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  • 1000 RECORD COVERS
    1000 RECORD COVERS
    OCHS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9783836550581
    Title: 1000 RECORD COVERS
    Author: OCHS MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The author: Michael Ochs developed an addiction to rock and roll in the early fifties. To feed his habit, Ochs headed the publicity departments of Columbia, Shelter, and ABC Records in the 60s and 70s. He has also been a disc jockey, taught a rock-history course for UCLA and written for such magazines as Rock, Melody Maker, Cashbox, and Crawdaddy. Michael Ochs established the Michael Ochs Archives in the mid-70s. The archives currently house millions of photographs and over 100,000 albums and singles.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • 1966 : The Year the Decade Exploded
    1966 : The Year the Decade Exploded
    SAVAGE JON
    ISBN: 9780571368556
    Title: 1966 : The Year the Decade Exploded
    Author: SAVAGE JON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2021 New Release

    The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. In America, in London, in Amsterdam, in Paris, revolutionary ideas slow-cooking since the late '50s reached boiling point. In the worlds of pop, pop art, fashion and radical politics -- often fueled by perception-enhancing substances and literature -- the 'Sixties', as we have come to know them, hit their Modernist peak. A unique chemistry of ideas, substances, freedom of expression and dialogue across pop cultural continents created a landscape of immense and eventually shattering creativity.

    Jon Savage's 1966 is a monument to the year that shaped the pop future of the balance of the century. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, 1966 also goes much deeper into the social and cultural heart of the decade through unique archival primary sources.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • 1971 - NEVER A DULL MOMENT : Rock's Golden Year
    1971 - NEVER A DULL MOMENT : Rock's Golden Year
    HEPWORTH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781784162061
    Title: 1971 - NEVER A DULL MOMENT : Rock's Golden Year
    Author: HEPWORTH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again.The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more.January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock?s golden year.

    Imprint: Black Swan
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 666 SONGS TO MAKE YOU BANG YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU DIE : A Guide to the Monsters of Rock and Metal
    666 SONGS TO MAKE YOU BANG YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU DIE : A Guide to the Monsters of Rock and Metal
    MACDONALD BRUNO
    ISBN: 9781786276520
    Title: 666 SONGS TO MAKE YOU BANG YOUR HEAD UNTIL YOU DIE : A Guide to the Monsters of Rock and Metal
    Author: MACDONALD BRUNO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Featuring 666 standout metal songs from 1960 to the present day and illustrated with sleeves, flyers, posters and magazine ads, this is a feast for fans who love it loud.

    666 Songs to Make You Bang Your Head Until You Die delves into the dark corners of hard rock and metal, unearthing hidden treasures and shining fresh light on old favourites.

    From pioneers like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, through million-sellers like Van Halen and AC/DC, to skull-crushers like Pantera and The Prodigy, and young bucks like Bring Me The Horizon and Paramore, the selection charts the evolution of the genre over the last 60 years. Each entry is packed with reviews from contemporary musicians, quotes from bandmates and fascinating trivia.

    Written in an informed, entertaining and irreverent style, 666 Songs to Make You Bang Your Head Until You Die is a must-have for metal lovers.

    Imprint: Laurence King Publishers
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • AMY WINEHOUSE : Beyond Black
    AMY WINEHOUSE : Beyond Black
    PARRY NAOMI
    ISBN: 9780500024287
    Title: AMY WINEHOUSE : Beyond Black
    Author: PARRY NAOMI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: September 2021 New Releas

    Amy Winehouse left an indelible mark on both the music industry and pop culture with her soulful voice and bold 60s-inspired aesthetic. Featuring stories and anecdotes from a wide range of characters connected to Amy, specially commissioned photography of memorabilia, styled and dressed themed sets incorporating Amy's clothing, possessions and lyrics, and previously unseen archival images, this volume presents an intimate portrait that celebrates Amy's creative legacy.

    Interspersed throughout are personal reflections on Amy's life and work, provided by her friends, colleagues and fans. These include Ronnie Spector, Vivienne Westwood, Bryan Adams, Little Simz and Carl BarĂ¢t, and Doug, landlord of the Hawley Arms, tattooist Henry Hate, goddaughter Dionne Bromfield and DJ Bioux. Each one has a personal story to share and together their anecdotes and reflections build into a complex picture of a much admired but troubled star. Vice Culture Editor Emma Garland puts these insights into context with an introduction that highlights the principal events and achievements in Amy's life and work, and the key characters that played a part in it.

