Author: Garth Brooks, Warren Zanes
The first five years were filled with high adventure, with dreams coming true, with new friendships beginning and old friendships growing. Most of all, though, the years were filled with music being made. We thought about songs night and day, chased the things. I was surrounded by songwriters, musicians, producers, engineers, managers, by people who lived to make music, and we got to see the world through songs. There were a lot of firsts, one after another: First time leaving Oklahoma for Nashville, first time hearing one of our songs on the radio, first time hitting number one. We won¿t ever get to go through all those firsts again, but this book is my chance to get together with the people who shared the experiences and together remember how it all went down. This book gathers what comes to our minds when we think of the first five years and the songs that came to life during that time.Inside these pages you¿ll find the music that got released in those first five years, five CDs of it. But you¿ll also find a few recordings that we¿ve never shared, some of my favorites. You¿ll find photographs that have never been made public, behind-the-scenes images from before the first record and others from during the journey. There are artifacts from the vaults, things I¿ve saved myself, bits and pieces of this history that mean a lot to me. I¿ve always wanted to bring people closer to what I saw, what I experienced. This feels like the closest I¿ve come to doing just that.
Author: Jo Sgammato
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Traces the life and career of the country singer who has become America's most successful solo musical artist, recounts the stories behind some of his most popular songs, and reveals how he has coped with success
Author: Patsi Bale Cox
Publisher: Center Street
Garth Brooks is certified by the RIAA as the #1 selling solo artist in US history. Since his debut in 1990, he has sold over 128 million albums. But success rarely comes without controversy, and Garth has had more than a share. Is he a media and market manipulator, a country music poseur, and a megalomaniac, or is he simply a brilliant businessman and marketing strategist? Industry insider Patsi Bale Cox, who generated all label material on Brooks throughout his career, examines the meteoric rise of the country star. Examining his career within the context of country music history, she takes readers behind closed doors at the labels, and delves into the inner sanctum of the Nashville music community. THE GARTH FACTOR will paint a portrait of how Brooks's friendship with Trisha Yearwood developed into love and marriage, explore the truth behind his "alter-ego" Chris Gaines, and update readers on what he has been up to since retirement.
Author: Michael McCall
Profiles the country singer whose recordings have broken sales records, and who won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award in 1991
Author: Rachel Jeffs
In this searing memoir of survival in the spirit of Stolen Innocence, the daughter of Warren Jeffs, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the FLDS Church, takes you deep inside the secretive polygamist Mormon fundamentalist cult run by her family and how she escaped it. Born into the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Rachel Jeffs was raised in a strict patriarchal culture defined by subordinate sister wives and men they must obey. No one in this radical splinter sect of the Mormon Church was more powerful or terrifying than its leader Warren Jeffs—Rachel’s father. Living outside mainstream Mormonism and federal law, Jeffs arranged marriages between under-age girls and middle-aged and elderly members of his congregation. In 2006, he gained international notoriety when the FBI placed him on its Ten Most Wanted List. Though he is serving a life sentence for child sexual assault, Jeffs’ iron grip on the church remains firm, and his edicts to his followers increasingly restrictive and bizarre. In Breaking Free, Rachel blows the lid off this taciturn community made famous by Jon Krakauer’s bestselling Under the Banner of Heaven to offer a harrowing look at her life with Warren Jeffs, and the years of physical and emotional abuse she suffered. Sexually assaulted, compelled into an arranged polygamous marriage, locked away in "houses of hiding" as punishment for perceived transgressions, and physically separated from her children, Rachel, Jeffs’ first plural daughter by his second of more than fifty wives, eventually found the courage to leave the church in 2015. But Breaking Free is not only her story—Rachel’s experiences illuminate those of her family and the countless others who remain trapped in the strange world she left behind. A shocking and mesmerizing memoir of faith, abuse, courage, and freedom, Breaking Free is an expose of religious extremism and a beacon of hope for anyone trying to overcome personal obstacles.
