Featuring the works of such designers as Worth, Fortuny and Christian Lacroix, a photographic celebration of the wedding gown showcases garments from the Victoria & Albert Museum´s renowned collection while drawing on archival letters, memoirs and newspaper accounts to trace the history of the white wedding dress.
In this first-ever coloring book from American Vogue, you are invited into a world of fashion fantasy. Twenty-six archival magazine covers from 1912 to 1932, by ten celebrated illustrators living here and abroad, take you back to a more playful and whimsical moment of boas, bows, hats and headpieces, fans, pearls and gloves, and even exotic animals. Coloring book fans of all ages can try their hand at the Art Deco patterns and letters from A to Z and the lively drawings of women dressed for the task at hand, whether it is driving their own car, pruning morning glories in the garden, feeding a dragon, steering a gondola, sitting on a crescent moon, perched on a peacock or riding a zebra-side-saddle, of course. This is the Vogue woman as liberated, stylish, and always dressed for adventure. At the back, don´t miss the twenty-six Vogue covers in their original colors with lively captions as well as a stunning six-page gatefold of twenty-one glamorous dresses from 1912-1932 to color, tear out, and display.
On this archival edition of Fresh Air, playwright and satirist from South Africa Pieter Dirk-Uys, and writer and director Todd Haynes. Dirk-Uys has a television talk show in South Africa that has an unusual twist. Instead of hosting his show as himself, he dresses drag as an Afrikaner dowager named Evita. His guests include such leaders as Nelson Mandela. His show is said to be ´´a way of making the country´s leaders seem more human.´´ And Haynes made his directing debut in 1988 with Superstar. His first feature film, Poison, won the Grand Jury Prize Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 1991. The film was partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and created a controversy because of its adult themes. His latest project, Safe, is a modern horror film about environmental pollution. (Original Broadcast Date: June 28, 1995) 1. Language: English. Narrator: Terry Gross. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/rt/whyy/010228/rt_whyy_010228_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On January 21, 1971, couturier Yves Saint Laurent presented his Spring-Summer haute couture collection. Inspired by the garments of the war years, the collection included short dresses, platform shoes, square shoulders, and exaggerated makeup. The show caused an outrage among the public, the critics, and the press alike, earning it the title of ´´Paris´s ugliest collection.´´ Nevertheless, the haute couture designs of the runway made their way to the boulevards, giving full sway to the ´´retro´´ trend that quickly conquered the streets. Yves Saint Laurent: The Scandal Collection, 1971 offers a behind-the-scenes look at the influential collection that ´´drew fire in the fashion world´´-from the collection´s inspiration to the press coverage that followed. Beautifully illustrated and documented with well-researched essays, this book is enriched with personal interviews and archival photographs of the show, the models, the designs, and the textile and print samples, as well as sketches and international press clippings.
(2017/Light In The Attic) 17 tracks - Album remastered from pristine LHI master tapes - Includes non-album LHI singles as bonus tracks - Download card for all of Ann-Margret’s LHI tracks including previously unreleased tracks - Liner notes by Hunter Lea including interviews with Ann-Margret & Suzi Jane Hokom - Essay by Lydia Hyslop - LP housed in a deluxe gatefold Stoughton tip-on jacket The ´´Cowboy” moved slowly out of the booth and into the studio. You could tell by the look in his eyes, that the half-dozen shots of Chivas Regal had put his ego to rest, and he was ready to sing with the ´´Lady.” They Sang for three nights – the ´´Cowboy” and the ´´Lady”, and the Gods were kind, and their album was finished on time. Herein, lie the results…some good, some bad and some more. - Lee Hazlewood ´´He had that wonderful, raw sense of humor and that good ol’ boy accent. He certainly could turn a phrase.” - Ann-Margret In 1969 Lee Hazlewood’s personal record label LHI Records was flush with major label cash and Lee wanted to make Ann-Margret his next big star. In the quest for a hit, the pair recorded fuzzed out acid rock (´´It’s A Nice World To Visit (But Not To Live In)” & ´´You Turned My Head Around,”) orchestral pop (´´Sleep in the Grass” & ´´Chico”) and a genuine country album cut in Nashville. Light in the Attic