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  • FABULOUS CREATION : How the LP Saved Our Lives
    FABULOUS CREATION : How the LP Saved Our Lives
    HEPWORTH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781784162085
    Title: FABULOUS CREATION : How the LP Saved Our Lives
    Author: HEPWORTH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


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    'Hepworth's knowledge and understanding of rock history is prodigious ... a hugely entertaining study of the LP's golden age'
    The Times
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    The era of the LP began in 1967, with 'Sgt Pepper'; The Beatles didn't just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made An Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make An Album.

    The end came only fifteen years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller'. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets and the record business had begun trying to reverse-engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.

    It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became 'artists' and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives.

    This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    EWENS HANNAH
    ISBN: 9781787132412
    Title: FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    Author: EWENS HANNAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Beatlemania in the early 1960s to the Directioners and Beyhive of today, female music fans have long driven the objects of their affection to the dizzying heights of life-changing fame. But marginalized fan groups are never given appropriate credit. Frequently derided, their worlds and communities are self-contained and rarely investigated by cultural historians and commentators.

    Yet without these people, in the past, records would have gathered dust on shelves, unsold and forgotten. Now, concerts wouldn't sell out and revenue streams from merchandising would disappear, changing the face of the music industry as we know it.

    In Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture, journalist Hannah Ewens is on a mission to give these individuals their rightful due. A dedicated music lover herself, she has spoken to hundreds of fans from the UK to Japan to trace their path through recent pop and rock history. She's found the untold stories behind important events and uncovered the ups, the downs and the lengths fans go to, celebrating the camaraderie and lifelines their fandoms can provide.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FARE THEE WELL : The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip
    FARE THEE WELL : The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip
    TURLEY PAMELA
    ISBN: 9780306903069
    Title: FARE THEE WELL : The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip
    Author: TURLEY PAMELA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Grateful Dead rose to greatness under the inspired leadership of guitarist Jerry Garcia, but the band very nearly died along with him. When Garcia passed away suddenly in August of 1995, the remaining band members experienced full crises of confidence and identity. So long defined by Garcia's vision for the group, the surviving "Core Four," as they came to be called, were reduced to conflicting agendas, strained relationships, and catastrophic business decisions that would leave the iconic band in utter disarray. Wrestling with how best to define their living legacy, the band made many attempts at restructuring, but it would take twenty years before relationships were mended enough for the Grateful Dead as fans remembered them to once again take the stage.

    Acclaimed music journalist and New York Times bestselling author Joel Selvin was there for much of the turmoil following Garcia's death, and he offers a behind-the-scenes account of the ebbs and flows that occurred during the ensuing two decades. Plenty of books have been written about the rise of the Grateful Dead, but this final chapter of the band's history has never before been explored in detail.

    Culminating in the landmark tour bearing the same name, Fare Thee Well charts the arduous journey from Garcia's passing all the way up to the uneasy agreement between the Core Four that led to the series of shows celebrating the band's fiftieth anniversary and finally allowing for a proper, and joyous, sendoff of the group revered by so many.

    Imprint: Hachette Publishers
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • FUTURE DAYS : Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany
    FUTURE DAYS : Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany
    STUBBS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571346639
    Title: FUTURE DAYS : Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany
    Author: STUBBS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This proved to be fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the experimental sounds that became known as Krautrock.

    Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Duul II, Can, Kraftwerk - the influence of these groups upon popular music is incalculable.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • GEDDY LEES BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS
    GEDDY LEES BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS
    LEE GEDDY
    ISBN: 9780062747839
    Title: GEDDY LEES BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK OF BASS
    Author: LEE GEDDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    "It's not surprising that sooner or later I'd dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars."- Geddy Lee

