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Rolling Stone Covers / 50 Years (Paperback): Jann S. Wenner Rolling Stone Covers / 50 Years (Paperback)
Jann S. Wenner 1
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For the past 50 years, the covers of Rolling Stone have depicted the icons of popular culture-from John Lennon, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Madonna, and Steve Martin to Rihanna, Louis C.K., Adele, Radiohead, and Barack Obama-cementing their legendary and influential status within popular culture. No other magazine has the illustrious history and prestige of having defined popular culture from the birth of rock and roll to the present. This fantastic collection is newly revised and updated to include the covers from all 50 years of Rolling Stone history. With an updated introduction by Jann S. Wenner as well as new excerpts from the magazine and quotes from photographers and their celebrity subjects, this nostalgic journey down the memory lane of music, entertainment, and politics is irresistible.

Ed Sheeran - Divide and Conquer (Paperback): David Nolan Ed Sheeran - Divide and Conquer (Paperback)
David Nolan 1
R248 R163 Discovery Miles 1 630 Save R85 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Self-described as a 'spotty, chubby, ginger teenager' with a love for Damien Rice and Nizlopi, Ed Sheeran was never an obvious bet to become a global superstar. And yet that's exactly what he's achieved, winning plenty of awards (and hearts) along the way. But how did a young musician go from selling CDs from his rucksack to becoming the millennial record-breaking international stadium act? Tracing his story from his bohemian childhood in Yorkshire and Suffolk to the release of his third album Divide, music journalist David Nolan chronicles Sheeran's musical life and times. Featuring exclusive interviews with friends, relatives, musical collaborators and key figures in his rise to stardom, Divide and Conquer tells the story of how Ed Sheeran went from school drop-out to one of the world's most successful musicians.

Iron Maiden and Praying Mantis: - The Early Days (Paperback): Bob 'Angelo' Sawyer Iron Maiden and Praying Mantis: - The Early Days (Paperback)
Bob 'Angelo' Sawyer
R358 R287 Discovery Miles 2 870 Save R71 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Bob Sawyer - one time guitarist with both Iron Maiden & Praying Mantis tells his story covering the previously unchartered depths of the early days of both bands with all the gigs recalled from Bob's own archive, including previously unpublished photos. This unique account details Bob's musical journey from the early seventies to being the guitarist in Iron Maiden during the band's formative years in the mid-seventies - before they had even signed a record contract. The band gigged relentlessly in an around their native East end of London, where they regularly played the pubs and clubs such as the Cart & Horses and Bridge House. Although Bob left Iron Maiden before they were signed to EMI, the advent of a surge in this genre dubbed the New Wave of British Heavy Metal saw Bob touring with one of the chief exponents Praying Mantis as part of the 1980 Metal For Muthas Tour that included bands such as Motorhead, Saxon and Samson, as well as his former band Iron Maiden. Bob also picked up with Iron Maiden again when Praying Mantis toured as the support act on Maiden's first headlining tour. Bob kept diaries, which now published in this book, give a great behind the scenes look at the formative days of not just these bands but of the enduring heavy metal movement as well.

Dark Side of the Spoon - The Rock Cookbook (Paperback): Joe Inniss, Ralph Miller, Peter Stadden Dark Side of the Spoon - The Rock Cookbook (Paperback)
Joe Inniss, Ralph Miller, Peter Stadden
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Wake Up You! The Fall & Rise Of Nigerian Rock 1972-1977 Volume 2 (Paperback): Eothen Alapatt, Uchenna Ikonne Wake Up You! The Fall & Rise Of Nigerian Rock 1972-1977 Volume 2 (Paperback)
Eothen Alapatt, Uchenna Ikonne
R445 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R94 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Woolgathering (Hardcover): Patti Smith Woolgathering (Hardcover)
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R338 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R122 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A great book about becoming an artist, Woolgathering tells of a youngster finding herself as she learns the noble vocation of woolgathering, a worthy calling that seemed a good job for me. She discovers often at night, often in nature the pleasures of rescuing a fleeting thought. Deeply moving, Wool- gathering calls up our own memories, as the child glimpses and gleans, piecing together a crazy quilt of truths. Smith introduces us to her tribe, a race of cloud dwellers, and to the fierce, vital pleasures of cloud watching and stargazing and wandering.A radiant new autobiographical piece, Two Worlds (which was not in the original 1992 Hanuman edition of Woolgathering), and the author s photographs and illustrations are also included. Woolgathering celebrates the sacred nature of creation with Smith s beautiful style, acclaimed as glorious (NPR), spellbinding (Booklist), rare and ferocious (Salon), and shockingly beautiful (New York Magazine).

