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Simulation Theory (Sheet music): Muse Simulation Theory (Sheet music)
Muse
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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.

The Next Elvis - Searching for Stardom at Sun Records (Hardcover): Barbara Barnes Sims The Next Elvis - Searching for Stardom at Sun Records (Hardcover)
Barbara Barnes Sims
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An American institution, Sun Records has a history with many chapters-its Memphis origins with visionary Sam Phillips, the breakthrough recordings of Elvis Presley, and the studio's immense influence on the sound of popular music. But be-hind the company's chart toppers and legendary musicians there exists another story, told by Barbara Barnes Sims. In the male-dominated workforce of the 1950s, 24-year-old Sims found herself thriving in the demanding roles of publicist and sales promotion coordinator at Sun Records. Sims's job placed her in the studio with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Charlie Rich, Carl Perkins, and other Sun entertainers, as well as the unforgettable Phillips, whose work made the music that defined an era. The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records chronicles Sims's career at the studio, a pivotal time at this re-cording mecca, as she darted from disc jockeys to distributors. Sims not only entertains with personal stories of big per-sonalities, she brings humor to the challenges of a young woman working in a fast and tough industry. Her disarming narrative ranges from descriptions of a disgraced Jerry Lee Lewis to the remarkable impact and tragic fall of DJ Daddy-O Dewey to the frenzied Memphis homecoming of Elvis after his military service. Collectively, these vi-gnettes offer a rare and intimate look at the people, the city, and the studio that permanently shifted the trajectory of rock 'n' roll.

Goodnight Jim Bob - On the Road with Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine (Paperback): Jim Bob Goodnight Jim Bob - On the Road with Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine (Paperback)
Jim Bob
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Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine were a duo, "threeo" and eventually a "sixxo" formed by South London friends Jim Morrison and Les Carter. They had 14 Top 40 singles in the UK and made 7 albums. This is their story as told by singer and guitarist Jim Bob.

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)
Rak-Su 1
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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.

What Would the Spice Girls Do? - How the Girl Power Generation Grew Up (Hardcover): Lauren Bravo What Would the Spice Girls Do? - How the Girl Power Generation Grew Up (Hardcover)
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As featured in Elle magazine's Best Feminist Gift Books `Lauren Bravo is one of my very favourite writers.' Dolly Alderton 'A joyous and energetic celebration of girlhood, friendship and pop culture. If you have ever sung into the lid of a can of Impulse body spray, you need to read this.' Daisy Buchanan The words 'girl power' conjure vivid memories of short skirts and platform boots. But it wasn't just about the look, it was about feminism. The Spice Girls gave a generation their first glimpse of the power of friendship, of staying true to yourself, of sheer bloody-mindedness. And the girl power generation went on to kick-start a new conversation around gender equality. We may have grown up asking What Would the Spice Girls Do?, but their particular brand of feminism is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago - we still need that fun and fearlessness, we still need accessible and all-embracing equality... we still need a zig-a-zig-ah. `The Spice Girls' arrival on the pop scene marked the gateway to a modern form of feminism, all dressed up as a riotously good time.' Stylist As featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sussex.

Brutally Honest - A Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover): Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon Brutally Honest - A Sunday Times Bestseller (Hardcover)
Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon 1
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***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.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Hardcover): James Ball Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Hardcover)
James Ball 1
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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.

Being John Lennon (Hardcover): Ray Connolly Being John Lennon (Hardcover)
Ray Connolly 1
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John Lennon was a rock star, a school clown, a writer, a wit, an iconoclast, a sometime peace activist and finally an eccentric millionaire. He was also a Beatle - his plain-speaking and impudent rejection of authority catching, and eloquently articulating, the group's moment in history. Chronicling a troubled life, from that of the cast-aside child of a broken wartime marriage to his murder by a deranged fan, Being John Lennon analyses the contradictions in the singer-songwriter's creative and destructive personality. A leader who could be easily led, he was often generous and often funny, but sometimes scathingly cruel. As a journalist, author Ray Connolly had a close working relationship with Lennon, and the entire Beatles coterie. In this biography he unsparingly reassesses the chameleon nature of the perpetually dissatisfied star who just couldn't stop reinventing himself. Drawing on many interviews and conversations with Lennon, his first wife Cynthia and second Yoko Ono, as well as his girlfriend May Pang and song-writing partner Paul McCartney, this complex portrait is a revealing insight into a restless man whose emotional turbulence governed his life and talent.

So Here It Is - The Autobiography (Paperback, 2 Ed): Dave Hill So Here It Is - The Autobiography (Paperback, 2 Ed)
Dave Hill 1
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'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.

Talking Machine West - A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley's Western Recordings, 19021918 (Hardcover): Michael A.... Talking Machine West - A History and Catalogue of Tin Pan Alley's Western Recordings, 19021918 (Hardcover)
Michael A. Amundson
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Girl in a Band (Paperback): Kim Gordon Girl in a Band (Paperback)
Kim Gordon 1
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In Girl in a Band Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and role model for a generation of women, tells her story. She writes frankly about her route from girl to woman and pioneering icon within the music and art scene of New York City in the 1980s and 90s as well as marriage, motherhood, and independence.

