There's a Golden Sky

How Twenty Years of the Premier League Have Changed Football Forever

There's a Golden Sky

With 2011 celebrating the Premier League's 20th anniversary, it's time to take stock of a phenomenon that has changed English football - and English society - forever. Ian Ridley took a long hard look at the game back in the 1980s against a backdrop of recession, strikes and football hooliganism. In this new book he examines just how far the game has come, sucking in players and money from around the globe and providing fame, fortune and hours of pleasure in return. It includes: - Interviews with major players such as the chairman of the FA, top-flight managers, and the broker who sold Chelsea to Abramovich. - A behind-the-scenes look at clubs such as Fulham and Manchester United, as well as roles within football like refereeing. - An exploration of the finances of the game, its changing profile and the growing gap between the Premier League and the rest of the game. As he examines the changes that have occurred over the last twenty years, Ridley seeks to discover if the soul of the game still exists. With his eye for detail, his knack for voices and his incisive intelligence, he has woven together a rich and fascinating story of football's metamorphosis from social outcast to favourite child.

Country Music Records

A Discography, 1921-1942

Country Music Records

More than twenty years in the making, Country Music Records documents all country music recording sessions from 1921 through 1942. With primary research based on files and session logs from record companies, interviews with surviving musicians, as well as the 200,000 recordings archived at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Frist Library and Archives, this notable work is the first compendium to accurately report the key details behind all the recording sessions of country music during the pre-World War II era. This discography documents--in alphabetical order by artist--every commercial country music recording, including unreleased sides, and indicates, as completely as possible, the musicians playing at every session, as well as instrumentation. This massive undertaking encompasses 2,500 artists, 5,000 session musicians, and 10,000 songs. Summary histories of each key record company are also provided, along with a bibliography. The discography includes indexes to all song titles and musicians listed.

Was That Me?

Turning Points in My Life

Was That Me?

In his memoir Was That Me?, a successful businessman, author, and philanthropist provides an inspirational look into the reasons why he chose the road he did in life. After being repeatedly asked the question, How did you go from not attending high school to becoming the man you are today? Bivonas answer was always the same: lots of luck and fate. But soon, that answer did not seem to be enough; and, as Bivona delved into past experiences in order to discover what truly caused him to reach his current destination, he began to identify the influences that propelled him from a childhood in a rundown neighborhood to a stint in the Air Force to his first jobs at Coney Island Amusement Park and a Wall Street stockbrokerage firm. As Bivona relays how he eventually attended Long Island University and became a certified public accountant, it is evident that self-determination and a thirst for knowledge guided him to attain success. The true story of how Michael Bivonas choices in life helped him become who he is today will inspire anyone to examine their own turning points and learn that sometimes opening the door to the unknown is what leads to true happiness.

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Breakfast with the Ones You Love

Breakfast with the Ones You Love

Meet Lea Tillim, aka Cadaver Dimples, Star of Morgues and Emergency Rooms. Scarecrow thin, with a sharp crew cut and a dead face, Lea’s a girl with a talent. She can think you into a heart attack if you cross her–or, if she’s feeling kind, just a bad case of indigestion. She has only one friend in the world, her cat, Tule. You see, a girl like Lea can’t be too careful whom she shows her talent to. In her experience it only leads to troubles and tragedies. Now it’s led her to Jack Konar, who’s secretly building something strange and wonderful in an abandoned section of the local Sears and Roebuck. According to Jack, it’s all part of a master plan to rescue the Chosen from this godforsaken planet. But the agents of the Evil Ones–cleverly disguised as ordinary people and sometimes even cats–are trying to stop him. Jack needs a girl with Lea’s special talents. It would all sound just too crazy for words if the most dangerous and unexpected thing of all hadn’t happened. After years of the best poker face grief could buy, Lea finds herself slowly coming back to life . . . and falling in love with the savior of the world. From the Trade Paperback edition.

You've Got to Have a Dream

The Message of the Musical

You've Got to Have a Dream

This book argues that musicals provide millions of people across the world not just with entertainment and escapism but with spiritual and theological values, a philosophy of life and an encounter with God. It traces the underlying philosophy and world-view found in musical theatre from Gilbert & Sullivan to The Lion King and Rent. The spiritual, theological and philosophical resonances of seminal musicals like Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables are discussed in detail and the book ends by looking at what message musical theatre may have for the churches and for Christian worship in particular.

The Picador Book of Sportswriting

The Picador Book of Sportswriting

Over the last few years - with the advent of fanzines, sports supplements, men's magazines - both the nature and the profile of sportswriting in Britain has changed, and in the press box, if not on the field, we are experiencing a Golden Age. Now everyone's a sportswriter: the people who write about sports are just as likely to have produced prize-winning novels as they are to have covered the World Cup for their newspaper. The book also concentrates on some of the brilliantly written and unjustly neglected books about sporting obsessionsfor surfing, dog-racing, swimming, rock-climbing - that have been published in the last few years, and pays tribute to the American influence on the British sportswriting boom: Joyce Carol Oates on boxing, Andre Dubus on minor-league baseball, Donna Tartt on cheerleading. But the guiding principle of this collection is the quality of the writing: it's prose that counts, not the sports or the stars.

In the Crowd

In the Crowd

One of the most successful, acclaimed and provocative publications of 2006 in France, In the Crowd makes its English language debut.

There's a Whole in the Sky

There's a Whole in the Sky

Grandma Anna knew Luna would have a special gift. She hoped these gifts would not burden Luna the way they had burdened her life. She prayed that a new generation of acceptance from society would come to embrace Luna, so that she would not need to hide. Anna was committed to help and protect her granddaughter. Anna looked into Lunas deep, dark, almond-shaped eyes. They were wide awake and aware. They were mysterious and mystical. It was as if Luna had come with some great knowledge and wisdom. But there was something almost worrisome about her; the infant had a serious pouty face and a squinty brow. What is Luna bringing to this family? What is she bringing to this world? Only time will tell.

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Volume 12: Music

The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture

Southern music has flourished as a meeting ground for the traditions of West African and European peoples in the region, leading to the evolution of various traditional folk genres, bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, and southern hip-hop. This much-anticipated volume in The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture celebrates an essential element of southern life and makes available for the first time a stand-alone reference to the music and music makers of the American South. With nearly double the number of entries devoted to music in the original Encyclopedia, this volume includes 30 thematic essays, covering topics such as ragtime, zydeco, folk music festivals, minstrelsy, rockabilly, white and black gospel traditions, and southern rock. And it features 174 topical and biographical entries, focusing on artists and musical outlets. From Mahalia Jackson to R.E.M., from Doc Watson to OutKast, this volume considers a diverse array of topics, drawing on the best historical and contemporary scholarship on southern music. It is a book for all southerners and for all serious music lovers, wherever they live.