• Me: Elton John
    Me: Elton John
    ISBN: 9781509853342
    Title: Me: Elton John
    Author: JOHN ELTON

    The Sunday Times bestseller with a new chapter bringing the story up to date. 'The rock memoir of the decade' Daily Mail'The rock star's gloriously entertaining and candid memoir is a gift to the reader' Sunday TimesIn his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life. Me is the the joyously funny, honest and moving story of the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time.

    ______________Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again.

    His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar; from half-heartedly trying to drown himself in his LA swimming pool to disco-dancing with the Queen; from friendships with John Lennon, Freddie Mercury and George Michael to setting up his AIDS Foundation. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. In Me Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father.

    In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships, his passions and his mistakes. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend. ______________'Self-deprecating, funny .

    . . You cannot help but enjoy his company throughout, temper tantrums and all' The Times'Racy, pacy and crammed with scurrilous anecdotes - what more could you ask from the rocket man' Guardian (Book of the Week)'Chatty, gossipy, amusing and at times brutally candid' Telegraph

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    Price: $25.00
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  • Mister Good Times
    Mister Good Times
    ISBN: 9780349700670
    Title: Mister Good Times
    Author: JAY NORMAN


    THE LIFE STORY OF THE LEGENDARY BRITISH DJ, NORMAN JAY MBE

    'Full of the heart and spirit Norman Jay brings to his music, but it also offers a salutary account of growing up as part of the Windrush generation in London's Notting Hill, the violence and racism he faced, and his success' Observer

    Mister Good Times is the enthralling story of a black kid growing up in a (largely white) working class world; of vivid, often violent experiences on the football terraces; of the emerging club scene growing out of a melting pot of styles; of how Jay, with his contemporaries, took the music of Black America, gave it a distinctly London twist, and used the marriage of styles to forge a hugely successful career as a trailblazing DJ and broadcaster, becoming an inspiration to a whole generation of dance music fans, black and white, without ever compromising his integrity.

    Along the way are tales of adventures across the country following Spurs; of Northern Soul nights, warehouse parties and illegal raves; of sound systems, the good and bad times of the Notting Hill carnival, the heady days of pirate radio, Rare Groove and the burgeoning British dance music scene.

    Mister Good Times is the story of a man who has lived his life on his own terms, helping to define a new British culture.



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    Price: $25.00
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  • 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
  • Night Moves
    Night Moves
    ISBN: 9781477317884
    Title: Night Moves
    Author: HOPPER JESSICA

    Written in taut, mesmerizing, often hilarious scenes, Night Moves captures the fierce friendships and small moments that form us all. Drawing on her personal journals from the aughts, Jessica Hopper chronicles her time as a DJ, living in decrepit punk houses, biking to bad loft parties with her friends, exploring Chicago deep into the night. And, along the way, she creates an homage to vibrant corners of the city that have been muted by sleek development. A book birthed in the amber glow of Chicago streetlamps, Night Moves is about a transformative moment of cultural history--and how a raw, rebellious writer found her voice.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Not Dead Yet: the Memoir
    Not Dead Yet: the Memoir
    ISBN: 9781784753603
    Title: Not Dead Yet: the Memoir
    Author: COLLINS PHIL

    Phil Collins pulls no punches--about himself, his life, or the ecstasy and heartbreak that's inspired his music. In his much-awaited memoir, Not Dead Yet, he tells the story of his epic career, with an auspicious debut at age 11 in a crowd shot from the Beatles' legendary film A Hard Day's Night. A drummer since almost before he could walk, Collins received on the job training in the seedy, thrilling bars and clubs of 1960s swinging London before finally landing the drum seat in Genesis. Soon, he would step into the spotlight on vocals after the departure of Peter Gabriel and begin to stockpile the songs that would rocket him to international fame with the release of Face Value and "In the Air Tonight." Whether he's recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, or writing the music for Disney's smash-hit animated Tarzan, Collins's storytelling chops never waver. And of course he answers the pressing question on everyone's mind: just what does "Sussudio" mean?
    Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins's candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines. As one of only three musicians to sell 100 million records both in a group and as a solo artist, Collins breathes rare air, but has never lost his touch at crafting songs from the heart that touch listeners around the globe. That same touch is on magnificent display here, especially as he unfolds his harrowing descent into darkness after his "official" retirement in 2007, and the profound, enduring love that helped save him. This is Phil Collins as you've always known him, but also as you've never heard him before.

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    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • One, Two, Three, Four: The Beatles in Time
    One, Two, Three, Four: The Beatles in Time
    ISBN: 9780008340049
    Title: One, Two, Three, Four: The Beatles in Time
    Author: BROWN CRAIG


    From the award-winning author of Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret comes a fascinating, hilarious, kaleidoscopic biography of the Fab Four.


    On April 10th 2020, it will be exactly 50 years since Paul McCartney announced the break-up of the Beatles.& At that point, we will be at the same distance in time from 1970 as 1970 was from 1920, the year Al Jolson's 'Swanee' was the bestselling record and Gustav Holst composed The Planets.


