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1971: Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year

1971: Never a Dull Moment: Rock's Golden Year

David Hepworth

$22.99
The Sixties ended a year late - on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years - Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year.
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The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop

The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop

Ian McFarlane

$79.95
The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop - Second Edition has been completely revised and updated, featuring 160+ new entries. It is the most comprehensive guide to the bands and artists who moulded the shape of Australian popular music from 1956 to 2016. Arranged alphabetically for easy reference, the book will appeal to both the dedicated fan and casual reader. Containing over 1,000 entries, from AC/DC and The Avalanches, from Olivia Newton-John to Guy Sebastian and on to You Am I and Zoot, this is a book crammed with a mixture of facts and opinion. It includes biographical information, line-up details, record releases, career highlights and album discographies, as well as an authoritative critique on each artist's career. This is an essential work of reference for anyone who has loved Australian popular music. Ian McFarlane has been writing about Australian music since 1984.
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Set Your Voice Free: How to Get the Singing or Speaking Voice You Want

Set Your Voice Free: How to Get the Singing or Speaking Voice You Want

Roger Love

$55.00
Whether your goal is to carry a tune, expand your vocal range, or speak with ease and confidence before an audience, Roger Love provides you with exactly the help you need. Through the innovative techniques and enjoyable exercises in this book, Love demonstrates how you can strengthen your middle voice and navigate smoothly through several octaves without pressure or strain. Set Your Voice Free holds the key to vocal success and satisfaction for everyone. Originally published in 1999 - before YouTube, before Skype, before televised singing competitions became primetime megahits - the book is now revised and expanded to embrace current technology and to provide all of today's essentials for sounding authentic, persuasive, distinctive, and real in a world that demands nothing less.
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Mick Thomas: These are the Days: Stories and Songs

Mick Thomas: These are the Days: Stories and Songs

Mick Thomas

$34.95
This is the autobiographical tale of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force. It all starts with the songs: how they got written, where and why they got written, and why they still get played. And it's about the people - in the various line-ups of the various bands, the people in the studio, and in the audience at the countless shows. And it's about when Weddings, Parties, Anything first called it a day back in 1998 and Mick quickly realizing there was no good night to go into. What we are thankfully left then is the simple recognition there are always songs that need to be written, shows that need to be played and stories that need to be told. Yes, it's about the stories.
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Strict Rules: The Iconic Story of the Tour That Shaped Midnight Oil

Strict Rules: The Iconic Story of the Tour That Shaped Midnight Oil

Andrew McMillan

$24.99
Midnight Oil are an iconic Australian band, known for their songs of social conscience and their conviction. They didn't get that way by accident - one tour in 1986 changed them forever, as they joined the Warumpi Band to play to remote Aboriginal communities. Journalist Andrew McMillan was a witness to this tour and he documented it all in STRICT RULES.

This contemporary Australian classic charts not just the development of an eternally popular band but a moment in time when Australian culture changed, because the songs produced by Midnight Oil thereafter became embedded in the nation's minds.

With Peter Garrett back at the helm of the Oils, the band will embark on a reunion tour in 2017. Peter Garrett will write an epilogue for this new edition of STRICT RULES, which also contains drummer Rob Hirst's original foreword.
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30-Second Classical Music: The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers and Innovations, Each Explained in Half a Minute

30-Second Classical Music: The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers and Innovations, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Joanne Cormac

$19.99
Do you know a capella from zarzuela, or your major from your minor? Can you distinguish between a serenade and a symphony? If you only have 30 seconds, there is time - using this book - to understand the creative journey taken by classical music from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Our early ancestors understood pitch and rhythm, the basic tools that have been worked and ordered by composers and performers over the past 400 years into an extraordinary body of music written for soloists, chamber musicians and entire orchestras. Today, everyone has access to a prodigy of classical music which, far from being traditional or elitist, is alive and magical. From plainsong to programme music, appreciate the magnitude and majesty, the passion and the pathos of sounds that have the power to stir our emotions to great joy or infinite sadness. Here's music to your ears.
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I, Me, Mine

I, Me, Mine

George Harrison ,  Derek Taylor ,  Olivia Harrison

$69.99
Cherished by fans and collectors, I, Me, Mine is the closest we will ever come to George Harrison's autobiography. This new edition has been significantly developed since the 1980 original; now printed in colour, and with previously unseen archive material, the book covers the full span of George Harrison's life and work.

