The Choirboys


Author: Joseph Wambaugh

Publisher: Delta

ISBN: 030748288X

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6947

Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they’re haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch–shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap–each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of himself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Young Choristers, 650-1700


Author: Susan Boynton,Eric N. Rice

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

ISBN: 1843834138

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 265

View: 6415

First full-length consideration of the role played by young singers, bringing out its full significance and its development over time.

Music and Ceremony at Notre Dame of Paris, 500-1550


Author: Craig Wright

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521088343

Category: Music

Page: 420

View: 5177

This book is a history of the early musical life of the Parisian cathedral of Notre Dame. All aspects of the musical establishment of Notre Dame are covered, from Merovingian times to the period of the wars of religion in France. Nine discrete essays discuss the history of Parisian chant and liturgy and the pattern and structure of the cathedral services in the late Middle Ages; Notre Dame polyphony and the composers most closely associated with the cathedral, among them Leoninus, Perotinus and Philippe de Vitry; the organ and its repertoire; the choir, the musical education and performing traditions; and the relationship of the cathedral to the court.


The Rise and Fall of Thriller Cinema


Author: Bill Mesce, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786427515

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 344

View: 5351

The work examines the evolution of the thriller from the heyday of the Hollywood mogul era in the 1930s when it was primarily bottom-of-the-bill fodder, through its maturity in the World War II years and noir-breeding 1950s, its commercial and critical ascendancy in the 1960s and 1970s, and finally its subsequent box office dominance in the age of the blockbuster.

Collision Course

Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers, and the Strike that Changed America


Author: Joseph A. McCartin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019991205X

Category: History

Page: 504

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In August 1981, the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization (PATCO) called an illegal strike. The new president, Ronald Reagan, fired the strikers, establishing a reputation for both decisiveness and hostility to organized labor. As Joseph A. McCartin writes, the strike was the culmination of two decades of escalating conflict between controllers and the government that stemmed from the high-pressure nature of the job and the controllers' inability to negotiate with their employer over vital issues. PATCO's fall not only ushered in a long period of labor decline; it also served as a harbinger of the campaign against public sector unions that now roils American politics. Now available in paperback, Collision Course sets the strike within a vivid panorama of the rise of the world's busiest air-traffic control system. It begins with an arresting account of the 1960 midair collision over New York that cost 134 lives and exposed the weaknesses of an overburdened system. Through the stories of controllers like Mike Rock and Jack Maher, who were galvanized into action by that disaster and went on to found PATCO, it describes the efforts of those who sought to make the airways safer and fought to win a secure place in the American middle class. It climaxes with the story of Reagan and the controllers, who surprisingly endorsed the Republican on the promise that he would address their grievances. That brief, fateful alliance triggered devastating miscalculations that changed America, forging patterns that still govern the nation's labor politics. Written with an eye for detail and a grasp of the vast consequences of the PATCO conflict for both air travel and America's working class, Collision Course is a stunning achievement.

A History of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin


Author: Barra Boydell

Publisher: Boydell Press

ISBN: 9781843830443

Category: Music

Page: 218

View: 1829

Christ Church cathedral is an Anglican cathedral in a catholic country. Musical and archival sources (the most extensive for any Irish cathedral) provide a unique perspective on the history of music in Ireland.

Marrying Off Mother and Other Stories


Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447214552

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 7120

Which of these stories is true and which is semi-true I have, of course, not the slightest intention of telling you, but I hope this will not detract from your enjoyment . . . Gerald Durrell introduces an eccentric cast of characters in this entertaining collection of stories, first published in 1991. In the title story, part of the inspiration behind the ITV drama The Durrells, we join his family in Corfu, where Gerry joins forces with Larry and Margo in encouraging Mother to consider finding a new husband, only to rue the consequences. Highlights from the other tales in this collection are the acquisition of a strongly perfumed pig named Esmerelda, a foul-mouthed parrot called Moses, and a compulsive gambler who inspires a miracle. Written with Durrell's usual sharp eye for observing humour in a situation, Marrying Off Mother will delight fans both old and new.

The Passing Of Merlin Zauber


Author: R. J. R. Rockwood

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1450081223

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 235

View: 8831

This novel is a graphic account of the after-death experiences of a pediatric psychotherapist, Dr. Merlin Zauber. After an extensive dream journey following his death from a stroke, Merlin is welcomed into the afterlife by a helpful soul, Alexander. This soul explains that while the mind remains sharp after death, there are no senses beyond sight and no ability to feel pleasure or pain, no gender, and the only communication is telepathic. Merlin meets the spirit of the boy Eric, one of his former patients who committed suicide after performing a brilliant solo at a children's choral concert. The spirit Sibyl guides Eric to understand a past-life trauma that lay behind this action. Sibyl then helps Merlin recall a series of eleven of his own previous lives that affected his current spiritual state. After remembering these incarnations, Merlin refines his spirituality and prepares himself for his next incarnation, in which he will write a book accurately describing the afterlife. Click here for background information about the book.