• Walls Come Tumbling Down: the Music & Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone & Red Wedge
    Walls Come Tumbling Down: the Music & Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone & Red Wedge
    ISBN: 9781447272687
    Title: Walls Come Tumbling Down: the Music & Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone & Red Wedge
    Author: RACHEL DANIEL

    Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the political persuasion of musicians was as important as the songs they sang'. Through the voices of campaigners, musicians, artists and politicians, Daniel Rachel follows the rise and fall of three key movements of the time: Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone, and Red Wedge, revealing how they all shaped, and were shaped by, the music of a generation.Composed of interviews with over 150 of the key players at the time, Walls Come Tumbling Down is a fascinating, polyphonic and authoritative account of those crucial sixteen years in Britain's history.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
    $60.00
  • Wanted Our Story Our Way
    Wanted Our Story Our Way
    ISBN: 9780752227535
    Title: Wanted Our Story Our Way
    Author: BOXTREE PUBLISHERS STAFF

    The official book by and about the popular boy band, filled with never-before-seen photos

     

    Published in full collaboration with the band, this glossy biography contains exclusive photographic material and unseen behind-the-scenes shots, as well as a special section dedicated to their devoted fans. It also offers an extraordinary insight into the boys' lives, including each member's journey to becoming part of the Wanted. Revealing everything there is to know about Max, Nathan, Jay, Siva, and Tom, this is quite simply their fans' most wanted book.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles: Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos & Ukuleles 1883-1940
    Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles: Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos & Ukuleles 1883-1940
    ISBN: 9781574242270
    Title: Washburn Prewar Instrument Styles: Guitars, Mandolins, Banjos & Ukuleles 1883-1940
    Author: PLEIJSIER HUBERT


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $83.00
    $83.00
  • Wax Trash & Vinyl Treasures Record Collecting as a Social Practice
    Wax Trash & Vinyl Treasures Record Collecting as a Social Practice
    ISBN: 9781472464279
    Title: Wax Trash & Vinyl Treasures Record Collecting as a Social Practice
    Author: SHUKER ROY

    The term 'record collecting' is shorthand for a variety of related practices. Foremost is the collection of sound recordings in various formats - although often with a marked preference for vinyl - by individuals, and it is this dimension of record collecting that is the focus of this book. Record collecting, and the public stereotypes associated with it, is frequently linked primarily with rock and pop music. Roy Shuker focuses on these broad styles, but also includes other genres and their collectors, notably jazz, blues, exotica and 'ethnic' music. Accordingly, the study examines the history of record collecting; profiles collectors and the collecting process; considers categories - especially music genres - and types of record collecting and outlines and discusses the infrastructure within which collecting operates. Shuker situates this discussion within the broader literature on collecting, along with issues of cultural consumption, social identity and 'the construction of self' in contemporary society. Record collecting is both fascinating in its own right, and provides insights into broader issues of nostalgia, consumption and material culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $64.00
    $64.00
  • Way I Am
    Way I Am
    ISBN: 9780452296121
    Title: Way I Am
    Author: EMINEM

    Chart topping-and headline-making-rap artist Eminem shares his private reflections, drawings, handwritten lyrics, and photographs in his New York Timesbestseller The Way I Am Fiercely intelligent, relentlessly provocative, and prodigiously gifted, Eminem is known as much for his enigmatic persona as for being the fastest-selling rap artist and the first rapper to ever win an Oscar. Everyone wants to know what Eminem is really like-after the curtains go down. In The Way I Am, Eminem writes candidly, about how he sees the world. About family and friends; about hip-hop and rap battles and his searing rhymes; about the conflicts and challenges that have made him who he is today. Illustrated with more than 200 full-color and black-and-white photographs-including family snapshots and personal Polaroids, it is a visual self-portrait that spans the rapper's entire life and career, from his early childhood in Missouri to the basement home studio he records in today, from Detroit's famous Hip Hop Shop to sold-out arenas around the globe. Readers who have wondered at Em's intricate, eye- opening rhyme patterns can also see, first-hand, the way his mind works in dozens of reproductions of his original lyric sheets, written in pen, on hotel stationary, on whatever scrap of paper was at hand. These lyric sheets, published for the first time here, show uncut genius at work. Taking readers deep inside his creative process, Eminem reckons with the way that chaos and controversy have fueled his music and helped to give birth to some of his most famous songs (including "Stan," "Without Me," and "Lose Yourself"). Providing a personal tour of Eminem's creative process, The Way I Amhas been hailed as "fascinating," "compelling," and "candid."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $51.00
    $51.00
  • We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California
    We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California
    ISBN: 9781935950073
    Title: We Got Power! Hardcore Punk Scenes from 1980s Southern California
    Author: MARKEY DAVE & SCHWARTZ JORDAN

