• Big Star: the Story of Rock's Forgotten Band Revised & Updated Edition
    Big Star: the Story of Rock's Forgotten Band Revised & Updated Edition
    ISBN: 9781908279361
    Title: Big Star: the Story of Rock's Forgotten Band Revised & Updated Edition
    Author: JOVANOVIC ROB

    (Book). "We've sort of flirted with greatness," R.E.M.'s Peter Buck admitted. "But we've yet to make a record as good as Big Star's Third ." Although Big Star were together for less than four years and had little commercial success, the influence of their three original albums - #1 Record, Radio City, and Third continues to grow. Big Star bucked all the musical trends of the 1970s. In an era of glam and prog rock, they wrote catchy, radio-friendly power-pop tunes that remain influential today. Artists as diverse as Primal Scream, R.E.M., the Bangles, the Posies, Teenage Fanclub, Jeff Buckley, and Wilco have spoken about the Big Star legacy. In the decade since the original version of this book was published, Big Star have made a belated fourth album, In Space, and released an acclaimed four-disc retrospective, Keep An Eye on the Sky . The band have also lost two original members, an influential producer, and the photographer of their iconic logo. But interest in the group is as high as ever in the 21st century, with new bands such as Yo La Tengo and Hot Chip and even pop superstar Katy Perry carrying the flame. Now fully updated, and drawing on firsthand interviews with the band, family members, friends, and the major players at Ardent Records, this is the definitive history of rock's forgotten band.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Big Stars Radio City 33 1/3 Series
    Big Stars Radio City 33 1/3 Series
    ISBN: 9780826428981
    Title: Big Stars Radio City 33 1/3 Series
    Author: EATON BRUCE

    Released when ELP and Elton John were plodding from one packed stadium to the next, Radio City was a radical album influenced by records that were already deemed oldies and yet sounding like a lean electrical jolt from the future. Here, Bruce Eaton examines the key ingredients of Radio City's lasting appeal- and through extensive interviews with all of those involved, gets to the heart of the cult of Big Star.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Bill Bruford: the Autobiography
    Bill Bruford: the Autobiography
    ISBN: 9781905792436
    Title: Bill Bruford: the Autobiography
    Author: BRUFORD BILL

    Bill Bruford, once called the godfather of progressive-rock drumming, has been at the top of his profession for four decades. This is his memoir of life at the heart of prog rock, art rock, and modern jazz, playing with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, Earthworks and many more. It is an honest and entertaining account of life on the road and in the studio, rubbing shoulders with the famous, the less famous, and the infamous, and creating an impressive tally of great music. A rock musician with the temperament of a classical musician who became a jazz musician, Bruford defies all the cliches about drummers. He says: "You write what you have to write, you play what you have to play, because you cannot sleep at night. If you can sleep at night, you shouldnt be doing this anyway." From time to time, at polite dinner parties, someone will ask Bill what he does. He replies that he is a musician. "Yes, but what do you really do?" retorts the enquirer. This unusual, funny and insightful music memoir answers that question.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Billie Holiday
    Billie Holiday
    ISBN: 9781681120935
    Title: Billie Holiday
    Author: SAMPAYO CARLOS

    Born in Philadelphua in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical. With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on behalf of a New York daily. Beyond the public scandals that marred the life of the star (alcohol, drugs, violence...), he seeks to restore the truth, revisiting the memory of Billie. Through this investigation, Munoz and Sampayo trace, through the undertones of racism, and in the wake of the blues, the slow drift of a singer who expressed the deepest emotions in jazz. By internationally renowned Argentine artists, featuring Munoz' strikingly raw heavy blacks, this is not just a biography but a spell-binding art book tribute.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Billie Holiday: The Last Interview
    Billie Holiday: The Last Interview
    ISBN: 9781612196749
    Title: Billie Holiday: The Last Interview
    Author: HOLIDAY BILLIE

    The first-ever collection of interviews with the tortured but groundbreaking singer Billie Holiday, part of Melville House's beloved Last Interview series

    Legendary singer Billie Holiday comes alive in this first-ever collection of interviews from throughout her career. Included is her last interview, given from her deathbed in a New York City hospital, where police were standing by ready to arrest her for a parole violation should she recover. Also included: The transcript of an interrogation by a US Customs official questioning about whether she'd violated her parole by using drugs on a foreign tour.

    But the book is more than a look at just the famously tragic side of her life. In other conversations, drawn from music magazines, late-night radio programs, and newspapers across the US and Canada, she discusses her childhood, musicians who influenced her, her friendship -- and falling out -- with the influential sax player Lester Young, why she chose the gardenia as her symbol, why she quit Count Basie's band, her substance abuse problems, writing songs and whether she wrote her own memoir, and more.

