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  • HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    KELLY PAUL
    ISBN: 9780143795995
    Title: HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    Author: KELLY PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paul Kelly is a uniquely gifted storyteller. For thirty years he has written songs of uncommon directness about everything from love and land rights to cricket and cooking. 'Before Too Long', 'To Her Door', 'Leaps And Bounds', 'Don't Start Me Talking', 'Dumb Things', 'From Little Things Big Things Grow', 'How To Make Gravy' – his songs connect generations of listeners across the country.

    In a memoir that has been greeted with acclaim by critics and adulation by fans, Kelly takes the lyrics of his songs as starting points to tell the stories of his life – the highs and lows of performing, the art of songwriting, being on the road with the band, tales of his childhood, family, friends and fellow musicians. All illuminate Kelly's wide sources of inspiration, offering an unequalled portrait of the creative mind.

    Playful and honest, insightful and intimate, How To Make Gravy is an irresistible reflection on both the big and little things in life.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ILLEGAL HARMONIES : MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE
    ILLEGAL HARMONIES : MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE
    FORD ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781863955287
    Title: ILLEGAL HARMONIES : MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE
    Author: FORD ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A delightful and informative history of modern music.

    Harmony is created by bringing sounds together. In music lessons, we learn how to do this in a formal way: we learn about chords and keys, and we are given rules for using them. This is the textbook way; this is legal harmony. Everything else - including the sounds that constantly surround us, those of ticking clocks, dogs, traffic, birdsong and aeroplanes - is illegal harmony.

    Illegal Harmonies charts the course of music over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, linking it to developments in literature, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, and to popular music from Irving Berlin to The Beatles to rap. The result is a stimulating, provocative and always informative cultural history.



    Imprint: Black Inc.
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • IM YOUR MAN : THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN
    IM YOUR MAN : THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN
    SIMMONS SYLVIE
    ISBN: 9780099549321
    Title: IM YOUR MAN : THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN
    Author: SIMMONS SYLVIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The genius behind such classic songs as Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a man of spirituality, emotion, and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love. I'm Your Man explores the facets of Cohen's life. Sylvie Simmons draws on Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IN THE COUNTRY OF COUNTRY : A Journey to the Roots of American Music
    IN THE COUNTRY OF COUNTRY : A Journey to the Roots of American Music
    DAWIDOFF NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780571359806
    Title: IN THE COUNTRY OF COUNTRY : A Journey to the Roots of American Music
    Author: DAWIDOFF NICHOLAS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new edition as part of the Faber Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.

    In his critically acclaimed book, In the Country of Country, Nicholas Dawidoff travels to the origins of country music and talks to the musicians who created this original American art form. Here, amongst others, are indelible portraits of Johnny Cash, behind whose black apparel lies a Faustian dilemma; Merle Haggard, a man as elusive as he is gifted; and Patsy Cline, a lonely figure striding out bravely in a male-dominated world. An exhilarating journey from Maces Springs, Virginia to Bakersfield, California, In the Country of Country conveys the spirit and passion that informs country music and confirms Dawidoff's reputation as one of the most gifted cultural commentators of his generation.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • INDIAN SUN : The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar
    INDIAN SUN : The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar
    CRASKE OLIVER
    ISBN: 9780571350858
    Title: INDIAN SUN : The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar
    Author: CRASKE OLIVER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over eight decades, Ravi Shankar was India's greatest cultural ambassador who took Indian classical music to the world's leading concert halls and festivals, charting the map for those who followed. Renowned for his association with The Beatles - teaching George Harrison sitar - Shankar turning the Sixties generation on to Indian music, astonishing the crowds at Woodstock, Monterey Pop and the Concert for Bangladesh with his virtuosity. He radically reshaped jazz and Western classical music as well as writing film scores, including Pather Panchali and Gandhi, and transformed awareness of Indian culture in the process.

