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  • BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    FINK JESSE
    ISBN: 9780857988928
    Title: BON : THE LAST HIGHWAY : The Untold Story of Bon Scott and AC/DC's Back In Black
    Author: FINK JESSE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair’s Renault 5, parked outside Alistair’s East Dulwich apartment.

    That evening, Bon’s lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King’s College Hospital.

    Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on Back In Black, AC/DC’s tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time.

    The legend of the man known around the world simply as ‘Bon’ only grows with each passing year – in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people – but how much of his story is myth or pure fabrication and how much of the real man do we know?

    There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven’t even come close.

    Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon: The Last Highway, a book years in the making that finally solves the riddle of the death of Bon Scott.

    The 1977–80 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn’t a harder working band in the music business. But, as Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock ’n’ roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history.

    Bon: The Last Highway is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • BORN TO RUN
    BORN TO RUN
    SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    ISBN: 9781925640144
    Title: BORN TO RUN
    Author: SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

    He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger, and darkness that fueled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as “The Big Bang”: seeing Elvis Presley’s debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candor, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work.

    Born to Run will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star’s memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks, or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.

    Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs (“Thunder Road,” “Badlands,” “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” “The River” “Born in the U.S.A,” “The Rising,” and “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    FEARNLEY GERALD
    ISBN: 9781851498642
    Title: BOWIE UNSEEN : Portraits of an Artist as a Young Man
    Author: FEARNLEY GERALD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A collection of original and rare photographs from Bowie's debut album shoot, released for the first time as fine art prints in 2016. The pictures portray Bowie, pre-fame, pre-Ziggy Stardust, as a young man unaware of what the future holds.

    Imprint: ANTIQUE COLLECTORS CLUB
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • BOYS IN THE TREES : A MEMOIR
    BOYS IN THE TREES : A MEMOIR
    SIMON CARLY
    ISBN: 9781472124043
    Title: BOYS IN THE TREES : A MEMOIR
    Author: SIMON CARLY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Carly Simon is a household name. She was the staple of the '70s and '80s Billboard charts and was famously married to James Taylor with whom she has two children. She has had a career that has spanned four decades, resulting in thirteen top 40 hits, including the Number 1 song 'You're So Vain', numerous Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her song 'Let the River Run' (from the film Working Girl).

    BOYS IN THE TREES is a rhapsodic, beautifully composed memoir of a young woman's coming of age amongst the glamorous literati and intelligentsia of Manhattan (her father was Richard Simon, co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster), a reflection on a life begun amidst secrets and shame, and a powerful story of the strength to leave that all behind and forge a path of art, music and love in the Golden Age of folk and rock.

    At once an insider's look into a life in the spotlight, a lyric reflection on a particular time in our culture's history, and a beautiful memoir about the pains and joys of love and art, Boys in the Trees is the story Carly Simon has long been waiting to tell the world.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE : HOW MUSIC CAME OUT
    BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE : HOW MUSIC CAME OUT
    ASTON MARTIN
    ISBN: 9781472122445
    Title: BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE : HOW MUSIC CAME OUT
    Author: ASTON MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Popular music's gay DNA is inarguable, from Elvis in eye shadow and Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' to The Velvet Underground's subversive rock'n'roll and Bowie's ambisexual alien Ziggy Stardust; from kd lang's female Elvis to Kurt Cobain in a dress; from Noughties lesbian icon Beth Ditto to Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' manifesto.

    But if collected essays and/or features have addressed gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender singers, songwriters, musicians and songs, no book has yet comprehensively and authoritatively drawn together all the threads to explore this as an unfolding, historical narrative: to tell the story of how music 'came out', from the days when homosexuals were deeply in the closet, but the love that once dared not speak its name sings it, and on daytime radio to boot.

    This story will reveal which songs have coded messages about sexuality, and which proudly declared the truth, including examples of heterosexual songwriters and singers who chose to address same-sex issues, from Rod Stewart's 'The Killing Of Georgie' - the first UK number one with a gay theme - to Suede's 'Animal Nitrate'. The narrative will unfold against a backdrop of historic social and political shifts, as LGBT rights pushed for visibility and equality, from the closet of the Fifties to the struggle and setbacks of the Sixties, the liberation of the Seventies, the mainstream invasion and AIDS crisis of the Eighties, the advances of the Nineties and the more immersed scene of the Noughties. These artists have indeed changed the world as we know it.

    BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE is a story for a wide audience, not just the LGBT community but a broad spectrum of music lovers who are fascinated by these characters, events, stories and songs. It is also a very timely tale, given the prominence of same-sex issues such as marriage equality, alongside the retrogressive steps in places such as Russia and parts of Africa, where songs encapsulating the gay/lesbian experience mirror those of the Sixties, signifying how the journey from illegality and bigotry to freedom is still far from over.

