• 'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics & Pictures of Iggy Pop
    'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics & Pictures of Iggy Pop
    ISBN: 9780241399873
    Title: 'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics & Pictures of Iggy Pop
    Author: POP IGGY

    Iggy Pop hasn't simply left a mark on music; he's left blood stains all over it.

    From fronting the legendary proto-punk band The Stooges to collaborating with an eclectic mix of artists including David Bowie, Lou Reed, Debbie Harry, Jack White and Josh Homme, Iggy has proved himself to be one of punk's most iconic, outrageous and enduring music artists.

    In this beautifully illustrated collection, he shares his lyrics and reflections on a genre-defining music career that spans five decades.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • & 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: 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
    $38.00
  • Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn
    Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn
    ISBN: 9781408711842
    Title: Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn
    Author: ANDERSON BRETT


    'A compelling personal account of the dramas of a singular British band' Neil Tennant


    The trajectory of Suede - hailed in infancy as both 'The Best New Band in Britain' and 'effete southern wankers' - is recalled with moving candour by its frontman Brett Anderson, whose vivid memoir swings seamlessly between the tender, witty, turbulent, euphoric and bittersweet.


    Suede began by treading the familiar jobbing route of London's emerging new 1990s indie bands - gigs at ULU, the Camden Powerhaus and the Old Trout in Windsor - and the dispiriting experience of playing a set to an audience of one. But in these halcyon days, their potential was undeniable. Anderson's creative partnership with guitarist Bernard Butler exposed a unique and brilliant hybrid of lyric and sound; together they were a luminescent team - burning brightly and creating some of the era's most revered songs and albums.


    In Afternoons with the Blinds drawn, Anderson unflinchingly explores his relationship with addiction, heartfelt in the regret that early musical bonds were severed, and clear-eyed on his youthful persona. 'As a young man . . . I oscillated between morbid self-reflection and vainglorious narcissism' he writes. His honesty, sharply self-aware and articulate, makes this a compelling autobiography, and a brilliant insight into one of the most significant bands of the last quarter century.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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
    &


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • All Cheeses Great & Small: a Life Less Blurry
    All Cheeses Great & Small: a Life Less Blurry
    ISBN: 9780007453146
    Title: All Cheeses Great & Small: a Life Less Blurry
    Author: JAMES ALEX

    ALL CHEESES GREAT AND SMALL is the follow-up memoir to Alex James's first book, BIT OF A BLUR, the story of his excessive pop star lifestyle during the 90s. But now Alex has grown up, fallen in love and got married. He has also fallen passionately for his new home, an enormous rambling farmhouse in the Cotswolds set in two hundred acres of beautiful British farmland.
    The farm does not just represent a new house for Alex, it is also a new career. As he breathes new life into the old farm he chances across an unexpected calling -- making cheese. Alex's homemade cheese has received widespread media interest and is now sold through many outlets.
    The story culminates with an account of the triumphant reformation of Blur for Glastonbury 2009. It will also include illustrations by Graham Coxon.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • 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
  • Art Sex Music
    Art Sex Music
    ISBN: 9780571328529
    Title: Art Sex Music
    Author: TUTTI COSEY FANNI


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


    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: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Autobiography of Gucci Mane
    Autobiography of Gucci Mane
    ISBN: 9781501165344
    Title: Autobiography of Gucci Mane
    Author: MANE GUCCI

    The New York Times bestselling memoir from the legendary Gucci Mane spares no detail in this "cautionary tale that ends in triumph" (GQ).

    For the first time Gucci Mane tells his extraordinary story in his own words. It is "as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself" (Complex).

    The platinum-selling recording artist began writing his remarkable autobiography in a federal maximum security prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive--a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past.