    Indian Sun is the first biography of Ravi Shankar. Benefitting from unprecedented access to family archives, Oliver Craske paints a vivid picture of a captivating, restless workaholic, who lived a passionate and extraordinary life - from his childhood in his brother's dance troupe, through intensive study of the sitar, to his revival of the national music scene; and from the 1950s, a pioneering international career that ultimately made his name synonymous with India.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • INNER GAME OF MUSIC
    INNER GAME OF MUSIC
    GREEN BARRY
    ISBN: 9781447291725
    Title: INNER GAME OF MUSIC
    Author: GREEN BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The bestselling guide to improving musical performance

    The Inner Game of Music is the battle that all musicians have to fight against elusive opponents such as nervousness, self-doubt and fear of failure. Using the world-famous Inner Game principles, developed by bestselling author Timothy Gallwey, acclaimed musician Barry Green explains the basic principles of 'natural learning' and shows how you can apply them to reach a new level of musical application and performance.
    In precise, easy to understand language, Green and Gallwey explain how natural skills - such as awareness, trust and willpower - can be nurtured and enhanced. Through a series of tailored exercises The Inner Game of Music demonstrates the ways in which musicians can achieve exact intonations, artistic phrasing and improved technique. There are also chapters on ensemble playing, improvisation, composition and creativity, as well as listening skills - an essential part of the Inner Game.

    Following a methodology with a proven track record for generations of aspiring and professional musicians, The Inner Game of Music is invaluable to anyone seriously interested in music, and is guaranteed to deliver positive results whether you are a student, teacher, performer, or simply an appreciative listener.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye   **Special Price**
    JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye **Special Price**
    LORY DAVE / IRVIN JIM
    ISBN: 9781682615744
    Title: JEFF BUCKLEY : From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye **Special Price**
    Author: LORY DAVE / IRVIN JIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive book on iconic cult hero Jeff Buckley, the singer who made just one record but inspired a generation of rock musicians. Written by his manager Dave Lory, Jeff Buckley includes interviews with others who worked closely with him who have never spoken before.

    For the first time since Jeff Buckley's untimely death on May 29, 1997, his manager Dave Lory reveals what it was like to work with one of rock's most celebrated and influential artists. Go on the road and behind the scenes with Jeff, from the release of his debut EP Live at Sin-e to the second album Buckley never completed.

    Jeff Buckley includes testimony from the many people who worked closely with Jeff both on and off stage and includes never-before-shared intimate scenes that only Lory witnessed, including what went down immediately after Lory got that fateful call, "Jeff is missing."

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $19.99
  • JIMMY PAGE : The Definitive Biography
    JIMMY PAGE : The Definitive Biography
    SALEWICZ CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780008152796
    Title: JIMMY PAGE : The Definitive Biography
    Author: SALEWICZ CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery.

    Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the '70s and has been loved by the legions ever since. From his own conversations with Jimmy, the rest of Led Zeppelin, old girlfriends, tour managers and session musicians to name but a few, Salewicz reveals the many trials and tribulations which transformed the middle class boy from the Surrey suburbs into one of rock's most enigmatic frontmen.

    Detailed, thrilling and expertly researched, Salewicz discovers a man who was prepared to die for his art; who justified heroin use so he could harness its narcotic focus whilst making albums, and who overcame numerous death threats during this time. A warrior magician, Salewicz delves into the many skeletons and eccentricities in Page's closet, contextualising him against a background of London gangsters, deaths, and power struggles which Page has continued to rail against to this day, even within his own band.

    As entertaining as it is insightful, and from a writer who experienced first-hand the Led Zeppelin furore, this promises to be as close to a Jimmy Page autobiography as fans can get.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • JOHNNY CASH : I See a Darkness
    JOHNNY CASH : I See a Darkness
    KLEIST REINHARD
    ISBN: 9781906838072
    Title: JOHNNY CASH : I See a Darkness
    Author: KLEIST REINHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Already a bestselling work in Europe, "Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness" vividly portrays the unpredictable life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music rebel, making this unique biography a compelling read for multiple generations of graphic novel and music fans.

    Imprint: SELF PUBLISHED WORKS
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • JOHNNY CASH : THE LIFE
    JOHNNY CASH : THE LIFE
    HILBURN ROBERT
    ISBN: 9781780220956
    Title: JOHNNY CASH : THE LIFE
    Author: HILBURN ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'A brilliant story of an even more brilliant songwriter' Keith Richards

    'Hilburn displays a deeply felt affinity with his subject' Patti Smith

    'The definitive book on the roller-coaster life of Cash' Rick Rubin

    In JOHNNY CASH: THE LIFE, Robert Hilburn conveys the untarnished truth about a musical icon. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn creates an utterly compelling, deeply human portrait of one of the most influential figures in modern popular culture.
    'Johnny Cash ... Every man could relate to him, no man could be him, and only one man could get inside his head - Robert Hilburn' Bono

    'A great story requires great storytelling, and that's exactly what it receives here' Charles Shaar Murray, LITERARY REVIEW

