• & on Guitar... The Autobiography of Jim Cregan
    & on Guitar... The Autobiography of Jim Cregan
    ISBN: 9780750985666
    Title: & on Guitar... The Autobiography of Jim Cregan
    Author: CREGAN JIM; MERRIMAN ANDY

    JIM CREGAN's career as a rock guitarist, songwriter and producer has spanned over fifty years, touring and recording albums with stars such as Elton John, Cat Stevens, Family, Willie Nelson, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Joe Cocker, The Gypsy Kings, and Katie Melua, among many others. However, he is perhaps best known for his forty-year association with Rod Stewart, not only as his guitarist but also as best friends and godfathers to each other's children.In his autobiography Jim Cregan lifts the lid on his extraordinary life, recounting his experiences with music's biggest stars, from his first band at the age of 14 playing in youth clubs in Poole to performing in front of 350,000 people in Rio de Janeiro. In And on Guitar . . . nothing is held back: Cregan's early life and anecdotes about his family, shenanigans on the road, extraordinary tales of hedonism, love and loss, his stories feature a Who's Who of music's biggest stars.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $51.00
    $51.00
  • Acid For The Children
    Acid For The Children
    ISBN: 9781472230836
    Title: Acid For The Children
    Author: FLEA


    Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder, alongside Anthony Kiedis, of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock star.


    Michael Peter Balzary was born in Melbourne, Australia, on October 16, 1962. His more famous stage name, Flea, and his wild ride as the renowned bass player for the Red Hot Chili Peppers was in a far and distant future. Little Michael from Oz moved with his very conservative, very normal family to Westchester, New York, where life as he knew it was soon turned upside down. His parents split up and he and his sister moved into the home of his mother's free-wheeling, jazz musician boyfriend - trading in rules, stability, and barbecues for bohemian values, wildness, and Sunday afternoon jazz parties where booze, weed, and music flowed in equal measure. There began Michael's life-long journey to channel all the frustration, loneliness, love, and joy he felt into incredible rhythm.


    When Michael's family moved to Los Angeles in 1972, his home situation was rockier than ever. He sought out a sense of belonging elsewhere, spending most of his days partying, playing basketball, and committing petty crimes. At Fairfax High School, he met another social outcast, Anthony Kiedis, who quickly became his soul brother, the yin to his yang, his partner in mischief. Michael joined some bands, fell in love with performing, and honed his skills. But it wasn't until the night when Anthony, excited after catching a Grandmaster Flash concert, suggested they start their own band that he is handed the magic key to the cosmic kingdom.


    Acid for the Children is as raw, entertaining and wildly unpredictable as its author. It's both a tenderly evocative coming of age story and a raucous love letter to the power of music and creativity



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • All in the Downs - Reflections on Life, Landscape, & Song
    All in the Downs - Reflections on Life, Landscape, & Song
    ISBN: 9781907222412
    Title: All in the Downs - Reflections on Life, Landscape, & Song
    Author: COLLINS SHIRLEY; LEE STEWART

    A memoir from one of Britain's legendary singers, folklorists, and music historians.


    A legendary singer, folklorist, and music historian, Shirley Collins has been an integral part of the folk-music revival for more than sixty years. In her new memoir, All in the Downs, Collins tells the story of that lifelong relationship with English folksong--a dedication to artistic integrity that has guided her through the triumphs and tragedies of her life.

    All in the Downs combines elements of memoir--from her working-class origins in wartime Hastings to the bright lights of the 1950s folk revival in London--alongside reflections on the role traditional music and the English landscape have played in shaping her vision. From formative field recordings made with Alan Lomax in the United States to the "crowning glories" recorded with her sister Dolly on the Sussex Downs, she writes of the obstacles that led to her withdrawal from the spotlight and the redemption of a new artistic flourishing that continues today with her unexpected return to recording in 2016.

    Through it all, Shirley Collins has been guided and supported by three vital and inseparable loves: traditional English song, the people and landscape of her native Sussex, and an unwavering sense of artistic integrity. All in the Downs pays tribute to these passions, and in doing so, illustrates a way of life as old as England, that has all but vanished from this land.


    Generously illustrated with rare archival material.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia
    Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia
    ISBN: 9781786892584
    Title: Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia
    Author: THORN TRACEY

    THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLERLONGLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE'Tender, wise and funny' Sunday Express'Beautifully observed, deadly funny' Max PorterBefore becoming an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living.Returning to the scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters, the pub car parks and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children and the children who wanted none of it. With great wit and insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and yet so many artists have come from.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Art Sex Music
    Art Sex Music
    ISBN: 9780571359776
    Title: Art Sex Music
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI


    A SUNDAY TIMES, TELEGRAPH, ROUGH TRADE, PITCHFORK AND UNCUT MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
    SHORTLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE


    A new edition as part of the Faber Greatest Hits - books that have taken writing about music in new and exciting directions for the twenty-first century.


