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Michael Stewart

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  • Something in the Air: Radio, Rock, and the Revolution That Shaped a Generation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Marc Fisher
    • Narrated By Bill Andrew Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Something in the Air offers a sweeping, anecdotal account of the great sounds and voices of radio - and how it became a bonding agent for a generation of American youth. When television became the next big thing in broadcast entertainment, everyone figured video would kill radio, period. But radio came roaring back with a whole new concept. Add transistors, 45 rpm records, and a young man named Elvis to the mix and the result was the perfect storm that rocked, rolled, and reinvented radio.

    DS says: "the glory days of a now dying industry"
    "Hey! Do you remember rock and roll radio?"
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    There's a fascinating history of the development of radio in the second half of the 20th century hiding inside this book, which in the way it is read, and in the way it is written, is too much of a Baby Boomer "oh, yeah, remember when?" chronicle for listeners who didn't grow up in the era. If you can stand the nostalgia, it's a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis (33 1/3 Series)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Warren Zanes
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield's beautiful and bizarre magnum opus, remains as fine a hybrid of pop and rhythm and blues as has ever been made. In this book, Zanes explores his own love affair with the record. He digs deep into the album's Memphis roots and talks to several of the key characters who were involved in its creation; many of whom were - like Zanes - outsiders drawn to the American South and mesmerized by its hold over the imagination.

    Michael Stewart says: "A personal look at an excellent album"
    "A personal look at an excellent album"
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    Warren Zanes gives us a personal look at his history with this acclaimed Dusty Springfield album, as well as the details of its creation. Dusty in Memphis is sort of an improbable classic, made by a singer whose personal problems were overcome by the strength of the material and by the collaborators she chose, such as soul music producer extarordinaire Jerry Wexler. Northerner Zanes details his fascination with the mysteries of the exotic South, a fascination shared by British soul singer Springfield, who traveled to Memphis to try to capture the spirit of soul music at its source.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just My Type: A Book About Fonts

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simon Garfield
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (32)
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    (32)
    Story
    (30)

    Fonts surround us every day, on street signs and buildings, on movie posters and books, and on just about every product that we buy. But where do they come from, and why do we need so many? Who is responsible for the staid practicality of Times New Roman, the cool anonymity of Arial, or the irritating levity of Comic Sans (and the movement to ban it)?

    Dan Acton says: "No PDF included to show typefaces discussed"
    "Great, if you're at all interested in typography."
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    I stumbled upon the world of typography by accident and have become fascinated with the vast, arcane universe that lies behind the printed words we take for granted. Anyone who is interested in the strange history of how everyday things come into being, or the entertainingly eccentric symbology and politics of letterforms will love this collection of short chapters dealing with type creators, typefaces and their impact on everyday life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: The Life and Music of James Brown

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By R. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
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    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    Senior editor at L.A. Magazine RJ Smith saw his first book, The Great Black Way, win the coveted California Book Award. With The One, Smith profiles one of the 20th century’s most innovative musical icons, the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. Drawing on extensive research and captivating interviews, Smith chronicles Brown’s rise from abject poverty to the pinnacle of fame, while also detailing Brown’s work as a civil rights activist and entrepreneur.

    Michael Stewart says: "Why he became the hardest working man in show biz."
    "Why he became the hardest working man in show biz."
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    An illuminating look at how James Brown became an icon of the 60s, a musical pioneer, and an eccentric character frequently in trouble with the law. Complex, thorny, and very much a product of the time and place he was born into, James Brown became a musical revolutionary and a player in the civil rights movement despite a childhood of deprivation. This book is a welcome investigation into the life of a man who has still never gotten his due as a musician and band leader, and a man for whom success was never enough to erase the effects of a life lived as a poor African American in the early part of the 20th century. Well written, well read, and well worth the time it takes to listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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