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Why Dylan Matters (Paperback, Edition): Richard F. Thomas Why Dylan Matters (Paperback, Edition)
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R275 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R106 (39%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A GUARDIAN AND INDEPENDENT BEST MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR `At last an expert classicist gets to grips with Bob Dylan' Mary Beard `Thomas's elegant, charming book offers something for everyone - not just the super-fans' Independent When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world's most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn't even deign to make an acceptance speech? In Why Dylan Matters, Harvard Professor Richard F. Thomas answers that question with magisterial erudition. A world expert on Classical poetry, Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil and Ovid. Dylan's Nobel prize win brought him vindication. This witty, personal volume is a distillation of Thomas's famous course, and makes a compelling case for moving Dylan out of the rock n' roll Hall of Fame and into the pantheon of Classical poets. You'll never think about Bob Dylan in the same way again.

When Giants Walked the Earth - A Biography Of Led Zeppelin (Hardcover): Mick Wall When Giants Walked the Earth - A Biography Of Led Zeppelin (Hardcover)
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R604 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R134 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The definitive final word on the world's greatest rock band, Led Zeppelin. Over ten years after WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH, Mick's seminal biography of the band, comes this major and extensively researched revision, which will provide an unflinching look at life inside one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time, and present the definitive, final word on Led Zeppelin. They were 'the last great band of the sixties; the first great band of the seventies'; they rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of both Page and Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction and death. WHEN GIANTS WALKED THE EARTH reveals for the first time the true extent of band leader Jimmy Page's longstanding interest in the occult, and goes behind the scenes to expose the truth behind their much-hyped yet spectacularly contrived comeback at London's O2 arena in 2007, and how Jimmy Page plans to bring the band back permanently - if only his former protege, now part-time nemesis, Robert Plant will allow him to. Wall also recounts, in a series of flashbacks, the life stories of the five individuals that made the dream of Led Zeppelin into an even more incredible and hard-to-swallow reality: Page, Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham, and their infamous manager, Peter Grant.

Abba: The Treasures (Hardcover): Ingmarie Halling Abba: The Treasures (Hardcover)
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R723 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R227 (31%) Within 7 - 12 working days

We all know - and love - ABBA. Everyone has a copy of Abba Gold (the second most popular album of all time in the UK.) Publishers and booksellers have always wondered: how can we get that Abba feeling into a book? Well here's how: Abba Treasures is co-written by a colleague and friend of the band using contemporary interviews, and the world's acknowledged Abba expert; it features never-before-seen photographs from private collections, and contains removable facsimiles of personal items belonging to Anna, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha. If you wanted Abba in a book, you've got it.

Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography (Hardcover, Epub Edition): Chris Salewicz Jimmy Page: The Definitive Biography (Hardcover, Epub Edition)
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R484 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R143 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Founder of one of the most influential and successful rock bands of all time, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has nevertheless remained an enigma. In this definitive and comprehensive biography of his life so far, Chris Salewicz draws on his own interviews with Page and those closest around him to unravel the man behind the mystery. Having sold over 300 million copies worldwide, Led Zeppelin was the biggest band of the '70s and has been loved by the legions ever since. From his own conversations with Jimmy, the rest of Led Zeppelin, old girlfriends, tour managers and session musicians to name but a few, Salewicz reveals the many trials and tribulations which transformed the middle class boy from the Surrey suburbs into one of rock's most enigmatic frontmen. Detailed, thrilling and expertly researched, Salewicz discovers a man who was prepared to die for his art; who justified heroin use so he could harness its narcotic focus whilst making albums, and who overcame numerous death threats during this time. A warrior magician, Salewicz delves into the many skeletons and eccentricities in Page's closet, contextualising him against a background of London gangsters, deaths, and power struggles which Page has continued to rail against to this day, even within his own band. As entertaining as it is insightful, and from a writer who experienced first-hand the Led Zeppelin furore, this promises to be as close to a Jimmy Page autobiography as fans can get.

