TV, Film & Music


  • The Now That's What I Call Music Book - Hardback - 9781471153341 - Pete Selby
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    Most music lovers have a Now That's What I Call Music album in their collection, be it on vinyl, cassette, CD or MP3 and this book celebrates the success and enduring appeal of this long-running series of compilation albums.

    Charting the history of Now through its iconic front covers and track listings, the book has plenty of music trivia about the songs on the album to entertain any pop picker.

    Full of nostalgia, the book provides a celebration of a music brand that is still going strong after 30 years. Can you remember what your first Now album was?
  • Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story - Hardback - 9780241214565
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    This glamorous hardback celebrates the best-loved musicals from the stage and the silver screen. Spanning almost a century and covering shows from all around the world, Musicals: The Definitive Illustrated Story is a star-studded journey through the history of the modern musical.

    Storylines and are explored song by song, with in-depth analysis of characters and production of the world's top 20 musicals; and stars and creators of some of the most famous musicals of all time are given there moment on centre stage ? from Fred Astaire to Ethel Merman and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

    Presented with astonishingly detailed photographs of the stars, productions, concept art and key innovations of musical theatre, this enormous encyclopedia is pitch perfect.
  • KBUI
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    One of the most talented, influential and highly respected - not to mention enigmatic, elusive and private - pop stars on the planet, Kate Bush is a compelling, brilliant artist.

    After 35 years away from the stage, Kate made her return to the live arena with a run of shows at Hammersmith Apollo in 2014 and this in-depth biography aims to respectfully discover more about the very private woman behind the world-famous songs like Wuthering Heights and seminal albums The Dreaming, Hounds of Love and The Kick Inside.

    Drawing on both a wealth of research and over 70 new interviews with those who have worked with and known Kate throughout her special career, Graeme Thomson's Under the Ivy not only examines her music and its global impact but also Kate's former rejection of live performances, her key relationships and her recent output which has delighted millions of music fans.
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    Carol Vorderman
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    Carol Vorderman can help your child understand music with this step-by-step visual guide...

    Focusing on music theory and fully up to date with the UK National Curriculum, the book helps to demystify the sometimes tricky subject of music and covers everything from semitones and note values to harmony and music appreciation.

    Using clear, accessible pictures and diagrams throughout, the Help Your Kids with Music will help children approach even the most complex musical theory with utmost confidence. There's also a glossary with all those tricky terms and symbols to help with the learning.
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    David Hodge
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    Have you been dreaming of playing guitar to prove yourself worthy of your place in the rock hall of fame? But back in reality, you don't know your chords from a capo... This Idiot's Guide will help you pick up your guitar confidently for the first time.

    Written by master guitar teacher David Hodge, the visual nature of the guide makes it perfect for absolute beginners. With its step-by-step introduction to the guitar, it will help you learn the basics of tuning, rhythm and reading tablature before gently progressing onto chords and practising some fun and simple songs.

    With an online programme also on hand to help you along the way, the stage will be set for you to strum away, rock out and showcase your skills in next to no time.
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    Robert Dimery
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    Fully up to date, 1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die offers a thrilling and extensive list of the greatest albums of all time, from the earliest long players to 60s classics like Pet Sounds and Sgt.

    Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and iconic 70s releases from Marvin Gaye, Don McLean and Roxy Music. There are more recent records from the likes of Elbow, David Bowie and The Strokes featured too, as well as other huge stars like Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith.

    Each record has a description featuring incisive criticism and inside knowledge from one of the world's leading music journalists. A brilliant book, illustrated with more than 900 images of iconic album covers, this is a must-have for anyone who loves music and wants to expand their record collection.
  • Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music - Hardback - 9780752265582 - Tim Lihoreau
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    National treasure and clever clogs Stephen Fry provides a riotous, rambling and rather potted history of classical music in this must-read book.

    Covering 700 years, Stephen throws in references to pretty much anything he wants as he tells how classical music came to soundtrack the nation. Along the way, he'll mention the Mongol invasion of Russia and Genghis Khan, the Black Death and the revolutionary atmosphere of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

    Beethoven, Bach, Debussy, Wagner, Mozart... All the key players are featured in this endlessly entertaining read about classical music and so much more.
  • SGKT
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    Complete with a 64-page book and 48-minute accompanying DVD, the Simply Guitar Book & DVD Set provides expert tuition to guide would-be players through basic guitar-playing techniques, chords, tablature and chord progressions.

