• 1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    ISBN: 9781250181718
    Title: 1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music
    Author: JACKSON ANDREW GRANT

    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
    $33.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Astral Weeks: A Secret History Of 1968
    Astral Weeks: A Secret History Of 1968
    ISBN: 9780735221369
    Title: Astral Weeks: A Secret History Of 1968
    Author: WALSH RYAN H

    A mind-expanding dive into a lost chapter of 1968, featuring the famous and forgotten: Van Morrison, folkie-turned-cult-leader Mel Lyman, Timothy Leary, James Brown, and many more

    Van Morrison's Astral Weeks is an iconic rock album shrouded in legend, a masterpiece that has touched generations of listeners and influenced everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Martin Scorsese. In his first book, acclaimed musician and journalist Ryan H. Walsh unearths the album's fascinating backstory--along with the untold secrets of the time and place that birthed it: Boston 1968.

    On the 50th anniversary of that tumultuous year, Walsh's book follows a criss-crossing cast of musicians and visionaries, artists and hippie entrepreneurs, from a young Tufts English professor who walks into a job as a host for TV's wildest show (one episode required two sets, each tuned to a different channel) to the mystically inclined owner of radio station WBCN, who believed he was the reincarnation of a scientist from Atlantis. Most penetratingly powerful of all is Mel Lyman, the folk-music star who decided he was God, then controlled the lives of his many followers via acid, astrology, and an underground newspaper called Avatar.

    A mesmerizing group of boldface names pops to life in Astral Weeks James Brown quells tensions the night after Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated; the real-life crimes of the Boston Strangler come to the movie screen via Tony Curtis; Howard Zinn testifies for Avatar in the courtroom. From life-changing concerts and chilling crimes, to acid experiments and film shoots, Astral Weeks is the secret, wild history of a unique time and place.

    One of LitHub's 15 Books You Should Read This March

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00

    $37.00
  • 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
    Beastie Boys
    ISBN: 9780847868384
    Title: Beastie Boys
    Author: JONZE SPIKE & DIAMOND MIKE & HOROVITZ ADAM

    The first book of photography to be published by the Academy Award-winning film director and photographer Spike Jonze. Will appeal to every fan of Beastie Boys and golden-era hip hop, as well as photography and Spike Jonze's own focused audiences.

    Spike Jonze and Beastie Boys met for the first time in Los Angeles in 1991, when Jonze went out to photograph the band for the cover of Dirt magazine. A connection formed between the three MCs and the young photographer, which has lasted throughout their careers.

    Almost thirty years later--published to coincide with the release on Apple+ of a new documentary, Beastie Boys Story--this book collects for the first time more than two hundred of Spike Jonze's personal photographs of his time spent with the group. Edited and with an afterword by Jonze, and including new writing by Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz themselves, this book shows an intimate look at the greatest act of the hip-hop generation in their truest colors as only a close friend could see them--from performing live onstage to writing together at Mike's apartment; getting into character for a video to dressing up as old men to hit the basketball court; recording music in the studio to goofing around on the streets of New York.

    From the music video for "Sabotage" to the cover of the Sounds of Science album, Spike Jonze is responsible for some of the most iconic images of the band ever made. But here, the emphasis is on the candid, the unexpected, and the real--just pictures of friends who like making stuff together.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $107.00

    $107.00
  • 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
  • Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    ISBN: 9781250231314
    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.

    Asher is 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 No. 1 hit for his duo, Peter & Gordon. A few years later Asher was asked by Paul McCartney to help start Apple Records; 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.

    The Beatles from A to Zed grows out of his popular radio program "From Me to You" on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel, where he shares memories and insights about the Fab Four and their music. Here he weaves 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.

    Few can match Peter Asher for his fresh and personal perspective on the Beatles. And no one is a more congenial and entertaining guide to their music.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Beethoven Biographic
    Beethoven Biographic
    ISBN: 9781781454152
    Title: Beethoven Biographic
    Author: WEEKS MARCUS

    Most people know that Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German composer, a musical prodigy whose Symphony No. 5 is recognizable the world over from its opening four notes. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he was almost completely deaf for nearly half his life; that his father would often lie about when Beethoven was born to make his talents seem even more astonishing; that he wrote a sonata to be played with building implements and called it the "Hammer-Klavier Sonata"; and that he dedicated works to Napoleon and a dead poodle. Biographic Beethoven presents an instant impression of his life, work, and legacy, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the composer behind the compositions.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • BTS: Icons of K-Pop
    BTS: Icons of K-Pop
    ISBN: 9781782439684
    Title: BTS: Icons of K-Pop
    Author: BESLEY ADRIAN


    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
    $23.00
  • 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

    Based on original interviews with DJs, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, and gang members, this work chronicles the events, the ideas, the music, and the art that marked the hip-hop generation's rise from the ashes of the 1960s into the new millennium.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Cheap Shots
    Cheap Shots
    ISBN: 9781644280294
    Title: Cheap Shots
    Author: BARROWS CHRIS

    Barrows' intimate and stirring portraits of bands stripped down and unguarded will be a wonderful addition to any music fan's collection. Features never-before-seen photos of such bands as U2, Black Flag, Danzig, The Damned, and many more.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Crossroads: In Search of the Moments That Changed Music
    Crossroads: In Search of the Moments That Changed Music
    ISBN: 9781786898173
    Title: Crossroads: In Search of the Moments That Changed Music
    Author: RADCLIFFE MARK

