• Beatles & Me on Tour
    Beatles & Me on Tour
    ISBN: 9780990371076
    Title: Beatles & Me on Tour
    Author: DAVIS IVOR


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Beatles : Messages from John, Paul, George & Ringo
    Beatles : Messages from John, Paul, George & Ringo
    ISBN: 9781511759700
    Title: Beatles : Messages from John, Paul, George & Ringo
    Author: HUTCHINS CHRIS

    THE BEATLES: Messages from John, Paul, George and RingoTHE postcard on the cover of this book says it all. The card was written by John Lennon and sent to his friend Chris Hutchins. On the card’s photograph of the Beatles, John had drawn a fifth member – the founder of the group Stuart Sutcliffe who John went on to describe as the best friend he ever had. This is the kind of confidence John, Paul George and Ringo shared with writer Hutchins who they befriended in their days as ‘unknowns’ in Hamburg. He shared their adventures during the heady days of Beatlemania; he was with them during their American tours in the 60s, sharing their euphoria and their sad moments. It was, for example, at Hutchins’ Chelsea apartment that Paul met the actress Jane Asher, who he later became engaged to. And it was Hutchins who arranged a party with Elvis Presley, the man they had always wanted to meet – alas, a meeting which was to cause a cataclysmic feud between Presley and Lennon which the author explains in detail along with how President Nixon and J Edgar Hoover got involved. This is the Beatles story from the inside . . .

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Beatles 1964-1966
    Beatles 1964-1966
    ISBN: 9783836533157
    Title: Beatles 1964-1966
    Author: BENSON HARRY


    Behind Beatlemania
     

    These photos convey a really happy period for them and for me. It all comes down to music, they were without a doubt the greatest band of the 20th century, and that’s why these photographs are so important.- Harry Benson, 2011

    In early 1964, Harry Benson was getting on a plane for a foreign assignment in Africa, when he got a call from his photo editor of London newspaperThe Daily Express. He was now going with the Beatles to Paris to document French Beatlemania and what followed was the biggest (ticket to) ride of his life.

    Benson was warmly welcomed into the Beatles’ inner sanctum, resulting in some of the most intimate photographs ever taken of the band, then on the cusp of world domination. In Paris,he took the iconic photograph of the Fab Four having a pillow fight at the George V hotel;he shot their groundbreaking first visit to the United States,the full impact of New York hysteria, their famous appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, the band in Florida, including their surprising encounter with Cassius Clay; as well as on the set ofA Hard Day’s Night. The relationship continued in 1966, including George’s honeymoon in Barbados and their notorious US tour, under the shadow cast by Lennon’s comment that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus Christ.”

    Benson’s luminous black and white photographs show at close quarters the Beatles composing, performing, encountering their fans, relaxing, and engaging with each other, while trying to cope with their increasingly isolating fame. As well ashundreds of photographs, many previously unseen, there is an introductory essay by Benson as well as quotes and newspaper clippings from the period.

    Collector’s Edition of 1,764 copies, all numbered and signed by the photographer.
    Also available in two Art Editions of 100 copies each and coming with a silver gelatin print.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $1250.00
    $1,250.00
  • Beatles a Hard Day's Night: a Private Archive
    Beatles a Hard Day's Night: a Private Archive
    ISBN: 9780714871851
    Title: Beatles a Hard Day's Night: a Private Archive
    Author: LEWISOHN MARK

    In March of 1964 director Richard Lester began shooting A Hard Day's Night, a black-and-white feature film starring the Beatles. With slapstick humor and a fantastic soundtrack, the movie imagines the excitement and chaos of thirty-six hours in the life of the Fab Four, and stars John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, with Wilfrid Brambell portraying McCartney's grandfather. The Making of A Hard Day's Night is a collection of photographs and rare ephemera that documents the band on set and behind the scenes. This private archive captures the infectious energy and anarchic spirit of this groundbreaking film. An authoritative essay and lively captions by Beatles' historian Mark Lewisohn provide context and explores its impact and enduring legacy.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $195.00
    $195.00
  • Beatles A to Z: The Iconic Band - from Apple Corp to Zebra Crossings
    Beatles A to Z: The Iconic Band - from Apple Corp to Zebra Crossings
    ISBN: 9781925418903
    Title: Beatles A to Z: The Iconic Band - from Apple Corp to Zebra Crossings
    Author: WIDE STEVE

    An illustrated A to Z celebrating the unparalleled impact of the cultural phenomenon that was the Beatles--the greatest band of all time.

