Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But, there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. This is a book on art in various languages.
This is a study of the force of photographic images which are continually inserted between experience and reality. Sontag develops further the concept of "transparency". The essays make up a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.
An updated, indispensable guide to recorded classical music reviews hundreds of new CDs--from remastered vintage recordings to the latest releases, from the highest-quality offerings to budget releases--and is designed to help readers select the very best of recorded classical music available. Original.
The complete film script of Michael Moore's award-winning headline-grabbing documentary, to be published together with a six section factual back up of the film by a New Yorker magazine fact-checker, confirming it's all true.
Indicates key recordings on CD, DVD and enhanced SACD, including those in surround sound. This book lists and assesses versions of various major classical works.
Now firmly established as the world's leading guide to recorded jazz, this is an endlessly browsable companion for aficionados and jazz novices alike. For this completely revised eighth edition, Richard Cook and Brian Morton have reassessed each artist's entry and updated the text to incorporate thousands of additional CDs.
Opening up the world of acoustics and the science of music to deepen understanding of what we listen to, this work covers subjects from the difference between how we hear a musical note and any other kind of sound, to a brief history of the scale system, why a run of arpeggios sounds 'romantic' and why a flute sounds different to a clarinet.
'Rich. . . eclectic. . . a feast' Telegraph Jhumpa Lahiri's landmark collection brings together forty writers that reflect over a hundred years of Italy's vibrant and diverse short story tradition, including well known authors such as Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante and Luigi Pirandello, alongside many captivating rediscoveries. Poets, journalists, visual artists, musicians, editors, critics, teachers, scientists, politicians, translators: the writers that inhabit these pages represent a dynamic cross section of Italian society. 'An enticing collection . . . the tales are by turns startling, moving, intriguing and provocative' The Times Literary Supplement
Offers information needed to select the finest classical music available. This book offers: assessment of the impact and importance of video and audio DVDs; some of the greatest historic performances; the major period instrument recordings; and, an appraisal of the best of the budget-priced CDs.
Three men made art modern: Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. This biography of Braque shows how his heroic and multi-faceted life helped inform and create the greatest revolution in art since the Renaissance.
Talks about the legal and financial aspects of the music business. This edition presents information on subjects, such as record contracts, managers, music publishing, touring, fees, and more. There are also chapters on the technological advances that shape the business, and how novices and experts alike should manage such changes.
When Seb Hunter turned his back on his cherished record collection in search of more nourishing sounds, rock 'n' roll cold turkey was going to be the least of his problems. His simple aim was to try and feel passionate about classical music, and that meant starting at the very beginning: with a hallucinating German nun.
A collection of lyrics that spans the author's entire career, from his writing for "The Birthday Party" through the highly acclaimed "Murder Ballads" and "The Boatman's Call" to new albums "No More Shall We Part", "Nocturama", "Abattoir Blues" and "The Proposition".
This superbly authoratitive new work provides a comprehensive A-Z guide to some 1000 years of Western music. It explores in detail the lives and achievements of a vast range of composers, as well as looking at such key topics as music history, performers, theory and jargon.
'I consider myself a poet first and a musician second' 'It ain't the melodies that're important man, it's the words' Two quotes from Dylan himself that underline the importance of this book. Dylanology thrives. There is no shortage of books about him and many of them will be dusted off for his 70th birthday. This one, however, stands on its own both for its unusual approach and for the virtuosity of its execution. Ricks's scheme, aptly, is to examine Dylan's songs through the biblical concepts of the seven deadly Sins, the four Virtues, and the three Heavenly Graces. He carries it off with panache. Ricks may be the most eminent literary critic of his generation but nobody should feel his book is one of earnest, unapproachable exegesis, on the contrary it has a flamboyance, almost effervescence about it that is captivating. Ricks boldly and successfully judges Dylan as a poet not a lyricist and in his tour-de-force makes endless illuminating comparisons with canonical writers such as Eliot, Hardy, Hopkins and Larkin.
Reviews hundreds of British, American, and European classical recordings on CD, SACD, and DVD.