The Complete Beatles Songs (Paperback): Steve Turner The Complete Beatles Songs (Paperback)
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R699 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R272 (39%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In The Complete Beatles Songs, Steve Turner shatters many well-worn myths and adds a new dimension to the Fab Four's rich legacy. This beautifully packaged book examines every Beatles-penned song and the inspiration behind them all; with fresh research and packed with new information, there are revelations aplenty. The book covers the Fab Four's entire output chapter by chapter and includes a complete set of printed lyrics to accompany each song, used with exclusive permission from the band's music publishers. Who was "just seventeen" and made Paul's heart go "boom"? Who was "Lady Madonna"? Was there really an Eleanor Rigby? What inspired "Happiness is a Warm Gun"? Why was Paul the "walrus" and what inspired the lyrics to Ringo's "Octopus's Garden"?

The Boy in the Song - The real stories behind 50 classic pop songs (Hardcover): Michael Heatley The Boy in the Song - The real stories behind 50 classic pop songs (Hardcover)
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R241 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R68 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Focusing on the boyfriends, husbands, exes, heroes, celebrities, fathers, sons, complete strangers, and even bandmates of songwriters, this handbook unveils who sparked 50 of rock's greatest songs. Answering burning questions such as "Who was Dolly Parton referring to when she sang "I Will Always Love You"?" and "When Elton John's songwriting partner Bernie Taupin had him proclaim "The Bitch Is Back," did he realize that he was singing about himself?," this trivia collection is a music buff's dream. It explains how each boy or man inspired the song written about him, when the song was released, and the impact it had on the charts, the performer, and the subject himself. Accompanying mini biographies bring readers up-to-date on how the songs affected the men and their present whereabouts while sidebars contain trivia on the performers and recording history.

Simulation Theory (Sheet music): Muse Simulation Theory (Sheet music)
Muse
R370 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R76 (21%) 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 guitar (tab) and voice, plus an 8-page colour section.

5 Seconds of Summer: Live and Loud - The Ultimate On Tour Fan Book (Hardcover): Malcolm Croft 5 Seconds of Summer: Live and Loud - The Ultimate On Tour Fan Book (Hardcover)
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R161 R122 Discovery Miles 1 220 Save R39 (24%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In 2011, 5SOS almost broke the internet with their mega YouTube successes. Since then they have become one of the world's most famous bands with album sales of over three million, and hundreds of triumphant live performances. 5 Seconds of Summer Live and Loud Fan Book concentrates on the band as live performers. As the boys agree, on stage is where 5SOS are at their very best...

Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Hardcover): David Hepworth Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Hardcover)
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R354 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R70 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Pop music's a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? What's fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. This relationship gets more complicated the longer it goes on. It's been going on now for 50 years. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He's interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop, from top tips for bands starting out to the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres, with characteristic insight and humour, he explores the highways and byways of this vast multiverse where Nothing Is Real and yet it is, emphatically and intrinsically so. Along the way he asks some essential questions about music and about life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play `Angels' at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said `of all the unimportant things, football is the most important'. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.

Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (Paperback, Main - Faber Social Greatest Hits): Barney Hoskyns Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits (Paperback, Main - Faber Social Greatest Hits)
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R184 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R30 (16%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Spanning Tom Waits' extraordinary 40-year career, from Closing Time to Orphans, Lowside of the Road is Barney Hoskyns' unique take on one of rock's great enigmas. Like Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Waits is a chameleonic survivor who's achieved long-term success while retaining cult credibility and outsider mystique. From his perilous "jazzbo" years in '70s Los Angeles to the multiple-Grammy winner of recent years - by way of such shape-shifting '80s albums as Swordfishtrombones - this exhaustive biography charts Waits' life step-by-step and album-by-album. Affectionate and penetrating, and based on a combination of assiduous research and deep critical insight, this is a outstanding investigation of a notoriously private artist and performer - the definitive account to date of Tom Waits' life and work.

