Turned out Nice Again [EPUB]

Turned out Nice Again [EPUB]
Turned out Nice Again: The Story of British Light Entertainment by Louis Barfe
2008 | EPUB | 5.07MB

Hugely entertaining and packed with new stories, Turned Out Nice Again is the first single volume history of British light entertainment.

Turned Out Nice Again celebrates the work of the performers and impresarios who, from the 1930s onwards, pushed the creative boundaries of radio and then television to bring ground-breaking variety shows to a new audience. He demonstrates how the performances of Britain's best-loved entertainers, including "The Crazy Gang", "Shirley Bassey", "Tommy Cooper" and "The Two Ronnies", were conceived, written and then filmed, often in front of a live audience and under extreme space and time restrictions. With a cast of thousands, including Peter Cook, Ken Dodd, Dusty Springfield, Spike Milligan, Rolf Harris, Bruce Forsyth and Reeves and Mortimer, "Turned Out Nice Again" reveals a world of comedians and cavorters, dancing girls and crooners.

From the early days of vaudeville, via the golden age of radio, live television spectaculars, the rise of the chat show and alternative comedy, Louis Barfe pulls back the curtain of variety to reveal the world of light entertainment in all its glory.

Live at the Brixton Academy [EPUB]

Live at the Brixton Academy [EPUB]
Live at the Brixton Academy: A Riotous Life in the Music Business by Simon Parkes
2014 | EPUB |

In 1982, aged twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid £1 for a virtually derelict building in Brixton. Over the next fifteen years he turned it into Britain's most iconic music venue. And now he's telling his story: full of fond - and wild - reminiscences of the famous musicians who played at the venue, including Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, Lou Reed, The Ramones, New Order, the Beastie Boys and The Smiths.

This is about one man's burning desire for success against the odds, his passion for live music and the excitement of those wilderness years, a far cry from the corporate world that controls the scene today. From rock-star debauchery and mixing it up with Brixton gangsters to putting on the first legal raves in the UK and countless backroom business deals, this is the story of how to succeed in business with no experience and fulfil your teenage fantasies.

Bowie by Simon Critchley [EPUB]

Bowie by Simon Critchley [EPUB]
Bowie by Simon Critchley
2014 | EPUB | 5.84MB

Simon Critchley first encountered David Bowie in the early seventies, when the singer appeared on Britain’s most-watched music show, Top of the Pops. His performance of “Starman” mesmerized Critchley: it was “so sexual, so knowing, so strange.” Two days later Critchley’s mum bought a copy of the single; she liked both the song and the performer’s bright orange hair (she had previously been a hairdresser). The seed of a lifelong love affair was thus planted in the mind of her son, aged 12.

In this concise and engaging excursion through the songs of one of the world’s greatest pop stars, Critchley, whose writings on philosophy have garnered widespread praise, melds personal narratives of how Bowie lit up his dull life in southern England’s suburbs with philosophical forays into the way concepts of authenticity and identity are turned inside out in Bowie’s work. The result is nearly as provocative and mind-expanding as the artist it portrays.

Live Fast Die Young [EPUB]

Live Fast Die Young [EPUB]
Live Fast Die Young: Misadventures in Rock'n'Roll America
2011 | EPUB | 0.3MB

A tale of friendship tested to the limit, noble myths, love lost and found, perfect lyrics, and good times as two friends drive across the U.S. to pay homage to the roots of Rock and Roll

One autumn, radio producers Chris and Joe drive across America, roof down, stereo up, and discover the roots of the sounds they love. They sell their souls to the devil on the same crossroads as Robert Johnson, buy booze from the same store as Jim Morrison, hang out with the spirit of Johnny Cash in his own front room, and sit on a jetty by an alligator infested lake to sing 'Happy Birthday' to country-rock musician Gram Parsons. But first they must learn the ukulele, grow moustaches, fail to get into the Chateau Marmont, get very drunk with rising popstar Terra Naomi—and that's just day one.

Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen [EPUB]

Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen [EPUB]
Is This the Real Life: The Untold Story of Queen by Mark Blake
2010 | EPUB | 3.15MB

Despite the death of their exuberant frontman Freddie Mercury in 1991, Queen remain one of the most popular bands on the planet. Yet, the full story of their extraordinary success has never been told, until now.

