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Elvis Presley has made a mark in history beyond his lifetime. While not a giant historical figure on the scale of Plato. Julius Caesar, Washington, Napoleon or Stalin, he still commands attention. Presley has a legacy that is still controversial as a man who rose up and made it to the top of his field, rock ‘n’ roll music.
Presley has a cultural legacy in the English language with expressions that few other artists have. He is part of the culture in ways that go beyond the music. Rock music in the 1950s spurred social change and Presley was not the first, but permitted others to follow.
From his twenty-five years as a member of one of the most influential hip hop groups of all time, to his career as a television personality, the word that best describes Flavor Flav is ‘iconic.’ Clock-wearing, colorful and sometimes controversial, William Drayton—known affectionately all around the world as simply ‘Flav’—finally tells all.
In this compelling memoir, Flavor Flav takes the reader in vivid detail behind the scenes of his multi-faceted career. He spares no one, revealing the tensions within Public Enemy and with Def Jam records, his struggles with addiction, his multiple visits to both rehab and to jail before re-inventing himself in reality television as VH1′s most eligible—and most watched—bachelor. Taki
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Josephine Baker (1906-1975) was a dancer, singer, actress, author, politician, militant, and philanthropist, whose images and cultural legacy have survived beyond the hundredth anniversary of her birth. Neither an exercise in postmodern deconstruction nor simple biography, Josephine Baker in Art and Life presents a critical cultural study of the life and art of the Franco-American performer whose appearances as the savage dancer Fatou shocked the world. Although the study remains firmly anchored in Josephine Baker’s life and times, presenting and challenging carefully researched biographical facts, it also offers in-depth analyses of the images that she constructed and advanced. Bennetta Jules-Rosette explores Baker’s far-ranging and
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ELVIS EVANGELIST encapsulates the – for many unknown – spiritual side of the man who conquered the hearts and minds of millions with his voice and his appearance. ‘I ain’t no saint,’ Elvis Presley once commented to a reporter ‘but I’ve tried never to do anything that would hurt my family or offend God.’ ELVIS EVANGELIST is a fascinating revelation of the true inspiration of an icon, that gave him the power of his voice and charisma. You will see Elvis from a different angle. It includes some of Elvis’ gospel lyrics.
In 2000–2001, Michael Jackson sat down with his close friend and spiritual guide, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, to record what turned out to be the most intimate and revealing conversations of his life. It was Michael’s wish to bare his soul and unburden himself to a public that he knew was deeply suspicious of him. The resulting thirty hours are the basis of The Michael Jackson Tapes. There has never been, and never will be, anything like them.In these searingly honest conversations, Michael exposes his emotional pain and profound loneliness, his longing to be loved, and the emptiness of his fame. You discover why he was suspicious of women and how only children provided the innocence for which he so desperately longed.In his own words, he ta
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Not just another Michael Jackson movie, ‘Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon’ is the creation and brain-child of MJ’s friend David Gest, who produced and narrated the documentary with unprecedented access to Michael’s inner family, including interviews with his mother, Katherine. The documentary focuses on stories from the star’s closest friends and family relaying public and private memories and stories from the entertainer’s life including never-before-seen family photos and performance footage. The film also looks at the difficult times during Michael’s life including the moment an arrest warrant was ordered and how the molestation trial impacted all their lives in 2005. Michael’s mother Katherine says, “Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon is a truly remarkable film that captures the true character, wit and sensitivity of my son. Producer David Gest takes you on an emotional roller coaster that will bring people to tears as well as really understand who the man behind the music was and is.” Take a look at the trailer below: The documentary will be released on DVD and Blu-ray from 31 October 2011.
For Italian city builders more than a thousand years ago, the urban realm was the great theater where their best aspirations were played out, the place where society said the most substantial things about who they were and what they longed for. In this masterful blend of art and cultural history, architect David Mayernik reveals how the very different cities of Venice, Rome, Florence, Siena, and Pienza were all literally designed to be both models of the mind and images of heaven. Mayernik takes the reader on a journey into the past in Timeless Cities, but he also explains why these city-building ideas remain relevant today. For those travelling on vacation or appreciating the art and architecture of Italy from home, Mayernik helps bring th
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