    Organized broadly chronologically, the book features newly shot lyric sheets, sketches and ephemera together with contextual photographs and video stills, including album, single and promotional artworks and outtakes. Punctuating the story are photographs of dressed room sets each created, designed and styled especially for the book by Naomi Parry to evoke a period or aspect of Amy's life or personality, incorporating Amy's clothing, possessions, lyrics and other memorabilia.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $60.00
    Price: $60.00
  • ART OF JAZZ : A Visual History
    ART OF JAZZ : A Visual History
    SHIPTON ALYN
    ISBN: 9781623545048
    Title: ART OF JAZZ : A Visual History
    Author: SHIPTON ALYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Everyone knows jazz is on the cutting edge of music, but how much do you know about its influence in the visual arts? With album covers that took inspiration from the avant-garde, jazz's primarily African American musicians and their producers sought to challenge and inspire listeners both musically and visually.

    Arranged chronologically, each chapter covers a key period in jazz history, from the earliest days of the twentieth century to today's postmodern jazz. Chapters begin with substantive introductions and present the evolution of jazz imagery in all its forms, mirroring the shifting nature of the music itself. With two authoritative features per chapter and over 300 images, The Art of Jazz is a significant contribution to the literature of this intrepid art form.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $61.99

    Price: $61.99
  • AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    WILMER VALERIE
    ISBN: 9781788160711
    Title: AS SERIOUS AS YOUR LIFE : Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution 1957-1977
    Author: WILMER VALERIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An essential masterpiece of jazz history by the renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams.

    In this classic account of the new black music of the 1960s and 70s, celebrated photographer and jazz historian Val Wilmer tells the story of how a generation of revolutionary musicians established black music as the true vanguard of American culture. Placing the achievements of African-American artists such as Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Sun Ra in their broader political and social context, Wilmer evokes an era of extraordinary innovation and experimentation that continues to inspire musicians today.

    As vital now as when it was first published in 1977, As Serious As Your Life is the essential story of one of the most dynamic musical movements of the twentieth century.

    Imprint: Serpent's Tail
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL
    AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL
    PINNE PETER / JOHNSTON PETER WYLLIE
    ISBN: 9781760529666
    Title: AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL
    Author: PINNE PETER / JOHNSTON PETER WYLLIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Musical theatre has a special place in the hearts of Australians. Whether it is The Boy from Oz, Bran Nue Dae or Muriel's Wedding, we love to see Australian stories on the big stage with all the glamour, energy and vibrancy a musical can offer.

    However magical they are on stage, performances leave behind few traces. Australia has a rich, hidden history of achievement in musical theatre which is now largely forgotten. Drawing on their long careers in musical performance, and extensive research in public and private collections, Peter Wyllie Johnston and Peter Pinne have compiled a definitive account of the history of musical theatre in Australia.

    From small amateur performances in the early days, to international achievements, to the new wave of Australian musicals from the 1990s right through to the explosion of creativity in the 21st century, they recount the emotional roller-coaster of successes and disappointments of one of the most demanding art forms. Also included is an authoritative guide to over 300 Australian musicals.

    Richly illustrated with colour photos from the early days to the present, The Australian Musical is a book to treasure for years to come, and an invaluable resource for anyone involved with theatre and music.

    'This history helps to cement my relationship with Australian musical theater, which is in for the long haul.' - TED CHAPIN, President, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization

    'This fine book is surely the family tree of the Australian musical - an impressive study and fascinating read.' - REG LIVERMORE AO

    'Groundbreaking . . . strips away assumptions and misconceptions about Australian musicals, and exposes their true history for the first time' - from the introduction by MARK MADAMA, Associate Professor of Musical Theatre, University of Michigan

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • BACHS MUSICAL UNIVERSE: The Composer and His Work
    BACHS MUSICAL UNIVERSE: The Composer and His Work
    WOLFF CHRISTOPH
    ISBN: 9780393050714
    Title: BACHS MUSICAL UNIVERSE: The Composer and His Work
    Author: WOLFF CHRISTOPH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this companion volume to his Pulitzer Prize-finalist biography, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician, leading Bach scholar Christoph Wolff contextualizes his famous subject by delving deeply into the composer's rich collection of music.

