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  • PETTY : THE BIOGRAPHY
    PETTY : THE BIOGRAPHY
    ZANES WARREN
    ISBN: 9781250105196
    Title: PETTY : THE BIOGRAPHY
    Author: ZANES WARREN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty

    No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.

    Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll made it otherwise. From meeting Elvis, to seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, to producing Del Shannon, backing Bob Dylan, putting together a band with George Harrison, Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, making records with Johnny Cash, and sending well more than a dozen of his own celebrated recordings high onto the charts, Tom Petty's story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Now in his mid-sixties, still making records and still touring, Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with Warren Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage.

    This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from "American Girl" and "Refugee" to "Free Fallin'" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance," and for those who want to see the classic rock and roll era embodied in one man's remarkable story. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what the music can do and where it can take us.

    Imprint: ST MARTINS PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PINK FLOYD : SONG BY SONG
    PINK FLOYD : SONG BY SONG
    WILD ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781781555996
    Title: PINK FLOYD : SONG BY SONG
    Author: WILD ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Pink Floyd Song by Song takes a fresh look at the songs which led to Pink Floyd becoming the third best-selling band of all time. From 'Arnold Layne' to 'Louder Than Words', Pink Floyd wrote about anger, isolation, regret, dismay, and fear. These themes, not always obvious starting points in popular music, were married to a rare dynamism in rock music. Pink Floyd's most successful period critically and musically-the eight albums from 1970 to 1983-combine the pithy lyrics of Roger Waters, the soulful voice and breath-taking guitar solos of David Gilmour and, until 1979, the jazz influenced piano and keyboard abilities of the late Richard Wright. These three together wrote the band's best work, usually in combinations of twos and threes but also individually. When working together as equals, the three principals of Pink Floyd were significantly more than the sum of their individual strengths.


    Imprint: FONTHILL MEDIA
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • PINK FLOYD : Their Mortal Remains
    PINK FLOYD : Their Mortal Remains
    BROACKES VICTORIA / STRONG ANNA LANDRETH
    ISBN: 9781851779161
    Title: PINK FLOYD : Their Mortal Remains
    Author: BROACKES VICTORIA / STRONG ANNA LANDRETH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The first book ever produced with full access the Pink Floyd archive. Published to accompany the V&A's major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time. Five essays tackle different aspects of their far-reaching legacy in music and the visual arts. Authors including Jon Savage, Howard Goodall and Rob Young examine what makes the band truly special, from the mythology underpinning their output, through to their experimentation with technology to create new sounds. their epic staging and performance impact will also be explored, along with the anti-authoritarianism that infuses their lyrics.The book is heavily illustrated throughout, emphasizing the essential role that visual material played in supporting the music and creating the lasting Pink Floyd phenomenon.

    Imprint: VICTORIA AND ALBERT
    RRP: $74.99

    Price: $74.99
  • PLEASE KILL ME : The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
    PLEASE KILL ME : The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
    MCNEIL LEGS / MCCAIN GILLIAN
    ISBN: 9780802125361
    Title: PLEASE KILL ME : The Uncensored Oral History of Punk
    Author: MCNEIL LEGS / MCCAIN GILLIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A contemporary classic, Please Kill Me is the definitive oral history of the most nihilistic of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Richard Hell, the Ramones, and scores of other punk figures lend their voices to this decisive account of that explosive era.

    This 20th anniversary edition features new photos and an afterword by the authors.

    Imprint: GROVE US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS AND CARBURETOR DUNG
    PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS AND CARBURETOR DUNG
    BANGS LESTER
    ISBN: 9781781252772
    Title: PSYCHOTIC REACTIONS AND CARBURETOR DUNG
    Author: BANGS LESTER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Until his death aged thirty-three in 1982, Lester Bangs wrote wired, rock 'n' roll pieces on Iggy Pop, The Clash, John Lennon, Kraftwerk, Lou Reed. As a rock critic, he had an eagle-eye for distinguishing the pre-packaged imitation from the real thing; written in a conversational, wisecracking, erotically charged style, his hallucinatory hagiographies and excoriating take-downs reveal an iconoclast unafraid to tell it like it is. To his journalism he brought the talent of a great a renegade Beat poet, and his essays, reviews and scattered notes convey the electric thrill of a music junky indulging the habit of a lifetime. As Greil Marcus writes in his introduction, 'What this book demands from a reader is a willingness to accept that the best writer in America could write almost nothing but record reviews.'

