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  • SINATRA 100
    SINATRA 100
    PIGNONE CHARLES
    ISBN: 9780500517826
    Title: SINATRA 100
    Author: PIGNONE CHARLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the centennial of his birth, Sinatra 100 with the participation of his three children is an intimate and dramatic visual portrait of Frank Sinatra, revealing many of the previously unseen moments in a remarkable life. Of course, Sinatra s legacy speaks for itself. An entertainer of mesmerizing talent, charisma, and style, he is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, and Academy Award-winning actor, and a cultural icon.

    From inciting bobby-soxer riots and achieving teen idol status in the 1940s to the incredible recording career, the film career, the Rat Pack and Las Vegas, Sinatra 100 has the unseen photographs (and the iconic ones) as well as a rare trove of memorabilia and ephemera over half of it never before published.

    With a majority of the text based on unpublished personal interviews and conversations with Frank Sinatra and his friends, family, and colleagues, Sinatra 100 unparalleled in its scope and depth.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $80.00

    Price: $80.00
  • SMALL TOWN TALK : Bob Dylan The Band Van Morrison Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock
    SMALL TOWN TALK : Bob Dylan The Band Van Morrison Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock
    HOSKYNS BARNEY
    ISBN: 9780571309764
    Title: SMALL TOWN TALK : Bob Dylan The Band Van Morrison Janis Joplin Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock
    Author: HOSKYNS BARNEY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? Quite simply, Woodstock was already a key location in the Sixties rock landscape, the tiny Catskills town where Bob Dylan had holed up after his 1966 motorcycle accident.

    In Small Town Talk, Barney Hoskyns recreates Woodstock's community of brilliant dysfunctional musicians, opportunistic hippie capitalists and scheming dealers drawn to the area by Dylan and his sidekicks The Band. Central to the book's narrative is the broodingly powerful presence of Albert Grossman, manager of Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren - and Big Daddy of a personal fiefdom in Bearsville that encompassed studios, restaurants and his own record label. Intertwined in the story are the Woodstock experiences of artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Butterfield, Tim Hardin, Karen Dalton and Bobby Charles.

    Drawing on first-hand interviews with the remaining key players in the scene, and on the period when he lived there himself in the 1990s, Hoskyns has produced an East Coast companion to his bestselling L.A. Canyon classic Hotel California - a richly absorbing study of a vital music scene in a revolutionary time and place.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SNAKES GUILLOTINES ELECTRIC CHAIRS : My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group
    SNAKES GUILLOTINES ELECTRIC CHAIRS : My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group
    DUNAWAY DENNIS
    ISBN: 9781250181725
    Title: SNAKES GUILLOTINES ELECTRIC CHAIRS : My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group
    Author: DUNAWAY DENNIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame says: "Before the world heard of KISS, the New York Dolls, Marilyn Manson or Ozzy Osbourne, there was Alice Cooper, the original shock-rock band." When Alice Cooper became the stuff of legend in the early ‘70s, their shows were monuments of fun and invention. Riding on a string of hits like "I'm 18" and "School's Out," they became America's highest-grossing act, producing four platinum albums and hitting number one on the U.S. and U.K. charts with Billion Dollar Babies in 1973. Their utterly original performance style and look, known as Shock Rock, was swiftly copied by countless bands. Dennis Dunaway, the bassist and co-songwriter for the band, tells a story just as over-the-top crazy as their (in)famous shows. As teenagers in Phoenix, Dennis Dunaway and lead singer Vince Furnier, who would later change his name to Alice Cooper, formed a hard-knuckles band that played prisons, cowboy bars and teen clubs. Their journey took them from Hollywood to the ferocious Detroit music scene, along the way adding new dimensions of rock theater. From struggling for recognition to topping the charts, the Alice Cooper group was entertaining, outrageous, and one-of-a-kind. Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! is the riveting account of the band's creation in the ‘60s, strange glory in the ‘70s, and the legendary characters they met along the way.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY : The Oral History of Bob Marley
    SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY : The Oral History of Bob Marley
    STEFFENS ROGER
    ISBN: 9780393355925
    Title: SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY : The Oral History of Bob Marley
    Author: STEFFENS ROGER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    The world's leading reggae scholar spent forty years interviewing Bob Marley and his closest confidants. This is the definitive telling of Bob Marley's life.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $25.95
    Price: $25.95
  • SONIC YOUTH SLEPT ON MY FLOOR : Music, Manchester, and More : A Memoir
    SONIC YOUTH SLEPT ON MY FLOOR : Music, Manchester, and More : A Memoir
    HASLAM DAVE
    ISBN: 9781472127525
    Title: SONIC YOUTH SLEPT ON MY FLOOR : Music, Manchester, and More : A Memoir
    Author: HASLAM DAVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor is a lively, revelatory and gloriously well-written memoir of Dave Haslam's life and work in some of the most interesting corners of contemporary culture. It's a masterful insider account of life at the Hacienda, the rise of Madchester and the birth of the rave era.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • SOUL FINGERS : The Music and Life of Legendary Basist Donald Duck Dunn
    SOUL FINGERS : The Music and Life of Legendary Basist Donald Duck Dunn
    ROSACI NICK
    ISBN: 9781495052927
    Title: SOUL FINGERS : The Music and Life of Legendary Basist Donald Duck Dunn
    Author: ROSACI NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    He was the backbone the nerve center of entertainers including Otis Redding, Booker T, Sam and Dave, Eric Clapton, the Blues Brothers, and countless others. His bass playing has influenced thousands of bassists. Donald "Duck" Dunn's exciting life and deep pocket bass grooves are explored in interviews from his friends, family, and colleagues; plus, over fifty transcribed bass parts, rarely seen photographs, and over an hour of recorded demonstrations. Songs include: I Can't Turn You Loose * Respect * 634-5789 * Knock on Wood * Dock of the Bay * Ain't No Sunshine * Key to the Highway * Hometown Blues * She Caught the Katy * Stop Draggin' My Heart Around * Stand and Be Counted * and many more transcribed bass parts.


