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  • UNDER THE IVY : THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF KATE BUSH
    UNDER THE IVY : THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF KATE BUSH
    THOMSON GRAEME
    ISBN: 9781783056996
    Title: UNDER THE IVY : THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF KATE BUSH
    Author: THOMSON GRAEME
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This latest edition of Under The Ivy is fully updated to include analysis of Bush's stunning return to live performance in August 2014. Her run of London concerts was the most unexpected and eagerly awaited pop event of the 21st Century.

    An acclaimed study of one of the world's most enigmatic artists, Under The Ivy combines a wealth of new research with rigorous critical scrutiny. Featuring over 70 new interviews with those who have viewed from close quarters both the public artist and the private woman, this compelling biography offers numerous fresh perspectives on a unique and elusive talent.

    Under The Ivy examines Bush's unconventional upbringing in south London, the youthful blossoming of her talent and her evolution into one of the most visually and sonically creative artists of the past 35 years. It focuses on her unique working methods and pioneering use of the studio on landmark albums such as The Dreaming and Hounds Of Love, her core influences and key relationships, her profound influence on successive generations of musicians, and her most recent releases: Director's Cut, on which Bush reworked 11 songs from her back catalogue, and 50 Words For Snow, her first album of new material for six years.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • UNIVERSAL TONE
    UNIVERSAL TONE
    SANTANA CARLOS
    ISBN: 9781409156543
    Title: UNIVERSAL TONE
    Author: SANTANA CARLOS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2014 NEW RELEASE

    In the realm of guitar gods, Carlos Santana stands alone for what's come to be called his "universal tone" - both the fact that you can recognise a Santana song from just one note and that Santana is famous for his belief that music and soul are interconnected. In the category of long-awaited, major rock memoirs, this is at the top - a big autobiography by one of the most mysterious and influential musicians of the last 50 years. From growing up dirt-poor in Mexico and suffering abuse to becoming a lowly dishwasher in the US with a hot guitar hand, to a person you might almost think is perpetually in a state of nirvana or at least bliss, this is the story of a fascinating man who brings the ideal combination of storytelling gold and a major marketing machine. This is one of the most sensory (and sensual) major rock bios you'll ever read. His voice comes across as deeply honest and frank, and from imagining the wisps of smoke from a long-gone Miles Davis before Carlos's shows to describing the strength of his connection to sound, Santana brings a remarkable book to his huge following this autumn.

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNKNOWN PLEASURES : INSIDE JOY DIVISION
    UNKNOWN PLEASURES : INSIDE JOY DIVISION
    HOOK PETER
    ISBN: 9781471148330
    Title: UNKNOWN PLEASURES : INSIDE JOY DIVISION
    Author: HOOK PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Joy Division changed the face of music.

    Godfathers of the enduring alternative scene, they reinvented rock in the post-punk era, creating a sound – dark, hypnotic, intense – that would influence U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead and many others. This is the rollercoaster story of Joy Division – the friendships, fights, fall-outs; the rehearsals and recording sessions; the larger than life characters – told by the band’s legendary bassist, Peter Hook.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • VINYL : THE ART OF MAKING RECORDS
    VINYL : THE ART OF MAKING RECORDS
    EVANS MIKE
    ISBN: 9781742457420
    Title: VINYL : THE ART OF MAKING RECORDS
    Author: EVANS MIKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In our increasingly digital world, audiophiles know that the real recording is on vinyl. That s why sales of vinyl continue to soar. Mike Evans offers a sumptuous visual celebration of this medium s fascinating history and triumphant rebirth.

