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Paul McCartney - Now and Then (Hardcover): Robin Bextor, Tony Barrow Paul McCartney - Now and Then (Hardcover)
Robin Bextor, Tony Barrow
R315 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R89 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

The "Now" part of this unique book is drawn from writer and film-maker Robin Bextor's exclusive interviews with Paul McCartney - during which he talked candidly of his private life, of his life as a singer, musician, composer and businessman, of The Beatles and why they broke up. While Tony Barrow, Beatles PR from 1962 - 1968, looks back on McCartney as he was then, offering his own fascinating account of life inside the Fab Four camp. Illustrated throughout with rare photographs, and with additional insights and recollections from those who have been closest to him throughout his career, "Paul McCartney Now and Then" creates a revealing and personal portrait of the one of the world's greatest living musical icons.

Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now (Hardcover): Malka Marom Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now (Hardcover)
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R490 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R82 (17%) Within 7 - 11 working days

An intimate exploration of Joni Mitchell's life and art. When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom was asked to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she eagerly accepted the opportunity to converse with the performer she'd first met late one night in 1966 at an open mic in Yorkville. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process. In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni's childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes ...This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of inspiring others.

Tom Jones - A Life in Pictures (Hardcover): Chris Roberts Tom Jones - A Life in Pictures (Hardcover)
Chris Roberts 1
R505 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R144 (29%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Tom Jones is a living legend. The poor-boy-made-good has been a global superstar for most of his extensive career. He has know high after high and craftily re-invented himself where necessary to increase his fanbase and record sales. "Tom Jones: A Life in Pictures" simply tells the story of the original 'Voice' in superb contemporary photographs and insightful text.

The Final Days Of EMI - Selling the Pig (Hardcover): Eamonn Forde The Final Days Of EMI - Selling the Pig (Hardcover)
Eamonn Forde
R467 R385 Discovery Miles 3 850 Save R82 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

The Beatles. The Beach Boys. Blur, Bowie, Kylie Minogue, Kate Bush and Coldplay. EMI was one of the big four record companies, with some of the biggest names in the history of recorded music on its roster. Dominating the music industry for over 100 years, by 2010 EMI Group had reported massive pre-tax losses. The group was divided up and sold in 2011. How could one of the greatest recording companies of the 20th century have ended like this? With interviews from insiders and music industry experts, Eamonn Forde pieces together the tragic end to a financial juggernaut and a cultural institution in forensic detail. The Final Days of EMI: Selling the Pig is the story of the British recording industry, laid bare in all its hubris and glory.

Motown - Artist By Artist (Hardcover): Pat Morgan Motown - Artist By Artist (Hardcover)
Pat Morgan
R88 R65 Discovery Miles 650 Save R23 (26%) Within 7 - 13 working days

In 1959 Berry Gordy Jr., a high school dropout, former boxer and record store owner, founded the Motown record label in Detroit. The company name, which played on the city's proud tradition of car manufacture, was to become synonymous with great music as Gordy took the sound of black America to the world.

Starting with Barrett Strong's Money (That's What I Want), Motown racked up hit after hit, becoming familiar to UK audiences under the name of Tamla Motown and launching the careers of megastars like Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and the Jackson 5. The 'Motown Sound' was instantly recognisable and unavoidably infectious.

As the decades wore on and musician styles changed, Motown moved with the times, launching a myriad of specialist labels and finding new artists to push the boundaries. After a 2005 merger with Universal, the hits kept coming.

Motown: Artist by Artist relates the history of one of popular music's longest lasting success stories through the stories of the singers and musicians who made the hits. From Ashford & Simpson to Stevie Wonder, every Motown success story is here.

Bruce Springsteen - The Day I Was There - Over 250 accounts from fans that have witnessed a Bruce Springsteen live show... Bruce Springsteen - The Day I Was There - Over 250 accounts from fans that have witnessed a Bruce Springsteen live show (Paperback)
R352 R254 Discovery Miles 2 540 Save R98 (28%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Bruce Springsteen has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, and has earned numerous awards for his work, including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award, as well as being inducted into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This book features over 250 accounts from fans that have witnessed a Bruce Springsteen live show. From late Sixties concerts in New Jersey right through to his marathon shows from recent times, fans from the USA, UK, Australia and Europe share fascinating anecdotes, stories, photographs and memorabilia that have never been published before and tell us about their experiences of seeing one of the world's greatest live acts.

