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  • 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
  • DEBUSSY : A Painter in Sound
    DEBUSSY : A Painter in Sound
    WALSH STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780571330171
    Title: DEBUSSY : A Painter in Sound
    Author: WALSH STEPHEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Claude Debussy was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. He is the modernist everyone loves. How did he manage this? Was it through the association of his music with visual images, or was it simply that, by throwing out the rule book of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied, his music put beauty of sound above the spiritual ambitions of the German tradition from which those rules derived.

    Stephen Walsh's thought-provoking biography, told partly through the events of Debussy's life, and partly through a critical discussion of his music, addresses these and other questions about one of the most influential composers of the early twentieth century.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • DEVOTION
    DEVOTION
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9780300240221
    Title: DEVOTION
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession—a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus’s house, the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. She tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • DOORS
    DOORS
    MARCUS GREIL
    ISBN: 9780571279944
    Title: DOORS
    Author: MARCUS GREIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • DOWNLOAD : How the Internet transformed the Record Business
    DOWNLOAD : How the Internet transformed the Record Business
    HARDY PHIL
    ISBN: 9781780386140
    Title: DOWNLOAD : How the Internet transformed the Record Business
    Author: HARDY PHIL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This fascinating book chronicles the making of the new record industry, from the boom years of the CD revolution of the late 1980s to the crisis of the present day, with particular stress on the last decade.

    It follows the actions and reactions of the major international record companies - five at the beginning of the story, now four - as they plowed their way through the digital slough of despond, bewildered by the fleet-of-foot digital innovators far more responsive to the changing marketing conditions through which recorded music was consumed and valued.

    These all have their significant place in Download but the real story is the structural change that has, almost surreptitiously, taken place within the music business. This change, for reasons author Phil Hardy will explain in detail, has left the captains of the record industry as unable to act as they were unwilling to act. In effect they became little but very well paid observers of the shrinking of their domains.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS : A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
    DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS : A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
    FOLDS BEN
    ISBN: 9781925750997
    Title: DREAM ABOUT LIGHTNING BUGS : A Life of Music and Cheap Lessons
    Author: FOLDS BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life and music that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult classic songs.

    Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as ‘Brick’, ‘You Don’t Know Me’, ‘Rockin’ the Suburbs’ and ‘The Luckiest’.

    In A Dream About Lightning Bugs Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.

    From growing up in working class North Carolina childhood amid the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting to painful life lessons he learned the hard way, he also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade, multi-faceted career in the music business.

    A Dream About Lightning Bugs embodies what Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you’ve got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DREAM BABY DREAM : SUICIDE A NEW YORK CITY STORY
    DREAM BABY DREAM : SUICIDE A NEW YORK CITY STORY
    NEEDS KRIS
    ISBN: 9781783057887
    Title: DREAM BABY DREAM : SUICIDE A NEW YORK CITY STORY
    Author: NEEDS KRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Appearing in early 70s New York City as primal prototype street punks, Suicide are now hailed as one of the most important and influential groups of the 20th century, inspiring that decade's major musical movements but too feared and shunned to be awarded their rightful acclaim at the time. Confronting shocked audiences with their electronic "New York blues", singer Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev fearlessly mirrored the city's sleazy underbelly and decay on blood-freezing gutter-scapes such as 'Ghost Rider' and 'Frankie Teardrop' while invoking doo-wop purity on timeless love songs like 'Cheree' and 'Dream Baby Dream'.The book charts Suicide's uncompromising roller coaster from formative days in performance art and avant garde experimentation to chaotic early shows at drug-infested downtown hotbed the Project of Living Artists.Along with detailed accounts of Suicide's influences, contemporaries and environment which spawned them, the book will position the duo as one of New York's most pivotal but derided outfits as the story moves through their pioneering first album, 1978's shockingly violent UK tour supporting The Clash and subsequent recordings, live sorties and respective parallel solo careers, going up to the present day. The author's eye witness accounts and extensive first-hand interviews with Alan Vega and Martin Rev are joined by conversations with producers Craig Leon, Marty Thau and Bob Blank, contemporaries including Blondie, Jayne County and the New York Dolls and fans such as Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie and The Clash; adding to a definitive account of this most unique group. With an introduction by Lydia Lunch