    The Beatles continue to occupy a position unique in popular culture. They have entered people's minds in a way that did not occur before, and has not occurred since. Their influence extended way beyond the realm of music to fashion, politics, class, religion and ethics. Countless books have doggedly catalogued the minutiae of The Beatles. If you want to know the make of George Harrison's first car you will always be able to find the answer (a second hand, two-door, blue Ford Anglia 105E Deluxe, purchased from Brian Epstein's friend Terry Doran, who worked at a dealership in Warrington). Before she met John Lennon, who was the only Beatle Yoko Ono could name, and why? Ringo. Because 'ringo' means 'apple' in Japanese.& All very interesting, but there is, as yet, no book about The Beatles that combines the intriguing minutiae of their day-to-day lives with broader questions about their effect - complicated and fascinating - on the world around them, their contemporaries, and generations to come.


    Until now.

    &

    Craig Brown's& Beatlemania& is a unique, kaleidoscopic examination of The Beatles phenomenon - part biography, part anthropology, part memoir, by turns humorous and serious, elegiac and speculative.& It follows the unique "exploded biography" form of his internationally bestselling, Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret.



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  • Paul Kelly His Life & Times
    Paul Kelly His Life & Times
    ISBN: 9780733642340
    Title: Paul Kelly His Life & Times
    Author: COUPE STUART


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  • Paul Simon: The Life
    Paul Simon: The Life
    ISBN: 9781471174209
    Title: Paul Simon: The Life
    Author: HILBURN ROBERT

    Acclaimed music writer Robert Hilburn's "epic" and "definitive" (Rolling Stone) biography of music icon Paul Simon, written with Simon's full participation--but without his editorial control--that "reminds us how titanic this musician is" (The Washington Post).

    For more than fifty years, Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most beloved artists in American pop music history. Songs like "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Still Crazy After All These Years," and "Graceland" have moved beyond the sales charts and into our cultural consciousness. But Simon is a deeply private person who has said he will not write an autobiography or talk to biographers. Finally, however, he has opened up for Robert Hilburn--for more than one hundred hours of interviews--in this "brilliant and entertaining portrait of Simon that will likely be the definitive biography" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

    Over the course of three years, Hilburn conducted in-depth interviews with scores of Paul Simon's friends, family, colleagues, and others--including ex-wives Carrie Fisher and Peggy Harper, who spoke for the first time--and even penetrated the inner circle of Simon's long-reclusive muse, Kathy Chitty. The result is a deeply human account of the challenges and sacrifices of a life in music at the highest level. In the process, Hilburn documents Simon's search for artistry and his constant struggle to protect that artistry against distractions--fame, marriage, divorce, drugs, record company interference, rejection, and insecurity--that have derailed so many great pop figures.

    "As engaging as a lively American tune" (People), Paul Simon is a "straight-shooting tour de force...that does thorough justice to this American prophet and pop star" (USA TODAY, four out of four stars). "Read it if you like Simon; read it if you want to discover how talent unfolds itself" (Stephen King).

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    Price: $27.00

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  • Perfect Union of Contrary Things
    Perfect Union of Contrary Things
    ISBN: 9781617137273
    Title: Perfect Union of Contrary Things
    Author: KEENAN MAYNARD JAMES

    (Book). Until now, fans of Maynard James Keenan or MJK, as he is often called have had access to only an abridged version of his story. In A Perfect Union of Contrary Things , Keenan partners with his friend of 30 years, Sarah Jensen, to present a full account of his life and career. From his Midwest childhood to his years in the army to his time in art school and from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight and his influence on contemporary music and regional winemaking the book chronicles the events that led MJK to take one step after the next, to change direction, to explore sometimes surprising opportunities. Included are sidebars in his own words, often humorous anecdotes that illuminate the narrative, as well as commentary by his family members, friends, instructors, and industry colleagues. It also features a foreword by Alex Grey, an American visionary artist and longtime friend of Keenan, along with a bounty photos of Keenan from childhood to the present. A comprehensive portrayal of a versatile and dedicated artist, A Perfect Union of Contrary Things pays homage to the people and places that shaped the man and his art. A New York Times Bestseller in hardcover, it is presented here for the first time in paperback.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Petty: The Biography
    Petty: The Biography
    ISBN: 9781250105196
    Title: Petty: The Biography
    Author: ZANES WARREN


    *One of Rolling Stone's 10 Best Music Books of 2015*

    An exhilarating and intimate account of the life of music legend Tom Petty, by an accomplished writer and musician who toured with Petty

    No one other than Warren Zanes, rocker and writer and friend, could author a book about Tom Petty that is as honest and evocative of Petty's music and the remarkable rock and roll history he and his band helped to write.


    Born in Gainesville, Florida, with more than a little hillbilly in his blood, Tom Petty was a Southern shit kicker, a kid without a whole lot of promise. Rock and roll made it otherwise. From meeting Elvis, to seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, to producing Del Shannon, backing Bob Dylan, putting together a band with George Harrison, Dylan, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne, making records with Johnny Cash, and sending well more than a dozen of his own celebrated recordings high onto the charts, Tom Petty's story has all the drama of a rock and roll epic. Now in his mid-sixties, still making records and still touring, Petty, known for his reclusive style, has shared with Warren Zanes his insights and arguments, his regrets and lasting ambitions, and the details of his life on and off the stage.


