• 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 from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    ISBN: 9781250209597
    Title: Beatles from A to Zed: An Alphabetical Mystery Tour
    Author: ASHER PETER


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


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


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


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



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary
    Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary
    ISBN: 9780393242553
    Title: Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary
    Author: CLUBBE JOHN

    A fascinating and in-depth exploration of how the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and Napoleon shaped Beethoven's political ideals and inspired his groundbreaking compositions.Beethoven imbibed Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas in his hometown of Bonn, where they were fervently discussed in cafes and at the university. Moving to Vienna at the age of twenty-one to study with Haydn, he gained renown as a brilliant pianist and innovative composer. In that conservative city, capital of the Hapsburg empire, authorities were ever watchful to curtail and punish overt displays of radical political views. Nevertheless, Beethoven avidly followed the meteoric rise of Napoleon.As Napoleon had made strides to liberate Europe from aristocratic oppression, so Beethoven desired to liberate humankind through music. He went beyond the musical forms of Haydn and Mozart, notably in the Eroica Symphony and his opera Fidelio, both inspired by the French Revolution and Napoleon.John Clubbe illuminates Beethoven as a lifelong revolutionary through his compositions, portraits, and writings, and by setting him alongside major cultural figures of the time-among them Schiller, Goethe, Byron, Chateaubriand, and Goya.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00
    $72.00
  • 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: $39.00
    $39.00
  • 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 BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book
    Big Book of BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book
    ISBN: 9781629377599
    Title: Big Book of BTS: The Deluxe Unofficial Bangtan Book
    Author: SPRINKEL KATY

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • 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
  • Big Note: A Guide to the Recordings of Frank Zappa
    Big Note: A Guide to the Recordings of Frank Zappa
    ISBN: 9781554201464
    Title: Big Note: A Guide to the Recordings of Frank Zappa
    Author: ULRICH CHARLES

    Music. THE BIG NOTE is the complete guide to the music of Frank Zappa--100 albums recorded over 35 years, the 80+ players on them, each one of 1,772 tracks described in detail, backed up by 1,424 citations. Based on hundreds of interviews, letters, and e-mail correspondences with scores of musicians, singers, engineers, artists, copyists, and others who worked with Zappa, THE BIG NOTE provides the liner notes that every album in the protean and prolific composer's oeuvre cries out for. It is the indispensible resource for any Zappa fan or scholar.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • 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
  • Black Metal Evolution of the Cult
    Black Metal Evolution of the Cult
    ISBN: 9781936239757
    Title: Black Metal Evolution of the Cult
    Author: PATTERSON DAYAL

    Featuring a wealth of new interviews with the genre's most central figures, Black Metal: Evolution of the Cult offers the most comprehensive guide yet to the most controversial form of extreme metal. From the pioneers of the early #145;80s to its fiery rebirth in Scandinavia through to today's diverse groups, this epic analysis captures the movement's development in unparalleled depth.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Black Music
    Black Music
    ISBN: 9781933354934
    Title: Black Music
    Author: JONES LEROI


    "Jones has learned ?and this has been very rare in jazz criticism? to write about music as an artist."?Nat Hentoff ks

    Black Music is a book about the brilliant young jazz musicians of the early 1960s: John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, and others. It is composed of essays, reviews, interviews, liner notes, musical analyses, and personal impressions from 1959?1967. Also includes Amiri Baraka's reflections in a 2009 interview with Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly.

    LeRoi Jones (now known as Amiri Baraka) is the author of numerous books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He was named Poet Laureate of New Jersey from 2002 to 2004 by the New Jersey Commission on Humanities. His most recent book, Tales of the Out & the Gone (Akashic Books, 2007), was a New York Times Editors' Choice and winner of a PEN/Beyond Margins Award. He lives in Newark, New Jersey.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne
    Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne
    ISBN: 9781787392700
    Title: Black Sabbath & Ozzy Osbourne
    Author: CLERK CAROL ; ELLIOTT PAUL

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
    $55.00
  • Black Sabbath & Philosophy Mastering Reality
    Black Sabbath & Philosophy Mastering Reality
    ISBN: 9781118397596
    Title: Black Sabbath & Philosophy Mastering Reality
    Author: IRWIN WILLIAM EDITOR

    <b>A philosophical look at heavy metal′s dark masters of reality, Black Sabbath</b><p>Black Sabbath is one of the world′s most influential and enduring rock bands. Dubbed "the Beatles of heavy metal" by <i>Rolling Stone</i>, they helped to define a genre with classic songs like "Paranoid", "Iron Man", and "War Pigs", songs whose lyrics reveal hidden depth and philosophical insight. Their songs confront existential despair, social instability, political corruption, the horrors of war, and the nature of evil. This book explores the wide range of profound ideas in the band′s music and lyrics to help you understand Black Sabbath as never before.<ul><li>Discusses and debates essential Black Sabbath topics and themes, such as the problem of evil, "War Pigs" and the nature of just war theory, whether or not Sabbath is still Sabbath without Ozzy, and whether "evil is in the ear of the beholder"</li><li>Gives you new perspectives on Black Sabbath′s music and lyrics</li><li>Provides a deeper appreciation and understanding of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, and Ronnie James Dio</li><li>Brings some of history′s heaviest thinkers to bear on the band′s music, from Aristotle and Nietzsche to Schopenhauer and Marx</ul><p>So . . . <i>can you help me, occupy my brain?</i> Yes! Start reading <i>Black Sabbath and Philosophy</i>.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
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