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  • 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 : His Life in Pictures
    BOB DYLAN : His Life in Pictures
    SHAPIRO HARRY
    ISBN: 9780785837602
    Title: BOB DYLAN : His Life in Pictures
    Author: SHAPIRO HARRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures does exactly what the title says. In 256 pages with over 300 images it provides a timeline to this amazing career, showing highlights along with more mundane moments at home and on tour.

    Though this book may not help you to understand Dylan's lyrics, it provides a brilliant photographic background to his life and music. After a contextualizing introduction, Bob Dylan breaks his life into five chapters that cover the story decade by decade from the 1960s. Each chapter has a detailed timeline and a wealth of information.

    Robert Allen Zimmerman (as Bob Dylan was born) has had more impact on the music world than could normally be expected of one man. The quicksilver folk hero of the early 1960s has redefined himself regularly over the decades and remains as controversial and brilliant as ever. The voice of the 1960s protest movement, he has not stagnated-over the years, his music has incorporated many styles, including pop music, folk music, gospel, rock, and even jazz. The one continuous thread is that his music is intelligent and literary; he is a poet first and a songwriter-albeit a great songwriter-second. It is Dylan's words that have ensured his continued importance and not his aging voice.

    His peers rate him highly: Neil Young, himself no slouch in the music world, said of him in 2005: 'He's the master. If I'd like to be anyone, it's him. And he's a great writer, true to his music and done what he feels is the right thing to do for years and years and years.' Joe Strummer praised Dylan as having 'laid down the template for lyric, tune, seriousness, spirituality, depth of rock music.'

    And if you judge a musician by his awards, Dylan has done pretty well: from a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammies in 1990 to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; from France's highest cultural award, the "Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" to the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; from an honorary doctorate awarded by Princeton University (US) to an honorary degree at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland)-not to mention albums of the year, six entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame, a 2000 Academy Award, a 2001 Golden Globe and a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

    Get an intimate view of this legendary singer-songwriter, artist, and writer through this amazing photographic account of his life.

    Imprint: CHARTWELL
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • BOWIE BY ONEILL
    BOWIE BY ONEILL
    ONEILL TERRY
    ISBN: 9781788401012
    Title: BOWIE BY ONEILL
    Author: ONEILL TERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book is the breathtaking result of iconic photographer Terry O'Neill's creative partnership with David Bowie that spanned over a number of years, including images published here for the first time.

    Containing rare and never-before-seen photographs, their work together includes images from the last Ziggy Stardust performance, recording sessions for Young Americans and the renowned studio portraits for Diamond Dogs - plus live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more.

    With more than 500 photographs, this is the ultimate portrait of an inspiring, challenging and ever-changing artist.

    Imprint: OCTOPUS
    RRP: $75.00
    Price: $75.00
  • BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    FEARNLEY GERALD
    ISBN: 9781851498642
    Title: BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    Author: FEARNLEY GERALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A collection of original and rare photographs from Bowie's debut album shoot, released for the first time as fine art prints in 2016. The pictures portray Bowie, pre-fame, pre-Ziggy Stardust, as a young man unaware of what the future holds.

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • BOWIES BOOKS : The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    BOWIES BOOKS : The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    OCONNELL JOHN
    ISBN: 9781526605801
    Title: BOWIES BOOKS : The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    Author: OCONNELL JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2019 New Release

    'What is your idea of perfect happiness?'
    'Reading.'

    'What is the quality you most like in a man?'
    'The ability to return books.'

    Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life a list that formed something akin to an autobiography. From Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was.
    In Bowie's Books, John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in.

    Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime- it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $34.99
    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
  • BROKEN HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHENS SECRET CHORD
    BROKEN HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHENS SECRET CHORD
    LEIBOVITZ LIEL
    ISBN: 9781910124673
    Title: BROKEN HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHENS SECRET CHORD
    Author: LEIBOVITZ LIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    As Leonard Cohen requires, this is a passionate and personal evocation of a man who appeals to the inner spirit of his fervent followers.

    In this philosophical biography, Liel Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes Leonard Cohen an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination. Born into a Canadian religious Jewish family, for years a reclusive lyricist on the Greek island of Hydra, known for his bold political commentary, his devotion to Buddhist thought and his later despair over contemporary Zionism, Cohen hardly follows the rules of a conventional rock star. Yet the prophetic themes of his music, often filled with pessimism and apocalyptic visions, prove redemptive to an audience that spans generations. As Leonard Cohen requires, this is a passionate and personal evocation of a man who appeals to the inner spirit of his fervent followers.

    Imprint: SANDSTONE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1973-1986 : From Born To Run to Born In The USA
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1973-1986 : From Born To Run to Born In The USA
    GAHR DAVID
    ISBN: 9780847862344
    Title: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1973-1986 : From Born To Run to Born In The USA
    Author: GAHR DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    An unprecedented look at a very young Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, from the group's creation and early New Jersey days to their meteoric rise and seminal Born in the USA tour, in photographs almost all not previously published.

    Imprint: RIZZOLI
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • 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
  • CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO FRENCH MUSIC
    CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO FRENCH MUSIC
    TREZISE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780521701761
    Title: CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO FRENCH MUSIC
    Author: TREZISE SIMON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This accessible Companion provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive introduction to French music from the early middle ages to the present.

    France has a long and rich music history that has had a far-reaching impact upon music and cultures around the world. This accessible Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the music of France. With chapters on a range of music genres, internationally renowned authors survey music-making from the early middle ages to the present day. The first part provides a complete chronological history structured around key historical events. The second part considers opera and ballet and their institutions and works, and the third part explores traditional and popular music. In the final part, contributors analyse five themes and topics, including the early church and its institutions, manuscript sources, the musical aesthetics of the Siècle des Lumières, and music at the court during the ancien régime. Illustrated with photographs and music examples, this book will be essential reading for both students and music lovers.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $54.95

    Price: $54.95
  • Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones
    Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones
    COELHO, VICTOR (BOSTON UNIVERSITY)
    ISBN: 9781107651111
    Title: Cambridge Companion to the Rolling Stones
    Author: COELHO, VICTOR (BOSTON UNIVERSITY)
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    The first collection of academic essays devoted to the Rolling Stones. Designed for use by students, rock scholars, and serious fans, it discusses the Stones' music and history from a wide range of interpretive perspectives, and covers the entire span of the group's career.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $34.95
    Price: $34.95
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