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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Dylan Jones

Sweet Dreams charts the rise of the New Romantics, a scene that grew out of the remnants of the post-punk period and developed alongside club culture, ska, electronica, and goth.

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Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Laura Tunbridge

A major new biography published for the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth, offering a fresh, human portrayal

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Dolly Parton, Songteller

Dolly Parton, Songteller

Dolly Parton, Robert K. Oermann

Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics is a landmark celebration of the remarkable life and career of a country music and pop culture legend.

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 Special priceBoy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Boy On Fire: The Young Nick Cave

Mark Mordue

The first volume of the long-awaited, near-mythical biography of Nick Cave, by award-winning writer, Mark Mordue.  

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The Dreamer

The Dreamer

Cliff Richard

'Before Cliff Richard and the Shadows, there was nothing worth listening to in British music.' - John Lennon. Cliff Richard tells his story, in his own words, in his highly anticipated new autobiography. Achieving a hit in...

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Really Saying Something

Really Saying Something

Sara Dallin, Keren Woodward

In the early eighties, best friends Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward arrived at the YWCA in London, with their sights set on careers in journalism and the media... but that wasn't to be. London was the most vibrant and culturally...

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I'll Be Gone

I’ll Be Gone

Craig Horne

The book traces Rudd's musical origins leading Chants R&B, a quirky counter-cultural phenomenon of a band from Christchurch and follows him as he moves to Melbourne in the mid-1960's to become an integral member of two Ross...

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Remain in Love

Remain in Love

Chris Frantz

Remain in Love tells the story of two bands and a love story (and marriage) that survived them both.     

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A Field Guide to Punk

A Field Guide to Punk

Steve Wide

What makes Punk... Punk? We might all know the Sex Pistols from the opening bar of their songs. But how do we place the Punk movement in the context of the wider Zeitgeist of the time? And how do the various international...

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A Field Guide to Post-Punk & New Wave

A Field Guide to Post-Punk & New Wave

Steve Wide

What makes New Wave... New Wave? It's the catchall name of punk's poppy offshoot, born in the 70s simultaneously in the United States and United Kingdom. But how would you describe New Wave's context in the zeitgeist of the time,...

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Wild Thing

Wild Thing

Philip Norman

Acclaimed biographer Philip Norman charts the brief life of a megastar in rock music's premier echelon, the legend and man that is Jimi Hendrix.

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Friday on My Mind

Friday on My Mind

Jeff Apter

In this long-overdue book, the first to focus exclusively on the life and work of George Young, writer Jeff Apter explores George's long and fruitful association with Harry; his rare ability to maintain a stable married life with...

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Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between

Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and the Life In-between

Stuart Coupe

Australia's best music writer examines the life of the Australian music legend - honest, revealing and a must-have for any Paul Kelly fan.

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 Special priceStranger Than Kindness

Stranger Than Kindness

Nick Cave

A journey in images and words into the creative world of musician, storyteller and cultural icon Nick Cave

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Resistance

Resistance

Tori Amos

A timely and passionate call to action for engaging with our current political moment, from the Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter and New York Times bestselling author Tori Amos.

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Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey

Patti Smith

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.

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Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music

Archie Roach

A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader.

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Heavy: How Metal Changes the Way We See the World

Heavy: How Metal Changes the Way We See the World

Dan Franklin

A fascinating investigation into what defines 'heavy' in music and how heaviness transfuses culture.

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 Read reviewYour Own Kind of Girl

Your Own Kind of Girl

Clare Bowditch

Clare Bowditch has always had a knack for telling stories. Through her music and performing, this beloved Australian artist has touched hundreds of thousands of lives. But what of the stories she used to tell herself? That 'real...

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The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones

Prince

The Beautiful Ones is the official story of Prince's life, told through his own words, work, and personal effects, illustrated in beautiful colour full-colour. It will be an intimate, unconventional narrative, echoing his mantra...

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Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings

Morning Glory on the Vine: Early Songs and Drawings

Joni Mitchell

Originally handcrafted in 1971 as a gift for friends, this edition of Joni Mitchell's best-loved poems, illustrations, watercolours and hand-lettered song lyrics is now publicly available for the first time

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Sing Backwards and Weep

Sing Backwards and Weep

Mark Lanegan

The most honest and unsparing grunge memoir ever committed to the page by one of the greatest alternative rock stars of the past thirty years.         

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Why Bowie Matters

Why Bowie Matters

Will Brooker

A unique, moving and dazzlingly researched exploration of the places, people, musicians, writers and filmmakers that inspired David Jones to become David Bowie, what we can learn from his life's work and journey, and why he will...

