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  • 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
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A Listener's Companion
    EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A Listener's Companion
    STEPHANS MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9781442279520
    Title: EXPERIENCING JAZZ : A Listener's Companion
    Author: STEPHANS MICHAEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER 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: ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
    RRP: $45.99

    Price: $45.99
  • 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
  • Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion
    Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion
    HALPIN, BROOKE
    ISBN: 9781442271432
    Title: Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion
    Author: HALPIN, BROOKE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Brooke Halpin takes the reader on a magical adventure through the Beatles' entire catalog of remarkable, timeless songs to discover the circumstances that inspired the songs and brought four Liverpudlian musicians eternal fame. The volume includes personal vignettes to take the reader back in time to experience Beatlemania for themselves.

    Imprint: ROWMAN AND LITTLEFIELD
    RRP: $53.95
    Price: $53.95
  • 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: 9780571346639
    Title: FUTURE DAYS : Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany
    Author: STUBBS DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    This proved to be fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the experimental sounds that became known as Krautrock.

    Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Duul II, Can, Kraftwerk - the influence of these groups upon popular music is incalculable.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
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