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  • 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...

  • Children's Book of Musicby Dorling Kindersley Ltd

    Dorling Kindersley Ltd 2010; Not Available

    Go on a musical journey around the world Help your child discover the power of music and be inspired by cultures all over the world with the Children's Book of Music- now available in ebook format . Discover how instruments are played and get the low-down on the fascinating lives and achievements of great composers, from Mozart to Debussy.... more...

  • On a Cold Roadby Dave Bidini

    McClelland & Stewart 2011; US$ 17.95

    David Bidini, rhythm guitarist with the Rheostatics, knows all too well what the life of a rock band in Canada involves: storied arenas one tour and bars wallpapered with photos of forgotten bands the next. Zit-speckled fans begging for a guitar pick and angry drunks chucking twenty-sixers and pint glasses. Opulent tour buses riding through apocalyptic... more...

  • Written By Mrs Bachby Martin Jarvis

    HarperCollins Publishers 2011; US$ 20.49

    It's not often that one of the world's greatest composers is accused of plagiarising his wife's work, but an Australian musical expert has cast doubt on whether Johann Sebastian Bach wrote all his own material. Conductor Martin Jarvis believes Bach's cello suites were composed by the German musician's second wife, Anna Magdalena Bach (1701-60). He... more...

  • Metaphors of Depth in German Musical Thoughtby Holly Watkins

    Cambridge University Press 2011; US$ 86.00

    Watkins presents a cultural history of metaphors of musical depth in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century German criticism and analysis. more...

  • Me, the Mob, and the Musicby Tommy James; Martin Fitzpatrick

    Scribner 2010; Not Available

    Everyone knows the hits: ?Hanky Panky,? ?Mony Mony,? ?I Think We?re Alone Now,? ?Crimson and Clover,? ?Crystal Blue Persuasion.? All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling... more...

  • 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Dieby Tom Moon

    Workman Publishing Company 2008; US$ 19.95

    The musical adventure of a lifetime. The most exciting book on music in years. A book of treasure, a book of discovery, a book to open your ears to new worlds of pleasure. Doing for music what Patricia Schultz?author of the phenomenal 1,000 Places to See Before You Die?does for travel, Tom Moon recommends 1,000 recordings guaranteed to give listeners... more...

  • The Essential Canon of Classical Musicby David Dubal

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2003; US$ 27.99

    The ultimate guide to classical composers and their music-for both the novice and the experienced listener Music, according to Aaron Copland, can thrive only if there are "gifted listeners." But today's listeners must choose between classical and rock, opera and rap, and the choices can seem overwhelming at times. In The Essential Canon of Classical... more...