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Music fans will love our books about famous singers and bands. They offer incredible glimpses into the lives of the most famous musicians around and are sure to inspire you. We also have books to help you learn how to play the guitar and other instruments.

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Music fans will love our books about famous singers and bands. They offer incredible glimpses into the lives of the most famous musicians around and are sure to inspire you. We also have books to help you learn how to play the guitar and other instruments.

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    Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Hardback)

    James Ball

    Hand-picked favourites
    Are friends electric?
    How soon is now?
    Who let the dogs out?

    Should I Stay or Should I Go? is a witty book that reveals literal answers to the questions posed in a number of classic pop songs.

    Written by award-winning journalist James Ball, this dip-in book will tell you how much the doggy in the window (yes, the one with the waggly tail) costs and what becomes of the broken hearted.

    Sure to delight any pop picker who has a love of all things music and fans of novels like High Fidelity, this definitive book reveals how pop music is the key to life and everything we hold dear. Now, is there life on Mars?
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    Ukulele for Beginners (Paperback)

    Will Grove-White

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    Learn how to play the ukulele with this step-by-step guide. Written by Will Grove-White, a member of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, it's clearly written and full of illustrations that make learning the instrument easy.

    A perfect first instrument, this book will come in handy for both children and adults and you don't need any prior knowledge of playing music to master it! It introduces the chords and has tips and tricks for writing your own songs. It covers simple and advanced strumming techniques and has songs to play along to online. It even shows you how to play the ukulele in a group!

    It also comes with a pull-out comprehensive chord dictionary, biographies of the greatest uke players of all time and a history of the instrument, including revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong and Elvis Presley.
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    How to Build a Universe (Hardback)

    Brian Cox

    Hand-picked favourites
    Inspired by their hit Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage, Professor Brian Cox and Robin Ince's How to Build a Universe provides readers with an eye-opening journey through the grand and bizarre ideas that have been conjured up by the imaginations of humans.

    From dark matter to consciousness, the very brainy duo take the musings of the great and the good of British science and look into how these theories and ideas have come about. This book provides an insight into the multi-faceted subjects involved in building a universe, and it's all backed up by quotes from leading scientists and comedians including Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Fry.

    Sometimes silly, sometimes mind-blowing and occasionally facetious, this is the perfect book for fans of the irreverent show and anyone who wants to have their minds blown by the wonders of science.
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    Ed Sheeran: Memories we made (Hardback)

    Christie Goodwin

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    Ed Sheeran is the world's biggest pop star right now and this book showcases images from a 10-year collaboration between 'The A-Team', 'Shape of You' and 'Galway Girl' singer and photographer Christie Goodwin.

    Christie first photographed Ed when he was a young busker in 2008 and in the decade since, he has played to thousands upon thousands of fans in stadiums and festivals all over the world. This book contains intimate and unseen photographs of Ed in action from all over this time.

    It features a foreword and photo captions from Ed's father, John Sheeran and will delight anyone who is fascinated by the singer-songwriter's hugely successful career.
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    In My Life - Alan Johnson (Hardback)

    Alan Johnson

    (1) Hand-picked favourites
    Former home secretary Alan Johnson celebrates his love of music in this marvellously entertaining memoir.

    He recalls first hearing Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly's True Love on the radio as a child in the 1950s and how this led to a lifelong passion. He fondly remembers humming Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives while working as a postman and celebrates his love of artists ranging from Lonnie Donegan and The Beatles to David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen.

    A great read for music lovers and those who are interested in politics, this book lets you discover more about Alan Johnson the man while also transporting you back to a world of jukeboxes full of unashamedly romantic love songs and heartbreaking ballads.
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    John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Paperback)

    John Thompson

    Designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught, John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book One) makes practising and learning piano so much fun!

    Part one is devoted to developing fluency in reading by note, the biggest hurdle for most young children, and contains its own writing exercises, sight reading drills, review work and technical studies.
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    The Classical Music Book (Hardback)

    DK

    From Mozart to Mendelssohn, this comprehensive guide to classical music history and classical music biography is the perfect latest addition to the bestselling Big Ideas series. Easy to understand and clear to follow, this history of classical music explores and explains music theory and the impact of seminal pieces, while also providing fascinating stories about the lives of crucial composers and performers. Including an insightful foreword by Katie Derham, The Classical Music Book analyses over 90 works by famous composers. From Thomas Tallis in the early period to baroque masters like Bach and Handel, to the classical genius of Beethoven and Wagner and beyond to the modern day, The Classical Music Book explores the key ideas underpinning the world's greatest classical compositions and musical traditions, and defines their importance to the musical canon, placing them into their wider social, cultural, and historical context. The unique approach to the subject makes this book the perfect classical music guide for everyone. Regardless of whether you are relatively new to the subject and want to learn or if you are a classical music aficionado, there is plenty to discover in The Classical Music Book.
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    Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite (Paperback)

