Zappa & Menuhin Exclusives On boryanabooks.com

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* Nigey Lennon, author of "Being Frank," The Best Book On Frank Zappa, Is Interviewed * A Never Before Released Recording of Pianist Yaltah Menuhin Playing Ernest Bloch's Visions & Prophecies * A Landmark Media Ecology Soul Salon Broadcast * The Real Boryana of Boryanabooks Dances On The Beach  

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The music section of http://www.boryanabooks.com has been updated with a never-before-heard recording of pianist Yaltah Menuhin playing Ernest Bloch's Visions & Prophecies. There's also a recording of a 1938 recording of Mozart Sonata K.378 she made with her brother, violinist Yehudi Menuhin, when she was 16. Yaltah is the mother of author Lionel Rolfe, whose books are featured on http://www.boryanabooks.com. Two of those books, "The Menuhins: A Family Odyssey" and "The Uncommon Friendship of Yaltah Menuhin and Willa Cather" are available through the web site.

Nigey Lennon, musician/writer and author of the groundbreaking memoir Being Frank: My Time with Frank Zappa, has just been interviewed for Boryanabooks.com, which will soon publish an updated e-book of the title.

The front page of http://www.boryanabooks.com also features the real and original Boryana who inspired the name of this website. You will see why as she dances on the beach. And it will give an insight into why http://www.boryanabooks.com makes people sing and prance and dance.

Also, http://www.boryanabooks.com features an improved recording of Lionel Rolfe's nearly two-hour appearance at the Media Ecology Soul Salon held at the Unurban Coffeehouse in Santa Monica, an event put on by long time Venice-based impresario Gerry Fialka whose interviews of modern thinkers addressing the metaphysics of their callings and the nitty-gritty of their crafts are now more than a decade old.

Gerry Fialka, a film curator, writer, lecturer, and paramedia-ecologist has conducted interactive workshops at UCLA, MIT, San Francisco's Yerba Buena Art Center, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Culver City High School, and more. His public interview series MESS has included the likes of Alexis Smith, Abraham Polonsky, Mary Woronov, Paul Krassner, Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, Kristine McKenna, John Sinclair and Orson Bean. Fialka's series revived the original 1970 MESS (McLuhan Emergency Strategy Seminar) with McLuhan, Buckminster Fuller and Ted Carpenter.

Fialka said that there was no better person to illuminate the intersection of arts and politics in Los Angeles than Rolfe, whose groundbreaking book "Literary L.A." revealed the rich history of the city's forgotten literary scene, from Charles Bukowski to Robinson Jeffers, Aldous Huxley to Nathanel West.

Rolfe, he said, described the authors who made L.A. home and looked at the stories and struggles behind the creation of a culture. Lionel Rolfe has written seven books, including "Literary L.A.," "Fat Man on the Left" and "The Uncommon Friendship of Willa Cather and Yaltah Menuhin." He is the product of the beat coffeehouses of Venice and Los Angeles in the late '50s, the civil rights movement and counterculture politics of the '60s, and later was a s staff writer for the old Los Angeles Free Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, back when it was a good newspaper, as well as a regular contributor in the Sunday magazines of the Herald-Examiner and the L.A. Times.

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