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A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving. Before she became an acclaimed musician and writer, ...
Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia
A SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER In a 1970s commuter town, Tracey Thorn's teenage life was forged from what failed to happen. Her diaries were packed with entries about not buying things, not going to the disco, the school coach not arriving. Before she became an acclaimed musician and writer, Tracey Thorn was a typical teenager: bored and cynical, despairing of her aspirational parents. Her only comfort came from house parties, Meaningful Conversations and the female pop icons who hinted at a new kind of living. Returning more than three decades later to Brookmans Park, scene of her childhood, Thorn takes us beyond the bus shelters and pub car parks, the utopian cul-de-sacs, the train to Potters Bar and the weekly discos, to the parents who wanted so much for their children, the children who wanted none of it. With endearing wit and great insight, Thorn reconsiders the Green Belt post-war dream so many artists have mocked, and yet so many artists have come from.
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25.58 USD

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia

by Tracey Thorn
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Master composer Ennio Morricone's scores go hand-in-hand with the idea of the Western film. Often considered the world's greatest living film composer, and most widely known for his innovative scores to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and the other Sergio Leone's movies, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and more ...
Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words
Master composer Ennio Morricone's scores go hand-in-hand with the idea of the Western film. Often considered the world's greatest living film composer, and most widely known for his innovative scores to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly and the other Sergio Leone's movies, The Mission, Cinema Paradiso and more recently, The Hateful Eight, Morricone has spent the past 60 years reinventing the sound of cinema. In Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words, composers Ennio Morricone and Alessandro De Rosa present a years-long discussion of life, music, and the marvelous and unpredictable ways that the two come into contact with and influence each other. The result is what Morricone himself defines: beyond a shadow of a doubt the best book ever written about me, the most authentic, the most detailed and well curated. The truest. Opening for the first time the door of his creative laboratory, Morricone offers an exhaustive and rich account of his life, from his early years of study to genre-defining collaborations with the most important Italian and international directors, including Leone, Bertolucci, Pasolini, Argento, Tornatore, Malick, Carpenter, Stone, Nichols, De Palma, Beatty, Levinson, Almodovar, Polanski and Tarantino. In the process, Morricone unveils the curious relationship that links music and images in cinema, as well as the creative urgency at the foundation of his experimentations with absolute music . Throughout these conversations with De Rosa, Morricone dispenses invaluable insights not only on composing but also on the broader process of adaptation and what it means to be human. As he reminds us, Coming into contact with memories doesn't only entail the melancholy of something that slips away with time, but also looking forward, understanding who I am now. And who knows what else may still happen.
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36.700000 USD

Ennio Morricone: In His Own Words

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Michael Jackson died on June 25 2009 in Los Angeles, from of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication (according to Wikipedia). The one-time King of Pop was preparing for one last assault on the mainstream with a proposed 50 night run of shows at the 02 (thereby trumping his arch-rival, Prince, ...
The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson in the Afterlife
Michael Jackson died on June 25 2009 in Los Angeles, from of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication (according to Wikipedia). The one-time King of Pop was preparing for one last assault on the mainstream with a proposed 50 night run of shows at the 02 (thereby trumping his arch-rival, Prince, who had just concluded his legendary 21 Nights). His exhaustion, paranoia and general ill-heath were an open secret. He had lived many lives and inhabited many bodies; PT Barnum, Fred Astaire, and Peter Pan in one mortal coil. His death was mourned by hundreds of millions of fans but it was almost as if he had been dead for some time already. And in his death, in vivid technicolor, we relived the dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and perversions that we had all projected on to him as a celebrity for four decades. Paul Morley's short biographical portrait of Michael Jackson looks at how we turned the most outrageous child star talent of the late 20th century into a monster; how his decline soundtracked the end of Pop and the end of American Imperialism; how his once staggeringly modern and funky music became secondary to the dysfunctional freak show of watching a vulnerable man literally disintegrate. Tender, erudite, and provocative, Morley's monograph documents a tragedy that is so Shakespearean in scale that it obscures the legacy of the last of the great Song and Dance Men. It is poignant and wild, melancholy and obsessive, cannibalising itslef in ever decreasing circles of enquiry. This is a rare piece of pop cultural alchemy that cuts through the myth in a way that only a writer as great as Paul Morley could do.
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17.06 USD

The Awfully Big Adventure: Michael Jackson in the Afterlife

by Paul Morley
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Beyonce. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, romance and sex appeal. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyonce playbook more than half a dozen times. ...
Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter
Beyonce. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, romance and sex appeal. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyonce playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most nominated women in the award's history. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: 'There's not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon.' Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. Queen Bey will feature a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars.
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20.46 USD

Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter

by Veronica Chambers
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The full story of the band, their key concerts and all their recordings. Nirvana were known as the kings of grunge while singer songwriter Kurt Cobain became a cultural icon who spoke to an entire generation and they were for many years the worlds most important rock act. They had ...
Nirvana Teen Spirit
The full story of the band, their key concerts and all their recordings. Nirvana were known as the kings of grunge while singer songwriter Kurt Cobain became a cultural icon who spoke to an entire generation and they were for many years the worlds most important rock act. They had instantaneous success with 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which stormed the charts. In Utero, was the last studio recording released by Nirvana. The demons that made Cobain's writing so powerful took their toll; he took his own life after only five albums. Nirvana's influence is certain to be felt for many years to come. The unique status this band occupies, as representatives of the time and as timeless songwriters, is revealed through interviews with those close to the band, coupled with intensive archive research.
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34.12 USD

Nirvana Teen Spirit

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Having written the first book ever on UFO, 2005's long out-of-print Shoot Out the Lights, Martin Popoff, author of over seventy rock books, has now greatly expanded and rewritten the later years material from that title, bringing us now Lettin' Go: UFO in the `80s & `90s. Popoff brings to ...
Lettin' Go: UFO in the `80s & `90s
Having written the first book ever on UFO, 2005's long out-of-print Shoot Out the Lights, Martin Popoff, author of over seventy rock books, has now greatly expanded and rewritten the later years material from that title, bringing us now Lettin' Go: UFO in the `80s & `90s. Popoff brings to the project new interviews with the key members throughout the decades, along with a substantial amount of new research to offer what is now the only book to focus on the eighties and nineties era of the band that saw huge turbulence amongst the ranks. Utilising his celebrated one album per chapter method, Popoff analyses the complete catalogue from the period of the band where initially Paul Chapman takes over from the departed Michael Schenker for the albums. No Place To Run, The Wild, the Willing and the Innocent, Mechanix and Making Contact. The journey takes us through the albums following the departure of Chapman and bassist Pete Way and concludes with 1995's Walk On Water that sees the classic line-up reunited with Schenker back on guitar before he sensationally walked out on the band after just four shows of the supporting tour. In and around Popoff's famed meticulous analysis of the catalogue, look for lots of tour talk, revealing nightmares surrounding the band's business, and warnings about how the twin demons of drugs and alcohol can slow a band's progress on the way to the top.
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25.58 USD

Lettin' Go: UFO in the `80s & `90s

by Martin Popoff
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Each of these chambers contains wonders of history, destiny, and mythology. Chamber Music is hip hop as race and class politics, as music and as poetry on the move. Through Ashon's vibrant textured prose we watch in awe as these young men seize on whatever the culture has to offer, ...
Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces)
Each of these chambers contains wonders of history, destiny, and mythology. Chamber Music is hip hop as race and class politics, as music and as poetry on the move. Through Ashon's vibrant textured prose we watch in awe as these young men seize on whatever the culture has to offer, sampling leftovers and legacies, making themselves into ferocious artists --Margo Jefferson, award-winning author of Negroland Stylistically loaded, reckless, funny, naked, thorough, thoughtful, mysterious, devastating, unrelenting, and compassionate. One of the most rewarding pieces of hip hop criticism ever written. --Jeff Chang, author of We Gon' Be All Right: Notes on Race and Resegregation and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked chambers, the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualize, reveal and honor this singular work of art. Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture.
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25.200000 USD

Chamber Music: Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces)

by Will Ashon
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The most radical and divisive composer of the twentieth century, Arnold Schoenberg remains a hero to many, and a villain to many others. In this refreshingly balanced biography, Mark Berry tells the story of Schoenberg's remarkable life and work, situating his tale within the wider symphony of nineteenth- and twentieth-century ...
Arnold Schoenberg
The most radical and divisive composer of the twentieth century, Arnold Schoenberg remains a hero to many, and a villain to many others. In this refreshingly balanced biography, Mark Berry tells the story of Schoenberg's remarkable life and work, situating his tale within the wider symphony of nineteenth- and twentieth-century history. Born in the Jewish quarter of his beloved Vienna, Schoenberg left Austria for his early career in Berlin as a leading light of Weimar culture, before being forced to flee in the dead of night from Hitler's Third Reich. He found himself in the United States, settling in Los Angeles, where he would inspire composers from George Gershwin to John Cage. Introducing all of Schoenberg's major musical works, from his very first compositions, such as the String Quartet in D Major, to his invention of the twelve-tone method, Berry explores how Schoenberg's revolutionary approach to musical composition incorporated Wagnerian late Romanticism and the brave new worlds of atonality and serialism. Essential reading for anyone interested in the music and history of the twentieth century, this book makes clear Schoenberg changed the history of music forever.
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20.46 USD