    In 1979, punk was over . . . but by 1981, hardcore was born. As teenagers in 1982, David Markey and his best friend Jordan Schwartz founded We Got Power!, a fanzine dedicated to the first-generation hardcore punk music community in their native Los Angeles. Their text captured the early punk spirit of Black Flag, the Minutemen, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, and Hüsker Dü at the height of their powers. Meanwhile, their amazing photographs captured the dilapidated houses, abandoned storefronts, and disaffected youth culture of the early Reagan era. Never before seen, except in crude fanzine form, these detailed and richly narrative photos are now collected to present an intimate document a uniquely fertile creative moments

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • We Never Learn the Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001
    We Never Learn the Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001
    ISBN: 9780879309725
    Title: We Never Learn the Gunk Punk Undergut 1988-2001
    Author: DAVIDSON ERIC

    Nirvana, the White Stripes, Hole, the Hives - all sprang from an underground music scene where similarly raw bands, enjoying various degrees of success and hard luck, played for throngs of fans in venues ranging from dive bars to massive festivals, but were mostly ignored by a music industry focused on mega-bands and shiny pop stars. We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001 tracks the inspiration and beautiful destruction of this largely undocumented movement, the last generation of punks and rockers to conquer city after city without the diluting force of the Internet. What they took, they fought for, every night. They reveled in '50s rock 'n' roll and '60s garage rock as much as Iggy Pop, the Ramones, and Black Flag, while creating their own wave of gut-busting riffs and rhythm. The majority of bands that populate this book - the Dwarves, the Gories, the Supersuckers, the Mummies, Rocket from the Crypt, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, the Muffs, and the Donnas among them - gained little long-term reward from their nonstop touring and brain-slapping records. What they did have was free liquor, good drugs, guilt-free sex, and a crazy good time, all the while building a dedicated fan base that extends across America, Europe, and Japan. Truly, this is the last great wave of down-and-dirty rock 'n' roll, one whose hangover can still be felt in bars and clubs everywhere in the world.




    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches
    What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches
    ISBN: 9781617753572
    Title: What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches
    Author: TALINSKI HOLGER

    An outrageous and provocative photograph book of cult-hero Peaches, with text from Peaches, Yoko Ono, Ellen Page, and Michael Stipe.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • What Is Hip-hop?
    What Is Hip-hop?
    ISBN: 9781617755842
    Title: What Is Hip-hop?
    Author: MORSE ERIC

    A wonderfully illustrated children's history of hip-hop, from a progressive/idealistic perspective, "produced" by Nelson George.

    "In the beginning, there was a beat . . ." So begins the story of one of the most revolutionary pop culture movements of the twentieth century: hip-hop. A playful guided tour through a cultural phenomenon, What Is Hip-Hop? begins with block parties in the Bronx and brings the reader up to the present day, narrated in rhyming verse and illustrated with engaging 3-D clay models. It's a fun, friendly, and informative read for B-boys and B-girls of all ages.

    In the follow-up to their acclaimed and beloved hit What Is Punk?, author Eric Morse and artist Anny Yi reunite to celebrate the music that changed their lives and the voices that achieved iconic status along the way. See Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Salt-N-Pepa, Biggie and Tupac, Eminem, and even Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar, as you've never seen them!

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • What Would Keith Richards do Daily Affirmations With a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor
    What Would Keith Richards do Daily Affirmations With a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor
    ISBN: 9781596916142
    Title: What Would Keith Richards do Daily Affirmations With a Rock 'n' Roll Survivor
    Author: RICHARDS KEITH & WEST JESSICA P

    The perfect gift for the legions of fans of the Rolling Stones: timeless wisdom and spiritual beliefs inspired by one of the worlds great survivors, Keith Richards.What is a wise man? What is a prophet?Someone with a strange, unflappable demeanor. Someone who speaks in cryptic koans, words whose meanings take years to unravel. Someone who has confronted death, God, sin, and the immortal soul. Someone unfit for this world, but too brilliant to depart it. Someone, in short, like Keith Richards.Here, at last, the wisdom of this indefatigable man is recorded and set forth. These are his visionary words: I would rather be a legend than a dead legend. Or Whatever side I take, I know well that I will be blamed. AndindeedIve never had a problem with drugs, only with policemen.Not merely a compendium of wisdom, this book is also a complete guide to the inner workings of a complex and inspired belief system, and the life of a man sanctified by fame.What Would Keith Richards Do?reminds us to learn from our mistakes, let our instincts lead us, and above all, do what Keith has done better than anyone survive.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • What's Big & Purple & Lives in the Ocean? The Moby Grape Story
    What's Big & Purple & Lives in the Ocean? The Moby Grape Story
    ISBN: 9781911036319
    Title: What's Big & Purple & Lives in the Ocean? The Moby Grape Story
    Author: COBB CAM

    Moby Grape are a genuine cult phenomenon. Their story, a mixture of myth and truth, is a cautionary tale, a triumph, and a tragedy all at once.

