Tin Pan Alley
The Rise of Elton John
Drawing on first-hand accounts from, among others, his piano teacher, managers and collaborators such as Kiki Dee and Rick Wakeman, this book covers the formative years of Elton John’s musical career – from training at the Royal Academy of Music to his rise to fame in the early 1970s.
The Lost Chronicles of Led Zeppelin's 1975 American Tour
The author of the bestselling biography of Led Zeppelin, Hammer of the Gods, Stephen Davis presents an up-close-and-personal account of his journey across America with the band at the peak of their success – on their 1975 tour. Slightly off-mint.
Who Is That Man?
In Search of the Real Bob Dylan
The writer and founding editor of Rolling Stone, David Dalton describes his book as a quest ‘to look for Dylan’s poetic intention, to read Dylan’s biography by the flickering light of songs’. In a creative and critically acclaimed work, Dalton reveals the many personas of Dylan, from Folk Messiah singing Masters of War in 1963 to Living National Treasure. Slightly off-mint.
Tales of the Smiths
A Graphic Biography
Originally a daily online comic on a Greek website, created by the multidisciplinary artist Con Chrisoulis and published as a book in 2018, this is the story of the teenage years and musical influences of Morrissey, Marr, Rourke and Joyce in Manchester, culminating with the formation of The Smiths in 1982. Slightly off-mint.
Springsteen on Springsteen
Interviews Speeches Encounters
Spanning four decades, from an interview with Rock (US) magazine in 1973, less than a month after the release of Springsteen’s first album, to his keynote speech at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in 2012, this is The Boss speaking to journalists or directly to his audience. Slightly off-mint.
Cobain on Cobain
Interviews and Encounters
In this compilation of interviews with music press and radio journalists, Kurt Cobain tells the story of Nirvana from February 1989 when, as the band’s front man, he described their music as having a ‘gloomy, vengeful element based on hatred’, to his final letter in April 1994 and its terrible message – ‘it’s better to burn out than to fade away’.
The Day I Was There
The Crystal Ballroom in Fargo, North Dakota in 1959; Monterey in 1963 (with Joan Baez ‘dragging my little vagabond out onto the stage’); the Royal Albert Hall; the Isle of Wight Festival; the Slow Train Coming recording session in Alabama, 1979 ... This book covers 20 years of Dylan performances as described by fellow musicians, record producers and fans who were there, along with set lists, photographs and quotations from rock music’s A list.
Who Is That Man?
In Search of the Real Bob Dylan
The writer and founding editor of Rolling Stone, David Dalton describes his book as a quest ‘to look for Dylan’s poetic intention, to read Dylan’s biography by the flickering light of songs’. In a creative and critically acclaimed work, Dalton reveals the many personas of Dylan, from Folk Messiah singing Masters of War in 1963 to Living National Treasure. This paperback edition has a new foreword, Dalton’s ‘Letter to Bob’ on his 75th birthday. Slightly off-mint.
When Ziggy Played the Marquee
David Bowie's Last Performance as Ziggy Stardust
Most Bowie fans will be familiar with his ‘final’ Hammersmith Odeon performance in the Ziggy persona, which was filmed by DA Pennebaker. However his last portrayal of the role came a few months later in a Marquee show filmed for US television. Terry O’Neill, well known for photographing the glamorous and the good, captured the front and backstage action: his photos are accompanied here by reminiscences from fans who were there.
Inside the Music and the Masks
The rock journalist Ronin Ro chronicles the life and music of Prince Rogers Nelson (1958–2016), from teenage obscurity to his international fame, with huge hits such as Little Red Corvette and Purple Rain, and his creative contribution to the music industry. Slightly off-mint.
Led Zeppelin were together for twelve years, from 1968 to the death of John Bonham, the band’s drummer, in 1980, but their reputation stands as one of the most successful and influential bands in rock music – and Stairway to Heaven lives on. This unofficial history of the band is illustrated with over 80 photographs, mostly of Led Zeppelin onstage.
And the Promise of Rock 'n' Roll
Springsteen’s breakthrough in 1975 followed years of playing in different bands in his native New Jersey. The social commentary of his lyrics and his live shows built a worldwide following and this biography analyses his life and music as well as his influence on American culture.
I Ran With the Gang
My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers
The bass player in the tartan-clad pop sensation from Edinburgh, Alan Longmuir was the first to tire of the endless touring and screaming teenagers and leave the band. His biography describes how the Rollers got to the top and gives his views on the acrimonious bust-ups and financial wranglings that followed.
