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Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins
The biography that inspired the critically-acclaimed film

by Nicholas Martin,Jasper Rees

  • Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin
  • Release : 2016-07-12
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 1250115965
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Florence Foster Jenkins was the most famous, though untalented, soprano in twentieth century America. Her extraordinary story is now a film directed by Stephen Frears starring Meryl Streep as the indomitable Florence Foster Jenkins and Hugh Grant as her husband/manager, St. Clair Bayfield. In this full-length biography tie-in to the film, Nicholas Martin, the scriptwriter, and Jasper Rees take a deeper look at her life and times. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 1868, Florence adored music, but her wealthy father refused to allow her to study in Europe. In 1909, she inherited a considerable sum of money when her father died. It was then that she began to take singing lessons, vowed to become a great soprano and met St Clair Bayfield. At seventy six, after a lifetime supporting classical music societies and giving self-financed recitals, she gave a solo concert at Carnegie Hall that drew Cole Porter, Gypsy Rose Lee and other luminaries to the sold-out hall. It was a night to remember. Florence felt she had triumphed, but the crowd roared with laughter. After a lifetime of singing to entertain others, she didn’t know the one thing that everyone else did and that St. Clair Bayfield kept from her: she had a terrible voice and couldn’t sing a note. Florence Foster Jenkins is the book everyone will be reading after Meryl Streep brings this unintentionally funny and ultimately heartbreaking American woman to life.

Souvenir

Souvenir
A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

by Stephen Temperley

  • Publisher : Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
  • Release : 2006
  • Pages : 49
  • ISBN : 9780822221579
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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THE STORY: For more than half a century the name Florence Foster Jenkins has been guaranteed to produce explosions of derisive laughter. Not unreasonably so, as this wealthy society eccentric suffered under the delusion that she was a great colorat

Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins
The Life of the World's Worst Opera Singer

by Darryl W. Bullock

  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release : 2016-07-12
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN : 1468314092
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed." —Life MagazineMadame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note. Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention for her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything.

Glorious

Glorious

by Peter Quilter

  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release : 2014-07-17
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN : 1408141892
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Hilarious comedy of the worst singer in the world In 1940's New York, the performer who everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins, an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Known as 'the first lady of the sliding scale', she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, instead she was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was. Based upon a true story, the play spins from Florence's charity recitals and extravagent balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall in this hilarious and heart-warming comedy. Glorious! is published to tie-in with the premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, starring Maureen Lipman. 'Never less than riveting' Scotsman 'Comically sublime' Guardian 'Delightful and often blissfully funny ... This is a cult hit if ever I saw one' Daily Telegraph 'Lunatically funny comedy ... Maureen Lipman gives a virtuoso performance, glittering, hilarious and technically breathtaking' Sunday Times

Florence Foster Jenkins Songbook

Florence Foster Jenkins Songbook
Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

by N.A

  • Publisher : Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Release : 2016-11-01
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN : 1495087107
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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(Vocal Piano). Based on the true story of "the world's worst singer," Florence Foster Jenkins stars Meryl Streep as the titular unique voice. Our matching vocal/piano songbook features 17 selections from the film, including: Adele's Laughing Song * Bribing * Florence and Whitey * Like a Bird * Queen of the Night's Vengeance Aria * Socialite * When I Have Sung My Songs to You * Wiegenlied (Lullaby) * and more.

David Bowie Made Me Gay

David Bowie Made Me Gay
100 Years of LGBT Music

by Darryl W. Bullock

  • Publisher : Abrams
  • Release : 2017-11-21
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1468316257
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From Sia to Elton John, from Billie Holiday to David Bowie, LGBT musicians have changed the course of modern music. But before their music—and the messages behind it—gained understanding and a place in the mainstream, how did the queer musicians of yesteryear fight to build foundations for those who would follow them? David Bowie Made Me Gay is the first book to cover the breadth of history of recorded music by and for the LGBT community.Darryl W. Bullock reveals the stories of both famous and lesser-known LGBT musicians, whose perseverance against the threat of persecution during decades of political and historical turmoil—including two world wars, Stonewall, and the AIDS crisis—has led to some of the most significant and soul-searching music of the last century. Bullock chronicles these struggles through new interviews and archival reports, dating from the birth of jazz in the red-light district of New Orleans, through the rock ‘n’ roll years, Swinging Sixties, and disco days of the ’70s, right up to modern pop, electronica, and reggae. An entertaining treasure-trove of untold history for all music lovers, David Bowie Made Me Gay is an inspiring, nostalgic, and provocative story of right to be heard and the need to keep the fight for equality in the spotlight.

