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  • 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
    CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN
    JONES ALLAN
    ISBN: 9781408885925
    Title: CANT STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN
    Author: JONES ALLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    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 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: JUNE 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • COMPARING NOTES : How We Make Sense of Music
    COMPARING NOTES : How We Make Sense of Music
    OCKELFORD ADAM
    ISBN: 9781781256046
    Title: COMPARING NOTES : How We Make Sense of Music
    Author: OCKELFORD ADAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    We are all instinctively musical. Why? And how does music work? Indeed, what is (or isn't) music? Adam Ockelford has the answers.

    A tap of the foot, a rush of emotion, the urge to hum a tune; without instruction or training we all respond intuitively to music. Comparing Notes explores what music is, why we are all musical, and how abstract patterns of sound that don't actually mean anything can in fact be so meaningful.

    Taking the reader on a clear and compelling tour of major twentieth century musical theories, Professor Adam Ockelford arrives at his own important psychologically grounded theory of how music works. From pitch and rhythm to dynamics and timbre, he shows how all the elements of music cohere through the principle of imitation to create an abstract narrative in sound that we instinctively grasp, whether listening to Bach or the Beatles.

    Based on three decades of innovative work with blind children and those on the autism spectrum, the book draws lessons from neurodiversity to show how we all develop musically, and to explore the experience of music from composer and performer to listener.

    Authoritative, engaging and full of wonderful examples from across the musical spectrum, Comparing Notes is essential reading for anyone who's ever loved a song, sonata or symphony, and wondered why.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • COVETED POSSESSION : The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia
    COVETED POSSESSION : The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia
    ATHERTON MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781863959919
    Title: COVETED POSSESSION : The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia
    Author: ATHERTON MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The intriguing cultural history of the piano in Australia

    From the instruments that floated ashore at Sydney Cove in the late eighteenth century to the resurrection of derelict heirlooms in the streets of twenty-first-century Melbourne, A Coveted Possession tells the curious story of Australia’s intimate and intrepid relationship with the piano. It charts the piano’s fascinating adventures across Australia – on the goldfields, at the frontlines of war, in the manufacturing hubs of the Federation era, and in the hands of the makers, entrepreneurs, teachers and virtuosos of the twentieth history – to illuminate the many worlds in which the ivories were tinkled.

    Before electricity brought us the gramophone, the radio and eventually the TV, the piano was central to family and community life. With its iron frame, polished surfaces and ivory keys, an upright piano in the home was a modern industrial machine, a musical instrument and a treasured member of the household, conveying powerful messages about class, education, leisure, national identity and intergenerational history.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • COWBOYS AND INDIES : THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY
    COWBOYS AND INDIES : THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY
    MURPHY GARETH
    ISBN: 9781781254356
    Title: COWBOYS AND INDIES : THE EPIC HISTORY OF THE RECORD INDUSTRY
    Author: MURPHY GARETH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Cowboys and Indies is the story of the 'record men' - the mavericks and moguls who have shaped the music industry from the first sound machines of the 1850s through to today's digital streams. Men like John Hammond, who discovered Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen; Sam Phillips and Berry Gordy, founders of the Sun and Motown labels; Chris Blackwell, who brought Bob Marley and reggae music into the mainstream; Geoff Travis who built Rough Trade and launched The Smiths; or genre-busting producer Rick Rubin, who recorded Run DMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash.

    Gareth Murphy has drawn on more than 100 interviews with music business legends, as well as extensive archive research, to bring us the behind-the-scenes stories of how music gets made and sold. He explains, too, how the industry undergoes regular seismic changes. We may think the digital revolution is a big deal, but in the 1920s the arrival of radio and the Wall Street Crash wiped out 95 per cent of record sales. But, as we all know, you can't stop the music ...

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DANGEROUS MYSTIC : Meister Eckhart's Path to the God Within
    DANGEROUS MYSTIC : Meister Eckhart's Path to the God Within
    HARRINGTON JOEL F
    ISBN: 9781101981566
    Title: DANGEROUS MYSTIC : Meister Eckhart's Path to the God Within
    Author: HARRINGTON JOEL F
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: PENG US
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • DAVID BOWIE : A Life
    DAVID BOWIE : A Life
    JONES DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781786090430
    Title: DAVID BOWIE : A Life
    Author: JONES DYLAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dylan Jones's engrossing, magisterial biography of David Bowie is unlike any Bowie story ever written.

    Drawn from over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators, some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie, this oral history weaves a hypnotic spell as it unfolds a remarkable rise to stardom and an unparalleled artistic path.

    Tracing Bowie's life from the English suburbs to London to New York to Los Angeles, Berlin, and beyond, its collective voices describe a man profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry; an intuitive artist who could absorb influences through intense relationships and yet drop people cold when they were no longer of use; and a social creature equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra.

    By turns insightful and deliciously gossipy, DAVID BOWIE is as intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn. It sparks with admiration and grievances, lust and envy, as the speakers bring you into studios and bedrooms they shared with Bowie, and onto stages and film sets, opening corners of his mind and experience that transform our understanding of both artist and art.

    Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones's interviews with him across two decades, DAVID BOWIE is an epic, unforgettable cocktail-party conversation about a man whose enigmatic shapeshifting and irrepressible creativity produced one of the most sprawling, fascinating lives of our time.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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