The First Five Years
Author: Garth Brooks,Warren Zanes
Category: Country music
The first five years were filled with high adventure, with dreams coming true, with new friendships beginning and old friendships growing. Most of all, though, the years were filled with music being made. We thought about songs night and day, chased the things. I was surrounded by songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, managers, by people who lived to make music, and we got to see the world through songs. There were a lot of firsts, one after another: First time leaving Oklahoma for Nashville, first time hearing one of our songs on the radio, first time hitting number one. We won¿t ever get to go through all those firsts again, but this book is my chance to get together with the people who shared the experiences and together remember how it all went down. This book gathers what comes to our minds when we think of the first five years and the songs that came to life during that time.Inside these pages you¿ll find the music that got released in those first five years, five CDs of it. But you¿ll also find a few recordings that we¿ve never shared, some of my favorites. You¿ll find photographs that have never been made public, behind-the-scenes images from before the first record and others from during the journey. There are artifacts from the vaults, things I¿ve saved myself, bits and pieces of this history that mean a lot to me. I¿ve always wanted to bring people closer to what I saw, what I experienced. This feels like the closest I¿ve come to doing just that.
The Garth Brooks Story
Author: Jo Sgammato
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Traces the life and career of the country singer who has become America's most successful solo musical artist, recounts the stories behind some of his most popular songs, and reveals how he has coped with success
The Career Behind Country's Big Boom
Author: Patsi Bale Cox
Publisher: Center Street
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the #1 selling solo artist in US history. Since his debut in 1990, he has sold over 128 million albums. But success rarely comes without controversy, and Garth has had more than a share. Is he a media and market manipulator, a country music poseur, and a megalomaniac, or is he simply a brilliant businessman and marketing strategist? Industry insider Patsi Bale Cox, who generated all label material on Brooks throughout his career, examines the meteoric rise of the country star. Examining his career within the context of country music history, she takes readers behind closed doors at the labels, and delves into the inner sanctum of the Nashville music community. THE GARTH FACTOR will paint a portrait of how Brooks's friendship with Trisha Yearwood developed into love and marriage, explore the truth behind his "alter-ego" Chris Gaines, and update readers on what he has been up to since retirement.
Author: Michael McCall
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Profiles the country singer whose recordings have broken sales records, and who won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award in 1991
The Illustrated Story
Author: Andrew Vaughan
Garth Brooks is not just the most successful male country-recording artist ever; he's one of the world's bestselling artists of all time. Although he "retired" in 2001, he has since returned to the limelight, staging the biggest comeback since Sinatra. This unauthorized biography is the first fully illustrated celebration of his life and his career in all its glory complete with original, unpublished interviews, rare photographs, and commentary from Garth's friends."
How I Escaped Polygamy, the FLDS Cult, and My Father, Warren Jeffs
Author: Rachel Jeffs
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In this searing memoir of survival in the spirit of Stolen Innocence, the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it. Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture defined by subordinate sister wives and men they must obey. No one in this radical splinter sect of the Mormon Church was more powerful or terrifying than its leader Warren Jeffs—Rachel’s father. Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Jeffs arranged marriages between under-age girls and middle-aged and elderly members of his congregation. In 2006, he gained international notoriety when the FBI placed him on its Ten Most Wanted List. Though he is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault, Jeffs’ iron grip on the church remains firm, and his edicts to his followers increasingly restrictive and bizarre. In Breaking Free, Rachel blows the lid off this taciturn community made famous by Jon Krakauer’s bestselling Under the Banner of Heaven to offer a harrowing look at her life with Warren Jeffs, and the years of physical and emotional abuse she suffered. Sexually assaulted, compelled into an arranged polygamous marriage, locked away in "houses of hiding" as punishment for perceived transgressions, and physically separated from her children, Rachel, Jeffs’ first plural daughter by his second of more than fifty wives, eventually found the courage to leave the church in 2015. But Breaking Free is not only her story—Rachel’s experiences illuminate those of her family and the countless others who remain trapped in the strange world she left behind. A shocking and mesmerizing memoir of faith, abuse, courage, and freedom, Breaking Free is an expose of religious extremism and a beacon of hope for anyone trying to overcome personal obstacles.
An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
Author: Brad Tolinski,Alan di Perna
"Every guitar player will want to read this book twice. And even the casual music fan will find a thrilling narrative that weaves together cultural history, musical history, race, politics, business case studies, advertising, and technological discovery." —Daniel Levitin, Wall Street Journal An unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the players and builders who brought it to life For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud, veteran music journalists Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and original as the instruments they spawned. Play It Loud uses twelve landmark guitars—each of them artistic milestones in their own right—to illustrate the conflict and passion the instruments have inspired. It introduces Leo Fender, a man who couldn't play a note but whose innovations helped transform the guitar into the explosive sound machine it is today. Some of the most significant social movements of the twentieth century are indebted to the guitar: It was an essential element in the fight for racial equality in the entertainment industry; a mirror to the rise of the teenager as social force; a linchpin of punk's sound and ethos. And today the guitar has come full circle, with contemporary titans such as Jack White of The White Stripes, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys bringing some of the earliest electric guitar forms back to the limelight. Featuring interviews with Les Paul, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and dozens more players and creators, Play It Loud is the story of how a band of innovators transformed an idea into a revolution. From the Hardcover edition.
