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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 36 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book Don
    Don't Stop the Music: A Year of Pop History, One Day at a Time - by Justin Lewis

    £16.99   hardback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781783967162 | ISBN 10: 1783967161

    ‘A brilliant musical almanac, compiled by an engaging writer whose musical knowledge is not just detailed but wide-ranging and generous.’ Jonathan Coe   With entries for every day of the year, ranging from mini-essays to pithy and engaging ... more

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  • Cover image of book Do You Believe in the Power of Rock & Roll? Forty Years of Music Writing from the Frontline by John Robb
    Do You Believe in the Power of Rock & Roll? Forty Years of Music Writing from the Frontline - by John Robb

    £14.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781800182189 | ISBN 10: 180018218x

    Do You Believe in the Power of Rock & Roll? is a history of alternative rock from John Robb, with the music still ringing in his ears. This collection follows John’s journey from the late 1970s, when he was first caught up in punk’s high-octa ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved Me from Success by Miki Berenyi
    Fingers Crossed: How Music Saved Me from Success - by Miki Berenyi

    £22.00   hardback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781788705554 | ISBN 10: 1788705556

    Rough Trade Book of the Year Resident Book of the Year A Rolling Stone Book of the Year A Mojo Book of the Year A Sunday Times Book of the Year   Formed in 1988, Lush were part of the London gig scene during one of the most vibrant ... more

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  • Cover image of book Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry
    Face It: A Memoir - by Debbie Harry

    £10.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9780008229443 | ISBN 10: 0008229449

    ‘I was saying things in songs that female singers didn’t really say back then. I wasn’t submissive or begging him to come back, I was kicking his ass, kicking him out, kicking my own ass too. My Blondie character was an inflatable doll but with ... more

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  • Cover image of book Song Noir: Tom Waits and the Spirit of Los Angeles by Alex Harvey
    Song Noir: Tom Waits and the Spirit of Los Angeles - by Alex Harvey

    £10.99   paperback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781789146639 | ISBN 10: 1789146631

    Song Noir examines the formative first decade of Tom Waits’s career, when he lived, wrote and recorded nine albums in Los Angeles; from his soft, folk-inflected debut, Closing Time (1973), to the abrasive, surreal Swordfishtrombones (1983). Startin ... more

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  • Cover image of book Pin-Ups 1972: Third Generation Rock
    Pin-Ups 1972: Third Generation Rock 'n' Roll - by Peter Stanfield

    £15.99   hardback   (2022) - ISBN 13: 9781789145656 | ISBN 10: 1789145651

    Elvis, Eddie, Chuck, Gene, Buddy and Little Richard were the original rockers. Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones and The Who formed rock’s second coming. As the 1960s turned into the 1970s, the crucial question was: who would lead rock ’n’ roll’ ... more

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  • Cover image of book Scouse Pop by Paul Skillen
    Scouse Pop - by Paul Skillen

    £25.00   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781781791233 | ISBN 10: 1781791236

    Scouse Pop is a journey into the personalities and music of the successful pioneering Liverpool pop bands of the late seventies and eighties. It examines their motivations, their uniqueness and the routes to success which made them into enduring musi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge by Daniel Rachel
    Walls Come Tumbling Down: The Music and Politics of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge - by Daniel Rachel

    £12.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781447272694 | ISBN 10: 1447272692

    Walls Come Tumbling Down charts the pivotal period between 1976 and 1992 that saw politics and pop music come together for the first time in Britain's musical history; musicians and their fans suddenly became instigators of social change, and 'the po ... more

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  • Cover image of book Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East by Orlando Crowcroft
    Rock in a Hard Place: Music and Mayhem in the Middle East - by Orlando Crowcroft

    £12.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781786990150 | ISBN 10: 1786990156

    From Tehran to Riyadh, Cairo to Nazareth, this is the story of how a new generation of rockers and rappers are trying to change the Middle East.   A muggy night in Abu Dhabi, 2011. Under the stadium lights a 30,000-strong sea of Libyans, Pales ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley
    The Age of Bowie - by Paul Morley

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781471148118 | ISBN 10: 1471148114

    "A handsome six footer with a warm and engaging personality, Davie Jones has all it takes to get to the show business heights including... talent."(David Bowie at 17 in May, 1964 writing his own press biography.) Respected arts commentator Pau ... more

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  • Cover image of book David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations by David Bowie
    David Bowie: The Last Interview and Other Conversations - by David Bowie

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781612195759 | ISBN 10: 161219575x

