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Recommended Book: “NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990” by Tony Rettman and Freddy Cricien (Dec 30, 2014)

NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990, by Tony RettmanISBN 978-1935950-12-7
High-quality trade paperback
450 densely illustrated pages
Foreword by Freddy Cricien
Dimensions: 6.75″ x 9.5″ x 1.5″ (170mm x 240mm x 40mm); 3 lbs. (1.2 kg)

“One of the greatest things ever for me was having a full belly of macaroni and meatballs, standing in front of CBGB at a hardcore matinee, and seeing my grandfather’s pigeons flying over.”—Vinnie Stigma, Agnostic Front

Known for its glamorous 1970s punk rock scene, New York City matched the grim urban reality of the 1980s with a rawer musical uprising: New York hardcore. As bands of misfits from across the region gravitated to the forgotten frontier of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With a a backdrop of despair, bands like Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Murphy’s Law, and Youth of Today confronted their reality with relentlessly energetic gigs at CBGB, A7, and the numerous squats in the area.

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Book Reviews: “Getting Started on Djembe” & “Getting Started on Cajon” by Michael Wimberly

Book reviews by Dawoud Kringle

Michael Wimberly HOW TO DJEMBETitle: Getting Started on Djembe
Author: Michaael Wimberly
Format: book & DVD
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corp
Genre: music education

Getting Started on Djembe / Getting Started on Cajon are new book instruction releases by master drummer/percussionist Michael Wimberly‘.

After greeting the viewer, Wimberly begins the video with an historic overview of the djembe, and it’s roots in 13th century Mali. A brief but comprehensive overview of the physical and mechanical characteristics of the djembe are discussed, along with some tips on maintenance.

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Reading and Book Signing: Robert Gordon – Respect Yourself – Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

312860-250Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: Wythe Hotel Screening Room (80 Wythe Ave @ N. 11th, Brooklyn, NY 11249)
Ticket: free

Join us for an evening with award-winning writer, Robert Gordon, who will be discussing his latest book, Respect Yourself–Stax Records and the Soul Explosion (Bloomsbury), about which the New York Times exclaimed,”Gordon’s deep knowledge of Memphis, give the book a significance that extends beyond a single recording studio. Robert Gordon knows the place, and he’ll take you there.”

The book tells a story of the Civil Rights Movement and the rise of Black Power through the lens of southern soul music. Gordon will also read from his other books including It Came From Memphis and Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters.

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NY Musician Feature: Michael Wimberly (P.2) – 2 book releases, 1 video interview and 2 workshop videos!

cajon-pack1Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Michael Wimberly set off for New York in 1982, quickly carving out a niche for himself as an eclectic percussionist. It was there he performed in duets, quartets and larger ensembles sculpting his unique musical voice.  For example, with Steve Coleman’s Five Elements (including David Gilmore, Marvin Smitty’ Smith and Ravi Coltrane) he collaborated on many projects, live and in the studio, in which radical conceptual pieces were refined for performance.

In addition to being a drummer, pianist and percussionist, Michael Wimberly is also a composer and sound designer who has written for prestigious New York dance companies (Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women and Joffrey Ballet), Theaters and Independent Film Makers.  Although his percussive repertoire is replete with traditional rhythms, Michael is known for playing cutting-edge music involving spontaneous improvisation and composed works with International Symphony Orchestras.

Michael holds a Masters Degree from The Manhattan School of Music and is currently a professor at Bennington College in Vermont and a faculty member at The Collective (formerly Drummers Collective). He is the founder of “Power of Drum”, a percussive arts and education event held annually in NYC, which has now expanded to Portugal and Spain.

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Book Recommendation: Shahnameh – The Epic of the Persian King

jpegAuthor:  Abolqasem Ferdowsi
Title: Shahnameh – The Epic of the Persian King
Format: hardcover with slipcase
Item#: ISBN 978-1-59372-051-3
Price: Regular Edition: $75.00 / Collector’s Edition: $550.00
Publisher: The Quantuck Lane Press

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings  
is a new illustrated edition of the classic work written over one thousand years ago byi Abolqasem Ferdowsi, one of Persia’s greatest poets. This new prose translation of the national epic is illuminated with over 500 pages of illustrations.

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