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Just Kids: Illustrated Edition

Just Kids: Illustrated Edition

Patti Smith

Patti's Smith's exquisite prose is generously illustrated in this full-color edition of her classic coming-of-age memoir, Just Kids.

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One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

Craig Brown

From the award-winning author of Ma'am Darling comes a fascinating, hilarious, kaleidoscopic biography of the Fab Four.

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Acid for the Children

Acid for the Children

Flea

Iconic bassist and co-founder of the immortal Red Hot Chili Peppers finally tells his fascinating life story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd expect from an LA street rat turned world-famous rock...

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 Special priceArboretum

Arboretum

David Byrne

An intimate, enigmatic glimpse into the mind of the legendary musician and internationally bestselling author of How Music Works. With a new introduction by the author

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Hell Is Round the Corner

Hell Is Round the Corner

Tricky

The autobiography of one of the most original artists to emerge from the UK in the past 30 years.

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Janis: Her Life and Music

Janis: Her Life and Music

Holly George-Warren

The first biography of Janis Joplin to establish her as the rule-breaking trailblazer and complicated, gender-bending rebel she was - based on unprecedented access to her family, friends, forgotten archives, and long-lost...

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Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice

Jeff Buckley: His Own Voice

Mary Guibert, David Browne

The fully authorised biography of late singer Jeff Buckley, which includes his never before seen lyrics, diaries and letters.

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Me: Elton John

Me: Elton John

Elton John

A multiple Grammy-winning legend and flamboyant superstar, Elton is the most enduringly successful singer/songwriter of all time. Fans have been eagerly waiting for him to tell his story. Now the wait is over.<br...

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Wham! George & Me

Wham! George & Me

Andrew Ridgeley

The long-awaited and lovingly told story of Andrew, George and their time together as WHAM!

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 Special priceFace It: A Memoir

Face It: A Memoir

Debbie Harry

A multilayered memoir from a multifaceted artist

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 Special price'Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics and More

‘Til Wrong Feels Right: Lyrics and More

Iggy Pop

Lyrics, essays and photographs from one of music's most influential, enduring and endearing artists.

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Malcolm Young: The Man Who Made AC/DC

Malcolm Young: The Man Who Made AC/DC

Jeff Apter

This is the first biography to focus exclusively on Malcolm Young and tells the riveting story of his remarkable rise from working-class Glasgow and the Villawood migrant hostel in Sydney to the biggest stages in the world. It...

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Girl in a Band

Girl in a Band

Kim Gordon

In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving,...

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 Read reviewSomething to Believe In

Something to Believe In

Andrew Stafford

For Andrew Stafford, music was a way up and a way out. There was just one little problem: he couldn't play. Because those who can do and those who can't review, he carved out a niche writing about it instead.

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A Seat at the Table

A Seat at the Table

Amy Raphael

'Stretches your brain and swells your heart with every page' Caitlin Moran on Never Mind the Bollocks

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Record Play Pause

Record Play Pause

Stephen Morris

A remarkable memoir from New Order's Stephen Morris, who tells his story for the first time.

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This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division - The Oral History

This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else: Joy Division - The Oral History

Jon Savage

Jon Savage's oral history of Joy Division is the last word on the band that ended with the suicide of Ian Curtis in Macclesfield on 18 May, 1980.

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 Read reviewM Train

M Train

Patti Smith

From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids: an unforgettable odyssey of a legendary artist, told through the prism of caf.s and haunts she has worked in around the world. It is a book Patti Smith has described as 'a...

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How To Be Invisible

How To Be Invisible

Kate Bush

Selected and arranged by the author, with an expansive introduction by the novelist David Mitchell, How To Be Invisible presents the lyrics of Kate Bush for the first time in a beautiful cloth-bound Faber edition. 

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Beastie Boys Book

Beastie Boys Book

Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz

A panoramic experience that tells the story of Beastie Boys, a book as unique as the band itself - by band members AD-ROCK and Mike D, with contributions from Amy Poehler, Colson Whitehead, Spike Jonze, Wes Anderson, Luc Sante,...

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The Flame

The Flame

Leonard Cohen

The final collection of poetry from the world's greatest lyricist Leonard Cohen, introduced by his son Adam Cohen.     

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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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Scar Tissue

Scar Tissue

Anthony Kiedis

In Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis, charismatic and highly articulate frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, recounts his remarkable life story, and the history of the band itself.   

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How to Make Gravy

How to Make Gravy

Paul Kelly

A memoir in a hundred songs - classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter. 

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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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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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 Read reviewLife

Life

Keith Richards

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

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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

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