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Elvis Presley - All Shook Up (Hardcover): Various Authors Elvis Presley - All Shook Up (Hardcover)
Various Authors
R303 R237 Discovery Miles 2 370 Save R66 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This Illustrated Limited Edition hardback book provides an insight into the unique journey of one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century Elvis Presley Follow the authoritative text charting the career of the man they call the King of Rock and Roll . We follow Presley from his carefree beginnings at Sun records to global superstardom. In addition the book features rare interviews with the legendry Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore, Drummer DJ Fontana and Elvis loyal backing singers the Jordanaires.

Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going) (Hardcover): Noel Gallagher Any Road Will Get Us There (If We Don't Know Where We're Going) (Hardcover)
Noel Gallagher 1
R566 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R190 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

'I've been on six-week tours of America and it breaks you open, but to do it straight off the bat, in the middle of winter, with three new girls... I was thinking, If we survive this, it'll be a miracle... but it was the best time we've ever had.' The first official book from Noel Gallagher, this is the behind-the-scenes story of his biggest ever solo tour and the making of the critically-acclaimed album Who Built The Moon?. Join Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds as they embark on the Stranded On The Earth world tour - a phenomenal year-long journey around the globe, taking in dates across the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Europe and Southeast Asia. With photography by Sharon Latham, who was granted unprecedented access, this fully illustrated book documents life on the road for one of the world's most successful artists; featuring unseen images and candid interviews with Noel and the band.

Neil Young FAQ - Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker (Paperback): Glen Boyd Neil Young FAQ - Everything Left to Know About the Iconic and Mercurial Rocker (Paperback)
Glen Boyd 1
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(FAQ). Neil Young has had one of the most remarkable careers in the history of music. He hasn't just outlived many of his contemporaries some of whom were great inspirations for him ("From Hank to Hendrix," as one of his own songs says); his artistry lives on through those he has inspired (Pearl Jam, Radiohead), and he remains relevant and vital well into his fifth decade of making music. Young also continues to crank out records at a rate that would kill most artists half his age. Between his solo and live albums, and his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, his remarkable career has spanned well over 50 albums. Although he has experimented in genres from syntho-pop to rockabilly, Neil Young is best known for the fully cranked, feedback-laden noise he makes with Crazy Horse ( Rust Never Sleeps and Ragged Glory ) and the more introspective folk-pop ( Harvest ). The glue that binds his work together is the songwriting. Because when it comes to writing great, timeless songs, Neil Young has few equals. Neil Young FAQ is the first definitive guide to the music of this mercurial and methodical, enduring, and infuriating icon. From the Archives to Zuma and from the Ditch Trilogy to the Geffen years, this book covers every song and album in painstaking detail-including bootlegs and such lost recordings as Homegrown, Chrome Dreams, Toast, and Meadow Dusk . Obscure facts and anecdotes from the studio to the road, along with dozens of rare images, make this book a must-have for Young fans.

Grace Jones A to Z - The life of an icon - from Androgyny to Zula (Hardcover): Steve Wide Grace Jones A to Z - The life of an icon - from Androgyny to Zula (Hardcover)
Steve Wide; Illustrated by Babeth Lafon
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Singer, songwriter, supermodel, record producer, actress and iconoclast: Grace Jones. One can only imagine how that reads on a business card. She was the phenomenon the world needed - equal parts intriguing, intimidating and indefatigable. From her early days as a model working with Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, her rise to disco stardom in New York City's Studio 54 followed by her storming the New Wave with her reggae-infused post-punk, through to her arresting, decade-defining work Jean-Paul Goude, her eclectic film career and continuing artistic output in the current day, Grace Jones A to Z charts her incredibly rich life. This book beautifully illustrates her life, her art, creative collaborations, films, friendships and fun-all in a brilliantly illustrated A to Z format.

Clarinet Globetrotters + CD (Sheet music): Ros Stephen Clarinet Globetrotters + CD (Sheet music)
Ros Stephen; Edited by Melanie Henry
R282 Discovery Miles 2 820 Shipped 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 clarinettist. 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 clarinet/saxophone or piano accompaniment, and an inspirational CD, Globetrotters is the ultimate resource for aspiring musicians looking to go travellin' ...

Radiohead: The Electric Guitar Songbook (Sheet music): Radiohead Radiohead: The Electric Guitar Songbook (Sheet music)
Radiohead
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Put together for the first time in one book, the artist approved Radiohead: The Electric Guitar Songbook contains over 20 of the greatest guitar songs from Radiohead. Spanning their entire career to date, each song is transcribed for electric guitar in standard notation and tab, with melody line and chord boxes.

