A comparative account of the musical and cultural acts of Zappa and his cohort, collaborator and antagonist Captain Beefheart. Written in the iconoclastic spirit of Zappa's art, this book traces the mixed media experiments of California freakdom through the dada blues of Beefheart, mapping out the pleasures of imaginative excess.
Jarvis Cocker is regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers. This title includes a selection of sixty-six lyrics, presented with commentary. It includes such classics "Common People", "Disco 2000", "Babies", "This is Hardcore" and "Do You Remember the First Time?".
Reviled by traditionalists for their frequently fast, often riotous interpretations of Irish folk songs, the Pogues rose from the chaos of backroom gigs in Camden pubs to world tours with the likes of Elvis Costello, U2 and Bob Dylan and had a huge commercial success with the Christmas song, "Fairytale of New York". This book tells their story.
This is the long-awaited biography of the man who invented electric blues, rising from the cotton fields to Chicago's South Side, and then on to international stardom. It follows Muddy through scores of women, hits, and moments of divine grace.
Drawing on George Harrison's personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, this title reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire.
This is a memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist.
In an updated paperback edition, Helen Reddington investigates the social and commercial reasons for how women musicians of the Punk era became lost from the rock music record, and rewrites this period in history in the context of other periods when female musicians have been visible in previously male environments.
A decade ago, Manu Chao's band, Mano Negra, toured Colombia by train, negotiating with government troops and rebels - an episode described at the time as 'less like a rock'n'roll tour - more like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow'. That's Manu in a nutshell. This title tells the story of Manu Chao, the Che Guevara of world music.
Begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota on election night 2008. This title follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and various manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.
Bob Dylan is an artist who has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains. This book follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.
Presenting conversations with longtime friend and associate, the author probes his highly individualistic approach to music making and the music industry, one that cherishes notions of intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity.
Including various areas of Dylan's life - his immigrant antecedents, his business dealings, his various addictions and his romantic attachments - this title provides a picture of Dylan, who changed the whole course of popular music in the sixties and, over thirty years later, won three Grammys.
Why is Mozart the best known and most popular of all the great Western classical composers? More than 250 years after his birth, his reputation stands higher than ever before. With recommendations of good recordings, the author shows how Mozart's music has communicated with unique power across many generations.
Late in 1976 a record called "Anarchy in the UK" was issued in London, and this event launched a transformation of pop music all over the world. The song distilled, in crudely poetic form, a critique of modern society once set out by a small group of Paris intellectuals. This title unravels the secret history of the twentieth century.
An introductory textbook which uses short bite-sized snap shots to introduce the key debates & approaches, technologies and genres in popular music. Written by an internationally recognised authority it explores the 'ipodification' of popular music whilst providing clear social context for the field as a whole.
This is the first book produced with access to the David Bowie archive of performance costume, ephemera and original artwork by the artist, which is brought together to present a completely new perspective on his creative work and collaborations.
Manchester, its bands, its fashions, its attitude, has defined pop culture for the best part of four decades. Whether it be on a rain-soaked stage in Brazil, a rented room in Whalley Range, or on the dancefloor of the legendary Hacienda, the author's photographs capture the anarchic energy of the Manchester pop moment.
Describes Lennon's life, from his widely misunderstood Working Class Hero origins to his epic romance with Yoko Ono. This title explores Lennon in all his contradictions: the misogynist turned peace activist, the moralist who loved to outrage and the bigger than Christ LSD enthusiast who settled down to become a house-husband.
Nikos Skalkottas is perhaps the last great 'undiscovered' composer of the twentieth century. In the 1920s he was a promising young violinist and composer in Berlin, and a student of Schoenberg, who included him among his most gifted pupils. This book provides a comprehensive study of this fascinating composer.
New in paperback - the definitive history of the songs of Bob Dylan. Every song Dylan wrote from his first poetic scribbles to the height of his fame in 1973 including some of his best loved and revolutionary songs: A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Subterranean Homesick Blues and Maggie's Farm
As the sixties dream faded, a new flamboyant movement electrified the world: GLAM! The author explores this most decadent of genres on both sides of the Atlantic. He charts the retro future sounds, outrageous styles and gender-fluid sexual politics that came to define the first half of the seventies.
Andy Miller traces the circumstances surrounding "The Village Green Preservation Society" released in November 1968, and celebrates the songs pieced together by a band who were on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion.
Examines just what makes the songs so affecting, how they work together as a suite, and how lyrics, melody, and arrangements combine to create an unusually potent mix. This book blends musical and literary analysis of the songs themselves, biography (where appropriate) and recording information (where helpful).
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.
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.