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Pick Up the Pieces - Excursions in Seventies Music (Hardcover): John Corbett Pick Up the Pieces - Excursions in Seventies Music (Hardcover)
John Corbett
R548 R403 Discovery Miles 4 030 Save R145 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Unless you lived through the 1970s, it seems impossible to understand it at all. Drug delirium, groovy fashion, religious cults, mega corporations, glitzy glam, hard rock, global unrest-from our 2018 perspective, the seventies are often remembered as a bizarre blur of bohemianism and disco. With Pick Up the Pieces, John Corbett transports us back in time to this thrillingly tumultuous era through a playful exploration of its music. Song by song, album by album, he draws our imaginations back into one of the wildest decades in history. Rock. Disco. Pop. Soul. Jazz. Folk. Funk. The music scene of the 1970s was as varied as it was exhilarating, but the decade's diversity of sound has never been captured in one book before now. Pick Up the Pieces gives a panoramic view of the era's music and culture through seventy-eight essays that allow readers to dip in and out of the decade at random or immerse themselves completely in Corbett's chronological journey. An inviting mix of skilled music criticism and cultural observation, Pick Up the Pieces is also a coming-of-age story, tracking the author's absorption in music as he grows from age seven to seventeen. Along with entertaining personal observations and stories, Corbett includes little-known insights on musicians from Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, James Brown, and Fleetwood Mac to the Residents, Devo, Gal Costa, and Julius Hemphill. A master DJ on the page, Corbett takes us through the curated playlist that is Pick Up the Pieces with captivating melody of language and powerful enthusiasm for the era. This funny, energetic book will have readers longing nostalgically for a decade long past.

5 Seconds of Summer Fan Book - The Ultimate Fan Guide (Hardcover): Malcolm Croft 5 Seconds of Summer Fan Book - The Ultimate Fan Guide (Hardcover)
Malcolm Croft
R161 R120 Discovery Miles 1 200 Save R41 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Luke, Michael, Calum, and Ashton are the new boys in town. Formed in Sydney, Australia in 2011, this power-pop four piece (who play their own instruments) and have an army of fans (called 5SOSers) have yet to release their debut album. With over 25 million views on YouTube of their debut single and a recent signing to Capitol Records, the boys are currently writing and recording their debut album. The release is expected to be an international number one and will catapult the band into pop's megasphere. Between May 2014 and the end of 2014, 5SOS will be supporting One Direction on their worldwide stadium tour - expected to be one of the highest-grossing tours of the twenty-first century and will extend their reach to millions of highly-delirious fans, already in a state of feverish anticipation.

Voices - How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life (Hardcover): Nick Coleman Voices - How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life (Hardcover)
Nick Coleman
R477 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R123 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Nidaros Jazz Mass (Standard format, CD, Backing CD): Bob Chilcott Nidaros Jazz Mass (Standard format, CD, Backing CD)
Bob Chilcott
R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

for SATB, piano, and optional bass and drum kit The Nidaros Jazz Mass draws on a variety of jazz styles to present a fun and innovative setting of the Latin Missa brevis. With a gentle Kyrie, funky Gloria, ballad-like Sanctus, laid-back Benedictus, and passionate Agnus Dei, this work breathes new life into familiar words, perfectly combining the contemporary with the ancient. Recorded by a professional jazz trio (piano, bass, and drums), this backing track is a useful tool for rehearsal and performance, and is compatible with both mixed- and upper-voice versions.

Treasures of Nirvana (Hardcover): Gillian G. Gaar Treasures of Nirvana (Hardcover)
Gillian G. Gaar
R670 R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Save R234 (35%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The full story of the band, their key concerts and all their recordings. All accompanied by photographs and rare memorabilia. Spawned in the intensely fertile music scene that blossomed in and around Seattle in the late 1980s, Nirvana instantly distinguished itself by virtue of the singular passion - Kurt Cobain. Few were prepared for worldwide Nirvana-mania set off by the 1991 release of Nevermind. With the instantaneous success of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which stormed the charts. In Utero, was the last studio recording released by Nirvana. The demons that made Cobain's writing so powerful took their toll; he took his own life after only five albums. Nirvana's influence is certain to be felt for many years to come. The unique status this band occupies, as representatives of the time and as timeless songwriters, is revealed through interviews with those close to the band, coupled with intensive archive research.

