• 1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year
    1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year
    ISBN: 9781784162061
    Title: 1971 - Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year
    Author: HEPWORTH DAVID


    *THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER*


    The Sixties ended a year late âe" on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again.
    The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years âe" Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more.
    January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream.
    How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rockâe(tm)s golden year.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
    $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
    Author: MURAKAMI HARUKI & OZAWA SEIJI

    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

    $30.00
  • Akram Khan: the Fury of Beautiful Things
    Akram Khan: the Fury of Beautiful Things
    ISBN: 9782330130084
    Title: Akram Khan: the Fury of Beautiful Things
    Author: KHAN AKRAM (ARTIST)

    Founded 20 years ago in London by the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan (born 1974) and the producer Farooq Chaudhry, Akram Khan Company has become one of the most dynamic troupes on the international contemporary dance scene. Trained in Kathak, Khan has created an innovative choreographic language that fuses the vocabulary of traditional Indian dance with contemporary dance. His performances also feature collaborators from a vast array of disciplines: he has collaborated with the dancer Sylvie Guillem, the actress Juliette Binoche, the artists Antony Gormley and Anish Kapoor, the choreographer and dancer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Israel Galvan and Kylie Minogue, among others.This beautifully illustrated book is the first monograph on Khan, appraising two decades of his ceaseless production and the 26 pieces created by Akram Khan Company since its foundation.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $120.00
    $120.00
  • All Gates Open: The Story of Can
    All Gates Open: The Story of Can
    ISBN: 9780571311521
    Title: All Gates Open: The Story of Can
    Author: YOUNG ROB & SCHMIDT IRMIN

    An ambitious, collaborative work that captures the story and the spirit of arguably the most influential and revered avant-garde band of the late 20th century: CAN. Young's biography of the band is paired with a "collage" by founding member Schmidt featuring interviews, art, photographs, and ephemera from the band's archive.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • All You Need to Know about the Music Business 10th Edition
    All You Need to Know about the Music Business 10th Edition
    ISBN: 9781501122187
    Title: All You Need to Know about the Music Business 10th Edition
    Author: PASSMAN DONALD S

    All You Need to Know About the Music Business by veteran music lawyer Don Passman--dubbed "the industry bible" by the Los Angeles Times--is now updated to address the biggest transformation of the music industry yet: streaming.

    For more than twenty-five years, All You Need to Know About the Music Business has been universally regarded as the definitive guide to the music industry. Now in its tenth edition, Donald Passman leads novices and experts alike through what has been the most profound change in the music business since the days of wax cylinders and piano rolls. For the first time in history, music is no longer monetized by selling something--it's monetized by how many times listeners stream a song. And that completely changes the ecosystem of the business, as Passman explains in detail.

    Since the advent of file-sharing technology in the late 1990s to the creation of the iPod, the music industry has been teetering on the brink of a major transformation--and with the newest switch to streaming music, this change has finally come to pass. Passman's comprehensive guide offers timely, authoritative information from how to select and hire a winning team of advisors and structure their commissions and fees; navigate the ins and outs of record deals, songwriting, publishing, and copyrights; maximize concert, touring, and merchandising deals; and how the game is played in a streaming world.

    "If you want to be in music, you have to read this book," says Adam Levine, lead singer and guitarist of Maroon 5. With its proven track record, this updated edition of All You Need to Know About the Music Business is more essential than ever for musicians, songwriters, lawyers, agents, promoters, publishers, executives, and managers--anyone trying to navigate the rapid transformation of the industry.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $71.00
    $71.00
  • Annoying Music in Everyday Life
    Annoying Music in Everyday Life
    ISBN: 9781501360626
    Title: Annoying Music in Everyday Life
    Author: TROTTA FELIPE

