The Art of Persuasion
Includes chapters by Umberto Eco and Patrick McCarthy, this book examines political propaganda in Italy from the fall of fascism to the present and explores the various ways that political information has been conveyed throughout this period.
Serge Gainsbourg a Fistful of Gitanes
In this, the first English biography to capture Gainsbourg in all his contradiction and gleeful outrageousness, Simmons tells the fascinating story of the Gallic star. Drawing on hours of new interviews with his intimates-among them Jane Birkin, Sly & Robbie, Marianne Faithfull, and celebrated producer Philippe Lerichomme-Simmons describes in crackling prose the scope of Gainsbourg's achievement while doing full justice to his complicated emotional life. Simmons's work will stand as the definitive take on a dizzying genius.
Actress and sex symbol Brigitte Bardot had a stunning career in France and America in the mid-20th century. Since the 1970s, she has dedicated her life to the welfare and protection of animals, with much personal involvement. In this book the author makes the case that far from being a pretty face or a spotlight grabber, Bardot was an accomplished actress and has always been an intelligent, sensitive individual. Chapters acquaint readers with her Paris childhood and her rebellious coming of age in a Catholic bourgeois family, who disapproved when she appeared on the cover of Elle magazine and was offered a screen test. The book examines her years in film (with careful analysis of her films) and also covers her tumultuous personal life, including suicide attempts, and the beginnings of her interest in animal protection. Final chapters detail her efforts in worldwide animal welfare activism, including the work of her own international foundation.
Film and Television Scores 1950 1979
Hollywood film scores underwent a supersonic transformation from the 1950s through the 1970s. This genre-by-genre overview of film and television soundtrack music covers a period of tremendous artistic and commercial development in the medium. Film and television composers bypassed the classical tradition favored by earlier screen composers to experiment with jazz, rock, funk and avant-garde styles. This bold approach brought a rich variety to film and television productions that often took on a life of its own through records and CDs. From Bernard Herrmann to Ennio Morricone, the composers of the Silver Age changed the way movie music was made, used, and heard. The book contains more than 100 promotional film stills and soundtrack cover art images.
"In this book the author makes the case that far from being just a pretty face or a spotlight grabber, Bardot is a fine actress and a compassionate and intelligent individual. Chapters cover her childhood in Paris, her years in film, her tumultuous person
The Complete Book of the British Charts
The updated third edition of the only chart book that lists singles, EPs, and albums in one volume.The official UK chart began in 1952 and this epic work of reference includes absolutely every charting album, single and EP up to December 2003. The hits are arranged by artist and are identified by country of origin, label, chart position, and number of weeks in the chart. Also includes a 'Statistics' section.
British Hit Singles Albums
This reference guide to both singles and albums in the UK pop charts lists titles, artists, labels, catalogue numbers, highest positions attained, number of weeks on chart and US no.1 information, as well as selected biographies and pop news.