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Rap Year Book, The - "The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed"... Rap Year Book, The - "The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed" (Paperback)
Shea Serrano 1
R412 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R121 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap as a genre became recognised as part of music's landscape and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music-from artists' backgrounds, to issues of race and safety, to the rise of hip-hop and the struggles among its major players-both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers and show stoppers, The Rap Year Book takes an in-depth look at the last thirty-five years of the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation. Complete with quizzes, infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and the occasional rebuttal essay by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to some of the most iconic and influential songs ever created under the umbrella of rap music. Serrano cites a variety of sources to form his arguments including biographies, magazines and documentaries, as well as his own experiences growing up at a time when hip-hop was becoming a prevalent force in the music industry. With its all-encompassing look at the ups and downs of rap music, and the landmark songs that are its tent-poles, this book will be perfect for anyone who is a fan of the genre.

The Beatles on the Roof (Paperback): Tony Barrell The Beatles on the Roof (Paperback)
Tony Barrell 1
R350 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R71 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

When the world's greatest pop band played their final public concert, in January 1969, there were no tickets or posters printed. When John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr emerged at lunchtime from the headquarters of their own company, Apple, five storeys above London's Savile Row, only a select group of people knew what the hell was happening.The rooftop concert was one of the Beatles' most spontaneous acts. Beatles on the Roof studies the rooftop concert in penetrating detail, uncovering new truths and debunking old myths about the event. Nobody knew it yet - not even the band - but this was the last time they would play live to the public.

Death To Trad Rock - The Post-Punk Scene 1982-87 (Paperback): John Robb Death To Trad Rock - The Post-Punk Scene 1982-87 (Paperback)
John Robb
R360 R281 Discovery Miles 2 810 Save R79 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In the 1980s, the charts overflowed with what felt to many like the most boring pop music ever made--and the underground exploded. The postpunk scene was a diverse collection of bands brought together by independent releases and aided by reportage in fanzines and airplay by John Peel. This is the first time this era of music has been analyzed in such depth, exploring the loose confederation of noisenik outfits including Three Johns, the Membranes, the Ex, Wedding Present, A Witness, Bogshed, and Big Flame.

Rockschool Let's Rock Guitar (Staple bound): James Uings, Simon Troup Rockschool Let's Rock Guitar (Staple bound)
James Uings, Simon Troup
R362 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R77 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Best Of Bass Tab - Bass Recorded Versions (Paperback): Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation Best Of Bass Tab - Bass Recorded Versions (Paperback)
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
R305 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R53 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Saxophone Globetrotters, E flat edition + CD (Sheet music): Ros Stephen, Melanie Henry Saxophone Globetrotters, E flat edition + CD (Sheet music)
Ros Stephen, Melanie Henry
R286 Discovery Miles 2 860 Within 7 - 12 working days

Globetrotters brings together twelve toe-tapping original tunes in styles from around the world-from Arabic to Chinese and from klezmer to the Cuban cha-cha-cha- for the budding saxophonist. This unique book presents a kaleidoscope of musical traditions, with supporting background information and backing tracks that capture each sound-world. To help with technique and interpretation, every piece includes tailored warm-ups and stylistic tips from the authors. With options for saxophone or piano accompaniment, and an inspirational CD, Globetrotters is the ultimate resource for aspiring musicians looking to go travellin' ...

Who Does She Think She Is? - Martine: My Autobiography (Abridged, CD, Abridged edition): Martine McCutcheon Who Does She Think She Is? - Martine: My Autobiography (Abridged, CD, Abridged edition)
Martine McCutcheon
R249 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R69 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Who does she think she is?' is something Martine has heard people say about her all her life. Born into the poorest and least-promising background and with only a loving mother's support to help her, Martine has dared to follow her dreams of stardom and has achieved more in her twenty-three years than most of those who turned their noses up at her achieve in a lifetime.It's a story that includes a life on the run from a violent father, drinks, drugs and even an attempted murder that filled her childhood with fear; her early attempts at pop stardom and early loves, plus dates with Matt Goss and Mick Hucknall; her big break in EastEnders, and the shocking story of how she really came to leave the series.Martine's story ends with today's triumphs over the tragedies of her life: the number one and platinum-selling singles and album, the starring roles in a new television series, a feature film and in My Fair Lady at The National Theatre.The British public have taken Martine McCutcheon to their hearts - she is 'one of us' - and her life story is an inspiration to anyone born without any apparent advantages.