Me And A Guy Named Elvis - My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Paperback): Jerry Schilling Me And A Guy Named Elvis - My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Paperback)
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On a lazy Sunday in 1954, twelve-year-old Jerry Schilling wandered into a Memphis touch football game, only to discover that his team was quarterbacked by a nineteen-year-old Elvis Presley, the local teenager whose first record, "That's All Right," had just debuted on Memphis radio. The two became fast friends, even as Elvis turned into the world's biggest star. In 1964, Elvis invited Jerry to work for him as part of his "Memphis Mafia," and Jerry soon found himself living with Elvis full-time in a Bel Air mansion and, later, in his own room at Graceland. Over the next thirteen years Jerry would work for Elvis in various capacities - from bodyguard to photo double to co-executive producer on a karate film. But more than anything else he was Elvis's close friend and confidant: Elvis trusted Jerry with protecting his life when he received death threats, he asked Jerry to drive him and Priscilla to the hospital the day Lisa Marie was born and to accompany him during the famous "lost weekend" when he traveled to meet President Nixon at the White House. Me and a Guy Named Elvis looks at Presley from a friend's perspective, offering readers the man rather than the icon - including insights into the creative frustrations that lead to Elvis's abuse of prescription medicine and his tragic death. Jerry offers never-before-told stories about life inside Elvis's inner circle and an emotional recounting of the great times, hard times, and unique times he and Elvis shared. These vivid memories will be priceless to Elvis's millions of fans, and the compelling story will fascinate an even wider audience.

So Much Things to Say - The Oral History of Bob Marley (Paperback): Roger Steffens So Much Things to Say - The Oral History of Bob Marley (Paperback)
Roger Steffens; Introduction by Linton Kwesi Johnson
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Roger Steffens toured with Bob Marley for two weeks of his final tour of California in 1979 and the music icon was the first guest of Steffens' award-winning radio show. In So Much Things To Say, Steffens draws on a lifetime of scholarship to tell the story of Marley's childhood abandonment, his formative years in Trench Town, his seemingly meteoric rise to international fame and his tragic death at 36. Weaving together the voices of Rita Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer-as well as band members, family and friends-Steffens reveals extraordinary new details, dispels myths and highlights the most dramatic elements of Marley's life; his psychic abilities and his overriding commitment to the peace and love message of Rastafari. This landmark work will reshape our understanding of this legendary performer.

Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Hardcover, Main): Joe Hagan Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine (Hardcover, Main)
Joe Hagan 1
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Shortlisted for the Penderyn Music Book Prize Sticky Fingers is the story of how one man's ego and ambition captured the 1960s youth culture of rock and roll and turned it into a hothouse of fame, power, politics, and riches that would last for fifty years. Drawn from dozens of hours of interviews with Jann Wenner, who granted Joe Hagan exclusive access to his vast personal archive, this biography reveals how Wenner manufactured an unforgettable cultural mythology in story and image every other week for five decades. Hagan captures in stunning detail the extraordi-nary stories behind Rolling Stone, the magazine that reinvented youth culture, and marketed the libertine world of late-sixties San Francisco. He chronicles Wenner's marksmanship as an editor, his instinctive un-derstanding of the zeitgeist, his endless pursuit of fame and power and his capacity for betrayal that would earn him as many enemies as friends. Featuring on-the-record interviews with Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend, Yoko Ono, Billy Joel, Tom Wolfe, Cameron Crowe, Lorne Michaels, David Geffen, Dan Aykroyd, Bette Midler, and many others, Hagan describes Wenner with intimacy, nuance, and complexity. Like a real life Clash of the Titans, Sticky Fingers captures the spirit of the age and paints an unforgettable portrait of one of the most signif-icant cultural forces of our time.

A Guest in the House of Hip-Hop - How Rap Music Taught a Kid from Kentucky What a White Ally Should Be (Paperback): Mickey Hess A Guest in the House of Hip-Hop - How Rap Music Taught a Kid from Kentucky What a White Ally Should Be (Paperback)
Mickey Hess
R323 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R80 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
I Put A Spell On You - The Autobiography Of Nina Simone (Paperback, New Ed): Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You - The Autobiography Of Nina Simone (Paperback, New Ed)
Nina Simone 2
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A gorgeous, inimitable singer and songwriter, Nina Simone (1933-2003) changed the face of both music and race relations in America. She struck a chord with bluesy jazz ballads like "Put a Little Sugar in My Bowl" and powerful protest songs such as "Mississippi Goddam" and "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black," the anthem of the American Civil Rights movement. Coinciding with the re-release of her famous Philips Recordings, here are the reflections of the "High Priestess of Soul" on her own life.

