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The Real Book - Sixth Edition (Paperback, 6th edition): The Real Book - Sixth Edition (Paperback, 6th edition)
R978 R773 Discovery Miles 7 730 Save R205 (21%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

(Fake Book). The Real Books are the best-selling jazz books of all time. Since the 1970s, musicians have trusted these volumes to get them through every gig, night after night. The problem is that the books were illegally produced and distributed, without any regard to copyright law, or royalties paid to the composers who created these musical masterpieces. Hal Leonard is very proud to present the first legitimate and legal editions of these books ever produced. You won't even notice the difference, other than that all of the notorious errors have been fixed: the covers and typeface look the same, the song list is nearly identical, and the price for our edition is even cheaper than the original Every conscientious musician will appreciate that these books are now produced accurately and ethically, benefitting the songwriters that we owe for some of the greatest tunes of all time Includes 400 songs: All Blues * Au Privave * Autumn Leaves * Black Orpheus * Bluesette * Body and Soul * Bright Size Life * Con Alma * Dolphin Dance * Don't Get Around Much Anymore * Easy Living * Epistrophy * Falling in Love with Love * Footprints * Four on Six * Giant Steps * Have You Met Miss Jones? * How High the Moon * I'll Remember April * Impressions * Lullaby of Birdland * Misty * My Funny Valentine * Oleo * Red Clay * Satin Doll * Sidewinder * Stella by Starlight * Take Five * There Is No Greater Love * Wave * and hundreds more Editions also available in B-flat, E-flat, and Bass Clef.

Into the Mystic - The Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960s Rock and Roll (Paperback): Christopher Hill Into the Mystic - The Visionary and Ecstatic Roots of 1960s Rock and Roll (Paperback)
Christopher Hill
R379 R253 Discovery Miles 2 530 Save R126 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Exploring how 1960s rock and roll music became a school of visionary art, Christopher Hill shows how music raised consciousness on both the individual and collective levels to bring about a transformation of the planet. The author traces how rock and roll rose from the sacred music of the African Diaspora, harnessing its ecstatic power for evoking spiritual experiences through music. He shows how the British Invasion, beginning with the Beatles in the early 1960s, acted as the "detonator" to explode visionary music into the mainstream. He explains how 60s rock and roll made a direct appeal to the imaginations of young people, giving them a larger set of reference points around which to understand life. Exploring the sources 1960s musicians drew upon to evoke the initiatory experience, he reveals the influence of European folk traditions, medieval Troubadours, and a lost American history of ecstatic politics and shows how a revival of the ancient use of psychedelic substances was the strongest agent of change, causing the ecstatic, mythic, and sacred to enter the consciousness of a generation.

Skywriting by Word of Mouth - And Other Writings, Including "the Ballad of John and Yoko" (Paperback, 1st Perennial library... Skywriting by Word of Mouth - And Other Writings, Including "the Ballad of John and Yoko" (Paperback, 1st Perennial library ed)
John Lennon
R344 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R24 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

John Lennon wrote Skywriting by Word of Mouth, an impressive collection of writings and drawings, while Yoko was pregnant with Sean, and always planned to have it published. It was a wish that seemed to end with his assassination in 1980 and the subsequent theft of the manuscript from the Lennons' home in 1982. When it was recovered and first published in 1986, Skywriting received immediate critical and popular acclaim. Written in Lennon's extraordinary voice, and lavishly illustrated with his own drawings, the collection reveals his fertile creative spirit up close and in full force. Included in Skywriting is Two Virgins, written when the public learned that John and Yoko were living together as husband and wife, and John's only autobiography. In addition there are notes on his falling in love with Yoko, the breakup of the Beatles, his persecution by the U.S. authorities and his withdrawal from public life. This is a book with John Lennon's spirit on every page -- a spirit the world needs to remember.

