Music: Is it a hobby? Is it a pastime? Is it an ego boost? Is it an obsession? Only if it is an all-consuming obsession should one consider music as a career. Someone once said If anything can discourage you from being a musician, let it! Seduced by the Muse is the biography of a professional musician highlighting how life's experiences--death, injury, sickness, ridicule and praise--shaped a relatively successful career. Music is life to the musician and every incident, emotion and trial form the core of how that musician interprets his world and this interpretation is clearly apparent in every note played. The observations of classical guitarist Harry George Pellegrin.

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Genre Book : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Harry George Pellegrin
Editor : Lulu.com
Release : 2014-02
File Download : 398 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781304646323
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How do today's serious concert composers write their music? This is a collection of recent interviews with 25 of America's important contemporary composers, all born between 1930 and 1960. Here, a wide range of representative artists--from Adams to Zorn, from Bolcom to Vierk--speak candidly about how they think in sound, shape musical ideas, and ultimately transfer sonic conceptions to the printed page.

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Genre Book : Music
Author : Ann McCutchan
Editor : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release : 2003
File Download : 262 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0195168127
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When oral culture becomes literate, in what way does human consciousness itself change? And how does the new form of communication affect the content and meaning of texts? In this book, one of the most original and penetrating thinkers in Greek studies describes the transformation from orality to literacy in classical times and reflects upon its continued meaning for us today. "Fresh insights into the orality-literacy shift in human consciousness from one who has long been studying this shift in ancient Greece and has now brought his vast learning and reflections to bear on our own times. This book is for a wide audience and calls for thoroughly rethinking current views on language, thought, and society from classical scholarship through modern philosophy, anthropology, and poststructuralism."--Walter J. Ong "All in all, we have in this book the summary statement of one of the great pioneers in the study of oral and literate culture, fascinating in its scope and rewarding in its sophistication. As have his other works, this book will contribute mightily to curing the biases resulting from our own literacy."--J. Peter Denny, Canadian Journal of Linguistics "An extremely useful summary and extension of the revisionist thinking of Eric Havelock, whom most classicists and comparatists would rank among the premier classical scholars of the last three decades. . . . The book presents important (though controversial) ideas in. . . an available format."--Choice

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Genre Book : Reference
Author : Eric Alfred Havelock
Editor : Yale University Press
Release : 1986
File Download : 144 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0300043821
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Betting on the Muse is a combination of hilarious poetry and stories. Charles Bukowski writes about the real life of a working man and all that comes with it.

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Genre Book : Poetry
Author : Charles Bukowski
Editor : Harper Collins
Release : 2009-03-17
File Download : 416 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0061860697
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From the bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that links them together July 1967, Mayfair, London—a painting left propped on the doorstep of the Skelton Gallery is discovered by Odelle Bastien, a Caribbean immigrant newly employed and in thrall with her enigmatic colleague, Marjorie Quick. The painting is rumoured to be the work of Isaac Robles, whose mysterious death at the burgeoning of his artistic powers has confounded the art world for decades. The excitement over the painting is only matched by the tension caused by the conflicting stories of its discovery. Odelle is unsure whom or what to believe as she finds herself drawn into a complex web of secrets and deceptions. Thirty years earlier, as Spain is on the brink of civil war, Olive Schloss, the daughter of a Viennese Jewish art dealer, follows her parents to Arazuelo, a village in the south rife with unrest. It is here Olive meets Maria Teresita, the young housekeeper, and Maria’s half-brother Isaac Robles, newly returned from the Paris salons, his head full of revolution and dreams of being a painter as famous as Picasso. Both siblings are the illegitimate offspring of the local landowner and have nothing to lose when it comes to exploiting these new guests in their poverty-stricken town. They insinuate themselves into the family, helping to hide Olive’s own artistic talents while Isaac plays at both painting and revolution. The consequences are devastating and echo into the decades to come. In vividly rendered detail, acclaimed and bestselling author Jessie Burton spins a tale of desire, ambition and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author : Jessie Burton
Editor : HarperCollins
Release : 2016-07-26
File Download : 416 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9781443444996
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Cultivating the Muse looks beyond the secure and benign images traditionally associated with inspiration in classical literature and scholarship. In contrast to the shapeless collectivity of the Muses in ancient accounts, this collection aspires to redeem their shape in other more vitalforms, closer or more distant incarnations of the ever-elusive maiden. Protagonists -- or victims -- in a complex game of cultural exploration, the alternative Muses and muse-like figures of this book are manipulated, abused, or effaced, but at the same time they also advocate or resist their fatesand explore their own powers of persuasion. Inspiration is here not so much explored in its traditional cultic dimensions, but rather invoked for its capacity to trigger fervent debates about power, desire, knowledge, identity, and gender in the societies of ancient Greece and Rome.

