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  • 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
  • BRING IT ON HOME
    BRING IT ON HOME
    BLAKE MARK
    ISBN: 9781472126894
    Title: BRING IT ON HOME
    Author: BLAKE MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Bring it on Home is a celebration, a cautionary tale and a compelling human drama.

    Written with the full co-operation of the Grant family and with access to Grant's private correspondence, business contracts and photographs, this biography features interviews with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, and examines Grant's remarkably close (and some suggest unhealthy) relationship with Jimmy Page, his troubled relationship with Robert Plant and his great friendship with the late drummer John Bonham. Stories about how Grant intimidated the producers of The Song Remains the Same and the drug-related excess surrounding Swan Song Records and Grant's relationship with John Bindon and his extended coterie of Kings Road criminals are told with great candour, while the details of a plot to kidnap Led Zeppelin's band members' children by Jamaican gangsters are revealed for the first time.

    It also tells the dramatic and bleakly humorous family story of how Grant's estranged wife, and two children, Helen and Warren, dealt with this unusual and often tumultuous life. Warren Grant discusses, with unflinching honesty, an often-dangerous adolescence spent with a drug-addicted father, surrounded by groupies and dealers, in a house filled with shotguns.

    The narrative also features walk-on parts from Bob Dylan, Stanley Kubrick, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, Elvis's father Vernon and Pope John XIII.

    As Warren Grant says now: 'My dad knew everyone'.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1973-1986 : From Born To Run to Born In The USA
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1973-1986 : From Born To Run to Born In The USA
    GAHR DAVID
    ISBN: 9780847862344
    Title: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 1973-1986 : From Born To Run to Born In The USA
    Author: GAHR DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    An unprecedented look at a very young Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, from the group's creation and early New Jersey days to their meteoric rise and seminal Born in the USA tour, in photographs almost all not previously published.

    Imprint: RIZZOLI
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • 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
  • CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN : Rock N Roll War Stories
    CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN : Rock N Roll War Stories
    JONES ALLAN
    ISBN: 9781408885925
    Title: CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN : Rock N Roll War Stories
    Author: JONES ALLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Allan Jones launched Uncut magazine in 1997 and for 15 years wrote a popular monthly column called Stop Me If You 've Heard This One Before, based on his experiences as a music journalist in the 70s and 80s, a gilded time for the music press.

    By turns hilarious, cautionary, poignant and powerful, the Stop Me...stories collected here include encounters with some of rock 's most iconic stars, including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Smiths, R.E.M. and Pearl Jam. From backstage brawls and drug blow-outs, to riots, superstar punch-ups, hotel room confessionals and tour bus lunacy, these are stories from the madness of a music scene now long gone.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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 Journey Through Romanticism
    CHOPINS PIANO : A Journey Through Romanticism
    KILDEA PAUL
    ISBN: 9780241187944
    Title: CHOPINS PIANO : A Journey Through Romanticism
    Author: KILDEA PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • CITY OF LIES
    CITY OF LIES
    SULLIVAN RANDALL
    ISBN: 9781786892102
    Title: CITY OF LIES
    Author: SULLIVAN RANDALL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    LA, 1997. The city is restless and simmering with tension. In two seemingly unconnected attacks, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. are brutally murdered. Across town, a black off-duty cop is gunned down by a white undercover cop in broad daylight.

    Award-winning journalist Randall Sullivan's searing investigation uncovers a mass of connections to Suge Knight and his infamous label Death Row Records. But as Sullivan follows his leads into the darkest corners of the city, he finds the case thwarted at every turn by the LAPD itself - and realises that he is caught in a web of police corruption that spreads wider than he could have ever imagined.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99
    Price: $22.99
  • CLASH : All the Albums All the Songs
    CLASH : All the Albums All the Songs
    POPOFF MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780760359341
    Title: CLASH : All the Albums All the Songs
    Author: POPOFF MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In-depth looks at all 109 studio cuts--the history, the people, the songwriting and recording, the politics, and plenty of stunning photography!

    Formed in London in 1976 by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon at the outset of that city’s punk rock boom, The Clash went on to outlast their peers and create some of the most influential albums in rock ’n’ roll--not just punk--even breaching the mainstream in 1982 and earning the title “The Only Band That Matters” along the way. In their eight-year career, The Clash offered six CBS Records studio releases, including one double and one triple LP, and increasingly melded influences ranging from rockabilly to ska, reggae, and even hip-hop into their sound. Veteran music journalist Martin Popoff dissects each of the 91 tracks, including the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes, the historical contexts, and more. In addition, an introductory essay sets the scene for each album, while sidebar features explore influences on the band, album art, non-LP singles, the band’s staunch political stance, and song details, such as running time, instruments played, engineers, and studios.

    Imprint: VOYAGER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • CLASSIC TRACKS : David Bowie, 1970 - 1980
    CLASSIC TRACKS : David Bowie, 1970 - 1980
    WELCH CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781787390690
    Title: CLASSIC TRACKS : David Bowie, 1970 - 1980
    Author: WELCH CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Chameleon, entertainer, actor, and iconoclast. It would be difficult to think of a rock star who has had a more varied and influential career than David Bowie and the list of bands and musicians who have been influenced by Bowie reads like an A to Z of popular music. But Bowie himself has skillfully and consistently maintained his credibility as the most innovative performer of his generation by staying one jump ahead of the many who seek to imitate him. Classic Tracks: David Bowie explores this icon in detail.

    While his many artistic incarnations are known, few know David Bowie the man, and as this book will show, through its exploration of his diverse body of work, the only real constant factors in his career are his incredible voice, his imagination and his supreme talent for artistic reincarnation. Every track of each of his albums is examined in great detail, giving you an insight to both the music, and the enigmatic man who created it.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • CLASSIC TRACKS : Led Zeppelin, 1969 - 1982
    CLASSIC TRACKS : Led Zeppelin, 1969 - 1982
    WELCH CHRIS
    ISBN: 9781787390683
    Title: CLASSIC TRACKS : Led Zeppelin, 1969 - 1982
    Author: WELCH CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    Classic Tracks: Led Zeppelin gives an in-depth examination of the stories, events, characters and places that inspired what is easily one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

    What were 'The Houses of the Holy'? Where was the 'Stairway to Heaven'? Which strange encounters led to such classics as 'Kashmir' and 'Whole Lotta Love'? This book reveals the roots and origins of the songs on all nine of the band's celebrated studio albums, together with all the stories behind material released after Zeppelin's break-up in 1980, including Unledded: No Quarter and the BBC Sessions album.

    Imprint: CARLTON - HARIDE GRANT
    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
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