieges sieht anders aus, eine Unterscheidung zwischen Freund und Feind ist kaum möglich. Robin und seinen Kameraden bleiben oft nur Sekunden, um über Leben und Tod zu entscheiden...