"Candid and scathing....It's no wonder Lennon's fans grow more in love with him as time goes by... his great influence on popular music makes him impossible to forget; so does this book." --Houston Chronicle

"Marvelous, delightful reading, and for Lennon fans a must." --Publishers Weekly

Saxophone Globetrotters, E flat edition + CD (Sheet music): Ros Stephen, Melanie Henry Saxophone Globetrotters, E flat edition + CD (Sheet music)
Ros Stephen, Melanie Henry
R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Globetrotters brings together twelve toe-tapping original tunes in styles from around the world-from Arabic to Chinese and from klezmer to the Cuban cha-cha-cha- for the budding saxophonist. This unique book presents a kaleidoscope of musical traditions, with supporting background information and backing tracks that capture each sound-world. To help with technique and interpretation, every piece includes tailored warm-ups and stylistic tips from the authors. With options for saxophone or piano accompaniment, and an inspirational CD, Globetrotters is the ultimate resource for aspiring musicians looking to go travellin' ...

Led Zeppelin -- The Complete Studio Recordings - Authentic Guitar Tab, Hardcover Book (Hardcover): Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin -- The Complete Studio Recordings - Authentic Guitar Tab, Hardcover Book (Hardcover)
Led Zeppelin
R2,414 R1,837 Discovery Miles 18 370 Save R577 (24%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Listen to This (Paperback): Alex Ross Listen to This (Paperback)
Alex Ross 1
R365 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R102 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Includes a new chapter on John Cage. Alex Ross's award-winning international best-seller, `The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century', has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians; this is his much anticipated next book on the subject of music. In `Listen To This' Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker, looks both backwards and forwards in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice. After relating his first encounter with classical music, Ross vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews wth modern pop masters such as Bjork and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. In his essay `Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues', Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dance to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross writes in a style at once erudite and lively, showing how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. He explains how pop music can achieve the status of high art and how classical music can become a vital part of the wider contemporary culture. Witty, passionate and brimming with insight, `Listen to This' teaches us to listen more closely.

The "Verve" - Bittersweet (Paperback): Philip Wilding The "Verve" - Bittersweet (Paperback)
Philip Wilding
R295 R201 Discovery Miles 2 010 Save R94 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the story of how the Verve rose from obscurity in Wigan, sank into nothingness then rose again t o the passionate sound of Bitter Sweet Symphony. It is a tal e of contradictions, obsessions and pure rock''n''roll. '

Texas Flood - The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan (Paperback): Alan Paul, Andy Aledort Texas Flood - The Inside Story of Stevie Ray Vaughan (Paperback)
Alan Paul, Andy Aledort
R443 R359 Discovery Miles 3 590 Save R84 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A clean and sober Stevie Ray Vaughan seemed poised for a new, limitless chapter of his life and career just a few years after his severe addiction to cocaine and alcohol almost killed him. Years of sibling rivalry with big brother Jimmie, his first and greatest musical hero, were behind him, and their first collaborative album was complete and on the verge of being released. His tumultuous marriage was over and he was deeply in love with a supportive, creative woman. His last album had been his most successful, both critically and commercially. Instead, it all came screeching to a sudden end, when Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990, after that evening's dynamic performance with Eric Clapton, leaving an endless stream of what-ifs. He was just 35 years old. In the ensuing 28 years, Vaughan's legend and acclaim have only grown; he is an international musical icon. Despite the cinematic scope of Vaughan's life and death, there has never been a truly proper accounting of his story. Until now. Texas Flood provides the unadulterated facts about Stevie Ray Vaughan from those who were with him throughout every stage of his life and career and who knew him best: his brother Jimmie, his Double Trouble bandmates Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, and many other close friends, girlfriends, fellow musicians, crew members and managers.

David Bowie Play Book (Paperback): Matteo Guarnaccia David Bowie Play Book (Paperback)
Matteo Guarnaccia; Text written by Giulia Pivetta 1
R371 R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Save R54 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the duration of his career, David Bowie kept away from scripts imposed by others, choosing, for better or for worse, to write his own story of his life. From the Sixties until his death in 2016, he created a series of fictional figures, imagining them in full, designing, and translating them on stage, giving each its unique identity. The clothes, faces, and music of those years become subjects to colour in, paper-dolls to dress, and board games to assemble in this, the ultimate collector's activity-book: to be approached with glue, scissors and colouring pencils, dedicated to all the fans of the legendary superstar.

Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond (Paperback): Mark Radcliffe Thank You for the Days - A Boy's Own Adventures in Radio and Beyond (Paperback)
Mark Radcliffe 1
R228 R186 Discovery Miles 1 860 Save R42 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Approaching 50, Mark Radcliffe decided to write about his life and his love of music. But crucially, he only wanted to write about the most interesting days and not the dull ones in between. From "The Day My Mother Hit Me With a Golf Club" to "The Day I Met the Band Who Changed My Life," he charts the peaks and troughs of his life and career with wit, panache, and insight. He is very funny when recounting his days working at the BBC in the 1980s and 1990s (including how, when bored, he and his colleagues invented a fictional department), and on winning Stars in Their Eyes as Shane MacGowan. Yet amongst the laughter are more sober days, such as the day when he learned John Peel had died. A cracking read and a potted history of both one man's life and his love affair with music, "Thank You For the Days" is a uniquely entertaining memoir that will appeal not just to music fans but to connoisseurs of British popular culture.

Paul Simon - The Life (Paperback): Robert Hilburn Paul Simon - The Life (Paperback)
Robert Hilburn 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Times Book of the Year 'There's no tougher a mind, no more tender a voice than Paul Simon, and there's no better man than Robert Hilburn to decipher the hardwiring of this hyperintellect...great songs can never be fully explained, but the great man on his way to find those songs surely can.' - Bono Through such hits as "The Sound of Silence," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Still Crazy After All These Years," and "Graceland," Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, survival, and faith in ways that have established him as one of the most honoured and beloved songwriters in American pop music history. Yet Simon has refused to talk to potential biographers and urged those close to him to also remain silent. But Simon not only agreed to talk to biographer Robert Hilburn for what has amounted to more than sixty hours, he also encouraged his family and friends to sit down for in-depth interviews. Paul Simon is a revealing account of the challenges and sacrifices of artistry at the highest level. He has also lived a roller-coaster life of extreme ups and downs. We not only learn Paul's unrelenting drive to achieve artistry, but also the subsequent struggles to protect that artistry against distractions - fame, wealth, marriage, divorce, drugs, complacency, public rejection, self-doubt - that have frequently derailed pop stars and each of which he encountered. From dominating the charts with Art Garfunkel and a successful reinvention as a solo artist, to his multiple marriages and highly publicized second divorce from Carrie Fisher, this book covers all aspects of this American icon. 'When it comes to writing songs, no one does it better than Paul Simon. Robert Hilburn's is a wise and winning account of our most nimble, nuanced, and numinous poet-musician.' -Paul Muldoon 'A tantalizing look into the mind and writing process of the man who is arguably the finest craftsman of the American popular song since the Gershwin brothers, this book will delight any Paul Simon fan or student of popular culture.' -Linda Ronstadt

The Wichita Lineman - Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song (Paperback): Dylan Jones The Wichita Lineman - Searching in the Sun for the World's Greatest Unfinished Song (Paperback)
Dylan Jones 1
R255 R208 Discovery Miles 2 080 Save R47 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The sound of 'Wichita Lineman' was the sound of ecstatic solitude, but then its hero was the quintessential loner. What a great metaphor he was: a man who needed a woman more than he actually wanted her.

Written in 1968 by Jimmy Webb, 'Wichita Lineman' is the first philosophical country song: a heartbreaking torch ballad still celebrated for its mercurial songwriting genius fifty years later. It was recorded by Glen Campbell in LA with a legendary group of musicians known as 'the Wrecking Crew', and something about the song's enigmatic mood seemed to capture the tensions in America at a moment of crisis. Fusing a dribble of bass, searing strings, tremolo guitar and Campbell's plaintive vocals, Webb's paean to the American West describes a telephone lineman's longing for an absent lover, who he hears 'singing in the wire' - and like all good love songs, it's an SOS from the heart.

Mixing close-listening, interviews and travelogue, Dylan Jones explores the legacy of a record that has entertained and haunted millions for over half a century. What is it about this song that continues to seduce listeners, and how did the parallel stories of Campbell and Webb - songwriters and recording artists from different ends of the spectrum - unfold in the decades following? Part biography, part work of musicological archaeology, The Wichita Lineman opens a window on to America in the late-twentieth century through the prism of a song that has been covered by myriad artists in the intervening decades.

