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How Music Got Free: The Inventor, the Mogul, and the Thief

How Music Got Free: The Inventor, the Mogul, and the Thief

Stephen Witt

$27.99

What links Taylor Swift to a factory worker? Kanye West to a German engineer? Beyonce to a boardroom mogul? They've all changed the face of the music business, in the most unexpected ways. How Music Got Free is the incredible true story of how online piracy and the MP3 revolutionised the way our world works, one track at a time.
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Paul McCartney: The Biography

Paul McCartney: The Biography

Philip Norman

$32.99

Philip Norman is one of our greatest biographers and Paul McCartney is one of the greatest of modern subjects: co-founder of the world's most celebrated band and composer of unforgettable songs. This is the story of a man who was public property by the age of 21, the trajectory of the Beatles from beginning to break-up, and of Swinging London in the 1960s.

Philip Norman's masterly biography reveals the complex character beneath the cheeky-chappie fa ade, and sheds new light on his childhood, blighted by the death of his mother but redeemed by the extraordinary father who first turned him on to music. The book gives a definitive account of his often troubled creative partnership with John Lennon, reveals the huge trauma he suffered with the break-up of the Beatles, and his struggle to get back to the top with Wings, an endeavour that nearly got him murdered in Africa and brought him a nine-day confinement in a Tokyo jail. Paul McCartney: The Biography provides the first inside story of his marriage to Linda and their much-criticised musical partnership, and a moving account of her death.

Perhaps most rewarding of all are the stories behind the music forged by the Lennon & McCartney partnership, which would fashion the songs that will be sung for all time. Yet there is life after the Beatles, and some of the greatest McCartney songs were written and performed with Wings. Packed with the new information and keen critical insights that are the hallmark of Philip Norman's work, this biography is a magnificent chronicle of the life of a modern immortal.
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Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in Woodstock

Barney Hoskyns

$39.99

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Small Town Talk is Hoskyn's new book about the artistic/bohemian community of Woodstock. Its beginnings in the early 1900's and its peak during the 60's. How Dylan embraced it and then abandonedwhat was once an isolated, artisitic community but sure turned into a tourist haven. Brilliant. Greg Waldron

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The true story of the town of Woodstock - the mythical home of 60s rock and inspiration for the legendary festival.

Think 'Woodstock' and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. But Woodstock itself was over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. So why the misnomer? Quite simply, Woodstock was already a key location in the Sixties rock landscape, the tiny Catskills town where Bob Dylan had holed up after his 1966 motorcycle accident.

In Small Town Talk, Barney Hoskyns recreates Woodstock's community of brilliant dysfunctional musicians, opportunistic hippie capitalists and scheming dealers drawn to the area by Dylan and his sidekicks The Band. Central to the book's narrative is the broodingly powerful presence of Albert Grossman, manager of Dylan, The Band, Janis Joplin and Todd Rundgren - and Big Daddy of a personal fiefdom in Bearsville that encompassed studios, restaurants and his own record label. Intertwined in the story are the Woodstock experiences of artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Butterfield, Tim Hardin, Karen Dalton and Bobby Charles.

Drawing on first-hand interviews with the remaining key players in the scene, and on the period when he lived there himself in the 1990s, Hoskyns has produced an East Coast companion to his bestselling L.A. Canyon classic Hotel California - a richly absorbing study of a vital music scene in a revolutionary time and place. 
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Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen to Music

Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen to Music

Ben Ratliff

$49.99

From one of America's celebrated critics, the definitive field guide to listening to music in the age of the Cloud. The most significant revolution in the recent history of music has to do with listening: it is now possible to listen to nearly anything at any time, to ignore albums, and to instantly flit across genres and generations, from 1980s Detroit techno to 1890s Viennese neo-romanticism. Yet music criticism has historically focused on the musician's intent, not the listener's experience. Every Song Ever is therefore the definitive field guide to listening in an age of glorious, overwhelming abundance. By revealing the essential similarities between wildly different kinds of music, Ben Ratliff shows how we listen to music now, and suggests how we can listen better.
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The Music That Maton Made

The Music That Maton Made

Andrew McUtchen ,  Jeff Jenkins ,  Barry Divola

$75.00

From a small backyard workshop on the outskirts of Melbourne, Maton Guitars has grown into a truly inspiring Australian success story.