    Roger Daltrey

    'Before the sixties, you were a child and then you were a man. You went to school and then you went to work. That changed. Our generation changed it.' Roger Daltrey is the voice of a generation, and this is his story. This is the story of his tempestuous school days and his expulsion, age 15, thanks to his authoritarian headmaster, Mr Kibblewhite. That could have been where the story ended, as the life of a factory worker beckoned, but then came rock and roll. Making his first guitar from factory off-cuts, Roger formed a band that would become The Who, one of the biggest bands on the planet. This is the story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms, but also how all those post-war kids redefined the rules of youth. This is not just a hilarious and frank account of more than 50 wild years on the road, it is the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock 'n' roll.
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    John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book 2) (Paperback)

    John Thompson

    Designed to present the easiest possible approach to piano playing, complete with an amusing family of characters and illustrations to help emphasise the information being taught, John Thompson's Easiest Piano Course (Book Two) builds on the skills children learned in the first book!

    Part two is develops on the note-reading fluency skills learned in the Book One and introduces new notes, giving children the opportunity to play exercises where only one hand is required. The book also contains more writing exercises, sight reading drills, review work and technical studies to take children's piano and music skills to the next level.
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    My Thoughts Exactly (Paperback)

    Lily Allen

    THE NO.1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ************************************* 'Witty, dark, devastating' Caitlin Moran 'Unflinching, unputdownable' Guardian 'Brutally honest, funny, emotionally raw' Matt Haig 'I love it' Jon Ronson ************************************* So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a mother, and I was a wife. I'm also a singer and a songwriter. I have loved and been let down. I've been stalked and assaulted. I am a success and a failure. I've been broken and full of hope. I am all these things and more. I'm telling my truth because when women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. So, this is my story. These are my thoughts exactly. **Includes an exclusive new chapter**
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    A Better Me (Paperback)

    Gary Barlow

    From one of the most successful British musicians and songwriters of all time, A Better Me is Gary Barlow's remarkable memoir that looks into his dark times when he hit rock bottom 15 years ago. This paperback edition adds a new chapter!

    Despite being one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, Gary Barlow has admitted in the past to being out of shape, out of work, and depressed. Faced with an underperforming solo career, tireless media taunts and other cruel twists of fate, Gary turned to food for comfort. His weight struggles continued for nine years until he eventually found the right balance.

    In this extraordinarily honest book, Gary tells the story of his journey back to professional success, as well as mental and physical health. Written with his warm personality, his honest account covers everything from his battles with demons, enduring personal tragedy, and staging one of the most thrilling comebacks in decades.
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    Defying Gravity (Hardback)

    Cathi Unsworth

    The image of Jordan in her white shards of beehive and Mondrian make-up is one of the most iconic in pop history. But nobody knows what was really going on behind those watchful eyes when Anarchy hit the UK. How did a ballet-mad girl from sleepy Sussex make her way, via the clandestine gay clubs of Brighton and London, to 430 King s Road and the eye of punk s storm? Help shape a revolution and deal with the consequences of being in the spotlight so young? Share hair-raising adventures with McLaren and Westwood; The Sex Pistols; Adam and his Ants; Derek Jarman and Andy Warhol and then just disappear? With commentary from key players including Vivienne Westwood, Paul Cook, Marco Pirroni, Holly Johnson and her partner behind the SEX/Seditionaries counter Michael Collins plus a wealth of never-before-seen images from Simon Barker, Sheila Rock and Harri Peccinotti Jordan finally reveals her outrageous life story.
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    BBC Proms 2019 (Paperback)

    This book contains all the information and facts you need if you're watching the BBC Proms.

    The world's biggest and longest running classical music festival, the Proms find the world's greatest artists and orchestras coming to London to deliver concerts, talks, workshops and family events.

