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.
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
Covering 50 years, from Brian Jones playing blues guitar at the Ealing Club in 1962 to ‘Doom and Gloom’ and ‘One More Shot’, two songs from GRRR, the 50th anniversary album in 2012, here are the inside stories on the genesis and production of every Stones song, with facts and figures for each recording and photographs of the band and collaborators on every page. 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.