    The massive, world-wide outpouring of grief at the death of David Bowie notably focused on not only his stunning musical output, but also his fascinating refusal to stay the same — the same as other trending artists, or even the same as himself. & ... more

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  • Cover image of book Reckless by Chrissie Hynde
    Reckless - by Chrissie Hynde

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785031465 | ISBN 10: 1785031465

    By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect 50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock n roll, motorbikes and the get down boys seen at gigs in and around Cleveland Mitch R ... more

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  • Cover image of book Upping Your Ziggy: How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours by Oliver James
    Upping Your Ziggy: How David Bowie Faced His Childhood Demons - and How You Can Face Yours - by Oliver James

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781782204909 | ISBN 10: 1782204903

    David Bowie was one of the most famous men of his generation, and remains one of the greatest rock stars of all time. But while his flamboyant career in the public eye has been well documented, much less is known about his family history.  In ... more

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  • Cover image of book Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
    Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink - by Elvis Costello

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780241968123 | ISBN 10: 0241968127

    Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink is the long-awaited memoir from Elvis Costello, one of rock and roll's most iconic stars.   Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein
    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir - by Carrie Brownstein

    £16.99   hardback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780349007922 | ISBN 10: 0349007926

    From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life - and finding yourself - in music. Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Nor ... more

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  • Cover image of book Mystery Train by Greil Marcus
    Mystery Train - by Greil Marcus

    £20.00   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780571323173 | ISBN 10: 0571323170

    Greil Marcus's study of American rock 'n' roll is justly regarded as one of the most accomplished examples of contemporary music writing.  Using a handful of artists -- a brace of bluesmen, The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis Presley -- ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ultraviolet: A Glastonbury Tale by Blueblagger
    Ultraviolet: A Glastonbury Tale - by Blueblagger

    £11.95   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780956815569 | ISBN 10: 0956815561

    Welcome to Glastonbury a relaxed Somerset town known for its ancient legends. From King Arthur to the Tor, it is part of a Wessex landscape rich in stone circles and stoned wanderers, and in more recent years its name has become synonymous with a f ... more

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  • Cover image of book Ziggyology by Simon Goddard
    Ziggyology - by Simon Goddard

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780091948894 | ISBN 10: 0091948894

    He came from Outer Space...   It was the greatest invention in the history of pop music the rock god who came from the stars which struck a young David Bowie like a lightning bolt from the heavens.   When Ziggy the glam alien messi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Starting at Zero: His Own Story by Jimi Hendrix
    Starting at Zero: His Own Story - by Jimi Hendrix

    £8.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781408842157 | ISBN 10: 1408842157

    It didn't take long after Jimi Hendrix's death for the artist to become a myth of music. He has been surrounded by a shroud of intrigue since he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time. Much has been written and said ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale by Jean MacColl
    My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale - by Jean MacColl

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781784180263 | ISBN 10: 1784180262

    Kirsty MacColl led a dazzling life - tender, creative, heroic and full of love.   This book, by her mother Jean MacColl, charts with moving insight Kirsty's early years and celebrates her brilliant career at the front rank of the music busine ... more

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  • Cover image of book Autobiography by Morrissey
    Autobiography - by Morrissey

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780141394817 | ISBN 10: 0141394811

    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 thre ... more

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  • Cover image of book Florence + the Machine: An Almighty Sound by Zoe Howe
    Florence + the Machine: An Almighty Sound - by Zoe Howe

    £14.95   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781780385136 | ISBN 10: 1780385137

    The story of Florence + The Machine makes an exhilarating contrast to the fortunes of those pre-packaged, stage-schooled pop stars who just wanted to be famous.  A bookish south London child who had sung at family funerals, Florence Welch exp ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hallo Sausages: The Lyrics of Ian Dury by Jemima Dury
    Hallo Sausages: The Lyrics of Ian Dury - by Jemima Dury

    £25.00   hardback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781408812143 | ISBN 10: 1408812142

    'Sex and drugs and rock and roll Is all my brain and body need Sex and drugs and rock and roll Is very good indeed' Famous for his funny, provocative, visceral lyrics, Ian Dury was a rock-and-roll poet and legendary force on the London music ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bohemian Rhapsody: the Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury by Lesley-Ann Jones
    Bohemian Rhapsody: the Definitive Biography of Freddie Mercury - by Lesley-Ann Jones

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781444733693 | ISBN 10: 1444733699

    This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era by Helen Reddington
    The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era - by Helen Reddington

    £19.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781845539573 | ISBN 10: 1845539575

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s a new phenomenon emerged in UK popular music female guitarists, bass-players, keyboard-players and drummers began playing in bands. Before this time, womens presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, h ... more

