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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 137 books in this booklist

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  • Cover image of book Why Bowie Matters by Will Brooker
    Why Bowie Matters - by Will Brooker

    £12.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780008313722 | ISBN 10: 0008313725

    A unique, moving and dazzlingly researched exploration of the places, people, musicians, writers and filmmakers that inspired David Jones to become David Bowie, what we can learn from his life’s work and journey, and why he will always matter. &nb ... more

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  • Cover image of book Glastonbury 50 by Michael and Emily Eavis
    Glastonbury 50 - by Michael and Emily Eavis

    £30.00   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781409183938 | ISBN 10: 1409183939

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  Glastonbury 50 is the authorised, behind-the-scenes, inside story of the music festival that has become a true global phenomenon.  The story begins in 1970. The day after Jimi Hendrix's death... dairy farmer Micha ... more

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  • Cover image of book Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
    Year of the Monkey - by Patti Smith

    £12.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781526614759 | ISBN 10: 1526614758

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.   Following a run of New Year's concerts at ... more

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  • Cover image of book Mercury and Me: An Intimate Memoir By the Man Freddie Loved by Jim Hutton, with Tim Wapshott
    Mercury and Me: An Intimate Memoir By the Man Freddie Loved - by Jim Hutton, with Tim Wapshott

    £9.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781526614506 | ISBN 10: 1526614502

    The moving, remarkable story of the relationship between Freddie Mercury and his longtime partner Jim Hutton, as explored in the major, Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody.   The relationship between Freddie Mercury ... more

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  • Cover image of book How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures by Mark Kermode
    How Does It Feel? A Life of Musical Misadventures - by Mark Kermode

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781474608992 | ISBN 10: 147460899x

    The hilarious, self-deprecating, blissfully nostalgic memoir of adored film critic Mark Kermode's riotous attempts to become a popstar.   Following a formative encounter with the British pop movie Slade in Flame in 1975, Mark Kermode decided that ... more

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  • Cover image of book Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover by DJ Target
    Grime Kids: The Inside Story of the Global Grime Takeover - by DJ Target

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781409179535 | ISBN 10: 1409179532

    A group of kids in the 90s had a dream to make their voice heard – and this book documents their seminal impact on today’s pop culture.   DJ Target grew up in Bow under the shadow of Canary Wharf, with money looming close on the skyline. T ... more

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  • Cover image of book Clothes, Music, Boys. by Viv Albertine
    Clothes, Music, Boys. - by Viv Albertine

    £6.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780571351343 | ISBN 10: 0571351344

    In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-female punk band, the Slits. This is the story of how, through sheer will, ... more

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  • Cover image of book No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir by Ani DiFranco
    No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir - by Ani DiFranco

    £20.00   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780735225176 | ISBN 10: 0735225176

    A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco.  In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dayglo! The Creative Life of Poly Styrene by Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe
    Dayglo! The Creative Life of Poly Styrene - by Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe

    £25.00   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781785586163 | ISBN 10: 1785586165

    Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift ... more

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  • Cover image of book To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
    To Throw Away Unopened - by Viv Albertine

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780571326228 | ISBN 10: 0571326226

    LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2018   What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.   Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kind Of Blue: Miles Davis and the Making of a Masterpiece by Ashley Kahn
    Kind Of Blue: Miles Davis and the Making of a Masterpiece - by Ashley Kahn

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781783784738 | ISBN 10: 1783784733

    In the early spring of 1959, six musicians went into the 30th Street Studio in New York. Nine hours later, they had recorded one of the finest albums of the twentieth century.  Kind of Blue traces Miles Davis's development into an artist capable ... more

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  • Cover image of book Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon by Anthony Joseph
    Kitch: A Fictional Biography of a Calypso Icon - by Anthony Joseph

    £10.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781845234195 | ISBN 10: 1845234197

    Combining factual biography with the imaginative structure and investment in the language of the novel, Anthony Joseph fully engages with the world he recreates, and by presenting a multifaceted view from Kitch’s friends, rivals and even enemies, h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Imagine John Yoko by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
    Imagine John Yoko - by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

    £35.00   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780500021842 | ISBN 10: 0500021848

    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 i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Why Dylan Matters by Richard F. Thomas
    Why Dylan Matters - by Richard F. Thomas

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780008245467 | ISBN 10: 0008245460

    When the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan, the literary world was up in arms. How could the world’s most prestigious book prize be awarded to a famously cantankerous singer-songwriter in his Seventies, who wouldn’t even deign t ... more

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  • Cover image of book When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie, The Man Who Changed The World by Dylan Jones
    When Ziggy Played Guitar: David Bowie, The Man Who Changed The World - by Dylan Jones