    This book looks at the life, art, collaborations, films, friendships, and fun surrounding the Fab Four--all in a brilliantly illustrated A to Z format. From their early days playing all-night sets in Hamburg and Liverpool, through the mop-top era and the height of the British Invasion, to experimentation in India and elevating pop music into an art form, the Beatles remain unrivalled in their effect on music and culture. This book is a glimpse into the lives of John, Paul, George, and Ringo: iconic and psychedelic albums; the hit singles; the producer George Martin's contributions to the music industry; and the eternal phenomenon of Beatlemania.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00

    $35.00
  • Beatles Book
    Beatles Book
    ISBN: 9780091958633
    Title: Beatles Book
    Author: DAVIES HUNTER

    Hunter Davies, the only ever authorised biographer of the group, has produced the essential Beatles guide. Divided into four sections - People, Songs, Places and Broadcast and Cinema - it covers all elements of the band's history and vividly brings to live every influence that shaped them.

    Illustrated with material from Hunter's remarkable private collection of artefacts and memorabilia, this is the definitive Beatles treasure.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
    Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
    ISBN: 9780634022296
    Title: Beatles Complete Chord Songbook
    Author: HAL LEONARD CORP. STAFF (EDITOR); BEATLES STAFF (O

    (Guitar Chord Songbook). This great collection features all 194 songs written and sung by The Beatles, specially transcribed here for strumming guitarists, from the actual recordings, in the original keys. Each song includes chord symbols, guitar chord boxes and complete lyrics. Also features a helpful playing guide and a full discography.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
    $47.00
  • Beatles Day by Day: the Sixties as They Happened
    Beatles Day by Day: the Sixties as They Happened
    ISBN: 9780785830313
    Title: Beatles Day by Day: the Sixties as They Happened
    Author: FREEMAN NICK

    follows the group through their astonishing and turbulent period of unmatched success, ending at the break up of the band in 1970. It includes details of all the recording sessions, all the tours, and all the major incidents in their personal lives. Contains 400 illustrations, not only of photographs and stills, but facsimiles of memorabilia

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
    Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
    ISBN: 9781780388250
    Title: Beatles Illustrated Lyrics
    Author: ALDRIDGE ALAN

    'The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics' is the only major collection of illustrated Beatles lyrics available. Quotes from John, Paul, George and Ringo provide candid, witty, insightful commentary on the songs and their origins. Clarification of controversial lyrics is offered by the only true authorities, the Beatles themselves. All the famous songs are included - from 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'A Hard Day's Night' to 'Rocky Raccoon', 'Revolver' and 'Yellow Submarine'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Beatles in 100 Objects
    Beatles in 100 Objects
    ISBN: 9781780974026
    Title: Beatles in 100 Objects
    Author: SOUTHALL BRIAN

    From the time they were formed in 1962, through to their break-up eight years later, the Beatles were associated with a multitude of items, places and people. This illustrated collection focuses on 100 of the most important of those 'objects' - which heralded landmark moments, career changing achievements or curious episodes in the life of a Beatle. From tickets to records, instruments to memorabilia, clothes and the stories and histories behind them - including the drum kit Ringo purchased in 1960 and a copy of 'My Bonnie' (the band's first professional recording) and a ticket for Candlestick Park (the Fab Four's last concert); here are 100 amazing objects that tell the story of the Beatles as never before. Contents From the drum kit Ringo purchased in 1960 and a copy of 'My Bonnie' (the band's first professional recording) to a ticket for Candlestick Park (the Fab Four's last concert) and a copy of 'Free As A Bird' (the single that was released after John and George were dead), this book contains 100 amazing objects that tell the story of the Beatles as never before. Tickets, records, instruments, memorabilia, clothes and all sorts of items will cause you to re-think what you thought you knew all about John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Beatles in America
    Beatles in America
    ISBN: 9781780388809
    Title: Beatles in America
    Author: SPENCER LEIGH


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
    $47.00
  • Beatles in America: Poster Book
    Beatles in America: Poster Book
    ISBN: 9781454909859
    Title: Beatles in America: Poster Book
    Author: HAYWARD MARK

    When the Beatles came to America, they sparked a revolution . . . and nothing was ever the same again. This unique collection of 20 frameable posters captures the lives and careers of the Fab Four in the US, starting with the moment they stepped off the plane in NYC for the first time. An insightful essay examining the bands influence on music, culture, and fashion accompanies the posters. Each poster is bound into the book on perforated pages.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Beatles in India
    Beatles in India
    ISBN: 9781683831457
    Title: Beatles in India
    Author: SALTZMAN PAUL

    In 1968, the Beatles went to Rishikesh, India, studied transcendental meditation, and wrote music. These intimate photos are the only record of their time in this sacred retreat.

