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By day, Stephen Strausbaugh works efficiently in the City of Books's Foreign Languages section. But once the moon is up, he heads out to one night spot after another, spinning tunes and answering to the handle "The Incredible Kid." The strain must be getting to him; his picks are all over the map. There are the expected titles about music and the art of DJing. So far so good. But gardening? metaphysics? fiction? Hong Kong film? Henry Miller? Get it together man! No good can come of such eclectic reading tastes. Next thing you know you'll be advocating "democracy" or, heaven help us, "diversity."
Books on Music
authors of this book attempt a grand feat of music history revisionism by positioning
the figure of the disc jockey at the center of music development and technology
throughout the course of the 20th century. Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
presents a convincing argument while remaining a fascinating look at a number
of fabulous dance scenes filled with legendarily over-the-top characters. One
of the most thought-provoking sections examines the emergence of the disco scene
as a self-empowering community for Black and Latin gay dancers, years before
it was discovered and polluted by major corporations. This book spans an entire
century, beginning with the first phonographs and ending with the superstar
DJs of today. No matter what your interest in DJing is, this book will expand
your understanding and appreciation of the scope of this wonderful art.
Rap music sales have surpassed that of Country music in recent years making
it the most popular music in America. One of the most successful rap companies
of the nineties was Death Row Records, headed by the infamous Suge Knight. This
book exposes the gangster dealings, beatings, and murders surrounding the 100
million dollar enterprise which furthered the musical careers of Snoop Dogg,
Dr. Dre and Tupac. The story concludes with Suge Knight behind bars, but not
before the tragic murders of rappers Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. An engrossing
read that makes it clear just how bad getting into business with the wrong people
For those of you who think that the related electronic music scenes of house,
techno, disco, rave, etc. are a "white" thing, this book will set
you straight. Disco and house music emerged from the underground Black and Latin
gay dance scenes of New York and Chicago respectively, while the unprecedented
prosperity of the integrated Detroit auto unions had some very special middle
class African-American youth turning to the new sounds of Germany's Kraftwerk
for inspiration in creating the music they called "techno." This book details
the electronic dance scenes of the last 25 years, through their many fracturings
and transformations leading up to the present, where electronic dance music
reigns as the dominant popular music of Europe and Britain. The book flirts
with ideas from postmodern philosophy in its explications and ruminations while
remaining a lucid and compelling history.
This book is perfect for any DJ with zero to one year of experience open to
thinking about how to approach their art. Mr. Reighley, a DJ of only a few years,
presents his thoughts on the artform, as well as a host of interviews with legendary
DJs from the last 25 years. The book contains introductions to many working
DJs as well as chapters arranged thematically and is stuffed with engrossing
quotes from a eclectic range of DJs working in a variety of styles/genres. Know
Recorded music only sounds as good as the technology used to reproduce it. Since
one can easily spend tens of thousands of dollars assembling the "perfect" sound
system, it pays to know as much as possible about the world of high fidelity
audio before making any purchases. Mr. Harley has written a comprehensive yet
inviting introduction to this arcane and intimidating world. He tours the reader
through all the various component options explaining the pros and cons of different
designs thus enabling the reader to make an informed decision about what will
best suit her needs. The book has its share of technical information but is
written in a way that enables one to glean as much information as desired without
having to work through and understand all the science involved.
Karen Logan, a professional house cleaner for years, invented her own alternatives
to toxic and expensive household cleaning products. This book shares her recipes
for every cleaning situation one may possibly encounter in a domestic existence.
Whether it's silver polish or stain removers, Ms. Logan will provide at least
one recipe (and often several) along with all sorts of essential tips for cleaning
up a problem and not making it worse. Since her recipes have been tested in
the field for years, she gives you effectiveness ratings to help you determine
how well a given recipe will work compared to the commercial alternatives. It
is not necessary to buy poisons or to spend a lot of money on commercially marketed
natural alternatives. Karen Logan will show you the way.
This is the bible as far as gardening in the Pacific Northwest goes. The text
is filled with thorough scientific discussions of all matters related to growing
your own food. Solomon explains how his approach to growing vegetables comes
from the marijuana farmers in Southern Oregon and their interest in maximizing
yield and growing plants to their fullest. This can be an overwhelmingly technical
guide for the beginning gardener, but even for novices it is great to have as
a reference book when particular questions arise.
It is so easy to get bogged down in the stages between
desiring a garden and actually planting it. It can be tough to find a book that
will provide enough information to give you confidence in your first steps without
overwhelming you with more details and instructions than are helpful. This is
a great book to get you started. It makes gardening seem simple and straight
forward, and Mel's ideas on garden set up are practical and effective. The supportive
and encouraging tone will get you on your way towards a rewarding harvest.
Anything by Henry Miller
people might think they know what to expect with Henry Miller before they have
ever read him. He is truly a man whose reputation, for good or ill, precedes
him. Henry Miller is one of the most rewarding reads in the English language.