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781786090638 | ISBN 10: 1786090635

    On 6 July 1972, David Bowie, with a flame-orange cockade quiff, lavishly applied make-up, wearing a multi-coloured jumpsuit that looked as though it were made from fluorescent fish skin, and carrying a brand spanking new blue acoustic guitar, made hi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Miles And Me by Quincy Troupe
    Miles And Me - by Quincy Troupe

    £11.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781609808341 | ISBN 10: 1609808347

    Poet, activist and journalist Quincy Troupe's candid account of his friendship with Miles Davis is a revealing portrait of a great musician and an engrossing chronicle of the author's own artistic and personal growth. Miles and Me describes in intima ... more

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  • Cover image of book You Know What You Could Be: Tuning into the 1960s by Mike Heron and Andrew Greig
    You Know What You Could Be: Tuning into the 1960s - by Mike Heron and Andrew Greig

    £12.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780857054876 | ISBN 10: 0857054872

    A dual memoir written in tandem by Mike Heron, a founder member of the iconic sixties folk group The Incredible String Band and one of their greatest fans, bestselling author and winner of the Saltire Prize, Andrew Greig.  This singular book ... more

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  • Cover image of book No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson by Jeff Sparrow
    No Way But This: In Search of Paul Robeson - by Jeff Sparrow

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781911617204 | ISBN 10: 1911617206

    Film star. Icon. Agitator. Martyr.   Paul Robeson was a brilliant student and champion athlete who abandoned a career in law to find worldwide fame as a performer and activist. He was undoubtedly the most famous African American of his time — be ... more

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  • Cover image of book Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg
    Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World - by Billy Bragg

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780571327751 | ISBN 10: 0571327753

    Roots, Radicals & Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World is the first book to explore this phenomenon in depth – a meticulously researched and joyous account that explains how skiffle sparked a revolution that shaped pop music as we have come to ... more

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  • Cover image of book David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music by Darryl W. Bullock
    David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music - by Darryl W. Bullock

    £12.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780715652992 | ISBN 10: 0715652990

    From the birth of jazz in the red-light district of New Orleans, through the rock 'n' roll years, Swinging Sixties and all-singing and all-dancing disco days of the '70s, to modern pop, electronica and reggae – the LGBT community has played a cruci ... more

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  • Cover image of book Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners by Andrew Collins
    Billy Bragg: Still Suitable for Miners - by Andrew Collins

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780753552711 | ISBN 10: 075355271x

    He was a punk. He was a soldier. He was a flag-waver for both the Labour Party and the miners. He is Billy Bragg, best known as a passionate, protest folk singer and a tireless promoter of political and humanitarian causes all over the world. His li ... more

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  • Cover image of book 50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Legends by Will Larnach-Jones
    50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Legends - by Will Larnach-Jones

    £10.00   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781784881504 | ISBN 10: 1784881503

    Featuring beautifully illustrated portraits and profiles, 50 Queer Music Icons Who Changed the World is a tribute to queer ground breakers who changed the face of music and popular culture.   LGBTQ+ musicians have been pushing for change sinc ... more

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  • Cover image of book Standing in the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me by Joe Flannery
    Standing in the Wings: The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me - by Joe Flannery

    £15.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780750987608 | ISBN 10: 075098760x

    Joe Flannery has been described as the ‘Secret Beatle’ – as the business associate and childhood friend of Brian Epstein, he became an integral part of The Beatles’ management team during their rise to fame in the early 1960s.   Stand ... more

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  • Cover image of book Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa
    Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa - by Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa

    £10.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781784700140 | ISBN 10: 1784700142

    An unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros.   Haruki Murakami's passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of hi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Do You Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors by Neil Corcoran
    Do You Mr Jones? Bob Dylan with the Poets and Professors - by Neil Corcoran

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781784706807 | ISBN 10: 1784706809

    In 2016, Bob Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature ‘for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition’.  This collection of essays by leading poets and critics – with a new foreword by Will Self – ... 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 Patti Smith: American Artist by Frank Stefanko
    Patti Smith: American Artist - by Frank Stefanko

    £14.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781683830153 | ISBN 10: 1683830156

    "There I was sitting in a booth at the co-op of Glassboro State College, a bucolic school in the farmlands of South Jersey... Suddenly, the double doors of the co-op swung open and standing there in the vacuum created was an incredible apparition, a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
    Born to Run - by Bruce Springsteen

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781471157820 | ISBN 10: 1471157822

    "Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this."(Bruce Springsteen) In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band p ... more

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  • Cover image of book Nick Cave: Mercy on Me by Reinhard Kleist
    Nick Cave: Mercy on Me - by Reinhard Kleist