The Lyrics - Since 1962 (Hardcover): Bob Dylan The Lyrics - Since 1962 (Hardcover)
Bob Dylan; Edited by Christopher Ricks; Lisa Nemrow, Julie Nemrow
R4,355 R2,297 Discovery Miles 22 970 Save R2,058 (47%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Winner of the NOBEL PRIZE in Literature 2016 For the first time, a comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan, complete with expert annotations. A major publishing event - a beautiful, comprehensive collection of the lyrics of Bob Dylan with artwork from thirty-three albums, edited and with an introduction by Christopher Ricks. As it was well put by Al Kooper (the man behind the organ on 'Like a Rolling Stone'), 'Bob is the equivalent of William Shakespeare. What Shakespeare did in his time, Bob does in his time.' Christopher Ricks, editor of T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Tennyson, and The Oxford Book of English Verse, has no argument with Mr. Kooper's assessment, and Dylan is attended to accordingly in this authoritative edition of his lyrics. In the words of Ricks: 'For fifty years, all the world has delighted in Bob Dylan's books of words and more than words: provocative, mysterious, touching, baffling, not-to-be-pinned-down, intriguing, and a reminder that genius is free to do as it chooses. And, again and again, these are not the words that he sings on the initially released albums.' This edition changes things, giving us the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words that, till now, have not been published. The Lyrics, edited with diligence by Christopher Ricks, Lisa Nemrow, and Julie Nemrow. As set down, as sung, and as sung again.

A Natural Woman (Paperback): Carole King A Natural Woman (Paperback)
Carole King
R265 R215 Discovery Miles 2 150 Save R50 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A memoir by the iconic singer-songwriter chronicling her story from her beginnings in Brooklyn through her remarkable success as one of the world's most acclaimed musical talents, to her present day as a leading performer and activist.

From her marriage to Gerry Goffin, with whom she wrote dozens of songs that hit the charts, to her own achievements, notably with 'Tapestry', which remained on the charts for more than six years, to her experiences as a mother, this memoir chronicles one of music's most successful and fascinating stars.

The book includes dozens of photos from King's childhood, her own family, and behind-the-scenes images from her performances over the years.

Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas (Paperback): Simon Spence Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas (Paperback)
Simon Spence 1
R68 Discovery Miles 680 Within 7 - 13 working days

'Their story is a vindication for every northern hooligan rock band out there. Happy Mondays sparked a British guitar pop renaissance.' Alan McGee In 1985, when the Happy Mondays exploded onto the Manchester music scene like a Molotov cocktail, no one had heard anything like them before. As they developed into the face of the Acid House ` Madchester' movement, critics ranked them alongside The Velvet Underground and the Sex Pistols as cultural lightning rods, and that was just for the music. The stories of their excesses are the stuff of rock ' n' roll legend: the overdoses, fights on stage, the death threats, the gangsters, the stabbings and shootings in the studio. Yet this seemingly unhinged and uncontrollable band - encouraged by their equally crazed benefactors at Factory Records - transformed British music forever, leaving behind five infectious albums of unparalleled dirt and delight. Twenty-five years after their breakthrough appearance on Top of the Pops, in November 1989, Simon Spence, the acclaimed biographer of The Stone Roses: War and Peace, tells the story of how the Happy Mondays came to provide the soundtrack to Britain' s last great youth movement. Based on extensive interviews with the band and key associates, he reveals the truth behind the mythic stories that have ensured their outlaw reputation, and unravels the chaos that led to the group' s ultimate implosion and the tragic collapse of Factory Records. A riotous mix of pills, thrills and joyous chart hits, this is the untold story of Britain' s greatest rock ' n' roll gang.

Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits (Sheet music): Aretha Franklin Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits (Sheet music)
Aretha Franklin
R345 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R70 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits contains some of the very best from the Queen of Soul arranged for piano, voice and guitar.

Dido - The Unauthorised Biography in Words and Pictures (Paperback): Billy Dancer Dido - The Unauthorised Biography in Words and Pictures (Paperback)
Billy Dancer 2
R171 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R37 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Dido Armstrong has achieved superstar status at a pace unparalleled in recent times. With just one album to her name, shes managed to capture the imagination of millions of fans world-wide and top charts on a global scale. Set to be one of the most important and successful artists of the new millennium, a new album is already planned and an extensive world tour now underway.