    From Rush frontman Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, comes the definitive volume on the subject.Geddy's love of the bass has been nurtured over a lifetime spent in the limelight as one of the worlds premier rock bassists. For the past seven years, hes dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument thats been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe, 250 of which are presented here in breathtaking detail with specially commissioned photography by Richard Sibbald.Representing every tone in the bass palette, every nuance of the rock and roll genre as well as blues, jazz, pop, and country, this one-of-a-kind collection features so-called "beauty queens"-pristine instruments never lifted from their cases-as well as "road warriors"-well-worn, sweat-soaked basses that proudly show their age and use. Complete with personal commentary from Geddy that showcases his knowledge both as a musician and an aficionado, this luxuriously produced volume is a revelatory look at the heavy hitters in the world of bass-Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Höfner, Ampeg-and lesser known but influential global luthiers such as Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong, and Tony Zemaitis.The book also features interviews with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin); Adam Clayton (U2); Robert Trujillo (Metallica); Jeff Tweedy (Wilco); Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Les Claypool (Primus); Bob Daisley (Rainbow); Fender expert and owner of the legendary Gibson Explorer, Bass Ken Collins; veteran guitar tech for The Who, Alan Rogan; plus comments from many other great players across three decades of rock and roll.Written in Geddy's singular voice, this book reveals the stories, songs, and history behind the instruments of his inimitable collection. Complete with an index and a graphically designed timeline of the history of the bass, as well as an up-close look at Geddys basses on Rush's final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017, and forewords by author and respected vintage expert, Terry Foster, and Rush band member, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee's Big Book of Beautiful Bass is the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $99.99

    Price: $99.99
  • GEORGE HARRISON : Be Here Now
    GEORGE HARRISON : Be Here Now
    FEINSTEIN BARRY
    ISBN: 9780847867752
    Title: GEORGE HARRISON : Be Here Now
    Author: FEINSTEIN BARRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2020 New Release

    Photographer Barry Feinstein (1931-2011) had a decades-long career most famously capturing the most iconic photos of Bob Dylan and George Harrison. Barry was on-hand from 1970-1972 for Harrison's blockbuster "Triple Crown" - the release of All Things Must Pass; The Concert for Bangladesh; and Living in the Material World. Feinstein captured George Harrison at home, in his garden, and in the caves on his property. Nearly all the images are previously unpublished. The book will also contain never-before-seen ephemera related to these seminal releases. Barry's widow will ask Bob Dylan and Ringo to contribute text. The book will coincide with the 50th anniversary of All Things Must Pass. George Harrison is the best-selling post-breakup Beatle, and there is still a significant fandom for George Harrison. George Harrison: Be Here Now is a deep visual dive that Beatles/George Harrison fans will want to add to their collection.

    Imprint: RIZZOLI
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • GIRL IN A BAND
    GIRL IN A BAND
    GORDON KIM
    ISBN: 9780571309351
    Title: GIRL IN A BAND
    Author: GORDON KIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence.

    Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GIRL IN A BAND
    GIRL IN A BAND
    GORDON KIM
    ISBN: 9780571349661
    Title: GIRL IN A BAND
    Author: GORDON KIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence.

    Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • HANDEL IN LONDON : The Making of a Genius
    HANDEL IN LONDON : The Making of a Genius
    GLOVER JANE
    ISBN: 9781509882083
    Title: HANDEL IN LONDON : The Making of a Genius
    Author: GLOVER JANE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How refreshing, to read a book about music written for a music lover and not a musicologist. In clear, lucid, entertaining prose, Jane Glover makes those of us who lack musical literacy better understand and appreciate Handel’s divinity.' - Donna Leon, author of Handel's Bestiary and the Inspector Brunetti mysteries.

    Handel in London tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712, followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was George Frideric Handel.

    Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in Messiah.

    Here, Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel’s work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel’s story. It is a story of music-making and musicianship, of practices and practicalities, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society. It is also, of course, the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country – and throughout the world – for three hundred years.

    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • HANK : The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    HANK : The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    RIBOWSKY MARK
    ISBN: 9781631493379
    Title: HANK : The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    Author: RIBOWSKY MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A heart-breaking, unforgettable portrait of country music's founding father and "Hillbilly King".

    After he died in the back seat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine, Hank Williams-a frail, flawed man who had become country music's first real star-instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights with simple songs of despair, depression and tainted love, he would become in death a template for the rock generation to follow. Mark Ribowsky weaves together the first fully realised biography of Williams in a generation. Examining his music while re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, he traces the rise of this legend-from the dirt roads of Alabama to the immortal stage of the Grand Ole Opry and to a lonely end on New Year's Day, 1953. This original work uncovers the real Hank beneath the myths that have long enshrouded his legacy.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $31.99

    Price: $31.99
  • HARLEM 69 : The Future of Soul
    HARLEM 69 : The Future of Soul
    COSGROVE STUART
    ISBN: 9781846974748
    Title: HARLEM 69 : The Future of Soul
    Author: COSGROVE STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 1969, among Harlem’s Rabelaisian cast of characters are bandleader King Curtis, soul singers Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, and drug peddler Jimmy ‘Goldfinger’ Terrell. In February a raid on tenements across New York leads to the arrest of 21 Black Panther party members and one of the most controversial trials of the era. In the summer Harlem plays host to Black Woodstock and concerts starring Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The world’s most famous guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, a major supporter of the Black Panthers, returns to Harlem in support of their cause.