K-POP A To Z - The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia (Paperback): Bina Lee K-POP A To Z - The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia (Paperback)
Bina Lee 1
R239 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R55 (23%) Within 7 - 11 working days

K-POP is popping up everywhere! Korea's infectious and high-energy pop music and entertainment scene is a relatively young phenomenon in the West, it is rapidly gaining traction and reaching much larger audiences--thanks in large part to social media like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. This book will help you learn the stars, the lingo, and important facts. You'll know who your bias is with K-Pop A to Z!

Black Metal - A Coloring Book (Paperback): Billy Chainsaw, Gaye Black Black Metal - A Coloring Book (Paperback)
Billy Chainsaw, Gaye Black
R300 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R67 (22%) Within 7 - 11 working days
Is It Still Good to Ya? - Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 (Paperback): Robert Christgau Is It Still Good to Ya? - Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 (Paperback)
Robert Christgau
R466 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R112 (24%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Is It Still Good to Ya? sums up the career of longtime Village Voice stalwart Robert Christgau, who for half a century has been America's most widely respected rock critic, honoring a music he argues is only more enduring because it's sometimes simple or silly. While compiling historical overviews going back to Dionysus and the gramophone along with artist analyses that range from Louis Armstrong to M.I.A., this definitive collection also explores pop's African roots, response to 9/11, and evolution from the teen music of the '50s to an art form compelled to confront mortality as its heroes pass on. A final section combines searching obituaries of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen with awed farewells to Bob Marley and Ornette Coleman.

Autobiography (Paperback, Ed): Morrissey Autobiography (Paperback, Ed)
Morrissey 1
R282 R174 Discovery Miles 1 740 Save R108 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Manchester on May 22nd 1959. Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the Smiths (1982-1987), Morrissey has been a solo artist for twenty-six years, during which time he has had three number 1 albums in England in three different decades. Achieving twelve Top 10 albums (plus nine with the Smiths), his songs have been recorded by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Chrissie Hynde, Thelma Houston, My Chemical Romance and Christy Moore, amongst others. An animal protectionist, in 2006 Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, losing out to Sir David Attenborough. In 2007 Morrissey was voted the greatest northern male, past or present, in a nationwide newspaper poll. In 2012, Morrissey was awarded the Keys to the City of Tel-Aviv. It has been said 'Most pop stars have to be dead before they reach the iconic status that Morrissey has reached in his lifetime.' Autobiography covers Morrissey's life from his birth until the present day.

Bon Jovi - The Story (Hardcover): Bryan Reesman Bon Jovi - The Story (Hardcover)
Bryan Reesman
R695 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R291 (42%) Within 7 - 12 working days

With their catchy hooks, good looks and irresistible pop-metal sound, Bon Jovi became one of the bestselling bands of all time. This book is the first fully illustrated, comprehensive book paying tribute to the mega-popular group, from their beginning 30 years ago - when they shot to stardom with the release of their multi-platinum smash album 'Slippery When Wet' - to the present day. Containing original interviews and memorabilia, this unofficial volume is a must-have for every Bon Jovi fan.