    Featuring clear, informative instructions, comprehensive multi-angle guidance from guitar guru Steve McKay and detailed music theory - from scales to building chords and more! - the book is perfect for both novice guitarists and those looking to brush up on their playing and fill gaps in their guitar knowledge.

    The ideal gift for those learning to play the world's most popular instrument, the Simply Guitar Book & DVD Set will take you through everything you need to know to play and master the art of guitar playing.
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    Andrew Gant
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    Everyone loves a good Christmas carol, and Christmas Carols: From Village Green to Church Choir by Andrew Gant is filled with 20 festive favourites alongside little-known histories, great anecdotes and heart-warming stories about each of the best-loved Christmas songs.

    Carols have the power to evoke a special kind of winter ambience - but how do they do it? In the book, Andrew Gant unravels the captivating - and sometimes surprising - tales of great musicians, thinkers, saints, monks and drunks, helping readers to discover the stories of how their favourite Christmas carols came to be.

    Brimming with expert knowledge, charming tales and all of the lyrics and melodic scores you will need to perform the best-loved yuletide classics, Christmas Carols is a fittingly festive and joyous account of the time-honoured tradition of Christmas caroling.
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    John Betjeman
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    With a preface by John Betjeman, one of the most popular Poet Laureates of all time, Classic Hymns & Carols is a wonderful collection of 65 of the nation's most popular hymns.

    Whether you wish to find the right hymn or carol for a wedding, a christening or a funeral, or just want to remind yourself of a childhood favourite, this collection is an invaluable resource for every home, with lyrics for songs and carols written by literary giants including William Blake, Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling.

    Among the hymns and carols included are all-time favourites such as The Holly and the Ivy, Jerusalem, Abide With Me and All Things Bright and Beautiful.
  • For the Love of the Archers - Hardback - 9781849537735 - Beth Miller
    Beth Miller
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    For over 60 years, the events of the Archers have taken over the airwaves of BBC Radio 4 and kept people of all ages happily entertained. This book will tell new and old fans everything they ever wanted to know about life on Ambridge.

    This compendium brings together facts and trivia about characters, controversies and country customs. It asks if there's a cure for farmer's lung, and if there is, would Joe Grundy take it; and remembers key events like who died after falling from the roof of Lower Loxley Hall one winter's evening.

