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  • COLTRANE : The Story of a Sound
    COLTRANE : The Story of a Sound
    RATLIFF BEN
    ISBN: 9780571359813
    Title: COLTRANE : The Story of a Sound
    Author: RATLIFF BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition as part of the Faber Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century. No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as John Coltrane.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COME AND GET THESE MEMOIRES : The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's Incomparable Songwriters
    COME AND GET THESE MEMOIRES : The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's Incomparable Songwriters
    HOLLAND BRIAN
    ISBN: 9781785588679
    Title: COME AND GET THESE MEMOIRES : The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's Incomparable Songwriters
    Author: HOLLAND BRIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring honest and open first-hand accounts, Come and Get These Memories is more than just a behind-the-scenes look at Motown Records at its peak: Eddie and Brian set the record straight on both their personal and professional lives and offer a revealing slice of pop-music history.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS BOOKS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • COMPACT DISC
    COMPACT DISC
    BARRY ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781501348518
    Title: COMPACT DISC
    Author: BARRY ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.
    The story of the compact disc is also the story of the end of physical media. It is the story of how the quest for perfection laid the grounds for the death of a great industry. For in the passage from analogue media, like records and tapes, to digital media, like CDs, something changed in the nature of media and in the relationship we have with music. Music became code, a sequence of 1s and 0s. A flow of pure information. The material structure of the medium itself was always supposed to disappear. But the physical has proved to possess an uncanny knack for returning.
    The CD was killed in the 1990s first by emphasizing its physical nature, later by removing it altogether. But today the CD persists a zombie medium, still popular amongst certain avantgarde record labels and Japanese consumers. Against all the odds, the spectre endures.
    Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • COMPARING NOTES : How We Make Sense of Music
    COMPARING NOTES : How We Make Sense of Music
    OCKELFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781781256046
    Title: COMPARING NOTES : How We Make Sense of Music
    Author: OCKELFORD ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We are all instinctively musical. Why? And how does music work? Indeed, what is (or isn't) music? Adam Ockelford has the answers.

    A tap of the foot, a rush of emotion, the urge to hum a tune; without instruction or training we all respond intuitively to music. Comparing Notes explores what music is, why we are all musical, and how abstract patterns of sound that don't actually mean anything can in fact be so meaningful.

    Taking the reader on a clear and compelling tour of major twentieth century musical theories, Professor Adam Ockelford arrives at his own important psychologically grounded theory of how music works. From pitch and rhythm to dynamics and timbre, he shows how all the elements of music cohere through the principle of imitation to create an abstract narrative in sound that we instinctively grasp, whether listening to Bach or the Beatles.

    Based on three decades of innovative work with blind children and those on the autism spectrum, the book draws lessons from neurodiversity to show how we all develop musically, and to explore the experience of music from composer and performer to listener.

    Authoritative, engaging and full of wonderful examples from across the musical spectrum, Comparing Notes is essential reading for anyone who's ever loved a song, sonata or symphony, and wondered why.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • COMPLETE CLASSICAL MUSIC GUIDE
    COMPLETE CLASSICAL MUSIC GUIDE
    ISBN: 9780241422984
    Title: COMPLETE CLASSICAL MUSIC GUIDE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What makes Mozart's music so great? Why does a minor chord sound sad and a major chord sound happy? What's the difference between opera and operetta? From Bach to Bernstein, this definitive guide offers a complete survey of the history of classical music.

    Whether you already love classical music or you're just beginning to explore it, The Complete Classical Music Guide invites you to discover the spirituality of Byrd's masses, the awesome power of Handel's Messiah, and the wonders of Wagner's operas, as well as hundreds more composers and their masterpieces. This guide takes you on a journey through more than 1,000 years, charting the evolution of musical instruments, styles, and genres. Biographies of major and lesser-known composers offer rich insights into their music and the historical and cultural contexts that influenced their genius.

    The book explores the features that defined each musical era - from the ornate brilliance of the Baroque, through the drama of Romantic music, to contemporary genres such as minimalism and electronic music. Timelines, quotes, and colour photographs give a voice to this music and the exceptionally gifted individuals who created it. Covering both music history and the fundamental building blocks of music theory, The Complete Classical Music Guideexplains not just the who, what, and where of classical music, but the how and why.

    Imprint: Dorling Kindersley
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COMPLETE PINK FLOYD
    COMPLETE PINK FLOYD
    POVEY GLENN
    ISBN: 9781780976518
    Title: COMPLETE PINK FLOYD
    Author: POVEY GLENN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Complete Pink Floyd is an incredible book. It lists every concert, every appearance, every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the world's most famous bands.
    Acknowledged expert Glenn Povey first published Echoes in 2006 but since then he has been allowed access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person to do so) and the band have announced the release of a new album. This complete reboot of the original is illustrated with all-new material, including hundreds of photographs and rare memorabilia. Every solo concert has been updated for Waters and Gilmour, and details of the band's many re-released albums have been added, including never-before-published research into their earliest recordings from 1965. The original Echoes was a great book but this full upgrade is it essential reference for any serious Pink Floyd fan.

