Biography & Autobiography

The White Album

Essays

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504045661

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 6127

An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture. From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the “giddily splendid” Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus’s footsteps—and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls—“toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes”—and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women’s movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one. Written in “a voice like no other in contemporary journalism,” The White Album is a masterpiece of literary reportage and a fearless work of autobiography by the National Book Award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times Book Review). Its power to electrify and inform remains undiminished nearly forty years after it was first published.
Literary Collections

The White Album

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374522216

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 222

View: 5362

First published in 1979,The White Albumis a mosaicof the late sixties and seventies. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a Balck Panther Party press conference, the story of John Paul Getty's museum, the romance of water in an arid landscape, and the swirl and confusion of the sixties. With commanding sureness of mood and language, Joan Didion exposes the realities and dreams of that age of self-discovery whose spiritual center was California. Joan Didion is the author of several novels and works of nonfiction, among themSlouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, Miami, Salvador, After Henry,andPolitical Fictions.She lives in New York City. First published in 1979,The White Albumis a journalistic mosaicof American life in the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s. It includes, among other bizarre artifacts and personalities, reportage on the dark journeys and impulses of the Manson family, a visit to a Black Panther Party press conference, the story of John Paul Getty's museum, a meditation on the romance of water in an arid landscape, and reflections on the swirl and confusion that marked this era. With commanding sureness of mood and language, Didion exposes the realities and dreams of an age of self-discovery whose spiritual center was California. "All of the essays manifest not only [Didion's] intelligence but an instinct for details that continue to emit pulsations in the reader's memory and a style that is spare, subtly musical in its phrasing and exact. Add to these her highly vulnerable sense of herself, and the result is a voice like no other in contemporary journalism."—Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review "Didion manges to make the sorry stuff of troubled times (bike movies, for instance, and Bishop James Pike) as interesting and suggestive as the monuments that win her dazzled admiration (Georgia O'Keeffe, the Hoover Dam, the mountains around Bogota) . . . A timely and elegant collection."—The New Yorker "Didion is an original journalistic talent who can strike at the heart, or the absurdity, of a matter in our contemporary wasteland with quick, graceful strokes."—The San Francisco Chronicle Table of Contents I. THE WHITE ALBUM The White Album II. CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC James Pike, American Holy Water Many Mansions The Getty Bureaucrats Good Citizens Notes Toward a Dreampolitik III. WOMEN The Women's Movement Doris Lessing Georgia O'Keeffe IV. SOJOURNS In the Islands In Hollywood In Bed On the Road On the Mall In Bogota At the Dam V. ON THE MORNING AFTER THE SIXTIES On the Morning After the Sixties Quiet Days in Malibu
Biography & Autobiography

The White Album

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Zola Books

ISBN: 1939126169

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

View: 9856

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” So begins Joan Didion’s legendary essay collection The White Album, a landmark literary mosaic by one of American writing’s true greats illuminating in unerring prose subjects ranging from the Manson cult to the Black Panthers, from painter Georgia O’Keefe to the author’s own struggles with depression and anxiety in the late 1960s. In “Good Citizens,” we meet the First Lady of California Nancy Reagan. Early in the title essay, we meet lead singer Jim Morrison of the pioneering L.A. rock band The Doors. We meet Oakland revolutionary Huey Newton, leaders of the woman’s movement, a veteran Malibu lifeguard, a celebrated orchid grower. These and many others come under Didion’s magnifying lens, her unsurpassed eye for the evocative detail. Locations—Hollywood and Berkeley; Hawaii and the Hoover Dam; the author’s hometown of Sacramento; Bogatá—are captured with the same uncanny vividness. A flawlessly executed mix of people and place portraits with fresh-angle consideration of American cultural trends and movements, this deeply influential collection is also a breakthrough work of autobiography. Bravely, with remarkable precision, Didion charts her own interior journey during a tumultuous time: breakdown, recovery, and insights in a life whose roles included wife and mother of a young daughter along with her career as a journalist and novelist. This first-ever digital edition introduces a new generation of readers to a contemporary master, a writer of whom reviewer John Leonard in The New York Times declared, “Nobody writes better English prose than Joan Didion.”
Music

Revolution

The Making of The Beatles' White Album

Author: David Quantick

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 9781556524707

Category: Music

Page: 208

View: 7824

Most books about the Beatles reveal the big picture first and ask questions afterward. This book reverses that approach. It takes a fresh and often funny look at the magnificent and sometimes idiotic career path of the Beatles through the prism of one vital album -- a record considered by many (including John Lennon) to be the one on which they reached their peak as songwriters. It focuses not just on the intimate recording details and creative process, but on the politics, music, and culture of the era, as well as the band's individual development amid increasing dissolution. In crisp and witty prose, the inside stories behind the making and release of the album are revealed: how the White Album got its look and name; why it included the most experimental track the Beatles ever recorded; how it inspired the bloody massacres of Charles Manson and his 'family'; why Ringo Starr walked out on the sessions and who replaced him; the actual identities of 'Dear Prudence', 'Sexy Sadie', 'Martha My Dear', 'Julia' and 'Bungalow Bill'; on which song Yoko sang lead; which song is about Eric Clapton's teeth;
Music

