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God praat Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback): Hemelbesem God praat Afrikaans (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Hemelbesem
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Luister na die braste, wat kruisbeen oppie trap sit. Behalwe entertainment, kry ’n taste wat Afrikaaps is! Aitsa, sy boots het stars .. Aitsa, hy’s soe die star ... Aitsa, gloe dis waar .. Hy’s John Wayne in Afrikaans! Sy kop in die wolke ... en sy voete stewig op die aarde. Dit is HemelBesem. In hierdie boek nooi die gewilde kletsrymer jou om saam te stap op sy lewenspad. Hy gesels reguit oor die dinge wat hom gevorm het, die sake wat hom na aan die hart le ... en hy doen dit in die taal van sy hart. Afrikaans. Oor sy Afrikaans se hy: “Afrikaans is ’n groot deel van wie ek is. Dis die taal waarin ek my in oomblikke van woede kras uitgedruk het. Dis die taal waarin ek goed gese het terwyl ek baklei het, waaroor ek agterna spyt was. Dis die taal waarin ek liefkosing uitgedruk en ontvang het ... As Ma geskel het, of jy bang was ... dis alles momente, en alle momente vorm my bestaan.” Daarom nooi hy met hierdie boek lesers om ’n ander Afrikaans te leer ken. Elke hoofstuk het Afrikaanse uitdrukkings uit sy grootword- en leefwereld as vertrekpunt, en dit is vervleg met sy bekende kletsrym-lirieke waarmee hy vlymskerp kommentaar lewer op maatskaplike kwessies en dinge wat hom na aan die hart le.

Swans: Sacrifice and Transcendence - The Oral History (Paperback): Nick Soulsby Swans: Sacrifice and Transcendence - The Oral History (Paperback)
Nick Soulsby
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"I'm no stranger to failure, and I'm aware it can arrive at any minute--as it often has. You have to keep things close to your chest and be aware of what's really important: the work, not everything around it. If you have faith in the work, then the people will come ... it's an artistic imperative, it has nothing to do with public perception or career or any of that crap. "The name, Swans, it's synonymous with who I am, but it's how it's achieved and it's achieved by people--those people need to have total commitment to making this sound and to making it utterly incisive and uncompromising. The work is everything and it has to--at least at the time--appear, to me, to be stellar. That's the prerequisite. It's an intangible thing where it really speaks and has some truth within it." --Michael Gira Over a span of some three and a half decades, Michael Gira's Swans have risen from chaotic origins in the aftermath of New York's No Wave scene to become one of the most acclaimed rock-orientated acts of recent years. The 1980s' infamous 'loudest band on the planet' morphed repeatedly until collapsing exhausted, broken, and dispirited in the late 1990s. Swans returned triumphantly in 2010 to top end-of-year polls and achieve feted status among fans and critics alike as the great survivors and latter-day statesmen of the underground scene. Throughout, Gira's desire has remained to create music of such intensity that the listener might forget flesh, get rid of the body, exist as pure energy--transcendent--inside of the sound. Through these pages, the musicians responsible tell the tale of one of the most significant bands of the US post-punk era. Drawing on more than 125 original interviews, Swans: Sacrifice And Transcendence is the ultimate companion to Swans and their work from the 1980s to the present day.

Bill Callahan: I Drive A Valence - The Collected Lyrics of Bill Callahan (Paperback): Bill Callahan Bill Callahan: I Drive A Valence - The Collected Lyrics of Bill Callahan (Paperback)
Bill Callahan
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Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid (Hardcover): Dino Santorelli Daft Punk: A Trip Inside the Pyramid (Hardcover)
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This full-colour book will be the perfect companion for fans around the globe. Reproducing their brilliant live shows throughout the course of their careers as musical artists. Sharing their many musical influences, from the Rolling Stones to Elton John, and even Andy Warhol. Charting their rise to international super-stardom Revealing the story of the men behind the masks

