Our Christmas Top Picks: Music Books

Our Christmas Top Picks: Music Books

Robbie Williams: Reveal

An intimate, funny and frank account of the moments behind the music, of the truth behind the headlines and of the fascinatingly complicated man behind the imperious entertainer, Reveal is Robbie Williams as you’ve never seen him before.

Bruce Dickinson

A long-awaited memoir from the larger-than-life, multifaceted lead vocalist of Iron Maiden, one of the most successful, influential and enduring rock bands ever. 

Blue: All Rise: Our Story

For the first time, more than 15 years after four boys from London were first thrown together to form what would go on to become one of the most successful and infamous groups of the boyband era, Lee, Antony, Duncan and Simon tell their full, no-holds-barred story in their own inimitable words.

Back to the Boy

Life has presented its fair share of setbacks for James Arthur, from his disrupted childhood – during which he felt like a stray and a misfit, entering the care system in his teens – to a very public fall from favour just at the point when all his dreams should have been coming true. 

Born to Run

In 2009, Bruce Springsteenand the E Street Bandperformed at the Super Bowl’s halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That’s how this extraordinary autobiography began. 

Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography

 Whether he’s recalling jamming with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant, pulling together a big band fronted by Tony Bennett, playing twice at Live Aid, or writing the Oscar-winning music for Disney’s smash-hit animated film Tarzan, Collins keeps it intimate and his storytelling gift never wavers.

Set the Boy Free

The Sunday Times Bestseller and Winner of the NME Best Book Award 2017 Few groups have had a bigger impact than The Smiths and few musicians are as celebrated as Johnny Marr. He is an icon who defined an era and influenced a generation of guitarists.

Pink Floyd:Their Mortal Remains

The first book ever produced with full access the Pink Floyd archive. Published to accompany the V&A’s major summer exhibition, Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains, celebrates 50 years of one of the greatest bands of all time.

Ed Sheeran:Divide and Conquer

Self-described as a ‘spotty, chubby, ginger teenager’ with a love for Damien Rice and Nizlopi, Ed Sheeran was never an obvious bet to become a global superstar. And yet that’s exactly what he’s achieved, winning plenty of awards (and hearts) along the way.

Roots, Radicals and Rockers:How Skiffle Changed the World

Emerging from the jazz clubs of the early ’50s, skiffle – a uniquely British take on American folk and blues – caused a sensation among a generation of kids who had grown up during the dreary post-war years. 

The Most Beautifu: My Life With Prince

In The Most Beautiful, a title inspired by the hit song Prince wrote about their legendary love story, Mayte Garcia for the first time shares the deeply personal story of their relationship and offers a singular perspective on the music icon and their world together

Absolutely on Music: Conversations with Seiji Ozawa

An unprecedented glimpse into the minds of two maestros. Haruki Murakami’s passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books.

Substance: Inside New Order

Joy Division had the world at their feet. Then, on the eve of that tour, the band’s troubled lead singer, Ian Curtis, killed himself. The next time they got together, they were a new band. That band was New Order – their label was Factory Records, their club The Hacienda.

People at Work: The Rock Star

The Rock Star – a nugget of wisdom from bestselling authors Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris.This delightful book is the latest in the series of Ladybird books which have been specially planned to help grown-ups with the world about them.

What Is It All But Luminous

From the golden-haired, curly-headed half of Simon & Garfunkel–a memoir (of sorts): artful, moving, lyrical; the making of a musician; the evolution of a man, a portrait of a life-long friendship and collaboration that became one of the most successful singing duos of their time. 

How to Play the Piano

Learn to play one of Bach’s most exquisite preludes in just 6 weeks, even if you have never played the piano before. An accessible and inspiring book by the pianist and international bestselling writer James Rhodes.

Being Elvis: A Lonely Life

What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world’s first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself – of being Elvis

Eskiboy

The official autobiography of Wiley, the ‘Godfather of Grime’ Richard Kylea Cowie, or Wiley, is one of the most innovative and influential musicians of today. Over the course of twenty years he has redefined British music.

Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day

Classical music for everyone – an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill.

I Am Brian Wilson: The genius behind the Beach Boys

My life has been written about over and over again, and that’s mostly okay with me. Other people can talk about my life. Sometimes they’ll get it right and sometimes they’ll get it wrong. For me, when I think back across my own life, there are so many things that are painful.

