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  • 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
    SILENT MUSICIAN
    WIGGLESWORTH MARK
    ISBN: 9780571337903
    Title: SILENT MUSICIAN
    Author: WIGGLESWORTH MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    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
  • 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
  • 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: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    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: NOT YET PUBLISHED NO DTE

    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
  • 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
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