    In frank and open conversations, Billie Holiday proves herself far more articulate, aware, intelligent, and even heroic than the way she's often portrayed. This collection is an essential volume for all who have been moved by her music.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00

    $35.00
  • 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
  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel
    ISBN: 9780804140195
    Title: Billy Joel
    Author: SCHRUERS FRED

    Fred Schruers provides an unfettered look into Billy Joel's journey from a pint-sized kid growing up in a cookie-cutter Long Island suburb to a rockstar of monumental success, and the person who remains behind his iconic status. After sitting down with Joel for over 100 hours of exclusive interviews, Schruers tells Joel's story with an unparalleled level of intimate knowledge. He recounts bouts Joel fought in and out of the boxing ring, trying to assert himself in spite of his small stature, and the sweaty, weekend shows he played as a member of The Hassles. Schruers captures the spirit of a restless artist breaking into the 1970's songwriting scene in narrating the experiences and relationships that inspired the songs that helped define an era, such as "Only the Good Die Young" and "Always a Woman to Me," bringing to life stories that live within those songs. Throughout, the voices of Joel's inner circle and associates-including the Mean Brothers and the road dogs, who lived much of the journey with him-are heard in this all-access story of a beloved rockstar's epic American story.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • Birth School Metallica Death: Vol I 1983 - 1991
    Birth School Metallica Death: Vol I 1983 - 1991
    ISBN: 9780571294152
    Title: Birth School Metallica Death: Vol I 1983 - 1991
    Author: BRANNIGAN PAUL & WINWOOD IAN

    In the next twenty years the world economy will enjoy one of its strongest periods of growth. Greater innovation and technical change will increase opportunities. Life expectancy, income and educational standards will rise. The West's share in the global economic cake may get smaller, but there will be more cake than ever before. These are the predictions of Gerard Lyons, a leading international economist who spent nearly thirty years working in the City. He is now the chief economic adviser to the Mayor of London. Over the last quarter-century he has been ahead of the game in predicting the major economic trends that we now take as a given. The Consolations of Economics is a lucid and accessible expert's attempt to look objectively at the changing global economy - what is happening and what it means. He shows how we can embrace change, rather than hide from it. The results are fascinating, refreshing - and unusually cheering.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Bizet
    Bizet
    ISBN: 9780199781560
    Title: Bizet
    Author: MACDONALD HUGH

    Today Georges Bizet is most immediately recognized as the composer of the acclaimed opera Carmen. One of the most frequently performed operas for over a century, Carmen explores concepts such as the femme fatale and murderous jealousy with vivacity, color, and a wealth of melody. Yet it is only one act in Bizet's story. In Bizet, renowned musicologist Hugh Macdonald goes beyond the composer's most famous opera to take an in-depth look at his entire life and oeuvre. In so doing, Macdonald identifies a number of previously unknown pieces by Bizet, assembling the first comprehensive catalogue of the composer's work.
    Incorporating these little-known pieces with a thorough reading of primary sources, Macdonald considers the latest in Bizet scholarship to create a complete biography of the composer. Revealing the true extent of Bizet's work as arranger and transcriber, Macdonald sheds light on the composer's complex relationships with his contemporaries, and traces the strange misrepresentation of Bizet's work by French publishers and opera houses in the 1880s, when Carmen rose to worldwide popularity ten years after the composer's early death. The first biography of Bizet in the Master Musicians series in nearly four decades, Bizet will be essential reading for students and scholars of nineteenth-century opera, as well as for Carmen devotees and opera fans.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • Black by Design: a 2- Tone Memoir
    Black by Design: a 2- Tone Memoir
    ISBN: 9781846687914
    Title: Black by Design: a 2- Tone Memoir
    Author: BLACK PAULINE


    "The best voice that ever graced 2-Tone."—Rolling Stone


    "The iconic queen of ska. . . . It's gritty, witty, and compelling."—Elle


    Lead singer for platinum-selling 2-Tone band The Selecter, Pauline Black has been in the music business for over thirty years. The only woman in a movement dominated by men, she was very much the Queen of British Ska. She saw The Specials, Madness, Dexy's Midnight Runners, and all the other top bands of that generation at their very best . . . and worst.


    Black was born in 1953 of Anglo-Jewish/Nigerian parents. Adopted by a white, working class family in the fifties, Pauline was always made to feel different, both by the local community and members of her extended family, who saw her at best as a curiosity, at worst as an embarrassing inconvenience.


    Weaving her rise to fame and recollections of the 2-Tone phenomenon with her moving search for her birth parents,Black By Designis a funny and enlightening memoir of music and roots.