Punk Play Book - Starring Vivienne Westwood (Paperback): Matteo Guarnaccia Punk Play Book - Starring Vivienne Westwood (Paperback)
Matteo Guarnaccia
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This play book is being published four decades after the birth of punk, and it is devoted to one of the most spectacular youth revolutions in the whole of history: a provocation held together by safety pins, one that was rather short lived (1976-1980) but definitely made its point...and left a deep mark on our imagination. Thanks to torn clothing, spiky hair, chains, razor blades, studs, leather, sullen facial expressions, and a fast pace, the movement elbowed its way to the frontline of style. Punk was the product of an economic crisis, of the failure of ideologies, of the wake-up call of the dream of love and peace in the sixties, but it was also a healthy reaction to the tediousness and pomposity of the cultural pundits. It appeared with a rebellious and rude attitude, together with vibrant music performed by a motley crew of performers wearing garish stage outfits: from the Sex Pistols to The Clash, from Iggy pop to The Ramones. In spite of nihilist radicalness and its prophetic promise of "No Future", punk did guarantee a future to the fashion system by putting forward myriad new ideas.It ritualised violence, its visual terrorism was transformed into a successful sartorial stereotype. The Punk Playbook invites you to play punk by colouring in, cutting, pasting, and putting together figures that recall the places, the idiosyncrasies, and the cult heroes of the punk scene - and to enjoy the educational supplement dedicated to the movement's fairy godmother, the great name in fashion, Vivienne Westwood, and her outrageous creations.

The Walrus And The Elephants (Hardcover): James A. Mitchell The Walrus And The Elephants (Hardcover)
James A. Mitchell
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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 Yippies at odds with the establishment. Settling in Greenwich Village, the former Beatle was soon on the front lines of the antiwar movement, championing causes and inspiring solidarity--and suspicion. Seen as a savior by a generation in need of cultural heroes, Lennon was just as passionately hounded by a government anxious to silence enemies within its borders.
"The Walrus and the Elephants" is told by the unlikely cast of friends, among them the members of Elephant's Memory, who were some of the few who got to know the man behind the Beatle. Exclusive interviews include writer and feminist leader Gloria Steinem; Congressional Black Caucus cofounder Ron Dellums; "Chicago Seven" veteran Rennie Davis; immigration attorney Leon Wildes; and legendary poet-activist John Sinclair, whose imprisonment for marijuana--ten years for two joints--kicked off Lennon's American journey.
It was a busy year of making music and controversial TV appearances, allies and enemies. It was a time of great change in America, one that saw the end of the movements of the sixties, the beginning of a new era. "The Walrus and the Elephants" is a look back at that time and at the John Lennon who joined the revolution, through the eyes of those who dreamed, rallied, and fought alongside him.

Boy About Town (Paperback, New): Tony Fletcher Boy About Town (Paperback, New)
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'I was no longer fitting in at school. I was unsure of my friends, and they were increasingly unsure of me. I wanted to be a rock star. But while all around, voices were starting to break, acne beginning to appear, facial hair sprouting, I remained all flabby flesh and innate scruff, with a high-pitched whine and not a muscle to my name. I was the runt of the class and rarely allowed to forget it. I had no father at home to help me out, and could hardly talk to my mum. So I took solace in The Jam.' As a boy, Tony Fletcher frequently felt out of place. Yet somehow he secured a ringside seat for one of the most creative periods in British cultural history. Boy About Town tells the story of the bestselling author's formative years in the pre- and post-punk music scenes of London, counting down, from fifty to number one: attendance at seminal gigs and encounters with musical heroes; schoolboy projects that became national success stories; the style culture of punks, mods and skinheads and the tribal violence that enveloped them; life as a latchkey kid in a single-parent household; weekends on the football terraces in a quest for street credibility; and the teenage boy's unending obsession with losing his virginity. Featuring a vibrant cast of supporting characters (from school friends to rock stars), and built up from notebooks, diaries, interviews, letters, and issues of his now legendary fanzine Jamming!, Boy About Town is an evocative, bittersweet, amusing and wholly original account of growing up and coming of age in the glory days of the 1970s.

Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback): David Hepworth Nothing is Real - The Beatles Were Underrated And Other Sweeping Statements About Pop (Paperback)
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Pop music's a simple pleasure. Is it catchy? Can you dance to it? Do you fancy the singer? But what's fascinating about pop is our relationship with it. David Hepworth is interested in the human side of pop. He's interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it. From the legacy of the Beatles to the dramatic decline of the record shop via the bewildering nomenclature of musical genres; with characteristic insight and humour Hepworth asks some essential questions about music and, indeed, life: is it all about the drummer; are band managers misunderstood; and is it appropriate to play `Angels' at funerals? As Pope John Paul II said `of all the unimportant things, football is the most important'. David Hepworth believes the same to be true of music and this selection of his best writing, covering the music of last fifty years, shows you precisely why.

