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Feel Free - Essays (Paperback): Zadie Smith Feel Free - Essays (Paperback)
Zadie Smith 1
R215 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R46 (21%) In stock

The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays.

No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for Zadie Smith's insatiable curiosity. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has endless enthusiasmand the boundless wit, insight and wisdom to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion.

This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

Help Your Kids With Music - A unique step-by-step visual guide (Paperback): Carol Vorderman Help Your Kids With Music - A unique step-by-step visual guide (Paperback)
Carol Vorderman 1
R450 R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Save R247 (55%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Are your kids struggling with music theory? Do you wish you could help them learn how to read music? Help Your Kids With Music is what every frustrated parent needs. This invaluable guide covers all the core subjects needed to pass up to grade 5 music exams around the world, including melody, rhythm, chords and harmony, intervals, scales, and keys, styles and genres, and the instruments of the orchestra. Its unique visual approach, which uses simple, colourful illustrations and diagrams alongside a wide range of musical examples, allows parents and children to work together to understand even the trickiest concepts of music theory. Feature boxes on composers and musicians across a variety of styles and genres help children and parents learn and discover more about music, while guides to writing your own melody and harmonizing a song melody encourage budding composers to have a go at writing their own music. This book is also packed with musical examples, which you can listen to on the accompanying free audio app. Perfect for exam preparation, homework help, or learning to read music as part of learning an instrument, Help Your Kids With Music is a clear, accessible guide that will help parents and children understand even complex music theory and put it into practice with confidence.

The Chord Wheel - The Ultimate Tool For All Musicians (Paperback): Jim Fleser The Chord Wheel - The Ultimate Tool For All Musicians (Paperback)
Jim Fleser
R278 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R72 (26%) In stock

Master chord theory ... in minutes! The Chord Wheel is a revolutionary device that puts the most essential and practical applications of chord theory into your hands. This tool will help you: Improvise and Solo - Talk about chops! Comprehend key structure like never before; Transpose Keys - Instantly transpose any progression into each and every key; Compose Your Own Music - Watch your songwriting blossom! No music reading is necessary. "This is the kind of device that players of any instrument can use to enhance their musical understanding. Chord and key relationships are inseparable, and learning these relationships is a must in becoming a successful musician." - Alan Remington, Orange Coast College Music Dept.

Ruth and Martin's Album Club (Paperback): Martin Fitzgerald Ruth and Martin's Album Club (Paperback)
Martin Fitzgerald
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The concept behind Ruth and Martin's Album Club is simple: make people listen to a classic album they've never heard, then ask them to review it. Compiled here are the blog's greatest hits, as well as some new and exclusive material, each entry boasting a comprehensive introduction by all-round music geek Martin Fitzgerald: Ian Rankin on Madonna's Madonna. J. K. Rowling on the Violent Femmes' Violent Femmes. Chris Addison on Marvin Gaye's What's Going On. Bonnie Greer on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds. Brian Koppelman on The Smiths' Meat Is Murder. Anita Rani on The Strokes' Is This It. Richard Osman on Roxy Music's For Your Pleasure. And many, many more.

Why You Like It - The Science and Culture of Musical Taste (Hardcover): Nolan Gasser Why You Like It - The Science and Culture of Musical Taste (Hardcover)
Nolan Gasser 1
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Listen to This (Paperback): Alex Ross Listen to This (Paperback)
Alex Ross 1
R301 R210 Discovery Miles 2 100 Save R91 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Includes a new chapter on John Cage. Alex Ross's award-winning international best-seller, `The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century', has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians; this is his much anticipated next book on the subject of music. In `Listen To This' Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker, looks both backwards and forwards in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice. After relating his first encounter with classical music, Ross vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews wth modern pop masters such as Bjork and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. In his essay `Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues', Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dance to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross writes in a style at once erudite and lively, showing how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. He explains how pop music can achieve the status of high art and how classical music can become a vital part of the wider contemporary culture. Witty, passionate and brimming with insight, `Listen to This' teaches us to listen more closely.