In 1946, Bill May crafted a guitar in his Melbourne garage that he wanted the world to hear and to play. In a matter of years, it was in the hands of Elvis Presley on film. Later, a Maton played the riff that defined a generation on the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter'. Today, Maton are an essential part of music culture in Australia and around the world.

This is not only a book for guitar lovers - it's an intimate family history and an essential part of Australian music history. Compiling over ten years of research, and over two years in production, this book is as well-crafted and family-owned as Maton guitars themselves.

Go behind-the-scenes to meet the artisan guitar makers. Read the stories behind the songs created with Maton guitars. And go backstage to meet the bands and musicians that have, with a Maton in hand, shaped our musical world.

Packed full of interviews with the greats - from jazz legend George Golla to guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel; from Archie Roach, and The Wiggles, to Daniel Johns, Paul Kelly, and Josh Homme, and many more...

Published to coincide with Maton's 70th anniversary, The Music That Maton Made is a comprehensive, full-colour tribute to a home-grown guitar range that has been embraced by famous musicians and guitar enthusiasts around the world.
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Ray Davies: A Complicated Life

Ray Davies: A Complicated Life

Johnny Rogan

$29.99

Ray Davies, legendary frontman of The Kinks, is one of the all-time greatest rock 'n' roll musicians - and also one of its most troubled and enigmatic. In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led The Kinks to fame with their number one hit 'You Really Got Me'. Within months, they were challenging The Beatles and The Rolling Stones in the charts, swamped by fans and renowned for the rioting at their gigs. Over the next three decades, Davies wrote a string of enduring classics - 'All Day and All of the Night', 'Sunny Afternoon', 'Waterloo Sunset', 'Lola' - that secured his status as one of the handful of people to have redefined pop culture over the last fifty years. But Ray's journey from working-class Muswell Hill to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame was tumultuous in the extreme, featuring breakdowns, bitter lawsuits, spectacular punch-ups and a ban from entering the USA for almost four years. His relationship with his brother Dave, The Kinks' lead guitarist, is surely the most ferocious and abusive in music history. Based on countless interviews conducted over several decades, this richly detailed and revelatory biography presents the most frank and intimate portrait yet of Ray Davies, and promises to be the definitive biography of this most fascinating and complicated life.
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I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny

I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny

Mick Houghton

$24.99

I've Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk-rock when she joined Fairport Convention in 1968, but her music went far beyond this during the seventies. After leaving Fairport she formed Fotheringay, whose influential eponymous album was released in 1970, before collaborating on a historic one-off recording with Led Zeppelin - the only other vocalist to record with Zeppelin in their entire career - and releasing four solo albums across the course of the decade. Her tragic and untimely death came in 1978. Sandy emerged from the folk scene of the sixties - a world of larger-than-life characters such as Alex Campbell, Jackson C. Frank, Anne Briggs and Australian singer Trevor Lucas, whom she married in 1973. Their story is at the core of Sandy's later life and work, and is told with the assistance of more than sixty of her friends, fellow musicians and contemporaries, one of whom, to paraphrase McCartney on Lennon, observed that she sang like an angel but was no angel.
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Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

Mick Wall

$32.99

Lemmy was the born-to-lose live-to-win singer who famously sang, in his band Mot rhead's most famous song, 'Ace Of Spades', 'I don't want to live forever.' Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer, Mick Wall, 'Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush...'. This is his strange but true story.

Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, beautifully told, Lemmy: The Ace of Spades is the story of the only rock'n'roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the devil, as he put it, 'very close to my side'.

