It all starts with a young girl playing her ukulele in a dingy folk club. There is something different about the song she sings - a song called 'Life Is Beautiful'. It breaks hearts. It makes money. It might even change the world. But no story of beauty and success in our cruel modern world can be entirely innocent. Can it? Young Girl With a Ukulele is a dark and clever story of music and fame - and the sinister forces which can lie behind them. Terence Blacker is a professional author, columnist and songwriter whose books have been widely praised. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Scott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/022235/bk_adbl_022235_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Imagine a vicious, cold-blooded, heartless villain who canes children and kicks puppies. Tim will totally kill that guy for you. If you pay him. And provide proof. But if you're just using him to knock out your own evil empire competition, look out. You'll be paying for your own funeral. Tim is at it again. The target this time is his arch enemy...and it is personal. You think Vanessa's gonna take this assassination lying down? Will she win? Will she finally get her playtime with Avi? Will she defeat the KC? Or might a certain sexy, young ukulele player break out some super powers and save both her men? Other books in the Killer on Call series: Ecstasy, book one Gin, book two Morphine, book three Valium, book four Pot, book five 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gwendolyn Druyor. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/089405/bk_acx0_089405_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Sting may have been the front man, but drummer Stewart Copeland was the heartbeat of The Police. In his memoir Strange Things Happen Copeland talks about how the band’s creative friction helped sell over 50 million records. And he blows the cover on his father, who raised the young Copeland in Beirut while spying for the CIA.Then, a year after releasing her critically-acclaimed debut album, Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi has a new EP. Perhaps the only Borneo-born ukulele player to get a major record deal through YouTube, Zee Avi talks with Kurt about her music and performs live in the studio.Finally, for over twenty years the Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital stored the cremated remains of patients in copper containers. Photographer David Maisel found them, and shows the beautiful — and bizarre — chemical reactions that took place as the canisters corroded in his exhibit "Library of Dust," currently at the California Museum of Photography in Riverside. Produced by Sarah Lilley. [Broadcast Date: September 4, 2010] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/100904/rt_stud_100904_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gary Shteyngart set his new novel, Super Sad True Love Story, in a dystopian, not-too-distant future where books are passé and social media reigns supreme — just like the present, only worse. Shteyngart tells Kurt how the reality of America's decline ended up outpacing his fiction and why love in the face of authoritarian systems is especially romantic. Next, summer is touring season for musicians, and Studio 360 is asking what they like to listen to on the road. Thao Nguyen, of the band Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, relies on the Zombies song "This Will Be Our Year." It's a tune about starting fresh, and Thao explains that's necessary when living like a nomad. Produced by Michael Raphael. Then, Amanda Palmer, best known as the front-woman of the punk cabaret band The Dresden Dolls, just released an album of covers where she re-imagines Radiohead's dour electro-rock with cheery ukulele. She performs live in our studio and tells Kurt that the collision between light and dark is where magic really happens. Finally, when the author John Irving was still a young man, his father disappeared. Irving tells Kurt that absence has informed his fiction ever since: inventing fathers through all his novels. Kurt talked to Irving in 2005 when he'd just published Until I Find You. John Irving's latest book is Last Night in Twisted River. [Broadcast Date: July 31, 2010] 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kurt Andersen. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/stud/100731/rt_stud_100731_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The final novel in the Armageddon Quartet and arguably the best of the three. Fast, frantic, and furiously paced - and introducing the now legendary Lazlo Woodbine, 1950s genre private eye. The host of stars include Harpo/Chico the two-headed lovechild, Barry the time-travelling Brussels Sprout, Elvis Presley in his greatest role ever, and Rex Mundi, who still bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Harrison Ford. The action takes place in Presley City, the world’s single surviving metropolis, where Rex finds himself trapped only days away from nuclear destruction. The world is not as it should be. The Bible prominently features Elvis. Lazlo Woodbine is convinced that he is the hero of