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  • HERBIE HANCOCK : POSSIBILITIES
    HERBIE HANCOCK : POSSIBILITIES
    HANCOCK HERBIE / DICKEY LISA
    ISBN: 9780143128021
    Title: HERBIE HANCOCK : POSSIBILITIES
    Author: HANCOCK HERBIE / DICKEY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In Herbie Hancock the legendary jazz musician and composer reflects on a life and a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, winning fourteen Grammy awards along the way.

    From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis's second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; Herbie Hancock reveals the method behind Hancock's undeniable musical genius.

    Hancock shares his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.

    'Herbie Hancock has led a fascinating life. And the story of that life makes a fascinating book.' Peter Keepnews, The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice)

    'Few jazz biographies are perfect, though Hancock's Possibilities come closer than some.' Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air

    ' Possibilities is very effective at its paramount task: getting the reader to dig into the catalog of this restless jazz genius with newly edified ears.' The Boston Globe

    'Hancock, a Buddhist, writes about his spiritual journey in Possibilities but isn't preachy about his its effect on his life, relationships, music and philosophy. His stories of famous jazz artists are done with reverence and a sense of reporting, for the record, many artists who didn't achieve as much fame as others but should be given their equal artistic due.' New York Journal of Books



    Imprint: PENG US
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • HERO : David Bowie
    HERO : David Bowie
    JONES LESLEY-ANN
    ISBN: 9781444758832
    Title: HERO : David Bowie
    Author: JONES LESLEY-ANN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    His music thrilled the generation it was written for, and has entertained and inspired every generation since.

    HERO: DAVID BOWIE is an intelligent exploration of the man behind the myths and the makeup told from the very beginning.

    Respected music journalist and biographer Lesley-Ann Jones knew David Jones from the days before fame, when he was a young musician starting out, frustrated by an industry that wouldn't give him a break and determined to succeed. Here she traces the epic journey of the boy from Bromley born into a troubled background, to his place as one of the greatest stars in rock history.

    Jones has interviewed numerous friends and associates of Bowie, many of whom have never spoken publicly about him before. Drawing on this new material and meticulous research, the real story of Bowie's family background is told; the true inspiration behind the creation of Ziggy Stardust is revealed, and we learn how his marriage to Angie ended in agony following his comeback from a near fatal drug addiction. Jones also revisits Bowie's tragic relationship with his brother and his deep bond with T Rex frontman Marc Bolan.

    Bowie's rebellious nature, his many sources of inspiration and creativity, and his complex, intense personality are discussed here, creating a unique and compelling portrait of an extraordinary man.

    This is Bowie as you've never seen him before.

    Imprint: HODDER HEADLINE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HISTORY OF JAZZ
    HISTORY OF JAZZ
    GIOIA TED
    ISBN: 9780195399707
    Title: HISTORY OF JAZZ
    Author: GIOIA TED
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ted Gioia's History of Jazz has been universally hailed as a classic--acclaimed by jazz critics and fans around the world. Now Gioia brings his magnificent work completely up-to-date, drawing on the latest research and revisiting virtually every aspect of the music, past and present. Gioia tells the story of jazz as it had never been told before, in a book that brilliantly portrays the legendary jazz players, the breakthrough styles, and the world in which it evolved. Here are the giants of jazz and the great moments of jazz history--Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington at the Cotton Club, cool jazz greats such as Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz, and Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie's advocacy of modern jazz in the 1940s, Miles Davis's 1955 performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ornette Coleman's experiments with atonality, Pat Metheny's visionary extension of jazz-rock fusion, the contemporary sounds of Wynton Marsalis, and the post-modernists of the current day. Gioia provides the reader with lively portraits of these and many other great musicians, intertwined with vibrant commentary on the music they created. He also evokes the many worlds of jazz, taking the reader to the swamp lands of the Mississippi Delta, the bawdy houses of New Orleans, the rent parties of Harlem, the speakeasies of Chicago during the Jazz Age, the after hours spots of corrupt Kansas city, the Cotton Club, the Savoy, and the other locales where the history of jazz was made. And as he traces the spread of this protean form, Gioia provides much insight into the social context in which the music was born.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.95