    This in-depth guide will tell you everything you need to know about the composers, performers and broadcasts.
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    Till the Cows Come Home (Hardback)

    Sara Cox

    A funny and heart-warming love letter to childhood, family and growing up. Till the Cows Come Home is DJ and TV presenter Sara Cox's wonderfully written, funny coming of age memoir of growing up in 1980s Lancashire. The youngest of five siblings, Sara grew up on her father's cattle farm surrounded by dogs, cows, horses, fields and lots of 'cack'. The lanky kid sister - half girl, half forehead - a nuisance to the older kids, the farm was her very own dangerous adventure playground, 'a Bolton version of Narnia'. Her writing conjures up a time of wagon rides and haymaking and agricultural shows, alongside chain smoking pensioners, cabaret nights at the Conservative club and benign parenting. Sara's love of family, of the animals and the people around them shines through on every page. Unforgettable characters are lovingly and expertly drawn bringing to life a time and place. Sara later divided her childhood days between the beloved farm and the pub she lived above with her mother, these early experiences of freedom and adventure came to be the perfect training ground for later life. This funny, big-hearted and often moving telling of Sara Cox's semi rural upbringing is not what you'd expect from the original ladette, and one of radio's most enduring and well loved presenters.
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    The Lang Lang Piano Method (Other)

    Lang Lang

    Join the superhero world of Lang Lang and come on a piano adventure with The Lang Lang Piano Method Level 1. Level 1 introduces complete beginners to:*different five-finger positions*note reading*moving around the keyboard*developing both hands equally right from the start.The five progressive books in The Lang Lang Piano Method provide a unique and imaginative way for complete beginners to learn the piano with the world's most successful concert pianist, Lang Lang. There's plenty to play all around the keyboard right from the start. Fun, imaginative pieces develop the left and right hands equally and supporting audio features exclusive performances by Lang Lang of the concert pieces. Musicianship is developed through theory pages and listening to exclusive performances by Lang Lang of piano classics for children. "I've written The Lang Lang Piano Method to inspire today's kids with my passion for the piano."Lang Lang
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    I Just Can't Stop It (Paperback)

    Ranking Roger

    I Just Can't Stop It is the honest and compelling autobiography from British Music Legend, Ranking Roger. As the enigmatic frontman of the multicultural band The Beat, Ranking Roger represented the youthful and joyous sound of the post-punk 2 Tone movement. As well as his illustrious career with The Beat and its subsequent iterations, this absorbing book explores Roger's upbringing as a child of the Windrush generation, touring America and his outstanding collaborations with artists such as The Clash, The Police and The Specials.
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    Violin Exam Pieces 2020-2023, ABRSM Grade 2, Part (Other)

    ABRSM

    This book contains nine pieces from ABRSM's Grade 2 Violin syllabus for 2020-2023, three pieces chosen from each of Lists A, B and C. The pieces have been carefully selected to offer an attractive and varied range of styles, creating a collection that provides an excellent source of repertoire to suit every performer. The book also contains helpful footnotes and, for those preparing for exams, useful syllabus information. Inspiring recordings of the nine pieces featured in this book, plus piano accompaniment tracks, are available. These can be purchased as part of the Violin Exam Pieces with CD package or as audio downloads (see www.abrsmdownloads.org for more details).
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    How Does It Feel? (Paperback)

    Mark Kermode

    Following a formative encounter with the British pop movie Slade in Flame in 1975, Mark Kermode decided that musical superstardom was totally attainable. And so, armed with a homemade electric guitar and very little talent, he embarked on an alternative career - a chaotic journey which would take him from the halls and youth clubs of North London to the stages of Glastonbury, the London Palladium and The Royal Albert Hall. Hilarious, self-deprecating and blissfully nostalgic, this is a riotous account of a bedroom dreamer's attempts to conquer the world armed with nothing more than a chancer's enthusiasm and a simple philosophy: how hard can it be?
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    Record Play Pause (Hardback)

    Stephen Morris

    Stephen Morris has had a distinguished career, spanning nearly forty years, as a pivotal member of Joy Division and New Order with his trademark machine-like drumming. After the death of Joy Division's singer, Ian Curtis, in 1980, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Morris and his wife Gillian formed New Order, one of the most critically acclaimed and influential bands of the late twentieth century. New Order became the flagship band for Tony Wilson's Factory Records and, alongside him, opened the infamous Hacienda nightclub, the centre of the acid house movement. In 2015, after a ten-year hiatus, New Order released Music Complete; which charted at #2 in its first week of release (the band's highest position in over twenty years). Stephen's book won't be that typical music autobiography, which tends to be high on mischief and low on the music. Part memoir, part aural history, it will be a hybrid memoir in Stephen's wry and witty voice. Stephen will weave a dual narrative of growing up in the North West during the 1970s with how the music actually works. It will also explore what it is to be part of a mythologised band and the idea of what you do becoming who you are.
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    Piano Star: Theory (Other)