    From weighty 78s to feisty 45s, from eccentric EPs to legendary LPs, he brings vinyl recordings off the shelves and out of the crates, spotlighting:
    . The development of discs from shellac to vinyl
    . Run-out groove messages, picture discs, limited editions, colored vinyl, and deluxe 180g reissues that make fans and collectors rejoice
    . The records iconic packaging and art, including the work of Reid Miles, Roger Dean, Peter Saville, and Hipgnosis
    . The history and development of various leading labels, such as Atlantic, Audio Fidelity, Casablanca, Decca, Def Jam, Motown, Verve, and more


    Groundbreaking artists and their game-changing releases, from the first 45, Eddy Arnold's Texarkana Baby, to the vinyl revival as led by Jack White's Lazaretto.

    No collection is complete without it.

    Imprint: STERLING PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • VINYL MANUAL : How To Get the Best from Your Vinyl Records and Kit
    VINYL MANUAL : How To Get the Best from Your Vinyl Records and Kit
    ANNISS MATT
    ISBN: 9781785211652
    Title: VINYL MANUAL : How To Get the Best from Your Vinyl Records and Kit
    Author: ANNISS MATT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Vinyl Manual is the 21st century companion for anyone who is bringing their vinyl music collection back to life or discovering the joys of vinyl for the first time. With chapters on turntables and audio kit, it is a step-by-step guide to getting the most from your vinyl collection and understanding the technology behind it. We explain how vinyl delivers the unique sound so loved by audio enthusiasts and its evolution over 100 years, from the 78s of the late 19th century to today’s advanced electronic formats.


    Imprint: BOOKWORKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • VINYL ME PLEASE
    VINYL ME PLEASE
    VINYL ME PLEASE
    ISBN: 9781844039159
    Title: VINYL ME PLEASE
    Author: VINYL ME PLEASE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Vinyl Me, Please specialize in curating record collections for members, as well as having their own record-of-the-month blog. They are, in their own words, the best damn record club there is, and this book teaches readers the basics in creating their own must-have collections.

    The book is broken up into different genres (rock, punk, jazz, world...) and presents the must-haves for your collection, with each record also having a list of 10 'If you like this, you'd love this...' suggestions so you can expand and explore your music interests, and is illustrated with record covers throughout.

    Much more than your average book on vinyl, this stylish tome also includes features such as what cocktails to drink with particular records, books to read that are referenced by particular records and much more.

    Because music isn't just something you listen to, it's a part of you.

    Imprint: ORION
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • VIOLIN : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST VERSATILE INSTRUMENT
    VIOLIN : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST VERSATILE INSTRUMENT
    SCHOENBAUM DAVID
    ISBN: 9780393084405
    Title: VIOLIN : A SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST VERSATILE INSTRUMENT
    Author: SCHOENBAUM DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A 16-ounce package of polished wood, strings, and air, the violin is perhaps the most affordable, portable, and adaptable instrument ever created. As congenial to reels, ragas, Delta blues, and indie rock as it is to solo Bach and late Beethoven, it has been played standing or sitting, alone or in groups, in bars, churches, concert halls, lumber camps, even concentration camps, by pros and amateurs, adults and children, men and women, at virtually any latitude on any continent. Despite dogged attempts by musicologists worldwide to find its source, the violin s origins remain maddeningly elusive. The instrument surfaced from nowhere in particular, in a world that Columbus had only recently left behind and Shakespeare had yet to put on paper. By the end of the violin s first century, people were just discovering its possibilities. But it was already the instrument of choice for some of the greatest music ever composed by the end of its second. By the dawn of its fifth, it was established on five continents as an icon of globalization, modernization, and social mobility, an A-list trophy, and a potential capital gain. In The Violin, David Schoenbaum has combined the stories of its makers, dealers, and players into a global history of the past five centuries. From the earliest days, when violin makers acquired their craft from box makers, to Stradivari and the Golden Age of Cremona; Vuillaume and the Hills, who turned it into a global collectible; and incomparable performers from Paganini and Joachim to Heifetz and Oistrakh, Schoenbaum lays out the business, politics, and art of the world s most versatile instrument."