Author: Andrew Vaughan
Garth Brooks is not just the most successful male country-recording artist ever; he's one of the world's bestselling artists of all time. Although he "retired" in 2001, he has since returned to the limelight, staging the biggest comeback since Sinatra. This unauthorized biography is the first fully illustrated celebration of his life and his career in all its glory complete with original, unpublished interviews, rare photographs, and commentary from Garth's friends."
Author: Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna
"Every guitar player will want to read this book twice. And even the casual music fan will find a thrilling narrative that weaves together cultural history, musical history, race, politics, business case studies, advertising, and technological discovery." —Daniel Levitin, Wall Street Journal An unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the players and builders who brought it to life For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud, veteran music journalists Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and original as the instruments they spawned. Play It Loud uses twelve landmark guitars—each of them artistic milestones in their own right—to illustrate the conflict and passion the instruments have inspired. It introduces Leo Fender, a man who couldn't play a note but whose innovations helped transform the guitar into the explosive sound machine it is today. Some of the most significant social movements of the twentieth century are indebted to the guitar: It was an essential element in the fight for racial equality in the entertainment industry; a mirror to the rise of the teenager as social force; a linchpin of punk's sound and ethos. And today the guitar has come full circle, with contemporary titans such as Jack White of The White Stripes, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys bringing some of the earliest electric guitar forms back to the limelight. Featuring interviews with Les Paul, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and dozens more players and creators, Play It Loud is the story of how a band of innovators transformed an idea into a revolution. From the Hardcover edition.
Author: Mara Botonis
When Caring Takes Courage Professional caregivers have long had several choices when it comes to dementia care training resources and, likewise, family members could learn from other at-home non-professional caregivers. When Caring Takes Courage is unique in that it culls best practices from both groups and arranges them into an understandable go-to reference. When Caring Takes Courage follows the path of Alzheimer s disease from its onset, what the disease is and how to seek preliminary diagnosis, all the way to hospice care and all that happens in between. The book includes tips to help with everyday challenges such as bathing, toileting, managing medications and dealing with difficult behaviors. Readers will gain access to customizable tools such as: The Alzheimer s and Dementia Symptom Tracker, Alzheimer s Care Needs Calculator, Affording Alzheimer s Care in Today s Economy Worksheet, Alzheimer s at Home Weekly Care Planner and more. When Caring Takes Courage is intended to be USED not just simply READ, striving to serve Alzheimer s and Dementia caregivers as a constant companion on what can, at times, feel like a lonely journey. Helping caregivers impacted by the disease create better, brighter days with their loved ones. "
Author: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
(Vocal Collection). This volume of the Singer's Musical Theatre Anthology series is specially designed for child theatre singers, with songs originally sung by children, in authentic editions. The collection features a mix of classic and contemporary songs and includes plot notes on each show. Contents: THE ADDAMS FAMILY: What If * ANNIE: Maybe * I Don't Need Anything But You * You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile * ANNIE WARBUCKS: I Always Knew * BILLY ELLIOT: Electricity * Expressing Yourself * THE BOY FROM OZ: When I Get My Name in Lights * A CHRISTMAS STORY - THE MUSICAL: Counting Down to Christmas * Red Ryder Carbine Action BB Gun * Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana * FANNY: Be Kind to Your Parents * FROZEN (film): Do You Want to Build a Snowman? * GYPSY: Let Me Entertain You * INTO THE WOODS: I Know Things Now * Into the Woods * THE KING AND I: Getting to Know You * I Whistle a Happy Tune * MAME: My Best Girl * MATILDA THE MUSICAL: Naughty * Quiet * When I Grow Up * LES MISERABLES: Castle on a Cloud * Little People * THE MUSIC MAN: Gary, Indiana * NINE: Getting Tall * OLIVER!: Where Is Love? * Who Will Buy? * RUTHLESS: Born to Entertain * THE SECRET GARDEN: The Girl I Mean to Be * Round-Shouldered Man * SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL: Green Eggs and Ham * It's Possible (In McElligot's Pool) * SHREK THE MUSICAL: I Know It's Today * SOUTH PACIFIC: Dites-Moi (Tell Me Why) * TARZAN: I Need to Know
Author: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Confronting Nazi evil is the subject of the latest installment in the mega-bestselling Killing series As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were swiftly caught, including the notorious SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among those war criminals were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann. Killing the SS is the epic saga of the espionage and daring waged by self-styled "Nazi hunters." This determined and disparate group included a French husband and wife team, an American lawyer who served in the army on D-Day, a German prosecutor who had signed an oath to the Nazi Party, Israeli Mossad agents, and a death camp survivor. Over decades, these men and women scoured the world, tracking down the SS fugitives and bringing them to justice, which often meant death. Written in the fast-paced style of the Killing series, Killing the SS will educate and stun the reader. The final chapter is truly shocking.
