Come Together: Lennon and McCartney In The Seventies [EPUB]
05 December 2016, 12:49
2016 | EPUB | 8.18MB
The never-before-told story of how the Beatles nearly reunited.
Although it wasn't made official until an announcement from Paul McCartney in 1970, The Beatles–the most influential rock band of the 20th century–spent most of the late 1960s breaking up. The split was marked my animosity and acrimony, with pointed conflict, in particular, between the groups two most prolific songwriters, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Lennon left the band in 1969, and the '70s were marked by public feuding as the band members embarked on solo careers.
Beatles fans know the '70s as a bitter time, with Lennon and McCartney making pointed and hurtful comments about each other, both in recorded songs (Lennon's "How Do You Sleep," is particularly nasty) and public comments. Lawsuits proliferated, as did an explosive correspondence between McCartney and his wife Linda, and Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.
But most fans don't know that McCartney and Lennon nearly renewed their creative alliance in the aftermath of the Beatles breakup, and were close to putting aside their difference and reuniting. Come Together is a compelling account of a crucial period in post-'60s Beatles history, providing a new look at the Lennon-McCartney relationship from an entirely new perspective, emphasizing the efforts these larger-than-life rock stars made to overcome their enmity. It also offers fresh insight on the musical ambitions and personal motivations for renewing a creative alliance that so nearly happened but was thwarted by circumstances beyond their control.
Keith Moon: There is No Substitute [EPUB]
05 December 2016, 12:46
2016 | EPUB | 33.16MB
With an introduction by Pete Townshend, There Is No Substitute pays homage to Keith Moon, the late drummer of The Who
Keith Moon’s superb artistry on the drums catapulted him into stardom while his eccentric and self-destructive behavior kept him in the spotlight, crowning him as one of the most outrageously mischievous rock stars the world has ever seen. There Is No Substitute pulls the focus away from Moon’s antics offstage and highlights his superlative skill onstage, celebrating The Who’s unconventional drummer who put the beat into a litany of classic rock songs.
Containing a collection of both recognizable and previously unseen photographs and memories from friends and fans of Keith―a diverse cross section of drummers, musicians,fans, and writers―There Is No Substitute concentrates on Keith’s influence as a drummer and musician and the impact he has had on rock and roll. Alongside fellow drummers Kenney Jones (who took over the drums in The Who after Keith’s death in 1978), Don Powell of Slade,Mick Avory of the Kinks, and Clem Burke of Blondie,musicians and friends of Keith reminisce about the madcap genius who is remembered for his vast influence on and contribution to rock and roll.
Ibn Saud: The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia [EPUB]
03 December 2016, 10:42
2012 | EPUB | 8.11MB
The true and fascinating origin story of Saudia Arabia.
Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won—often with weapons and tactics not unlike those employed by the ancient Assyrians—a series of astonishing military victories over a succession of enemies much more powerful than himself. Over the same period, he transformed himself from a minor sheikh into a revered king and elder statesman, courted by world leaders such as Churchill and Roosevelt. A passionate lover of women, Ibn Saud took many wives, had numerous concubines, and fathered almost one hundred children. Yet he remained an unswerving and devout Muslim, described by one who knew him well at the time of his death in 1953 as “probably the greatest Arab since the Prophet Muhammad.”
Saudi Arabia, the country Ibn Saud created, is a staunch ally of the West, but it is also the birthplace of Osama bin Laden and fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers. Saud’s kingdom, as it now stands, has survived the vicissitudes of time and become an invaluable player on the world’s political stage.