I Am Brian Wilson
One of three brothers and a cousin who formed The Beach Boys in the early 1960s, Brian Wilson emerged as the leading creative force of the group. This autobiography explores the influences that nurtured his talent and the productive years of creativity, before his struggles with mental illness and drugs began, as well as his rehabilitation since the 1990s and the completion of his legendary abandoned album, Smile. Slightly off-mint.
Don't You Leave Me Here
Born in 1947, Wilko Johnson read English at university, hit the hippie trail to Afghanistan and taught Shakespeare in a secondary school before becoming Dr Feelgood’s mesmerizing guitarist in the 1970s. His candid and often funny memoir tells his story from first love in Canvey Island, through rock stardom, to not dying with cancer.
Bring It On Home
Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager
After working as a film actor, Peter Grant found himself managing Led Zeppelin in the 1960s and, through a fierce determination to protect the musicians and improve their earnings and conditions, is credited with revolutionizing the profession.
The Essential Interviews
From street poet in 1962 to international celebrity performing an evening of nostalgie at the Palais de Congrès in Paris, 2009, this volume covers Bob Dylan’s career in 34 interviews, including conversations with Rolling Stone journalists, with Robert Shelton during the documentary No Direction Home, with Sam Shepard for Esquire and with many others who braved Dylan’s warning, ‘Don’t ask me nothin’ about nothin’/I might just tell you the truth’.
A Lonely Life
Growing up in a humble shack in America’s poorest state, Elvis Presley dreamed that success would free him from poverty. So how did he become dependent on bank loans even after achieving huge worldwide fame, and why did he despise his own movies and songs, even fearing that he would be forgotten after his death? This biography focuses on identifying the origins of the contradictions and frailties that lay behind Elvis’s charming, confident onstage persona. Slightly off-mint.
The Rolling Stones All The Songs
The Story Behind Every Track
Keith Richards claims he wrote '(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction' in his sleep, only discovering the now-familiar riff when he listened to a cassette tape that had been accidentally left running. The writing and recording of all 340 of the Stones’ tracks are explored in this compendium, which is illustrated with contemporary photographs of the band, their gear, and other musicians and people associated with the recordings. Off-mint.
Bob Dylan All the Songs
The Story Behind Every Track
From You’re No Good in 1962 to the Shadows in the Night album of 2015, these are the stories of every recording session, album and single release of Bob Dylan’s long career, illustrated with over 500 photographs of Dylan and musicians who have played with him or interpreted his songs. Off-mint.
All the Songs
In 1982 Michael Jackson made a demo of a song called Starlight for his new album but it was judged inadequate until a new lyric transformed it into Thriller, his career-defining recording. This highly illustrated book tells the story of all Jackson’s songs from the first hits of the Jackson 5 to songs released since the singer’s death in 2009, and includes profiles of key producers and collaborators. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions
Based on a meticulous catalogue of the Beatles’ recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, this book presents EMI’s official, day-by-day log of the Beatles’ studio time from 1962 to 1970 – from ‘Love Me Do’ to ‘Let it Be’ – plus hundreds of previously unpublished documents, over 350 photographs and, by way of introduction, an interview with Paul McCartney.
Roots, Radicals and Rockers
How Skiffle Changed the World
Lonnie Donegan’s energetic renditions of American folk and blues songs inspired thousands of teenagers to start skiffle bands in the mid 1950s. Billie Bragg’s analysis of this uniquely British craze shows how it led to the Beatles, British blues and the transformation of Western popular music.
David Bowie Made Me Gay
100 Years of LGBT Music
From ragtime pianist, Tony Jackson, who lived as an openly gay man in Chicago in the 1910s, to Dusty Springfield, Boy George and beyond, this musical history explores how LGBT artists have coped with prejudice and considers their influence on the development of popular music.
Elton John's Stellar Trip Through the '70s
Based on one-to-one interviews with Elton John and his associates, this biography documents the star’s highs and lows during the 1970s – the decade during which the contrast between his flamboyant public and conflicted private personas was at its most pronounced.
Bring it On Home
Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond: The Story of Rock's Greatest Manager
After working as a film actor, Peter Grant found himself managing Led Zeppelin in the early 1960s and, through a fierce determination to protect the musicians and improve their earnings and conditions, is credited with revolutionizing the profession.
Memory of a Free Festival
The Golden Era of the British Underground Festival Scene
Beginning in the early 1960s with jazz festivals and CND marches, and following the counter-cultural free festival movement up to the early days of the Glastonbury Festival, Sam Knee’s collection of posters and informal photographs shows how, through music and protest, ‘previous generations coped and remained creative throughout political turmoil and state oppression’.
