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Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye

Jeff Buckley: From Hallelujah to the Last Goodbye

Dave Lory, Jim Irvin

The definitive book on iconic cult hero Jeff Buckley, the singer who made just one record but inspired a generation of rock musicians. Written by his manager Dave Lory, Jeff Buckley includes interviews with others who...

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Freo Groove: Musicians of Fremantle

Freo Groove: Musicians of Fremantle

Bill Lawrie, Claire Moodie

Freo Groove is a window into the world of Fremantle musicians and the vibrant musical culture that has built up over generations.From blues musician Dave Brewer, The Jam Tarts' Sophie and Anna Gare, and The...

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A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

Michael Atherton

What has lived with us, entertained us, travelled with us and symbolised Australian aspirations, only to end up gathering dust or even at the tip? It's not the car, or the washing machine, or the sewing machine . . . it's the...

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On Michael Jackson

On Michael Jackson

Margo Jefferson

Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson takes on the legend and legacy of the King of Pop.

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Coal Black Mornings

Coal Black Mornings

Brett Anderson

A brilliant, beautifully written memoir from Suede founder and lead singer Brett Anderson.

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Symphony of Seduction: The Great Love Stories of Classical Composers

Symphony of Seduction: The Great Love Stories of Classical Composers

Christopher Lawrence

Love-crazed geniuses, a killer soundtrack and a garnish of imagined pillow talk - here are the real love stories of the great composers as you have never heard them before.

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Paul Simon: The Life

Paul Simon: The Life

Robert Hilburn

This is an intimate, candid, and definitive biography written with Paul Simon's participation and encouragement by acclaimed biographer and music writer Robert Hilburn.

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Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

Joe Hagan

Over the course of five decades, founding editor of Rolling Stone Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. A nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an...

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The Damage Report

The Damage Report

Zo Damage

The Damage Report celebrates the successful completion of the Zo Damage 365 Day Live Music Photography Project

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Tex

Tex

Tex Perkins

The autobiography of Australian rock 'n' roll legend, Tex Perkins.

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Devotion

Devotion

Patti Smith

From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, an inspired exploration of the nature of creative invention

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Detours

Detours

Tim Rogers

A charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir, from Tim Rogers of You Am I. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of...

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Working Class Man

Working Class Man

Jimmy Barnes

In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life as he leaves Adelaide in the back of an old truck with a then unknown band called Cold Chisel.

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Lou Reed: Radio 4 Book of the Week

Lou Reed: Radio 4 Book of the Week

Anthony DeCurtis

The essential biography of the Velvet Underground singer and New York legend

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The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock

David Weigel

The wildly entertaining story of progressive rock, the music that ruled the 1970s charts-and has divided listeners ever since.

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Lucky Man

Lucky Man

Greg Lake

The poignant memoir of the late Greg Lake, former frontman of progressive rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains

Victoria Broackes, Anna Landreth Strong

Published to accompany the V&A's major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time.

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All Is Given: A Memoir in Songs

All Is Given: A Memoir in Songs

Linda Neil

Suffused with wild beauty, and rendered with deep emotion, All Is Given is an exquisite tribute to curiosity, spontaneity and the joys of travel.

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Forever Words: The Unknown Poems

Forever Words: The Unknown Poems

Johnny Cash, Paul Muldoon, John Carter Cash

Newly discovered in the Cash family archives, a treasury of never-before-published poems and songs from the legendary Johnny Cash.

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Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Steve Jones

Without the Sex Pistols there would be no Punk. And without Steve Jones there would be no Sex Pistols. It was Steve who formed Kutie Jones and his Sex Pistols, the band that eventually went on to become the Sex Pistols, with his...

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Reckless Daughter: A Joni Mitchell Anthology

Reckless Daughter: A Joni Mitchell Anthology

Barney Hoskyns

An anthology of the most incisive commentary on the extraordinary career of Joni Mitchell.

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Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through

Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry You Through

Fiona Maddocks (Classical Music Critic - Observer)

How does music reflect the key moments in our lives? Fiona Maddocks selects 100 classical works from across nine centuries, arguing passionately, persuasively and at times obstinately for their inclusion, putting each work in its...

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D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall

D.A.A.S.: Their Part in My Downfall

Paul Livingstone

The inside story of The Doug Anthony All Stars then and now. The no-holds-barred true story behind how the bad boys of Australian comedy reunited - weaker, sicker, funnier, older...but not wiser.

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Set the Boy Free

Set the Boy Free

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr was born in 1960's Manchester to Irish emigrant parents and knew from an early age that he would be a musician. From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved...

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Midnight Oil: The Power and the Passion

Midnight Oil: The Power and the Passion

Michael Lawrence

Midnight Oil are one of the most 'Australian' rock bands this country has produced. Born from the Australian pub rock scene that gave us AC/DC, Cold Chisel and INXS, the Oils were able to break out of that scene without...

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Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie

Spider from Mars: My Life with Bowie

Woody Woodmansey

A poignant memoir by the last surviving member of David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars, drummer Woody Woodmansey.

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Bowie A-Z: The Life of an Icon: From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust

Bowie A-Z: The Life of an Icon: From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust

Libby VanderPloeg, Steve Wide

An illustrated A-Z, celebrating the unparalleled artistic impact of cultural icon David Bowie

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Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85

Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85

David Nichols, Dave Graney

A comprehensive and highly readable history of the first quarter-century of Australian rock and pop music, this book will appeal to everyone with more than a passing interest in rock 'n' roll. Those whose knowledge of Australian...