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $56.99

    Price: $56.99
  • WAGING HEAVY PEACE
    WAGING HEAVY PEACE
    YOUNG NEIL
    ISBN: 9780241962169
    Title: WAGING HEAVY PEACE
    Author: YOUNG NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WHITE BICYCLES : Making Music in the 1960s
    WHITE BICYCLES : Making Music in the 1960s
    BOYD JOE
    ISBN: 9781781257944
    Title: WHITE BICYCLES : Making Music in the 1960s
    Author: BOYD JOE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When Muddy Waters came to London at the start of the '60s, a kid from Boston called Joe Boyd was his tour manager; when Dylan went electric at the Newport Festival, Joe Boyd was plugging in his guitar; when the summer of love got going, Joe Boyd was running the coolest club in London, the UFO; when a bunch of club regulars called Pink Floyd recorded their first single, Joe Boyd was the producer; when a young songwriter named Nick Drake wanted to give his demo tape to someone, he chose Joe Boyd.
    More than any previous '60s music autobiography, Joe Boyd's White Bicycles offers the real story of what it was like to be there at the time. His greatest coup is bringing to life the famously elusive figure of Nick Drake - the first time he's been written about by anyone who knew him well. As well as the '60s heavy-hitters, this book also offers wonderfully vivid portraits of a whole host of other musicians: everyone from the great jazzman Coleman Hawkins to the folk diva Sandy Denny, Lonnie Johnson to Eric Clapton, The Incredible String Band to Fairport Convention.

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WHO IS THAT MAN : IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DYLAN
    WHO IS THAT MAN : IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DYLAN
    DALTON DAVID
    ISBN: 9781401311124
    Title: WHO IS THAT MAN : IN SEARCH OF THE REAL BOB DYLAN
    Author: DALTON DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Our fascination with Bob Dylan never ends. Timed for his 75th birthday in May 2016, and with a new Foreword, WHO IS THAT MAN? comes to paperback

    Few American artists are as important, beloved and endlessly examined as Bob Dylan, yet he remains something of an enigma. This kaleidoscopic biography, full of the voices of Dylan's family, friends, and fellow travellers through the 60s, offers an entirely fresh narrative perspective, fusing rock star bio with an examination of the music and the zeitgeist that he so mysteriously captured.

    For almost half a century, Bob Dylan has been a primary catalyst in rock's shifting sensibilities. He has starred in and been the subject of major films; his work is taught in over 200 college courses; and few American artists are as important, beloved, and endlessly examined as he is. Yet, he remains something of an enigma. Who, we ask, is the "real" Bob Dylan? Is he Bobby Zimmerman yearning to escape Hibbing, Minnesota, or the Woody Guthrie wannabe spending the 1960s playing Greenwich Village haunts? The protest poet, the Factory fixture, or the born-again Christian denying the powers of prophecy everyone attributes to him? The events of his life alone do not tell us all we want to know.

    Now, David Dalton, author, screenwriter, journalist, and founding editor of Rolling Stone, paints a revealing portrait of the rock icon that will be a must-have for his legions of fans. Guided by Dalton's masterful hand, this book will follow Dylan's imaginative life, integrating actual events from his life, Dylan's words, and those of the people who know him most intimately. Drawing upon extensive interviews with Dylan's friends, family, and fellow eyewitnesses to the zeitgeist-including Joan Baez, Keith Richards, Bobby Neuwirth, Kris Kristofferson, Suze Rotolo, Clive Davis, Tom Petty, and others-this book will provide a new perspective on the man, the myth, and the musical era that forged them both.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    THOMAS RICHARD F
    ISBN: 9780008245498
    Title: WHY DYLAN MATTERS
    Author: THOMAS RICHARD F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech?

    In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological.

    This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

    Imprint: COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    OTTER BICKERDIKE JENNIFER
    ISBN: 9781851498635
    Title: WHY VINYL MATTERS : A Manifesto from Musicians and Fans
    Author: OTTER BICKERDIKE JENNIFER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2015, vinyl sales in the US increased by 30% - a raise for the tenth year in succession - and 1.29 million vinyl albums were sold in the UK in 2014, the first time the million mark has been surpassed since 1996. Vinyl, once thought to be a dying market, is now facing a major revival.

