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Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes - A Selection Of Favourite Orchestral Masterpieces (Paperback): Rodney Trudgeon Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes - A Selection Of Favourite Orchestral Masterpieces (Paperback)
Rodney Trudgeon
R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes is a collection of essays on famous classical, orchestral compositions. The pieces in this collection have appeared in concert programmes that have accompanied performances by the Cape Town and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras.

Rodney Trudgeon is a well-known radio host and presenter on Fine Music Radio. He is an expert on the range of musical genres that broadly fall under the category "classical music". The text that comprises Rodney Trudgeon's Concert Notes is structured alphabetically according to composer and gives a broad overview of the development of classical music, starting with the Baroque period and ending with modern, atonal music. Each piece is dedicated to a particular musical composition, describing its highlights, its history, and what makes it unique.

Broadly, the pieces are grouped together according to the following three broad categories: ouvertures, concertos, and symphonies, mimicking the structure of concert programmes. Each entry also includes a short biography of its composer. Trudgeon's style is easy to read and accessible to all readers: from those who listen to classical music regularly to those who are unfamiliar with it. Overall, this collection is a useful and informative musical guide, making a case for listening to orchestral music.

Syd Kitchen - Scars That Shine (Paperback): Donve Lee Syd Kitchen - Scars That Shine (Paperback)
Donve Lee
R260 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R52 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Skollie, saint, scholar, hippest of hippies, imperfect musician with a perfect imagination, Syd Kitchen was, like all great artists, born to enrich his art and not himself.

Plagued by drugs, alcohol and depression, too much of an outlaw to be embraced by record companies, he frequently sold his furniture to cover production costs of his albums, seduced fans at concerts and music festivals worldwide with his dazzling ‘Afro-Saxon’ mix of folk, jazz, blues and rock interspersed with marvellously irreverent banter, and finally became the subject of several compelling documentaries, one of which - Fool in a Bubble - premiered in New York in 2010.

It's Me, Marah - An Autobiography (Paperback): Marah Louw It's Me, Marah - An Autobiography (Paperback)
Marah Louw; Illustrated by Palesa Motsomi 2
R441 R415 Discovery Miles 4 150 Save R26 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

With a career spanning over 40 years, Marah Louw is counted among South Africa’s musical and entertainment industry royalty and has a powerful and memorable story to tell. This book is the reader’s front-row ticket to the joys, sadness, triumphs and setbacks that have been part of this legend’s life. Even though she is a celebrity, her story aims to show that stars, no matter how bright, are human too. It also delves into her family secrets and her search for truth.

As one of South Africa’s most iconic entertainers, Marah has had an illustrious career. She performed at the Mandela Concert at London’s Wembley Stadium and she sang at the Newsmaker of the Year Awards, presented to Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk, and in honour of the late Chris Hani. She appeared with Nelson Mandela during his visit to Glasgow in 1993 and sang at George Square and The Royal Concert Hall. In 1994, she sang at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela and the Freedom Day Celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

In 2001, Marah produced the successful musical concert Surf, which featured top South African artists including Hugh Masekela. Marah translated the music of The Lion King into Zulu for the Walt Disney Corporation and performed the theme song Circle of Life in Zulu. She was also an Idols judge from 2003 until 2010.

She had a lead role on the SABC2 television soap opera Muvhango and has acted in numerous musicals, stage plays and feature films. She is currently acting in the Mzansi Magic telenovela The Queen.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Paperback): Elvis Costello Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink (Paperback)
Elvis Costello 1
R356 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

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 the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world's greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. This memoir, written with the same inimitable touch as his lyrics, and including dozens of images from his personal archive, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.

Sugar Man - The Life, Death And Resurrection Of Sixto Rodriguez (Paperback): Craig Bartholomew Strydom, Stephen Segerman Sugar Man - The Life, Death And Resurrection Of Sixto Rodriguez (Paperback)
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R250 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R50 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The amazing story of the American musician who was famous in South Africa and Australia, but unknown anywhere else... until the Oscar-winning documentary.

Like many South Africans in the seventies and eighties, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom were obsessed with the music of Rodriguez, but the man himself was a mystery. Only his name was known, and the fact that he had killed himself on stage. After years of searching in a pre-internet age, the two men found the singer living in seclusion in Detroit. Remarkably, the blue-collar worker had no idea that he had been famous for over twenty-five years in this remote pariah of the world. In 2006, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul set out to find ‘the best story on earth’ and stumbled on this remarkable tale in the Guardian newspaper. He tracked down Segerman and Strydom, and so began his four-year-long quest to make the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man.

Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez outlines three separate journeys and the obstacles and triumphs that each presented: Rodriguez’s struggle to make a life from music; the odyssey of two fans to find out what had happened to their hero; and Bendjelloul’s pursuit to bring the story to celluloid.

The book is packed with information not included in the film, about Rodriguez’s background, relationships and political activities, his tours to Australia, and the recognition that has finally come to him after the film’s success.

Poker Face - The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Paperback): Maureen Callahan Poker Face - The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga (Paperback)
Maureen Callahan 1
R380 R338 Discovery Miles 3 380 Save R42 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Lady Gaga is a once-in-a-decade artist, and the rare instant celebrity whose appearance can become a cultural event. No other music star of the last decade combines the talents Lady Gaga possesses: she’s a genuine singer, composer, songwriter, designer, and performance artist, who uses technology and social media to shape her art and career. In the space of fifteen months, she has become a demographic-smashing pop icon with global reach and impact.

Not since Madonna’s breakout success in the mid-eighties has the world witnessed the advent of a pop-culture provocateur who mixes high-and-low culture, the avant-garde with the accessible, “downtown” authenticity with the sheen of glamorous artifice. She has quickly formed a symbiotic relationship with her rabid fan base who have taken to dressing as she does, imitating her hair and make-up in tribute. Gaga, too, is a cultural shape-shifter, allowing her fans to project their needs, wants, confusions, and desires onto her.

This is a must-read for Gaga fans, who, devoted as they are, know next to nothing about who she is and how she got that way, as well as for anyone who has heard Lady Gaga on television and the radio and is curious about America’s latest over-the-top cultural success story.

Changes - An Oral History of Tupac Shakur (Hardcover): Sheldon Pearce Changes - An Oral History of Tupac Shakur (Hardcover)
Sheldon Pearce
R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Rihanna (Hardcover): Rihanna Rihanna (Hardcover)
Rihanna 1
R3,530 R2,598 Discovery Miles 25 980 Save R932 (26%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Rihanna invites you into her world with this stunning visual autobiography.

From her Barbados childhood to her worldwide tours, from iconic fashion moments to private time with friends and family, the book showcases intimate photographs of her life as an artist, performer, designer, and entrepreneur. Many of these images have never before been published.

This large-format book is 504 pages with 1,050 color images on 3 paper stocks and 7 single- and double-page gatefolds, 9 bound-in booklets, 1 tip-in sheet, and a double-sided, removable poster.

It's a Love Story (Paperback): Martin Kemp It's a Love Story (Paperback)
Martin Kemp
R246 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R38 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
You Lose Yourself You Reappear - The Many Voices of Bob Dylan (Hardcover): Paul Morley You Lose Yourself You Reappear - The Many Voices of Bob Dylan (Hardcover)
Paul Morley
R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An insightful biography of one of the world's greatest musicians, Bob Dylan, by bestselling author Paul Morley.

Michael Jackson (Hardcover): Igloo Books Michael Jackson (Hardcover)
Igloo Books
R244 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R32 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Prince and the Parade and Sign "O" the Times Era Studio Session - 1985 and 1986 (Hardcover): Duane Tudahl Prince and the Parade and Sign "O" the Times Era Studio Session - 1985 and 1986 (Hardcover)
Duane Tudahl
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From Prince's superstardom to studio seclusion, this second book in the Prince Studio Sessions series chronicles the tumultuous years immediately following the Purple Rain era. Duane Tudahl takes us back into the world of Prince's musical masterpieces and personal battles, weaving together the voices of those who knew Prince best during this period. As Prince's relationship with his band, the Revolution, and his fiancee, Susan Melvoin, crumbled, he threw himself into creative catharsis, recording and releasing multiples studio albums and side projects. Prince and the Parade and Sign "O" the Times Era Studio Sessions provides a definitive chronicle of more than 260 recording sessions and two tours during 1985 and 1986. These years were full of struggle, but as millions of fans know, Prince would emerge from this darkness to show that the fire of true genius cannot be extinguished.