The Big Guitar Chord Songbook - Classic Rock (Paperback): The Big Guitar Chord Songbook - Classic Rock (Paperback)
R262 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R53 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Full lyrics for 70 rock classics complete with chord symbols and guitar boxes.

I am Damo Suzuki (Paperback): Paul Woods I am Damo Suzuki (Paperback)
Paul Woods
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By the time The Fall released `I Am Damo Suzuki' in the mid-1980s, the elusive legend to which the song paid tribute had returned to music. Since making his name as the vocalist of the great German band Can, Kenji `Damo' Suzuki has united a vast range of musicians across the globe through The Damo Suzuki Band and Damo Suzuki's Network. Now in his seventh decade, Damo is as contemporary a figure as ever. I Am Damo Suzuki encompasses his personal travelogue, his spiritual journey and the life-force that has allowed him to twice rise above life-threatening illness. Paul Woods' narrative - drawing on interviews with Suzuki himself, family members, bandmates and friends - evokes the decades-long odyssey of a musical enigma.

My Riot - Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (Paperback): Roger Miret, Jon Wiederhorn My Riot - Agnostic Front, Grit, Guts & Glory (Paperback)
Roger Miret, Jon Wiederhorn; Foreword by Albarr, Jamey Jasta
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Bluffer's Guide To Jazz (Paperback): Paul Barnes Bluffer's Guide To Jazz (Paperback)
Paul Barnes 1
R160 R126 Discovery Miles 1 260 Save R34 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of jazz. Never again confuse your corn with your jam, your mouldy fig with your funky smelly, or your hep with your hip. Bask in the admiration of your fellow enthusiasts as you explain the difference between bebop and hard bop, and pronounce confidently about the provenance of the word `jazz' (and, indeed, `boogie'). Written by experts and offering readers the opportunity to pass off appropriated knowledge as their own, the Bluffer's Guides provide hard fact masquerading as frivolous observation in one witty, easy read.

Jimi Hendrix: Made In England (Paperback): Brian Southall Jimi Hendrix: Made In England (Paperback)
Brian Southall
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The book reveals for the first time the true story of Hendrix' discovery in the US, his arrival in 'swinging' London and his acceptance of (and by)the British and the London music establishment. Packed with new interviews Brian Southall weaves a narrative that brings the period to life and charts his success in England that acted as a springboard for him to return to the US for Monterey and superstardom.

Clapton - The Ultimate Illustrated History (Paperback, Re-issue): Chris Welch Clapton - The Ultimate Illustrated History (Paperback, Re-issue)
Chris Welch
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"One of Guitar World magazine's Top 15 rock books of 2011."

He was born Eric Patrick Clapton, but you can just call him "Slowhand." Over the years, fans of Eric Clapton have debated the high points of an epic career in blues and rock 'n' roll spanning nearly fifty years. Which song best epitomizes Clapton's skills as a songwriter? Which era - the Yardbirds, Cream or his solo work - stands about above the rest? Where does Clapton rank on the list of all-time guitar greats? Whatever your opinions may be, one this is for sure: few artists have contributed as much to the world of music as the six-string magician from Ripley. Put simply, one look at Clapton's five-decade-long resume is enough to blow any rock 'n' roll junkie's mind. It includes time with the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, the Plastic Ono Band, Bonnie & Delaney, Derek and the Dominoes, and his own solo discography, not to mention his Crossroads festivals and appearances at the Concert for Bangladesh, the Last Waltz, Live Aid, the Secret Policeman's Other Ball, and so much more. Along the way, Clapton has won seven Grammy Awards and eighteen gold, eight platinum, and seven multi-platinum albums - including one ten-times platinum LP. If that weren't enough, he's also the only musician to have been inducted in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame three times--as a solo performer and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. From respected author and rock journalist Chris Welch, "Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History" is a beautifully illustrated celebration of all things Clapton. Packed with more than 400 photographs, guitars, concert posters, and other memorabilia, this first-of-its kind book also houses eleven chapters following Clapton's remarkable career--from its earliest days to his various work in several now-legendary bands to his stunning solo career. Also included is a wealth of sidebars covering the gear Clapton has used through the years, as well as extensive appendices detailing his complete discography.