Two Days That Rocked the World - Elton John Live at Dodger Stadium (Hardcover): Terry O'Neill Two Days That Rocked the World - Elton John Live at Dodger Stadium (Hardcover)
Terry O'Neill; Photographs by Terry O'Neill; Introduction by Billie Jean King
R722 R584 Discovery Miles 5 840 Save R138 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

On October 25 and 26, 1975, Elton John - the world's biggest pop star - performed two sold-out shows in California's Dodger Stadium. It would be the largest rock concert of its time and the first time a music act performed at the ballpark since The Beatles in 1966. In 1975, Elton John released Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, the first ever album to debut straight at number one on the Billboard charts. A few days before the concert, he'd release another number one album, Rock of the Westies. His fame was at an all-time high and Elton John was well-known for his outlandish live performances. The biggest rock star in the world was going to stage two nights in one of America's most beloved and famous venues. This was sure to become a significant note in the history of 20th-century music.Photographer Terry O'Neill, by then already known as a world class photographer whose images of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie were considered iconic, was on-hand to capture every moment.O 'Neill was given unprecedented access to document this incredible occasion and now, for the first time in book form, these photos - many of which have never been seen before - celebrate two milestone days in music history.Days before the event, Elton John left London in trademark style. Friends, family and the next-door neighbours boarded what would become a flying back-stage, complete with a piano, from London to LAX. The build-up to the event was feverish and the world's press was watching. Through his lens, Terry O'Neill records the exuberance, anxiety and pressure as the star readies himself for the show of a lifetime.Through private moments as well as public ones, including Elton backstage with super-fans as diverse as Cary Grant and Billie Jean King, O'Neill creates a visual record that will forever help define this moment of time when music's most outlandish performer overcame his personal and professional demons to create two days of performance legend all leading-up to the ultimate moment: Elton John on-stage in a Bob Mackie designed Dodger's uniform - complete with 'Elton #1' emblazoned on the back, raising a baseball bat high in the air. It was a home run.O 'Neill captures all of this and more in Two Days that Rocked the World: Elton John Live at Dodger Stadium, Photographs by Terry O'Neill. Including an introduction by Billie Jean King, this incredible book will feature more than 150 photographs along with O'Neill's own memories of the event itself. This book celebrates the story of a concert that was instantly dubbed an iconic moment in music history and John's finest moment.

Truth... - Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Jeff Beck Group (Paperback): Dave Thompson Truth... - Rod Stewart, Ron Wood and the Jeff Beck Group (Paperback)
Dave Thompson
R346 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R80 (23%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Jeff Beck is one of the greatest electric guitarists Britain has ever produced. Dave Thompson presents an in-depth analysis of the short-lived Jeff Beck Group of the late 1960s, featuring interviews with Beck himself and other bandmates.