Queen in 3-D - (3-D Stereoscopic Book) (Hardcover, Updated ed.): Queen in 3-D - (3-D Stereoscopic Book) (Hardcover, Updated ed.)
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R749 R583 Discovery Miles 5 830 Save R166 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Appetite for Definition - An A-Z Guide to Rock Genres (Paperback): Ian King Appetite for Definition - An A-Z Guide to Rock Genres (Paperback)
Ian King
R339 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R127 (37%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Part reference book, part history, and part road map to the connectivity of popular music, this book is a must for all rock `n' roll fans as it brings together a compilation of over two hundred genres of rock music-an entertaining, enlightening, knotty family tree of America's favorite musical genre. In the six decades since rock 'n' roll stole America's soul, the single genre has produced over two hundred sub-genres. The days of being able to walk in to a Tower Records and seek out recommendations from an aloof, all-knowing staffer has been relegated to a long-lost Generation X paradise preserved in John Hughes films. From iTunes to Spotify, listeners now regularly turn to algorithms instead of human advice to develop relationships with the music they love. The essential companion for any rock lover's collection-be it on vinyl or Spotify playlists-Appetite for Definition breaks down algorithms into their human stories and interconnected histories. It provides and pulls up recommendations from a deeper well of consideration and gives you the tools to do the same. Operating on a macro level it surveys the myriad microlevel movements into an accessible map that readers can use to navigate the vast, craggy terrain of rock music and take their rock knowledge-whether casual or obsessive-to the next level.

The Nobel Lecture (Hardcover): Bob Dylan The Nobel Lecture (Hardcover)
Bob Dylan 1
R226 R140 Discovery Miles 1 400 Save R86 (38%) Within 7 - 12 working days

On October 13, 2016, it was announced that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, recognizing his countless contributions to music and letters over the last fifty years. Some months later, he delivered a lecture that will now be available in book form for generations to come. In it, he reflects on his life and experience with literature, giving readers a rare and intimate look at an American icon. From being inspired by Buddy Holly to the novels that helped shape his own approach to writing (The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and All Quiet on the Western Front), this is Dylan like you've never seen him before.

Vaguely Lost In Shangri-la - Photos from the Glastonbury Festival (Hardcover): Barry Lewis Vaguely Lost In Shangri-la - Photos from the Glastonbury Festival (Hardcover)
Barry Lewis
R732 R549 Discovery Miles 5 490 Save R183 (25%) Within 7 - 12 working days
Dylan's Visions of Sin (Paperback, 1st Ecco pbk. ed): Christopher Ricks Dylan's Visions of Sin (Paperback, 1st Ecco pbk. ed)
Christopher Ricks
R302 R249 Discovery Miles 2 490 Save R53 (18%) Within 7 - 11 working days

Bob Dylan's ways with words are a wonder, matched as they are with his music and verified by those voices of his. In response to the whole range of Dylan early and late (his songs of social conscience, of earthly love, of divine love, and of contemplation), this critical appreciation listens to Dylan's attentive genius, alive in the very words and their rewards.

"Fools they made a mock of sin." Dylan's is an art in which sins are laid bare (and resisted), virtues are valued (and manifested), and the graces brought home. The seven deadly sins, the four cardinal virtues (harder to remember?), and the three heavenly graces: these make up everybody's world -- but Dylan's in particular. Or rather, his worlds, since human dealings of every kind are his for the artistic seizing. Pride is anatomized in "Like a Rolling Stone," Envy in "Positively 4th Street," Anger in "Only a Pawn in Their Game" ... But, hearteningly, Justice reclaims "Hattie Carroll," Fortitude "Blowin' in the Wind," Faith "Precious Angel," Hope "Forever Young," and Charity "Watered-Down Love."

In The "New Yorker, Alex Ross wrote that "Ricks's writing on Dylan is the best there is. Unlike most rock critics -- 'forty-year-olds talking to ten-year-olds, ' Dylan has called them -- he writes for adults." In the "Times (London), Bryan Appleyard maintained that "Ricks, one of the most distinguished literary critics of our time, is almost the only writer to have applied serious literary intelligence to Dylan ..."

Dylan's countless listeners (and even the artist himself, who knows?) may agree with W.H. Auden that Ricks "is exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding."

