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  • 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
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • 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
  • HISTORY OF JAZZ
    HISTORY OF JAZZ
    GIOIA TED
    ISBN: 9780195399707
    Title: HISTORY OF JAZZ
    Author: GIOIA TED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic--acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history--Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis's 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman's experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny's visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the reader with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the reader to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after hours spots of corrupt Kansas city, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.95

    Price: $30.95
  • HISTORY OF ROCK N ROLL IN TEN SONGS
    HISTORY OF ROCK N ROLL IN TEN SONGS
    MARCUS GREIL
    ISBN: 9780300216929
    Title: HISTORY OF ROCK N ROLL IN TEN SONGS
    Author: MARCUS GREIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out'a new language, something new under the sun.'Transmission' by Joy Division. 'All I Could Do Was Cry' by Etta James and then Beyonce. 'To Know Him Is to Love Him,' first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse.

    In Marcus's hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways that these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices.

    This book, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism'and its most gifted and incisive practitioner'is destined to become an enduring classic.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • HOW MUSIC WORKS
    HOW MUSIC WORKS
    BYRNE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780857862525
    Title: HOW MUSIC WORKS
    Author: BYRNE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about.Equal parts historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne draws on his own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators - along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists - to show that music-making is not just the act of a solitary composer in a studio, but rather a logical, populist, and beautiful result of cultural circumstance.A brainy, irresistible adventure, How Music Works is an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

    Imprint: Canongate Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO INVISIBLE
    HOW TO INVISIBLE
    BUSH KATE
    ISBN: 9780571350940
    Title: HOW TO INVISIBLE
    Author: BUSH KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'For millions around the world Kate is way more than another singer-songwriter: she is a creator of musical companions that travel with you through life. One paradox about her is that while her lyrics are avowedly idiosyncratic, those same lyrics evoke emotions and sensations that feel universal' - David Mitchell

    Kate Bush is a true iconoclast and one of the most revered contemporary musical artists of recent years. Since her emergence in 1978 she has forged a creative path which has proved to be both highly innovative and hugely inspiring. Her artistic achievements have helped shape our cultural landscape and her singular vision has influenced many others. In 2002 Kate won the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music, one of many awards won by her over the years. In 2012 her album 50 Words For Snow won Best Album at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards whilst in 2014 Kate won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for her live show Before The Dawn, which played for twenty-two nights at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
    HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
    GIOIA TED
    ISBN: 9780465093496
    Title: HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
    Author: GIOIA TED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Jazz is the great American art form, its very essence is predicated on freedom and creativity. Its sound unequivocally calls forth narratives of past struggles and future dreams.

    Yet jazz can be as inscrutable as it is mesmerizing, especially to outsiders who don’t know what to make of improvisation or unexpected shifts in melody or tempo. How does a casual listener learn to understand and appreciate the nuances between the unapologetic and innovative sounds of Louis Armstrong, the complexity of Coleman Hawkin’s saxophone, and the exotic and alluring compositions of Duke Ellington? How does Thelonius Monk fit in alongside Benny Goodman and John Coltrane?

    In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively, accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz.

    Covering everything from the music’s structure and history to the basic building blocks of improvisation, Gioia shows exactly what to listen for in a jazz performance. He shares listening strategies that will help readers understand and appreciate jazz for the rest of their lives, and provides a history of the major movements in jazz right up to the present day. He concludes with a guide to 150 elite musicians who are setting the tone for 21st century jazz.

    Both an appreciation and an introduction to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who’s ever wanted to understand America’s greatest contribution to the world of music.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $23.99

    Price: $23.99
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