Rock-operas

rock-operas

George Tsypin Opera Factory [1568985320] - $75.00 : Chronicle Books

George Tsypin Opera Factory [1568985320] - $75.00 : Chronicle Books

I'm addicted to, and in awe of, awesome stage design. You're making an entire world in a space not much larger than the average loft apartment. That takes real creativity and innovation. And it doesn't need to be iPod-friendly.

  • Lou Reed and Metallica's "Lulu" falls from the same tree as Heavy Metal, Prog-Rock, and Opera. Although "Lulu" fits in the tight sonic space Scott Walker cut into pop music, I like to think of "Lulu" as Opera, or a contemporary re... Lou Reed and Metallica's "Lulu" falls from the same tree as Heavy Metal, Prog-Rock, and Opera. Although "Lulu" fits in the tight sonic space Scott Walker cut into pop music, I like to think of "Lulu" as Opera, or a contemporary refection of that genre. On the other hand, "Lulu" could also be looked at as an audio book, which in someways is more exciting. Still I would love to see how "Lulu" might be translated for the stage or as a silent movie soundtrack.

  • 1979 Quadrophenia was the ultimate British film based on The Who album by the same name. We learn about the Mod cultural wars!

  • American Idiot was a rarity of the 21st century: a bona fide four-quadrant hit, earning critical and commercial respect, roping in new fans young and old alike. It was so big it turned Green Day into something it had never been be... American Idiot was a rarity of the 21st century: a bona fide four-quadrant hit, earning critical and commercial respect, roping in new fans young and old alike. It was so big it turned Green Day into something it had never been before -- respected, serious rockers, something they were never considered during their first flight of success with Dookie. Back then, they were clearly (and proudly) slacker rebels with a natural gift for a pop hook, but American Idiot was a big album with big ideas, a political rock opera in an era devoid of both protest rock and wild ambition, so its success was a surprise. It also ratcheted up high expectations for its successor, and Green Day consciously plays toward those expectations on 2009's 21st Century Breakdown, another political rock opera that isn't an explicit sequel but could easily be mistaken for one, especially as its narrative follows a young couple through the wilderness of modern urban America. Heady stuff, but like the best rock operas, the concept doesn't get in the way of the music, which is a bit of an accomplishment because 21st Century Breakdown leaves behind the punchy '60s Who fascination for Queen and '70s Who, giving this more than its share of pomp and circumstance. Then again, puffed-up protest is kind of the point of 21st Century Breakdown: it's meant to be taken seriously, so it's not entirely surprising that Green Day fall into many of the same pompous tarpits as their heroes, ratcheting up the stately pianos, vocal harmonies, repeated musical motifs, doubled and tripled guitars, and synthesized effects that substitute for strings, then adding some orchestras for good measure. It would all sound cluttered, even turgid, if it weren't for Green Day's unerring knack for writing muscular pop and natural inclination to run clean and lean, letting only one song run over five minutes and never letting the arrangements overshadow the song. Although Green Day's other natural gift, that for impish irreverent humor, is missed -- they left it all behind on their 2008 garage rock side project Foxboro Hot Tubs -- the band manages to have 21st Century Breakdown work on a grand scale without losing either their punk or pop roots, which makes the album not only a sequel to American Idiot, but its equal. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide « less… more »

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  • This is one of those Dr Jon albums that feel like the soundtrack to some amazing off broadway show from the days of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Lucky for us any show tune schmaltz trying to enter the doesn't have a chance aga... This is one of those Dr Jon albums that feel like the soundtrack to some amazing off broadway show from the days of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Lucky for us any show tune schmaltz trying to enter the doesn't have a chance against gripping vocals and is quickly overpowered by Dr John's tripped out lyrics which are turned up to 11 on the randomizer. The result is easily one of Dr John's most hallucinatory albums, as it mixes funk, jazz, pop, Rocky Horror backing vocal styling and even a group of children singing the U.S. National Anthem. Love the cover too. Meanwhile

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  • So good I slipped my disco!!

