• & 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
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  • Acid for the Children
    Acid for the Children
    ISBN: 9781472230829
    Title: Acid for the Children
    Author: FLEA

    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: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Age of Bowie: How David Bowie Made a World of Difference
    Age of Bowie: How David Bowie Made a World of Difference
    ISBN: 9781471148118
    Title: Age of Bowie: How David Bowie Made a World of Difference
    Author: MORLEY PAUL

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    'A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including . . . talent.' David Bowie at 17 in May, 1964 writing his own press biography.
    Respected arts commentator Paul Morley, one of the team who curated the highly successful retrospective exhibition for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, David Bowie Is . . .& constructs the definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, invented the future and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley will capture the greatest moments of Bowie's career; from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; to iconic live performances from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries John Lennon, Lou Reed and Iggy Pop. And of course, discuss in detail his much-heralded, and critically-acclaimed comeback with the release of Black Star just days before his shocking death in New York.&
    & & Morley will offer a startling biographical critique of David Bowie's legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth, and released a dazzling plethora of mobile Bowies into the world with a bloody-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination to create something amazing that was not there before.

    'A thrilling hymn to a brilliant and beloved "song and dance man"' Observer
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Beautiful Ones
    Beautiful Ones
    ISBN: 9781780899176
    Title: Beautiful Ones
    Author: PRINCE; PIEPENBRING DAN

    The brilliant coming-of-age-and-into-superstardom story of one of the greatest artists of all time, in his own words--featuring the exquisite memoir he began writing before his tragic death

    Prince was a musical genius, one of the most beloved, accomplished, and acclaimed musicians of our time. He was a startlingly original visionary with an imagination deep enough to whip up whole worlds, from the sexy, gritty funk paradise of "Uptown" to the mythical landscape of Purple Rain to the psychedelia of "Paisley Park." But his most ambitious creative act was turning Prince Rogers Nelson, born in Minnesota, into Prince, one of the greatest pop stars of any era.

    The Beautiful Ones is the story of how Prince became Prince--a first-person account of a kid absorbing the world around him and then creating a persona, an artistic vision, and a life, before the hits and fame that would come to define him. The audiobook is told in four parts. The first is the memoir Prince was writing before his tragic death, pages that bring us into his childhood world through his own lyrical prose. The second part takes us through Prince's early years as a musician, before his first album was released, via an evocative scrapbook of writing. The third section shows us Prince's evolution, going up to the cusp of his greatest achievement, which we see in the audiobook's fourth section: his original treatment for Purple Rain--the final stage in Prince's self-creation, where he retells the autobiography of the first three parts as a heroic journey.

    The audiobook is framed by editor Dan Piepenbring's riveting and moving introduction about his profound collaboration with Prince in his final months--a time when Prince was thinking deeply about how to reveal more of himself and his ideas to the world, while retaining the mystery and mystique he'd so carefully cultivated.

    This work is not just a tribute to an icon, but an original and energizing literary work in its own right, full of Prince's ideas and vision, his voice and image--his undying gift to the world.

    Dan Piepenbring’s New Yorker article recounts how he was one of two "extremely unlikely" writers selected from a list sent to the singer by the publisher, Spiegel & Grau (a Random House imprint). Both choices had one thing in common: Neither of them had written a book before.
    Prince cited Miles Davis’ autobiography, John Howard Griffin’s “Black Like Me” and the free-form, philosophical Richard Linklater movie “Waking Life?” as influences he would like to emulate in the book.




    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Before We Was We: the Making of Madness by Madness
    Before We Was We: the Making of Madness by Madness
    ISBN: 9780753553930
    Title: Before We Was We: the Making of Madness by Madness
    Author: BARSON M & BEDFORD M & FOREMAN C & MCPHERSON G

    The band's first official book.

    North London. The 1970s. Amid a grim landscape of bomb sites, squats, public baths and rough pubs, a loose gang of misfits and outsiders started making music together - riding freight trains, spraying graffiti, stealing records, clothes and musical instruments. Escaping the fringes of criminality, they formed a band...