    This is a book for those who know and love the songs, from "American Girl" and "Refugee" to "Free Fallin'" and "Mary Jane's Last Dance," and for those who want to see the classic rock and roll era embodied in one man's remarkable story. Dark and mysterious, Petty manages to come back, again and again, showing us what the music can do and where it can take us.



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  • Playing the Bass With Three Left Hands
    Playing the Bass With Three Left Hands
    ISBN: 9780571329960
    Title: Playing the Bass With Three Left Hands
    Author: CARRUTHERS WILL

    I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.
    Will Carruthers played the bass in Spacemen 3 and then Spiritulized, one of the bands which emerged from their ashes. In some ways his story is that of an everyman in your regular, dysfunctional band with a disposition towards psychedelic misadventures. But this is not your average tale of high jinks and debauchery. Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands chronicles a decade in the life of a man on a collision course with hard drugs, poverty, and Dionysian epiphanies. It's a window onto a world where the life of a musician is day-to-day and hand-to-mouth. And it is also one of the funniest and most honest rock 'n' roll memoirs committed to the page.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands
    Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands
    ISBN: 9780571329977
    Title: Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands
    Author: CARRUTHERS WILL

    I can confirm that should you ever find yourself on stage playing the bass guitar with three left hands, it is usually the one in the middle that is the real one. The other two are probably phantoms.

    Will Carruthers played the bass in Spacemen 3 and then Spiritulized, one of the bands which emerged from their ashes. In some ways his story is that of an everyman in your regular, dysfunctional band with a disposition towards psychedelic misadventures. But this is not your average tale of high jinks and debauchery. Playing the Bass with Three Left Hands chronicles a decade in the life of a man on a collision course with hard drugs, poverty, and Dionysian epiphanies. It's a window onto a world where the life of a musician is day-to-day and hand-to-mouth. And it is also one of the funniest and most honest rock 'n' roll memoirs committed to the page.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00

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  • Possibilities
    Possibilities
    ISBN: 9780143128021
    Title: Possibilities
    Author: HANCOCK HERBIE & DICKEY LISA

    The long-awaited memoir by one of the most influential and beloved musicians of our time
    In "Herbie Hancock "legendary jazz musician and composer Herbie Hancock reflects on a thriving career that has spanned seven decades. A true innovator, Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop, with his ongoing exploration of different musical genres, garnering fourteen Grammy Awards along the way.
    From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; "Herbie Hancock "reveals the method behind Hancock s undeniable musical genius.
    Hancock discusses his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, "Herbie Hancock" promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • Really Saying Something
    Really Saying Something
    ISBN: 9781786332844
    Title: Really Saying Something
    Author: DALLIN SARA & WOODWARD KEREN


    _______________________________________
    MUSIC, FAME AND A LIFELONG FRIENDSHIP.


    Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward met in the school playground when they were four. They became international stars, first as a trio, then, for almost three decades, as a duo.


    After finishing school, Sara studied journalism at the London College Of Fashion, while Keren worked at the BBC. They lived in the YWCA before moving into the semi-derelict former Sex Pistols rehearsal room and immersing themselves in Soho's thriving club scene. A year later they teamed up with Siobhan Fahey to form Bananarama. A string of worldwide hits followed, including 'Cruel Summer', 'I Heard a Rumour and 'Venus'. In a male-dominated industry, they were determined to succeed on their own terms and inspired a generation with their music, DIY-style and trailblazing attitudes.


    Narrated with humour and authenticity, and filled with never before seen photos Really Saying Something takes us from the early days to the world tours, to party games with George Michael, a close friendship with the Prodigy's Keith Flint, hanging out with Andy Warhol in New York and a Guinness World Record for the most worldwide chart entries of any all-female group.


    As well as the highs, Sara and Keren speak frankly bout the flip side side of fame, revealing their personal struggles and the challenges of juggling family life with a demanding professional schedule.


    Really Saying Something is the story of two friends who continue to pursue their dreams their way - and have a great time doing it. It is a celebration of determination and a lifelong friendship, with an unbeatable soundtrack.



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    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
    Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
    ISBN: 9781474617130
    Title: Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina
    Author: FRANTZ CHRIS


    Chris Frantz met David Byrne at the Rhode Island School of Art & Design in the early 1970s. Together - and soon with Frantz's future wife, Tina Weymouth - they formed Talking Heads and took up residence in the grimy environs of Manhattan's Lower East Side, where their neighbours were Patti Smith, William Burroughs and a host of proto-punk artists who now have legendary status. Building an early audience and reputation with many performances at CBGB alongside the Ramones, Television and Blondie, Talking Heads found themselves feted by Warhol and Lou Reed, and signed to Sire Records. A band whose sensibility was both a part of, and apart from, punk, their early albums quickly became classics; until the Brian Eno produced masterpiece Remain in Light, saw them explode. Soon, however, relations within the band started to become strained as David Byrne started to take control of a band that had always operated democratically. Chris and Tina started recording as Tom Tom Club in the early '80s; in the process creating a hybrid of funk, disco, pop, electro and world music that would have a huge impact on the club scene around the world.