Cosmic Dancer - The Life & Music of Marc Bolan (Paperback): Paul Roland Cosmic Dancer - The Life & Music of Marc Bolan (Paperback)
Paul Roland
R374 R247 Discovery Miles 2 470 Save R127 (34%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Marc Bolan, the biggest pop star in post-Beatles Britain, was haunted by the fear that he would die before his 30th birthday. He repeatedly told friends, family and colleagues that he had foreseen his own death in a car crash and that the car would be a mini. He had alluded to the tragedy in several songs and a poem in which he named the tree that would become a shrine to his grieving fans. It is said that he had also known the date of his death, gleaned from a painting, titled 'The Sixteenth of September' by the Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte which foreshadowed an iconic image on the cover of his 'The Slider' album. Whatever the truth, it is a fact that on that very date in 1977, two weeks short of his 30th birthday, Bolan's morbid prophecy was fulfilled. In this definitive new biography Paul Roland chronicles the life and music of the vibrato-voiced glam rock idol and 20th century boy who created some of the most instantly appealing and enduring songs of the 70s -- 'Ride A White Swan', "Hot Love', 'Get It On', 'Telegram Sam', 'Children of the Revolution' and 'Solid Gold Easy Action' -- in what appears to have been a fevered rush to cheat Fate. At the peak of his popularity in 1972 the Beatles acknowledged Bolan and his group T-Rex as their natural successor and Ringo Starr directed the film that brought the fan hysteria known as T-Rextasy to a stagnant British pop scene and which was to top the DVD charts 30 years after it original release. That year the former working class Hackney mod launched his own label and continued a run of number one hits that accounted for 3.5% of the total singles sales in the UK, outselling the combined singles sales of Jimi Hendrix and The Who. But just when Bolan was at the summit of his success it all went sour. This is the incredible story of Marc Bolan's roller-coaster rise to fame and his resurrection as the self-styled 'Godfather of Punk' that promised to put him back on top until the fatal accident which cut short his life and hopes of a comeback.

Journeyman: Eric Clapton -- A Photographic Narrative (Hardcover): Gene Shaw Journeyman: Eric Clapton -- A Photographic Narrative (Hardcover)
Gene Shaw; Foreword by John Matos, Anthony Decurtis
R550 R390 Discovery Miles 3 900 Save R160 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

For over five decades, Eric Clapton has ranked among rock's premiere guitarists--and since the early 1980s, famed music photographer Gene Shaw has been capturing great moments from Slowhand's electrifying career. More than 150 of Shaw's rare color and black-and-white photographs offer a front-row fan's perspective on many legendary musical events. Highlights include Clapton's performance at the 1983 ARMS benefit; the 1992 show with Elton John at Shea Stadium; the 2005 Cream reunions at the Royal Albert Hall and Madison Square Garden; several appearances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; and the current Crossroads Guitar Festivals.
Shaw provides a commentary on each show, recapturing the emotionally charged moods of venues ranging from small clubs and theaters to vast stadiums and arenas. Notes on the performances include a partial band lineup and complete set list. This unique retrospective includes an Introduction by "Rolling Stone" writer Anthony DeCurtis and a Foreword by John "Crash" Matos, artist and designer of some of Clapton's signature guitars.

Beaming David Bowie (Paperback): Marc John Beaming David Bowie (Paperback)
Marc John
R279 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R103 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A rising hotshot in the cinema business loses and then rediscovers his spirituality along the way to making history with David Bowie. In the autumn of 2003 author Marc John organised a live satellite broadcast of a specially produced David Bowie concert which was shown exclusively in cinemas around the world. This marked the first time ever that a live event had been beamed to cinemas world-wide, and reflects the coming of 'digital cinema', which is seeing the cinema industry steadily adopt satellite dishes, hard drives and digital projectors to diversify cinema programming to include live music, sport, interactivity and video games, for the first time in cinemas 100 year old history. This book goes revealingly behind the scenes as this major, digital transition takes place, culminating with the fast paced, high flying experience of beaming David Bowie to tens of thousand of fans across four continents in sold out, rocking cinemas. But at what price to the authors spiritual direction did this historic landmark and career height cost? As an aspiring actor/playwright in New York in his teenage years, a former political candidate back home in England in his 20s and a guerrilla moviemaker whose low budget digital video experiments brought him into the executive ranks of Odeon, the UKs biggest cinema chain, the author discovered, through many improbable adventures leading up to the Bowie gig, the journey in life that we are all on. And this book is as much about the change within as it is about the change around us as the digital age gathers pace in transforming every area of our work and lives.