    These lairy but charismatic chaps became Madness, one of the most successful pop groups ever, in the UK and beyond. In Before We Was We, their first official book, they tell us the story of how they became them. It's a journey full of luck, skill and charm, as they duck and dive by day and make the name in London's exploding music scene by night, zipping around the capital in their Morris Minor vans.

    Their formative years, 1970-79, provided inspiration for many Madness classics, including 'Baggy Trousers', 'The Prince', 'Our House' and 'My Girl'- songs that four decades later still soundtrack weddings and funerals and inspire mass singalongs in concert halls.

    This is the riotous coming-of-age tale of seven unique individuals, whose collective graft, energy and talent took them from the sweaty depths of the Hope and Anchor basement to the Top of the Pops studio.

    In their own words, they each look back on their past and how during those shared adventures, they formed a bond that's lasted forty years.

    Before We Was We is irreverent, funny and full of character. Just like them.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Being John Lennon
    Being John Lennon
    ISBN: 9781474606813
    Title: Being John Lennon
    Author: CONNOLLY RAY


    John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle - his plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority catching, and eloquently articulating, the group's moment in history.
    Chronicling a troubled life, from that of the cast-aside child of a broken wartime marriage to his murder by a deranged fan, Being John Lennon analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality. A leader who could be easily led, he was often generous and often funny, but sometimes scathingly cruel.


    As a journalist, author Ray Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon, and the entire Beatles coterie. In this biography he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself.


    Drawing on many interviews and conversations with Lennon, his first wife Cynthia and second Yoko Ono, as well as his girlfriend May Pang and song-writing partner Paul McCartney, this complex portrait is a revealing insight into a restless man whose emotional turbulence governed his life and talent.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • 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
  • Birth of Loud Leo Fender, les Paul, & the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    Birth of Loud Leo Fender, les Paul, & the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    ISBN: 9781501141737
    Title: Birth of Loud Leo Fender, les Paul, & the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    Author: PORT IAN S.

    "A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history" (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar's amplified sound--Leo Fender and Les Paul--and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.

    In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into rock 'n' roll--and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an "axe" that would make Fender's Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul--whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought--to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world's most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo.

    While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman, Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s--including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton--adopted one maker's guitar or another. By 1969 it was clear that these new electric instruments had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable.

    In "an excellent dual portrait" (The Wall Street Journal), Ian S. Port tells the full story in The Birth of Loud, offering "spot-on human characterizations, and erotic paeans to the bodies of guitars" (The Atlantic). "The story of these instruments is the story of America in the postwar era: loud, cocky, brash, aggressively new" (The Washington Post).

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • Bob Dylan: Mr Tambourine Man
    Bob Dylan: Mr Tambourine Man
    ISBN: 9781912332038
    Title: Bob Dylan: Mr Tambourine Man
    Author: VARIOUS

    This Illustrated hardback book provides an insight into the unique journey of one of the most ground breaking and influential US artists of all time Bob Dylan.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 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
  • Broken Greek
    Broken Greek
    ISBN: 9781529405842
    Title: Broken Greek
    Author: PAPHIDES PETE

    'Do you sometimes feel like the music you're hearing is explaining your life to you?' When Pete's parents moved from Cyprus to Birmingham in the 1960s in the hope of a better life, they had no money and only a little bit of English. The opened a fish-and-chip shop in Acocks Green. The Great Western Fish Bar is where Pete learned about coin-operated machines, male banter and Britishness. Shy and introverted, Pete stopped speaking from age 4 to 7, and found refuge instead in the bittersweet embrace of pop songs, thanks to Top of the Pops and Dial-A-Disc, From Brotherhood of Man to UB40, from ABBA to The Police, music provided the safety net he needed to protect him from the tensions of his home life. It also helped him navigate his way around the challenges surrounding school, friendships and phobias such as visits to the barber, standing near tall buildings and Rob Hull and Emu. With every passing year, his guilty secret became more horrifying to him: his parents were Greek, but all the things that excited him were British. And the engine of that realisation? 'Sugar Baby Love', 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', 'Tragedy', 'Silly Games', 'Going Underground', 'Come On Eileen', and every other irresistibly chilling chart hit blaring out of the chip shop radio. Never have the trials and tribulations of growing up and the human need for a sense of belonging been so heart-breakingly and humorously depicted.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
  • Dream About Lightning Bugs: a Life of Music & Cheap Lessons
    Dream About Lightning Bugs: a Life of Music & Cheap Lessons
    ISBN: 9781925750997
    Title: Dream About Lightning Bugs: a Life of Music & Cheap Lessons
    Author: FOLDS BEN

