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Joseph Lanza

Joseph Lanza is the author of numerous books, including Elevator Music: A Surreal History of Muzak, Easy-Listening and Other Moodsong; Fragile Geometry; Russ Columbo and the Crooner Mystique; and Vanilla Pop: Sweet Sounds from Frankie Avalon to ABBA.
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Phallic Frenzy
Phallic Frenzy (3 Formats) ›
By Joseph Lanza
PDF Price 18.99

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Published Aug 2007

A biography of director Ken Russell that details the wild ideas, surreal moments, personal faith, and cavalcade of colorful personalities surrounding this eccentric filmmaker—on and off the set. Best known for the acclaimed movies Altered States, The Devils, Gothic, The Music Lovers, Tommy, and Women in Love, Russell redefined cinema in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, working with magnetic actors like Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, Ann-Margret, William Hurt, Gabriel Byrne, and Vanessa Redgrave. Moments of Russell’s career are highlighted in this intimate biography, including how creative differences between Russell and producer Robert Stigwood stopped production of a movie version of Evita, how he creatively staged the love duet between Faust and Helen over a bowl of pasta in the opera Mephistopheles, and how Alan Bates and Oliver Reed compared their penis size for the nude wrestling scene in Women in Love.
Vanilla Pop
Vanilla Pop (3 Formats) ›
By Joseph Lanza
PDF Price 10.99

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Published Feb 2005

This pop culture history serves up the soda fountain sound of the musical form that pervaded popular culture from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s: vanilla pop. The argument that vanilla, rather than being the absence of flavor, is a unique, identifiable, and underappreciated characteristic of pop music is presented. Paying tribute to vanilla pop’s mild-mannered, soft, soothing, sweet-tempered vision, the key components of this sound that freshens the ear with its extreme studio processing, high-register vocals, and sparkly acoustics are highlighted alongside its primary artists, including Frankie Avalon, Pat Boone, the Four Preps, the Carpenters, Doris Day, ABBA, and even the early-1990s balladeer Tommy Page. Beloved songs from this era such as "A Shoulder to Cry On," "A Summer Song," "For All We Know," "Johnny Angel," "Sealed with a Kiss," and "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)" are also profiled. This definitive history pays tribute to a pop music in danger of being forgotten and is a gallant attempt to challenge fashionable misconceptions and refocus the world's pop sensibility to the sounds, as well as the artists, traversing the vanilla extreme.