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Odyssey Of An African Opera Singer (Paperback): Musa Ngqungwana Odyssey Of An African Opera Singer (Paperback)
Musa Ngqungwana 1
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An inspiring story of one man’s rise from poverty and oppression to success and fame in the international world of opera...

It is a difficult undertaking for any human to escape the cycle of poverty, but to do so from one of the world’s most complex political systems, with a brutal history of segregation and deprivation, is nothing short of a miracle. Yet Musa Ngqungwana’s story doesn’t end there. Not only did he manage to extricate himself from his impoverished past, but he found his way to the great opera houses of the world, attaining immense success in an affluent art form that bears no resemblance to his upbringing or culture. Musa’s life and career are proof that any human can overcome the devastating effects of discrimination and poverty.

Odyssey Of An African Opera Singer chronicles Musa’s journey from the townships of South Africa to the world stage. It is a story of hope, showing how humans, no matter their situation, have the opportunity to claim their gifts, develop them and use them to help others in need. A captivating story that will inspire anyone who has ever had a dream...

Florence Foster Jenkins - The Life Of The World's Worst Opera Singer (Paperback): Darryl W. Bullock Florence Foster Jenkins - The Life Of The World's Worst Opera Singer (Paperback)
Darryl W. Bullock 1
R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Madame Jenkins couldn't carry a tune in a bucket: despite that, in 1944 at the age of 76, she played Carnegie Hall to a capacity audience and had celebrity fans by the score. Her infamous 1940s recordings are still highly-prized today. In his well-researched and thoroughly entertaining biography, Darryl W. Bullock tells of Florence Foster Jenkins meteoric rise to success and the man who stood beside her, through every sharp note.

Florence was ridiculed for her poor control of timing, pitch, and tone, and terrible pronunciation of foreign lyrics, but the sheer entertainment value of her caterwauling packed out theatres around the United States, with the 'singer' firmly convinced of her own talent, partly thanks to the devoted attention from her husband and manager St Clair Bayfield. Her story is one of triumph in the face of adversity, of courage, conviction and of the belief that with dedication and commitment a true artist can achieve anything.

Now a major Hollywood movie starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant, the genius of Florence Foster Jenkins is about to be discovered by a whole new audience.

Hitte Vannie Teerpad - Songs Van Die Liedjieboer (Afrikaans, Paperback): Anton Goosen Hitte Vannie Teerpad - Songs Van Die Liedjieboer (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Anton Goosen
R20 Discovery Miles 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hierdie bundel is 'n keur uit Anton se liedjies; (hi)stories en "his stories", fabels en feite. Goosen se musiekloopbaan strek reeds oor 25 jaar - 15 albums, 2 SARIE-toekennings, 2 SAMA-toekennings en 'n Geraas-toekenning (2002) vir sy bydrae tot Afrikaanse musiek. Sy werk word gekenmerk deur reisverhale (Liedjieboer), kulturele ontwaking (Lappiesland) en stedelike beskouings (City/Stad).

For the beauty of the earth (Sheet music, SATB vocal score): John Rutter For the beauty of the earth (Sheet music, SATB vocal score)
John Rutter
R88 Discovery Miles 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Inspiration for Musicians (Hardcover): Emily Darcy Inspiration for Musicians (Hardcover)
Emily Darcy
R200 R150 Discovery Miles 1 500 Save R50 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`Music is an outburst of the soul.' Frederick Delius Explore a wealth of inspiring words in this spirited little book. Filled with the wit and wisdom of some of the world's most renowned personalities, it's sure to help get you in tune with your creative side.