The Beatles, Or the "white Album"

Author: Mark Goodall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781909394605

Category: Music

Page: 200

View: 9837

Critical opinion on The Beatles (aka the 'White Album') in 1968 varies, the record being seen as something of a comedown after the exhilaration of the group's somewhat over-rated predecessor, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. In addition, conventional wisdom holds that The Beatles marks the beginning of the end of the Lennon/McCartney partnership. This book however, exists to argue that The Beatles is not only the finest achievement of the Beatles group but can also be considered one of the greatest LP recordings of all time. The Beatles were famous as a tight unit with extremely high standards of composition, musicianship and production and it is the 'messiness' of The Beatles LP that is considered problematic (most famously by producer George Martin who wanted to edit the songs into a single LP). Unlike the relatively consistent style the previous LPs had offered, The Beatles revels in confusion. Is the LP rock'n'roll? Folk? Avant-garde? Rock? Looking back at the LP 50 years later, The Beatles can be seen as a true representation of the spirit of the 'Fab Four' and the individual talents that combined to form the greatest group of all time. This book is not to be read as a scholarly study of The Beatles LP but rather as an experience like listening to the actual record itself: uneven, disorientating, difficult and fun.
Biography & Autobiography

The White Album

Essays

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504045661

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 8646

An extraordinary report on the aftermath of the 1960s in America by the New York Times–bestselling author of South and West and Slouching Towards Bethlehem. In this landmark essay collection, Joan Didion brilliantly interweaves her own “bad dreams” with those of a nation confronting the dark underside of 1960s counterculture. From a jailhouse visit to Black Panther Party cofounder Huey Newton to witnessing First Lady of California Nancy Reagan pretend to pick flowers for the benefit of news cameras, Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with her signature blend of irony and insight. She takes readers to the “giddily splendid” Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the cool mountains of Bogotá, and the Jordanian Desert, where Bishop James Pike went to walk in Jesus’s footsteps—and died not far from his rented Ford Cortina. She anatomizes the culture of shopping malls—“toy garden cities in which no one lives but everyone consumes”—and exposes the contradictions and compromises of the women’s movement. In the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one. Written in “a voice like no other in contemporary journalism,” The White Album is a masterpiece of literary reportage and a fearless work of autobiography by the National Book Award–winning author of The Year of Magical Thinking (The New York Times Book Review). Its power to electrify and inform remains undiminished nearly forty years after it was first published.
Literary Collections

Collected Essays

Slouching Towards Bethlehem, The White Album, and After Henry

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150405203X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 875

View: 9611

Three essential works that redefined the art of journalism by “one of our sharpest and most trustworthy cultural observers” (The New York Times). In these masterpieces of razor-sharp reportage, the National Book Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling author proves herself one of the premier essayists of the twentieth century, “an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time” (Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review). Slouching Towards Bethlehem: America in the 1960s—a pivotal era of social change and generational divide. Here is Joan Didion on the “misplaced children” of Haight-Ashbury as well as John Wayne in Hollywood; folk singer Joan Baez and reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes; the extremes of both Death Valley and Las Vegas. Named to Time magazine’s list of the one hundred best and most influential nonfiction books, this is “a rare display of some of the best prose written today in this country” (The New York Times Book Review). The White Album: A New York Times bestseller, this landmark essay collection confronts the dark aftermath of the 1960s. From a jailhouse visit to Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party, to a recording session with The Doors, from the culture of shopping malls to the contradictions of the women’s movement, Joan Didion captures the paranoia and absurdity of the era with irony and insight. And in the iconic title essay, she documents her uneasy state of mind during the years leading up to and following the Manson murders—a terrifying crime that, in her memory, surprised no one. After Henry: Whether reporting on a Hollywood murder or the “sideshows” of foreign wars, Joan Didion crystalizes her reputation as a brilliant essayist. Highlights include a portrait of the White House under the Reagans, two “actors on location”; an unexpected meditation on the Patty Hearst case; and an exposé on the racial divisions and class fault lines of New York City following the rape of the Central Park jogger. An indispensable collection from a writer on whom we can rely “to get the story straight” (Los Angeles Times).
Antiques & Collectibles

The Beatles White Album and the Launch of Apple

Author: Bruce Spizer

Publisher: 498 Productions, LLC

ISBN: 9780983295754

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 184

View: 6439

"The Beatles White Album and the Launch of Sgt. Pepper" is the tenth book on the Beatles by critically acclaimed Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer. His latest book covers all aspects of the Beatles 1968 double album titled "The Beatles," but more commonly referred to as "The White Album" due to its pure white cover. The book opens with chapters of the start of Apple and the first four singles released by Apple, including the Beatles single "Hey Jude"/"Revolution." The book then moves on to chapters about how "The White Album" was received upon its release in the U.S., U.K. and Canada. Other chapters deal with the turbulent year 1968, details on the recording sessions and recollections from fans. The book contains 150 color and original black and white images through.
Literary Collections

