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  • Bands, Booze And Broadsby Sheila Tracy

    Mainstream Publishing 2011; US$ 18.26

    In this captivating study of one of our most popular music genres, Sheila Tracy goes behind the scenes and talks to over 60 Americans who played with the most famous big bands - and who lived to tell the tale. This was no mean feat: swing music''s huge popularity brought the performers wild adulation and, for many, resorting to drugs and alcohol was... more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion 2010; US$ 20.26

    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION has the best of Wall's Kerrang! features, each bolstered by new, insightful post-scripts. You won't read a funnier rock book in 2010.****' MOJO more...

  • A Provincial Organ Builder in Victorian Englandby Gordon D.W. Curtis

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2011; US$ 134.95

    William Sweetland was a Bath organ builder who flourished from c.1847 to 1902 during which time he built about 300 organs. Gordon Curtis places this work of a provincial organ builder in the wider context of English musical life in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He relates the biographical details of Sweetland's family, surveys Sweetland's... more...

  • The Ninthby Harvey Sachs

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 13.11

    An absorbing look at Beethoven's towering Ninth Symphony, and its vibrant historical context. more...

  • Electric Edenby Rob Young

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 25.99

    A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title In the late 1960s, with popular culture hurtling forward on the sounds of rock music, some brave musicians looked back instead, trying to recover the lost treasures of English roots music and update them for the new age. The records of Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Steeleye Span, and Nick Drake... more...

  • On Playing the Fluteby Johann Joachim Quantz

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 21.86

    Johann Joachim Quantz's On Playing the Flute has long been recognized as one of the primary sources of information about eighteenth-century performance practice. In spite of its title, it is not simply a tutor for the flute, but a fully-fledged programme for training musicians of all types, with detailed information on intonation, ornamentation, dynamics,... more...

  • 33 Revolutions Per Minuteby Dorian Lynskey

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 14.57

    An astounding history of protest music, told through 33 momentous songs. more...

  • Appetite for Destructionby Mick Wall

    Orion 2010; Not Available

    APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION has the best of Wall's Kerrang! features, each bolstered by new, insightful post-scripts. You won't read a funnier rock book in 2010.****' MOJO more...

  • Everybody Loves Our Townby Mark Yarm

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 18.94

    Publishing exactly twenty years after the release of Nirvana's landmark Nevermind album, this will be the definitive word on grunge. more...

  • The Wrecking Crewby Kent Hartman

    St. Martin's Press 2012; US$ 16.99

    Winner of the Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction and Los Angeles Times bestseller "It makes good music sound better."?Janet Maslin in The New York Times ?A fascinating look into the West Coast recording studio scene of the ?60s and the inside story of the music you heard on the radio. If you always assumed the musicians you listened... more...