    An unofficial companion packed with fascinating facts about one of the nation's favourite radio dramas.
    Stuart Maconie
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    These are the songs that we have listened to, laughed to, loved to and laboured to, as well as downed tools and danced to. Covering the last seven decades, Stuart Maconie looks at the songs that have sound tracked our changing times, and - just sometimes - changed the way we feel. Beginning with Vera Lynn's 'We'll Meet Again', a song that reassured a nation parted from their loved ones by the turmoil of war, and culminating with the manic energy of 'Bonkers', Dizzee Rascal's anthem for the push and rush of the 21st century inner city, The People's Songs takes a tour of our island's pop music, and asks what it means to us. This is not a rock critique about the 50 greatest tracks ever recorded. Rather, it is a celebration of songs that tell us something about a changing Britain during the dramatic and kaleidoscopic period from the Second World War to the present day. Here are songs about work, war, class, leisure, race, family, drugs, sex, patriotism and more, recorded in times of prosperity or poverty. This is the music that inspired haircuts and dance crazes, but also protest and social change. The companion to Stuart Maconie's landmark Radio 2 series, The People's Songs shows us the power of 'cheap' pop music,- one of Britain's greatest exports. These are the songs we worked to and partied to, and grown up and grown old to - from 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' to 'Rehab', 'She Loves You' to 'Star Man', 'Dedicated Follower of Fashion' to 'Radio Ga Ga'.
    Amanda Petrusich
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    Before MP3s, CDs, and cassette tapes, even before LPs or 45s, the world listened to music on fragile, 10-inch shellac discs that spun at 78 revolutions per minute. While vinyl has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years, rare and noteworthy 78rpm records are exponentially harder to come by. The most sought-after sides now command tens of thousands of dollars, when they're found at all. Do Not Sell at Any Price is the untold story of a fixated coterie of record collectors working to ensure those songs aren't lost forever. Music critic and author Amanda Petrusich considers the particular world of the 78-from its heyday to its near extinction-and examines how a cabal of competitive, quirky individuals have been frantically lining their shelves with some of the rarest records in the world. Besides the mania of collecting, Petrusich also explores the history of the lost backwoods blues artists from the 1920s and 30s whose work has barely survived and introduces the oddball fraternity of men-including Joe Bussard, Chris King, John Tefteller, and others-who are helping to save and digitize the blues, country, jazz, and gospel records that ultimately gave seed to the rock, pop, and hip-hop we hear today. From Thomas Edison to Jack White, Do Not Sell at Any Price is an untold, intriguing story of the evolution of the recording formats that have changed the ways we listen to (and create) music. "Whether you're already a 78 aficionado, a casual record collector, a crate-digger, or just someone...who enjoys listening to music, you're going to love this book" (Slate).
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    From Sir Edward Elgar to Adele, great composers and songwriters have been at the heart of the musical landscape of the last 100 years. This lavish photo book has been specially commissioned by PRS for Music in commemoration of a century of support for music's creators. Showcased here are composers of film music, opera, symphonies and stage shows, as well as the writers behind the greatest hits of rock and pop, in superb new photographs by Lucy Sewill together with rare and unseen pictures from the archives. The result is a unique 'living history' of the PRS and its members that elebrates their vital contribution to British culture.
    Elvis Costello
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    Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink is the long-awaited memoir from Elvis Costello, one of rock and roll's most iconic stars. Born Declan Patrick MacManus, Elvis Costello was raised in London and Liverpool, grandson of a trumpet player on the White Star Line and son of a jazz musician who became a successful radio dance band vocalist. Costello went into the family business and had taken the popular music world by storm before he was twenty-four. Costello continues to add to one of the most intriguing and extensive songbooks of the day. His performances have taken him from a cardboard guitar in his front room to fronting a rock and roll band on your television screen and performing in the world's greatest concert halls in a wild variety of company. Unfaithful Music describes how Costello's career has somehow endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. This memoir, written with the same inimitable touch as his lyrics, and including dozens of images from his personal archive, offers his unique view of his unlikely and sometimes comical rise to international success, with diversions through the previously undocumented emotional foundations of some of his best known songs and the hits of tomorrow. The book contains many stories and observations about his renowned co-writers and co-conspirators, though Costello also pauses along the way for considerations on the less appealing side of infamy. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink is destined to be a classic, idiosyncratic memoir of a singular man.
    Neil Kulkarni
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    Welcome to The Periodic Table of Hip Hop. Instead of hydrogen to helium, here you'll find James Brown to Kanye West - 94 artists that have defined Hip Hop arranged following the logic of The Periodic Table of Elements. MCs, DJs, rappers and producers are the elements here, and this expert guide orders them to reveal their contrasts and connections, along with key movements and moments in the history of this music genre. Includes: James Brown, P-Funk, Kool Herc, Melle Mel, Sugarhill Records, Fab Five Freddy, Whodini, Run DMC, Rick Rubin, LL Cool J, Kanye West and Jay Z and many, many more...Also includes a beautiful Periodic Table of Hip Hop poster.
    Zoe Howe
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    Lyrical visionary, enduring style icon and one indispensable fifth of post-Peter Green megaband Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is one of the most recognisable figures in rock 'n' roll history - very much Fleetwood Mac's 'Queen Bee', as Mick Fleetwood himself describes her. While she once made headlines with her hedonistic lifestyle, part of Nicks' irresistible appeal is her youthful vulnerability and mystical aura, making her an artist with whom fans have an unbreakable emotional connection. Crowned 'The Reigning Queen Of Rock And Roll' by Rolling Stone, and with gold and quadruple platinum solo albums under her beaded belt, Stevie Nicks has enjoyed the ultimate in rock 'n' roll success in her life as a recording artist - but this charmed life has come as a result of hard graft, self-belief and a devotion to creativity above all; hers has been a journey of intense highs and lows. This book, a celebration of the Stevie Nicks phenomenon, takes us on her journey from peripatetic mid-West childhood to her explosion onto the music scene as chiffon-swathed rock goddess, right up to present day. Including exclusive interviews with some of Stevie's associates and collaborators from over the years, author Zoe Howe explores the mystique while retaining the magic of this modern-day musical sorceress and wise woman of rock.
