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  • BEETHOVEN : A Life in Nine Pieces
    BEETHOVEN : A Life in Nine Pieces
    TUNBRIDGE LAURA
    ISBN: 9780241414279
    Title: BEETHOVEN : A Life in Nine Pieces
    Author: TUNBRIDGE LAURA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ludwig van Beethoven- to some, the greatest ever composer of Western classical music. Yet his life remains shrouded in myths, and the image persists of him as an eccentric genius shaking his fist.

    Beethoven by Oxford professor Laura Tunbridge cuts through the noise in a refreshing way - with each chapter focusing on a period of his life, a piece of music and a revealing theme, from family to friends, heroism to liberty. It's a winning combination of rich biographical detail, insight into the world of music, and startling revisionism, which transforms how you listen to his work. We discover, for example, Beethoven's seemingly modern self-promotion, how his composing was influenced by changes in instruments, and thanks to new academic research, how he was listened to- at the time, Ode to Joy was often not even played when his Ninth Symphony was performed.

    This tour de force, written by an expert new voice - published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth - provides a peerless overview and a wealth of material that has never been revealed to the wider public before. It's a fresh, human portrayal of Beethoven and a concise way into one of the world's most amazing minds.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    SUCHET JOHN
    ISBN: 9781783964963
    Title: BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    Author: SUCHET JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You know the music... but do you know the man? Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's best loved and most influential composers. His life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses - is played out in his music. Now John Suchet shows us the man behind the music in this compelling biography of a musical genius. He reveals a difficult and complex character, struggling to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him faithfully and vividly to life.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BIG BEAT : Rock Music In Australia 1978-1983  through the pages of Roadrunner Magazine
    BIG BEAT : Rock Music In Australia 1978-1983 through the pages of Roadrunner Magazine
    ROBERTSON DONALD
    ISBN: 9780646803296
    Title: BIG BEAT : Rock Music In Australia 1978-1983 through the pages of Roadrunner Magazine
    Author: ROBERTSON DONALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Climb on board as an Adelaide punk fanzine blossoms into a well-loved national music magazine that chronicles the glory days of Australian post-punk and 'pub rock' music. A year-by-year history introduces a selection of over four hundred fully-indexed pages from the original magazine.

    Imprint: ROADRUNNER TWICE
    RRP: $99.00

    Price: $99.00
  • BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    PETTINGER PETER
    ISBN: 9780300097276
    Title: BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    Author: PETTINGER PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A biography of the influential jazz pianist, Bill Evans. Peter Pettinger, himself a concert pianist, describes Evans's life, his personal tragedies and commercial successes, his music making, his technique and compositional methods, his approach to ensemble playing, and his legacy.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • BILLIE HOLIDAY
    BILLIE HOLIDAY
    SZWED JOHN
    ISBN: 9780099592624
    Title: BILLIE HOLIDAY
    Author: SZWED JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record ‘Riffin' the Scotch' and ‘Your Mother's Son-in-Law', it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-century popular music. Today, Billie Holiday is an icon – an artist whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music is unquestionable.

    Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life – her prostitution at the age of fourteen, a her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships, the ravages of her voice by the time she was forty-four – or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. John Szwed's Billie Holiday is a different book, one that stays close to her music, to her performance style, to the self she created and put on record and on stage. Drawing on revelatory new material, including unpublished memoirs and interviews, Billie Holiday is the first biography to consider the singer as an artist, examining how her life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, her singing style, a number of her signature songs, and her legacy.

    Published to coincide with the centenary of Holiday's birth on 7 April, Billie Holiday is a major new biography of America's First Lady of Jazz by one of the greatest music writers of today, offering a profound meditation on her art, and how it made sense of her life.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BIRDLAND THE JAZZ CORNER OF THE WORLD : An Illustrated Tribute
    BIRDLAND THE JAZZ CORNER OF THE WORLD : An Illustrated Tribute
    SULLIVAN LEO T
    ISBN: 9780764355868
    Title: BIRDLAND THE JAZZ CORNER OF THE WORLD : An Illustrated Tribute
    Author: SULLIVAN LEO T
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Birdland was a legendary nightclub in New York City and, from 1949–65, was the scene for the greatest jazz music and musicians in the world. This illustrated book offers a history of this legendary jazz club, and presents the greats who played its stage in capsule biographies, vintage photos, and rare memorabilia. Named after legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker, the club showcased memorable double and triple bills lasting until dawn. Many classic live recordings were made at "The Jazz Corner of the World," such as the "A Night at Birdland" by the Art Blakey Quintet, "Basie at Birdland," and "Coltrane, Live at Birdland." Birdland established itself as the one place that every jazz musician had to play. Greats such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Lester Young, Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, and Sonny Rollins, to name only a few, graced its stage.

