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  • Listening to Van Morrisonby Greil Marcus

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 11.66

    'Van Morrison,' says Greil Marcus, 'remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of modern popular music.' When Astral Weeks was released in 1968, it was largely ignored. When it was re-released as a live album in 2009 it reached the top of the Billboard charts, a first for any Van Morrison recording. The wild swings in the... more...

  • Frankby James Kaplan

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 15.99

    Frank Sinatra was the best-known entertainer of his century - infinitely charismatic, more legendary and notorious than any other public personality of his era. But no matter what you think, you don't know him. In this critically acclaimed biography, James Kaplan reveals how Sinatra made listening to pop music a more personal experience than it had... more...

  • Woath It? Coase Ah Am, Petby Cheryl Kerl

    Hodder & Stoughton 2010; US$ 15.99

    'Hei, Mam Ah'm ganna be a stor' said a young Cheryl Tweety to hor Mam one day, following a bonny baby competition in hor native Newcastle. An tell yerz this leik, she wuzzen wrong! Noo aall grern up as Cheryl Kerl, shiz the peepils' princess an shiz everywhor yerz look pet. On TV, radieau, magazines an billboadz; just aboot the biggest star in the... more...

  • Hail! Hail! Rock'n'rollby John Harris

    Little, Brown Book Group 2010; US$ 12.99

    Want to learn how to play guitar in two pages? Ever wondered what goes into Marilyn Manson's backstage rider? Or who wrote the worst rhyming couplet in the history of rock? John Harris's Hail! Hail! Rock'n'Roll is the ultimate guide to what Spinal Tap called 'the majesty of rock, the mystery of roll'. Gloriously irreverent, it is also satisfyingly... more...

  • Mother, Brother, Loverby Jarvis Cocker

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 11.66

    Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of the last three decades. Here, for the first time, is a selection of sixty-six lyrics, presented with commentary and an introduction by the man himself. In this volume, readers (and Pulp fans) will find such classic Jarvis lyrics as 'Common People',... more...

  • Every Chart Topper Tells a Storyby Sharon Davis

    Mainstream Publishing 2012; US$ 18.32

    The glorious sixties were a decade for the young and rebellious, of cultural freedom and of sexual liberation. The British music scene had never been so adventurous, taking even the American charts by storm. Every Chart-Topper Tells a Story: The Sixties takes a look at the number-one hit singles of the decade in Britain from artists such as The... more...

  • Apathy for the Devilby Nick Kent

    Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 11.66

    Pitched somewhere between Almost Famous and Withnail & I , Apathy for the Devil is a unique document of this most fascinating and troubling of decades - a story of inspiration, success and serious burn out. As a 20-something college dropout Nick Kent's first five interviews as a young writer were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, The Grateful... more...

  • Will Oldham on Bonnie 'Prince' Billyby Alan Licht; Will Oldham

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 18.95

    W - Sweeney called me and said that Johnny Cash just recorded ' I See A Darkness .' We had a Bowery Ballroom show a week or two later, and he invited Rick Rubin to come to the show; he came to the show . . . and asked if I wanted to play piano on the song. A - Which you agreed to do despite not knowing how to play piano. W - Yes . . .... more...

  • Trampled Under Footby Barney Hoskyns

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57

    A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labour of love based on hours of first-hand and original interviews. What emerges is a compelling portrait of the four musicians themselves, as well as a fresh insight into the close-knit entourage that protected them, from Peter... more...

  • Bono: A Biographyby David Kootnikoff

    ABC-CLIO 2012; US$ 41.00

    Bono: A Biography takes a broad look at the pop star's life from his birth until the present day while also examining in depth the major events throughout his life. It covers Bono's accomplishments as part of U2 and also provides great detail about this complex celebrity figure's achievements outside of his involvement with his band?for example,... more...