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  • 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
  • SCHUBERTS WINTER JOURNEY : ANATOMY OF AN OBSESSION
    SCHUBERTS WINTER JOURNEY : ANATOMY OF AN OBSESSION
    BOSTRIDGE IAN
    ISBN: 9780571282814
    Title: SCHUBERTS WINTER JOURNEY : ANATOMY OF AN OBSESSION
    Author: BOSTRIDGE IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Schubert's Winterreise is at the same time one of the most powerful and one of the most enigmatic masterpieces in Western culture. In his book, the author focusses on the context, resonance and personal significance of a work which is possibly the greatest landmark in the history of Lieder.

    Using each of the 24 songs as a starting point, the book brings the work and its world alive for connoisseurs and new listeners alike.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SCHUMANN : The Faces and the Masks
    SCHUMANN : The Faces and the Masks
    CHERNAIK JUDITH
    ISBN: 9780571331260
    Title: SCHUMANN : The Faces and the Masks
    Author: CHERNAIK JUDITH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A groundbreaking account of Schumann, a major composer whose music is becoming increasingly popular over the years.

    Schumann: The Faces and the Masks is a groundbreaking account of a major composer whose life and works have been the subject of intense controversy ever since his attempted suicide and early death in an insane asylum. Schumann was a key figure in the Romanticism which swept Europe and America in the 19th century, inspiring writers, musicians and painters, delighting their enthralled audiences, and reaching to the furthest corners of the world. All the contradictions of his age enter Schumann's works, from the fantastic disguises of his carnival masquerades and his passionate love songs to his great 'Spring' and 'Rhenish' Symphonies. He was intensely original and imaginative, but he also worshipped the past-especially Shakespeare and Byron, Raphael and Michelangelo, Beethoven and Bach. He believed in political, personal and artistic freedom but struggled with the constraints of artistic form. He turned his tumultuous life into music that speaks directly to the heart, losing none of its power with the passage of time.

    Drawing on hitherto unpublished archive material, Chernaik sheds new light on Schumann's life and music, his sexual escapades, his fathering of an illegitimate child, the true facts behind his courtship of his wife Clara and the opposition of her monstrous father, and the ways in which the crises of his life, his dreams and fantasies, entered his music. Schumann's troubled relations with his fellow-Romantic composers Mendelssohn and Chopin are freshly explored, and the full medical diary kept at Endenich Asylum, long withheld, enables Chernaik to look again at the mystery of Schumann's final illness. Using her wide experience as a scholar of Romanticism and a novelist, Chernaik vividly brings Schumann's world and his extraordinary artistic achievement to life in all its rich complexity.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • SEASON OF THE WITCH : HOW THE OCCULT SAVED ROCK AND ROLL
    SEASON OF THE WITCH : HOW THE OCCULT SAVED ROCK AND ROLL
    BEBERGAL PETER
    ISBN: 9780399174964
    Title: SEASON OF THE WITCH : HOW THE OCCULT SAVED ROCK AND ROLL
    Author: BEBERGAL PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From the hoodoo-inspired sounds of Elvis Presley to the Eastern odysseys of George Harrison, from the dark dalliances of Led Zeppelin to the Masonic imagery of today's hip-hop scene, the occult has long breathed life into rock and hip-hop - and, indeed, esoteric and supernatural traditions are a key ingredient behind the emergence and development of rock and roll.

    With vivid storytelling and laser-sharp analysis, writer and critic Peter Bebergal illuminates this web of influences to produce the definitive work on how the occult shaped - and saved - popular music.

    As Bebergal explains, occult and mystical ideals gave rock and roll its heart and purpose, making rock into more than just backbeat music, but into a cultural revolution of political, spiritual, sexual, and social liberation.