    Imprint: Carlton Books
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY
    CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY
    NOYER PAUL DU
    ISBN: 9781473609044
    Title: CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY
    Author: NOYER PAUL DU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intimate portrayal of one of the most famous men in music, Sir Paul McCartney.

    In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good raport. In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer.
    Conversations with McCartney is the culmination of Du Noyer's long association with McCartney and his music. It draws from their interview sessions across 35 years, coupling McCartney's own, candid thoughts with his observations and analysis.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • COWBOYS AND INDIES : THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY
    COWBOYS AND INDIES : THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY
    MURPHY GARETH
    ISBN: 9781781254356
    Title: COWBOYS AND INDIES : THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY
    Author: MURPHY GARETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Cowboys and Indies is the story of the 'record men' - the mavericks and moguls who have shaped the music industry from the first sound machines of the 1850s through to today's digital streams. Men like John Hammond, who discovered Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen; Sam Phillips and Berry Gordy, founders of the Sun and Motown labels; Chris Blackwell, who brought Bob Marley and reggae music into the mainstream; Geoff Travis who built Rough Trade and launched The Smiths; or genre-busting producer Rick Rubin, who recorded Run DMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash.

    Gareth Murphy has drawn on more than 100 interviews with music business legends, as well as extensive archive research, to bring us the behind-the-scenes stories of how music gets made and sold. He explains, too, how the industry undergoes regular seismic changes. We may think the digital revolution is a big deal, but in the 1920s the arrival of radio and the Wall Street Crash wiped out 95 per cent of record sales. But, as we all know, you can't stop the music ...

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    FRANGIONI DAVID
    ISBN: 9781683833048
    Title: CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    Author: FRANGIONI DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From snares to cymbals, drums are taking over the stage in this first-ever collected look into some of the most famous drum kits of rock and roll history.

    Crash is the definitive Illustrated history of the drum kits of rock ’n’ roll legends. Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular volume captures the personal connection between artist and instrument. Along with the makes and models, each kit is accompanied by commentary about the history of the kit, its special characteristics, as well as its significance to rock history. Including photographs of Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, and many more, Crash is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rock ’n’ roll’s most famous drum kits.

    Imprint: INSIGHT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • CROSBY STILLS NASH AND YOUNG : The Biography
    CROSBY STILLS NASH AND YOUNG : The Biography
    DOGGETT PETER
    ISBN: 9781847925053
    Title: CROSBY STILLS NASH AND YOUNG : The Biography
    Author: DOGGETT PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    At 3 a.m. on Monday, 18 August 1969, the final night of the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, four men armed only with acoustic guitars faced the gaping darkness of a vast open-air audience. An hour later, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young had confounded and convinced their peers, and cemented their place in rock history. They had also made themselves, for better or worse, synonymous with Woodstock, and with the nebulous Woodstock generation which it inspired.

    Between 1969 and 1974, CSNY were the most successful, influential and politically potent rock band in America. More than any of their peers, they channelled and broadcast all the radical anger, romantic idealism and generational angst of their era. The vast emotional range of their music, from delicate acoustic confessionals to raucous counter-culture anthems, was mirrored in the turbulence of their personal lives. Their trademark may have been vocal harmony, but few if any of their contemporaries could match the recklessness of their hedonistic and often warring lifestyles, as four stubborn, driven songwriters pursued chemical and sexual pleasure to life-threatening extremes.

    Helplessly Hoping is the first major biography of a band whose first two albums are undisputed rock classics, and which continues to attract a large and loyal following to their sporadic reunions. At the same time, Peter Doggett illuminates the pivotal years of 1960s counterculture through the story of four of its key protagonists, whose music, beliefs and relationships with each other chronicle both its trajectory and its legacy.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $55.00
    Price: $55.00
  • DARK STUFF
    DARK STUFF
    KENT NICK
    ISBN: 9780571349647
    Title: DARK STUFF
    Author: KENT NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In The Dark Stuff Nick Kent profiles twenty-two of the most gifted and self-destructive talents in rock history. From Brian Wilson to Syd Barrett, the Rolling Stones to Neil Young, Iggy Pop to Lou Reed, he offers intimate portraits that are unimaginable in the world of today's market driven music business.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • DAVID BOWIE : A Life
    DAVID BOWIE : A Life
    JONES DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781786090430
    Title: DAVID BOWIE : A Life
    Author: JONES DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Dylan Jones's engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written.

    Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path.

    Tracing Bowie's life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra.

    By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, DAVID BOWIE is as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn. It sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers bring you into studios and bedrooms they shared with Bowie, and onto stages and film sets, opening corners of his mind and experience that transform our understanding of both artist and art.

    Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones's interviews with him across two decades, DAVID BOWIE is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DAVID BOWIE : MUSIC FOR HEROES
    DAVID BOWIE : MUSIC FOR HEROES
    BUCKLEY DAVID
    ISBN: 9781780389882
    Title: DAVID BOWIE : MUSIC FOR HEROES
    Author: BUCKLEY DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An album by album, track by track, examination of every song released by Bowie from his early singles, through the Ziggy Stardust era, the Eno/Berlin trilogy, the solo years, Tin Machine and his most recent work, including The Next Day.

    Features include:

    - A detailed album by album, track by track analysis.

    - A separate section on compilations of early material and hits collections.

    - Eight page colour section.

    - A David Bowie timeline.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DAVID BOWIES DIAMOND DOGS
    DAVID BOWIES DIAMOND DOGS
    HENDLER GLENN
    ISBN: 9781501336584
    Title: DAVID BOWIES DIAMOND DOGS
    Author: HENDLER GLENN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    After his breakthrough with Ziggy Stardust and before his U.S. pop hits "Fame" and "Golden Years" David Bowie produced a dark and difficult concept album set in a post-apocalytic "Hunger City" populated by post-human "mutants." Diamond Dogs includes the great glam anthem "Rebel Rebel" as well a variety of other songs such as one of Bowie's best piano ballads, a Moog-centered tune that sounds like Emerson Lake and Palmer, and a cool funk groove. But it also contains grinding discordant guitar experimentation, a noise collage, a weird repetitive chant, and utterly unique songs that combine lush romantic piano and nearly operatic singing with scratching, grungy guitars, creepy, insidious noises, and dark, pessimistic lyrics that reflect the album's origin as a projected Broadway musical version of Orwell's 1984.
    In this book Glenn Hendler shows that Diamond Dogs was an experiment with the intimate connection Bowie forged with his audience. Each song on Diamond Dogs shifts the ground under you as you listen, not just by changing in musical style, but by being sung by a different "I" who directly addresses a different "you." Diamond Dogs is the product of a performer at the peak of his powers but uncomfortable with the rock star role he had constructed. All of the album's influences--Orwell, Burroughs, experimental German rock, black American music, 1930s cinema, post-human dystopias, and freak shows--looked to Bowie like ways of escaping not just the Ziggy role, but also the constraints of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. These are just some of the reasons many Bowie fans rate Diamond Dogs his richest and most important album of the 1970s.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • DETOURS
    DETOURS
    ROGERS TIM
    ISBN: 9781460756881
    Title: DETOURS
    Author: ROGERS TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Of all the utterances delivered to me by strangers, my least favourite after "We can no longer legally serve you" would have to be, "Well, that isn't very rock'n'roll."'


    Tim Rogers of You Am I has always been a complicated man: a hard-drinking musician with the soul of a poet; a flamboyant flâneur; a raconteur, a romantic and a raffish ne'er-do-well. In this offbeat, endearing memoir, Tim walks us through years jam-packed with love, shame, joy, enthusiasms, regrets, fights, family - and music, always music.

    A work of real grace and tenderness, Detours is often impossibly sad and beautiful - but also full of wit, wordplay and punching jolts of larrikin energy to make you laugh out loud.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DETROIT 67 : The Year That Changed Soul
    DETROIT 67 : The Year That Changed Soul
    COSGROVE STUART
    ISBN: 9781846973666
    Title: DETROIT 67 : The Year That Changed Soul
    Author: COSGROVE STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A turbulent story of soul music, street crime and social rebellion from critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove

    Detroit 67 is the story of Motor City in the year that changed everything. Twelve chapters take you on a turbulent year-long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967 and tore it apart in personal, political and interracial disputes. It is the story of Motown, the break-up of The Supremes and the damaging disputes at the heart of the most successful African-American music label ever.

    Set against a backdrop of urban riots, escalating war in Vietnam and police corruption, the book weaves its way through a year when soul music came of age and the underground counterculture flourished. LSD arrived in the city with hallucinogenic power and local guitar band MC5 - selfstyled holy barbarians of rock - went to war with mainstream America. A summer of street-level rebellion turned Detroit into one of the most notorious cities on earth, known for its unique creativity, its unpredictability and self-lacerating crime rates. The year 1967 ended in social meltdown, rancour and intense legal warfare as the complex threads that held Detroit together finally unravelled.

    Imprint: POLYGON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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