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The only biography and analysis of the music of Ritchie Valens, who has become an American folk hero, this exceptional and critically praised book includes 23 pages of photographs. The book also contains material on the film La Bamba (including photographs) and on the relationship between Valens and Los Lobos, as well as a comprehensive discography and bibliography.
`On the stage, Jake Shears is a triumphant explosion of unembarrassed carnality and charm. On the page, he's very much the same. Boys Keep Swinging is one courageous joyride of a memoir. It should be illegal for rock stars to write so beautifully.' - Armistead Maupin `The purpose of my life is to entertain. It's a constant feedback loop.' Before becoming lead singer in the fabulous Scissor Sisters, Jake Shears was Jason Sellards, just a kid with an unfathomable imagination and a love of He-Man dolls. Splitting life between Arizona and the Pacific West Coast, his childhood was marked by school bullies and the terror of the rise and misunderstanding surrounding the AIDS virus. With changes in age and geography Shears gradually found a sense of belonging - first in Seattle, then in the street life and lights of New York City in the late 90s where, with friends and musicians also thirsting for freedom and the stage, he would form Scissor Sisters and go on to sell out venues worldwide. This is a wide-eyed and determined coming-of-age story from a world famous LGBTQ+ icon, but its heartbeat is Shears' friendship with Mary Hanlon, who he met via The Edge, a prehistoric chatroom, when he was 15 and she was 21. For years Shears lived in New York with a landline for which only Mary knew the number. Although long-distance, self-absorption and changing circumstances would take their toll on the friendship, this was the safe-house that sheltered a pair of misfits from the unthinking prejudices of a fearful world, a haven to which both would always return, and for which Shears wrote the song 'Mary'.
(Applause Books). No doubt about it, New York City is the pop culture capital of the world. And for good reason. Movies, TV shows, iconic photographs, works of literature, landmark buildings, amazing sculptures, and historic cultural events they all happen here. While other NYC guidebooks can get you to Central Park, they won't tell you where in the park to find the exact spots where over a hundred of your favorite movies were filmed or dozens of famous album covers were shot. That's why every pop-culture-loving explorer needs a copy of this one-of-a-kind treasure map to all the famous places you've heard or read about over the years. Ready to explore? Featuring a multitude of maps and addresses to thousands of locations where some of the greatest moments in pop culture took place, Pop Culture New York City will lead you to: * The locations of classic films like Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Godfather, and popular TV shows such as Friends and Gossip Girl * Buildings where hundreds of celebrities live, including Celebrity Row along Central Park West * The epicenters of cultural revolutions like the Studio 54 nightclub and the Stonewall Inn * Hundreds of iconic buildings and sculptures you can see for free * And so much more! So whether you like movies, TV, theater, music, sports, comics, video games, or literature this book will take you on an exhilarating, not-to-be-forgotten adventure.
Second-generation Irish musicians have played a vital role in the history of popular music in England. This book explores the role of Irish ethnicity in the lives and work of these musicians, focusing on three high-profile projects: Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners, Shane MacGowan and The Pogues, and Morrissey/Marr and The Smiths. The book locates these musicians in a hyphenated 'Irish-Englishness' marked by 'in-between-ness' and explores the different ways that they engaged with this in-betweenness through their creative work and their engagements with audiences, the media and the music industry. The book draws on extensive archival research of print and audio-visual media as well as original interviews with the key figures, including Shane MacGowan, Johnny Marr, Kevin Rowland and Cait O'Riordan. Combining its assiduous research with fresh critical insights, the book offers new analyses of the musicians, as well as previously undocumented accounts of their lives and work. The book highlights the diversity and complexity of second-generation Irish identities and experience and details the diverse ways in which this generation has shaped popular music in England. Accessible and original, 'Irish Blood, English Heart' will be of interest to students and scholars in the fields of popular music, media/cultural studies, and ethnic/migration studies. It will also appeal to a wider audience of those interested in the musicians with whom it deals.