    Musician and artist Cosey Fanni Tutti has continually challenged boundaries and conventions for four decades. As a founding member of the hugely influential avant-garde band Throbbing Gristle, as one half of electronic pioneers Chris and Cosey, and as an artist channelling her experience in pornographic modelling and striptease, her work on the margins has come to reshape the mainstream. Shocking, wise and life-affirming, Art Sex Music is the fascinating memoir of an inspirational woman.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Barefoot Pilgrimage
    Barefoot Pilgrimage
    ISBN: 9780008321314
    Title: Barefoot Pilgrimage
    Author: CORR ANDREA


    Andrea Corr's Barefoot Pilgrimage is a compelling and honest memoir.


    In part, an exercise in coming to terms with and making sense of life and mortality following the loss of a beloved father; in part, a reflection on an unlikely journey with her siblings through the music industry; in part, a meditation on family, on music, and on creativity; and, in part, a shout-out for love and for hope.


    Illustrated with personal photographs and with original poems interspersed throughout the text, this is a very personal - at times very funny, at times deeply moving - book from an iconic figure in popular music.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Been So Long: My Life & Music
    Been So Long: My Life & Music
    ISBN: 9781250229496
    Title: Been So Long: My Life & Music
    Author: KAUKONEN JORMA


    "A modern parable." --from the foreword by Grace Slick

    "Jorma Kaukonen is a force in American music, equally adept at fingerpicked acoustic folk and blues as he is at wailing on an electric." - Acoustic Guitar


    "Jorma Kaukonen lit a fuse and transformed his electric guitar into a firework." - Live For Live Music


    Includes a CD of live music as a companion to the book


    From the man who made a name for himself as a founding member and lead guitarist of Jefferson Airplane comes a memoir that offers a rare glimpse into the heart and soul of a musical genius--and a vivid journey through the psychedelic era in America.


    "Music is the reward for being alive," writes Jorma Kaukonen in this candid and emotional account of his life and work. "It stirs memory in a singular way that is unmatched." In a career that has already spanned a half century--one that has earned him induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, among other honors--Jorma is best known for his legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. But before he won worldwide recognition he was just a young man with a passion and a dream.


    Been So Long is the story of how Jorma found his place in the world of music and beyond. The grandson of Finnish and Russian-Jewish immigrants whose formative years were spent abroad with his American-born diplomat father, Jorma channeled his life experiences--from his coming-of-age in Pakistan and the Philippines to his early gigs with Jack Casady in D.C. to his jam sessions in San Francisco with Jerry Garcia, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and other contemporaries--into his art in unique and revelatory ways. Been So Long charts not only Jorma's association with the bands that made him famous but goes into never-before-told details about his addiction and recovery, his troubled first marriage and still-thriving second, and more. Interspersed with diary entries, personal correspondence, and song lyrics, this memoir is as unforgettable and inspiring as Jorma's music itself.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Before We Was We: Madness by Madness
    Before We Was We: Madness by Madness
    ISBN: 9780753553954
    Title: Before We Was We: Madness by Madness
    Author: BARSON MIKE & FOREMAN CHRIS & MCPHERSON GRAHAM

    In Before We Was We Madness tell us how they became them. A story of seven originals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope and Anchor's basement to the Top of the Pops studio. In their own words they each look back on shared adventures. Playing music together, riding freight trains, spraying graffiti and stealing records. Walking in one another's footsteps by day and rising up through the city's exploding pub music scene by night. Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character. Just like them.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Beneath the Underdog
    Beneath the Underdog
    ISBN: 9781782118824
    Title: Beneath the Underdog
    Author: MINGUS CHARLES

    Bass player extraordinaire Charles Mingus, who died in 1979, is one of the essential composers in the history of jazz, and Beneath the Underdog, his celebrated, wild, funny, demonic, anguished, shocking and profoundly moving memoir, is the greatest autobiography ever written by a jazz musician. It tells of his God-haunted childhood in Watts during the 1920s and 1930s; his outcast adolescent years; his apprenticeship, not only with jazzmen but also with pimps, hookers, junkies, and hoodlums; and his golden years in New York City with such legendary figures as Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie. Here is Mingus in his own words, from shabby roadhouses to fabulous estates, from the psychiatric wards of Bellevue to worlds of mysticism and solitude, but for all his travels never straying too far, always returning to music.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Biographic ABBA: Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Biographic ABBA: Great Lives in Graphic Form
    ISBN: 9781781454084
    Title: Biographic ABBA: Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Author: COOT VIV