From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-60s with the Rockin Vicars ('We were very big up north, I had a Zephyr 6'); from being Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie ('I would score acid for him'), to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with 'Silver Machine' ('I was fired for taking them the wrong drugs'); from forming Mot rhead ('I wanted to call the band Bastard but my manager wouldn't let me'), whose iconoclastic album No Sleep 'Till Hammersmith entered the UK charts at No. 1 - and its title into the lexicon of hip-speak.

Based on original interviews conducted between Lemmy and the author over many years, along with the insights of those who knew him best - former band mates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record business insiders - this is the unputdownable story of one of Britain's greatest characters. As Lemmy tells Wall, 'All the hard-living, the drinking, the drugging, the sex, the money, all the bullshit, it was never hard. It was easy. The hard part was not dying from it.'
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Why We Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica - The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds

Why We Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica - The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds

John Powell

$35.00

A joyful exploration of music's effects on the mind

Why does music affect you so profoundly? It impacts the way you think, talk, feel, behave, and even spend money. With his conversational style, humour, and endless knowledge, scientist and musician John Powell showcases fascinating studies - for example that shoppers spend more money in stores that play classical music and, even more astounding, they are more likely to buy German wine in stores playing German music. With chapters on music and emotions, music as medicine, music and intelligence, and much more, Why We Love Music will entertain through to the very last page.

A delightful journey through the psychology and science of music, Why We Love Music is the perfect book for anyone who loves a tune.
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Sweet Dreams are Made of This: A Life in Music

Sweet Dreams are Made of This: A Life in Music

Dave Stewart ,  Mick Jagger

$49.99

Dave Stewart's life has been a wild ride - one filled with music, constant reinvention, and the never-ending drive to create. Growing up in industrial northern England, he left home for the gritty London streets of the seventies, where he began collaborating and performing with various musicians, including a young waitress named Annie Lennox.

The chemistry between Stewart and Lennox was undeniable, and an intense romance developed. While their passion proved too much offstage, they thrived musically and developed their own sound. They called themselves Eurythmics and launched into global stardom with the massively popular album Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

For the first time, Stewart shares the incredible, high-octane stories of his life in music - the drug-fueled adventures, the A-list collaborations and relationships, and the creative process that brought us blockbusters from Eurythmics like ' Here Comes the Rain Again' and 'Would I Lie to You' as well as Tom Petty's 'Don't Come Around Here No More,' No Doubt's 'Underneath It All,' Golden Globe winner 'Old Habits Die Hard' with Mick Jagger, and many more.

From great friendships and creative partnerships including the group SuperHeavy along with Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A. R. Rahman, to inspired performances and intimate moments in the studio - Stewart highlights the musicians he admires and calls friends, from Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks, Elton John, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr to Bono, Bon Jovi, and Katy Perry.

With a behind-the-scenes look at Stewart's innovative endeavors that keep him on the cutting-edge of the music business, Sweet Dreams Are Made of This is a one-of-a-kind portrait of the creative heart of one of its most gifted and enterprising contributors.
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Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey

Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey

Harlan Lebo

$46.95

With the approach of the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane in May 2016, Harlan Lebo has written the full story of Orson Welles' masterpiece film. The book will explore: Welles' meteroric rise to stardom in New York and the real reason behind his arrival in Hollywood Welles' unprecedented contract with RKO Studios for total creative control and the deeper issues that impeded his work instead; The dispute over who wrote the script The mystery of the lost final script, which the author has in his possession, and the missing scenes, which answer questions relating to the creation of the film; The plot by Hearst to destroy Welles' project through blackmail, media manipulation, and other tactics; A detailed look behind the scenes of a production process that was cloaked in secrecy; The surprising emergence of Citizen Kane as an enduring masterpiece; Using previously unpublished material from studio files and the Hearst organization, exclusive interviews with the last surviving members of the cast and crew, and what may be the only surviving copy of the lost final script of the film, Citizen Kane: A Filmmaker's Journey recounts the making of one of the most famous films in Hollywood history.
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An Auteurist History of Film

