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  • 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
  • EIGHTH : Mahler and the World in 1910
    EIGHTH : Mahler and the World in 1910
    JOHNSON STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780571234943
    Title: EIGHTH : Mahler and the World in 1910
    Author: JOHNSON STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: April 2020 New Release

    The world premiere of Gustav Mahler's Eighth Symphony in Munich in 1910 was the artistic breakthrough for which the composer had yearned all his adult life, filling Munich's huge Neue Musik-Festhalle on two successive evenings, to tumultuous applause.

    Stephen Johnson recounts its far-reaching effect on composers, conductors and writers of the time - Berg and Schoenberg, the teenage Korngold, Bruno Walter and Klemperer, and the writers Zweig and Mann (the character of Gustav von Aschenbach in Mann's Death in Venice was partly based on the impression Mahler made on him in 1910). Johnson's story of the work, and of the fate of the man who created it, makes for the most absorbing reading.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $34.99
    Price: $34.99
  • 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
  • EVERY SONG EVER : Twenty Ways to Listen to Music Now
    EVERY SONG EVER : Twenty Ways to Listen to Music Now
    RATLIFF BEN
    ISBN: 9781846146862
    Title: EVERY SONG EVER : Twenty Ways to Listen to Music Now
    Author: RATLIFF BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For the first time in the history of music, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. New technologies make it possible for us to roam across musical genres and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera - or to drive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. These new possibilities overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music.

    In Every Song Ever, celebrated critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar categories like 'rock' or 'jazz' matter less and less, listeners can put aside the intentions of musicians and engage with music afresh on their own terms, by experience rather than genre. If we listen for loudness, for instance, we can detect the surprising affinities between The Sex Pistols' 'Holidays in the Sun' and the dance music of David Guetta and Sia. And if we listen for closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of Lennon and McCartney in 'She Loves You' illuminate the synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet. Ratliff also goes in search of 'the perfect moment'; enters the psychological state of slow music as exemplified by DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan and the final works of Shostakovich; considers what it means to hear emotion by sampling the complex sadness of Nick Drake; and examines why some people want to document and possess the entire performance history of the Grateful Dead.

    Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff's book is an artful work of criticism, a lesson in open-mindedness and an invitation to experiment in our new world of sound.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A Listener's Companion
    EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A Listener's Companion
    STEPHANS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781442279520
    Title: EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A Listener's Companion
    Author: STEPHANS MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion, writer, teacher, and renowned jazz drummer Michael Stephans offers a much-needed survey in the art of listening to and enjoying this dynamic, ever-changing art form. More than a mere entertainment, jazz is a pleasurable and sometimes dizzying listening experience, with an extensive range in structure and form, from the syncopated swing of a big band to the musical experimentalism of the small combo. As Stephans illustrates, listeners and jazz artists face their musical challenges together, an experience nearly unique in the world of music.

    Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz inevitably takes place on a deeply personal level. Stephans then adventurously takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument, offering along the way not only brief portraits of key musicians but commentaries by them on the art of performing. Throughout, jazz takes center stage as a distinctly human art, a type of personal transaction through music that enriches the lives of the musician and the listener.

    Written for non-musicians and musicians alike curious about jazz, but don’t really know how or where to begin, Experiencing Jazz encourages further reading listening, and viewing, helping potential listeners cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the jazz art and how it can help—in drummer Art Blakey’s words—“wash away the dust of everyday life.”

    Imprint: ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • EXPERIENCING MOZART : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    EXPERIENCING MOZART : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    SCHROEDER DAVID E
    ISBN: 9781442249196
    Title: EXPERIENCING MOZART : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    Author: SCHROEDER DAVID E
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Experiencing Mozart: A Listener's Companion, music historian David Schroeder illustrates through the great composer's music how the issues he cared about so deeply in his time remain as pressing to modern listeners.

    Imprint: ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
    RRP: $50.99

    Price: $50.99
  • Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion
    Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion
    HALPIN, BROOKE
    ISBN: 9781442271432
    Title: Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion
    Author: HALPIN, BROOKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brooke Halpin takes the reader on a magical adventure through the Beatles' entire catalog of remarkable, timeless songs to discover the circumstances that inspired the songs and brought four Liverpudlian musicians eternal fame. The volume includes personal vignettes to take the reader back in time to experience Beatlemania for themselves.

    Imprint: ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
    RRP: $53.95
    Price: $53.95
  • FABULOUS CREATION : How LPs Saved Our lives
    FABULOUS CREATION : How LPs Saved Our lives
    HEPWORTH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781787630482
    Title: FABULOUS CREATION : How LPs Saved Our lives
    Author: HEPWORTH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • FRANZ LISZT : Musician, Celebrity, Superstar
    FRANZ LISZT : Musician, Celebrity, Superstar
    HILMES OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780300228755
    Title: FRANZ LISZT : Musician, Celebrity, Superstar
    Author: HILMES OLIVER
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON


    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
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