    Just as music has the power to inspire, it has the power to irritate and enrage. Why does certain music annoy us? Why does it force us to leave rooms, invade our personal space and affect us on a visceral level? Based on more than 70 interviews, this book discusses the everyday challenges of living together with unwanted music. It examines issues of taste, individual rights, private and public spaces, violence and the law.
    The interviews explore various relationships with forced listening and the behaviors that result. Interviewees talk about emotions and reactions to the nuisance caused by music, highlighting matters of otherness, individualism and rights. They discuss experiences with neighbors, at stores, on the street, while commuting and even in their homes - and reveal the complex social interactions mediated by music and sounds in our day-to-day lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • Arcade Fire's the Suburbs 33 1/3 Ser.
    Arcade Fire's the Suburbs 33 1/3 Ser.
    ISBN: 9781501336461
    Title: Arcade Fire's the Suburbs 33 1/3 Ser.
    Author: EIDELSTEIN ERIC

    The Suburbs is an incredibly sentimental and nostalgic album, which generally moved critics but was jarring to others. But it also made a heavy impact on fans and to the surprise of many won Album of the Year at the 2011 Grammy Awards. This immensely visceral album triggers a sincere celebration of not formative years spent in a cookie-cutter development, but of feeling self-important, immortal, and desperate to escape. It examines youth and amplifies an innate sense of longing and remembrance.
    Eric Eidelstein 's The Suburbs explores this weird, utopic recollection of youth by comparing the album to suburban scenes in film and television, such as Blue Velvet, Mad Men, The Americans, and Spike Jonze 's Scenes from the Suburbs. Through the close examination of film and televised depictions of the suburbs, both past and present, Eidelstein delves into the societal factors and artistic depictions that make the suburbs such a fascinating cultural construct, and uncovers why the album creates such a relatable and universal sense of reminiscence.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated History
    Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated History
    ISBN: 9780241302316
    Title: Ballet: The Definitive Illustrated History
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY PUBLISHING STAFF

    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
    $55.00
  • Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie: Live Life the Billie Eilish Way
    Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie: Live Life the Billie Eilish Way
    ISBN: 9780008408480
    Title: Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie: Live Life the Billie Eilish Way
    Author: RUSSELL SCARLETT


    **THE PERFECT GIFT FOR BILLIE EILISH FANS**


    A celebration of Billie Eilish's refreshing outlook, creativity and independence. We all want a bit more Billie in our lives!


    Billie Eilish isn't up for conforming to others' expectations of what a young woman should look and sound like. This multi-award-winning artist lays down her own beat and refuses to be labelled, restricted or dismissed. She uses her platform to advocate openness around mental health and to work towards positive change in the world around her.


    With chapters on learning to be yourself, standing up for what you believe and dealing with haters, Be Bad, Be Bold, Be Billie& explores Billie's incredible journey to stardom, providing hints and tips on how to adopt her poise and no-nonsense attitude to get to where you want to be.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Beastie Boys Book
    Beastie Boys Book
    ISBN: 9780571308040
    Title: Beastie Boys Book
    Author: DIAMOND MICHAEL & HOROVITZ ADAM

    A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself--by band members ADROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson,& Luc Sante, and more.
    &
    Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "ADROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the debut album that became the first hip hop record ever to hit #1,& Licensed to Ill--and the album's messy fallout as the band broke with Def Jam;& their move to Los Angeles and rebirth with the genre-defying masterpiece& Paul's Boutique;& their evolution as musicians and social activists over the course of the classic albums& Check Your Head, Ill Communication,& and& Hello Nasty& and the Tibetan Freedom Concert benefits conceived by the late Adam "MCA" Yauch;& and more. For more than thirty years, this band has had an inescapable and indelible influence on popular culture.
    &
    With a style as distinctive and eclectic as a Beastie Boys album,& Beastie Boys Book& upends the typical music memoir. Alongside the band narrative you will find rare photos, original illustrations, a cookbook by chef Roy Choi, a graphic novel, a map of Beastie Boys' New York, mixtape playlists, pieces by guest contributors, and many more surprises.

