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Winner of the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction and Los Angeles Times bestseller "It makes good music sound better."-Janet Maslin in The New York Times "A fascinating look into the West Coast recording studio scene of the '60s and the inside story of the music you heard on the radio. If you always assumed the musicians you listened to were the same people you saw onstage, you are in for a big surprise!"-Dusty Street, host of Classic Vinyl on Sirius XM Satellite Radio If you were a fan of popular music in the 1960s and early '70s, you were a fan of the Wrecking Crew-whether you knew it or not. On hit record after hit record by everyone from the Byrds, the Beach Boys, and the Monkees to the Grass Roots, the 5th Dimension, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, this collection of West Coast studio musicians from diverse backgrounds established themselves in Los Angeles, California as the driving sound of pop music-sometimes over the objection of actual band members forced to make way for Wrecking Crew members. Industry insider Kent Hartman tells the dramatic, definitive story of the musicians who forged a reputation throughout the business as the secret weapons behind the top recording stars. Mining invaluable interviews, the author follows the careers of such session masters as drummer Hal Blaine and keyboardist Larry Knechtel, as well as trailblazing bassist Carol Kaye-the only female in the bunch-who went on to play in thousands of recording sessions in this rock history. Readers will discover the Wrecking Crew members who would forge careers in their own right, including Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, and learn of the relationship between the Crew and such legends as Phil Spector and Jimmy Webb. Hartman also takes us inside the studio for the legendary sessions that gave us Pet Sounds, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and the rock classic "Layla," which Wrecking Crew drummer Jim Gordon cowrote with Eric Clapton for Derek and the Dominos. And the author recounts priceless scenes such as Mike Nesmith of the Monkees facing off with studio head Don Kirshner, Grass Roots lead guitarist (and future star of The Office) Creed Bratton getting fired from the group, and Michel Rubini unseating Frank Sinatra's pianist for the session in which the iconic singer improvised the hit-making ending to "Strangers in the Night." The Wrecking Crew tells the collective, behind-the-scenes stories of the artists who dominated Top 40 radio during the most exciting time in American popular culture.

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Genre: Music
Author: Kent Hartman
Publisher: Macmillan
Release: 2012-02-14
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781429941372

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(Book). Ever wonder what it would be like to be the most recorded musician in popular music? This updated bestselling autobiography spotlights Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and drummer extraordinaire Hal Blaine and his remarkable life experiences. From the Sinatras to the Beach Boys, Blaine drumrolled through the'50s, '60s and '70s, driving over 40 songs to the Number One slot. His works with Phil Spector and the Wrecking Crew sessions, his touring experiences and other hitmaking pressure sessions are amusingly revealed in this rare glimpse into a golden age of music. Exclusive scrapbook photos round out this biography to provide an entertaining and educating book for musicians and fans alike. The update brings his life into the 21st century, including info on his inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville, dealing with Spector's infamous trials, and recently, the renewed interest in his golden era of recording with the documentary film on the Wrecking Crew and all the new wave of accocalades that followed.

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Genre: Music
Author: Hal Blaine
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Release: 2010-01-01
File: 119 Pages
ISBN-13: 188840812X

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From the author of the landmark bestseller What's the Matter with Kansas?, a jaw-dropping investigation of the decades of deliberate—and lucrative—conservative misrule In his previous book, Thomas Frank explained why working America votes for politicians who reserve their favors for the rich. Now, in The Wrecking Crew, Frank examines the blundering and corrupt Washington those politicians have given us. Casting his eyes from the Bush administration's final months of plunder to the earliest days of the Republican revolution, Frank describes the rise of a ruling coalition dedicated to dismantling government. But rather than cutting down the big government they claim to hate, conservatives have simply sold it off, deregulating some industries, defunding others, but always turning public policy into a private-sector bidding war. Washington itself has been remade into a golden landscape of super-wealthy suburbs and gleaming lobbyist headquarters—the wages of government-by-entrepreneurship practiced so outrageously by figures such as Jack Abramoff. It is no coincidence, Frank argues, that the same politicians who guffaw at the idea of effective government have installed a regime in which incompetence is the rule. Nor will the country easily shake off the consequences of deliberate misgovernment through the usual election remedies. Obsessed with achieving a lasting victory, conservatives have taken pains to enshrine the free market as the permanent creed of state. Stamped with Thomas Frank's audacity, analytic brilliance, and wit, The Wrecking Crew is his most revelatory work yet—and his most important.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Thomas Frank
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Release: 2008-08-05
File: 384 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781429929813