    Imprint: CONSTABLE AND ROBINSON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • BROKEN HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHENS SECRET CHORD
    BROKEN HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHENS SECRET CHORD
    LEIBOVITZ LIEL
    ISBN: 9781910124673
    Title: BROKEN HALLELUJAH : LEONARD COHENS SECRET CHORD
    Author: LEIBOVITZ LIEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    As Leonard Cohen requires, this is a passionate and personal evocation of a man who appeals to the inner spirit of his fervent followers.

    In this philosophical biography, Liel Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes Leonard Cohen an enduring international figure in the cultural imagination. Born into a Canadian religious Jewish family, for years a reclusive lyricist on the Greek island of Hydra, known for his bold political commentary, his devotion to Buddhist thought and his later despair over contemporary Zionism, Cohen hardly follows the rules of a conventional rock star. Yet the prophetic themes of his music, often filled with pessimism and apocalyptic visions, prove redemptive to an audience that spans generations. As Leonard Cohen requires, this is a passionate and personal evocation of a man who appeals to the inner spirit of his fervent followers.

    Imprint: SANDSTONE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • BURIED COUNTRY : THE STORY OF ABORIGINAL COUNTRY MUSIC
    BURIED COUNTRY : THE STORY OF ABORIGINAL COUNTRY MUSIC
    WALKER CLINTON
    ISBN: 9781891241383
    Title: BURIED COUNTRY : THE STORY OF ABORIGINAL COUNTRY MUSIC
    Author: WALKER CLINTON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Aboriginal people and country music may seem like an unlikely pairing, but for a significant part of the 20th century it was - and to some extent still is - a vital force in Australian music. The genre is widely credited as being among the earliest mediums to have given Aboriginal people a strong voice in popular music; a voice that is still growing today. From pioneers like Jimmy Little and Dougie Young, through Lionel Rose, the Country Outcasts and Auriel Andrew, to Vic Simms, Roger Knox and Troy Cassar-Daley, this is a comprehensive overview of an intruguing genre.

    Imprint: VERSE CHORUS PRESS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO FRENCH MUSIC
    CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO FRENCH MUSIC
    TREZISE SIMON
    ISBN: 9780521701761
    Title: CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO FRENCH MUSIC
    Author: TREZISE SIMON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2015 NEW RELEASE

    This accessible Companion provides a wide-ranging and comprehensive introduction to French music from the early middle ages to the present.

    France has a long and rich music history that has had a far-reaching impact upon music and cultures around the world. This accessible Companion provides a comprehensive introduction to the music of France. With chapters on a range of music genres, internationally renowned authors survey music-making from the early middle ages to the present day. The first part provides a complete chronological history structured around key historical events. The second part considers opera and ballet and their institutions and works, and the third part explores traditional and popular music. In the final part, contributors analyse five themes and topics, including the early church and its institutions, manuscript sources, the musical aesthetics of the Siècle des Lumières, and music at the court during the ancien régime. Illustrated with photographs and music examples, this book will be essential reading for both students and music lovers.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $54.95

    Price: $54.95
  • CAPTAIN BEEFHEART : THE BIOGRAPHY
    CAPTAIN BEEFHEART : THE BIOGRAPHY
    BARNES MIKE
    ISBN: 9781780380766
    Title: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART : THE BIOGRAPHY
    Author: BARNES MIKE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Following Don Van Vliet's death Mike Barnes will look to reassess his legacy through new interview material and with reference to reports and eulogies that appeared in the media. He will also be putting Van Vliet's reclusiveness over the last two decades in context, now that it has been officially revealed that he was suffering from MS – his friends and representatives had always denied that he had a long term illness.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • CHOPINS PIANO : A Path Through the Romantic Century
    CHOPINS PIANO : A Path Through the Romantic Century
    KILDEA PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241187944
    Title: CHOPINS PIANO : A Path Through the Romantic Century
    Author: KILDEA PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    In November 1838 FrUdUric Chopin, George Sand and her two children sailed to Majorca to escape the Parisian winter. They settled in an abandoned monastery at Valldemossa in the mountains above Palma where Chopin finished what would eventually be recognised as one of the great and revolutionary works of musical Romanticism - his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island (these were still early days in the evolution of the modern instrument), so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman, which remained in their monastic cell for seventy years after he and Sand had left.

    This brilliant and unclassifiable book traces the history of Chopin's 24 Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent. Yet it begins and ends with the Majorcan pianino, which during the Second World War assumed an astonishing cultural potency as it became, for the Nazis, a symbol of the man and music they were determined to appropriate as their own.

