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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you're a first-time visitor or an experienced prommer, this book helps you to plan your summer of music and discover in depth what lies behind the Proms - from the composers to the performers to how the events are broadcast. It includes full listings for every concert and event.
As an acoustic engineer, the author has spent his career eradicating unwanted noises - echoes in concert halls, clamour in classrooms. Until the day he heard something so astonishing that he had an epiphany. This title tells the story of his investigation into the mysteries of these Sonic Wonders of the World.
Features the story of obsession, music and obscene money. This book is about of visionaries and criminals, tycoons and audiophiles with golden ears. It's about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, and an illegal website six times the size of iTunes.
The official, fully illustrated guide to the BBC Proms 2012, with complete listings, booking information and exclusive articles on the season's highlights, anniversary composers, new music and other Proms events, including Proms in the Park.
Introduces, describes and begins the process of defining the subject of sonic arts, and provides a starting point for those who have an interest in the creative uses of sound. This book explores the worlds of sonic arts and sound design through their history and development, and looks at the state of these extraordinarily diverse genres.
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.
Taking the reader through seven decades of entertainment, this book features a range of facts, figures and miscellany - including who chose what, and why. It reveals much about the castaways' drives and motivations, their influences and, of course, their lives.
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.
Tells the story of rave culture and explores the origins of this dance music, chronicling the ways in which its reverberations have influenced 1990s pop. Examining the music as well as the drugs, this book includes how Chicago house and Detroit techno catalyzed the "Madchester" ferment of 1988-90.
'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.
Documents one of the great untold stories of British music over the past century. This title surveys the visionary, topographic and esoteric impulses that have driven the margins of British visionary folk music from Vaughan Williams and Holst to The Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Aphex Twin.
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.
Beginning with Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again', a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of 'Bonkers', Dizzee Rascal's anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, this title takes a tour of our island's pop music, and asks what it means to us.
In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. This book states the story of life on the frontiers, and a candid account of what happened post-punk, taking in a career in film, IVF, illness, divorce - and making music again, twenty-five years later. It is a remarkable memoir.
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.
BBC Radio 4 is much more than a radio programme. It is a unique and enduringly popular take on our lives and times. This book presents in rich detail the colourful and absorbing story of an extraordinary institution. It tells the story of one of "BBC Radio 4's" favourite programmes that is chronicled through a special selection of castaways.
Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly specialised and complex. This title focuses on what changed when and why, picking out the discoveries that revolutionised man-made sound.
Founded by Alan McGee in 1983, Creation Records achieved notoriety as the home to a variety of anti-Establishment acts. Containing interviews with Creation musicians, employees, supporters and detractors, this is the inside story of Creation Records - and of British music since the 1980s.
The rise of a prominent auditory culture reveals the degree to which sound art is lending definition to the 21st century. This book sets out a historical overview, while at the same time shaping that history according to what sound art reveals - the dynamics of art to operate spatially through media of reproduction and broadcast.
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.
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.