    Kathy Blackwell

    Piano Star Theory is an activity book for young players in the early stages of learning the piano. Packed full of engaging exercises and games, it can be used alongside any beginner piano tutor to help develop a student's understanding of musical notation. The imaginative activities link to practical music-making, building aural awareness and boosting the confidence of young musicians.Key features: * Written and practical theory activities, covering the note values, rests, pitches, time signatures and other symbols most commonly found in beginner piano tutors * Short, specially written pieces which can be sung, clapped or played * Quizzes, puzzles and a Piano Star Theory board game * Colourful illustrations and fun stickers * The perfect companion to the Piano Star beginner repertoire books.
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    Piano Star, Book 1 (Other)

    Piano Star is an exciting series for young pianists, offering a rich selection of new repertoire to help players build confidence and musical skills. Piano Star 1 is suitable for learners who have worked through a first tutor and includes compositions by David Blackwell, Jane Sebba, Nancy Litten, Mike Cornick, Sarah Watts, Edmund Jolliffe, Andrew Eales, Kathy Blackwell, Aisling Greally, Alan Bullard, Alasdair Spratt, and Karen Marshall. Key features of the series: - Solo pieces, plus a number of duets - A rich mix of musical styles, with techniques introduced progressively - Fun extension activities - Beautifully illustrated
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    Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography) (Paperback)

    Tina Turner

    Tina Turner celebrates her 60th year in the rock and roll industry with this astonishing autobiography.

    She recalls a childhood spent picking cotton in Tennessee, her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner and the global success she enjoyed during the 1980s and beyond. From her darkest moments to happy times, she tells all about her personal sacrifices, tumultuous marriage to Ike and the tragic suicide of her son.

    With strength, energy, heart and soul, Tina also fondly recalls David Bowie helping to make her a star and the day that Mick Jagger ripped off her skirt.
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    Daisy Jones and The Six (Hardback)

    Taylor Jenkins Reid

    For a while, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were on every turntable, they sold out arenas from coast to coast, their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split. Nobody ever knew why. Until now. They were lovers and friends and brothers and rivals. They couldn't believe their luck, until it ran out. This is their story of the early days and the wild nights, but everyone remembers the truth differently. The only thing they all know for sure is that from the moment Daisy Jones walked barefoot, on to the stage at the Whisky, the band were irrevocably changed. Making music is never just about the music. And sometimes it can be hard to tell where the sound stops and the feelings begin. _________________ `A tremendously engaging, and completely believable tale of rock and roll excess... inventive, persuasive and completely satisfying.' DYLAN JONES `I spent a lost weekend in this book. Daisy Jones is an instant icon.' ERIN KELLY "DAISY JONES & THE SIX is a transporting novel - at once a love story, a glimpse into the combustible inner workings of a rock-and-roll band, and a pitch-perfect recreation of the music scene of the Fleetwood Mac era. You'll never want it to end." CECILIA AHERN `Once in a blue moon you get to discover a book you end up pressing upon many other people to read. Taylor Jenkins Reid has got every nuance, every detail exact and right. I loved every word.' PAUL REES `So brilliantly written I thought all the characters were real . . . I couldn't put it down' EDITH BOWMAN `The heady haze of the 70s music scene, and a perfectly flawed Daisy, combine to create a fresh, rock n roll read. I loved it.' ALI LAND, author of Good Me Bad Me
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    Scottish Folk Songs (Paperback)

    First published as The Scottish Folksinger in 1973, edited by Norman Buchan and Peter Hall, this book is a perfect introduction to the world of Scottish folk songs. Supported by the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA). Enjoy discovering - or re-discovering - gems of the Scottish Folk tradition. A pocket-size guide to the very best Scottish folk songs, with the melodic line and guitar chords printed for each song. Arranged in themes, and with songs for all occasions and moods, they paint a picture of Scottish life and culture over a wide geographic area and historical period. * each song is presented with its melodic line and guitar chords * includes favourites such as Skyscraper Wean, Skinny Malinky Lang Legs, Wha'll be King but Charlie?, Jock Tamson's Tripe, Barbara Allan and Lamkin * a celebration in song of Scottish cultural heritage
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From books about your favourite artists to learning how to play and write your own music to the history of the songs and artists that have shaken the world, there is something for all music lovers in our range of brilliant music books.

Books by and about music legends

Read autobiographies and biographies about artists and bands, past and present, to get an overview of the lives of the biggest legends in the music industry. We have the best music books to thrill all music fans, whether you love pop, rock, rap, country or something else entirely.

Guides on how to play instruments

If you’re looking to learn a new instrument, we have lots of books to help you out. Whether you’re looking to learn guitar, piano or something a bit more unusual, we have a guide for you.

Books on music theory and history

Whether you’re a novice or an advanced musician, you can learn all there is to know about all aspects of creating music, including pitch, rhythm and tempo with our music theory books. Plus, with books on classical music, you can learn a lot about the evolution of music from one of our music history books.