Barrio Harmonics - Essays on Chicano / Latino Music (Paperback): Steven Loza Barrio Harmonics - Essays on Chicano / Latino Music (Paperback)
Steven Loza
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This collection explores Chicano, Mexican, and Cuban musical forms and styles and their transformation in the United States. Employing musical, historical, and sociocultural analyses, Loza addresses issues such as marginality, identity, intercultural conflict and aesthetics, reinterpretation, postnationalism, and mestizaje-the mixing of race and culture-in the production and reception of Chicano/Latino music. Barrio Harmonics opens with a comprehensive overview that begins with music in the US Southwest in the seventeenth century and ends with the Grammy Awards for Latin American music in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In the following chapters, Loza discusses artists whose music ranges from sones, rancheros, and corridos to Latin jazz, R & B, and rock and roll. Among those he considers in depth are Pancho Sanchez, Lalo Guerrero, Tito Puente, and Los Lobos. He also surveys the contributions of scores of other individuals and groups who have shaped the current contour of Chicano/Latino music. Other topics include the music industry and the impact of globalization, the African diaspora, and Latin American music in Japan. In addition, Loza offers a candid assessment of intellectual capitalism and the void of nonwestern voices in contemporary scholarship.

Queen: Complete Works (Paperback, Revised & Updated Edition): Georg Purvis Queen: Complete Works (Paperback, Revised & Updated Edition)
Georg Purvis 1
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Clashing together outrageous musical influences, and extravagant visual imagery, Queen's place in history as the greatest glam band of them all is rock solid.

Their fan base continues to grow, over 25 years on from the death of Freddie Mercury, Queen's flamboyant, unforgettable front man. Georg Purvis's meticulous, session-by-session, song-by-song, album-by-album, tour-by-tour record of the band's progress is the complete reference source that Queen fans have been waiting for. If you love the Champions of Rock, it's all here:

The Band detailed insights into Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon including bands the members formed outside of Queen and solo endeavours

The Albums detailed production history and analysis of every album, including solo releases

The Sessions In depth coverage from the early days via A Night at The Opera all the way to Made in Heaven

The Songs hundreds of individual entries on all the famous recordings, as well as obscure, unreleased rarities

The Tours set-lists and histories of every Queen and Queen-related live show including Queen + Adam Lambert

The Videos a complete guide to Queen's groundbreaking video work

The Movies Flash Gordon, Highlander and 2018 s Bohemian Rhapsody biopic

Plus the reunion shows with Paul Rodgers, Adam Lambert, the radio sessions, the costumes, the parties and much, much more...

Rock Bottom - A Music Writer's Journey into Madness (Hardcover): Michael O'Dell Rock Bottom - A Music Writer's Journey into Madness (Hardcover)
Michael O'Dell 2
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'One of the best music books ever written, because Michael Odell knows music isn't about the musicians - it's about what it does to the listener, even if what it does ends up being wholly disastrous. It's sad, funny, fascinating and wise.' Michael Hann, former Guardian music editor `Hilarious and disarmingly honest; a journey into the neurosis of rock fame, but through doors you don't expect.' Rachel Joyce, author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry A tale of loving, living and surviving rock music Michael Odell is a rock music writer who takes his responsibility as cultural gatekeeper seriously; he asks rock stars the forbidden questions to discover whether they're worthy of readers' admiration. But after interviewing Mick Jagger and Keith Richards - two of the `Big Six' icons - Michael is depressed. He has a public meltdown while chaperoning Oasis at an awards ceremony; he's lost joy in his bathroom full of rock'n'roll memorabilia; and his young son is in trouble at school for emulating rock star behaviour. Reluctantly Michael consults Mrs Henckel, a no-nonsense therapist with zero experience of pop culture. As Michael addresses his feelings about the past, in particular his failed teenage band, Mental Elf, he's forced to confront the question: is it finally time to grow up and forget rock'n'roll?