    Pauline Blackis a singer and actress who gained fame as the lead singer of seminal 2-Tone band The Selecter. The band's new album was released in September 2011.




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Black Sabbath
    Black Sabbath
    ISBN: 9781631062728
    Title: Black Sabbath
    Author: MCIVER JOEL


    They are the band that created metal music . . . and they have defined it for more than four decades. Black Sabbath's career spans eleven different line-ups and nineteen studio albums in addition to the twenty-eight solo albums of the original four members.


    The band began in 1968 as a blues rock band on the cover circuit of Birmingham, England. Clawing their way up from the postwar bombed-out suburbs of Birmingham, the four members - guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward - would define a new genre of music and make themselves world famous.


    Joel McIver explores the complete history of Sabbath, from the precursor bands to the release of the holy trinity of heavy metal - "Black Sabbath" (the song) on Black Sabbath (the album) by Black Sabbath (the band) - to the present. With over 150 photos, a gatefold family tree tracing the development of the band, a complete discography, and a foreword by Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn, this is the must-have book for any Sabbath fan.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Black Sabbath Symptom of the Universe
    Black Sabbath Symptom of the Universe
    ISBN: 9781409118442
    Title: Black Sabbath Symptom of the Universe
    Author: WALL MICK

    Way back in the mists of time, in the days when rock giants walked the earth, the name Ozzy Osbourne was synonymous with subversive and dark. Back then, Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath, and they meant business. In an era when it seemed possible to measure a band's musical prowess by how 'heavy' they were, they didn't come any weightier than Black Sabbath. There were, it's probably fair to say, none-more-black. A four-piece formed from the ashes of two locally well-known groups called The Rare Breed (Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler) and Mythology (guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward), all four founding members of the original Black Sabbath grew up within half-a-mile of each other, in the same narrow, grey streets of Aston, a tiny Birmingham suburb then struggling to come to terms with the mess Hitler's bombs had made of it. Though they all shared a deep love of music - The Beatles for Ozzy, the Mothers Of Invention for Geezer, the Shadows and Chet Atkins for Iommi, and Gene Kruppa for Ward - they all saw the opportunity to form a successful group, Ozzy would tell me, 'as the quickest way out of the slums.' This biography tells the story of how they made that dream come true - and how it then turned into a nightmare for all of them. How at the height of their fame, Sabbath discovered they had been so badly ripped off by their managers they did not even own their own songs. How they looked for salvation from Don Arden - an even more notorious gangster figure, who resurrected their career but still left them indebted to him, financially and personally. And how it finally came to a head when in 1979 they sacked Ozzy: 'For being too out of control - even for us,' as Bill Ward put it. Of course the story does not end there. The next 15 years would see a war break out between the two camps: the post-Ozzy Sabbath and Ozzy himself, whose solo career overshadowed Sabbath to the point where, when he offered them the chance to reform around him again, it was entirely on his terms. Or rather, that of his wife and manager - and, to add a further bitter twist to the tale for Sabbath, daughter of Don Arden - Sharon Osbourne.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe
    Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe
    ISBN: 9781409118466
    Title: Black Sabbath: Symptom of the Universe
    Author: WALL MICK

    Way back in the mists of time, in the days when rock giants walked the earth, the name Ozzy Osbourne was synonymous with the subversive and dark. Back then, Ozzy was the singer in Black Sabbath, and they meant business. A four-piece formed from the ashes of two locally well-known groups called The Rare Breed (Ozzy and bassist Geezer Butler) and Mythology (guitarist Tony Iommi and drummer Bill Ward), all four founding members of the original Black Sabbath grew up within half-a-mile of each other. This biography tells the story of how they made that dream come true - and how it then turned into a nightmare for all of them. How at the height of their fame, Sabbath discovered they had been so badly ripped off by their managers they did not even own their own songs. How they looked for salvation from Don Arden - an even more notorious gangster figure, who resurrected their career but still left them indebted to him, financially and personally. And how it finally came to a head when in 1979 they sacked Ozzy: 'For being too out of control - even for us, ' as Bill Ward put it.The next 15 years would see a war break out between the two camps: the post-Ozzy Sabbath and Ozzy himself, whose solo career overshadowed Sabbath to the point where, when he offered them the chance to reform around him again, it was entirely on his terms. Or rather, that of his wife and manager, daughter of Don Arden - Sharon Osbourne

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Blondie Parallel Lines
    Blondie Parallel Lines
    ISBN: 9781780381299
    Title: Blondie Parallel Lines
    Author: PORTER DICK & NEEDS KRIS

    Drawing upon extensive new first hand interview material from Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and many other significant players in the band’s long history and a huge archive of personal materials and unpublished interviews,Blondie: Parallel Linesis the definitive eye-witness account of the group’s long and often tumultuous existence.
     