    Imprint: HAL LEONARD
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SOUND OF PICTURES : LISTENING TO THE MOVIES FROM HITCHCOCK TO HIGH FIDELITY
    SOUND OF PICTURES : LISTENING TO THE MOVIES FROM HITCHCOCK TO HIGH FIDELITY
    FORD ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781863955102
    Title: SOUND OF PICTURES : LISTENING TO THE MOVIES FROM HITCHCOCK TO HIGH FIDELITY
    Author: FORD ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Sound of Pictures is an illuminating journey through the soundtracks of more than 400 films. How do filmmakers play with sound? And how does that affect the way we watch their movies? Sweeping or sparse, classical or pop, music can play a crucial role in our cinematic experience. Other sounds can be even more evocative: the sounds of nature, of cities and of voices.

    In The Sound of Pictures, Andrew Ford listens to the movies. He speaks to acclaimed directors (Bruce Beresford, Sally Potter, Wim Wenders, Peter Greenaway and Peter Weir) and composers (Ennio Morricone, Richard Rodney Bennett, Dick Hyman, Lalo Schifrin and Howard Shore), discovering radically different views about how much music to use and when. And he explores some of cinema's most curious sonic moments. How did Alfred Hitchcock use music to plant clues in his films? Why do some 'mix-tape' soundtracks work brilliantly and others fall flat? How do classics from A Clockwork Orange to The Godfather, Cinema Paradiso to High Noon, use music and sound effects to enhance what we see on screen?

    Whether you're a film-buff or a music lover, The Sound of Pictures will enrich your experience of the movies.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • STARMAN : DAVID BOWIE THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY
    STARMAN : DAVID BOWIE THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY
    TRYNKA PAUL
    ISBN: 9780751542936
    Title: STARMAN : DAVID BOWIE THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY
    Author: TRYNKA PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    David Bowie - famously described as rock's greatest chameleon - has lived an extraordinary life. From his early years in post-war, bombed out Brixton to a troubled later childhood in Bromley, to the decadent glamour of Ziggy Stardust to his controversial Berlin period, Bowie's life has been filled with drama. One of our most fascinating stars, his story has never been satisfactorily told until now.Paul Trynka has interviewed over two hundred friends, ex-lovers and fellow musicians in order to write the definitive biography of Bowie. The result is a compelling, intimate and revealing book that will appeal to Bowie's millions of fans around the world.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • STEPHEN FRYS INCOMPLETE AND UTTER HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
    STEPHEN FRYS INCOMPLETE AND UTTER HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
    FRY STEPHEN / LIHOREAU TIM
    ISBN: 9780752265582
    Title: STEPHEN FRYS INCOMPLETE AND UTTER HISTORY OF CLASSICAL MUSIC
    Author: FRY STEPHEN / LIHOREAU TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Hello, I'm Stephen Fry. Now time for the first outing of a brand, spanking new feature here on The Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music... putting some unsuspecting figure in music under the spotlight.'

