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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
  • ALL GATES OPEN
    ALL GATES OPEN
    SCHMIDT IRMIN
    ISBN: 9780571311521
    Title: ALL GATES OPEN
    Author: SCHMIDT IRMIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN. It consists of two books.

    In Book One, Rob Young gives us the full biography of a band that emerged at the vanguard of what would come to be called the Krautrock scene in late sixties Cologne. With Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay - two classically trained students of Stockhausen - at the heart of the band, CAN's studio and live performances burned an incendiary trail through the decade that followed: and left a legacy that is still reverberating today in hip hop, post rock, ambient, and countless other genres. Rob Young's account draws on unique interviews with all founding members of CAN, as well as their vocalists, friends and music industry associates. And he revisits the music, which is still deliriously innovative and unclassifiable more than four decades on. All Gates Open is a portrait of a group who worked with visionary intensity and belief, outside the system and inside their own inner space.

    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording. There is an oral history of the band drawing on interviews that Irmin made with musicians who see CAN as an influence - such as Bobby Gillespie, Geoff Barrow, Daniel Miller, and many others. There are also interviews with artists and filmmakers like Wim Wenders and John Malkovitch, where Schmidt reflects on more personal matters and his work with film. Extracts of Schmidt's notebook and diaries from 2013-14 are also reproduced as a reflection on the creative process, and the memories, dreams, and epiphanies it entails. Can Kiosk offers further perspectives on a band that have inspired several generations of musicians and filmmakers in the voices of the artists themselves.

    CAN were unique, and their legacy is articulated in two books in this volume with the depth, rigour, originality, and intensity associated with the band itself. It is illustrated throughout with previously unseen art, photographs, and ephemera from the band's archive.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEAUTIFUL ONES
    BEAUTIFUL ONES
    PRINCE
    ISBN: 9781780899176
    Title: BEAUTIFUL ONES
    Author: PRINCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release

    From Prince himself comes the brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time-featuring never-before-seen photos, original scrapbooks and lyric sheets, and the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death.

    Prince was a musical genius, one of the most talented, beloved, accomplished, popular, and acclaimed musicians in pop history. But he wasn't only a musician-he was also a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of his early records to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of Paisley Park. But his greatest creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, the greatest pop star of his era.

    The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince-a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The book is told in four parts. The first is composed of the memoir he was writing before his tragic death, pages that brings us into Prince's childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us into Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album released, through a scrapbook of Prince's writing and photos. The third section shows us Prince's evolution through candid images that take us up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the book's fourth section- his original handwritten treatment for Purple Rain-the final stage in Prince's self-creation, as he retells the autobiography we've seen in the first three parts as a heroic journey.

    The book is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's riveting and moving introduction about his short but profound collaboration with Prince in his final days-a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated-and annotations that provide context to each of the book's images.

    This work is not just a tribute to Prince, but an original and energizing literary work, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image, his undying gift to the world.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • BEETHOVEN : The Relentless Revolutionary
    BEETHOVEN : The Relentless Revolutionary
    CLUBBE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780393242553
    Title: BEETHOVEN : The Relentless Revolutionary
    Author: CLUBBE JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas

    Beethoven's political ideals, inspired by the French Revolution and Napoleon, radiate through his ground-breaking compositions.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $62.95
    Price: $62.95
  • 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
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