I Talk Too Much - My Autobiography (Paperback): Francis Rossi I Talk Too Much - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Francis Rossi 1
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Break-ups, make-ups, groupies, band politics, court battles, the tragic death of Rick Parfitt . . . This is Francis Rossi as you have never seen him before. Status Quo have sold over 100 million records worldwide, including 65 hit singles and 32 hit albums. The legendary band's career has mirrored the evolution of rock music. From the struggles of the flower-power '60s, the highs of the denim-clad '70s, the coke- and tequila-induced blur of the '80s, to fighting for musical integrity in the '90s and '00s and a fresh lease of life from new band members in recent years, Rossi has been there for the entirety of Quo's turbulent history. In I Talk Too Much, Rossi will reveal the truth behind one of the biggest rock bands of all time, as well as the personal highs and lows of a career spanning over 50 years. He lifts the lid on the man behind the music - from humble beginnings in Forest Hill and being labelled a has-been by the press in his twenties to opening Live Aid in 1985 - and why he's still going strong at seventy. Along the way he has fathered eight children with three mothers and beaten both alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Rossi comes clean about the time he almost left the band, what he really thinks about the music industry today and the complexities of his fifty-year friendship with Rick Parfitt. Painfully honest, riotously funny and frequently outrageous, I Talk Too Much covers the glory years, the dark days and the real stories behind the creation of some of the greatest rock music of all time.

Chamber Music - Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces) (Hardcover): Will Ashon Chamber Music - Wu-Tang and America (in 36 Pieces) (Hardcover)
Will Ashon
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"Each of these chambers contains wonders of history, destiny, and mythology. Chamber Music is hip hop as race and class politics, as music and as poetry on the move. Through Ashon's vibrant textured prose we watch in awe as these young men seize on whatever the culture has to offer, sampling leftovers and legacies, making themselves into ferocious artists" --Margo Jefferson, award-winning author of Negroland "Stylistically loaded, reckless, funny, naked, thorough, thoughtful, mysterious, devastating, unrelenting, and compassionate. One of the most rewarding pieces of hip hop criticism ever written."--Jeff Chang, author of We Gon' Be All Right: Notes on Race and Resegregation and Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked "chambers," the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualize, reveal and honor this singular work of art. Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture.

Ashes to Ashes - The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 (Paperback, New edition): Chris O'Leary Ashes to Ashes - The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 (Paperback, New edition)
Chris O'Leary 1
R453 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R98 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes this exploration of the final four decades of the popstar's musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced from 1976 to 2016.Starting with Low, the first of Bowie's Berlin albums, and finishing with Blackstar, his final masterpiece released just days before his death in 2016, each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact.

Cash (Paperback, New Ed): Johnny Cash Cash (Paperback, New Ed)
Johnny Cash; As told to Patrick Carr
R234 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life. The story takes us from Johnny Cash's childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm to his early years at Sun Records. We read of his life on the road and meetings with, and performances for, world leaders. There is also the darker side of his life: the years of addiction to amphetamines and pain killers, a suicide attempt and the spiritual awakening that pulled him through. He looks unsparingly at his turbulent past, but remains a man of honesty, humility and humour. His memoir reveals his friendships with Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan and Billy Graham.

The Complete Pink Floyd - The Ultimate Reference (Hardcover): Glenn Povey The Complete Pink Floyd - The Ultimate Reference (Hardcover)
Glenn Povey 2
R884 R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Save R277 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Complete Pink Floyd is an incredible book. It lists every concert, every appearance, every song, every turn and twist in the amazing story of one of the world's most famous bands. Acknowledged expert Glenn Povey first published Echoes in 2006 but since then he has been allowed access to all of the band's Abbey Road recording notes (the only person to do so) and the band have announced the release of a new album. This complete reboot of the original is illustrated with all-new material, including hundreds of photographs and rare memorabilia. Every solo concert has been updated for Waters and Gilmour, and details of the band's many re-released albums have been added, including never-before-published research into their earliest recordings from 1965. The original Echoes was a great book but this full upgrade is it essential reference for any serious Pink Floyd fan.

