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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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Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

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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Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World

Billy Bragg

Against a backdrop of Cold War politics, rock and roll riots and a newly assertive generation of working-class youth, the songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg charts the history, impact and legacy of skiffle - Britain's...

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This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake

This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake

Jason Cohen

International best-selling rock band Garbage presents its own autobiography, a gorgeous, full-color coffee-table book with text and images galore.

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1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

1966: The Year the Decade Exploded

Jon Savage

The pop world accelerated and broke through the sound barrier in 1966. Exploring canonical artists like The Beatles, The Byrds, Velvet Underground, The Who and The Kinks, this book goes much deeper into the social and cultural...

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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Brian Southall

Jun 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' most famous album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This landmark publication, written by a record company insider, is a must-have for all Beatles fans.

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Prince A to Z: The Life of an Icon From Alphabet Street to Jay Z

Prince A to Z: The Life of an Icon From Alphabet Street to Jay Z

Steve Wide, Alice Oehr

Shares facts about the iconic rock star, including his influence on fashion, his collaborations with other artists, and his lasting legacy.

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You're Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

You’re Not Rob Snarski: Crumbs from the Cake

Rob Snarski

From Perth to Europe and all points in between, Rob Snarski shares his observations and insights from the music world he has performed in, the people he has worked with, the domesticated animals he has loved, and the things he's...

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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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Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

Dreams to Remember: Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

Mark Ribowsky

A soul icon and the southern music he helped popularise come to life in this moving requiem.

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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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I'm Not with the Band: A Writer's Life Lost in Music

I’m Not with the Band: A Writer’s Life Lost in Music

Sylvia Patterson

The hilarious, frank and fearless memoir of Sylvia Patterson - one of Britain's best and most influential music writers

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The Rolling Stones All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

The Rolling Stones All The Songs: The Story Behind Every Track

Philippe Margotin, Jean-Michel Guesdon

Comprehensive visual history of the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band as told through the recording of their monumental catalog, including 29 studio and 24 compilation albums, and more than a hundred singles.

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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

Steve Wide, Libby VanderPloeg

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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I am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

I am Brian Wilson: A Memoir

Brian Wilson

The long-awaited, candid, poetic memoir by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys - a journey deep into the mind of a musical genius.

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Hip Hop Raised Me

Hip Hop Raised Me

DJ Semtex, Chuck D

Focuses on the essence, experience and energy that is hip hop, and its impact over the years. Packed with contact sheets, outtakes and glory shots of artists, this book features seminal interviews the author has conducted with key...

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Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

Lol Tolhurst

The inside story of The Cure

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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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Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

Mike Love

Mike Love is a founding member, lyricist and vocalist of The Beach Boys, considered to be the most popular American band in history, with 13 Gold Albums, 55 top-100 singles, and four number 1 hits. In this book, he tells the...

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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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The Age of Bowie

The Age of Bowie

Paul Morley

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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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Porcelain

Porcelain

Moby

From one of the most interesting and iconic musicians of our time, a piercingly tender, funny, and harrowing account of the path from suburban poverty and alienation to a life of beauty, squalor, and unlikely success out of the...

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The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones

The Sun & the Moon & the Rolling Stones

Rich Cohen

An in-depth biography of the biggest band in the world, written by the man known as 'the fifth Stone'.

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In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records

In Love With These Times: My Life With Flying Nun Records

Roger Shepherd

The inside story of New Zealand's iconic independent record label by the man who made it happen. I wanted to be more than just an observer. I wanted to be a part of what was going on. I had told someone and the...

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Paul McCartney: The Biography

Paul McCartney: The Biography

Philip Norman

Illuminating biography of legendary composer, musician and performer Paul McCartney.

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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

Barry Divola, Jeff Jenkins

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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Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown

James McBride

The definitive biography of the soul legend James Brown by National Book Award-winning novelist James McBride

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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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Road Series

Road Series

Hugo Race

In the spirit of Patti Smith's M Train, Road Series is both love story and elegy. Renowned musician Hugo Race's evocations of Melbourne, Sydney, the USA, Europe and Mali, and the life of a rock musician on the road are revealing,...

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Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces...

Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with the Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces…

Glyn Johns

First published in the United States of America by Blue Rider Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2014 --Title page verso.

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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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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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Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink

Elvis Costello

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 successful radio dance band vocalist. This book describes...

