The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It is the story of 1971, rock's golden year.
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.
"When I go, I want to go doing what I do best. If I died tomorrow, I couldn't complain. It's been good!". The updated autobiography of the greatest frontman of the loudest rock band there has ever been. Accept no other story from journalists. This is Lemmy's story from his own mouth.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
Draws together the tangled strands of the many lives of Bob Dylan in all their contradictory brilliance. This book offers a study of a personality that has splintered and reformed, time after time, in a country forever struggling to understand itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five decades on from its release at the height of the Summer of Love in 1967, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains a keystone not just of the Beatles' career but also of popular music as a whole.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of what many think is the greatest Beatles album. This book is all about the Beatles, the music on the album, the recording process, how the disc was received at the time and how subsequently it has been acknowledged as one of the greatest albums ever recorded. It also looks at the state of the world in 1967.