Derided by critics, but adored by fans, the band's single-mindedness and sheer ambition paid off when in 1975, Queen's six-minute operatic single 'Bohemian Rhapsody' became a Number 1 hit, changing their lives forever. From then on, Queen's story was one of constant musical and stylistic re-invention, as the progressive rock of the early '70s mutated into stadium anthems, romantic ballads and pure pop, with a side order of jazz, gospel and heavy metal. Then, in 1985, Queen's incredible performance at Live Aid stole the show and reminded a global television audience of why they were one of the greatest live acts of all time.

Mojo and Q journalist Mark Blake has conducted brand new interviews with record producers, ex-band members, personal assistants and school friends to produce a complete account of the band's rise from suburbia to worldwide superstardom. Is This The Real Life?: The Untold Story Of Queen tells you for the first time how the band became champions of the world.

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll [EPUB]

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll [EPUB]
There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll by Lisa Robinson
2014 | EPUB | 12.01MB

From a legendary music journalist with four decades of unprecedented access, an insider's behind-the-scenes look at the major personalities of rock and roll.

Lisa Robinson has interviewed the biggest names in music--including Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, John Lennon, Patti Smith, U2, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Jay Z and Kanye West. She visited the teenage Michael Jackson many times at his Encino home. She spent hours talking to John Lennon at his Dakota apartment--and in recording studios just weeks before his murder. She introduced David Bowie to Lou Reed at a private dinner in a Manhattan restaurant, helped the Clash and Elvis Costello get their record deals, was with the Rolling Stones on their jet during a frightening storm, and was mid-flight with Led Zeppelin when their tour manager pulled out a gun. A pioneering female journalist in an exclusive boys' club, Lisa Robinson is a preeminent authority on the personalities and influences that have shaped the music world; she has been recognized as rock jounralism's ultimate insider.

A keenly observed and lovingly recounted look back on years spent with countless musicians backstage, after hours and on the road, There Goes Gravity documents a lifetime of riveting stories, told together here for the first time.

Hungry Monkey [EPUB]

Hungry Monkey [EPUB]
Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater by Matthew Amster-Burton
2009 | EPUB | 1.06MB

Matthew Amster-Burton was a restaurant critic and food writer long before he and his wife, Laurie, had Iris. Now he's a full-time, stay-at-home Dad and his experience with food has changed …a little.

Hungry Monkey is the story of Amster-Burton's life as a food-lover--with a child. It's the story of how he came to realize that kids don't need puree in a jar or special menus at restaurants and that raising an adventurous eater is about exposure, invention, and patience. He writes of the highs and lows of teaching your child about food--the high of rediscovering how something tastes for the first time through a child's unflinching reaction, the low of thinking you have a precocious vegetable fiend on your hands only to discover that a child's preferences change from day to day (and may take years to include vegetables again). Sharing in his culinary capers is little Iris, a budding gourmand and a zippy critic herself--who makes hug sandwiches, gobbles up hot chilis, and even helps around the kitchen sometimes.

A memoir on the wild joys of food and parenting and the marvelous mélange of the two--Hungry Monkey takes food enthusiasts on a new adventure in eating (with dozens of delicious recipes!). In the end, our guide reminds us: "Food is fun, and you get to enjoy it three times a day, plus snacks!"

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension [EPUB]

Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension [EPUB]
Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension: A Mathematician's Journey Through Narcissistic Numbers, Optimal Dating Algorithms, at Least Two Kinds of Infinity, and More by Matt Parker
2014 | EPUB | 15.62MB

A book from the stand-up mathematician that makes math fun again!

Math is boring, says the mathematician and comedian Matt Parker. Part of the problem may be the way the subject is taught, but it’s also true that we all, to a greater or lesser extent, find math difficult and counterintuitive. This counterintuitiveness is actually part of the point, argues Parker: the extraordinary thing about math is that it allows us to access logic and ideas beyond what our brains can instinctively do—through its logical tools we are able to reach beyond our innate abilities and grasp more and more abstract concepts.

In the absorbing and exhilarating Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension, Parker sets out to convince his readers to revisit the very math that put them off the subject as fourteen-year-olds. Starting with the foundations of math familiar from school (numbers, geometry, and algebra), he reveals how it is possible to climb all the way up to the topology and to four-dimensional shapes, and from there to infinity—and slightly beyond.

Both playful and sophisticated, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is filled with captivating games and puzzles, a buffet of optional hands-on activities that entices us to take pleasure in math that is normally only available to those studying at a university level. Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension invites us to re-learn much of what we missed in school and, this time, to be utterly enthralled by it.