    In his Incomplete & Utter History of Classical Music, Stephen Fry presents a potted and brilliantly rambling 700-year history of classical music and the world as we know it. Along this musical journey he casually throws in references to pretty much whatever takes his fancy, from the Mongol invasion of Russia and Mr Khan (Genghis to his friends), the founding of the MCC, the Black Death (which once again became the new black in England), to the heady revolutionary atmosphere of Mozart's Don Giovanni and the deep doo-doo that Louis XVI got into (or 'du-du' as the French would say).

    It's all here - Ambrose and early English plainsong, Bach, Mozart (beloved of mobile phones everywhere), Beethoven, Debussy, Wagner (the old romantic), right up to the present day. Entertaining and brilliantly written, this is a pretty reckless romp of a history through classical music and much much more.

    Imprint: BOXTREE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • STILL ON THE ROAD : THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN VOL 2 1974-2008
    STILL ON THE ROAD : THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN VOL 2 1974-2008
    HEYLIN CLINTON
    ISBN: 9781740669368
    Title: STILL ON THE ROAD : THE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN VOL 2 1974-2008
    Author: HEYLIN CLINTON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • STONE FREE : JIMI HENDRIX IN LONDON SEPTEMBER 1966 JUNE 1967
    STONE FREE : JIMI HENDRIX IN LONDON SEPTEMBER 1966 JUNE 1967
    OBRECHT JAS
    ISBN: 9781469647067
    Title: STONE FREE : JIMI HENDRIX IN LONDON SEPTEMBER 1966 JUNE 1967
    Author: OBRECHT JAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    A compelling portrait of rock's greatest guitarist at the moment of his ascendance, Stone Free is the first book to focus exclusively on the happiest and most productive period of Jimi Hendrix's life. As it begins in the fall of 1966, he's an under-sung, under-accomplished sideman struggling to survive in New York City. Nine months later, he's the toast of Swinging London, a fashion icon, and the brightest star to step off the stage at the Monterey International Pop Festival. This momentum-building, day-by-day account of this extraordinary transformation offers new details into Jimi's personality, relationships, songwriting, guitar innovations, studio sessions, and record releases. It explores the social changes sweeping the U.K., Hendrix's role in the dawning of "flower power," and the prejudice he faced while fronting the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In addition to featuring the voices of Jimi, his bandmates, and other eyewitnesses, Stone Free draws extensively from contemporary accounts published in English- and foreign-language newspapers and music magazines. This celebratory account is a must-read for Hendrix fans.

    Imprint: UNI OF NORTH CAROLINA
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • STRICT RULES : The Iconic Story of the Tour That Shaped Midnight Oil
    STRICT RULES : The Iconic Story of the Tour That Shaped Midnight Oil
    MCMILLAN ANDREW
    ISBN: 9780733638084
    Title: STRICT RULES : The Iconic Story of the Tour That Shaped Midnight Oil
    Author: MCMILLAN ANDREW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2017 NEW RELEASE

    This iconic book covers an iconic tour: when Midnight Oil joined the Warumpi Band to play music in remote Aboriginal communities in 1986. The tour would change Midnight Oil forever and spark the creation of the song 'Beds Are Burning'. Strict Rules is a piece of Australian history and a view on Indigenous issues that is still relevant today.

    Midnight Oil are an iconic Australian band, known for their songs of social conscience and their conviction. They didn't get that way by accident - one tour in 1986 changed them forever, as they joined the Warumpi Band to play to remote Aboriginal communities.

    Journalist Andrew McMillan was a witness to this tour and he documented it all in STRICT RULES. This contemporary Australian classic charts not just the development of an eternally popular band but a moment in time when Australian culture changed, because the songs produced by Midnight Oil thereafter became embedded in the nation's minds.