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How many lives will you sacrifice to save the one you love? Drug baron Janac has turned to piracy to fund his battle for control of the Australian narcotics trade. When he attacks the MV Shawould on an evil night in the South China Sea, it seems he has also found the perfect victim for his psychotic games. Phil Hamnet and his wife Anna are sharing a last voyage on the Shawould before the arrival of their twins. Hamnet escapes Janac's attack, but Anna is taken and held hostage to ensure first his silence and then his cooperation. But when Janac's rogue ex-Special Forces crew attack more ships and men start dying, Hamnet has to decide if he can continue to sacrifice the lives of unknown sailors to save the woman he loves. It's an awful decision for anyone to have to make, but for a man who's already had the same dilemma - in a lifeboat, adrift in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean - it's a living nightmare. Janac's first appearance was in the suspense thriller The Defector - a #1 Thriller on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.de. This is what people said about the HarperCollins paperback edition: A real ripping yarn... begging to be made into an all-action film.' Qantas in-flight magazine It's a great escapist yarn with Janac a really nasty villain who gives Hamnet untold grief. I enjoyed this one.' Hawkes Bay Today 'I found it impossible to put down.' Boating New Zealand

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Mark Chisnell
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release: 2012-05-01
File: 278 Pages
ISBN-13: 1475194269

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 27. Chapters: Glen Campbell, Phil Spector, Dr. John, Leon Russell, Carol Kaye, Jack Nitzsche, Hal Blaine, Jerry Cole, Barney Kessel, Tommy Tedesco, Joe Osborn, Tony Terran, Don Randi, Larry Knechtel, Billy Strange, Richard Podolor, Julius Wechter, Steve Douglas. Excerpt: Phillip Harvey Spector (born Harvey Phillip Spector on December 26, 1939) is an American record producer and songwriter. The originator of the "Wall of Sound" production technique, Spector was a pioneer of the 1960s girl group sound and produced over 25 Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965 alone. After this initial success, Spector later worked with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Ramones with similar acclaim. He produced the Beatles' Academy Award-winning album Let It Be, and the Grammy Award-winning Concert for Bangladesh by former Beatle George Harrison. In 1989, Spector was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. The 1965 song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," produced and co-written by Spector for The Righteous Brothers, is listed by BMI as the song with the most U.S. airplay in the 20th century. The 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra, California home led to his being charged with murder in the second degree. After a 2007 mistrial, he was convicted in 2009 and given a prison sentence of 19 years to life. An appeal of the conviction was heard by the California Courts of Appeal in April 2011, but the murder conviction was upheld less than three weeks later. Spector's attorneys intend to pursue another hearing by the appeals court and will seek a review of the ruling by the California Supreme Court. Spector was born on December 26, 1939 to a lower middle class Jewish family in the Bronx in New York City. His grandfather was an immigrant from Russia with the surname...

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Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
Release: 2013-09
File: 28 Pages
ISBN-13: 1230489436

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The incredible details of the bold, near-disastrous first Allied airborne commando raid. Audacious to the extreme, Operation Colossus was a raid in the early, dark days of the Second World War, when Britain stood seemingly alone. After the country's defeats in western Europe in 1940, Prime Minister Winston Churchill insisted on an aggressive raiding campaign. Conducted on February 10, 1941, Operation Colossus was one such raid, meant to steal back the initiative and create as much chaos for the Axis powers as possible. However, bad luck stalked the mission, as one mishap after another seemed to foredoom the operation. In the aftermath, there were recriminations as well as accolades. Few military operations have proven as controversial.