    From genre-defying icon Ben Folds comes a memoir reflecting on art, life and music that is as nuanced, witty and relatable as his cult classic songs.
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    Ben Folds is an internationally celebrated singer-songwriter and former frontman of the alternative rock band, Ben Folds Five, beloved for songs such as 'Brick', 'You Don't Know Me', 'Rockin' the Suburbs' and 'The Luckiest'.
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    In A Dream About Lightning Bugs Folds looks back at his life so far in a charming, funny and wise chronicle of his artistic coming of age, infused with the wry observations of a natural storyteller. He opens up about finding his voice as a musician, becoming a rock anti-hero, and hauling a baby grand piano on and off stage for every performance.
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    From growing up in working class North Carolina childhood amid the race and class tensions that shaped his early songwriting to painful life lessons he learned the hard way, he also ruminates on music in the digital age, the absurdity of life on the road, and the challenges of sustaining a multi-decade, multi-faceted career in the music business.& &
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    A Dream About Lightning Bugs embodies what Folds has been singing about for years: Smile like you've got nothing to prove, because it hurts to grow up, and life flies by in seconds.

    Advanced Praise:
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    'I'm gonna learn to read for this' Josh Groban
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    'I read this in one glorious, giant gulp. As a fan of your work and as a musician, this is truly a gift ... moments for me to geek out, moments to laugh and cry and many fragments of pure, hard won wisdom and honesty' Jamie Cullum
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    'A Dream About Lightning Bugs reads like its author: intelligent, curious, unapologetically punk, and funny as hell. This intimate look at his life from his own unique perspective is a rare and unforgettable gift that does what Ben Folds always has done for me as an artist and a friend: encourages me to be more myself, with a lot of swear words' Sara Bareilles

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Face It
    Face It
    ISBN: 9780008229429
    Title: Face It
    Author: HARRY DEBBIE

    Debbie Harry has achieved a level of global success and iconic stature that is reserved for very few musicians, and even fewer women. Charismatic lead singer, critically acclaimed solo artist and style icon, her allure is endless and her legacy is enduring. In this, her first memoir, Debbie shares her remarkable life story. Finding fame in the anarchic punk scene of mid-70s downtown New York, Blondie went on to enjoy worldwide success, freewheeling through genres, from pop to rap via disco and reggae, with a sense of assuredness and abandon that typified their lead singer. Debbie, a brilliant lyricist with a captivating stage presence, has made an indelible impression on pop culture; within the band, in her solo career and as an actor. Time and again, she has pushed boundaries and defied expectations. From gigging in CBGBs to headlining Glastonbury in 2014, Debbie's career has spanned nearly four decades and generated over 40 million record sales. Unafraid to speak her mind, she encapsulates a sense of independence, strength and sincerity that has inspired generations. Now Debbie recalls the experiences that have shaped her - the unprecedented triumphs and the darkest challenges - in her typically unapologetic, vibrant style.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Girl in a Band
    Girl in a Band
    ISBN: 9780571349661
    Title: Girl in a Band
    Author: GORDON KIM


    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.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • Hell Is Round the Corner
    Hell Is Round the Corner
    ISBN: 9781788702300
    Title: Hell Is Round the Corner
    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: $31.00
    $31.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
    Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
    ISBN: 9781474606486
    Title: Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd
    Author: MASON NICK