Back to the Fifties - Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties (Paperback): Michael D. Dwyer Back to the Fifties - Nostalgia, Hollywood Film, and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties (Paperback)
Michael D. Dwyer
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Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Hollywood studios and record companies churned out films, albums, music videos and promotional materials that sought to recapture, revise, and re-imagine the 1950s. Breaking from the dominant wisdom that casts the trend as wholly defined by Ronald Reagan's politics or the rise of postmodernism, Back to the Fifties reveals how Fifties nostalgia from 1973 to 1988 was utilized by a range of audiences for diverse and often competing agendas. Films from American Graffiti to Hairspray and popular music from Sha Na Na to Michael Jackson shaped-and was shaped by-the complex social, political and cultural conditions of the Reagan Era. By closely examining the ways that "the Fifties" were remade and recalled, Back to the Fifties explores how cultural memory is shaped for a generation of teenagers trained by popular culture to rewind, record, recycle and replay.

Tales of the Smiths Graphic (Paperback, None ed.): Con Chrisoulis Tales of the Smiths Graphic (Paperback, None ed.)
Con Chrisoulis 1
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Tales of The Smiths is a comic book retelling of the band members' teenage years, before the group was famous, and includes fascinating digressions about their influences (the New York Dolls, Nico, Sex Pistols, NY punk, Patti Smith, etc) and the times in which they were growing up. The story reaches its climax with the meeting of Morrissey and Marr, the formation of the band in 1982 and their first gig as The Smiths. With an introduction by Simon Wolstencroft, The Smiths' first drummer and the former drummer with The Fall, Patrol and Freak Party, which featured Andy Rourke and Johnny Marr.

Modzines (Paperback): Eddie Piller, Steve Rowland Modzines (Paperback)
Eddie Piller, Steve Rowland
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Modzines is an original book that documents the fast living world of fanzines during the Mod revival years, fully illustrated with original artwork and photography. Leading figures from the scene including fanzine editors, bands, DJ's, promoters, journalists and main `faces' are interviewed providing exclusive behind the scenes stories, anecdotes and memories. Fully illustrated with original, rare artwork from key issues as well as front covers and spreads from celebrated fanzines Direction Reaction Creation; Extraordinary Sensations; Roadrunner; Maximum Speed; Sense of Style; Sth Circular; Patriotic; Go Go; In The Crowd; Right Track; Beat That and many more.

Rap Year Book, The - "The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed"... Rap Year Book, The - "The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed" (Paperback)
Shea Serrano 1
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The Rap Year Book takes readers on a journey that begins in 1979, widely regarded as the moment rap as a genre became recognised as part of music's landscape and comes right up to the present. Shea Serrano deftly pays homage to the most important song of each year. Serrano also examines the most important moments that surround the history and culture of rap music-from artists' backgrounds, to issues of race and safety, to the rise of hip-hop and the struggles among its major players-both personal and professional. Covering East Coast and West Coast, famous rapper feuds, chart toppers and show stoppers, The Rap Year Book takes an in-depth look at the last thirty-five years of the most influential genre of music to come out of the last generation. Complete with quizzes, infographics, lyric maps, hilarious and informative footnotes, portraits of the artists, and the occasional rebuttal essay by other prominent music writers, The Rap Year Book is both a narrative and illustrated guide to some of the most iconic and influential songs ever created under the umbrella of rap music. Serrano cites a variety of sources to form his arguments including biographies, magazines and documentaries, as well as his own experiences growing up at a time when hip-hop was becoming a prevalent force in the music industry. With its all-encompassing look at the ups and downs of rap music, and the landmark songs that are its tent-poles, this book will be perfect for anyone who is a fan of the genre.

