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  • 100 SONGS   -   Abridged Version
    100 SONGS - Abridged Version
    DYLAN BOB
    ISBN: 9781471167164
    Title: 100 SONGS - Abridged Version
    Author: DYLAN BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A new collection of Bob Dylan’s most essential lyrics – one hundred songs that represent the Nobel Laureate’s incredible musical range through the entirety of his career so far.

    ‘The Nobel acknowledges what we’ve long sensed to be true; that Mr. Dylan is among the most authentic voices America has produced, a maker of images as audacious and resonant as anything in Walt Whitman or Emily Dickinson.’ Dwight Garner, New York Times
    'The Nobel committee got this right – Dylan’s ongoing achievement in American song is a literary feat to celebrate in his gaudiest of ways.’ Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone

    Bob Dylan is one of the most important songwriters of our time and the first musician in history to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 100 Songs, Dylan delivers an intimate and carefully curated collection of his most important lyrics that spans from the beginning of his career through the present day. Perfect for students and younger readers as well as long-time fans, this portable, abridged volume of Dylan’s lyrics shines a light on the songs that mean the most from a music and cultural legend.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • 1965 : The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    1965 : The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    JACKSON ANDREW GRANT
    ISBN: 9781250181718
    Title: 1965 : The Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    Author: JACKSON ANDREW GRANT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the most ground-breaking year in music history. It was the year rock and roll evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world.

    The feedback loop between the artists and their times ignited an unprecedented explosion of creativity. The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul and performed at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a major American stadium. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone, arguably the greatest song of all time, and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. And the Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction" catapulted the band to world-wide success.

    This was not only the year of rock as new genres such as funk and psychedelia were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation as Motown crossed out of the R&B charts on to the top of the Billboard Top 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound and competition between musicians coincided with seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, psychedelics and fashion with designer Mary Qaunt’s introduction of the miniskirt.

    In 1965, Andrew Grant Jackson combines fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    MURAKAMI HARUKI
    ISBN: 9781784700140
    Title: ABSOLUTELY ON MUSIC : Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An intimate conversation about music and creativity, between the internationally bestselling writer and a world-class conductor.

    ‘My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.'

    Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.

    Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AC/DC : For Those About to Rock
    AC/DC : For Those About to Rock
    ELLIOTT PAUL
    ISBN: 9781743794883
    Title: AC/DC : For Those About to Rock
    Author: ELLIOTT PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    To millions of fans AC/DC will always be the greatest hard rock band of them all. From their formation in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC have made the most visceral and single-minded rock, and inspired generations of rock icons from Def Leppard to Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.

    The basic blueprint laid down in their early albums with Bon Scott – hard, no-nonsense, riff-driven rock’n’roll – has served them well with more than 200 million records sold, including the best-selling rock album of all time – Back in Black.

    Illustrated with more than 200 photographs acclaimed rock writer, Paul Elliott documents AC/DC’s career from backstory to their latest album, 2014’s Rock Or Bust, offering real insight into the band’s enduring success and rise to rock royalty.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ACID FOR THE CHILDREN
    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN
    FLEA
    ISBN: 9781472230829
    Title: ACID FOR THE CHILDREN
    Author: FLEA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: PUBLICATION DELAYED

    Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.

    The strange tale of a boy named Flea starts in Rye, NY. It was all very normal. But soon his parents divorced and his mother Patricia remarried a jazz musician. Flea's stepfather frequently invited musicians to his house for jam sessions which sparked Flea's interest in music. The family moved to Los Angeles, where Flea became fascinated with the trumpet, idolizing musicians like Miles, Dizzy, and Louis.

    But the family soon fell apart, "I was raised in a very violent, alcoholic household," Flea later said. "I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures. It caused [me] a lot of trouble later in life." He began smoking weed at 13, and became a daily user of harder drugs. He was on the streets by 14 and soon after, met another social outcast and drug user named Anthony Kiedis. They form a band that would become the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN is pure, uncut Flea, with nothing left unsaid.