An Auteurist History of Film

Charles Silver ,  Gleen D. Lowry

$50.00

Beginning in 2009, The Museum of Modern Art offered a weekly series of film screenings titled An Auteurist History of Film. Inspired by Andrew Sarris' seminal work The American Cinema, which developed on the idea of 'auteur theory' first discussed by the critics of Cahiers du Cinema in the 1950s, the series presented cinematic works from MoMA's expansive collection with particular focus on the role of the director as artistic author. For the five years that the series was presented, film curator Charles Silver wrote a concise post to accompany each screening. These texts described the place of each film in the oeuvre of its director as well as its significance to wilder film history. Following the end of the series' long run, the Museum has collected these posts for publication, bringing together Silver's insightful and often humorous readings of the series' films into a single volume. This volume is an invaluable guide to key directors and works of cinema as well as an excellent introduction to auteur theory.
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Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950

Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir, 1941-1950

Mark A. Vieira

$59.99

You know film noir when you see it: the shadowed setting; the cynical detective; the femme fatale; and the twist of fate. Into the Dark captures this alluring genre with a cavalcade of compelling photographs and a guide to 82 of its best films. Into the Dark is the first book to tell the story of film noir in its own voice. Author Mark A. Vieira quotes the artists who made these movies and the journalists and critics who wrote about them, taking readers on a year-by-year tour of the exciting nights when movies like Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, and Sunset Boulevard were sprung on an unsuspecting public.

For the first time, we hear the voices of film noir artists speak from the sets and offices of the studios, explaining the dark genre, even before it had a name. Those voices tell how the genre was born and how it thrived in an industry devoted to sweetness and light. Into the Dark is a ticket to a smoky, glamorous world. You enter a story conference with Raymond Chandler, visit the set of Laura, and watch Detour with a Midwest audience. This volume recreates the environment that spawned film noir. It also displays the wit and warmth of the genre’s artists.

Hedda Hopper reports on Citizen Kane, calling Orson Welles "Little Orson Annie". Lauren Bacall says she enjoys playing a bad girl in To Have and Have Not. Bosley Crowther calls Joan Crawford in Possessed a "ghost wailing for a demon lover beneath a waning moon". An Indiana exhibitor rates the classic Murder, My Sweet a “passable program picture.” Illustrated by hundreds of rare still photographs, Into the Dark conveys the mystery, glamour, and irony that make film noir surpassingly popular.
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Rhapsodes: How 1940s Critics Changed American Film Culture

Rhapsodes: How 1940s Critics Changed American Film Culture

David Bordwell

$36.95

Pauline Kael, Andrew Sarris, and Roger Ebert were three of America's most revered and widely read film critics, more famous than many of the movies they wrote about. But their remarkable contributions to the burgeoning American film criticism of the 1960s and beyond were deeply influenced by four earlier critics: Otis Ferguson, James Agee, Manny Farber, and Parker Tyler.

Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Ferguson, Agee, Farber, and Tyler scrutinized what was on the screen with an intensity not previously seen in popular reviewing. Although largely ignored by the arts media of the day, they honed the sort of serious discussion of films that would be made popular decades later by Kael, Sarris, Ebert and their contemporaries. 

With  The Rhapsodes,  renowned film scholar and critic David Bordwell an heir to both those legacies restores to a wider audience the work of Ferguson, Agee, Farber, and Tyler, critics he calls the Rhapsodes for the passionate and deliberately offbeat nature of their vernacular prose. Each broke with prevailing currents in criticism in order to find new ways to talk about the popular films that contemporaries often saw at best as trivial, at worst as a betrayal of art.