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • DREAMS TO REMEMBER : OTIS REDDING STAX RECORDS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL
    DREAMS TO REMEMBER : OTIS REDDING STAX RECORDS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL
    RIBOWSKY MARK
    ISBN: 9781631491931
    Title: DREAMS TO REMEMBER : OTIS REDDING STAX RECORDS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL
    Author: RIBOWSKY MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When he died in one of rock's string of tragic plane crashes, Otis Redding was only twenty-six, yet already the avatar of a new kind of soul music. The beating heart of Memphis-based Stax Records, he had risen to fame belting out gospel-flecked blues in stage performances that seemed to ignite not only a room but an entire generation. If Berry Gordy's black-owned kingdom in Motown showed the way in soul music, Redding made his own way, going where not even his two role models who had preceded him out of Macon, Georgia?Little Richard and James Brown?had gone.

    Now, in this transformative work, New York Times Notable Book author Mark Ribowsky contextualizes his subject's short career within the larger cultural and social movements of the era, tracing the crooner's rise from preacher's son to a preacher of three-minute soul sermons. And what a quick rise it was. At the tender age of twenty-one, Redding needed only a single unscheduled performance to earn a record deal, his voice so "utterly unique" (Atlantic) that it catapulted him on a path to stardom and turned a Memphis theater-turned-studio into a music mecca. Soon he was playing at sold-out venues across the world, from Finsbury Park in London to his ultimate conquest, the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival in California, where he finally won over the flower-power crowd.

    Still, Redding was not always the affable, big-hearted man's man the PR material painted him to be. Based on numerous new interviews and prodigious research, Dreams to Remember reintroduces an incredibly talented yet impulsive man, one who once even risked his career by shooting a man in the leg. But that temperament masked a deep vulnerability that was only exacerbated by an industry that refused him a Grammy until he was in his grave?even as he shaped the other Stax soul men around him, like Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, and Booker T. and The MG's.

    As a result, this requiem is one of great conquest but also grand tragedy: a soul king of truth, a mortal man with an immortal voice and a pain in his heart. Now he, and the forces that shaped his incomparable sound, are reclaimed, giving us a panoramic of an American original who would come to define an entire era, yet only wanted what all men deserve?a modicum of respect and a place to watch the ships roll in and away again.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC : NEWPORT SEEGER DYLAN AND THE NIGHT THAT SPLIT THE SIXTIES
    DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC : NEWPORT SEEGER DYLAN AND THE NIGHT THAT SPLIT THE SIXTIES
    WALD ELIJAH
    ISBN: 9780062366696
    Title: DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC : NEWPORT SEEGER DYLAN AND THE NIGHT THAT SPLIT THE SIXTIES
    Author: WALD ELIJAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    One of the music world"s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event"s fiftieth anniversary.

    On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world-Dylan"s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation-and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.

    In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan"s artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever.

    Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    BURGER JEFF (ED)
    ISBN: 9780912777429
    Title: DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    Author: BURGER JEFF (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A history of this notoriously elusive artist and recent Nobel Prize winner, in his own words In a 1969 conversation with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, Bob Dylan proclaimed, "I don't give interviews." But in truth, he has spoken at length with print publications large and small and with broadcast media around the world, given numerous press conferences, and even answered listeners' questions on call-in radio shows. Dylan can be as evasive and abstruse as he is witty; he can also be cranky and sarcastic. But in the right moments, he offers candid, revealing commentary about his groundbreaking music and creative process. These engrossing provide glimpses into the mind of one of the most important performers and songwriters of the last hundred years. Dylan on Dylan is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from more than eighty additional Q&As spanning Dylan's entire career from 1961 through 2016. The majority have not been previously anthologized and some have never before appeared in print. The material comes from renowned media outlets like Rolling Stone and TV's 60 Minutes and from obscure periodicals like Minnesota Daily, a student newspaper at Dylan's alma mater. Interviewers include some of the top writers of our time, such as Jonathan Lethem, Douglas Brinkley, and Mikal Gilmore, as well as musicians like Pete Seeger and Happy Traum. Introductions put each piece in context and, in many cases, include the interviewer's reminiscences about the encounter.

