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Comparing Notes: How We Make Sense of Music

Comparing Notes: How We Make Sense of Music

Adam Ockelford

$39.95
A tap of the foot, a rush of emotion, the urge to hum a tune; without instruction or training we all respond intuitively to music. Comparing Notes explores what music is, why all of us are musical, and how abstract patterns of sound that might not appear to mean anything can, in fact, be so meaningful.

Taking the reader on a clear and compelling tour of major twentieth century musical theories, Professor Adam Ockelford arrives at his own important psychologically grounded theory of how music works. From pitch and rhythm to dynamics and timbre, he shows how all the elements of music cohere through the principle of imitation to create an abstract narrative in sound that we instinctively grasp, whether listening to Bach or the Beatles.

Authoritative, engaging, and full of wonderful examples from across the musical spectrum, Comparing Notes is essential reading for anyone who's ever loved a song, sonata, or symphony, and wondered why.
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Daddy Who?

Daddy Who?

Craig Horne ,  Ross Wilson

$39.95
Daddy Who? is the story of a phenomenon, a band that in eighteen short months changed the course of Australian rock history.

Author and musician Craig Horne was with Daddy Cool every inch of the way. With an insider's view, he tracks the journey from when they burst onto the scene in October 1970, with their infectious doo-wop mayhem, and follows their rapid rise to the top-when they were on the front cover of every newspaper and rock magazine in the country, and when radio churned out hits like 'Eagle Rock', 'Come Back Again' and 'Hi Honey Ho!' virtually nonstop.

The book reveals the madness of Daddy Cool's three US tours, from their showcase performance at LA's Whisky A Go Go, to New York's famed Madison Square Garden, and supporting the likes of Alvin Bishop, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple, Little Feat and Captain Beefheart.

Daddy Who? is the first book to tell the complete story of the enduring legacy of one of the most unique and much loved bands Australia has ever produced.
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Man Out of Time

Man Out of Time

Broderick Smith

$59.95
Brod is renowned for his work with The Dingoes, Carson, Adderley Smith Blues Band, Broderick Smith's Big Combo and more. Brod has also appeared on TV with roles on Blue Heelers, The McGregor Saga and State Coroner.
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Long Shadows, High Hopes: The Life and Times of Matt Johnson & The The

Long Shadows, High Hopes: The Life and Times of Matt Johnson & The The

Neil Fraser

$54.95
Matt Johnson - though known foremost as the creative force behind THE THE - is a musician, songwriter, performer, film soundtrack composer, publisher, broadcaster and conservationist/local activist.

Written with the cooperation of Matt and with full access to his archives, this is the first official biography of one of the UK alternative music scene's major figures.

From life in an East End pub to fame on a global stage, Johnson – founder, songwriter and visionary lynchpin of iconic band The The – created some of the most vital music of his era. Then he walked away from it all.

In this authorised biography, working from hundreds of hours of interviews with Johnson and his contemporaries and colleagues – including Johnny Marr, Johanna St Michaels, JG Thirlwell and Tim Pope – Neil Fraser has drawn back the curtain on the brilliant but enigmatic artist.

From early days to glory days, through the paths of Johnson’s retreat from public life and return with The The in 2017, this is the incredible story of an intensely private and talented man, who’s made a success of living on his own terms.

Active since 1979, THE THE returned bigger than ever, selling out the Royal Albert Hall in seven minutes as they play their first gigs in over sixteen years.
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Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

Rimsky-Korsakov and His World

Marina Frolova-Walker

$67.00
A rare look at the life and music of renowned Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

During his lifetime, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908) was a composer whose work had great influence not only in his native Russia but also internationally. While he remains well-known in Russia - where many of his fifteen operas and various orchestral pieces are still in the standard repertoire - very little of his work is performed in the West today beyond Scheherezade and arrangements of The Flight of the Bumblebee. In Western writings, he appears mainly in the context of the Mighty Handful, a group of five Russian composers to which he belonged at the outset of his career. Rimsky-Korsakov and His World finally gives the composer center stage and due attention.