    £14.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781910593363 | ISBN 10: 1910593362

    “An electrifying graphic biography of Nick Cave”   Musician, novelist, poet, actor: Nick Cave is a Renaissance man. His wide-ranging artistic output always uncompromising, hypnotic and intense is defined by an extraordinary gift for storyt ... more

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  • Cover image of book White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s by Joe Boyd
    White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s - by Joe Boyd

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781781257944 | ISBN 10: 1781257949

    How was one man present at so many pivotal points of the birth of modern rock? Joe Boyd's classic memoir of the 60s music scene reissued as a Serpent's Tail Classic, with a new foreword by Hanif Kureishi.   When Muddy Waters came to London a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lennon: The New York Years by David Foenkinos, Eric Corbeyran and Horne
    Lennon: The New York Years - by David Foenkinos, Eric Corbeyran and Horne

    £17.99   hardback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781631408793 | ISBN 10: 1631408798

    In 1975 the most famous rock star in the world moved to New York City to raise his young family, in the process setting career, adoring fans, and creative contemporaries aside. During this reflective time, he met with a psychoanalyst, worked to sprea ... more

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  • Cover image of book Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock by Barney Hoskyns
    Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock - by Barney Hoskyns

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780571309764 | ISBN 10: 0571309763

    Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? Qui ... more

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  • Cover image of book Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman
    Paul McCartney: The Biography - by Philip Norman

    £10.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781780226408 | ISBN 10: 1780226403

    Illuminating biography of legendary composer, musician and performer Paul McCartney.  The first biography written with Paul McCartney's approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him.  Superbly evoking half a ce ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Importance of Music to Girls by Lavinia Greenlaw
    The Importance of Music to Girls - by Lavinia Greenlaw

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780571332274 | ISBN 10: 0571332277

    If I had not kissed anyone, or danced with anyone, or had a reason to cry, the music made me feel as if I had gone through all that anyway... the music attracted and repelled, organised and disturbed and then let us into the night, clusters of emotio ... more

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  • Cover image of book Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego
    Wake Up and Live: The Life of Bob Marley - by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego

    £16.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781783059676 | ISBN 10: 1783059672

    The extraordinary life of the legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley is here celebrated in a superb graphic novel by Jim McCarthy and Benito Gallego.  A man of spiritual hunger and force with music in his bones, Robert Nesta Marley came to re ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise by Brix Smith Start
    The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise - by Brix Smith Start

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780571325061 | ISBN 10: 0571325068

    The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world ... more

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  • Cover image of book What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light
    What Happened, Miss Simone? - by Alan Light

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781782118749 | ISBN 10: 1782118748

    Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.   What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocativ ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays (Graphic Novel) by Lalit Kumar Sharma and Jason Quinn
    The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays (Graphic Novel) - by Lalit Kumar Sharma and Jason Quinn

    £13.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9789381182222 | ISBN 10: 9381182221

    The Beatles are the world’s most enduring and biggest rock band ever! This is the story of their struggle for success.  Taking us through the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, and their lives in Liverpool during the 1950s, we journey with them ... 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 Strange Fascination: David Bowie - The Definitive Story by David Buckley
    Strange Fascination: David Bowie - The Definitive Story - by David Buckley

    £10.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780753545157 | ISBN 10: 0753545152

    The Sunday Times bestseller.   David Bowie was arguably the most influential artist of his time, reinventing himself again and again, transforming music, style and art for over five decades.   David Buckley's unique approach to unravell ... more

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  • Cover image of book Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers by John Collins
    Highlife Giants: West African Dance Band Pioneers - by John Collins

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781911115298 | ISBN 10: 1911115294

    As West Africa’s oldest form of popular music, highlife was the soundtrack of the independence era. Its influence still resonates today.   Highlife Giants is an intimate portrait of the pioneering artistes of West Africa’s music scene from the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Evelyn Dove: Britain
    Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen - by Stephen Bourne

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781909762350 | ISBN 10: 1909762350

    A pioneer and a trailblazer, Evelyn Dove left a mark in the arts industry. She was the first black female singer on BBC Radio and the first black British female singer to work in America, a quarter of a century before Shirley Bassey.   In a ca ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker
    The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story - by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker

    £12.50   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781616558352 | ISBN 10: 1616558350

    Eisner and Harvey Award winner! "If anyone was ‘The Fifth Beatle’ it was Brian."(Paul McCartney) The Fifth Beatle graphic novel recounts the untold true story of Brian Epstein - the visionary manager who created Beatlemania and guided the ... more

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  • Cover image of book Starman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography by Paul Trynka
    Starman: David Bowie - The Definitive Biography - by Paul Trynka