    Beginning with the band members' childhoods, backgrounds and influences, the book is also an evocative homage to the unique New York scene of the 1970s. It charts the development of Blondie to their massive popular success and eventual break up.
     
    It also details how Debbie Harry set her career aside to nurse Chris through a debilitating and life-threatening genetic disease.
     
    It recounts the group’s 1997 reformation, subsequent renaissance with theirNo Exitalbum, the controversies surrounding the 2006 induction to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, ending in the present with the release ofPanic of Girls.
     
    Co-author Kris Needs established a friendship with Harry, Stein and the rest of the band that endures to this day. As a trusted confidante, he now recounts the full story.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Bloody Mary: My Story
    Bloody Mary: My Story
    ISBN: 9780340993484
    Title: Bloody Mary: My Story
    Author: COUGHLAN MARY


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Blue Monday Diaries: in the Studio With New Order
    Blue Monday Diaries: in the Studio With New Order
    ISBN: 9780859655460
    Title: Blue Monday Diaries: in the Studio With New Order
    Author: BUTTERWORTH MICHAEL

    Day-by-day, minute-by-minute, this is a uniquely personal account of the making of Power, Corruption & Lies, New Order's acclaimed second album, and 'Blue Monday', the classic electroanthem that it spawnea. Created by Michel Butterworth, who was there at the invitation of the band to witness it all firsthand. Blue Monday' became the fastest selling 12" single ever and the pressing of the vinyl in 1983 - in the shadow of Ian Curtis' tragic passing - marked a thrilling new phase in the career of the band and the history of music in general. Three decades an author Michael Butterworth-the trusted friend who gained access to a string of notoriously private sessions at London's Britannia Row Studies-breaks the silence to reveal exactly what went into the recording of this timeless track. Committed to creating an authentic record of the band's arduous creative process, without the aid of a tape recorder. Butterworth worked alongside his friends for the duration. From beneath a perpetual fug of dope smoke, speed and alcohol, within the confines of the band's miniscule rented flat, he acted as New Order's designated scribe, censoring not a single detail in their 24-hour schedule. Obsessively detailed, mundane and illicit by turns, The Blue Monday Diaries provide a uniquely intimate insight into the personalities of the band - as well as the process of making music - that no Joy Division or New Order fan should be without. Book jacket.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Blues from Laurel Canyon: John Mayall: My Life As a Bluesman
    Blues from Laurel Canyon: John Mayall: My Life As a Bluesman
    ISBN: 9781785581786
    Title: Blues from Laurel Canyon: John Mayall: My Life As a Bluesman
    Author: MAYALL JOHN & MCIVER JOEL

    John Mayall has played with them all; Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser... the list goes on. Now, in his 80's, John continues to tour all over the world and perform to sell-out crowds. With an incredible blues career spanning over sixty years, which rightly earning him the title "The Godfather of British Blues," John shares his experiences and encounters in what will be a must read autobiography for any true blues fans.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Bob Dylan in America
    Bob Dylan in America
    ISBN: 9780099549291
    Title: Bob Dylan in America
    Author: WILENTZ SEAN

    Growing up in Greenwich Village in the 1960s Sean Wilentz discovered the music of Bob Dylan as a young teenager. Almost half a century later, now a distinguished professor of American history, he revisits Dylan’s work with the critical skills of a scholar and the passion of a fan. Drawing partly on his work as the current historian-in-residence on Dylan’s official website, Sean Wilentz provides a unique blend of biography, memoir and anlysis in a book which, much like its subject, shifts gears and changes shape as the occasion demands. Beginning with Dylan’s explosion onto the scene in 1961, this book charts his career and the evolution of his astonishing output and places it firmly within a vivid musical and cultural context. It examines the influence of the Popular Front ideology and of Beat aesthetics, as well as the debt and sometimes surprising connections to other composers and performers – as diverse as Aaron Copland and Blind Willie McTell. The result is a broad and brilliantly illuminating appreciation of Dylan as both performer and songwriter up to the present day. Sean Wilentz has had unprecedented access to studio tapes, recording notes and rare photographs – many of which are reproduced here. This remarkable material allows him to tell Dylan’s story – and that of such masterpieces as Blonde on Blonde– with unrivalled authenticity and richness.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Bob Dylan New York
    Bob Dylan New York
    ISBN: 9780984316595
    Title: Bob Dylan New York
    Author: SAWYERS JUNE SKINNER