    Advance praise for Beastie Boys Book

    "This entertaining look at Beastie Boys history is as innovative and raucous as the band's music."--Publishers Weekly& (starred review)

    "Beastie Boys fans will devour this book, as will anyone interested in the early days of hip-hop, the art/music/street life of New York City in the 1980s, and the alternative-nation zeitgeist of the '90s."--Kirkus Reviews

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces
    Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces
    ISBN: 9780241414279
    Title: Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces
    Author: TUNBRIDGE LAURA

    2020 marks 250 years since Beethoven's birth


    Ludwig van Beethoven: to some, simply the greatest ever composer of Western classical music. Yet his life remains shrouded in myths, and the image persists of him as an eccentric genius shaking his fist at heaven.


    Beethoven by Oxford professor Laura Tunbridge cuts through the noise in a refreshing way. Each chapter focuses on a period of his life, a piece of music and a revealing theme, from family to friends, from heroism to liberty. It's a winning combination of rich biographical detail, insight into the music and surprising new angles, all of which can transform how you listen to his works. We discover, for example, Beethoven's oddly modern talent for self-promotion, how he was influenced by factors from European wars to instrument building, and how he was heard by contemporaries.


    This tour de force - published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth - provides a fresh overview and a wealth of material that has never been revealed to the wider public before. It's a compelling, human portrayal of Beethoven and a fascinating journey into one of the world's most amazing creative minds.


    'We are doubly blessed that Beethoven should have led such an extraordinary life. Laura has combined the two - the genius of his music and the richness of his experiences - to shine a revealing light on our greatest composer'
    John Humphrys


    'Tunbridge has come up with the seemingly impossible: a new way of approaching Beethoven's life and music. . . profoundly original and hugely readable'
    John Suchet, author Beethoven: The Man Revealed


    'This well researched and accessible book is a must read for all who seek to know more about the flesh and blood tangible Beethoven.'
    John Clubbe, author of Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary


    'This book is really wonderful! ... However many books on Beethoven you own, find the space for one more. This one'
    Stephen Hough, pianist, composer, writer


    'In a year when everyone's looking for a new take on Beethoven, Laura Tunbridge has found nine. ...Fresh and engaging'
    Norman Lebrecht, author of Genius and Anxiety


    'Remarkable . . . she captures the essence of his genius and character. I'll always want to keep it in easy reach'
    Julia Boyd, author of Travellers in the third Reich



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • 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
    $23.00
  • Beginner's Step-By-Step Guitar The Complete Guide
    Beginner's Step-By-Step Guitar The Complete Guide
    ISBN: 9780241389522
    Title: Beginner's Step-By-Step Guitar The Complete Guide
    Author: KINDERSLEY DORLING

    From Jimi Hendrix to Ed Sheeran, every guitar hero started somewhere - so stop dreaming and start playing!

    Covering acoustic and electric, this book includes everything you need to know, from choosing your instrument and reading guitar tab, to using amplifiers and effects. Easy-to-follow lessons take you through all the steps to becoming a great guitar player- from tuning for beginners to advanced techniques for experienced players such as fingerpicking and two-handed tapping.

    Pick up guitar theory along the way including rhythm, chords, and scales, and how to fine-tune your playing for blues, pop, rock, and more. Beginner's Step-by-Step Guitaralso helps you take your music to the next level with practical tips on forming a band, recording, and playing gigs.

    Whether you want to play along with your favourite songs at home or rock out onstage, this is the ultimate step-by-step guide to guitar greatness. With superb photography, easy-to-understand tips and tricks, and free downloadable tutorial videos accompanying each session, you will learn how to play the guitar like a pro and hit all the right notes.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Book of Cohen: David Cohen on Leonard Cohen
    Book of Cohen: David Cohen on Leonard Cohen
    ISBN: 9780947493882
    Title: Book of Cohen: David Cohen on Leonard 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
    $30.00
  • 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 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
    $80.00
  • BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears
    BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears
    ISBN: 9781974717132
    Title: BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears
    Author: HERMAN TAMAR