The Rolling Stones 50 (Hardcover): Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones 50 (Hardcover)
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, The Rolling Stones 1
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'This is our story of fifty fantastic years. We started out as a blues band playing the clubs and more recently we've filled the largest stadiums in the world with the kind of show that none of us could have imagined all those years ago. Curated by us, it features the very best photographs and ephemera from and beyond our archives.' Mick, Keith, Charlie & Ronnie On Thursday 12 July 1962 the Rolling Stones went on stage at the Marquee Club in London's Oxford Street. In the intervening fifty years the Stones have performed live in front of more people than any band... ever. They've played the smallest blues clubs and some of the biggest stadium tours of all time. They've had No.1 singles and albums in every country that has a popular music chart and have helped define global popular culture. A phenomenal half-century later, they now look back at their astounding career. Curated, introduced and narrated by the band themselves, The Rolling Stones 50 is the only officially authorized book to celebrate this milestone. With privileged access to a wealth of unseen and rare material, it is packed with superb reportage photography, contact sheets, negative strips, outtakes and so much more, from every period in the band's history. With more than 1,000 illustrations, it also features some of the most rare and interesting Stones memorabilia in existence: international posters, draft record cover art, bubblegum cards, jigsaws and other previously unpublished treasures specially photographed for this volume. The ephemera comes from the greatest Rolling Stones collection in the world, which belongs to Ali Zayeri. Featuring photography from the Daily Mirror's archive and with contributions by photography legends Gered Mankowitz, Jean-Marie Perier, Dezo Hoffmann, Michael Cooper, Terry O'Neill, Bent Rej, Philip Townsend and many others, this is the definitive celebration of fifty years of the Rolling Stones. From Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie - here is one spectacular thank you to their fans all over the world.

Hard Core Logo - Portrait of a Thousand Punks (Paperback): Nick Craine Hard Core Logo - Portrait of a Thousand Punks (Paperback)
Nick Craine; Introduction by Lynn Crosbie
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Reelin' in the Years - The Soundtrack of a Northern Life (Paperback): Mark Radcliffe Reelin' in the Years - The Soundtrack of a Northern Life (Paperback)
Mark Radcliffe 1
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When Mark Radcliffe was born in the late 1950s, Britain was trying to find its own version of the dangerously sexy Elvis ... we gave the world Cliff Richard but by the time Mark was old enough to recognise pop songs on the radio, the UK was exploding into the world's most exciting place to be for a young music fan. In this, his eagerly awaited new book, Mark Radcliffe takes a record from each year of his life, using the song as a starting point from which to reach out and pull together a wonderfully entertaining catalogue of memories and asides about British culture. And, as one would expect from this unique and popular broadcaster, the tunes he lists are not the usual suspects. From The Kinks' 'See My Friends', through Slade's 'Coz I Luv You' to Kraftwerk's 'Europe Endless' and Joy Division's 'Atmosphere', Mark's selections bring forth a diverse collision of styles from eras uniquely defined by their musical genres and fashions. Bringing his choices right up to the present day, we see the inclusion of artists such as Richard Hawley, Elbow and Fleet Foxes. Mark's hugely entertaining and affectionate trawl through his favourite music of the past 50 years is guaranteed to surprise and delight his many fans.

Pocket Bowie Wisdom - Inspirational Words from a Rock Legend (Hardcover): Pocket Bowie Wisdom - Inspirational Words from a Rock Legend (Hardcover)
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I'm just a cosmic yob, I suppose.

I change every day. I'm not outrageous. I'm David Bowie.

I'm an instant star. Just add water and stir.

Genre-hopping, gender-bending: Bowie has never been afraid to push the boundaries. Whether masquerading as an alien, a spaceman or a goblin king, this rock 'n' roll hero was a true visionary. The death of the Man Who Fell to Earth shook fans around the world, but his influence lives on.

Pocket Bowie Wisdom is full of insights into music, identity, fame, love and creativity from one of the most pioneering musicians of all time.

This collection of quotes makes a perfect gift for the Bowie fan in your life.

Keith Richards on Keith Richards (Paperback): Sean Egan Keith Richards on Keith Richards (Paperback)
Sean Egan 1
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The iconic life and career of the famed guitarist of the Rolling Stones is detailed in this compilation of interviews that spans the last 50 years. Featuring articles from GQ, Melody Maker, and Rolling Stone, as well as interviews that have never previously appeared in print, it charts Keith Richards's journey from gauche, young pretender and swaggering epitome of the zeitgeist to beloved elder statesman of rock. Initially overshadowed by band mates Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, Richards gained popularity as half of the second-most important songwriting team of the 1960s, and in 1967 the drug bust at his house and his subsequent trial and imprisonment made him a household name. His interviews match his outlaw image: free of banality and euphemism, they revel in frank stories of drugs and debauchery. Yet they also reveal an unexpectedly warm, unpretentious, articulate, and honest man. This collection amply illustrates the magic and charm of Keith Richards.