Filled with the sights and sounds of a changing world and a remarkable life, Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist.

Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback): David Hepworth Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback)
David Hepworth 1
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Pop music's a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? But what's fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. 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 via the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres; with characteristic insight and humour Hepworth asks some essential questions about music and, indeed, 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.

Ariana Grande - Break Free (Paperback): Katy Sprinkel Ariana Grande - Break Free (Paperback)
Katy Sprinkel
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The Awfully Big Adventure - Michael Jackson in the Afterlife (Hardcover): Paul Morley The Awfully Big Adventure - Michael Jackson in the Afterlife (Hardcover)
Paul Morley 1
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Michael Jackson died on June 25 2009 in Los Angeles, from of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication (according to Wikipedia). The one-time King of Pop was preparing for one last assault on the mainstream with a proposed 50 night run of shows at the 02 (thereby trumping his arch-rival, Prince, who had just concluded his legendary 21 Nights). His exhaustion, paranoia and general ill-heath were an open secret. He had lived many lives and inhabited many bodies; PT Barnum, Fred Astaire, and Peter Pan in one mortal coil. His death was mourned by hundreds of millions of fans but it was almost as if he had been dead for some time already. And in his death, in vivid technicolor, we relived the dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and perversions that we had all projected on to him as a celebrity for four decades.

Paul Morley's short biographical portrait of Michael Jackson looks at how we turned the most outrageous child star talent of the late 20th century into a monster; how his decline soundtracked the end of Pop and the end of American Imperialism; how his once staggeringly modern and funky music became secondary to the dysfunctional freak show of watching a vulnerable man literally disintegrate. Tender, erudite, and provocative, Morley's monograph documents a tragedy that is so Shakespearean in scale that it obscures the legacy of the last of the great Song and Dance Men. It is poignant and wild, melancholy and obsessive, cannibalising itslef in ever decreasing circles of enquiry. This is a rare piece of pop cultural alchemy that cuts through the myth in a way that only a writer as great as Paul Morley could do.

The Beatles: An A-Z Guide to Every Song - On Track (Paperback): Andrew Wild The Beatles: An A-Z Guide to Every Song - On Track (Paperback)
Andrew Wild
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The Beatles - on track analyses every single song that the Beatles recorded - whether live or in the studio - from the most famous, to the most obscure The songs that the Beatles performed are the history of Rock and Roll From the hard-won reputation as the thrilling live act in the Cavern and Hamburg, through to their own classic early songs, the Beatles developed as performers and songwriters of rare distinction. They were always one step ahead of their competition. And then, they mastered the studio. In 1965 and 1966 they increasingly pushed the boundaries of what a pop band could achieve, before breaking down the walls for `Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Writer and music collector Andrew Wild has gathered together every known Beatles song and every known performance-every studio take, every live recording, every release, every session. In this book, the full breadth of available Beatles music has been collected, catalogued, listened to and analysed, then presented in a format that's easy to read. Almost 1,000 songs, from the very famous to the very obscure, from the dazzling to the dire. Over one thousand recorded versions, over three hundred different songs performed in concert, nearly six hundred different songs recorded, close to four hundred different songs released. If you're a Beatles collector, you need this book.

Classic Rock - Deluxe Guitar Play-Along Volume 7 (Paperback): Hal Leonard Corp Classic Rock - Deluxe Guitar Play-Along Volume 7 (Paperback)
Hal Leonard Corp
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Original Rude Boy - From Borstal to The Specials: A Life in Crime & Music (Paperback, Updated, Revise): Neville Staple Original Rude Boy - From Borstal to The Specials: A Life in Crime & Music (Paperback, Updated, Revise)
Neville Staple; As told to Tony Mcmahon
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1979. The dawn of Thatcher's Britain. It's a country crippled by strikes, joblessness and economic gloom, divided by race and class - and skanking to a new beat: 2-Tone. The unruly offspring of white boy punk and rude boy ska, the new music's undeniable leaders were The Specials. Bursting out of Coventry's concrete jungle, their lyrics spoke of failed marriages, petty violence, crowded dance floors, gangsters and race hate - but with a wit that outshone their angry punk forebears. On stage they were electric, and at the heart of this energy was the vocal chemistry of the ethereal Terry Hall and Jamaican rude boy Neville Staple. In 1961, aged only five, Neville was sent to England to live with his father - a man for whom discipline bordered on child abuse. Growing up black in the Midlands of the Sixties and Seventies wasn't easy, but then Nev was hardly an angel. His youth was marked by scuffles with skins, compulsive womanising, and a life of crime that led from shoplifting to burglary and eventually borstal and Wormwood Scrubs. But throughout there was music, and now Nev tells how a very bad boy became part of the most important band of the Eighties. He remembers sound system battles; the legendary 2-Tone tour with The Selecter, Madness and Dexy's - and their clashes with NF thugs. He recalls the band's increasing tensions and eventual split; his subsequent foray into bubblegum pop with Fun Boy Three; and a new found fame in America, as godfather to bands like Gwen Stefani's No Doubt. Finally he reflects on The Specials' reunion and how even now, thirty years on, they can't help tearing themselves apart.Raucous and charming Original Rude Boy is the story of a man who done too much, much too young. Neville Staple was a frontman with The Specials, a member of the hugely successful pop trio Fun Boy Three and now tours the world with own his own ska act The Neville Staple Band. Visit him at: www.nevillestaple.co.uk Tony McMahon is a journalist and TV producer living in south London.