Arnold Schoenberg

by Mark Berry
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With refreshing candor, Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles, the artist-and the woman-on songwriting, soul searching, and what's discovered along the way. Sara Bareilles shares the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to yourself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara's confessional ...
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song
With refreshing candor, Sounds Like Me reveals Sara Bareilles, the artist-and the woman-on songwriting, soul searching, and what's discovered along the way. Sara Bareilles shares the joys and the struggles that come with creating great work, all while staying true to yourself. Imbued with humor and marked by Sara's confessional writing style, this collection tells the inside story behind some of her most popular songs. Most recently known for her chart-topper Brave, Sara first broke through in 2007 with her multi-platinum single Love Song. She has released five albums that have sold 2.5 million copies and spawned several hits. More than a privileged view inside the experience of a remarkable musical talent-this is a moving tribute to the universal search for growth, healing, and self-acceptance.
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32.40 USD

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song

by Sara Bareilles
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Break-ups, make-ups, groupies, band politics, court battles, the tragic death of Rick Parfitt . . . This is Francis Rossi as you have never seen him before. Status Quo have sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 65 hit singles and 32 hit albums. The legendary band's career has mirrored ...
I Talk Too Much: My Autobiography
Break-ups, make-ups, groupies, band politics, court battles, the tragic death of Rick Parfitt . . . This is Francis Rossi as you have never seen him before. Status Quo have sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 65 hit singles and 32 hit albums. The legendary band's career has mirrored the evolution of rock music. From the struggles of the flower-power '60s, the highs of the denim-clad '70s, the coke- and tequila-induced blur of the '80s, to fighting for musical integrity in the '90s and '00s and a fresh lease of life from new band members in recent years, Rossi has been there for the entirety of Quo's turbulent history. In I Talk Too Much, Rossi will reveal the truth behind one of the biggest rock bands of all time, as well as the personal highs and lows of a career spanning over 50 years. He lifts the lid on the man behind the music - from humble beginnings in Forest Hill and being labelled a has-been by the press in his twenties to opening Live Aid in 1985 - and why he's still going strong at seventy. Along the way he has fathered eight children with three mothers and beaten both alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Rossi comes clean about the time he almost left the band, what he really thinks about the music industry today and the complexities of his fifty-year friendship with Rick Parfitt. Painfully honest, riotously funny and frequently outrageous, I Talk Too Much covers the glory years, the dark days and the real stories behind the creation of some of the greatest rock music of all time.
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23.62 USD

I Talk Too Much: My Autobiography

by Francis Rossi
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Best known for his unique musical style and blindingly fast hybrid picking technique, English guitarist Albert Lee is often referred to within the music industry as the guitar player's guitar player, renowned for his work across several genres of music and for the respect that he has garnered from other ...
Country Boy: A Biography of Albert Lee
Best known for his unique musical style and blindingly fast hybrid picking technique, English guitarist Albert Lee is often referred to within the music industry as the guitar player's guitar player, renowned for his work across several genres of music and for the respect that he has garnered from other industry giants. This comprehensive biography tells the entire story of Lee's long career and personal experiences, beginning with his upbringing in south London and his early experimentations with skiffle music (the British equivalent of American rockabilly). It covers Lee's career in Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds and the British rock and country group Heads, Hands, and Feet, his move to the United States in the 1970s and his subsequent work with Eric Clapton, the Crickets, Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, the Everly Brothers, and, more recently, with Bill Wyman and with Hogan's Heroes. Lee's career is set against the background of changes in popular music and shows how he, as a British artist with nomadic Romany roots, has influenced traditionally American musical genres. The work includes 66 photographs, many from Lee's personal collection, two appendices, and an extensive bibliography.
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46.92 USD

Country Boy: A Biography of Albert Lee

by Derek Watts
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This long-awaited treatise on Montrose and Gamma is first and foremost the story of the five Montrose and four Gamma records, their making and baking, the hirings and firings, the superlative delivery live. Within the detailed analysis, one of course gets to celebrate with the author Montrose classics like `Rock ...
Rock The Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined
This long-awaited treatise on Montrose and Gamma is first and foremost the story of the five Montrose and four Gamma records, their making and baking, the hirings and firings, the superlative delivery live. Within the detailed analysis, one of course gets to celebrate with the author Montrose classics like `Rock the Nation', `Make it Last', `Rock Candy', `Bad Motor Scooter', `I Got the Fire', `Matriarch' and `Jump on It', along with the entirety of the Gamma years, including the top-shelf Gamma 2, an album Popoff considers the equal to the earth-shattering first Montrose album of 1973. But there's a darker turn to this extensive tribute as well, as we look at Ronnie's shocking suicide in 2012, before we correct the record, so to speak, looking at his legacy as articulated by those who played with him and knew him best. All told, it's a rough ride, with unsettling doses of negativity, but once our tale winds down, there are more than enough lessons on creativity to satisfy any lover of the arts, particularly those centred around the type of six-string mayhem cooked up by the hero of our story, Ronnie Montrose.
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28.99 USD