The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years (Hardcover, New): Christopher Sandford The Rolling Stones: Fifty Years (Hardcover, New)
Christopher Sandford 1
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In 1962 Mick Jagger was a bright, well-scrubbed boy (planning a career in the civil service), while Keith Richards was learning how to smoke and to swivel a six-shooter. Add the mercurial Brian Jones (who'd been effectively run out of Cheltenham for theft, multiple impregnations and playing blues guitar) and the wryly opinionated Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, and the potential was obvious. During the 1960s and 70s the Rolling Stones were the polarising figures in Britain, admired in some quarters for their flamboyance, creativity and salacious lifestyles, and reviled elsewhere for the same reasons. Confidently expected never to reach 30 they are now approaching their seventies and, in 2012, will have been together for 50 years. In The Rolling Stones, Christopher Sandford tells thehuman drama at the centre of the Rolling Stones story. Sandford has carried out interviews with those close to the Stones, family members (including Mick's parents), the group's fans and contemporaries - even examined their previously unreleased FBI files. Like no other book before The Rolling Stoneswill make sense of the rich brew of clever invention and opportunism, of talent, good fortune, insecurity, self-destructiveness, and of drugs, sex and other excess, that made the Stones who they are.

Flow - The Rhythmic Voice in Rap Music (Hardcover): Mitchell Ohriner Flow - The Rhythmic Voice in Rap Music (Hardcover)
Mitchell Ohriner
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From its dynamic start at dance parties in the South Bronx in the late 1970s, hip hop and rap music have exploded into a dominant style of popular music in the United States and a force for activism and expression all over the world. So, too, has scholarship on hip hop and rap music grown. Yet much of this scholarship, employing methods drawn from sociology and literature, leaves unaddressed the expressive musical choices made by hip hop artists. Fundamental among these choices is the rhythm of the rapping voice, termed "flow." Flow presents unique theoretical and analytical challenges. It is rhythmic in the same way other music is rhythmic, but also in the way speech and poetry are rhythmic. For the first time, Mitchell Ohriner's Flow: The Rhythmic Voice in Rap Music reconciles approaches to key concepts of rhythm, such as meter, periodicity, patterning, and accent, treated independently across other branches of scholarship. Ohriner theorizes flow by weaving between the methods of computational music analysis and humanistic close reading. Through the analysis of large collections of verses and individual tracks, the book addresses theories of rhythm, meter, and groove in the unique ecology of rap music. In a series of case studies in the second half, the work of Eminem clarifies how flow can relate to text, the work of Black Thought of The Roots clarifies how flow can relate to other instrumental streams, and the work of Talib Kweli clarifies how flow can relate to rap's persistent meter. While Ohriner focuses on rap music throughout the book, the methods he introduces will be useful for other musical genres that feature the voice freely interacting with a more rigid metric framework.

Art of Metal (Hardcover): Malcolm Dome Art of Metal (Hardcover)
Malcolm Dome 1
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From the colourful and outlandish use of visuals for album artwork and posters, to the immediately recognizable logos of the bands involved, there's a close-knit relationship between the riffs which thunder from the guitar and the images which have come to represent the songs and anthems of metal music. Showcases 400 of the finest examples of metal poster and cover art and is the first book ever to concentrate specifically on work created by artists working in this genre of music. Spans the entire 50-year history of metal, from the earliest proto-metal bands of the 1960s to the most recent releases. Every genre is represented, including Traditional Metal, NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal), Thrash Metal, Black Metal, Prog Metal, Nu Metal, Big Hair Metal, Doom & Stoner Metal. As well as US and UK metal, Scandinavian, European, and Australian metal are also represented. Each chapter begins with a 1,000-word overview of the featured era; detailed information about the designers, the bands, the artist/s influences is given in detailed captions accompanying each poster. Each chapter includes two special features: one on a particularly influential artist or group of artists; the other, covers a wide range of subjects - from metal tattoos to famed photographers, and from magazines, metal merchandise and metal movies to fashion and even metal humour. Quotes from artists/illustrators, and a selection from band members themselves, are featured throughout.

