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Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-First Century

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £11.99
£10.79
Explores most decadent of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. This title charts the retro future sounds, outrageous styles and gender-fluid sexual politics that came to define the first half of the seventies. It also brings right up to date with a final chapter on glam in hip hop, Lady Gaga, and the aftershocks of David Bowie's death.

Opera for Everybody: The Story of English National Opera

Paperback, 03/08/2017, £20.00
£18.00
Traces the development of ENO from its earliest origins in the darkest Victorian slums of the Cut, where it was conceived as a vehicle of social reform, through two world wars, and via Sadler's Wells to its great glory days at the Coliseum and beyond. This book provides a vivid cultural history of this unique institution's 150 years.

Psychedelia and Other Colours

Paperback, 03/08/2017, £20.00
£18.00
Fifty years on from the psychedelic summer of love, the author, an acclaimed music writer explores what was really going on during those heady times. In America, he traces the multi-media history of the Light shows, Happenings, Be-Ins and Acid tests, and illustrates the thriving avant-garde scene that existed long before the Grateful Dead.

Future of the Music Business: How to Succeed with the New Digital Technologies

09/09/2011, £26.00
£23.40
Technologies are revolutionizing the music business. This title provides a legal and business road map for success in today's music business by setting forth a summary of the rules pertaining to the traditional music business, including music licensing, as well as the laws governing online distribution of music and video.

Folk Song in England

Hardback, 17/08/2017, £25.00
£22.50
In Victorian times, England was famously dubbed the land without music - but one of the musical discoveries of the early twentieth century was that England had a vital heritage of folk song and music. This book investigates the wider social history of traditional song in England, and draws on a wide range of sources to answer these questions.

Rock Bottom: A Music Writer's Journey into Madness

Hardback, 31/08/2017, £16.99
£15.29
A tale of loving, living and surviving rock music

Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £9.99
£8.99
Grunge, also known as the 'Seattle Sound', emerged from the Pacific north-west in the early part of the 1980s. With the unexpected success of Nirvana's single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' in 1991, grunge became a household word overnight and launched an American music movement on a par with punk and hip-hop. This book tells the whole story.

Ruth and Martin's Album Club

Hardback, 07/09/2017, £14.99
£13.49
The concept behind the Ruth and Martin's Album Club blog is simple: Make people listen to a classic album they've never heard before. What follows are delightful, humorous and insightful contributions from each guest as they have an album forced upon them and - for better or worse - they discover some of the world's favourite music.

Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

Paperback, 23/11/2017, £10.99
£9.89
Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk about their shared interest.

Mozart's Starling

Hardback, 11/07/2017, £14.99
£13.49
A charming story of Mozart and his pet starling, along with a natural history of the bird.

Memoirs of a Geezer: Autobiography of Jah Wobble

Paperback, 05/08/2010, £8.99
£8.09
Presents an account of a Geezer's life in the music business.

Interactive Fender Bible

Hardback, 02/11/2007, £16.95
£15.26

American Popular Music

Paperback, 26/01/2006, £32.50
£29.25
Presents a historical survey of Rock and Roll music in America, from the emergence of the style in the mid-1950's into the 21st century. Encouraging readers to become more critically aware listeners of rock music, this text is suitable for introductory courses in the history of rock and roll.

Third Coast - A Southern Thing

7, 03/05/2007, £9.99
£8.99
Looks at a regional phenomenon that has exploded into a worldwide sensation: Dirty South Hip-Hop. This book deals with the phenomenon of Southern hip-hop as a matter of cultural history, and explains the character and significance of down South rapping to fans as well as outsiders.

How Soon is Now?: The Madmen and Mavericks who made Independent Music 1975-2005

Paperback, 02/11/2017, £12.99
£11.69
'If you look at all the people involved - Ivo, Tony Wilson, McGee, Geoff Travis, myself - nobody had a clue about running a record company, and that was the best thing about it.' Daniel Miller, Mute RecordsOne of the most tangible aftershocks of punk was its prompt to individuals: do it yourself.

Time by the Sea

Hardback, 06/06/2013, £15.99
£14.39
Published to coincide with the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, this is a tale of music and painting, unforgettable words and fears. It describes the first steps of an East Anglian journey, an intimate appraisal of a vivid and memorable time. It is about the author's life in Aldeburgh during the 1950s.

What Does This Button Do?

Hardback, 19/10/2017, £20.00
£18.00
`I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with "purple" and "Sabbath" written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...'

Girl in a Band

Hardback, 24/02/2015, £14.99
£13.49
There are few artists who inspire such reverence as the author. In this book, she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter, her music and her band.

Shebop II

Paperback, 04/07/2002, £16.99
£15.29
This is the story of women as creators and innovators, aiming to provide a history of women in rock, pop and soul - on stage, on camera and working behind the scenes in a male - dominated industry. It includes interviews with artists and coverage of phenomenons such as Girlpower.

Beethoven's Symphonies: An Artistic Vision

Paperback, 28/02/2017, £14.99
£13.49
An exploration of the unswerving artistic vision underlying Beethoven's symphonies, from a leading scholar of the composer's works.

Lou Reed: A Life

Hardback, 05/10/2017, £25.00
£22.50
The essential biography of the Velvet Underground singer and New York legend

Messiah

Paperback, 14/12/2017, £9.99
£8.99
The story of the composition, first performances and cultural afterlife of one of the best-loved and most widely performed works in the entire history of music.

