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Cole Porter

Written by William McBrien

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 5, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72792-7 (0-679-72792-2)

In his life and in his music, Cole Porter was "the top"—the pinnacle of wit, sophistication, and success. His songs—"I Get a Kick Out of You," "Anything Goes," and hundreds more—were instant pop hits, and their musical and emotional depths have made them lasting standards.

William McBrien has captured the creator of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Long Strange Trip
The Inside History of the Grateful Dead
Written by Dennis McNally

Format: Trade Paperback, 736 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: August 12, 2003
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1186-3 (0-7679-1186-5)

The complete history of one of the most long-lived and legendary bands in rock history, written by its official historian and publicist–a must-have chronicle for all Dead Heads, and for students of rock and the 1960s’ counterculture.

From 1965 to 1995, the Grateful Dead flourished as one of the most beloved, unusual... Read more >
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The Walrus and the Elephants
John Lennon's Years of Revolution
Written by James A. Mitchell

Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-467-1 (1-60980-467-8)

Nineteen-seventy-one was the year John Lennon left London and pop stardom for a life in New York City as a solo artist, record producer and activist looking to help end the war in Vietnam. He settled in Greenwich Village and quickly came to be seen by the leaders of the faltering... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Acting as a Business, Fifth Edition
Strategies for Success
Written by Brian O'Neil

Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80707-6 (0-345-80707-3)

The essential handbook for actors—a modern classic—in a newly updated edition.
Since its original publication, Acting as a Business has earned a reputation as an indispensable tool for working and aspiring actors. Avoiding the usual advice about persistence and luck, Brian O’Neil provides clear-cut guidelines that will give actors a solid knowledge... Read more >

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The Actor's Secret
Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns and Improving Performance
Written by Betsy Polatin

Format: Trade Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-58394-682-4 (1-58394-682-9)

Offering revolutionary new training for the actor, The Actor’s Secret teaches actors and performers how to incorporate the fundamentals of the Alexander Technique, Somatic Experiencing®, and Breathing Coordination in order to reduce performance anxiety and stress; improve stage presence, breathing, and vocal production; and restore well-being and healthy functioning. These three... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Do You Dream in Color?
Insights from a Girl Without Sight
Written by Laurie Rubin

Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Triangle Square
On Sale: October 23, 2012
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-424-4 (1-60980-424-4)

Colors, Rubin tells us, affect everyone through sound, smell, taste, and a vast array of emotions and atmospheres. She explains that although she has been blind since birth, she has experienced color all her life.

In her memoir Do You Dream in Color?, Laurie Rubin looks back on her life as an... Read more >
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Acting -- Make It Your Business
How to Avoid Mistakes and Achieve Success As a Working Actor
Written by Paul Russell

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9955-9 (0-8230-9955-5)

Acting: Make It Your Business, written by an award-winning, veteran casting director, puts the power to land jobs and thrive in any medium - stage, film, TV, or the Internet - directly into the hands of the actor. This blunt, wise, and often hilarious guide overflows with cutting-edge audition, marketing, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business
The Myths, the Secrets, the Lies (& a Few Truths)
Written by Peter M. Thall

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Billboard Books
On Sale: January 12, 2010
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0708-0 (0-8230-0708-1)

This completely revised and expanded edition of What They'll Never Tell You About the Music Business is a must-have reference not only for aspiring songwriters, record producers, and performing artists but also for record company executives, personal and business managers, agents, and attorneys. You’ll learn:

*How the Internet has affected every... Read more >

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Stage Makeup
The Actor's Complete Guide to Today's Techniques and Materials
Written by Laura Thudium

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Back Stage Books
On Sale: April 1, 1999
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-8230-8839-3 (0-8230-8839-1)

This up-to-date, full-color makeup manual is designed to lie open on the makeup table right as a guide for student, amateur, or professional performers.

Whether you are an actor in a summer-stock or regional theater, an acting conservatory program, a high-school or college production, a community theater, a local holiday pageant...or... Read more >

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The Music Business
Career Opportunities and Self-Defense
Written by Dick Weissman

Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: May 27, 2003
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-609-81013-2 (0-609-81013-8)

Completely revised and updated for the twenty-first century, The Music Business provides essential career advice and information on how to get started and advance in all areas of the music industry—from an author who’s had careers in music as an artist and professor for more than two decades. This comprehensive volume... Read more >
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The Spirit of Noh
A New Translation of the Classic Noh Treatise the Fushikaden
Written by Zeami
Translated by William Scott Wilson

Format: Trade Paperback, 184 pages
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: May 14, 2013
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-994-0 (1-59030-994-4)

The Japanese dramatic art of Noh has a rich six-hundred-year history and has had a huge influence on Japanese culture and such Western artists as Ezra Pound and William Butler Yeats. The actor and playwright Zeami (1363—1443) is the most celebrated figure in the history of Noh, with his numerous outstanding... Read more >
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