Magnificent Gifts for Music Lovers

Magnificent Gifts for Music Lovers

Born To Run

‘Writing about yourself is a funny business…But in a project like this, the writer has made one promise, to show the reader his mind. In these pages, I’ve tried to do this.’ -Bruce Springsteen

A Portrait of Bowie: A Tribute to Bowie by His Artistic Collaborators and Contemporaries

Artists and musicians who worked with David Bowie during his lifetime pay tribute to the icon through their own words on what it was like to work in collaboration with a man whose fluid artistic genius repeatedly broke boundaries

The Official Radio 6 Music Quiz Book

From indie pop and iconic rock to trip hop, electronica and dance, these questions will test your knowledge of the last 60 years of floor-fillers, cult classics and the best B-sides to the limit.

Hip Hop Raised Me

Hip Hop Raised Me is the definitive volume on the essence, experience and energy that is hip hop, and its massive and enduring impact over the last 40 years.

This is Grime

13 years ago, from the depths of Bow E3, the voice of a generation emerged. It was dark, it was angry, it was loud, it was unapologetic. It was provocative and fiercely independent. It was the brittle sound of disillusionment, resentment and despair, but also the voice of hope…

Jazz Festival

Published here for the first time ever are Marshall’s jazz festival photographs from the 1960s. Over 95% of the material in this breathtaking coffee table volume has never been seen before. 

The Underground is Massive

Music journalist Michaelangelo Matos has been covering this beat since its genesis, and in The Underground Is Massive, charts for the first time the birth and rise of this last great outlaw musical subculture. 

The Age of Bowie

Morley will capture the greatest moments of Bowie’s career; from the recording studio with the likes of Brian Eno and Tony Visconti; to iconic live performances from the 1970s, 80s and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with rock luminaries

How to Play the Piano

An accessible and inspiring guide by the pianist and international bestselling writer James Rhodes, who promises that this book gives anyone with two hands, a piano or an electric keyboard and just 45 minutes a day the tools they need to learn to play Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C Major in 6 weeks


The first and only official book from ZAYN. Global superstar ZAYN shares a photographic journey of his life since leaving One Direction.


Journalist and Prince fanatic Mobeen Azhar interviewed key members of Prince’s entourage, many of them speaking about the great man for the first time and this book highlights those first-hand accounts, to paint a more up-close-and-personal picture of this visionary artist than you have ever seen before.

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

From suburban London to the Mojave desert, Cured brings an acute eye for the times to bear on a lifelong friendship, with tales of addiction and despair along the way. Cured is the story of a timeless band and a life truly lived.

Phil Collins: My Story

Not Dead Yet is Phil Collins’ candid, witty, unvarnished story of the songs and shows, the hits and pans, his marriages and divorces, the ascents to the top of the charts and into the tabloid headlines.

The Vamps

From life on the road to dealing with their new-found fame, nothing is off-limits. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photography, this is a fully-illustrated joint autobiography: the perfect book for any Vamps fan.

Our World

Brimming with exclusive photos, this book shares with us the girls’ innermost secrets – their hopes and dreams for the future, their families, their relationships, their style advice and above all their friendship. 

I Am Brian Wilson

I Am Brian Wilson reveals as never before the man who fought his way back to stability and creative relevance, who became a mesmerizing live artist, who forced himself to reckon with his own complex legacy and completed Smile, the legendary unfinished Beach Boys record.

Strange Fascination: David Bowie: the Definitive Story

David Buckley’s unique approach to unravelling the Bowie enigma, via interviews with many of the singer’s closest associates, biography and academic analysis, makes this unrivalled biography a classic for Bowie fans old and new.

Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol

Steve’s tale begins in the streets of West London, where as a lonely boy living off his wits and petty thievery, he is given purpose by the glam art rock of David Bowie and becomes one of the 1st generation of ragamuffin punks taken under the wings of Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood. 

Trouble Boys

Based on all-new interviews and including 72 rare photos, Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements is the definitive biography of one of the last great rock ‘n’ roll bands of the twentieth century. 

Lemmy: The Definitive Biography

Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beautifully told, LEMMY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY is the story of the only rock’n’roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the devil, as he put it, ‘very close to my side’. 

Original Rockers

Original Rockers evokes a golden moment about to turn to dust in the history of British record stores and celebrates the abandon with which we hear music, and it does so magically, without recourse to nostalgia.

I Read the News Today

Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times: racing car driver, Vogue model, friend of The Rolling Stones, style icon, son of a peer, heir to a Guinness fortune and the man who turned Paul McCartney on to LSD. 

When the Screaming Stops

Simon Spence traces every band member and key associates of their notorious manager Tam Paton (who died in 2009) – including the band’s various co-managers – and speaks with their record label boss Clive Davis.