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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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Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed

Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed

Howard Sounes

Lou Reed, who died in 2013, was known to the general public as the grumpy New Yorker in black who sang 'Walk on the Wild Side'. This book presents the biography of this man. It deals with the artist's creative process, his mental...

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Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations

Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus delves into three distinct episodes in the history of American commonplace song and shows how each one manages to convey the uncanny sense that it was written by no one. In these seemingly anonymous productions, we...

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I'll Never Write My Memoirs

I’ll Never Write My Memoirs

Grace Jones

The hotly anticipated no-holds-barred memoir from muse, model and music legend MISS GRACE JONES

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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

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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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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Conversations with McCartney

Conversations with McCartney

Paul Du Noyer

An intimate portrayal of one of the most famous men in music, Sir Paul McCartney.

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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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Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing

Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing

Tracey Thorn

Tracey Thorn, musician and author of the bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, offers a unique insider's take on the art of singing: why and how we sing, and the voice's power to captivate

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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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Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music

Clinton Walker

Aboriginal people and country music may seem like an unlikely pairing, but for a significant part of the 20th century it was - and to some extent still is - a vital force in Australian music. The genre is widely credited as being...

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The Bakehouse Project

The Bakehouse Project

Helen Marcou, Quincy McLean

Bakehouse Studios in Richmond is a Melbourne music landmark. Around 400 musicians pass through their rehearsal rooms every week, from solo singer-songwriters and kids having their first jam, to grassroots local regulars and a...

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How Music Got Free: What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?

How Music Got Free: What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?

Stephen Witt

A story of obsession, music and obscene money. This book is about visionaries and criminals, tycoons and audiophiles with golden ears. It's about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business,...

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Cobain: Montage of Heck

Cobain: Montage of Heck

Brett Morgen, Richard Bienstock

The riveting companion book to the highly anticipated documentary about the life of Nirvana frontman and grunge legend Kurt Cobain, featuring expanded exclusive interviews with the family and friends who knew him best and...

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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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In the All-Night Cafe

In the All-Night Cafe

Stuart David

An affectionate and fascinating memoir about Belle & Sebastian by the group's co-founder, Stuart David

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Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a pop star

Bedsit Disco Queen: How I grew up and tried to be a pop star

Tracey Thorn

The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry.

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What Else Is In The Teaches Of Peaches

What Else Is In The Teaches Of Peaches

Holger Talinski, Yoko Ono, Michael Stipe, Ellen Page

An outrageous and provocative photograph book of cult-hero Peaches, with text from Peaches, Yoko Ono, Ellen Page, and Michael Stipe.

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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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Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Earth Dances: Music in Search of the Primitive

Andrew Ford

All music is a synthesis of intellectual design and bodily urge. The human soul cannot make do with dancing alone - it will inevitably seek more and more fantastic musical designs, more complex patterns, more rarefied sounds....

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Remembered for a While

Remembered for a While

Nick Drake, Gabrielle Drake, Cally Callomon

An official celebration of Nick Drake's life and music.

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Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years

Young Neil: The Sugar Mountain Years

Sharry Wilson

Young Neil is a detailed chronological narrative of the early life of iconic Canadian musician Neil Young. Exploring a time in this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's life that has yet to be documented with such depth of research, ...

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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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 Read reviewThe History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs

The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Greil Marcus

Selects ten songs recorded between 1956 and 2008, and then proceeds to dramatize how each embodies rock 'n' roll as a thing in itself, in the story it tells, inhabits, and acts out - a new language, something new under the sun....

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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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Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me

Chapter and Verse - New Order, Joy Division and Me

Bernard Sumner

Founding member and guitarist of Joy Division and the lead singer of New Order, Bernard Sumner has been famous over the years for his reticence. An integral part of the Manchester music scene since the late 1970s, his is the...

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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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World's Best Jazz Club: The Story of Bennetts Lane

World’s Best Jazz Club: The Story of Bennetts Lane

David James

When renowned jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis, told Bennetts Lane founder and owner, Michael Tortoni, "There are not too many jazz clubs like this, anywhere." Tortoni knew then that he was on the right track.

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Noise in My Head: Voices From The Ugly Australian Underground

Noise in My Head: Voices From The Ugly Australian Underground

James Kritzler

The Ugly Australian Underground documents the music, song writing, aesthetics, lives and struggles of 50 of Australias most innovative and creatively significant bands and artists at the creative peak of their careers.

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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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