    Though they are seen as a symbol of 1960s San Francisco, Moby Grape were never actually a part of the city's counterculture movement. Yet they were immersed in it, sharing stages with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, and many more.

    Moby Grape's five members came together from very different backgrounds, bursting onto the San Francisco scene in the fall of 1966. With their diverse pedigree, they were nothing less than musical alchemists, yet they were also rebels. Their blending of genres within a tight songwriting framework contrasted sharply with that of many of their San Francisco peers

    With the release of their debut album in 1967, you could see everyone from Ringo Starr to Jimi Hendrix sporting a 'Moby Grape Now ' button. But in the months that followed, they were dogged by mismanagement, bad marketing, a scandalous drug bust, and general rock'n'roll mayhem. It seemed like it was all over in 1969, but in 1971 Moby Grape staged rock's first full-on reunion. Since then, they have fought to retain ownership of their own name, while two members of the band struggled with homelessness and mental illness.

    Despite all of this, they produced one of the best albums of the era, and today they are heralded by countless luminaries of rock music and rock criticism, from Robert Plant to Robert Christgau, Tom Waits to Greil Marcus. Drawing on extensive interviews with the surviving members of the band, What's Big and Purple and Lives in the Ocean? finally tells the full story of one of the great cult bands of the '60s.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • When Giants Walked the Earth Led Zeppelin
    When Giants Walked the Earth Led Zeppelin
    ISBN: 9781409103196
    Title: When Giants Walked the Earth Led Zeppelin
    Author: WALL MICK


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • When They Were Boys: the True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top
    When They Were Boys: the True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top
    ISBN: 9780762440146
    Title: When They Were Boys: the True Story of the Beatles' Rise to the Top
    Author: KANE LARRY

    A veteran news anchor who traveled with the Beatles on their first American tours describes the legendary band's rise to the top from their early days in Liverpool and Hamburg with original drummer Pete Best and bassist Stu Sutcliffe.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s
    White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s
    ISBN: 9781781257944
    Title: White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s
    Author: BOYD JOE


    "The simple brilliance of White Bicycles is that its author never overstates his own importance or exaggerates his failings, and still ends up telling an irresistible tale" --New York Times


    When Muddy Waters came to London at the start of the 1960s, a kid from Boston called Joe Boyd was his tour manager; when Dylan went electric at the Newport Festival, Boyd was plugging in his guitar; when the summer of love got going, Boyd was running the coolest club in London, the UFO; when a bunch of club regulars called Pink Floyd recorded their first single, Boyd was the producer; and when a young songwriter named Nick Drake wanted to give his demo tape to someone, he chose Joe Boyd.


    More than any previous 1960s music autobiography, White Bicycles offers the real story of what it was like to be there at the time. Boyd's greatest coup is bringing to life the famously elusive figure of Nick Drake--the first time he's been written about by anyone who knew him well.


    As well as the 1960s heavy hitters, this book also offers wonderfully vivid portraits of a whole host of other musicians: everyone from the great jazzman Coleman Hawkins to the folk diva Sandy Denny, Lonnie Johnson to Eric Clapton, and The Incredible String Band to Fairport Convention.


    Joe Boyd was born in Boston in 1942. He went on to produce Pink Floyd, Nick Drake, REM, and many others. In 1980 he started Hannibal Records and ran it for twenty years.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • White Trash Uncut
    White Trash Uncut
    ISBN: 9780989170468
    Title: White Trash Uncut
    Author: MAKOS CHRISTOPHER

    With the publication of his seminal 1977 book, 'White Trash', Christopher Makos burst on to the photography scene and made a name for himself as the first photographer to record the convergence of the 'uptown' and 'downtown' worlds, as Debbie Harry fondly remembers. This volume chronicles the punk scence as it came of age on the streets of New York.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00
    $85.00
  • Who Is that Man in Search of the Real Bob Dylan Large Print Ed
    Who Is that Man in Search of the Real Bob Dylan Large Print Ed
    ISBN: 9781410449122
    Title: Who Is that Man in Search of the Real Bob Dylan Large Print Ed
    Author: DALTON DAVID


