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Bring It On Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Paperback): Mark Blake Bring It On Home - Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin and Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager (Paperback)
Mark Blake 1
R325 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R59 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Bring it on Home is a celebration, a cautionary tale and a compelling human drama. Written with the full co-operation of the Grant family and with access to Grant's private correspondence, business contracts and photographs, this biography features interviews with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin, and examines Grant's remarkably close (and some suggest unhealthy) relationship with Jimmy Page, his troubled relationship with Robert Plant and his great friendship with the late drummer John Bonham. Stories about how Grant intimidated the producers of The Song Remains the Same and the drug-related excess surrounding Swan Song Records and Grant's relationship with John Bindon and his extended coterie of Kings Road criminals are told with great candour, while the details of a plot to kidnap Led Zeppelin's band members' children by Jamaican gangsters are revealed for the first time. It also tells the dramatic and bleakly humorous family story of how Grant's estranged wife, and two children, Helen and Warren, dealt with this unusual and often tumultuous life. Warren Grant discusses, with unflinching honesty, an often-dangerous adolescence spent with a drug-addicted father, surrounded by groupies and dealers, in a house filled with shotguns. The narrative also features walk-on parts from Bob Dylan, Stanley Kubrick, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Moon, Elvis Presley, Elvis's father Vernon and Pope John XIII. As Warren Grant says now: 'My dad knew everyone'.

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
R491 R362 Discovery Miles 3 620 Save R129 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Pigs Might Fly - The Inside Story of Pink Floyd (Paperback, PB Reissue): Mark Blake Pigs Might Fly - The Inside Story of Pink Floyd (Paperback, PB Reissue)
Mark Blake 1
R334 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R128 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Interest in Pink Floyd remains as intense as ever even 40 years after the release of Dark Side of the Moon, with lavish box-sets collecting demos and out-takes, and Roger Waters' world tours of The Wall playing to packed stadiums. Now, Mark Blake's superbly comprehensive and engrossing history of the group, rightly acclaimed as the definitive book on the band, has been fully revised and extended with new interviews to bring the story up to date with the recent appearances of David Gilmour and Nick Mason with Roger Waters at a London date on his The Wall tour.

Freddie Mercury - A Kind of Magic (Hardcover): Mark Blake Freddie Mercury - A Kind of Magic (Hardcover)
Mark Blake
R689 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R174 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

(Book). Freddie Mercury was one of rock's most dazzling front men. When he died in 1991, the music world lost one of its most flamboyant characters, as well as a supremely talented writer and vocalist. Best known as the lead singer of Queen, his amazing four-octave voice was a distinctive element in the band's unique sound, which resulted in more than a dozen million-selling albums through the 1970s, '80s, and early '90s. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic charts his extraordinary career in the context of the life he led in the glare of rock stardom. With expert understanding, Mark Blake traces Freddie's astonishing achievements from his childhood in Zanzibar and India to his world-conquering performance at Live Aid in 1985 and beyond. Published just ahead of what would have been Freddie's 70th birthday, this special book features a retrospective commentary on his studio and live albums, a complete discography, photographs, and memorabilia throughout. Freddie Mercury: A Kind of Magic is an essential tribute to a truly innovative recording artist and an irreplaceable performer who rocked the world.

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 1
R471 R375 Discovery Miles 3 750 Save R96 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

A SUNDAY TIMES POP BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY TELEGRAPH MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR A DAILY MAIL MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR A TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR ('Of the many Led Zeppelin biographies marking the band's 50th anniversary, this is the most illuminating') OBSERVER BEST BOOKS OF 2018 'An enthralling and rigorously researched book' Sunday Times 'Blake has talked to everyone, and the stories are both lurid and melancholy' Mail on Sunday 'A juicy saga of excess all areas, Mark Blake's biography of Led Zeppelin's notoriously combative manager, Peter Grant, reads at times like an all-you-can-eat buffet of guilty pleasures . . . a riotous roller coaster' The Times 'A tale as expansive and complex as the man himself' Mojo 'To say Bring It On Home is a rambunctious page-turner is an understatement; but despite all the violence and weirdness, you can't help liking the "real" Peter Grant who emerges here' Planet Rock The late Peter Grant managed Led Zeppelin to global stardom. But his life story was every bit as extraordinary and dramatic as the musicians he looked after. For the first time ever, the Grant family have allowed an author access to previously unseen correspondence and photographs to help build the most complete and revealing story yet of a man who was a pioneer of rock music management, but also a son, a husband and a father. Published to coincide with Led Zeppelin's 50th anniversary, Bring It On Home charts Peter Grant's rise from wartime poverty through his time as a nightclub doorman, wrestler and bit-part actor to the birth of rock'n'roll in the 1950s. From here, it explores his pivotal role in the formation of Led Zeppelin and charts the impossible highs and lows of life on the road with rock's most outrageous band. Bring It On Home includes almost 100 new interviews with family members, friends, musicians and rival managers, and walk-on parts for Sharon Osbourne, Bob Dylan, Stanley Kubrick, Freddie Mercury, Elizabeth Taylor, the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia - and Elvis Presley. As Grant's son Warren says now: 'My dad knew everyone.' It is the first biography to reveal the truth behind Led Zeppelin's demise, Grant's subsequent fall from grace amid death threats and the shadow of organised crime, and his final days as a man who shunned the excesses of the music industry in favour of his friends and family. With access to several previously unpublished interviews - including Grant's last and most revealing yet - Bring It On Home sheds new light on the story of rock's greatest manager and one of the giants of the modern music history.