Unknown Pleasures - Cultural Biography of "Roxy Music" (Paperback): Paul Stump Unknown Pleasures - Cultural Biography of "Roxy Music" (Paperback)
Paul Stump
R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Roxy Music's mix of Bryan Ferry's sexual posturing and Brian Eno's synthesizer experimentation, along with Stockhausen and Stax, exploded with an energy unlike that of any other pop band -- ensuring an unbroken string of Top 10 albums. As Roxy Music evolved, their dazzling mix of space suits and 1950s haircuts gave way to lounge-lizard chic, and the band managed to become both a pop icon and a respected musical entity.

Eclectic and effervescent, Unknown Pleasures is a celebration of Roxy Music and popular culture in the 1970s.

Indian Sun - The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar (Hardcover): Oliver Craske Indian Sun - The Life and Music of Ravi Shankar (Hardcover)
Oliver Craske
R785 R624 Discovery Miles 6 240 Save R161 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Pop-Rock Music - Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Late Modernity (Paperback, New): Motti Regev Pop-Rock Music - Aesthetic Cosmopolitanism in Late Modernity (Paperback, New)
Motti Regev
R487 Discovery Miles 4 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Pop music and rock music are often treated as separate genres but the distinction has always been blurred. Motti Regev argues that pop-rock is best understood as a single musical form defined by the use of electric and electronic instruments, amplification and related techniques. The history of pop-rock extends from the emergence of rock'n'roll in the 1950s to a variety of contemporary fashions and trends rock, punk, soul, funk, techno, hip hop, indie, metal, pop and many more. This book offers a highly original account of the emergence of pop-rock music as a global phenomenon in which Anglo-American and many other national and ethnic variants interact in complex ways. Pop-rock is analysed as a prime instance of 'aesthetic cosmopolitanism' that is, the gradual formation, in late modernity, of world culture as a single interconnected entity in which different social groupings around the world increasingly share common ground in their aesthetic perceptions, expressive forms and cultural practices. Drawing on a wide array of examples, this path-breaking book will be of great interest to students and scholars in cultural sociology, media and cultural studies as well as the study of popular music.

The Beatles Lyrics - The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs... The Beatles Lyrics - The Stories Behind the Music, Including the Handwritten Drafts of More Than 100 Classic Beatles Songs (Paperback)
Hunter Davies
R521 R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Save R88 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
First Time We Met the Blues - A Journey of Discovery with Jimmy Page, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (Paperback):... First Time We Met the Blues - A Journey of Discovery with Jimmy Page, Brian Jones, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards (Paperback)
David Williams
R334 R288 Discovery Miles 2 880 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

David Williams grew up in Epsom, Surrey and was a childhood friend of future Led Zeppelin guitar legend, Jimmy Page. Together they discovered what was for them an intriguing and very different kind of music: the blues. As their interest grew into a passion, they befriended other teenage enthusiasts -- among them Brian Jones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards -- becoming part of a movement that ultimately brought about the '60s rock revolution. Part-biography, part-history, "The First Time We Met The Blues" is packed full of great anecdotes and unique insights into the early British blues scene, Page's formative years as a musician, the beginnings of the Rolling Stones, and much more besides. It culminates with a detailed account of a momentous expedition by van from London to Manchester to see the American Folk-Blues Festival in October 1962 -- the first time ever that Williams and his friends had an opportunity to see legendary American bluesmen like T-Bone Walker, Willie Dixon and John Lee Hooker in action -- and an assessment of its far-reaching aftermath.

