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Lullaby of Birdland: An Autobiography (Bayou Jazz Lives S.) - George Shearing & Alyn Shipton
As a jazz pianist hoping for success in America, George Shearing had to overcome a handicap which most American musicians regarded as insurmountable - the handicap of having been born in England.
He had been taught, however, by all the legendary jazz pianists, not in person, but by way of their records..
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Eric Clapton: The Autobiography

At some point in the late 60s, Eric Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd, wife of his close friend George Harrison. Clapton's 1970 masterpiece, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" was an offering and a plea to her; they eventually married in 1979 and divorced in 1988. Clapton's memoir follows the recent release of Boyd's side of the story in "Wonderful Tonight". His description of his relationship with Boyd, though, offers few excuses for his emotional swings, substance abuse and extramarital affairs that defined much of their decade together...


Cash: The Autobiography - Johnny Cash
Synopsis:
This fascinating autobiography of the country music legend recounts the highs and lows, the struggles and hard-won triumphs of his remarkable life. The story takes us from Johnny Cash's childhood on an Arkansas cotton farm to his early years at Sun Records. We read of his life on the road and meetings with, and performances for, world leaders. There is also the darker side of his life: the years of addiction to amphetamines and pain killers, a suicide attempt and the spiritual awakening that pulled him through. He looks unsparingly at his turbulent past, but remains a man of honesty, humility and humour.

Guitar Man - Will Hodgkinson
Reviews:

The Times
This funny, cool book about an obsessive odyssey in music will give hope and joy to other would-be guitar men.

Dylan Jones, GQ
A six stringed classic.

The Royal Ballet: 75 Years - Zoe Anderson
Synopsis:
This is a perceptive and critical account of the Royal Ballet's first 75 years, tracing the company's growth and extraordinary cultural importance. Dancing through the Blitz, winning an international reputation in a single New York performance, and adding to the glamour of London's Swinging Sixties, Zoe Anderson vividly portrays the extraordinary personalities who created the Royal Ballet, from Ninette de Valois to founding music director Constant Lambert through to chief choreographers Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan. She records the dancers: Fonteyn, Robert Helpmann and Moira Shearer, mould-breaking artists like Lynn Seymour, golden partnerships like that of Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell, through to stars of today like Bussell, Cope, Cojocaru, Kobborg and Rojo, and guest artists who became part of the company, from Nureyev to Guillem.

A girl called Madonna - Popjustice
Synopsis:
'A Girl Called Madonna' tells the story of frankly the most amazing 'n' important female singer in the history of everything. Among the breathtaking revelations: * Madonna likes to sing and dance! * Madonna was very honest about kissing people and made other people realise that kissing people was a good thing! * One day Madonna drank a special potion called 'bitter'? it turned her into an English lady! 'A Girl Called Madonna' is part of a fairly amazing new series of ultra-concise and brilliantly illustrated pop biographies. Popjustice Icons capture the 'amusing' and passionate spirit of the award-winning Popjustice website: collect, as they say, the set!

Rip It Up and Start Again: Post Punk 1978-1984

Synopsis: Punk's raw power rejuvenated rock, but by the summer of 1977 the movement had become a parody of itself. RIP IT UP AND START AGAIN is a celebration of what happened next: post-punk bands like PiL, Joy Division, Talking Heads, The Fall and The Human League who dedicated themselves to fulfilling punk's unfinished musical revolution. The post-punk groups were fervent modernists.


Bono on Bono: Conversations with Michka Assayas

Synopsis: For the first time ever, Bono - the biggest rock star in the world - tells his life story, and speaks passionately about his hopes for the future. Bono is one of the most influential musicians at work today. Over the past twenty-five years his band, U2, have sold a staggering 130 million albums and collected 14 Grammys. Their success has made Bono one of the most recognisable faces in the world.


Sinatra: The Life

Synopsis: The first and last definitive, fully-documented, massively researched birth-to-death biography of Frank Sinatra by the bestselling author of File on the Tsar and Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Frank Sinatra said that, as a child, he heard 'symphonies from the universe' in his head. At twenty-five, he told a friend he planned to become 'the best singer in the world'. Soon teenagers worldwide were behaving as though he were just that.


Guinness World Records: British Hit Singles and Albums

Book Description: The UK's best-selling music annual contains every single and album to make the charts since the first hit parade in 1952. This latest Guinness World Records publication, the 18th edition since 1977, comes in a new larger format to include a special extra 74 page section celebrating the milestone of 1,000 No.1 singles.


Pygmalion (Penguin Classics)

Synopsis: Pygmalion both delighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. A brilliantly witty reworking of the classical tale of the sculptor Pygmalion, who falls in love with his perfect female statue, it is also a barbed attack on the British class system and a statement of Shaw's feminist views.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio Scripts: The Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases: v. 2

Synopsis: The remaining books in Douglas Adams's masterpiece are finally to be dramatised on BBC Radio 4, where it first began - and we're publishing the scripts! Twenty-five years after the original radio series of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy exploded into the public consciousness, the further exploits of its bewildered hero Arthur Dent are being brought to life in their original medium.


Chronicles: Volume One

Bob Dylan - Amazon.co.uk: As the first volume of Chronicles, Bob Dylan’s long-anticipated autobiography, finally appears, we are given a forcible reminder how it has never been easy to be a Dylan admirer. How could the fiercely anti-establishment composer of With God on Our Side embrace (in turn) orthodox Judaism, then fundamentalist Christianity – two religions absolutely antithetical to his celebration of the unfettered human spirit ?


The Artist's Way: A Course in Discovering and Recovering Your Creative Self
Julia Cameron. Amazon.co.uk Review: With the basic principle that creative expression is the natural direction of life, Julia Cameron and Mark Bryan lead you through a comprehensive 12-week program to recover your creativity from a variety of blocks, including limiting beliefs, fear, self-sabotage, jealousy, guilt, addictions and other inhibiting forces, replacing them with artistic confidence and productivity..

 
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