    Emerging from this complex and massive oeuvre, Bach's Musical Universe is a focused discussion of a meaningful selection of compositions- from the famous Well-Tempered Clavier, violin and cello solos, and Brandenburg Concertos to the St. Matthew Passion, Art of Fugue, and B- Minor Mass.

    Unlike any study undertaken before, this book details Bach's creative process across the various instrumental and vocal genres, and centers on what the composer himself judiciously presented in carefully designed benchmark collections and individual works- all consequential to Bach's musical art.

    Tracing Bach's evolution as a composer, Wolff compellingly illuminates the ideals and legacy of this giant of classical music in a new, refreshing light for everyone, from the amateur to the virtuoso.

    Imprint: Norton
    RRP: $65.99

    Price: $65.99
  • BAD BOY BOOGIE : The True Story of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott
    BAD BOY BOOGIE : The True Story of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott
    APTER JEFF
    ISBN: 9781760877910
    Title: BAD BOY BOOGIE : The True Story of AC/DC Legend Bon Scott
    Author: APTER JEFF
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2021 New Release

    Australia has produced any number of great rock and roll frontmen and women. But none has left quite the same mark as AC/DC's Bon Scott. No-one had the same skill with lyrics as Bon, who called his words 'toilet poetry,' his 'dirty ditties'. Everything Scott delivered, either on stage or in the studio, was done with a nod and a wink and the biggest grin this side of Luna Park. Scott was, in some ways, rock's answer to Paul Hogan, a true Aussie larrikin. He could also vividly depict life on the road, best heard in the classics 'Long Way to the Top' and 'Highway to Hell'.

    When he first appeared on Countdown in 1975, as AC/DC rocked 'Baby, Please Don't Go', the impression he left was indelible. The ugliest schoolgirl to ever appear on the small screen, Scott was a mess of tattoos and pigtails, wearing an awkwardly short skirt, all the whole puffing on a ciggie. His bandmates, not just the audience, was in hysterics. The video quickly became part of Oz rock folklore.

    Scott was always the joker in the AC/DC pack. He'd happily pose for a photographer with a joint dangling from his lips or be interviewed in cut-off shorts with a banana provocatively stuffed into his waistband. Anything to elicit a laugh. The off-stage stories surrounding Scott are the stuff of legend. A survivor of a weekend spent with Bon at the Squire Inn at Bondi said that 'it was like a scene out of Fellini's Satyricon.'

    Previous biographies have concentrated on the dark side of Bon Scott - especially his premature death at the age of 33 - but this is the first to focus on the man's remarkable gifts as a lyricist, frontman and rascal. In short, the real Bon Scott.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
    BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
    HOROVITZ ADAM
    ISBN: 9780571308040
    Title: BEASTIE BOYS BOOK
    Author: HOROVITZ ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself - by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante, and more.

    Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is that story, told for the first time in the words of the band.

    Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond offer revealing accounts of their transition from teenage punk musicians to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible-to-fathom overnight success of their debut album 'Licensed to Ill' featuring the mega-hit 'Fight for your Right (To Party)'; the album's messy fallout and how it led the band to 'become what we hated'; their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and initial commercial failure of what was later recognised as a genre-defining masterpiece, 'Paul's Boutique'; their growing social activism and influence on the culture throughout the next twenty years; and, above all, the legacy of founding co-member Adam 'MCA' Yauch, who passed away in 2012.

    With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album, this book also includes wide-ranging contributions from famous writers and cultural figures like Colson Whitehead, Jonathan Lethem, Spike Jonze, Amy Poelher, and Wes Anderson. Running throughout are a plethora of colour photos and illustrations of 'everything from us to the Knicks to drum machines to people's business cards to the Swiss Appenzell,' as well as a graphic novel, a cookbook, mixtape playlists, a fake snobby music magazine, and much more.