More Myself - A Journey (Hardcover): Alicia Keys More Myself - A Journey (Hardcover)
Alicia Keys 1
R699 R550 Discovery Miles 5 500 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Dave Brubeck - A Life in Time (Hardcover): Philip Clark Dave Brubeck - A Life in Time (Hardcover)
Philip Clark
R721 R572 Discovery Miles 5 720 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck ("Take Five") In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck opened up as never before, disclosing his unique approach to jazz; the heady days of his "classic" quartet in the 1950s-60s; hanging out with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis; and the many controversies that had dogged his 66-year-long career. Alongside beloved figures like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Brubeck's music has achieved name recognition beyond jazz. But finding a convincing fit for Brubeck's legacy, one that reconciles his mass popularity with his advanced musical technique, has proved largely elusive. In Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, Clark provides us with a thoughtful, thorough, and long-overdue biography of an extraordinary man whose influence continues to inform and inspire musicians today. Structured around Clark's extended interview and intensive new research, this book tells one of the last untold stories of jazz, unearthing the secret history of "Take Five" and many hitherto unknown aspects of Brubeck's early career - and about his creative relationship with his star saxophonist Paul Desmond. Woven throughout are cameo appearances from a host of unlikely figures from Sting, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and Keith Emerson, to John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Partch, and Edgard Varese. Each chapter explores a different theme or aspect of Brubeck's life and music, illuminating the core of his artistry and genius. To quote President Obama, as he awarded the musician with a Kennedy Center Honor: "You can't understand America without understanding jazz, and you can't understand jazz without understanding Dave Brubeck."

The Death Archives - Mayhem 1984-94 (Paperback): Jorn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud The Death Archives - Mayhem 1984-94 (Paperback)
Jorn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud; Foreword by Thurston Moore
R734 R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Save R171 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Mayhem are the most influential Black Metal band in the world, and obviously no strangers to controversy. Death Archives offer never before seen photographs and unique insight into one of music's most extreme subcultures. The Death Archives is a ravishingly illustrated first-person account of the birth of black metal in the Norwegian scene by Jorn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud, the founding member and ongoing bass player in Mayhem. During the band's ongoing career, now spanning thirty years, bass player and only surviving band member from the original line-up, Jorn "Necrobutcher" Stubberud, has collected enormous amounts of photographs, video diaries and memorabilia. In this unique documentary book, Stubberud shares the first groundbreaking years of Mayhem's existence including their first photo-sessions in full corpse regalia; recording sessions, and exclusive stills from live video footage of their earliest gigs. In Necrobutcher's Death Archives he shares rarely seen photos of the band before death of singer Pelle "Dead" Ohlin and murder of guitarist Oystein "Euronymous" Aarseth.

On the Road Not Taken - A memoir about the power of music (Paperback): Paul Dodgson On the Road Not Taken - A memoir about the power of music (Paperback)
Paul Dodgson 1
R286 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R75 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On the Road Not Taken is a memoir about the transformational power of music. It begins with a boy growing up in a small town on the Kent coast in the 1970s, who learns to play the guitar and dreams of heading out on the open road with a head full of songs. But when the moment comes to make the choice he is not brave enough to try and do it for a living. Time passes but the desire to explain the world through music never goes away. And as the years go by it gets harder and harder to risk looking like a fool, of doing the very thing he would most like to do, of actually being himself. Eventually, thirty-five years later, when it feels like time is running out, he walks out onto a stage in front of 500 people and begins to sing again. What follows is an extraordinary period of self-discovery as he plays pubs, clubs, theatres and festivals, overcoming anxiety to experience the joy of performance.

ABBA - The Treasures - Approved by the band and with forewords by Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Benny and Bjoern (Hardcover): Ingmarie... ABBA - The Treasures - Approved by the band and with forewords by Agnetha, Anni-Frid, Benny and Bjoern (Hardcover)
Ingmarie Halling, Carl Magnus Palm 1
R876 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R321 (37%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

We all know - and love - ABBA. Everyone has a copy of ABBA Gold (the second most popular album of all time in the UK.) Publishers and booksellers have always wondered: how can we get that ABBA feeling into a book? Well here's how: ABBA - The Treasures is co-written by a colleague and friend of the band using contemporary interviews, and the world's acknowledged ABBA expert; it features never-before-seen photographs from private collections, and contains removable facsimiles of personal items belonging to Anni-Frid, Benny, Bjorn and Agnetha. If you wanted ABBA in a book, you've got it. Special items include: * ABBA's hand-written diary, including listings for Bjorn and Agnetha's wedding amid rehearsals and concerts! * Hand-annotated sheet music for 'I Have A Dream' * Bjorn's North American tour 1979 book * Technical and backstage rider for Australian tour * Hand-written set list * Hand-written lyrics to 'Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight!)' * 1979 US tour pass * Hand-drawn stage plan from 1980 Japan tour.