A Complete Rock Music History of the Summer of Love
In January 1967 Dr Timothy Leary uttered the hippie mantra ‘turn on, tune in, drop out’, and by that summer the USA’s West Coast was undergoing a countercultural revolution. Using photographs and previously unpublished interviews with musicians, poets and artists, Harvey Kubernik chronicles the events of 1967, from seminal bands, such as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, to the high point of Monterey Pop Festival and the defining musical moments of the Summer of Love.
The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums
Released on Columbia Records in 1946, The Voice of Frank Sinatra consisted of eight love songs which, though known by the public for years, were given a new musical treatment by the singer’s arranger, Axel Stordahl. The runaway success of this approach set the standard for a new genre of pop and jazz vocal album, the best 57 of which are analysed here, including classic records by Chet Baker, Nina Simone and Sarah Vaughan. Slightly off-mint with felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Life in Pictures
From his childhood in Pontypridd to his performance at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012, this volume follows the life and career of Tom Jones (b.1940) in over 100 photographs. Accompanied by a description of his experiences, image and musical style, there are formal portraits, stills from his stage and television career, and photographs with stars including Elvis, Cher, and his fellow judges on the BBC series The Voice.
The Rolling Stones
Kings of Rock ’n’ Roll
Adding ticket stubs, posters and other period ephemera to a collection of archive photographs, this celebration of the Rolling Stones chronicles their rise from the London blues scene of the early 1960s to world fame and profiles each of the band members. Organized around their 22 album releases, each chapter discusses the progress of their recording and live career as well as telling the story of each of the songs.
The celebrated photographer Brian Duffy collaborated with David Bowie during the 1970s, helping to create his highly influential album artwork. The images in this catalogue, which was inspired by the V&A’s ‘David Bowie is’ exhibition, are supported by the recollections of people who worked on the shoots.
Perhaps the most aggressive expression of the pop culture of the 1960s, The Who were powerful exponents of early British rock and their reputation as an unrivalled live act kept audiences flocking to their concerts well into the 21st century. This photographic portfolio presents many previously unpublished images of the group from early promotional portraits and London pub gigs of the mid 1960s to their Live 8 performance of 2005. Felt-tip mark on the upper trimmed edge.
Recollections of a Friendship with David Bowie
This illustrated memoir celebrates the friendship and innovative collaboration between David Bowie and the artist Edward Bell. It explains how they met, describes Bowie’s involvement in the creative process and explores the unique qualities that made him a cultural icon.
Classic Tracks: All the Songs, All the Stories 1969–1982
This exploration of the meaning of and inspiration for every track in Led Zeppelin’s ten-album canon charts the band’s movements during their decade at the top and recounts the circumstances of the writing and recording of each of their celebrated tracks.
Anatomy of a Song
The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop
This compendium of the popular Wall Street Journal column tells the stories of 45 hits by artists including Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and The Clash, based on interviews with the songs’ writers and performers. Off-mint.
and the Story of Free Improvisation
In the early 1960s the Sheffield-born guitarist Derek Bailey created an uncompromisingly abstract free-form jazz. This biography features excerpts from interviews with Bailey himself and with other avant-garde musicians, including Gavin Bryars, who worked with him as he developed this new idiom.
The Complete Lou Reed Story
Sent for electroshock treatment to cure behavioural problems as a teenager, Lou Reed continued to be unconventional and provocative in his career with the Velvet Underground and as a solo performer. This biography explores his influential work and volatile private life.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
A Life in Music
Dave Stewart’s career as songwriter, performer and producer has spanned four decades. In this memoir he shares the stories behind his creative partnerships with a host of musicians and his rise to global stardom with Annie Lennox as Eurythmics. Foreword by Mick Jagger. Off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Elvis: The Legend
The Authorized Book from the Graceland Archives
Elvis's career began to take off in 1955 when he was picked up by the shady Dutch-born promoter ’Colonel' Tom Parker, who secured a major recording deal. The contract sent to Elvis's parents (as the singer's guardians) to authorize Parker as manager is one of the items of memorabilia reproduced in this celebration of Elvis's career, which includes many concert and promotional photographs, film stills and posters as well as private snaps and personal documents.
The Great British Dream Factory
The Strange History of Our National Imagination
Britain has maintained a strong influence worldwide on popular culture for many years. JK Rowling has sold more than 400 million books, Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country, and James Bond is the longest-running film series in history. This entertaining book explores the roots, meaning and global success of Britain’s popular culture, and asks what there is in the national imagination that has given birth to such riches.
Stats, Records & Rock 'N' Roll
Fine-Tuned Infographics to Rock Your World
From a chart of literary band names to a world map of independent record labels, a graph plotting the best World Cup songs and a timeline of the evolution of percussion instruments, this book presents 80 colourful music trivia infographics.
