The Elvis Encyclopedia
Elvis's output was prodigious: over 50 singles, more than 100 albums and dozens of films and TV specials. As a leading music and movie star he came into contact with almost everyone of note in the entertainment industry and his humble origins and unprecedented success made his private life a particular source of fascination for fans. This book draws all these strands together in a comprehensive alphabetical reference work of all things Elvis.
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’s empire has gone, but popular culture is one area in which it is still a superpower. 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, thought-provoking 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.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Album, The Beatles and the World in 1967
As well as the quality and originality of the music, the timing of Sgt Pepper contributed to its reputation, released at a pivotal moment in post-war social history. This highly illustrated book explores the album itself and how it was made with the input of studio engineers, journalists and record company executives, and also the wider cultural and political events of 1966–1968 that set the climate for The Beatles' masterpiece.
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.
Photographs of Jim Marshall
Jim Marshall started photographing musicians in the 1950s, moving to New York in the 1960s,where he hung out with jazz, blues and folk artists, gaining the trust that he cites as the reason he has been able to capture such candid and revealing images over the years. This celebration of Marshall's work collects the best of his photographs, which are mostly from the 1960s and 1970s and feature such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones.
The Man Who Sold the World
David Bowie and the 1970s
Covering the decade when David Bowie rebranded himself as Ziggy Stardust, this book features individual discussions for each of the 189 tracks he recorded between Space Oddity in 1969 and the 1980 Scary Monsters album. These are interspersed with essays about Bowie’s influences during this hugely productive period, including his interest in the occult and his time in West Berlin. An appendix surveys earlier songs recorded between 1963 and 1968.