    The definitive history of Pink Floyd by founding member Nick Mason, this reading edition brings up-to-date the band's incredible story as told uniquely from the inside out. Including the complete text of the original in an easy-toread format, a new chapter covering the passing of Rick Wright and the release of the group's final album, and 80 pages of images from Mason's archives plus new photos,Inside Out is a masterly rock memoir and an eye opener for both veteran fans and those just discovering the group.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Janis: The Life & Music from the Queen of Rock
    Janis: The Life & Music from the Queen of Rock
    ISBN: 9781471189999
    Title: Janis: The Life & Music from the Queen of Rock
    Author: GEORGE-WARREN HOLLY

    It's been said Janis Joplin was second only to Bob Dylan as the 'creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation's mythology'. But how did a middle-class girl from Texas become a '60s countercultural icon?
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    Janis' parents doted on her and promoted her early talent for art. But the arrival of a brother shattered the bond she had with her intellectual maverick of a father, an oil engineer. And her own maverick instincts alienated her from her socially conformist mother. That break with her parents, along with the rejection of her high school peers, who disapproved of her beatnik look and racially progressive views, and wrongly assumed she was sexually promiscuous, cemented her sense of herself as an outcast. She found her tribe with a group of offbeat young men a year ahead of her, who loved her intellectual curiosity, her passion for conversation, and her adventurous search for the blues. Although she never stopped craving the approval of her parents and hometown, she left Port Arthur at seventeen determined to prove she could be loved.
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    She tried college twice, and dropped out both times. She ran off to California, but came back when her heavy drug use scared her into it. She almost signed up for a life as a domesticated, hang-the-curtains wife. But instead, during a second stint on the West Coast, she launched a career that would see her crowned the queen of rock and roll.
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    What no one besides Holly George-Warren has captured in such intimate detail is the way Janis Joplin teetered between the powerful woman you hear in her songs and the little girl who just wanted to go home and feel emotionally safe there. The pain of that dichotomy fuelled her music - and ultimately killed her.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
  • Last Holiday: A Memoir
    Last Holiday: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781786890252
    Title: Last Holiday: A Memoir
    Author: SCOTT-HERON GIL

    Raised by his grandmother in Tennessee, Gil Scott-Heron's journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of the most uncompromising and influential songwriters of his generation is a remarkable one. In this, his heartfelt, beautifully written and posthumously published memoir, we are given bright insights into the music industry, New York, the civil-rights movement, modern America, governmental hypocrisy, Stevie Wonder and our wider place in the world. It is also a fitting testament to the generous brilliance of Gil Scott-Heron and to the Spirits that guided him.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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: $122.00
    $122.00
  • 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
  • Lou Reed: a Life
    Lou Reed: a Life
    ISBN: 9781444794601
    Title: Lou Reed: a Life
    Author: DECURTIS ANTHONY

    As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once the height of sanctity and perversity, transcended a genre, speaking to millions of listeners, inspiring a new generation of musicians, and forever changing the way we think of that iconic era of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Throughout his five-decade career, Reed embodied artistic self-awareness and captured the beauty, paranoia, and vivacity of his time into an array of hit songs, experimental albums, and a larger-than-life persona.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Lowside of the Road: a Life of Tom Waits
    Lowside of the Road: a Life of Tom Waits
    ISBN: 9780571351336
    Title: Lowside of the Road: a Life of Tom Waits
    Author: HOSKYNS BARNEY


    Spanning Tom Waits' extraordinary 40-year career, from Closing Time to Orphans, Lowside of the Road is Barney Hoskyns' unique take on one of rock's great enigmas. Like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Waits is a chameleonic survivor who's achieved long-term success while retaining cult credibility and outsider mystique. From his perilous "jazzbo" years in '70s Los Angeles to the multiple-Grammy winner of recent years - by way of such shape-shifting '80s albums as Swordfishtrombones - this exhaustive biography charts Waits' life step-by-step and album-by-album.


