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The Ukulele Handbook (Paperback)
The ukulele has been enjoying a renaissance period in recent years: taking pride of place in trendy indie rock, top-ten pop songs, unforgettable (not through lack of trying) television ads and YouTube mega hits. And with the help of The Ukulele Handbook, readers can learn everything they need to master this eccentric, inexpensive hobby instrument.
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Starting with the history of the ukulele, the book provides a timeline - from its conception in 1879 to today - along with a ukulele hall of fame on ukulele legends. Then the book moves on to the practicalities: the anatomy of the ukulele; which ukulele to buy; how to play the ukulele; how to strum, pick and read chords charts; and (importantly!) tune the strings - complete with how-to instructions and illustrations. And once these skills are mastered, readers will be ready to move onto to the included songbook!
Beautifully presented and equally ideal for those who have and have never played an instrument before, The Ukulele Handbook by ukulele superstars Gavin Pretor-Pinney & Tom Hodgkinson is the only ukulele book you'll ever need.
And Now The Shipping Forecast (Hardback)
Spoken every night on Radio 4, 'And now the Shipping Forecast' must surely rank among the most famous words spoken on the radio - and this book from famous presenter Peter Jefferson provides an affectionate memoir of the science and BBC programming behind the forecast.
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With plenty of anecdotes from Peter himself, the book answers the questions many people may have asked as they have listened in - from how the forecast was put together to how the shipping areas were chosen and the historical events that have happened in them, alongside details of the technology used.
A much-loved part of the British cultural landscape for many decades, this book will appeal to those who enjoy listening to the poetic beauty of the Shipping Forecast as they drift off to sleep...
Kate Bush: Under the Ivy (Hardback)
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.
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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.
Amy, My Daughter (Hardback)
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The tragic death of Amy Winehouse in July 2011 shocked her loyal fans. In Amy, My Daughter, her father Mitch Winehouse offers readers full access to the Rehab singer's mischievous early years, her rapid rise to stardom and her losing battle with addiction. Telling her incredible story in full, this book is both powerful and poignant and a fitting tribute to Mitch's much-loved and much-missed daughter. The book brings many layers of the iconic singer's life together - the personal, the private and the public - and contains never-before-seen photographs of Amy, taken from the family album. It describes how, despite a troubled and all-too-short life, Amy has left a musical legacy that will enthrall audiences for many years to come.
All royalties from this book will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Nice to Meet You (Hardback)
An international pop sensation with a big voice and even bigger personality, Jessie J gives fans an insight into her life in her autobiography Nice to Meet You: My Story. In this bold and intimate hardback, The Do It Like A Dude and Price Tag singer offers up exclusive backstage photographs, personal snaps and an up-close insight into her music, style and passion for being true to who you are. Highly personal, Jessie J reveals her own story in her own words, with all the strength, honesty and passion that she is now famed for. She talks openly about her health issues and a heart condition, and how she discovered her own identity while breaking into the mainstream. This is a real-life read that will both shock and enthrall. (Please note that the book includes some explicit language.)
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A refreshing and frank portrayal of Robbie Williams' life story, written by one of Britain's best celebrity biographers, Robbie is a must-have hardback for his legion of fans. Through superb research and new interviews, author Sean Smith charts Robbie's life from his 'Jack-the-lad' upbringing in Stoke-on-Trent through to his record breaking tours and lifetime achievement award at the age of 36. Including interesting new material for even the most hardened fan of the Take That star, this is sure to make a wonderful gift.
A Point of View (Hardback)
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The Radio 4 series, A Point Of View gives presenters the chance to vent about anything they feel like. Having aired his opinions 60 times, Clive James is clearly one of the most popular guests and always has something to say. This book brings together all his ramblings, as the media critic reflects on everything from the Olympics and 24 to giving up smoking and Harry Potter. An entertaining and informative read that is ideal for fans of Clive and the radio show.
100 Years of British Music (Hardback)
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.
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Stevie Nicks (Hardback)
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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British Pop Invasion (Hardback)
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.
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Pink Floyd (Hardback)
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.
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Joni Mitchell (Hardback)
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.
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Rock Guitar Heroes (Hardback)
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.
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Rolling Stones (Hardback)
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.
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Queen are one of the world's most successful rock bands of all time, with a total of 18 number one albums and 18 number one singles. After early experimentation with prog, hard rock and heavy metal, the band developed their more radio-friendly style that has made them loved the world over. The release of A Night at the Opera in 1975 gained the band international success, featuring 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which was to stay at number one in the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. With anthems such as 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are the Champions', they became one of the biggest stadium rock bands in the world. Queen is an unofficial, intriguing review of their path to mega success. Covering all the major events in their long career, the book is accompanied by revealing and evocative images.
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The Big Book of Classic FM (Hardback)
The Classical Music Year is a fully illustrated book detailing each day of the year in classical music - the perfect coffee table companion for any classical music lover. Entries contain original illustrations, landmark events taking place on that day, profiles of the great composers, recommended listening, and much more. From the birth of Chopin on 22nd February, to the premiere of the Eroica Symphony on April 7th and the death of Mozart on December 5th, every day reveals a fascinating new musical milestone - the perfect excuse to sit back, relax, and listen to your favourite classical music. Each beautifully-illustrated entry pulls together facts, figures and noteworthy events - including biographies of the essential composers, suggesting listening for each day of the year, musical quotations and a host of other material. The perfect Christmas gift for classical music aficionados and a highly accessible introduction for anyone new to the genre, this beautiful book is an indispensible guide to take you through a year in classical music.
