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Walk-Don't Run - The Story of The Ventures By Del Halterman
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The world's number one instrumental group had a worldwide hit in 1960 with "Walk-Don't Run." They hit high again with "Hawaii Five-0," continuing on a fifty-year career of... More > recording and touring towards America's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Written in collaboration with band members and associates over a 9 year period, the heavily illustrated book contains data for over 50 of the band's sixties recording sessions. Once I got started, I couldn't put it down. There are so many twists and turns through the decades while fads and fortunes propel the group from success to success, rising and falling with the trends of music and fate. This story provides ample proof of what happens to the roller coaster at the bottom. It rises up again! There are many hidden stories within that tell of the times and people and make one aware of just how significant The Ventures are for all these years on their way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Danny Marks - JAZZ.FM91 Toronto, Ontario< Less
Dear Bob, Dear Betty: Love and Marriage During the Great Depression By Elizabeth C Wright
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In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, two young people meet and fall in love. Llewellyn Wright (Bob), Frank Lloyd Wright’s youngest son, whose adolescence was marked by the public... More > scandals surrounding his father’s private life, is struggling to begin a private law practice in Chicago. Elizabeth Kehler (Betty), daughter of a Chicago artist who abandoned the family when she was still in the womb, is working as an intake counselor at the Milwaukee Vocational School. Their fervent correspondence over a 10-month courtship period is witty, sassy and poignant, as they grapple with their passionate feelings and try to create a financially stable marriage in the midst of the 20th century’s most serious economic crisis. The couple’s daughter, a scholar of French literature, has written an Introduction telling their story before and after the courtship. 35 illustrations, extensive footnotes and an Index illuminate the family and social history behind the letters.< Less