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  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    FRANGIONI DAVID
    ISBN: 9781683833048
    Title: CRASH : The World's Greatest Drum Kits From Appice to Peart to Van Halen
    Author: FRANGIONI DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From snares to cymbals, drums are taking over the stage in this first-ever collected look into some of the most famous drum kits of rock and roll history.

    Crash is the definitive Illustrated history of the drum kits of rock ’n’ roll legends. Featuring images from live concerts, outdoor festivals, and private recording sessions, this spectacular volume captures the personal connection between artist and instrument. Along with the makes and models, each kit is accompanied by commentary about the history of the kit, its special characteristics, as well as its significance to rock history. Including photographs of Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Ringo Starr, and many more, Crash is the ultimate photographic guide to the world of rock ’n’ roll’s most famous drum kits.

    Imprint: INSIGHT PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • DESIGNED FOR HI-FI LIVING: THE VINYL LP IN MIDCENTURY AMERICA
    DESIGNED FOR HI-FI LIVING: THE VINYL LP IN MIDCENTURY AMERICA
    BORGERSON JANET
    ISBN: 9780262536011
    Title: DESIGNED FOR HI-FI LIVING: THE VINYL LP IN MIDCENTURY AMERICA
    Author: BORGERSON JANET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: MIT PRESS
    RRP: $54.99
    Price: $54.99
  • DETOURS
    DETOURS
    ROGERS TIM
    ISBN: 9781460756881
    Title: DETOURS
    Author: ROGERS TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    '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.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • DEVOTION
    DEVOTION
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9780300240221
    Title: DEVOTION
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession—a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus’s house, the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. She tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • 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
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