    By the end of the year Harlem is gripped by a heroin pandemic and the death of a 12-year-old child sends shockwaves through the USA, leaving Harlem stigmatised as an area ravaged by crime, gangsters and a darkly vengeful drug problem.

    Imprint: POLYGON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HEART FULL OF RHYTHM : The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong
    HEART FULL OF RHYTHM : The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong
    RICCARDI RICKY
    ISBN: 9780190914110
    Title: HEART FULL OF RHYTHM : The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong
    Author: RICCARDI RICKY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring never-before-published photographs and brand new stories culled from Armstrong's personal archives, Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong tells the story of how the man called "Pops" became the first "King of Pop."

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $53.95

    Price: $53.95
  • HERBIE HANCOCK : POSSIBILITIES
    HERBIE HANCOCK : POSSIBILITIES
    HANCOCK HERBIE / DICKEY LISA
    ISBN: 9780143128021
    Title: HERBIE HANCOCK : POSSIBILITIES
    Author: HANCOCK HERBIE / DICKEY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way.

    From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis's second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock's undeniable musical genius.

    Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.

    'Herbie Hancock has led a fascinating life. And the story of that life makes a fascinating book.' Peter Keepnews, The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

    'Few jazz biographies are perfect, though Hancock's Possibilities come closer than some.' Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air

    ' Possibilities is very effective at its paramount task: getting the reader to dig into the catalog of this restless jazz genius with newly edified ears.' The Boston Globe

    'Hancock, a Buddhist, writes about his spiritual journey in Possibilities but isn't preachy about his its effect on his life, relationships, music and philosophy. His stories of famous jazz artists are done with reverence and a sense of reporting, for the record, many artists who didn't achieve as much fame as others but should be given their equal artistic due.' New York Journal of Books



    Imprint: PENG US
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • HERO : David Bowie
    HERO : David Bowie
    JONES LESLEY-ANN
    ISBN: 9781444758832
    Title: HERO : David Bowie
    Author: JONES LESLEY-ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    His music thrilled the generation it was written for, and has entertained and inspired every generation since.

    HERO: DAVID BOWIE is an intelligent exploration of the man behind the myths and the makeup told from the very beginning.

    Respected music journalist and biographer Lesley-Ann Jones knew David Jones from the days before fame, when he was a young musician starting out, frustrated by an industry that wouldn't give him a break and determined to succeed. Here she traces the epic journey of the boy from Bromley born into a troubled background, to his place as one of the greatest stars in rock history.

    Jones has interviewed numerous friends and associates of Bowie, many of whom have never spoken publicly about him before. Drawing on this new material and meticulous research, the real story of Bowie's family background is told; the true inspiration behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust is revealed, and we learn how his marriage to Angie ended in agony following his comeback from a near fatal drug addiction. Jones also revisits Bowie's tragic relationship with his brother and his deep bond with T Rex frontman Marc Bolan.

    Bowie's rebellious nature, his many sources of inspiration and creativity, and his complex, intense personality are discussed here, creating a unique and compelling portrait of an extraordinary man.

    This is Bowie as you've never seen him before.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HEY HO LETS GO : The Story of the 'Ramones'
    HEY HO LETS GO : The Story of the 'Ramones'
    TRUE EVERETT
    ISBN: 9781844494132
    Title: HEY HO LETS GO : The Story of the "Ramones"
    Author: TRUE EVERETT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The death of Joey Ramone in the summer of 2001 and Dee Dee Ramone in June 2002 provided ample evidence of the high regard that his band was held by fans and critics. Once regarded as a joke, their music little more than an adrenaline rush of one minute five second noise, The Ramones have come to be regarded as having influenced almost every star struck guitarist who knew just three chords and wanted to write a song

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • HISTORY OF GANGSTER RAP
    HISTORY OF GANGSTER RAP
    BAKER SOREN
    ISBN: 9781419729157
    Title: HISTORY OF GANGSTER RAP
    Author: BAKER SOREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release


    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
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