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.
Talks about Josh Davis's (DJ Shadow) early years in California, the friends and mentors who helped him along the way, his relationship with Mo'Wax and James Lavelle, and the genesis and creation of his masterpiece, "Endtroducing" (released in 1996). This book includes several long conversations with him.
To absorb Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash is to be taken on a wild voyage with a cast of downtrodden revolutionaries. Despite this notion, the epic themes of the Pogues' second full length record have been overlooked by both critics and biographers. This book discusses the record's articulation of what it is to be magnificently downtrodden.
In 1991 Van Morrison said, 'Music is spiritual, the music business isn't'. This book investigates the oppositions and harmonies within the work of Van Morrison, proceeding from this identified starting point. It looks at Morrison as a singer. It also looks at how he uses his voice as an interpretive instrument.
The Hollywood Brats are the greatest band you've never heard of. Recording one near - perfect punk album in 1974, they were tragically ahead of their time. This is memoir about never quite achieving success, despite flying so close to greatness.
Van Morrison remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of modern popular music. When "Astral Weeks" was re-released as a live album in 2009 it reached the top of the Billboard charts, a first for any Van Morrison recording. This book attempts to understand Van Morrison's genius through the extraordinary moments in his career.
Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk-rock when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968, but her music went far beyond this during the seventies. This book tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four. This book deals with his Life.
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.