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  • 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: $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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • CELEBRATING BIRD
    CELEBRATING BIRD
    GIDDINS GARY
    ISBN: 9780816690411
    Title: CELEBRATING BIRD
    Author: GIDDINS GARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Within days of Charlie "Bird" Parker's death at the age of thirty-four, a scrawled legend began appearing on walls around New York City: "Bird Lives." Gone was one of the most outstanding jazz musicians of any era, the troubled genius who brought modernism to jazz and became a defining cultural force for musicians, writers, and artists of every stripe. Arguably the most significant musician in the country at the time of his death, Parker set the standard many musicians strove to reach--though he never enjoyed the same popular success that greeted many of his imitators. Today, the power of Parker's inventions resonates undiminished; and his influence continues to expand.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • CHOPINS PIANO : A Journey through Romanticism
    CHOPINS PIANO : A Journey through Romanticism
    KILDEA PAUL
    ISBN: 9780141980560
    Title: CHOPINS PIANO : A Journey through Romanticism
    Author: KILDEA PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chopin's Piano begins in November 1838, when George Sand, her children and Frederick Chopin took a boat to Majorca for the winter. It describes their circumstances there, and how Chopin completed one of the most revolutionary works in the history of music - his Preludes - on 'a small Mallorquin piano' which he picked up when they arrived and carted up to the monastery in the mountains where he and Sand lodged. Kildea traces the history of the Preludes, their pianists, their interpretations, and the history of the Mallorquin piano itself, to find an unexpected path through the history of romantic music - via Wanda Landowska in Berlin in 1913, Paris in 1940-41 when the Nazis seized the piano, down to the end of romantic music. It is an astonishing narrative and detective story, an unclassifiable and thrilling book, which explores in an original way the changing meaning of music through time.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • CHRONICLES : VOLUME 1
    CHRONICLES : VOLUME 1
    DYLAN BOB
    ISBN: 9781849833370
    Title: 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: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CITY OF LIES
    CITY OF LIES
    SULLIVAN RANDALL
    ISBN: 9781786892102
    Title: CITY OF LIES
    Author: SULLIVAN RANDALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    LA, 1997. The city is restless and simmering with tension. In two seemingly unconnected attacks, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. are brutally murdered. Across town, a black off-duty cop is gunned down by a white undercover cop in broad daylight.

    Award-winning journalist Randall Sullivan's searing investigation uncovers a mass of connections to Suge Knight and his infamous label Death Row Records. But as Sullivan follows his leads into the darkest corners of the city, he finds the case thwarted at every turn by the LAPD itself - and realises that he is caught in a web of police corruption that spreads wider than he could have ever imagined.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS
    CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS
    ALBERTINE VIV
    ISBN: 9780571351343
    Title: CLOTHES CLOTHES CLOTHES MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC BOYS BOYS BOYS
    Author: ALBERTINE VIV
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
    ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
    MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR

    In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar.

    A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.

    A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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