Ideally presented for the target audience of 15-30 year olds, encompassing a newly researched text and many rarely seen photographs, the first book on the market to cover this icon of our age is set to achieve record sales.

The Real Book - Volume II Second Edition (C Instruments) (Spiral bound, 2nd edition): The Real Book - Volume II Second Edition (C Instruments) (Spiral bound, 2nd edition)
R751 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R195 (26%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed without any copyrights or royalties paid to the master composers who created these musical canons. Hal Leonard is very proud to present the first legitimate and legal editions of these books ever produced. You won't even notice the difference...the covers look the same, the engravings look the same, the songlist is nearly identical, and the price remains fair even on a musician's salary! But every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced legally and ethically, benefitting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest music ever written! 400 songs, including: Air Mail Special * Birdland * Bye Bye Blackbird * Caravan * Doxy * Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words) * Georgia * Girl Talk * I Remember You * I Thought About You * In Walked Bud * The Jodi Grind * Just the Way You Are * Killer Joe * Little Sunflower * Mercy, Mercy, Mercy * Moanin' * The Nearness of You * Now's the Time * Old Devil Moon * Phase Dance * St. Thomas * Speak Low * Stardust * Tangerine * Tenor Madness * Watch What Happens * Whisper Not * Willow Weep for Me * Yardbird Suite * and more.

Rockschool Let's Rock Drums (Paperback): Noam Lederman, James Uings, Simon Troup Rockschool Let's Rock Drums (Paperback)
Noam Lederman, James Uings, Simon Troup
R362 R285 Discovery Miles 2 850 Save R77 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Everything you need to know to start playing drums. Over 100 audio tracks, quick guide videos and 12 lessons in 6 different styles.

Pink Floyd - Their Mortal Remains (Hardcover): Victoria Broackes, Anna Landreth Strong Pink Floyd - Their Mortal Remains (Hardcover)
Victoria Broackes, Anna Landreth Strong 1
R1,114 R797 Discovery Miles 7 970 Save R317 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The first book ever produced with full access the Pink Floyd archive. 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. Five essays tackle different aspects of their far-reaching legacy in music and the visual arts. Authors including Jon Savage, Howard Goodall and Rob Young examine what makes the band truly special, from the mythology underpinning their output, through to their experimentation with technology to create new sounds. their epic staging and performance impact will also be explored, along with the anti-authoritarianism that infuses their lyrics.The book is heavily illustrated throughout, emphasizing the essential role that visual material played in supporting the music and creating the lasting Pink Floyd phenomenon.

Keep it Country - A Celebration of Irish Country Music (Hardcover): Eddie Rowley Keep it Country - A Celebration of Irish Country Music (Hardcover)
Eddie Rowley
R369 R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Save R70 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The stars. The legends. The passion. From Big Tom, Philomena and Daniel to Nathan, Lisa, Mike and many more, the leading lights of Irish country in their own words. Discover what inspired their drive for stardom and a life on the road. Go behind the curtain with the record producer, the videographer and the tour manager, and learn about the reality of life as a touring musician. A treasure trove of exclusive interviews and photographs.

Once Upon a Farm - Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier (Hardcover): Rory Feek Once Upon a Farm - Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier (Hardcover)
Rory Feek
R350 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R63 (18%) Within 11 - 16 working days

Sometimes, it's not only what we plant but where we're planted.

Now raising their 3-year old daughter, Indiana, alone, after Joey's passing, Rory Feek digs deep into the soil of his life and career to share the choices made and lessons learned that helped turn a middle Tennessee farm into a place that grew love and hope.

As opposed to homesteading, this is instead a book on lifesteading, as Feek learns to cultivate faith, love, and fatherhood on a small farm, while doing everything but farming. With frequent stories of his and Joey's years together, and how those guide his life today, Rory unpacks just what it means to be open to new experiences. Much like Jesus' biblical parable, when we scatter our seeds, some will grow in the fertile land and warm sun. Feek contends that it's the same way with our dreams but we must always pay attention to what our story is teaching us.

It's long been said that timing is everything, and it is, unless you haven't done the work to be prepared. What does it mean to cultivate life, to be open to new directions, to invest in another person as a way of connecting with God? Through his wealth of stories and vulnerable spirit, Rory opens up on those struggles in his own life and, in the process, shows the way for us all.

"This isn't a 'how to' book, it's more of a 'how we' or more accurately "how He" (God) planted us on a few acres of land and grew something bigger than Joey or I could have ever imagined."

