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Lyrics: The definitive collection of the Roxy Music frontman's iconic lyrics

Lyrics: The definitive collection of the Roxy Music frontman’s iconic lyrics

Bryan Ferry

Bryan Ferry's evocative lyrics of love and loss - written and performed between 1972 and 2014 - introduced by the author and gathered in an elegantly-produced volume

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Devil in a Coma

Devil in a Coma

Mark Lanegan

The COVID diaries of the alternative rock star and bestselling author of Sing Backwards and Weep

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This Woman's Work: Essays on Music

This Woman’s Work: Essays on Music

Various

A collection about the female experience in and of music by some of the most intelligent and famous writers of the moment

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Stories I Might Regret Telling You

Stories I Might Regret Telling You

Martha Wainwright

A memoir from internationally renowned singer Martha Wainwright.

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Lovers Dreamers Fighters

Lovers Dreamers Fighters

Lo Carmen

A beautiful and moving memoir about passion, creativity and fearlessness from one of Australia's true creatives, singer/songwriter Lo Carmen, inspired by the lives and careers of other remarkable Australian women - such as Renee...

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Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

Major Labels: A History of Popular Music in Seven Genres

Kelefa Sanneh

A rigorous and celebratory journey through the history of pop music, from the former New York Times music critic.

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Kid A Mnesia: A Book of Radiohead Artwork

Kid A Mnesia: A Book of Radiohead Artwork

Thom Yorke, Stanley Donwood

A celebration of the process and artwork created for the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac.

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Why Karen Carpenter Matters

Why Karen Carpenter Matters

Karen Tongson

A radical, literary and intimate insight into one of the twentieth century's most vital vocalists.

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Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius

Leonard Cohen: The Mystical Roots of Genius

Harry Freedman

A spellbinding and unorthodox look into the life of Leonard Cohen, and the way his experiences with religion and spirituality produced one of the greatest musicians of our time.

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Eruption: The Eddie Van Halen Story

Eruption: The Eddie Van Halen Story

Paul Brannigan

Marking the first anniversary of Eddie Van Halen's sad early death, a searching, affectionate and in-depth look at the life and legends of this true musical virtuoso.

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Harlem Nights: The Secret History of Australia's Jazz Age

Harlem Nights: The Secret History of Australia’s Jazz Age

Deirdre O'Connell

From the wild jazz clubs of Prohibition-era LA to Indigenous women discovering a new world of black resistance, this anatomy of a scandal-fuelled frame-up brings into focus a vibrant cast of characters from Australia's Jazz Age.

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 Special priceThe Lyrics: 1956 to the Present

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present

Paul McCartney, Paul Muldoon

A self-portrait in 154 songs, by our greatest living songwriter

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Tenement Kid: Rough Trade Book of the Year

Tenement Kid: Rough Trade Book of the Year

Bobby Gillespie

The story, in his own words, of one of the most popular and influential British popstars of the past 30 years

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 Read reviewNina Simone's Gum: A Memoir of Things Lost and Found

Nina Simone’s Gum: A Memoir of Things Lost and Found

Warren Ellis

From award-winning musician and composer Warren Ellis comes the unexpected and inspiring story of a piece of chewing gum. Featuring an introduction from Nick Cave.

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Why Marianne Faithfull Matters

Why Marianne Faithfull Matters

Tanya Pearson

A remarkable feminist history and biography that features fragments from the five-decade career of an iconic artist.

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The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

The Storyteller: Tales of Life and Music

Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl chronicles his life in music

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Like Some Forgotten Dream: What if the Beatles Hadn't Split Up?

Like Some Forgotten Dream: What if the Beatles Hadn’t Split Up?

Daniel Rachel

An award-winning music author takes a serious look at a playful question of pop history: what if the Beatles had created one more album?

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Whole Notes

Whole Notes

Ed Ayres

How can we pause long enough to repair ourselves? How can we make space and time in our lives to become whole? Ed Ayres, the beloved presented of Weekend Breakfast on ABC Classic, explores these questions in his new book, Whole...

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Long Players: Writers on the Albums That Shaped Them

Long Players: Writers on the Albums That Shaped Them

Tom Gatti

Fifty great writers reflect on the albums that shaped them in this captivating collection curated by the New Statesman's Tom Gatti

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You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico

You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone: The Biography of Nico

Jennifer Otter Bickerdike

A redemptive, myth-shattering biography of one of the twentieth century's most underestimated creative and artistic forces.

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 Read reviewBeeswing: Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967-75

Beeswing: Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967-75

Richard Thompson

Beeswing is the autobiography from world-renowned artist Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.

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You Lose Yourself You Reappear

You Lose Yourself You Reappear

Paul Morley

An insightful biography of one of the world's greatest musicians, Bob Dylan, by bestselling author Paul Morley.

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Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart

Michelle Zauner

From the indie rockstar Japanese Breakast, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker piece that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up mixed-race, of Korean food, losing her Korean mother,...

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 Read reviewMy Rock 'n' Roll Friend

My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend

Tracey Thorn

An exploration of female friendship and women in music, from the iconic singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Another Planet and Bedsit Disco Queen

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 Special priceRememberings

Rememberings

Sinead O'Connor

An intimate and revelatory memoir from the iconic, acclaimed singer-songwriter

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A Restless Hungry Feeling:The Double Life of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1941-1966

A Restless Hungry Feeling:The Double Life of Bob Dylan Vol. 1: 1941-1966

Clinton Heylin

The definitive biography of one contemporary culture's most iconic and mysterious figures - musical revolutionary, Nobel Prize-winner, chart-topping recording artist

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Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

Leonard Cohen, Untold Stories: The Early Years

Michael Posner

The extraordinary life of one of the world's greatest music and literary icons, in the words of those who knew him best.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Arboretum

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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 Read reviewM Train

M Train

Ms 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 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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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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Life

Keith Richards

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

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