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  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • DARK MAGUS : THE JEKYLL AND HYDE LIFE OF MILES DAVIS
    DARK MAGUS : THE JEKYLL AND HYDE LIFE OF MILES DAVIS
    DAVIS GERRY
    ISBN: 9780879308759
    Title: DARK MAGUS : THE JEKYLL AND HYDE LIFE OF MILES DAVIS
    Author: DAVIS GERRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Dark Magus is a warts-and-all look at the real Miles Davis. As told by his son, this book strips away the public perception of Davis often concocted through other books written without such intimate access to the man and gets down to the realities of his personality and quirks. Despite being a jazz superstar for decades, Davis was reclusive and deeply distrustful of other people. Dark Magus details Davis's Jekyll-and-Hyde personality, including his prodigious drug use, his misogynistic attitude towards women, his self-centeredness and selfishness, his obsessive chasing of young women, his use of amphetamines during concerts, and his distressing tendency to use violence to get his way or exact revenge for slights real and imagined. Other fascinating details abound, including Davis's relationship with Charlie Parker, his obsession with sports (especially boxing), his likes and dislikes, his personal philosophies, and his often gruelling work with younger musicians.

    Imprint: BACKBEAT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • DAVID BOWIE : MUSIC FOR HEROES
    DAVID BOWIE : MUSIC FOR HEROES
    BUCKLEY DAVID
    ISBN: 9781780389882
    Title: DAVID BOWIE : MUSIC FOR HEROES
    Author: BUCKLEY DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An album by album, track by track, examination of every song released by Bowie from his early singles, through the Ziggy Stardust era, the Eno/Berlin trilogy, the solo years, Tin Machine and his most recent work, including The Next Day.

    Features include:

    - A detailed album by album, track by track analysis.

    - A separate section on compilations of early material and hits collections.

    - Eight page colour section.

    - A David Bowie timeline.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DAVID BOWIE : THE LIFE
    DAVID BOWIE : THE LIFE
    JONES DYLAN
    ISBN: 9781848094963
    Title: DAVID BOWIE : THE LIFE
    Author: JONES DYLAN
    Format: TRADE 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: PREFACE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DEBUSSY : A Painter in Sound
    DEBUSSY : A Painter in Sound
    WALSH STEPHEN
    ISBN: 9780571330164
    Title: DEBUSSY : A Painter in Sound
    Author: WALSH STEPHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: APRIL 2018 NEW RELEASE

    An accessible and thought-provoking biographical study of Claude Debussy (1862-1918), arguably one of the three or four most influential composers of the early twentieth century.

    Claude Debussy was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. He is the modernist everyone loves. How did he manage this? Was it through the association of his music with visual images, or was it simply that, by throwing out the rule book of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied, his music put beauty of sound above the spiritual ambitions of the German tradition from which those rules derived.

    Stephen Walsh's thought-provoking biography, told partly through the events of Debussy's life, and partly through a critical discussion of his music, addresses these and other questions about one of the most influential composers of the early twentieth century.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DEFINITIVE OPERA ENCYCLOPEDIA
    DEFINITIVE OPERA ENCYCLOPEDIA
    SADIE STANLEY
    ISBN: 9781783619900
    Title: DEFINITIVE OPERA ENCYCLOPEDIA
    Author: SADIE STANLEY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    Updated and expanded version of the classic reference work, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Opera, this new text edition examines the history and development of opera, from its roots in the theatrical choral dances of Ancient Greece, through the sublime compositions of Handel and Mozart and on to the groundbreaking works of Verdi, Wagner and beyond. Organised by era, the composers and their works, along with the key librettists and singers of the period, are placed in their historical, social and cultural context through extensive introductory sections. Cross-references and theme boxes allow the reader to follow a particular area of interest throughout the book, or to explore related information. The comprehensive text brings to life the splendour and emotional energy of the best operas, performers and companies.

    Imprint: FLAMETREE PUBLISHING
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • DETOURS
    DETOURS
    ROGERS TIM
    ISBN: 9781460753354
    Title: DETOURS
    Author: ROGERS TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of Banjo Paterson.

    'Of all the utterances delivered to me by strangers, my least favourite after "We can no longer legally serve you" would have to be, "Well, that isn't very rock'n'roll."'

