Billy Bragg - Roots, Radicals, and Rockers (Corte Madera)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join Billy Bragg for an exclusive booktalk and signing!

Skiffle - a do-it-yourself music craze with American jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences - is a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch hunts. Skiffle is reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.

Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early 50s, skiffle was adopted by the first generation of British teenagers working class kids who grew up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. Before Skiffle, the pop culture was dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of Lead Bellys Rock Island Line and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year.

Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was home grown: all you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.

Roots, Radicals, and Rockers is the first book to explore the Skiffle phenomenon in depth Billy Bragg's meticulously researched and joyous account shows how Skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

Stephen William "Billy" Bragg is an English singer-songwriter and left-wing activist. His music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, with lyrics that mostly span political or romantic themes. Billy's music is heavily centered on bringing about change and getting the younger generation involved in activist causes. For the entirety of Bragg's 30-year-plus recording career he has been involved with grassroots political movements, and this is often reflected in his lyrics. Bragg said in an interview: "I don't mind being labelled a political songwriter. The thing that troubles me is being dismissed as a political songwriter."
 

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780571327744
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Published: Faber & Faber - July 11th, 2017

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- The Wall Street Journal


51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

David Friend - The Naughty Nineties (San Francisco)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

In-conversation with Nicole Daedone

The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido examines the scandal-strafed decade when our public and private lives began to blur due to the rise of the web, reality television, and the wholesale tabloidization of pop culture.

In this comprehensive and often hilarious time capsule, David Friend combines detailed reporting with first-person accounts from many of the decade's singular personalities, from Anita Hill to Monica Lewinsky, Lorena Bobbitt to Heidi Fleiss, Alan Cumming to Joan Rivers, Jesse Jackson to key members of the Clinton, Dole, and Bush teams.

This book also uncovers unsung sexual pioneers, from the enterprising sisters who dreamed up the Brazilian bikini wax to the scientists who, quite by accident, discovered Viagra.

David Friend, a Vanity Fair editor, curator, and Emmy-winning documentary producer, is the author of Watching the World Change: The Stories Behind the Images of 9/11.

The Naughty Nineties: The Triumph of the American Libido Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780446556293
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Published: Twelve - September 12th, 2017

A sexual history of the 1990s when the Baby Boomers took over Washington, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue. A definitive look at the captains of the culture wars -- and an indispensable road map for understanding how we got to the Trump Teens.


1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Grant Faulkner - Pep Talks for Writers (Sausalito)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:00pm

Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it! Designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career. From tips about how to finally start that story to helpful ideas about what to do when the words just aren't quite coming out right, Pep Talks for Writers provides motivation, encouragement, and helpful exercises for writers of all stripes.

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month. His stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including the New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer's Digest, and the Berkeley Review. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781452161082
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 3rd, 2017

Every writer knows that as rewarding as the creative process is, it can often be a bumpy road. Have hope and keep at it Designed to kick-start creativity, this handsome handbook from the executive director of National Novel Writing Month gathers a wide range of insights and advice for writers at any stage of their career.


100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Carson Buck - Sausalito Story Time (Sausalito)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:00am

Please join us Fridays at 11 AM for our new weekly Book Passage Sausalito story time. Carson, our bookseller, will read new and classic picture books sure to engage and delight. Storytime is perfect for five-and-unders and their parents. Join us!

 

100 Bay St.
Sausalito, CA 94965

Class: Kerrin Meis - Portugal (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:00pm

4 Fridays: Oct. 6 - 27 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm • $150

Portugal - Study her history and its attendant monuments  from the Celts, the Romans, the Visigoths, Moors and Spaniards and a series of fascinating rulers whose incredible palaces compete with the monasteries of the religious orders. We visit Guimaraes, Conimbriga, the vast wine district of the Douro, Porto, a city full of visual surprises, John V's Palacio Mafra, Coimbra-the University city- and finally Lisbon and the palaces and gardens at Sintra and Queluz.

Kerrin Meis taught art history at SFSU for ten years, and she currently teaches for the OLLI programs at Dominican University and UC Berkeley. She leads study tours in Europe. Her Book Passage classes have been big favorites for years.

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

Marin School of the Arts - An Evening at Book Passage (Corte Madera)

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Award-winning Marin School of the Arts presents a non-stop evening event, celebrating the arts at Book Passage on October 6, 2017 from 5:00pm until 8:30pm. The celebration includes something for everyone, featuring:

  • Jazz Band
  • Rock Band
  • Creative Writing
  • Vocal Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre Arts
  • Dance, Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Photography

Join these talented young artists and share in their passion.

 

51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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