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  • 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 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: CENTURY PUBLISHER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $44.99
  • 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: April 2020 New Release

    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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • BIRTH OF LOUD : Leo Fender Les Paul and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    BIRTH OF LOUD : Leo Fender Les Paul and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    PORT IAN S
    ISBN: 9781501141737
    Title: BIRTH OF LOUD : Leo Fender Les Paul and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    Author: PORT IAN S
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2019 New Release


    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • BLUE NOTE : UNCOMPROMISING EXPRESSION THE FINEST JAZZ SINCE 1939
    BLUE NOTE : UNCOMPROMISING EXPRESSION THE FINEST JAZZ SINCE 1939
    HAVERS RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780500517444
    Title: BLUE NOTE : UNCOMPROMISING EXPRESSION THE FINEST JAZZ SINCE 1939
    Author: HAVERS RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Released to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the coolest and best- known label in jazz, this book celebrates over seven decades of extraordinary music from a company that has stayed true to its founders commitment to Uncompromising Expression.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $95.00

    Price: $95.00
  • 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: October 2019 New Release

    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: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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
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