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00
    $72.00
  • Who Shot Rock & Roll: a Photographic History, 1950-present
    Who Shot Rock & Roll: a Photographic History, 1950-present
    ISBN: 9780307270160
    Title: Who Shot Rock & Roll: a Photographic History, 1950-present
    Author: BUCKLAND GAIL

    More than 200 spectacular, frenzied and authentic photographs from 1955 to the present catch and define the energy and intoxication of rock 'n' roll. The collection captures rock's message of freedom and personal reinvention to examine the effect of photography on the musicians, fans and culture. Many of the image collected here are now iconic - a young Elvis in 1956, tender and vulnerable, John Lennon in New York and the famous Jimi Hendrix portrait by Gered Mankowitz.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Who: Official History
    Who: Official History
    ISBN: 9780753556481
    Title: Who: Official History
    Author: TOWNSHEND PETE & ROGER DALTREY

    Featuring personal, never-before-published photographs, fan memorabilia and anecdotes, captions from Pete, newly discovered gems from The Who archive, an introduction by legendary Who manager Bill Curbishley and further contributions from friends, colleagues and family, this landmark illustrated book celebrates 50 years of anthemic, era-defining music and an extraordinary career.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00
    $85.00
  • Why Dylan Matters
    Why Dylan Matters
    ISBN: 9780008245467
    Title: Why Dylan Matters
    Author: THOMAS RICHARD F

    A GUARDIAN AND INDEPENDENT BEST MUSIC BOOK OF 2017 'At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard 'A poignant blend of memoir, literary analysis through a classical lens, musicology and, above all, love' GuardianWhen the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan in 2016, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make a victory speech? In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the limelight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of classical poets. The most dazzlingly original and compelling Dylan book in decades, Why Dylan Matters will amaze and astound everyone from the first-time listener to the lifetime fan. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Why Lyrics Last
    Why Lyrics Last
    ISBN: 9780674065642
    Title: Why Lyrics Last
    Author: BOYD BRIAN


    In Why Lyrics Last, the internationally acclaimed critic Brian Boyd turns an evolutionary lens on the subject of lyric verse. He finds that lyric making, though it presents no advantages for the species in terms of survival and reproduction, is “universal across cultures because it fits constraints of the human mind.” An evolutionary perspective- especially when coupled with insights from aesthetics and literary history-has much to tell us about both verse and the lyrical impulse.


    Boyd places the writing of lyrical verse within the human disposition “to play with pattern,” and in an extended example he uncovers the many patterns to be found within Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Shakespeare’s bid for readership is unlike that of any sonneteer before him: he deliberately avoids all narrative, choosing to maximize the openness of the lyric and demonstrating the power that verse can have when liberated of story.


    In eschewing narrative, Shakespeare plays freely with patterns of other kinds: words, images, sounds, structures; emotions and moods; argument and analogy; and natural rhythms, in daily, seasonal, and life cycles. In the originality of his stratagems, and in their sheer number and variety, both within and between sonnets, Shakespeare outdoes all competitors. A reading of the Sonnets informed by evolution is primed to attend to these complexities and better able to appreciate Shakespeare’s remarkable gambit for immortal fame.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Why We Love Music from Mozart to Metallica - the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    Why We Love Music from Mozart to Metallica - the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    ISBN: 9781473613768
    Title: Why We Love Music from Mozart to Metallica - the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    Author: POWELL JOHN


    Did you know that . . .
    carrying a musical instrument makes you more attractive?
    music can cure insomnia?
    music can change the taste of wine?
    the Mozart effect has nothing to do with Mozart?
    Barry Manilow songs can be used for crowd control?


    Why does music affect you so profoundly? It impacts the way you think, talk, feel, behave and even spend money. With his conversational style, humour, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell showcases fascinating studies - for example that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and, even more astounding, they are more likely to buy German wine in stores playing German music. With chapters on music and emotions, music as medicine, music and intelligence, and much more, Why We Love Music will entertain through to the very last page.


    A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, Why We Love Music is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Why We Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica - the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    Why We Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica - the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    ISBN: 9781473638624
    Title: Why We Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica - the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    Author: POWELL JOHN

    Did you know that ...carrying a musical instrument makes you more attractive? music can cure insomnia? music can change the taste of wine? the Mozart effect has nothing to do with Mozart? Barry Manilow songs can be used for crowd control? Why does music affect you so profoundly? It impacts the way you think, talk, feel, behave and even spend money. With his conversational style, humour, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell showcases fascinating studies - for example that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and, even more astounding, they are more likely to buy German wine in stores playing German music. With chapters on music and emotions, music as medicine, music and intelligence, and much more, Why We Love Music will entertain through to the very last page.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Why We Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica--the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    Why We Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica--the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    ISBN: 9780316260657
    Title: Why We Love Music: from Mozart to Metallica--the Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds
    Author: POWELL JOHN