    Tim Rogers of You Am I has always been a complicated man: a hard-drinking musician with the soul of a poet; a flamboyant flâneur; a raconteur, a romantic and a raffish ne'er-do-well. In this offbeat, endearing memoir, Tim walks us through years jam-packed with love, shame, joy, enthusiasms, regrets, fights, family - and music, always music.

    A work of real grace and tenderness, Detours is often impossibly sad and beautiful - but also full of wit, wordplay and punching jolts of larrikin energy to make you laugh out loud.

    'The good news is that our Tim can write. Every sentence trails a floaty scarf. A few of them have a floppy hat over one eye.' Don Walker


    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DETROIT 67 : The Year That Changed Soul
    DETROIT 67 : The Year That Changed Soul
    COSGROVE STUART
    ISBN: 9781846973666
    Title: DETROIT 67 : The Year That Changed Soul
    Author: COSGROVE STUART
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    A turbulent story of soul music, street crime and social rebellion from critically acclaimed writer and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove

    Detroit 67 is the story of Motor City in the year that changed everything. Twelve chapters take you on a turbulent year-long journey through the drama and chaos that ripped through the city in 1967 and tore it apart in personal, political and interracial disputes. It is the story of Motown, the break-up of The Supremes and the damaging disputes at the heart of the most successful African-American music label ever.

    Set against a backdrop of urban riots, escalating war in Vietnam and police corruption, the book weaves its way through a year when soul music came of age and the underground counterculture flourished. LSD arrived in the city with hallucinogenic power and local guitar band MC5 - selfstyled holy barbarians of rock - went to war with mainstream America. A summer of street-level rebellion turned Detroit into one of the most notorious cities on earth, known for its unique creativity, its unpredictability and self-lacerating crime rates. The year 1967 ended in social meltdown, rancour and intense legal warfare as the complex threads that held Detroit together finally unravelled.

    Imprint: POLYGON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DIG : AUSTRALIAN ROCK AND POP MUSIC 1960-85
    DIG : AUSTRALIAN ROCK AND POP MUSIC 1960-85
    NICHOLS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781891241260
    Title: DIG : AUSTRALIAN ROCK AND POP MUSIC 1960-85
    Author: NICHOLS DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A comprehensive and highly readable history of the first quarter-century of Australian rock and pop music, this book will appeal to everyone with more than a passing interest in rock 'n' roll. Those whose knowledge of Australian rock and pop does not extend far beyond the Easybeats, AC/DC, Little River Band, and Nick Cave will discover a wealth of music beyond those star names; while even those familiar with the work of the Missing Links, Pip Proud, Radio Birdman, and the Moodists will learn much about the scenes and connections that produced these bands and dozens more. Generously illustrated and meticulously sourced, Dig combines scholarly thoroughness (endnotes, index) with populist flair: Nichols is an unfailingly witty and engaging guide. He surveys the fertile and varied landscape of Australian rock music in seven broad historical chapters, interspersed with shorter chapters on some of the more significant figures of each period. The result is a compelling portrait of a music scene that evolves in dynamic interaction with those in the United States and the U.K., yet always retains a strong sense of its own identity and continues to deliver new stars to a worldwide audience.

    Imprint: VERSE CHORUS PRESS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • DONT RHYME FOR THE SAKE OF RIDDLIN : THE AUTHORISED STORY OF PUBLIC ENEMY
    DONT RHYME FOR THE SAKE OF RIDDLIN : THE AUTHORISED STORY OF PUBLIC ENEMY
    MYRE RUSSELL
    ISBN: 9781847671264
    Title: DONT RHYME FOR THE SAKE OF RIDDLIN : THE AUTHORISED STORY OF PUBLIC ENEMY
    Author: MYRE RUSSELL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Public Enemy are one of the greatest hip-hop acts of all time. Exploding out of Long Island, New York in the early 1980s, their firebrand lyrical assault, the Bomb Squad's innovative production techniques, and their unmistakeable live performances gave them a formidable reputation. They terrified the establishment, and have continued to blaze a trail over a twenty year period up until the present day. Today, they are more autonomous and as determined as ever, still touring and finding more ingenious ways of distributing their music.

    Russell Myrie has had unprecedented access to the group, conducting extensive interviews with Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Terminator X, Professor Griff, the Shocklee brothers, and many others who form part of their legacy. He tells the stories behind the making of seminal albums such as their debut Yo! Bum Rush the Show, the breakthrough It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back, and multi-million selling Fear of a Black Planet. He tackles Professor Griff's alleged anti-semitic remarks which caused massive controversy in the late eighties, the complexities of the group's relationship with the Nation of Islam, their huge crossover appeal with the alternative audience in the early nineties, and the strange circumstances of Flavor Flav's re-emergence as a Reality TV Star since the turn of the millennium.