In this collection, Rimsky-Korsakov's major operas, The Snow Maiden, Mozart and Salieri, and The Golden Cockerel, receive multifaceted exploration and are carefully contextualized within the wider Russian culture of the era. The discussion of these operas is accompanied and enriched by the composer's letters to Nadezhda Zabela, the distinguished soprano for whom he wrote several leading roles. Other essays look at more general aspects of Rimsky-Korsakov's work and examine his far-reaching legacy as a professor of composition and orchestration, including his impact on his most famous pupil Igor Stravinsky.

The contributors are Lidia Ader, Leon Botstein, Emily Frey, Marina Frolova-Walker, Adalyat Issiyeva, Simon Morrison, Anna Nisnevich, Olga Panteleeva, and Yaroslav Timofeev.
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Morrissey: Alone and Palely Loitering

Morrissey: Alone and Palely Loitering

Kevin Cummins

$55.00
Taken by renowned photographer Kevin Cummins and featuring hundreds of previously unseen images, Alone and Palely Loitering chronicles Morrissey's world as he emerged from The Smiths and established himself as a solo artist.

Breathtaking photographs cover chaotic live performances, intimate portrait sessions and snatched moments backstage and on tour over a ten-year period. Cummins provides insightful commentary on the art of photography and what it was like to work and travel with Morrissey.

The book also includes portraits of from fans around the world with Morrissey-inspired tattoos, featuring an essay by literary academic Dr Gail Crowther exploring how this art form is used to display devotion to a unique musician.
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Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion

Major Dudes: A Steely Dan Companion

Barney Hoskyns

$22.99
At its core a creative marriage between Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan are one of the defining and bestselling American rock acts of the last half-century, recording several of the cleverest and best-produced albums of the '70s - from the breathlessly catchy Can't Buy a Thrill to the sleekly sinister Gaucho.

In the '90s they returned to remind us of how sorely we had missed their elegance and erudition, subsequently recording Two Against Nature and Everything Must Go during the following decade. They have sold close to forty-five million albums.

'A lot of people think of them as the epitome of boring '70s stuff,' novelist William Gibson said in 1993, when Becker and Fagen toured for the first time in nineteen years. 'They don't realize this is probably the most subversive material pop has ever thrown up.'

Now fully embraced by the 'Yacht Rock' generation - semi-ironic devotees of '70s Southern-California slickness - Steely Dan no longer polarize lo-fi punks and studio geeks in the way they used to. In 2001 they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Major Dudes collects some of the smartest and wittiest interviews Becker and Fagen have ever given, along with insightful reviews of - and commentary on - their extraordinary songs. Compiled by Rock's Backpages editor Barney Hoskyns, the book's contributors include Charles Shaar Murray, Robert Palmer, Ian MacDonald, Bud Scoppa, Penny Valentine, Fred Schruers, Sylvie Simmons and Michael Watts.
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Violin Manual

Violin Manual

$29.95
Drawing on the experience and expertise found in a traditional English repair and restoration shop, the Violin Manual is a fully illustrated guide to the maintenance, repair and restoration of these beautiful instruments.

With guidance divided into ‘basic’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ sections, this manual will prove valuable to a wide spectrum of people, from violinists who want to do simple maintainance on their own instruments to those wishing to become expert restorers. All violinists will find this book absorbing and enlightening.

Book Features:

    * Background: the violin and the makers, anatomy of the violin, anatomy of the bow, accessories, materials and tools.
    * Buying a violin: the buyer’s toolkit, where to buy, what to look for in a violin, recognising problems, characteristics.
    * Basic maintenance: a guide to looking after your instrument including straightforward maintenance routines.
    * Intermediate maintenance: mixing glue, sound post adjustment, straightening a bridge, re-gluing a plate, peg adjustment, fitting pegs, scratches, fitting an end pin.
    * Advanced maintenance: re-shooting a fingerboard, replacing the nut and saddle, removing a plate, making retouch varnish, cracks, re-gluing the plates.
    * Appendices: standard measurements for violins, tool plans, terminology
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Been So Long: My Life and Music

Been So Long: My Life and Music

Jorma Kaukonen ,  Grace Slick

$39.99
In a career that has spanned a half-century, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen has been at the forefront of American music and culture. A pioneer of the 1960s San Francisco scene, Jorma is best known for co-founding psychedelic rock band The Jefferson Airplane. With his subsequent band Hot Tuna, formed with Jefferson Airplane bassist Jack Casady, Jorma solidified a fan base that has endured to this day.