    A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.
    Music plays a hugely important role in our emotional, intellectual, and even physical lives. It impacts the ways we work, relax, behave, and feel. It can make us smile or cry, it helps us bond with the people around us, and it even has the power to alleviate a range of medical conditions. The songs you love (and hate, and even the ones you feel pretty neutral about) don't just make up the soundtrack to your life--they actually help to shape it.
    In WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC, scientist and musician John Powell dives deep into decades of psychological and sociological studies in order to answer the question "Why does music affect us so profoundly?" With his relaxed, conversational style, Powell explores all aspects of music psychology, from how music helps babies bond with their mothers to the ways in which music can change the taste of wine or persuade you to spend more in restaurants. WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC will open your eyes (and ears) to the astounding variety of ways that music impacts the human experience.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy
    Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy
    ISBN: 9780571258147
    Title: Will Oldham on Bonnie Prince Billy
    Author: LICHT ALAN ED

    W - Sweeney called me and said that Johnny Cash just recorded ' I See A Darkness.' We had a Bowery Ballroom show a week or two later, and he invited Rick Rubin to come to the show; he came to the show . . . and asked if I wanted to play piano on the song.A - Which you agreed to do despite not knowing how to play piano.W - Yes . . .A man who acts under the name Will Oldham and a singer-songwriter who performs under the name Bonnie Prince Billy has, over the past quarter of a century, made an idiosyncratic journey through, and an indelible mark on, the worlds of indie rock and independent cinema, intersecting with such disparate figures as Johnny Cash, Bj_rk, James Earl Jones, and R. Kelly along the way. These conversations with longtime friend and associate Alan Licht probe his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes notions of intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • William Claxton Jazzlife
    William Claxton Jazzlife
    ISBN: 9783836544689
    Title: William Claxton Jazzlife
    Author: BERENDT JOACHIM ERNEST

    In 1960, photographer William Claxton and noted German musicologist Joachim Berendt traveled the US hot on the trail of jazz music. The result of their collaboration was an amazing collection of photographs and recordings of legendary artists as well as unknown street musicians. The book 'Jazzlife' is the fruit of their labors. This updated volume includes a foreword by William Claxton tracing his travels with Berendt and his love affair with jazz music in general.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • With the Beatles the Historic Photographs of Dezo Hoffmann
    With the Beatles the Historic Photographs of Dezo Hoffmann
    ISBN: 9780711901117
    Title: With the Beatles the Historic Photographs of Dezo Hoffmann
    Author: HOFFMANN DEZO

    A timeless record of the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania, as seen though the lens of Dezo Hoffmann.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Women of the Underground Music Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves
    Women of the Underground Music Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves
    ISBN: 9781933149196
    Title: Women of the Underground Music Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves
    Author: VON BURDEN ZORA ED


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl
    Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl
    ISBN: 9780316558877
    Title: Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl
    Author: MCDONNELL EVELYN (EDITOR)

    From Bessie Smith and The Supremes to Joan Baez, Madonna, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Dolly Parton, Sleater-Kinney, Taylor Swift, and scores more, women have played an essential and undeniable role in the evolution of popular music including blues, rock and roll, country, folk, glam rock, punk, and hip hop. Today, in a world traditionally dominated by male artists, women have a stronger influence on popular music than ever before. Yet, not since the late nineteen-nineties has there been a major work that acknowledges and pays tribute to the female artists who have contributed to, defined, and continue to make inroads in music.


    In WOMEN WHO ROCK, writer and professor of journalism and new media Evelyn McDonnell leads a team of women rock writers and pundits in an all-out celebration of 106 of the greatest female musicians. Organized chronologically, the book profiles each artist and places her in the context of both her genre and the musical world at large. Sidebars throughout recall key moments that shaped both the trajectory of music and how those moments influenced or were influenced by women artists.