Rock The Nation: Montrose, Gamma and Ronnie Redefined

by Martin Popoff
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The first musical memoir to chronicle the world of the final generation of American composers mentored by America's great 20th century masters. Hagen traces his transit from selfish young Midwestern musical prodigy from a gifted but troubled family to mid-career artist and family man in the tradition of composer-writers Hector ...
Duet with the Past: A Composer's Memoir
The first musical memoir to chronicle the world of the final generation of American composers mentored by America's great 20th century masters. Hagen traces his transit from selfish young Midwestern musical prodigy from a gifted but troubled family to mid-career artist and family man in the tradition of composer-writers Hector Berlioz and Ned Rorem. Hagen's memoir braids together three narratives: the first consists of vivid sketches of his many colleagues, friends, and mentors-including Leonard Bernstein, David Del Tredici, David Diamond, JoAnn Falletta, Lukas Foss, Otto Luening, Gian Carlo Menotti, Paul Muldoon, Vincent Persichetti, Ned Rorem, Paul Sperry, Virgil Thomson, Michael Torke, Gore Vidal, and Stephen Wadsworth, among others. The second narrative tracks Hagen's career as the composer, conductor, stage director, and sometimes-librettist of thirteen successful operas, five symphonies, a dozen concertos, reams of chamber music, and over 350 art songs. The final, most personal narrative concerns his journey from euthanizing his terminally-ill mother at her request as a teenager to overcoming depression and alcoholism and finding fulfillment as a father and husband.
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41.950000 USD

Duet with the Past: A Composer's Memoir

by Daron Hagen
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The full story of the band, their key concerts and all their recordings. All accompanied by photographs and rare memorabilia. Spawned in the intensely fertile music scene that blossomed in and around Seattle in the late 1980s, Nirvana instantly distinguished itself by virtue of the singular passion - Kurt Cobain. ...
Treasures of Nirvana
The full story of the band, their key concerts and all their recordings. All accompanied by photographs and rare memorabilia. Spawned in the intensely fertile music scene that blossomed in and around Seattle in the late 1980s, Nirvana instantly distinguished itself by virtue of the singular passion - Kurt Cobain. Few were prepared for worldwide Nirvana-mania set off by the 1991 release of Nevermind. With the instantaneous success of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which stormed the charts. In Utero, was the last studio recording released by Nirvana. The demons that made Cobain's writing so powerful took their toll; he took his own life after only five albums. Nirvana's influence is certain to be felt for many years to come. The unique status this band occupies, as representatives of the time and as timeless songwriters, is revealed through interviews with those close to the band, coupled with intensive archive research.
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51.19 USD

Treasures of Nirvana

by Gillian G Gaar
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Paul Hayles biography is a fast moving story deeply embedded in the music and entertainment business. With some very famous friends, bands and tours, Paul takes us through what it was like working with the greats and living to tell the tale. Paul Hayles never wanted to be in a ...
Sonic Assassin: A Life
Paul Hayles biography is a fast moving story deeply embedded in the music and entertainment business. With some very famous friends, bands and tours, Paul takes us through what it was like working with the greats and living to tell the tale. Paul Hayles never wanted to be in a cult rock band like Hawkwind and yet there he was, the shy father of two setting out on a journey that would take him away from his young family and make his wildest dreams come true. Paul knew Lemmy Kilmister from way back, both had auditioned for the same band back before Hawkwind came together. Lemmy had just left Hawkwind to form Motorhead, so the band was in a changing phase and so was Paul. Playing in bands had been something Paul chose to do as a hobby to begin with - in addition to his day job of teaching children with behaviour problems. He played in a local band, Ark, and thought it was just his weekly night out away from the restraints of his daily life. But, suddenly, out of the blue, there he was playing in Sonic Assassins, Hawkwind and then on tour in the USA with the Kings of Space Rock. He made the most of it in the world of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. They traversed America, meeting and hanging out with other bands such as Van Halen and the Blockheads, and even eating and chatting with one of his heroes, David Bowie. His life was far from what he had ever imagined. All things come to and end and Paul moved his family to France, where they rented a small farm and tried the self-sufficiency life before returning to teaching. He continued playing in bands, now with the confidence to compose and sing, and used the Hawkwind connection to get All Area Access entry to concerts by bands such as Pink Floyd and U2 and even got to play with the Topper Headon Band (ex-Clash). So his musical ambitions, although put aside for the sake of his beloved family, were still there under the surface. In the 90's, back in the UK, he returned to the world of boarding schools for extremely difficult youngsters but still played music, even touring with folk-meets-rave band The Cropdusters. But he was good at his day job and was soon promoted to Head Teacher having three such posts before a bout of cancer meant stopping this difficult work. Meantime he worked on an album with Jalal Nurinda of the Last Poets, seminal rap band, and brought out an EP with some top Bristol musicians including Roni Size's drummer, Clive Deamer. Then, out of the blue again, nearly 30 years on, he received an invitation to support Hawkwind on their 2006 British tour. Back on the road, more adventures, more chance meetings, such as Peter Hook of New Order, and would this be the end or another new beginning? Pauls band Lastwind release their new album High on Life with Flicknife Records (SHARPCD19108) on March 29th 2019.
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22.050000 USD

