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  • 100 SONGS   -   Abridged Version
    100 SONGS - Abridged Version
    DYLAN BOB
    ISBN: 9781471167164
    Title: 100 SONGS - Abridged Version
    Author: DYLAN BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new collection of Bob Dylan’s most essential lyrics – one hundred songs that represent the Nobel Laureate’s incredible musical range through the entirety of his career so far.

    ‘The Nobel acknowledges what we’ve long sensed to be true; that Mr. Dylan is among the most authentic voices America has produced, a maker of images as audacious and resonant as anything in Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson.’ Dwight Garner, New York Times
    'The Nobel committee got this right – Dylan’s ongoing achievement in American song is a literary feat to celebrate in his gaudiest of ways.’ Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

    Bob Dylan is one of the most important songwriters of our time and the first musician in history to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 100 Songs, Dylan delivers an intimate and carefully curated collection of his most important lyrics that spans from the beginning of his career through the present day. Perfect for students and younger readers as well as long-time fans, this portable, abridged volume of Dylan’s lyrics shines a light on the songs that mean the most from a music and cultural legend.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 1000 RECORD COVERS
    1000 RECORD COVERS
    OCHS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9783836550581
    Title: 1000 RECORD COVERS
    Author: OCHS MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The author: Michael Ochs developed an addiction to rock and roll in the early fifties. To feed his habit, Ochs headed the publicity departments of Columbia, Shelter, and ABC Records in the 60s and 70s. He has also been a disc jockey, taught a rock-history course for UCLA and written for such magazines as Rock, Melody Maker, Cashbox, and Crawdaddy. Michael Ochs established the Michael Ochs Archives in the mid-70s. The archives currently house millions of photographs and over 100,000 albums and singles.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • 1965 : The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    1965 : The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    JACKSON ANDREW GRANT
    ISBN: 9781250181718
    Title: 1965 : The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    Author: JACKSON ANDREW GRANT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the most ground-breaking year in music history. It was the year rock and roll evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world.

    The feedback loop between the artists and their times ignited an unprecedented explosion of creativity. The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul and performed at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a major American stadium. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone, arguably the greatest song of all time, and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. And the Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction" catapulted the band to world-wide success.

    This was not only the year of rock as new genres such as funk and psychedelia were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation as Motown crossed out of the R&B charts on to the top of the Billboard Top 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound and competition between musicians coincided with seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, psychedelics and fashion with designer Mary Qaunt’s introduction of the miniskirt.

    In 1965, Andrew Grant Jackson combines fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 1971 - NEVER A DULL MOMENT : Rock's Golden Year
    1971 - NEVER A DULL MOMENT : Rock's Golden Year
    HEPWORTH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781784162061
    Title: 1971 - NEVER A DULL MOMENT : Rock's Golden Year
    Author: HEPWORTH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again.The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more.January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock?s golden year.

    Imprint: BLACK SWAN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 50 YEARS : The Story of Woodstock Live: Relive the Magic, Artist by Artist
    50 YEARS : The Story of Woodstock Live: Relive the Magic, Artist by Artist
    BITOUN JULIEN
    ISBN: 9781788400749
    Title: 50 YEARS : The Story of Woodstock Live: Relive the Magic, Artist by Artist
    Author: BITOUN JULIEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A complete chronological account of Woodstock, hour by hour, performance by performance. Released to coincide with its 50th anniversary and with a foreword by festival co-founder, Michael Lang.

    Imprint: CASSELL
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9781784700140
    Title: ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intimate conversation about music and creativity, between the internationally bestselling writer and a world-class conductor.

    ‘My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.'

    Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.

    Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ART SEX MUSIC
    ART SEX MUSIC
    TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    ISBN: 9780571328529
    Title: ART SEX MUSIC
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Punk, pornographer, pioneer, provocateur: the incredible story of Cosey Fanni Tutti, the performer whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment to its core.

    Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream.

    Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    WILMER VALERIE
    ISBN: 9781788160711
    Title: AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    Author: WILMER VALERIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An essential masterpiece of jazz history by the renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams.

    In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture. Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sun Ra in their broader political and social context, Wilmer evokes an era of extraordinary innovation and experimentation that continues to inspire musicians today.

    As vital now as when it was first published in 1977, As Serious As Your Life is the essential story of one of the most dynamic musical movements of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    OLEARY CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781912248308
    Title: ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    Author: OLEARY CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes an exploration of the final four decades of his musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced.


    Ashes to Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on "The Idiot," to his last masterpiece "Blackstar," released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from "Heroes" to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick Jagger on "Dancing In the Street" to "Where Are We Now," his comeback single in 2013.

    Along the way we encounter a vast cast of characters, weaving in and out of Bowie's life and his music: Brian Eno, John Cale, Nile Rodgers, Lou Reed, Freddie Mercury, Scott Walker, Marc Bolan, Arcade Fire, John Lennon, Mickey Rourke, Gary Oldman, Iman, Hanif Kureishi, Julien Temple, Giorgio Moroder, Neil Young and many others. And we range across the globe from Bowie's years in divided Berlin to his "exile" years in Switzerland through his final years as a New Yorker, recording within walking distance of his home.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
    BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
    HOROVITZ ADAM
    ISBN: 9780571308040
    Title: BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
    Author: HOROVITZ ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself - by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.

    Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is that story, told for the first time in the words of the band.

    Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond offer revealing accounts of their transition from teenage punk musicians to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut album 'Licensed to Ill' featuring the mega-hit 'Fight for your Right (To Party)'; the album's messy fallout and how it led the band to 'become what we hated'; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and initial commercial failure of what was later recognised as a genre-defining masterpiece, 'Paul's Boutique'; their growing social activism and influence on the culture throughout the next twenty years; and, above all, the legacy of founding co-member Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who passed away in 2012.

    With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, this book also includes wide-ranging contributions from famous writers and cultural figures like Colson Whitehead, Jonathan Lethem, Spike Jonze, Amy Poelher, and Wes Anderson. Running throughout are a plethora of colour photos and illustrations of 'everything from us to the Knicks to drum machines to people's business cards to the Swiss Appenzell,' as well as a graphic novel, a cookbook, mixtape playlists, a fake snobby music magazine, and much more.


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    TURNER STEVE
    ISBN: 9780062475589
    Title: BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    Author: TURNER STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

    They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

    The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966-the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles' lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

    By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar-and the Beatles themselves-Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958633
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    Hunter Davies, the only ever authorised biographer of the group, has produced the essential Beatles guide. Divided into four sections - 'People', 'Songs', 'Places' and 'Broadcast and Cinema' - it covers every element of the band's history and vividly brings to live every influence that shaped them.

    Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of personal artefacts and memorabilia, this compendium is the definitive Beatles treasure.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE : The Journey of a String Quartet
    BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE : The Journey of a String Quartet
    DUSINBERRE EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780571317141
    Title: BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE : The Journey of a String Quartet
    Author: DUSINBERRE EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The essential read for fans of Beethoven and string quartet music.

    'They are not for you but for a later age!' Ludwig van Beethoven, on the Opus 59 quartets

    Beethoven's sixteen string quartets are some of the most extraordinary and challenging pieces of music ever written. They have inspired artists of all kinds - not only musicians - and have been subject to endless reinterpretation. What does it feel like to be a musician taking on these iconic works? And how do the four string players who make up a quartet interact, both musically and personally?

    The Takacs is one of the world's pre-eminent string quartets. Performances of Beethoven have shaped their work together for over forty years. Using the history of both the Takacs Quartet and the Beethoven quartets as the backbone to his story, Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takacs since 1993, recounts the exhilarating challenge of tackling these pieces. Beethoven for a Later Age takes the reader inside the daily life of a quartet, vividly showing the necessary creative tension between individual and group expression and how four people can enjoy making music together over a long period of time. The key, the author argues, is in balancing continuity with change and experimentation - a theme that lies at the heart of Beethoven's remarkable compositions. No other composer has posed so many questions about the form and emotional content of a string quartet, and come up with so many different answers. In an accessible style, suitable for novices and chamber music enthusiasts alike, Dusinberre illuminates the variety and inherent contradictions of Beethoven's quartets, composed against the turbulent backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath, and shows that engaging with this radical music continues to be as invigorating now as it was for its first performers and audiences.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BENEATH THE UNDERDOG
    BENEATH THE UNDERDOG
    MINGUS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781782118824
    Title: BENEATH THE UNDERDOG
    Author: MINGUS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Mingus is a musician, a mongrel musician who plays beautiful, who plays ugly, who plays lovely, who plays masculine, who plays feminine, who plays all sounds, loud, soft, unheard sounds, sounds, sounds, sounds ...

    Beneath the Underdog is the memoir of the Angry Man of jazz, Charles Mingus - the genius whose adventures began at the feet of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, and led him on a tour of every bottle, bar and bed in the world.

    An unparalleled self-portrait of an artist, Beneath the Underdog is a tour as dizzying, otherworldly, raging and sexy as the man and his music.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BERLIOZ : Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869
    BERLIOZ : Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869
    CAIRNS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141990668
    Title: BERLIOZ : Servitude and Greatness 1832-1869
    Author: CAIRNS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Berlioz was one of the towering figures of Romanticism- not only was he a great and revolutionary composer, but also the finest composer of his day and an outstanding critic and writer. Yet throughout his life he struggled for money and his music was persistently reviled in his native France. With exceptional insight and sympathy, David Cairns draws together the major strands of Berlioz's life- his tempestuous marriage to the actress Harriet Smithson; the genesis of his famous works, including the Requiem, Romeo and Juliet and his crowning masterpiece The Trojans; his friendships with Mendelssohn, Liszt, Princess Wittgenstein and Wagner; and, finally, his last years haunted once again by personal tragedy. Here, as never before, is Berlioz the artist - and the man.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • BERLIOZ : The Making of An Artist 1803-1832
    BERLIOZ : The Making of An Artist 1803-1832
    CAIRNS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780141990651
    Title: BERLIOZ : The Making of An Artist 1803-1832
    Author: CAIRNS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No artist's achievement connects more directly with early experience than that of Berlioz. David Cairns draws on a wealth of family papers to recreate in authentic and intimate detail the provincial milieu of Berlioz's boyhood, showing how the son of a village doctor was already transforming himself into the composer of the Fantastic Symphony. Berlioz's desperate attempts to win his father's approval for his vocation, his struggles to establish himself on the Parisian musical scene, and his passionate pursuit of love are all brought vividly to life in this first volume of David Cairn's award-winning biography.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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