    Bob Dylan turns 70 in May 2011. The man himself may pay it little heed -- &""age don't carry weight&"", he sings in a recent song -- but a lot of other people will mark the occasion. One place that's sure to see some parties is New York City, where 50 winters ago a scruffy kid called Bobby Zimmerman blew into town. During the subsequent decade or two, New York returned the favour, inspiring, provoking, and liberating the kid to become what he could not have become anywhere else. As detailed in this book, Dylan created sounds and words that redefined the possibilities of popular music in the basements, studios, and cafes of Manhattan. This is the only book devoted to examining the role that New York City played in the creation of Dylan's music, the evolution of his creative process, and the continual reinvention of his public persona. Packed with information, savvy insights, and surprising facts, Bob Dylan: New York not only chronicles where he lived, worked, and played (and where he still plays from time to time), but also offers evocative portraits of different facets of the city, especially its folk scene during the 1960s. The book features more than 50 sites -- fleapit hotels and avant-garde clubs, tiny coffee-houses and vast concert halls, landmarks of one sort or another in Dylan's New York odyssey. Street maps let the reader navigate from the Caf? Wha? to the Chelsea Hotel; from Columbia's Studio A, where he recorded songs such as &""Desolation Row&"" and &""Positively 4th Street,&"" to the Decker Building, where he hung out with Warhol and Nico; from the Delmonico Hotel, where he introduced the Beatles to marijuana to the Bitter End, where he spent much of the summer of '75 playing pool and guitar. This is fascinating reading for anyone who likes listening to Bob Dylan or visiting New York. It's essential reading for anyone who loves doing both.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures
    Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures
    ISBN: 9780785837602
    Title: Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures
    Author: SHAPIRO HARRY

    Bob Dylan: His Life in Pictures does exactly what the title says. In 256 pages with over 300 images it provides a timeline to this amazing career, showing highlights along with more mundane moments at home and on tour.

    Though this book may not help you to understand Dylan's lyrics, it provides a brilliant photographic background to his life and music. After a contextualizing introduction, Bob Dylan breaks his life into five chapters that cover the story decade by decade from the 1960s. Each chapter has a detailed timeline and a wealth of information.

    Robert Allen Zimmerman (as Bob Dylan was born) has had more impact on the music world than could normally be expected of one man. The quicksilver folk hero of the early 1960s has redefined himself regularly over the decades and remains as controversial and brilliant as ever. The voice of the 1960s protest movement, he has not stagnated--over the years, his music has incorporated many styles, including pop music, folk music, gospel, rock, and even jazz. The one continuous thread is that his music is intelligent and literary; he is a poet first and a songwriter--albeit a great songwriter--second. It is Dylan's words that have ensured his continued importance and not his aging voice.

    His peers rate him highly: Neil Young, himself no slouch in the music world, said of him in 2005: "He's the master. If I'd like to be anyone, it's him. And he's a great writer, true to his music and done what he feels is the right thing to do for years and years and years." Joe Strummer praised Dylan as having "laid down the template for lyric, tune, seriousness, spirituality, depth of rock music."

    And if you judge a musician by his awards, Dylan has done pretty well from a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammies in 1990 to induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; from France's highest cultural award, the "Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" to the Polar Music Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music; from an honorary doctorate awarded by Princeton University (US) to an honorary degree at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland)--not to mention albums of the year, six entries in the Grammy Hall of Fame, a 2000 Academy Award, a 2001 Golden Globe and a 2008 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.

    Get an intimate view of this legendary singer-songwriter, artist, and writer through this amazing photographic account of his life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
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  • 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
  • Bob Marley: the Untold Story
    Bob Marley: the Untold Story
    ISBN: 9780007255535
    Title: Bob Marley: the Untold Story
    Author: SALEWICZ CHRIS

    What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock'n'roll?How is that he has not only remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but has also become a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to generation after generation of fans across the globe?May 11, 1981, a little after 11.30 in the morning, and Bob Marley - only thirty-six years old - died. The man who introduced reggae to a worldwide audience, Bob Marley was a hero figure, in the classic mythological sense. From immensely humble beginnings, with talent and religious belief his only weapons, the Jamaican recording artist applied himself with unstinting perseverance to spreading his prophetic musical message.In 1980, the European tour of Bob Marley And The Wailers played to the largest audiences a musical act had up to that point experienced there. Sales of Marley's albums before his death were spectacular; in the years since he died, they are phenomenal.Chris Salewicz, bestselling author of Redemption Song, the classic biography of Joe Strummer, interviewed Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1979. Now, for the first time, in this thorough and detailed account of Bob Marley's life and the world in which he grew up and came to dominate, Salewicz brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica, but also the spirit of the man himself. Interviews with dozens of people who knew Marley and have never spoken before are woven through the narrative, as Salewicz seeks to explain why he has become such an enigmatic and heroic figure.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Bon: The Last Highway
    Bon: The Last Highway
    ISBN: 9780857988928
    Title: Bon: The Last Highway
    Author: FINK JESSE