In this memoir, Jorma tells stories from his early life up to his present-day with reflections woven in. Jorma's story takes us around the globe, from meeting Jack in DC in the 50s to college to California to meeting Janis Joplin, Pigpen, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh and more. He tells all of the events of Jefferson Airplane's history and the story of his addiction and amazing recovery.

Jorma continues to tour today while also running and teaching at Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp, which is considered one of the world's most unique centers for the study of guitar and other instruments.

Perfect for fans of Robbie Robertson's Testimony and Deal by Bill Kreutzmann, Been So Long is the memoir for anyone who wants to hear stories about Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, jam bands, and anyone interested in a national treasure who helped define 60s-70s rock.
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Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography

Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography

Meredith Ochs

$39.99
Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography is loaded with stage and candid photos of this peerless rockstar, and removable memorabilia make this the ultimate collection for any fan of The Boss.

Through story, images, and removable memorabilia, Bruce Springsteen: An Illustrated Biography chronicles the life of The Boss - one of America’s favorite rock stars and one of the biggest-selling artists in history. Springsteen's monolithic music career spans a full half-century, from 1968 to present, and has included dozens of tours, awards, and 20 Grammys. Incredibly, Springsteen's stage presence, star power, and musicianship is as strong as ever - he continues to consistently sell out live musical performances. This book showcases Springsteen's life, both on and off the stage.

Readers will find removable memorabilia (such as Springsteen's draft card that saved him from being shipped off to Vietnam, a concert poster for Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, a photograph of Bruce and Clarence on stage at the Palace Theater, a concert poster for the E Street Band at the Paramount Theater, a Rolling Stone magazine cover, a promotional sticker, and more).
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Ricochet: David Bowie 1983: An Intimate Portrait

Ricochet: David Bowie 1983: An Intimate Portrait

Denis O'Regan

$69.99
In 1990, on their third world tour together, photographer Denis O'Regan told David Bowie what inspired him to take up rock photography. 'It's because of you,' said Denis. He was inspired by Bowie's 1973 Ziggy Stardust concert at the Hammersmith Odeon. Bowie's response - 'Nah, you'll probably tell Bono the same thing tomorrow night.'

In Ricochet: Bowie 1983, the official photographer of one of the most celebrated musicians of all time reveals intimate stories and pictures that offer an exclusive insight into David Bowie the man and musician. Taken on the 'Serious Moonlight Tour' - Bowie's largest ever tour that took in 99 concerts in over 60 cities - Denis's photos provide a thrilling, intimate view of life on the road with a unique pop icon. From capturing the theatre and mime of Bowie on stage to unguarded snapshots of the artist at his most human, every single image in Ricochet was personally approved by Bowie himself, and the result is a music photography book like no other.

Witty, poignant, and beautifully produced, Ricochet is a rare and spirited look into the life of an inimitable artist, whose music and performances have inspired - and continue to inspire - generations of listeners around the world.
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Led Zeppelin Live: 1975-1977

Led Zeppelin Live: 1975-1977

Dave Lewis ,  Terry O'Neill ,  Michael Brennan ,  Baron Wolman

$59.99
"They were pure rock - and I never saw a band perform quite like they did. They owned the stage and each member had their own special and specific contribution. And to see them live - to capture those moments onstage - well, it was like watching kings surveying their kingdom. Their kingdom was the stage."  - Terry O'Neill

Four men took the stage for the very first time. Their first gig was in a basement below a record shop, but at the peak of their success, they played to over 50,000. An early manager commented that the band would go down like 'a lead balloon'. The 'a' was dropped and 'zeppelin' substituted, and out of an insult, Led Zeppelin was born.

Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, John Bonham and Robert Plant were all experienced and respected musicians in their own right. When they formed a band, they transformed the way we listen to rock. But it wasn't just their music that would shake the world. Their performances left millions with the memories of a lifetime.

In partnership with ACC Editions, Iconic Images has created a book that celebrates the live performances that defined a generation. Photographers, including world-famous Terry O'Neill, Michael Brennan and Baron Wolman, have opened up their archives to present Led Zeppelin: Live.

