Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music [NOOK Book]


Uncle John has proven once again that he is in tune with our legion of loyal readers. This 516-page musical masterpiece dedicated to all things noteworthy ranges from silly one-hit wonders to culture-changing musical milestones. You'll get a glimpse into the future of music and go back to the days when prehistoric man first started communicating in song. So plug in your amp, turn the dial up to 11, and have a blast reading aboutÂ…

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Uncle John has proven once again that he is in tune with our legion of loyal readers. This 516-page musical masterpiece dedicated to all things noteworthy ranges from silly one-hit wonders to culture-changing musical milestones. You'll get a glimpse into the future of music and go back to the days when prehistoric man first started communicating in song. So plug in your amp, turn the dial up to 11, and have a blast reading aboutÂ…

- The origins of nearly every genre and style of music -- including rock, country, jazz, the blues, rhythm-and-blues, hip hop, punk, folk, polka, opera, muzak, disco, and even marching bands
- Musical legends, from "outsiders" like the Shaggs and the Carter family, to giants like the Beatles, Elvis, and Weird Al Yankovic
- The stories of legendary music venues like the Grand Ole Opry, the Apollo, and the Fillmore
- How a computer glitch led to Right Said Fred's 1991 hit "I'm Too Sexy"
- Why waltzing was considered as scandalous in its early days as rock was in its early days
- The birth of the banjo, the electric guitar, karaoke, and the Stradivarius violin
- How John Williams struck a universal chord with his score for 'Star Wars'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607106050
  • Publisher: Portable Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Bathroom Reader
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 522
  • Sales rank: 470,638
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

The Bathroom Readers' Institute is a dedicated group of knowledge hounds. Led for 25 years by the incomparable Uncle John, the BRI has perfected the art of searching the world for obscure, surprising, and often hilarious reading material -- and dispensing it in an easily-digestible format for readers of all ages. With dozens of titles and more than 11 million books sold, the BRI has become the world's bestselling bathroom-reading series. (And it's not just for people who like to read on the throne; these books are great ANYWHERE you put them!)
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Table of Contents

