Idolized by his fans, Ian Curtis left behind a legacy rich in artistic genius. Mesmerizing on stage but introverted and prone to desperate mood swings in his private life, Curtis died by his own hand on 18 May 1980. This book documents how, with a wife, child and impending international fame, Curtis was seduced by the glory of an early grave.
Tells the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid decline of the last great rock'n'roll band and the cultural moment they came to define. The critical reputation of England's Dreaming has grown over the past decade and a half, and now it joins the Faber Modern Classics list.
Features poetic songs that skilfully interweave everyday observation with much broader concerns: of fairness and outrage, of generosity and love. This book reveals a sensibility: principled and proudly of the Left, funny, forthright and tender.
Throughout the course of his career, John Lennon's work as an artist expressed common societal themes from every epoch he witnessed. This book offers a visually captivating history of Lennon's art, including more than 200 images and featuring 25 pieces from the archives of Yoko Ono.
Tells the chronological story of the modern pop era, from its beginnings in the fifties with the dawn of the charts, vinyl, and the music press, to pop's digital switchover in the year 2000, from Rock Around the Clock to Crazy In Love.
The music of John, Paul, George, and Ringo played a part in waking up an entire generation of Soviet youth, opening their eyes to 70 years of bland official culture and rigid authoritarianism. By stealth, by way of whispers, through illicit late night broadcasts, the Soviet Beatles kids tuned in.
Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? This book answers this question.
As dazzling as the decade they dominated, The Beatles almost single-handedly created pop music as we know it. Today, their songs are cited as seminal influences by stars like Oasis and Blur. This book goes back to the heart of The Beatles - their records.
In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit 'You Really Got Me'. Within months, they were established among the pop elite, swamped by fans and fast becoming renowned for the rioting at their gigs. Based on countless interviews, this biography presents an intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies.
Offers a collection of folk music - one of the great English popular art forms. This book brings together all the classic folk songs and many lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning.
Created in close collaboration with the Sinatra family and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, this momentous book captures the man in public and private, with exclusive unseen photographs and memorabilia from the family archives, as well as the images, outtakes and contact sheets from celebrated photo shoots.
Leonard Cohen, one of the most admired performers of the last half century, has had a stranger-than-fiction, roller-coaster ride of a life. Now, for the first time, he tells his story in his own words, via more than 50 interviews conducted world-wide between 1966 and 2012.
In an intimate and eye-opening story, roundly praised as the best available insight on Queen, Peter Hince recounts twelve years on the road with Freddie Mercury, Brian May and co. This truly is the definitive book on the 20th century's most iconic rock band.
In this, the first biography of singing sensation Sam Smith, Joe Allan reveals the phenomenal highs and devastating lows that have accompanied the artist on his rise to global stardom. This revealing book sheds new light on the London boy whose heartfelt debut album touched the world.
From the early years, when he morphed from celebrated poet to provocative singer/songwriter, to his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Leonard Cohen has endured as one of the most enigmatic and profound figures in all of popular music. With his uniquely compelling voice and unparalleled depth of artistic vision, the aesthetic quality an
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 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.
Written by respected music journalist Zoe Howe, this is an essential reference book for those interested in 1980s pop culture and history, as well as fans of the band. Written in the words of the band members for the first time, this book is a vibrant, no-punches-pulled account.
Between 1963 and 1965 The Beatles undertook six amazing UK tours and along the way met many fans whose memories of these encounters tell the real story of what actually happened when the Fab Four hit the road.
In Great British Music Festivals, Edith Bowman packs her wellies and braves the unpredictable weather to explore some of the country's best- and lesser-known music festivals. From the muddy fields of the Black Mountains in south Wales, to the warmer climes of the Isle of Wight, Edith travels the length of the UK searching for the ultimate festival.
In his wonderful autobiography, Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, reflects on his life so far and how his upbringing shaped the person and musician he is today. Accompanied by an exclusive free Mix Tape app this is a rare insight into one of the most exciting and controversial musicians working in music today.
A biography that offers a fresh account of Robert Schumann's life. It confronts the traditional perception of the doom-laden Romantic, forced by depression into a life of helpless, poignant sadness. It frees Schumann from one hundred and fifty years of myth-making and unjustified psychological speculation.
Presents an hour-by-hour account of the fateful day the two founding Beatles met in July 1957. This book tells the story of how fate brought together two men who would radically change the face of popular music, from its look and feel to its sound.
From Morrissey and Nick Cave to The Streets and Kanye West, this book explores the links between hip-hop and rock. It focuses on two strands: white alternative rock and black street music. It identifies the strange dance of white bohemian rock and black culture, how they come together at various points and then go their own way.