    Warm and candid, funny and heartfelt, Remain in Light charts the rise and fall of a band who combined the sensibility of artists with extraordinary songwriting vision. It is another classic New York memoir in the mould of Patti Smith's Just Kids and a book which shares secrets and stories Talking Heads fans have been curious about for decades.



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    Price: $38.00
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  • Renegade: the Lives & Tales of Mark E Smith
    Renegade: the Lives & Tales of Mark E Smith
    ISBN: 9780141028668
    Title: Renegade: the Lives & Tales of Mark E Smith
    Author: SMITH MARK E

    'I've hung on in there this long, so why fuck off now?  That's all part of who The Fall are anyway: the persistent effort that goes into it, the coping, the getting by, and the times when the group's tiptop and you go and have a drink . . .
    Still going after thirty years, The Fall are one of the most distinctive British bands, their music - odd,spare, cranky and repetitious - an acknowledged influence on The Smiths, The Happy Mondays, Nirvana and Franz Ferdinand. And Mark E. Smith Is The Fall - 47 members have come and gone over the years yet he remains its charismatic leader, a professional outsider and all-round enemy of compromise, a true enigma. There have been a number of biographies of the legendary Smith, but this is the first time he has opened up in a full autobiography. For the first time we get to hear his full, candid take on the ups and downs of a band as notorious for its in-house fighting as for its great music; and on a life that has endured prison in America, drugs, bankruptcy, divorce, and the often bleak results of a legendary thirst.
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  • Rip It Up & Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
    Rip It Up & Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
    ISBN: 9780571349678
    Title: Rip It Up & Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984
    Author: REYNOLDS SIMON


    'A fantastic tribute to an amazingly creative musical period . . . An instant pop classic, worthy of a place on your shelves beside the handful of music books that really matter.' John McTernan, Scotland on Sunday

    Punk revitalized rock in the mid-seventies, but the movement soon degenerated into self-parody. Rip It Up and Start Again is the first book-length celebration of what happened next: post-punk bands who dedicated themselves to fulfilling punk's unfinished musical revolution. 1978 - 1984 rivals the sixties for the sheer amount of fabulous music created, the spirit of adventure and possibility that infused it, and the way the sounds felt inextricably connected to the political and social turbulence of the day. Simon Reynolds, acclaimed author of Energy Flash, recreates a time of tremendous urgency and idealism in pop music. Packed with anecdote and insight, populated by charismatic and maverick characters, Rip It Up and Start Again stands as one of the most inspired and inspiring books on popular music ever written.


    'I had never expected there to be a book on this subject; had I done so, I would never have dared to hope it could be as good as this.' Nicholas Lezard, Guardian Book of the Week


    'This remarkable and perfectly timed cultural history is required reading.' Q Magazine



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    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World
    Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World
    ISBN: 9780571327751
    Title: Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World
    Author: BRAGG BILLY

    One of Kirkus Reviews Best Music & Entertainment Books of 2017 As heard on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross & seen on PBS Newshour "Nothing short of masterly." -- The Wall Street Journal "A remarkable history of skiffle.... Bragg impresses throughout with engaging prose and painstaking research. He further enlivens the text with personal insights and witty asides that give the material a unique cast few professional writers would dare.... an accomplished work." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) "Superb account of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s.... Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
    -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) Skiffle -- a "do-it-yourself music craze with American jazz, blues, folk, and roots influences - is a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls, coffee-bar bohemians and refugees from the McCarthyite witch hunts. Skiffle is reason the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s. Emerging from the trad-jazz clubs of the early '50s, skiffle was adopted by the first generation of British "teenagers" -- working class kids who grew up during the dreary, post-war rationing years. Before Skiffle, the pop culture was dominated by crooners and mediated by a stuffy BBC. Lonnie Donegan hit the charts in 1956 with a version of Lead Belly's "Rock Island Line" and soon sales of guitars rocketed from 5,000 to 250,000 a year. Like punk rock that would flourish two decades later, skiffle was home grown: all you needed were three guitar chords and you could form a group, with mates playing tea-chest bass and washboard as a rhythm section. ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS is the first book to explore the Skiffle phenomenon in depth -- Billy Bragg'fs meticulously researched and joyous account shows how Skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Scar Tissue
    Scar Tissue
    ISBN: 9780751535662
    Title: Scar Tissue
    Author: KIEDIS ANTHONY

    In SCAR TISSUE Anthony Kiedis, charismatic and highly articulate frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recounts his remarkable life story, and the history of the band itself. Raised in the Midwest, he moved to LA aged eleven to live with his father Blackie, purveyor of pills, pot, and cocaine to the Hollywood elite. After a brief child-acting career, Kiedis dropped out of U.C.L.A. and plunged headfirst into the demimonde of the L.A. underground music scene. He formed the band with three schoolfriends - and found his life's purpose. Crisscrossing the country, the Chili Peppers were musical innovators and influenced a whole generation of musicians. But there's a price to pay for both success and excess and in SCAR TISSUE, Kiedis writes candidly of the overdose death of his soul mate and band mate, Hillel Slovak, and his own ongoing struggle with an addiction to drugs. SCAR TISSUE far transcends the typical rock biography, because Anthony Kiedis is anything but a typical rock star. It is instead a compelling story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue and integrity, of recklessness and redemption.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Sing Backwards & Weep
    Sing Backwards & Weep
    ISBN: 9781474615495
    Title: Sing Backwards & Weep
    Author: LANEGAN MARK