    £10.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780751542936 | ISBN 10: 0751542938

    David Bowie is one of our greatest icons. This is the definitive biography.   Has there ever been a more charismatic and intriguing rock star than David Bowie?   In Starman, Paul Trynka has painted the definitive portrait of a great artist. Fro ... 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 M Train by Patti Smith
    M Train - by Patti Smith

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781408867709 | ISBN 10: 1408867702

    M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf� where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, pa ... more

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  • Cover image of book The John Lennon Letters by John Lennon and Hunter Davies
    The John Lennon Letters - by John Lennon and Hunter Davies

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781780225036 | ISBN 10: 1780225032

    A lifetime of letters, collected for the first time, from the legendary The Beatles musician and songwriter John Lennon.   John Lennon is one of the world's greatest-ever song writers, creator of 'Help!', 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', 'Imag ... more

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  • Cover image of book John Lennon: Pocket Giants by Robert Webb
    John Lennon: Pocket Giants - by Robert Webb

    £6.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780750962339 | ISBN 10: 075096233x

    John Lennon is a giant of popular music and culture. As one-quarter of the Beatles, he was in the vanguard of music, art, fashion and popular culture during the sixties. His music, humour and outspoken calls for peace inspired a generation. He stands ... more

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  • Cover image of book Lucky by Professor Green
    Lucky - by Professor Green

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781910536728 | ISBN 10: 1910536725

    It was never easy for Professor Green. Born into a tough Hackney estate and raised by his grandmother, the rapper was always learning the hard way whether at school, on the streets of east London or during impromptu freestyling shows at friends ho ... 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 Conversations with McCartney by Paul Du Noyer
    Conversations with McCartney - by Paul Du Noyer

    £10.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781473609044 | ISBN 10: 1473609046

    In June 1989, Paul Du Noyer was contacted by Paul McCartney's office in London and asked to interview the star as they had met once before and enjoyed a good raport. In the years that followed, Paul Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work ... more

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  • Cover image of book Seasick Steve: Ramblin
    Seasick Steve: Ramblin' Man - by Matthew Wright

    £7.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781784189884 | ISBN 10: 178418988x

    It remains one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in music history.   The nervous and dishevelled figure who played his punk-blues song 'Dog House Boogie' before Jools Holland and his dumbstruck Hootenanny audience that New Year's Eve 2006 ... more

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  • Cover image of book On Bowie by Simon Critchley
    On Bowie - by Simon Critchley

    £6.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781781257456 | ISBN 10: 1781257450

    What made Bowie special? What made him the cultural icon he is today? And what made millions of people around the world tune into his peculiar wavelength and find exactly what they'd been looking for all along?  These are the questions asked ... more

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  • Cover image of book Goodnight and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life by David Cavanagh
    Goodnight and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life - by David Cavanagh

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780571327898 | ISBN 10: 0571327893

    Goodnight and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Britain is a social history, a diary of a nation's changing culture, and an in-depth appraisal of one of our greatest broadcasters, a man who can legitimately be c ... 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 Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS by Martin Duberman
    Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS - by Martin Duberman

    £14.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781620971925 | ISBN 10: 1620971925

    The Lambda Literary Awardwinning biography of two men fighting for their lives in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, from the celebrated historian. "A meticulously researched, nuanced, empathic and insightful portrait of two important artistic ... more

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    I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny - by Mick Houghton

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780571278916 | ISBN 10: 0571278914

    I've Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk ... more

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  • Cover image of book Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten (Editors)
    Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives - by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten (Editors)

    £14.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785780608 | ISBN 10: 1785780603

    Here She Comes Now brings together some of Americas best music writers such as Susan Choi, recipient of the inaugural PEN / W.G. Sebald award, Daniel Walters, whose credits include the screenplay for Heathers, and Alina Simon, whose novel Note to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Billie Holiday by John Szwed
    Billie Holiday - by John Szwed

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780099592624 | ISBN 10: 0099592622

    When eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record Riffin the Scotch and Your Mothers Son-in-Law, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-c ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Sick Bag Song by Nick Cave
    The Sick Bag Song - by Nick Cave

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781782117933 | ISBN 10: 1782117938

    The Sick Bag Song chronicles Cave's journey with his band the Bad Seeds on a twenty-two-day, North American tour. It is a highly personal account that blends memories, musings, poetry, lyrics, flights of fancy and road journal.   Drawing inspi ... more

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  • Cover image of book England
    England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock - by Jon Savage

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780571326280 | ISBN 10: 0571326285

    Jon Savage's Ralph Gleason Award-winning England's Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and their time: the late 1970s. Full of anedcote, insight, and exclusive interviews, it tells the sensational story of the met ... more

