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  • 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 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
  • DYLAN ON DYLAN
    DYLAN ON DYLAN
    BURGER JEFF [ED]
    ISBN: 9781641602259
    Title: DYLAN ON DYLAN
    Author: BURGER JEFF [ED]
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: September 2019 New Releas




    Imprint: CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    BURGER JEFF (ED)
    ISBN: 9780912777429
    Title: DYLAN ON DYLAN : Interviews and Encounters
    Author: BURGER JEFF (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A history of this notoriously elusive artist and recent Nobel Prize winner, in his own words In a 1969 conversation with Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner, Bob Dylan proclaimed, "I don't give interviews." But in truth, he has spoken at length with print publications large and small and with broadcast media around the world, given numerous press conferences, and even answered listeners' questions on call-in radio shows. Dylan can be as evasive and abstruse as he is witty; he can also be cranky and sarcastic. But in the right moments, he offers candid, revealing commentary about his groundbreaking music and creative process. These engrossing provide glimpses into the mind of one of the most important performers and songwriters of the last hundred years. Dylan on Dylan is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from more than eighty additional Q&As spanning Dylan's entire career from 1961 through 2016. The majority have not been previously anthologized and some have never before appeared in print. The material comes from renowned media outlets like Rolling Stone and TV's 60 Minutes and from obscure periodicals like Minnesota Daily, a student newspaper at Dylan's alma mater. Interviewers include some of the top writers of our time, such as Jonathan Lethem, Douglas Brinkley, and Mikal Gilmore, as well as musicians like Pete Seeger and Happy Traum. Introductions put each piece in context and, in many cases, include the interviewer's reminiscences about the encounter.

    Imprint: CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS
    RRP: $59.95

    Price: $59.95
  • ELECTRIC EDEN : Unearthing Britains Visionary Music
    ELECTRIC EDEN : Unearthing Britains Visionary Music
    YOUNG ROB
    ISBN: 9780571349654
    Title: ELECTRIC EDEN : Unearthing Britains Visionary Music
    Author: YOUNG ROB
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Rob Young investigates how the idea of folk has been handed down and transformed by successive generations - song collectors, composers, Marxist revivalists, folk-rockers, psychedelic voyagers, free festival-goers, experimental pop stars and electronic innovators.

    In a sweeping panorama of Albion's soundscape that takes in the pioneer spirit of Cecil Sharp; the pastoral classicism of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Peter Warlock; the industrial folk revival of Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd; the folk-rock of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, Shirley Collins, John Martyn and Pentangle; the bucolic psychedelia of The Incredible String Band, The Beatles and Pink Floyd; the acid folk of Comus, Forest, Mr Fox and Trees; The Wicker Man and occult folklore; the early Glastonbury and Stonehenge festivals; and the visionary pop of Kate Bush, Julian Cope and Talk Talk, Electric Eden maps out a native British musical voice that reflects the complex relationships between town and country, progress and nostalgia, radicalism and conservatism.

    An attempt to isolate the 'Britishness' of British music - a wild combination of pagan echoes, spiritual quest, imaginative time-travel, pastoral innocence and electrified creativity - Electric Eden will be treasured by anyone interested in the tangled story of Britain's folk music and Arcadian dreams.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • 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: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ENGLANDS DREAMING
    ENGLANDS DREAMING
    SAVAGE JON
    ISBN: 9780571326280
    Title: ENGLANDS DREAMING
    Author: SAVAGE JON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • 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
  • FABULOUS CREATION : How LPs Saved Our lives
    FABULOUS CREATION : How LPs Saved Our lives
    HEPWORTH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781787630482
    Title: FABULOUS CREATION : How LPs Saved Our lives
    Author: HEPWORTH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The era of the LP began in 1967, with 'Sgt Pepper?; The Beatles didn?t just collect together a bunch of songs, they Made An Album. Henceforth, everybody else wanted to Make An Album. The end came only fifteen years later, coinciding with the release of Michael Jackson?s 'Thriller?. By then the Walkman had taken music out of the home and into the streets and the record business had begun trying to reverse-engineer the creative process in order to make big money. Nobody would play music or listen to it in quite the same way ever again.It was a short but transformative time. Musicians became 'artists? and we, the people, patrons of the arts. The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable object in their lives.This is the story of that time; it takes us from recording studios where musicians were doing things that had never been done before to the sparsely furnished apartments where their efforts would be received like visitations from a higher power. This is the story of how LPs saved our lives.