    "Mark Lanegan-primitive, brutal, and apocalyptic. What's not to love?" Nick Cave, author of The Sick Bag Song and The Death of Bunny Munro


    From the back of the van to the front of the bar, from the hotel room to the emergency room, onstage, backstage, and everywhere in between, Sing Backwards and Weep reveals the abrasive reality beneath one of the most romanticized decades in rock history-from a survivor who lived to tell the tale.


    When Mark Lanegan first arrived in Seattle in the mid-1980s, he was just "an arrogant, self-loathing redneck waster seeking transformation through rock 'n' roll." Within less than a decade, he would rise to fame as the front man of the Screaming Trees, then fall from grace as a low-level crack dealer and a homeless heroin addict, all the while watching some of his closest friends rocket to the pinnacle of popular music.


    In Sing Backwards and Weep, Lanegan takes readers back to the sinister, needle-ridden streets of Seattle, to an alternative music scene that was simultaneously bursting with creativity and saturated with drugs. He tracks the tumultuous rise and fall of the Screaming Trees, from a brawling, acid-rock bar band to world-famous festival favourites with an enduring legacy that still resonates. Lanegan's personal struggles with addiction, culminating in homelessness, petty crime, and the tragic deaths of his closest friends, is documented with a painful honesty and pathos.


    Gritty, gripping, and unflinchingly raw, Sing Backwards and Weep is a book about more than just an extraordinary singer who watched his dreams catch fire and incinerate the ground beneath his feet. Instead, it's about a man who learned how to drag himself from the wreckage, dust off the ashes, and keep living and creating.



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    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Slowhand The Life & Music of Eric Clapton
    Slowhand The Life & Music of Eric Clapton
    ISBN: 9781474606578
    Title: Slowhand The Life & Music of Eric Clapton
    Author: NORMAN PHILIP


    Eric Clapton is acknowledged to be rock's greatest virtuoso, the unrivalled master of its most essential tool, the solid-body electric guitar.


    Clapton transfigured three of the 1960s' most iconic bands, the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith, walking away from each when it failed to measure up to his exacting standards. He was the only outsider be an honorary member of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and the studio musician of choice for solo superstars from Bob Dylan to Aretha Franklin.


    Yet even as a rock god in excelsis, his true passion was always the blues. Even his own blues heroes, the likes of Muddy Waters, B. B. King and Buddy Guy, would recognise the supremacy of this wispy white boy from the English county of Surrey.


    No life has been more rock 'n' roll than Clapton's in his epic consumption of drugs and alcohol, his insatiable appetite for expensive cars, clothes, and women - most famously revealed when he fell in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and the inspiration for 'Layla'.


    With the benefit of unrestricted access to family members, close friends and fellow musicians, and his encyclopedic knowledge of sixties music and culture, Philip Norman has written the definitive portrait of the insecure, often pain-racked man.



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    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Space Is the Place: The Lives & Times of Sun Ra
    Space Is the Place: The Lives & Times of Sun Ra
    ISBN: 9781478008415
    Title: Space Is the Place: The Lives & Times of Sun Ra
    Author: SZWED JOHN F

    Sun Ra, a.k.a. Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount (1914-1993), has been hailed as "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz" ("New York Times"). This biography of Sun Ra is "as trippy and entertaining as the great jazz genius himself" ("Details"). 20 photos.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $52.00
    $52.00
  • Starman: David Bowie the Definitive Biography
    Starman: David Bowie the Definitive Biography
    ISBN: 9780751542936
    Title: Starman: David Bowie the Definitive Biography
    Author: TRYNKA PAUL

    'The most complete and compelling portrait of Bowie's life ever assembled' Rolling Stone Has there ever been a more charismatic and intriguing rock star than David Bowie? In Starman, Paul Trynka has painted the definitive portrait of a great artist. From Bowie's early years in post-war, bombed-out Brixton to the decadent glamour of Ziggy Stardust to the controversial but vital Berlin period, this essential biography is a celebration of Bowie's brilliance and a timely reminder of how great music is made. 'A ripping read ... authoritatively written with wit, verve and an obvious love of his subject matter, there are enough new facts and anecdotes to excite even the most obsessive Bowie fan ... if you've read every previous Bowie biography Starman is still more than worth investigating, and if you've never read anything it's the perfect place to start' Sunday Express 'The diamond dog's bollocks ... boasting countless new interviews with key players, ...the first Bowie book ... [to] get as close as possible to the essence of the man ... an exhilarating read' ***** Record Collector 'Sharp, elegant and convincing' Mojo 'Truly definitive' Classic Rock