    A critically acclaimed classic, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane "provides incredible insight into one of the most influential rappers of the last decade, detailing a volatile and fascinating life...By the end, every reader will have a greater understanding of Gucci Mane, the man and the musician" (Pitchfork).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Backstage Pass: The Starchild's All-Access Guide to the Good Life
    Backstage Pass: The Starchild's All-Access Guide to the Good Life
    ISBN: 9780062820280
    Title: Backstage Pass: The Starchild's All-Access Guide to the Good Life
    Author: STANLEY PAUL


    New York Times bestselling author and legendary front man and rhythm guitarist of KISS grants fans an all-access backstage pass to his personal life and shows them how to pursue a royal rock 'n' roll lifestyle of their own, offering hard-won advice and rules to live by.


    In this follow-up to his popular bestseller Face the Music, the Starchild takes us deeper into his personal life and his home life on and off the stage, revealing what he eats, drinks, and does with his friends and family. He reveals what he's learned from a lifetime as the front man of the iconic band KISS and how he brings his unique sensibility not only to his superstar music career but to every area of his life-from the business to parenting to health and happiness, from the kitchen and the bar to the gym and the office.


    Showcasing his unique lifestyle, Backstage Pass is a rare look at the man beneath the modern rock-god persona. Paul shares fascinating details about his life-his fitness routine, philosophy, business principles, how he finds inspiration, passion, and joy after nearly fifty years filling arenas and selling out shows, and even his favorite meals, including recipes from such friends as Rocco DiSpirito, Mario Batali, and other star chefs.


    Backstage Pass divulges more true stories of the rock legend's relationships, hardships, and wild nights and offers surprising lessons on the discipline and hard work that have made him one of the healthiest and most successful rock 'n' roll front men in history-and a model superstar for the modern age.


    This is the book for fans who love living large but also want to kick ass at everyday life. From doing shots at the bar to enjoying a glass of red on the patio, Paul shows you how you can rock 'n' roll all night and party every day-without missing a beat or looking like you do.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year
    Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year
    ISBN: 9780062475589
    Title: Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year
    Author: TURNER STEVE


    A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.


    They started off as hysteria-inducing pop stars playing to audiences of screaming teenage fans and ended up as musical sages considered responsible for ushering in a new era.


    The year that changed everything for the Beatles was 1966--the year of their last concert and their first album, Revolver, that was created to be listened to rather than performed. This was the year the Beatles risked their popularity by retiring from live performances, recording songs that explored alternative states of consciousness, experimenting with avant-garde ideas, and speaking their minds on issues of politics, war, and religion. It was the year their records were burned in America after John's explosive claim that the group was "more popular than Jesus," the year they were hounded out of the Philippines for "snubbing" its First Lady, the year John met Yoko Ono, and the year Paul conceived the idea for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.


    On the fiftieth anniversary of this seminal year, music journalist and Beatles expert Steve Turner slows down the action to investigate in detail the enormous changes that took place in the Beatles' lives and work during 1966. He looks at the historical events that had an impact on the group, the music they made that in turn profoundly affected the culture around them, and the vision that allowed four young men from Liverpool to transform popular music and serve as pioneers for artists from Coldplay to David Bowie, Jay-Z to U2.


    By talking to those close to the group and by drawing on his past interviews with key figures such as George Martin, Timothy Leary, and Ravi Shankar--and the Beatles themselves--Turner gives us the compelling, definitive account of the twelve months that contained everything the Beatles had been and anticipated everything they would still become.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Beatles Lyrics
    Beatles Lyrics
    ISBN: 9781474606875
    Title: Beatles Lyrics
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER


    Over 100 handwritten manuscripts of the Beatles' original lyrics, tracked down from friends of the band, museums, universities and collectors.