Sonic Assassin: A Life

by Paul Hayles
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Born in the South during the height of segregation, James Brown went on to become a global sensation, using his immeasurable talent to grasp what he believed was the American Dream. Join the charismatic, hard-working, and sometimes tyrannical bandleader on a journey down the roads of America with a group ...
James Brown: Black And Proud
Born in the South during the height of segregation, James Brown went on to become a global sensation, using his immeasurable talent to grasp what he believed was the American Dream. Join the charismatic, hard-working, and sometimes tyrannical bandleader on a journey down the roads of America with a group of talented musicians spreading the sound of funk and soul throughout the country. Told against the backdrop of a changing America during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, this is the story of a man and his band that would go on to revolutionize the world of pop music.
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39.23 USD

James Brown: Black And Proud

by Xavier Fauthoux
Hardback
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BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 18-22nd FEBRUARY 2019 Marking the 50-year anniversary of the legendary banned song Je t'aime... moi non plus, Veronique Mortaigne's brilliantly-written book skilfully identifies the pairing of Gainsbourg and Birkin as an expression of the spirit of the age. Synonymous with love, eroticism, glamour, ...
Je t'aime: The legendary love story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK 18-22nd FEBRUARY 2019 Marking the 50-year anniversary of the legendary banned song Je t'aime... moi non plus, Veronique Mortaigne's brilliantly-written book skilfully identifies the pairing of Gainsbourg and Birkin as an expression of the spirit of the age. Synonymous with love, eroticism, glamour, music, provocation, their affair would set France aflame as the sixties ebbed, and set in motion many of the ideas we have by now come to think of as specifically `French'. Skipping back and forth in time, Je t'aime takes the reader from the foggy Normandy landscapes where Serge and Jane retreated, to their carefree summers on the coast. En route to their superstardom in films and music, we experience their intrigues, triangular relationships, and jealous rages, the genius and the self-torture. Tenderly told, via new interviews with key players in their story, Je t'aime details the coming together of two massive personalities, who together created a model of the rebel couple for the ages.
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17.05 USD

Je t'aime: The legendary love story of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg

by Veronique Mortaigne
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By the time The Fall released `I Am Damo Suzuki' in the mid-1980s, the elusive legend to which the song paid tribute had returned to music. Since making his name as the vocalist of the great German band Can, Kenji `Damo' Suzuki has united a vast range of musicians across ...
I am Damo Suzuki
By the time The Fall released `I Am Damo Suzuki' in the mid-1980s, the elusive legend to which the song paid tribute had returned to music. Since making his name as the vocalist of the great German band Can, Kenji `Damo' Suzuki has united a vast range of musicians across the globe through The Damo Suzuki Band and Damo Suzuki's Network. Now in his seventh decade, Damo is as contemporary a figure as ever. I Am Damo Suzuki encompasses his personal travelogue, his spiritual journey and the life-force that has allowed him to twice rise above life-threatening illness. Paul Woods' narrative - drawing on interviews with Suzuki himself, family members, bandmates and friends - evokes the decades-long odyssey of a musical enigma.
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28.99 USD

I am Damo Suzuki

by Paul Woods
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Now a New York Times bestseller! Featuring a foreword by Beyonc Knowles-Carter. Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematographer and later one of the only people allowed to photograph him. He collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer. Afshin was the only photographer allowed to ...
Prince: A Private View
Now a New York Times bestseller! Featuring a foreword by Beyonc Knowles-Carter. Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon became his cinematographer and later one of the only people allowed to photograph him. He collaborated with Prince longer than any other photographer. Afshin was the only photographer allowed to shoot the legendary 3121 private parties in Los Angeles that became the most sought after invitations in Hollywood; some of those photos are included in this book. Prince: A Private View compiles photographer Afshin Shahidi's work into a journey through Prince's extraordinary life. With never-before-seen photos, it is the ultimate collection of shots of Prince. Brief, but complete and rich, stories about Shahidi and Prince's collaboration and time together are alternately incisive, personal, and even funny.
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36.750000 USD

Prince: A Private View

by Afshin Shahidi
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Freddie Mercury gives fans unprecedented access to one of the world's greatest artists and showmen. This official book contains superb photographs of Freddie Mercury in all aspects of his life. There are photographs from the private collections of his parents, Mr and Mrs Bulsara, from Brian May, as well as ...
Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender: A Life in Pictures
Freddie Mercury gives fans unprecedented access to one of the world's greatest artists and showmen. This official book contains superb photographs of Freddie Mercury in all aspects of his life. There are photographs from the private collections of his parents, Mr and Mrs Bulsara, from Brian May, as well as portraits by many famous contemporary photographers. This lavishly illustrated book celebrates Freddie's life as part of the British music scene, with lovingly and painstakingly recounted in pictures and insightful text. These images capture the man in the moment through many stages of his life.
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42.66 USD