If I had a name like Wyndham Wallace I would not associate or correspond with anyone with a simple name like mine. However, since you have lowered yourself to such depths, how can my old Indian heart (west not east) not respond favourably. -Lee Hazlewood, fax message to the author, Valentine's Day 1999. Lee, Myself and I is an intimate portrait of the last years of Lee Hazlewood, the legendary singer and songwriter best known for 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin', the chart-topping hit he wrote and produced for Nancy Sinatra. It begins in 1999, when Hazlewood began his comeback after many years in the wilderness, and ends with his death in 2007. In the intervening years, the author, Wyndham Wallace, became Hazlewood's friend, confidante, de-facto manager, and more, even providing the lyrics for Lee's final recording, 'Hilli (At The Top Of The World'. In the light of reissues of Hazlewood's work by the esteemed Light In The Attic label-including There's A Dream I've Been Saving: Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966-1971, an acclaimed boxed set of his work with the label he founded, LHI, as well as further releases including liner notes by Wallace-interest in Hazlewood has never been greater. Lee, Myself and I is the first book to address his life and work. Through recollections of their lengthy conversations and adventures together, Wallace captures the complex personality-charming but cantankerous, blunt but poetic-of a reclusive icon whose work helped shape the American pop cultural landscape, and who still influences countless artists today. He also sheds light on often overlooked or more obscure aspects of Hazlewood's career, including his pioneering work with Duane Eddy and Phil Spector, and the outstanding recordings he made during his self-imposed exile to Sweden in the 1970s. Lee, Myself and I is a tale of validation: both the author's and Hazlewood's. It's the story of what it's like to meet your hero, befriend him, and then watch him die.
Dublin's Thin Lizzy have become one of the most revered cult acts of all time. Studious and discerning fans of hard rock the world over revelling in the storytelling acumen of the legendary Phil Lynott and the craft and class of his band. Through numerous new interviews with most of the principles involved and a mountain of painstaking research, The Sun Goes Down is the sequel to From Dublin To Jailbreak and examines the second half of the band's career from the making of Bad Reputation in 1977 through to 1983's Thunder And Lightning and the last concert at the Reading Festival. Alcohol and drugs wreaked havoc between band members, producers and managers. Line-up changes and a mostly grinding existence finally took its toll after the smash hit records and sold-out tours. Author Martin Popoff's celebrated record-by-record methodology highlights a new appreciation of the deep album tracks hiding within this band's often forgotten later years. The book also reveals Phil Lynott in all his dastardly guises, making The Sun Goes Down, an essential read for the devoted fans.
Gered Mankowitz is the photographer who created the enduring and defining image of the rock star as we know it today Inspired to take up photography by the comedian Peter Sellers, Mankowitz opened his first studio in 1963. Finding himself at the centre of Swinging London, he soon established himself as one of the most prominent music photographers on the scene. This book showcases Mankowitz's most striking and beautiful photographs from the 1960s to the 2000s. Encompassing the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Marianne Faithfull, Led Zeppelin, Eurythmics, Kate Bush, Oasis and many others, 50 Years of Rock and Roll Photography contains some of music's most important and iconic images. Record industry insider and author Brian Southall supplies incisive background text on the subjects, while Mankowitz recounts anecdotes of his 50 years behind the lens. Introduced by Peter York and complete with forewords by music legends Annie Lennox, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman, this is the most extensive and varied collection of Gered Mankowitz's work ever published.
A must-buy for every Rolling Stones fan! Photographer Nobby Clark was commissioned by "The Observer" in 1976. What resulted is a unique visual record of the time of the greatest rock 'n' roll band on earth, by one of the finest photographers cementing The Stones' place in the annals of music history.