Chain The 50 Years Of Fleetwood Mac (Hardcover): P. Chrisp Chain The 50 Years Of Fleetwood Mac (Hardcover)
P. Chrisp
R490 R377 Discovery Miles 3 770 Save R113 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Fifty years later, as they prepare for their gigantic farewell world tour throughout 2018, they remain one of the biggest bands of all time - a position they have held since 1977 when, with the help of John's wife, Christine McVie, and two virtually unknown American musicians called Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, they released an LP titled Rumours that went on to become the world's best-selling album. That, in itself, is a remarkable story. Now consider the highs and lows, the successes and failures, the personal turmoil, tragedy and heartbreak through which this band has journeyed over the last 50 years ... and the story of Fleetwood Mac becomes one of pure drama. The greatest ever rock `n' roll soap opera.

The Most Beautiful - My Life With Prince (Paperback): Mayte Garcia The Most Beautiful - My Life With Prince (Paperback)
Mayte Garcia 1
R237 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R38 (16%) Within 7 - 11 working days

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating losses that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Throughout it all, they shared a bond more intimate than any other in Prince's life. No one else can tell this story or can provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince--both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist--than Mayte, his partner during some of the most pivotal personal and professional years of his career. The Most Beautiful is a book that will be returned to for decades, as Prince's music lives on with generations to come.

Breaking Stones (Hardcover): Terry O'Neill, Gered Mankowitz Breaking Stones (Hardcover)
Terry O'Neill, Gered Mankowitz; Edited by Robin Morgan 1
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"I was impressed by The Stones. They were dressed casually, had mischief in them and were different to other bands." Terry O'Neill. In July 1962, a group of young men played a gig at The Marquee Club on Oxford Street, London. They called themselves 'The Rollin' Stones' and little did they know they would soon be making music history. This brilliant new book captures the youth, the times and the spirit of The Stones' formative early years. And documenting 1963-1965 were two young photographers just starting out in their careers. Terry O'Neill, aged just 25, had a few years' experience photographing musicians and knew that this group had the same magic as another British phenomenon that just recently started to chart, The Beatles. As the band was starting to record and tour, Gered Mankowitz came along. His first shoot, the now famous Mason's Yard session, was so fruitful, Gered was asked to tag along on tour to America. Gered was a mere 19 when he picked up his camera and joined the band on stage in 1965. Between these two legendary photographers, they document the band's beginnings and these indelible images are forever placed in music's consciousness.The photography throughout this book is embellished with various memoires and interviews, celebrating the early days and giving an inisght into what it must have felt like to go from a small club in Soho with no record deal to touring the world a few years later with a number one record. Terry O'Neill and Gered Mankowitz, two of the most respected, collected and exhibited photographers in the world were sitting in the front row. There are quotes from Andrew Loog Oldman, Norman Jopling, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bill Wyman, full interviews with Terry O'Neill and Gered Mankowitz, original articles from the Record Mirror (1963), Evening Standard (1964) and Detroit Free Press (1965), and many rare and previously unseen photographs and contact sheets are included.

You Really Got Me - The Story of The Kinks (Hardcover): Nick Hasted You Really Got Me - The Story of The Kinks (Hardcover)
Nick Hasted 1
R478 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R93 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The Kinks are the quintessential British sixties band, revered for an incredible series of classic songs ("You Really Got Me", "Waterloo Sunset" and "Lola" to name but a few) and critically acclaimed albums ("The Village Green Preservation Society"). Featuring original interviews with key band members Ray Davies, his brother Dave and Mick Avory, as well as Chrissie Hynde and many others close to the group, every stage of their career is covered in fascinating detail: the hits, the American successes of the 1970s and the legendary band in-fighting. Nearly 50 years after they formed, The Kinks influence is still being felt today as strongly as ever.

