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  • Who Wrote The Book Of Love?by Richard Crouse

    Doubleday Canada 2012; US$ 14.95

    ¸  The words to Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" were initially so risqué they had to be completely rewritten - in the hallway of the studio, as time was running out - before the song could be recorded. (He wrote the original version while working as a dishwasher in a bus station in Georgia.) ¸  Paul Simon's 1972 hit "Mother and Child Reunion" takes... more...

  • Sex Pistols and Punkby Jon Savage

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Sex Pistols and Punk recounts the turbulent months at the beginning of the British punk revolution in 1976. Starting as four disparate teenagers thrown together by Svengali Malcom McLaren to sell trousers, the Sex Pistols quickly became both prism and mirror for a disaffected youth eager to smash the old guard and make the world in their own, Warholian... more...

  • The New Music Journalismby Nick Kent

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    The New Music Journalism is legendary music journalist Nick Kent's memoir of 1973 and 1974, two years that saw him go from aspiring, suburban scribe to celebrity journalist and companion to the likes of Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. From hanging out with Lester Bangs in the States to dating Chrissie Hynde, Kent recalls an astonishing cast... more...

  • Fairport Convention and Electric Folkby Rob Young

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Fairport Convention and Electric Folk tells of the blossoming of British folk music in the late sixties, as rediscovered pastoral sensibilities aligned themselves with electric instrumentation. The album that spearheaded this gentle revival was Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief - a bewitching mix of time-honoured standards and band originals,... more...

  • UK Post-Punkby Simon Reynolds

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    UK Post-Punk is a selection of five essays that represents Simon Reynolds's astute and thought-provoking commentary on the musical fallout of the punk explosion. Diversity is the watchword, with groups as stylistically varied as PiL, Joy Division and the Specials tackling the new musical terrain that had opened up. Often highly political - both overtly... more...

  • Roxy Music and Art-Rock Glamourby Michael Bracewell

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Roxy Music and Art-Rock Glamour is a detailed exploration of the origins of the glam scene in the early seventies. Fronted by the deeply charismatic Bryan Ferry - equal parts fifties crooner and stylish spaceman - and with the visionary Brian Eno on keyboards, Roxy Music melded high-art intentions with commercial savvy to redefine what we understand... more...

  • Syd Barrett and British Psychedeliaby Rob Chapman

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 2.91

    Syd Barrett and British Psychedelia is an intimate snapshot of the years 1966-7, when the underground's house band, Pink Floyd, were cast blinking into the light of mainstream success. Nurtured in the progressive Cambridge scene and the bohemian hangouts of the Notting Hill Free School and UFO club, Pink Floyd pioneered a distinctly British mix of... more...

  • Harmony in Haydn and Mozartby David Damschroder

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 37.00 US$ 30.34

    Innovative analytical techniques provide a penetrating view of how Haydn and Mozart employ harmony in their compositions. more...

  • Political Beethovenby Nicholas Mathew

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 24.00 US$ 19.68

    Political Beethoven explores Beethoven's music as an active participant in political life from the Napoleonic Wars to the present day. more...

  • The Accessibility of Musicby Jochen Eisentraut

    Cambridge University Press 2012; US$ 80.00 US$ 65.60

    Jochen Eisentraut's book provides a range of perspectives on why, and how, we engage with music. more...