    Imprint: SERPENTS TAIL
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • RAY DAVIES : A COMPLICATED LIFE
    RAY DAVIES : A COMPLICATED LIFE
    ROGAN JOHNNY
    ISBN: 9780099554080
    Title: RAY DAVIES : A COMPLICATED LIFE
    Author: ROGAN JOHNNY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE

    In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ‘You Really Got Me'. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs.

    But Ray's journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA. His relationship with his brother Dave is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • RECKLESS
    RECKLESS
    HYNDE CHRISSIE
    ISBN: 9781785031465
    Title: RECKLESS
    Author: HYNDE CHRISSIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect '50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock 'n' roll, motorbikes and the ‘get down boys' seen at gigs in and around Cleveland – Mitch Ryder, the Jeff Beck Group, the Velvet Underground and David Bowie among the many.

    Wrapped up in the Kent State University riots and getting dangerously involved in the local biker and drug scenes, she escaped - to Mexico, Canada, Paris and finally London where she caught the embryonic punk scene just in time not only to witness it first-hand, but more importantly to seize the opportunity to form her own band, the Pretenders.

    Iggy Pop, the Sex Pistols, the Clash, Vivienne & Malcolm, Ray Davies … on every page household names mingle with small town heroes as we shift from bedroom to biker HQ; from squat to practice room; from pub gig to Top Of The Pops – the long and crooked path to stardom, and for the Pretenders, ultimately, tragedy.

    That Chrissie Hynde is alive to tell the tale is, by her own admission, something of a miracle. Throughout she is brutally honest, wryly humorous and always highly entertaining. She has written one of the most evocative and colourful music memoirs to be published in recent years.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • REST IS NOISE : LISTENING TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    REST IS NOISE : LISTENING TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    ROSS ALEX
    ISBN: 9781841154763
    Title: REST IS NOISE : LISTENING TO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    Author: ROSS ALEX
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A sweeping musical history that goes from the salons of pre-war Vienna to Velvet Underground shows in the sixties. In 'The Rest is Noise', Alex Ross, music critic of the New Yorker, gives us a riveting tour of the wild landscape of twentieth-century classical music: portraits of individuals, cultures, and nations reveal the predicament of the composer in a noisy, chaotic century. Taking as his starting point a production of Richard Strauss's Salome, conducted by the composer on 16 May 1906 with Puccini, Schoenberg, Berg and Adolf Hitler seated in the stalls, Ross suggests how this evening can be considered the century's musical watershed rather the riotous premiere of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring seven years later. Ross goes on to explore the mythology of modernism, Sibelius and the music of small countries, Kurt Weill, the music of the Third Reich, Britten, Boulez and the post-war avant-garde, and interactions between minimalist composers and rock bands in the sixties and seventies.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • RING OF TRUTH
    RING OF TRUTH
    SCRUTON ROGER
    ISBN: 9780141980720
    Title: RING OF TRUTH
    Author: SCRUTON ROGER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Ring of the Nibelung is one of the greatest works of art created in modern times. Roger Scruton's brilliant and passionate exploration of the drama, music, symbolism and philosophy of Wagner's masterpiece - with its themes of love, death, sacrifice and freedom - shows how, ultimately, it expresses the truth about the human condition.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • ROAD SERIES
    ROAD SERIES
    RACE HUGO
    ISBN: 9780994395801
    Title: ROAD SERIES
    Author: RACE HUGO
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the spirit of Patti Smiths M Train, Road Series is both love story and elegy.

    Renowned musician Hugo Races evocations of Melbourne, Sydney, the USA, Europe and Mali, and the life of a rock musician on the road are revealing, incisive and exquisitely written. A cerebral road-poem of the musician-as-outlier, crossing decades and continents, from the Melbourne punk scene of the early 1980s to quite literally Timbuktu. Luke Davies, author of Candy and God of Speed Hugo writes with a unique voice and the insights of one in the middle of the maelstrom. Mick Harvey

    Imprint: TRANSIT LOUNGE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ROADIES : The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll
    ROADIES : The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll
    COUPE STUART
    ISBN: 9780733638749
    Title: ROADIES : The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll
    Author: COUPE STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry - the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. The roadies see it all, and now they are sharing their secrets.