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Chronicles Volume 1

Chronicles Volume 1

Bob Dylan

An unprecedented publishing event - the first volume in a series of memoirs by one of the most important and influential musicians and songwriters of our time.

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Born to Run

Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen

A revelatory memoir by a legendary rock star, Bruce Springsteen's BORN TO RUN will be the book of 2016.

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Working Class Boy

Working Class Boy

Jimmy Barnes

Long before Cold Chisel, long before 'Barnesy', there was the true story of James Dixon Swan A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isn't an accolade or...

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 Read reviewGrant & I

Grant & I

Robert Forster

Grant and I is the story of the friendship and collaboration of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who gave Australia The Go-Betweens, one of our best and most influential bands.

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 Special pricePrince: Purple Reign

Prince: Purple Reign

Mick Wall

In April 2016 the world lost a music legend. This is the biography of the iconic composer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - the inimitable Prince.

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Old Records Never Die: One Man's Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

Old Records Never Die: One Man’s Quest for His Vinyl and His Past

Eric Spitznagel, Jeff Tweedy

High Fidelity meets Killing Yourself to Live in this memoir of one man's search for his lost record collection. As he finds himself within spitting distance of middle-age, journalist Eric Spitznagel feels acutely...

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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Barney Hoskyns

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...

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The Music That Maton Made

The Music That Maton Made

Andrew McUtchen, Jeff Jenkins, Barry Divola

From a small backyard workshop on the outskirts of Melbourne, Maton Guitars has grown into a truly inspiring Australian success story. In 1946, Bill May crafted a guitar in his Melbourne garage that he wanted the...

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Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man

Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man

Robert Christgau

One of our great essayists and journalists - the Dean of American Rock Critics, Robert Christgau - takes us on a heady tour through his life and times in this vividly atmospheric and visceral memoir that is both a love letter to a...

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The Sick Bag Song

The Sick Bag Song

Nick Cave

Chronicles Nick Cave's journey with his band the Bad Seeds on a twenty-two-day, North American tour. This personal account blends memories, musings, poetry, lyrics, flights of fancy and a road journal. It explores and develops the...

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Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Real Life Rock: The Complete Top Ten Columns, 1986-2014

Greil Marcus, Dave Eggers

From the author of The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs comes his Basement Tapes : the complete Real Life Rock Top 10 columns

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Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015

Patti Smith Collected Lyrics, 1970-2015

Patti Smith

An American original, Patti Smith is a multi-disciplined artist and performer. Her work is rooted in poetry, which infused her 1975 landmark album, Horses. A declaration of existence, Horses was described as 'three chords merged...

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 Read reviewHunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir

Carrie Brownstein

From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life-and finding yourself-in music.

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The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper's music criticism has earned her a reputation as a firebrand, a keen observer and fearless critic not just of music but the culture around it. With this volume spanning from her punk fanzine roots to her landmark...

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How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers

How to Write About Music: Excerpts from the 33 1/3 Series, Magazines, Books and Blogs with Advice from Industry-leading Writers

Marc Woodworth, Ally Jane Grossan

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, you'd do best to hone your chops and avoid cliches (like the one that begins this sentence) by learning from the prime movers. How to Write About Music offers a selection...

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Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll

Peter Guralnick

How one man discovered B. B. King, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, and how his tiny label, Sun Records of Memphis, revolutionised the world.

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Gudinski: The godfather of Australian rock'n'roll

Gudinski: The godfather of Australian rock'n'roll

Stuart Coupe

The real story of the man behind the bands - and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music.

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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Robert Gordon

A joyous and heartbreaking story that says a lot about America. --Richard Hell, Wall Street Journal

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Mystery Train

Mystery Train

Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus's study of American rock 'n' roll is justly regarded as one of the most accomplished examples of contemporary music writing.

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Captain Matchbox and Beyond

Captain Matchbox and Beyond

John Tait, Catherine Fleming

This book uncovers the zany world of Captain Matchbox, but goes far beyond by following the extraordinary careers of Mic and Jim Conway. After Matchbox finally struck out, the brothers were intimately involved with the Pram...

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Hole's Live Through This

Hole’s Live Through This

Anwen Crawford

Courtney Love has never been less than notorious. Her intelligence, ambition and appetite for confrontation have made her a target in a music industry still dominated by men. As Kurt Cobain's wife she was derided as an...

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How Music Works

How Music Works

David Byrne

Based on author's own work over the years with Talking Heads, Brian Eno, and his myriad collaborators - along with journeys to Wagnerian opera houses, African villages, and anywhere music exists, this book shows how music emerges...

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Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

Let’s Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste

Carl Wilson

A revised, expanded edition of Carl Wilson's classic and beloved book - now including essays and responses from a host of writers and cultural critics.

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Autobiography

Autobiography

Morrissey

It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.'

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Just Kids

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Winner of the 2010 Non-Fiction National Book Award Patti Smith's evocative, honest and moving coming-of-age story of her extraordinary relationship with the artist Robert Mapplethorpe

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Something Quite Peculiar: The Church the Music the Mayhem

Something Quite Peculiar: The Church the Music the Mayhem

Steve Kilbey

The rock-and-roll story of the lead singer of The Church.

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 Special priceA Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts, 1981-2013

A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts, 1981-2013

Bleddyn Butcher

A stunning visual record of the amazing career of Nick Cave, one of the world's coolest musicians, by one of the rock world's most brilliant photographers and writers.

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Life

Keith Richards

Once-in-a-generation memoir of a rock legend - the No. 1 SUNDAY TIMES bestseller.

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