    Standing at the crossroads - the Mississippi crossroads of Robert Johnson and the devil's infamous meeting - Mark Radcliffe found himself facing his own personal crunch point. Aged 60, he had just mourned the death of his father, only to be handed a diagnosis of mouth and throat cancer.This momentous time in his life, and being at the most famous junction in music history, led Radcliffe to think about the pivotal tracks in music and how the musicians who wrote and performed them - from Woodie Guthrie to Gloria Gaynor, Kurt Cobain to Bob Marley - had reached the crossroads that led to such epoch-changing music.In this warm, intimate account of music and its power to transform our lives, Radcliffe takes a personal journey through these touchstone tracks, looking at the story behind the records and his own experiences as he goes in search of these moments.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
    $33.00
  • Field Guide to Post-Punk & New Wave
    Field Guide to Post-Punk & New Wave
    ISBN: 9781925811766
    Title: Field Guide to Post-Punk & New Wave
    Author: WIDE STEVE

    What makes New Wave... New Wave? It's the catchall name of punk's poppy offshoot, born in the 70s, simultaneously born in the United States and here in the United Kingdom. But how would you describe New Wave's context in the zeitgeist of the time, or explain how this new electro-rock made people feel? Well, that's precisely what DJ and author Steve Wide explains in this handy book.In these pages, Steve explains the social and music industry climates of the 70s and 80s, unpacking the influence of the punk genre on NYC-based groups like the Velvet Underground and New York Dolls. There's also a timeline on the usage of the term New Wave - for a long chunk of the 70s it was used almost interchangeably with "punk". There are breakdowns on the key record labels, DJs, producers, engineers and magazines - all of which stitched their own layer on the New Wave patchwork. There are deep dives into controversies, rivalries, and messy band breakups. And lastly, there's a dissection of how ripples of New Wave are still felt today, in recorded music and across wider pop culture.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • 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
  • 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: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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: CARTWRIGHT GARTH

    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
    $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
    Author: CAVANAGH DAVID

    "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
    $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
    $30.00
  • Hamilton: The Revolution
    Hamilton: The Revolution
    ISBN: 9781408709238
    Title: Hamilton: The Revolution
    Author: LIN-MANUEL M & MCCARTER J & TREWIN S


    From Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda comes a backstage pass to his groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton.

    Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing hip-hop, pop, R&B, and the best traditions of theater, this once-in-a-generation show broadens the sound of Broadway, reveals the storytelling power of rap, and claims the origins of the United States for a diverse new generation.


    HAMILTON: THE REVOLUTION gives readers an unprecedented view of both revolutions, from the only two writers able to provide it. Miranda, along with Jeremy McCarter, a cultural critic and theater artist who was involved in the project from its earliest stages - "since before this was even a show," according to Miranda - traces its development from an improbable perfor­mance at the White House to its landmark opening night on Broadway six years later. In addition, Miranda has written more than 200 funny, revealing footnotes for his award-winning libretto, the full text of which is published here.


    Their account features photos by the renowned Frank Ockenfels and veteran Broadway photographer, Joan Marcus; exclusive looks at notebooks and emails; interviews with Questlove, Stephen Sond­heim, leading political commentators, and more than 50 people involved with the production; and multiple appearances by Presi­dent Obama himself. The book does more than tell the surprising story of how a Broadway musical became an international phenomenon: It demonstrates that America has always been renewed by the brash upstarts and brilliant outsiders, the men and women who don't throw away their shot.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • 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
    $25.00
  • History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964-1977: the Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock
    History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964-1977: the Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock
    ISBN: 9781250165190
    Title: History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2: 1964-1977: the Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock
    Author: WARD ED


    From rock and roll historian Ed Ward comes a comprehensive, authoritative, and enthralling cultural history of one of rock's most exciting eras.


    It's February 1964 and The Beatles just landed in New York City, where the NYPD, swarms of fans, and a crowd of two hundred journalists await their first American press conference. It begins with the question on everyone's mind: "Are you going to get a haircut in America?" and ends with a reporter tugging Paul McCartney's hair in an attempt to remove his nonexistent wig. This is where The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 2 kicks off. Chronicling the years 1964 through the mid-1970s, this latest volume covers one of the most exciting eras of rock history, which saw a massive outpouring of popular and cutting-edge music.


    Ward weaves together an unputdownable narrative told through colorful anecdotes and shares the behind-the-scenes stories of the megastars, the trailblazers, DJs, record executives, concert promoters, and producers who were at the forefront of this incredible period in music history. From Bob Dylan to Bill Graham, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Byrds, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, and more, everyone's favorite musicians of the era make an appearance in this sweeping history that reveals how the different players, sounds, and trends came together to create the music we all know and love today.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • How Music Works
    How Music Works
    ISBN: 9780857862525
    Title: How Music Works
    Author: BYRNE DAVID

    "How Music Works" is David Byrne s buoyant celebration of a subject he has spent a lifetime thinking about. Drawing on his work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and myriad collaboratorsalong with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music existsByrne shows how music emerges from cultural circumstance as much as individual creativity. It is his magnum opus, and an impassioned argument about music s liberating, life-affirming power."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • How to Play the Piano
    How to Play the Piano
    ISBN: 9781529410518
    Title: How to Play the Piano
    Author: RHODES JAMES

    Now you can master Bach's most beautiful prelude--even if you've never sat down at a piano before

    Do you have a piano (or keyboard) and forty-five spare minutes every day? Then spend the next six weeks with acclaimed concert pianist James Rhodes. By the end, you'll be able to perform Bach's Prelude No. 1 in C major--no prior musical experience required

    Rhodes reveals How to Play the Piano step by step--how to read the treble and bass clefs as well as sharp and flat notes, and then how to practice--before teaching the Prelude in easy, bite-size segments. His method is free of tedious drills, and filled with inspiration: "If listening to music is soothing for the soul, then playing music is achieving enlightenment."

    Before you know it, not only will you have learned how to play one of Bach's most beloved masterpieces--you also will have unleashed your creativity, exercising your mind (and fingers) and accomplishing something you never thought possible. Bravo

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
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