Letters of Note: Music (Paperback, Main): Shaun Usher Letters of Note: Music (Paperback, Main)
Shaun Usher 1
R175 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R35 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

In Letters of Note: Music, Shaun Usher brings together a riveting collection of letters by and about some of the musicians and music that enrich our lives. It is a wonderfully wide-ranging and illuminating book that will delight music lovers of all stripes. Includes letters by: Ludgwig van Beethoven, Nick Cave, Helen Keller, Keith Richards, Yo-Yo Ma, Tom Waits, Erik Satie, Angelique Kidjo, Leonard Cohen John Coltrane, Kim Gordon & many more

Go, tell it on the mountain (Sheet music, Vocal score): John Rutter Go, tell it on the mountain (Sheet music, Vocal score)
John Rutter
R82 Discovery Miles 820 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for SATB and piano or small orchestra John Rutter's arrangement of this popular Christmas-themed African-American spiritual is lively and joyful, with a hillbilly flavour and a hint of bluegrass fiddle. Conductor's scores and instrumental parts are available on sale and on hire/rental.

Factory Records - The Complete Graphic Album (Paperback): Matthew Robertson Factory Records - The Complete Graphic Album (Paperback)
Matthew Robertson
R760 R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Save R170 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Between 1978 and 1992, Factory was one of the most important record labels in Britain. It launched the careers of Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, to name but a few; it opened the legendary Hacienda club and Dry bar; and it introduced to music the concept of high-quality, cutting-edge design. The visual languages developed alongside the music, by designers such as Peter Saville, Central Station Design and 8vo, are still widely recognized and imitated today. This brilliantly rich and varied volume documents the label's entire visual legacy. After a foreword by the man most closely associated with Factory, Tony Wilson, who died in 2007, and an introduction that explores the label's role in bringing design into the mainstream, the book is organized more or less as a chronological catalogue. Every item with a famous Factory inventory number is illustrated or listed, including album sleeves, singles, special editions, flyers, posters, stationery and architectural projects. Whether you are into design, or simply nostalgic about some of the greatest bands of the past forty years, this book amply conveys the energy, creativity and enthusiasm of one of the most dynamic (and chaotic) record labels ever.

Russian Sacred Music for Choirs (Sheet music, Vocal score): Noelle Mann Russian Sacred Music for Choirs (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Noelle Mann
R484 Discovery Miles 4 840 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for SATB unaccompanied This collection of 27 Russian sacred choral works was compiled and edited by Russian music scholar and choral director Noelle Mann, who was curator of the Prokofiev Archive at the Centre for Russian Music, Goldsmiths College, until her death in 2010.

Life After Dark - A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues (Paperback): Dave Haslam Life After Dark - A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues (Paperback)
Dave Haslam 1
R263 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R68 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Nightclubs and music venues are often the source of a lifetime's music taste, best friends and vivid memories. They can define a town, a city or a generation, and breed scenes and bands that change music history. In Life After Dark Dave Haslam reveals and celebrates a definitive history of significant venues and great nights out. Writing with passion and authority, he takes us from vice-ridden Victorian dance halls to acid house and beyond; through the jazz decades of luxurious ballrooms to mods in basement dives and the venues that nurtured the Beatles, the Stones, Northern Soul and the Sex Pistols; from psychedelic light shows to high street discos; from the Roxy to the Hacienda; from the Krays to the Slits; and from reggae sound systems to rave nights in Stoke. In a journey to dozens of towns and cities, taking in hundreds of unforgettable stories on the way, Haslam explores the sleaziness, the changing fashions, the moral panics and the cultural and commercial history of nightlife. He interviews clubbers and venue owners, as well as DJs and musicians; he meets one of the gangsters who nearly destroyed Manchester's nightlife and discusses Goth clubs in Leeds with David Peace.

