House of Fun: The Story of Madness

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Author: John Reed

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1783233346

Category: Music

Page: 568

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Madness were true originals who mixed ska and reggae rhythms with social comment and music hall humour to become a British group like no other. They were the most successful UK singles band of the 80s, offering a larky down-to-earth take on Thatcher’s Britain through hits like ‘My Girl’, ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘House Of Fun’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’. Their appeal endures to this day, Madness’ latter-day concerts having become fun-packed celebrations of one of the best-loved songbooks in British pop. Like most bands Madness had their trials and tribulations, including band disputes, accusations of racism and an eventual split. But by then they had become a unique part of British pop history. In this book, John Reed tells their colourful story with a perceptive industry eye and the help of insights from many insiders and colleagues of the band.

The Hollywood Story

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Author: Joel Waldo Finler

Publisher: Wallflower Press

ISBN: 9781903364666

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 419

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This fully revised and updated edition of an award-winning classic traces the history of Hollywood from the silent era to the present day. The Hollywood Story comprehensively covers every aspect of movie-making in America, taking in nickelodeans, drive-ins and multiplexes; the transition from silent to sound, black and white to color; the relationships of producers, directors, stars and technicians; and the function and output of the studios - their major hits and most expensive flops. Praise for the first edition: 'The Hollywood Story is a must for the movie buff... Never has so much information been compiled into one, easy to read, accessible volume.' Bob Dorian, American Movie Classics 'A book that more than lives up to its claims... For all those unable to store sixty years of Variety under the bed, Mr Finler has performed an invaluable service. The Economist

Photos and Other Short Stories

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Author: Mary Brooks

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1499029357

Category: Fiction

Page: 152

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This is a collection of short stories mostly reflecting everyday life and its vicissitudes.

Boys and Girls Like You and Me

Stories

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Author: Aryn Kyle

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439109687

Category: Fiction

Page: 240

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ARYN KYLE, whose award-winning novel The God of Animals was hailed as "reason for readers to rejoice" (USA Today), turns her gift for storytelling to the lives of girls and women in this spectacular collection. These eleven stories showcase Kyle’s keen eye for character, her humor, and her uncanny grasp of the loneliness, selfishness, and longing that underlie female experience. In "Nine," a young girl given to exaggeration escapes a humiliating ninth birthday celebration with the help of her father’s new girlfriend. The dubious benefits of sleeping with one’s boss are revealed when a bookstore manager defends an employee from an irate customer in the hilarious "Sex Scenes from a Chain Bookstore." A raid on a neighbor’s meth lab strengthens the unlikely friendship between a solitary woman and a Goth teenage girl in "Boys and Girls Like You and Me." And in a notable exception to the rule, "Captain’s Club" features a boy whose devotion to a lonely woman transforms his cruise vacation. In moments electric with sudden harmony or ruthless indifference, the girls and women in this collection provoke, beguile, and entertain. Writing with remarkable tenderness and wisdom, Kyle gives us a collection radiant with bittersweet revelations and startling insights, and secures her reputation as a major young talent.

Spectacular Skies and Other Stories

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Author: Emma Thomson

Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

ISBN: 9780340911945

Category: Children's stories, English

Page: 87

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The weather is behaving very strangely in Little Blossoming, but Felicity and her friend are on hand to help in these three short stories, perfect for young readers. Story 1- It is the day of the Summer fete but the awful weather scuppers the fairies' plans for the day. Story 2 - The Weather Fairies have quit their jobs but there are four more fairies dying to take over... Story 3 - Fog has enveloped the whole of Little Blossoming. Felicity gets caught up in hilarious mix-ups and near catastrophes as she tried to find her way home.

The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia

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Author: Laurence Raw

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810869523

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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From his first feature film, The Duellists, to his international successes Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and American Gangster, Ridley Scott has directed some of the most compelling films of the last 30 years. Apart from his work as a film director, Scott has engaged in a vast range of activities, including that as a designer, producer, film mogul, and advertising executive. The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia is the first book that focuses on all aspects of his work in a wide-ranging career that spans nearly 50 years. The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of his work and are divided into four categories. The first focuses on Ridley Scott's work as a director, encompassing his feature films from The Duellists to Body of Lies, as well as his work in television, including commercials. The second category focuses on the people who have been involved in Scott's projects, including actors, directors, producers, designers, writers and other creative personnel. The third focuses on general thematic issues raised in Scott's work, such as gender construction, political issues, and geographical locations. Finally the encyclopedia incorporates entries on films by other directors who have influenced Scott's approach to his work as a director or producer. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making this the most comprehensive reference on Scott's body of work.

Punch

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Author: Henry Mayhew,Mark Lemon,Tom Taylor,Shirley Brooks,Sir Francis Cowley Burnand,Sir Owen Seaman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English wit and humor

Page: N.A

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The Disneyland Book of Lists

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Author: Chris Strodder

Publisher: Santa Monica Press

ISBN: 1595808264

Category: Travel

Page: 288

View: 4149

The Disneyland Book of Lists offers a new way to explore six decades of Disneyland® history. Hundreds of fascinating lists cover the past and present and feature everything from the park’s famous attractions, shops, restaurants, parades, and live shows to the creative artists, designers, characters, and performers who have made Disneyland® the world’s most beloved theme park. Inside the pages of this fun- and fact-filled book you will find: • 13 of Walt Disney’s Disneyland® Favorites • 32 Signs and Structures Reminding of Disneyland’s® Past • A Dozen Scary Moments on Disneyland® Attractions • 47 Disneyland® Parades • 18 Secrets in the Haunted Mansion • 30 Jokes from the Jungle Cruise • 25 Special Events You May Not Have Heard Of • 15 Urban Legends • 123 Celebrity Guests • 26 Attractions and Exhibits with the Longest Names • 11 Movies Based on Disneyland® Attractions • A Dozen World Records Set at Disneyland® In addition to lists created by author Chris Strodder (The Disneyland® Encyclopedia), the book will include lists from celebrities, Disneyland® experts and historians, Disneyland® Imagineers and designers, and other current and former Disneyland® employees. People have been making lists since Biblical times (think Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, compiled 2,100 years ago), and to this day various top tens, hit parades, and bucket lists chronicle every aspect of our lives. But until now, no book has used lists to categorize all the diverse elements in Disneyland®. Fun, fascinating, factual, and sixty years in the making, The Disneyland® Book of Lists is the only Disneyland® book of its kind.