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  • Cover image of book Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab by Mary Finnigan
    Psychedelic Suburbia: David Bowie and the Beckenham Arts Lab - by Mary Finnigan

    £14.95   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780986377020 | ISBN 10: 0986377023

    David Bowie was 22 years old and still living with his parents in southeast London when, quite by chance, he met Mary Finnigan while visiting her upstairs neighbours in nearby Beckenham. Still an unrecognised talent haunting the London folk clubs, de ... more

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    I'll Never Write My Memoirs - by Grace Jones

    £20.00   hardback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781471135217 | ISBN 10: 1471135217

    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 pu ... 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 Special Deluxe by Neil Young
    Special Deluxe - by Neil Young

    £10.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780241971116 | ISBN 10: 024197111x

    Quirky and wonderfully candid, Neil Young's new book of reminiscences is as compelling as his first book.  He returns with more unforgettable stories about his six decades in the music business - but this is not your average rock biography. He c ... more

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  • Cover image of book Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink: Notes for a Memoir by Elvis Costello
    Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink: Notes for a Memoir - by Elvis Costello

    £25.00   hardback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780241003466 | ISBN 10: 0241003466

    Unfaithful Music & 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 th ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Rhythm and the Tide: Liverpool, The La
    The Rhythm and the Tide: Liverpool, The La's and Ever After - by Mike Badger and Tim Peacock

    £14.95   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781781382585 | ISBN 10: 1781382581

    Liverpool in the 1980s. With prospects for the city's youth bleak, a scheme for unemployed musicians commenced, inadvertently shaping the future for members of Cast, Space, the Lightning Seeds and giving fresh impetus to the idea of song as a saviour ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend by Karen Bartlett
    Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend - by Karen Bartlett

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781849548762 | ISBN 10: 1849548765

    Known the world over for her unique musical style, distinctive look and a voice that propelled her into the charts time and time again, Dusty Springfield was undoubtedly one of the biggest and brightest musical stars of the twentieth century.   ... 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 Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon
    Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored - by John Lydon

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781471137211 | ISBN 10: 147113721x

    John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols - the world's most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon
    The Walrus and the Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution - by James A. Mitchell

    £12.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781609805760 | ISBN 10: 1609805763

    In late 1971 John Lennon left London and pop stardom behind and moved to New York City, eager to join a youth movement rallying for social justice and an end to the Vietnam War. Lennon was embraced by radicals and revolutionaries, the hippies and Yip ... more

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  • Cover image of book Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis by Michael Haas
    Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis - by Michael Haas

    £12.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780300205350 | ISBN 10: 030020535x

    Winner in the 2014 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence for the best historical Research in Classical Music category.   With National Socialism's arrival in Germany in 1933, Jews dominated music more than virtually ... more

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  • Cover image of book Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit by Richard Coles
    Fathomless Riches: Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit - by Richard Coles

    £20.00   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780297870302 | ISBN 10: 0297870300

    The memoir of popular BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live presenter and former member of the Communards, the Reverend Richard Coles. From the top of the pop charts to the priesthood via BBC Radio 4. Fathomless Riches is the Reverend Richard Coles's war ... 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 Woody Guthrie And the Dust Bowl Ballads by Nick Hayes
    Woody Guthrie And the Dust Bowl Ballads - by Nick Hayes

    £20.00   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780224097314 | ISBN 10: 0224097318

    A visual biography of Woody Guthrie perhaps the greatest, most enduring singer-songwriter to ever live.  Forged in the Dustbowl of the 1930s, in an America crippled by the Great World Recession, this humble man found solace in song, and soon ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bombed Out! Tales of
    Bombed Out! Tales of '70s-'80s Music, Punk, Eric's, Bands and Beyond - by Peter Alan Lloyd

    £12.50   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780957592162 | ISBN 10: 0957592167

    Bombed Out! records Peter Alan Lloyd's personal journey through 1970s and 1980s Liverpool, including working in, playing at, and going to see Punk and New Wave bands in the legendary Eric's Club. It includes references to music of the period, esp ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981 - 2013 by Bleddyn Butcher
    A Little History: Photographs of Nick Cave and Cohorts 1981 - 2013 - by Bleddyn Butcher

    £18.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781760110697 | ISBN 10: 1760110698

    A stunning visual record of the amazing career of Nick Cave, one of the world's coolest musicians, by one of the rock world's most brilliant photographers and writers.  When Bleddyn Butcher first saw The Birthday Party play, back in 1981, he ... more

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  • Cover image of book Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music by Anglique Kidjo, with Rachel Wenrick
    Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music - by Anglique Kidjo, with Rachel Wenrick