A&R Pioneers - Architects of American Roots Music on Record (Hardcover): Brian Ward, Patrick Huber A&R Pioneers - Architects of American Roots Music on Record (Hardcover)
Brian Ward, Patrick Huber
R759 R565 Discovery Miles 5 650 Save R194 (26%) Within 8 - 13 working days

A&R Pioneers offers the first comprehensive account of the diverse group of men and women who pioneered artists-and-repertoire (A&R) work in the early US recording industry. In the process, they helped create much of what we now think of as American roots music. Resourceful, innovative, and, at times, shockingly unscrupulous, they scouted and signed many of the singers and musicians who came to define American roots music between the two world wars. They also shaped the repertoires and musical styles of their discoveries, supervised recording sessions, and then devised marketing campaigns to sell the resulting records. By World War II, they had helped redefine the canons of American popular music and established the basic structure and practices of the modern recording industry. Moreover, though their musical interests, talents, and sensibilities varied enormously, these A&R pioneers created the template for the job that would subsequently become known as ""record producer."" Without Ralph Peer, Art Satherley, Frank Walker, Polk C. Brockman, Eli Oberstein, Don Law, Lester Melrose, J. Mayo Williams, John Hammond, Helen Oakley Dance, and a whole army of lesser known but often hugely influential A&R representatives, the music of Bessie Smith and Bob Wills, of the Carter Family and Count Basie, of Robert Johnson and Jimmie Rodgers may never have found its way onto commercial records and into the heart of America's musical heritage. This is their story.

M Train (Paperback): Patti Smith M Train (Paperback)
Patti Smith 1
R265 R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Save R78 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

REVISED EDITION WITH FIVE THOUSAND WORDS BONUS MATERIAL AND NEW PHOTOGRAPHS M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village cafe where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, past and present, and across a landscape of creative aspirations and inspirations, we travel to Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul in Mexico; to a meeting of an Arctic explorer's society in Berlin; to a ramshackle seaside bungalow in New York's Far Rockaway that Smith acquires just before Hurricane Sandy hits; and to the graves of Genet, Plath, Rimbaud and Mishima. Woven throughout are reflections on the writer's craft and on artistic creation. Here, too, are singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith. Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable artists at work today.

Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records (Paperback): Michael de Koningh, Laurence Cane-Honeysett Young, Gifted & Black - The Story of Trojan Records (Paperback)
Michael de Koningh, Laurence Cane-Honeysett
R267 R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Save R50 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Recently resurrected and now enjoying chart success in the 21st century, when it was formed Trojan Records epitomised the punk DIY ethic over a decade before 1976. With a blizzard of individual labels and a marketing strategy that involved selling product out of the backs of vans, the company spearheaded the injection of reggae and ska into the vein of British youth consciousness. In its first brief six-year incarnation, Trojan produced nearly 30 hit singles, created the legendary compilation series Tighten Up and launched new acts like Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe, The Pioneers, Bob And Marcia, Greyhound and Dave And Ansell Collins, all against a background of cut-throat politics, cultural division and prejudice.

Heavy Duty - Days and Nights in Judas Priest (Hardcover): K.K. Downing Heavy Duty - Days and Nights in Judas Priest (Hardcover)
K.K. Downing 1
R470 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R102 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'A must for fans and rock buffs' The Sun 'Fascinating read' Powerplay Judas Priest formed in Birmingham in 1969. With its distinctive twin-guitar sound, studs-and-leather image, and international sales of over 50 million records, Judas Priest became the archetypal heavy metal band in the 1980s. Iconic tracks like 'Breaking the Law', 'Living after Midnight', and 'You've Got Another Thing Coming' helped the band achieve extraordinary success, but no one from the band has stepped out to tell their or the band's story until now. As the band approaches its golden anniversary, fans will at last be able to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution. In Heavy Duty, guitarist K.K. Downing discusses the complex personality conflicts, the business screw-ups, the acrimonious relationship with fellow heavy metal band Iron Maiden, as well as how Judas Priest found itself at the epicentre of a storm of parental outrage that targeted heavy metal in the '80s. He also describes his role in cementing the band's trademark black leather and studs image that would not only become synonymous with the entire genre, but would also give singer Rob Halford a viable outlet by which to express his sexuality. Lastly, he recounts the life-changing moment when he looked at his bandmates on stage during a 2009 concert and thought, 'This is the last show'. Whatever the topic, whoever's involved, K.K. doesn't hold back. From the band at the very beginning until his retirement in 2011 (and even still as a member of the band's board of directors), Downing has seen it all and is now finally at a place in his life where he can also let it all go. Even if you're a lifelong fan, if you think you know the full story of Judas Priest, well, you've got another thing coming.