Covers - Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Hardcover): Alex Bartsch Covers - Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London (Hardcover)
Alex Bartsch; Edited by Al 'Fingers' Newman; Foreword by Noel Hawks; Designed by Al 'Fingers' Newman, Michael Hernan 1
R592 R511 Discovery Miles 5 110 Save R81 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
The Killing Of Tupac Shakur (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Cathy Scott The Killing Of Tupac Shakur (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Cathy Scott
R236 R181 Discovery Miles 1 810 Save R55 (23%) In stock
Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll (Hardcover): Jayson Dobney, Craig Inciardi, Anthony Decurtis, Alan Di Perna, David... Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll (Hardcover)
Jayson Dobney, Craig Inciardi, Anthony Decurtis, Alan Di Perna, David Fricke
R951 R692 Discovery Miles 6 920 Save R259 (27%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

A brash and dazzling celebration of the instruments that created the sounds of rock and roll from the 1940s to the present day Play It Loud celebrates the musical instruments that gave rock and roll its signature sound-from Louis Jordan's alto saxophone and John Lennon's Rickenbacker to the drum set owned by Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Lady Gaga's keytar, and beyond. Seven engrossing essays by veteran music journalists and scholars discuss the technical developments that fostered rock's seductive riffs and driving rhythms, the thrilling innovations musicians have devised to achieve unique effects, and the visual impact their instruments have had. Abundant photographs depict rock's most iconic instruments-including Jerry Lee Lewis's baby grand piano, Chuck Berry's Gibson ES-350T guitar, Bootsy Collins's star-shaped bass, Keith Moon's drum set, and the white Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock-as works of art in their own right. Produced in collaboration with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this astounding book goes behind the music to offer a rare and in-depth look at the instruments that inspired the musicians and made possible the songs we know and love.

Raw - My Journey Into the Wu-Tang (Paperback): Lamont Ugod Hawkins Raw - My Journey Into the Wu-Tang (Paperback)
Lamont Ugod Hawkins
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The Autobiography of Gucci Mane (Paperback): Gucci Mane, Neil Martinez-Belkin The Autobiography of Gucci Mane (Paperback)
Gucci Mane, Neil Martinez-Belkin 1
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The New York Times bestselling memoir from the legendary Gucci Mane spares no detail in this "cautionary tale that ends in triumph" (GQ). For the first time Gucci Mane tells his extraordinary story in his own words. It is "as wild, unpredictable, and fascinating as the man himself" (Complex). The platinum-selling recording artist began writing his remarkable autobiography in a federal maximum security prison. Released in 2016, he emerged radically transformed. He was sober, smiling, focused, and positive-a far cry from the Gucci Mane of years past. A critically acclaimed classic, The Autobiography of Gucci Mane "provides incredible insight into one of the most influential rappers of the last decade, detailing a volatile and fascinating life...By the end, every reader will have a greater understanding of Gucci Mane, the man and the musician" (Pitchfork).

What Does This Button Do? (Paperback, Edition): Bruce Dickinson What Does This Button Do? (Paperback, Edition)
Bruce Dickinson 1
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`I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with "purple" and "Sabbath" written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer...' Bruce Dickinson - Iron Maiden's legendary front man - is one of the world's most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce's bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist is just one. He is also an airline captain, aviation entrepreneur, motivational speaker, beer brewer, novelist, radio presenter, film scriptwriter and an international fencer: truly one of the most unique and interesting men in the world. In What Does this Button Do? Bruce contemplates the rollercoaster of life. He recounts - in his uniquely anarchic voice - the explosive exploits of his eccentric British childhood, the meteoric rise of Maiden, summoning the powers of darkness, the philosophy of fencing, brutishly beautiful Boeings and firmly dismissing cancer like an uninvited guest. Bold, honest, intelligent and funny, this long-awaited memoir captures the life, heart and mind of a true rock icon, and is guaranteed to inspire curious souls and hard-core fans alike.

Eurovision - A History of Modern Europe Through the World's Greatest Song Contest (Paperback): Chris West Eurovision - A History of Modern Europe Through the World's Greatest Song Contest (Paperback)
Chris West 1
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Hold Tight - Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime [New Edition] (Paperback, 2nd New edition): Jeffrey Boakye Hold Tight - Black Masculinity, Millennials and the Meaning of Grime [New Edition] (Paperback, 2nd New edition)
Jeffrey Boakye
R241 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R55 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

HOLD TIGHT is the book that kick started the 'Grime Library'. Bursting into bookshops in July 2017 to rave reviews and a sold out event at Rough Trade East, HOLD TIGHT paved the way for Grime-related books such as Wiley's Eskiboy (Penguin 2017), Dan Hancox's Inner City Pressure (4th Estate 2018), and DJ Target's Grime Kids (Trapeze 2018, now being made into a television series). This new edition of HOLD TIGHT features new chapters for 2018, a brand new introduction from Boakye and a brand new cover. Celebrating over sixty key songs that make up Grime's DNA, Jeffrey Boakye explores the meaning of the music and why it has such resonance in the UK. Boakye also examines the representation of masculinity in the music and the media that covers it. Both a love letter to Grime and an investigation into life as a black man in Britain today, HOLD TIGHT is insightful, very funny and stacked with sentences you'll want to pull up and read again and again.