Freddie Mercury The Great Pretender: A Life in Pictures

by Richard Gray, Sean O'Hagan
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When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The ...
Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir
When aspiring violinist Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman lands a job with a professional ensemble in New York City, she imagines she has achieved her lifelong dream. But the ensemble proves to be a sham. When the group performs, the microphones are never on. Instead, the music blares from a CD. The mastermind behind this scheme is a peculiar and mysterious figure known as The Composer, who is gaslighting his audiences with music that sounds suspiciously like the Titanic movie soundtrack. On tour with his chaotic ensemble, Hindman spirals into crises of identity and disillusionment as she plays for audiences genuinely moved by the performance, unable to differentiate real from fake. Sounds Like Titanic is a surreal, often hilarious coming-of-age story. Hindman writes with precise, candid prose and sharp insight into ambition and gender, especially when it comes to the difficulties young women face in a world that views them as silly, shallow, and stupid. As the story swells to a crescendo, it gives voice to the anxieties and illusions of a generation of women, and reveals the failed promises of a nation that takes comfort in false realities.
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27.250000 USD

Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir

by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman
Hardback
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Jeremy Monteiro is a thinker and observer. He likes to think about music, life, people and human existence, and he loves to observe human behaviour. He loves people, loves to tell stories and share experiences. From his formidable virtuosity on the piano where he communicates non-verbally, to the stories he ...
Jeremy Monteiro: Random Thoughts of a Jazz Musician
Jeremy Monteiro is a thinker and observer. He likes to think about music, life, people and human existence, and he loves to observe human behaviour. He loves people, loves to tell stories and share experiences. From his formidable virtuosity on the piano where he communicates non-verbally, to the stories he tells on stage at his many packed concerts and jazz club shows, he keeps his audiences in rapt attention. His Facebook and blog posts attract thousands of Likes and comments, often becoming their own lively discussion forums. In this book, Jeremy revisits, rewrites and updates many of his postings along with many new thoughts and stories. Sometimes thoughtful and sometimes silly, sometimes serious and sometimes irreverent, Jeremy writes with the confidence of one who has seen his fair share of ups and downs in life and is not afraid to speak his mind, while always observing his personal guiding light of fair comment. Going from fond reminiscences that tug at the heartstrings, to funny stories that will evoke a huge guffaw, the insightful essays in this volume takes you on a journey into the mind of one of Singapore's most respected - and most loved - musicians
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28.99 USD

Jeremy Monteiro: Random Thoughts of a Jazz Musician

by Jeremy Monteiro
Paperback / softback
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Autobiography of jazz elder statesman Frank Doc Adams, highlighting his role in Birmingham, Alabama's, historic jazz scene and tracing his personal adventure that parallels, in many ways, the story and spirit of jazz itself. Doc tells the story of an accomplished jazz master, from his musical apprenticeship under John T. ...
Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man
Autobiography of jazz elder statesman Frank Doc Adams, highlighting his role in Birmingham, Alabama's, historic jazz scene and tracing his personal adventure that parallels, in many ways, the story and spirit of jazz itself. Doc tells the story of an accomplished jazz master, from his musical apprenticeship under John T. Fess Whatley and his time touring with Sun Ra and Duke Ellington to his own inspiring work as an educator and bandleader. Central to this narrative is the often-overlooked story of Birmingham's unique jazz tradition and community. From the very beginnings of jazz, Birmingham was home to an active network of jazz practitioners and a remarkable system of jazz apprenticeship rooted in the city's segregated schools. Birmingham musicians spread across the country to populate the sidelines of the nation's bestknown bands. Local musicians, like Erskine Hawkins and members of his celebrated orchestra, returned home heroes. Frank Doc Adams explores, through first-hand experience, the history of this community, introducing readers to a large and colorful cast of characters-including Fess Whatley, the legendary maker of musicians who trained legions of Birmingham players and made a significant mark on the larger history of jazz. Adams's interactions with the young Sun Ra, meanwhile, reveal life-changing lessons from one of American music's most innovative personalities. Along the way, Adams reflects on his notable family, including his father, Oscar, editor of the Birmingham Reporter and an outspoken civic leader in the African American community, and Adams's brother, Oscar Jr., who would become Alabama's first black supreme court justice. Adams's story offers a valuable window into the world of Birmingham's black middle class in the days before the civil rights movement and integration. Throughout, Adams demonstrates the ways in which jazz professionalism became a source of pride within this community, and he offers his thoughts on the continued relevance of jazz education in the twenty-first century.
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20.950000 USD

Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man

by Burgin Mathews, Frank Adams
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'The thought behind this book is not just me wanting to tell my story in the standard autobiographical fashion but to create a kind of self-help book that includes my story. There are many things people don't know about me and maybe when they read about those things they will ...
Back to the Boy
'The thought behind this book is not just me wanting to tell my story in the standard autobiographical fashion but to create a kind of self-help book that includes my story. There are many things people don't know about me and maybe when they read about those things they will have an understanding of the journey I have been on, why I've made the mistakes I have and hopefully help other people overcome their adversities.' Life has presented its fair share of setbacks for James Arthur, from his disrupted childhood - during which he felt like a stray and a misfit, entering the care system in his teens - to a very public fall from favour just at the point when all his dreams should have been coming true. With an extraordinary comeback in 2016, starting with No. 1 single 'Say You Won't Let Go' and his Platinum album Back From The Edge, Back To The Boy shows the British singer and songwriter reflecting not only on his past but also on his return to the charts, and the phenomenal global success that followed. James shares his struggles with mental health issues which led to drug abuse, and how he dealt with the feelings of intense pressure and loneliness that accompanied his sudden rise to fame. Back to the Boy gives an insight into the life of one of the most exciting musicians of today, and how his experiences are reflected in the raw emotion and passion in his music. This is a story of hope and self-discovery to inspire those who have ever hit rock-bottom and managed to pick themselves up again.
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17.05 USD

Back to the Boy

by James Arthur
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_______________________ `Astonishing, soul-baring - the must-read memoir by rock's greatest survivor' DAILY MAIL ***The full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner's 60th year in the industry*** 'Unbearably poignant' THE TIMES, Book of the Week _______________________ Love's got everything to do with ...
Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography)
_______________________ `Astonishing, soul-baring - the must-read memoir by rock's greatest survivor' DAILY MAIL ***The full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner's 60th year in the industry*** 'Unbearably poignant' THE TIMES, Book of the Week _______________________ Love's got everything to do with it. Tina Turner is the Queen of Rock `n' Roll, a musical icon celebrating her 60th year in the industry. In this dramatic autobiography, she tells the story of a truly remarkable life in the spotlight. From her early years picking cotton in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner, and finally to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between. In her honest and heart-felt voice, Tina reveals: * How (love) and a kidney transplant saved her life - and how her new husband made an incredible personal sacrifice * How she has coped with the tragic suicide of her son * How ex-husband Ike Turner forced her to go to a brothel on their wedding night... and why she tried to kill herself because of Ike's mistresses * The Cinderella moment when David Bowie made Tina a star ... * ...and the day Mick Jagger ripped her skirt off! AND MUCH MORE Brimming with her trademark blend of strength, energy, heart and soul, My Love Story is a gripping, surprising memoir, as memorable and entertaining as any of her greatest hits. _______________________ 'The book is written with a warm heart and a generous spirit... It is a thoughtful, moving reflection on a life of spectacular achievement' DAILY EXPRESS `Turner comes across as courageous, optimistic, big-hearted and generous' SUNDAY TIMES `Fascinating, dramatic, surprising' OK! MAGAZINE 'An honest, thoughtful and touching reflection on a full and fulfilling life' SUNDAY EXPRESS
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14.18 USD

Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography)

by Tina Turner
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Kim Walker Smith's passionate performance of How He Loves helped transform Jesus Culture into a global worship movement. Brave Surrender is the story of how Kim journeyed from a place of shame and fear to stages around the world where she boldly proclaims the unconditional love of God. Through her ...
Brave Surrender: Let God's Love Rewrite Your Story
Kim Walker Smith's passionate performance of How He Loves helped transform Jesus Culture into a global worship movement. Brave Surrender is the story of how Kim journeyed from a place of shame and fear to stages around the world where she boldly proclaims the unconditional love of God. Through her own story, Kim inspires us to experience true freedom and healing with Jesus. Coming from a painful childhood, Kim struggled to believe that God could heal her heart or bring any sense from her past. Yet when faced with the choice to hand her struggles over to God and receive His love in return, everything began to change. On the other side of surrender, Kim began a journey of looking at one painful memory at a time with God and exchanging her perspective for His truth - a journey in which God rewrote her story of pain into a story of redemption and hope. If you are longing to experience God more than the shame or hurts of your past, the pressures of your present, or the fear of your future, Brave Surrender offers a soul-healing path forward. As Kim learned in her own life, the first step - and the bravest step - is letting go. Once we let go of anything that gets between us and God, we are freed to take hold of the life that truly matters. As Kim writes, When we encounter God's love, it changes the way we see. And when we learn to see what He sees, we will never be the same again.
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18.890000 USD