Records is proud to continue it’s Lee Hazlewood archival series with an expanded reissue of Lee & Ann-Margret’s The Cowboy & The Lady. The album is Hazlewood’s truest country album and a perfect example of the genre hopping he was afforded at LHI with unlimited creative freedom and money to burn. Recorded over a weekend in Nashville with the help of Charlie McCoy and some Nashville session musicians. ´´That was 47 years and about 5000 sessions ago.” – Charlie McCoy With improvised lines like ´´Look at her standing there with chili all over her dress / If I knew her better, I’d give her a puppy,” the sessions were loose and fun, with most tracks cut in one or two takes. ´´I had done things in Nashville before. I worked with The Jordanaires in ’62 or ’63. We did a lot of things. I had worked with Charlie McCoy, Floyd Cramer, and Chet Atkins. I love the feeling of Nashville.” – Ann-Margret A whirlwind year of lear jet promo tours, magazine photo shoots, television specials and cutting records for LHI wasn’t able to bring the success that Lee and Ann-Margret pushed for. A second LHI album with Ann-Margret was planned but never recorded. Within a year of making the trip to Nashville, Lee would be living in Sweden full-time and Ann-Margret would focus on her acting career for the better part of a decade. Nothing exemplifies Lee’s ´´throw it against the wall and see if it sticks” record production of the LHI era like his work with Ann-Margret. Though it didn’t stick, and it didn’t sell, Lee’s adventure with Ann-Margret is an extravagant tangent that has since grown a cult following…
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world´s surface. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world´s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Montefiore´s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance and peopled by a cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy, from Queen Victoria to Lenin. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice. Six tsars were murdered, and all the Romanovs lived under constant threat to their lives. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarfs and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband - who was murdered soon afterwards - loved her young male favourites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who faced Napoleon´s invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts, and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever written by a ruler. The Romanovs: 1613-1918 climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Written with dazzling literary flair, drawing on new archival research, The Romanovs: 1613-1918 is at once an enthralling story of triumph and tragedy, love and death, a universal study of power and an essential portrait of the empire that s... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Russell Beale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000931/bk_orio_000931_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world´s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world´s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all? This is the intimate story of 20 tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness, but all inspired by holy autocracy and imperial ambition. Simon Sebag Montefiore´s gripping chronicle reveals their secret world of unlimited power and ruthless empire-building, overshadowed by palace conspiracy, family rivalries, sexual decadence and wild extravagance, with a global cast of adventurers, courtesans, revolutionaries and poets, from Ivan the Terrible to Tolstoy and Pushkin, to Bismarck, Lincoln, Queen Victoria and Lenin. To rule Russia was both imperial-sacred mission and poisoned chalice: six of the last 12 tsars were murdered. Peter the Great tortured his own son to death while making Russia an empire, and dominated his court with a dining club notable for compulsory drunkenness, naked dwarves and fancy dress. Catherine the Great overthrew her own husband (who was murdered soon afterward), enjoyed affairs with a series of young male favorites, conquered Ukraine and fascinated Europe. Paul I was strangled by courtiers backed by his own son, Alexander I, who in turn faced Napoleon´s invasion and the burning of Moscow, then went on to take Paris. Alexander II liberated the serfs, survived five assassination attempts and wrote perhaps the most explicit love letters ever composed by a ruler. The Romanovs climaxes with a fresh, unforgettable portrayal of Nicholas II and Alexandra, the rise and murder of Rasputin, war and revolution - and the harrowing massacre of the entire family. Dazzlingly entertaining and beautifully written from start to finish, The Romanovs brings these monarchs - male and female, great and flawed, their families and courts - blazingly to life. Drawing on new archival res... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Norma Jean Gradsky. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/068922/bk_acx0_068922_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(Cornbread) 12 tracks - Album comes with download code Nedra, Estelle and the voice of Veronica. Beehives, Phil Spector anti ´´Be My Baby´´. Mascara vibrato and ´Baby I Love You´. Slit sarongs, castanets and ´Walking In The Rain´. Takes you back? Well, let´s go way back. Before the Wall of Sound, to Spanish Harlem in the mid-fifties. Thirteen-year-old Veronica ´Ronnie´ Spector, big sister Estelle and younger cousin Nedra Talley are gathered around their grandmother´s radio. They are listening intently to ´Why Do Fools Fall In Love´. With their other cousins they spent many a happy afternoon at the apartment rehearsing songs together and singing along with the latest doo-wop records. Ronnie loved Frankie Lymon´s voice and modelled her own singing style on his. Ronnie, Estelle and Nedra were from a very large musically appreciative family. All their aunts and uncles loved to sing and dance. So it was agreed that the three girls should take singing lessons. They soon found themselves an agent and before long some professional work. Known briefly as the Darling Sisters and wearing frilled party dresses they trilled ´Goodnight Sweetheart´ and other hit songs of the day in three part harmony to bar mitzvah audiences. It was hardly the big time, but it was a start. By 1961, having adopted the moniker Ronnie and the Relatives, the group had become a little restless playing hops and bar mitzvahs. Once again their agent Phil Halikus came to the rescue. He´d arranged for them to audition for Stu Phillips at Colpix Records. With that audition passed, and their first recording session completed, July 1961 saw the release of their first single. It coupled ´What´s so Sweet About Sweet Sixteen´ with ´I Want A Boy´ and sold very poorly. As did the second Ronnie and the Relatives 45 ´I´m Gonna Quit While I´m Ahead´ b/w ´My Guiding Angel´ released on Colpix´s May subsidiary at the beginning of 1962. Two singles bearing the group name were released in 1962. ´Silhouettes´ (an old song the Ronettes loved) coupled with ´You Bet I Would´ (co-written by the upcoming Carole King) hit the new release racks for May in April. ´I´m On The Wagon´ b/w ´I´m Gonna Quit While I´m Ahead´ foillowed two months later on the parent Colpix label. Aside from their duties recording for Colpix and twisting around the clock at the Peppermint Loung, Ronnie, Estelle and Nedra kept themselves busy as session singers and dancing girls. They sang back-ups for Del Shannon, Conway Twitty and, amongst others, Joey Dee. And, in all probability, it was the Ronettes who recorded four tracks in the guise of the Heartbreakers with R ´n´ B producer Bert Berns in April 1962. After two hard years in the business, in early 1963 the girls had the extreme good fortune to meet top record producer Phil Spector. He agreed to meet them at Mira Sound studios in New York and had them sing it bunch of Frankie Lymon and Little Anthony songs. Immediately hooked on Ronnie´s delicious looks and voice, and keen for a new act for his Philles label roster Spector was eager to sign the group. Problem was that the Ronettes were still signed to Colpix. So, Beatrice Bennett, mother of Estelle and Ronnie, approached Colpix and told them that the group were disenchanted with the music business and wanted to quit. Thus extricated from their contract, the Ronettes were free to sign with Philles Records. Colpix Records utilised the remaining Roulettes recordings they held in the can. In March 1963 the May label put ´The Memory´ and ´Good Girls´ together on a single, and two years later the Colpix-conned Dimension logo scheduled ´He Did It´ b/w ´Recipe For Love´ as a new release. Soon after signing the Ronettes to his Philles label in March 1963 Phil Spector had Ronnie ensconced in a dimly lit Hollywood recording studio singing over an old Darlene Love backing track. The group spent the next few months rehearsing at an apartment on loan from Arnold Goland, while Spector collaborated with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich on what was to become a worldwide smash - ´Be My Baby´. This Cornbread vinyl is of considerable archival importance. It contains all 11 tracks the Ronettes recorded for the Colpix label, but also a rare chance to hear Ronnie, Estelle and Nedra providing their distinctive vocal support on Joey Dee´s ´Getting Nearer´. from 1963. So settle back and enjoy the original voices of the beehive.