    Most people know that ABBA (1972-1982) were a Swedish band who became one of the world's most successful pop groups after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with their song "Waterloo." What, perhaps, they don't know is that they have sold more than 380 million albums and singles; that their name was chosen through a newspaper competition, where alternatives included Alibaba, FABB, and Baba; that their royalties from the Soviet Union were so big they had to be paid in oil rights; and that 3.5 million people applied for tickets to see ABBA at London's Royal Albert Hall in 1977. Biographic ABBA presents an instant impression of their life, work, and legacy, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the musicians behind the music.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Biographic Prince: Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Biographic Prince: Great Lives in Graphic Form
    ISBN: 9781781454077
    Title: Biographic Prince: Great Lives in Graphic Form
    Author: FLAVELL LIZ

    Most people know that Prince (1958--2016) was an iconic singer-songwriter whose creative brilliance transformed music for more than four decades. What, perhaps, they don't know is that his real name actually was Prince; that he once simultaneously held the number one spots in the US for film, single, and album; that he has a back catalogue of more than 600 songs, many of which he wrote for other people, including Madonna and Alicia Keys; and that he performed at the wedding of Star Wars director George Lucas. Biographic Prince presents an instant impression of his life, work and legacy, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the musician behind the music.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury
    Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury
    ISBN: 9781444733693
    Title: Bohemian Rhapsody: The Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury
    Author: JONES LESLEY-ANN

    This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures. Meticulously researched, sympathetic, unsensational, the book - like the forthcoming film - will focus on the period in the 1980s when Queen began to fragment, before their Live Aid performance put them back in the frame. In her journey to understand the man behind the legend, Lesley-Ann Jones has travelled from London to Zanzibar to India. Packed with exclusive interviews and told with the invaluable perspective that the twenty years since Mercury's death presents, Freddie Mercury is the most up to date portrait of a legendary man. Fully revised and updated edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Bound for Glory
    Bound for Glory
    ISBN: 9780141187228
    Title: Bound for Glory
    Author: GUTHRIE WOODY

    Bound For Glory is the funny, cynical and earthy autobiography of Woody Guthrie, the father of American folk music. He tells of his childhood running wild in an Oklahoma oil-boom town, the tragedies that struck his family and of his life on the open road during the Great Depression - hell-raising and brawling in boxcars, all the while singing to raise a dime for his next meal. But above all, this is a song for an America Woody saw from the lonesome highway, as he travel led from one end of the country to the other with guitar in hand and the songs that made him a legend drifting out over the Dust Bowl.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Boy on Fire: the Young Nick Cave
    Boy on Fire: the Young Nick Cave
    ISBN: 9781460759646
    Title: Boy on Fire: the Young Nick Cave
    Author: MORDUE MARK

    The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.

    A deeply beautiful, profound, profane and poetic biography of the early formative years of the dark prince of Australian rock 'n' roll, Boy on Fire is Nick Cave's creation story. This is the story of the artist first as a boy, then as a young man. A deeply insightful work which charts his family, friends, influences, milieu and, most of all, his music, it reveals how Nick Cave shaped himself into the extraordinary artist he would become.

    As well as a powerfully compelling biography of a singular, uncompromising artist, Boy on Fire is also a fascinating social and cultural biography, a vivid and evocative rendering of a time and place, from the fast-running dark river and ghost gums of Wangaratta, to the nascent punk scene which hit staid 1970s Melbourne like an atom bomb, right through to the torn wallpaper, sticky carpet and the manic, wild energy of nights at the Crystal Ballroom.

    Boy on Fire is a stunning biographical achievement.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
    Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
    ISBN: 9781473696341
    Title: Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America
    Author: MOORE MARCUS


    'Kendrick Lamar understands and employs blues, jazz, and soul in his music, which makes it startling. His work is more than merely brilliant; it is magic' Toni Morrison

    'Lamar is a man living on a real and metaphorical peak, with one eye trained on the heavens, the other searching for stories in the valley below' Guardian
    __________

    Kendrick Lamar is at the top of his game.

    He has been described as the poet Laurette of hip-hop, perceptive, philosophical, unapologetic, fearless, and an innovative storyteller whose body of work has been compared to James Joyce and James Baldwin.

    He is a visionary who will go down as history as one of the most important artists of all time.

    But what's so striking about Kendrick Lamar, aside from his impressive accolades, is how he's effectively established himself as a formidable opponent of oppression, a force for change. Through his confessional poetics, his politically charged anthems, and his radical performances, Lamar has become a beacon of light for many people in America.

    Written by veteran journalist and music critic Marcus J. Moore, this is the first biography of Kendrick Lamar. It's the definitive account of his coming-of-age as an artist, his resurrection of jazz, his profound impact on a racially fraught America, and his emergence as the bona fide King of Rap.