    Urgent, incisive and definitive, Don't Rhyme for the Sake of Riddlin' is the ultimate guide to the group that tells it like it is, and insists that hip-hop is a lethal weapon for the social and politically conscious. Russell Myrie shows how, in a time of rampant profligacy and meaningless posturing in hip-hop, their diatribes still cut to the heart of the American dream, and they are as important and necessary as ever.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • DOORS
    DOORS
    MARCUS GREIL
    ISBN: 9780571279944
    Title: DOORS
    Author: MARCUS GREIL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • DREAM BABY DREAM : SUICIDE A NEW YORK CITY STORY
    DREAM BABY DREAM : SUICIDE A NEW YORK CITY STORY
    NEEDS KRIS
    ISBN: 9781783057887
    Title: DREAM BABY DREAM : SUICIDE A NEW YORK CITY STORY
    Author: NEEDS KRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Appearing in early 70s New York City as primal prototype street punks, Suicide are now hailed as one of the most important and influential groups of the 20th century, inspiring that decade's major musical movements but too feared and shunned to be awarded their rightful acclaim at the time. Confronting shocked audiences with their electronic "New York blues", singer Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev fearlessly mirrored the city's sleazy underbelly and decay on blood-freezing gutter-scapes such as 'Ghost Rider' and 'Frankie Teardrop' while invoking doo-wop purity on timeless love songs like 'Cheree' and 'Dream Baby Dream'.The book charts Suicide's uncompromising roller coaster from formative days in performance art and avant garde experimentation to chaotic early shows at drug-infested downtown hotbed the Project of Living Artists.Along with detailed accounts of Suicide's influences, contemporaries and environment which spawned them, the book will position the duo as one of New York's most pivotal but derided outfits as the story moves through their pioneering first album, 1978's shockingly violent UK tour supporting The Clash and subsequent recordings, live sorties and respective parallel solo careers, going up to the present day. The author's eye witness accounts and extensive first-hand interviews with Alan Vega and Martin Rev are joined by conversations with producers Craig Leon, Marty Thau and Bob Blank, contemporaries including Blondie, Jayne County and the New York Dolls and fans such as Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie and The Clash; adding to a definitive account of this most unique group. With an introduction by Lydia Lunch

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • DREAMS TO REMEMBER : OTIS REDDING STAX RECORDS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL
    DREAMS TO REMEMBER : OTIS REDDING STAX RECORDS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL
    RIBOWSKY MARK
    ISBN: 9781631491931
    Title: DREAMS TO REMEMBER : OTIS REDDING STAX RECORDS AND THE TRANSFORMATION OF SOUTHERN SOUL
    Author: RIBOWSKY MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When he died in one of rock's string of tragic plane crashes, Otis Redding was only twenty-six, yet already the avatar of a new kind of soul music. The beating heart of Memphis-based Stax Records, he had risen to fame belting out gospel-flecked blues in stage performances that seemed to ignite not only a room but an entire generation. If Berry Gordy's black-owned kingdom in Motown showed the way in soul music, Redding made his own way, going where not even his two role models who had preceded him out of Macon, Georgia?Little Richard and James Brown?had gone.

    Now, in this transformative work, New York Times Notable Book author Mark Ribowsky contextualizes his subject's short career within the larger cultural and social movements of the era, tracing the crooner's rise from preacher's son to a preacher of three-minute soul sermons. And what a quick rise it was. At the tender age of twenty-one, Redding needed only a single unscheduled performance to earn a record deal, his voice so "utterly unique" (Atlantic) that it catapulted him on a path to stardom and turned a Memphis theater-turned-studio into a music mecca. Soon he was playing at sold-out venues across the world, from Finsbury Park in London to his ultimate conquest, the 1967 Monterrey Pop Festival in California, where he finally won over the flower-power crowd.

    Still, Redding was not always the affable, big-hearted man's man the PR material painted him to be. Based on numerous new interviews and prodigious research, Dreams to Remember reintroduces an incredibly talented yet impulsive man, one who once even risked his career by shooting a man in the leg. But that temperament masked a deep vulnerability that was only exacerbated by an industry that refused him a Grammy until he was in his grave?even as he shaped the other Stax soul men around him, like Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, and Booker T. and The MG's.