    With full-color illustrated portraits by women artists, Women Who Rock will be THE long-awaited gift book for every musicfan, feminist, and female rocker, young and old.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • Woody Guthrie: a Life
    Woody Guthrie: a Life
    ISBN: 9780385333856
    Title: Woody Guthrie: a Life
    Author: KLEIN JOE

    A biography of the influential American folk singer, Woody Guthrie, who lived a life on the edge of tragedy but inspired a generation of songwriters, including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Words & Music of Van Morrison
    Words & Music of Van Morrison
    ISBN: 9780313358623
    Title: Words & Music of Van Morrison
    Author: HAGE ERIK


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $125.00
    $125.00
  • World Domination The Sub Pop Records Story
    World Domination The Sub Pop Records Story
    ISBN: 9781947026186
    Title: World Domination The Sub Pop Records Story
    Author: GAAR GILLIAN G

    Founded in the late 1980s by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, Seattle-based Sub Pop Records released early recordings by then-upstart regional bands such as Green River, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Tad, Nirvana, Flaming Lips, Afghan Whigs, and Screaming Trees. When the world went grunge crazy in the 1990s, Sub Pop was suddenly the epicenter of Seattle cool. Emerging organically from Bruce Pavitt's Subterranean Pop fanzine, the story of Sub Pop Records is the story of a couple of irreverent music lovers who stumbled into the record business because they simply loved working with bands they wanted to listen to themselves. From barely paying the bills to the trappings of major music industry success to the inevitable fallout, this is the inside story of the musicians, producers, staffers, and stars who built Sub Pop into an independent powerhouse. World Domination takes you deep inside the chaotic early days of the label's founding, all the way to the present. It's a fascinating snapshot of a label that has promoted Death Cab for Cutie, the White Stripes, the Shins, Iron & Wine, the Postal Service, Sleater-Kinney, Band of Horses, Flight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, Sunny Day Real Estate, Shabazz Palaces, the Head and the Heart, Father John Misty, and many others. Author Gillian G. Gaar, a longtime Seattle-based writer, draws on firsthand interviews, deep research, and her years of covering the Seattle scene as a local music journalist to bring together the first in-depth historical narrative of one of America's more influential independent record labels.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    ISBN: 9781845135171
    Title: World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature
    Author: LEVITIN DANIEL

    'Without music we would be little more than animals. Mr Levitin explains it beautifully' Sir George Martin 'This is a fascinating, entertaining book, and some of its most inventive themes may stay stuck in your head forever, something like a well-loved song' Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love In his enthralling and revelatory This is Your Brain on Music Daniel Levitin unpicked the pathways of the brain to reveal how human beings have been hard-wired for music. Now, in an astonishing blend of art and science, he unveils his revolutionary theory of 'Six Songs', and describes how music played a pivotal role in the creation of human culture and society. Dividing the sum total of human musical achievement, from Beethoven to The Beatles, Busta Rhymes to Bach, into just six fundamental forms, Levitin illuminates, through songs of friendship, joy, comfort, knowledge, religion and love, how music has been instrumental in the evolution of language, thought and culture. And how, far from being a bit of a song and dance, music is at the core of what it means to be human. A one-time record producer, now a leading neuroscientist, Levitin has composed a catchy and startlingly ambitious narrative that weaves together Darwin and Dionne Warwick, memoir and biology, anthropology and a jukebox of anecdote to create nothing less than the 'soundtrack of civilisation'. The World in Six Songs will change the way you listen to music for ever. Daniel Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University. Before entering academia he worked as a session musician, sound engineer and record producer. He lives in Montreal, Canada.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • World Is Sound: Nada Brahma Music & the Landscape of Consciousness
    World Is Sound: Nada Brahma Music & the Landscape of Consciousness
    ISBN: 9780892813186
    Title: World Is Sound: Nada Brahma Music & the Landscape of Consciousness
    Author: BERENDT JOACHIM-ERNST

    Scientists have only recently learned that the particles of an oxygen atom vibrate in a major key and that blades of grass 'sing." Europe's foremost jazz producer takes the reader on an exhilarating journey through Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, exploring the musical traditions of diverse cultures and reaffirming what the ancients have always known--the world is sound, rhythm, and vibration. Berendt's book is alive with his experiences--living in Bali, studying at a Zen monastery in Kyoto, and encountering budding jazz stars in Indonesia, Japan, Europe, and the United States. Drawing from his friendships with composers and performers as well as his knowledge of new physics and Tantra, cybernetics, Sufism, and the works of Hermann Hesse, he reveals the importance of sound in shaping cultural and spiritual life worldwide.

