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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
  • 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS : A Visual History
    13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS : A Visual History
    DRUMMOND PAUL
    ISBN: 9781944860110
    Title: 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS : A Visual History
    Author: DRUMMOND PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: August 2020 New Release

    Born out of a union of club bands on the burgeoning Austin bohemian scene and a pronounced taste for hallucinogens, the 13th Floor Elevators were formed in late 1965 when lyricist Tommy Hall asked a local singer named Roky Erickson to join up with his new rock outfit. Four years, three official albums and countless acid trips later, it was over: the Elevators' pioneering first run ended in a dizzying jumble of professional mismanagement, internal arguments, drug busts and forced psychiatric imprisonments. In their short existence, however, the group succeeded in blowing the lid off the budding musical underground, logging early salvos in the counter-cultural struggle against state authorities, and turning their deeply hallucinogenic take on jug-band garage rock into a new American institution called psychedelic music. Before the hippies, before the punks, there were the 13th Floor Elevators: an unlikely crew of outcast weirdo geniuses who changed culture

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $70.00

    Price: $70.00
  • 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: September 2020 New Releas

    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
  • 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
  • ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    FLEA
    ISBN: 9781472230829
    Title: ACID FOR THE CHILDREN - The autobiography of Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers legend
    Author: FLEA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    OLEARY CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781912248308
    Title: ASHES TO ASHES : The Songs of David Bowie 1976-2016
    Author: OLEARY CHRIS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes an exploration of the final four decades of his musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced.


    Ashes to Ashes covers every single Bowie song, whether it was sung, written, or produced by him, from 1976, when he first recorded with Iggy Pop on "The Idiot," to his last masterpiece "Blackstar," released just days before his death in 2016. Each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact. It hits everything from "Heroes" to the Labyrinth soundtrack, from his 1985 camp duet with Mick Jagger on "Dancing In the Street" to "Where Are We Now," his comeback single in 2013.

    Along the way we encounter a vast cast of characters, weaving in and out of Bowie's life and his music: Brian Eno, John Cale, Nile Rodgers, Lou Reed, Freddie Mercury, Scott Walker, Marc Bolan, Arcade Fire, John Lennon, Mickey Rourke, Gary Oldman, Iman, Hanif Kureishi, Julien Temple, Giorgio Moroder, Neil Young and many others. And we range across the globe from Bowie's years in divided Berlin to his "exile" years in Switzerland through his final years as a New Yorker, recording within walking distance of his home.

    Imprint: Random House Publishing
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • 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: $62.99

    Price: $62.99
  • 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
    BEETHOVEN
    TUNBRIDGE LAURA
    ISBN: 9780241414279
    Title: BEETHOVEN
    Author: TUNBRIDGE LAURA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: July 2020 New Release

    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
  • BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE : The Journey of a String Quartet
    BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE : The Journey of a String Quartet
    DUSINBERRE EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780571317141
    Title: BEETHOVEN FOR A LATER AGE : The Journey of a String Quartet
    Author: DUSINBERRE EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The essential read for fans of Beethoven and string quartet music.

    'They are not for you but for a later age!' Ludwig van Beethoven, on the Opus 59 quartets

    Beethoven's sixteen string quartets are some of the most extraordinary and challenging pieces of music ever written. They have inspired artists of all kinds - not only musicians - and have been subject to endless reinterpretation. What does it feel like to be a musician taking on these iconic works? And how do the four string players who make up a quartet interact, both musically and personally?

    The Takacs is one of the world's pre-eminent string quartets. Performances of Beethoven have shaped their work together for over forty years. Using the history of both the Takacs Quartet and the Beethoven quartets as the backbone to his story, Edward Dusinberre, first violinist of the Takacs since 1993, recounts the exhilarating challenge of tackling these pieces. Beethoven for a Later Age takes the reader inside the daily life of a quartet, vividly showing the necessary creative tension between individual and group expression and how four people can enjoy making music together over a long period of time. The key, the author argues, is in balancing continuity with change and experimentation - a theme that lies at the heart of Beethoven's remarkable compositions. No other composer has posed so many questions about the form and emotional content of a string quartet, and come up with so many different answers. In an accessible style, suitable for novices and chamber music enthusiasts alike, Dusinberre illuminates the variety and inherent contradictions of Beethoven's quartets, composed against the turbulent backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars and their aftermath, and shows that engaging with this radical music continues to be as invigorating now as it was for its first performers and audiences.

    Imprint: Faber and Faber
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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