The Grateful Dead FAQ by Tony Sclafani

The Grateful Dead FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History by Tony Sclafani
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Overview: Ever wondered why the Grateful Dead once added a modern classical composer to the ranks? Or how they pioneered the "double live" rock album concept? Or what a final studio album by the Dead would have been like? These questions and more are answered in The Grateful Dead FAQ. Subtitled "All That’s Left to Know About the Greatest Jam Band in History," the book explores subjects that Deadheads have long discussed on message boards and blogs. In all, it’s comprised of 130,000 words and 39 chapters in which author Tony Sclafani investigates unexplored terrain but also includes basics for beginners.

The Grateful Dead rose out of San Francisco’s 1960s underground rock scene blending strains of rock folk, classical, and blues, and boldly advocating the use of drugs for the purposes of mind expansion. The book takes a look at the band’s rise to prominence, their studio albums, bootleg recordings, and sociological significance. Chapters are also included about the Dick’s Pick’s series, David Lemieux’s archiving activities, and the band’s appearances at the Monterey Pop and Woodstock festivals. Sclafani thoroughly examines the band’s impact on rock music and pop culture, explaining how the Dead influenced and drew from outside sources. The Grateful Dead FAQ is a roadmap into the magical, sometimes bumpy, yet always exhilarating world of one of the most unique groups that rock music ever produced.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Grand Dark by Richard Kadrey

The Falcon Club:falling For Him (volume 1)

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The Eagles FAQ by Andrew Vaughan

The Eagles FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About Classic Rock’s Superstars by Andrew Vaughan
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 13 MB
Overview: If the Beatles wrote the soundtrack of the swinging ’60s, then the Eagles did the same for the cynical ’70s. The story of the Eagles is also the story of most artists of their time – the drugs, the music, the excesses, and the piles of cash. But the Eagles took it to the limit. And in Don Henley and Glenn Frey they had two songwriters who intuitively understood and accurately portrayed the changing America they lived in. They perfected the California sound, shifted power from record company to artist, and pioneered album-oriented rock. Eagles songs of the period are as memorable as any ever written, and their most popular album, Hotel California, became a timeless record of ’70s decadence.

In The Eagles FAQ, music critic Andrew Vaughan brings an insider’s view into the various chapters of the group’s fascinating history. He shows how they blended the best folk, rock, and country sounds of the ’60s into a worldwide soundtrack of the ’70s while challenging the industry status quo with a new business model. The story of their rise, fall, and rebirth is all here – their mega-selling smashes, their tensions and breakups, the band members’ solo work, and their triumphant reunion and continued place at the top of the rock-and-roll tree.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Doors FAQ by Rich Weidman

The Doors FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Kings of Acid Rock by Rich Weidman
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 12 MB
Overview: It has been 40 years since the untimely death of L.A.’s mystic and rock’s Dionysus, Jim Morrison, yet the Doors have consistently inspired new generations of fans worldwide ever since. Highlighting one of the most influential, original, and outrageous American bands of the 1960s, The Doors FAQ is a dynamic, unorthodox exploration of this remarkable band and its enigmatic lead singer.

Drawing upon unique sources, Rich Weidman digs deep and serves up fresh perspective on the music, from the garage to the hits to the outtakes; and on the band’s members, from their roots, influences, and key industry partners to their rare talents, personal foibles, love affairs, and arrests. This volume also details every studio album and live recording, all the highs and lows of the Doors in concert (including the notorious 1969 Miami concert), Morrison’s 40-day trial, and the death of the “Lizard King” in Paris in 1971, as well as post-Morrison milestones. Unlike the straightforward narratives of other Doors biographies, this inventive, ceremonious biographical collage leaves no stone unturned, covering the band both with Morrison and post-Morrison, including the 2010 When You’re Strange documentary and the recent pardon of Morrison by the State of Florida for the Miami concert. Countless rare images from album art to ticket stubs to posters accompany the text, in this dazzling edition of solid rock scholarship.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Boss by Caz Finlay

The Boss by Caz Finlay

The Beautiful Spy by David Tremain

The Beautiful Spy: The Life and Crimes of Vera Eriksen by David Tremain
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 5 MB
Overview: In September 1940 a beautiful young woman arrived by seaplane and rubber dinghy on the shores of Scotland accompanied by two men – one of Germany’s many attempt to penetrate British defences and infiltrate spies into the UK. This seems to be one of the few established facts in the otherwise mysterious tale of Vera Eriksen. Even the origins of the woman described as ‘the most beautiful spy’ remain hazy, as does her ultimate fate.

David Tremain delves into the archives, and in doing so begins to reveal glimpses of her fascinating life story: her career as a dancer in Paris; a tumultuous and violent dalliance with a White Russian officer of uncertain identity; her time in England with the Duchesse de Château-Thierry, an Abwehr agent; the suspicious and untimely death of her husband, and a rumoured pregnancy. The Beautiful Spy also grapples with perhaps the biggest mystery of all: what happened to Vera after she was released by the British?
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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The Analytical Theory of Heat (Cambridge Library Collection -…

The Analytical Theory of Heat (Cambridge Library Collection – Mathematics)
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The Accidental Time Machine

The Accidental Time Machine
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Teaching Genius by Barbara Lourie Sand

Teaching Genius: Dorothy DeLay and the Making of a Musician (Amadeus) by Barbara Lourie Sand
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 1.3 MB
Overview: Itzhak Perlman Kennedy Midori and Sarah Chang were among Dorothy Delay’s students during her five decades as a violin teacher at Juilliard. For more than ten years the author was granted access to DeLay’s classes and lessons at Juilliard and the Aspen Music Festival and School and this book reveals DeLay’s deep intuition of each student’s needs. An exploration of the mysteries of teaching and learning it includes a feast of anecdotes about an extraordinary character.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Shoot the Bastards by Michael Stanley

Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly

Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 459 KB
Overview: A smart, refreshingly uncynical book’ – Iain Finlayson, The Times
‘A lovely piece of work – the best book on Scott, indeed, since Edwin Muir’s Scott and Scotland’ – Andrew O’Hagan
‘This is no dry history’ – The Skinny
‘Very engaging, highly intelligent . I loved this book and heartily recommend it’ – AN Wilson

His name and image are everywhere – from Bank of Scotland fivers to the monument in Edinburgh’s city centre – yet who reads Walter Scott these days? Stuart Kelly explores the enigma of Scott and the disparity between his influence and his status, his current standing and his cultural legacy, in a voyage around Scotland.

Born in Edinburgh, the ninth child of a lawyer, Scott trained as a lawyer. After the phenomenal success of his novel Waverley (1814) he produced a string of novels, such as Rob Roy, Guy Mannering, Ivanhoe, Old Mortality and The Talisman. Scott’s writing strongly influenced, among others, Emily Brontë and Alexandre Dumas, although Mark Twain loathed it; he named a sinking boat, The Walter Scot in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks

Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
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Overview: Have you ever made a drunken bet?

Worse still, have you ever tried to win one?

In attempting to hitchhike round Ireland with a fridge, Tony Hawks did both, and his foolhardiness led him to one of the best experiences of his life. Joined by his trusty traveling companion-cum-domestic appliance, he made his way from Dublin to Donegal, from Sligo through Mayo, Galway, Clare, Kerry, Cork, Wexford, Wicklow–and back again to Dublin. In their month of madness, Tony and his fridge met a real prince, a bogus king, and the fridge got christened.

They surfed together, entered a bachelor festival, and one of them had sex without the other knowing. And unexpectedly, the fridge itself became a momentary focus for the people of Ireland.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs > Humour > Travel

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