    The book traces not only Lamar's powerful impact on music but also on our current society, especially under the weight of police brutality, divisive politics, and social injustice. With exclusive interviews with his family, friends, and record producers, this book is the must-read for any fan.

    The Butterfly Effect is the extraordinary, triumphant story of a modern lyrical prophet and an American icon who has given hope to those buckling under the weight of systemic oppression, reminding everyone that through it all, "we gon' be alright".

    __________

    'By the end of listening to his first full album, I felt like I knew everything about him. He brings you into his world with his lyrics in a way that really paints a clear picture' Eminem

    'I love everything about his music. I can literally listen to his music and become a kid growing up with all the struggles in the inner city, but at the same time [learn] all the lessons it taught that we use as men today.' Lebron James

    'For a gentle dude, he throws a righteous punch; I wouldn't get in the way of it. No single artist will ever be the antidote to a generation's malaise, but just identifying some of the problems really helps' Bono

    'Kendrick Lamar is a master of storytelling' New Yorker



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Chronicles
    Chronicles
    ISBN: 9780743478649
    Title: Chronicles
    Author: DYLAN BOB

    The celebrated first memoir from arguably the most influential singer-songwriter in the country, Bob Dylan.
    ""I'd come from a long ways off and had started a long ways down. But now destiny was about to manifest itself. I felt like it was looking right at me and nobody else.""
    So writes Bob Dylan in "Chronicles: Volume One, " his remarkable book exploring critical junctures in his life and career. Through Dylan's eyes and open mind, we see Greenwich Village, circa 1961, when he first arrives in Manhattan. Dylan's New York is a magical city of possibilities -- smoky, nightlong parties; literary awakenings; transient loves and unbreakable friendships. Elegiac observations are punctuated by jabs of memories, penetrating and tough. With the book's side trips to New Orleans, Woodstock, Minnesota and points west, "Chronicles: Volume One" is an intimate and intensely personal recollection of extraordinary times.
    By turns revealing, poetical, passionate and witty, "Chronicles: Volume One" is a mesmerizing window on Bob Dylan's thoughts and influences. Dylan's voice is distinctively American: generous of spirit, engaged, fanciful and rhythmic. Utilizing his unparalleled gifts of storytelling and the exquisite expressiveness that are the hallmarks of his music, Bob Dylan turns "Chronicles: Volume One" into a poignant reflection on life, and the people and places that helped shape the man and the art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
    Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
    ISBN: 9780571351343
    Title: Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys
    Author: ALBERTINE VIV


    SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR
    ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR
    MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR

    In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar.


    A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music.


    A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • Confess: The Autobiography
    Confess: The Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781472269317
    Title: Confess: The Autobiography
    Author: HALFORD ROB

    Most priests take confessions. This one is giving his.

    Rob Halford, front man of global iconic metal band Judas Priest, is a true 'Metal God'. Raised in Britain's hard-working heavy industrial heartland he and his music were forged in the Black Country. CONFESS, his full autobiography, is an unforgettable rock 'n' roll story - a journey from a Walsall council estate to musical fame via alcoholism, addiction, police cells, ill-starred sexual trysts and bleak personal tragedy, through to rehab, coming out, redemption... and finding love.

    Now, he is telling his gospel truth.

    Told with Halford's trademark self-deprecating, deadpan Black Country humour, CONFESS is the story of an extraordinary five decades in the music industry. It is also the tale of unlikely encounters with everybody from Superman to Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jack Nicholson and the Queen. More than anything else, it's a celebration of the fire and power of heavy metal.

    Rob Halford has decided to Confess. Because it's good for the soul.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Dark Stuff
    Dark Stuff
    ISBN: 9780571349647
    Title: Dark Stuff
    Author: KENT NICK

    Profiles twenty-two of the gifted and self-destructive talents in rock history. From Brian Wilson to Syd Barrett, the Rolling Stones to Neil Young, Iggy Pop to Lou Reed, this title offers portraits that are unimaginable in the world of market driven music business.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • David Bowie: A Life
    David Bowie: A Life
    ISBN: 9781786090430
    Title: David Bowie: A Life
    Author: JONES DYLAN


    ** Shortlisted for the NME Best Music Book Award 2018 **
    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
    A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR
    A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
    A HERALD BOOK OF THE YEAR
    AN IRISH INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR


    'The definitive book on Bowie' The Times


    Drawn from a series of conversations between David Bowie and Dylan Jones across three decades, together with over 180 interviews with friends, rivals, lovers, and collaborators - some of whom have never before spoken about their relationship with Bowie - this oral history is an intimate portrait of a remarkable rise to stardom and one of the most fascinating lives of our time.