    Imprint: SCHIFFER PUBLISHING
    RRP: $42.99

    Price: $42.99
  • BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON : My Life as a Bluesman
    BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON : My Life as a Bluesman
    MAYALL JOHN
    ISBN: 9781785581786
    Title: BLUES FROM LAUREL CANYON : My Life as a Bluesman
    Author: MAYALL JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    John Mayall has played with them all; Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser... the list goes on. Now, in his 80's, John continues to tour all over the world and perform to sell-out crowds. With an incredible blues career spanning over sixty years, which rightly earning him the title "The Godfather of British Blues," John shares his experiences and encounters in what will be a must read autobiography for any true blues fans.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • BOB DYLAN : CHRONICLES VOLUME 1
    BOB DYLAN : CHRONICLES VOLUME 1
    DYLAN BOB
    ISBN: 9780743478649
    Title: BOB DYLAN : CHRONICLES VOLUME 1
    Author: DYLAN BOB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first spellbinding volume of the three-volume memoir of one of the greatest musical legends of all time. In CHRONICLES Volume I, Bob Dylan takes us back to the early 1960s when he arrived in New York to launch his phenomenal career. This is Dylan's story in his own words - a personal view of his motivations, frustrations and remarkable creativity. Publication of CHRONICLES Volume I is a publishing and cultural event of the highest magnitude.

    Imprint: POCKET BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BOB DYLAN ALL THE SONGS : THE STORY BEHIND EVERY TRACK
    BOB DYLAN ALL THE SONGS : THE STORY BEHIND EVERY TRACK
    MARGOTIN PHILIPPE
    ISBN: 9781579129859
    Title: BOB DYLAN ALL THE SONGS : THE STORY BEHIND EVERY TRACK
    Author: MARGOTIN PHILIPPE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the most comprehensive account of Bob Dylan's work yet published with the full story of every recording session, every album, and every single released during his remarkable and illustrious 53-year career.

    Bob Dylan: All the Songs focuses on Dylan's creative process and his organic, unencumbered style of recording. It is the only book to tell the stories, many unfamiliar even to his most fervent fans, behind all the 525 songs he released. Organised chronologically by album, Margotin and Guesdon recount the details that led to the composition of Dylan's recorded songs, what went on in the recording studio, what instruments he used, and behind-the-scenes account of the great artists that Dylan worked with.

    Imprint: BLACK DOG LEVENTHAL
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • BOB DYLAN AND THE BRITISH SIXTIES : A Cultural History
    BOB DYLAN AND THE BRITISH SIXTIES : A Cultural History
    JONES TUDOR
    ISBN: 9781138341296
    Title: BOB DYLAN AND THE BRITISH SIXTIES : A Cultural History
    Author: JONES TUDOR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Britain played a key role in Bob Dylan's career in the 1960s. He visited Britain on several occasions and performed across the country both as an acoustic folk singer and as an electric-rock musician. His tours of Britain in the mid-1960s feature heavily in documentary films such as D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back and Martin Scorsese's No Direction Home and the concerts contain some of his most acclaimed ever live performances. Dylan influenced British rock musicians such as The Beatles, The Animals, and many others; they, in turn, influenced him.

    Imprint: ROUTLEDGE
    RRP: $41.99

    Price: $41.99
  • BORN TO RUN
    BORN TO RUN
    SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781471157820
    Title: BORN TO RUN
    Author: SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

    He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work.

    Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

    Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River” “Born in the U.S.A,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BOY ON FIRE : The Young Nick Cave
    BOY ON FIRE : The Young Nick Cave
    MORDUE MARK
    ISBN: 9781460759646
    Title: BOY ON FIRE : The Young Nick Cave
    Author: MORDUE MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.

    A deeply beautiful, profound, profane and poetic biography of the early formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story. This is the story of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.

    As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom.

    Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement..