    Price: $30.95
  • HISTORY OF ROCK N ROLL IN TEN SONGS
    HISTORY OF ROCK N ROLL IN TEN SONGS
    MARCUS GREIL
    ISBN: 9780300216929
    Title: HISTORY OF ROCK N ROLL IN TEN SONGS
    Author: MARCUS GREIL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Unlike all previous versions of rock 'n' roll history, this book omits almost every iconic performer and ignores the storied events and turning points that everyone knows. Instead, in a daring stroke, Greil Marcus selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out'a new language, something new under the sun.'Transmission' by Joy Division. 'All I Could Do Was Cry' by Etta James and then Beyonce. 'To Know Him Is to Love Him,' first by the Teddy Bears and almost half a century later by Amy Winehouse.

    In Marcus's hands these and other songs tell the story of the music, which is, at bottom, the story of the desire for freedom in all its unruly and liberating glory. Slipping the constraints of chronology, Marcus braids together past and present, holding up to the light the ways that these striking songs fall through time and circumstance, gaining momentum and meaning, astonishing us by upending our presumptions and prejudices.

    This book, by a founder of contemporary rock criticism'and its most gifted and incisive practitioner'is destined to become an enduring classic.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $35.95

    Price: $35.95
  • HOW MUSIC WORKS
    HOW MUSIC WORKS
    BYRNE DAVID
    ISBN: 9780857862525
    Title: HOW MUSIC WORKS
    Author: BYRNE DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    How Music Works is David Byrne's buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about.Equal parts historian and anthropologist, raconteur and social scientist, Byrne draws on his own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators - along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists - to show that music-making is not just the act of a solitary composer in a studio, but rather a logical, populist, and beautiful result of cultural circumstance.A brainy, irresistible adventure, How Music Works is an impassioned argument about music's liberating, life-affirming power.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW SOON IS NOW : The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005
    HOW SOON IS NOW : The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005
    KING RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780571340217
    Title: HOW SOON IS NOW : The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005
    Author: KING RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Richard King's How Soon Is Now? is a landmark survey of the record labels that make up the backbone of the independent music industry and the hugely inspirational, eccentric, impulsive and visionary figures who created them.

    One of the most tangible aftershocks of punk was its urgency to prompt individuals into action. Document your reality: do it yourself. From this, a generation was inspired and, with often zero financial planning or business sense, in bedrooms, garages and sheds, labels such as Factory, Rough Trade, Mute, 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Warp, Creation and Domino began, shifting the musical landscape and trading on an ethos and identity no brand consultant would now dare dream of. Musicians were encouraged to do whatever the hell they wanted and damn the consequences. From humble beginnings, some of our most influential artists were allowed to thrive: Orange Juice, New Order, Cocteau Twins, Depeche Mode, Happy Mondays, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Aphex Twin, Autechre, Teenage Fanclub, Broadcast, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, and Arctic Monkeys, to name but a handful.

    This is the story, set to an incredible soundtrack, of the enormous scale of the passions, the size of the egos, and the true extent of the madness of the mavericks who had the vision and bloody-mindedness to turn the music world on its head.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HOW TO DJ RIGHT : THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PLAYING RECORDS
    HOW TO DJ RIGHT : THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PLAYING RECORDS
    BROUGHTON FRANK / BREWSTER BILL
    ISBN: 9780802139955
    Title: HOW TO DJ RIGHT : THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PLAYING RECORDS
    Author: BROUGHTON FRANK / BREWSTER BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    DJs have gone from being underpaid live jukeboxes to becoming premier entertainers, producers, businessmen, and musicians capable of commanding admiration from thousands and earning serious money.

    Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton's Last Night a DJ Saved My Life was the definitive history of the DJ. Now they gather their mastery of the artistic and technical aspects of being a DJ into a clear, accessible, and entertaining guide.

    How to DJ is the perfect guide -- from the most basic keys to establishing a music collection and a distinctive sound, to elementary record-spinning, to the complex skills of scratching, hot-mixing, and beat-juggling, as well as the inimitable art of creating an evening of sound that is perfectly timed, balanced, and unforgettable.

