• 1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    ISBN: 9781250181718
    Title: 1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music

    Fifty years ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the most ground-breaking year in music history. It was the year rock and roll evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the Western world. The feedback loop between the artists and their times ignited an unprecedented explosion of creativity. The Beatles made their first artistic statement with Rubber Soul and performed at Shea Stadium, the first rock concert to be held in a major American stadium. Bob Dylan released "Like a Rolling Stone, arguably the greatest song of all time, and went electric at the Newport Folk Festival. And the Rolling Stones's "Satisfaction" catapulted the band to world-wide success. This was not only the year of rock as new genres such as funk and psychedelia were born. Soul music became a prime force of desegregation as Motown crossed out of the R&B charts on to the top of the Billboard Top 100. Country music reached new heights with Nashville and the Bakersfield sound and competition between musicians coincided with seismic cultural shifts wrought by the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, psychedelics and fashion with designer Mary Qaunt's introduction of the miniskirt. In 1965, Andrew Grant Jackson combines fascinating and often surprising personal stories with a panoramic historical narrative.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • 30-Second Opera
    30-Second Opera
    ISBN: 9781782407560
    Title: 30-Second Opera
    Author: SHIRLEY HUGO

    The bestselling 30-Second... series takes a revolutionary approach to learning about those subjects you feel you should really understand. Each title selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart.& Every idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one image, all digestible in just 30 seconds.&

    Live operatic performance was once part of popular culture yet in modern times it has become caricatured as exclusive, overwhelming and, often, very very long.& 30-Second Opera& raises the curtain so that anyone can enjoy& opera, classical or contemporary, without the elitism. Compiled by opera buffs, not the bourgeoisie, it serves up all you need to enjoy the spectacle, the music, and above all the voices - from Farinelli to& femme fatale.&

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa
    ISBN: 9781784700140
    Title: Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

    A deeply personal, intimate conversation about music and writing between the internationally acclaimed, best-selling author and his close friend, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

    Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" to Franz Liszt's "Years of Pilgrimage," the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books.
    Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros.
    It is essential reading for book and music lovers everywhere.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • Arboretum
    ISBN: 9781786899507
    Title: Arboretum
    Author: BYRNE DAVID

    For over thirty years, besides making music, David Byrne has focused his unique genius upon forms as diverse as the archaeology of music as we know it, architectural photography and the uses of PowerPoint. Now he presents his most personal work to date, a collection of drawings exploring the form of the tree diagram.

    Arboretum is an eclectic blend of science, automatic writing, self-analysis and satire. A journey through irrational logic - the application of scientific rigour and form to irrational premises, proceeding from careful nonsense to unexpected sense.

    The tree diagram is a form that might reveal more about yourself than you dreamed possible.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated History
    Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated History
    ISBN: 9780241302316
    Title: Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated History

    Discover more than 70 of the most famous ballet dances, from The Nutcrackerand Swan Laketo The Rite of Spring. Learn the stories behind renowned companies such as The Royal Ballet and the Bolshoi Ballet. Explore the lives and achievements of ballet dancers across the centuries, such as Margot Fonteyn, Carlos Acosta, and Darcey Bussell, and meet composers and choreographers, from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to Matthew Bourne.

    From its origins at court and the first national ballet companies, to the contemporary scene and extraordinary venues that stage the production, this ballet book covers an impressive history of ballet and provides an invaluable overview of the subject. Filled with rarely seen photographs covering all the key figures, pieces, and performances, and compelling facts about each dance - the sources they draw from, their production history, and their reception over time - Ballet- The Definitive Illustrated Storyis an essential gift for all ballet enthusiasts.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    ISBN: 9781250209597
    Title: Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    Author: ASHER PETER

    A legendary record producer and performer takes readers on an alphabetical journey of insights into the music of the Beatles and individual reminiscences of John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

    Peter Asher met the Beatles in the spring of 1963, the start of a lifelong association with the band and its members. He had a front-row seat as they elevated pop music into an art form, and he was present at the creation of some of the most iconic music of our times.

    But Asher was also a talented musician in his own right, with a great ear for what was new and fresh. Once, when Paul McCartney wrote a song that John Lennon didn't think was right for the Beatles, Asher asked if he could record it. "A World Without Love" became a global number-one hit for his duo, Peter and Gordon. A few years later Asher was asked by Paul McCartney to help start Apple Records and the first artist Asher discovered and signed up was a young American singer-songwriter named James Taylor. Before long he would be not only managing and producing Taylor but also (having left Apple and moved to Los Angeles) working with Linda Ronstadt, Neil Diamond, Robin Williams, Joni Mitchell and Cher, among others.

