Category: Autobiography

  • Download E-books Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground PDF

    By Rob Jovanovic

    With particular new interviews from the band, this can be a pleasing account of 1 of the main influential teams in rock background.

    Brian Eno famously stated "the first Velvet Underground album in simple terms offered 10,000 copies, yet every person who obtained it shaped a band." probably no different musicians can declare such constrained chart good fortune and so enduring a musical legacy because the Velvet Underground. Artists together with David Bowie, The intercourse Pistols, pleasure department, Roxy track, Nirvana, U2, R.E.M., or even dissident Czech playwright and eventual president Václav Havel have mentioned the Velvets as a massive influence.

    Seeing the Light provides the untold tale of the band. shaped by way of the mercurial Lou Reed and classically proficient Welshman John Cale within the mid-1960s, the band first received notoriety after being followed via Andy Warhol. Warhol's patronage allowed the crowd to chart unexplored areas of rock 'n' roll, generating unforgettable and unsettling track that veered from droning, avant-garde experimentalism to folk-infused pop, supplying taboo-busting stories of drug dependancy, prostitution, and sexual deviance. inventive tensions and pissed off ambition ultimately observed either Cale and Reed depart the band, to its ignominious end.

    In the a long time seeing that, The Velvet Underground's song has attained vintage prestige, respected along The Beatles and The seashore Boys as one of many resources of recent pop. With unique new interviews from contributors Moe Tucker and Doug yuletide, in addition to the widow in their bandmate Sterling Morrison, journalist Rob Jovanovic peels again the mystique of 1 of an important bands in rock history.

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  • Download E-books My Italian Adventures: An English Girl at War 1943-47 PDF

    By Lucy De Burgh

    An mesmerizing memoir of one English girl's wartime adventures—so precise to lifestyles you can't support yet fall in love with Italy along her

    When Lucy Addey grew to become one of many Auxiliary Territorial carrier (ATS) Girls in Khaki, she rarely imagined that she may turn out consuming ice cream a stone's throw from the Roman discussion board. Her tale is of a love affair with the Italian landscape and its humans. but her Italy isn't with out its adventures, from her erstwhile admirer and would-be archaeologist Jimmy gifting her a landmine for use as espresso desk, to her harrowing trips throughout the Italian nation-state revealing Nazi atrocities opposed to the boys and ladies who had bravely sheltered Allied squaddies. Lucy's remarkable resilience and indomitable experience of enjoyable runs like a golden thread in the course of the booklet. it really is most unlikely to not get stuck up in her tales of humor and tragedy, and never to fall in love together with her Italy.

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  • Download E-books Occupation Diaries PDF

    This identify offers with existence in Palestine this day - what it truly is like - daily, from the Orwell Prize profitable writer, Raja Shehadeh. it's always the smallest info of way of life that let us know the main. And so it truly is lower than profession in Palestine. What such a lot folks take without any consideration should be conscientiously considered and deliberate for: while will the put up be allowed to get via? Will there be sufficient water for the bathtub this night? How shall i am getting rid of the garbage gathering open air? How a lot time should still I enable for the adventure to go to my cousin, facing checkpoints? and large questions too: is operating with left-wing Israelis participating or now not? What have an effect on will the Arab Spring have at the way forward for Palestine? What can someone do to lead to swap? Are any of life's pleasures untouched by way of politics?
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  • Download E-books Autobiography (Penguin Classics) PDF

    By John Stuart Mill

    One of many maximum prodigies of his period, John Stuart Mill (1806-73) was once learning mathematics and Greek through the age of 3, as a part of an astonishingly excessive schooling at his father's hand. Intellectually magnificent, fearless and profound, he turned a number one Victorian liberal philosopher, whose works - together with On Liberty, Utilitarianism, The Subjection of ladies and this Autobiography - are one of the crowning achievements of the age. right here he describes the pressures put on him by means of his adolescence, the psychological breakdown he suffered as a tender guy, his fight to appreciate an international of emotions and feelings a ways faraway from his father's strict didacticism, and the later improvement of his personal radical ideals. A relocating account of a unprecedented lifestyles, this nice autobiography finds a guy of deep integrity, continually looking for truth.