    Imprint: Harper Collins
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE : HOW MUSIC CAME OUT
    BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE : HOW MUSIC CAME OUT
    ASTON MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781472122445
    Title: BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE : HOW MUSIC CAME OUT
    Author: ASTON MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Popular music's gay DNA is inarguable, from Elvis in eye shadow and Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' to The Velvet Underground's subversive rock'n'roll and Bowie's ambisexual alien Ziggy Stardust; from kd lang's female Elvis to Kurt Cobain in a dress; from Noughties lesbian icon Beth Ditto to Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' manifesto.

    But if collected essays and/or features have addressed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender singers, songwriters, musicians and songs, no book has yet comprehensively and authoritatively drawn together all the threads to explore this as an unfolding, historical narrative: to tell the story of how music 'came out', from the days when homosexuals were deeply in the closet, but the love that once dared not speak its name sings it, and on daytime radio to boot.

    This story will reveal which songs have coded messages about sexuality, and which proudly declared the truth, including examples of heterosexual songwriters and singers who chose to address same-sex issues, from Rod Stewart's 'The Killing Of Georgie' - the first UK number one with a gay theme - to Suede's 'Animal Nitrate'. The narrative will unfold against a backdrop of historic social and political shifts, as LGBT rights pushed for visibility and equality, from the closet of the Fifties to the struggle and setbacks of the Sixties, the liberation of the Seventies, the mainstream invasion and AIDS crisis of the Eighties, the advances of the Nineties and the more immersed scene of the Noughties. These artists have indeed changed the world as we know it.

    BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE is a story for a wide audience, not just the LGBT community but a broad spectrum of music lovers who are fascinated by these characters, events, stories and songs. It is also a very timely tale, given the prominence of same-sex issues such as marriage equality, alongside the retrogressive steps in places such as Russia and parts of Africa, where songs encapsulating the gay/lesbian experience mirror those of the Sixties, signifying how the journey from illegality and bigotry to freedom is still far from over.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN : All the Songs
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN : All the Songs
    GUESDON JEAN-MICHEL
    ISBN: 9781784726492
    Title: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN : All the Songs
    Author: GUESDON JEAN-MICHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    The most in-depth exploration of Springsteen's songs ever written.

    Spanning nearly 50 years of albums, EPs, B-sides, and more, this is the full story behind every single song that The Boss has ever released. Moving chronologically through Springsteen's long career, expert authors Margotin and Guesdon explore everything there is to know about every single song.

    No stone is left unturned across 670 pages, from the inspiration behind the lyrics and melody to the recording process and even the musicians and producers who worked on each track.

    Uncover the stories behind the music in this truly definitive book - a must-have for every Springsteen fan.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $75.00
    Price: $75.00
  • BURNING DOWN THE HAUS : Punk Rock Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
    BURNING DOWN THE HAUS : Punk Rock Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
    MOHR TIM
    ISBN: 9780349701318
    Title: BURNING DOWN THE HAUS : Punk Rock Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall
    Author: MOHR TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An extraordinary history of the punk movement in East Germany, perfectly timed for the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 3 October 2019.

    LONGLISTED FOR THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE

    'A thrilling and essential social history that details the rebellious youth movement that helped change the world' Rolling Stone

    'A riveting and inspiring history of punk's hard-fought struggle in East Germany' New York Times

    'Wildly entertaining . . . A joy in the way it brings back punk's fury and high stakes' Vogue


    THE SECRET HISTORY OF PUNKS IN EAST GERMANY

    It began with a handful of East Berlin teens who heard the Sex Pistols on a British military radio broadcast to troops in West Berlin, and it ended with the collapse of the East German dictatorship. Punk rock was a life-changing discovery: in an authoritarian state where the future was preordained, punk, with its rejection of society and DIY approach to building a new one, planted the seeds for revolution.

    As these kids began to form bands, they also became more visible, and security forces - including the dreaded secret police, the Stasi - targeted them. They were spied on by friends and family; they were expelled from schools and fired from jobs; they were beaten by police and imprisoned. But instead of conforming, the punks fought back, playing an indispensable role in the underground movement that helped bring down the Berlin Wall.

    Rollicking, cinematic and thrillingly topical, this secret history brings to life the young men and women who successfully fought authoritarianism three chords at a time. Burning Down the Haus is a fiery testament to the irrepressible spirit of revolution.

    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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