Introducing David Craft, author of Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute to the Hits, Misses and Forgotten Gems

“I would recommend Outskirts to anyone who is considering self-publishing. All with whom I exchanged e-mails are good people, and I appreciated their patience and input throughout the process.”

David Craft, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a professional journalist for 40 years. While earning his journalism degree, he hosted his own Top 40 oldies show on the campus radio station. Prior to that he worked in the retail and wholesale record business for 12 years. He is the author of six other non-fiction books, mostly about baseball, and a member in questionable standing of a loose-knit group of retired broadcasters and radio engineers calling themselves the Microphonies, who meet once a month to swap stories and reminisce about the people they’ve known and the radio and TV stations around the country where they worked. Some of their stories are even true.

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Explore the rich history of Top 40 radio. Millions of people grew up listening to Top 40 hits on the radio, a format that drew from multiple styles of music to create a soundscape mirroring the diverse nature of its listening audience. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, you’ll enjoy taking a step back in time to visit cherished old friends in Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute To The Hits, Misses And Forgotten Gems-a book that spotlights the songs and artists representing the Top 40’s richest years. The author includes thousands of songs he would play if he had his own “oldies” show today as he tips his cap to the disc jockeys all across the country who spun these songs for three decades!

Introducing Kate J. Doucet, author of Just One Voice: A book on Vocal Sustainability & Injury Prevention

“Overall, I would recommend publishing with Outskirts Press to anyone. The time it took from having a dream to write a book to holding one in my hands is just fantastic. My author rep Colleen was really friendly. The quality of my book is amazing. I love the smooth soft matte feel. The process to edit is fantastic and extremely thorough. The price of publishing was really good and the quality of the product is seriously better than I could have imagined. All in all, an amazing publishing company. Great printing speed. Great shipping. Great price.”

Kate J. Doucet has been a professional performer for the past 10 years working in theatre shows and cover bands. After achieving teaching qualifications in ISTD dance, she landed a career as a singer where her journey began. Kate held many positions within entertainment both as a singer and dancer, where she developed a wide knowledge of the requirements both within the expectations of the job and the demands it has on the voice. Health and fitness became more relevant as her career progressed, leading her to study the vocal benefits from living a well-balanced lifestyle. Her desire to share her experience inspired Kate to write and she hopes it will help others who love to sing stay healthy.

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Mucus? Dry throat? Tired cords? Let’s fix that! Ever been completely overwhelmed with vocal information and find it difficult to separate myth from fact? Stop the guessing game and let this easy to read guide by Kate J. Doucet pave the way to successfully sustaining your voice and prevent injury. Through her personal experiences as a professional singer, the highs and the lows of her own vocal health and information supported by medical and vocal experts you can refer to this book time and time again, whether or not you are a vocalist experiencing issues. While covering some of the most fundamental singer tips and tricks, the book also covers a range of unspoken factors which influence the health of your voice, including the alkaline diet for singers, medication insight and performance dos and don’ts.

Introducing Scott W. Allen, author of Aces Back to Back

“Outskirts Press went above and beyond with me, as a new author, offering me a level of personalized professionalism I never could have received elsewhere. If anyone ever wore out a publisher, it was me. Outskirts attention to detail, diligence, and amenability to working with an author is second to none. Outskirts stayed with me every step of the way and no matter what I asked for, big or small, was there with me to ensure a tremendous and beautiful end-production. I applaud Outskirts for its diligence, patience and professionalism. Outskirts was always quick to respond to my e-mails and questions. Why bother to go through standard publishing routes when Outskirts Press enables you to bring your dream to fruition in ways that a standard publisher would not. By using Outskirts, I was able to retain creative and financial control over my manuscript and create exactly what I had envisioned. Outskirts Press rocks big time!”

Scott W. Allen wrote for Relix magazine from 1983 until 1992, serving as a Senior Writer, columnist (“Fragments”), and feature article writer. He is a veteran of nearly 250 Grateful Dead concerts. Mr. Allen has also taught on the high school and college levels for 27 years and coached NCAA men’s golf for ten. The author has degrees from the University of Oregon (BS Journalism) and Manhattanville College (MAT Sp Ed) and is a resident of West Harrison, New York.

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This special, 20th anniversary edition of Aces Back to Back, first published in 1992, updates the Grateful Dead’s history through 2013. With a Foreword from acclaimed Dead lyricist John Barlow, Aces Back to Back is the most thorough account of the Dead’s career – from their inception, through the death of Jerry Garcia, and on to their incarnations as the Other Ones, the Dead, RatDog, Phil Lesh and Friends, the Mickey Hart Band, 7 Walkers, and Furthur. The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 – at the height of the decade’s counterculture – with a fresh, unique style. The Sixties were a tumultuous time, a time of change, and the Dead’s music reflected the people’s tide of emotions and changing lives. They soon developed a dedicated following, whose numbers have grown and evolved over the last several decades along with their musical icons. Today, the Grateful Dead’s music continues to reverberate within the hearts and souls of their fans – faithful, long-time Deadheads and younger audiences drawn to the band’s legendary, magical appeal. Aces Back to Back is a must-read for fans of all ages!