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Stones From The Inside: Rare & Unseen Images
    Stones From The Inside: Rare & Unseen Images
    ISBN: 9781788840699
    Title: Stones From The Inside: Rare & Unseen Images
    Author: WYMAN BILL

    Known, unknown, rare and unseen images from former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, capturing life on-stage, backstage and on the roadThis limited edition of 300 copies, comes in a luxurious slipcase, with an open-edition 8 x 10in printAs soon as Bill Wyman was given a camera as a young boy, he quickly developed a passion for photography. After joining what would become the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, Wyman continued his hobby. When he didn't have his bass, he had his camera. The result is an arresting, insightful and often poignant collection of photographs, showing his exclusive inside view of the band. From traveling to relaxing, backstage and on, Stones From the Inside is a unique view captured by a man who was there, every step of the way. Along with the images of the band at work and play, Wyman includes remarkable images of those along for the ride, from John Lennon, Eric Clapton, David Bowie and Iggy Pop to John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. To accompany his photographs, Wyman offers up wonderful insights, anecdotes and behind-the-photo stories, giving all us a front-row seat and backstage pass to what it was like to be there, as music history was made as a member of The Rolling Stones. Limited to just 300 copies, this slipcased edition is accompanied by a print.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $116.00
    $116.00
  • Substance: Inside New Order
    Substance: Inside New Order
    ISBN: 9781471132421
    Title: Substance: Inside New Order
    Author: HOOK PETER

    'This book will delight both New Order-ites and general rock readers' Mojo

    A ROLLICKING, NO-HOLDS-BARRED ACCOUNT OF NEW ORDER'S ENTIRE HISTORY.

    Two acclaimed albums and an upcoming US tour - Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour, the band's troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself. The next time they got together, they were a new band.

    That band was New Order - their label was Factory Records, their club The Ha#65533;ienda. Their distinctive sound paved the way for the dance music explosion that followed, earning them the reputation as one of the most influential bands of their generation, and changing the course of popular music.

    Following on from his bestselling titles The Ha#65533;ienda and Unknown Pleasures, Peter Hook has written a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of the band's entire history. Substance is packed with never-before-seen detail, discographies and technical information. This is possibly the most& entertaining memoir ever written by a British musician.
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    'There are stories here that make Ozzy Osbourne looks like Mother Teresa' Sunday Express

    'A rollicking read' Record Collector

    'Rock writing rarely tells us properly what a band treading water or in slow decline feels like from the inside. Hook does so memorably' Guardian

    'As mammoth and downright idiotic as the band deserves ... something hilariously daft happens on nearly all of Substance's 750 pages' Classic Pop


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
    $27.00
  • Summertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music
    Summertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music
    ISBN: 9780393358353
    Title: Summertime: George Gershwin's Life in Music
    Author: CRAWFORD RICHARD


    New York City native and gifted pianist George Gershwin blossomed as an accompanist before his talent as a songwriter opened the way to Broadway, where he fashioned his own brand of American music. He composed a long run of musical comedies, many with his brother Ira as lyricist, but his aspirations reached beyond commercial success.


    A lifetime learner, Gershwin was able to appeal to listeners on both sides of the purported popular-classical divide. In 1924?when he was just twenty-five?he bridged that gap with his first instrumental composition, Rhapsody in Blue, an instant classic premiered by Paul Whiteman's jazz orchestra, as the anchor of a concert entitled ?An Experiment in Modern Music.?


    From that time forward his work as a composer, pianist, and citizen of the Jazz Age made him in some circles a leader on America's musical scene. The late1920s found him extending the range of the shows he scored to include the United Kingdom, and he published several articles to reveal his thinking about a range of musical matters. Moreover, having polished his skills as an orchestrator, he pushed boundaries again in 1935 with the groundbreaking folk opera, Porgy and Bess?his magnum opus.


    Gershwin's talent and warmth made him a presence in New York's musical and social circles (and linked him romantically with pianist-composer Kay Swift). In 1936 he and Ira moved west to write songs for Hollywood. Their work was cut short, however, when George developed a brain tumor and died at thirty-eight, a beloved American artist.


    Drawing extensively from letters and contemporaneous accounts, acclaimed music historian Richard Crawford traces the arc of Gershwin's remarkable life, seamlessly blending colorful anecdotes with a discussion of Gershwin's unforgettable oeuvre. His days on earth were limited to the summertime of life. But the spirit and inventive vitality of the music he left behind lives on.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Texas Flood
    Texas Flood
    ISBN: 9781250622266
    Title: Texas Flood
    Author: PAUL ALAN & ALEDORT ANDY

    A clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career just a few years after his severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol almost killed him. Years of sibling rivalry with big brother Jimmie, his first and greatest musical hero, were behind him, and their first collaborative album was complete and on the verge of being released. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was deeply in love with a supportive, creative woman. His last album had been his most successful, both critically and commercially.Instead, it all came screeching to a sudden end, when Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, after that evening's dynamic performance with Eric Clapton, leaving an endless stream of what-ifs. He was just 35 years old. In the ensuing 28 years, Vaughan's legend and acclaim have only grown; he is an international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan's life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now. Texas Flood provides the unadulterated facts about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who were with him throughout every stage of his life and career and who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, girlfriends, fellow musicians, crew members and managers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Thanks a Lot, Mr Kibblewhite
    Thanks a Lot, Mr Kibblewhite
    ISBN: 9781788700313
    Title: Thanks a Lot, Mr Kibblewhite
    Author: DALTREY ROGER

    'Before the sixties, you were a child and then you were a man. You went to school and then you went to work. That changed.