    A beautifully illustrated exploration of the music, inspiration and cultural influence of BTS - K-pop's global superstars

    "The Beatles for the 21st Century" - BBC

    BTS have exploded onto the global music scene with their distinctive brand of music, impressive choreography, and socially conscious lyrics. With multiple chart-topping albums and record-breaking music videos under their belt, this seven-man band, comprising of RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V, Jimin, and Jungkook, are an unstoppable force and an

    In Blood, Sweat & Tears, K-pop columnist Tamar Herman explores the group's origins, meteoric rise, wide-ranging activism, and close-knit relationship with their fans. With full color photos, spotlights on each member, and a play-by-play of their discography, this book is a celebration of all things BTS and a must-have for fans worldwide

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00

    $47.00
  • Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
    Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
    ISBN: 9780091912215
    Title: Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation
    Author: CHANG JEFF

    From the streets of the Bronx to the hills of Ghana, this is the definitive history of hip-hop - now in mass market paperback.

    Hip-hop is now a global multi-billion dollar industry. It has spawned superstars all across the world. There have been tie-in clothing lines, TV stations, film companies, cosmetics lines. It even has its own sports, its own art style, its own dialect. It is an all-encompassing lifestyle.But where did it all begin? Who created it? How did it become such a phenomenon?Jeff Chang, an American journalist, has written the most comprehensive book on hip-hop to date. He introduces the major players who came up with the ideas that form the basic elements of the culture. He describes how it all began with social upheavals in Jamaica, the Bronx, the Black Belt of Long Island and South Central LA. He not only provides a history of the music, but a fascinating insight into the social background of young black America.Stretching from the early 70s through to the present day, this is the definitive history of hip-hop. It will be essential reading for all DJs, B-Boys, MCs and anyone with an interest in the history of America.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • 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
    $30.00
  • Carnival of the Animals: Story Orchestra
    Carnival of the Animals: Story Orchestra
    ISBN: 9780711249523
    Title: Carnival of the Animals: Story Orchestra
    Author: TICKLE JESSICA COURTNEY & FLINT KATY

    The next title in this best-selling sound series reimagines Carnival of the Animals, one of the most famous suites of music for children, by Camille Saint-Saens.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies
    Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies
    ISBN: 9780812977752
    Title: Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies
    Author: COLEMAN BRIAN

    A Tribe Called Quest • Beastie Boys • De La Soul • Eric B. & Rakim • The Fugees • KRS-One • Pete Rock & CL Smooth • Public Enemy • The Roots • Run-DMC • Wu-Tang Clan • and twenty-five more hip-hop immortals

    It’s a sad fact: hip-hop album liners have always been reduced to a list of producer and sample credits, a publicity photo or two, and some hastily composed shout-outs. That’s a damn shame, because few outside the game know about the true creative forces behind influential masterpieces like PE’s It Takes a Nation of Millions. . ., De La’s 3 Feet High and Rising, and Wu-Tang’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). A longtime scribe for the hip-hop nation, Brian Coleman fills this void, and delivers a thrilling, knockout oral history of the albums that define this dynamic and iconoclastic art form.

    The format: One chapter, one artist, one album, blow-by-blow and track-by-track, delivered straight from the original sources. Performers, producers, DJs, and b-boys–including Big Daddy Kane, Muggs and B-Real, Biz Markie, RZA, Ice-T, and Wyclef–step to the mic to talk about the influences, environment, equipment, samples, beats, beefs, and surprises that went into making each classic record. Studio craft and street smarts, sonic inspiration and skate ramps, triumph, tragedy, and take-out food–all played their part in creating these essential albums of the hip-hop canon.

    Insightful, raucous, and addictive, Check the Technique transports you back to hip-hop’s golden age with the greatest artists of the ’80s and ’90s. This is the book that belongs on the stacks next to your wax.