the book and Barry knows for certain that he is! Rex keeps getting mistaken for the Antichrist, and this is seriously spoiling his chances of getting his end away with the gorgeous Laura Lynch (played apparently by Lady GaGa). If you had any questions to ask after listening to the first two books in this series, all will be answered in this one. Or, if not exactly answered, then not answered. The Suburban Book of the Dead is a study in controlled chaos and a masterpiece in the genre of Rankin’s own creation, Far-Fetched Fiction, and it is strongly recommended that you listen to the other two books first to have the remotest chance of understanding what is going on. Robert Rankin describes himself as a teller of tall tales. The Morning Star describes him as 'The Master of Silliness', and his publisher describes him as ‘The Master of Far Fetched Fiction’. He is the author of more than 30 novels, of which he has sold millions of copies, and he makes people laugh around the world. Robert loves going on tour, signing books for fans, and his appearances at signings and conventions are legendary, often including a stand-up routine, a song (accompanied by his 'air-ukulele'), and an always-entertaining question-and-answer session. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robert Rankin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/014463/bk_adbl_014463_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Zooey Claire Deschanel is an American actress, musician and singer-songwriter. In 1999, Deschanel made her film debut in Mumford, followed by her break out role as young protagonist William Miller's troubled older sister Anita in Cameron Crowe's 2000 semi autobiographical film Almost Famous. Deschanel soon became known for her deadpan supporting roles in films such as Elf (2003) and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005). She then began playing lead roles in films, including Yes Man (2008) and (500) Days of Summer (2009).Since 2001, Deschanel has performed in the jazz cabaret act If All the Stars Were Pretty Babies with fellow actress Samantha Shelton. She plays keyboards, percussion, banjo and ukulele. She has sung in several of her films, and her debut album Volume One (recorded with M. Ward under the moniker She & Him) was released on March 18, 2008. The follow up album Volume Two is stated for release March 23rd, 2010.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Drew Edward Wright (born on October 5, 1979) is a Canadian who is best known for being a top three finalist on the sixth season of Canadian Idol. When Drew was young, he was mostly into rock and country. When he was two, he was given a ukulele which he grew attached to. Even at a young age, Drew's interest in music was apparent. When he was five, he was sent home from school for singing Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones. Later, he quickly picked up drumming when he was twelve and he was often sent home for singing or drumming in class.
Christa Couture's Long Time Leaving is celebration of ordinary heartache Criminally under-rated - The Georgia StraightnnFor most musicians, the break-up album is the quintessential songwriter cliché - bringing with it the burden to eek out some kind of originality from an oversubscribed muse. But for award-winning indie artist Christa Couture -- whose first three albums reflected on her teenage battle with cancer, the loss of her left leg to the disease, and the deaths of both of her young children under separate circumstances -- the opportunity to write songs about such ordinary heartache seemed like a welcome reprieve. On the Steve Dawson-produced Long Time Leaving, Christa offers a truly unique take on the topic thanks in part to a long and complex relationship with grief that's given her rare insight into its nuances. It's a mostly upbeat album filled with sweet soaring hooks, whimsical melodies, clever word-play and Christa's trademark sweet, quirky vocals. It is at times an album to sing along to, even an album to do housework too (!!) - something Christa was striving for - and an album about continuing to move forward in the aftermath of tragedy. The collection seems effortlessly cohesive as Christa's expansive vocals and singular writing style provide the foundation for an array of arrangements - ranging from the sprightly, minimalist Aux Oiseaux to the twangy Alone in This. The latter is Christa's Nashville breakup song, in honor of the city where the album was recorded. Juno-winner Dawson not only produced the album but also contributes as a musician, adding pedal steel Weissenborn, ukulele and electric guitar. The top-notch band is rounded out by Blackie and the Rodeo Kings' rhythm section: John Dymond (k.d. lang, Bruce Cockburn) on bass and Gary Craig (Jann Arden, Anne Murray) on drums. Famed Nashville-based fiddler Fats Kaplin also makes an appearance on the coquettish Lovely Like You. TRACKS: 1) The Slaughter 2) Alone in This 3) Michigan Postscript 4) Separation/Agreement 5) Zookeeper 6) Lovely Like You 7) In the Papers 8) Solid Ground 9) That Little Part of My Heart 10) If I Still Love You 11) When it Gets Dark Again 12) Aux Oiseaux