    £20.00   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780062071798 | ISBN 10: 0062071793

    Grammy Award-winning singer Anglique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work. In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she's prompting others all around ... more

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  • Cover image of book Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie by Jon Ronson
    Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie - by Jon Ronson

    £7.99   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781447271376 | ISBN 10: 1447271378

    A funny, sad and true story about Jon Ronson, Frank Sidebottom and other outsider musicians.  In the late 1980s Jon Ronson was the keyboard player in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank wore a big fake head. Nobody outside his inner ... more

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  • Cover image of book The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds by John Higgs
    The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds - by John Higgs

    £10.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781780226552 | ISBN 10: 1780226551

    The strange tale of the death, life and legacy of the hugely successful band.  They were the bestselling singles band in the world. They had awards, credibility, commercial success and creative freedom. Then they deleted their records, erased ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bob Marley: Reggae King of the World by Malika Lee Whitney & Dermott Hussey
    Bob Marley: Reggae King of the World - by Malika Lee Whitney & Dermott Hussey

    £19.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9789768245038 | ISBN 10: 9768245034

    A picture scrapbook with over 300 colour/black and white photographs, full of memorabilia and information about the life of the legendary Bob Marley.  With foreword by his widow, Rita Marley, and a wealth of interviews with those who were closes ... more

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  • Cover image of book Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS by Sir Elton John
    Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS - by Sir Elton John

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781444757033 | ISBN 10: 1444757032

    The first ever book by music legend Sir Elton John is the personal, passionate and illuminating journey of his fight to end the AIDS epidemic.  In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly fro ... more

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  • Cover image of book Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party by Paul Du Noyer, with a Foreword by Suggs
    Deaf School: The Non-Stop Pop Art Punk Rock Party - by Paul Du Noyer, with a Foreword by Suggs

    £14.95   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781846318603 | ISBN 10: 1846318602

    Liverpools dynamic music scene gave the world The Beatles. What city could hope to follow that? But 12 years later, in 1974, lightning nearly struck twice. Deaf School were a band formed in John Lennons old art college, rehearsing in the very same ... more

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  • Cover image of book Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
    Waging Heavy Peace - by Neil Young

    £10.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780241962169 | ISBN 10: 0241962161

    Waging Heavy Peace is the remarkable memoir of rock icon Neil Young.   Neil Young is a singular figure in the history of rock and pop culture in the last four decades, inducted not once but twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.   ... more

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  • Cover image of book Paul Robeson: A Watched Man by Jordan Goodman
    Paul Robeson: A Watched Man - by Jordan Goodman

    £20.00   hardback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9781781681312 | ISBN 10: 1781681317

    In his heyday, Paul Robeson was one of the most famous people in the world; to his enemies he was also one of the most dangerous. From the 1930s to the 1960s, the African-American singer was the voice of the people, both as a performer and as a polit ... 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 Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues by James Fearnley
    Here Comes Everybody: The Story of The Pogues - by James Fearnley

    £9.99   paperback   (2013) - ISBN 13: 9780571253975 | ISBN 10: 0571253970

    October, 1984: Wham!, Culture Club and Status Quo dominate the top ten when The Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of Kings Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy, traditional melodies and the powerfully poetic song-writing of Shane MacG ... 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 Pete Seeger in His Own Words by Pete Seeger, edited by Rob and Sam Rosenthal
    Pete Seeger in His Own Words - by Pete Seeger, edited by Rob and Sam Rosenthal

    £23.99   hardback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781612052182 | ISBN 10: 1612052185

    Long an icon of American musical and political life, Pete Seeger has written eloquently in books and for magazines, activist movements, and union newsletters. Although he has never written an autobiography, his life story is nowhere more personally c ... more

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  • Cover image of book Woody
    Woody's Road: Woody Guthrie's Letters Home, Drawings, Photos, and Other Unburied Treasures - by Mary Jo Guthrie and Guy Logsdon

    £31.99   hardback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781612052199 | ISBN 10: 1612052193

    The father of American folk music, Woody Guthrie influenced generations of musicians and fans with his witty journalism and landmark songs, such as This Land Is Your Land.  Much has been written about Guthrie, yet nothing communicates who h ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Beatles Graphic by Herv Bourhis
    The Beatles Graphic - by Herv Bourhis

    £16.95   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781780381565 | ISBN 10: 1780381565

    Herv Bourhis, creator of The Little Book of Rock, turns his unique graphic talents to the legend of The Beatles, told from the very beginning.   Bourhis' visual imagination illuminates the individual lives of each band member from their pre- ... more

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  • Cover image of book Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern by Julia Downes
    Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern - by Julia Downes

    £15.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780956632913 | ISBN 10: 0956632912