Klein Fak - Sangbundel (Afrikaans, Hardcover): Klein Fak - Sangbundel (Afrikaans, Hardcover)
R96 Discovery Miles 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Search for Myself (Paperback): Mike Pender The Search for Myself (Paperback)
Mike Pender
R570 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R163 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mike Pender has fulfilled a wish: to set out his life story as lead singer/guitarist and founder member of the Searchers, and tell it exactly as it was. He and his group enjoyed many Top 20 hits and played all over the world, but their huge success was interspersed with changes in the line-up and bitter disputes which led to broken friendships and an ultimate parting of the ways. The book is packed with interesting facts and anecdotes, fun and heartbreak. Mike tells, for the first time, of his love for his one and only girlfriend, to whom he is still married. They had three children, but one son was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. He speaks of his passion for guitars and antique clocks, and the thrills of buying and selling them for a fat profit -- something entirely different from constantly being on the road and in recording studios for hours on end. His first-hand account of the birth of the Searchers and their meteoric rise to stardom is fascinating, yet Mike remains surprisingly modest about his own achievements. It is the story of a gifted musician and devoted family man who finally found fulfilment after he took charge of his career and became his own master.

Shepherd's Pipe Carol (Abridged, Sheet music, Vocal score - abridged unison only version): John Rutter Shepherd's Pipe Carol (Abridged, Sheet music, Vocal score - abridged unison only version)
John Rutter; Arranged by Kenneth Pont
R77 Discovery Miles 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Suitable for unison voices and piano, this work contains a shortened version of the original with a simplified piano accompaniment.

The Ribbons are for Fearlessness - A Journey (Paperback): Catrina Davies The Ribbons are for Fearlessness - A Journey (Paperback)
Catrina Davies 1
R253 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R67 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'Fearlessness has got nothing to do with being unafraid. It's about doing things anyway, getting on with it, living, whether you're afraid or not... Courage is about being who you are with your whole heart.' Fuzzy-haired, neurotic, cello-playing Catrina is devastated when lover, Jack, leaves her to go surfing on the other side of the world. Trapped in a dead-end job and torn by his departure, Catrina dreams of running away. But how do you run away when you're flat broke? Luckily, her friend Andrew comes up with a plan: they'll get an old van, turn it into a camper and busk their way from Norway to Portugal, via the midnight sun. When Andrew is killed in a tragic accident Catrina decides to go it alone, with disastrous consequences. Until her experiences on the road gradually teach her the real meaning of love, courage and above all else, the importance of following her dreams.

Imagine John Yoko (Hardcover, The Collector's Edition): John Lennon, Yoko Ono Imagine John Yoko (Hardcover, The Collector's Edition)
John Lennon, Yoko Ono
R5,824 R3,672 Discovery Miles 36 720 Save R2,152 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Collector's Edition of Imagine John Yoko - the definitive inside story of the making of the legendary album and all that surrounded it - personally compiled and curated by Yoko Ono and including a hand-numbered and officially stamped giclee print. In 1971, John Lennon & Yoko Ono conceived and recorded the critically acclaimed album Imagine at their Georgian country home, Tittenhurst Park, in Berkshire, England, in the state-of-the-art studio they built in the grounds, and at the Record Plant in New York. The lyrics of the title track were inspired by Yoko Ono's 'event scores' in her 1964 book Grapefruit, and she was officially co-credited as writer in June 2017. Imagine John Yoko tells the story of John & Yoko's life, work and relationship during this intensely creative period. It transports readers to home and working environments, showcasing Yoko's closely guarded archive of photos and artefacts, using artfully compiled narrative film stills, and featuring digitally rendered maps, floorplans and panoramas that recreate the interiors in evocative detail. John & Yoko introduce each chapter and song; Yoko also provides invaluable additional commentary and a preface. All the minutiae is examined: the locations, the key players, the music and lyrics, the production techniques and the artworks - including the creative process behind the double-exposure polaroids used on the album cover. With a message as universal and pertinent today as it was when the album was created, this landmark publication is a fitting tribute to John & Yoko and their place in cultural history. This Collector's Edition includes: * An expanded copy of the book Imagine John Yoko bound in real cloth, with 150 additional illustrations, including more artworks from the This Is Not Here exhibition, an additional chapter devoted to the singles from the period, and six almost 1 metre-long gatefolds of panoramas stitched together from rare film outtakes * A numbered and officially stamped giclee print (30.2 x 23.4cm) in a clothbound portfolio case, reproduced on acid-free Olin Regular High White 300gsm woodfree paper, using archival pigment inks * The print, exclusive to this edition, is of an unused photographic proof of the Imagine album artwork by Yoko Ono * This edition is limited to 2,000 copies worldwide, plus 10 copies retained by the artist, inscribed i-x Table of Contents Preface * 1. Tittenhurst * 2. Recording Imagine * 3. Album Artwork * 4. Filming Imagine * 5. This Is Not Here * 6. The Singles * 7. Legacy