    “Brian Coleman’s writing is a lot like the albums he covers: direct, uproarious, and more than six-fifths genius.”
    –Jeff Chang, author of Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

    “All producers and hip-hop fans must read this book. It really shows how these albums were made and touches the music fiend in everyone.”
    –DJ Evil Dee of Black Moon and Da Beatminerz

    “A rarity in mainstream publishing: a truly essential rap history.”
    –Ronin Ro, author of Have Gun Will Travel


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • 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
    $28.00
  • Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
    Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
    ISBN: 9780241301975
    Title: Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY PUBLISHING STAFF

    From Mozart to Mendelssohn, this comprehensive guide to classical music history and classical music biography is the perfect latest addition to the bestselling Big Ideasseries.

    Easy to understand and clear to follow, this history of classical music explores and explains music theory and the impact of seminal pieces, while also providing fascinating stories about the lives of crucial composers and performers.

    The Classical Music Bookanalyses over 90 works by famous composers from Thomas Tallis in the early period to baroque masters like Bach and Handel to the classical genius of Beethoven and Wagner and beyond to the modern day in order to explore the key ideas underpinning the world's greatest classical compositions and musical traditions, and define their importance to the musical canon, placing them into their wider social, cultural, and historical context.

    Regardless of whether you are relatively new to the subject and want to learn or if you are a classical music aficionado, there is plenty to discover inThe Classical Music Book.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Classical Music Encyclopedia: New & Expanded Edition
    Classical Music Encyclopedia: New & Expanded Edition
    ISBN: 9781783612833
    Title: Classical Music Encyclopedia: New & Expanded Edition
    Author: STANLEY SADIE & ASHKENAZY VLADIMIR EDITORS

    The Classical Music Encylopedia, now fully updated, traces the development of Western music from medieval times through to the twenty-first century. Each chapter begins with an Introduction to the era, followed by an A to Z of the key composers and musicians of the era, with an expert's recommended recording for each entry. Within these, the musical greats - from Mozart to Stravinksy - have more extensive entries. The Styles and Forms sections discuss the many different styles of music, from the earliest notation to the minimalism of the twentieth century, while the development of each era's Instruments is also extensively investigated. Written by many of the world's leading experts in the field, this invaluable encyclopedia is comprehensive, easy-to-use and highly informative - an essential guide for readers of all levels.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • 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
    $48.00
  • Composers: Their Lives & Works
    Composers: Their Lives & Works
    ISBN: 9780241407776
    Title: Composers: Their Lives & Works
    Author: DK

    Introduced with more than 90 biographical entries that trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each musical genius and their work.

    Profiles offer revealing insights into what drove each individual to create the musical masterpieces - symphonies, concertos and operatic scores - that changed the direction of classical music and are still celebrated as masterpieces today.

    The audiobook introduces the key influences, themes, and working methods of each individual, setting their works within a wider historical and cultural context.

    Charting the development of classical music and music movements across the centuries, Composers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the giants of the classical music canon.

    © 2020 Dorling Kindersley Ltd © 2020 DK Audio

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach & Mourning
    Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach & Mourning
    ISBN: 9780393635362
    Title: Counterpoint: A Memoir of Bach & Mourning
    Author: KENNICOTT PHILIP


    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: $51.00
    $51.00
  • Cult Musicians: 50 Progressive Performers You Need to Know
    Cult Musicians: 50 Progressive Performers You Need to Know
    ISBN: 9780711250628
    Title: Cult Musicians: 50 Progressive Performers You Need to Know
    Author: DIMERY ROBERT

    What makes a cult musician?&

    Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique& or critically divisive, cult musicians& come in all shapes and guises. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety, and more still remain anonymous until a chance change in fashion sees their work propelled into the limelight.

    Cult Musicians& introduces 50 musicians deserving of a cult status. The book charts& a plethora of genres and boundary-breakers - from afrobeat& and art pop to glam rock and proto punk;& Bjork and PJ Harvey& to Aphex Twin and Wiley. Discover& little knowns with small, devout followings and superstars& gracing the covers of magazines - each musician is& special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight.&

    Following Cult Artists, Cult Filmmakers and Cult Writers& -& Cult Musicians& is an essential addition to any music lover's library, as well as an entertaining introduction& to our& weird and wonderful world of music.