American Lonesome - The Work of Bruce Springsteen (Hardcover): Gavin Cologne-Brookes American Lonesome - The Work of Bruce Springsteen (Hardcover)
Gavin Cologne-Brookes
R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Within 7 - 11 working days
I'll Never Write My Memoirs (Paperback): Grace Jones I'll Never Write My Memoirs (Paperback)
Grace Jones 1
R215 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R77 (36%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Born in 1948 into a family of ministers in Kingston, Jamaica, the statuesque and strikingly beautiful Grace Jones lived with her family in Syracuse, NY, before launching a career as a model in New York City. Gaining fame as the cover girl for such publications as Vogue and Elle, Jones's flamboyant look proved to be a hit on the New York City nightclub circuit and she became a darling of the disco scene, which led to a recording contract and a substantial following among gay men. With her sexually charged, outrageous live shows, Grace soon earned the title of 'Queen of the Gay Discos.' When she moved to Paris in 1970, the French fashion scene embraced her unusual, androgynous looks and, in addition to cover work, she dominated the runways of designers like Yves St. Laurent and befriended the likes of Giorgio Armani and Karl Lagerfeld. While there, she shared an apartment with Jerry Hall and Jessica Lange and became artist Jean-Paul Goude's muse - he also fathered her son Paulo. (Grace was married twice - to a producer and a bodyguard - and she dated Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren for four years.) But with the dawn of the '80s came a massive anti-disco movement across the U.S., leading to Grace Jones focusing on more new wave and experimental-based work, putting her 21/2 octave voice to good use. She is as known for her unique look as she is for her music and has influenced the likes of Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Annie Lennox. In the book, Grace takes us on a journey from her religious upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the 70s and 80s, all the way to present-day London, where she is working on a new album.

Easiest Keyboard Collection - Classic Chart Hits (Paperback): Easiest Keyboard Collection - Classic Chart Hits (Paperback)
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BTS - K-Pop's International Superstars (Paperback): Triumph Books BTS - K-Pop's International Superstars (Paperback)
Triumph Books
R248 R195 Discovery Miles 1 950 Save R53 (21%) Within 7 - 11 working days
The Story of The Band - From Big Pink to the Last Waltz (Hardcover): Harvey Kubernik The Story of The Band - From Big Pink to the Last Waltz (Hardcover)
Harvey Kubernik
R642 R380 Discovery Miles 3 800 Save R262 (41%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A celebration of one of the most revered groups in rock history, on the 50th anniversary of their debut album and the 40th anniversary of The Last Waltz, the legendary film of their final concert. Acclaimed authors and music journalists Harvey Kubernik and his brother Kenneth pay tribute to The Band on two special anniversaries: the debut of their first album, Music from Big Pink, 50 years ago, and the release of Martin Scorsese's film The Last Waltz, hailed as the greatest concert movie ever made, 40 years ago. This unofficial retrospective covers everything from their collaborations with Bob Dylan through that farewell show, which took place on Thanksgiving 1976. The Story of the Band features little-known and previously unpublished interviews with members of The Band and those who worked with them and knew them--including Ronnie Hawkins, Jerry Garcia, Andrew Loog Oldham, and Bill Graham--as well as newly discovered memorabilia and rare and never-before-seen photographs from the finest rock photographers of the era. This is the ultimate book for all fans of The Band and their era.

Lou Reed - Radio 4 Book of the Week (Paperback): Anthony Decurtis Lou Reed - Radio 4 Book of the Week (Paperback)
Anthony Decurtis 1
R362 R292 Discovery Miles 2 920 Save R70 (19%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A GUARDIAN AND CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR 'A walk on the wild side with the alt-rock pioneer' GQ 'DeCurtis is well placed to trace Reed's five-decade career, drawing on insider knowledge but skilfully balancing it with detailed research and fascinating interviews' Mojo Magazine As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once the height of sanctity and perversity, transcended a genre, speaking to millions of listeners, inspiring a new generation of musicians, and forever changing the way we think of that iconic era of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. Throughout his five-decade career, Reed embodied artistic self-awareness and captured the beauty, paranoia, and vivacity of his time into an array of hit songs, experimental albums, and a larger-than-life persona. With such masterpieces as 'Sweet Jane' and 'Walk on the Wild Side', Reed exerted an influence on popular music rivaled only by the likes of Bob Dylan and the Beatles and is recognized to this day as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century. Now, just a few years after Reed's death, comes the thrilling, provocative story of his complex life. An acclaimed Rolling Stone contributor, Anthony DeCurtis interviewed Reed extensively and knew him well. With unparalleled access to Reed's friends, family, and dozens of other intimate relations, DeCurtis brings Reed's story compellingly alive and deepens our understanding of his indelible music. We travel deep into the underground artist clubs, listen along in the studio as the Velvet Underground record their signature work, and revel in Reed's relationship with legendaries like Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, and David Bowie. Insightful, revelatory, and intimate, Lou Reed is a gripping tribute to a quintessential American icon.

