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  • 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
  • Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's Incomparable Songwriters
    Come and Get These Memories: The Story of Holland-Dozier-Holland, Motown's Incomparable Songwriters
    HOLLAND, BRIAN
    ISBN: 9781785588679
    Title: Come and Get These Memories: 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: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • 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: December 2019 New Release

    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 LYRICS 1978-2013
    COMPLETE LYRICS 1978-2013
    CAVE NICK
    ISBN: 9780241966587
    Title: COMPLETE LYRICS 1978-2013
    Author: CAVE NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Switching between the cynical and the sanguine, the defeated and the defiant, this title deals in love, war, beauty, children, romance, rejection, Pethedine, poetry, pants, money, flowers and more...

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • 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
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