    Roadies are the unsung heroes of the Australian music industry. They unload the PAs and equipment, they set it all up, they make sure everything is running smoothly before, during and after the gigs. Then they pack everything up in the middle of the night, put it in the back of the truck and hit the road to another town - to do it all over again.

    They know everything about the pre- and post-show excesses. They bear witness to overdoses, the groupies, the obsessive fans. They are part of - and often organise - all the craziness that goes on behind the scenes of the concerts and pub gigs you go to. From The Rolling Stones to AC/DC, Bob Marley to Courtney Love, Sherbet to The Ted Mulry Gang, INXS to Blondie - the roadies have seen it all. And now they're stepping onto the stage and talking.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • ROLL ME UP AND SMOKE ME WHEN I DIE : MUSINGS FROM THE ROAD
    ROLL ME UP AND SMOKE ME WHEN I DIE : MUSINGS FROM THE ROAD
    NELSON WILLIE
    ISBN: 9780062293312
    Title: ROLL ME UP AND SMOKE ME WHEN I DIE : MUSINGS FROM THE ROAD
    Author: NELSON WILLIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    You won't see no sad and teary eyes when I get my wings, and it's my time to flyJust call my friends and tell them there's a party, come on bySo just roll me up and smoke me when I dieIn Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, Willie Nelson muses about his greatest influences and celebrates the family, friends, and colleagues who have blesses his remarkable journey. Willie riffs on music, wives, Texas, politics, horses, religion, marijuana, children, the environment, poker, hogs, Nashville, karma, and more. He shares the outlaw wisdom he has acquired over eight decades, along with favorite jokes and insights. Rare family pictures, beautiful artwork created by his son Micah Nelson, and lyrics to classic songs punctuate these charming and poignant memories.At once a road journal and a fitting tribute to America's greatest traveling bard, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die--introduced by Kinky Friedman, another favorite son of Texas--is a deeply personal look into the heart and soul of one of the greatest artists of our time.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • ROLLING STONES : ALL THE SONGS
    ROLLING STONES : ALL THE SONGS
    MARGOTIN PHILIPPE / GUESDON JEAN-MICHEL
    ISBN: 9780316317740
    Title: ROLLING STONES : ALL THE SONGS
    Author: MARGOTIN PHILIPPE / GUESDON JEAN-MICHEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A comprehensive visual history of the "World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band" as told through the recording of their monumental catalog, including 29 studio and 24 compilation albums, and more than a hundred singles.

    Since 1963, The Rolling Stones have been recording and touring, selling more than 200 million records worldwide. While much is known about this iconic group, few books provide a comprehensive history of their time in the studio. In The Rolling Stones All the Songs, authors Margotin and Guesdon describe the origin of their 340 released songs, details from the recording studio, what instruments were used, and behind-the-scenes stories of the great artists who contributed to their tracks.

    Organized chronologically by album, this massive, 704-page hardcover begins with their 1963 eponymous debut album recorded over five days at the Regent Studio in London; through their collaboration with legendary producer Jimmy Miller in the ground-breaking albums from 1968 to 1973; to their later work with Don Was, who has produced every album since Voodoo Lounge. Packed with more than 500 photos, All the Songs is also filled with stories fans treasure, such as how the mobile studio they pioneered was featured in Deep Purple's classic song "Smoke on the Water" or how Keith Richards used a cassette recording of an acoustic guitar to get the unique riff on "Street Fighting Man."

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • ROLLING STONES : FIFTY YEARS
    ROLLING STONES : FIFTY YEARS
    SANDFORD CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780857201034
    Title: ROLLING STONES : FIFTY YEARS
    Author: SANDFORD CHRISTOPHER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00
    Price: $35.00
  • ROOTS RADICALS AND ROCKERS : How Skiffle Changed the World
    ROOTS RADICALS AND ROCKERS : How Skiffle Changed the World
    BRAGG BILLY
    ISBN: 9780571327751
    Title: ROOTS RADICALS AND ROCKERS : How Skiffle Changed the World
    Author: BRAGG BILLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain's first indigenous pop movement.

    Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth - a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

    It's a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch-hunts. Billy traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.

    Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle was adopted by kids who growing up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. These were Britain's first teenagers, looking for a music of their own in a pop culture dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of 'Rock Island Line' and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year.

    Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was a do-it-yourself music. All you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • SCAR TISSUE
    SCAR TISSUE
    KIEDIS ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780751535662
    Title: SCAR TISSUE
    Author: KIEDIS ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
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