    In The Beatles from A to Zed, based upon twenty-six episodes of his current and highly popular radio show "From Me to You" on the Beatles Channel of SiriusXM, Peter Asher shares his memories and insights about the Fab Four, weaving his reflections into a whimsical alphabetical journey that focuses not only on songs whose titles start with each letter, but also on recurrent themes in the Beatles' music, the instruments they played, the innovations they pioneered, the artists who influenced them, the key people in their lives, and the cultural events of the time.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Beethoven: The Man Revealed
    Beethoven: The Man Revealed
    ISBN: 9781783963249
    Title: Beethoven: The Man Revealed
    Author: SUCHET JOHN

    "An ideal 'first book' on Beethoven" from one of the world's most eminent classical music aficionados (Booklist).

    Beethoven scholar and classical radio host John Suchet has had a lifelong, ardent interest in the man and his music. Here, in his first full-length biography, Suchet illuminates the composer's difficult childhood, his struggle to maintain friendships and romances, his ungovernable temper, his obsessive efforts to control his nephew's life, and the excruciating decline of his hearing. This absorbing narrative provides a comprehensive account of a momentous life, as it takes the reader on a journey from the composer's birth in Bonn to his death in Vienna.

    Chronicling the landmark events in Beethoven's career--from his competitive encounters with Mozart to the circumstances surrounding the creation of the well-known "F r Elise" and Moonlight Sonata--this book enhances understanding of the composer's character, inspiring a deeper appreciation for his work. Beethoven scholarship is constantly evolving, and Suchet draws on the latest research, using rare source material (some of which has never before been published in English) to paint a complete and vivid portrait of the legendary prodigy.

    "A gripping and thought-provoking read." --Howard Shelley, pianist and conductor

    "By exercising a genuine authority in identifying how Beethoven, the man, manifests himself in our appreciation of the music, Suchet brings an incisive freshness to an extraordinary life." --Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Principal of the Royal Academy of Music

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Big Book of BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book
    Big Book of BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book
    ISBN: 9781629377599
    Title: Big Book of BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book

    THE HOTTEST GROUP IN THE WORLD! Already K-pop's hugest artist, the members of BTS are looking to make 2020 their most successful year ever! Between selling out arenas, dropping mixtapes, and filming a surprise concert documentary, BTS has still found time to release wildly popular hits like "Boy with Luv" and "Idol." For these icons, the best may still be yet to come. The Big Book of BTS is the biggest and most complete guide to all things Bangtan. Including more than 100 fullcolor photographs, you'll get an in-depth look at the lives of RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jimin, V, Jin, and Jungkook. It also explores their meteoric rise, musical influences, unbeatable style, far-reaching activism, and bond with fans. The Big Book of BTS is a must-have for ARMYs as well as new K-pop fans everywhere!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne
    Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne
    ISBN: 9781787392700
    Title: Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne

    Immerse yourself in the glorious story of Black Sabbath with the stories of their classic songs, in one beautifully illustrated volume. This celebration of 50 years of Sabbath includes rare-on-the-page memorabilia throughout the book as it tells the story of the band and all their classic songs, as well as the hugely popular hits from Ozzy as a solo artist.&

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Book of Cohen
    Book of Cohen
    ISBN: 9780947493882
    Title: Book of Cohen
    Author: COHEN DAVID

    This is a story of two Cohens, the famous singer and not- so-famous lifelong New Zealand fan. It spans several generations and locations, from the refugee waves of Europe of the 19th century to suburban NZ in the late 1970s, late-night Montreal and New York and the menacing frontiers of the Middle East.
    Part memoir, part travelogue, part biography, part
    philosophical reflection, Book of Cohen is as stimulating,
    eclectic and surprising as its subject, full of sharp-eyed
    observation and hard-won wisdom. You will enjoy this book,
    even its gaps and silences. After all, as the man himself might
    say, that’s how the light gets in.
    — Jonathan Freedland
    From the Hutt to Tel Aviv, music writing to memoir, David
    Cohen takes an intimate, erudite voyage around that other
    Cohen, the immortal Leonard. Questions of identity —
    Jewishness, lost fathers — are at the heart, the gravelly
    undertow of well-earned weltschmerz always backlit by both
    Cohens’ dry-as-desert-dust humour.
    — Diana Wichtel

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Bound for Glory
    Bound for Glory
    ISBN: 9780141187228
    Title: Bound for Glory