    'A fascinating thesis reflecting the time when everyone seemed to give rock and roll the status of, if not a religion, then certainly that of a spiritual belief system. Peter Bebergal's Season of the Witch brought it all back. It's an absorbing read deserving an important place in rock literature.' Michael Moorcock

    'Rather than turning in either a fanboyish rhapsody or a scholarly dissertation, he treads the line between those approaches. The result is passionate, informed, gripping and at times wonderfully lyrical.' NPR

    'This sharply written narrative illuminates the centrality of the occult imagination at the heart of rock and roll.' Library Journal (starred review)

    'A thoroughly researched, absorbing, entertaining ride for anyone who's ever played the Beatles' 'White Album' backwards.' Andrea Shea, WBUR/ NPR

    'Kudos to Bebergal for taming the wily spirits of rock long enough to capture their essence in this fascinating book. Perhaps more impressive is the book's comprehensiveness - from Delta blues to beatnik bluster to acid evangelists to metal overlords, Season of the Witch puts the hellfire in highbrow.' The Contrarian



    Imprint: TARCHER
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • SECRET DJ
    SECRET DJ
    THE SECRET DJ
    ISBN: 9780571334483
    Title: SECRET DJ
    Author: THE SECRET DJ
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Discover the reality of being an international DJ in this sensational expose of what really goes on behind the beat.

    The glamour, the parties, the excess, the highs: and, of course, the lows. The life of an international DJ playing at the most exotic destinations worldwide, in the most precarious of psychic circumstances, is rich to the point of toxicity. A globally-known DJ choosing to keep his identity secret takes us on a journey into the heart of life lived in the hedonistic fast lane of club culture for 30 years. Whether playing to 10,000 fans in Ibiza or in a local pub function room, this is a cautionary tale for the rave generation whose days of pills, thrills, and bellyaches are behind them. It may, as well, contain advice: though we cannot advise that it is always followed.

    This book is not an instruction manual - more a cautionary tale that may illuminate anyone who has harboured ambition to pack a dancefloor...

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • SHOTS
    SHOTS
    WALKER DON
    ISBN: 9781863954990
    Title: SHOTS
    Author: WALKER DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This extraordinary memoir begins with Don Walker's early life in rural Australia and ends in the late '80s. In mesmerising prose, Walker evokes childhood and youth, wild times in the '70s, life on the road and in Kings Cross, music-making and more. Shots is a stunningly original book, a set of word pictures - 'shots' - that conjure up the lowlife and backroads of Australia.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS : The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock
    SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS : The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock
    WEIGEL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780393356021
    Title: SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS : The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock
    Author: WEIGEL DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Show That Never Ends is the definitive story of the extraordinary rise and fall of progressive ("prog") rock. Epitomized by such classic, chart-topping bands as Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Emerson Lake & Palmer, along with such successors as Rush, Marillion, Asia, Styx, and Porcupine Tree, prog sold hundreds of millions of records. It brought into the mainstream concept albums, spaced-out cover art, crazy time signatures, multitrack recording, and stagecraft so bombastic it was spoofed in the classic movie This Is Spinal Tap.

    With a vast knowledge of what Rolling Stone has called "the deliciously decadent genre that the punks failed to kill," access to key people who made the music, and the passion of a true enthusiast, Washington Post national reporter David Weigel tells the story of prog in all its pomp, creativity, and excess.

    Weigel explains exactly what was "progressive" about prog rock and how its complexity and experimentalism arose from such precursors as the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper. He traces prog's popularity from the massive success of Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" and the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" in 1967. He reveals how prog's best-selling, epochal albums were made, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Thick as a Brick, and Tubular Bells. And he explores the rise of new instruments into the prog mix, such as the synthesizer, flute, mellotron, and--famously--the double-neck guitar.

    The Show That Never Ends is filled with the candid reminiscences of prog's celebrated musicians. It also features memorable portraits of the vital contributions of producers, empresarios, and technicians such as Richard Branson, Brian Eno, Ahmet Ertegun, and Bob Moog.