Memphis 68 - The Tragedy of Southern Soul (Paperback): Stuart Cosgrove Memphis 68 - The Tragedy of Southern Soul (Paperback)
Stuart Cosgrove 1
R287 R220 Discovery Miles 2 200 Save R67 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

WINNER OF THE PENDERYN MUSIC BOOK PRIZE 2018 In the 1950s and 1960s, Memphis, Tennessee, was the launch pad of musical pioneers such as Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Al Green and Isaac Hayes, and by 1968 was a city synonymous with soul music. It was a deeply segregated city, ill at ease with the modern world and yet to adjust to the era of civil rights and racial integration. Stax Records offered an escape from the turmoil of the real world for many soul and blues musicians, with much of the music created there becoming the soundtrack to the civil rights movements. The book opens with the death of the city's most famous recording artist, Otis Redding, who died in a plane crash in the final days of 1967, and then follows the fortunes of Redding's label, Stax/Volt Records, as its fortunes fall and rise again. But, as the tense year unfolds, the city dominates world headlines for the worst of reasons: the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

Pat Metheny - The ECM Years, 1975-1984 (Paperback): Mervyn Cooke Pat Metheny - The ECM Years, 1975-1984 (Paperback)
Mervyn Cooke
R433 Discovery Miles 4 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The guitarist and composer Pat Metheny ranks among the most popular and innovative jazz musicians of all time. In Pat Metheny: The ECM Years, 1975-1984, Mervyn Cooke offers the first in-depth account of Metheny's early creative period, during which he recorded eleven stunningly varied albums for the pioneering European record label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music). This impressive body of recordings encompasses both straight-ahead jazz playing with virtuosic small ensembles and the increasingly complex textures and structures of the Pat Metheny Group, a hugely successful band also notable for its creative exploration of advanced music technologies which were state-of-the-art at the time. Metheny's music in all its shapes and forms broke major new ground in its refusal to subscribe to either of the stylistic poles of bebop and jazz-rock fusion which prevailed in the late 1970s. Through a series of detailed analyses based on a substantial body of new transcriptions from the recordings, this study reveals the close interrelationship of improvisation and pre-composition which lies at the very heart of the music. Furthermore, these analyses vividly demonstrate how Metheny's music is often conditioned by a strongly linear narrative model: both its story-telling characteristics and atmospheric suggestiveness have sometimes been compared to those of film music, a genre in which the guitarist also became active during this early period. The melodic memorability for which Metheny's compositions and improvisations have long been world-renowned is shown to be just one important element in an unusually rich and flexible musical language that embraces influences as diverse as bebop, free jazz, rock, pop, country & western, Brazilian music, classical music, minimalism, and the avant-garde. These elements are melded into a uniquely distinctive soundworld which, above all, directly reflects Metheny's passionate belief in the need to refashion jazz in ways which can allow it to speak powerfully to each new generation of youthful listeners.

I Would Die 4 U - Why Prince Became an Icon (Paperback): Toure I Would Die 4 U - Why Prince Became an Icon (Paperback)
Toure 1
R249 R164 Discovery Miles 1 640 Save R85 (34%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An expansive and insightful exploration of one of the most iconic and electrifying artists ever, this book reveals the stunning, multi-generational influence and appeal of Prince and his revered music-from celebrated journalist, author, and host of the popular podcast The Toure Show. Infused with Toure's unique pop-culture fluency, I Would Die 4 U is as passionate and radical as its subject matter. Building on his lifelong admiration for Prince's oeuvre and interviews with those closest to the late artist, including band members, his tour manager, and music and Bible scholars, Toure deconstructs the life and work of the enigmatic icon who has been both a reflective mirror of and inspirational force for America. By defying traditional categories of race, gender, and sexuality, but also presenting a very conventional conception of religion and God, Prince was a man of profound contradictions. He spoke in the language of 60s pop and soul to a generation fearing Cold War apocalypse and the crack and AIDS epidemic, while simultaneously being both an MTV megastar and a religious evangelist. He creatively blended his songs with images of sex and profanity to invite us into a musical conversation about the healing power of God and religion. By demystifying Prince as a man, an artist, and a cultural force, I Would Die 4 U shows us how he impacted and defined a generation.

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