How Does It Feel? - A Life of Musical Misadventures (Hardcover): Mark Kermode How Does It Feel? - A Life of Musical Misadventures (Hardcover)
Mark Kermode 1
R447 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R96 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'A rattling tornado of a tale' DANNY BAKER 'Wonderful and wry . . . it will increase your zest for life' RICHARD AYOADE Following a formative encounter with the British pop movie Slade in Flame in 1975, Mark Kermode decided that musical superstardom was totally attainable. And so, armed with a homemade electric guitar and very little talent, he embarked on an alternative career - a chaotic journey which would take him from the halls and youth clubs of North London to the stages of Glastonbury, the London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall. HOW DOES IT FEEL? follows a lifetime of musical misadventures which have seen Mark striking rockstar poses in the Sixth Form Common Room, striding around a string of TV shows dressed from head to foot in black leather, getting heckled off stage by a bunch of angry septuagenarians on a boat on the Mersey, showing Timmy Mallet how to build a tea-chest bass - and winning the International Street Entertainers of the Year award as part of a new wave of skiffle. Really. Hilarious, self-deprecating and blissfully nostalgic, this is a riotous account of a bedroom dreamer's attempts to conquer the world armed with nothing more than a chancer's enthusiasm and a simple philosophy: how hard can it be?

Harlem 69 - The Future of Soul (Hardcover): Stuart Cosgrove Harlem 69 - The Future of Soul (Hardcover)
Stuart Cosgrove 1
R412 R337 Discovery Miles 3 370 Save R75 (18%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In 1969, among Harlem's Rabelaisian cast of characters are bandleader King Curtis, soul singers Aretha Franklin and Donny Hathaway, and drug peddler Jimmy `Goldfinger' Terrell. In February a raid on tenements across New York leads to the arrest of 21 Black Panther party members and one of the most controversial trials of the era. In the summer Harlem plays host to Black Woodstock and concerts starring Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. The world's most famous guitarist, Jimi Hendrix, a major supporter of the Black Panthers, returns to Harlem in support of their cause. By the end of the year Harlem is gripped by a heroin pandemic and the death of a 12-year-old child sends shockwaves through the USA, leaving Harlem stigmatised as an area ravaged by crime, gangsters and a darkly vengeful drug problem.

The Lyrics - 1961 - 2012 (Hardcover): Bob Dylan, Lisa Nemrow, Julie Nemrow The Lyrics - 1961 - 2012 (Hardcover)
Bob Dylan, Lisa Nemrow, Julie Nemrow; Edited by Christopher Ricks 1
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Winner of the NOBEL PRIZE in Literature 2016 For the first time, a comprehensive, definitive collection of lyrics of music legend and poet Bob Dylan. A major publishing event - a beautiful, comprehensive collection of the lyrics of Bob Dylan with artwork from thirty-three albums. As it was well put by Al Kooper (the man behind the organ on 'Like a Rolling Stone'), 'Bob is the equivalent of William Shakespeare. What Shakespeare did in his time, Bob does in his time.' Christopher Ricks, editor of T. S. Eliot, Samuel Beckett, Tennyson, and The Oxford Book of English Verse, has no argument with Mr. Kooper's assessment, and Dylan is attended to accordingly in this authoritative edition of his lyrics. In the words of Christopher Ricks: 'For fifty years, all the world has delighted in Bob Dylan's books of words and more than words: provocative, mysterious, touching, baffling, not-to-be-pinned-down, intriguing, and a reminder that genius is free to do as it chooses. And, again and again, these are not the words that he sings on the initially released albums.' This edition changes things, giving us the words from officially released studio and live recordings, as well as selected variant lyrics and revisions to these, recent revisions and retrospective ones; and, from the archives, words that, till now, have not been published. As set down, as sung, and as sung again.

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