    Ultimately, Weigel defends prog from the enormous derision it has received for a generation, and he reveals the new critical respect and popularity it has achieved in its contemporary resurgence.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • SILENT MUSICIAN : Why Conducting Matters
    SILENT MUSICIAN : Why Conducting Matters
    WIGGLESWORTH MARK
    ISBN: 9780571337903
    Title: SILENT MUSICIAN : Why Conducting Matters
    Author: WIGGLESWORTH MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A conductor is one of classical music's most recognizable figures. Many people who have never actually been to an orchestral concert have an image of what one looks like. But rarely does such a well-known profession attract so many questions: 'Surely orchestras can play perfectly well without you? Do you really make any difference to the performance?'
    This book is not intended to be an instruction manual for conductors, nor is it a history of conducting. It is for all who wonder what conductors actually do. Exploring the relationships with the musicians and music they conduct, and the public and personal responsibilities they face, leading conductor Mark Wigglesworth writes with engaging honesty about the role for any music lover curious to know whether or not the profession really matters.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • SONGS OF LOVE AND HORROR :  Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham
    SONGS OF LOVE AND HORROR : Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham
    OLDHAM WILL
    ISBN: 9780393651201
    Title: SONGS OF LOVE AND HORROR : Collected Lyrics of Will Oldham
    Author: OLDHAM WILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As a performer, songwriter, and actor, Will Oldham has carved a singular path through the worlds of indie folk and cinema. Now the critically acclaimed, enigmatic artist presents his life’s work: the lyrics to more than two hundred songs spanning the 1980s to the present, each with annotations that impart new meaning to his music.

    Oldham’s aphoristic meditations - on death, patience, and turning carelessness into a virtue - are, like his lyrics, profound, earthy, and often funny. They reveal flashes of Oldham’s philosophy, the sources and circumstances that inspired his lyrics, and the literary ambition of his songwriting. Separated from their aural form, Oldham’s lyrics become a new kind of poetry - candid, awkward, and wise - with influences as diverse as Rabindranath Tagore and The Mekons.

    A book that will delight his longtime fans and inspire young songwriters, Songs of Love and Horror reveals an artist who has captured extraordinary poetry in music despite being "a stranger among my own language."

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $38.95

    Price: $38.95
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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.

    Sonic Youth Slept on My Floor is writer and DJ Dave Haslam's wonderfully evocative memoir. It is a masterful insider account of the Hacienda, the rise of Madchester and birth of the rave era, and how music has sound-tracked a life and a generation.

    In the late 1970s Dave Haslam was a teenage John Peel listener and Joy Division fan, his face pressed against a 'window', looking in at a world of music, books and ideas. Four decades later, he finds himself in the middle of that world, collaborating with New Order on a series of five shows in Manchester. Into the story of those intervening decades, Haslam weaves a definitive portrait of Manchester as a music city and the impact of a number of life-changing events, such as the nightmare of the Yorkshire Ripper to the shock of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

    The cast of Haslam's life reads like a who's who of '70s, '80s and '90s popular culture: Tony Wilson, Nile Rodgers, Terry Hall, Neneh Cherry, Tracey Thorn, John Lydon, Johnny Marr, Ian Brown, Laurent Garnier and David Byrne. From having Morrissey to tea and meeting writers such as Raymond Carver and Jonathan Franzen to discussing masturbation with Viv Albertine and ecstasy with Roisin Murphy, via having a gun pulled on him at the Hacienda and a drug dealer threatening to slit his throat, this is not your usual memoir.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • SOPHISTICATED GIANT : THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DEXTER GORDON
    SOPHISTICATED GIANT : THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DEXTER GORDON
    GORDON MAXINE
    ISBN: 9780520280649
    Title: SOPHISTICATED GIANT : THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF DEXTER GORDON
    Author: GORDON MAXINE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sophisticated Giant presents the life and legacy of tenor saxophonist Dexter Gordon (1923 1990), one of the major innovators of modern jazz. In a context of biography, history, and memoir, Maxine Gordon has completed the book that her late husband began, weaving his solo turns with her voice and a chorus of voices from past and present. Reading like a jazz composition, the blend of research, anecdote, and a selection of Dexter's personal letters reflects his colorful life and legendary times. It is clear why the celebrated trumpet genius Dizzy Gillespie said to Dexter, Man, you ought to leave your karma to science. Dexter Gordon the icon is the Dexter beloved and celebrated on albums, on film, and in jazz lore--even in a street named for him in Copenhagen. But this image of the cool jazzman fails to come to terms with the three-dimensional man full of humor and wisdom, a figure who struggled to reconcile being both a creative outsider who broke the rules and a comforting insider who was a son, father, husband, and world citizen. This essential book is an attempt to fill in the gaps, the gaps created by our misperceptions, but also the gaps left by Dexter himself.

    Imprint: UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • 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
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