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.
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.
'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.
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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.
In The Dark Stuff Nick Kent profiles twenty-two of the most gifted and self-destructive talents in rock history. From Brian Wilson to Syd Barrett, the Rolling Stones to Neil Young, Iggy Pop to Lou Reed, he offers intimate portraits that are unimaginable in the world of today's market driven music business.
In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story.
Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.
In 1980, Houghton set up his own PR company, Brassneck Publicity, and for the next 20 years the list of his charges reads like a who's who of some of the greatest, most influential, and most dysfunctional cult groups of the post-punk era and beyond. It is his indefatigable belief that it was always the music that came first.
'The nerdiest and longest-running quiz around' The SpectatorHave you got what it takes to tackle Radio 4's most fiendish quiz? Can you explain?*The Round Britain Quiz is the oldest broadcast quiz anywhere in the world.
This handy reference guide from Classic FM takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the greatest orchestras at home and abroad, stopping off to explore the world of orchestral instruments, as well as making plenty of musical recommendations along the way.
Beyond Talent is a practical, step-by-step guide to advancing a career in music. From booking concerts and creating dynamic promotional materials, to overcoming the typical "inner" challenges musicians face, author Angela Myles Beeching offers inspiration for your journey along with straight-talking solutions backed by real-world results.
Benjamin Britten was the greatest English composer of the twentieth century and one of the outstanding musicians of his age. Born in Lowestoft, Suffolk, in 1913, Britten was the youngest child of a dentist father and amateur musician mother.
Explores in detail the lives and achievements of a huge range of composers, and examines key topics such as music history (from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism), performers, theory and jargon. This dictionary is a useful reference book for lovers of music, whether amateur or professional.
Why have all human cultures - today and throughout history - made music? Why does music excite such rich emotion? And how do we make sense of musical sound? This title explores how the research in music psychology and brain science is piecing together the puzzle of how our minds understand and respond to music.
Michael Ferber considers Romanticism in its time of growth in Western Europe, examining various types of Romantic literature, music, painting, religion, and philosophy. He provides examples and quotations throughout to demonstrate the diverse nature of the movement.
Providing over 10,000 entries, the sixth edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Music is the most up-to-date dictionary of musical terms available. Covering a wide range of musical categories across periods, it is an essential reference work for music students, teachers, lecturers, professional musicians, and music enthusiasts.
Have you ever listened to an incredible piece of music and wondered exactly why it makes you want to dance or cry? Are you mystified by how musicians just 'know' what notes to play next when they're improvising? Or why certain notes sound great together and others clash? This title lets you discover the answers to these questions.
Suitable for all piano lovers, musicians and music aficionados: rarely has the instrument been described in such an entertaining and intelligent fashion, this title distils author's musical and linguistic eloquence and vast knowledge, and can prove invaluable to anyone with an interest in the technique, history and repertoire of the piano.
After the success of his memoir, the author got in touch with people he admires, and asked them to suggest an album for him to track down on his travels, giving an insight into what makes them tick, while also giving him a chance to see how record shops around the world were faring in the digital age. This is the story of what came back.
A guide for opera enthusiasts and converts to this ancient rite. It explores 400 years of music drama from late-Renaissance Italy to works from contemporary names including Philip Glass and Thomas Ades. It helps you discover hundreds of classic and modern opera interpretations and learn about the lives of operatic masters.
Bob Dylan's frequent changes have led to a dizzying accumulation of masks. In this psychobiography, Andrew McCarron looks across the surfaces of these masks and reveals a life characterized by more coherence than fragmentation. At the heart of this coherence is a repetitive story of spiritual death and rebirth.
In The Musician's Way, veteran performer and educator Gerald Klickstein draws on the latest research and his 30 years of professional experience to provide aspiring musicians with a roadmap to artistic excellence. Written in a conversational style, the text articulates landmark strategies that equip readers to advance their musical abilities and succeed as performing artists.
Discover what it would be like to travel through the four seasons in one day, following a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they take on the adventure of a lifetime. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this is the first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.