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  • 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
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958626
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Comprehensive and meticulously researched, The Beatles Book will be an invaluable and essential guide for every fan of The Beatles, combining research and scholarship with a fun and chatty style.

    Divided into four sections - Songs, People, Places and Performances - Hunter Davies brings every influence that shaped the incredible Beatles' phenomenon vividly to life. But rather than simply sticking to an alphabetised formula, Hunter and his team have decided to do something which has not been attempted before: rate everything to do with The Beatles to show how important or influential or meaningful the song, the place, the person or the gig was in the history, pattern or content of their lives and creations.

    Hunter Davies is the only official biographer of The Beatles, and the book will be heavily illustrated with material from his remarkable private collection, including personal photographs, original handwritten documents and memorabilia accumulated over 50 years.

    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958619
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    THE BEATLES BOOK is the ultimate authority on the fab four.

    Hunter Davies, the only ever authorised biographer of the group, brings together three eminent Beatles experts to compile an invaluable and essential guide. Divided into four sections – People, Songs, Places and Broadcast & Cinema – The Beatles Book covers every element of the band’s history and brings every influence that shaped the incredible Beatles phenomenon vividly to life. Hunter and his team have also rated entries to show how important, influential or meaningful that characteristic was in the history of their lives and creations.

    Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of personal artefacts and memorabilia, this compendium is an beautiful, insightful and entertaining treasure for any Beatles fan.

    Imprint: Ebury Press
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • 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 Relentless Revolutionary
    BEETHOVEN : The Relentless Revolutionary
    CLUBBE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780393242553
    Title: BEETHOVEN : The Relentless Revolutionary
    Author: CLUBBE JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beethoven imbibed Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas in Bonn where they were fervently discussed in cafes and at the university. At the age of twenty-one, he moved to Vienna to study with Haydn, gaining renown as a master pianist and innovative composer. In the capital of the Hapsburg Empire, authorities were watchful to curtail and punish displays of radical political views. Nevertheless, Beethoven avidly followed the rise of Napoleon and his republican reforms. As Napoleon had liberated Europe from aristocratic oppression, Beethoven desired to liberate music and mankind itself. Through Beethoven's letters, portraits and other personal papers, and by setting him alongside the major artists of the time, John Clubbe illuminates Beethoven's role as a lifelong revolutionary.

    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
  • BEFORE WE WAS WE : The Making of Madness by Madness
    BEFORE WE WAS WE : The Making of Madness by Madness
    MCPHERSON GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9780753553930
    Title: BEFORE WE WAS WE : The Making of Madness by Madness
    Author: MCPHERSON GRAHAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The band's first official book.

    North London. The 1970s. Amid a grim landscape of bomb sites, squats, public baths and rough pubs, a loose gang of misfits and outsiders started making music together - riding freight trains, spraying graffiti, stealing records, clothes and musical instruments. Escaping the fringes of criminality, they formed a band...

    These lairy but charismatic chaps became Madness, one of the most successful pop groups ever, in the UK and beyond. In Before We Was We, their first official book, they tell us the story of how they became them. It's a journey full of luck, skill and charm, as they duck and dive by day and make the name in London's exploding music scene by night, zipping around the capital in their Morris Minor vans.

    Their formative years, 1970-79, provided inspiration for many Madness classics, including 'Baggy Trousers', 'The Prince', 'Our House' and 'My Girl'- songs that four decades later still soundtrack weddings and funerals and inspire mass singalongs in concert halls.

    This is the riotous coming-of-age tale of seven unique individuals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope and Anchor basement to the Top of the Pops studio.

    In their own words, they each look back on their past and how during those shared adventures, they formed a bond that's lasted forty years.

    Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character. Just like them.

    Imprint: VIRGIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BENEATH THE UNDERDOG
    BENEATH THE UNDERDOG
    MINGUS CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781782118824
    Title: BENEATH THE UNDERDOG
    Author: MINGUS CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Charles Mingus is a musician, a mongrel musician who plays beautiful, who plays ugly, who plays lovely, who plays masculine, who plays feminine, who plays all sounds, loud, soft, unheard sounds, sounds, sounds, sounds ...

    Beneath the Underdog is the memoir of the Angry Man of jazz, Charles Mingus - the genius whose adventures began at the feet of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, and led him on a tour of every bottle, bar and bed in the world.

    An unparalleled self-portrait of an artist, Beneath the Underdog is a tour as dizzying, otherworldly, raging and sexy as the man and his music.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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
  • BIG BLUE SKY : A Memoir
    BIG BLUE SKY : A Memoir
    GARRETT PETER
    ISBN: 9781760632748
    Title: BIG BLUE SKY : A Memoir
    Author: GARRETT PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Peter Garrett's life has been fully and passionately lived. A man of boundless energy, compassion, intelligence and creativity, he has already achieved enough to fill several lives. From his idyllic childhood growing up in the northern suburbs of Sydney, to an early interest in equality and justice; from the height of 1960s culture shock at ANU to fronting iconic Australian band Midnight Oil; from his time as a galvanising activist for the environment to being the only unaligned Cabinet minister in two Labor governments, Garrett has an extraordinary story to tell. He writes movingly about his lifelong mission to protect the environment and his connection with Aboriginal people, about his love for his family and his passion for our country: what it means to him and what it can become. Provocative, entertaining, impassioned and inspiring, this memoir goes to the heart and soul of a remarkable Australian and raises questions crucial to us all.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $5.00
  • 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
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