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Roots is the history of live music in Melbourne, from jazz to blues, country, folk, rhythm and blues to rock, and the socio-political stories of those musicians who played what they wanted, when they wanted, without a damn.
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine
SUNDAY TIMES MUSIC BOOK OF THE YEAR. ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAR. MOJO BOOK OF THE YEAR In 1975, Viv Albertine was obsessed with music but it never occurred to her she could be in a band as she couldn't play an instrument and she'd never seen a girl play electric guitar.A year later, she was the guita ...Show more
1965: the Most Revolutionary Year in Music by Andrew Grant Jackson
A lively chronicle of the year that shaped popular music forever, with an all new Spotify appendix More than half a century ago, friendly rivalry between musicians turned 1965 into the year rock evolved into the premier art form of its time and accelerated the drive for personal freedom throughout the ...Show more
Please Kill Me The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil; Gillian McCain
ATime Out andDaily News Top Ten Book of the Year upon its initial release,Please Kill Me is the first oral history of the most nihilist of all pop movements. Iggy Pop, Danny Fields, Dee Dee and Joey Ramone, Malcom McLaren, Jim Carroll, and scores of other famous and infamous punk figures lend their voic ...Show more
But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz by Geoff Dyer
Lester Young fading away in a hotel room; Charles Mingus storming down the streets of New York on a too-small bicycle; Thelonius Monk creating his own private language on the piano... In eight poetically charged vignettes, Geoff Dyer skilfully evokes the embattled lives of the players who shaped modern ...Show more
Alaap, or a Beginning - A Journey into Indian Music by Amit Chaudhuri
'Supple, intricate and uncompromising, full of delicate observation and insight, Amit Chaudhuri's Finding the Raga immerses us in the rigorous beauty and cosmology of Indian classical music. It is also a loving memoir about relationships and places, dedication and vocation.' Geoff Dyer By turns essay, ...Show more
Beeswing Fairport, Folk Rock and Finding My Voice, 1967-75 by Richard Thompson
Beeswing is the autobiography from world-renowned artist Richard Thompson, co-founder of the legendary folk rock group Fairport Convention.
Johnny Cash: the Last Interview - And Other Conversations by Johnny Cash; Peter Guralnick (Introduction by)
Johnny Cash seemed like the stuff of legend when he was alive, and even more so as he achieved something close to sainthood in death. The interviews collected here bring us closer to the actual man: brilliant, falliable, introspective, and longing for redemption. Mythmaker, philosopher, sinner, and sai ...Show more
Fleetwood Mac: The Complete Illustrated History by Richie Unterberger
The first ever complete, illustrated history of Fleetwood Mac, the legendary band that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. This is the ultimate history of world-renowned Fleetwood Mac. From its blues origins in the 1960s to its pop superstardom in the 1970s and 1980s to its 2015 reunion, F ...Show more
Radiohead's OK Computer 33 1/3 by Dai Griffiths
Seemingly granted 'classic album' status within days of its release in 1997, OK Computer transformed Radiohead from a highly promising rock act into The Most Important Band in the World - a label the band has been burdened by (and has fooled around with) ever since. Through close analysis of each song, ...Show more
Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV 33 1/3 by Erik Davis
In this wickedly entertaining and thoroughly informed homage to one of rock music s towering pinnacles, Erik Davis investigates the magic black or otherwise that surrounds this album. Carefully peeling the layers from each song, Davis reveals their dark and often mystical roots and leaves the reader to ...Show more
At once candidly intimate and searchingly analytical, She Come By It Natural captures the enduring appeal of this singular star.