    Profoundly shaped by his relationship with his schizophrenic half-brother Terry, Bowie was a man of intense relationships that often came to abrupt ends. He was a social creature, equally comfortable partying with John Lennon and dining with Frank Sinatra, and in Dylan Jones's telling - by turns insightful and salacious - we see as intimate a portrait as could possibly be drawn.


    Including illuminating, never-before-seen material from Bowie himself, drawn from a series of Jones's interviews with him across three 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.


    ***NOW REVISED AND EXPANDED***



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Dreamer: An Autobiography
    Dreamer: An Autobiography
    ISBN: 9780957490772
    Title: Dreamer: An Autobiography
    Author: RICHARD CLIFF

    'Before Cliff Richard and the Shadows, there was nothing worth listening to in British music.' - John Lennon.Cliff Richard tells his story, in his own words, in his highly anticipated new autobiography.Achieving a hit in every decade since the 1950s, Cliff Richard stands alone in pop history. Coming of age in 1950s London, he began his music career at Soho's legendary 2i's Cafe, and now he's approaching his 80th birthday with record sales of over 250m and counting.Cliff Richard was a pioneer, forging the way for British rock 'n' roll with his unique sound. The original British teen idol, his incredible story takes us into the studio of TV's first pop show Oh Boy!, through 40 years of Top of the Pops, and playing live up and down the country and across the world, with a constant backdrop of screaming fans.Cliff looks back on his humble upbringing, and how he went on to fulfil his wildest dreams by becoming a pop star and even a film star. He talks about finding Christianity, reflects on the ups and downs of life in the public eye, and reveals how the false allegations against him changed his life forever.He's seen era-defining pop stars come and go, and he's still making new music, with a new project to be released this year. As a teenage Elvis-fan in Cheshunt, this may have seem a distant dream. Here's his story of how he made it all happen.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Gospel According to Luke
    Gospel According to Luke
    ISBN: 9781472126412
    Title: Gospel According to Luke
    Author: LUKATHER STEVE

    The outrageous and often hilarious autobiography of legendary session musician and lead guitarist and singer of Toto.

    No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant sound of the late '70s and '80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B first staked out on Boz Scaggs' Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session crew in LA, and further developed on the band's self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson's Thriller.

    In this incisive memoir, Lukather tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters, and Aretha Franklin. Lukather's extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream. Frank, engaging, and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00

    $38.00
  • Hell Is Round the Corner: Unique No-Holds Barred Autobiography
    Hell Is Round the Corner: Unique No-Holds Barred Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781788702300
    Title: Hell Is Round the Corner: Unique No-Holds Barred Autobiography
    Author: TRICKY

    'Bookended by tragedy, shot through with violence, ultimately uplifting' Guardian'An insight into a singular artist' New Statesman'Fierce, funny and indomitable' Observer'My tears were relentlessly pricked by Tricky's memoir' Daily Telegraph Tricky is one of the most original music artists to emerge from the UK in the past 30 years. His signature sound, coupled with deep, questioning lyrics, took the UK by storm in the early 1990s and was part of the soundtrack that defined the post-rave generation. This unique, no-holds barred autobiography is not only a portrait of an incredible artist - it is also a gripping slice of social history packed with extraordinary anecdotes and voices from the margins of society.

    Tricky examines how his creativity has helped him find a different path to that of his relatives, some of whom were bare-knuckle fighters and gangsters, and how his mother's suicide has had a lifelong effect on him, both creatively and psychologically. With his unique heritage and experience, his story will be one of the most talked-about music autobiographies of the decade.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Hendrix Biographic
    Hendrix Biographic
    ISBN: 9781781453155
    Title: Hendrix Biographic
    Author: FLAVELL LIZ

    Many people know that Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) was a pioneering guitarist and songwriter whose electric playing and performances were at the heart of Sixties pop culture. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he trained as a paratrooper in the Army; that his first guitar cost only $5, while the guitar he set light to at the Monterey Pop Festival later sold for $380,000; that the Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded only 3 studio albums; and that he is one of many rock stars to have died at the age of 27. This book presents an instant impression of his life, work and fame, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the artist behind the music.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Hero: David Bowie
    Hero: David Bowie
    ISBN: 9781444758832
    Title: Hero: David Bowie
    Author: JONES LESLEY-ANN


    'A fascinating insight into one of the greatest artists of our lifetime.' Evening Standard

    'This is a personal friendship in writing... an endearing and powerful tale of a man who conquered the entire entertainment industry with his creative force.' Variety


    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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780349007953
    Title: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir
    Author: BROWNSTEIN CARRIE


    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 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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Indian Sun The Life & Music of Ravi Shankar
    Indian Sun The Life & Music of Ravi Shankar
    ISBN: 9780571350858
    Title: Indian Sun The Life & Music of Ravi Shankar
    Author: CRASKE OLIVER


