After his daughter was born prematurely in 2010, Burriesci set out to write a book for her eighteenth birthday. In short, honest, and simple letters, Burriesci teaches his daughter about thirty-two great books, from Plato to Karl Marx, and how their lessons have applied to his life. As someone who has spent a long and successful career advocating for great literature, Burriesci defends the titles in this series of tender and candid letters, rich in personal experience and full of humor. Dead White Guys is also a timely defense of the great books, arriving in the middle of a national debate about the fate of these books in high schools and universities around the country. Burriesci shows how the great books can enrich our lives as individuals, as citizens, and in our careers.
2010 debut album from former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft and mates. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York and London, the album was produced by Chicago Hip Hop pioneer No ID (Common, Jay-Z). String arrangements are by Benjamin Wright, the man responsible for the strings on Michael Jackson's Off The Wall, and engineered by Grammy Award-winning Motown legend Reggie Dozier (Outkast, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye). Other musicians featuring on the album include Mary J Blige's guitarist Steve Wyreman, Paul 'DW' Wright (bass), and Derrick Wright (drums). All songs written by Richard Ashcroft.
Mastered by Gus Skinas of Sonoma Records and produced by Mickey Holuhan of Wind Over The Earth, this acoustic DSD PURE recording was commissioned by the Denver Museum of Outdoor Arts for their premiere multimedia "Color of Sound" presentation. Color of Sound is a live-in-studio abstract improve stereo and surround recording of the musicians' interpretation of various colors. The recording contains no edits or overdubs and is an excellent rendition of the live studio performance and was recorded live to the Sonoma DSD PURE recording system.
Passion is in actuality Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to the Martin Scorsese film The Last Temptation of Christ, retitled as a result of legal barriers; regardless of its name, however, there's no mistaking the record's stirring power. Like much of Gabriel's solo work, the album is a product of his continuing fascination with world music, which he employs here to create an exceptionally beautiful and atmospheric tapestry of sound perfectly evocative of the film's resonant spiritual drama; inspired by field recordings collected in areas as diverse as Turkey, Senegal, and Egypt, Passion achieves a cumulative effect clearly Middle Eastern in origin, yet its brilliant fusion of ancient and modern musics ultimately transcends both geography and time. Remarkably dramatic, even visual, it is not only Gabriel's best film work but deserving of serious consideration as his finest music of any kind; equally worthwhile is Passion – Sources, which assembles the original native recordings which served as his creative launching pad.