Lifestyle and Culture: Entertainment

Enchanted

A History of Fantasy Illustration

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The first-ever history of fantasy art and illustration

For hundreds of years artists have been inspired by the imaginative potential of fantasy. Unlike science fiction, which is based on fact, fantasy presents an impossible reality-a universe where dragons breathe fire, angels battle demons, and magicians weave spells. Published to coincide with a major exhibition, this handsome volume reveals how artists have brought to life mythology, fables, and fairy tales, as well as modern epics like the Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Final Fantasy.

Written by leading historians of the field, Enchanted traces the development of fantasy art from Old Masters like Bosch, Dürer, and Henry Fuseli, through Golden Age illustrators like Arthur Rackham and Howard Pyle, to classic cover artists like Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo, and emerging talents like Anna Dittmann and Heather Edwards. More than 150 key works-including paintings, prints, drawings, and digital art-are illustrated in vibrant color, many at full-page size. 

Enchanted is a must-have reference for artists and illustrators, and a delight for all lovers of fantasy.

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85 Years of the Oscar

The Official History of the Academy Awards

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The only official history of the Academy Awards and an indispensable addition to any movie buff’s library.

For the film industry, the Academy Awards is the most celebrated and most significant night of the year: everyone longs for the recognition of being nominated to win a little golden statuette. For most of us, however, even a walk down the red carpet is just a dream. 85 Years of the Oscar® puts readers into those iconic plush seats for the thrill of the Academy Awards, from the first show in 1928, shortly after the introduction of the talking picture, to this year’s eighty-fifth anniversary.

With hundreds of photographs and an informative text by Hollywood insider Robert Osborne, 85 Years of the Oscar® is the official history of the Academy Awards. Organized by year, 85 Years of the Oscar® chronicles the ceremonies themselves, as well as the accomplishments, trends, developments, and events that occurred, both within the Academy and for the film industry as a whole. Osborne comments on each year’s most important films and shares the stories behind them. He also transports readers into the awards show, quoting from notable acceptance speeches and celebrity reactions, as well as regaling readers with anecdotes from each year. All award nominees and winners are listed, with a special listing of Oscar® record-holders.

An indispensable and encyclopedic reference for the amateur and expert alike, from the struggling actor to the film critic, this book has been a popular favorite since its first edition was published twenty-four years ago, just after the sixtieth awards ceremony. 85 Years of the Oscar® provides an authority and depth of coverage found nowhere else, and it is sure to please movie-goers around the world.

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Stories My Father Told Me

Notes from "The Lyons Den"

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An incredible collection of celebrity stories and photographs from 1934 to the present, from the archives of "The Lyons Den" by eminent New York Post columnist Leonard Lyons, compiled by his son, movie critic Jeffrey Lyons.

This amazing collection of choice anecdotes takes us right back to the Golden Age of New York City nightlife, when top restaurants like Toots Shor’s, “21,” and Sardi’s, as well as glittering nightclubs like the Stork Club, The Latin Quarter, and El Morocco, were the nightly gathering spots for great figures of that era: movie and Broadway stars, baseball players, champion boxers, comedians, diplomats, British royalty, prize-winning authors, and famous painters. From Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, from Ethel Barrymore to Sophia Loren, from George Burns to Ernest Hemingway, from Joe DiMaggio to the Duke of Windsor: Leonard Lyons knew them all. For forty glorious years, from 1934 to 1974, he made the daily rounds of Gotham nightspots, collecting the exclusive scoops and revelations that were at the core of his famous newspaper column, “The Lyons Den.”

In this entertaining volume Jeffrey Lyons has assembled a considerable compilation of anecdotes from his father’s best columns, and has also contributed a selection of his own in-depth interviews conducted on his own TV shows with George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, George Carlin, Dennis Hopper, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Ben Kingsley and other current stars. Organized chronologically by decade and subdivided by celebrity, Stories My Father Told Me offers fascinating and amusing stories illustrated by some sixty archival photographs. He so captured the tenor of those exciting times that the great Lincoln biographer Carl Sandburg said: “Imagine how much richer American history would have been had there been a Leonard Lyons in Lincoln’s time.”

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Starstruck

Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood

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A lively, firsthand account of the evolution of a world-class collection of vintage film posters and stills, accompanied by descriptions of the stars and films depicted.