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 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R118 (25%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Ricochet - David Bowie 1983: An Intimate Portrait (Hardcover): Denis O'Regan Ricochet - David Bowie 1983: An Intimate Portrait (Hardcover)
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R1,080 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R430 (40%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A breathtaking, never-before-seen glimpse into life on tour with David Bowie, by the late singer's official tour photographer In 1983 David Bowie set out on the Serious Moonlight Tour, his biggest ever. On the road with him was his official photographer, Denis O'Regan. Few artists and photographers have had such a close touring relationship. This book is the result: a never-before-seen photographic portrait of a year with Bowie, from the theatre of performance to his most unguarded moments. Introduced by O'Regan and with every single image personally approved by Bowie, this is an intimate view of an icon at the height of his fame.

The Dark Stuff (Paperback, Main - Faber Social Greatest Hits): Nick Kent The Dark Stuff (Paperback, Main - Faber Social Greatest Hits)
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R176 R145 Discovery Miles 1 450 Save R31 (18%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In The Dark Stuff Nick Kent profiles twenty-two of the most gifted and self-destructive talents in rock history. From Brian Wilson to Syd Barrett, the Rolling Stones to Neil Young, Iggy Pop to Lou Reed, he offers intimate portraits that are unimaginable in the world of today's market driven music business.

Metaphysical Graffiti - Rock 'n' Roll and the Meaning of Life (Paperback): Seth Kaufman Metaphysical Graffiti - Rock 'n' Roll and the Meaning of Life (Paperback)
Seth Kaufman
R318 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R76 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Dear Mr Pop Star (Hardcover): Derek Philpott Dear Mr Pop Star (Hardcover)
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R409 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R118 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

For more than a decade, Derek Philpott and his son, Dave, have been writing to pop stars from the 1970s and 80s, to take issue with the lyrics of some of their best-known songs. But then, to their great surprise, the pop stars started writing back... Dear Mr Pop Star contains 100 of Derek and Dave's greatest hits, including correspondence with Katrina and the Waves, Tears for Fears, Squeeze, The Housemartins, Suzi Quatro, Devo, Fairground Attraction, Nik Kershaw, T Pau, Human League, Eurythmics, Wang Chung, EMF, Mott the Hoople, Heaven 17, Jesus Jones, Johnny Hates Jazz, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and Chesney Hawkes.

Queen Unseen (MP3 format, CD): Peter Hince Queen Unseen (MP3 format, CD)
Peter Hince; Narrated by Rupert Holliday-Evans, Peter Hince
R515 R398 Discovery Miles 3 980 Save R117 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Thanks a Lot MR Kibblewhite - My Story (Hardcover): Roger Daltrey Thanks a Lot MR Kibblewhite - My Story (Hardcover)
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R589 R382 Discovery Miles 3 820 Save R207 (35%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Rock Stars at Home (Hardcover): Chris Charlesworth, Eddi Fiegel, Bryan Reesman, Colin Salter, Simon Spence, Daryl Easlea Rock Stars at Home (Hardcover)
Chris Charlesworth, Eddi Fiegel, Bryan Reesman, Colin Salter, Simon Spence, …
R484 R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Save R112 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Bring It On Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Paperback): Mark Blake Bring It On Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Paperback)
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R325 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R55 (17%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Bring it on Home is a celebration, a cautionary tale and a compelling human drama. Written with the full co-operation of the Grant family and with access to Grant's private correspondence, business contracts and photographs, this biography features interviews with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, and examines Grant's remarkably close (and some suggest unhealthy) relationship with Jimmy Page, his troubled relationship with Robert Plant and his great friendship with the late drummer John Bonham. Stories about how Grant intimidated the producers of The Song Remains the Same and the drug-related excess surrounding Swan Song Records and Grant's relationship with John Bindon and his extended coterie of Kings Road criminals are told with great candour, while the details of a plot to kidnap Led Zeppelin's band members' children by Jamaican gangsters are revealed for the first time. It also tells the dramatic and bleakly humorous family story of how Grant's estranged wife, and two children, Helen and Warren, dealt with this unusual and often tumultuous life. Warren Grant discusses, with unflinching honesty, an often-dangerous adolescence spent with a drug-addicted father, surrounded by groupies and dealers, in a house filled with shotguns. The narrative also features walk-on parts from Bob Dylan, Stanley Kubrick, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, Elvis's father Vernon and Pope John XIII. As Warren Grant says now: 'My dad knew everyone'.