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  • Cover image of book 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs by Dorian Lynskey
    33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs - by Dorian Lynskey

    £12.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780571241354 | ISBN 10: 0571241352

    Why 33? Partly because that's the number of rotations performed by a vinyl album in one minute, and partly because it takes a lot of songs to tell a story which spans seven decades and five continents - to capture the colour and variety of this shape ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan by Sean Egan
    The Mammoth Book of Bob Dylan - by Sean Egan

    £12.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781849014663 | ISBN 10: 1849014663

    The fullest ever anthology of writing about rock's greatest poet. Bob Dylan's impact on popular music has been incalculable. Having transformed staid folk music into a vehicle for coruscating social commentary, he then swept away the romantic platitu ... more

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  • Cover image of book Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling by Marcus Gray
    Route 19 Revisited: The Clash and London Calling - by Marcus Gray

    £12.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780099524205 | ISBN 10: 0099524201

    One of the greatest rock and roll records of all time, and one of the greatest bands, finally get the book they deserve.  Twenty-eight years after its original release, The Clashs London Calling was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Women of the Underground: Music - Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves by Zora von Burden
    Women of the Underground: Music - Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves - by Zora von Burden

    £14.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781933149196 | ISBN 10: 1933149191

    Featuring new interviews with: Wanda Jackson - Miss Mercy (GTOs) - Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground) - Nina Hagen - Lydia Lunch - Adele Bertei (The Contortions) - Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) - Jarboe (Swans) - Slymenstra (Gwar) - Patricia Mor ... more

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  • Cover image of book Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen by David Masciotra
    Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen - by David Masciotra

    £18.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780826425058 | ISBN 10: 0826425054

    Working On a Dream is a powerful and engaging study of this songwriter and performers art. Springsteen has consistently summoned his creative power and artistic vision to indict political developments and demand the cultivation of a more compassiona ... more

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  • Cover image of book Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam by Mark LeVine
    Heavy Metal Islam: Rock, Resistance, and the Struggle for the Soul of Islam - by Mark LeVine

    £12.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780307353399 | ISBN 10: 0307353397

    "We play heavy metal because our lives are heavy metal."(Reda Zine, one of the founders of the Moroccan heavy-metal scene) "Music is the weapon of the future."(Fela Kuti) An eighteen-year-old Moroccan who loves Black Sabbath. A twenty-two-yea ... more

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  • Cover image of book Queering the Popular Pitch by Editor(s) - Sheila Whiteley, Jennifer Rycenga
    Queering the Popular Pitch - by Editor(s) - Sheila Whiteley, Jennifer Rycenga

    £38.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780415978057 | ISBN 10: 041597805x

    Queering the Popular Pitch is a new collection of 19 essays that situate queering within the discourse of sex and sexuality in relation to popular music. This investigation addresses the changing debates within gay, lesbian and queer discourse in rel ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Love There That
    The Love There That's Sleeping: The Art and Spirituality of George Harrison - by Dale C. Allison, Jr

    £19.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780826419170 | ISBN 10: 0826419178

    From his days as the "quiet Beatle" to his successful and critically admired solo career, George Harrison produced a memorable body of music. His songs "Something" and "Here Comes the Sun" are two of the Beatles' best, and beginning with his remarkab ... more

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  • Cover image of book John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes by John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft
    John Peel: Margrave of the Marshes - by John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft

    £9.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780552551199 | ISBN 10: 0552551198

    Despite the number of claims in publishers' blurbs, not many people actually achieve the staus of legend in their own lifetime. Fewer still deserve that status. John Peel is the exception who proves that rule, a Great Briton whose contribution to Bri ... more

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  • Cover image of book Chronicles: Volume 1 by Bob Dylan
    Chronicles: Volume 1 - by Bob Dylan

    £9.99   paperback   (2005) - ISBN 13: 9780743478649 | ISBN 10: 0743478649

    Bob Dylan's acclaimed autobiography: "A book which measures up to - and in many respects surpasses - the highest hopes anyone could have had of it. The narrator of Chronicles turns out to be a superbly candid and engaging character, with a sharp desc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Manchester, England by Dave Haslam
    Manchester, England - by Dave Haslam

    £11.99   paperback   (2000) - ISBN 13: 9781841151465 | ISBN 10: 1841151467

    The definitive account of the pop cult capital of the UK by Dave Haslam, one of Manchester's top DJs and journalists.   Manchester, a predominantly working-class city, away from the nation's capital, has been at the margins of English culture ... more

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