The Emotional Life of Your Brain [EPUB]

The Emotional Life of Your Brain [EPUB]
The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live—and How You Can Change Them by Richard J Davidson, Sharon Begley
2012 | EPUB | 0.7MB

This longawaited book by a pioneer in brain research offers a new model of our emotions- their origins, their power, and their malleability.

For more than thirty years, Richard Davidson has been at the forefront of brain research. Now he gives us an entirely new model for understanding our emotions, as well as practical strategies we can use to change them.

Davidson has discovered that personality is composed of six basic emotional "styles," including resilience, self-awareness, and attention. Our emotional fingerprint results from where on the continuum of each style we fall. He explains the brain chemistry that underlies each style in order to give us a new model of the emotional brain, one that will even go so far as to affect the way we treat conditions like autism and depression. And, finally, he provides strategies we can use to change our own brains and emotions-if that is what we want to do.

Written with bestselling author Sharon Begley, this original and exciting book gives us a new and useful way to look at ourselves, develop a sense of well-being, and live more meaningful lives.

Belly Fat Breakthrough [EPUB]

Belly Fat Breakthrough [EPUB]
Belly Fat Breakthrough by Stephen Boutcher
2014 | EPUB | 2.49MB

An easy and straightforward way to achieve healthy weight loss, this groundbreaking guide shows how just one hour of exercise a week can turn into a lifetime of wellbeing.

We’re all aware of the ways today’s modern lifestyle takes a toll on our health—not enough time means fast food trumps nutritious meals and the couch wins over the treadmill. But did you know that just twenty minutes three days per week is all the time you need to burn away belly fat and get your health back on track? The trick: It has to be the right kind of exercise.

Based on ten years of scientific research at the University of New South Wales, Belly Fat Breakthrough shows how, by incorporating a simple interval training routine and delicious Mediterranean eating plan, you can shed—and keep off—that stubborn excess belly fat. With simple, easy-to-follow guidelines, Dr. Stephen Boutcher explains how to apply exercise, healthy eating, and stress management in a practical, easy-to-follow program that will overhaul your bad habits. And you’ll see the difference in just six weeks.

Too much belly fat increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and research has shown that most types of diet and exercise won’t help you lose it. At last there is a solution. Belly Fat Breakthrough will make you rethink your attitude to getting and staying healthy. It’s not a diet—it’s a lifestyle revolution.

Change Your Age [EPUB]

Change Your Age [EPUB]
Change Your Age: Using Your Body and Brain to Feel Younger, Stronger, and More Fit by Frank Wildman
2010 | EPUB | 1.43MB

In the tradition of Thomas Hanna’s Somatics and Pete Egoscue’s Pain Free, Frank Wildman’s Change Your Age offers a proven program for improving health, vitality, and fitness at any age. By integrating the body and mind to achieve greater coordination, agility, balance, and performance, you can improve every aspect of your life, from everyday to high-performance activities. No matter your age or condition, Change Your Age will add years of easy mobility to your life, and promises that you can stay fit, healthy, toned, and active throughout midlife and beyond, without injury or pain.

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain [Audiobook]

The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain [Audiobook]
The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind [Audiobook] by Barbara Strauch
2010 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 6 hrs 52 mins | 189.36MB

A leading science writer examines how the brain's capacity reaches its peak in middle age

For many years, scientists thought that the human brain simply decayed over time and its dying cells led to memory slips, fuzzy logic, negative thinking, and even depression. But new research from neuroscien­tists and psychologists suggests that, in fact, the brain reorganizes, improves in important functions, and even helps us adopt a more optimistic outlook in middle age. Growth of white matter and brain connectors allow us to recognize patterns faster, make better judgments, and find unique solutions to problems. Scientists call these traits cognitive expertise and they reach their highest levels in middle age.

In her impeccably researched book, science writer Barbara Strauch explores the latest findings that demonstrate, through the use of technology such as brain scans, that the middle-aged brain is more flexible and more capable than previously thought. For the first time, long-term studies show that our view of middle age has been misleading and incomplete. By detailing exactly the normal, healthy brain functions over time, Strauch also explains how its optimal processes can be maintained. Part scientific survey, part how-to guide, The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain is a fascinating glimpse at our surprisingly talented middle-aged minds.