    For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the best writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents an international bookshelf of the easiest works all through background and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts stronger via introductions and notes by way of unique students and modern authors, in addition to up to date translations by way of award-winning translators.
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  • Download E-books Life and Death in Shanghai PDF

    A first-hand account of China's cultural revolution. Nien Cheng, an anglophile and fluent English-speaker who labored for Shell in Shanghai below Mao, was once placed below condominium arrest by means of pink Guards in 1966 and accordingly jailed. All makes an attempt to make her confess to the fees of being a British undercover agent failed; all efforts to indoctrinate her have been met by way of a steadfast and fearless refusal to simply accept the phrases provided by means of her interrogators. while she was once published from legal she was once informed that her daughter had devoted suicide. in truth Meiping have been overwhelmed to demise through Maoist revolutionaries.
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  • Download E-books Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia PDF

    By Blake Butler

    “If there’s a extra completely amazing and fascinating new author than Blake Butler . . . good, there simply isn’t.” —Dennis Cooper

    From Blake Butler, the most not easy younger writers of our time and the acclaimed writer of the unconventional There isn't any Year, comes a thrillingly wide-ranging and provocative publication approximately insomnia—from its position in heritage, paintings, and technology via its unforeseen effects on Butler’s own mind's eye, inventive technique, and viewpoint on fact. lovers of David Foster Wallace, David Shields, and Dennis Cooper could be captivated by means of Blake Butler’s darkly evocative prose and his bold exploration of the demanding situations of awareness.
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  • Download E-books Adventures in Larryland!: Life in Professional Wrestling PDF

    Wrestling’s self-proclaimed “Living Legend” could by no means put on a championship belt back, yet he’s certainly now not down for the count number, as this memoir exhibits in its unique, usually hilarious tale of a impressive ascent to wrestling notoriety. Voted Rookie of the yr in 1974, Larry Zbyszko loved 30 excellent years as a most sensible attract the wild and wacky international wrestling. Attendance files have been shattered whilst he wrestled the unique “Living Legend,” Bruno Sammartino, in 1980 and received by way of hitting his former mentor with a chair—a rarity on the time. Chronicling Zbysko's transformation from baby-faced hero to at least one of the main hated wrestlers of his time, this uninhibited narrative unearths an insider's view of a few of the main profitable and debatable tales and scandals in pro-wrestling history.
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  • Download E-books Guy Martin: When You Dead, You Dead PDF

    By Guy Martin

    "The maddest yr of my existence. the adventure starts off with an oddball race up an American mountain and ends with me checking myself out of clinic with a damaged again. back. . ."

    As man Martin's grandfather Voldemars often reminded him, "When you useless, you dead." So, earlier than it is all over, man Martin is taking advantage of the time he’s received. during this earlier yr by myself, man has raced the Isle of guy TT and comprehensive at the podium; motorbike trekked via India; competed in solo 24-hour bicycles races; flown a stunt airplane; damaged a go-kart velocity list down a French mountain; and dusted himself off after a dramatic crash on the Dunrod a hundred and fifty Superbike race. And he’s performed all this round his day task as a truck mechanic. yet enable man let you know approximately it himself: "This booklet starts off in a Transit, results in a Transit, and in among I’ve raced a couple of pushbikes, raced a number of motorbikes and acquired a good few tales to inform you." Spot on.

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  • Download E-books Shakespeare Never Did This PDF

    By Charles Bukowski, Michael Montfort

    An account of Charles Bukowski's 1978 ecu journey. In 1978 Europe used to be new territory for Bukowski conserving the secrets and techniques of his personal own ancestry and origins. En path to his birthplace in Andernach, Germany, he's trailed by means of celebrity-hunters and paparazzi, seems under the influence of alcohol on French tv, blows a small fortune at a Dusseldorf racetrack and stands in a Cologne Cathedral musing approximately existence and death.

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  • Download E-books Scar Tissue PDF

    By Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman

    Now in paperback, the New York Times bestseller by way of one in all rock's so much provocative figures

    Scar Tissue is Anthony Kiedis's searingly sincere memoir of a lifestyles spent within the quick lane. In 1983, 4 self-described "knuckleheads" burst out of the mosh-pitted mosaic of the neo-punk rock scene in L.A. with their very own certain model of cosmic hardcore mayhem funk. Over two decades later, the pink sizzling Chili Peppers, opposed to all odds, became the most profitable bands on the planet. although the band has passed through many incarnations, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the complete roller-coaster ride.

    no matter if he is recollecting the impression of the attractive, robust ladies who've been his muses, or retracing a trip that has integrated appearances as varied as a functionality sooner than part one million humans at Woodstock or an viewers of 1 on the humble compound of the exiled Dalai Lama, Kiedis stocks a compelling tale in regards to the fee of good fortune and extra. Scar Tissue is a narrative of commitment and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption--a tale which can merely have pop out of the realm of rock.
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