Rodigan:My Life in Reggae

This is the unlikely story of David Rodigan: an Army sergeant’s son from the English countryside who has become the man who has taught the world about Reggae. 

Wrote For Luck: Selected Lyrics

In the mid-1980s the Happy Mondays emerged as the prime mischief makers on the Madchester scene. Chief protagonist was Shaun Ryder, a man whose lyrical street swagger in songs like Kinky Afro, 24 Hour Party People and Performance, would come to define a generation. 

The Music Shop

From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds.

Greatest Hits

Alone in her studio, Cass Wheeler is taking a journey back into her past. After a silence of ten years, the singer-songwriter is picking the sixteen tracks that have defined her – sixteen key moments in her life – for a uniquely personal Greatest Hits album.

Mute: A Visual Document

This authoritative, sumptuously illustrated history of the label features stunning artwork and photography – much of it previously unseen – and revelatory behind-thescenes insights from those who have worked with the label.

The Vinyl List: 100 Albums You Need on Vinyl and Why

The Vinyl List is a lively, visually handsome guide to the 100 albums you need to own on vinyl and why, with added extras: cocktail recipes to match your listening needs, and ‘Like this, then listen to this’ suggestions.

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

For the first time Gucci Mane tells his story in his own words. It is the captivating life of an artist who forged an unlikely path to stardom and personal rebirth.

So Here It Is

In the 1970s, when Slade were the biggest band in the UK, Dave Hill was always the one having the most fun. With twenty-three Top 20 hits, six consecutive number-one singles and the smash hit `Merry Xmas Everybody’ (which has charted every year since), Slade were unstoppable.

A History of Heavy Metal

The history of heavy metal brings brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess, from household names to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene and the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.

The Universal Tone

In 1967 at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, a young guitarist played a blistering solo that announced a prodigious talent. Two years later he played a historic set at Woodstock, and the world came to know Carlos Santana by name.

Secrets for the Mad: Obsessions, Confessions and Life Lessons

Find hope in dark times When I feel like I’m going mad, I write. A lot of my worst fears have come true; fears that felt so big I could barely hold them in my head.

London Rock: the Unseen Archive

Tour “Swinging London’s” underground rock scene with some of the biggest bands from Britain and around the globe in this collection of Alec Byrne’s stunning photography.

Testimony

Testimony is the moving story of the profound friendship among five young men who together created a new kind of popular music. Testimony is Robbie Robertson’s story, lyrical and true, as only he could tell it.

Age of Bowie,The:How David Bowie Made a World of Difference

Morley captures 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.

All Things Remembered

As one of Britain’s most influential DJs, producers, promoters, and record-label owners – whose contributions to the UK rave scene in the 1990s defined the genres jungle and urban rave, Goldie is an iconic figure. 

Adele

.In Adele, bestselling biographer Sean Smith talks to those close to her as he follows her astonishing journey to fame that began on the gritty streets of Tottenham. 

This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History

This massive compendium details the most iconic moments and influential songs in the genre’s recorded history, from Kurtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin'” to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill to Kendrick Lamar’s verse on “Control.”

This is Grime

“Written by Hattie Collins (i-D, the Guardian, The Sunday Times), an authority on Grime who has documented the scene since its beginnings, and accompanied by beautiful images shot by award-winning photographer Olivia Rose solely for the book. ”

Last of the Giants: The True Story of Guns N’ Roses

Many millions of words have already been written about Guns N’ Roses, the old line-up, the new line-up. But none of them have ever really gotten to the truth.

George Michael:The Life 1963-2016

George Michael was raised in a family of Greek Cypriot immigrants in North London, and dreamed of stardom when he was a little boy. At just twelve years old he met Andrew Ridgeley and the two of them went on to achieve stunning success in the early 1980s with Wham!

Like a Bat Out of Hell

Mick Wall will bring this extraordinary story up to date, drawing on the hours he spent with Meat Loaf, both in interviews and on tour, as well as offering up a unique insight from those who have known him best.

Lou Reed: A Life

As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once the height of sanctity and perversity, transcended a genre, speaking to millions of listeners, inspiring a new generation of musicians.

Rock Bottom: A Music Writer’s Journey into Madness

 As Michael addresses his feelings about the past, in particular his failed teenage band, Mental Elf, he’s forced to confront the question: is it finally time to grow up and forget rock’n’roll?

1971 – Never a Dull Moment:Rock’s Golden Year

1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years. 

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