Introducing Spiro J. Shetuni, author of Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Mënyra e ekzistencës

“Colleen is an asset to the Outskirts Press, Inc. She did an excellent job as my Author Representative. The end-result is that I have 13 high-quality publications.”

“Shetuni është ndoshta autoriteti më i shquar i Perëndimit mbi subjektin e muzikës shqiptare. Puna e tij novatore mbi këtë subjekt është brohoritur në të dyja anët e Atllantikut.” — Dr. Mark Y. Herring. Spiro J. Shetuni është Professor në Universitetin Winthrop, Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.A.; studiues, pedagog, etnomuzikolog, muzikolog shqiptaro-amerikan me kombësi arumune; Doktor i Filozofisë në fushën e muzikës; autor librash, studimesh, artikujsh akademikë mbi muzikën tradicionale e profesioniste shqiptare; studiues vizitor në institucione të rëndësishme kërkimoro-shkencore; profesor i lëndës së Etnomuzikologjisë në disa universitete amerikane. Midis studimeve të tij, një vend kryesor zë seria gjashtë-librore akademike, Muzika tradicionale shqiptare, me këta tituj: Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Hyrje; Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Muzika gege; Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Muzika toske; Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Muzika labe; Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Muzika qytetare; Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Përvijimi historik (Denver, Colorado: Outskirts Press, Inc., 2012-4).

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LIBRI: Në përpjekjet për një hulumtim sa më të gjerë e sa më të thellë të muzikës tradicionale shqiptare, rëndësi merr, në radhë të parë, mënyra e ekzistencës, ose, thjesht, ekzistenca e saj. Një çështje e tillë, sa e rëndësishme, aq edhe e ndërlikuar, ende s’ka marrë përgjigje në etnomuzikologjinë shqiptare, mbase për vetë natyrën shumë-dimensionale që e karakterizon atë. Ajo ngërthen një radhë nën-çështjesh, disa prej të cilave ndoshta do të mund formuloheshin në këtë mënyrë: • Ku qëndron thelbi lëndoro-substancial e strukturoro-formal i muzikës tradicionale shqiptare? • Si gjallon kjo lloj kulture muzikore në realitetin objektiv? • Cilët janë dialektet, nën-dialektet dhe stilet muzikorë themelorë përmes të cilëve ekziston muzika tradicionale shqiptare? • Cilët janë grupimet strukturoro-formale bazë përmes të cilëve ekziston muzika tradicionale shqiptare? Duke ndjekur sistematikisht rrjedhën e muzikës tradicionale shqiptare, gjatë gjysmës së dytë të shekullit XX, dukuria që ra në sy, ishte, në radhë të parë, pikërisht mënyra e ekzistencës, ose thjesht ekzistenca e saj. Libri, Muzika tradicionale shqiptare: Mënyra e ekzistencës, synon që të shqyrtojë aspektet më kryesorë përmes të cilëve ka gjalluar në shekuj universi muzikor tradicional shqiptar, si nga pikëpamja lëndoro-substanciale, ashtu edhe nga pikëpamja strukturoro-formale. Çështjet kryesore që trajtohen janë: i) stili muzikor si bazë e ekzistencës; ii) dialektet muzikorë themelorë; iii) grupimet strukturoro-formale bazë; iv) njësia kulturoro-artistike nacionale. Për të kuptuar mënyrën e ekzistencës, ose thjesht ekzistencën, e muzikës tradicionale në rrafsh universal, po ashtu, bëhet një vështrim krahasues estetik, midis muzikës tradicionale dhe muzikës profesioniste, në gjashtë aspekte kryesorë, si: i) procesi krijues; ii) procesi ekzistues; iii) procesi përvetësues; iv) procesi interpretues; v) procesi përjetues; vi) procesi studiues. Megjithse, aspektet kryesorë përmes të cilëve ka gjalluar në shekuj universi muzikor tradicional shqiptar, vetëm sa janë parashtruar, në të njëjtën kohë, ndoshta s’duhet mohuar se, njohja e tyre, qoftë ajo edhe e një shkalle të parë, vetëm se e lehtëson, si kuptimin e përgjithshëm teorik, ashtu edhe hulumtimin e mëtejshëm praktik, të këtij universi.