    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
  • Bowie by O'Neill: The Definitive Collection with Unseen Images
    Bowie by O'Neill: The Definitive Collection with Unseen Images
    ISBN: 9781788401012
    Title: Bowie by O'Neill: The Definitive Collection with Unseen Images
    Author: O'NEILL TERRY

    This book is the breathtaking result of iconic photographer Terry O'Neill's creative partnership with David Bowie that spanned over many years.
    Containing rare and never-before-seen photographs, their work together includes images from the last Ziggy Stardust performance, recording sessions for Young Americans and the renowned studio portraits for Diamond Dogs - plus live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more.
    With more than 200 photographs, this is the ultimate portrait of an inspiring, challenging and ever-changing artist.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs
    Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs
    ISBN: 9781787391215
    Title: Bruce Springsteen: The Stories Behind the Songs
    Author: HIATT BRIAN

    Bruce Springsteen is the rare recording artist who is both an iconic figure and an acknowledged master of music and lyrics. Songs like "Blinded by the Light," "Born to Run," "Hungry Heart," and "Dancing in the Dark" have made him a multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist and earned him an enormous cult-like following among generations of fans. In Bruce Springsteen, Brian Hiatt, a senior editor at Rolling Stone, examines these songs and all the others that Springsteen has written and performed on his studio albums from 1973 to the present, resulting in a unique look at the legendary rocker's methods, along with historical context, scores of colorful anecdotes, and around 150 photographs. Hiatt has interviewed Springsteen himself numerous times in the past and has conducted many new interviews with musical collaborators for this book--from longtime producers to members of the E Street Band--to create an authoritative and profusely illustrated journey through Springsteen's entire songbook and career.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
  • BTS: Icons of K-Pop
    BTS: Icons of K-Pop
    ISBN: 9781782439684
    Title: BTS: Icons of K-Pop

    Seven good-looking boys - Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook - who can dance as well as they can sing, are tearing up the global music charts. Nothing new? Think again. BTS, who rose to fame in their native South Korea in 2013 and who sing almost entirely in Korean, are now a sensation in the US, the UK, Australia and the rest of the world.

    K-pop is a growing phenomenon in the West. Over the last three years, it's steadily garnered a huge following among social-media-savvy teen girls. With their clean-cut good looks, fabulously choreographed and perfectly executed dance moves, and catchy blend of pop, soft hip hop and RnB, BTS are leading the advance.

    Extensively researched, and written in an upbeat and accessible style, this book interweaves the success stories of each of the boys with how the band got together, while documenting their amazing rise to fame in Southeast Asia, and then the world. It includes 16 pages of full colour photographs of the band playing live, posing and having fun.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • Carnival of the Animals
    Carnival of the Animals
    ISBN: 9781474968041
    Title: Carnival of the Animals
    Author: WATT FIONA

    A delightful board book with beautiful illustrations and simple lyrical text. Press the embedded sound buttons to hear specially arranged music from Saint-Saëns famous The Carnival of the Animals. The music includes the majestic Royal March of the Lions, the humorous Fossils and the delicate Aquarium. An ideal introduction to a famous piece of classical music for little children. The stylish illustrations make it an ideal gift. Scan the QR code on the back of the book to hear more music from The Carnival of the Animals.

    Format: Board Book
    Price: $30.00
  • Celine Dion Lets Talk About Love 33 1/3 Series
    Celine Dion Lets Talk About Love 33 1/3 Series
    ISBN: 9780826427885
    Title: Celine Dion Lets Talk About Love 33 1/3 Series
    Author: WILSON CARL

    Non-fans regard Céline Dion as ersatz and plastic, yet to those who love her, no one could be more real, with her impoverished childhood, her (creepy) manager-husband's struggle with cancer, her knack for howling out raw emotion. There's nothing cool about Céline Dion, and nothing clever. That's part of her appeal as an object of love or hatred - with most critics and committed music fans taking pleasure (or at least geeky solace) in their lofty contempt. This book documents Carl Wilson's brave and unprecedented year-long quest to find his inner Céline Dion fan, and explores how we define ourselves in the light of what we call good and bad, what we love and what we hate.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism
    Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism
    ISBN: 9780141980560
    Title: Chopin's Piano: A Journey Through Romanticism
    Author: KILDEA PAUL

    Chopin's Piano begins in November 1838, when George Sand, her children and Frederick Chopin took a boat to Majorca for the winter. It describes their circumstances there, and how Chopin completed one of the most revolutionary works in the history of music - his Preludes - on 'a small Mallorquin piano' which he picked up when they arrived and carted up to the monastery in the mountains where he and Sand lodged. Kildea traces the history of the Preludes, their pianists, their interpretations, and the history of the Mallorquin piano itself, to find an unexpected path through the history of romantic music - via Wanda Landowska in Berlin in 1913, Paris in 1940-41 when the Nazis seized the piano, down to the end of romantic music. It is an astonishing narrative and detective story, an unclassifiable and thrilling book, which explores in an original way the changing meaning of music through time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs
    Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs
    ISBN: 9780760359341
    Title: Clash: All the Albums, All the Songs