    Our generation changed it.'Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation, and this is his story. This is the story of his tempestuous school days and his expulsion, age 15, thanks to his authoritarian headmaster, Mr Kibblewhite. That could have been where the story ended, as the life of a factory worker beckoned, but then came rock and roll.

    Making his first guitar from factory off-cuts, Roger formed a band that would become The Who, one of the biggest bands on the planet. This is the story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms, but also how all those post-war kids redefined the rules of youth. This is not just a hilarious and frank account of more than 50 wild years on the road, it is the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock 'n' roll.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Then It Fell Apart
    Then It Fell Apart
    ISBN: 9780571339419
    Title: Then It Fell Apart
    Author: MOBY


    *Featured in The Times' 'Best Books of the Year So Far' 2019*

    'Somehow this chronicle of a long, dark night of the soul also involves funny stories involving Trump, Putin, and a truly baffling array of degenerates.' Stephen Colbert


    ***

    What do you do when you realise you have everything you think you've ever wanted but still feel completely empty?


    What do you do when it all starts to fall apart?



    The second volume of Moby's extraordinary life story is a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk just beneath the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle.
    In summer 1999, Moby released the album that defined the millennium, PLAY. Like generation-defining albums before it, PLAY was ubiquitous, and catapulted Moby to superstardom. Suddenly he was hanging out with David Bowie and Lou Reed, Christina Ricci and Madonna, taking ecstasy for breakfast (most days), drinking litres of vodka (every day), and sleeping with super models (infrequently). It was a diet that couldn't last. And then it fell apart.


    The second volume of Moby's memoir is a classic about the banality of fame. It is shocking, riotously entertaining, extreme, and unforgiving. It is unedifying, but you can never tear your eyes away from the page.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • This Searing Light, the Sun & Everything Else Joy Division: the Oral History
    This Searing Light, the Sun & Everything Else Joy Division: the Oral History
    ISBN: 9780571350636
    Title: This Searing Light, the Sun & Everything Else Joy Division: the Oral History
    Author: SAVAGE JON

    The SUNDAY TIMES Top Ten Bestseller #1 Book of the Year, UNCUT #1 Book of the Year, ROUGH TRADE A Book of the Year, MOJO Joy Division emerged in the mid-70s at the start of a two-decades long Manchester scene that was to become much mythologised. It was then a city still labouring in the wake of the war and entering a phase of huge social and physical change, and something of this spirit made its way into the DNA of the band. Over the course of two albums, a handful of other seminal releases, and some legendary gigs, Joy Division became the most successful and exciting underground band of their generation. Then, on the brink of a tour to America, Ian Curtis took his own life. In This searing light, the sun and everything else, Jon Savage has assembled three decades worth of interviews with the principle players in the Joy Division story: Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris, Deborah Curtis, Peter Saville, Tony Wilson, Paul Morley, Alan Hempsall, Lesley Gilbert, Terry Mason, Anik Honor , and many more. It is the story of how a band resurrected a city, how they came together in circumstances that are both accidental and extraordinary, and how their music galvanised a generation of fans, artists and musicians. It is a classic story of how young men armed with electric guitars and good taste in literature can change the world with four chords and three-and-a-half minutes of music. And it is the story of how illness and demons can rob the world of a shamanic lead singer and visionary lyricist. This searing light, the sun and everything else presents the history of Joy Division in an intimate and candid way, as orchestrated by the lodestar of British music writing, Jon Savage.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Wham, George & Me
    Wham, George & Me
    ISBN: 9780241385821
    Title: Wham, George & Me
    Author: RIDGELEY ANDREW


    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM ONE HALF OF ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BANDS

    For the first time, Andrew Ridgeley tells the inside story of Wham!, his life-long friendship with George Michael and the formation of a band that changed the shape of the music scene in the early eighties.

    'I couldn't put it down. Such a fantastic book' Chris Evans, Virgin Radio
    ________

    School mates. Band mates. Soul mates . . .

    When Andrew Ridgley took George Michael, the new boy at school, under his wing, he discovered a soul mate.


    In Wham! George and Me, Andrew tells the story of how they rode a rollercoaster of success around the world while making iconic records and surviving superstardom with their friendship intact. It is a memoir of love, music, the flamboyant 1980s and living in a pop hurricane.

    No one else can ever tell their story - because no one else was there.