    Pop culture writer and historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike interviews some of our most iconic artists, including hip-hop stars, Indie legends, DJs, producers, album cover designers, photographers, label founders and record store owners. Each superstar and superfan talks about their own experiences of vinyl and what it means to them, and the importance of its re-emergence - seemingly against all odds - as a physical format in the era of the digital economy.

    Includes interviews with:
    Fat Boy Slim; Tim Burgess (Charlatans); Henry Rollins (musician, actor, writer, comedian); Gaz Coombes (Supergrass); Lars Ulrich (Metallica); Maxi Jazz (Faithless); Rob da Bank (DJ and founder of Bestival); Clint Boone (Inspiral Carpets); Mike Ness (Social Distortion); Chief Xcel (Blackalicious); Cut Chemist (Jurassic 5); Fab 5 Freddy (hip hop pioneer, visual artist); Fat Mike (NOFX); Julia Ruzicka (Future of the Left); Steve Hackett (Genesis); Nick Hornby.

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WHY WE LOVE MUSIC
    WHY WE LOVE MUSIC
    POWELL JOHN
    ISBN: 9781473613768
    Title: WHY WE LOVE MUSIC
    Author: POWELL JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Did you know that . . .

    Carrying a musical instrument makes you more attractive?

    Music can cure insomnia?

    Music can change the taste of wine?

    The Mozart effect has nothing to do with Mozart?

    Barry Manilow songs can be used for crowd control?

    Why does music affect you so profoundly? It impacts the way you think, talk, feel, behave and even spend money. With his conversational style, humour, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell showcases fascinating studies - for example that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and, even more astounding, they are more likely to buy German wine in stores playing German music. With chapters on music and emotions, music as medicine, music and intelligence, and much more, WHY WE LOVE MUSIC will entertain through to the very last page.

    A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, WHY WE LOVE MUSIC is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • WILLIE NELSON : American Icon
    WILLIE NELSON : American Icon
    VAUGHAN ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781454926191
    Title: WILLIE NELSON : American Icon
    Author: VAUGHAN ANDREW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Celebrate an American icon with the first full-color book that comprehensively explores the work and life of country superstar Willie Nelson. A singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist, Nelson has won countless accolades as well as the hearts of listeners. And in the US alone, he has sold more than 40 million albums. This lavish volume, written by well-known music journalist Andrew Vaughan, features more than 100 photographs and illustrations. It’s a must-have for every fan.

    Imprint: STERLING PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • WOOLGATHERING
    WOOLGATHERING
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9781408832301
    Title: WOOLGATHERING
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    National Book Award-winner Patti Smith revisits her early years in this glittering memoir.

    In this small, luminous memoir, the National Book Award-winner Patti Smith revisits the most sacred experiences of her early years, with truths so vivid they border on the surreal. The author entwines her childhood self - and its 'clear, unspeakable joy' - with memories both real and envisioned from her twenties on New York's MacDougal Street, the street of cafes.

    Woolgathering was completed in Michigan, on Patti Smith's 45th birthday and originally published in a slim volume from Raymond Foye's Hanuman Books. Twenty years later, Bloomsbury is proud to present it in a much augmented edition, featuring writing that was omitted from the book's first printing, along with new photographs and illustrations.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    GLASS PHILIP
    ISBN: 9780571323746
    Title: WORDS WITHOUT MUSIC - PHILIP GLASS A MEMOIR
    Author: GLASS PHILIP
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Whether recalling Philip Glass experiences working at Bethlehem Steel, traveling in India, driving a cab in 1970s New York, or his professional collaborations with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Ravi Shankar, Robert Wilson, Doris Lessing, and Martin Scorsese, this book affirms the power of music to change the world.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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