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

Collected Nonfiction

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 0307264874

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 1122

View: 8511

A definitive compilation of essays and nonfiction writings spanning more than forty years includes the author's reflections on politics, lifestyle, place, and cultural figures, including her studies of Haight-Ashbury, the Manson family, the Black Panthers, California earthquakes, Bill Clinton and Kenneth Starr, and much more.
Music

The Beatles: The White Album (PVG)

Author: Wise Publications

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 1787590054

Category: Music

Page: 112

View: 5391

Music

The Beatles (The White Album) (Songbook)

Author: The Beatles

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1458493393

Category: Music

Page: 80

View: 1522

(Guitar Recorded Versions). Includes all 12 songs from the second album: Birthday * Cry Baby Cry * Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey * Good Night * Helter Skelter * Honey Pie * Long, Long, Long * Mother Nature's Son * Revolution 1 * Savoy Truffle * Sexy Sadie * Yer Blues.
Music

The Beatles Through a Glass Onion

Reconsidering the White Album

Author: Mark Osteen

Publisher: Tracking Pop

ISBN: 9780472074082

Category: Music

Page: 328

View: 8035

The first scholarly volume devoted to the White Album shines new light--and new appreciation--on the Beatles' best-selling recording
Literary Collections

The Grey Album

On the Blackness of Blackness

Author: Kevin Young

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 1555970427

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 476

View: 5674

*Finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism* *A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Literary Criticism and Essays Pick for Spring 2012* The Grey Album, the first work of prose by the brilliant poet Kevin Young, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize Taking its title from Danger Mouse's pioneering mashup of Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album, Kevin Young's encyclopedic book combines essay, cultural criticism, and lyrical choruses to illustrate the African American tradition of lying—storytelling, telling tales, fibbing, improvising, "jazzing." What emerges is a persuasive argument for the many ways that African American culture is American culture, and for the centrality of art—and artfulness—to our daily life. Moving from gospel to soul, funk to freestyle, Young sifts through the shadows, the bootleg, the remix, the grey areas of our history, literature, and music.
Music

The Beatles

Yellow Submarine/the White Album

Author: Beatles

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780793581757

Category: Music

Page: 176

View: 6625

(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Matching folio to these albums recently released on compact disc. 30 songs featuring: All You Need Is Love * Back in the USSR * Birthday * Blackbird * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * Revolution * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * Yellow Submarine * many more.
Biography & Autobiography

Riding the White Horse Home

A Western Family Album

Author: Teresa Jordan

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679751351

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 219

View: 1690

The author presents a portrait of three generations of her family in the rural West, their links to the family's Wyoming ranch, and the loss of their rural lifestyle
Music

Dust & Grooves

Adventures in Record Collecting

Author: Eilon Paz

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

ISBN: 1607748703

Category: Music

Page: 428

View: 5282

A photographic look into the world of vinyl record collectors—including Questlove—in the most intimate of environments—their record rooms. Compelling photographic essays from photographer Eilon Paz are paired with in-depth and insightful interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up close and personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions, including Gilles Peterson and King Britt, as well as a glimpse into the collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts. Driven by his love for vinyl records, Paz takes us on a five-year journey unearthing the very soul of the vinyl community.
Music

The Beatles: Back in the U.S.S.R. ; Dear Prudence ; Glass onion ; Ob-la-di, ob-la-da ; Wild honey pie ; The continuing story of Bungalow Bill ; While my guitar gently weeps ; Happiness is a warm gun ; Martha my dear ; I'm so tired ; Blackbird ; Piggies ; Rocky Raccoon ; Don't pass me by ; Why don't we do it in the road ; I will ; Julia

Author: Beatles,Ernst Kayser Heinrich

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780793559107

Category: Music

Page: 88

View: 6276

(Guitar Recorded Versions). This matching songbook to the first album of this double-album masterpiece. Includes 17 classic hits: Back in the U.S.S.R. * Blackbird * The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill * Dear Prudence * Happiness Is a Warm Gun * I'm So Tired * Martha My Dear * Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da * Rocky Raccoon * While My Guitar Gently Weeps * Why Don't We Do It in the Road * Wild Honey Pie * more.
Political Science

Political Fictions

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0375718907

Category: Political Science

Page: 338

View: 8916

An incisive compilation of political essays, originally written for The New York Review of Books from 1988 to 2000, explores the nature of American politics and political figures and the role of the media in transforming the American political landscape. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Biography & Autobiography

Sound Pictures

The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years, 1966–2016

Author: Kenneth Womack

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 091277777X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

View: 5007

The second book of two, Sound Pictures traces the story of George Martin and the Beatles' incredible artistic trajectory after reaching the creative heights of Rubber Soul. As the bandmates engage in brash experimentation both inside and outside of the studio, creating such masterworks as Revolver, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The White Album), and Abbey Road, the internal stakes and interpersonal challenges become ever greater. During his post-Beatles years, Martin attempts to discover new vistas of sound recording with a host of acts, including Jeff Beck, America, Cheap Trick, Paul McCartney, and Elton John. Eventually, though, all roads lead Martin back to the Beatles.