Our Journey - Rak Su's Official Autobiography. The X Factor Winners (Hardcover): Rak-Su Our Journey - Rak Su's Official Autobiography. The X Factor Winners (Hardcover)
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R435 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R123 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A shout-out to all fans of Rak-Su - this is their story, from where it all began to where they are now, full of exclusive stories and pictures. __________ Rak-Pack! Are you ready for our official story? As long as we've been friends, we've been creating our unique sound of soul, R'n'B, Hip-Hop, Latin and Caribbean music. Keeping the momentum going from our X-Factor journey, we are now performing at sold-out arenas, making more music and having fun! So why not join us on the adventure? Unrivalled access to never-before-seen photos, intimate stories, and behind-the-scenes info - in our first and only memoir! _________ Ashley, Jamaal, Myles and Mustafa shot to stardom in 2017 as the first ever male group to win the X-Factor. Since then, the soulful boys have been topping the charts with their eclectic sound, performing at sold-out arenas, touring with global sensation Little Mix, recording their first album and most recently dropping their brand new hit single, Pyro Ting. Join Rak-Su on their journey from ordinary North-West London lads, to victors of one of the world's biggest talent shows in their one and ONLY! OFFICIAL memoir, Our Journey.

Brutally Honest - A Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover): Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon Brutally Honest - A Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover)
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R431 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R113 (26%) Within 7 - 11 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.

So Here It Is - The Autobiography (Paperback, 2nd edition): Dave Hill So Here It Is - The Autobiography (Paperback, 2nd edition)
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R216 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R62 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'No Slade = No Oasis. It's as devastating and as simple as that' Noel Gallagher With six consecutive number one singles and the smash hit `Merry Xmas Everybody , Slade were unstoppable. Now, for the first time, the man whose outlandish costumes, glittering make-up and unmistakable hairstyle made Slade one of the definitive acts of the Glam Rock era, tells his story. But there s more to Dave s life than rock 'n' roll and good times. So Here It Is also frankly covers the original band s painful break-up, Dave s subsequent battle with depression, and his recovery from the stroke that threatened to cut short his performing career. If you ve ever wondered what it feels like to be a working-class lad from the Midlands suddenly confronted by unimaginable fame and wealth, So Here It Is is the definitive account, served with great heart and humour and filled with Dave s own collection of never-before-seen photos.

Simulation Theory (Sheet music): Muse Simulation Theory (Sheet music)
Muse
R345 R275 Discovery Miles 2 750 Save R70 (20%) 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.

The White Album: The Album, the Beatles and the World in 1968 (Hardcover): Brian Southall The White Album: The Album, the Beatles and the World in 1968 (Hardcover)
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R502 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R143 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Packed full of musical and historical analysis centred on the Beatles at the peak of their popularity, The White Album: A-side/B-side takes a look at one of the greatest albums ever created, and the tumultuous time period it was born into. Dive into the revolution and turmoil that followed the 'The Summer of Love' and follow the disruption on streets through the ground-breaking music of The Beatles. The ultimate guide to the eclectic styles, techniques and stories behind the universally renowned "The White Album". Including an indepth guide to the album and an exploration of the political and social influences, this captures revolutiony moment in musical history.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Hardcover): James Ball Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Hardcover)
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R205 R176 Discovery Miles 1 760 Save R29 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

What is love? How soon is now? How do you solve a problem like Maria?

They're some of the most famous questions ever asked. But do you know the answer to them? In Should I Stay or Should I Go?, award-winning journalist James Ball travels from the economic status of doggies in windows, to what war is good for and what becomes of the broken hearted to find out the definitive, fascinating and hilarious answers.

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