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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 14 books in this booklist

  • Cover image of book A Darker Electricity: The Origins of the Spiral Tribe Sound System by Mark Angelo Harrison
    A Darker Electricity: The Origins of the Spiral Tribe Sound System - by Mark Angelo Harrison

    £14.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781913231354 | ISBN 10: 1913231356

    Written by Spiral Tribe’s co-founder and visual artist, Mark Angelo Harrison, A Darker Electricity charts the infamous sound system’s nomadic journey and the rapid escalation of their popularity – and notoriety.   From small squat-scene part ... more

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  • Cover image of book Good Pop, Bad Pop: An Inventory by Jarvis Cocker
    Good Pop, Bad Pop: An Inventory - by Jarvis Cocker

    £12.99   paperback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781784707910 | ISBN 10: 1784707910

    The Sunday Times bestselling hit memoir from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker.  What if the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display?  We all have a random collection of the things that made us - photos, tickets, clothe ... more

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  • Cover image of book Echoes: A Memoir Continued... by Will Sergeant
    Echoes: A Memoir Continued... - by Will Sergeant

    £22.00   hardback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781408719305 | ISBN 10: 1408719304

    THE FOLLOW UP MEMOIR TO SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, BUNNYMAN   Scenic Wye Valley isn’t the typical place for a rock story to begin, but when Echo & the Bunnymen hit the studio to record their ground-breaking debut album, Crocodiles, it was anything ... more

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  • Cover image of book The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds (10th Anniversary Edition) by John Higgs
    The KLF: Chaos, Magic and the Band who Burned a Million Pounds (10th Anniversary Edition) - by John Higgs

    £23.00   hardback   (2023) - ISBN 13: 9781399610353 | ISBN 10: 139961035x

    'The best non-fiction book I've ever read. It's magical. Stunning' Dan Schreiber, No Such Thing As a Fish 'A pop biography for people who don't read pop biographies' Dorian Lynskey, Guardian 'Brilliant, discursive and wise' Ben Goldacre 'Utt ... 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 The Velvet Mafia: The Gay Men Who Ran the Swinging Sixties by Darryl W. Bullock
    The Velvet Mafia: The Gay Men Who Ran the Swinging Sixties - by Darryl W. Bullock

    £20.00   paperback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9781787602311 | ISBN 10: 1787602311

    In the fifties and sixties, in the period leading up to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and the founding of the Gay Liberation movement, a group of gay men behind the scenes of rock'n'roll was changing pop, politics and society for goo ... more

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  • Cover image of book Sailor Song: The Shanties and Ballads of the High Seas by Gerry Smyth, illustrated by Jonny Hannah
    Sailor Song: The Shanties and Ballads of the High Seas - by Gerry Smyth, illustrated by Jonny Hannah

    £14.99   hardback   (2021) - ISBN 13: 9780712353700 | ISBN 10: 0712353704

    From the earliest of voyages seafarers have sung, be they homeward bound or rolling in a merciless sea to an unknown horizon. The shouts and cries of these sailors’ shanties provided a musical rhythm to their work and such ‘concerted’ efforts i ... more

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  • Cover image of book Resistance: A Songwriter
    Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change and Courage - by Tori Amos

    £16.99   hardback   (2020) - ISBN 13: 9781529325607 | ISBN 10: 1529325609

    Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry’s most enduring and ingenious artists. From her unnerving depiction of sexual assault in “Me and a Gun” to her post-9/11 ... 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 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 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 Here We Stand: Politics, Performers and Performance - Paul Robeson, Charlie Chaplin, Isadora Duncan by Colin Chambers
    Here We Stand: Politics, Performers and Performance - Paul Robeson, Charlie Chaplin, Isadora Duncan - by Colin Chambers

    £20.00   hardback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9781854599209 | ISBN 10: 1854599208

    Paul Robeson's international achievements as a singer and an actor made him the most celebrated black American of his day (he would have said 'Negro'). But his outspoken criticism of racism in the USA, his unflinching support of African independence, ... more

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