    As more and more female solo artists hit the mainstream the question arises: where are the girl bands? Why aren't they getting the attention they deserve?   While the media continues to ignore them, in Women Make Noise Julia Downes invites mus ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sit Down! Listen to This! The Roger Eagle Story by Bill Sykes
    Sit Down! Listen to This! The Roger Eagle Story - by Bill Sykes

    £18.95   hardback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781901746907 | ISBN 10: 1901746909

    Roger Eagle was a towering figure in British popular music. Uniquely, his influence straddled the cultural divide separating Manchester and Liverpool. The task of unifying the musical talents of these two cultural hubs has proved beyond almost everyo ... 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 Man Who Recorded the World: A Biography of Alan Lomax by John Szwed
    The Man Who Recorded the World: A Biography of Alan Lomax - by John Szwed

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780099472353 | ISBN 10: 009947235x

    Writer, musicologist, archivist, singer, DJ, filmmaker, record, radio and TV producer, Alan Lomax was a man of many parts. Without him the history of popular music would have been very different.  Armed with a tape-recorder and his own near- ... 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 Skywriting by Word of Mouth by John Lennon
    Skywriting by Word of Mouth - by John Lennon

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780099561262 | ISBN 10: 0099561263

    Autobiography, excerpts of fantastical fiction and musings on the break-up of the Beatles and the pressures of celebrity. A delight for fans of John Lennon.   Witn an afterword by Yoko Ono and original illustrations by the author.  ... more

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  • Cover image of book I & I: The Natural Mystics by Colin Grant
    I & I: The Natural Mystics - by Colin Grant

    £11.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780099526728 | ISBN 10: 0099526727

    The history of the original Wailers - Tosh, Livingstone and Marley - as never before told Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trench Town R&B crooners, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Bob Marley, swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-ton ... more

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  • Cover image of book Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir by Pauline Black
    Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir - by Pauline Black

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781846687914 | ISBN 10: 1846687918

    Probably best-known for her role as lead singer in The Selecter, one of the best British ska / 2 tone bands of the early 1980s, Pauline Black has lived a life rich in contradictions. Mixed-race, adopted to a middle-aged white couple, tracing some of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Freddie Mercury: The Biography by Laura Jackson
    Freddie Mercury: The Biography - by Laura Jackson

    £10.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780749956080 | ISBN 10: 0749956089

    This fascinating biography of Freddie Mercury which received outstanding acclaim from Queen and rock fans worldwide, has now been updated for reissue to coincide with the release of the film about his life. Laura Jackson addresses topics including: & ... 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 Autofellatio by James Maker
    Autofellatio - by James Maker

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9782919595143 | ISBN 10: 2919595148

    Winner of the Polari First Book Prize 2011  Autofellatio is the memoir of singer, lyricist, writer and occasional actor James Maker.   It begins with his teenage years in punk-era London, moving through the counter-cultural 19 ... 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 Music IS Rapid Transportation...from the Beatles to Xenakis by Daniel Kernohan (Editor)
    Music IS Rapid Transportation...from the Beatles to Xenakis - by Daniel Kernohan (Editor)

    £14.95   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9781895166040 | ISBN 10: 1895166047

    By Lawrence Joseph, Dan Lander, Donal McGraith, Bill Smith, Alan Stanbridge, Scott Thomson & Vern Weber.  - photos by Gordon Bowbrick, Herb Greenslade & Bill Smith  A truly alternative look at music lists, not one that mere ... more

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  • Cover image of book Just Kids by Patti Smith
    Just Kids - by Patti Smith

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780747568766 | ISBN 10: 0747568766

    'It was the summer that Coltrane died. The summer Jimi Hendrix set his guitar in flames and China exploded the H-bomb. There were riots in Newark and marches against the war in Vietnam. The world was on the brink of change. It was the summer of love. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Beat Sound, Beat Vision: The Beat Spirit and Popular Song by Laurence Coupe
    Beat Sound, Beat Vision: The Beat Spirit and Popular Song - by Laurence Coupe

    £15.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780719071133 | ISBN 10: 0719071135

    This book reveals the ideas behind the Beat vision which influenced the Beat sound of the songwriters who followed on from them.   Having explored the thinking of Alan Watts, who coined the term Beat Zen, and who influenced the counter ... more

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  • Cover image of book The South Bank Show: Final Cut by Melvyn Bragg
    The South Bank Show: Final Cut - by Melvyn Bragg

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781444705539 | ISBN 10: 1444705539

    What drives a musician to write extraordinary songs? How do writers create their worlds? How does an actor achieve greatness?  For over thirty years of The South Bank Show, Melvyn Bragg has interviewed many of the greatest cultural icons ... more

