Arts et spectacles

  • Chicago Folk includes over 200 of Raeburn Flerlages's photographs of folk musicians during the 1960s. No other book has presented a portrait of such a vibrant urban folk milieu, featuring popular performers such as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, the Weavers, and so many others, but also a large number of traditional musicians, old and new, such as the New Lost City Ramblers, the Reverend Gary Davis, Booker White, Son House, Dock Boggs, the Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys, Mother Maybelle Carter, and many other blues, bluegrass, old-time, Cajun, and gospel performers who appeared in Chicago and at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. These images capture the broad scope of folk musicians who were part and parcel of the 1960s folk music revival in Chicago and throughout the country.

    Raeburn Flerlage was well known as Chicago's foremost blues photographer. The concert performances, studio sessions, interviews and club shows he shot through the 1960s captured some of America's greatest blues artists at the pinnacle of their careers. While these images are now famous, the rest of his thousands of images are virtually unknown, and Chicago Folk brings these photos to light.

    Chicago Folk is a follow-up to Chicago Blues (ECW Press, 2000), the first published collection of Flerlage's photographs.

  • This first full-length biography of the international rock star is beautifully illustrated with over 50 photographs, 22 of which are in full color and many of which have never before been published. 18,000 copies in print. NOW IN ITS THIRD PRINTING! An Advocate best seller! Carefully researched, filled with numerous anecdotes collected from fans and with insights gathered from Etheridge's friends and colleagues, Our Little Secret also features a useful bibliography of some 250 sources and a comprehensive discography. Biographer Joyce Luck, a devoted fan, offers us this tribute to Melissa Etheridge that both chronicles the artist's personal and professional accomplishments to date and anticipates even greater achievements.
    BOOK EXCERPT Chapter One:
    Out of Kansas: Coming Alive in the Midwest If you head north out of Kansas City on Highway 7 and travel on for about 45 minutes, you'll come upon Leavenworth, Kansas, sprawling peacefully across the Midwestern plain from the banks of the Missouri River. Here, on the north side of town near the famous federal penitentiary, Melissa Etheridge was born on 29 May 1961 at 1:15 in the afternoon.

    Flash forward: 12 November 1994: She's come home. It's a Saturday night in Leavenworth. The high-school auditorium air thickens with nervous energy; the place is jam-packed. Everybody is here, from a little neighbor kid to a couple in their fifties who lived over on the next block. Even some of her old high-school teachers dot the crowd. This looks like an audience for a school play. It isn't. The buzz of the crowd is getting louder and more urgent. People lean in closer, pressing towards the front of the hall. The space seems to swell.

    Finally, a lone male figure strolls onto the stage to introduce the woman everyone has been waiting for. He welcomes the crowd. Everyone listens with mounting impatience as he adds, "Melissa is a hometown girl... her father was very active in our community... we are going to dedicate the ball field in her name (sorry, in John's name)"--the one in the "new park we're getting ready to build." The $20 each person has spent on his or her ticket will go towards that project, the man reminds the audience; then he points out that ushers in orange vests are still collecting money at the back of the auditorium.

    Several women scream, drowning out whatever he has left to say. Melissa Etheridge and her band have taken the stage. The crowd leaps up with a roar as Etheridge and the band explode into "If I Wanted To"; then they segue into "No Souvenirs." Dressed in black pants, a T-shirt, and a loose-fitting rust-colored overshirt, sleeves rolled up and head thrown back, Melissa plays ferociously, thrusting the neck of her Ovation guitar up into the air, her strumming fingers a blur.

    The hall rocks as it has never rocked before.

  • The first in-depth look at one of today's fastest rising stars! Natalie Portman is only 20 years old, but already she has co-starred in nine motion pictures with everyone from Woody Allen to Al Pacino to Julia Roberts. Critics in the know consider her the best young actress in America.
    Dickerson's engaging biography examines the charm and wit of Portman's professional persona, while revealing the emotional life of the real Portman. From her relationship with her successful - and demanding - parents, to her modeling career and her early acting roles, from her life at Harvard to her breathtaking performance in Star Wars, Dickerson illuminates Portman's influences and ambitious dreams.
    The biography discusses Natalie's long relationship with Britney Spears and their parallel, albeit drastically different, careers. It also goes behind-the-scenes of Natalie's successes - Star Wars, The Professional - and her failures - the screen kiss with Leonardo DiCaprio that caused producers to drop her from the cast of Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet. Dickerson speaks with Portman's Harvard classmates, revealing the intrigue that surrounded her arrival at the prestigious university. The intimate details of Natalie Portman's life have always been closely guarded secrets. Dickerson also delves into her personal life and tells the story that, until now, has not been told.

  • When the world thinks of heavy metal in its pure, potent, undiluted form, it is none other than the Metal Gods, Judas Priest, that instantly come to mind. Chrome and black leather, studs and whips and chains, a chopper on stage ? these are the tools of the trade for Rob Halford and his legendary band of Birmingham bashers. Back stronger than ever, Judas Priest, in 2005, issued their acclaimed Angel of Retribution album. It is long overdue that their story be told.

    Published to coincide with a new album in fall 2007, Martin Popoff's book, Judas Priest: Heavy Metal Painkillers, examines the band's rich legacy album by album, anthem by anthem, recounting the band's shocking split with Halford in the mid '90s and his triumphant return in 2003. Having interviewed all the principals in the band repeatedly over the years, Popoff gives a firsthand account of the Priest's rocky, often comical ride through the '70s, through the gold and platinum records of the '80s, detailing the long road back to the status the band now enjoys as heavy metal's proudest ambassadors. Accompanying Popoff's lively text are more than 500 full-colour images, the band's gleaming steel imagery springing to life through a myriad of photos from the stage, memorabilia shots, cover graphics, and all manner of Priestly feast for the electric eye.

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