    The musicians:&
    Alex Chilton, Alice Coltrane, Aphex Twin, Arthur Lee, Arthur Russell, Betty Davis, Bjork, Bobbie Gentry, Brian Eno, Brigitte Fontaine, Captain Beefheart, Delia Derbyshire, Edith Piaf, Fela Kuti, Frank Zappa, Gil Scott-Heron, Iggy Pop, J Dilla, John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kat Bjelland, Kool Keith, Laurie Anderson, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Lili Boulanger, Lydia Lunch, Manu Chao, Marianne Faithfull, Mark E. Smith, Mark Hollis, Moondog, Nick Cave, Nick Drake, Nico, Patti Smith, Peaches, PJ Harvey, Robert Wyatt, Roky Erickson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sandy Denny, Scott Walker, Serge Gainsbourg, Sixto Rodriguez, Sun Ra, Syd Barrett, The Slits, Tom Waits, Wiley, Yoko Ono.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • David Bowie
    David Bowie
    ISBN: 9781786278005
    Title: David Bowie
    Author: DIMERY ROBERT

    A relentless innovator, scoring chart hits while simultaneously incorporating radical and ground-breaking elements into his work.

    As with all great pop stars, Bowie's image changed with almost every new album release. This appetite for reinvention, both musically and visually, saw him dubbed the 'chameleon of pop'. But Bowie's influence extended well beyond his discography and make-up drawer. His androgynous qualities and public statements on his sexuality proved liberating for those who were uncertain about their own. Lives of the Musicians: David Bowie covers the years he spent struggling to find the right artistic outlet to the dramatic breakthrough in 1972 with Ziggy Stardust - and afterwards, the excessive lifestyle that nearly cost him his sanity. It continues with his artistic rebirth in Berlin during the late Seventies, the mainstream success he achieved with Let's Dance in 1983 and the artistic price that he paid for it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • David Bowie's Diamond Dogs 33 1/3 Ser.
    David Bowie's Diamond Dogs 33 1/3 Ser.
    ISBN: 9781501336584
    Title: David Bowie's Diamond Dogs 33 1/3 Ser.
    Author: HENDLER GLENN


    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
    $22.00
  • Do Sing Reclaim Your Voice. Find Your Singing Tribe
    Do Sing Reclaim Your Voice. Find Your Singing Tribe
    ISBN: 9781907974700
    Title: Do Sing Reclaim Your Voice. Find Your Singing Tribe
    Author: SILLS JAMES

    'An open door to the joyous world of singing.'
    - Cerys Matthews

    Singing is one thing, but singing together is something else. Powerful and uplifting, group singing creates deep human connections and benefits our wellbeing. And it's fun.

    Vocal leader James Sills believes that group singing has the power to change lives. It is a joyful expression of our humanity that gives us purpose, encourages us to be fully present, and helps foster social bonds.

    In Do Sing, James invites us to reflect on our own singing journey. Was there a time when you stopped singing, or were told you couldn't sing? Do certain songs trigger happy memories?

    With exercises to help unlock your voice, improve breathing, release tension, and a few simple songs to get started, Do Sing will help you to overcome (often deep-rooted) inhibitions and reawaken a love of singing.

    Do Sing is a welcome remedy to the demands of modern life - and an invitation to experience the joy of group singing for yourself.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • Donna Summer's Once Upon a Time
    Donna Summer's Once Upon a Time
    ISBN: 9781501355462
    Title: Donna Summer's Once Upon a Time
    Author: JEFFREY ALEX


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Dylan on Dylan: Interviews & Encounters
    Dylan on Dylan: Interviews & Encounters
    ISBN: 9781641602259
    Title: Dylan on Dylan: Interviews & Encounters
    Author: BURGER JEFF (ED)