Don’t You Leave Me Here

In 2013, Dr Feelgood founder, Blockheads member and musical legend Wilko Johnson was diagnosed with terminal cancer. With ten months to live, he decided to accept his imminent death and went on the road. 

Sound and Vision

Featuring 100 of the coolest artists from the last five decades, Sound and Vision reveals the influencers and tastemakers who have helped to shape the contemporary music scene. 

1000 Record Covers

Both a trip down memory lane and a study in the evolution of cover art, this is a sweeping look at an underappreciated art form. 

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die

1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die picks through nearly a century of music to bring you an inspiring selection of some of the greatest recordings ever made.

Northern Soul: An Illustrated History

Northern Soul: An Illustrated History concentrates on individuals’ personal stories from that heady era, as well as being crammed full of truly atmospheric contemporaneous photography – not from press photographers, but from the kids themselves. 


Intimate and revealing, Adele is the uplifting story of the woman with the most glorious voice in the world.

Beatles 66: The Revolutionary Year

A riveting look at the transformative year in the lives and careers of the legendary group whose groundbreaking legacy would forever change music and popular culture.

Set the Boy Free

From roaming the streets of Manchester to constantly pushing musical boundaries as the most loved guitarist Britain has ever produced, Johnny Marr’s memoir is the true history of music – told by one of its very own legends.

Shock and awe

As the sixties dream faded, a new flamboyant movement electrified the world: GLAM! In Shock and Awe, Simon Reynolds explores this most decadent of genres on both sides of the Atlantic


Peter Hook has written a no-holds-barred, comprehensive account of the band’s entire history, packed with outrageous anecdotes and including every set list and tour itinerary and interspersed with ‘geek facts’ of every piece of electronic equipment used to forge the sound that changed the direction of popular music.

What is Punk?

From London’s Sex Pistols and The Clash to the Ramones’ NYC protopunk, from Iggy Pop to X-Ray Spex, this volume depicts some of our culture’s seminal moments and iconic characters.

Paul McCartney

The first biography written with Paul McCartney’s approval and with access to family members and friends closest to him. Superbly evoking half a century of popular music and culture, Paul McCartney is the definitive life of a long-misunderstood genius.

Naked at the Albert Hall

Part memoir, part wide-ranging exploration of the art, mechanics and spellbinding power of singing, NAKED AT THE ALBERT HALL takes in Dusty Springfield, Dennis Potter and George Eliot; Auto-tune, the microphone and stage presence; The Streets and The X Factor.

Outside the Lines

With hundreds of photographs, accompanied by anecdotes, interviews and first-hand accounts from the photographers themselves, this book gives access to rare behind-the-scenes stories about how shoots took place and the creative processes behind them. 

Sounds and Sweet Airs

A long-overdue celebration of neglected virtuosos, Sounds and Sweet Airs presents a complex and inspirational picture of artistic endeavour and achievement that deserves to be part of our cultural heritage.

Motown: The Sound of Young America

 Packed with fresh insights gleaned from scores of interviews with key players, this exceptional, revealing book delves into the workings of the Motown machine and details how a dedicated team of backroom believers, white and black, turned a small family business into a popular music powerhouse. 

Cowboy Song

The first biography to be written with the cooperation of the Lynott Estate, Cowboy Song is the definitive authorised account of the extraordinary life and career of Thin Lizzy guiding spirit, Philip Lynott.

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83 thoughts on “Magnificent Gifts for Music Lovers

  1. Sadly it will never happen but I would love to have heard Bruce sing “Independence Day” with David Bowie. Two of rock’s greats but sadly their paths never crossed musically.

  2. Hmmmm! A very difficult question, although I could watch Bruce all day whether solo or duetting and never get bored!
    I’d love to see Bruce Springsteen duet with Phil Lynott..what a combination that would have been! Sadly, as that can never be and I’ve already been lucky enough to see the Boss duet with Paul McCartney at an amazing gig in Hyde Park….(how could they pull the plug on those 2 great entertainers)………………then this time, I’d have to choose the fabulous, Adele.
    My reasons? They are 2 amazing artists with fabulous voices and larger than life personalities whose sheer joy in performing is infectious. Can’t wait!!!

  3. That’s a tough one, there are some great artists there, but I would love to hear him sing with Adele, I think their voices would be awesome together .x

  4. I would love to see Bruce Pair up with Noddy Holder as there amazingly gruff voices would blend amazingly well together.

  5. Unfortunately, too many of these featured musicians are no longer with us. I’d like to see Bruce duet with Adele, though.

  6. Adele would make a brilliant combination. I have been to see Bruce Springsteen in concert. He was fabulous .

  7. So sad to see many artists that are no longer with us! I think I’d have to say Adele. They are quite different so I’d love to see what they could come up with.

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