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  • 1001 CLASSICAL RECORDINGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE
    1001 CLASSICAL RECORDINGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE
    RYE MATTHEW [ED]
    ISBN: 9781760292874
    Title: 1001 CLASSICAL RECORDINGS YOU MUST HEAR BEFORE YOU DIE
    Author: RYE MATTHEW [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2016 NEW RELEASE

    From the Gregorian chants of the Medieval age to the innovative and sometimes challenging composers of the 20th and 21st centuries and everything in between - the definitive guide to classical music. The key to a lifetime's passion and listening pleasure.


    1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die answers the need for more accessible information about the greats of classical music: it is the definitive insider's guide to the best recordings of 1001 outstanding classical and operatic works. From the great and inspiring Masses, choral works, symphonies, concertos, and operas, to the intimacies and subtleties of chamber music and pieces written for small ensembles and soloists, this comprehensive volume provides insightful reviews of more than 700 years of musical endeavour.

    Imprint: PIER 9 - MURDOCH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : CONVERSATIONS WITH SEIJI OZAWA
    ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : CONVERSATIONS WITH SEIJI OZAWA
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9781846559181
    Title: ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : CONVERSATIONS WITH SEIJI OZAWA
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: HARD 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: HARVILL
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $39.99
  • ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS
    ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS
    PASSMAN DONALD S
    ISBN: 9780241302064
    Title: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS
    Author: PASSMAN DONALD S
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN : A PERSONAL HISTORY ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE TRACKS
    ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN : A PERSONAL HISTORY ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE TRACKS
    MAYMUDES VICTOR
    ISBN: 9781250075628
    Title: ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN : A PERSONAL HISTORY ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE TRACKS
    Author: MAYMUDES VICTOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the album marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution in other directions. During the years they spent together, few people outside of Dylan's immediate family were closer than Victor Maymudes, his tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the early days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90's. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan's infamous motorcycle crash and meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sara Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and more; memorable concerts, and insights on Dylan's songwriting process.

    On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, first-hand account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIA ROCKS : Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s
    AUSTRALIA ROCKS : Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s
    DESOTO LUCY
    ISBN: 9781775592983
    Title: AUSTRALIA ROCKS : Remembering the Music of the 1950s to 1990s
    Author: DESOTO LUCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Australia Rocks explores the rock 'n' roll soundtrack of our country, bringing the bands and times to life through unique photographs and evocative text. From the dance halls of the 1950s to the pubs of the 1970s and the concerts of the 1990s, Australia Rocks will have music lovers dusting off their vinyl collection and remembering the good times.

    Imprint: EXISLE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • AWOPBOPALOOBOP ALOPBAMBOOM : POP FROM THE BEGINNING
    AWOPBOPALOOBOP ALOPBAMBOOM : POP FROM THE BEGINNING
    COHN NIK
    ISBN: 9781784870485
    Title: AWOPBOPALOOBOP ALOPBAMBOOM : POP FROM THE BEGINNING
    Author: COHN NIK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2016 NEW RELEASE

    'Rock in the late '60's was still a spontaneous combustion. Nobody thought in terms of long- term strategies; hanging on once the thrill had worn off would have been inconceivable. If anyone had suggested to me then that the Stones or the Who might still be wearily treading the boards in their fifties, I'd have called for the men in white jackets.' Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom was the first book to celebrate the language of rock 'n' roll. It was a cogent yet unruly history of the era, from Bill Haley to Jimi Hendrix. And while telling outrageous tales, vividly describing the music and cutting through the hype, Nik Cohn unknowingly engendered a new form: rock criticism. A classic and crucial history of pop.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • B SIDE : THE DEATH OF TIN PAN ALLEY AND THE REBIRTH OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG
    B SIDE : THE DEATH OF TIN PAN ALLEY AND THE REBIRTH OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG
    YAGODA BEN
    ISBN: 9781594634093
    Title: B SIDE : THE DEATH OF TIN PAN ALLEY AND THE REBIRTH OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG
    Author: YAGODA BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it's a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn't Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but 'Come on-a My House' and 'How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?' Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? InThe B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews - the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert - the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra.

    The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It's destined to become a classic of American musical history.

    Praise for The B Side:

    'Yagoda writes so engagingly, and has put in so much time and effort, that one closes his book with the feeling that he has made a significant contribution . . . his distillation of it all is a lovely way to help perpetuate a most precious commodity.' The New York Times

    ' A spirited history of American popular music.' The New Yorker

    'Yagoda lubricates the gears of history with both his own humor and colorful anecdotes.' Entertainment Weekly

    'Wow, what a piece of work! I love it. The B Side is A PLUS.' Dave Frishberg

    'A provocative, consistently engaging counternarrative to the conventional wisdom that rock 'n' roll killed Tin Pan Alley.' Kirkus Reviews