Always writing in a semi-autobiographical vein, he takes you through the amazing
convolutions of his life in France and the United States. He writes dialogue
so well that one can always see the conversations as if they were occurring
that moment, no matter how outlandish the characters. There is often sex, but
not always, and his writings are an evisceratingly insightful look into some
of the uglier aspects of male sexuality. It is possible not to like the image
of himself that Mr. Miller presents, but few authors have succeeded as well
in conveying the joy and liberation of living life to the fullest. For those
that imagine that their life can be much greater than it has been thus far.
Many children's books claim to be equally enjoyable for children and adults.
That is certainly the case for these volumes. Whether you are in elementary
school or those years are a distant memory, these books are smart, funny, and
quite capable of evoking a range of strong emotions in their stories of fantasy
adventure in the land of Prydain. The stories move at a brisk pace while always
staying in touch with the emotional reality of the characters. Taran is the
main protagonist but Princess Eilonwy is a wonderful character along for the
adventures. She is also a reason why girls (and women) like these stories as
much as the boys.
Anything by Wilhelm Reich
Reich studied under Freud in Vienna and was a respected psychotherapist before
his unorthodox ways got him kicked out of that particular circle. Reich viewed
ALL neurosis as a result of an inability to experience full sexual release.
He developed techniques to liberate the trapped emotional energy in the body
he called "character armor." Reich saw how psychological health was inseparable
from political and social realities and his work with the Communist Party caused
the Nazis to evict him from Germany. He pursued his research in many countries,
deported from all of them, before ending up in the United States where he was
imprisoned in 1954 and a federal judge ordered that his books be incinerated.
Modern body work and energy practices borrow many techniques from Reich, who
is rarely credited. All but his latest books are currently in print and all
provide a window into the ideas of this remarkable man.
Anton Wilson inspires quite a devoted cult following. He endeavors to take his
readers outside their normal consciousness and the loyalty of his readers says
much about the effectiveness of his efforts. Though he is known primarily for
the science fiction epic The
Illuminatus Trilogy, it is his nonfiction works that provide the clearest
access to this man's formidable array of ideas. Many readers thrill to his willingness
to pursue the varied tangled threads of conspiratology with both an open mind
and a rigorous skepticism, but his writings involve far more than this. Integrating
ideas from quantum mechanics, neuropsychology, Buddhism, and various esoteric
ways of knowing, Wilson attempts to free us from our conditioned ways of thinking
in order to put us back in touch with life. He will find your personal taboos
and calcified neural pathways, and if he can offend you, he will. He will also
take the time to introduce you to
James Joyce, Alfred
Leary, and Wilhelm
Reich, if you haven't already made their acquaintance. Once you've read
Wilson things will never quite seem "normal" again.
Since the WTO, anarchism is once again a household word. This book introduced
a whole new generation to the enticements of the anarchist lifestyle when it
was released in the early 90's. Still a password for acceptance in many circles,
it is an incitement to begin living fully now, without waiting for a hypothetical
"revolution." Hakim Bey (a pseudonym) gleefully offends everyone, including
anarchists of all stripes, while always seeking to inspire critical thinking
in readers looking to break from the stultifying constraints of modern life.
Keel is a one-of-a-kind paranormal researcher who can rationally and convincingly
explain away a standard hypothesis in his field only to suggest something far
more outlandish and bizarre. Whether its UFO's or giant monsters in the woods,
Mr. Keel will convince you there is something out there and that we will probably
never be able to understand it. The X-Files wouldn't exist without the
pioneering paranoia of this investigator of the unexplained. Watch out or he
just might convince you you are currently under the control of malevolent dwarves
living inside the Hollow Earth. For those who can entertain the wildest of ideas
this man is a hoot.
book publishing world discovered Hong Kong cinema several years ago. Despite
the torrent of publications released over these years, this title has not been
surpassed as an exciting and comprehensive introduction to the most stunningly
outlandish cinema on the planet. Filled with the best collection of Hong Kong
film photos yet published, this book charts the history of this island's action
cinema from early martial arts epics through the films of Bruce Lee, Jackie
Chan, Chow Yun-Fat and a host of others far more obscure to Western audiences.
Unlike other Hong Kong film books that reveal entire movie plots, this book
presents enough information to send one running to the nearest Asian video store
still anticipating all the fabulously unpredictable turns for which Hong Kong
films are known. A great book that will keep any fan of HK film up late into
the night making notes about which movies to rent next.
If you want to travel the world for months on end with
nothing but a backpack then this is the guide written expressly for your needs
no matter where you choose to travel. If you are considering galavanting across
the globe pick up this comprehensive book, written by a veteran globetrotter,
and let an expert take you in hand. Mr. Hasbrouck has thought of everything
and talks you through all your options from the perspective of someone who has
been there many times. Whether deciding what to pack, or how to get a Visa,
or how to deal with all manner of emergencies in far-flung places, this book
will provide you with the information you need.