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
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.
Containing 450 letters (in English translation), this volume sheds light on the life and work of the important Viennese music theorist. His communications with such figures as Wilhelm Furtwängler and Paul Hindemith reveal the nature and extent of his influence as teacher, writer and administrator.
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.
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.
Tony Bennett in the Studio
A Life of Art & Music
Singer Tony Bennett is also an accomplished painter whose work is held in the permanent collections of several American museums. The subjects of his paintings are the people he works with and the places he encounters as he tours the world. This handsome book includes his views of Central Park, Italian landscapes and portraits of jazz musicians, accompanied by Bennett's thoughts on his life and career and by a CD of six personal favourites from his recorded songs.
The XFM Top 1000 Songs of All Time
With the characteristic XFM focus on music from alternative and indie bands and artists, and arranged alphabetically (no favouritism) from AC/DC to the Zutons, this compendium explains the stories, inspirations and sometimes the scandals behind the ‘tracks that resonate the most with XFM DJs and listeners’. With a foreword by the Killers’ Brandon Flowers.