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  • ELECTRONIC DON QUIXOTE : FRANK ZAPPA
    ELECTRONIC DON QUIXOTE : FRANK ZAPPA
    SLAVEN NEIL
    ISBN: 9780711994362
    Title: ELECTRONIC DON QUIXOTE : FRANK ZAPPA
    Author: SLAVEN NEIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The b format paperback edition of this popular title. Music historian Neil Slaven has brilliantly chronicled the complex strands of Zappa's life and work in a book that will please not just Zappa fans but anyone interested in the history of rock music.


    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ENGLANDS DREAMING
    ENGLANDS DREAMING
    SAVAGE JON
    ISBN: 9780571326280
    Title: ENGLANDS DREAMING
    Author: SAVAGE JON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An updated edition of the ultimate book on punk now joins the Faber Modern Classics list.


    Jon Savage's England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s. Full of anedcote, insight, and exclusive interviews, it tells the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid decline of the last great rock'n'roll band and the cultural moment they came to define.

    The critical reputation of England's Dreaming has grown over the past decade and a half, and now it joins the Faber Modern Classics list. This updated edition includes a brand new foreword by Johnny Marr, an account of the Sex Pistols 1996 reunion, and a comprehensively updated discography.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $12.99

    Price: $12.99
  • EVERY SONG EVER : Twenty Ways to Listen to Music Now
    EVERY SONG EVER : Twenty Ways to Listen to Music Now
    RATLIFF BEN
    ISBN: 9781846146862
    Title: EVERY SONG EVER : Twenty Ways to Listen to Music Now
    Author: RATLIFF BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    For the first time in the history of music, we can listen to nearly anything, at any time. New technologies make it possible for us to roam across musical genres and generations, from Detroit techno to jam bands to baroque opera - or to drive deeper into the set of tastes that we already have. These new possibilities overturn old assumptions about what it means to properly appreciate music.

    In Every Song Ever, celebrated critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar categories like 'rock' or 'jazz' matter less and less, listeners can put aside the intentions of musicians and engage with music afresh on their own terms, by experience rather than genre. If we listen for loudness, for instance, we can detect the surprising affinities between The Sex Pistols' 'Holidays in the Sun' and the dance music of David Guetta and Sia. And if we listen for closeness, we might notice how the tight harmonies of Lennon and McCartney in 'She Loves You' illuminate the synchrony of John Coltrane's quartet. Ratliff also goes in search of 'the perfect moment'; enters the psychological state of slow music as exemplified by DJ Screw, Sarah Vaughan and the final works of Shostakovich; considers what it means to hear emotion by sampling the complex sadness of Nick Drake; and examines why some people want to document and possess the entire performance history of the Grateful Dead.

    Encompassing the sounds of five continents and several centuries, Ratliff's book is an artful work of criticism, a lesson in open-mindedness and an invitation to experiment in our new world of sound.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN
    EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN
    YARM MARK
    ISBN: 9780571249879
    Title: EVERYBODY LOVES OUR TOWN
    Author: YARM MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Grunge, also known as the 'Seattle sound', is the sludgy fusion of punk rock and heavy metal that emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the early part of the 1980s. But it was the unexpected, seemingly overnight success of Nirvana's single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' in the fall of 1991, that made grunge a household word and launched an American music movement on par with punk and hip-hop.

    Twenty years later, Mark Yarm captures that era in the words of those at the forefront of the movement (and the music's lesser-known champions). Everybody Loves Our Town will tell the whole story: the founding of originators like Soundgarden and the Melvins, the early successes of Seattle's Sub Pop record label, the rise of powerhouses Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the insane media hype surrounding the grunge explosion, the suicide of Kurt Cobain, and finally, the genre's mid-to-late-'90s decline.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    STEPHANS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780810882898
    Title: EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    Author: STEPHANS MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Experiencing Jazz: A Listener’s Companion, writer, teacher, and renowned jazz drummer Michael Stephans offers a much-needed survey in the art of listening to and enjoying this dynamic, ever-changing art form. More than a mere entertainment, jazz is a pleasurable and sometimes dizzying listening experience, with an extensive range in structure and form, from the syncopated swing of a big band to the musical experimentalism of the small combo. As Stephans illustrates, listeners and jazz artists face their musical challenges together, an experience nearly unique in the world of music.

    Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz inevitably takes place on a deeply personal level. Stephans then adventurously takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument, offering along the way not only brief portraits of key musicians but commentaries by them on the art of performing. Throughout, jazz takes center stage as a distinctly human art, a type of personal transaction through music that enriches the lives of the musician and the listener.

    Written for non-musicians and musicians alike curious about jazz, but don’t really know how or where to begin, Experiencing Jazz encourages further reading listening, and viewing, helping potential listeners cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the jazz art and how it can help—in drummer Art Blakey’s words—“wash away the dust of everyday life.”

