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A Seat at the Table: Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music

A Seat at the Table: Interviews with Women on the Frontline of Music

Amy Raphael

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

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Rockonomics

Rockonomics

Alan Krueger

How the music industry explains the workings of our economy, the changes of markets and prepares us the future - from one of the modern era's foremost economists

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A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives

A Fabulous Creation: How the LP Saved Our Lives

David Hepworth

The LP itself had been a mark of sophistication, a measure of wealth, an instrument of education, a poster saying things you dare not say yourself, a means of attracting the opposite sex, and, for many, the single most desirable...

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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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Then It Fell Apart

Then It Fell Apart

Moby

The second volume of Moby's extraordinary life story is a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk just beneath the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle.

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The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names

The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names

Adam Dolgins

The Big Book of Rock & Roll Names tells the behind-the-scenes stories of how the world's most popular and influential rock and pop acts got their names. 

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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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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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Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)

Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back)

Jeff Tweedy

Through his pioneering work in the legendary country-punk band, Uncle Tupelo, to his enduring legacy as the creative force behind the unclassifiable sound of Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has weaved his way between the underground and the...

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Prince: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

Prince: The Last Interview: And Other Conversations

Thane Prince

There is perhaps no musician who has had as much influence on the sound of contemporary American music than Prince. His pioneering compositions brought a variety of musical genres into a singular funky and virtuosic sound. In this...

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Nashville: Scenes from the New American South

Nashville: Scenes from the New American South

Ann Patchett, Heidi Ross, Jon Meacham

A dynamic, experiential, and intimate portrait that explores the many sides of the legendary Southern city and country music capital. Celebrates Nashvillians' beloved locales and events, both established and new, that are the...

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My Generation: The Classic Rock Photos of Baron Wolman: Instagram Postings of Rolling Stone's First Photographer

My Generation: The Classic Rock Photos of Baron Wolman: Instagram Postings of Rolling Stone’s First Photographer

Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman recently began posting what he calls his InstaMusicMemories on Instagram. Continuing to share his vast archive here, the vast majority of these photographs are being published for the first time, or have only been...

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Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics

Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics

Shaun Ryder

Here, collected and edited for the first time, in trade and special editions, are his unforgettable lyrics with commentary by the man himself and an introduction by his literary collaborator, Luke Bainbridge. With...

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Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

Danny Goldberg

On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death comes a new perspective on one of the most compelling icons of our time - and the only book written by someone who knew him.

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Present Tense: A Radiohead Compendium

Present Tense: A Radiohead Compendium

Barney Hoskyns

A Rock's Backpages anthology of Radiohead, the most radical and fascinating rock band in modern music history, edited and introduced by Barney Hoskyns.

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Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia

Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia

Tracey Thorn

An exploration of suburbia from music icon Tracey Thorn; singer-songwriter and Sunday Times bestselling author of Bedsit Disco Queen

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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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Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times

Fryderyk Chopin: A Life and Times

Professor Alan Walker

A landmark biography of the Polish composer by one of the world's leading authorities on Chopin and his time.

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One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

One Hundred Lyrics and a Poem

Neil Tennant

Everything I've ever done Everything I ever do Every place I've ever been Everywhere I'm going to Over a career that spans four decades and thirteen studio albums with Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant has consistently proved...

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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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There's No Bones in Ice Cream: Sylvain Sylvain's Story of the New York Dolls

There’s No Bones in Ice Cream: Sylvain Sylvain’s Story of the New York Dolls

Sylvain Sylvain, Dave Thompson

Taking in his early life in New York, the rise, fall and rise again of the New York Dolls, and all his misadventures between, There's No Bones in Ice Cream is the true story of one of rock's greatest, told in his own authentic...

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Nothing is Real: The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop

Nothing is Real: The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop

David Hepworth

In this wide-ranging collection of essays, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it - from the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record...

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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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 Special priceLed Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin By Led Zeppelin

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones

Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin is the first and only official illustrated book to be produced in collaboration with the members of the band.   

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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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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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Tina Turner: My Love Story

Tina Turner: My Love Story

Tina Turner

The full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner's 60th year in the industry.   

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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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Pop Charts

Pop Charts

Katrina McHugh

Test your musical knowledge with this fun compilation, filled with 100 beautifully designed infographics, that pays homage to the songs we can't get out of our heads-inspired by lyrics from artists such as Madonna, Fleetwood Mac,...

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Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite

Roger Daltrey

The fascinating and revealing autobiography of rock legend Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who.     

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Imagine John Yoko

Imagine John Yoko

John Lennon, Yoko Ono

Featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic, beloved song and illustrations by award-winning artist Jean Jullien, this poignant and timely picture book dares to imagine a world at peace. Imagine is being published in partnership...

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Why Dylan Matters

Why Dylan Matters

Richard F. Thomas

This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets.

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My Thoughts Exactly

My Thoughts Exactly

Lily Allen

British singer Lily Allen reflect on her music, career and life in her first memoir.

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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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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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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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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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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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