    The unexpected hero of the second part of the book is the great keyboard player and musical thinker Wanda Landowska, who rescued the pianino from Valldemossa in 1913, and who would later become one of the most influential artistic figures of the twentieth century. Kildea shows how her story - a compelling account based for the first time on her private papers - resonates with Chopin's, all the while simultaneously distilling part of the cultural and political history of Europe and the United States in the central decades of the century. Kildea's beautifully interwoven narratives, part cultural history and part detective story, take us on an unexpected journey through musical Romanticism and allow us to reflect freshly on the changing meaning of music over time.

    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • CHRONICLES : VOLUME 1
    CHRONICLES : VOLUME 1
    DYLAN BOB
    ISBN: 9781849833370
    Title: CHRONICLES : VOLUME 1
    Author: DYLAN BOB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is the first spellbinding volume of the three-volume memoir of one of the greatest musical legends of all time. In CHRONICLES Volume I, Bob Dylan takes us back to the early 1960s when he arrived in New York to launch his phenomenal career. This is Dylan's story in his own words - a personal view of his motivations, frustrations and remarkable creativity. Publication of CHRONICLES Volume I is a publishing and cultural event of the highest magnitude.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • COBAIN ON COBAIN : INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS
    COBAIN ON COBAIN : INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS
    SOULSBY NICK
    ISBN: 9781785580857
    Title: COBAIN ON COBAIN : INTERVIEWS AND ENCOUNTERS
    Author: SOULSBY NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Cobain on Cobain places the reader at the key moments of Kurt Cobain's rollercoaster ride, telling the tale of Nirvana entirely through his words and those of his bandmates as they unleashed the whirlwind that would consume them for the last half of their five-year career.This is the most comprehensive compendium of interviews with the band ever released. The interviews start from the release of their first album Bleach to the band's collapse on their 1994 European tour followed shortly by Cobain's suicide. Includes interviews that have never been seen in print before.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • COLTRANE ON COLTRANE : THE JOHN COLTRANE INTERVIEWS
    COLTRANE ON COLTRANE : THE JOHN COLTRANE INTERVIEWS
    DEVITO CHRIS [ED]
    ISBN: 9781569762875
    Title: COLTRANE ON COLTRANE : THE JOHN COLTRANE INTERVIEWS
    Author: DEVITO CHRIS [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Spanning a body of work that stands with the greatest of the 20th century, this autobiographical perspective of John Coltrane reveals the quiet man behind the fiery music through interviews, liner notes, personal correspondence, and more. As complete a record as possible, this book includes every known Coltrane interview - many in new and more accurate transcriptions and several previously unpublished - as well as articles, reminiscences, liner notes, and personal correspondence with fans and journalists. A truly intimate portrait of a dedicated musician, this compilation of his wise words on improvisation, music, and life show why the man and his music continue to inspire devotion, adoration, and joy nearly 50 years after his death.

    Imprint: CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • COMPLETE LYRICS 1978-2013
    COMPLETE LYRICS 1978-2013
    CAVE NICK
    ISBN: 9780241966587
    Title: COMPLETE LYRICS 1978-2013
    Author: CAVE NICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Switching between the cynical and the sanguine, the defeated and the defiant, this title deals in love, war, beauty, children, romance, rejection, Pethedine, poetry, pants, money, flowers and more...

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $26.99
    Price: $26.99
  • COMPLETE PINK FLOYD
    COMPLETE PINK FLOYD
    POVEY GLENN
    ISBN: 9781780976518
    Title: COMPLETE PINK FLOYD
    Author: POVEY GLENN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Complete Pink Floyd is an incredible book. It lists every concert, every appearance, every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the world's most famous bands.
    Acknowledged expert Glenn Povey first published Echoes in 2006 but since then he has been allowed access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person to do so) and the band have announced the release of a new album. This complete reboot of the original is illustrated with all-new material, including hundreds of photographs and rare memorabilia. Every solo concert has been updated for Waters and Gilmour, and details of the band's many re-released albums have been added, including never-before-published research into their earliest recordings from 1965. The original Echoes was a great book but this full upgrade is it essential reference for any serious Pink Floyd fan.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $69.99

    Price: $69.99
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY
    CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY
    NOYER PAUL DU
    ISBN: 9781473609044
    Title: CONVERSATIONS WITH MCCARTNEY
    Author: NOYER PAUL DU
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An intimate portrayal of one of the most famous men in music, Sir Paul McCartney.

    In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good raport. In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work for Paul McCartney on a regular basis, producing magazine articles, tour programmes, album liner notes, press materials and website editorial. It's likely that Du Noyer has spent more hours in formal, recorded conversation with McCartney than any other writer.
    Conversations with McCartney is the culmination of Du Noyer's long association with McCartney and his music. It draws from their interview sessions across 35 years, coupling McCartney's own, candid thoughts with his observations and analysis.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
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