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Genre Book : Literary Criticism
Author : Ευφροσύνη Σπέντζου
Editor : Oxford University Press, USA
Release : 2002
File Download : 312 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0199240043
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The author identifies the problems of artistic creativity and outlines conditions conducive to artistic creation.

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Genre Book : Art
Author : Mark Freeman
Editor : Cambridge University Press
Release : 1993
File Download : 330 Pages
ISBN-10 : 0521392187
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Interwoven tales reveal how stories save lives and seduce the mind away from an awareness of death

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Genre Book : Fiction
Author : Omar S. Castañeda
Editor : Arte Publico Press
Release : 1997-01-01
File Download : 175 Pages
ISBN-10 : 1558851925
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This wide-ranging, ambitiously interdisciplinary study traces jazz's influence on African American poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary spoken word poetry. Examining established poets such as Langston Hughes, Ntozake Shange, and Nathaniel Mackey as well as a generation of up-and-coming contemporary writers and performers, Meta DuEwa Jones highlights the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality within the jazz tradition and its representation in poetry. Applying prosodic analysis to emphasize the musicality of African American poetic performance, she examines the gendered meanings evident in collaborative performances and in the criticism, images, and sounds circulating within jazz cultures. Jones also considers poets who participated in contemporary venues for black writing such as the Dark Room Collective and the Cave Canem Foundation, including Harryette Mullen, Elizabeth Alexander, and Carl Phillips. Incorporating a finely honed discussion of the Black Arts Movement, the poetry-jazz fusion of the late 1950s, and slam and spoken word performance milieus such as Def Poetry Jam, she focuses on jazz and hip hop-influenced performance artists including Tracie Morris, Saul Williams, and Jessica Care Moore. Through attention to cadence, rhythm, and structure, The Muse is Music fills a gap in literary scholarship by attending to issues of gender in jazz and poetry and by analyzing recordings of poets both with and without musical accompaniment. Applying the methodology of textual close reading to a critical "close listening" of American poetry's resonant soundscape, Jones's analyses include exploring the formal innovation and queer performance of Langston Hughes's recorded collaboration with jazz musicians, delineating the relationship between punctuation and performance in the post-soul John Coltrane poem, and closely examining jazz improvisation and hip-hop stylization. An elaborate articulation of the connections between jazz, poetry and spoken word, and gender, The Muse Is Music offers valuable criticism of specific texts and performances and a convincing argument about the shape of jazz and African-American poetic performance in the contemporary era.

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Genre Book : Literary Criticism
Author : Meta DuEwa Jones
Editor : University of Illinois Press
Release : 2011
File Download : 285 Pages
ISBN-10 : 9780252036217
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These fourteen original essays on the politics of literature investigate aspects of our understanding of the political muse, with a focus on American writing since World War II. Essays include: “American Literature, Politics, and the Last Good War,” “The Literary Art of the Hollywood Ten,” “The Plight of the Left-Wing Screenwriter,” and “Amiri Baraka and the Politics of Popular Culture.”

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Genre Book : Literary Criticism
Author : Adam J. Sorkin
Editor : Popular Press
Release : 1989
File Download : 241 Pages
ISBN-10 : 087972448X
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