Guns N' Roses - The Life and Times of a Rock N' Roll Band (Hardcover): Paul Elliott Guns N' Roses - The Life and Times of a Rock N' Roll Band (Hardcover)
Paul Elliott 1
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Guns N' Roses emerged from Los Angeles in the 1980s to become a global rock'n'roll phenomenon, selling in total more than 100 million albums. Three decades on, Guns N' Roses are once again headline news around the world - with the return of iconic guitarist Slash marking the end of his bitter 20-year feud with singer Axl Rose. When Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite For Destruction was released in 1987, the band were so out of control that their record company stated: "They'll make it - if they live." And yet, somehow, they did. Appetite For Destruction became the biggest selling debut in the history of American music, and songs such as "Sweet Child O' Mine", "Welcome To The Jungle" and "Paradise City" became era-defining classics. Known as The Most Dangerous Band In The World, Guns N' Roses' success continued into the 1990s with the albums Use Your Illusion I and II, but by the end of that decade only singer Axl Rose remained from the original line up. This book follows the complete story of Guns N' Roses: the highs and lows, the triumphs and failures, the fights, the excess, and the great music that shook the world. Now, with Axl and Slash reunited - along with another member of the band's classic line-up, Duff McKagan - Guns N' Roses are set to make history once again with one of the biggest tours ever. The story continues...

Englishness, Pop and Post-War Britain (Paperback): Kari Kallioniemi Englishness, Pop and Post-War Britain (Paperback)
Kari Kallioniemi
R1,086 R978 Discovery Miles 9 780 Save R108 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

English pop music was a dominant force on the global cultural scene in the decades after World War II and it served a key role in defining, constructing, and challenging various ideas about Englishness in the period. Kari Kallioniemi covers a stunning range of styles of pop from punk, reggae, and psychedelia to jazz, rock, Brit Pop, and beyond as he explores the question of how various artists (including such major figures as David Bowie and Morrissey), genres, and pieces of music contributed to the developing understanding of who and what was English in the transformative postwar years.

Portraits in Jazz - A piano album (Staple bound): Valerie CAPERS Portraits in Jazz - A piano album (Staple bound)
Valerie CAPERS
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This selection of twelve pieces draws on a variety of jazz styles associated with famous artists including Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald. The pieces are simple yet delightful, and this volume presents a refreshing approach to exploring jazz while improving your piano technique. This volume is perfect for intermediate standard players (approximately Grades 4-5) of any age, and includes a CD with performances by the composer.

The Real Book - Volume 1 B Flat Edition (Paperback, 6th edition): Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation The Real Book - Volume 1 B Flat Edition (Paperback, 6th edition)
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
R610 R481 Discovery Miles 4 810 Save R129 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

(Fake Book). 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 regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces. 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, other than all the notorious errors being fixed: the covers and typeface look the same, the song list is nearly identical, and the price for our edition is even cheaper than the original Every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced accurately and ethically, benefitting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest tunes of all time This Bb edition includes 400 songs: All Blues * Au Privave * Autumn Leaves * Black Orpheus * Bluesette * Body and Soul * Bright Size Life * Con Alma * Dolphin Dance * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Easy Living * Epistrophy * Falling in Love with Love * Footprints * Four on Six * Giant Steps * Have You Met Miss Jones? * How High the Moon * I'll Remember April * Impressions * Lullaby of Birdland * Misty * My Funny Valentine * Oleo * Red Clay * Satin Doll * Sidewinder * Stella by Starlight * Take Five * There Is No Greater Love * Wave * and hundreds more Editions also available in C, E-flat, and Bass Clef.

Rory Gallagher - The Man Behind The Guitar (Hardcover): Julian Vignoles Rory Gallagher - The Man Behind The Guitar (Hardcover)
Julian Vignoles
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Rory Gallagher is revered as one of the world's greatest guitarists. He bounded across the stage with the swagger of a rock star, but offstage he was a shy, unassuming man. There were no wild parties, no marriages and divorces. His short life shifted between the bright lights of his success and the darkness of personal struggle. Gallagher was a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer and champion of blues music. His career began in an Irish showband, followed by four years as the central talent of Taste, one of the great Irish bands. He went on to even greater fame as a solo artist in the 1970s. Gallagher was dedicated to a steadfast musical vision, one that continues to burn brilliantly in rock history. Drawing on extensive interviews, Julian Vignoles casts new light on the familial, musical and other influences that inspired Gallagher, and on the complex personality that drove his career. He reassesses Gallagher's songwriting, often overlooked because of his dexterity as a guitarist. Crucially, Vignoles shows how many songs speak eloquently - and poignantly - about the person who penned them. Meticulously researched, this portrait is the insightful biography that Rory Gallagher deserves, as revelatory for his legions of loyal fans as for curious rock and blues enthusiasts.

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