In 2016, Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature `for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'. This collection of essays by leading poets and critics - with a new foreword by Will Self - examines Dylan's poetic genius, as well as his astounding cultural influence over the decades. `From Orpheus to Faiz, song and poetry have been closely linked. Dylan is the brilliant inheritor of the bardic tradition' Salman Rushdie `The most significant Western popular artist in any form or medium of the past sixty years' Will Self `For fifty and some years he has bent, coaxed, teased and persuaded words into lyric and narrative shapes that are at once extraordinary and inevitable' Andrew Motion `His haunting music and lyrics have always seemed, in the deepest sense, literary' Joyce Carol Oates `There is something inevitable about Bob Dylan... A storyteller pulling out all the stops - metaphor, allegory, repetition, precise detail... His virtue is in his style, his attitude, his disposition to the world' Simon Armitage
Finding the right rhyme can be excruciating, songwriters too often choosing ridiculous words in desperation. This is an invaluable resource for any budding songwriter or even an experienced lyricist with writer's block. Featuring tips on songwriting, the book focuses on the types of rhyme and assonance (end rhymes, last syllable rhymes, double rhymes, beginning rhymes, first syllable rhymes) for a range of popular styles. Arranged phonetically and drawn from a variety of musical 'dialects', from rock and pop to folk and hip-hop, this is the quick and simple guide you need.
'Michael Jackson: The Man behind the Mask' is the INSIDE STORY of the truth behind the rumors, ugliness and mystery surrounding Michael Jackson. Is Jackson just a confused person who got too much fame too soon or is he a cold and calculating villain who will stop at nothing to have his bizarre appetites satisfied? Now you can read about it for the first time from the man who knows everything! The author, Bob Jones, is not a journalist conducting interviews but somebody who has known and been with Jackson for 34 years as his chief of Public Relations; by his side since Michael was 11 years old. Bob Jones is the one person with this unique inside view of Michael Jackson's world. To a certain degree, Bob Jones CREATED Michael Jackson. He created his image. For example, Bob Jones created Michael Jackson's famous nickname 'The King of Pop'. This book is explosive and will make any other book about Michael Jackson instantly forgotten. You won't find this inside information anywhere else.
Led Zeppelin documents the incredible journey of four talented rockers on the path to musical glory, and reveals the stories behind all of their recordings. It adds up to the essential re-telling of the greatest story of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll ever. This book takes you closer than ever before to the heady days of the 1970s, with rare memorabilia printed on the page including posters and stunning art prints. There are tickets to the biggest concerts, beautiful posters, superbly-designed contemporary flyers and even 'The Object' from the cover of Presence. Arguably the greatest rock act of all time, Led Zeppelin have sold over 300 million albums worldwide and created a unique sound that in the ranks of hard rock has never been equalled and will never be bettered. This is the ultimate tribute to the ultimate rock band.
This book is a pictorial tribute to George Michael, and includes imagery from his carefree days with Wham! to his final few appearances at social events and concerts in the months before his death. Featuring an informative and insightful text from a prominent music journalist and a variety of classic and rarely seen photographs from many of the best contemporary photographers, George Michael: Freedom paints an intimate portrait of this world famous musician. Portraits and on-stage images are included, as well as more intimate shots from interviews and with collaborators and other musicians.
Discover all you need to know about the king of rock `N' roll. This book will give you a fascinating insight into the life of a cultural icon, from his gospel and blues roots to his untimely death. Also included is an exclusive, striking mug.
Fall Out Boy were front-and-center of the mid-2000s emo scene, gaining a devoted following with their infectious brand of pop-punk. After a tumultuous decade, the band is now stronger than ever and winning new fans. Their debut, Take This to Your Grave, was cited as a framework of pop-punk music and they achieved worldwide fame as the emo scene exploded. However, after a stream of hits, internal fighting, health issues, and eventual backlash against the emo scene threatened to destroy the band, leading to a temporary hiatus. They came back stronger, with a new sound and an even wider fanbase. Their latest album, American Beauty/American Psycho, released in 2015, has sold over 1 million units in the US. This is the first biography on the band and an in-depth account of their story, from its beginnings in Chicago, to worldwide fame, addictions, and disillusionment with the music industry to their recent resurgence.
*THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER* The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year.
This is the first complete and authorized official visual history
of ABBA, one of the greatest pop groups of the 20th century.
