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  • WHO IS THAT MAN : IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DYLAN
    WHO IS THAT MAN : IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DYLAN
    DALTON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781401311124
    Title: WHO IS THAT MAN : IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DYLAN
    Author: DALTON DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Our fascination with Bob Dylan never ends. Timed for his 75th birthday in May 2016, and with a new Foreword, WHO IS THAT MAN? comes to paperback

    Few American artists are as important, beloved and endlessly examined as Bob Dylan, yet he remains something of an enigma. This kaleidoscopic biography, full of the voices of Dylan's family, friends, and fellow travellers through the 60s, offers an entirely fresh narrative perspective, fusing rock star bio with an examination of the music and the zeitgeist that he so mysteriously captured.

    For almost half a century, Bob Dylan has been a primary catalyst in rock's shifting sensibilities. He has starred in and been the subject of major films; his work is taught in over 200 college courses; and few American artists are as important, beloved, and endlessly examined as he is. Yet, he remains something of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe spending the 1960s playing Greenwich Village haunts? The protest poet, the Factory fixture, or the born-again Christian denying the powers of prophecy everyone attributes to him? The events of his life alone do not tell us all we want to know.

    Now, David Dalton, author, screenwriter, journalist, and founding editor of Rolling Stone, paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon that will be a must-have for his legions of fans. Guided by Dalton's masterful hand, this book will follow Dylan's imaginative life, integrating actual events from his life, Dylan's words, and those of the people who know him most intimately. Drawing upon extensive interviews with Dylan's friends, family, and fellow eyewitnesses to the zeitgeist-including Joan Baez, Keith Richards, Bobby Neuwirth, Kris Kristofferson, Suze Rotolo, Clive Davis, Tom Petty, and others-this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHY BOWIE MATTERS
    WHY BOWIE MATTERS
    BROOKER WILL
    ISBN: 9780008313722
    Title: WHY BOWIE MATTERS
    Author: BROOKER WILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2019 New Release

    A unique, moving and dazzlingly researched exploration of the places, people, musicians, writers and filmmakers that inspired David Jones to become David Bowie, what we can learn from his life's work and journey, and why he will always matter.

    When David Bowie died on 10th January 2016, it seemed the whole world was united in mourning. His greatest hits were sung tearfully in pubs up and down Britain, garlands of flowers were left at the Aladdin Sane mural in his old stomping ground of Brixton and tributes poured in from a galaxy of stars. To many of us, Bowie was so much more than a pop idol. But why?

    In Why Bowie Matters, Professor Will Brooker answers that question persuasively, as both a fan and an academic. A Bowie obsessive since childhood, he hit the headlines over the course of a year-long immersive research project that took him from London to Berlin and New York, following in Bowie's footsteps, only listening to music and reading books he loved, and even at times adopting his fashion.

    In this original and illuminating book, Professor Brooker approaches Bowie from various angles, re-tracing his childhood on the streets of Bromley, taking us through his record collection and bookshelves, and deciphering the symbols and codes of his final work, Blackstar to piece together how an ordinary suburban teenager turned himself into a legend, and how perhaps we too could be a little more Bowie.

    He shows us that while David Robert Jones died on that terrible day in January, David Bowie will live on forever.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    THOMAS RICHARD F
    ISBN: 9780008245467
    Title: WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    Author: THOMAS RICHARD F
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ‘At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech?

    In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological.This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets.

    The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    OTTER BICKERDIKE JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781851498635
    Title: WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    Author: OTTER BICKERDIKE JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2015, vinyl sales in the US increased by 30% - a raise for the tenth year in succession - and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2014, the first time the million mark has been surpassed since 1996. Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival.

    Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence - seemingly against all odds - as a physical format in the era of the digital economy.

    Includes interviews with:
    Fat Boy Slim; Tim Burgess (Charlatans); Henry Rollins (musician, actor, writer, comedian); Gaz Coombes (Supergrass); Lars Ulrich (Metallica); Maxi Jazz (Faithless); Rob da Bank (DJ and founder of Bestival); Clint Boone (Inspiral Carpets); Mike Ness (Social Distortion); Chief Xcel (Blackalicious); Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5); Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop pioneer, visual artist); Fat Mike (NOFX); Julia Ruzicka (Future of the Left); Steve Hackett (Genesis); Nick Hornby.

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WHY WE LOVE MUSIC
    WHY WE LOVE MUSIC
    POWELL JOHN
    ISBN: 9781473613768
    Title: WHY WE LOVE MUSIC
    Author: POWELL JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Did you know that . . .

    Carrying a musical instrument makes you more attractive?

    Music can cure insomnia?

    Music can change the taste of wine?

    The Mozart effect has nothing to do with Mozart?

    Barry Manilow songs can be used for crowd control?

    Why does music affect you so profoundly? It impacts the way you think, talk, feel, behave and even spend money. With his conversational style, humour, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell showcases fascinating studies - for example that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and, even more astounding, they are more likely to buy German wine in stores playing German music. With chapters on music and emotions, music as medicine, music and intelligence, and much more, WHY WE LOVE MUSIC will entertain through to the very last page.

    A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, WHY WE LOVE MUSIC is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    GLASS PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780571323746
    Title: WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    Author: GLASS PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether recalling Philip Glass experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, traveling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese, this book affirms the power of music to change the world.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WORLD IN SIX SONGS : How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    WORLD IN SIX SONGS : How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    LEVITIN DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780241987810
    Title: WORLD IN SIX SONGS : How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    Author: LEVITIN DANIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dividing the sum total of human musical achievement, from Beethoven to The Beatles, Busta Rhymes to Bach, into just six fundamental forms, Levitin illuminates, through songs of friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love, how music has been instrumental in the evolution of language, thought and culture. And how, far from being a bit of a song and dance, music is at the core of what it means to be human.

    A one-time record producer, now a leading neuroscientist, Levitin has composed a catchy and startlingly ambitious narrative that weaves together Darwin and Dionne Warwick, memoir and biology, anthropology and a jukebox of anecdote to create nothing less than the ' soundtrack of civilisation'.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WORLDS GREATEST ELECTRIC GUITARS
    WORLDS GREATEST ELECTRIC GUITARS
    ISBN: 9781787391512
    Title: WORLDS GREATEST ELECTRIC GUITARS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book contains beautiful, specially commissioned photographs of more than one hundred of the greatest guitars ever made, from original standard-issue Gibsons and Fenders to custom-built one-offs and pre-owned classics.

    Some guitars are works of art and are hugely valuable, either because of where they were made (and who by) or because of who played them. The stunning imagery is combined with salient facts and descriptions of the guitar and player (where relevant), making this book a fascinating guide to some of the most sought-after instruments in the world today. Stunning modern designs are included alongside the sometimes battered ancient pieces in this eclectic, riveting guide. Features are included on particular guitars and their players, including Eddie Van Halen's Frankenstrat, David Gilmour's black Stratocaster, Brian May's Red Special, and more.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    BURTON-HILL CLEMENCY
    ISBN: 9781472252302
    Title: YEAR OF WONDER : Classical Music for Every Day
    Author: BURTON-HILL CLEMENCY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne

    Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

    Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea where to begin?

    YEAR OF WONDER is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts.

    Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you're from.

    'The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.'

    Clemency Burton-Hill

    Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music and Spotify.



    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
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