    As a result, this requiem is one of great conquest but also grand tragedy: a soul king of truth, a mortal man with an immortal voice and a pain in his heart. Now he, and the forces that shaped his incomparable sound, are reclaimed, giving us a panoramic of an American original who would come to define an entire era, yet only wanted what all men deserve?a modicum of respect and a place to watch the ships roll in and away again.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $25.99

    Price: $25.99
  • DUST AND GROOVES : ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING
    DUST AND GROOVES : ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING
    PAZ EILON
    ISBN: 9781607748694
    Title: DUST AND GROOVES : ADVENTURES IN RECORD COLLECTING
    Author: PAZ EILON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An incredibly cool glimpse into the vinyl collections of known and unknown DJs, producers, record dealers, and everyday enthusiasts, with compelling photographic essays paired with in-depth interviews that delve into collectors' personal histories and vinyl troves.

    This sumptuous coffee table book is the culmination of photographer Eilon Paz's six-year journey around the globe to unearth the very soul of the vinyl community. A peek into the worlds of more than 130 vinyl record collectors in their most intimate of environments—their record rooms—it combines compelling photographic essays, anecdotes, and quotes with in-depth interviews to illustrate what motivates these collectors to keep digging for more records. The reader gets an up-close-and-personal look at a variety of well-known vinyl champions—including Questlove, Gilles Peterson, and King Britt—as well as a glimpse into fascinating collections of hobbyists and a foreword by The RZA (chief producer of the Wu-Tang Clan). Mesmerizing and moving, Dust & Grooves is a celebration of passion and discovery and a tribute to the spirit of a thriving movement.

    Imprint: TEN SPEED PRESS
    RRP: $89.99

    Price: $89.99
  • DYLAN : DISC BY DISC
    DYLAN : DISC BY DISC
    BREAM JON
    ISBN: 9780760346594
    Title: DYLAN : DISC BY DISC
    Author: BREAM JON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The complete discography of Bob Dylan - a poet to some, a revolutionary to many, but American musician to all.

    Few figures in American music have compiled a body of work as impressive as that created by Bob Dylan over the past half-century. Beginning with his solo folk releases and role as a reluctant protest culture figurehead in the early 1960s and continuing through his controversial electrification, his work with the Band, his divisive Christian period, his struggle for artistic identity throughout most of the 1980s, and his return to critical success in 1997, the son of an appliance salesman from Hibbing, Minnesota, has always accommodated his own muse, critics be damned.

    And it is a large cast of those damned critics, as recruited by author Jon Bream, who help dissect Dylan's legendary studio catalog. Dylan: Disc by Disc provides thoughtful analyses of all 35 studio releases, presented in chronological order and illustrated with LP art, period photography, 7-inch picture sleeves from around the world, and other memorabilia, as well as performance and candid offstage photography. In addition, sidebars spread throughout the book explore such topics as film and soundtrack appearances, session players, notable tours, pop culture references, live releases, and more.

    In the process, Dylan: Disc by Disc provides Dylan fans with a unique, engaging, and handsome retrospective spanning this music legend's entire storied career.

    Imprint: MURDOCH BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC : NEWPORT SEEGER DYLAN AND THE NIGHT THAT SPLIT THE SIXTIES
    DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC : NEWPORT SEEGER DYLAN AND THE NIGHT THAT SPLIT THE SIXTIES
    WALD ELIJAH
    ISBN: 9780062366696
    Title: DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC : NEWPORT SEEGER DYLAN AND THE NIGHT THAT SPLIT THE SIXTIES
    Author: WALD ELIJAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    One of the music world"s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan "went electric" at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event"s fiftieth anniversary.

    On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, Like a Rolling Stone. The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world-Dylan"s declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation-and one of the defining moments in twentieth-century music.

    In Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald explores the cultural, political and historical context of this seminal event that embodies the transformative decade that was the sixties. Wald delves deep into the folk revival, the rise of rock, and the tensions between traditional and groundbreaking music to provide new insights into Dylan"s artistic evolution, his special affinity to blues, his complex relationship to the folk establishment and his sometime mentor Pete Seeger, and the ways he reshaped popular music forever.

    Breaking new ground on a story we think we know, Dylan Goes Electric! is a thoughtful, sharp appraisal of the controversial event at Newport and a nuanced, provocative, analysis of why it matters.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
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