    Imprint: SCARECROW PRESS
    RRP: $78.99

    Price: $78.99
  • EXPERIENCING MOZART : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    EXPERIENCING MOZART : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    SCHROEDER DAVID E
    ISBN: 9781442249196
    Title: EXPERIENCING MOZART : A LISTENERS COMPANION
    Author: SCHROEDER DAVID E
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Experiencing Mozart: A Listener's Companion, music historian David Schroeder illustrates through the great composer's music how the issues he cared about so deeply in his time remain as pressing to modern listeners.

    Imprint: ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
    RRP: $50.99

    Price: $50.99
  • FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC
    FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC
    HOPPER JESSICA
    ISBN: 9780983186335
    Title: FIRST COLLECTION OF CRITICISM BY A LIVING FEMALE ROCK CRITIC
    Author: HOPPER JESSICA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark piece on R. Kelly's past, The First Collection leaves no doubt why The New York Times has called Hopper's work "influential." Not merely a selection of two decades of Hopper's most engaging, thoughtful, and humorous writing, this book documents the last 20 years of American music making and the shifting landscape of music consumption. The book journeys through the truths of Riot Grrrl's empowering insurgence, decamps to Gary, IN, on the eve of Michael Jackson's death, explodes the grunge-era mythologies of Nirvana and Courtney Love, and examines emo's rise. Through this vast range of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews, and oral histories, Hopper chronicles what it is to be truly obsessed with music. The pieces in The First Collection send us digging deep into our record collections, searching to re-hear what we loved and hated, makes us reconsider the art, trash, and politics Hopper illuminates, helping us to make sense of what matters to us most.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • FOREVER STARDUST : David Bowie Across the Universe
    FOREVER STARDUST : David Bowie Across the Universe
    BROOKER WILL
    ISBN: 9781784531423
    Title: FOREVER STARDUST : David Bowie Across the Universe
    Author: BROOKER WILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Most of the many books about David Bowie track his artistic 'changes' chronologically throughout his career. This book, uniquely, examines Bowie's 'sameness': his recurring themes, images, motifs and concepts as an artist, across all his creative work, from lyrics and music through to costumes, storyboards, films, plays and painting.


    To be published on Bowie’s 70th birthday, Forever Stardust looks at Bowie's work not as a linear evolution through calendar time, to his tragic death in January 2016, but as a matrix, a dialogue, a network of ideas that echo back and forth across the five decades of his career, interacting with each other and with the surrounding culture. It explores Bowie's creative output as a whole, tracing the repetitions and obsessions that structure his work, discovering what they tell us about Bowie in all his forms, from Ziggy Stardust to David Jones.


    David Bowie challenged cultural expectations from the early 1970s until his final masterpiece, Blackstar. Forever Stardust offers a new understanding of this remarkable and significant artist.

    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • FUTURE DAYS : KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY
    FUTURE DAYS : KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY
    STUBBS DAVID
    ISBN: 9780571283323
    Title: FUTURE DAYS : KRAUTROCK AND THE BUILDING OF MODERN GERMANY
    Author: STUBBS DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    West Germany following the Second World War was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. But this disorientating landscape proved fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the experimental and various sounds that became known as Krautrock.Eschewing the Anglo-American jazz/blues tradition, they took their inspiration from elsewhere: the mysticism of the East; the fractured classicism of Stockhausen; the pneumatic repetition of industry and the dense forests of the Rhineland; the endless winding of Autobahns.Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Duul II, Can and Kraftwerk. These may not all be household names, but the influence of their ruminative, expansive compositions upon Western popular music is incalculable. These groups were key to the development of postpunk, electronica and ambient music. Without them Bowie would not have made his Berlin trilogy, Talking Heads would have been a straightahead rock band, and the Pet Shop Boys would have a completely different stage act.Future Days is an in-depth study of this meditative, sometimes abstract, often very beautiful music and the groups that made it, throwing light on the social and political context that informed them. It's an indispensable book for those wanting to understand how much of today's music came about, and to discover a wealth of highly influential and pioneering musicians.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • GEORGE HARRISON : BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR
    GEORGE HARRISON : BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR
    THOMSON GRAEME
    ISBN: 9781785582691
    Title: GEORGE HARRISON : BEHIND THE LOCKED DOOR
    Author: THOMSON GRAEME
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explores Harrison's work both within and without the Beatles and at the same time examining in detail his private and public passions, from Eastern spiritualism to horticulture, from comedy to film-making, from fast cars to working with UNICEF. His career renaissance in the 80s with the Travelling Wilburys. His last few years which were scarred by two bouts of cancer and a knife attack which almost killed him. His legacy, including his final album and memorial concert.

    Imprint: OMNIBUS MUSIC SALES
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • GIRL IN A BAND
    GIRL IN A BAND
    GORDON KIM
    ISBN: 9780571309351
    Title: GIRL IN A BAND
    Author: GORDON KIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence.

    Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • GIVE ME EXCESS OF IT
    GIVE ME EXCESS OF IT
    GILL RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781742613642
    Title: GIVE ME EXCESS OF IT
    Author: GILL RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Richard Gill is one of Australia's best-known - and best-loved - musical figures. His career has taken him from teaching music in Sydney's western suburbs to Music Director of the Victorian Opera, and along the way an involvement with almost every major opera company and orchestra in Australia. What truly distinguishes Richard is his passion for spreading not just the joy of music, but its myriad benefits. He is our greatest musical educator, and his life's work - alongside his other roles - has been advocating music in our education system, and furthering the development of those who've gone on to choose music as a vocation. This memoir traces his life from school days to the highs (and lows) of conducting and directing an opera company. It's warm, funny, highly opinionated and always sublimely full of the love of music.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • GOOD VIBRATIONS : MY LIFE AS A BEACH BOY
    GOOD VIBRATIONS : MY LIFE AS A BEACH BOY
    LOVE MIKE
    ISBN: 9780571324682
    Title: GOOD VIBRATIONS : MY LIFE AS A BEACH BOY
    Author: LOVE MIKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The incredible story of The Beach Boys from founding member Mike Love


    Mike Love is a founding member, lyricist and vocalist of The Beach Boys, considered to be the most popular American band in history, with 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four #1 hits. Love has been the lead singer of the group one of its principal lyricists since its inception in 1961.In Good Vibrations, Mike Love tells the unique story of his legendary, chaotic, and ultimately triumphant five-decade tenure as the front man of The Beach Boys, from their Californian roots to international fame.Mike Love's credits include such pop classics as Good Vibrations, California Girls, I Get Around, Fun Fun Fun, and Kokomo.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • GOOD VIBRATIONS : THE PHYSICS OF MUSIC
    GOOD VIBRATIONS : THE PHYSICS OF MUSIC
    PARKER BARRY
    ISBN: 9780801892646
    Title: GOOD VIBRATIONS : THE PHYSICS OF MUSIC
    Author: PARKER BARRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK


    Why does a harpsichord sound different from a piano? For that matter, why does middle C on a piano differ from middle C on a tuning fork, a trombone, or a flute? Good Vibrations explains in clear, friendly language the out-of-sight physics responsible not only for these differences but also for the whole range of noises we call music. The physical properties and history of sound are fascinating to study. Barry Parker's tour of the physics of music details the science of how instruments, the acoustics of rooms, electronics, and humans create and alter the varied sounds we hear. Using physics as a base, Parker discusses the history of music, how sounds are made and perceived, and the various effects of acting on sounds. In the process, he demonstrates what acoustics can teach us about quantum theory and explains the relationship between harmonics and the theory of waves. Peppered throughout with anecdotes and examples illustrating key concepts, this invitingly written book provides a firm grounding in the actual and theoretical physics of music.

    Imprint: JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $62.00

    Price: $62.00
  • GROWN UP ANGER : The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan Woody Guthrie and the Calumet Massacre of 1913
    GROWN UP ANGER : The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan Woody Guthrie and the Calumet Massacre of 1913
    WOLFF DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780062451699
    Title: GROWN UP ANGER : The Connected Mysteries of Bob Dylan Woody Guthrie and the Calumet Massacre of 1913
    Author: WOLFF DANIEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this tour de force of storytelling, Daniel Wolff braids together three disparate strands-Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and a labor strike in northern Michigan-to create a devastating revisionist history of twentieth-century America.

    At thirteen, when he first heard Dylan's “Like a Rolling Stone,” Wolff recognized the sound of grown-up anger. When he later discovered “Song for Woody,” Dylan's tribute to Guthrie, Wolff fixed on it as a clue to a distinctive mix of rage and compassion. That clue led back to Guthrie's “1913 Massacre”-a memorial song about the horrific conclusion to a union Christmas party in Calumet, Michigan.

    Following the trail from Dylan to Guthrie to a tragedy that claimed seventy-four lives, Wolff found himself tracing a century-long history of anger. From America's early industrialized days up to the present, the battle over economic justice keeps resurfacing: on a freight car in California, on a joyride through New Orleans, in a snowy field in Michigan. At the stunning conclusion-as the mysteries of Dylan, Guthrie, and the 1913 tragedy connect-the reader discovers a larger story, purposely distorted and buried in time.

    Daniel Wolf's Grown-Up Anger chronicles the struggles between the haves and the have-nots, the battle to organize American workers, and the way two musicians used their fury to illuminate injustice and spark hope.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • HANK : The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    HANK : The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    RIBOWSKY MARK
    ISBN: 9781631493379
    Title: HANK : The Short Life and Long Country Road of Hank Williams
    Author: RIBOWSKY MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A heart-breaking, unforgettable portrait of country music's founding father and "Hillbilly King".

    After he died in the back seat of a Cadillac at the age of twenty-nine, Hank Williams-a frail, flawed man who had become country music's first real star-instantly morphed into its first tragic martyr. Having hit the heights with simple songs of despair, depression and tainted love, he would become in death a template for the rock generation to follow. Mark Ribowsky weaves together the first fully realised biography of Williams in a generation. Examining his music while re-creating days and nights choked in booze and desperation, he traces the rise of this legend-from the dirt roads of Alabama to the immortal stage of the Grand Ole Opry and to a lonely end on New Year's Day, 1953. This original work uncovers the real Hank beneath the myths that have long enshrouded his legacy.

    Imprint: LIVERIGHT
    RRP: $26.95

    Price: $26.95
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