Wired for Sound - Now That's What I Call An Eighties Music Childhood (Paperback): Tom Bromley Wired for Sound - Now That's What I Call An Eighties Music Childhood (Paperback)
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The eighties was a golden era for British pop: Radio One served as the soundtrack of the nation; the chart run-down on Sunday evenings was compulsory listening - ditto watching Top of the Popsand reading Smash Hits. It also saw the launch of the Now That's What I Call Music series. In the States, the arrival of MTV helped usher in what became known as the 'Second British Invasion', echoing the success of the Beatles twenty years earlier. Wired For Soundtells the remarkable story of the great eighties British bands (and Kajagoogoo) and how their music captured the nation's imagination: the more radical beginnings in the early eighties (the new romanticisms of Duran and Spandau, the 'protest pop' of early Wham!); the full pomp of their mid-eighties success (the worldwide tours, the glamorous video shoots, the ubiquitous 'Choose Life' and 'Relax' T-shirts); and their fall from the top of pop's pedestal (the splitting up of Wham!, Boy George's drug problems). Wired for Soundwill describe the subsequent descent to Band Aid II (Bros, Wet Wet Wet, Stock, Aitken and Waterman), which bookended the low point of the pop music that followed. Wired For Sound will be the affectionate celebration of both a musical youth and the era when young guns went for it. This is a book for anyone who grew up reading Smash Hits, soundtracked their teenage years on C90 cassettes and remembers a time when it really mattered who was number one.

Pieces of Morrissey - Adventures with the Mozarmy (Paperback): Matthew Jacobson Pieces of Morrissey - Adventures with the Mozarmy (Paperback)
Matthew Jacobson
R231 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R86 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Ministry Of Pop - The Stock Aitken Waterman Story (Hardcover): Mark Elliott The Ministry Of Pop - The Stock Aitken Waterman Story (Hardcover)
Mark Elliott
R739 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R183 (25%) Within 7 - 12 working days
The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Hardcover): Kenneth Womack The Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (Hardcover)
Kenneth Womack
R1,578 R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Save R85 (5%) Within 7 - 12 working days

From Please Please Me to Abbey Road, this collection of essays tells the fascinating story of the Beatles - the creation of the band, their musical influences, and their cultural significance, with emphasis on their genesis and practices as musicians, songwriters, and recording artists. Through detailed biographical and album analyses, the book uncovers the background of each band member and provides expansive readings of the band's music. * Traces the group's creative output from their earliest recordings through their career * Pays particular attention to the social and historical factors which contributed to the creation of the band * Investigates the Beatles' unique enduring musical legacy and cultural power * Clearly organized into three sections, covering Background, Works, and History and Influence, the Companion is ideal for course usage, and is also a must-read for all Beatles fans

The Road of Golden Dust - The Deep Purple Story 1968-76 (Paperback): Jerry Bloom The Road of Golden Dust - The Deep Purple Story 1968-76 (Paperback)
Jerry Bloom 1
R345 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R71 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A comprehensive story of Deep Purple's golden years 1968-76, which saw the band come from nowhere to have a top 4 US hit with its debut single. Within two years the band was in the throes of potentially dissolving when the record company went into liquidation. Fortunately, focussing on their homeland in Britain they re-launched their career with the groundbreaking In Rock LP in 1970 - the platform that ensured by 1973 Deep Purple was the biggest selling album artists in America. Band break-ups and in-fighting continually rocked the boat before finally calling it a day in 1976 after a brief UK tour. The Road Of Golden Dust documents the ups and downs, drawing on the author's interviews with various band and road crew members including founding members Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Nick Simper, as well as interviews with Roger Glover, Glenn Hughes, roadie Ian Hansford, tour manager Colin Hart plus co-operation from the management company Deep Purple (Overseas) Ltd, that all help to unveil some new stories that help to explain the whys and wherefores that shaped one of Britain's greatest and most influential rock bands of all time.

Natural Born Man - The Life of Jack Johnson (Paperback): Marc Shapiro Natural Born Man - The Life of Jack Johnson (Paperback)
Marc Shapiro
R347 R267 Discovery Miles 2 670 Save R80 (23%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Hawaii's own Grammy-nominated musician was carving out a growing reputation as a professional surfer when an accident left him too injured to compete at the highest level. Jack Johnson switched to making surf movies but gradually found his voice as a singer-songwriter.

Initially a cult favorite among surfers, he has now crossed over to the mainstream, acclaimed as a "Dylan for the twenty-first century." His third album, 2005's "In Between Dreams, " sold over two million copies worldwide and continues to ride high in album charts, and he has just picked up a BRIT Award for International Breakthrough Act.