Empire of Sin - A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for New Orleans (Paperback): Gary Krist Empire of Sin - A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for New Orleans (Paperback)
Gary Krist 1
R239 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R39 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Empire of Sin is a vibrant account of New Orleans in the early 1920s, a time when commercialised vice, jazz culture and endemic crime formed the background for a civil war that lasted for thirty years. At its centre the city's vice lord fought desperately to keep his empire intact. Populated by flamboyant prostitutes, crusading moral reformers, dissolute jazzmen, ruthless Mafiosi, corrupt politicians and a violent serial killer, the heady and dangerous underworld of the Jazz Age is bought vividly to life in Empire of Sin. This gripping account intertwines personal stories with the wider history of New Orleans and plunges the reader into the heart of a city at war with itself.

Queen Bey - A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Paperback): Veronica Chambers Queen Bey - A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Paperback)
Veronica Chambers
R285 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R58 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Beyonce. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, romance and sex appeal. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyonce playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most nominated women in the award's history. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: 'There's not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon.' Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. Queen Bey will feature a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars.

Hamilton Easy Piano Selections (Sheet music): Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton Easy Piano Selections (Sheet music)
Lin-Manuel Miranda
R346 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R67 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Hamilton Easy Piano Selections presents music from the critically acclaimed musical about Alexander Hamilton. The show debuted on Broadway in August 2015 to unprecedented advanced box office sales and has already become one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever. This collection features 9 songs arranged for easy piano from the music penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Already a winner of 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize, Sir Cameron Macintosh's production opened in London's West End in December 2017.

Bring It on Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Hardcover): Mark Blake Bring It on Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Hardcover)
Mark Blake
R491 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R129 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Brutally Honest - A Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover): Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon Brutally Honest - A Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover)
Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon 1
R431 R301 Discovery Miles 3 010 Save R130 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

***THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER*** The tell-all memoir from the loudest, proudest Spice Girl - and the truth behind the headlines As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, a.k.a Scary Spice, has been an international star since her twenties. Brutally Honest is an expose of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and trademark Yorkshire humour, the book removes the mask of fame and reveals the true story behind the Spice Girls, as well as the horror of her most recent marriage and her 10 year struggle to be free.

Mustaine: A Life in Metal (Paperback): Dave Mustaine Mustaine: A Life in Metal (Paperback)
Dave Mustaine 1
R238 R167 Discovery Miles 1 670 Save R71 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Founding member of Megadeth and former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine tells a never-before-heard story of the lifetime he has spent in rock `n' roll. But this extraordinary tale, riddled with his own personal ups and downs, is also the inside account of two of the most influential heavy metal bands in the world. Here, for the first time ever, Dave Mustaine tells the tale of two of the biggest metal bands in history; a story yet to be told from the inside. Metallica, the pioneers of the thrash metal genre, rocketed to international fame in the 1980s, selling over 90 million records worldwide, making it the most successful band of its kind - ever. Megadeth, the second most successful thrash metal band ever, have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including six consecutive platinum albums. Despite their enormous success together, Dave and Metallica have bad blood by the bucket-load. In April of 1983, due in part to alcoholism and in part to personality clashes with founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, Dave was unceremoniously fired from the band, dumped at a Greyhound bus station in Rochester, NY with a single ticket back to LA. How did such an abrupt end come about? How did he pick himself back up, recover his dignity, and go on to send another band into the dizzying heights of rock stardom? The time has come to set the record straight. From the early, crazy days of Metallica to his split with the band, and to his glorious reign with Megadeth, Dave has seen and experienced life's extremities. This startlingly candid, refreshingly in-your-face memoir tells it all.

Simulation Theory (Sheet music): Muse Simulation Theory (Sheet music)
Muse
R345 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R74 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Simulation Theory is the eighth studio album by English rock band Muse, released on 9 November 2018. This artist approved songbook contains all songs from the album, arranged for piano and voice with guitar chords, plus an 8-page colour section.

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