Featuring George Harrison in conversation with Derek Taylor, I, Me, Mine delves into everything from Harrison's upbringing in Liverpool and the growth of early Beatlemania, to his love of India, gardening and racing cars. With over fifty archival photos, Harrison's words, and his song lyrics, this book offers an insight into the musician's life, work and philosophy.

I, Me, Mine presents the lyrics to 147 George Harrison songs, with his handwritten lyrics beautifully reproduced in facsimile, accompanied by his uniquely intimate and humorous commentary. This edition has been expanded to include more than 60 new songs; as well as tracks written for The Beatles, it also contains lyrics from Harrison's solo career, including his albums All Things Must Pass and Brainwashed.

This edition of I, Me, Mine presents for the first time a complete compendium of Harrison's musical career and his writing. With written contributions from Olivia Harrison and Derek Taylor, original cover art by Shepard Fairey, and a wealth of previously unpublished material, the new edition of I, Me, Mine is a treasured portrait of George Harrison and his music.
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In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett

In the Midnight Hour: The Life & Soul of Wilson Pickett

Tony Fletcher

$35.95
Wilson Pickett was arguably the greatest male soul screamer of the 1960s and '70s. Well known for his unprecedented string of Soul hits, including  In the Midnight Hour, Land of 1,000 Dances,  and  Mustang Sally, Pickett has sold millions of albums, and tens of millions of singles.

A first ballot inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, he collaborated with some of the biggest names in '60s and '70s pop, rock, and soul, recorded for the most renowned labels in soul and R&B, and was a legendary presence on stage, his performances frequently culminating in stage invasions by frenzied audience members of all colors eager to bask (and dance) in his radiant aura. Equally well known for his personal troubles, his musical brilliance and success - like that of so many other superstars - Pickett's career was punctuated by violence, drug and alcohol addictions, and fits of erratic and wild behavior. 

In In the Midnight Hour, veteran music journalist and biographer Tony Fletcher not only tells the full story of Wilson Pickett's incredible career, and troubled life, but goes beyond the individual anecdotes to illustrate how Pickett's journey - geographic, musical, and cultural - was emblematic of both that of his generation of southern black men, and that of black American music in the second half of the twentieth century. He grew up in Alabama under Jim Crow in '40s where he experienced the peak of the gospel circuit before moving north to Detroit as part of the Second Great Migration, where he recorded for the nascent Tamla/Motown label. In the 60s he participated in integrated recording sessions for Stax and Atlantic, before moving back to Alabama where he took part in sessions at Muscle Shoals that made the studios signature sound famous, and at the beginning of the '70s, found himself in Philadelphia where he was instrumental in the birth of the Philly Soul sound. 

While centered around Wilson Pickett and his music, In the Midnight Hour will also be about the roller-coaster journey he took in his life, the social upheavals that surrounded him, the genre he helped shape along the way, and the pitfalls of the fame that success brought him. The first biography of one the most famous, influential, and fascinating figures in soul and R&B, In the Midnight Hour will find an eager audience among fans of Wilson Pickett, and soul and R&B music in general, as well as readers interested in the development of black music during the second half of the twentieth century.
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Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon

Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon

Marc Eliot

$49.95
Hollywood's golden age, whose major presence in American film, radio, television, stage and theater lasted beyond the second half of the 20th Century, and whose classic films are known throughout the world. Written by prize-winning author Marc Eliot, and with unprecedented access to the family, friends, and Heston's private papers, diaries, journal, writings and estate, he tells an unforgettable tale of an extraordinary life you may find difficult to put down.