    In the early hours of 19 February 1980, Bon Scott, lead singer of the rock band AC/DC, left The Music Machine in Camden, London, with a man called Alistair Kinnear, whereupon he lost consciousness and was left to sleep in Alistair's Renault 5, parked outside Alistair's East Dulwich apartment. That evening, Bon's lifeless body was found, still in the car. He was pronounced dead on arrival at King's College Hospital. Less than two months later, far away in the Caribbean, recording began on Back In Black, AC/DC's tribute to their fallen bandmate. Worldwide, it would go on to become the biggest selling rock album of all time. The legend of the man known around the world simply as 'Bon' only grows with each passing year - in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people - but how much of his story is myth or pure fabrication and how much of the real man do we know? There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven't even come close. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs- The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon- The Last Highway, a book years in the making that finally solves the riddle of the death of Bon Scott. The 1977-80 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn't a harder working band in the music business. But, as Fink startlingly reveals, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. Fink has answers to the nagging questions rock 'n' roll fans have been asking since 1980 and reveals secrets that will change music history. Bon- The Last Highway is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Bon: The Last Highway
    Bon: The Last Highway
    ISBN: 9780857988935
    Title: Bon: The Last Highway
    Author: FINK JESSE

    The legend of the man known around the world simply as 'Bon? only grows with each passing year - in death the AC/DC icon has become a god to millions of people - but how much of his story is myth and how much of the real man do we know?There have been books that claim to tell his story. They haven?t even come close. Jesse Fink, author of the critically acclaimed international bestseller The Youngs- The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, leaves no stone unturned for Bon- The Last Highway.The 1977-80 period forged the legend of AC/DC. There wasn?t a harder working band on the road in America. But, as Fink startlingly reveals in a journey that takes the reader from Austin in 1977 to London in 1980, the relentless AC/DC machine was also threatening to come apart. With unprecedented access to Bon?s lovers, newly unearthed documents and a trove of never-before-seen photos, Fink has answers to all the nagging questions that have been asked for decades and discovers startling new information about his last hours to solve the mystery of how he died.But at the heart of Bon- The Last Highwayis a special - and unlikely - friendship between an Australian rock star and an alcoholic Texan troublemaker and it is told for the very first time.This is the original, forensic, unflinching and masterful biography Bon Scott has so richly deserved and music fans around the world have been waiting for.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Book of Drugs: a Memoir
    Book of Drugs: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780306818776
    Title: Book of Drugs: a Memoir
    Author: DOUGHTY MIKE

    Mike Doughty first came to prominence as the leader of the band Soul Coughing then did an abrupt sonic left turn, much to the surprise of his audience, transforming into a solo performer of stark, dusky, but strangely hopeful tunes. He battled addiction, gave up fame when his old band was at the height of its popularity, drove thousands of miles, alone, across America, with just an acoustic guitar. His candid, hilarious, self-lacerating memoir,The Book of Drugs—featuring cameos by Redman, Ani DiFranco, the late Jeff Buckley, and others—is the story of his band's rise and bitter collapse, the haunted and darkly comical life of addiction, and the perhaps even weirder world of recovery.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Born to Boogie Marc Bolan Biography
    Born to Boogie Marc Bolan Biography
    ISBN: 9780859654111
    Title: Born to Boogie Marc Bolan Biography
    Author: WELCH CHRIS & NAPIER-BELL SIMON


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Born to Run
    Born to Run
    ISBN: 9781471157790
    Title: Born to Run
    Author: SPRINGSTEEN BRUCE

    'Writing about yourself is a funny business...But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I've tried to do this.'& --Bruce Springsteen, from the pages of& Born to Run
    & In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began.& Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humour& and originality found in his songs.
    & He describes growing up Catholic in Freehold, New Jersey, amid the poetry, danger& and darkness that fuelled his imagination, leading up to the moment he refers to as 'The Big Bang': seeing Elvis Presley's debut on& The Ed Sullivan Show. He vividly recounts his relentless drive to become a musician, his early days as a bar band king in Asbury Park, and the rise of the E Street Band. With disarming candour, he also tells for the first time the story of the personal struggles that inspired his best work, and shows us why the song 'Born to Run'& reveals more than we previously realized.
    & Born to Run& will be revelatory for anyone who has ever enjoyed Bruce Springsteen, but this book is much more than a legendary rock star's memoir. This is a book for workers and dreamers, parents and children, lovers and loners, artists, freaks& or anyone who has ever wanted to be baptized in the holy river of rock and roll.& Rarely has a performer told his own story with such force and sweep. Like many of his songs ('Thunder Road',& 'Badlands',& 'Darkness on the Edge of Town',& 'The River',& 'Born in the U.S.A.',& 'The Rising',& and 'The Ghost of Tom Joad',& to name just a few), Bruce Springsteen's autobiography is written with the lyricism of a singular songwriter and the wisdom of a man who has thought deeply about his experiences.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Boss: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - the Illustrated History
    Boss: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - the Illustrated History
    ISBN: 9780760349724
    Title: Boss: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band - the Illustrated History
    Author: GARR GILLIAN G

