The Beatles Lyrics: The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100
Another work from the author of the only authorized Beatles biography, The Beatles published in 1968. The creative process that resulted in the lyrics and music by The Beatles has been a topic of discussion for decades. Davies assembles and presents a body of source documents for the band’s works. Some are scraps of paper he picked off the studio-floor, and documents collected by others. Provides insights from someone who knows the topic of The Beatles first-hand. Beatles fans are probably acutely aware of the multitude of books about the band. If you’re going to read a Beatles book, you can’t go wrong with Hunter Davies.
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Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim.
In 2011South Korean Suki Kim was allowed to teach English at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). “Without You, There Is No Us” is a reference to a song her students sang three times daily in praise of “Great Leader” Kim Jong-il. She gives rare insight into the closed society, which keeps the populace in subordination through unquestioning devotion to leadership, and the spread of misinformation. One unintended consequence is intellectual mediocrity, resulting from the general ignorance that prevails in the country.
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Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity by David Friedman.
“The truth is rarely pure and never simple,” is a line from The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde’s 1885 work. It could illustrate the enigmatic nature of Wilde’s own life. However, in 1882 he had yet to do anything in particular to deserve notoriety, much to the dismay and jealousy of some of his contemporaries. It was in that year that the 27-year-old arrived for a tour of the United States. The self-declared genius was honing his craft of self-publicity. The newspapers hung on his every word, documenting his antics, as he became famous for being famous. Wilde in America also gives a sometimes hilarious insight into Gilded Age America.
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You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television by Al Michaels.
The longtime broadcaster shares unique stories from over 40 years of covering various sporting events. Michaels has amassed more on-air time than any other sports broadcaster, including World Series, NBA Finals, Super Bowls, Stanley Cup Finals, and the 1980 Miracle on Ice US Olympic hockey victory. Michaels shares insights into the events he witnessed and personalities he encountered, as well as stories relating to his personal life and career. Firsthand tales from one of the most respected sports broadcasters of all time.
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