Rich Cohen enters the Stones epic as a young journalist on the road with the band and quickly falls under their sway - privy to the jokes, the camaraderie, the bitchiness, the hard living. Inspired by a lifelong appreciation of the music that borders on obsession, Cohen's chronicle of the band is informed by the rigorous views of a kid who grew up on the music and for whom the Stones will always be the greatest rock 'n' roll band of all time. This is a non-fiction book that reads like a novel filled with the greatest musicians, agents and artists of the most indelible age in pop culture. It's a book only Rich, with his unique access, experience and love of the band could write.
This book is pretty much our official story so far. It really does only seem like last week we played our first gig in at the Annandale hotel in Sydney. Since then we've been given the opportunity to turn into the people and musicians we wanted to be. The people who gave us the opportunity were the fans. So this book is like a thank you. We want everyone to know the story of how four western Sydney teenagers picked up their instruments and dreamt of being one of the biggest bands in the world. There's also some embarrassing photos of us dicking around and some facts that some of us didn't even know. So we hope you enjoy it! Love cal, luke, ash and mike x
For the past fifty years, Rolling Stone has been a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism, and-above all-music. This landmark book documents the magazine's rise to prominence as the voice of rock and roll and a leading showcase for era-defining photography. From the 1960s to the present day, the book offers a decade-by-decade exploration of American music and history. Interviews with rock legends-Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Kurt Cobain, Bruce Springsteen, and more-appear alongside iconic photographs by Baron Wolman, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger, and other leading image-makers. With feature articles, excerpts, and exposes by such quintessential writers as Hunter S. Thompson, Matt Taibbi, and David Harris, this book is an irresistible and essential keepsake of the magazine that has defined American music for generations of readers.
`A triumph' - Time Out Transformer is the only complete and comprehensive telling of the Lou Reed story. Legendary songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed passed away on the 27th October 2013, but his musical influence is assured. Now discover the true story of the Velvet Underground pioneer in this update of Bockris's classic biography. Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story follows the great songwriter and singer through the series of transformations that define each period of his fifty year career. It opens with the teenage electroshock treatments that dominated his memories of childhood and never stops revealing layer after layer of this complex and often anguished artist and man. Transformer is based on Lou's collaborations with the hardest and most romantic artists of his times, from John Cale, Andy Warhol, and Nico, through David Bowie, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson and the ghost of Edgar Alan Poe. Rippling underneath everything he did are Lou's relationships with his various muses, from his college sweetheart to his three wives (and one drag queen). Leading Lou Reed biographer, Victor Bockris - who knew Lou throughout the Rachel Years, from Rock `n' Roll Animal to the Bells - updates his original biography in the wake of Lou's death. Through new interviews and photos, he reveals the many transformations of this larger-than-life character, including his final shift from Rock Monster to the Prince Charming he had always wanted to be in the twenty years he spent with the love of his life, Laurie Anderson . Except with Lou, you could never really know what might happen next... Including previously unseen photographs and contributions from Lou's innermost circle and collaborators that include similarly esteemed artists such as Andy Warhol and David Bowie, Transformer is as captivating and vivid a read as befits an American master.
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 wide-ranging collection of essays, he 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.
A pioneer of Chicano rock, Rub n Funkahuatl Guevara performed with Frank Zappa, Johnny Otis, Bo Diddley, Tina Turner, and Celia Cruz, though he is best known as the front man of the 1970s experimental rock band Ruben And The Jets. Here he recounts how his youthful experiences in the barrio La Veinte of Santa Monica in the 1940s prepared him for early success in music and how his triumphs and seductive brushes with stardom were met with tragedy and crushing disappointments. Brutally honest and open, Confessions of a Radical Chicano Doo-Wop Singer is an often hilarious and self-critical look inside the struggle of becoming an artist and a man. Recognizing racial identity as composite, contested, and complex, Guevara--an American artist of Mexican descent--embraces a Chicano identity of his own design, calling himself a Chicano "culture sculptor" who has worked to transform the aspirations, alienations, and indignities of the Mexican American people into an aesthetic experience that could point the way to liberation.
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