    Find out how legendary musician Bruce Springsteen earned his monicker. There's only one Boss; his story is revealed here. Bruce Springsteen is a platinum-shifting, stadium-filling rock star, but he is also more nuanced than that. He is a man of the people, making conventional-and-proud-of-it rock music aimed at the American working class. A supreme songwriter, Springsteen is a rock 'n' roll legend, and this lavishly illustrated book is an examination of his life and music. A comprehensive overview of a fascinating and unique artist, Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band - The Illustrated History is a tribute to Springsteen's body of work, from the rock anthem Born to Run to his sepia-toned analysis of working-class misery, The River. There's Springsteen's gnarly, Bonnie and Clyde-style tableaux Atlantic City, as well as his debunking of guys' yearnings for youthful Glory Days. Throughout it all, Springsteen has demonstrated that he knows how to create a classic track. Find out once and for all why his nickname is The Boss.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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 A to Z
    Bowie A to Z
    ISBN: 9781925418217
    Title: Bowie A to Z
    Author: WIDE STEVE

    A celebration of the unparalleled impact of cultural icon David Bowie.
    This decidedly not-for-kids illustrated A Z, celebrates the many faces and facets of David Bowie. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, "Bowie A Z" is densely packed with everything you need to know about the rock legend from the greatest hits of trivia to the most obscure B-side facts.
    Bowie s extraordinary cultural significance was highlighted by the worldwide outpouring of love following his tragic passing in January 2016. A huge influential source to many in the fields of music, art and fashion, David Bowie towers as a cultural figure of the twentieth (and into the twenty-first) century. Celebrate his enormous life in this fun, pop-cultural book."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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
  • Bowie Experience Rock's Enduring Enigma
    Bowie Experience Rock's Enduring Enigma
    ISBN: 9781780976181
    Title: Bowie Experience Rock's Enduring Enigma
    Author: EVANS MIKE

    A decade-by-decade tribute to the influential, charismatic "chameleon of rock." David Bowie always defied expectations with his dizzying series of stylistic transformations. Packed with photographs, this beautiful book covers everything about this iconic figure: his music, his film work, his partners, his life. Images of rare memorabilia--much of it from Bowie's early career--complement insightful text from a top music journalist.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Bowie on Bowie: Interviews & Encounters
    Bowie on Bowie: Interviews & Encounters
    ISBN: 9780285643130
    Title: Bowie on Bowie: Interviews & Encounters
    Author: EGAN SEAN (ED)

    With over 30 of the most revealing interviews Bowie has given in 45 years, Bowie on Bowie tells the story of Bowie's restlessly inventive career in his own words. Over the decades Bowie has always answered honestly and articulately in interviews, analysing his own past and trying to explain the motivations behind his latest persona. Bowie was the first artist to regard the interview as a means of artistic expression in itself and this is as close to an autobiography as he has come.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Bowie: Album by Album
    Bowie: Album by Album
    ISBN: 9781780978345
    Title: Bowie: Album by Album
    Author: HEWITT PAOLO & ELMS ROBERT

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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Boy About Town a Memoir
    Boy About Town a Memoir
    ISBN: 9780434021673
    Title: Boy About Town a Memoir
    Author: FLETCHER TONY

