Author of Nazi Paris, a Choice Academic Book of the Year, Allan Mitchell has researched a companion volume concerning the acclaimed and controversial German author Ernst Junger who, if not the greatest German writer of the twentieth century, certainly was the most controversial. His service as a military officer during the occupation of Paris, where his principal duty was to mingle with French intellectuals such as Jean Cocteau and with visiting German celebrities like Martin Heidegger, was at the center of disputes concerning his career. Spending more than three years in the French capital, he regularly recorded in a journal revealing impressions of Parisian life and also managed to establish various meaningful social contacts, with the intriguing Sophie Ravoux for one. By focusing on this episode, the most important of Junger´s adult life, the author brings to bear a wide reading of journals and correspondence to reveal Junger´s professional and personal experience in wartime and thereafter. This new perspective on the war years adds significantly to our understanding of France´s darkest hour.
(2013/SUNDAZED) 15 tracks 1965/66 - Gatefold/Klappcover. vinyl The Lost Pop-Psych Classic Of The ´60´s! The late, great composer/pianist/producer/MENSA member Tandyn Almer first emerged in pop culture consciouness as the writer of the 1966 smash single by The Association, ´´Along Comes Mary.´´ Its seemingly innocuous lyric about a girl became a point of intense scrutiny as rumors of marijuana references wafted through a society fraught with generational conflict. One of those listeners on the far side of the gap, Leonard Bernstein, recognized the song´s musical sophistication and deft wordplay as something noteworthy. Consequently, Bernstein chose Almer as an interview subject for his CBS News documentary Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, which aired on Tuesday, April 25th, 1967. It was a groundbreaking special, with Almer´s cool media attitude working well to calm the controversial storm surrounding the movement that would soon blossom into the Summer of Love. If this were a Hollywood film script, Almer would have then been catapulted to the upper echelons of pop stardom, rubbing elbows with hottest hitmakers of the day. Instead, while he released one single of his own, ´´Degeneration Gap,´´ and wrote and produced several more pop-psyche gems, Almer´s career path took a much more enigmatic route. He did collaborate with fellow melodic savant Brian Wilson, most notably as the co-writer of ´´Sail On Sailor,´´ and published a songbook of his new compositions. In service of these songs, a 15-track demo LP was recorded and pressed in a small quantity by his publisher, Davon Music, to distribute to potential recording clients. Through the years, word of this LP spread through the collecting world, its legend increasing with each telling and its price increasing with each resale for those lucky enough to find a copy. Included within this demonstration disc is the nasty, buzzing fuzztone and haunting vocals of The Purple Gang´s version of ´´Bring Your Own Self Down,´´ the engaging Pop feel of ´´Find Yourself,´´ the smooth groove of ´´Anything You Want´´ and ´´Victims of Chance´´ (recorded as an instrumental by L.A. jazz combo The Afro Blues Quintet), along with the straight-ahead Folk-Rock of ´´About Where Love Is´´ and ´´Sunset Strip Soliloquy´´ -- the latter about the atmosphere which led to the demonstrations of late ´66. At long last, Sundazed Music has rescued this ´´holy grail´´ album and presents the first-ever commercial release of Along Comes Tandyn. A stunning collection covering a wide stylistic range, it is a resounding confirmation Almer´s harmonic genius. After one listen, you´ll understand why Tandyn was always the smartest guy in the room.