Ferguson saw in Hollywood an engaging, adroit mode of popular storytelling. Agee sought in cinema the lyrical epiphanies found in romantic poetry. Farber, trained as a painter, brought a pictorial intelligence to bear on film. A surrealist, Tyler treated classic Hollywood as a collective hallucination that invited both audience and critic to find moments of subversive pleasure.

With his customary clarity and brio, Bordwell takes readers through the relevant cultural and critical landscape and considers the critics writing styles, their conceptions of films, and their quarrels. He concludes by examining the profound impact of Ferguson, Agee, Farber, and Tyler on later generations of film writers.  

The Rhapsodes  allows readers to rediscover these remarkable critics who broke with convention to capture what they found moving, artful, or disappointing in classic Hollywood cinema and explores their robust and continuing influence.
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The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

The Essentials: 52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter

Jeremy Arnold ,  Robert Osborne

$37.99

Since its inception on Turner Classic Movies in 2001, The Essentials has become the ultimate series for movie lovers to expand their knowledge of must-see cinema and discover or revisit landmark films that have had a lasting impact on audiences everywhere. Based on the TCM series, The Essentials book showcases fifty-two must-see movies from the silent era through the early 1980s.

Readers can enjoy one film per week for a year of stellar viewing or indulge in their own classic film festival. Some long-championed masterworks appear within these pages; other selections may surprise you. Each film is profiled with insightful notes on why it’s an Essential, a guide to must-see moments, and running commentary from TCM’s Robert Osborne and Essentials guest hosts past and present including Sally Field, Drew Barrymore, Alec Baldwin, Rose McGowan, Carrie Fisher, Molly Haskell, Peter Bogdanovich, Sydney Pollack, and Rob Reiner.

Featuring full-color and black-and-white photography of the greatest stars in movie history, The Essentials is your curated guide to fifty-two movies that define the meaning of the word classic.
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The Voices Project 2016: All Good Things

The Voices Project 2016: All Good Things

Yarrie Bangura

$26.99

ATYP’s (Australian Theatre for Young People) annual production of seven-minute monologues has changed the landscape for young writers and performers in Australia. But all good things must come to an end. This final season explores the theme of departures. Always surprising, tender, shocking and funny, The Voices Project has given a generation of young Australians monologues that speak their language. It’s always sad to say goodbye.
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Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

Waiting for Godot: A Tragicomedy in Two Acts

Samuel Beckett

$29.99

The wonderfully surreal and thought provoking black comedy - in French with the English version on the opposite page.

Written in French and first performed at the Theatre de Babylon in Paris in 1953, En attendant Godot was subsequently translated by Samuel Beckett into English as Waiting for Godot. It was performed at the Arts Theatre in London in 1955, and first published by Faber in 1956.

To mark the centenary of Beckett's birth and the fiftieth anniversary of its original publication, Faber published for the first time a bilingual edition of this great masterpiece. Subtitles 'a tragicomedy in two acts', and once famously described by the Irish critic Vivian Mercier as a play in which 'nothing happens, twice', Waiting for Godot is also a play that was written twice. Here, on facing pages, the reader can watch it unfold simultaneously in two languages.
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This is a Voice: 99 Exercises to Train, Project and Harness the Power of Your Voice

This is a Voice: 99 Exercises to Train, Project and Harness the Power of Your Voice

Jeremy Fisher ,  Gillyanne Keyes ,  Cerys Matthews

$24.99

Your voice is a powerful instrument, as individual as a fingerprint. You use it every single day, but do you know how to look after it? Or to get the best out of it? This is a Voice is a practical toolkit of step-by-step vocal exercises to help speakers and singers of all abilities transform the quality of their voice. Bursting with advice from expert vocal coaches, it covers everything from warm ups, breathing, pacing and projection to techniques for speaking with confidence and singing jazz, pop, opera - even beatboxing - with style. Whether you're a member of a choir or a professional singer, preparing for a big presentation or planning a wedding speech, This is a Voice will ensure that you make yourself heard. With a foreword by Cerys Matthews.
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