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Genre: History
Author: Bernd Horn
Publisher: Dundurn
Release: 2019-01-19
File: 192 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781459743403

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In exchange for his freedom from a secret Moroccan prison, deep-water salvage diver Jonah Blackwell agrees to lead a covert search for a missing research team in the dangerous coastal waters of Somalia, an area plagued by pirates and a deadly red tide killing all marine life within its reach. But when his expedition threatens the ambitions of billionaire industrialist Charles Bettencourt, Jonah's survival depends on hijacking a hostile submarine and assembling an unproven crew who must simultaneously investigate the source of a mysterious oceanic plague and face down Bettencourt's commandos. A thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in the world's last frontier, THE WRECKING CREW will resonate with James Rollins and Clive Cussler fans alike.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Taylor Zajonc
Publisher: Blank Slate Press
Release: 2016-02-23
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 1943075166

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A brand-new edition of the classic thriller. Matt Helm, newly reinstated counter-agent, has a mission. He must travel to the wastes of northern Sweden and dispose of Caselius, a wraith-like operator with a genius for destruction. But amid a bewildering web of deceit woven by the enemy agent, his only ally deceased and help a thousand miles away, Helm soon realises he must track down his deadly prey alone.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Donald Hamilton
Publisher: Titan Books
Release: 2013-02-01
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781781162316

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In the spring of 1933, with a new president in office and a banking crisis narrowly averted, there was optimism in Washington, D.C., even among the baseball fans. The hard-luck Senators, who topped 90 wins in each of the previous three seasons only to finish well in back of the pennant winner, seemed full of promise. They secured a “new deal” of their own with 26-year-old Joe Cronin, their peppery shortstop, who had emerged as one of the best players in the American League. Newly signed as the youngest manager in the majors, Cronin was determined to lead the Senators to the pennant, though Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and the world champion New York Yankees stood in the way.

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Genre: Sports & Recreation
Author: Gary A. Sarnoff
Publisher: McFarland
Release: 2009-10-23
File: 245 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780786454822

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Hang on for a wild ride! The craziest "coalition" in history is out to destroy ISIS! Forty years ago, Don Tommy Aiello was the most feared mafia leader in the United States. Each week, he counted the number of bodies he was responsible for. Each week, he counted the number of women he had slept with. But that was forty years ago. Today, he counts the number of pills he takes and the pennies left over from his small Social Security check so he might buy a cheap set of dentures - not covered by Medicare. Life is pretty awful. Twenty miles away, Pedro Sanchez, twenty, has already done two of his three strikes in prison. He can't find a job. His seventeen-year-old girlfriend has just told him she's pregnant. Life is pretty awful. Sister Maureen Richards is about to be dumped from her position as head of a prestigious private girls' school. And FBI middle-manager Dennis O'Brien, 63, knows he's on the way out the door. But he's got an idea, which he shares with Ezra Caen, the hero of Gerstl's Assassin. Five thousand miles away, a group of malcontents calling themselves the Islamic State (ISIS) is stirring up a worldwide bag of problems. Boots on the ground can't stop them, aircraft in the air have no effect. The U.S. is spending $14 million a day and going nowhere. What if 15 "retired" Mafia Dons under the leadership of Sister Maureen are tasked with destroying ISIS? In exchange, their criminal records will be erased, and each will get $75,000 tax free a year for the rest of their lives. Their "army" will consist of young Hispanics who aren't going anywhere except to the bottom ... they'll be given a four-year free college education and guaranteed government employment. Of course, the good, moral U.S. of A. can't be seen to have a hand in this, so it will all be funded through La Società di Religione - the Vatican Bank. Hugo N. Gerstl, international bestselling author, steps into a wacky world that only his imagination could devise. Beneath the outrageous hilarity lies a much more serious message - how seniors we've put out to pasture, and those who are socially disadvantaged, become "invisible" in our world. As this splendidly entertaining novel makes clear, "Old age and treachery will defeat youth and vigor every time."

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Genre: Afghanistan
Author: Hugo N. Gerstl
Publisher:
Release: 2016-12-08
File: 252 Pages
ISBN-13: 1941905080

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