Behind the Hits
Cover Me!     13
Behind the (Silly) Hits     15
I Hate My Song     123
One-Hit Wonders     137
Hits of the 1970s     163
Who's That Song About?     246
Behind the Hits     354
It Began as a Joke     377
"Cop Killer"     383
Instrument History
A Cymbal of Success     63
Ancient Instruments: The Bronze Lur     99
They're Instrumental     293
Let's Play the Ngarrriralkpwina!     335
Twang! A Brief History of the Electric Guitar     77
The Uke     119
Secrets of the Stradivarius     209
Eatin' the Tin Sandwich     263
Music Makers     405
Banjo Rising     490
We're with the Band
The Reunion-nots     55
Juzt Nutz     141
Who's That Band?     345
The Replacements     147
Guess Who's Playing at the County Fair?     235
The Who?     392
The Fifth Beatle     299
Fads & Flops
Killer Albums     23
Failed Comebacks     87
"The Next BobDylan"     153
The Next Big Thing     439
Concert Tickets
Attack!     49
Stage Frights     409
Hot Fun in the Summertime     221
Concerts Gone Bad     375
Venerated Venues     321
Myths & Rumors
Oh, Frankie!     259
Keith Urban Legends     213
Legendary Songs     399
Was John Fogerty Really Stuck in Lodi?     82
Musical Presidents, Part I     27
"Hail to the Chief"     50
Musical Presidents, Part II     289
Musical Presidents, Part III     419
That's Death
Swan Songs     181
The Unlucky 27 Club     217
Rock 'n' Roll Heaven     283
More Swan Songs     349
Autopsies of the Rich and Musical     403
The Suicide Song     95
Give a Listen
Outsider Music     18
The Other Sopranos     89
Influential Unknowns     272
Jobriath     413
Twelve Recordings that Changed Music     369
Musical Feuds
Strange Lawsuits     41
Musical Mayhem     142
Banned Music     195
Battling the Band     329
Tipper vs. Music     242
Music Busine{dollar}{dollar}
Show Them the Money     21
Music to Go Shopping By     39
Why Gold? Platinum?     168
Check the Label, Part I     203
How iPod Changed the Music Business     304
Check the Label, Part II     380
The Sound of Muzak     199
Have You Heard...?
Odd Homemade Instruments     389
The Aeolian Harp     401
Lost Instruments     455
Seven Instruments Bigger Than a Tuba     311
Mouthing Off
Crazed Conductors     33
Music Lessons     86
Origin Stories     116
"Thank You, Boston!"     131
Laugh Tracks     160
The Power of Music     183
Music Lessons 2: The Biz     216
Random Quotes     303
Quotin' Country     338
More Laugh Tracks     356
Classical Opinions     368
Jazz Is...     391
More Laugh Tracks     438
Dead-Heads     458
Final Thoughts     506
Film Muzik     251
Great Composers
Modern Mozarts     91
Mozart's Concerto in G Major for Piano and Starling     425
Classical Hit Makers     255
Jokes & Notes
Music Notes     17
What's the Definition of Perfect Pitch?     20
9 Random Music Lists     464
Six More Musician Jokes     449
So Bad It's Good
The Strangest Musicals Ever Made     31
Encore, Mr. Hand-Fart Man!     132
Pass Me the Earplugs     157
Ozzy Osbourne Meets Miss Piggy     187
Creme de la Crud     417
Music Education
Why Does the Rubbed Wineglass Sing?     34
Sachs-Hornbostel     128
Go Far In Life: Be a Musician     193
Music Class     239
Why Do Instruments Sound Different?     486
The Fat Lady Sings
What's Opera, Doc?     276
A (Bad) Night at the Opera     107
The History of Opera in Three Pages     226
The Plot Thickens     343
La Triviata     479
Stage, Screen & Print
They're Unreal, Man!      310
The Elvis Movie Generator     29
Name That Fictional Musician     53
Video Treasures     139
A Musical Is Born     175
A Musical Is Born     260
The Kings of the Singing Cowboys     351
Rolling Stone     231
May the Force Be With You     394
Music History
The Story of Music, Part I     150
From Troubadours to Vaudeville     165
Rocket 88     269
Mythic Music     315
The Story of Music, Part II     346
The Story of Music, Part III     443
How Alan Freed the Music     459
By the Time We Got to Woodstock     497
Odd Notes
Musical eBay     12
Bagpiper's Fungus     68
Dem Bones     262
The Bathroom Album     472
Musical Studies     75
The Sincerest Form of Flattery     112
What a Concept     237
The Killer vs. The King     475
TV Tunes
MTV Facts     362
I Want My MTV!     43
TV Hits     114
Musical TV Episodes     155
Cartoon Composers     223
TV Mu{dollar}ic     307
Name That Tune(Writer)
The Story of "Silent Night"     161
Who Wrote "The Itsy Bitsy Spider"?     206
Amazing Grace     318
They Wrote the Songs     446
Genre Origins
Metallurgy     325
A Cappella U.     109
The Folk Revival, Part I     365
What Is the Origin of Rap?     410
Birth of a Genre     59
Why Disco Happened     177
Why Disco Died     451
The Folk Revival, Part II     468
Lists & Numbers
9 Random Lists About Madonna     25
Music Awards Shows by the Numbers     101
Elvis by the Numbers     184
American Idol by the Numbers     267
16 Random Lists About Frank Sinatra     332
10 Random Lists About the Beatles     386
Pure Country
"Did I Shave My Legs for This?"     36
The Father of Country Music     65
Waylon Jennings: A Five-Song Biography     125
Country's First Family     190
Bard of the Backwoods     286
Willie Nelson's "Night Life"     465
Johnny Cash's Captive Audience     339
Legends of Music
Champagne Music     229
Lost Legend: Ma Rainey     248
Two-ets     296
You Can Count on Basie     473
Satchmo     71
The Slave Prince of Rock 'n' Roll     171
Liberace     481
Recording History
Unsung Heroes     56
Now Hear This!     93
A Brief History of the Jukebox     277
The Producers     357
Make Room for Motown     429
Words of Music
Musical Word Origins     198
Toiletto!     428
Musical Word Origins     47
Codas and Tuttis     69
Keys and Slurs     281
Cab Calloway's Jive Dictionary     291
Music in the News
Crazy About Music     117
My Dingo Has Fleas     145
The Musical Condom     253
It's a Weird, Weird World (of Music)     363
Channeling Satan     421
Has Anyone Seen My Stradivarius?     434
The First...     11
First Records     46
Celebrity Orchestra     106
Quiz: Women Who Rock     220
Music's Most     37
Musical Comedy     103
Let's Dance!     134
Newsic     327
Answer Pages     507
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    Best one in the series

    Lots of new and interesting trivia. I think this is the best in the series.

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