Is This the Real Life? - The Untold Story of Queen (Paperback): Mark Blake Is This the Real Life? - The Untold Story of Queen (Paperback)
Mark Blake 1
R303 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R91 (30%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Queen are unique among the great rock bands. It is nearly twenty years since frontman Freddie Mercury's death brought the band to an end - yet their fanbase remains massive. They appeal equally to men and women. Their fans are just as likely to be teenagers too young to have been born when the band were still touring and making records (thanks not least to the huge success of the musical We Will Rock You). And their musical history is one of constant reinvention - from heavy metal and prog rock to disco pop, stadium anthems and even jazz influences. Now, Mark Blake, the experienced Mojo journalist who wrote Aurum's bestselling book on Pink Floyd, has written the definitive history. Having already interviewed the surviving band members over the years, he has now tracked down dozens and dozens of new interviewees, from Queen's first long-forgotten bass players to Freddie Mercury's schoolmates in Isleworth, Middlesex, to trace Queen's long career from their very first gawky performances in St Helens through their sensational stage-stealing appearance on Live Aid to the band's collaboration with Paul Rodgers at the beginning of the century. Full of fascinating new revelations - especially about the improbable transformation of a shy Asian schoolboy called Bulsara into the outrageous-living hedonist that was Freddie Mercury - this is a book every Queen fan will want to have.

Pretend You're In A War - The Who and the Sixties (Paperback): Mark Blake Pretend You're In A War - The Who and the Sixties (Paperback)
Mark Blake
R75 Discovery Miles 750 Shipped within 10 - 15 working days

'A definitive tome for both Who fans and newcomers alike' ***** Q Magazine Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who' s violent live performances. His answer? ` Pretend you' re in a war.' For a band as prone to furious infighting as it was notorious for acts of ` auto-destructive art' this could have served as a motto. Between 1964 and 1969 The Who released some of the most dramatic and confrontational music of the decade, including ` I Can' t Explain' , ` My Generation' and ` I Can See For Miles' . This was a body of work driven by bitter rivalry, black humour and dark childhood secrets, but it also held up a mirror to a society in transition. Now, acclaimed rock biographer Mark Blake goes in search of its inspiration to present a unique perspective on both The Who and the sixties. From their breakthrough as Mod figureheads to the rise and fall of psychedelia, he reveals how The Who, in their explorations of sex, drugs, spirituality and class, refracted the growing turbulence of the time. He also lays bare the colourful but crucial role played by their managers, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. And - in the uneasy alliance between art-school experimentation and working-class ambition - he locates the motor of the Swinging Sixties. As the decade closed, with The Who performing Tommy in front of 500,000 people at the Woodstock Festival, the ` rock opera' was born. In retrospect, it was the crowning achievement of a band who had already embraced pop art and the concept album; who had pioneered the power chord and the guitar smash; and who had embodied - more so than any of their peers - the guiding spirit of the age: war.

Comfortably Numb (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition): Mark Blake Comfortably Numb (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition)
Mark Blake
R359 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R83 (23%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Mark Blake draws on his own interviews with band members as well as the group's friends, road crew, musical contemporaries, former housemates, and university colleagues to produce a riveting history of one of the biggest rock bands of all time. We follow Pink Floyd from the early psychedelic nights at UFO, to the stadium-rock and concept-album zenith of the seventies, to the acrimonious schisms of the late '80s and '90s. Along the way there are fascinating new revelations about Syd Barrett's chaotic life at the time of "Piper at the Gates of Dawn," the band's painstaking and Byzantine recording sessions at Abbey Road, and the fractious negotiations to bring about their fragile, tantalizing reunion in Hyde Park.

Meticulous, exacting, and ambitious as any Pink Floyd album, "Comfortably Numb" is the definitive account of this most adventurous--and most English--rock band.

Stone Me - The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards (Paperback): Mark Blake Stone Me - The Wit and Wisdom of Keith Richards (Paperback)
Mark Blake
R227 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R16 (7%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

In his own words-from rock's most legendary bad boy.
Rock 'n' roll legend and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has quite a few things to say: about Mick Jagger, the Stones, sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, and life itself. Sample these nuggets of wit and wisdom chipped from the tablets of Stone:
"On etiquette": "I've never turned blue in someone else's bathroom. I consider that the height of bad manners."
"On Mick Jagger": "My aim is always to try to introduce a bit of levity into his life."
"On the police": "There was a knock on our dressing-room door. Our manager shouted, 'Keith! Ron! The Police are here!' Oh, man, we panicked, flushed everything down the john. Then the door opened and it was Stewart Copeland and Sting."
"On family": "My father. I snorted my father. He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow."
"On dental care": "Miraculously, due to abstinence and prayer, my teeth grew back."