    A tribute to the work of many of the greatest figures of our age--including Hans Kayser, Jean Gebser, Sufi Hazrat lnayat Khan, musicians John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar--Berendt's book suggests that hearing, rather than seeing, is the key to a more spiritual experience of consciousness. His discussion of sound in relation to mathematics, logic, sacred geometry, myth, and sexuality is practical as well as theoretical, offering readers a variety of techniques for developing the ear as an organ of spiritual perception.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Writings on Music, 1965-2000
    Writings on Music, 1965-2000
    ISBN: 9780195151152
    Title: Writings on Music, 1965-2000
    Author: REICH STEVE

    In the mid-1960s, Steve Reich radically renewed the musical landscape with a back-to-basics sound that came to be called Minimalism. These early works, characterized by a relentless pulse and static harmony, focused single-mindedly on the process of gradual rhythmic change. Throughout his career, Reich has continued to reinvigorate the music world, drawing from a wide array of classical, popular, sacred, and non-western idioms. His works reflect the steady evolution of an original musical mind.
    Writings on Music documents the creative journey of this thoughtful, groundbreaking composer. These 64 short pieces include Reich's 1968 essay "Music as a Gradual Process," widely considered one of the most influential pieces of music theory in the second half of the 20th century. Subsequent essays, articles, and interviews treat Reich's early work with tape and phase shifting, showing its development into more recent work with speech melody and instrumental music. Other essays recount his exposure to non-western music -- African drumming, Balinese gamelan, Hebrew cantillation -- and the influence of these musics as structures and not as sounds. The writings include Reich's reactions to and appreciations of the works of his contemporaries (John Cage, Luciano Berio, Morton Feldman, Gyorgy Ligeti) and older influences (Kurt Weill, Schoenberg). Each major work of the composer's career is also explored through notes written for performances and recordings.
    Paul Hillier, himself a respected figure in the early music and new music worlds, has revisited these texts, working with the author to clarify their central narrative: the aesthetic and intellectual development of an influential composer. For long-time listeners and young musicians recently introduced to his work, this book provides an opportunity to get to know Reich's music in greater depth and perspective.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $75.00
    $75.00
  • Wu Tang Manual
    Wu Tang Manual
    ISBN: 9781594480188
    Title: Wu Tang Manual
    Author: WU TANG CLAN

    Long awaited and much anticipated, The Wu-Tang Manual is The RZA’s first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop’s original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan. Since the release of the revolutionary Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - over the course of four seminal group albums and a multitude of ambitious side projects - the Wu-Tang Clan has constantly redefined what hip-hop can do and where hip-hop can go. Now, after a decade of dark beats and mysterious lyrics hinting at a larger whole, the RZA, the abbot of the legendary Staten Island hip-hop collective, fully reveals, for the first time, the complex, multilayered Wu-Tang Universe in The Wu-Tang Manual. Written in a style that is at once personal and philosophical, The Wu-Tang Manual unravels the intricate web of personalities (and alter egos), warrior codes, numerological systems, and Eastern spiritual ethics that define the Wu-Tang dynasty. Packed with information that reflects the breadth and depth of the RZA’s - and rest of the Clan’s - intellectual interests and passions, The Wu-Tang Manual is divided into four books of nine chambers each, for a total of 36 chambers. All together, the book provides the breakdown of essential Wu-Tang components, from basic information about each of the nine core members of Wu-Tang Clan to deeper explorations of the key themes of the Wu-Tang universe, a dictionary-like Wu-Slang lexicon, and an entire section of lyrics with densely annotated explanations of what they mean. Elegantly laid-out and richly printed, the book is designed to reflect the Asian influence on the Wu-Tang universe, which, as the book explains, began with a fascination with kung-fu movies but quickly led to serious study of martial arts and Eastern philosophy and spirituality. The book also includes a map of Shaolin; a trove of never-before-seen photos of the Wu-Tang Clan, including shots of RZA’s trip to China with Sifu Shi Yan-Ming, live shots, and portraits-by Michael Lavine, Craig Wetherby, Sophia Chang, and Frank151; and original illustrations of many of the guiding lights of the Wu-Tang universe. For the hardcore Wu-Tang disciple and the recent initiate alike, The Wu-Tang Manual is the definitive guide to the essence of Wu, one of the most innovative hip-hop groups of all time.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
    Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
    ISBN: 9781468313819
    Title: Wyatt at the Coyote Palace
    Author: HERSH KRISTIN

    Kristin Hersh, author of Rat Girl& and 2015's Don't Suck, Don't Die, and founding member and lead singer of legendary alternative rock band Throwing Muses, is releasing her new solo album as a hardback book. With artwork, lyrics, essays and stories by Kristin, the book also includes a CD of the album, and details of how to download exclusive extra content.

    Format: Mixed Media
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Yeah Yeah Yeah: the Story of Modern Pop
    Yeah Yeah Yeah: the Story of Modern Pop
    ISBN: 9780571322404
    Title: Yeah Yeah Yeah: the Story of Modern Pop
    Author: STANLEY BOB

    Audacious and addictive, Yeah Yeah Yeah is a one-stop pop shop for the music lover everywhere.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! the Story of Modern Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncã©
    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! the Story of Modern Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncã©
    ISBN: 9780393242690
    Title: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! the Story of Modern Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyoncã©
    Author: STANLEY BOB

    Bob Stanley musician, music critic, and unabashed fan recounts the progression from the Beach Boys to the Pet Shop Boys to the Beastie Boys; explores what connects doo wop to the sock hop; and reveals how technological changes have affected pop production. Working with a broad definition of pop one that includes country and metal, disco and Dylan, skiffle and glam Stanley teases out the connections and tensions that animate the pop charts and argues that the charts are vital social history.