    Hunter Davies, author of the only authorised biography of the Beatles, worked with the band in their heyday. Here he reveals each song's context with vivid behind-the-scenes stories and gives a unique insight into the creative process of the world's greatest songwriters. From 'Yesterday' and 'Eleanor Rigby' to 'Yellow Submarine', The Beatles Lyrics is the definitive story of the band, uniquely told through their music.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Beatles the Illustrated Biography
    Beatles the Illustrated Biography
    ISBN: 9781907176630
    Title: Beatles the Illustrated Biography
    Author: HILL TIM & GOOD E


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 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 Elvis
    Being Elvis
    ISBN: 9781474604574
    Title: Being Elvis
    Author: CONNOLLY RAY


    Elvis Presley is a giant figure in American popular culture, a man whose talent and fame were matched only by his later excesses and tragic end. A godlike entity in the history of rock and roll, this twentieth-century icon with a dazzling voice blended gospel and traditionally black rhythm and blues with country to create a completely new kind of music and new way of expressing male sexuality, which simply blew the doors off a staid and repressed 1950s America.


    In Being Elvis veteran rock journalist Ray Connolly takes a fresh look at the career of the world's most loved singer, placing him, forty years after his death, not exhaustively in the garish neon lights of Las Vegas but back in his mid-twentieth-century, distinctly southern world. For new and seasoned fans alike, Connolly, who interviewed Elvis in 1969, re-creates a man who sprang from poverty in Tupelo, Mississippi, to unprecedented overnight fame, eclipsing Frank Sinatra and then inspiring the Beatles along the way.


    Juxtaposing the music, the songs, and the incendiary live concerts with a personal life that would later careen wildly out of control, Connolly demonstrates that Elvis's amphetamine use began as early as his touring days of hysteria in the late 1950s, and that the financial needs that drove him in the beginning would return to plague him at the very end. With a narrative informed by interviews over many years with John Lennon, Bob Dylan, B. B. King, Sam Phillips, and Roy Orbison, among many others, Connolly creates one of the most nuanced and mature portraits of this cultural phenomenon to date.


    What distinguishes Being Elvis beyond the narrative itself is Connolly's more subtle examinations of white poverty, class aspirations, and the prison that is extreme fame. As we reach the end of this poignant account, Elvis's death at forty-two takes on the hue of a profoundly American tragedy. The creator of an American sound that resonates today, Elvis remains frozen in time, an enduring American icon who could "seamlessly soar into a falsetto of pleading and yearning" and capture an inner emotion, perhaps of eternal yearning, to which all of us can still relate.


    Intimate and unsparing, Being Elvis explores the extravagance and irrationality inherent in the Elvis mythology, ultimately offering a thoughtful celebration of an immortal life.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
  • Beyoncegraphica: A Graphic Biography of Beyonce
    Beyoncegraphica: A Graphic Biography of Beyonce
    ISBN: 9781781316511
    Title: Beyoncegraphica: A Graphic Biography of Beyonce
    Author: ROBERTS CHRIS

    BEYONC_ needs only a one-word introduction. Universally recognised and with a platform the world over, she is a singer, an artist, an activist and an icon.
    In this innovative graphic biography, Beyonc_'s genius is explored and celebrated like never before, with fun infographics looking at the highlights and successes of her career - from costume changes to record sales, her impressive vocal range to her work off-stage. Beyonc_'s astonishing accomplishments are showcased against fellow legends of the industry in addition to celebrating her achievements in her own right.
    Drawing on her 26-year career, Chris Roberts tells the story of how a young singer from Texas transformed herself into a globally revered performer who came to dominate the charts, our screens and even wardrobes. Who has come to represent so much more than the pop industry, through philanthropy, politics and campaigning, Beyonc_ has broken the mould of what it means to be a superstar and that star continues to rise.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Billie Holiday: the Musician & the Myth
    Billie Holiday: the Musician & the Myth
    ISBN: 9780099592624
    Title: Billie Holiday: the Musician & the Myth
    Author: SZWED JOHN