    Formed in London in 1976 by Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon at the outset of that city's punk rock boom, The Clash went on to outlast their peers and create some of the most influential albums in rock 'n' roll--not just punk--even breaching the mainstream in 1982 and earning the title "The Only Band That Matters" along the way. In their eight-year career, The Clash offered six CBS Records studio releases, including one double and one triple LP, and increasingly melded influences ranging from rockabilly to ska, reggae, and even hip-hop into their sound.

    Veteran music journalist Martin Popoff dissects each of the 103 tracks, including the circumstances that led to their creation, the recording processes, the historical contexts, and more. In addition, an introductory essay sets the scene for each album, while sidebar features explore influences on the band, album art, non-LP singles, the band's staunch political stance, and song details, such as running time, instruments played, engineers, and studios.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Compact Disc
    Compact Disc
    ISBN: 9781501348518
    Title: Compact Disc
    Author: BARRY ROBERT

    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

    The story of the compact disc is also the story of the end of physical media. It is the story of how the quest for perfection laid the grounds for the death of a great industry. For in the passage from analogue media, like records and tapes, to digital formats, like CDs, something changed in the nature of media and in the relationship we have with music. Music became code, a sequence of 1s and 0s, a flow of pure information. The material structure of the medium itself was always supposed to disappear. But the physical has proved to possess an uncanny knack for returning.

    Today the CD is a zombie medium, still popular amongst certain avant-garde record labels and Japanese consumers. Against all the odds, the spectre endures.

    Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the The Atlantic.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • Complete Classical Music Guide
    Complete Classical Music Guide
    ISBN: 9780241422984
    Title: Complete Classical Music Guide
    Author: DK

    What makes Mozart's music so great? Why does a minor chord sound sad and a major chord sound happy? What's the difference between opera and operetta? From Bach to Bernstein, this definitive guide offers a complete survey of the history of classical music.

    Whether you already love classical music or you're just beginning to explore it, The Complete Classical Music Guide invites you to discover the spirituality of Byrd's masses, the awesome power of Handel's Messiah, and the wonders of Wagner's operas, as well as hundreds more composers and their masterpieces. This guide takes you on a journey through more than 1,000 years, charting the evolution of musical instruments, styles, and genres. Biographies of major and lesser-known composers offer rich insights into their music and the historical and cultural contexts that influenced their genius.

    The book explores the features that defined each musical era - from the ornate brilliance of the Baroque, through the drama of Romantic music, to contemporary genres such as minimalism and electronic music. Timelines, quotes, and colour photographs give a voice to this music and the exceptionally gifted individuals who created it. Covering both music history and the fundamental building blocks of music theory, The Complete Classical Music Guideexplains not just the who, what, and where of classical music, but the how and why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
    Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
    ISBN: 9780525573883
    Title: Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop


    The perfect gift for music and photography fans, an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers told through their most intimate diaries--their contact sheets.

    Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from industry legends, Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop and from analog to digital photography. The ultimate companion for music and photography enthusiasts, Contact High is the definitive history of hip-hop's early days, celebrating the artists that shaped the iconic album covers, t-shirts and posters beloved by hip-hop fans today.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach & Mourning
    Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach & Mourning
    ISBN: 9780393635362
    Title: Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach & Mourning

    As his mother was dying, Philip Kennicott began to listen to the music of Bach obsessively. It was the only music that didn't seem trivial or irrelevant, and it enabled him to both experience her death and remove himself from it. For him, Bach's music held the elements of both joy and despair, life and its inevitable end. He spent the next five years trying to learn one of the composer's greatest keyboard masterpieces, the Goldberg Variations. In Counterpoint, he recounts his efforts to rise to the challenge, and to fight through his grief by coming to terms with his memories of a difficult, complicated childhood.

    He describes the joys of mastering some of the piano pieces, the frustrations that plague his understanding of others, the technical challenges they pose, and the surpassing beauty of the melodies, harmonies, and counterpoint that distinguish them. While exploring Bach's compositions he sketches a cultural history of playing the piano in the twentieth century. And he raises two questions that become increasingly interrelated, not unlike a contrapuntal passage in one of the variations itself: What does it mean to know a piece of music? What does it mean to know another human being?