The World of Bob Dylan (Hardcover): Sean Latham The World of Bob Dylan (Hardcover)
Sean Latham
R531 R439 Discovery Miles 4 390 Save R92 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Bob Dylan is a singular figure defined by a lifetime of creative invention that has helped transform music, literature, pop culture, and even politics. This book provides a lively, accessible look at his art and music as seen by leading rock and pop critics and music scholars. The chapters are carefully integrated so that readers can take quick dives into specific topics ranging from the Blues to religious faith, civil rights, and American literature. Incorporating a rich array of new archival material, The World of Bob Dylan offers a comprehensive, informed and fresh account of the songwriter, artist, filmmaker, and Nobel Laureate whose unique voice has permanently reshaped our cultural landscape.

Bob Dylan: The Stories Behind the Songs, 1962-69 (Hardcover): Andy Gill Bob Dylan: The Stories Behind the Songs, 1962-69 (Hardcover)
Andy Gill
R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In this book, Andy Gill assesses the circumstances behind Dylan's most famous songs, tracing the artist's progress from young tyro folkie to acclaimed protest singer, and through the subsequent changes which saw him invent folk-rock and transform rock 'n' roll with symbolist poetry, before retreating into country-tinged conservatism just as his followers were engaged in the great psychedelic freak-show of the late 1960s. Even then, he couldn't help but innovate, introducing the world to another strain of popular music-country-rock-which would come to dominate the American charts through the next decade. Always one step ahead of the crowd, always pushing himself to extend the boundaries of his art, the Dylan of the 1960s remains a beacon of integrity to which fans and fellow musicians keep returning.

The Beatles: The Illustrated Lyrics (Hardcover): Welbeck The Beatles: The Illustrated Lyrics (Hardcover)
Welbeck
R510 Discovery Miles 5 100 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The lyrics to the songs of the Beatles read like poetry. This book treats them as such, and illustrates each track artistically, paying careful attention to detail and high design standards. The stories, themes and ideas behind nearly 200 songs are explored in this beautiful book that includes photographs, artwork and illustration to bring the Fab Four's lyrics to life as never before.

Rememberings (Hardcover): Sinead O' Connor Rememberings (Hardcover)
Sinead O' Connor
R475 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R96 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

THE LANDMARK MEMOIR OF A GLOBAL MUSIC ICON Sinead O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television. O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it. She has remained that way for three decades. Now, in Rememberings, O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music. Rememberings is intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and full of hard-won insights. It is a unique and remarkable chronicle by a unique and remarkable artist.

Brutally Honest (Paperback, Exclusive Export/Airport Edition): Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon Brutally Honest (Paperback, Exclusive Export/Airport Edition)
Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The tell-all memoir from the loudest, proudest Spice Girl and the truth behind the headlines

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, a.k.a Scary Spice, has been an international star since her twenties. Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success.

With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and trademark Yorkshire humour, the book removes the mask of fame and reveals the true story behind the Spice Girls, as well as the horror of her most recent marriage and her 10 year struggle to be free.

Anton Goosen - Liedjieboer (Paperback): Hanlie Retief Anton Goosen - Liedjieboer (Paperback)
Hanlie Retief 1
R300 R258 Discovery Miles 2 580 Save R42 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Dié boek is rock ’n roll in die binnewêreld van die legendariese liedjieboer, Anton Goosen. Hanlie Retief vertel Goosen se buitengewone lewensverhaal – van sy grootwordjare in die Vrystaat, die Musiek-en-Liriek-era, sensuur, hoogtepunte en teleurstellings . . . tot waar die vader van Afrikaanse Rock 'n terugblik gee op sy merkwaardige lewe.

Cash - The Autobiography (Paperback): Johnny Cash, Patrick Carr Cash - The Autobiography (Paperback)
Johnny Cash, Patrick Carr
R375 R316 Discovery Miles 3 160 Save R59 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

He was the "Man in Black," a country music legend, and the quintessential American troubadour. He was an icon of rugged individualism who had been to hell and back, telling the tale as never before. In his unforgettable autobiography, Johnny Cash tells the truth about the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs, and the people who shaped him.