    'A great many books celebrate the pre-rock Great American Songbook. Ben Yagoda's highly original and shrewdly argued The B-Side isn't one of them. It tells how the Songbook emerged, but is more intent on dissecting its meretricious demise, and the way a new songbook emerged from the rubble. It is anecdotal, illuminating, and persuasive.' Gary Giddins, author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams and Visions of Jazz

    ' The B Side is an entertaining and thoroughly researched exploration of America's songwriting history. With deftness of pen and skill, Yagoda has produced a work that will appeal to both musicologists and fans.' Library Journal

    'Essayist Yagoda energetically conducts a journey through the development of popular music in this vibrant piece of cultural history' Publishers Weekly

    'Actually, this wonderful chronicle is a B-side . . .This will be one big revelation for anyone steeped in a rock-centric understanding of pop history, and validation for those who treasure the Songbook in all its glory. And since these songs comprise so many strains of America's cultural DNA, everyone stands to walk away from this richly told saga with not only a song in her/his heart, but also fresh knowledge about how it got there.' PopMatters

    'The B-Side is a must-read for anyone interested in the rise of rock and the shockwaves it sent through the American music business . . . Yagoda also poignantly conveys the pain of the generation pushed aside in the process.' BookForum



    Imprint: RIVERHEAD BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • BEATLES : ALL THESE YEARS
    BEATLES : ALL THESE YEARS
    LEWISOHN MARK
    ISBN: 9781408705759
    Title: BEATLES : ALL THESE YEARS
    Author: LEWISOHN MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    First part of the definitive three-volume biography of The Beatles

    The Beatles have been at the top for fifty years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively?

    Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and less-known early period - the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock and roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape.

    This is the Beatles like you've never read them before. It isn't just 'another book', it's the book, from the world-acknowledged authority. Forget what you know and discover The Complete Story.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958626
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    Comprehensive and meticulously researched, The Beatles Book will be an invaluable and essential guide for every fan of The Beatles, combining research and scholarship with a fun and chatty style.

    Divided into four sections - Songs, People, Places and Performances - Hunter Davies brings every influence that shaped the incredible Beatles' phenomenon vividly to life. But rather than simply sticking to an alphabetised formula, Hunter and his team have decided to do something which has not been attempted before: rate everything to do with The Beatles to show how important or influential or meaningful the song, the place, the person or the gig was in the history, pattern or content of their lives and creations.

    Hunter Davies is the only official biographer of The Beatles, and the book will be heavily illustrated with material from his remarkable private collection, including personal photographs, original handwritten documents and memorabilia accumulated over 50 years.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958619
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    THE BEATLES BOOK is the ultimate authority on the fab four.

    Hunter Davies, the only ever authorised biographer of the group, brings together three eminent Beatles experts to compile an invaluable and essential guide. Divided into four sections – People, Songs, Places and Broadcast & Cinema – The Beatles Book covers every element of the band’s history and brings every influence that shaped the incredible Beatles phenomenon vividly to life. Hunter and his team have also rated entries to show how important, influential or meaningful that characteristic was in the history of their lives and creations.

    Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of personal artefacts and memorabilia, this compendium is an beautiful, insightful and entertaining treasure for any Beatles fan.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • BEETHOVEN : ANGUISH AND TRIUMPH
    BEETHOVEN : ANGUISH AND TRIUMPH
    SWAFFORD JAN
    ISBN: 9780571312566
    Title: BEETHOVEN : ANGUISH AND TRIUMPH
    Author: SWAFFORD JAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jan Swafford's biographies of composers Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms have established him as a revered music historian, capable of bringing his subjects vibrantly to life. His magnificent new biography of Ludwig van Beethoven peels away layers of legend to get to the living, breathing human being who composed some of the world's most iconic music. Swafford mines sources never before used in English-language biographies to reanimate the revolutionary ferment of Enlightenment-era Bonn, where Beethoven grew up and imbibed the ideas that would shape all of his future work. Swafford then tracks his subject to Vienna, capital of European music, where Beethoven built his career in the face of critical incomprehension, crippling ill health, romantic rejection, and 'fate's hammer', his ever-encroaching deafness. At the time of his death he was so widely celebrated that over ten thousand people attended his funeral.

    This book is a biography of Beethoven the man and musician, not the myth, and throughout, Swafford - himself a composer - offers insightful readings of Beethoven's key works. More than a decade in the making, this will be the standard Beethoven biography for years to come.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
  • BEETHOVES SYMPHONIES : AN ARTISTIC VISION
    BEETHOVES SYMPHONIES : AN ARTISTIC VISION
    LOCKWOOD LEWIS
    ISBN: 9780393076448
    Title: BEETHOVES SYMPHONIES : AN ARTISTIC VISION
    Author: LOCKWOOD LEWIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exploration of the unswerving artistic vision underlying Beethoven’s symphonies, from one of the world’s leading scholars of the composer’s works.