    Imprint: HEADLINE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    SCHMIDT IRMIN
    ISBN: 9780571311491
    Title: ALL GATES OPEN : The Story of Can
    Author: SCHMIDT IRMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    All Gates Open presents the definitive story of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late twentieth century: CAN.

    Book Two, Can Kiosk, has been assembled by Irmin Schmidt, founding member and guiding spirit of the band, as a 'collage - a technique long associated with CAN's approach to recording.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN : A PERSONAL HISTORY ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE TRACKS
    ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN : A PERSONAL HISTORY ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE TRACKS
    MAYMUDES VICTOR
    ISBN: 9781250075628
    Title: ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN : A PERSONAL HISTORY ON THE ROAD AND OFF THE TRACKS
    Author: MAYMUDES VICTOR
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the album marked a departure from Dylan's socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution in other directions. During the years they spent together, few people outside of Dylan's immediate family were closer than Victor Maymudes, his tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the early days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90's. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan's infamous motorcycle crash and meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sara Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and more; memorable concerts, and insights on Dylan's songwriting process.

    On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, first-hand account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RECORD STORES : A Guide to the Best Vinyl Emporiums on the Planet
    AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RECORD STORES : A Guide to the Best Vinyl Emporiums on the Planet
    BARNES MARCUS
    ISBN: 9781911026600
    Title: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 RECORD STORES : A Guide to the Best Vinyl Emporiums on the Planet
    Author: BARNES MARCUS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    Revealing the best places on the planet to buy records, this is a must-read for all vinyl lovers, crate diggers, and music fans.

    Imprint: CICO BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • ART SEX MUSIC
    ART SEX MUSIC
    TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    ISBN: 9780571328529
    Title: ART SEX MUSIC
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Punk, pornographer, pioneer, provocateur: the incredible story of Cosey Fanni Tutti, the performer whose art and music inspired a generation and rocked the establishment to its core.

    Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream.

    Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ARTHUR ELGORT : Jazz
    ARTHUR ELGORT : Jazz
    ELGORT ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9788862086080
    Title: ARTHUR ELGORT : Jazz
    Author: ELGORT ARTHUR
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first book dedicated to Elgort's Jazz portraits and the list of names it includes constitutes a veritable pantheon of jazz greatness.

    Featured in the book are portraits of Wynton Marsalis, James Carter, Roy Haynes, George Benson, Milt Hinton, Walter Blanding, Michael Bowie, David Sanchez, Angelo Debarre, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, Joshua Redman, James Moody, Jay McShann, Pat McFeeny, Jimmy Scott, Dorothy Donegan, Illinois Jacquet, Ornette Coleman, Don Byron, Aaron Neville, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, John McLaughlin, Jesse Davis, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry, Christian Mcades, Ron Carter, Wycliff Gordon, Sam Newsome, Roy Haynes, Jon Faddis, Roy Hargrove, Max Roach, Jerome Harris, Jack DeJohnette, Michael Cain, Al Grey, Thelonius Monk Jr., Benny Carter, Jon Hendricks, Stefan Harris, Jervan Jackson, Kenny Baron, Doc Cheatham, Arnett Cob, Tommy Flanagan, Jason Moran, Luther Lafatti, Bradford Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Kenny Garrett, Olu Dara, Jesse Davis, Buddy Tate, Anton Rooney, Flip Phillips, and Sam Rivers. Every now and then a fashion model of the moment pops up in a picture creating a fitting link between this body of work and Elgort's fashion pictures.