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $49.00
  • David Bowie's Diamond Dogs
    David Bowie's Diamond Dogs
    ISBN: 9781501336584
    Title: David Bowie's Diamond Dogs

    After his breakthrough with Ziggy Stardust and before his U.S. pop hits "Fame" and "Golden Years" David Bowie produced a dark and difficult concept album set in a post-apocalyptic "Hunger City" populated by post-human "mutants." Diamond Dogs includes the great glam anthem "Rebel Rebel" and utterly unique songs that combine lush romantic piano and nearly operatic singing with scratching, grungy guitars, creepy, insidious noises, and dark, pessimistic lyrics that reflect the album's origins in a projected Broadway musical version of Orwell's 1984 and Bowie's formative encounter with William S. Burroughs.

    In this book Glenn Hendler shows that each song on Diamond Dogs shifts the ground under you as you listen, not just by changing in musical style, but by being sung by a different "I" who directly addresses a different "you." Diamond Dogs is the product of a performer at the peak of his powers but uncomfortable with the rock star role he had constructed. All of the album's influences looked to Bowie like ways of escaping not just the Ziggy role, but also the constraints of race, gender, sexuality, and nationality. These are just some of the reasons many Bowie fans rate Diamond Dogs his richest and most important album of the 1970s.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
  • Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show
    Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show
    ISBN: 9781501151194
    Title: Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

    The conventional wisdom is that Las Vegas is what destroyed Elvis Presley, launching him on a downward spiral of drugs, boredom, erratic stage behavior, and eventually his fatal overdose. But in Elvis in Vegas, Richard Zoglin takes an alternate view, arguing that Vegas is where the King of Rock and Roll resurrected his career, reinvented himself as a performer, and created the most exciting show in Vegas history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge
    Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge
    ISBN: 9780571249879
    Title: Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge
    Author: YARM MARK

    Grunge, also known as the 'Seattle Sound', emerged from the Pacific north-west in the early part of the 1980s. With the unexpected success of Nirvana's single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in 1991, grunge became a household word overnight and launched an American music movement on a par with punk and hip-hop. In Everybody Loves Our Town , Mark Yarm draws from exclusive interviews to tell the whole story: the founding of originators like Soundgarden and the Melvins, the early successes of the Sub Pop record label, the rise of powerhouses Nirvana and Pearl Jam, the media hype, the suicide of Kurt Cobain, and finally, the genre's mid-to-late-nineties decline.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • EXO: K-Pop Superstars
    EXO: K-Pop Superstars
    ISBN: 9781789291148
    Title: EXO: K-Pop Superstars

    Extensively researched, this book weaves in the backstories of each of the nine individual members with the story of the band as a whole, as well as detailing the support from their incredible fanbase, EXO-L. As any EXO-L knows, EXO come from an alien planet and possess superpowers--not hard to believe when you see how talented they are They record their songs in Korean, Mandarin and Japanese, they have millions of fans all over the world, their music videos clock up hundreds of millions of views, and a captivated global audience watched this Korean-Chinese band close the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Featuring biographies of each of the nine current members--Suho, Xiumin, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun--as well as previous members Luhan, Kris and Tao, this accessible and upbeat book is a must for any fan.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Fangirls: A Modern Music History, by the People Written Out of It
    Fangirls: A Modern Music History, by the People Written Out of It
    ISBN: 9781787132412
    Title: Fangirls: A Modern Music History, by the People Written Out of It
    Author: EWENS HANNAH

    From Beatlemania in the early 1960s to the Directioners and Beyhive of today, female music fans have long driven the objects of their affection to the dizzying heights of life-changing fame. But marginalized fan groups are never given appropriate credit. Frequently derided, their worlds and communities are self-contained and rarely investigated by cultural historians and commentators.

    Yet without these people, in the past, records would have gathered dust on shelves, unsold and forgotten. Now, concerts wouldn't sell out and revenue streams from merchandising would disappear, changing the face of the music industry as we know it.&

    In& Fangirls: Scenes From Modern Music Culture,& journalist Hannah Ewens is on a mission to give these individuals their rightful due. A dedicated music lover herself, she has spoken to hundreds of fans from the UK to Japan to trace their path through recent pop and rock history. She's found the untold stories behind important events and uncovered the ups, the downs and the lengths fans go to, celebrating the camaraderie and lifelines their fandoms can provide.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Football Disco! The Unbelievable World of Football Record Covers
    Football Disco! The Unbelievable World of Football Record Covers
    ISBN: 9783960985969
    Title: Football Disco! The Unbelievable World of Football Record Covers