Introducing John Foley, author of Guitar Music for the Mid-Life Crisis

“I particularly appreciated the extra time and assistance for the technically-challenged among us.”

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John Foley is (still) a musician and Music Therapist. He has performed across the US and Canada. Recordings include Rock, Folk and children’s music as well as educational material for the BBC and the Smithsonian Institute.


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After forty years as a music fan, student, professional musician and Music Therapist I found myself losing interest in music. For years I had played because I wanted and needed to. Now I played when I had to and wasn’t listening with much interest. I knew a lot about the “how” of music. Now I had to re-discover the “why.”

Introducing Scott W. Allen, author of Aces Back to Back

“Outskirts Press went above and beyond with me, as a new author, offering me a level of personalized professionalism I never could have received elsewhere. If anyone ever wore out a publisher, it was me. Outskirts attention to detail, diligence, and amenability to working with an author is second to none. Outskirts stayed with me every step of the way and no matter what I asked for, big or small, was there with me to ensure a tremendous and beautiful end-production. I applaud Outskirts for its diligence, patience and professionalism. Outskirts was always quick to respond to my e-mails and questions. Why bother to go through standard publishing routes when Outskirts Press enables you to bring your dream to fruition in ways that a standard publisher would not. By using Outskirts, I was able to retain creative and financial control over my manuscript and create exactly what I had envisioned. Outskirts Press rock big time!”

Scott W. Allen wrote for Relix magazine from 1983 until 1992, serving as a Senior Writer, columnist (“Fragments”), and feature article writer. He is a veteran of nearly 250 Grateful Dead concerts. Mr. Allen has also taught on the high school and college levels for 27 years and coached NCAA men’s golf for ten. The author has degrees from the University of Oregon (BS Journalism) and Manhattanville College (MAT Sp Ed) and is a resident of West Harrison, New York.


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This special, 20th anniversary edition of Aces Back to Back, first published in 1992, updates the Grateful Dead’s history through 2013. With a Foreword from acclaimed Dead lyricist John Barlow, Aces Back to Back is the most thorough account of the Dead’s career—from their inception, through the death of Jerry Garcia, and on to their incarnations as the Other Ones, the Dead, RatDog, Phil Lesh and Friends, the Mickey Hart Band, 7 Walkers, and Furthur.

The Grateful Dead formed in 1965 — at the height of the decade’s counterculture — with a fresh, unique style. The Sixties were a tumultuous time, a time of change, and the Dead’s music reflected the people’s tide of emotions and changing lives. They soon developed a dedicated following, whose numbers have grown and evolved over the last several decades along with their musical icons. Today, the Grateful Dead’s music continues to reverberate within the hearts and souls of their fans — faithful, long-time Deadheads and younger audiences drawn to the band’s legendary, magical appeal. Aces Back to Back is a must-read for fans of all ages!!

Introducing Spiro J. Shetuni, author of Muzika Tradicionale

“Colleen is a superb Author Representative. She is both very knowledgeable and prompt. It is thanks to her, in the first place, the quality of my books is wonderful.”

Spiro J. Shetuni is an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina, U.S.A.; an Albanian-American scholar, professor, ethnomusicologist, and musicologist of Aromanian descent; he holds a PhD in the field of music; has authored academic books, studies, and articles on both Albanian traditional and art music; has been a visiting scholar at major research institutions; has taught the discipline of ethnomusicology at several American universities. Among his studies, an important place occupy the academic books titled Labe Polyphony (Tirana: Institute of Traditional Culture, 1989) and Albanian Traditional Music (Jefferson, North Carolina, and London: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2011.)


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The Book IV, Albanian Traditional Music: Lab Music, explores fundamental social-aesthetic and formal-structure aspects of traditional Lab music. Among the issues taken into consideration, are: 1) fundamental distinguishing features; 2) main expressive means; 3) prominent musical styles; 4) characteristic musical genres; and 5) the interaction between traditional Lab music and traditional Greek music, etc.

The 6-book series titled Albanian Traditional Music is the fruit of a research activity with more than 20 years. Its content is complicated, complex, and multi-dimensional. The main issues dealt with could possibly be formulated in this way: First, issues of traditional Albanian music in general, such as: the substantial core, the formal core, the national core, and the universal aesthetic core, etc. Second, issues concerning the main dialects of Albanian traditional music–Gheg musical dialect, Tosk musical dialect, Lab musical dialect, and Urban musical dialect—such as: distinguishing features, expressive means, musical styles, and musical genres, etc. Third, issues of interaction between traditional Albanian music and music of other peoples, such as: the traditional music of the Greek people, traditional music of Aromanian people, art music of Turkish people, etc. Fourth, issues of the future of traditional Albanian music.