Eliot's biography is rich with facts details and anecdotal material that bring to life the complex story of this most iconic of American popular cultural giants to illuminate Heston's greatest achievements and his personal failures. He examines how a small boy from the backwoods of Michigan rose to become one of Hollywood's most legendary stars, one of the Greatest Generation's true-life war heroes - he saw action in the Pacific Theater during World War Two, before moving with his young wife from Chicago to New York's Hell's Kitchen to begin their struggle to find success in the theater.

Eliot traces Heston's pioneering work in live television, his being discovered by Hollywood because of it, and tells the amazing saga of his three films for Cecil B. DeMille and his two for William Wyler, including The Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur, the latter for which he won a Best-Actor Oscar, with fascinating new details, documents and photographs never before seen. Eliot follows Heston through the genre of Science Fiction, which he helped revive with Planet of the Apes, and sheds new light on every one of Heston's iconic films. He also examines Heston's long political involvements, from being one of the organizers of The Arts Contingent of Marchers who joined with Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington, to his mentoring under Ronald Reagan for eventual presidency of the Screen Actors Guild, to his late-in-life presidency of the National Rifle Association, all the while being asked by both Republican and Democratic Parties to run for the United States Senate.

With unprecedented cooperation with Heston's family, and never-before-seen personal photos, documents and hand-written letters, Charlton Heston: Hollywood's Last Icon for the first time tells the real story of Charlton's Heston's amazing life, an incisive, detailed, compelling portrayal, both for longtime fans, Hollywood movie lovers everywhere and a new college and TCM generation discovering Heston's work for the first time.
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Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World

Jewish Treasures of the Caribbean: The Legacy of Judaism in the New World

Wyatt Gallery ,  Stanley Mirvis

$105.00
This photographic essay highlights the little-known history of the first Jewish communities established in the New World dating to the 1600s. Award-winning photographer Wyatt Gallery documents the oldest synagogues and cemeteries on Barbados, Curacao, Jamaica, St Thomas, St Eustatius, and Suriname through his singular style of photos with histories written by Stanley Mirvis. The enclaves, formed by Sephardic Jews who fled the Catholic Inquisition, became so influential that they helped fuel the success of the American Revolution and partially finance the first synagogues in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island. Once home to thousands, today these historic communities are rapidly dwindling and could soon disappear. Only five historic synagogues remain in use, and many of the cemeteries have been damaged or lost to natural disasters, vandalism, and pollution. These photographs bear witness to the legacy of New World Judaism and provide a record for future generations.
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Making it Big in Shorts: Faster, Better, Cheaper: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films

Making it Big in Shorts: Faster, Better, Cheaper: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films

Kim Adelman

$19.99
Each year 8,000+ short films compete to fill 60 slots at the Sundance Film Festival. On an average day, 792 film and video projects vie for funding on Kickstarter. And every minute 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. In this competitive environment, a short filmmaker can no longer invest time, money, and dreams of glory in the theory that if you build it, they will come. The challenge is making the right kind of short: one that will make a splash. Covering the nuts-and-bolts of production while stressing the importance of artistic expression, this invaluable handbook shows a first-time filmmaker how to make a buzzworthy little film that could launch a lucrative Hollywood career. Packed with over 75 photos and insider advice from dozens of high-profile professionals, including Sundance and Tribeca festival programmers and Academy Award(r) winners and nominees, Making It Big in Shorts puts the emphasis on making films shorter, faster, and cheaper.
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Fifty: Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre

Fifty: Half a Century of Australian Dance Theatre

Maggie Tonkin

$75.00
When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Fifty years later, ADT is not only Australia's oldest continuously running contemporary dance company, but also one of Australia's most recognised cultural exports. To celebrate half a century of innovation in dance performance, Fifty traces the very different trajectories ADT has taken under the successive artistic direction of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Jonathan Taylor, Lenny Westerdijk and Anthony Steel, Leigh Warren, Meryl Tankard, Bill Pengelly and Garry Stewart. Each of these directors has pushed the boundaries of dance performance and explored new modes of movement, theatrical expression and artistic collaboration, creating a repertoire of groundbreaking works that have challenged and delighted audiences both in Australia and internationally. In Fifty Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile - and at times tumultuous - history through interviews and archival research, and showcases the company's most noted works through stunning images.
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