    Affectionate and penetrating, and based on a combination of assiduous research and deep critical insight, this is a outstanding investigation of a notoriously private artist and performer - the definitive account to date of Tom Waits' life and work.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • 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
  • Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust
    Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust
    ISBN: 9781538701669
    Title: Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust
    Author: LYNN LORETTA

    Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline are legends--country icons and sisters of the heart. For the first time ever Loretta tells their story: a celebration of their music and their relationship up until Patsy's tragic and untimely death.

    Full of laughter and tears, this eye-opening, heartwarming memoir paints a picture of two stubborn, spirited country gals who'd be damned if they'd let men or convention tell them how to be. Set in the heady streets of the 1960s South, this nostalgia ride shows how Nashville blossomed into the city of music it is today. Tender and fierce, Me & Patsy Kickin' Up Dust is an up-close-and-personal portrait of a friendship that defined a generation and changed country music indelibly--and a meditation on love, loss and legacy.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Mercury & Me: An Intimate Memoir by the Man He Loved
    Mercury & Me: An Intimate Memoir by the Man He Loved
    ISBN: 9781526614506
    Title: Mercury & Me: An Intimate Memoir by the Man He Loved
    Author: HUTTIN JIM & WAPSHOTT TIM

    'Honest and moving' Independent on Sunday
    Freddie Mercury was a rock superstar like no other. Recently the focus of the Academy Award-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody, he generated over eE1 billion worth of sales in a career spanning two decades. But for all his riches, Mercury could not buy the thing he sought most- the love of one particular man.
    Jim Hutton was a modest gentleman's barber when the two met in 1983. After many fiery false starts, they became lasting lovers. From the moment they lived together, wherever Mercury went, Hutton went too. And whoever Mercury met, Hutton met too from Phil Collins to Elton John, David Bowie to the other members of Queen. They laughed together, fought together and, in Mercury's final years, they often cried together.
    Freddie Mercury was forty-five when he died from AIDS in Hutton's arms. No one can tell the story of the last few years of Mercury's private life - the ecstasies and the agonies - more accurately or honestly than Jim Hutton.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Miles: the Autobiography
    Miles: the Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781451643183
    Title: Miles: the Autobiography
    Author: DAVIS MILES

    Miles: The Autobiography, like the man himself, holds nothing back. He talks about his battles against drugs and racism, and discusses the many women in his life. But above all, Miles talks about music and musicians, including the legends he has played with over the years: Bird, Dizzy, Monk, Trane, Mingus and many others. The man who has given us the most exciting music of recent times has now given us a fascinating and compelling insight into his extraordinary life. âe~An engrossing read . . . gives fascinating insights into the cult phenomenonâe(tm) Miles Copeland, Weekend Telegraph âe~Magnificently truthful, action packed, raw and bleedingâe(tm) Miles Kington, Independent âe~Passionate, opinionated, unfettered . . . What gives this book, and the man, their final weight and strength is that Davisâe(tm)s driving, almost possessed pursuit of his art. The passion to create is all, and let the world go hang itselfâe(tm) Herbert Kretzmer, Daily Mail

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • More Myself: A Journey
    More Myself: A Journey
    ISBN: 9781529046045
    Title: More Myself: A Journey
    Author: KEYS ALICIA

    One of the most celebrated musicians of modern time shares her quest for truth--about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes her artistry, this work is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.tity.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs & Drawings
    Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs & Drawings
    ISBN: 9781786898586
    Title: Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs & Drawings
    Author: MITCHELL JONI

    In 1971, as her groundbreaking album Blue emerged as a singular commercial and critical success around the world, Joni Mitchell puzzled over what gift to give her friends that Christmas. The result was a handmade book, with only one hundred copies produced, filled with Joni's hand-written lyrics and reproductions of many of her stunning drawings - portraits, abstracts, random concertgoers, and more. Each was given to a friend and, until now, the edition has remained private. Today, with Morning Glory on the Vine, Joni's long-ago personal Christmas present is a present to us all

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • My Thoughts Exactly
    My Thoughts Exactly
    ISBN: 9781911600916
    Title: My Thoughts Exactly
    Author: ALLEN LILY

    So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change--for the better. This is my story.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
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