The Life of a Song Volume 2 - The Stories Behind 50 More of the World's Best-loved Songs (Hardcover): Jan Dalley, David... The Life of a Song Volume 2 - The Stories Behind 50 More of the World's Best-loved Songs (Hardcover)
Jan Dalley, David Cheal 1
R347 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R59 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

If The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" had been released under its original title, "Liverpool Sunset", would it have had the same impact? Was "Greensleeves" really written by Henry VIII? And how did The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" become globally adopted as a football chant? Like its bestselling predecessor, THE LIFE OF A SONG VOLUME 2 contains the stories of 50 songs, originally published in FT Weekend, that unearth each song's biography. These are also the stories of how songs took on new life following their release: how, for instance, "Wild Thing" helped launch the career of Jimi Hendrix in America. Packed with intriguing factoids, these bite-sized essays will delight music lovers and send you scurrying back to listen to the songs in all their beauty and mystery.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2017, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2017, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
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ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 5 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2017 Music Theory exam papers to include the new question types that will be in use from 2018. This collection contains four Grade 5 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Higher Music Study Guide (Paperback): Adrian Finnerty Higher Music Study Guide (Paperback)
Adrian Finnerty
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Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music): Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music)
R98 R93 Discovery Miles 930 Save R5 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers Grade 5 are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. The new papers are selected from the 2018 Music Theory exam papers and reflect the new question types that have been in use for the first time this year. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 2 (Sheet music): Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 2 (Sheet music)
R75 R71 Discovery Miles 710 Save R4 (5%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers Grade 2 are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. The new papers are selected from the 2018 Music Theory exam papers and reflect the new question types that have been in use for the first time this year. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Stories of Standard Teaching Pieces - Containing Educational Notes and (Hardcover): Edward Baxter Perry Stories of Standard Teaching Pieces - Containing Educational Notes and (Hardcover)
Edward Baxter Perry
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Music Theory Practice Papers 2017, ABRSM Grade 1 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2017, ABRSM Grade 1 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
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ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 1 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2017 Music Theory exam papers to include the new question types that will be in use from 2018. This collection contains four Grade 1 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 3 (Sheet music): Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 3 (Sheet music)
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ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers Grade 3 are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. The new papers are selected from the 2018 Music Theory exam papers and reflect the new question types that have been in use for the first time this year. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 1 (Sheet music): Music Theory Practice Papers 2018, ABRSM Grade 1 (Sheet music)
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ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers Grade 1 essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. The new papers are selected from the 2018 Music Theory exam papers and reflect the new question types that have been in use for the first time this year. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Go Ahead in the Rain - Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Paperback): Hanif Abdurraqib Go Ahead in the Rain - Notes to A Tribe Called Quest (Paperback)
Hanif Abdurraqib
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Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music): Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music)
R77 Discovery Miles 770 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

ABRSM's official Model Answers are a useful resource for students and teachers preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. This Grade 5 collection contains answers for the four practice papers published in ABRSM's Music Theory Practice Papers 2018 (Grade 5), and should be used alongside them. This set of model answers features a list of correct answers, where appropriate, or a selection of likely options where the answer can be expressed in a variety of ways.

Dick Waterman - A Life in Blues (Hardcover): Tammy L. Turner Dick Waterman - A Life in Blues (Hardcover)
Tammy L. Turner; Foreword by Edward Komara
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Growing up in an affluent Jewish family in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dick Waterman (b. 1935) was a shy, stuttering boy living a world away from the Mississippi Delta. Though he never heard blues music at home, he became one of the most influential figures in blues of the twentieth century. A close proximity to Greenwich Village in the 1960s fueled Waterman's growing interest in folk music and led to an unlikely trip that resulted in the rediscovery of Delta blues artist Son House in 1964. Waterman began efforts to revive House's music career and soon became his manager. He subsequently founded Avalon Productions, the first management agency focused on representing black blues musicians. In addition to booking and managing, he worked tirelessly to protect his clients from exploitation, demanded competitive compensation, and fought for royalties due them. During his career, Waterman befriended and worked with numerous musicians, including such luminaries as B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Eric Clapton. During the early years of his career, he documented the work of scores of musicians through his photography and gained fame as a blues photographer. This authorized biography is the crescendo of years of original research as well as extensive interviews conducted with Waterman and those who knew and worked with him.

