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.
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).
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.
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.
John Scanlan considers the Sex Pistols as the first successful art project of their manager, Malcolm McLaren, a vision born out of radical politics, boredom and his deep and unrelenting talent for perverse opportunism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to know it. This is a story of jazz pilgrims and blues blowers, Teddy Boys and beatnik girls. It traces how the guitar came to the forefront of music in the UK and led directly to the British Invasion of the US charts in the 1960s.
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.
Features a selection of diary entries and rearranges them to create an autobiographical narrative that takes Hyde from childhood through to the exploratory early years of Underworld, an electronic act who have been peerless for the last twenty five years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 1982: ABC, Culture Club, Shalamar and Survivor dominate the top twenty when the Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of King's Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy, traditional melodies and the powerfully poetic songwriting of Shane MacGowan.
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.
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.
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.
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.