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  • 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: $48.99

    Price: $48.99
  • 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
  • FREO GROOVE : Musicians of Fremantle
    FREO GROOVE : Musicians of Fremantle
    LAWRIE BILL
    ISBN: 9781742589886
    Title: FREO GROOVE : Musicians of Fremantle
    Author: LAWRIE BILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    Freo Groove is a window into the world of Fremantle musicians and the vibrant musical culture that has built up over generations. From blues musician Dave Brewer, The Jam Tarts’ Sophie and Anna Gare, and The John Butler Trio; to Dom Mariani, Stella Donnelly and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Freo’s top musicians re ect on their lives, their art, and the city they call, or once called, home. Twenty-nine portraits tell the story of Fremantle’s rich music scene and its long history, going right back to the Norm Wrightson Orchestra in the late 1940s, through Wayne Green’s chilling accounts of brawling, west-end dives in the early seventies, to the free and easy musical boom during the Americas Cup days, and nally to the erce competition for gigs in the present day. Freo Groove is about musicians who love their craft and are in for the long haul, wherever it leads.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • 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 : 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
  • HANDEL IN LONDON : The Making of a Genius
    HANDEL IN LONDON : The Making of a Genius
    GLOVER JANE
    ISBN: 9781509882069
    Title: HANDEL IN LONDON : The Making of a Genius
    Author: GLOVER JANE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS



    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • 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: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • 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
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