Hold Tight: Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime

Paperback, 06/07/2017, £9.99
£8.99
HOLD TIGHT is a book about being black, British and born after 1980. It's also about Grime. Celebrating over fifty key songs that make up Grime's DNA, Jeffrey Boakye explores the meaning of the music and why it has such resonance in the UK. Insightful and very funny HOLD TIGHT rolls deep, giving a context to Grime that hasn't been given before.

As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977

Paperback, 01/03/2018, £12.99
£11.69
An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams

In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea

Paperback, 08/03/2018, £9.99
£8.99
A rollercoaster new history for the 50th anniversary of the `Summer of Love', from a music business veteran who was actually there.

Swing Under the Nazis: Jazz as a Metaphor for Freedom

Paperback, 05/09/2000, £11.95
£10.76
For a brief time in a Europe threatened and then occupied by Nazi Germany, jazz was heard as ubiquitously as rock 'n' roll is today.

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Paperback, 05/04/2018, £9.99
£8.99
A Rough Trade, Mojo and FT Book of the Year LONGLISTED FOR THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE Emerging from the jazz clubs of the early 1950s, skiffle - a uniquely British take on American folk and blues - caused a sensation among a generation of kids who had grown up during the dreary post-war years.

To Throw Away Unopened

Hardback, 05/04/2018, £14.99
£11.00
To Throw Away Unopened is a fearless dissection of one woman's obsession with the truth - the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider.

1968: The Year that Rocked the World

Paperback, 03/02/2005, £12.99
£11.69
The year 1968 encompasses the diverse realms of youth and music, politics and war, economics and the media. It was the year of sex and drugs and rock and roll. It was also the year of the Martin Luther King's assassination, and the beginning of the end for the Soviet Union. This book shows us how one volatile year helped shape us into who we are.

Train in the Night: A Story of Music and Loss

Paperback, 07/03/2013, £8.99
£8.09
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2012 WELLCOME TRUST BOOK PRIZEHow do you lose music?

Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life

Hardback, 25/01/2018, £18.99
£17.09
And why is the singing of others so essential to human life? In ten discrete but cohering essays Coleman tackles the arc of that history as if it were an emotional experience with real psychological consequences - as chaotic, random, challenging and unpredictable as life itself.

Tchaikovsky: The Man Revealed

Hardback, 13/09/2018, £25.00
£20.00
A tortured genius, a sensitive soul, a great composer burdened by the weight of his private desires

Under My Thumb: Songs that hate women and the women who love them

Paperback, 19/10/2017, £9.99
£8.99
Women write about their experiences of loving music that doesn't love them back - a feminist 'guilty pleasures'.

Mozart: The Man Revealed

Hardback, 29/09/2016, £25.00
£20.00
The illustrated life story of the world's most beloved composer

Beethoven: The Man Revealed

Paperback, 27/04/2017, £9.99
£9.00
John Suchet's acclaimed biography of the greatest composer the world has ever known

Verdi: The Man Revealed

Hardback, 07/09/2017, £25.00
£20.00
Genius, patriot, pessimist, atheist: a fascinating exploration of Italy's best-loved composer, Giuseppe Verdi

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.

Paperback, 17/12/2015, £8.99
£7.00
In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar. This book deals with her life and work.

Music Education in the 21st Century in the United Kingdom: Achievements, Analysis and Aspirations

Paperback, 07/07/2010, £23.99
£21.59
This book provides a timely and unique overview of music education in the UK by considering its achievements, analysing its current performance and setting out aspirations for the future.

Naked at the Albert Hall

Hardback, 30/04/2015, £18.99
£8.99
Tracey Thorn, musician and author of the bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, offers a unique insider's take on the art of singing: why and how we sing, and the voice's power to captivate

History of Western Music

Paperback, 14/02/2014, £37.50
£33.75
The definitive history of Western music.

Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock

Paperback, 16/08/2001, £24.99
£22.49
Maps the world of pop and rock: its history, its stars and its controversies.

All Shook Up

Paperback, 01/10/2004, £12.99
£11.69
Rock 'n roll seemed to be everywhere during the decade, exhilarating, influential, and an outrage to those Americans intent on wishing away all forms of dissent and conflict. As vibrant as the music itself, All Shook Up reveals how rock 'n roll challenged and changed American culture and laid the foundation for the social upheaval of the sixties.

Singing Neanderthals: the origins of music, language, mind and body

Paperback, 02/03/2006, £12.99
£11.69
A fascinating and incisive examination of our language instinct from award-winning science writer Steven Mithen.

Feminine endings

Paperback, 01/07/2002, £12.50
£11.25

No Off Switch

Paperback, 08/01/2014, £10.99
£9.89

Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay: The Dodgy Business of popular Music

Paperback, 21/05/2015, £8.99
£8.09
The author takes you inside the world of popular music - not just a creative industry, but a business that has made people rich beyond their wildest dreams. He balances seductive anecdotes - pulling back the curtain on the gritty and absurd side of the industry - with an insightful exploration of the relationship between creativity and money.

Anthropology of Music

Paperback, 31/12/1964, £32.50
£29.25
This is a comprehensive approach to music from the point of view of anthropology. The author maintains that ethnomusicology, by definition, must not divorce the sound-analysis of music from its cultural context of people thinking, acting, and creating.

 

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