    This new edition of The Beatles in India brings intimate images of the group, taken at an ashram in Rishikesh, India, to a wider audience than ever before. No photographers or press were allowed at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, but the Beatles had no objection to fellow visitor Paul Saltzman freely snapping pictures during their time there. This unprecedented access resulted in an extensive collection of intimate photos of the world's most beloved rock band during one of their most serene and productive periods, only two years before the official dissolution of the group.

    Containing a wide-ranging narrative by Saltzman--about everything from the story of how "Dear Prudence" came to be to George Harrison's description of the first time he picked up a sitar--this unique and exclusive exploration of one of the Beatles' most tender and bittersweet periods is a must-have for all fans of the legendary rock group.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00

    $60.00
  • Beatles in Liverpool
    Beatles in Liverpool
    ISBN: 9781783057566
    Title: Beatles in Liverpool
    Author: SPENCER LEIGH

    A companion title to The Beatles in Hamburg, this is the first definitive, fully illustrated account of the formative years of the world's most influential rock 'n' roll band.

    Features exclusive interviews with Pete Best (Beatles drummer), Cynthia Lennon (John Lennon's first wife), Julian Lennon (John Lennon's son), as well as fellow musicians, promoters, club managers, audience members, fans, friends and family.

    Includes numerous anecdotes about the Beatles, many of them told here for the first time as well as fresh stories about their time in the Cavern.

    Contains a map of the city centre and outlying areas.

    Includes many photographs - some from Spencer Leigh's own collection - many previously unseen and specially commissioned photographs of items of memorabilia.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Beatles in Liverpool: from Merseybeat to Stardom
    Beatles in Liverpool: from Merseybeat to Stardom
    ISBN: 9781780384009
    Title: Beatles in Liverpool: from Merseybeat to Stardom
    Author: LEIGH SPENCER


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Beatles in the News 1969
    Beatles in the News 1969
    ISBN: 9781326366339
    Title: Beatles in the News 1969
    Author: BARRATT COLIN


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Beatles It Was 50 Years Ago Today
    Beatles It Was 50 Years Ago Today
    ISBN: 9781780971100
    Title: Beatles It Was 50 Years Ago Today
    Author: BURROWS TERRY

    We love them, do! It was 50 years ago today that the Fab Four had their first chart-topping hit with "Please, Please Me." Beatlemania had begun--and this treasure-packed set celebrates the occasion with 30 fantastic pieces of memorabilia. In addition to five previously unseen photos and a half-hour DVD of thrilling archival footage, the facsimiles include an extremely rare handbill for a show at the legendary Cavern; a sought-after poster of the band's appearance at the Tower Ballroom; a ticket to the world premiere ofHelp!; and aMagical Mystery Tourparty invite. No true fan will want to be without this!&
    &


    Format: Boxed Set
    Price: $125.00
    $125.00
  • Beatles Little Black Songbook
    Beatles Little Black Songbook
    ISBN: 9781846092169
    Title: Beatles Little Black Songbook


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Beatles Solo: the Illustrated Chronicles of John, Paul, George & Ringo After the Beatles
    Beatles Solo: the Illustrated Chronicles of John, Paul, George & Ringo After the Beatles
    ISBN: 9781937994266
    Title: Beatles Solo: the Illustrated Chronicles of John, Paul, George & Ringo After the Beatles
    Author: SMOW MAT

    The Beatles as solo artists have collectively released over 900 songs since 1968. This beautifully illustrated four-book set examines their individual triumphs and tragedies in a post-Beatles world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
    $80.00
  • Beatles: Six Days that Changed the World. February 1964
    Beatles: Six Days that Changed the World. February 1964
    ISBN: 9780847841059
    Title: Beatles: Six Days that Changed the World. February 1964
    Author: BILL EPPRIDGE (PHOTOGRAPHER); RANKIN STAFF (INTROD

    Astonishing, richly spontaneous, and almost entirely unpublished images of the Beatles' historic first trip to the United States, as chronicled by an award-winning photographer given unique access to their tour. Published to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' first visit to the United States, this rare and mostly unseen collection of photographs marks the beginning of the British Invasion. In February 1964, photographer Bill Eppridge was on assignment for Life magazine to cover the band's arrival at JFK airport. He was then invited to continue shooting in their room at the Plaza Hotel and during the days that followed, notably at the Ed Sullivan Show rehearsal and historic performance; in Central Park; on a train ride to Washington, D.C., for the concert at the Washington Coliseum; at the British embassy; and at their renowned performance at Carnegie Hall. The book is an intimate fly-on-the-wall account of a visit that introduced the Beatles to America and changed the course of music, internationalizing the industry and opening the door for other artists to achieve global success.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Beatles: the Bbc Archives
    Beatles: the Bbc Archives
    ISBN: 9781849906890
    Title: Beatles: the Bbc Archives
    Author: HOWLETT KEVIN