    'I was no longer fitting in at school. I was unsure of my friends, and they were increasingly unsure of me. I wanted to be a rock star. But while all around, voices were starting to break, acne beginning to appear, facial hair sprouting, I remained all flabby flesh and innate scruff, with a high-pitched whine and not a muscle to my name. I was the runt of the class and rarely allowed to forget it. I had no father at home to help me out, and could hardly talk to my mum. So I took solace in The Jam.' As a boy, Tony Fletcher frequently felt out of place. Yet somehow he secured a ringside seat for one of the most creative periods in British cultural history. Boy About Town tells the story of the bestselling author's formative years in the pre- and post-punk music scenes of London, counting down, from fifty to number one: attendance at seminal gigs and encounters with musical heroes; schoolboy projects that became national success stories; the style culture of punks, mods and skinheads and the tribal violence that enveloped them; life as a latchkey kid in a single-parent household; weekends on the football terraces in a quest for street credibility; and the teenage boy's unending obsession with losing his virginity. Featuring a vibrant cast of supporting characters (from school friends to rock stars), and built up from notebooks, diaries, interviews, letters, and issues of his now legendary fanzine Jamming!, Boy About Town is an evocative, bittersweet, amusing and wholly original account of growing up and coming of age in the glory days of the 1970s.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Boys in the Trees
    Boys in the Trees
    ISBN: 9781472124036
    Title: Boys in the Trees
    Author: SIMON CARLY


    Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movieWorking Girl.


    The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Boys in the Trees: a Memoir
    Boys in the Trees: a Memoir
    ISBN: 9781472124043
    Title: Boys in the Trees: a Memoir
    Author: SIMON CARLY

    Simon's memoir reveals her remarkable life, beginning with her storied childhood as the third daughter of Richard L. Simon, the co-founder of publishing giant Simon & Schuster, her musical debut as half of The Simon Sisters performing folk songs with her sister Lucy in Greenwich Village, to a meteoric solo career that would result in 13 top 40 hits, including the #1 song "You're So Vain." She was the first artist in history to win a Grammy Award, an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, for her song "Let the River Run" from the movieWorking Girl.


    The memoir recalls a childhood enriched by music and culture, but also one shrouded in secrets that would eventually tear her family apart. Simon brilliantly captures moments of creative inspiration, the sparks of songs, and the stories behind writing "Anticipation" and "We Have No Secrets" among many others. Romantic entanglements with some of the most famous men of the day fueled her confessional lyrics, as well as the unraveling of her storybook marriage to James Taylor.
    Includes original music composed especially for the program by Carly Simon and Teese Gohl, plus a previously unreleased bonus song from Carly Simon.
    CARLY SIMONlives on Martha's Vineyard. www.carlysimon.com



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Boys Keep Swinging
    Boys Keep Swinging
    ISBN: 9781501140129
    Title: Boys Keep Swinging
    Author: SHEARS JAKE

    In this deeply affecting memoir, one of rock music's most entrancing figures transforms the vividness of his musical world into an unforgettable literary account of overcoming the odds and finding his true voice.

    Long before hitting the stage as the lead singer of the iconic glam rock band Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, a teenage boy living a fraught life, resulting in a confusing and confining time in high school as his classmates bullied him and few teachers showed sympathy.

    It wasn't until years later, while living and studying in New York City, that Jason would find his voice as an artist and, with a group of friends and musicians who were also thirsting for stardom and freedom, form the band Scissor Sisters. First performing in the smoky gay nightclubs of New York, then finding massive success in the United Kingdom, Scissor Sisters would become revered by the LGBTQ community, sell out venues worldwide, and win multiple accolades with hits like "Take Your Mama" and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," as well as their cult-favorite cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb."

    Candid and courageous, Shears's writing sings with the same powerful, spirited presence that he brings to his live performances. Following a misfit boy's development into a dazzling rock star, Boys Keep Swinging is a raucously entertaining memoir that will be an inspiration to anyone with determination and a dream.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $47.00

    $47.00
  • Bring It on Home
    Bring It on Home
    ISBN: 9781472126894
    Title: Bring It on Home
    Author: BLAKE MARK

    Bring it on Home is a celebration, a cautionary tale and a compelling human drama. Written with the full co-operation of the Grant family and with access to Grant's private correspondence, business contracts and photographs, this biography features interviews with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, and examines Grant's remarkably close (and some suggest unhealthy) relationship with Jimmy Page, his troubled relationship with Robert Plant and his great friendship with the late drummer John Bonham. Stories about how Grant intimidated the producers of The Song Remains the Same and the drug-related excess surrounding Swan Song Records and Grant's relationship with John Bindon and his extended coterie of Kings Road criminals are told with great candour, while the details of a plot to kidnap Led Zeppelin's band members' children by Jamaican gangsters are revealed for the first time. It also tells the dramatic and bleakly humorous family story of how Grant's estranged wife, and two children, Helen and Warren, dealt with this unusual and often tumultuous life. Warren Grant discusses, with unflinching honesty, an often-dangerous adolescence spent with a drug-addicted father, surrounded by groupies and dealers, in a house filled with shotguns. The narrative also features walk-on parts from Bob Dylan, Stanley Kubrick, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, Elvis's father Vernon and Pope John XIII. As Warren Grant says now: 'My dad knew everyone'.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
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