    Imprint: PHOENIX
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • JUST KIDS
    JUST KIDS
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9780747568766
    Title: JUST KIDS
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists - Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art.In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of.
    The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max's Kansas City, Scribner's Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol's Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years - the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup.
    Just Kids begins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • JUST KIDS   -   Illustrated
    JUST KIDS - Illustrated
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9781526615008
    Title: JUST KIDS - Illustrated
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Patti's Smith's exquisite prose is generously illustrated in this full-color edition of her classic coming-of-age memoir, Just Kids. New York locations vividly come to life where, as young artists, Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe met and fell in love- a first apartment in Brooklyn, Times Square with John and Yoko's iconic billboard, Max's Kansas City, or the gritty fire escape of the Hotel Chelsea. The extraordinary people who passed through their lives are also pictured- Sam Shepard, Harry Smith, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg. Along with never-before-published photographs, drawings, and ephemera, this edition captures a moment in New York when everything was possible. And when two kids seized their destinies as artists and soul mates in this inspired story of love and friendship.

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING : THE RISE AND TIMES OF CHARLIE PARKER
    KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING : THE RISE AND TIMES OF CHARLIE PARKER
    CROUCH STANLEY
    ISBN: 9780062005618
    Title: KANSAS CITY LIGHTNING : THE RISE AND TIMES OF CHARLIE PARKER
    Author: CROUCH STANLEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    No musician has lived a more transformational, or tragic, life than Charlie Parker, one of the most talented and influential figures of the twentieth century. Drawing on decades of original interviews with peers, collaborators, and family members, Stanley Crouch reveals Parker as he was: from the dance clubs of late-night Kansas City, where he learned his craft, to the ballrooms of wartime Harlem, it offers an unprecedented window into the world--and intimate life--of the young genius.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KEEP ER LIT : New Selected Lyrics
    KEEP ER LIT : New Selected Lyrics
    MORRISON VAN
    ISBN: 9780571353897
    Title: KEEP ER LIT : New Selected Lyrics
    Author: MORRISON VAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I want to sing this song for you
    I want to lift your spirits high
    And in my soul I want to feel
    The beauty of the days gone by.

    Following Lit Up Inside, Keep 'Er Lit is the second instalment of Van Morrison's collected lyrics containing one hundred and twenty songs from across his storied career, revealing why he is celebrated as one of the most innovative and enduring songwriters of our time.

    'These trance-like, free-forming lyrics are amazing...Van Morrison's glorious art, for which these lyrics are the score, comes close to perfection.' - Irish Times [on Lit Up Inside]

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • KIM SALMON AND THE FORMULA FOR GRUNGE
    KIM SALMON AND THE FORMULA FOR GRUNGE
    GALBRAITH DOUGLAS
    ISBN: 9781925556964
    Title: KIM SALMON AND THE FORMULA FOR GRUNGE
    Author: GALBRAITH DOUGLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book follows Australian musician Kim Salmon, from bands The Scientists, Surrealists and Beasts of Bourbon, from childhood in Perth through his many bands, albums, tours, family upheavals, triumphs, disappointments and examines the characters of the music business he collaborates with along the way. The book explores the forces that shaped his style to create an idiosyncratically Australian sound that went on to spark a worldwide music & cultural movement-Grunge. It's a tribute to the life-long pursuit of artistic mastery, and celebration of the growing international recognition, well overdue for this unique Australian artist.

    Imprint: Melbourne Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • KRAFTWERK : Future Music from Germany
    KRAFTWERK : Future Music from Germany
    SCHUTTE UWE
    ISBN: 9780141986753
    Title: KRAFTWERK : Future Music from Germany
    Author: SCHUTTE UWE
    Format: A FORMAT PAPERBACKS
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'If you pay attention to the noises made by your car, Hutter explained, "you'll realize that it is a musical instrument"'.

    So many of Kraftwerk's innovations have become absorbed into the mainstream that it is sometimes hard to remember just how innovative, strange and avant-garde they were. Ignoring almost all rock traditions, working in near total secrecy in their Dusseldorf studio, releasing new material sometimes at very long intervals, Kraftwerk also revolutionized stage presentation and, through their obsession with design and presentation, linked their work to the traditions of Bauhaus and 1920s German aesthetics.

    Kraftwerk- Future Music from Germany brilliantly describes how a genuinely new, strange and powerful sound stemmed from years of restless experimentation and from the unique atmosphere both of the West German state and of a wider Rhineland industrial avant-garde.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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