    As an icon of India, Ravi Shankar ranks not far below Gandhi or the Taj Mahal. He was one of the twentieth century's most important musicians, and India's greatest cultural ambassador. The maestro of the sitar filled the world's leading concert halls, festival stages and airwaves with Indian classical music at a time when it was little known outside its homeland.
    A sensation at Monterey Pop, the Woodstock Festival and the Concert for Bangladesh, he also helped reshape jazz, minimalism and electronic music, pioneered the sitar concerto, and wrote many film scores, including Pather Panchali and Gandhi. He charted the map for countless global musicians who followed in his wake. The unparalleled breadth of his impact is reflected in his disciples, who included George Harrison, John Coltrane, Philip Glass and Yehudi Menuhin.
    For this first biography of Ravi Shankar, Oliver Craske has carried out more than 130 new interviews and enjoyed unprecedented access to the Shankar family archives. He presents the first full portrait of the man and the artist, painting a vivid picture of the public and private faces of a captivating, restless workaholic who lived an intense and extraordinary life across ninety-two years. He investigates Shankar's childhood traumas and youthful stardom as a dancer, his intensive study of the sitar and his leading role in the revival of Indian classical music in his homeland, and his subsequent international career that ultimately made his name synonymous with India. Throughout, this biography seeks to answer the question of what impelled Ravi Shankar on an unending creative and emotional quest.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • It Takes Blood & Guts : Skin The Memoir
    It Takes Blood & Guts : Skin The Memoir
    ISBN: 9781471194924
    Title: It Takes Blood & Guts : Skin The Memoir
    Author: SKIN & O'BRIEN LUCY

    'It's been a very difficult thing being a lead singer of a rock band looking like me and it still is. I have to say it's been a fight and it will always be a fight. That fight drives you and makes you want to work harder . . . It's not supposed to be easy, particularly if you're a woman, you're black or you are gay like me. You've got to keep moving forward, keep striving for everything you want to be. It's been a fight, and there has been a personal cost, but I wouldn't have done it any other way.'

    Skin, the trail-blazing lead singer of multi-million-selling rock band Skunk Anansie, is a global female icon. As an incendiary live performer, she shatters preconceptions about race and gender. As an activist and inspirational role model she has been smashing through stereotypes for over twenty-five years. With her striking visual image and savagely poetic songs, Skin has been a groundbreaking influence both with Skunk Anansie and as a solo artist. &

    From her difficult childhood growing up in Brixton to forming Skunk Anansie in the sweat-drenched backrooms of London's pubs in the '90s, from the highs of headlining Glastonbury to the toll her solo career took on her personal life, Skin's life has been extraordinary. She also talks powerfully about her work as social and cultural activist, championing LGBTQ+ rights at a time when few artists were out and gay. Told with honesty and passion, this is the story of how a black, working-class girl with a vision fought poverty and prejudice to write songs, produce and front her own band, and become one of the most influential women in British rock.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Janis Joplin Queen of Psychedelic Soul
    Janis Joplin Queen of Psychedelic Soul
    ISBN: 9781839642296
    Title: Janis Joplin Queen of Psychedelic Soul
    Author: BRAUND SIMON

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    - Focus on students, through colleges and education institutions.
    - Online promotion through bandcamp, soundcloud and social media

    Influenced by Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin became a rock star in San Francisco's Big Brother & The Holding Company, and enjoyed a meteoric solo career before her untimely death from a drug overdose in Los Angeles. She was the most compelling female blues singer of the 1960s with a thrilling, emotional depth and a fiery stage presence that dominated albums such as Big Brother's Cheap Thrills (1968) and the posthumous, chart-topping Pearl (1971). She became the voice of a generation with her weary, cynical tone, one that still resonates with the curious and wistful youth of today who are faced with a music scene saturated by rap.

    Janis Joplin sadly passed away in time to join the infamous 27 club of artists and musicians who died in their 27th year. She joined, amongst others, Robert Johnson, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones. The 50th anniversary of Joplin's death is in October 2020. This new book in the Flame Tree Rock Icons series covers her life, recordings and live performances, accompanied by a wide range of posters and photos.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Janis: Her Life & Music
    Janis: Her Life & Music
    ISBN: 9781471140945
    Title: Janis: Her Life & Music
    Author: GEORGE-WARREN HOLLY

    Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence

    This blazingly intimate biography of Janis Joplin establishes the Queen of Rock & Roll as the rule-breaking musical trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was.

    Janis Joplin's first transgressive act was to be a white girl who gained an early sense of the power of the blues, music you could only find on obscure records and in roadhouses along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. But even before that, she stood out in her conservative oil town. She was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. Her parents doted on her in many ways, but were ultimately put off by her repeated acts of defiance.