A Compassionate, Interactive Guide for Alzheimer's and Dementia Caregivers
Author: Mara Botonis
Category: Alzheimer's disease
When Caring Takes Courage Professional caregivers have long had several choices when it comes to dementia care training resources and, likewise, family members could learn from other at-home non-professional caregivers. When Caring Takes Courage is unique in that it culls best practices from both groups and arranges them into an understandable go-to reference. When Caring Takes Courage follows the path of Alzheimer s disease from its onset, what the disease is and how to seek preliminary diagnosis, all the way to hospice care and all that happens in between. The book includes tips to help with everyday challenges such as bathing, toileting, managing medications and dealing with difficult behaviors. Readers will gain access to customizable tools such as: The Alzheimer s and Dementia Symptom Tracker, Alzheimer s Care Needs Calculator, Affording Alzheimer s Care in Today s Economy Worksheet, Alzheimer s at Home Weekly Care Planner and more. When Caring Takes Courage is intended to be USED not just simply READ, striving to serve Alzheimer s and Dementia caregivers as a constant companion on what can, at times, feel like a lonely journey. Helping caregivers impacted by the disease create better, brighter days with their loved ones. "
The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History
Author: Bill O'Reilly,Martin Dugard
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
The Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller (October 2018) Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing series As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among those war criminals were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann. Killing the SS is the epic saga of the espionage and daring waged by self-styled "Nazi hunters." This determined and disparate group included a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, Israeli Mossad agents, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice, which often meant death. Written in the fast-paced style of the Killing series, Killing the SS will educate and stun the reader. The final chapter is truly shocking.
My Feel-Good Favorites for a Balanced Life
Author: Trisha Yearwood,Beth Yearwood Bernard
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Category: Cooking, American
Presents "a balance of healthy versions of comfort food along with a smattering of indulgences. Whether slimmed down or 'original,' Trisha's recipes, such as black bean quinoa, slow cooker Georgia pulled pork BBQ, and chicken tortilla casserole, are [included]"
The Life and Music of George Jones
Author: Rich Kienzle
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In the vein of the classic Johnny Cash: The Life, this groundbreaking work explores the wild life and extraordinary musical career of “the definitive country singer of the last half century” (New York Times), who influenced, among others, Bob Dylan, Buck Owens, Emmylou Harris, John Fogerty, George Strait, Alan Jackson, and Garth Brooks. In a masterful biography laden with new revelations, veteran country music journalist/historian Rich Kienzle offers a definitive, full-bodied portrait of legendary country singer George Jones and the music that remains his legacy. Kienzle meticulously sifted through archival material, government records, recollections by colleagues and admirers, interviewing many involved in Jones’s life and career. The result: an evocative portrait of this enormously gifted, tragically tormented icon called “the Keith Richards of country.” Kienzle chronicles Jones’s impoverished East Texas childhood as the youngest son of a deeply religious mother and alcoholic, often-abusive father. He examines his three troubled marriages including his union with superstar Tammy Wynette and looks unsparingly at Jones’s demons. Alcohol and later cocaine nearly killed him until fourth wife Nancy helped him learn to love himself. Kienzle also details Jones’s remarkable musical journey from singing in violent Texas honky tonks to Grand Ole Opry star, hitmaker and master vocalist whose raw, emotionally powerful delivery remains the Gold Standard for country singers. The George Jones of this heartfelt biography lived hard before finding contentment until he died at eighty-one—a story filled with whiskey, women and drugs but always the saving grace of music. Illustrated with eight pages of photos.
Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd, Wade Hayes,
Author: Bruce Feiler
Publisher: Harper Collins
Country music has exploded across the U.S. and undergone a sweeping revolution, transforming the once ridiculed world of Nashville into an unlikely focal point of American pop culture. Bruce Feiler was granted unprecedented access to the private moments of the revolution. Here is the acclaimed report: a chronicle of the genre's biggest stars as they change the face of American music. From the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry to the dim light of a recording studio, here is a ruggedly authentic behind the scenes tour that takes you places outsiders have never been allowed to go. Part social history, part backstage pass, this penetrating and graceful book presents the most comprehensive portraits yet painted of Garth Brooks and Wynonna Judd-two of the most celebrated artists of our times-as well as a touching picture of Wade Hayes, a young man who hopes to follow them to the exalted heights of one of America's richest traditions: the world of country music.