Suburban 100 (Paperback): Paul Weller Suburban 100 (Paperback)
Paul Weller 1
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REVISED, UPDATED AND WITH A NEW FOREWORD BY PAUL ABBOTT This edition of Suburban 100 includes new lyrics from the critically acclaimed albums, 22 Dreams and Wake Up the Nation, which has been nominated for the Mercury Music Award. Paul Weller first burst onto the national music scene with The Jam in 1977 and was quickly marked apart from his contemporaries as a brilliant lyricist. In a writing career that has now spanned three decades, his songs have been acclaimed, imitated and loved by many. Suburban 100 - the first selection of Paul Weller's lyrics - draws on songs written for The Jam, The Style Council and solo releases that, together, tell stories of life and love, rage and romance. The youthful frustrations of small-town life that fuelled Weller's early writing is palpable, as is the angry but poignant response to Thatcher's Britain. His lyrics, rooted in English suburban culture, explore the hopes, dreams and crashing disappointments of ordinary people. They also revel in the mystical beauty of the English country landscape and repeatedly revisit dreamlike childhood summers. For the first time Paul Weller shares his reflections on his lyrics, offering candid insights to his writing process and the inspiration behind some of pop music's best loved songs. Suburban 100 reveals aspects of a famously private man.

George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door (Hardcover): Graeme Thomson George Harrison: Behind The Locked Door (Hardcover)
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Published to co-incide with what would have been the 70th anniversary of George Harrison's birth. Explores Harrison's work both within and without the Beatles and at the same time examining in detail his private and public passions, from Eastern spiritualism to horticulture, from comedy to film-making, from fast cars to working with UNICEF. His career renaissance in the 80s with the Travelling Wilburys. His last few years which were scarred by two bouts of cancer and a knife attack which almost killed him. His legacy, including his final album and memorial concert.

Pomus & Shuman - Hitmakers: Together & Apart (Paperback): Graham Vickers Pomus & Shuman - Hitmakers: Together & Apart (Paperback)
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The first joint biography of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest song writing teams, Hitmakers Inc. explores the private lives and public triumphs of lyricist Doc Pomus and composer Mort Shuman. Between 1958 and 1965, usually working out of Manhattan's famous Brill Building, they wrote some 500 teen anthems and timeless ballads for Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, Del Shannon and Andy Williams among others. Polio-stricken ex-blues shouter Pomus always attracted the press coverage, but after the duo split junior partner Shuman proved the more colourful of the two, acting in films, writing musicals, joining the post-Beatles British beat boom and eventually becoming a chart-topping singer-composer in his own right in - of all places - France. The story of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, writing together and individually, reveals a personal dynamic that was both warm and difficult but which at its height produced songs like 'Teenager In Love', 'Save The Last Dance For Me', 'Surrender', 'Little Sister', '(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame' , 'This Magic Moment' and 'Lonely Avenue'.

American Lonesome - The Work of Bruce Springsteen (Hardcover): Gavin Cologne-Brookes American Lonesome - The Work of Bruce Springsteen (Hardcover)
Gavin Cologne-Brookes
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Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters (Paperback): Jeff Burger Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches, and Encounters (Paperback)
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No one is better qualified to talk about Springsteen than the man himself and he's often as articulate and provocative in interviews and speeches as he is emotive onstage and in recordings. While many rock artists seem to suffer through interviews, Springsteen has welcomed them as an opportunity to speak openly, thoughtfully, and in great detail about his music and life. He is willing to speak with great candour, humour, and poignancy about his personal life and has talked in detail about his marriage, being in therapy, his parents, and fame. Offers fans an extensive look at the artist's own spoken words over the past four decades, via Q&A-formatted articles, speeches, and features. This volume starts with interviews from 1973, when he was earning $75 a week, and follows him up until 2012, where he had achieved almost unimaginable wealth and worldwide fame. The book features a foreword by singer/songwriter Elliott Murphy, a longtime Springsteen cohort; and photos by Frank Stefanko, who produced the covers for Darkness on the Edge of Town and The River. It contains more than half a dozen of Springsteen's speeches at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, political rallies and elsewhere, plus interviews with well-known media figures, such as TV's Charlie Rose, Ted Koppel, and Brian Williams; novelist Nick Hornby; and actor Ed Norton. Includes radio and TV interviews that have not previously appeared in print, along with some material that has not been available in any format until now. This is a must have for any Springsteen fan.

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