64 Seiten - Magna Books - 1994 - Englisch RARE AND PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED PHOTOGRAPHS INTRODUCTION Born on 8 January 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis was one of a set of twins born to Vernon Elvis Presley and Gladys Love Presley. From the very begin-ning, Elvis Aron Presley was a survivor: his brother, Jesse Garon Presley, died six hours after birth. As a boy, Elvis enjoyed singing in the East Heights Assembly of God Church. He first performed publicly while in fifth grade, singing ´Old Shep´ on WELO radio, as a reward for taking second place in a talent contest. The family moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis attended OC Hume High School. While driving a truck for the Crown Electric Company, Elvis stopped by Sun Records Memphis Recording Services, where he paid four dollars to record two songs—´My Happi-ness´ and That´s When Your Heartache Begins.´ He returned there in January 1954 to record ´Casual Love Affair´ and I´ll Never Stand in Your Way.´ This time, Sam Phillips, the head of Sun Records, liked what he heard, and a legendary singing career began. His recordings mounted up, and he became a regional phenomenon, then a national and an inter-national phenomenon. After television appearances on the Dorsey brothers Stage Show and the Milton Berle Show, Elvis signed a contract with Hal Wallis of Para-mount Pictures to star in three motion pictures. Elvis was to make further television appearances on the Steve Allen, Jackie Gleason and Ed Sullivan variety shows. Among his early hit songs were ´Mystery Train´ (1954) and That´s MI Right, Mama´ (1954) (both with Sun Records); ´I Gota Woman,´´Money, Honey,´´Heart-break Hotel,´ Lawdy Miss Clawdy,´´Shake, Rattle and Roll,´´Tutti Frutti´ and ´Blue Suede Shoes´ (all January of 1956, with RCA Records); lailhouse Rock,´ All Shook Up,´ Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear´ and Too Much´ (all 1957, with RCA); plus RCA renditions of ´All Shook Up´ and ´It´s Now or Never.´ In fact, Elvis recorded three dozen tracks in late 1956, many of which were released during his two-year tour of duty with the US Army at the end of the decade. These included love Me Tender,´ Don´t Be Cruel,´ `Ready Teddy,´ Rip It Up,´ Long Tall Sally´ and his greatest hit ever: ´You Ain´t Nothin´ But a Hound Dog.´ His acting future lay in motion pictures, however, and sine Paramount had no immediate project for Elvis, Hal Wallis arranged a deal with the Twentieth Century-Fox studios, and thereafter handled many of Elvis´ movie deals.´ Elvis´ first film for Fox was to be Love Me Tender, co-starring Richard Egan and Deborah Paget. Released on 16 November 1956, it was a smash hit. Through the years, he would star in 30 motion pictures, among which were Loving You (Paramount, 1957); Jailhouse Rock (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957); King Creole (Para-mount, 1958); GI Blues (Paramount, 1960); Flaming Star (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1960); Wild in the Country (Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961); Blue Hawaii (Para-mount, 1961); Follow That Dream (United Artists, 1962); Kid Galahad (United Artists, 1962); Girls! Girls! Girls! (Paramount, 1962); It Happened at the World´s Fair (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1962); Fun in Acapulco (Hal Wallis Productions, 1962); Kissin´ Cousins (Metro-Gold-wyn-Mayer, 1964); Viva Las Vegas (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964); Paradise, Hawaiian Style (Paramount, 1966); Spinout (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966); Easy Come, Easy Go (Paramount,1967); Double Trouble (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967); Clambake (United Artists, 1967); Stay Away, Joe (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Speedway (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Live a Little, Love a Little (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968); Charro! (National General Productions, Inc, 1969); and The Trouble With Girls (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Decem-ber 1969); Change of Habit (NBC-Universal, January 1970). There were also documentaries such as Elvis: That´s the Way It Is (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970) and Elvis on Tour (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972), plus a number of television specials, including Aloha From Hawaii (1973). With the revival of his live performance career in 1968, Elvis again began turning out the hit records, as is discussed later in this book. When he died in 1977, Elvis Presley was 42, and yet had lived a life that would require most men several full lifetimes to live. In his worldwide community of fans, he lives on. Facing page: Elvis Aron Presley had an impoverished childhood that was rich in his paren& love. When he died a wealthy man on 16 August 1977, the world lost one of its greatest
(1998/Cedar) 22 tracks VICTOR SILVESTER & HIS BALLROOM ORCHESTRA Victor Silvester became very popular throughout the world with his unique style in strict tempo records for dancing. In the thirties and forties he only had one other strict tempo orchestra in competition with him. Namely that of Josephine Bradley whose orchestra was sometimes directed in the recording studio by Geraldo. Silvester had learned the piano as a boy, studying at the London College of Music. This proved to be a great asset in the forming of his orchestra. The master began his career as a dancing instructor at a salary of one pound per week. At the age of twenty two Silvester won the World Dancing Championship and opened his new dancing school in Bond Street, London People came from all over the world to learn dance there. The success of his records in Britain soon spread to Europe, Australia, South Africa, and even in India they were doing the Quickstep! All the dancing schools were using his records. Year after year Silvester´s records were top sellers in numerous countries and were also used in cinemas, theatres and skating rinks. This outstanding popularity of Victor´s records automatically meant that the BBC were anxious to secure his services and in 1941 he devised the world famous radio programme ´´The Dancing Club´´, to which some 0 10,000,000 listeners tuned in to his weekly broadcasts. BOB ELDRIDGE
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