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  • There's a truck load of talent on this one, but WPOD ("White Punks On Dope") is still the ruler on this Rock masterpiece, or was it "Modo Bondage"--no "Boy Crazy"! No its "What Do You Want from Life?" Ah... "White Punks On Dope"

  • By the time this one was released, I was mostly over any sort of "hard" music and Green Day was completely off my radar. So, I probably didn't truly listen to this album for a couple years after it's release. To my surprise, absol... By the time this one was released, I was mostly over any sort of "hard" music and Green Day was completely off my radar. So, I probably didn't truly listen to this album for a couple years after it's release. To my surprise, absolutely as good as people said. Best song, Give Me Novacaine.

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  • I'm not completely positive on the history. But, I'm pretty sure that Tommy was the world's first Rock Opera. I had the chance to see it this summer in LA and I, well... I fell in love. This album is fun, and emotional and always ... I'm not completely positive on the history. But, I'm pretty sure that Tommy was the world's first Rock Opera. I had the chance to see it this summer in LA and I, well... I fell in love. This album is fun, and emotional and always enjoyable.

  • Not an empty diary or journal but rather a trip down memory lane to inspire the secret keeper within.... Editorial Reviews Product Description Did you keep a diary during your teen years? Do you have a box of loopy-cursive, n... Not an empty diary or journal but rather a trip down memory lane to inspire the secret keeper within.... Editorial Reviews Product Description Did you keep a diary during your teen years? Do you have a box of loopy-cursive, never-sent notes to your crush? Or some overwrought poetry about your bleak existence? An unfinished rockopera? Well, you’re not alone, and in Cringe, you’ll find a reason to unearth your adolescent angst and have a good laugh—at yourself. A compilation of real teenage diary and journal entries, letters, songs, stories, and lists—along with biting commentary, background, and self-examination from the now so-called grown-ups who wrote them—Cringe offers a voyeuristic glimpse at the roller coaster of youth in all of its navel-gazing, soul-searching, social-skewering glory. Cringe -worthy excerpts include Really bad poetry: I lumber like the sad clown with the hope that my performance might make you smile. Yet I am a flickering star over a cloudy sky. Blush-inducing pep talks: OK. It’s the end of February. No more kidding around! You have to go out with someone! You haven’t gone out with someone since the summer! At least fool around with someone! Come on! You’ve got it in ya! Questionable motivations: My mom is madly in love with her boyfriend. . . . Cool! He’s so rich . . . I could get a lot out of this— vacations, a car—if he buys my mom one + she gives me hers—psyche! And rages against the world at large: I am living in a dream world. Wishes are a bunch of crap. They never come true so what’s the use of even wasting your time hoping they’ll come true when they don’t? Inspired by the New York–based reading series of the same name, Cringe will help you realize that being a grown-up isn’t all that terrible. At least you don’t have to worry about who’s going to be at the mall anymore.

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  • I remember the first time I saw this movie. I musta been 12 or 13... I'll never forget the range of emotions I felt when watching this... Sadness, happiness, compassion, empathy, confusion, disgust... With an outstanding sound... I remember the first time I saw this movie. I musta been 12 or 13... I'll never forget the range of emotions I felt when watching this... Sadness, happiness, compassion, empathy, confusion, disgust... With an outstanding soundtrack by the WHO (remember this is a musical) and stars like Ann Margret, Tina Turner (the acid queen), and Elton John (in an unforgettable role as the Pinball Wizard!)... this is a must see.

  • This sophisticated artist’s book, with custom-cut cover and partially exposed binding, documents John Bock’s 2006 action, "Maltreated Frigate"--the height as well as the culmination of this rising German artist’s performative work... This sophisticated artist’s book, with custom-cut cover and partially exposed binding, documents John Bock’s 2006 action, "Maltreated Frigate"--the height as well as the culmination of this rising German artist’s performative work. Here, Bock’s vision comes to life in a multitude of color illustrations composed and collaged by the artist. The libretto, printed in its entirety, explodes in linguistic fireworks and tumbles down the printed page, solid in its earthiness and ready to be constructed into a jumble of bizarre and whimsical neologisms--vivid testimony to the artist’s zest for expression. "Maltreated Frigate" was performed as a spectacle in 10 scenes, a collision course of rock opera, Theater of the Absurd, animated sculpture and puppet show. This raucous volume invites the reader to accompany the artist and his protagonists along their tour-de-force, stream-of-consciousness action. It is a violent ride on a machine from hell, steered by an idiosyncratic inner logic.