    BBC radio and television played crucial roles during The Beatles' initial breakthrough and subsequent global domination. This book reveals how the relationship between the UK's foremost broadcasting organization and the world's most celebrated pop group developed between 1962 and 1970. This in-depth account of The Beatles' BBC appearances features transcripts of broadcast interviews plus photographs of the group and fascinating documents from the archives. From the unprecedented excitement of Beatlemania to the mature reflection of the last interviews before the group's split, it was all seen and heard on the BBC. Experience the history of The Beatles the way it really happened.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
    $57.00
  • Beatles: the Bbc Archives 1962-1970
    Beatles: the Bbc Archives 1962-1970
    ISBN: 9781849906883
    Title: Beatles: the Bbc Archives 1962-1970
    Author: HOWLETT KEVIN


    BBC radio and television played crucial roles during The Beatles' initial breakthrough and subsequent global domination. This book reveals how the relationship between the UK's foremost broadcasting organization and the world's most celebrated pop group developed between 1962 and 1970.


    This in-depth account of The Beatles' BBC appearances features transcripts of broadcast interviews plus photographs of the group and fascinating documents from the archives. From the unprecedented excitement of Beatlemania to the mature reflection of the last interviews before the group's split, it was all seen and heard on the BBC. Experience the history of The Beatles the way it really happened.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $120.00
    $120.00
  • Beatles: the Bbc Archives: 1962-1970
    Beatles: the Bbc Archives: 1962-1970
    ISBN: 9780062288530
    Title: Beatles: the Bbc Archives: 1962-1970
    Author: HOWLETT KEVIN

    A carefully curated collection of the surviving transcripts of the Beatles' appearances on BBC Radio and Television from 1962 to 1970, featuring commentary from author and Beatles expert Kevin Howlett and rare photographs and memorabilia from the BBC

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $96.00
    $96.00
  • Bee Gees
    Bee Gees
    ISBN: 9781742751597
    Title: Bee Gees
    Author: MEYER, DAVID

    The long overdue, definitive narrative biography of one of Australia's legendary bands, The Bee Gees, by the acclaimed award-winning author of Twenty Thousand Roads: The Ballad of Gram Parsons and his Cosmic American Music. The Bee Gees have outsold everyone: The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Doors and The Kinks, en route to selling more than 225 million records worldwide over their forty-year career. Their numbers are eclipsed only by The Beatles and Michael Jackson. Between 1967 and 1972 the Bee Gees sold twenty-five million records. And during those five years The Bee Gees wrote and sang some of the most memorable, iconic songs of their era; songs that were everywhere, in the air, on the radio and in everyone's head; one Top 5 single after another, in America, Australia and the UK. Songs that included: '1941 New York Mining Disaster', 'To Love Somebody', 'Massachusetts', 'Holiday', 'World', 'Words', 'I Gotta Get a Message To You', 'I Started a Joke', 'Lonely Days'... In 1969 they played the Royal Albert Hall in the UK with a 70-piece orchestra and a 100-piece marching band. Standing room only. The Bee Gees were the first band to play and sell out 100,000-seat sports arenas. In 1971 the brothers wrote and sang one of the most beautiful and enduring pop songs of all time: 'How Do You Mend a Broken Heart?' And in 1972 'Run To Me' became the final #1 of the first Bee Gees era. Pop charts are fickle; pop audiences more fickle still. Bands have always come and gone, bands have always been forgotten. But no band has ever risen as high as The Bee Gees did in 1972 and then fallen as low as The Bee Gees had by 1974. The Bee Gees' saga is the epic story of three men, three brothers, in a unique musical partnership. Unlike, say, The Jacksons, The Bee Gees always needed one another. Each brought a unique gift to the mix, and the others knew it. From that need grew the reality of having to put up with each other. For forty years... Even wth Barry's ambition, he could not succeed without his brothers. Each brother's personality warrants its story told, and all three are caught in this compelling family dynamic. And as weird, human, tragic and compelling as The Bee Gees are as individual characters, the tensions among them provide the core of their amazing drama. David Meyer's highly anticipated biography chronicles the life and career of one of the best known, most enduring, most recognisable, and singular bands of the last fifty years. Their story is the story of pop music over the last forty years, of music that was neither rock nor soul nor country, but an individual sound that fit no genre and that no other artist could emulate.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $43.00
    $43.00
  • Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic
    Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic
    ISBN: 9780734399526
    Title: Beethoven in China: How the Great Composer Became an Icon in the People's Republic
    Author: MELVIN SHEILA & CAI JINDONG