Brave Surrender: Let God's Love Rewrite Your Story

by Kim Walker-Smith
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Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift for satirising the world around her - her brightly ...
Dayglo!: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene
Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift for satirising the world around her - her brightly coloured, playful aesthetic sharply at odds with the stark monochrome style and nihilism of punk. Here, for the first time, the vibrant jigsaw of Poly s inspiring and often moving story has been lovingly pieced together by her daughter, singer-songwriter Celeste Bell, and writer/artist Zoe Howe (author of the acclaimed Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits, amongst many others). From growing up mixed-race in Brixton in the 1960s, to being at the forefront of the emerging punk scene with X-Ray Spex in the 1970s, to finding faith with the Hare Krishna movement, to balancing single motherhood with a solo music career and often debilitating mental health issues, the book honestly and openly explores Poly s exceptional life, up until her untimely passing in 2011. Based on interviews with those who knew and loved Poly whether personally or through music, this oral history book includes testimonies from Vivienne Westwood, Don Letts, Glen Matlock, Jonathan Ross, Neneh Cherry, The Slits Tessa Pollitt, Thurston Moore, Jon Savage, and many others. Heavily illustrated throughout including personal photographs, flyers from the punk scene and hand-drawn artwork and lyrics for X-Ray Spex and beyond the book beautifully captures Poly Styrene s creative and personal legacy, reminding us that if anyone had the power to turn our worlds dayglo, it was her.
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42.66 USD

Dayglo!: The Creative Life of Poly Styrene

by Zoe Howe, Celeste Bell
Hardback
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It is 1965, and Swinging London is coming into its prime years. The streets are alive with mods and rockers, playboys and good-time girls, all revelling in the blossoming artistic, creative and cultural energies of the decade. Amid the colour and chaos is a boy sporting drainpipe jeans, an immaculately ...
At the Birth of Bowie: Life with the Man Who Became a Legend
It is 1965, and Swinging London is coming into its prime years. The streets are alive with mods and rockers, playboys and good-time girls, all revelling in the blossoming artistic, creative and cultural energies of the decade. Amid the colour and chaos is a boy sporting drainpipe jeans, an immaculately tailored sports coat and a half-inch wide tie. A devoted fan of The Who, he looks the part in his pristine mod gear. As the lead singer of the Lower Third, his talent is shaping itself into something truly special. His name is Davie Jones. In ten years, he will be unrecognisable as fresh-faced boy of 1965, and in just over fifty years, his death will be mourned by millions, his legacy the story of the greatest rock star of all time. And through Bowie's transition from pop group member to solo performer, Phil Lancaster was by his side. As the drummer in Bowie's band, the Lower Third, Phil was there as the singer's musical stripes began to show, and was witness to his early recording techniques, his first experimental forays into drug-taking, and the band's discovery of his bisexuality in shocking circumstances. In this riveting - and often very funny - memoir, Phil tells the story of life alongside the insecure yet blazingly talented boy who became Bowie, at a critical crossroad of time and place in music history. What follows is an intimate, personal and important perspective on the genesis of one of the most iconic musicians of the twentieth century - one that gets under the skin of the man himself, before the personas and alter-egos masked the fascinating figure beneath them. At the Birth of Bowie is essential reading for anyone who knows what happened on Bowie's journey, but wants to understand how, and why, it ever began.
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34.12 USD

At the Birth of Bowie: Life with the Man Who Became a Legend

by Phil Lancaster
Hardback
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Edward Kid Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Creole Trombone tells his story from birth on a rural sugar cane plantation in a French-speaking, ethnically mixed family, to his emergence in New Orleans as the city's hottest band leader. The Ory ...
Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz
Edward Kid Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Creole Trombone tells his story from birth on a rural sugar cane plantation in a French-speaking, ethnically mixed family, to his emergence in New Orleans as the city's hottest band leader. The Ory band featured such future jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and King Oliver, and was widely considered New Orleans's top hot band. Ory's career took him from New Orleans to California, where he and his band created the first African American New Orleans jazz recordings ever made. In 1925 he moved to Chicago where he made records with Oliver, Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton that captured the spirit of the jazz age. His most famous composition from that period, Muskrat Ramble, is a jazz standard. Retired from music during the Depression, he returned in the 1940s and enjoyed a reignited career. Drawing on oral history and Ory's unpublished autobiography, Creole Trombone is a story that is told in large measure by Ory himself. The author reveals Ory's personality to the reader and shares remarkable stories of incredible innovations of the jazz pioneer. The book also features unpublished Ory compositions, photographs, and a selected discography of his most significant recordings.
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26.250000 USD

Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz

by John McCusker
Paperback / softback
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When Don Nix began his career in Memphis, he was still in high school. Over time, his first band, the Mar-Keys, evolved into Booker T. and the MGs. As a producer and musician, Nix worked with Freddie King, Furry Lewis, Albert King, Delaney and Bonnie, the Staple Singers, Jeff Beck, ...
Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low
When Don Nix began his career in Memphis, he was still in high school. Over time, his first band, the Mar-Keys, evolved into Booker T. and the MGs. As a producer and musician, Nix worked with Freddie King, Furry Lewis, Albert King, Delaney and Bonnie, the Staple Singers, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, and many others. He was asked by Beatle George Harrison to help organize the 1971 Bangladesh Concert at Madison Square Garden. Nix's stories of living at George Harrison's mansion in England make for especially good reading. Included in this memoir are dozens of revealing photographs taken by Nix of the extraordinary musicians with whom he worked.
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29.390000 USD

Memphis Man: Living High, Laying Low

by Don Nix
Hardback
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