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  • 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 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    '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 Publishing
    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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • CLASSIC TRACKS : Led Zeppelin, 1969 - 1982
    CLASSIC TRACKS : Led Zeppelin, 1969 - 1982
    WELCH CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781787390683
    Title: CLASSIC TRACKS : Led Zeppelin, 1969 - 1982
    Author: WELCH CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Classic Tracks: Led Zeppelin gives an in-depth examination of the stories, events, characters and places that inspired what is easily one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

    What were 'The Houses of the Holy'? Where was the 'Stairway to Heaven'? Which strange encounters led to such classics as 'Kashmir' and 'Whole Lotta Love'? This book reveals the roots and origins of the songs on all nine of the band's celebrated studio albums, together with all the stories behind material released after Zeppelin's break-up in 1980, including Unledded: No Quarter and the BBC Sessions album.

    Imprint: Carlton Books
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • COBAIN ON COBAIN : INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS
    COBAIN ON COBAIN : INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS
    SOULSBY NICK
    ISBN: 9781785580857
    Title: COBAIN ON COBAIN : INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS
    Author: SOULSBY NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cobain on Cobain places the reader at the key moments of Kurt Cobain's rollercoaster ride, telling the tale of Nirvana entirely through his words and those of his bandmates as they unleashed the whirlwind that would consume them for the last half of their five-year career.This is the most comprehensive compendium of interviews with the band ever released. The interviews start from the release of their first album Bleach to the band's collapse on their 1994 European tour followed shortly by Cobain's suicide. Includes interviews that have never been seen in print before.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: May 2020 New Release

    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
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