    Imprint: CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    BURGER JEFF [ED]
    ISBN: 9781641602259
    Title: DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    Author: BURGER JEFF [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A history of this notoriously elusive artist and recent Nobel Prize winner, in his own words In a 1969 conversation with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, Bob Dylan proclaimed, "I don't give interviews." But in truth, he has spoken at length with print publications large and small and with broadcast media around the world, given numerous press conferences, and even answered listeners' questions on call-in radio shows. Dylan can be as evasive and abstruse as he is witty; he can also be cranky and sarcastic. But in the right moments, he offers candid, revealing commentary about his groundbreaking music and creative process.

    These engrossing provide glimpses into the mind of one of the most important performers and songwriters of the last hundred years. Dylan on Dylan is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from more than eighty additional Q&As spanning Dylan's entire career from 1961 through 2016. The majority have not been previously anthologized and some have never before appeared in print. The material comes from renowned media outlets like Rolling Stone and TV's 60 Minutes and from obscure periodicals like Minnesota Daily, a student newspaper at Dylan's alma mater.

    Interviewers include some of the top writers of our time, such as Jonathan Lethem, Douglas Brinkley, and Mikal Gilmore, as well as musicians like Pete Seeger and Happy Traum. Introductions put each piece in context and, in many cases, include the interviewer's reminiscences about the encounter.

    Imprint: CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ELECTRIC EDEN : Unearthing Britains Visionary Music
    ELECTRIC EDEN : Unearthing Britains Visionary Music
    YOUNG ROB
    ISBN: 9780571349654
    Title: ELECTRIC EDEN : Unearthing Britains Visionary Music
    Author: YOUNG ROB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rob Young investigates how the idea of folk has been handed down and transformed by successive generations - song collectors, composers, Marxist revivalists, folk-rockers, psychedelic voyagers, free festival-goers, experimental pop stars and electronic innovators.

    In a sweeping panorama of Albion's soundscape that takes in the pioneer spirit of Cecil Sharp; the pastoral classicism of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock; the industrial folk revival of Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd; the folk-rock of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Shirley Collins, John Martyn and Pentangle; the bucolic psychedelia of The Incredible String Band, The Beatles and Pink Floyd; the acid folk of Comus, Forest, Mr Fox and Trees; The Wicker Man and occult folklore; the early Glastonbury and Stonehenge festivals; and the visionary pop of Kate Bush, Julian Cope and Talk Talk, Electric Eden maps out a native British musical voice that reflects the complex relationships between town and country, progress and nostalgia, radicalism and conservatism.

    An attempt to isolate the 'Britishness' of British music - a wild combination of pagan echoes, spiritual quest, imaginative time-travel, pastoral innocence and electrified creativity - Electric Eden will be treasured by anyone interested in the tangled story of Britain's folk music and Arcadian dreams.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • ELECTRONIC DON QUIXOTE : FRANK ZAPPA
    ELECTRONIC DON QUIXOTE : FRANK ZAPPA
    SLAVEN NEIL
    ISBN: 9780711994362
    Title: ELECTRONIC DON QUIXOTE : FRANK ZAPPA
    Author: SLAVEN NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The b format paperback edition of this popular title. Music historian Neil Slaven has brilliantly chronicled the complex strands of Zappa's life and work in a book that will please not just Zappa fans but anyone interested in the history of rock music.


    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ENGLANDS DREAMING
    ENGLANDS DREAMING
    SAVAGE JON
    ISBN: 9780571326280
    Title: ENGLANDS DREAMING
    Author: SAVAGE JON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An updated edition of the ultimate book on punk now joins the Faber Modern Classics list.


    Jon Savage's England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s. Full of anedcote, insight, and exclusive interviews, it tells the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid decline of the last great rock'n'roll band and the cultural moment they came to define.

    The critical reputation of England's Dreaming has grown over the past decade and a half, and now it joins the Faber Modern Classics list. This updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Johnny Marr, an account of the Sex Pistols 1996 reunion, and a comprehensively updated discography.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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