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Prince - 21 Nights

by Prince and Randee St. Nicholas

This glossy volume documents The Artist's 21-night run at London's 02 Arena in 2007 (kind of the inverse of "24 positions in a one-night stand"). Like a VIP backstage pass, the 124 color photos, poetry and lyrics, and sessions CD offer an insider's perspective on one of the greatest pop artists of all time. Whether in regards to vegetarianism or battling record labels, throughout his career Prince has expressed himself on ideas beyond pop-song romance. The writings collected here span a range of topics, musing on violence, war, greed, beauty, and music. No true Prince fan will be able to resist this visually spectacular publication.

$14 (hardcover book with CD)

A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio

by Paul Myers

“If you know what you want, I'll get it for you. If you don't know what you want, I'll do it for you” - Todd Rundgren.

Few record producers possess the musical facility to back up such a bold promise, but in over forty-plus years behind the glass, Todd Rundgren has willed himself into becoming a not only a rock guitar virtuoso, an accomplished lead vocalist and vocal arranger and visionary keyboard player, not to mention a serviceable drummer. But arguably, Rundgren’s greatest instrument of all is the recording studio itself. A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio by Paul Myers is a fascinating and authoritative trip through the land of flickering red lights inhabited by a studio wizard - and true star - who has rarely enjoyed a proper victory lap along the many trails that he has blazed. Researched and written with the participation and cooperation of Rundgren himself, Myers also draws upon exclusive new interviews with Robbie Robertson, Patti Smith, XTC, Sparks, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk, The Psychedelic Furs, The Tubes, Steve Hillage, all members of Rundgren's legendary band, Utopia, and many other key Rundgren associates.

$13 (book)

Music For The Eye

by David Levine and Todd Rundgren


$35 (book)
used copies also available

A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren Volume 2: The Utopia Years

by Billy James

There is no more consummate musician than Todd Rundgren. There is no more complete collected account of his sonic accomplishments than A Dream Goes on Forever. This second volume of the biographic series tracks his history from the triumphant mid-'70s atop the golden pyramid to the challenging mid-'80s when he faced the demise of Utopia. Follow the album-by-album coverage from Todd's landmark 1977 production of Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell through to the persistence of vision which allowed him to continue creating music after the end of his video studio, record label, and band. From Utopia to Oblivion . . . and beyond.

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The Art Of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists And Insiders Reveal Their Creative Secrets

by David Battino, Kelli Richards, Stewart Copeland

“Usually books on music technology are about as dry as database manuals. But reading this one is like eavesdropping on great artists and creative tech geniuses. Just about everybody has something interesting to say.”
- Mark Mothersbaugh

The Art of Digital Music gathers the wisdom and techniques of 56 visionary artists, producers, programmers, provocateurs, instrument designers, label executives, and industry insiders into one volume. The bonus DVD features highlights from all 56 interviews where you'll hear how the masters wield technology to create their amazing music. The DVD also has over 25 complete songs (including live recordings from a private Thomas dolby concert, unreleased demos, and out-of-print classics); live performance videos; interactive flash movies; royalty-free samples and loops by the artists; behind-the-scenes photos; and web links galore. You'll learn studio setup tips, secrets of sampling, creative quantization, ringtone tricks, production strategies, insights from video game composers, insane distortion recipes, and much more.

Contributors include Todd Rundgren, Roger Powell, Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette), Jack Blades, BT, LTJ Bukem, Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, Zappa), Ted Cohen, the Crystal Method, Chuck D, Thomas Dolby, Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd), The Fat Man, Dr. Fiorella Terenzi, Albhy Galuten (18 No. 1 hits), Dr. Patrick Gleeson, Peter Gotcher (founder, Digidesign), Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Jam, Leslie Ann Jones (Skywalker Sound), Ikutaro Kakehashi (founder, Roland), and many others. With warmth and good humor, this ingenious compilation offers entertainment, social commentary, and the knowledge-to start up your own digital revolution.

You'll hear firsthand how the masters wield technology to create their amazing music - the included DVD features highlights from all 56 interviews. You'll learn studio setup tips, secrets of sampling, creative quantization, ringtone tricks, production strategies, insights from video-game composers, insane distortion recipes, how to squeeze expression from loops, how to overcome software option anxiety, how to exploit happy accidents, and more.

The DVD also contains video from Todd Rundgren and a new song from Roger Powell - "Window Panes."

256 pages
Book And DVD Edition

$8 (book)
A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren Volume 1

by Billy James

To understand Todd Rundgren is to understand change; a continual artistic metamorphosis that goes through various radical stages, yet somehow remains not far from its original roots.  (Roots derived from the music of the mod British rockers of the '60s, such as the Yardbirds, the Beatles and the Who; the incomparable writing style of Laura Nyro;  as wel as the sounds from his own back yard - Philadelphia soul music.)

A true dichotomy in music; Todd Rundgren has continued to amuse and bemuse fans and critics alike for more than three decades, with his enchanting songs and music, innovative productions and incessant persistence in dealing with the music business strictly on his own terms.  A Dream Goes On Forever - The Continuing Story Of Todd Rundgren (volume one) examines the history of one of America's true rock icons; from his early days of pop stardom with the Nazz; to the 'whiz kid' productions, which included the likes of Badfinger and Grand Funk; from the million seller hits; to his psychedelic explorations; from his idiosyncratic ideologies and philosophies; to the highly acclaimed conceptual ensemble Utopia.

The unbelievable story of rock's lost genius is now ready to be told.  Utopia is here!

This incredible book has approximately 500 pages with black & white photos and 16 pages of color photos.

$30 (book)
Guitar Licks Of The Brit-Rock Heroes: Clapton, Beck and Page

by Jesse Gress
112 pages
CD included
3 B&W images, 90 Charts & Graphs

In the mid '60s three innovative guitarists--all emerging from the Yardbirds--developed distinctive and expressive sounds that shook the music world. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page each went on to become a guitar god in his own right with historical recordings and performances in Cream, the Jeff Beck Group, and Led Zeppelin.

In this premier title of our Guitar Lick Factory player series, teacher/guitarist extraordinaire Jesse Gress takes you deep inside the styles of these three guitar heroes. Presenting more than 100 of the players' characteristic licks, Gress shows you the secrets of their styles and explains how you can develop your own playing by understanding the essence of each guitarist's approach.

Building on the methods he introduced in Guitar Lick Factory, Gress draws on his careful, lifelong study of these artists' greatest work. The book presents each example with its own mini-lesson, and Gress performs the licks on the accompanying CD. Guitar Licks of the Brit-Rock Heroes includes

* Tips on tone and authentic performance
* Audio CD of all the licks
* Information on each artist's history and influences

Jesse Gress is former music editor of Guitar Player magazine. A respected performer and music educator, Jesse tours and records with Todd Rundgren and the Tony Levin Band, and has over 100 transcription folios to his credit. He lives in Woodstock, New York.

$15 (book)

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