    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • BEATLES BOOK
    BEATLES BOOK
    DAVIES HUNTER
    ISBN: 9780091958633
    Title: BEATLES BOOK
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Hunter Davies, the only ever authorised biographer of the group, has produced the essential Beatles guide. Divided into four sections - 'People', 'Songs', 'Places' and 'Broadcast and Cinema' - it covers every element of the band's history and vividly brings to live every influence that shaped them.

    Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of personal artefacts and memorabilia, this compendium is the definitive Beatles treasure.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • BEETHOVEN : A Life
    BEETHOVEN : A Life
    CAEYERS JAN
    ISBN: 9780520343542
    Title: BEETHOVEN : A Life
    Author: CAEYERS JAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The authoritative Beethoven biography, endorsed by and produced in close collaboration with the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, is timed for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth.

    With unprecedented access to the archives at the Beethoven House in Bonn, renowned Beethoven conductor and scholar Jan Caeyers expertly weaves together a deeply human and complex image of Beethoven-his troubled youth, his unpredictable mood swings, his desires, relationships, and conflicts with family and friends, the mysteries surrounding his affair with the "immortal beloved," and the dramatic tale of his deafness. Caeyers also offers new insights into Beethoven's music and its gradual transformation from the work of a skilled craftsman into that of a consummate artist.

    Demonstrating an impressive command of the vast scholarship on this iconic composer, Caeyers brings Beethoven's world alive with elegant prose, memorable musical descriptions, and vivid depictions of Bonn and Vienna-the cities where Beethoven produced and performed his works. Caeyers explores how Beethoven's career was impacted by the historical and philosophical shifts taking place in the music world, and conversely, how his own trajectory changed the course of the music industry. Equal parts absorbing cultural history and lively biography, Beethoven, A Life paints a complex portrait of the musical genius who redefined the

    Imprint: University of California Press
    RRP: $57.99

    Price: $57.99
  • BEETHOVEN : A Life in Nine Pieces
    BEETHOVEN : A Life in Nine Pieces
    TUNBRIDGE LAURA
    ISBN: 9780241414279
    Title: BEETHOVEN : A Life in Nine Pieces
    Author: TUNBRIDGE LAURA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ludwig van Beethoven- to some, the greatest ever composer of Western classical music. Yet his life remains shrouded in myths, and the image persists of him as an eccentric genius shaking his fist.

    Beethoven by Oxford professor Laura Tunbridge cuts through the noise in a refreshing way - with each chapter focusing on a period of his life, a piece of music and a revealing theme, from family to friends, heroism to liberty. It's a winning combination of rich biographical detail, insight into the world of music, and startling revisionism, which transforms how you listen to his work. We discover, for example, Beethoven's seemingly modern self-promotion, how his composing was influenced by changes in instruments, and thanks to new academic research, how he was listened to- at the time, Ode to Joy was often not even played when his Ninth Symphony was performed.

    This tour de force, written by an expert new voice - published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth - provides a peerless overview and a wealth of material that has never been revealed to the wider public before. It's a fresh, human portrayal of Beethoven and a concise way into one of the world's most amazing minds.

    Imprint: Viking Books
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    SUCHET JOHN
    ISBN: 9781783964963
    Title: BEETHOVEN : The Man Revealed
    Author: SUCHET JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    You know the music... but do you know the man? Ludwig van Beethoven is one of the world's best loved and most influential composers. His life - its dramas, conflicts, loves and losses - is played out in his music. Now John Suchet shows us the man behind the music in this compelling biography of a musical genius. He reveals a difficult and complex character, struggling to continue his profession as musician despite increasing deafness, alienating friends with unprovoked outbursts of anger one moment, overwhelming them with excessive kindness and generosity the next, living in a city in almost constant disarray because of war with France. This is the real Beethoven, and Suchet brings him faithfully and vividly to life.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    PETTINGER PETER
    ISBN: 9780300097276
    Title: BILL EVANS : How My Heart Sings
    Author: PETTINGER PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A biography of the influential jazz pianist, Bill Evans. Peter Pettinger, himself a concert pianist, describes Evans's life, his personal tragedies and commercial successes, his music making, his technique and compositional methods, his approach to ensemble playing, and his legacy.

    Imprint: Yale University Press
    RRP: $28.99

    Price: $28.99
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