    Diagrams throughout illustrate phrases, beat timing, and song structure with no reliance on music theory, and resource lists recommend everything from which songs are best (and most fun) to learn with, to good sources for building a library of disks, CDs, and MP3s.

    For those who want to turn pro, the authors give sage advice on the vagaries of the club and music business. Short quotes, anecdotes, and photos of famous DJs such as Grandmaster Flash and Derrick Carter are featured.

    Imprint: GROVE US
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
    HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
    GIOIA TED
    ISBN: 9780465093496
    Title: HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ
    Author: GIOIA TED
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: FEBRUARY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Jazz is the great American art form, its very essence is predicated on freedom and creativity. Its sound unequivocally calls forth narratives of past struggles and future dreams.

    Yet jazz can be as inscrutable as it is mesmerizing, especially to outsiders who don’t know what to make of improvisation or unexpected shifts in melody or tempo. How does a casual listener learn to understand and appreciate the nuances between the unapologetic and innovative sounds of Louis Armstrong, the complexity of Coleman Hawkin’s saxophone, and the exotic and alluring compositions of Duke Ellington? How does Thelonius Monk fit in alongside Benny Goodman and John Coltrane?

    In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively, accessible introduction to the art of listening to jazz.

    Covering everything from the music’s structure and history to the basic building blocks of improvisation, Gioia shows exactly what to listen for in a jazz performance. He shares listening strategies that will help readers understand and appreciate jazz for the rest of their lives, and provides a history of the major movements in jazz right up to the present day. He concludes with a guide to 150 elite musicians who are setting the tone for 21st century jazz.

    Both an appreciation and an introduction to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who’s ever wanted to understand America’s greatest contribution to the world of music.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    KELLY PAUL
    ISBN: 9781926428277
    Title: HOW TO MAKE GRAVY
    Author: KELLY PAUL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This extraordinary best-selling book had its genesis in a series of concerts first staged in 2004. Over four nights Paul Kelly performed, in alphabetical order, one hundred of his songs from the previous three decades. In between songs he told stories about them, and from those little tales grew How to Make Gravy, a memoir like no other. Each of its hundred chapters, also in alphabetical order by song title, consists of lyrics followed by a story, the nature of the latter taking its cue from the former. Some pieces are confessional, some tell Kelly's personal and family history, some take you on a road tour with the band, some form an idiosyncratic history of popular music, some are like small essays, some stand as a kind of how-to of the songwriter's art - from the point of inspiration to writing, honing, collaborating, performing, recording and reworking.

    Paul Kelly is a born storyteller. Give him two verses with a chorus or 550 pages, but he won't waste a word. How to Make Gravy is a long volume that's as tight as a three-piece band. There isn't a topic this man can't turn his pen to - contemporary music and the people who

    Imprint: HAMISH HAMILTON
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL : A MEMOIR
    HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL : A MEMOIR
    BROWNSTEIN CARRIE
    ISBN: 9780349007953
    Title: HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL : A MEMOIR
    Author: BROWNSTEIN CARRIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Northwest just as it was becoming the setting for one of the most important movements in rock history. Seeking a sense of home and identity, she would discover both while moving from spectator to creator in experiencing the power and mystery of a live performance. With Sleater-Kinney, Brownstein and her bandmates rose to prominence in the burgeoning underground feminist punk-rock movement that would define music and pop culture in the 1990s. They would be cited as "America's best rock band" by legendary music critic Greil Marcus for their defiant, exuberant brand of punk that resisted labels and limitations, and redefined notions of gender in rock. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era's flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later. With deft, lucid prose Brownstein proves herself as formidable on the page as on the stage. Accessibly raw, honest and heartfelt, this book captures the experience of being a young woman, a born performer and an outsider, and ultimately finding one's true calling through hard work, courage and the intoxicating power of rock and roll.