    An idiosyncratic history of football: Pascal Claude's personal collection of football songs gathered over the last twenty years Dale, Forza, Allez, Hopp! The football record has more to offer than just music: the sleeves outline the history of football in a very special way. They tell of promotions, championship titles, finals and ground inaugurations, document the evolution of the playing equipment from the heavy brown leather ball to the television ready black and white one, to light and polished 'Tango' or show how the typography and imagery changed from one World Cup to another. Each cover is a piece of commercial art and a testament to its time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Freedom to Dance: the Story of Creative Dance Pioneer Bourke Van Zon
    Freedom to Dance: the Story of Creative Dance Pioneer Bourke Van Zon
    ISBN: 9781927167274
    Title: Freedom to Dance: the Story of Creative Dance Pioneer Bourke Van Zon

    Freedom to Dance is the story of a remarkable Dutch dance teacher, Boukje van Zon, whose influence is still felt throughout New Zealand more than 50 years after starting Van Zon School of Creative Dancing in West Auckland.

    As a teenager in Friesland, the Netherlands, Boukje discovered that dance and movement could reach deep into a person’s being and bring about personal growth. She was part of a European movement where pre-conceived ways of thinking in arts and teaching were being overturned. Boukje brought these innovations with her when she migrated to New Zealand with husband Maurice in the 1950s.

    From her new home in Titirangi, she established a dance school with a difference. Children did not begin with steps, rather they explored the freedom of movement. Soon their mothers asked for a class of their own so they could explore space, time and movement; then as her reputation spread, adult students established a performance group and produced avant garde works. And so the Van Zon School of Creative Dancing expanded exponentially across Auckland.

    Boukje was ahead of her time. She embraced all realms of the dance voice and drew out and nurtured the creative impulses of each student. She was also part of her time and rode the crest of social change that was transforming New Zealand from a deeply conservative society to a liberal, open one.

    Boukje’s story embraces the turbulence of 20th century political conflict, nationhood, cultural identity and creative endeavour. It offers snapshots of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, and New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s as seen through the lens of a Dutch migrant. Freedom to Dance explores a time and place through the creative lens of a woman of her time, whose voice transcends time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Fryderyk Chopin Museum Curator's Choice
    Fryderyk Chopin Museum Curator's Choice
    ISBN: 9781785511264
    Title: Fryderyk Chopin Museum Curator's Choice

    - The Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw is the world's largest collection of documents, works of art and other objects linked to Fryderyk Chopin - The musical manuscripts, letters, instruments, and historical and contemporary portraits in the Chopin Museum collection shed light on the composer's life and creative process, as well as his influence up to the present day and over successive generations in different ways - The Chopin Museum collection presents diverse interpretations of his life and works - The Chopin Museum, possessing the largest Chopin collection in the world, functions under the aegis of the Fryderyk Chopin Institute, which disseminates knowledge about the composer and organizes the International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition The Fryderyk Chopin Museum holds the world's largest Chopin collection, featuring the composer's last piano, many of his musical manuscripts, and letters, portraits and other objects that together provide a unique insight into his life, music and creative process. The history of the Chopin Museum dates back to 1934, and today it functions under the aegis of the Chopin Institute, set up by parliament in 2001 to safeguard and disseminate the Chopin heritage. The Institute organizes concerts and piano competitions, including the International Chopin Competition, and pursues scholarly, educational, publishing and phonographic work. The selection of objects presented in this book is complemented by recordings of Chopin's music, some made on period instruments. Although the objects relate to the composer's biography in a fragmentary way, the selection is designed to enable readers to gain a fuller picture of his music and his character.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Future Days: Krautrock & the Building of Modern Germany
    Future Days: Krautrock & the Building of Modern Germany
    ISBN: 9780571346639
    Title: Future Days: Krautrock & the Building of Modern Germany
    Author: STUBBS DAVID

    West Germany after the Second World War was a country in shock: estranged from its recent history, and adrift from the rest of Europe. This proved to be fertile ground for a generation of musicians who, from the 1960s onwards, would develop the experimental sounds that became known as Krautrock.