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The first in-depth biography of one of music's most fascinating, colourful and innovative characters. This book is the most comprehensive history yet of the life, music and cultural significance of the last of the great black music pioneers and the era which spawned him. Clinton stands alongside James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone as one of the most influential black artists of all time who, along with his vast P-Funk army took black funk into the US charts and sold out stadiums by the mid 1970s with his mind-blowing shows and legendary Mothership extravaganzas. The book contains first hand interview material with Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Jerome "Bigfoot" Brailey, Junie Morrison, Bobby Gillespie, Afrika Bambaataa, Jalal Nuriddin (Last Poets), Juan Atkins, John Sinclair, Rob Tyner (MC5), Ed Sanders (The Fugs), Chip Monck ("The Voice of Woodstock") plus other P-Funk associates and friends. The book presents an insiders' view of the rise of Parliament and Funkadelic from the doowop era and LSD-crazed early shows through to P-Funk's huge rise, the era of the Mothership and beyond.
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Waiting for the Man (Hardback)
In Waiting For The Man, Jeremy Reed focuses on Lou Reed as rock's principal literary avatar, paying special attention to his controversial lyrics and prototypical garage sound. Lou Reed influenced generations of copyists that took note of his outlaw status, ambiguous sexual orientation characterised by his seventies relationship with the transvestite Rachel, his implacable mystique, cool and defiant attitude as the narrator of subcultures. Finally the book examines the transcendent, if reluctant calm, that Reed arrived at in later life. Taking in the sweep of Reed's career from Velvet Underground to the variants of forty years of resistant solo pioneering, Waiting For The Man accesses the man and his music, with the extraordinary perception and attention to detail.
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Christmas Carols (Hardback)
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.
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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.
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (Paperback)
The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics is the only major collection of illustrated Beatles lyrics available. Originally published in 1969, this book has become a symbol of an era, a must-have for Beatles fans and a brilliant tribute to the band that changed a generation.Quotes from John, Paul, George and Ringo provide candid, witty, insightful commentary on the songs and their origins. Clarification of controversial lyrics is offered by the only true authorities, the Beatles themselves. All the famous songs are included - from Can't Buy Me Love and A Hard Day's Night to Rocky Raccoon, Revolver and Yellow Submarine Lavish full colour illustrations by internationally famous artists and specially commissioned photographs reflect the psychedelic world the Beatles lived in and the whole generation and pop culture they influenced.
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Guitar All-in-one For Dummies (Other)
Hal Leonard Corporation
Make your music come alive with this indispensable guitar guide There's no denying that guitar players have cachet. The guitar is an ever-present part of our collective musical heritage, and the sound can be sensual, aggressive, or a million things in between. Whether you're hoping to conquer Free Bird, Bouree, or Bolero Mallorquin, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Even once you can run, you need something to help you clear hurdles along the way. That's where Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, comes in. It's your complete compendium of guitar instruction, written in clear, concise For Dummies style. It covers everything from positioning and basic chords to guitar theory and playing styles, and even includes maintenance advice to keep your instrument sounding great. It's an amazing resource for newbies and veterans alike, and offers you the opportunity to stretch beyond your usual genre. Forge the sound of rock, blues, classical, and more Understand the music theory behind guitar mastery Express yourself through your own compositions Perform practice exercises for muscle memory and dexterity Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, includes access to audio tracks and instructional videos to guide you through the lessons and inspire you to play often, which is the number-one key to success. You get advice and instruction from some of the most respected guitar teachers in the business, plus online resources, for less than the cost of a single lesson. Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the key to bringing your music to life.
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Rock Covers (Hardback)
Rock on. From Elvis to Nirvana: the most important record covers in rock history. Album art is indelibly linked to our collective musical memories; when you think of your favorite albums, you picture the covers. Many photographers, illustrators, and art directors have become celebrities from their album artworks-the best examples of which will go down in history as permanent fixtures in popular culture. Paying tribute to this art form, Rock Covers brings you a compilation that includes 600 remarkable covers, from legendary to rare record releases. Artists as varied as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Cure, Iron Maiden, and Sonic Youth are all gathered together here in celebration of the covers that defined their albums. Each cover is accompanied by a fact sheet listing the art director, photographer or illustrator, year, label, and more. Two hundred seminal records that marked turning points for a band, an artist, or the music genre, are highlighted with short descriptions. Five professionals who made and shaped the history of rock share insider information in featured interviews while 10 leading rock collectors seal the deal with top-10 favorite records.
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Taylor Swift (Hardback)
Updated Taylor Swift, an unofficial biography by Alice Hudson. Country music sensation Taylor Swift is one of the most accomplished singer/ songwriters to recently storm the charts. Talented and gorgeous, Swift is no stranger to winning awards, from Academy of Country Music Awards to Grammys, her enormous popularity amongst the country music scene has allowed her to cross over into popular music with hits such as 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together', 'I Knew You Were Trouble' and her latest album 'Red.' Stunning pictures and inspirational text tell the remarkable story of Taylor Swift.
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Classical Music 1600-2000 (Paperback)
Jon Paxman's ambitious book interprets four centuries of Western classical music by considering its evolution from two different perspectives.Each of the eight chapters covers a 50 year period, tracing stylistic progressions with particular reference to musical genres and geographical locations. A corresponding Chronology explores the lives of individual composers, patrons, publishers, impresarios, conductors and performers, so providing a cultural and social framework that helps put each musical development into a broader historical context. Monumental in scope but lucid in style, this book will prove invaluable to anyone - student or enthusiast - who wants to comprehend the overwhelmingly rich and sometimes complex evolution of Western classical music. With contributions by Terry Barfoot, Katy Hamilton, Thomas Lydon and Robert Rawson.
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