During his more than forty years as a film historian, Ira M. Resnick amassed a superb collection of more than 2,000 vintage movie posters and 1,500 stills. They were never shared with the public until Starstruck: Vintage Movie Posters from Classic Hollywood was published in 2010. This remarkable volume features the best of Resnick’s collection, with vivid reproductions of 250 posters and 40 stills from 1912-1962, Hollywood's golden age.

Ira M. Resnick founded the Motion Picture Arts Gallery in Manhattan—the first gallery exclusively devoted to the art of the movies. A renowned institution amongst movie poster collectors, the gallery is now located just outside of New York City in East Rutherford, NJ. A respected figure in the NYC film community, Resnick served as chairman of the board of the Film Society of Lincoln Center from 1999 to 2005.

A one-of-a-kind art book, STARSTRUCK combines cinematic history, a guide to poster collecting, firsthand account, and dramatic full-color artwork—a blend of genres that is unlike any other movie poster book. Resnick offers entertaining anecdotes about how he managed to acquire such stellar examples of movie poster art, as well as historical information about the stars and films shown on the pieces he collected. Bonus material includes a list of Resnick’s fifty favorite one-sheets, advice for the movie poster collector, and a glossary of terms and poster sizes. A must-have book for every collector and film buff, STARSTRUCK offers a beautifully illustrated, personal tour of a bygone age of the motion picture advertising industry.

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The Magic Flute (Special Edition)

Boxed edition with signed print

The ultimate gift for opera lovers, the irresistible illustrated libretto pairs Davide Pizzigoni's engaging images with J. D. McClatchy's witty new translation and a music CD of the rare 1937 recording of Arturo Toscanini conducting the Vienna Philharmonic.

Originally commissioned by the Viennese music-hall impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, Mozart's Magic Flute has triumphed over these humble beginnings to become one of the most widely performed and best-loved operas in the international repertory. Over the centuries, Mozart's inspired whimsy and profoundly serious symbolism have been interpreted by artists as varied as Marc Chagall and David Hockney. Now, with elegant verve, Davide Pizzigoni translates Mozart's celebrated musical motifs into such charming visual motifs as quirky faces, extravagant shoes, and unexpected flowers. The new translation of the Schikaneder/Mozart libretto by poet and librettist J. D. McClatchy takes an equally fresh and amusing approach, as does his lighthearted but illuminating introduction. The inventive design of the book stages the opera on the page, giving each reader front-row seats at a dazzlingly original performance.

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Nothing But The Blues

The Music and the Musicians

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The story of America's most passionate and enduring music, told through fascinating narrative and vintage photographs.

It is our most passionate music, rooted in ancient Africa but brought to blossom in America at the doorstep of the twentieth century. It is a living heritage of song born in poverty, persecution, and hard labor, born of love and love betrayed, of holiness and sin, the pleasures and the pains of the flesh, the experience of tragedy, comedy, drunkenness, despair, desolation, and pure joy. It is the blues.

At root, the blues is rich in its simplicity, but it has flowered across the years in a variety of rare complexity. Perhaps no form of popular art is more immediately appealing than the blues, yet so rewards a thorough knowledge of its finer points. In eleven authoritative essays commissioned especially for the book, Nothing But the Blues traces the African-American origins of the music, its early development as popular entertainment, its early recorded manifestations, its regional differentiation (Mid-South, Tidewater-Piedmont, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles), its many stylistic dimensions, and its contemporary manifestations. Country blues, urban blues, the evolution of rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and the blues revival are all fully covered.

But the written history is only part of the story. Blues fans have always treasured rare photographs of their heroes, and Nothing But the Blues is gloriously illustrated with posed and candid shots of the musicians as well as photographs of such one-of-a-kind artifacts and documents as Leadbelly's NYPD rap sheet and classic recording contracts. Nothing But the Blues features an introduction by one of the genre's living legends, B. B. King, and a comprehensive "best of the best" discography, including current and rereleased recordings as well as the collectors' treasures to go after.

Blues is more popular than ever before. Not only are reissues of historical blues classics selling in unprecedented numbers, but a whole new crop of vital young blues artists is active in clubs and on record today. Nothing But the Blues is a lavishly illustrated comprehensive history of the music and the musicians, as well as the promoters, producers, and others who have shaped--and continue to shape--this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form.

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