    Yeah Yeah Yeah is like the world s best and most eclectic jukebox in book form. All the hits are here: the Monkees, Metallica, Patsy Cline, Patti Smith, new wave, New Order, It s the Same Old Song, The Song Remains the Same, Aretha, Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Sgt. Pepper, A Tribe Called Quest, the Big Bopper, Fleetwood Mac, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, Bikini Kill, the Kinks, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and on and on and on. This book will have you reaching for your records (or CDs or MP3s) and discovering countless others.

    For anyone who has ever thrilled to the opening chord of the Beatles A Hard Day s Night or fallen crazy in love for Beyonce, Yeah Yeah Yeah is a vital guide to the rich soundtrack of the second half of the twentieth century."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $63.00

    $63.00
  • Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! the Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce
    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! the Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce
    ISBN: 9780393351682
    Title: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! the Story of Pop Music from Bill Haley to Beyonce
    Author: STANLEY BOB

    As much fun to argue with as to quote, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a monumental work of musical history, tracing the story of pop music through individual songs, bands, musical scenes, and styles from Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock around the Clock" (1954) to Beyonc#65533;'s first megahit, "Crazy in Love" (2003). It covers the birth of rock, soul, R&B, punk, hip hop, indie, house, techno, and more, and it will remind you why you fell in love with pop music in the first place.
    Bob Stanley-musician, music critic, and unabashed fan-recounts the progression from the Beach Boys to the Pet Shop Boys to the Beastie Boys; explores what connects doo wop to the sock hop; and reveals how technological changes have affected pop production. Working with a broad definition of "pop"-one that includes country and metal, disco and Dylan, skiffle and glam-Stanley teases out the connections and tensions that animate the pop charts and argues that the charts are vital social history.


    Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is like the world's best and most eclectic jukebox in book form. All the hits are here: the Monkees, Metallica, Patsy Cline, Patti Smith, new wave, New Order, "It's the Same Old Song," The Song Remains the Same, Aretha, Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Sgt. Pepper, A Tribe Called Quest, the Big Bopper, Fleetwood Mac, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," Bikini Kill, the Kinks, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Jay-Z, and on and on and on. This book will have you reaching for your records (or CDs or MP3s) and discovering countless others.


    For anyone who has ever thrilled to the opening chord of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" or fallen crazy in love for Beyonc#65533;, Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! is a vital guide to the rich soundtrack of the second half of the twentieth century.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Ye-ye! the Girls of '60s French Pop Music
    Ye-ye! the Girls of '60s French Pop Music
    ISBN: 9781936239719
    Title: Ye-ye! the Girls of '60s French Pop Music
    Author: JEAN-EMMANUEL DELUXE; LIO (FOREWORD BY)

    Ye-Ye is a delightful style of pop music featuring young female singers that influenced France and many other countries, as says Susan Sontag, with its particular "camp" style throughout the 1960s. Ye-Ye pop had secondary explosions in the 1970s and 1990s in Japan and Europe through the likes of Lio (who provides this book's foreword), and in the United States through singers like April March, whose Ye-Ye number "Chick Habit" was heard in the Quentin Tarantino film Death Proof. Interest in Ye-Ye revived again recently during the fifth season of the mega-popular television series Mad Men, when Don Draper's young, sexy wife sang the Ye-Ye number "Zou Bisou Bisou," originally made famous in the 1960s by blonde actress Gillian Hills. The most famous Ye-Ye practitioners include the glamorous Sylvie Vartan (married to rock star Johnny Hallyday), French lolita France Gall, beautiful actresses Brigitte Bardot and Chantal Goya, and the statuesque Francoise Hardy. This collection by French pop music expert Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe includes many interviews with the original singers and producers, visual excerpts of record covers, both 45s and LPs, and remarkable excerpts from a children's fan diary of the period. Ye-Ye means "Yeah Yeah" and many music lovers are ready for an immersion in this beloved but little-known genre. ""This lavishly illustrated compendium is like a passport to another time and place...a window into an era in which one could switch on the TV & see Bridget Bardot singing about Harley Davidson motorcycles while wearing thigh-high boots and a black leather mini-skirt. This book may well be the Bible of Ye-Ye ." --Boyd Rice"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
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