Irene Iddesleigh

Irene Iddesleigh

by Amanda M ́Kittrick Ros

  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • Release : 2018-05-15
  • Pages : 92
  • ISBN : 3732677222
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Reproduction of the original: Irene Iddesleigh by Amanda M ́Kittrick Ros

Julie and Julia

Julie and Julia
365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

by Julie Powell

  • Publisher : Little, Brown
  • Release : 2005-09-01
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 0759514577
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The bestselling memoir that's "irresistible....A kind of Bridget Jones meets The French Chef" (Philadelphia Inquirer) that inspired Julie & Julia, the major motion picture directed by Nora Ephron, starring Amy Adams as Julie and Meryl Streep as Julia. Nearing 30 and trapped in a dead-end secretarial job, Julie Powell reclaims her life by cooking every single recipe in Julia Child's legendary Mastering the Art of French Cooking in the span of one year. It's a hysterical, inconceivable redemptive journey -- life rediscovered through aspics, calves' brains and crv®me brvalv©e.

Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy

by Helen Fielding

  • Publisher : Random House India
  • Release : 2013-10-16
  • Pages : 398
  • ISBN : 8184004966
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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When Helen Fielding first wrote Bridget Jones’s Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s, she introduced readers to one of the most beloved characters in modern literature. The book was published in 40 countries, sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, and spawned a best-selling sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. The two books were turned into major blockbuster films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

Copyright and Collective Authorship

Copyright and Collective Authorship
Locating the Authors of Collaborative Work

by Daniela Simone

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2019-05-02
  • Pages : 326
  • ISBN : 1107199956
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Addresses the difficult question of how to determine the authorship, and ownership, of copyright in highly collaborative works.

A Very English Scandal

A Very English Scandal
Now a Major BBC Series Starring Hugh Grant

by John Preston

  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release : 2016-05-05
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0241973759
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The bestselling book that inspired the Bafta-winning BBC drama,starring Hugh Grant and Ben Whishaw Corruption. Blackmail. Conspiracy to murder. A Very English Scandal has all the hallmarks of a classic thriller with one difference. It's all true. In the late 1960s Jeremy Thorp, the charismatic leader of the Liberal Party, was at the height of his political career. But homosexuality had only just been legalized, and a former relationship with a younger man named Norman Scott threatened to destroy Thorp's carefully curated facade. Helped by fellow politicians, Thorpe schemed, deceived and embezzled until he saw only one way to silence his ex-lover for good. Meticulously researched and endlessly extraordinary, Thorp's trial captured the moment that British society discovered the truth about its political class - and learned just how far the Establishment will go to protect its own. 'Gripping. A story of cack-handed assassins, buffoonish policemen, dodgy Home Secretaries' Daily Telegraph 'I loved it; eccentric, dark, humane and English in the very best sense' Alain de Botton 'Retold with masterful skill . . . It grips like a detective story' Daily Mail, Book of the Week

The Velvet Mafia

The Velvet Mafia
The Gay Men Who Ran the Swinging Sixties

by DARRYL W. BULLOCK

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-10
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 9781787602311
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Concentrating on the friendship between impresario Larry Parnes, Beatles manager Brian Epstein, and showbiz solicitor David Jacobs, the book details how they shaped the Swinging 60s, along with their associates including songwriter Lionel Bart (author of the hit musical Oliver!), record producer Joe Meek, Sir Joseph Lockwood (the head of EMI), Vicki Wickham (manager of Dusty Springfield and assistant producer on the influential TV show Ready Steady Go), and more. Drawing on rare and unpublished archive material, personal diaries, and new interviews from some of the survivors of that turbulent decade, The Velvia Mafia shows how--in the period leading up to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and the founding of the Gay Liberation movement--LGBT professionals in the music industry were working together, supporting each other, and changing history.

Trelawny of the "Wells"

Trelawny of the 'Wells'
A Comedietta in Four Acts

by Arthur Wing Pinero

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 1899
  • Pages : 215
  • ISBN :
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Jonathan Unleashed

Jonathan Unleashed

by Meg Rosoff

  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release : 2016-07-05
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0385686110
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The first adult novel from acclaimed, bestselling author Meg Rosoff, a perfect summer read about a young New Yorker whose career and love life are turned upside down when he starts taking care of his brother's two dogs. Jonathan is a copywriter at Comrade advertising agency, working on the most lucrative and most numbingly tedious account, Broadway Depot. His best friend Max works at the next desk, keeping him sane. Jonathan's girlfriend, Julie, works for Bridal 360, an online wedding magazine. When Julie suggests they get married for a live online wedding feature, Jonathan finds himself on a conveyor belt, hurtling towards the rest of his life. When his brother asks him to look after his dogs, Jonathan begins to see the world around him differently. Could a border collie and a cocker spaniel hold the key to his true happiness? Their sly maneuvering on daily walks and visits to Dr. Clare, the lady vet, suggest that dog sense is several notches higher than human emotional intelligence. A contemporary romantic comedy set in Manhattan, Jonathan Unleashed is as much a love letter to the city as it is a story about tangled relationships, and dogs. Hilarious, wise and heart-warming, Meg Rosoff's novel will touch a nerve with anyone thinking about what they really want to do with their lives, and which eddy they might allow themselves to be caught in.