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  • Cover image of book Blood Sweat and Treason: My Story by Henry Olonga
    Blood Sweat and Treason: My Story - by Henry Olonga

    £18.99   hardback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781905326815 | ISBN 10: 1905326815

    Sports book meets real-life thriller in this sensational autobiography of Zimbabwes first ever-black cricketer. Blood, Sweat And Treason tells the story of Olonga's childhood against a backdrop of revolution, independence and a country that graduall ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz
    Bob Marley: The Untold Story - by Chris Salewicz

    £12.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780007255535 | ISBN 10: 0007255535

    What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rocknroll? How is that he has not only remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but has also become a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to generation ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Honey Gatherers by Mimlu Sen
    The Honey Gatherers - by Mimlu Sen

    £12.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781846041891 | ISBN 10: 1846041899

    Mimlu Sen is living a bohemian life in Paris when she witnesses an electrifying performance by three wandering minstrels from rural India. They wear flowing, multicoloured robes and play frenetic rhythms on strange instruments made of wood and clay, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Away from the Light of Day by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Keta, Ann Wright
    Away from the Light of Day - by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Keta, Ann Wright

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781901927450 | ISBN 10: 1901927458

    The magic couple Amadou and Mariam are one of the most loved and successful acts to come out of Africa this century, but their story is not one of overnight success. They have been singing their warm notes for more than thirty years.   This au ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bloody Mary: My Life and Times by Mary Coughlan
    Bloody Mary: My Life and Times - by Mary Coughlan

    £8.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780340993484 | ISBN 10: 0340993480

    Since she rose to international fame in 1985 with her seminal Irish jazz album Tired and Emotional, Mary Coughlan's battles with addiction, the problems in her personal life and career have been well documented. But until now she has never spoken of ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Beatles: The Authorised Biography by Hunter Davies
    The Beatles: The Authorised Biography - by Hunter Davies

    £12.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780091930516 | ISBN 10: 0091930510

    There's only one book that ever truly got inside the Beatles and this is it. The landmark, worldwide bestseller that has grown with the Beatles ever since.   During 1967 and 1968 Hunter Davies spent eighteen months with the Beatles at the pea ... more

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  • Cover image of book Everything is Connected: The Power of Music by Daniel Barenboim
    Everything is Connected: The Power of Music - by Daniel Barenboim

    £9.99   paperback   (2009) - ISBN 13: 9780753825945 | ISBN 10: 0753825945

    'The power of music lies in is its ability to speak to all aspects of the human being-the animal, the emotional, the intellectual, and the spiritual. Music teaches us, in short, that everything is connected'   Daniel Barenboim's new book viv ... more

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  • Cover image of book Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley by Humphrey Lyttelton
    Last Chorus: An Autobiographical Medley - by Humphrey Lyttelton

    £18.99   hardback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781906217181 | ISBN 10: 1906217181

    A feast for all his many fans and admirers, this is the great Humphrey Lyttelton's last book, a sparkling autobiographical kaleidoscope of memories, anecdotes and entertaining stories from his colourful life - from his childhood as the son of an Eton ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hand Me My Travelin
    Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell - by Michael Gray

    £14.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9780747565611 | ISBN 10: 0747565619

    "No one can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell."(Bob Dylan) The great pre-war blues musician Blind Willie McTell was one of the most gifted artists of his generation, with an exquisite voice and a sublime talen for the 12-string guitar. Yet h ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Act You
    The Act You've Known for All These Years - by Clinton Heylin

    £14.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781847671059 | ISBN 10: 1847671055

    In 1967, The Beatles unleashed their seminal album on an unsuspecting world. This new edition of The Act You've Known For All These Years explores the huge impact the album had on The Beatles and their contemporaries - Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Pi ... more

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  • Cover image of book We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet - the Collected Interviews by Daniel Sinker
    We Owe You Nothing: Punk Planet - the Collected Interviews - by Daniel Sinker

    £15.99   paperback   (2008) - ISBN 13: 9781933354323 | ISBN 10: 1933354321

    The first compilation of the riveting and provocative interviews of Punk Planet magazine, founded in 1994 and charging unbowed into the new millennium. Never lapsing into hapless nostalgia, these conversations with figures as diverse as Jello Biafra, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl by Ben Harker
    Class Act: The Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl - by Ben Harker

    £18.99   paperback   (2007) - ISBN 13: 9780745321653 | ISBN 10: 0745321658

    Ewan MacColl is one of the outstanding British singers and songwriters of the mid to late twentieth-century, and his work has been covered by artists including Roberta Flack, Johnny Cash and the Pogues. He was also a committed political activist. For ... more

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