Love Is A Mix Tape - A Memoir (Paperback): Rob Sheffield Love Is A Mix Tape - A Memoir (Paperback)
Rob Sheffield
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In this stunning memoir, Rob Sheffield, a veteran rock and pop culture critic and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine, tells the story of his musical coming of age, and how rock music, the first love of his life, led him to his second, a girl named Renee. Rob and Renee's life together - they wed after graduate school, both became music journalists, and were married only five years when Renee died suddenly on Mother's Day, 1997 - is shared through the window of the mix tapes they obsessively compiled. There are mixes to court each other, mixes for road trips, mixes for doing the dishes, mixes for sleeping - and, eventually, mixes to mourn Rob's greatest loss. The tunes were among the great musical output of the early 1990s - Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Pavement, Yo La Tengo, REM, Weezer - as well as classics by The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Aretha Franklin and more. Mixing the skilful, tragic punch of Dave Eggers and the romantic honesty of Nick Hornby, LOVE IS A MIX TAPE is a story of lost love and the kick-you-in-the-gut energy of great pop music.

Nirvana Teen Spirit (Hardcover): Nirvana Teen Spirit (Hardcover)
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The full story of the band, their key concerts and all their recordings. Nirvana were known as the kings of grunge while singer songwriter Kurt Cobain became a cultural icon who spoke to an entire generation and they were for many years the worlds most important rock act. They had instantaneous success with 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which stormed the charts. In Utero, was the last studio recording released by Nirvana. The demons that made Cobain's writing so powerful took their toll; he took his own life after only five albums. Nirvana's influence is certain to be felt for many years to come. The unique status this band occupies, as representatives of the time and as timeless songwriters, is revealed through interviews with those close to the band, coupled with intensive archive research.

Voices - How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life (Hardcover): Nick Coleman Voices - How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life (Hardcover)
Nick Coleman
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Ashes to Ashes - The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 (Paperback, New edition): Chris O'Leary Ashes to Ashes - The Songs of David Bowie, 1976-2016 (Paperback, New edition)
Chris O'Leary 1
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From the ultimate David Bowie expert comes this exploration of the final four decades of the popstar's musical career, covering every song he wrote, performed or produced from 1976 to 2016.Starting with Low, the first of Bowie's Berlin albums, and finishing with Blackstar, his final masterpiece released just days before his death in 2016, each song is annotated in depth and explored in essays that touch upon the song's creation, production, influences and impact.

Nirvana: The Stories Behind Every Song (Hardcover): Chuck Crisafulli Nirvana: The Stories Behind Every Song (Hardcover)
Chuck Crisafulli 1
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There have been precious few truly revolutionary events in rock history: Elvis Presley's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show... the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the unforeseen, meteoric ascent of a band from Seattle: Nirvana. Unflaggingly faithful to its punk rock roots, Nirvana was the catalyst behind a sea of change the likes of which the music world had not seen since The Beatles spearheaded the British Invasion more than a quarter of a century before. Crisafulli tells the story behind every track on the band's albums. Why did Cobain feel moved to write 'Polly'? What is Teen Spirit? Who is Floyd the Barber? All is revealed in this book, which discusses and examines all of the band's output.

Eurovision - A History of Modern Europe Through the World's Greatest Song Contest (Paperback): Chris West Eurovision - A History of Modern Europe Through the World's Greatest Song Contest (Paperback)
Chris West 1
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Queen Bey - A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Paperback): Veronica Chambers Queen Bey - A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyonce Knowles-Carter (Paperback)
Veronica Chambers
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Beyonce. Her name conjures more than music, it has come to be synonymous with beauty, glamour, power, creativity, love, romance and sex appeal. Her performances are legendary, her album releases events. She is not even forty but she has already rewritten the Beyonce playbook more than half a dozen times. She is consistently provocative, political and surprising. As a solo artist, she has sold more than 100 million records. She has won 22 Grammys and is the most nominated women in the award's history. Her 2018 performance at Coachella wowed the world. The New York Times wrote: 'There's not likely to be a more meaningful, absorbing, forceful and radical performance by an American musician this year or any year soon.' Artist, business woman, mother, daughter, sister, wife, black feminist, Queen Bey is endlessly fascinating. Queen Bey will feature a diverse range of voices, from star academics to outspoken cultural critics to Hollywood and music stars.

Bring It on Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Hardcover): Mark Blake Bring It on Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond--The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Hardcover)
Mark Blake
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