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    'Festivals have always been a big part of both my personal and professional life, and over the years I've experienced so many amazing moments which I'll never forget. From the hidden gems of the overgrown forests of Latitude to the sanguine sights of the Glastonbury Tor as dawn breaks through the clouds, there are so many things to see and do throughout the year at music festivals across the UK. Music, art, performance, and some of the most fantastical sites you will ever witness - the UK festival scene is more than just about the music and it is developing with every passing year. Attending festivals today isn't just about checking out your favourite band or a hot new artist: it's about discovering arts you never knew you were into, genres of music you never knew existed and being part of an experience you will simply never forget.' With detailed guides and histories of the most celebrated musical events in the UK - including Bestival, Green Man, and Latitude - Great British Music Festivals is the must-have book for both the seasoned festival-goer or anyone looking to have their first festival experience.
    Alan Whiticker
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    The British Pop Invasion is a photographic record of that era using hundreds of rare Daily Mirror images, many of them unpublished or locked away for decades, in a hardcover book. At more than 300 pages, this book is a must for baby boomers of the period, music lovers of any age and pop culture historians. Take a step back in time with yor favourite bands and singers that had you rocking and rolling.
    Storm Thorgerson
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    This book features the images from Pink Floyd's album sleeves and promotional material designed for the group. It features almost all Pink Floyd's iconic album covers, posters, singles bags, a selection of band photos, booklet pages and rough artwork that developed into iconic designs. This new edition incorporates an additional 32 pages of material used in re-issues created since 2007. Storm Thorgerson, who died in 2013, was a world-famous designer whose memoirs of his time spent with Pink Floyd are combined with all the artwork he created to represent the band at each stage of their career. Storm revisited the work he created for the albums and offers insights into the work that went into the creation of this legendary album art. Designers who worked with Storm have all contributed to this new edition of Mind Over Matter. Amongst the new material is artwork from the Oh By The Way box set, the Atom Heart Mother 40th Anniversary 'Wire Cow' sculpture, the Why Pink Floyd? Campaign and the Dark Side Of The Moon 40th Anniversary images and stickers.
  • Auld Lang Syne - Hardback - 9781782434269 - Karen Dolby
    Karen Dolby
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    Our memories are bursting with half-remembered songs. They stick with us in a way that no other words do. Just the first few notes of a tune can bring a sports stadium full of people to their feet or kindle memories of starlit nights around a campfire, or a bedtime lullaby soothing us to sleep. But so often after those first few lines we're left humming until the chorus comes back in. With this book you need never miss a line again. Inside you'll find: * Beloved songs from across the English-speaking world, including tunes from Australia, America, Canada, Ireland as well as the UK * Lesser-known gems among the firm favourites * Short accompanying text explaining the origins and stories behind the lyrics Celebrating the wonderful variety of songs, shanties, ballads, ditties and anthems that wind through our lives and bring us together, Auld Lang Syne is a timeless collection for all to cherish.
    Malka Marom
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    An intimate exploration of Joni Mitchell's life and art. When singer, musician, and broadcast journalist Malka Marom was asked to interview Joni Mitchell in 1973, she eagerly accepted the opportunity to converse with the performer she'd first met late one night in 1966 at an open mic in Yorkville. More conversations followed over the next four decades of friendship, and it was only after Joni and Malka completed their last recorded interview, in 2012, that Malka discovered the heart of their discussions: the creative process. In Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words, Joni and Malka follow this thread through seven decades of life and art, discussing the influence of Joni's childhood, love and loss, playing dives and huge festivals, acclaim and criticism, poverty and affluence, glamorous triumphs and tragic mistakes ...This riveting narrative, told in interviews, lyrics, paintings, and photographs, is shared in the hope of inspiring others.
    Rusty Cutchin
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    Featuring over 180 of the world's greatest guitar superstars, Rock Guitar Heroes is a definitive guide to those guitarists whose talents helped change the face of music forever and touched the lives of millions. From the heroes of classic blues rock with the likes of Hendrix, Clapton, Page and Beck to modern artists such as Jack White and Matt Bellamy, this comprehensive catalogue of guitarists covers a wide range of musical styles. Learn what inspired them to create the music that led to their legendary status, how they achieved such greatness and the tools they used to get to the top. Supported by over 200 superb images that bring each page to life and capture the power and emotion behind the music, this is the ideal book for any aspiring guitar hero, and will satisfy even the most die-hard of music fans.
    David Dalton
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    Ladies and gentlemen...the Rolling Stones! This is the definitive, authorized illustrated history of the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band. The kind of fame and success the Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-year career is completely without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock 'n' roll and mesmerizing stage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. Produced in collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones' remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in around 600 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones' own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to the Stones' story. For Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie this is their official photographic record. Features: Over 500 pages of incredible images from some of the world's greatest photographers, including David Bailey, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Helmut Newton, Bent Rej, and Norman Parkinson. A foreword written by President Bill Clinton. Three new essays from award-winning writers David Dalton, Waldemar Januszczak, and Luc Sante. Appendix including Stones in the media, a Stones timeline, a discography, and photographers' biographies. This is a standard TASCHEN edition.