Group Harmony

Author: Stuart L. Goosman
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812202045
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In 1948, the Orioles, a Baltimore-based vocal group, recorded "It's Too Soon to Know." Combining the sound of Tin Pan Alley with gospel and blues sensibilities, the Orioles saw their first hit reach #13 on the pop charts, thus introducing the nation to vocal rhythm & blues and paving the way for the most successful groups of the 1950s. In the first scholarly treatment of this influential musical genre, Stuart Goosman chronicles the Orioles' story and that of myriad other black vocal groups in the postwar period. A few, like the Orioles, Cardinals, and Swallows from Baltimore and the Clovers from Washington, D.C., established the popularity of vocal rhythm & blues nationally. Dozens of other well-known groups (and hundreds of unknown ones) across the country cut records and performed until about 1960. Record companies initially marketed this music as rhythm & blues; today, group harmony continues to resonate for some as "doo-wop." Focusing in particular on Baltimore and Washington and drawing significantly from oral histories, Group Harmony details the emergence of vocal rhythm & blues groups from black urban neighborhoods. Group harmony was a source of empowerment for young singers, for it provided them with a means of expression and some aspect of control over their lives where there were limited alternatives. Through group harmony, young black males celebrated and musically confounded, when they could not overcome, complex issues of race, separatism, and assimilation during the postwar period. Group harmony also became a significant resource for the popular music industry. Goosman interviews dozens of performers, deejays, and industry professionals to examine the entrepreneurial promise of midcentury popular music and chronicle the convergence of music, place, and business, including the business of records, radio, promotion, and song writing. Featured in the book's account of the black urban roots of rhythm & blues are the recollections of singers from groups such as the Cardinals, Clovers, Dunbar Four, Four Bars of Rhythm, Five Blue Notes, Hi Fis, Plants, Swallows, and many others, including Jimmy McPhail, a well-known Washington vocalist; Deborah Chessler, the manager and songwriter for the original Orioles; Jesse Stone, the writer and arranger from Atlantic Records; Washington radio personality Jackson Lowe; and seminal black deejays Al ("Big Boy") Jefferson, Maurice ("Hot Rod") Hulbert, and Tex Gathings.

Harmony In Flesh And Black

Author: Nicholas Kilmer
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc
ISBN: 9781890208479
Size: 18.60 MB
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Fred Taylor, whose job skills were picked up on clandestine operations in Southeast Asia, now assists a Boston art collector. By the time Kilmer is through acquainting readers with the cutthroat side of collecting (where acquiring a painting can literally be murder), Fred’s career path makes sense. First Fred’s boss, aesthete Clayton Reed, wants to pick up a mediocre landscape that may be a priceless painted-over Vermeer. Reed also picks up an unsigned nude, which may possibly be the work of a major painter, from a pornographer who is soon found murdered.

Visionaire 51

Author: Visionaire
Publisher: Visionaire Pub
ISBN: 1888645652
Size: 18.21 MB
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In "Visionaire No. 51: Harmony," works by leading artists--including Maurizio Cattelan, Robert Wilson, Yayoi Kusama, Vik Muniz, Massimo Vitali and Richard Misrach--are presented in the form of six large-scale puzzles. Each puzzle consists of 25 pieces that combine to create one complete image nearly three feet square. The puzzles can be pieced together separately so that each forms one artist's vision, or they can be combined to create other unexpected images. How will you create your "Harmony"? In collaboration with Lexus, and in celebration of the LS600h Hybrid, "Visionaire No. 51" is environmentally sensitive. The puzzles are made from partially recycled paper, non-toxic inks and chlorine free materials. They were fabricated at environmentally sustainable factories that recycle all byproducts, including heat generated during production. Each set of six puzzles comes packaged in a slick, 8x8-inch embossed cube. Available in black or silver.

The Long Way Down

Author: Craig Schaefer
Publisher:
ISBN: 0990339319
Size: 13.80 MB
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"Nobody knows the seedy underbelly of Las Vegas like Daniel Faust, a sorcerer for hire and ex-gangster who uses black magic and bullets to solve his clients' problems. When an old man comes seeking vengeance for his murdered granddaughter, what looks like a simple job quickly spirals out of control."--Page 4 of cover.

Myths Of Harmony

Author: Marixa Lasso
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: UVA:X030254886
Size: 12.84 MB
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Myths of Harmony examines a foundational moment for Latin American racial constructs. While most contemporary scholarship has focused the explanation for racial tolerance in the colonial period, Marixa Lasso argues that the origins of modern race relations are to be found later, in the Age of Revolution. Lasso's work brings much-needed attention to the important role of the anticolonial struggles in shaping the nature of contemporary race relations and racial identities in Latin America.

The Oddfits

Author: Tiffany Tsao
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
ISBN: 1503952622
Size: 12.95 MB
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Eight-year-old Murgatroyd Floyd doesn't fit in--not as a blue-eyed blonde living in Singapore, not in school, and certainly not with his aloof expatriate parents, who seem determined to make his life even harder. Unbeknownst to him, there's a reason why he's always the odd boy out: he is an Oddfit, a rare type of human with access to the More Known World, a land invisible to most people. Yet unfortunate circumstances keep Murgatroyd stranded in the Known World, bumbling through life with the feeling that an extraordinary something is waiting for him just beyond reach. Seventeen years later, that something finally arrives when a secret organization dedicated to exploring the More Known World invites Murgatroyd on a mission. But as the consummate loser begins to grow into the Oddfit he was meant to be, the Known World becomes bent on exterminating him. For once in his underachieving life, will Murgatroyd Floyd exceed expectations and outsmart those trying to thwart his stupendous destiny?