    Faust, Neu!, Cluster, Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül II, Can, Kraftwerk - the influence of these groups upon popular music is incalculable. Future Days is an in-depth study of the music and the groups who made it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Glitter up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary
    Glitter up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary
    ISBN: 9781477318782
    Title: Glitter up the Dark: How Pop Music Broke the Binary
    Author: GEFFEN SASHA

    Why has music so often served as an accomplice to transcendent expressions of gender? Why did the query "is he musical?" become code, in the twentieth century, for "is he gay?" Why is music so inherently queer? For Sasha Geffen, the answers lie, in part, in music's intrinsic quality of subliminal expression, which, through paradox and contradiction, allows rigid gender roles to fall away in a sensual and ambiguous exchange between performer and listener. Glitter Up the Dark traces the history of this gender fluidity in pop music from the early twentieth century to the present day.Starting with early blues and the Beatles and continuing with performers such as David Bowie, Prince, Missy Elliot, and Frank Ocean, Geffen explores how artists have used music, fashion, language, and technology to break out of the confines mandated by gender essentialism and establish the voice as the primary expression of gender transgression. From glam rock and punk to disco, techno, and hip-hop, music helped set the stage for today's conversations about trans rights and recognition of nonbinary and third-gender identities. Glitter Up the Dark takes a long look back at the path that led here.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
    Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest
    ISBN: 9781911545446
    Title: Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to a Tribe Called Quest

    A stunning homage to A Tribe Called Quest and a musical era that shaped American culture, from critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author Hanif Abdurraqib.

    How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group created masterpieces throughout the 90s, and then 17 years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, which arrived in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Here Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group's history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop
    Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop
    ISBN: 9781911374046
    Title: Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop

    Author Garth Cartwright has travelled the length and breadth of the UK, conducting more than 100 interviews with some of the icons of the record shop trade and the wider music industry, including Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Andy Gray (Andy's Records), Ralph McTell, Chris Barber, The Specials and many more. Featuring a foreword by the great comedian and writer, Stewart Lee.From the UK's first record shop, indeed recognised as the first in the world, H.Spiller in Cardiff opened in 1894, Garth traces the history through more than a century of unprecedented social, cultural and political change.From the Jazz and swing scene of Soho, the birth of Calypso and Ska following post WW2 migration; The North End Music Store (NEMS) and the birth of The Beatles; the baby-boomers of the swinging 60's and pscyhedelia; The Rock era of the 70's with Richard Branson's Virgin, Andy's Records and Beggars Banquet; The punk and alternative scene of the late 70's and 80's with Rough Trade, through to the huge challenges faced by music retailers in recent years and how the independent shops have adjusted and reinvented themselves today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Good Night & Good Riddance: How Thirty-five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life
    Good Night & Good Riddance: How Thirty-five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life
    ISBN: 9780571327898
    Title: Good Night & Good Riddance: How Thirty-five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life

    "Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain" is a social history, a diary of a nation's changing culture a man who can legitimately be called the most influential figure in post-war British popular music. Without the support of John Peel, it's unlikely that innumerable artists from David Bowie to Dizzee Rascal, Jethro Tull to Joy Division would have received national radio exposure. But Peel's influence goes much deeper than this. Whether he was championing punk, reggae, jungle or grime, he had a unique relationship with his audience that was part taste-maker, part trusted friend.
    The book focuses on some 300 shows between 1967 and 2004, giving a thorough overview of Peel's broadcasting career and placing it in its cultural and social contexts. Peel comes alive for the reader, as do the key developments that kept him at the cutting edge the changes in his tastes; the changes in his thinking. Just like a Peel show, "Good Night and Good Riddance" is warm, informative and insightful, and wears its enthusiasm proudly."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover
    Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover
    ISBN: 9781409179535
    Title: Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover
    Author: TARGET D. J.

    For fans of Wiley, Dizzee Rascal and Stormzy, Grime Kids is the definitive inside story of Grime.

    'An essential read for anyone with the slightest interest in the birth of Grime' The Wire

    'Sharp and nostalgic' The Observer

    A group of kids in the 90s had a dream to make their voice heard - and this book documents their seminal impact on today's pop culture.

    DJ Target grew up in Bow under the shadow of Canary Wharf, with money looming close on the skyline. The 'Godfather of Grime' Wiley and Dizzee Rascal first met each other in his bedroom. They were all just grime kids on the block back then, and didn't realise they were to become pioneers of an international music revolution. A movement that permeates deep into British culture and beyond. Household names were borne out of those housing estates, and the music industry now jumps to the beat of their gritty reality rather than the tune of glossy aspiration. Grime has shaken the world and Target is revealing its explosive and expansive journey in full, using his own unique insight and drawing on the input of grime's greatest names.