Author: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
(Vocal Collection). This volume of the Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology series is specially designed for child theatre singers, with songs originally sung by children, in authentic editions. The collection features a mix of classic and contemporary songs and includes plot notes on each show. Contents: THE ADDAMS FAMILY: What If * ANNIE: Maybe * I Don't Need Anything But You * You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile * ANNIE WARBUCKS: I Always Knew * BILLY ELLIOT: Electricity * Expressing Yourself * THE BOY FROM OZ: When I Get My Name in Lights * A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL: Counting Down to Christmas * Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun * Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana * FANNY: Be Kind to Your Parents * FROZEN (film): Do You Want to Build a Snowman? * GYPSY: Let Me Entertain You * INTO THE WOODS: I Know Things Now * Into the Woods * THE KING AND I: Getting to Know You * I Whistle a Happy Tune * MAME: My Best Girl * MATILDA THE MUSICAL: Naughty * Quiet * When I Grow Up * LES MISERABLES: Castle on a Cloud * Little People * THE MUSIC MAN: Gary, Indiana * NINE: Getting Tall * OLIVER!: Where Is Love? * Who Will Buy? * RUTHLESS: Born to Entertain * THE SECRET GARDEN: The Girl I Mean to Be * Round-Shouldered Man * SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL: Green Eggs and Ham * It's Possible (In McElligot's Pool) * SHREK THE MUSICAL: I Know It's Today * SOUTH PACIFIC: Dites-Moi (Tell Me Why) * TARZAN: I Need to Know
Author: Lora Deahl,Brenda Wristen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists brings together information from biomechanics, ergonomics, physics, anatomy, medicine, and piano pedagogy to focus on the subject of small-handedness. The first comprehensive study of its kind, the book opens with an overview of historical, anatomical, and pedagogical perspectives and redresses long-held biases concerning those who struggle at the piano because of issues with hand size. A discussion of work efficiency, the human anatomy, and the constraints of physics serves as the theoretical basis for a focused analysis of healthy movement and piano technique as they relate to small-handedness. Separate chapters deal with specific alternative approaches: redistribution, refingering, strategies to maximize reach and power, and musical solutions for technical problems. Richly illustrated with hundreds of examples from a wide range of piano repertoire, the book is an incomparable resource for piano teachers and students, written in language that is accessible to a broad audience. It balances scholastic rigor with practical experience in the field to demonstrate that the unique physical and musical needs of the small-handed can be addressed in sensitive and appropriate ways.
Author: Pete Souza
Publisher: Little, Brown
Relive the extraordinary Presidency of Barack Obama through White House photographer Pete Souza's behind-the-scenes images and stories in this #1 New York Times bestseller--with a foreword from the President himself. During Barack Obama's two terms, Pete Souza was with the President during more crucial moments than anyone else--and he photographed them all. Souza captured nearly two million photographs of President Obama, in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid. Obama: An Intimate Portrait reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photographs with fine-art print quality in an oversize collectible format. Together they document the most consequential hours of the Presidency--including the historic image of President Obama and his advisors in the Situation Room during the bin Laden mission--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his encounters with children, interactions with world leaders and cultural figures, and more. Souza's photographs, with the behind-the-scenes captions and stories that accompany them, communicate the pace and power of our nation's highest office. They also reveal the spirit of the extraordinary man who became our President. We see President Obama lead our nation through monumental challenges, comfort us in calamity and loss, share in hard-won victories, and set a singular example to "be kind and be useful," as he would instruct his daughters. This book puts you in the White House with President Obama, and will be a treasured record of a landmark era in American history. * * * A deluxe limited slipcase edition is also available.
Author: Danielle Steel
Publisher: Delacorte Press
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In this rich, involving novel from Danielle Steel, a woman’s life catapults from the old to the new, as she learns to seize the moment. COUNTRY Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she’s stayed in for years for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off. Despite her children’s grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent individual after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting—and her whole life changes forever. She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can’t be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world. As it deftly explores the complex ties between spouses, children, lovers, and friends, and dances between the past and the future, Danielle Steel’s moving novel brilliantly captures the shock of sudden loss, and the freedom it can bring. Here America’s most beloved novelist shares the enduring power of seizing the day. Carpe diem.
Six Decades of Sportswriting
Author: Roger Kahn
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
"A rich collection of fifty-one stories and articles by Roger Kahn. Written across six decades, this volume shows Kahn's ability to describe the athletes he profiled as they truly were in a manner neither compromised nor cruel but always authentic and up close"--
Author: Christopher Paolini
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Follows Eragon as he grows from a poor farm boy into an amazing swordsman, fighting to help save the Empire from evil and darkness.
Billboard 1944 to 2008
Author: Joel Whitburn
(Book). An all-encompassing, artist-by-artist listing of every artist and song that's made Billboard 's "Hot Country Songs" charts. Over 2,400 country artists and over 19,000 songs represent 64 years of country chart hits! Complete chart data shows peak position and total chart weeks. Indicates awards that the song won, as well as a bio on every artist listed. A special section includes an alphabetical song title section and handy list of Top Artists, Top Hits and Record Breakers.