Musicians of Note

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Joseph Vogel
Man in the Music:
The Creative Life and Work
of Michael Jackson

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This book by Joseph Vogel offers a wealth of information and insight into the life and music of Michael Jackson.

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Carole King, James Taylor
The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter
(DVD+CD) (2011)

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Disc 1: DVD
Troubadours: The Rise of the Singer-Songwriter [feature film]

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Disc 2: Bonus CD
1. James Taylor
    - Sweet Baby James
2. Linda Ronstadt
    - Desperado
3. Little Feat
    - Dixie Chicken
4. Elton John
    - Take Me to the Pilot
5. Tom Waits
    - Ol 55
6. Bonnie Raitt
    - Love Has No Pride
7. Randy Newman
    - Sail Away
8. Warren Zevon
    - Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
9. Kris Kristofferson
    - Why Me
10. Carole King
    - It's Too Late

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If you happen to live in the San Diego area be sure to check out the Westwind Brass, a brass quintet that performs music from all cultures and eras. They are also very active in music education.

"A painter paints pictures on canvas.
But musicians paint their pictures on silence."

~Leopold Stokowski~

We begin our Musicians of Note series with Jimmy Webb, one the greatest songwriters America has produced over the last half century and the lasting effect he has made with his great music.

...and more to come.

The Songmakers Collection (2001)

The True Stories of Legendary Pop Performers
[2 DVD Volumes]

In an office building a few blocks from Times Square, a group of talented teens rewrote the soundtrack to the American experience. The string of chart-topping melodies they penned earned the Brill Building the nickname "The Hit Factory."

Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Bobby Darin are among the legends who passed through its doors. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "Up on the Roof," and "Hound Dog" are just a few of the hits that came pouring out. This unprecedented look at "Teen Pan Alley" includes in-depth portraits of some of the biggest names in the business, along with a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at the heady days when the Brill Building was the center of the pop universe.

A treasure trove of unforgettable songs, rare photos, and interviews with everyone from Carole King to Phil Ramone makes The Songmakers Collection the definitive story of a musical revolution.

The story of a musical revolution, told by the writers, producers, and performers who made it happen. Includes: performance footage of stars like Dionne Warwick, The Righteous Brothers, Dusty Springfield, The Coasters, and many more; almost 100 interviews, including Burt Bacharach, Elton John, Dick Clark, Neil Sedaka, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Sinatra, and Dionne Warwick.

From the producers of A&E's award-winning Biography series. 300 minutes. [2 DVD Volumes]

The following video clip is the intro to the Bobby Darin segment from The Songmakers Collection:

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