Acclaimed George Harrison biographer Marc Shapiro has conducted hours of new interviews with those who knew Johnson both as a surfer and a musician, to produce a compelling portrait of one of rock's most original new stars.

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Led Zeppelin - Classic Rock Wisdom from the Greatest Band of All Time (Hardcover):... Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Led Zeppelin - Classic Rock Wisdom from the Greatest Band of All Time (Hardcover)
Benjamin Darling; Illustrated by Danielle Marshall
R299 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R66 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Stranded in the Jungle - Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride-A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, an (Paperback): Curt Weiss Stranded in the Jungle - Jerry Nolan's Wild Ride-A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, an (Paperback)
Curt Weiss
R513 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R188 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Here is the story of an often overlooked, one-of-a-kind rock n roll musician and the historic times he lived in. In spite of numerous opportunities for success, he became a tragedy. Jerry Nolan came out of New York in the 1970s as part of two of the most influential and infamous bands of the time, the proto-punk New York Dolls and Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers. Jerry had what it took to be a star, but his battles with heroin continually stymied his career and ultimately ended his life. Despite this, he is remembered as a cross between a Martin Scorsese film character and jazz legend Gene Krupa: a stylish, urban, wisecracking, trendsetting raconteur, who was also a powerhouse drummer. Stranded in the Jungle: Jerry Nolan s Wild Ride A Tale of Drugs, Fashion, the New York Dolls, and Punk Rock tells Jerry s story through extensive research and interviews with those closest to him: bandmates, friends, lovers, and family members, including new interviews with members of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bands the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Talking Heads, and Blondie. It gives firsthand accounts of not only Jerry s life and struggles but the earliest history of punk rock in both New York and London, highlighting his notorious and incendiary musical partner, Johnny Thunders.

The Who: Can't Explain (Hardcover, Special edition): Steven Rosen The Who: Can't Explain (Hardcover, Special edition)
Steven Rosen
R572 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R138 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Unofficial four part biography of influential rock band The Who. Formed in 1964, The Who's classic line-up of Roger Daltrey on vocals, Pete Townshend on guitar, John Entwistle on bass and Keith Moon on drums found success quickly with the iconic single 'My Generation' and their predilection for destroying their instruments at the end of shows. This biography tells the story of the band through the years, with the aid of archive interviews and contributions from music journalists.

Donald Brackett - Back To Black - Amy Winehouse's Only Masterpiece (Paperback): Donald Brackett Donald Brackett - Back To Black - Amy Winehouse's Only Masterpiece (Paperback)
Donald Brackett 1
R421 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R126 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Be a fly on the wall: get the inside history and behind-the-scenes events in the making of a masterpiece. In this refreshing book which focuses solely on Amy Winehouse s musical artistry, stylistic influences, and creative collaborations with great producers and musicians, instead of her personal problems Donald Brackett explores pertinent questions about the importance of pop music in contemporary culture. In this incisive and fascinating study of Amy Winehouse s second, and last, album (released in 2006), Back to Black, he opens the door not only to the full experience of this great record but also explores the seductive sonic hook that pop artists always strive for and unearths what makes the record unique, influential, and unforgettable. He reveals the creative steps in its inception and production, the technical virtuosity that makes it special, and why it deserves to be considered a pop classic. In an album that continually strips down the branches of popular music to draw from its muscular trunk, Amy Winehouse (with significant help from producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi) used the deep longing of 60s girl-group pop, such as the Ronettes, to fuel the torch sound she perfected in her debut. Brackett fully considers Winehouse s legacy ten years after her multi-Grammy winning album exploring the origins of a global cultural phenomenon by examining her roots as a storyteller; studying her swift arrival as a demonic pop diva; the crucially important creative role played by her gifted producers in the studio; the historical musical influences on her style; the soul magic of her superb backup band, the Dap-Kings; her live performance style onstage; and her magnetic public image as a video star. Back to Black is also explored song by song in an appreciation of its status as a true pop-art artefact. In the end, it s the songs that make up Back to Black which go far beyond our potentially prurient fascination with the unique singer s early demise five years ago and instead bring vibrantly to life the surprising pop majesty she personified.

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