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. (Paperback, Main): Viv Albertine Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. (Paperback, Main)
Viv Albertine 1
R225 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R62 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar. A year later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-girl band the Slits, who fearlessly took on the male-dominated music scene and became part of a movement that changed music. A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk - taking in a career in film, the pain of IVF, illness and divorce and the triumph of making music again - Clothes Music Boys is a remarkable memoir.

Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the Early Years, 1926-1966 (Hardcover): Kenneth Womack Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, the Early Years, 1926-1966 (Hardcover)
Kenneth Womack
R473 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R93 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

George Martin - the man, the mind, the music. This is the story of the legendary Beatles producer. The first of two volumes, MAXIMUM VOLUME traces Martin's early life, from an impoverished childhood, through WWII, to becoming head of EMI's Parlophone Records. There, he made waves in British comedy and saved Parlophone from ruin with records from the likes of Spike Milligan. Then one day he discovered a scruffy beat band from Liverpool... As this dramatic story unfolds, the book transports you into the studio with Martin and the Beatles, exploring how his musical genius shaped their incredible body of work and helped craft hit after hit. In the process, Martin would define the modern concept of a record producer.

Talking 'Bout Your Mama - The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap (Paperback): Elijah Wald Talking 'Bout Your Mama - The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap (Paperback)
Elijah Wald
R329 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R24 (7%) Within 7 - 11 working days

From Two Live Crew's controversial comedy to Ice Cube's gangsta styling and the battle rhymes of a streetcorner cypher, rap has always drawn on deep traditions of African American poetic word-play, In Talking 'Bout Your Mama, author Elijah Wald explores one of the most potent sources of rap: the viciously funny, outrageously inventive insult game known as "the dozens."
So what is the dozens? At its simplest, it's a comic chain of "yo' mama" jokes. At its most complex, it's an intricate form of social interaction that reaches back to African ceremonial rituals. Wald traces the tradition of African American street rhyming and verbal combat that has ruled urban neighborhoods since the early 1900s. Whether considered vernacular poetry, aggressive dueling, a test of street cool, or just a mess of dirty insults, the dozens is a basic building block of African-American culture. A game which could inspire raucous laughter or escalate to violence, it provided a wellspring of rhymes, attitude, and raw humor that has influenced pop musicians from Jelly Roll Morton and Robert Johnson to Tupac Shakur and Jay Z.
Wald goes back to the dozens' roots, looking at mother-insulting and verbal combat from Greenland to the sources of the Niger, and shows its breadth of influence in the seminal writings of Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston; the comedy of Richard Pryor and George Carlin; the dark humor of the blues; the hip slang and competitive jamming of jazz; and in its ultimate evolution into the improvisatory battling of rap. From schoolyard games and rural work songs to urban novels and nightclub comedy, and pop hits from ragtime to rap, Wald uses the dozens as a lens to provide new insight into over a century of African American culture.
A groundbreaking work, Talking 'Bout Your Mama is an essential book for anyone interested in African American cultural studies, history and linguistics, and the origins of rap music.

Homeward Bound - The Life of Paul Simon (Paperback): Peter Ames Carlin Homeward Bound - The Life of Paul Simon (Paperback)
Peter Ames Carlin 1
R78 Discovery Miles 780 Within 7 - 13 working days

To have been alive during the last sixty years is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. The boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley ignited the rock era. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, his work helped define the youth movement of the '60s. On his own in the '70s, Simon made radio-dominating hits. He kicked off the '80s by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million New Yorkers in Central Park. Five years later, Simon's album "Graceland" sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. And it doesn't stop there. The grandchild of Jewish immigrants from Hungary, the nearly 75-year-old singer-songwriter has not only sold more than 100 million records, won 15 Grammy awards and been installed into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame twice, but has also animated the meaning and flexibility of personal and cultural identity in a rapidly shrinking world. Simon has also lived one of the most vibrant lives of modern times; a story replete with tales of Carrie Fisher, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Shelley Duvall, Nelson Mandela, the Grateful Dead, drugs, depression, marriage, divorce, and more. A life story with the scope and power of an epic novel, Carlin's Homeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.

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