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For the Love of Radio 4 (Hardback)
From Farming Today to the Shipping Forecast, Radio 4 has provided the soundtrack to the lives of millions upon millions of listeners and Caroline Hodgson's fascinating new book For the Love of Radio 4 celebrates all that's best about the nation's favourite spoken-word station.
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Taking readers on on a fascinating journey through its history, its key personalities and programmes and countless memorable moments from the station's archives, the book offers readers a detailed insight into the show, hosts and many famous guests - and features a foreword from Gardeners' Question Time host Pippa Greenwood.
The perfect gift for any fan of Radio 4, Caroline Hodgson's For the Love of Radio 4 is impossible to put down.
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 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.
I Never Knew That About England's Country Churches, written by the bestselling author and trivia expert Christopher Winn, will surprise and delight you as you read all about the hidden stories, forgotten pasts and buried secrets that belong to these famous places of worship.
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Did you know that St. Mary's Church Deerhurst in Gloucestershire is the only church in England to have a brass with a pet named on it? Or that All Saints Tudeley in Kent is the only church in the world to have its windows designed and painted by Chagall? You'll be fascinated to hear that the Minster Church of St. Mary at Stow in Lincolnshire has the tallest Saxon arches in Britain too...
The hundreds of facts included here are just jaw-dropping and the illustrations help highlight some of the most momentous historical changes to happen in country churches throughout England.
Aled Jones' Favourite Christmas Carols (Hardback)
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The perfect gift for Christmas, this book includes all your favourite carols brought vividly to life with the ever-popular Aled Jones's personal reminiscences of singing them and thoughts on why each is so special. Accompanied by the history of the words and music, and for nine of the carols the sheet music for piano. It includes: Away in a Manger, Come All Ye Faithful, In the Bleak Midwinter, Angel Gabriel, O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels, Silent Night, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Little Drummer Boy, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Ding Dong Merrily, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Once In Royal David's City, The First Noel, While Shepherds Watched, Coventry Carol, Calypso Carol, Still, Still, Still, Do You Hear What I Hear?, Good King Wenceslas, Mary's Boy Child, Holy Night, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, The Little Road To Bethlehem, Mary Had a Baby and Little Donkey.
The Archers: the Ambridge Chronicles (Hardback)
Entertaining us across the airwaves for over 60 years, The Archers has become a national institution. The Archers: the Ambridge Chronicles: Moments That Made the Nation's Favourite Radio Drama, written by Joanna Toye and Karen Farrington, takes a look back at some of the most memorable stories from the Radio 4 soap opera. Covering the defining marriages, births, loves, losses, triumphs and disasters that have taken place in Ambridge, this is a must-have for fans of the long-running show. Featuring famous characters like Nigel Pargetter, Brian Aldridge and Dan, Phil and Jill Archer, this book is a tribute to them that will be returned to again and again by the show's loyal fans.
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The Classic FM Hall of Fame (Hardback)
What are the greatest pieces of classical music ever composed? Every music lover has a favourite, whether it is one that stirs you to joy or tears, that makes itself heard with marching refrains or delicately rises with soft flutes. Classical music reaches our ears in many forms, from the hauntingly memorable strains of the requiems by Faure or Mozart to the scores of Hollywood masterpieces such as James Horner's 'Titanic' and John Williams' 'Star Wars'. Based on fifteen years of selections by the listeners of Classic FM, The Classic FM Hall of Fame presents the stories behind the 300 most loved pieces of classical music. Tim Lihoreau, Darren Henley and Sam Jackson guide us through the world of classical music and the enduring compositions that occupy it.
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Classic Hymns & Carols (Hardback)
With a preface by John Betjeman, one of the most popular Poet Laureates of all time, Classic Hymns & Carols is a wonderful collection of 70 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.
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Desert Island Discs (Hardback)
Written by Mitchell Symons to celebrate 70 years of the hit BBC Radio 4 programme, Desert Island Discs: Flotsam & Jetsam is the ultimate trivia book for fans of the show as it features a whole range of fascinating facts and figures from its extensive archives. Spanning the early years with Roy Plomley through to the present day, the hardback takes the reader through seven decades of wonderful entertainment that includes information on who chose what, and why. From Beethoven and The Beatles to chessboards and chocolate, this is the perfect companion guide to a national treasure.
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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.
Classical Composers (Paperback)
This title covers the lives and works of the great musical creators of the Medieval, Baroque and Classical eras, with 200 illustrations. This is a guide to over 30 of the most famous composers from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical eras, including Palestrina, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. It includes biographies for each composer, with historical information about the musical eras, events and artistic movements of the time, and how the composers influenced or changed the development of their art form. Chronologically arranged, the expert text features at-a-glance fact boxes summarizing the composers' key works. This book provides an illustrated guide to the most influential composers from the beginnings of composition in the 12th century to the golden age of Western music in the mid-19th century. The entries for each composer are accompanied by full-colour photographs and fine art, showing their portraits, the places where they lived and worked, and scenes from their ballets or operas. The expert text explains how each composer fitted into society, other events and artistic movements that were occurring at the same time, and how their work was regarded by other composers and the public. Throughout the book there are at-a-glance guides to each composer's nationality, place of birth, principal works and musical style.
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This book poses the questions What is music?A" and What is a musical instrument?A" Each of the principal ancient civilizations is investigated, with information about key developments and traditions. The text focuses on methods of music-making, explaining how the string and bow create sound, the tonal quality of single and double reeds, the impact of the development of valves, the variety of drum skins, and the types of keyboard mechanisms. The book also covers the most famous musicians, the role of the composer and the conductor, and the best-known orchestras and concert halls around the world. It not only charts the history of the orchestra but also looks at the history of all the major musical movements and forms, including folk music, brass and military bands, country music, jazz, big bands and popular music.
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Death of a Polaroid: A Manics Family Album (Hardback)
This is the first of two titles by the Manic Street Preachers' bassist and lyricist, Nicky Wire. For more than twenty years and from Blackwood, Wales to Tokyo, Japan, Nicky Wire has kept a personal visual history of the band in their various stages from "Generation Terrorists" through "Holy Bible" and right up to last year's remarkable album, "Postcards from a Young Man". Edited down from over 1,000 of Wire's personal polaroid's and with accompanying text by the man himself, "Death of The Polaroid" promises to be a rich, visual biography of one of the most loved and iconoclastic British bands of the past two decades.
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You are Not Alone (Hardback)
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Illuminating like never before the life of a private man who was thrust into the public eye, You Are Not Alone is Jermaine Jackson's raw and emotional account of his brother Michael's tragically short life. A no-holds-barred examination of Michael Jackson's incredible, incident-packed personal life and career, this honest and intimate hardback is a celebration of the international superstar as a brother and a friend. Sharing laughter, tears and memories, Jermaine brings to life the man behind the mask of superstardom to produce a must-have read for Michael Jackson's millions of fans.
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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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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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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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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