    With Peter Garrett back at the helm of the Oils, the band will embark on a reunion tour in 2017. Peter Garrett will write an epilogue for this new edition of STRICT RULES, which also contains drummer Rob Hirst's original foreword.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SUBSTANCE : Inside New Order
    SUBSTANCE : Inside New Order
    HOOK PETER
    ISBN: 9781471132421
    Title: SUBSTANCE : Inside New Order
    Author: HOOK PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A ROLLICKING, NO-HOLDS-BARRED ACCOUNT OF NEW ORDER'S ENTIRE HISTORY.

    Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour – Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself. The next time they got together, they were a new band.

    That band was New Order – their label was Factory Records, their club The Haçienda. Their distinctive sound paved the way for the dance music explosion that followed, earning them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation, and changing the course of popular music.

    Following on from his bestselling titles The Haçienda and Unknown Pleasures, Peter Hook has written a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the band's entire history. Substance is packed with never-before-seen detail, discographies and technical information. This is possibly the most entertaining memoir ever written by a British musician.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL : THE BIRTH OF THE ROLLING STONES AND THE DEATH OF BRIAN JONES
    SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL : THE BIRTH OF THE ROLLING STONES AND THE DEATH OF BRIAN JONES
    TRYNKA PAUL
    ISBN: 9780552168816
    Title: SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL : THE BIRTH OF THE ROLLING STONES AND THE DEATH OF BRIAN JONES
    Author: TRYNKA PAUL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The story of the Rolling Stones is one of the epic rock 'n' roll yarns of our time. Their music defined today's cultural landscape and their history is a source of endless fascination for music fans around the world. Yet one crucial part of that story has never been comprehensively analysed: the role of Brian Jones, the visionary who founded the band and controlled their early music down to the smallest detail.

    Drawing on over one hundred interviews with key principals including Keith Richards, Andrew Oldham and Marianne Faithfull, this is a story told from a totally new perspective and which lays bare the shocking ruthlessness, internal warfare and sexual competition within this most legendary of bands. As well as exploring Jones' crucial role in the Stones' music, it will also investigate the unravelling of his psyche, as observed by Brian's family, friends, bandmates, lovers and enemies.

    Victors get to write the history - but it's never wholly true. Brian's life story is a gripping one, an epic battle between creativity and ambition, between self-sabotage and betrayal. This book will disentangle the threads of the Rolling Stones story and put Brian Jones firmly in the foreground.

    Imprint: CORGI
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • TESTIMONY
    TESTIMONY
    ROBERTSON ROBBIE
    ISBN: 9780099510956
    Title: TESTIMONY
    Author: ROBERTSON ROBBIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Robbie Robertson's singular contributions to popular music have made him one of the most beloved songwriters and guitarists of his time. With songs like ‘The Weight’, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ and ‘Up on Cripple Creek’, he and his partners in the Band fashioned a music that has endured for decades, influencing countless musicians.

    In this captivating memoir, written over five years of reflection, Robbie employs his unique storyteller's voice to weave together the journey that led him to some of the most pivotal events in music history. He recounts the adventures of his half-Jewish, half-Mohawk upbringing on the Six Nations Indian Reserve and on the gritty streets of Toronto; his odyssey at sixteen to the Mississippi Delta, the fountainhead of American music; the wild, early years on the road with rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks; his unexpected ties to the Cosa Nostra underworld; the gripping trial-by-fire of 'going electric' with Bob Dylan on his 1966 world tour and their ensuing celebrated collaborations; the formation of the Band and the forging of their unique sound, culminating with history’s most famous farewell concert, brought to life for all time in Martin Scorsese’s great movie The Last Waltz.

    This is the story of a time and place - the moment when rock 'n' roll became life, when legends like Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley crisscrossed the circuit of clubs and roadhouses from Texas to Toronto, when the Beatles, Hendrix, the Stones and Warhol moved through the same streets and hotel rooms. It’s the story of exciting change as the world tumbled through the '60s and early '70s and a generation came of age, built on music, love and freedom. Above all, it’s the moving story of the profound friendship among five young men who together created a new kind of popular music.

    Testimony is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • THREE SONGS THREE SINGERS THREE NATIONS
    THREE SONGS THREE SINGERS THREE NATIONS
    MARCUS GREIL
    ISBN: 9780674187085
    Title: THREE SONGS THREE SINGERS THREE NATIONS
    Author: MARCUS GREIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we discover three different ways of talking about the United States, and three separate nations within its borders.

    Imprint: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
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