The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine
Jann Wenner created a new type of magazine with Rolling Stone in 1967, mixing politics with serious pop-music journalism. This biography was written with extensive access to the controversial editor as well as interviews with leading rock stars.
The 100 Greatest Cover Versions
The Ultimate Playlist
Robert Webb, the Independent’s music writer, tells the stories behind his selection of 100 cover versions, from The Kingsmen’s ‘Louie Louie’ (originally by Richard Berry) to the Ramones’ ‘Baby I Love You’ (originally by the Ronettes), with a bonus track: ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – one of the most covered songs of the last 25 years.
Music in the Air
The Selected Writings of Ralph J Gleason
This volume collects material from books, essays, interviews and album notes written by the co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine. Full of his insights into a variety of genres and musicians, it also highlights wider cultural trends of the mid 20th century.
Spider from Mars
My Life with Bowie
In 1970 David Bowie and his bass player Tony Visconti had some ideas for a new sound that could make the impact that Bowie's first two albums hadn't. Guitarist Mick Ronson suggested the drummer from his old band and Woody Woodmansey joined the team. This biography tells the story of his time recording and touring with Bowie up until 1973, and his later career with his own band and as a session player.
Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll Music
Originally written in 1975, when Rolling Stone hailed it as ‘probably the best book ever written about rock’, Mystery Train remains an astute and engrossing analysis of popular music and American culture. The book is structured around six artists: the ‘ancestors’, blues men Harmonica Frank and Robert Johnson, and the ‘inheritors’, The Band, Sly Stone, Randy Newman and Elvis Presley. Now fully half the book, the ‘Notes and Discographies’ has been revised and expanded over the years. This is the sixth edition.
Growing up in a humble shack in America’s poorest state, Elvis Presley dreamed that success would free him from poverty. So how did he become dependent on bank loans even after achieving huge worldwide fame, and why did he despise his own movies and songs, even fearing that he would be forgotten after his death? This biography focuses on identifying the origins of the contradictions and frailties that lay behind Elvis’s charming, confident onstage persona.
Psychedelia and Other Colours
The music writer Rod Chapman takes ‘the scenic route’ in his exploration of the history and cultural impact of LSD in the mid 1960s. Starting with earlier experiments with drugs by poets, painters and musicians, Chapman describes what was really going on, from Haight-Ashbury hippies to Charles Manson in the USA, and from ‘Love Me Do’ to the trajectory of the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones ‘from blues purist to experimentalist to crushed spirit’.
Sympathy for the Devil
Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967
The dynamic relationship between rock music and visual art crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Beginning with Andy Warholãs involvement with The Velvet Underground in 1967, artists have maintained a strong connection to rock. Artists such as Slater Bradley, Mike Kelley, and Raymond Pettibon have created album covers and music videos for rock bands, while rock musicians such as Bryan Ferry, John Lennon, and Peter Townsend have emerged from art schools, and punk and new wave bands such as Talking Heads and Sonic Youth have shared the same social and artistic milieu as artists including Robert Longo and Richard Prince.
The Official Photo Book
Before Abba launched their international career at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, all four group members were already stars in their own right in Sweden. Documenting their phenomenal subsequent career as well as their lives before and after the formation of the supergroup, and including the Mamma Mia musical, this authorized photo book contains more than 600 images of the band and contains the personal comments of Benny, Björn, Frida and Agnetha on many of the pictures.
An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend
This biography of Dusty Springfield, one of the most celebrated pop stars of the 1960s, not only discusses her musical development and lasting legacy, but also delves beyond the professional persona to explore her somewhat troubled private life. Interviews with friends, lovers, employees and other confidants shed light on Springfield's relationships, addictions and struggles with her sexuality. Through it all, however, is the music that brought so much joy to so many.
The Real Stories behind 68 Seminal Recordings
From the 1950s to The xx's Crystalised in 2009, music journalist Richard Buskin has selected 68 hits and goes behind recording-studio doors to interview the artists, engineers and producers who created them. His lavishly illustrated survey reveals the stories and technical info behind such landmark recordings as the Ronettes' Be My Baby with Phil Spector's 'Wall of Sound', Every Breath You Take by The Police, and Nirvana's grunge anthem Smells Like Teen Spirit.
The Life and Music of Lou Reed
Waiting for the Man
Focusing on Lou Reed's 'singular concern to turn rock into an intelligently literate medium of expression', this biography from Jeremy Reed (no relation) traces and critically assesses his career from 'experimenting with weaponised noise' at Syracuse University in the 1960s, through the years with The Velvet Underground, solo projects such as Transformer and Berlin, collaborations with other musicians and lyric-writing, to his final album, Lulu, recorded with Metallica in 2011. Off-mint.