    Janis Joplin has passed into legend as a brash, impassioned soul doomed by the pain that produced one of the most extraordinary voices in rock history. But in these pages, Holly George-Warren provides a revelatory and deeply satisfying portrait of a woman who wasn't all about suffering. Janis was a perfectionist: a passionate, erudite musician who was born with talent but also worked exceptionally hard to develop it. She was a woman who pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality long before it was socially acceptable. She was a sensitive seeker who wanted to marry and settle down--but couldn't, or wouldn't. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away--even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco.

    Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin's family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait of a remarkable artist finally getting her due.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00

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  • Je T'aime: The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
    Je T'aime: The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
    ISBN: 9781785784842
    Title: Je T'aime: The Legendary Love Story of Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
    Author: MORTAIGNE VERONIQUE


    Published on the 50-year anniversary of the legendary song Je t'aime... moi non plus,, deemed too risque for many American radio stations, Véronique Mortaigne's book on Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin is a lyrical retelling of a relationship that defined an age.

    Synonymous with love, eroticism, glamour, music, provocation, their affair would set France aflame as the sixties ebbed, and set in motion many of the ideas we have by now come to think of as specifically 'French'.


    Skipping back and forth in time, Je t'aime takes the reader from the foggy Normandy landscapes where Serge and Jane retreated, to their carefree summers on the coast. En route to their superstardom in films and music, we experience their intrigues, triangular relationships, and jealous rages, the genius and the self-torture.


    Tenderly told, via new interviews with key players in their story, Je t'aime details the coming together of two massive personalities, who together created a model of the rebel couple for the ages.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Johnny Cash: The Life
    Johnny Cash: The Life
    ISBN: 9781780220956
    Title: Johnny Cash: The Life
    Author: HILBURN ROBERT

    People don't just listen to Johnny Cash: they believe in him. Although part of his life has been told on film, there are many compelling layers to his story that have remained hidden -- until now. Robert Hilburn tells the unvarnished truth about a musical icon whose personal life was far more troubled and his artistry much more profound than even his most devoted fans have realised. As music critic for the Los Angeles Times, Hilburn knew Cash well throughout his life -- he was the only music journalist at the legendary Folsom Prison concert in 1968, and he interviewed him extensively just before Cash's death in 2003. Drawing upon his personal experience with Cash and a trove of never-before-seen material from the singer's inner circle, Hilburn gives us a compelling, human portrait of one of the most iconic figures in modern popular culture -- not only a towering figure in country music, but also a seminal influence in rock.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Just Kids
    Just Kids
    ISBN: 9780747568766
    Title: Just Kids
    Author: SMITH PATTI

    A prelude to fame, Just Kids recounts the friendship of two young artists--Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe - whose passion fueled their lifelong pursuit of art. In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max's Kansas City, Scribner's Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol's Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc. It was a heightened time politically and culturally; the art and music worlds exploding and colliding. In the midst of all this two kids made a pact to always care for one another. Scrappy, romantic, committed to making art, they prodded and provided each other with faith and confidence during the hungry years--the days of cous-cous and lettuce soup. Just Kidsbegins as a love story and ends as an elegy. Beautifully written, this is a profound portrait of two young artists, often hungry, sated only by art and experience. And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Killing Time: Short Stories from the Long Road Home
    Killing Time: Short Stories from the Long Road Home
    ISBN: 9781460759486
    Title: Killing Time: Short Stories from the Long Road Home
    Author: BARNES JIMMY

    From the rock legend turned master storyteller, this collection of non-fiction short stories is vintage Jimmy. Stories of adventure, misadventure, love and loss from the #1 bestselling author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Working Class Boy and Working Class Man.

    Outrageous, witty, warm and wise, Killing Time shares more than 40 yarns from an epic life - a dazzling collection of tall tales, out-takes and B-sides from one of Australia's finest storytellers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Last Days of John Lennon
    Last Days of John Lennon
    ISBN: 9781529125207
    Title: Last Days of John Lennon
    Author: PATTERSON JAMES

    John Lennon was one of the world's most influential people.
    Mark David Chapman was one of the most invisible.


    By the end of 1980, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade -- a decade John Lennon had spent in search of his true identity: singer, songwriter, activist, burn out. But now, he declared, "it's the perfect time to be coming back."


    Except that Lennon was a marked man. As early as the Beatles' controversial 1966 American tour, during which the band had feared for their safety, Lennon had complained, "You might as well put a target on me." The Nixon administration did just that, putting Lennon under FBI surveillance. If only the agents hadn't been so intently focused on the star himself, they might have detected Mark David Chapman's powerful, ever-growing obsession with the man he'd grown up idolizing.