With more than 200 million records sold worldwide, including eight consecutive number one albums in the UK alone, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 2005. Rolling Stone magazine named Led Zeppelin one of the greatest acts of all time. The three surviving members are recipients of Kennedy Center Honors and are some of the most well-known faces in the history of modern music.
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The Cure: A Perfect Dream

The Cure: A Perfect Dream

Ian Gittins

$49.99
The Cure's story is a fantastical pop fable, but their trajectory has not been one of unbroken success. Along the way, their uneven, uneasy pop odyssey has taken in fierce intra-band tensions and fall-outs, numerous line-up changes and even a bitter court case that saw original group members feuding over payments and ownership of the band's name.

There has been alcoholism, substance abuse and countless long, dark nights of the soul, many of which have been translated into luscious dark-rock symphonies. From gawky teenage art-punks in Crawley to gnomic, venerable rock royalty with 30 million record sales to their name, their journey has been a scarcely believable, vivid pop hallucination.

A Perfect Dream is the tall tale of a truly unique British band. It's the story of The Cure.
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Listen to This

Listen to This

Alex Ross

$24.99
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.
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Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon

Marilyn Monroe: The Private Life of a Public Icon

Charles Casillo

$39.99
Marilyn Monroe. Her beauty still captivates. Her love life still fascinates. Her story still dominates popular culture. Now, drawing on years of research and dozens of new interviews this biography cuts through decades of lies and secrets and introduces you to the Marilyn Monroe you always wanted to know: a living, breathing, complex woman, bewitching and maddening, brilliant yet flawed.

Casillo studies Monroe's life through the context of her times-in the days before feminism. Before there was adequate treatment for bipolar disorder. Starting with her abusive childhood, this biography exposes how - in spite of her fractured psyche - Marilyn managed to transform each celebrated love affair and each tragedy into another step in her journey towards immortality. Casillo fully explores the last two years of her life, including her involvement with both John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert, and the mystery of her last day.

Just a few of Casillo's revelations:

*Despite reports of their bitter rivalry, Elizabeth Taylor secretly called Marilyn when she was fired from her last film to offer moral and financial support.

*Film of a rumored nude love scene with Clark Gable was said to have been destroyed - but an exclusive interview reveals that it still exists.

*A meticulously detailed account of the events of her last day, revealing how a series of miscommunications and misjudgments contributed to her death.
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The Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism

The Sky is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism

Peter Biskind

$39.99
Are Batman and 24's Jack Bauer heroic loners defending our way of life - or right-wing vigilantes attacking it? Is Avatar just a National Geographic version of Star Wars or a passionate assault on capitalism? And what about Game of Thrones - sword and sorcery fantasy, or lesson in mainstream politics?

In The Sky is Falling! bestselling cultural critic Peter Biskind takes us on a dizzying ride across two decades of pop culture to show how the TV and movies we love have taught us to love political extremism. Welcome to a darkly pessimistic, apocalyptic world where winter has come, the dead are walking, and ultra violence, revenge and torture are all in a day's work. Welcome to the new normal.
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Live Cinema and Its Techniques

Live Cinema and Its Techniques

Francis Ford Coppola

$23.95
So convinced is Francis Ford Coppola that live cinema will become a powerful medium within the larger film industry that he has crafted this instructional book, filled with lively anecdotes and invaluable lessons - a boon for cinema addicts, film students and teachers alike. As digital film-making can now be performed by one director or by a collaborative team working across the Internet, it is a matter of time before cinema auteurs will create live films of the highest creative quality that will be sent instantly to be viewed in faraway theatres. Whether recounting his boyhood obsession with film, tracing the origins of live cinema through a history of early film and 1950s television or presenting state-of-the-art techniques on everything from rehearsals to equipment, Coppola demonstrates that the spontaneity of live cinema will transport film-making into a new era of creativity previously unimaginable.
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Acting & Auditioning for the 21st Century: Tips, Trends, and Techniques for Digital and New Media

Acting & Auditioning for the 21st Century: Tips, Trends, and Techniques for Digital and New Media

Stephanie Barton Farcas

$62.99
Acting & Auditioning for the 21st Century covers acting and auditioning in relation to new media, blue and green screen technology, motion capture, web series, audiobook work, evolving livestreamed web series, and international acting and audio work. Readers are given a methodology for changing artistic technology and the global acting market, with chapters covering auditions of all kinds, contracts, the impact of new technology and issues relating to disabled actors, actors of colour and actors that are part of the LGBTQIA community.
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