Opera in a Multicultural World

Opera in a Multicultural World
Coloniality, Culture, Performance

by Mary Ingraham,Joseph So,Roy Moodley

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release : 2015-06-19
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN : 1317444825
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Through historical and contemporary examples, this book critically explores the relevance and expressions of multicultural representation in western European operatic genres in the modern world. It reveals their approaches to reflecting identity, transmitting meaning, and inspiring creation, as well as the ambiguities and contradictions that occur across the time and place(s) of their performance. This collection brings academic researchers in opera studies into conversation with previously unheard voices of performers, critics, and creators to speak to issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in the genre. Together, they deliver a powerful critique of the perpetuation of the values and practices of dominant cultures in operatic representations of intercultural encounters. Essays accordingly cross methodological boundaries in order to focus on a central issue in the emerging field of coloniality: the hierarchies of social and political power that include the legacy of racialized practices. In theorizing coloniality through intercultural exchange in opera, authors explore a range of topics and case studies that involve immigrant, indigenous, exoticist, and other cultural representations and consider a broad repertoire that includes lesser-known Canadian operas, Chinese- and African-American performances, as well as works by Haydn, Strauss, Puccini, and Wagner, and in performances spanning three continents and over two centuries. In these ways, the collection contributes to the development of a more integrated understanding of the interdisciplinary fields inherent in opera, including musicology, sociology, anthropology, and others connected to Theatre, Gender, and Cultural Studies.

Mismatched Women

Mismatched Women
The Siren's Song Through the Machine

by Jennifer Fleeger

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release : 2014-08-01
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 0199936900
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In Mismatched Women, author Jennifer Fleeger introduces readers to a lineage of women whose voices do not "match" their bodies by conventional expectations, from George du Maurier's literary Trilby to Metropolitan Opera singer Marion Talley, from Snow White and Sleeping Beauty to Kate Smith and Deanna Durbin. The book tells a new story about female representation by theorizing a figure regularly dismissed as an aberration. The mismatched woman is a stumbling block for both sound and feminist theory, argues Fleeger, because she has been synchronized yet seems to have been put together incorrectly, as if her body could not possibly house the voice that the camera insists belongs to her. Fleeger broadens the traditionally cinematic context of feminist film theory to account for literary, animated, televisual, and virtual influences. This approach bridges gaps between disciplinary frameworks, showing that studies of literature, film, media, opera, and popular music pose common questions about authenticity, vocal and visual realism, circulation, and reproduction. The book analyzes the importance of the mismatched female voice in historical debates over the emergence of new media and unravels the complexity of female representation in moments of technological change.

A History of Singing

A History of Singing

by John Potter,Neil Sorrell

  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release : 2014-02-13
  • Pages : 355
  • ISBN : 9781107630093
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Why do we sing and what first drove early humans to sing? How might they have sung and how might those styles have survived to the present day? This history addresses these questions and many more, examining singing as a historical and cross-cultural phenomenon. It explores the evolution of singing in a global context - from Neanderthal Man to Auto-tune via the infinite varieties of world music from Orient to Occident, classical music from medieval music to the avant-garde and popular music from vaudeville to rock and beyond. Considering singing as a universal human activity, the book provides an in-depth perspective on singing from many cultures and periods: western and non-western, prehistoric to present. Written in a lively and entertaining style, the history contains a comprehensive reference section for those who wish to explore the topic further and will appeal to an international readership of singers, students and scholars.

Songs in the Key of Z

Songs in the Key of Z
The Curious Universe of Outsider Music

by Irwin Chusid

  • Publisher : Chicago Review Press
  • Release : 2000
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN : 1556523726
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they’re worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.

Hapa Girl

Hapa Girl
A Memoir

by May-Lee Chai

  • Publisher : Temple University Press
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9781592136179
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A vivid depiction of the racism suffered by a mixed-race family in rural South Dakota.

The World's Worst

The World's Worst
A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia

by Christopher M. Reeves,Aaron Walker

  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020-05-26
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN : 9781940190235
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In 1970, galvanized in part by the musical experiments of John Cage, Gavin Bryars, and Cornelius Cardew, students at Portsmouth College of Art formed their own symphony orchestra. Christened the Portsmouth Sinfonia, the primary requirement for membership specified that all players, regardless of skill, experience, or musicianship, be unfamiliar with their chosen instruments. This restriction, coupled with the decision to play "only the familiar bits" of classical music, challenged the Sinfonia's audience to reconsider the familiar, as the ensemble haplessly butchered the classics at venues ranging from avant-garde music festivals to the Royal Albert Hall. By the end of the decade, after three LPs of their anarchic renditions of classical and rock music and a revolving cast of over one hundred musicians-including Michael Nyman and Brian Eno-the Sinfonia would cease performing, never officially retiring.The World's Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia, the first book devoted to the ensemble, examines the founding tenets, organizing principles, and collective memories of the Sinfonia, whose reputation as "the world's worst orchestra" underplays its unique accomplishment as a populist avant-garde project. In the simple constraint that defined the ensemble, the trappings of European concert hall traditions commingled with an experimental approach to music, producing a sense of joyful collectivism that was shared with the Sinfonia's audiences. The unorthodox journey of the Portsmouth Sinfonia unfolds here through interviews with the orchestra's original members and publicist/manager, magazine publications, photographs, and unseen archival material, alongside an essay by Christopher M. Reeves.