Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins
Author: Nicholas Martin,Jasper Rees
Release: 2016-07-12
Editor: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781250115966
Language: en
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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.

Glorious

Glorious
Author: Peter Quilter
Release: 2014-07-11
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781408141885
Language: en
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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

Florence  Foster   Jenkins
Author: Darryl W. Bullock
Release: 2016-07-12
Editor: Abrams
Pages: 140
ISBN: 9781468314090
Language: en
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"Probably the most complete and absolute lack of talent ever publicly displayed." —Life Magazine Madame 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.

Souvenir

Souvenir
Author: Stephen Temperley
Release: 2006
Editor: Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
Pages: 64
ISBN: 0822221578
Language: en
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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

David Bowie Made Me Gay

David Bowie Made Me Gay
Author: Darryl W. Bullock
Release: 2017-11-21
Editor: Abrams
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781468316254
Language: en
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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.

Nietzsche and Schiller

Nietzsche and Schiller
Author: Nicholas Martin
Release: 1996
Editor: Oxford University Press
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0198159137
Language: en
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This book, the first to attempt a thorough comparison of Nietzsche's and Schiller's thought, examines their programmes to reform the individual through aesthetic experience, with reference primarily to Nietzsche's Die Geburt der Tragodie and Schiller's Asthetische Briefe. It counters the prejudice that Nietzsche and Schiller represent a black-and-white contrast, draws a convincing picture of their shared cultural heritage and assumptions, and assesses the nature and implications of their claims for the 'untimeliness' of aesthetic experience and of their proposed reforms to man and society.

Florence Foster Jenkins Songbook

Florence Foster Jenkins Songbook
Author: Anonim
Release: 2016-11-01
Editor: Hal Leonard Corporation
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9781495087103
Language: en
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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.

Opera in a Multicultural World

Opera in a Multicultural World
Author: Mary Ingraham,Joseph So,Roy Moodley
Release: 2015-06-19
Editor: Routledge
Pages: 281
ISBN: 9781317444824
Language: en
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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.

The Musical of Musicals

The Musical of Musicals
Author: Eric Rockwell,Joanne Bogart
Release: 2005
Editor: Samuel French, Inc.
Pages: 60
ISBN: 0573633126
Language: en
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2m, 2f / Musical / Unit Set The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is a musical about musicals! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Stephen Sondheim. The basic plot: June is an ingenue who can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to the rescue? The variations are: a Rodgers & Hammerstein

Glorious

Glorious
Author: Peter Quilter
Release: 2005-09
Editor: Methuen Drama
Pages: 104
ISBN: UOM:39015062880326
Language: en
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Based on a true story, Peter Quilter's new comedy Glorious! invites us into the world of Florence Foster Jenkins (1868-1944), a gregarious soprano who in the early 1940s became the must-see artist in New York. Spinning from charity recitals before groups of devoted friends to extravagant balls, Florence's enthusiasm and joy more than made up for her imperfect pitch. Paying little attention to her critics, 'the first lady of the sliding scale' resolutely restricted her professional performances to an annual recital, yet her unconventional career culminated in a triumphant sell-out concert at Carnegie Hall, New York, shortly before her death. Glorious! premiered at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in September 2005.

4001 A D

4001 A D
Author: Matt Kindt
Release: 2016-10-12
Editor: Valiant Entertainment
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781682151433
Language: en
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The most ambitious comics event of 2016 brings war to the 41st century - with Rai leading the charge! One hundred years from today, Father - the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan - will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space...where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society - one built on peace, prosperity... and FatherÕs control. A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New JapanÕs justice well...and serve Father without question. Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind...and discover the sinister secret at the heart of FatherÕs existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die...and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own FatherÕs kingdom... Exiled from the only realm heÕs ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself... on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet...and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth. New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (X-Force) bring their startling vision of the year 4001 A.D. to new heights...with the fate of New Japan floating in the balance! Collecting 4001 A.D. #1Ð4.

Sounds and Sweet Airs

Sounds and Sweet Airs
Author: Anna Beer
Release: 2016-04-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781780748573
Language: en
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A companion to the Classic FM series Francesca Caccini. Barbara Strozzi. Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Marianna Martines. Fanny Hensel. Clara Schumann. Lili Boulanger. Elizabeth Maconchy. Since the birth of classical music, women who dared compose have faced a bitter struggle to be heard. In spite of this, female composers continued to create, inspire and challenge. Yet even today so much of their work languishes unheard. Anna Beer reveals the highs and lows experienced by eight composers across the centuries, from Renaissance Florence to twentieth-century London, restoring to their rightful place exceptional women whom history has forgotten.

Nobody s Perfect

Nobody s Perfect
Author: Anthony Lane
Release: 2009-08-19
Editor: Vintage
Pages: 784
ISBN: 9780307488879
Language: en
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Anthony Lane on Con Air— “Advance word on Con Air said that it was all about an airplane with an unusually dangerous and potentially lethal load. Big deal. You should try the lunches they serve out of Newark. Compared with the chicken napalm I ate on my last flight, the men in Con Air are about as dangerous as balloons.” Anthony Lane on The Bridges of Madison County— “I got my copy at the airport, behind a guy who was buying Playboy’s Book of Lingerie, and I think he had the better deal. He certainly looked happy with his purchase, whereas I had to ask for a paper bag.” Anthony Lane on Martha Stewart— “Super-skilled, free of fear, the last word in human efficiency, Martha Stewart is the woman who convinced a million Americans that they have the time, the means, the right, and—damn it—the duty to pipe a little squirt of soft cheese into the middle of a snow pea, and to continue piping until there are ‘fifty to sixty’ stuffed peas raring to go.” For ten years, Anthony Lane has delighted New Yorker readers with his film reviews, book reviews, and profiles that range from Buster Keaton to Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Shackleton. Nobody’s Perfect is an unforgettable collection of Lane’s trademark wit, satire, and insight that will satisfy both the long addicted and the not so familiar.