    Dylan can be as evasive and abstruse as he is witty. But in the right moments, he offers candid, revealing commentary about his groundbreaking music and creative process. Dylan on Dylan is an authoritative, chronologically arranged anthology of interviews, speeches, and press conferences, as well as excerpts from nearly a hundred additional Q&As spanning Dylan's entire career. The material comes from renowned publications like Rolling Stone and from obscure periodicals like Minnesota Daily, a student newspaper at Dylan's alma mater. Interviewers include some of the top music journalists of our time, such as Robert Love and Mikal Gilmore, as well as musicians like Pete Seeger and Happy Traum.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Eighth: Mahler & the World in 1910
    Eighth: Mahler & the World in 1910
    ISBN: 9780571367528
    Title: Eighth: Mahler & the World in 1910
    Author: JOHNSON STEPHEN

    The compelling story of Mahler's titanic Eighth Symphony.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
    $28.00
  • Field Guide to Punk
    Field Guide to Punk
    ISBN: 9781925811759
    Title: Field Guide to Punk
    Author: WIDE STEVE

    What makes Punk... Punk? We might all know the Sex Pistols from the opening bar of their songs. But how do we place the Punk movement in the context of the wider Zeitgeist of the time? And how do the various international offshoots of Punk - American, British, Australian - intersect and overlap? Well, that's precisely what DJ and author Steve Wide explains in this book.

    In these pages, Steve explains the social climate of Thatcherism, along with a detailed timeline of foundational bands (as well as connected artists, like Damien Hurst, and other subversive genres like Britpop). There are breakdowns of the most iconic Punk artists, as well as fashion designers, record labels, DJs, producers, engineers and magazines - all of which applied their own layer to the Punk patchwork. There are deep dives into controversies, rivalries, and band breakups. And lastly, there's a dissection of how evolutions of punk carry on today, in recorded music and in wider pop culture.

    If you, or someone close to you, is obsessed with the nitty-gritty of the Punk movement, then this book is a must-have.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • First Time: Tracks & Tales from Music Legends
    First Time: Tracks & Tales from Music Legends
    ISBN: 9781786272980
    Title: First Time: Tracks & Tales from Music Legends
    Author: EVERITT MATT

    Taken from the acclaimed BBC Radio 6 Music show, The First Time invites you inside the lives of some of the music world's most notable legends.

    From Alice Cooper to Yoko Ono, Courtney Love to Elton John, follow their lives and careers starting with their first musical memories, first records, and first gigs, finding out the songs that have shaped them along the way. With 40 compelling interviews, specially commissioned collage illustrations, and a bespoke playlist for each musician, The First Time is a must-have for any music lover.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
    Author: SIMON DAGMAR ET AL

    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
    $40.00
  • Fried & Justified: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups & Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98
    Fried & Justified: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups & Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98
    ISBN: 9780571336838
    Title: Fried & Justified: Hits, Myths, Break-Ups & Breakdowns in the Record Business 1978-98
    Author: HOUGHTON MICK

    A Book of the Year, Uncut
    'A wild rock 'n' roll fairground ride of the damned.' Observer
    ***

    A candid frontline account of an illustrious gonzo career as an independent music publicist during the post-punk heyday of the 80s and 90s, featuring an introduction by Bill Drummond and new cover artwork by Jimmy Cauty.

    We arrived in a fleet of white stretch limos at a clearing in a wood near Woking. Here the K Foundation was exhibiting a million pounds in cash, while Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty circled the perimeter in two orange Saracen armoured vehicles, blasting out Abba's 'Money Money Money' . . .

    Mick Houghton worked with some of the greatest, most influential and downright dysfunctional cult groups of the post-punk era and beyond - Ramones, Talking Heads, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Undertones, Felt and Sonic Youth among them.

    But the three acts Mick is most closely identified with are Echo & the Bunnymen, Julian Cope, and the KLF. As confidant and co-conspirator, he navigated the minefield of rivalries and contrasting fortunes which make Fried & Justified such a candid, amusing and insightful picture of an exciting and inspirational period for music.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

    $28.00
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