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History & Criticism

  • Punk Is Deadby Richard Cabut; Andrew Gallix

    John Hunt Publishing 2017; US$ 21.99

    An anthology featuring the most astute commentators and participants of the underground rise of punk, in this nuanced portrait of the era. more...

  • The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diariesby the Sex Pistols

    Octopus 2017; US$ 31.99

    ' ...short, sharp, to the point, minimal. 'Never Mind the Bollocks' is a blackmail note - and we got you all to pay up!' - JOHN LYDON 'When we first went in Wessex [recording studios] we went in through this side door. Freddie Mercury was there doing a vocal take and we walked right through with our guitars. He threw a wobbler.' - STEVE... more...

  • Pink Floyd All the Songsby Jean-Michel Guesdon; Philippe Margotin

    Hachette Books 2017; US$ 40.00

    The newest addition to the best-selling All the Songs series details the unique recording history of Pink Floyd, one of the world's most commercially successful and influential rock bands. Since 1965, Pink Floyd been recording sonically experimental and philosophical music, selling more than 250 million records worldwide, including two of... more...

  • Good-bye Maorilandby Chris Bourke

    Auckland University Press 2017; US$ 43.99

    They left their Southern Lands, They sailed across the sea; They fought the Hun, they fought the Turk For truth and liberty. Now Anzac Day has come to stay, And bring us sacred joy; Though wooden crosses be swept away – We'll never forget our boys. – Jane Morison, 'We'll never forget our boys', 1917 Be it 'Tipperary' or 'Pokarekare', the morning... more...

  • Opera for the Peopleby Katherine K. Preston

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 54.99

    Opera for the People is an in-depth examination of a forgotten chapter in American social and cultural history: the love affair that middle-class Americans had with continental opera (translated into English) in the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s and the women who managed, sang in, and bankrolled these companies. more...

  • Got to Be Something Hereby Andrea Swensson

    University of Minnesota Press 2017; Not Available

    Beginning in the year of Prince’s birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesota’s first R&B record by a North Minneapolis band called the Big Ms, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations of political upheaval, rebellion, and artistic passion. Funk and soul become a lens for exploring three decades... more...

  • Chuck D Presents This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop Historyby Chuck D; Shepard Fairey

    Hachette Books 2017; US$ 32.00

    A comprehensive, chronological survey of rap and hip hop from 1973 to the present by Chuck D, arguably the most influential rapper in the world. In the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip hop and rap have become a billion-dollar worldwide phenomenon. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre-until... more...

  • The Ballad of John Latoucheby Howard Pollack

    Oxford University Press 2017; US$ 26.99

    In his short life, the Virginia-born John Treville Latouche (1914-56) made a profound mark on America's musical theater as a lyricist, book writer, and librettist. His signature achievements include theatrical works with composers Earl Robinson, Vernon Duke, Duke Ellington, Jerome Moross, and Leonard Bernstein. more...

  • Edexcel AS and A Level Music Study Guideby Alistair Whightman; Hugh Benham

    Music Sales 2017; US$ 21.75

    Edexcel AS and A Level Music Study Guide is a definitive study guide for the AS and A Level syllabuses, written for exams 2017/2018 onwards . - supports all components of the AS and A Level courses: Performing, Composing and Appraising - covers every set work in detail - provides guidance on the full list of composition briefs - includes tests... more...

  • Experiencing Bessie Smithby John Clark

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 38.00

    An icon of musical talent and independence, Bessie Smith’s contributions to the blues and the music industry earned her the title of “Empress of the Blues.” Learning how to listen to Smith's work in turn develops a greater understanding of how her successors extended and reinterpreted her music to honor her enduring legacy. more...