    'A joyous celebration of the Wham! years. For anyone who was a teenager in the early 1980s, it will take you on a nostalgia trip. It's an honest but affectionate account of a remarkable duo who remained true to their origins and their friendship throughout it all' Daily Express

    'As infectious as their music' Daily Mirror

    'A remarkably generous memoir. In more than one sense, the biography of a friend' Spectator

    'A great story' Saturday Live, Radio 4

    'A lovely book. A love letter to George' Graham Norton, BBC One

    'Charming, heartfelt . . . there's a real poignancy to Ridgeley's description of Wham!'s glory days' Sunday Times



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix
    Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix
    ISBN: 9781474611497
    Title: Wild Thing: The Short, Spellbinding Life of Jimi Hendrix
    Author: NORMAN PHILIP

    A shattering new biography of rock music's most outrageous--and tragic--genius.

    Over fifty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) is celebrated as the greatest rock guitarist of all time. But before he was setting guitars and the world aflame, James Marshall Hendrix was a shy kid in Seattle, plucking at a broken ukulele and in fear of a father who would hit him for playing left-handed. Bringing Jimi's story to vivid life against the backdrop of midcentury rock, and with a wealth of new information, acclaimed music biographer Philip Norman delivers a captivating and definitive portrait of a musical legend.


    Drawing from unprecedented access to Jimi's brother, Leon Hendrix, who provides disturbing details about their childhood, as well as Kathy Etchingham and Linda Keith, the two women who played vital roles in Jimi's rise to stardom, Norman traces Jimi's life from playing in clubs on the segregated Chitlin' Circuit, where he encountered daily racism, to barely surviving in New York's Greenwich Village, where was taken up by the Animals' bass player Chas Chandler in 1966 and exported to Swinging London and international stardom.


    For four staggering years, from 1966 to 1970, Jimi totally rewrote the rules of rock stardom, notably at Monterey and Woodstock (where he played his protest-infused rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner"), while becoming the highest-paid musician of his day. But it all abruptly ended in the shabby basement of a London hotel with Jimi's too-early death. With remarkable detail, Wild Thing finally reveals the truth behind this long-shrouded tragedy.


    Norman's exhaustive research reveals a young man who was as shy and polite in private as he was outrageous in public, whose insecurity about his singing voice could never be allayed by his instrumental genius, and whose unavailing efforts to please his father left him searching for the family he felt he never truly had. Filled with insights into the greatest moments in rock history, Wild Thing is a mesmerizing account of music's most enduring and endearing figures.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Year of the Monkey
    Year of the Monkey
    ISBN: 9781526614766
    Title: Year of the Monkey
    Author: SMITH PATTI

    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids


    'Magical' GUARDIAN


    'A gripping tale of the search for meaning in times of turbulence - expressed with Smith's signature poetic flair' VOGUE

    'Extraordinary ... A tense, teasing mix of reality and dream' Sunday Times

    'A melancholy mood and poetic language distinguish Smith's third memoir' BBC

    'Her willingness to look closely at life's closing chapters makes for a magical book' WASHINGTON POST, 'The 10 books to read in September'
    Following a run of New Year's concerts at San Francisco's legendary Fillmore, Patti Smith finds herself tramping the coast of Santa Cruz, about to embark on a year of solitary wandering. Unfettered by logic or time, she draws us into her private wonderland, with no design yet heeding signs, including a talking sign that looms above her, prodding and sparring like the Cheshire Cat. In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger's words, "Anything is possible- after all, it's the year of the monkey." For Patti Smith - inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life's gyre- with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.
    Smith melds the Western landscape with her own dreamscape. Taking us from Southern California to the Arizona desert; to a Kentucky farm as the amanuensis of a friend in crisis; to the hospital room of a valued mentor; and by turns to remembered and imagined places - this haunting memoir blends fact and fiction with poetic mastery. The unexpected happens; grief and disillusionment. But as Patti Smith heads toward a new decade in her own life, she offers this balm to the reader- her wisdom, wit, gimlet eye, and above all, a rugged hope of a better world.
    Riveting, elegant, often humorous, illustrated by Smith's signature Polaroids, Year of the Monkey is a moving and original work, a touchstone for our turbulent times.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Year with Swollen Appendices
    Year with Swollen Appendices
    ISBN: 9780571364619
    Title: Year with Swollen Appendices
    Author: ENO BRIAN

    The diary and essays of Brian Eno republished twenty-five years on with a new introduction by the artist in a beautiful hardcover edition.At the end of 1994, musician, producer and artist Brian Eno resolved to keep a diary. His plans to go to the cinema, theatre and galleries fell through quickly. What he did do - and write - however, was astonishing: ruminations on his collaborative work with artists including David Bowie, U2, James and Jah Wobble, interspersed with correspondence and essays dating back to 1978. These 'appendices' covered topics from the generative and ambient music Eno pioneered to what he believed the role of an artist and their art to truly be, alongside razor-sharp commentary on his day-to-day tribulations and happenings around the world. A fascinating, candid and intimate insight into one of the most influential creative artists of our time, A Year with Swollen Appendices is an essential classic, reissued for a new generation of readers. This beautiful 25th anniversary hardcover edition has been re-designed in the same size as the diary that eventually became this book. It features two ribbons, pink paper delineating the appendices (matching the original edition) and a two-tone paper-over-board cover that pays homage to the original design.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
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