    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • 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: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • B SIDE : THE DEATH OF TIN PAN ALLEY AND THE REBIRTH OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG
    B SIDE : THE DEATH OF TIN PAN ALLEY AND THE REBIRTH OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG
    YAGODA BEN
    ISBN: 9781594634093
    Title: B SIDE : THE DEATH OF TIN PAN ALLEY AND THE REBIRTH OF THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG
    Author: YAGODA BEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Everybody knows and loves the American Songbook. But it's a bit less widely understood that in about 1950, this stream of great songs more or less dried up. All of a sudden, what came over the radio wasn't Gershwin, Porter, and Berlin, but 'Come on-a My House' and 'How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?' Elvis and rock and roll arrived a few years later, and at that point the game was truly up. What happened, and why? InThe B Side, acclaimed cultural historian Ben Yagoda answers those questions in a fascinating piece of detective work. Drawing on previously untapped archival sources and on scores of interviews - the voices include Randy Newman, Jimmy Webb, Linda Ronstadt, and Herb Alpert - the book illuminates broad musical trends through a series of intertwined stories. Among them are the battle between ASCAP and Broadcast Music, Inc.; the revolution in jazz after World War II; the impact of radio and then television; and the bitter, decades-long feud between Mitch Miller and Frank Sinatra.

    The B Side is about taste, and the particular economics and culture of songwriting, and the potential of popular art for greatness and beauty. It's destined to become a classic of American musical history.

    Praise for The B Side:

    'Yagoda writes so engagingly, and has put in so much time and effort, that one closes his book with the feeling that he has made a significant contribution . . . his distillation of it all is a lovely way to help perpetuate a most precious commodity.' The New York Times

    ' A spirited history of American popular music.' The New Yorker

    'Yagoda lubricates the gears of history with both his own humor and colorful anecdotes.' Entertainment Weekly

    'Wow, what a piece of work! I love it. The B Side is A PLUS.' Dave Frishberg

    'A provocative, consistently engaging counternarrative to the conventional wisdom that rock 'n' roll killed Tin Pan Alley.' Kirkus Reviews

    'A great many books celebrate the pre-rock Great American Songbook. Ben Yagoda's highly original and shrewdly argued The B-Side isn't one of them. It tells how the Songbook emerged, but is more intent on dissecting its meretricious demise, and the way a new songbook emerged from the rubble. It is anecdotal, illuminating, and persuasive.' Gary Giddins, author of Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams and Visions of Jazz

    ' The B Side is an entertaining and thoroughly researched exploration of America's songwriting history. With deftness of pen and skill, Yagoda has produced a work that will appeal to both musicologists and fans.' Library Journal

    'Essayist Yagoda energetically conducts a journey through the development of popular music in this vibrant piece of cultural history' Publishers Weekly

    'Actually, this wonderful chronicle is a B-side . . .This will be one big revelation for anyone steeped in a rock-centric understanding of pop history, and validation for those who treasure the Songbook in all its glory. And since these songs comprise so many strains of America's cultural DNA, everyone stands to walk away from this richly told saga with not only a song in her/his heart, but also fresh knowledge about how it got there.' PopMatters

    'The B-Side is a must-read for anyone interested in the rise of rock and the shockwaves it sent through the American music business . . . Yagoda also poignantly conveys the pain of the generation pushed aside in the process.' BookForum



    Imprint: RIVERHEAD BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • BEASTIE BOYS BOOK    **Special Price**
    BEASTIE BOYS BOOK **Special Price**
    HOROVITZ ADAM
    ISBN: 9780571308040
    Title: BEASTIE BOYS BOOK **Special Price**
    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: $44.99
  • BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    TURNER STEVE
    ISBN: 9780062475589
    Title: BEATLES '66 : The Revolutionary Year
    Author: TURNER STEVE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

    They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.

    The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966-the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles' lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.

    By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar-and the Beatles themselves-Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.

    Imprint: ECCO
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • BEATLES : ALL THESE YEARS
    BEATLES : ALL THESE YEARS
    LEWISOHN MARK
    ISBN: 9781408705759
    Title: BEATLES : ALL THESE YEARS
    Author: LEWISOHN MARK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    First part of the definitive three-volume biography of The Beatles

    The Beatles have been at the top for fifty years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively?

    Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight. This first volume covers the crucial and less-known early period - the Liverpool and Hamburg years of a hungry rock and roll band, when all the sharp characters and situations take shape.

    This is the Beatles like you've never read them before. It isn't just 'another book', it's the book, from the world-acknowledged authority. Forget what you know and discover The Complete Story.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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