All this time (Sheet music, Vocal score): William Walton All this time (Sheet music, Vocal score)
William Walton; Edited by Timothy Brown
R69 Discovery Miles 690 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The New Analog - Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (Hardcover): Damon Krukowski The New Analog - Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (Hardcover)
Damon Krukowski
R562 R456 Discovery Miles 4 560 Save R106 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A meditation on what was lost-and on what is worth preserving-in the movement away from analog music and culture. Although digital media have created new possibilities for music making and sharing, they have also given rise to new concerns. What do we lose in embracing the digital? Do streaming services discourage us from listening closely? In this book, musician Damon Krukowski uses the sound engineer's distinction between signal and noise to examine what we have lost as a technological culture, and to identify what is worth preserving. Krukowski examines experiences from the production and consumption of music that have changed since the analog era-the disorientation of headphones, flattening of voice, silence of media, loudness of mastering, and manipulation of time-and employs them as a lens through which to consider digital culture. When music went digital through such streaming services as Napster and iTunes, it was reduced to signal only, stripped of its analog-era noise. But the analog and the digital need not exist in isolation from one another, Krukowski argue; noise can be as communicative as signal, conveying time, location, and space. The New Analog urges us to reconsider the role of noise in our increasingly digital lives, to appreciate its continued relevance, and to plug in without tuning out.

Interlochen - A Home for the Arts (Paperback): Dean Boal Interlochen - A Home for the Arts (Paperback)
Dean Boal
R883 Discovery Miles 8 830 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Tucked away in the northern woods of Michigan is one of the world's most renowned schools for the arts. Conceived initially as a small summer camp for talented high school musicians, Interlochen Center for the Arts now ranks among the most respected schools in the world. In Interlochen: A Home for the Arts, Dean Boal, President of Interlochen from 1989 to 1995, presents a richly detailed and never-before-told story of Interlochen's struggles with artistic stresses, financial woes, and internal problems. This thoroughly researched presentation based on documents from the Bentley Historical Library, Interlochen archives, and many interviews offers an in-depth view of the school from its modest beginnings under Joseph Maddy to the present. Boal decribes the critical Supreme Court battle with the musicians' union, when James Petrillo banned national radio broadcasts and all professional musicians from Interlochen. He shows how the University of Michigan rescued Interlochen during this period and stabilized the institution for the opening of the Interlochen Arts Academy and a public radio station. He chronicles the few stormy years of the presidency of Karl Haas, an acclaimed broadcaster. The story of Interlochen is enriched by archival photographs of the founders, artists, and students, complementing this engaging story of a Michigan gem.