    "When eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record Riffin' the Scotch' and Your Mother's Son-in-Law', it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-century popular music. Today, Billie Holiday is an icon u an artist whose voice has weathered countless shifts in public taste, and whose impact on contemporary music is unquestionable. Most of the writing on Holiday has focused on the tragic details of her life u her prostitution at the age of fourteen, a her heroin addiction and alcoholism, her series of abusive relationships, the ravages of her voice by the time she was forty-four u or tried to correct the many fabrications of her autobiography. John Szwed's Billie Holiday is a different book, one that stays close to her music, to her performance style, to the self she created and put on record and on stage. Drawing on revelatory new material, including unpublished memoirs and interviews, Billie Holiday is the first biography to consider the singer as an artist, examining how her life inflected her art, her influences, her uncanny voice and rhythmic genius, her singin

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bowie Biographic
    Bowie Biographic
    ISBN: 9781781453278
    Title: Bowie Biographic
    Author: FLAVELL LIZ

    Many people know that David Bowie (1947-2016) was an iconic singer, songwriter and actor, whose lyrics, performances and ever-changing persona were at the heart of pop culture for over five decades. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he smoked 80 cigarettes a day, acted in 27 films, sold over 140 million albums and once shared a Berlin apartment with Iggy Pop. 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
  • Bring It on Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin & Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager
    Bring It on Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin & Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager
    ISBN: 9781472126900
    Title: Bring It on Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin & Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager
    Author: BLAKE MARK

    Peter Grant was an ordinary man who led the most extraordinary life. He was also a man with secrets. He took many with him. An envelope of papers relating to his mysterious family background even went with him in the coffin. It made sense. During his lifetime, Led Zeppelin's manager rarely discussed his family background, even with his ex-wife and children. He was brought up by a single mother and always claimed he'd never known his father. But the missing pieces in the familial puzzle continue to fascinate and perplex his daughter, Helen, and son, Warren. With Led Zeppelin's fame and success, some of the spotlight fell on their fearsome giant of a manager. In the absence of hard facts about Grant's early life, an alternative history took, shape, assisted by books, magazine articles, and television documentaries. Some of the information was true, some was wild speculation, and some was completely false. Grant himself contributed to this confused backstory. As his reputation grew, it was to his advantage to let people believe what they wanted. The truth might have been too mundane or revealed too much about the person he really was. "He was a complex man," says Helen. "You could never really know him." Book jacket.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 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
  • Bruce Springsteen: Glory Days - 50 Years of Dreaming
    Bruce Springsteen: Glory Days - 50 Years of Dreaming
    ISBN: 9781999705091
    Title: Bruce Springsteen: Glory Days - 50 Years of Dreaming
    Author: VARIOUS

    For over forty years, Bruce Springsteen has been on top of the rock `n' roll stage with 18 studio albums - from his debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. to 2014's High Hopes - his a life dedicated to music-making and committed songwriting.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Carter Family: Don't Forget this Song With Cd
    Carter Family: Don't Forget this Song With Cd
    ISBN: 9780810988361
    Title: Carter Family: Don't Forget this Song With Cd
    Author: YOUNG FRANK M & LASKY DAVID


    The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Songis a rich and compelling original graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family-the first superstar group of country music-who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Many of their hit songs, such as "Wildwood Flower" and "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," have influenced countless musicians and remain timeless country standards.


    The Carter Family: Don't Forget This Songis not only a unique illustrated biography, but a moving account that reveals the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, its dynamic narrative is pure Americana. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the power of music and love.

    Includes bonus CD with original Carter Family music.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • 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
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of America's Greatest Supergroup
    Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of America's Greatest Supergroup
    ISBN: 9780306903281
    Title: Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of America's Greatest Supergroup
    Author: BROWNE DAVID

    "In what is the most comprehensive biography of the group to date, Browne compiles a fun and fast-paced music history.... an authoritative chronicle." --Publishers Weekly

    The first and most complete narrative biography of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, by acclaimed music journalist and Rolling Stone senior writer David Browne