In his own words, Cash set the record straight -- and dispelled a few myths -- as he looked unsparingly at his remarkable life: from the joys of his boyhood in Dyess, Arkansas to superstardom in Nashville, Tennessee, the road of Cash's life has been anything but smooth. Cash writes of the thrill of playing with Elvis, the comfort of praying with Billy Graham; of his battles with addiction and of the devotion of his wife, June; of his gratitude for life, and of his thoughts on what the afterlife may bring. Here, too, are the friends of a lifetime, including Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, and Kris Kristofferson. As powerful and memorable as one of his classic songs, Cash is filled with the candor, wit, and wisdom of a man who truly "walked the line."

Why Solange Matters (Hardcover, Main): Stephanie Phillips Why Solange Matters (Hardcover, Main)
Stephanie Phillips
R269 R226 Discovery Miles 2 260 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn (Hardcover): Reuel Golden Depeche Mode by Anton Corbijn (Hardcover)
Reuel Golden
R1,938 Discovery Miles 19 380 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Meaning of Mariah Carey (Hardcover): Mariah Carey The Meaning of Mariah Carey (Hardcover)
Mariah Carey
R406 Discovery Miles 4 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

The global icon, award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, mother, daughter, sister, storyteller and artist finally tells the unfiltered story of her life in The Meaning of Mariah Carey. It took me a lifetime to have the courage and the clarity to write my memoir. I want to tell the story of the moments - the ups and downs, the triumphs and traumas, the debacles and the dreams - that contributed to the person I am today. Though there have been countless stories about me throughout my career and very public personal life, it's been impossible to communicate the complexities and depths of my experience in any single magazine article or a ten-minute television interview. And even then, my words were filtered through someone else's lens, largely satisfying someone else's assignment to define me. This book is composed of my memories, my mishaps, my struggles, my survival and my songs. Unfiltered. I went deep into my childhood and gave the scared little girl inside of me a big voice. I let the abandoned and ambitious adolescent have her say, and the betrayed and triumphant woman I became tell her side. Writing this memoir was incredibly hard, humbling and healing. My sincere hope is that you are moved to a new understanding, not only about me, but also about the resilience of the human spirit. Love, Mariah

Why Marianne Faithfull Matters (Paperback): Tanya Pearson Why Marianne Faithfull Matters (Paperback)
Tanya Pearson
R382 R313 Discovery Miles 3 130 Save R69 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

First as a doe-eyed ingenue with "As Tears Go By," then as a gravel-voiced phoenix rising from the ashes of the 1960s with a landmark punk album, Broken English, and finally as a genre-less icon, Marianne Faithfull carved her name into the history of rock 'n' roll to chart a career spanning five decades and multiple detours. In Why Marianne Faithfull Matters, Tanya Pearson crafts a feminist account that explains the musician's absence from the male-dominated history of the British Invasion and champions the eclectic late career that confirmed her redemption. Putting memoir on equal footing with biographical history, Pearson writes about Faithfull as an avid fan, recovered addict, and queer musician at a crossroads. She's also a professional historian unafraid to break from the expectations of the discipline if a "titty-centered analysis" or astrology can illuminate the work of her subject. Whether exploring Faithfull's rise to celebrity, her drug addiction and fall from grace as spurned "muse," or her reinvention as a sober, soulful chanteuse subverting all expectations for an aging woman in music, Pearson affirms the deep connections between listeners and creators and reveals, in her own particular way, why Marianne Faithfull matters.

Bbc Proms 2021 - Festival Guide (Paperback): Bbc Proms 2021 - Festival Guide (Paperback)
R223 R189 Discovery Miles 1 890 Save R34 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Nirvana (Hardcover): Gillian G. Gaar, Chuck Crisafulli Nirvana (Hardcover)
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R431 R309 Discovery Miles 3 090 Save R122 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Spawned in the intensely fertile music scene that blossomed in and around Seattle in the late 1980s, Nirvana instantly distinguished itself from the bulk of its peers by virtue of the singular passion that drove its leader, Kurt Cobain. Few were prepared for worldwide Nirvana-mania set off by the 1991 release of Nevermind. With the instantaneous success of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' the album stormed the charts. Their next album, In Utero, was the last studio recording released by Nirvana: the demons that made Cobain's writing so powerful took their toll: he took his own life less than a year later. Although the band released just five albums, Nirvana's influence is certain to be felt for many years to come: Nirvana, an unofficial publication, shows the multiple reasons behind that impact through the words of the band, their friends and their colleagues. Through interviews with those close to the band coupled with intensive archive research, the unique status this band occupies-as representatives of the time, and as timeless songwriters-will be revealed.

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