    What readers are saying about Grime Kids:

    'Fantastic depiction of the inception of a genre that has spanned the millennium'

    'Brilliant insight in to grim music from one of the pioneers of the scene'

    'This book really sums up the feeling of being a DJ perfectly'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Guitar All in One for Dummies Bk & Cd 2ed
    Guitar All in One for Dummies Bk & Cd 2ed
    ISBN: 9781118872024
    Title: Guitar All in One for Dummies Bk & Cd 2ed
    Author: CHAPPELL JON

    6 BOOKS IN 1 Guitar For Dummies Guitar Theory For Dummies Guitar Exercises For Dummies Rock Guitar For Dummies Blues Guitar For Dummies Classical Guitar For Dummies View video demonstrations and listen to audio tracksonline Your one-stop resource to learn to play guitar So, you want to play guitar? Who could blame you? The guitar isa beautiful, soulful, and versatile instrument that sets thestandard for coolness in the music world. Whether you want to playacoustic, electric, or classical guitar, this all-encompassingguide puts everything you need to start playing and continueimproving at your fingertips. Get started with guitar - discover the anatomy of aguitar, figure out how it works, make sense of strings and frets,and develop basic playing skills Strike a chord - grasp major and minor chords, spice itup with some basic 7th chords, put power chords intoplay, and get behind the barre Have fun with theory - get to know guitar theory tonavigate the fretboard, add chord tones and extensions, play chordprogressions, and use the pentatonic scale to start improvisingsolos Make beautiful music - learn all the tricks of the tradeto play acoustic, rock, blues, and classical guitar like astar Practice makes perfect - find tons of exercises to putyour skills to practice, from putting the major scales to use toadding sequences to your repertoire-and everything inbetween Open the book and find: Guidance on buying and stringing guitars Plenty of musical examples to quickly start playing acoustic,rock, blues, and classical guitar Help deciphering music notation and tablature Chord and rhythm techniques The lowdown on guitar theory and the CAGED chord system How to play lead guitar and groove on riffs Chord exercises to help build finger independence Online audio and video tutorials Visit Dummies.com to: Improve your skills by listening to andplaying along with audio tracks and viewing videos demonstratingconcepts and examples from the book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $63.00
  • Handel in London: The Making of a Genius
    Handel in London: The Making of a Genius
    ISBN: 9781509882083
    Title: Handel in London: The Making of a Genius
    Author: GLOVER JANE

    'How refreshing, to read a book about music written for a music lover and not a musicologist. In clear, lucid, entertaining prose, Jane Glover makes those of us who lack musical literacy better understand and appreciate Handel's divinity.' - Donna Leon, author of Handel's Bestiary and the Inspector Brunetti mysteries.Handel in London tells the story of a young German composer who in 1712, followed his princely master to London and would remain there for the rest of his life. That master would become King George II and the composer was George Frideric Handel. Handel, then still only twenty-seven and largely self-taught, would be at the heart of musical activity in London for the next four decades, composing masterpiece after masterpiece, whether the glorious coronation anthem, Zadok the Priest, operas such as Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo and Alcina or the great oratorios, culminating, of course, in Messiah. Here, Jane Glover, who has conducted Handel's work in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world, draws on her profound understanding of music and musicians to tell Handel's story. It is a story of music-making and musicianship, of practices and practicalities, but also of courts and cabals, of theatrical rivalries and of eighteenth-century society. It is also, of course, the story of some of the most remarkable music ever written, music that has been played and sung, and loved, in this country - and throughout the world - for three hundred years.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Happy Daze: The Summers of Love
    Happy Daze: The Summers of Love
    ISBN: 9781851498741
    Title: Happy Daze: The Summers of Love
    Author: WOLMAN BARON

    - Features The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead & many more - Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of 'The Summer of Love' - Publication coincides with numerous events and exhibitions in San Francisco and elsewhere in California In 1967, a photojournalist named Baron Wolman met Jann Wenner and Ralph Gleason at a music conference. Wenner and Gleason told Wolman about a new publication they were starting. It would be about contemporary music and the musicians who made it. That magazine, Rolling Stone, would go on to become one of the most iconic magazines ever published and Baron Wolman was the first chief photographer.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Haynes Drum Kit Manual: How to Buy, Maintain & Improve Your Drum-Kit
    Haynes Drum Kit Manual: How to Buy, Maintain & Improve Your Drum-Kit
    ISBN: 9781785211768
    Title: Haynes Drum Kit Manual: How to Buy, Maintain & Improve Your Drum-Kit
    Author: BALMER PAUL

    The modern drum-kit has come a long way in the 110 years that have elapsed since it evolved in 1901 in the bars and brothels of New Orleans - but the principles remain the same. The biggest improvement has been the introduction of better engineering and sturdier hardware - all of which needs constant maintenance. Drum Kit Manual is the latest addition to the expanding list of Haynes Manuals about musical instruments, and it covers the subject in exhaustive detail with step-by-step instructions and clear colour photographs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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