    Even in the larger-than-life world of rock and roll, it was hard to imagine four more different men. David Crosby, the opinionated hippie guru. Stephen Stills, the perpetually driven musician. Graham Nash, the tactful pop craftsman. Neil Young, the creatively restless loner. But together, few groups were as in sync with their times as Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Starting with the original trio's landmark 1969 debut album, the group embodied much about its era: communal musicmaking, protest songs that took on the establishment and Richard Nixon, and liberal attitudes toward partners and lifestyles. Their group or individual songs--"Wooden Ships," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," "After the Gold Rush," "For What It's Worth" (with Stills and Young's Buffalo Springfield), "Love the One You're With," "Long Time Gone," "Just a Song Before I Go," "Southern Cross"--became the soundtrack of a generation.

    But their story would rarely be as harmonious as their legendary and influential vocal blend. In the years that followed, these four volatile men would continually break up, reunite, and disband again--all against a backdrop of social and musical change, recurring disagreements and jealousies, and self-destructive tendencies that threatened to cripple them both as a group and as individuals.

    In Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup, longtime music journalist and Rolling Stone writer David Browne presents the ultimate deep dive into rock and roll's most musical and turbulent brotherhood on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Featuring exclusive interviews with David Crosby and Graham Nash along with band members, colleagues, fellow superstars, former managers, employees, and lovers-and with access to unreleased music and documents--Browne takes readers backstage and onstage, into the musicians' homes, recording studios, and psyches, to chronicle the creative and psychological ties that have bound these men together--and sometimes torn them apart. This is the sweeping story of rock's longest-running, most dysfunctional, yet pre-eminent musical family, delivered with the epic feel their story rightly deserves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00

    $50.00
  • Cyndi Lauper: a Memoir
    Cyndi Lauper: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781471114250
    Title: Cyndi Lauper: a Memoir
    Author: LAUPER CYNDI

    Legendary and iconic singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper offers a poignant account of the journey that led her to become an international superstar—from her years growing up in Queens, New York, to the making of enduring hits like “Time After Time,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “True Colors,” to becoming an actress, a mother, an outspoken activist, and maintaining a music career that has lasted more than thirty years.

    After leaving her childhood home at seventeen, Cyndi took on a series of jobs: racetrack hot walker, IHOP waitress, and, as she puts it, “gal Friday the thirteenth,” as she pursued her passion for music. She worked her way up playing small gigs and broke out in 1983 with She’s So Unusual, which earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist and made her the first female artist in history to have four top-five singles on a debut album. And while global fame wasn’t always what she expected, she has remained focused on what matters most. Cyndi is a gutsy real-life heroine who has never been afraid to speak her mind and stick up for a cause—whether it’s women’s rights, gay rights, or fighting against HIV/AIDS.

    With her trademark warmth and humor, Cyndi fearlessly writes of a life she’s lived only on her own terms.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • 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
  • Debussy A Painter in Sound
    Debussy A Painter in Sound
    ISBN: 9780571330171
    Title: Debussy A Painter in Sound
    Author: WALSH STEPHEN

    Claude Debussy was that rare creature, a composer who reinvented the language of music without alienating the majority of music lovers. He is the modernist everyone loves. How did he manage this? Was it through the association of his music with visual images, or was it simply that, by throwing out the rule book of the Paris Conservatoire where he studied, his music put beauty of sound above the spiritual ambitions of the German tradition from which those rules derived. Stephen Walsh's thought-provoking biography, told partly through the events of Debussy's life, and partly through a critical discussion of his music, addresses these and other questions about one of the most influential composers of the early twentieth century.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy & Other Rules to Live By
    Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy & Other Rules to Live By
    ISBN: 9781783351978
    Title: Dishonesty Is the Second-Best Policy & Other Rules to Live By
    Author: MITCHELL DAVID