    At the turn of the twentieth century, students returning from abroad brought Beethoven to China. The composer's perseverance in the face of adversity and his musical genius resonated in a nation searching for a way forward. Beethoven remained a durable part of Chinese life in the decades that followed, becoming an icon to intellectuals, music fans and party cadres alike, and playing a role in major historical events from the May Fourth Movement to the normalisation of US-China relations. Jindong Cai, whose love for the musician began during the Cultural Revolution, and culture journalist Sheila Melvin tell the compelling story of Beethoven and the Chinese people.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
    $13.00
  • 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
  • Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Golden Age
    Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Golden Age
    ISBN: 9781780768595
    Title: Behind the Scenes at the Ballets Russes: Stories from a Golden Age
    Author: MEYLAC MICHAEL


    A brilliant history of the iconic Russian Ballet - available for the first time in English


    "For most of my life I lived behind a curtain - not the magic one of theatre, but Stalin's Iron Curtain between the East and the West. However, it was full of holes." So writes Michael Meylac, whose love of ballet began in his youth in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), when as a boy, his parents would take him to the famed Mariinsky and Maly Theatres in their neighborhood to see the popular post-war Russian stars and the exciting productions of the Russian ballet companies of the time. He maintained his connection to the international art form when he moved to Paris as a young journalist, writing for a Russian publication, in another country and culture obsessed with ballet.


    Now, in this brilliant collection of interviews with the famed dancers, choreographers, musicians, instructors, and critics of the Ballet Russes' Golden Age, Meylac has forged his love of the art into an indispensable history of ballet, in the century their innovative visions were brought to the West by the great artists and companies of Russia and the Soviet Union.


    Begun after Meylac was "free to roam the world" after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, these conversations were recorded over years of travel, and happened anywhere, Meylac writes - "in New York and Paris apartments, in country houses, in cafes and hotel rooms, on the bus, in the plane, by telephone, in artists' dressing rooms or on stage after a performance." The artists responded in kind, both with little-known stories and anecdotes (including Nureyev's famed defection) as well as serious examinations of the artists whose work changed ballet and influenced art and design trends around the world.


    Readers will gain insights into the lives of the great figures of the age, from dancers Anna Pavlova and Alicia Markova, to the choreographers Leonide Massine, George Balanchine, and Anton Dolin. The list of dancers interviewed reads like a who's who of international ballet: Alexandra Danilova, Nina Vyroubova and the three "baby ballerinas," among others. Those who kept the company running behind the scenes, such as Roland Petit and Pierre Lacotte, are included, as well as a number of famed musicians in the company. There are also conversations with the Russian dancers who worked during the post-war years in the West, within the parameters of the Ballets Russes, including the famed Marquis de Cuevas ballet company. Western dancers such as Jean Babilee or Frederic Franklin are also interviewed, sharing their reverence for their emigre Russian ballet teachers and colleagues - and how the Ballets Russes influenced them.


    Through the dancers' own words, Meylac reveals what life was really like for the stars of the Ballets Russes, and the artists behind a curtain of the Cold War who nonetheless brought their incredible art to the world. The book provides a fascinating look at some of the most important dance events of the 20th century, in an essential history for ballet lovers. The book includes 198 black-and-white photos printed on silk-coated paper, including rare production, news, and rehearsal photographs; design sketches and notes; posters and ephemera, and more. Includes a new author's preface for the English edition, and extensive indexes of ballets and names for reference.


    About the Ballets Russes:
    The Ballets Russes was perhaps the most iconic, yet at the same time enigmatic, ballet company of the 20th century. Following the death of their founder Sergei Diaghilev in 1929--an iconic character who popularized ballet for the masses, and was often known in the West simply as "Serge"--the company split into two separate groups: the Ballets Russes de Colonel de Basil and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. In the mid-20th century--during the tumultuous years of World War II and the Cold War--the Ballets Russes companies kept the sp

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will
    Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will
    ISBN: 9780008105693
    Title: Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will
    Author: CALLOW SIMON


    Simon Callow plunges headlong into Wagner's world to discover what it was like to be Wagner, and to be around one of music's most influential figures.