    Chapman, himself a tragic nowhere man, ultimately achieved the notoriety he craved by making the target on Lennon very real -- and single-handedly wounding the spirit of a generation.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
    ISBN: 9781909526501
    Title: Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
    Author: LED ZEPPELIN


    Page, Plant and Jones have collaborated with Reel Art Press to publish the first illustrated book celebrating 50 years since Led Zeppelin formed


    Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book ever to be produced in full collaboration with the members of the band. Celebrating 50 years since their formation, this definitive 400-page volume charts the group's unparalleled musical career from the very first performance in a tiny club, to their performance at London's O2 Arena, when 20 million fans broke the world record for highest demand for tickets for a single concert.


    The book features over 300 photographs--many seen here for the first time--of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham from photographers around the world, and photographs from the band members' personal collections. The band are seen on and off stage, in candid moments and in the recording studio. Accompanying the photographs is rare and unseen artwork from the Led Zeppelin archives, and fascinating documents and images from the Atlantic Records vaults.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $118.00
    $118.00
  • Let Love Rule
    Let Love Rule
    ISBN: 9780751582116
    Title: Let Love Rule
    Author: KRAVITZ LENNY


    "I see my story as a suite of songs that have a magical connection. I never understood that connection until I sat down to write. It was then that the magic started to flow."

    Let Love Rule is a work of deep reflection. Lenny Kravitz looks back at his life with candor, self-scrutiny, and humor.

    "My life is all about opposites," he writes. "Black and white. Jewish and Christian. The Jackson 5 and Led Zeppelin. I accepted my Gemini soul. I owned it. I adored it. Yins and yangs mingled in various parts of my heart and mind, giving me balance and fueling my curiosity and comfort."

    Let Love Rule covers a vast canvas stretching from Manhattan's Upper East Side, Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant, Los Angeles's Baldwin Hills, Beverly Hills, and finally to France, England and Germany.

    It's the story of a wildly creative kid who, despite tough struggles at school and extreme tension at home, finds salvation in music.

    We see him grow as a musician and ultimately a master songwriter, producer, and performer. We also see Lenny's spiritual growth--and the powerful way in which spirit informs his music.

    The cast of characters surrounding Lenny is extraordinary: his father, Sy, a high-powered news executive; his mother, Roxie Roker, a television star; and Lisa Bonet, the young actress who becomes his muse.

    The central character, of course, is Lenny, who, despite his great aspirational energy, turns down record deal after record deal until he finds his true voice.

    The creation of that voice, the same voice that is able to declare "Let Love Rule" to an international audience, is the very heart of this story.

    "Whether recording, performing, or writing a book," says Lenny, "my art is about listening to the inspiration inside and then sharing it with people. Art must bring the world closer together."

    A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) A Memoir of Recording & Discording with Wilco, Etc.
    Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) A Memoir of Recording & Discording with Wilco, Etc.
    ISBN: 9780571330515
    Title: Let's Go (So We Can Get Back) A Memoir of Recording & Discording with Wilco, Etc.
    Author: TWEEDY JEFF

    *A New York Times Bestseller*
    *A Rolling Stone Best Music Books of 2018 selection*
    *A Pitchfork Pick: Best Music Books of 2018*

    The singer, guitarist, and songwriter--best known for his work with Wilco--opens up about his past, his songs, the music, and the people who have inspired him.

    Few bands have encouraged as much devotion as the Chicago rock band Wilco, and it's thanks, in large part, to the band's singer, songwriter, and guiding light: Jeff Tweedy. But while his songs and music have been endlessly discussed and analyzed, Jeff has rarely talked so directly about himself, his life, or his artistic process.

    Until now. In his long-awaited memoir, Jeff will tell stories about his childhood in Belleville, Illinois; the St. Louis record store, rock clubs, and live-music circuit that sparked his songwriting and performing career; and the Chicago scene that brought it all together. He also talks in-depth about his collaborators in Uncle Tupelo, Wilco, and more; and writes lovingly about his parents; wife, Susie; and sons, Spencer and Sammy.

    Honest, funny, and disarming, Tweedy's memoir will bring readers inside both his life and his musical process, illuminating his singular genius and sharing his story, voice, and perspective for the first time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Life
    Life
    ISBN: 9780753826614
    Title: Life
    Author: RICHARDS KEITH

    With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he has truly lived the original rock and roll life.Now, at last, the man himself tells us his story with his trademark disarming honesty. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records as a child growing up in Kent. Learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones' first fame. The notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in 'Jumping Jack Flash' and 'Honky Tonk Women'. His relationship with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the US, isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family and the road that goes on forever.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • M Train
    M Train
    ISBN: 9781408867709
    Title: M Train
    Author: SMITH PATTI

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of caf.s and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as 'a roadmap to my life'.

    M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf. where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud and Mishima.

    Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable artists at work today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
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