    The Sunday Times bestseller Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse, which we published back in 2014, must have really made people think. Because everything's got worse. We've gone from UKIP to Brexit, from horse lasagne to fatbergs, from big society to food banks. The only possible way to cheer up in 2019 is to dive into David Mitchell's terrifically clever and witty analysis of the farce of recent years. Here he takes on the utter nonsense rained down on us from corporate PRs, governments in the thrall of lobbyists, customers being preyed upon by algorithm-wielding corporations, evil interest groups tricking electors with targeted lies, flat-earthers and Eton boys. No other writer is a match for the dumbfounding times we live in.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Doors
    Doors
    ISBN: 9780571279944
    Title: Doors
    Author: MARCUS GREIL


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
  • Ed Sheeran
    Ed Sheeran
    ISBN: 9780008267520
    Title: Ed Sheeran
    Author: SMITH SEAN

    Ed Sheeran has conquered the musical world. Avoiding flashy showmanship and fleeting fashion, he has let his talent do the talking. His moving and uplifting songs forge a lasting connection with the millions of people around the world who love his music. Bestselling biographer Sean Smith has travelled to the quiet Suffolk backwater that Ed still calls home. Seeing the sunset over the famous 'Castle on the Hill' for himself, he follows in the footsteps of Ed's amazing journey from the boy who could barely hold a tune to the man who sold out Wembley Stadium. He tells the story of Ed's remarkable mum and dad who gave their son the courage and confidence to pursue his dream, the friends and mentors who taught and encouraged him and the lovers who inspired his most famous songs. Ed Sheeran was fifteen when he recorded his first album in his bedroom. But while he was well known for performing his own songs in local pubs and clubs before he was even old enough to drink, he was not 'discovered' or groomed for stardom. Instead he left High School before completing his A-Levels and moved to London where he went to college two days a week, performed hundreds of gigs on the capital's thriving music scene and sold his self-financed CDs from his rucksack. At the end of the evening, he would head to friends' flats to sleep on a sofa or on the floor. It was far from glamorous and sometimes the struggle threatened to overwhelm him. Somehow, Ed's determination won through and his fortunes changed when he was taken on by Elton John's management company. Smith explores the joy of a record deal when past rejections were forgotten; the song that changed everything and how he conquered America with a little help from Taylor Swift. After three number one albums, he is now the biggest earning music star in the UK and the richest under thirty, worth more than £80 million. Surrounded by a world of excess, he found it difficult to cope with his phenomenal fame before a new relationship with a girl from his home town brought him stability and a fresh purpose in life.Ed Sheeran the book is a fascinating and revealing insight into Ed Sheeran the man...and his music.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Elton John by Terry O'Neill: The Definitive Portrait, with Unseen Images
    Elton John by Terry O'Neill: The Definitive Portrait, with Unseen Images
    ISBN: 9781788401487
    Title: Elton John by Terry O'Neill: The Definitive Portrait, with Unseen Images
    Author: O'NEILL TERRY

    "Looking at Terry's photographs is like gazing through a window at the most extraordinary and exciting moments of my life. I'm so glad he was with us throughout the madness: in his evocative and stylish photos he captured those moments as no other photographer could."
    ELTON JOHN


    Elton John and iconic photographer Terry O'Neill worked together for many years, taking in excess of 5,000 photographs. From intimate backstage shots to huge stadium concerts, the photographs in this book represent the very best of this archive, with most of the images being shown here for the first time.


    O'Neill has drawn on his personal relationship with Elton John to write the book's introduction and captions.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Elton John: The Biography
    Elton John: The Biography
    ISBN: 9780233005515
    Title: Elton John: The Biography
    Author: BUCKLEY DAVID

    As Elton John finishes his final tour, this updated, fully revised biography pays tribute to the groundbreaking, socially conscious musician.

    Meticulously researched and drawing on many new original interviews with friends and associates, Elton John is the first serious, but also page-turningly entertaining, biography of the Queen Mum of Pop. It's now cool to acknowledge John's enormous influence on the music business, his impact on the struggle for LGBTQ rights, and his efforts to fight AIDS. Fully revised and updated, this is the definitive look at a showbiz legend.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
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