    A hundred and thirty-five years after his death, Richard Wagner's music dramas stand at the centre of the culture of classical music. They have never been more popular, nor so violently controversial and divisive. His music is still banned in Israel - the only classical composer whose music is banned in the western world. His ten great mature masterpieces constitute an unmatched body of work, created against a backdrop of poverty, revolution, violent controversy, critical contempt and hysterical hero-worship.


    As a man, he was a walking contradiction, aggressive, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, heroic, visionary and poisonously anti-Semitic. At one point, he had four lengthy operas written with no hope of being performed when, as if in a fairy-tale, he was rescued by a beautiful young king with limitless wealth which he bestowed on the composer. When one of those works, Tristan and Isolde, was at last performed, it revolutionised classical music at a stroke. Finally he fulfilled his lifelong dream of creating a vast epic to rival the work of the great Greek playwrights, a music drama in four massive segments, ushering gods and dwarves, heroes and thugs, dragons and rainbows onto the stage, the apotheosis of German art as he saw it, so extreme in its demands that he had to train a generation of singers and players to perform it, and erect a custom-built theatre to house it. Wagner died, exhausted, after creating one final piece - Parsifal - that seems to point to an even more radical new future for music.


    Simon Callow recalls the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner worked, recording the almost superhuman effort required to create his work, and evoking the extraordinary effect he had on people - this composer like no other who ever lived, extreme in everything, creator of the most sublime and most troubling body of work ever known.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will
    Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will
    ISBN: 9780008105716
    Title: Being Wagner: The Triumph of the Will
    Author: CALLOW SIMON

    The perfect introduction to the Master.


    One hundred and thirty-five years after his death, Richard Wagner's music dramas stand at the centre of the culture of classical music. They have never been more popular, nor so violently controversial and divisive. As a man, he was a walking contradiction: aggressive, flirtatious, disciplined, capricious, heroic, visionary and poisonously anti-Semitic. His ten great mature masterpieces constitute an unmatched body of work, created against a backdrop of poverty, revolution, violent controversy, critical contempt and hysterical hero-worship.


    His work often dealt with myth, but his own life had the character of a fable. At one point, in his early fifties, desperately poor after a life of heroic productivity, he had four lengthy operas written with no hope of seeing them done, when, as if in a fairy-tale, he was rescued by a beautiful young king with limitless wealth. When one of those works, Tristan and Isolde, was at last performed, it revolutionised classical music at a stroke.


    Wagner went on to create The Ring of the Nibelung: a vast epic in four massive segments, ushering gods and dwarves, heroes and thugs, dragons and rainbows onto the stage. This was the apotheosis of German art as he saw it, so extreme in its demands that he had to train a generation of singers and players to perform it, and erect a custom-built theatre to house it. Wagner died, exhausted, after creating one final piece - Parsifal - that seems to point to an even more radical new future for music.


    Simon Callow plunges the reader headlong into Wagner's world, examining the intellectual and artistic climate in which Wagner, a composer like no other who ever lived, extreme in everything, creator of perhaps the most sublime and most troubling body of work in the history of music.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister
    Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister
    ISBN: 9780826428189
    Title: Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister
    Author: PLAGENHOEF SCOTT

    If You're Feeling Sinister shows how Belle & Sebastian transformed themselves over the space of a decade, from a slightly shambolic cult secret into a polished, highly entertaining, mainstream pop group. Along the way, the book shows how the internet has revolutionized how we discover new music-often at the cost of romance and mystery.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Benjamin Britten: a Life in the Twentieth Century
    Benjamin Britten: a Life in the Twentieth Century
    ISBN: 9781846142321
    Title: Benjamin Britten: a Life in the Twentieth Century
    Author: KILDEA PAUL