When Mary thro' the garden went (Sheet music, Vocal score): Charles Villiers Stanford When Mary thro' the garden went (Sheet music, Vocal score)
Charles Villiers Stanford; Edited by John Rutter
R91 Discovery Miles 910 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Suitable for SATB, this text is devotional. The music aims to evoke the still atmosphere of the first Easter morning.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Protest Music After Fukushima (Paperback): Noriko Manabe The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Protest Music After Fukushima (Paperback)
Noriko Manabe
R929 Discovery Miles 9 290 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Nuclear power has been a contentious issue in Japan since the 1950s, and in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, the conflict has only grown. Government agencies and the nuclear industry continue to push a nuclear agenda, while the mainstream media adheres to the official line that nuclear power is Japan's future. Public debate about nuclear energy is strongly discouraged. Nevertheless, antinuclear activism has swelled into one of the most popular and passionate movements in Japan, leading to a powerful wave of protest music. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Protest Music After Fukushima shows that music played a central role in expressing antinuclear sentiments and mobilizing political resistance in Japan. Combining musical analysis with ethnographic participation, author Noriko Manabe offers an innovative typology of the spaces central to the performance of protest music-cyberspace, demonstrations, festivals, and recordings. She argues that these four spaces encourage different modes of participation and methods of political messaging. The openness, mobile accessibility, and potential anonymity of cyberspace have allowed musicians to directly challenge the ethos of silence that permeated Japanese culture post-Fukushima. Moving from cyberspace to real space, Manabe shows how the performance and reception of music played at public demonstrations are shaped by the urban geographies of Japanese cities. While short on open public space, urban centers in Japan offer protesters a wide range of governmental and commercial spaces in which to demonstrate, with activist musicians tailoring their performances to the particular landscapes and soundscapes of each. Music festivals are a space apart from everyday life, encouraging musicians and audience members to freely engage in political expression through informative and immersive performances. Conversely, Japanese record companies and producers discourage major-label musicians from expressing political views in recordings, forcing antinuclear musicians to express dissent indirectly: through allegories, metaphors, and metonyms. The first book on Japan's antinuclear music, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised provides a compelling new perspective on the role of music in political movements.

Fak - Lekkersingliedjies, Boek 3 (Afrikaans, Paperback): Fak - Lekkersingliedjies, Boek 3 (Afrikaans, Paperback)
R58 Discovery Miles 580 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Image Music Text (Paperback, Reissue): Roland Barthes Image Music Text (Paperback, Reissue)
Roland Barthes
R277 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R76 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Sing Suiderland Sing (Afrikaans, Book): Sing Suiderland Sing (Afrikaans, Book)
R67 Discovery Miles 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Veni Sancte Spiritus (Sheet music, Vocal score): John Rutter Veni Sancte Spiritus (Sheet music, Vocal score)
John Rutter
R104 Discovery Miles 1 040 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

for SATB and organ Music of the utmost intensity and brilliance makes for an unusual and striking setting of the Pentecost (or Golden) Sequence.

Brother Robert - Growing Up with Robert Johnson (Hardcover): Annye C Anderson, Preston Lauterbach Brother Robert - Growing Up with Robert Johnson (Hardcover)
Annye C Anderson, Preston Lauterbach; Foreword by Elijah Wald
R640 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R136 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Though only 27-years-young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, Robert Johnson's enduring recordings have solidified his status as a progenitor of the Delta Blues style. And yet, while his music has retained the steadfast devotion of modern listeners, much remains unknown about the man who penned and played these timeless tunes. Few people alive today actually remember what Johnson was really like, and those who do have largely upheld their silence-until now.In Brother Robert, nonagenarian Annye Anderson sheds new light on a real-life figure largely obscured by his own legend: her kind and incredibly talented stepbrother, Robert Johnson. This book chronicles Johnson's unconventional path to stardom-from the harrowing story behind his illegitimate birth, to his first strum of the guitar on Anderson's father's knee, to the genre-defining recordings that would one day secure his legacy. Along the way, readers are gifted not only with Anderson's personal anecdotes, but with colorful recollections passed down to Anderson by members of their family-the people who knew Johnson best. Readers also learn about the contours of his working life in Memphis, never-before-disclosed details about his romantic history, and all of Johnson's favorite things, from foods and entertainers to brands of tobacco and pomade. Together, these stories don't just bring the mythologized Johnson back down to earth; they preserve both his memory and his integrity.For decades, Anderson and her family have ignored the tall tales of Johnson 'selling his soul to the devil' and the speculative to fictionalized accounts of his life that passed for biography. Brother Robert is here to set the record straight. Featuring a foreword by Elijah Wald and a Q&A with Anderson, Lauterbach, Wald, and Peter Guralnick, this book paints a vivid portrait of an elusive figure who forever changed the musical landscape as we know it.

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