    Imprint: LITTLE BROWN
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • I AM THE WOLF : Lyrics and Writings
    I AM THE WOLF : Lyrics and Writings
    LANEGAN MARK
    ISBN: 9780306825279
    Title: I AM THE WOLF : Lyrics and Writings
    Author: LANEGAN MARK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Book of lyrics and more by ace collaborator and solo artist Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, with a preface by John Cale (Velvet Underground) and a foreword by Moby

    Imprint: DACAPO
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ILLEGAL HARMONIES : MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE
    ILLEGAL HARMONIES : MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE
    FORD ANDREW
    ISBN: 9781863955287
    Title: ILLEGAL HARMONIES : MUSIC IN THE MODERN AGE
    Author: FORD ANDREW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A delightful and informative history of modern music.

    Harmony is created by bringing sounds together. In music lessons, we learn how to do this in a formal way: we learn about chords and keys, and we are given rules for using them. This is the textbook way; this is legal harmony. Everything else - including the sounds that constantly surround us, those of ticking clocks, dogs, traffic, birdsong and aeroplanes - is illegal harmony.

    Illegal Harmonies charts the course of music over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, linking it to developments in literature, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, and to popular music from Irving Berlin to The Beatles to rap. The result is a stimulating, provocative and always informative cultural history.



    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • IM YOUR MAN : THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN
    IM YOUR MAN : THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN
    SIMMONS SYLVIE
    ISBN: 9780099549321
    Title: IM YOUR MAN : THE LIFE OF LEONARD COHEN
    Author: SIMMONS SYLVIE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    The genius behind such classic songs as Suzanne, Bird on the Wire and Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen has been one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time, a man of spirituality, emotion, and intelligence whose work has explored the definitive issues of human life - sex, religion, power, meaning, love. I'm Your Man explores the facets of Cohen's life. Sylvie Simmons draws on Cohen's private archives and a wealth of interviews with many of his closest associates, colleagues, and other artists whose work he has inspired.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • INNER GAME OF MUSIC
    INNER GAME OF MUSIC
    GREEN BARRY
    ISBN: 9781447291725
    Title: INNER GAME OF MUSIC
    Author: GREEN BARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The bestselling guide to improving musical performance

    The Inner Game of Music is the battle that all musicians have to fight against elusive opponents such as nervousness, self-doubt and fear of failure. Using the world-famous Inner Game principles, developed by bestselling author Timothy Gallwey, acclaimed musician Barry Green explains the basic principles of 'natural learning' and shows how you can apply them to reach a new level of musical application and performance.
    In precise, easy to understand language, Green and Gallwey explain how natural skills - such as awareness, trust and willpower - can be nurtured and enhanced. Through a series of tailored exercises The Inner Game of Music demonstrates the ways in which musicians can achieve exact intonations, artistic phrasing and improved technique. There are also chapters on ensemble playing, improvisation, composition and creativity, as well as listening skills - an essential part of the Inner Game.

    Following a methodology with a proven track record for generations of aspiring and professional musicians, The Inner Game of Music is invaluable to anyone seriously interested in music, and is guaranteed to deliver positive results whether you are a student, teacher, performer, or simply an appreciative listener.

    Imprint: PAN
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • JACKSONS : LEGACY
    JACKSONS : LEGACY
    THE JACKSONS
    ISBN: 9780500519639
    Title: JACKSONS : LEGACY
    Author: THE JACKSONS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE



    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • JAZZ LIFE
    JAZZ LIFE
    CLAXTON WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9783836542937
    Title: JAZZ LIFE
    Author: CLAXTON WILLIAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the United States hot on the trail of jazz. Through music halls and marching bands, side streets and subways, they sought to document this living, breathing, beating musical phenomenon that enraptured America across social, economic, and racial lines. The result of Claxton and Berendt’s collaboration was Jazzlife, much sought after by collectors and now revived in this fresh TASCHEN volume. From coast to coast, from unknown street performers to legends of the genre, this defining jazz journey explores just what made up this most original of American art forms. In New Orleans and New York, in St. Louis, Biloxi, Jackson, and beyond, Claxton’s rapturous yet tender images and accompanying texts examine jazz’s regional diversity as much as its pervasive vitality and soul. They show the music makers and the many spaces and people this music touched, from funeral parades to concert stages, from an elderly trumpet player to kids who hung from windows to catch a glimpse of a passing band. With images of Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Gabor Szabo, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and many more, this is as much a compelling slice of history as it is a loving personal tribute.

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
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