    Published to mark the beginning of the Britten centenary year in 2013, Paul Kildea's Benjamin Britten: A Life in the Twentieth Century is the definitive biography of Britain's greatest modern composer. In the eyes of many, Benjamin Britten was our finest composer since Purcell (a figure who often inspired him) three hundred years earlier. He broke decisively with the romantic, nationalist school of figures such as Parry, Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music in a fresh, modern, European form. With Peter Grimes (1945), Billy Budd (1951) and The Turn of the Screw (1954), he arguably composed the last operas - from any composer in any country - which have entered both the popular consciousness and the musical canon. He did all this while carrying two disadvantages to worldly success - his passionately held pacifism, which made him suspect to the authorities during and immediately after the Second World War - and his homosexuality, specifically his forty-year relationship with Peter Pears, for whom many of his greatest operatic roles and vocal works were created. The atmosphere and personalities of Aldeburgh in his native Suffolk also form another wonderful dimension to the book. Kildea shows clearly how Britten made this creative community, notably with the foundation of the Aldeburgh Festival and the building of Snape Maltings, but also how costly the determination that this required was. Above all, this book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life, and takes us as far into his creative process as we are ever likely to go. Kildea reads dozens of Britten's works with enormous intelligence and sensitivity, in a way which those without formal musical training can understand. It is one of the most moving and enjoyable biographies of a creative artist of any kind to have appeared for years. Paul Kildea is a writer and conductor who has performed many of the Britten works he writes about, in opera houses and concert halls from Sydney to Hamburg. His previous books include Selling Britten (2002) and (as editor) Britten on Music (2003). He was Head of Music at the Aldeburgh Festival between 1999 and 2002 and subsequently Artistic Director of the Wigmore Hall in London.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Benjamin Britten: a Life in the Twentieth Century
    Benjamin Britten: a Life in the Twentieth Century
    ISBN: 9781846142338
    Title: Benjamin Britten: a Life in the Twentieth Century
    Author: KILDEA PAUL

    Benjamin Britten was Britain's greatest twentieth-century composer, who broke decisively with figures such as Elgar and Vaughan Williams and recreated English music in a fresh, modern, European form. Paul Kildea's biography has been acclaimed as the definitive account of Britten's extraordinary life, exploring his deeply held and controversial pacifism; his complex forty-year relationship with Peter Pears; and his creation of an artistic community in Aldeburgh. Above all, however, this book helps us understand the relationship of Britten's music to his life, and takes us as far into its unique alchemy as we are ever likely to go.& 'Delightful and compelling& . . . it makes you want to drive straight to Aldeburgh and hear Britten's music.'& Matthew Bell, Independent on Sunday'Definitive.'& Sunday Times'Enthralling . . . a truly fascinating portrait of a genius.' Richard Morrison, The Times& 'Kildea's bracingly opinionated and beautifully articulated book brings all Britten's complexities vividly to life.'& Rupert Christiansen, Spectator& 'Indispensable . . . this is a masterly, highly readable account and the most comprehensive to date.'& Barry Millington, Evening Standard'This book is a major achievement. And Kildea is a dazzling writer. Seldom will you encounter someone who writes so naturally and musically and well. There are a million brilliant, beautiful or striking sentences.'& Jay Nordlinger, Standpoint

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Best Music Writing 2010
    Best Music Writing 2010
    ISBN: 9780306819254
    Title: Best Music Writing 2010
    Author: POWERS ANN & CARR DAPHNE (ED)

    This collection celebrates the year in music writing by gathering essays, missives and musings on every style of music. Scribes of every imaginable sort - novelists, poets, journalists, musicians - are gathered to create a multi-voiced snapshot of the year in music writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Better Git It in Your Soul: an Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus
    Better Git It in Your Soul: an Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus
    ISBN: 9780520260375
    Title: Better Git It in Your Soul: an Interpretive Biography of Charles Mingus
    Author: GABBARD KRIN


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $74.00
    $74.00
  • Big Bangs
    Big Bangs
    ISBN: 9780099283546
    Title: Big Bangs
    Author: GOODALL HOWARD

    Looking back down the corridor of a thousand years, Howard Goodall guides us through the stories of five seismic developments in the history of Western music. His 'big bangs' may not be the ones we expect - some are surprising and some are so obvious that we overlook them - but all have had an extraordinary impact.Goodall starts with the invention of notation by an 11th century Italian monk, which removed the creation of music from the hands of players to the pens of composers; moves on to the first opera; then to the invention of the piano, and ends with the story of the first recording made in history.BIG BANGS opens a window on the crucial moments in our musical culture - discoveries that made possible everything from Bach to The Beatles - and tells us a riveting story of a millenium of endeavour.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • Big Book of Rock & Roll Names
    Big Book of Rock & Roll Names
    ISBN: 9781419732591
    Title: Big Book of Rock & Roll Names
    Author: DOLGINS ADAM

    The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names tells the behind-the-scenes stories of how the world's most popular and influential rock and pop acts got their names. By turns fascinating, funny, and bizarre, the pages offer insight into the peculiar choices and idiosyncratic psychologies of hundreds of top musicians from the 1960s to the present. Originally published more than two decades ago to great success, it's been out of print for years and has now been completely updated and expanded to feature dozens of exclusive interviews including conversations with groups like The Black Keys, The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Coldplay, Cage the Elephant, and Vampire Weekend. From Arcade Fire to ZZ Top, this diverting and handsome collection reveals the often overlooked but defining histories of hundreds of the biggest names in rock and pop.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, & the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, & the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    ISBN: 9781501141652
    Title: Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, & the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
    Author: PORT IAN S

    A riveting saga in the history of rock 'n' roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar's amplified sound-Leo Fender and Les Paul-and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built.