Irene Iddesleigh

Irene Iddesleigh
Author: Amanda McKittrick Ros
Release: 1897
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 189
ISBN: UIUC:30112040704139
Language: en
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Beyond the Red Carpet

Beyond the Red Carpet
Author: Francine Brokaw
Release: 2013-05-28
Editor: Gibbs Smith
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781937458515
Language: en
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Ever wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of the Oscars? Want to know which actors are funny and which ones are just plain boring? What is it like to interview Madonna, Robin Williams, and Pierce Brosnan? All of these questions (and many more) are answered by veteran entertainment journalist Francine Brokaw. With a delightful mixture of wit and honesty, Francine gives readers an uncensored view of life as an entertainment journalist. In addition to her own perspective, Francine’s colleagues across the country weigh in on questions like . . . • What is the best swag you’ve ever received? • What is the most memorable interview you’ve ever conducted? • Have you ever had to interview someone rude? Perfect for a weekend read or as a companion text to an introductory course in mass media, Beyond the Red Carpet is an informative and entertaining book that covers every aspect of the business of entertainment journalism. Francine Brokaw has been a professional writer for over twenty years, focusing on entertainment and political journalism. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international magazines. She frequently interviews A-list celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Blake Lively, Julie Andrews, and Johnny Depp, but her favorite time period to write about is the studio days of Old Hollywood.

The Glass Castle

The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Release: 2007-01-02
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 370
ISBN: 9781416544661
Language: en
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A triumphant tale of a young woman and her difficult childhood, The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience, redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and wonderfully vibrant. Jeannette Walls was the second of four children raised by anti-institutional parents in a household of extremes.

Songs in the Key of Z

Songs in the Key of Z
Author: Irwin Chusid
Release: 2000
Editor: Chicago Review Press
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9781556523724
Language: en
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Irwin Chusid profiles a number of "outsider" musicians - those who started as "outside" and eventually came "in" when the listening public caught up with their radical ideas. Included are The Shaggs, Tiny Tim, Syd Barrett, Joe Meek, Captain Beefheart, The Cherry Sisters, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, Wesley Wilis, and others.

Steph and Dom s Guide to Life

Steph and Dom s Guide to Life
Author: Steph Parker,Dom Parker
Release: 2015-09-24
Editor: Coronet
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781473620629
Language: en
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Hi, Steph and Dom here ... Yes that's right, the posh couple from Gogglebox. We're here to tell you about this nifty little book we've done. In handy reference form the book contains our unique take on how to get the most out of pretty much everything life throws at you. Now before you think to yourself 'doesn't a book have to be more than one page long to actually be a book?' we'd like to reassure you we've learnt loads actually! Admittedly we've learnt most of it by accident ... but the point is, we would like to share it with you! Through the medium of hilarity we'll show you everything from how to make an Irish coffee without having a mental breakdown to learning how you and your partner can grow young together and endure more fun than you ever thought possible. Anyway, it's a bloody useful little thing with all the wisdom we've collected over the years - so sit back, pour yourself a drink and let us be your booze consultants, your style gurus, your pub lunch professionals and your maverick marriage counsellors. Chin chin x

Her Again

Her Again
Author: Michael Schulman
Release: 2016-04-26
Editor: Faber & Faber
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9780571331000
Language: en
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Her Again is an intimate look at the artistic coming-of-age of the greatest actress of her generation, from the homecoming float at her suburban New Jersey high school to her star-making roles in The Deer Hunter, Manhattan, and Kramer vs. Kramer. The book charts Meryl Streep's heady rise to stardom on the New York stage, her passionate, tragically short-lived love affair with fellow actor John Cazale, and her evolution as a young woman of the 1970s wrestling with changing ideas of feminism, marriage, love, and sacrifice. This is a captivating story of the making of one of the most revered artistic careers of our time, offering a rare glimpse into the life of the actress long before she became an icon.

Cronies

Cronies
Author: Ken Babbs
Release: 2022
Editor: Unknown
Pages: 329
ISBN: 0989446298
Language: en
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It all began at a cocktail party for the Stanford writing class of 1958. Ken Kesey and Ken Babbs became cronies and embarked on a rollicking, rambunctious adventure that lasted almost half a century. This burlesque is their tale. They are the Merry Band of Pranksters. From their early days in La Honda, to their cross-country trip with Neal Cassady at the wheel of the psychedelic-painted bus Further, and back for the Acid Tests on the West Coast with the house band later to be known as the Grateful Dead, this is their real story. The large cast of characters, in addition to the Pranksters, Cassady, and the Dead, include the Hell's Angels, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, Larry McMurtry, Wendell Berry, and a pickup-length sturgeon. We're along for the ride on the famous bus trip to Manhattan and the subsequent visit with Leary at Millbrook. Whether it's a Hell's Angels party at Kesey's house, the Berkeley Vietnam anti-war rally, Kesey's pot bust, the six months on the lam in Mexico, or further adventures with Garcia and the Dead, Cronies is a bullet train of a book, fast-paced and rich with action. With the ultimate move to Oregon and many of the Pranksters following close behind, Babbs and Kesey enjoyed a magical friendship and collaborations until Kesey passed away in 2001. Irreverent, unencumbered by social norms, yet literary and poetic, this is a view of the sixties and beyond from someone who was there and remembers it. Kind of...