    More than any other composer, Beethoven left to posterity a vast body of material that documents the early stages of almost everything he wrote. From this trove of sketchbooks, Lewis Lockwood draws us into the composer’s mind, unveiling a creative process of astonishing scope and originality.

    For musicians and nonmusicians alike, Beethoven’s symphonies stand at the summit of artistic achievement, loved today as they were two hundred years ago for their emotional cogency, variety, and unprecedented individuality. Beethoven labored to complete nine of them over his lifetime?a quarter of Mozart’s output and a tenth of Haydn’s?yet no musical works are more iconic, more indelibly stamped on the memory of anyone who has heard them. They are the products of an imagination that drove the composer to build out of the highest musical traditions of the past something startlingly new.

    Lockwood brings to bear a long career of studying the surviving sources that yield insight into Beethoven’s creative work, including concept sketches for symphonies that were never finished. From these, Lockwood offers fascinating revelations into the historical and biographical circumstances in which the symphonies were composed. In this compelling story of Beethoven’s singular ambition, Lockwood introduces readers to the symphonies as individual artworks, broadly tracing their genesis against the backdrop of political upheavals, concert life, and their relationship to his major works in other genres. From the first symphonies, written during his emerging deafness, to the monumental Ninth, Lockwood brings to life Beethoven’s lifelong passion to compose works of unsurpassed beauty.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $42.99

    Price: $42.99
  • BEING WAGER : THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
    BEING WAGER : THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
    CALLOW SIMON
    ISBN: 9780008105693
    Title: BEING WAGER : THE TRIUMPH OF THE WILL
    Author: CALLOW SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Simon Callow plunges headlong into Wagner's world to discover what it was like to be Wagner, and to be around one of music's most influential figures.

    A hundred and thirty-five years after his death, Richard Wagner’s music dramas stand at the centre of the culture of classical music. They have never been more popular, nor so violently controversial and divisive. His music is still banned in Israel – the only classical composer whose music is banned in the western world. His ten great mature masterpieces constitute an unmatched body of work, created against a backdrop of poverty, revolution, violent controversy, critical contempt and hysterical hero-worship.As a man, he was a walking contradiction, aggressive, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, heroic, visionary and poisonously anti-Semitic. At one point, he had four lengthy operas written with no hope of being performed when, as if in a fairy-tale, he was rescued by a beautiful young king with limitless wealth which he bestowed on the composer. When one of those works, Tristan and Isolde, was at last performed, it revolutionised classical music at a stroke. Finally he fulfilled his lifelong dream of creating a vast epic to rival the work of the great Greek playwrights, a music drama in four massive segments, ushering gods and dwarves, heroes and thugs, dragons and rainbows onto the stage, the apotheosis of German art as he saw it, so extreme in its demands that he had to train a generation of singers and players to perform it, and erect a custom-built theatre to house it. Wagner died, exhausted, after creating one final piece – Parsifal – that seems to point to an even more radical new future for music.Simon Callow recalls the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner worked, recording the almost superhuman effort required to create his work, and evoking the extraordinary effect he had on people – this composer like no other who ever lived, extreme in everything, creator of the most sublime and most troubling body of work ever known.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BETTER GIT IN YOUR SOUL : AN INTERPRETIVE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES MINGUS
    BETTER GIT IN YOUR SOUL : AN INTERPRETIVE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES MINGUS
    GABBARD KRIN
    ISBN: 9780520260375
    Title: BETTER GIT IN YOUR SOUL : AN INTERPRETIVE BIOGRAPHY OF CHARLES MINGUS
    Author: GABBARD KRIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Mingus is one of the most important-and most mythologized-composers and performers in jazz history. Classically trained and of mixed race, he was an outspoken innovator as well as a bandleader, composer, producer, and record-label owner. His vivid autobiography, Beneath the Underdog, has done much to shape the image of Mingus as something of a wild man: idiosyncratic musical genius with a penchant for skirt-chasing and violent outbursts. But, as the autobiography reveals, he was also a hopeless romantic. After exploring the most important events in Mingus's life, Krin Gabbard takes a careful look at Mingus as a writer as well as a composer and musician. He digs into how and why Mingus chose to do so much self-analysis, how he worked to craft his racial identity in a world that saw him simply as "black," and how his mental and physical health problems shaped his career. Gabbard sets aside the myth-making and convincingly argues that Charles Mingus created a unique language of emotions-and not just in music.
    Capturing many essential moments in jazz history anew, Better Git It in Your Soul will fascinate anyone who cares about jazz, African American history, and the artist's life.

    Imprint: UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA
    RRP: $63.00

    Price: $63.00
  • BIG BLUE SKY : A MEMOIR
    BIG BLUE SKY : A MEMOIR
    GARRETT PETER
    ISBN: 9781760294199
    Title: BIG BLUE SKY : A MEMOIR
    Author: GARRETT PETER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives.

    From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, to an early interest in equality and justice; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell.

    He writes movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and his connection with Aboriginal people, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become.

    Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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