    In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into the primordial elements of rock 'n' roll-and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender's tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an axe that would make Fender's Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul-whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought-to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world's most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo.


    While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman from rural Orange County, Paul was a brilliant but egomaniacal pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s-including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton-adopted one maker's guitar or another. By the time Jimi Hendrix played The Star-Spangled Banner at Woodstock in 1969 on his Fender Stratocaster, it was clear that electric instruments-Fender or Gibson-had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Birth School Metallica Death Vol #1
    Birth School Metallica Death Vol #1
    ISBN: 9780571294145
    Title: Birth School Metallica Death Vol #1
    Author: BRANNIGAN PAUL & WINWOOD IAN

    Metallica have sold in excess of 100 million albums and won seven Grammys. Their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world's biggest stadia has been an epic and often traumatic one, and one of the few truly great rock 'n' roll sagas.No music writers have been afforded greater access to Metallica over the years than Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, two former editors of Kerrang. Having conducted hundreds of hours of interviews with the band, they have between them gained an unparalleled knowledge of the group's history and an insiders' view of how their story has developed: they have ridden in the band's limos, flown on their private jet, joined them in the studio, been invited to the quartet's 'HQ' outside San Francisco and shared beers and stories with them in venues across the globe. There are countless memorable stories about the band never before seen in print, tales of bed-hopping and drug-taking and car-crashes and fist-fights and back-stabbing that occur when you mix testosterone and adrenaline, alcohol and egomania, talent and raw ambition.Perceptive, emotionally attached, and intellectually rigorous, Birth, School, Metallica, Death will be the essential and definitive story of this extraordinary band. Volume I takes us from the band's inception through to the recording and eve of release of their seminal, self-titled, 1991 album.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Bit of a Blur
    Bit of a Blur
    ISBN: 9780349119939
    Title: Bit of a Blur
    Author: JAMES ALEX

    For Alex James, music had always been a door to a more exciting lifea way to travel, meet new people, and, hopefully, pick up girls. But as bass player of Blurone of the most successful British bands of all timehis journey was more exciting and extreme than he could ever have predicted. Success catapulted him from a slug-infested squat in Camberwell to a world of private jets and world-class restaurants. As ""the second drunkest member of the world's drunkest band"" Alex James's life was always chaotic, but he retained a boundless enthusiasm and curiosity at odds with his hedonistic lifestyle. From nights in the Groucho with Damien Hirst, to dancing to Sister Sledge with Bjork, to being bitten on the nose by the lead singer of Iron Maiden, he offers a fascinating and hilarious insight into the world of celebrity. At its heart, however, this is the picaresque tale of one man's search to find meaning and happiness in an increasingly surreal world. Pleasingly unrepentant but nonetheless a reformed man, Alex James is the perfect chronicler of his generationwitty, frank, and brimming with joie de vivre. A Bit of a Blur is as charming, funny, and deliciously disreputable as its author.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Bjork Archives
    Bjork Archives
    ISBN: 9780500291948
    Title: Bjork Archives
    Author: BIESENBACH KLAUS

    Bjork is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide. Here, now, is the ultimate celebration of this multimillion-selling superstar. Designed by top design studio M/M (Paris) as a slipcased world of wonders, this publication which accompanies springs exhibition on Björk at The Museum of Modern Art is composed of six parts: four booklets, a paperback and a poster. Each booklet contains illustrated texts by, respectively, Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben and Timothy Morton, while the poster features artwork of Björks albums and singles. The main book focuses on her seven major albums Debut, Post, Homogenic, Vespertine, Medúlla, Volta and Biophilia and the personas created for each one. Poetic texts by longtime collaborator, Icelandic poet Sjón, are accompanied by shots of Björk performing live; multiple stills from music videos made by directors including Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham and Spike Jonze; images of Björk in breathtaking costumes by designers such as Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan; and shots by star photographers such as Nan Goldin, Juergen Teller, Stéphane Sédnaoui, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, and Araki. All combine to form an extraordinary visual masterpiece, celebrating the magical world of Björk.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00
    $100.00
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