Riddles in a Language Arts Classroom (Paperback): Steve Martin Riddles in a Language Arts Classroom (Paperback)
Steve Martin; Contributions by Robin Marks, Blake Montana
R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
A Letter to the Clergy of the Church of Scotland. by Mark Blake, Esq (Hardcover): Mark Blake A Letter to the Clergy of the Church of Scotland. by Mark Blake, Esq (Hardcover)
Mark Blake
R447 Discovery Miles 4 470 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
A Letter to the Clergy of the Church of Scotland. by Mark Blake, Esq (Paperback): Mark Blake A Letter to the Clergy of the Church of Scotland. by Mark Blake, Esq (Paperback)
Mark Blake
R274 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R55 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own: digitization of epic proportions to preserve these invaluable works in the largest archive of its kind. Now for the first time these high-quality digital copies of original 18th century manuscripts are available in print, making them highly accessible to libraries, undergraduate students, and independent scholars.Delve into what it was like to live during the eighteenth century by reading the first-hand accounts of everyday people, including city dwellers and farmers, businessmen and bankers, artisans and merchants, artists and their patrons, politicians and their constituents. Original texts make the American, French, and Industrial revolutions vividly contemporary.++++The below data was compiled from various identification fields in the bibliographic record of this title. This data is provided as an additional tool in helping to insure edition identification: ++++British LibraryT038229London: printed for Daniel Isaac Eaton, 1794. 36p.; 8

The McAllister Chronicles - Part One (Paperback): Mark Blake The McAllister Chronicles - Part One (Paperback)
Mark Blake
R203 Discovery Miles 2 030 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Julia McAllister is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McAllister of London, England. When the McAllister's successful shoe business is forced to close in 1894, the patriarch of the family makes a bold move by deciding to immigrate to the United States. There, they find that living conditions that they must now cope with are a leap down the socio-economic scale. Soon, the McAllister's triumphant spirit overcomes adversity and they become semi-wealthy and well-liked citizens. When a move to a new apartment is in order, the McAllister's make haste and find themselves in a posh new apartment. However, with this new apartment comes rambunctious neighbors making all kinds of din into the wee hours of the night--or so they think. Soon, they discover that the din is originating from one of their own--the eldest McAllister, Samantha. She reveals that she is falling in love with the other half of the rowdiness, the suave sophisticate, Christopher Joplin. This first meeting quickly turns into a romantic engagement. Soon, all of the McAllister's head to California to meet the Joplin family--and to prepare for the grand wedding.

My Computer Hates Me (Paperback): Mark Blake My Computer Hates Me (Paperback)
Mark Blake 2
R42 R37 Discovery Miles 370 Save R5 (12%) Special order

Websites, servers, downloading, upgrading...hang on. 90 per cent of everything on the net is rubbish. For the real idiot's guide to the newest technological advance since Henry Ford created traffic, look no further than "My Computer Hates Me". "My Computer Hates Me" is a compendium of jokes, irritating PC problems, observations and downright bile about the Net, Windows, Word, PCs, Computer geeks and language. It's slash, slash, slash and burn.

Freddie Mercury: An Illustrated Life (Hardcover): Mark Blake Freddie Mercury: An Illustrated Life (Hardcover)
Mark Blake 1
R519 R424 Discovery Miles 4 240 Save R95 (18%) Special order

When Freddie Mercury died in 1991, the music world lost one of its most flamboyant characters, as well as a supremely talented writer and vocalist. Best known as the lead singer with Queen, his amazing four-octave voice was a distinctive element in the band's unique sound which resulted in more than a dozen million-selling albums over three decades. As the band's main songwriter he was responsible for some of their greatest hits including Killer Queen, We Are The Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody. Published to co-incide with what would have been Freddie's 70th birthday in November 2016 and the film of his life story currently in production.A definitive retrospective on the life and work of Freddie Mercury, both as the lead singer with Queen and in his much-acclaimed solo capacity. Fully illustrated throughout, including archive memorabilia and many previously unpublished photographs.

Is This the Real Life? - The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition): Mark Blake Is This the Real Life? - The Untold Story of Freddie Mercury and Queen (Paperback, First Trade Paper Edition)
Mark Blake
R385 R332 Discovery Miles 3 320 Save R53 (14%) Special order

Queen's success in the 1970s was accompanied by a taste for musical and non-musical excess. "Is This the Real Life?" draws on eyewitness testimonies--former producers and managers, ex-girlfriends and boyfriends--to create a complete picture of one of the world's most ambitiously driven rock bands at work and at play. Revealing Queen's complex dynamic, Blake also explores how Freddie Mercury's sexuality alienated some of the band's fan base, how they reinvented themselves by morphing from hard rock to pop, and how they saw out their final years as Mercury became one of the most successful rock stars in the world.

"Is This the Real Life?" looks beyond Queen's public persona to shed light on the legendary band's four wildly divergent personalities, particularly lead singer Freddie Mercury's.

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