In Tune - Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music (Hardcover): Ben Wynne In Tune - Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Roots of American Music (Hardcover)
Ben Wynne
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Born into poverty in Mississippi at the close of the nineteenth century, Charley Patton and Jimmie Rodgers established themselves among the most influential musicians of their era. In Tune tells the story of the parallel careers of these two pioneering recording artists-one white, one black-who moved beyond their humble origins to change the face of American music. At a time when segregation formed impassable lines of demarcation in most areas of southern life, music transcended racial boundaries. Jimmie Rodgers and Charley Patton drew inspiration from musical traditions on both sides of the racial divide, and their songs about hard lives, raising hell, and the hope of better days ahead spoke to white and black audiences alike. Their music reflected the era in which they lived but evoked a range of timeless human emotions. As the invention of the phonograph disseminated traditional forms of music to a wider audience, Jimmie Rodgers gained fame as the "Father of Country Music," while Patton's work eventually earned him the title "King of the Delta Blues." Patton and Rodgers both died young, leaving behind a relatively small number of recordings. Though neither remains well known to mainstream audiences, the impact of their contributions echoes in the songs of today. The first book to compare the careers of these two musicians, In Tune is a vital addition to the history of American music

The Classical Music Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover): Dk The Classical Music Book - Big Ideas Simply Explained (Hardcover)
Dk; Foreword by Katie Derham 1
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From Mozart to Mendelssohn, this comprehensive guide to classical music history and classical music biography is the perfect latest addition to the bestselling Big Ideas series. Easy to understand and clear to follow, this history of classical music explores and explains music theory and the impact of seminal pieces, while also providing fascinating stories about the lives of crucial composers and performers. Including an insightful foreword by Katie Derham, The Classical Music Book analyses over 90 works by famous composers. From Thomas Tallis in the early period to baroque masters like Bach and Handel, to the classical genius of Beethoven and Wagner and beyond to the modern day, The Classical Music Book explores the key ideas underpinning the world's greatest classical compositions and musical traditions, and defines their importance to the musical canon, placing them into their wider social, cultural, and historical context. The unique approach to the subject makes this book the perfect classical music guide for everyone. Regardless of whether you are relatively new to the subject and want to learn or if you are a classical music aficionado, there is plenty to discover in The Classical Music Book.

Strange Stars (Paperback): Jason Heller Strange Stars (Paperback)
Jason Heller
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Indian Blues - American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934 (Paperback): John W. Troutman Indian Blues - American Indians and the Politics of Music, 1879-1934 (Paperback)
John W. Troutman
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Music Theory Past Papers 2015 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5 (Staple bound): Jeremy Hughes Music Theory Past Papers 2015 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5 (Staple bound)
Jeremy Hughes
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*Essential practice material for all ABRSM Theory exam candidates *Contains four separate papers

Springsteen - Album by Album (Paperback): Ryan White, Peter Ames Carlin Springsteen - Album by Album (Paperback)
Ryan White, Peter Ames Carlin 1
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For over forty years Bruce Springsteen has stood astride the rock 'n' roll stage like a musical colossus, his 18 studio albums - from the 1973 debut Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. to 2014's High Hopes - the testament of a life dedicated to music-making and committed songwriting. This book examines every stage of his musical career, discussing influences, lyrics, popularity, politics and all other aspects of Springsteen's music.

Theory of Music Workbook Grade 1 (2007) (Staple bound): Naomi Yandell Theory of Music Workbook Grade 1 (2007) (Staple bound)
Naomi Yandell
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