    Imprint: RANDOM HOUSE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    EWENS HANNAH
    ISBN: 9781787132412
    Title: FANGIRL : Scenes From Modern Music Culture
    Author: EWENS HANNAH
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: July 2019 New Release

    From Beatlemania in the early 1960s to the Directioners and Beyhive of today, female music fans have long driven the objects of their affection to the dizzying heights of life-changing fame. But marginalized fan groups are never given appropriate credit. Frequently derided, their worlds and communities are self-contained and rarely investigated by cultural historians and commentators.

    Yet without these people, in the past, records would have gathered dust on shelves, unsold and forgotten. Now, concerts wouldn't sell out and revenue streams from merchandising would disappear, changing the face of the music industry as we know it.

    In Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture, journalist Hannah Ewens is on a mission to give these individuals their rightful due. A dedicated music lover herself, she has spoken to hundreds of fans from the UK to Japan to trace their path through recent pop and rock history. She's found the untold stories behind important events and uncovered the ups, the downs and the lengths fans go to, celebrating the camaraderie and lifelines their fandoms can provide.

    Imprint: QUADRILLE
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • FRIED AND JUSTIFIED : Hits Myths Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98
    FRIED AND JUSTIFIED : Hits Myths Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98
    HOUGHTON MICK
    ISBN: 9780571336821
    Title: FRIED AND JUSTIFIED : Hits Myths Break-Ups and Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98
    Author: HOUGHTON MICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We arrived in a fleet of white stretch limos at a clearing in a wood near Woking. Here the K Foundation was exhibiting a million pounds in cash, while Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty circled the perimeter in two orange Saracen armoured vehicles, blasting out Abba's 'Money Money Money' . . .

    The list of bands and artists Mick Houghton worked with in an illustrious career in the music business reads like a Who's Who of some of the greatest, most influential and downright dysfunctional cult groups of the post-punk era and beyond - Ramones, Talking Heads, TheUndertones, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Felt, Sonic Youth, The Wedding Present, Spiritualized and Elastica among them. Often judiciously (or unintentionally) sidestepping the major trends in music - baggy, grunge and Britpop - his reputation for attracting outsiders led to him working with artists as disparate as Sun Ra, Andrew Oldham, Ken Kesey, Bert Jansch, Stereolab, Mercury Rev and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.

    But the three acts Mick is most closely identified with are Echo & the Bunnymen, Julian Cope (and the Teardrop Explodes) and the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu/KLF in all their guises. Between them, these three played a significant role in shaping the musical landscape of the eighties and nineties, and - as confidant and co-conspirator - Mick was with their chorus along the way, carefully navigating the minefield of rivalries and contrasting fortunes. It is Mick's indefatigable belief that it was always the music that came first, and it is his knack of attracting so-called difficult and troubled artists that makes Fried & Justified such an amusing, honest and insightful tale.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • FRYDERYK CHOPIN : A Life and Times
    FRYDERYK CHOPIN : A Life and Times
    WALKER ALAN
    ISBN: 9780571348558
    Title: FRYDERYK CHOPIN : A Life and Times
    Author: WALKER ALAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Based on ten years of research and a vast cache of primary sources located in archives in Warsaw, Paris, London, New York, Washington, D.C., Alan Walker's monumental Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times is the most comprehensive biography of the great Polish composer to appear in English. Walker sets out to dispel the many myths and legends that continue to surround Chopin. Fryderyk Chopin is an intimate look into a dramatic life; of particular focus are Chopin's childhood and youth in Poland, which are brought into line with Walker's latest scholarly findings, and Chopin's romantic life with George Sand, with whom he lived for nine years.

    Comprehensive and engaging, and written in highly readable prose, the biography wears its scholarship lightly: this is a book suited as much for the professional pianist as it is for the casual music lover. Just as he did in his definitive biography of Liszt, Walker illuminates Chopin and his music with unprecedented clarity in this magisterial biography, bringing to life one of the nineteenth century's most confounding, beloved, and legendary artists.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
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