Author: Trisha Yearwood, Beth Yearwood Bernard
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Presents "a balance of healthy versions of comfort food along with a smattering of indulgences. Whether slimmed down or 'original,' Trisha's recipes, such as black bean quinoa, slow cooker Georgia pulled pork BBQ, and chicken tortilla casserole, are [included]"
Author: Mr. Jimmy Wayne
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
* NEW YORK TIME BEST SELLER* Imagine yourself a thirteen-year-old hundreds of miles away from home, in a strange city, and your mom leaves you at a bus station parking lot and drives off into the night with her lover. That’s the real life story of country music star Jimmy Wayne. It’s a miracle that Jimmy survived being hungry and homeless, bouncing in and out of the foster care system, and sleeping in the streets. But he didn’t just overcome great adversity in his life; he now uses his country music platform to help children everywhere, especially teenagers in foster care who are about to age out of the system. Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s horrendous childhood and the love shown him by Russell and Bea Costner, the elderly couple who gave him a stable home and provided the chance to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.” It also chronicles Jimmy’s rise to fame in the music industry and his Meet Me Halfway campaign: his walk halfway across America, 1,700 miles from Nashville to Phoenix, to raise awareness for foster kids. Join Jimmy on his walk to beautiful and see how one person really can make a difference. ENDORSEMENTS “If your story could use a better chapter, take inspiration from Jimmy’s.” —Max Lucado, New York Times Best-Selling Author “It reads like a movie to me, and if so, I’ll be the first one in a seat to see it.” —Dolly Parton “Walk to Beautiful will open your eyes to the hurting people around you.” —Frank Harrison, Chairman and CEO, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated; Chairman and Cofounder, With Open Eyes
Author: Toby Welch
To say Garth Brook is a superstar is a major understatement. Brooks is the best selling solo artist in history with more than 130 million albums sold worldwide. Since he released his debut album in 1989, Garth Brooks, he has been a mainstay on country music charts.What follows are quotes spoken by Brooks on all aspects of his life. Each quote is attributed to its original source so you can see it wasn't pulled out of thin air. Hope you enjoy reading the gems that Brooks has shared in the past 20+ years. As a bonus, after the Brooks quotes you'll find a smattering of quotes about Garth Brooks spoken by those in the music industry and those who know him best.
Author: Bruce Feiler
Publisher: Harper Collins
Country music has exploded across the U.S. and undergone a sweeping revolution, transforming the once ridiculed world of Nashville into an unlikely focal point of American pop culture. Bruce Feiler was granted unprecedented access to the private moments of the revolution. Here is the acclaimed report: a chronicle of the genre's biggest stars as they change the face of American music. From the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry to the dim light of a recording studio, here is a ruggedly authentic behind the scenes tour that takes you places outsiders have never been allowed to go. Part social history, part backstage pass, this penetrating and graceful book presents the most comprehensive portraits yet painted of Garth Brooks and Wynonna Judd-two of the most celebrated artists of our times-as well as a touching picture of Wade Hayes, a young man who hopes to follow them to the exalted heights of one of America's richest traditions: the world of country music.