Uwe Schutte£9.99 £9.29
The most influential band ever? So says Uwe Schutte. Their music has stood the test of time and makes quite a story.
Ashley Kahn£12.99 £12.08
A Love Supreme or Kind of Blue? Books on both albums and this is an authorised classic.
David (Associate Editor) Stubbs£12.99 £12.08
An amazing era for European music, from the late 60s onwards, influencing so many British bands, maybe not punk though ...
London College of Communication) Toop David (Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation£25.00 £23.25
David Toop has been one of the most inventive writers on music (and art) for many years, well, looks like 44 and still counting.
Christopher Scoates£19.98 £18.58
Once available in a beautiful hardback, now going for £150 plus, this compact paperback version is a great alternative, in fact the only one.
David Byrne£17.98 £16.72
Classic, unique and indispensable take on how a band works, although not without its ups and downs during the Eno era (3 best albums though!)
Patti Smith£9.99 £9.29
Poet or musician? I saw her in 1976 performing the Horses album. Forty five years later and she's one of our bestsellers.
Nina Simone£12.99 £12.08
In these times, this is such an important story, about one of the greatest singers of all time and sounding better and better. Most influential voice ever.
Horatio Clare£10.00 £9.30
Great first on Radio 3, the book idea a must and another beautiful Little Toller publication.
Laurie Anderson£60.00 £55.80
Another musician who's been around for 40 years, this is her looking back over her career, putting into perspective one of the most creative live performers of all time. As much artist as musician.
David Ritz£14.99 £13.94
Another story for our times, the title says it all. David Ritz gives us the definitive life of one of the greatest talents in all American culture
Miles Davis£12.99 £12.08
Performed in 6 decades and always moving with the time, he kickstarted the careers of dozens of the greatest jazz musicians of all time, including Wayne Shorter, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Jack de Johnette, Bill Evans etc. etc.
Patti Smith£20.00 £18.60
Poet first, musician second here, although the divide is hard to identify. Again, over 40 years of work from a true legend.
Viv Albertine£8.99 £8.36
Ex-member of the, I think it's fair to say, seminal Slits, who ended (the first and real time) almost 40 years ago, Viv Albertine has now been publishing books (this is her latest) since 2014 and what a unique perspective she has.
Viv Albertine£8.99 £8.36
"A raw, thrilling story of life on the frontiers and a candid account of Viv's life post-punk" ... Not hard to imagine.
Philip Glass£14.99 £13.94
Another survivor, having recently celebrated his 84th. birthday, this once under-rated (by the purists, now gone quiet) contemporary composer has added words. "Who knew that he was as good a writer as he is a composer?"
Michael Stradford£14.00 £13.02
He was miles ahead in so many ways, clothes included. Take a look at the cover, not even sure we're there yet.
Kim Gordon£9.99 £9.29
Great to hear so much more from women (aka girls) in bands and bands don't any bigger than Sonic Youth (greatest band name ever?) " Girl in a Band is a moving, evocative chronicle of an extraordinary artist."
Shirley Collins£16.98 £15.79
All the way from the time of Anthems In Eden and John Peel's Top Gear, Shirley has been true to her art. Now Dolly has departed, we are blessed with a personal account of times past and present. The face and voice of C21st. folk
Alex Ross£16.98 £15.79
Great title and an absolute necessity for anyone who tries to make sense of contemporary music. This unique portrait of an exceptional era weaves together art, politics and cultural history to show how twentieth-century classical music was both a symptom and a source of immense social change.
Rob Young and Irmin Schmidt£14.99 £13.94
As a Can Fan, I devoured this account by the sole surviving original member of the band, keyboard player and noise maker,Irmin Schmidt. It's an amazing account of the band's development in late 60s Germany, of one of the coolest and most influential rock bands (remember "Progressive"?) of all time. Check them out!
M.E.S. and wisdom, sort of, not sure he'd agree with "wise", witty maybe, hilarious and serious together definitely. "Messing Up the Paintwork is a tribute to a musical icon described as 'untouchably cool' (Lauren Laverne), an 'uncompromising musical maverick' (Tim Burgess) and 'a man shouting from a prison window' (Frank Skinner). "
Ian Penman£12.99 £12.08
Ian Penman, legendary NME scribe from the essential 79-82 era (now in his early 60s), "reaches for a vanished moment in musical history when cultures collided and a certain kind of cross-generational and `cross-colour' awareness was born. His cast of characters includes the Mods, James Brown, Charlie Parker, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, John Fahey, Steely Dan and Prince - black artists who were innovators, and white musicians who copied them for the mainstream."
Mark Doyle£9.94 £9.24
Of all the great British bands to emerge from the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. Often described as the archetypal English band, they were above all a quintessentially working-class band with a deep attachment to London. Mark Doyle examines the relationship between the Kinks and their city, from their early songs of teenage rebellion to their album-length works of social criticism.
Jono Podmore£14.99 £13.94
The coolest, greatest "rock" drummer of them all and SO influential with Can. Also worked with Jah Wobble and others. "With the help of Jaki's widow Birgit Berger; drummers Reiner Linke, Maf Retter and Gero Sprafke; composer Manos Tsangaris; and discographer Bryan O'Connell, they have assembled a comprehensive account of not only the drum theory, but also Jaki's profound conceptual and pragmatic vision as applied throughout his life."
Patti Smith£9.99 £9.29
Just a classic, prize winning account of her time with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. "And an unforgettable portrait of New York, her rich and poor, hustlers and hellions, those who made it and those whose memory lingers near."
David Hepworth£8.99 £8.36
David Hepworth has the uncanny knack of turning out classics and this is another. "He's interested in how people make the stuff and, more importantly, what it means to us. In this collection of essays written throughout his career, Hepworth shows how it is possible to take music seriously and, at the same time, not drain the life out of it."
Patti Smith£9.99 £9.29
Singular memories of Smith's life in Michigan and the irremediable loss of her husband, Fred Sonic Smith (MC5). Braiding despair with hope and consolation, illustrated with her signature Polaroids, M Train is a meditation on travel, detective shows, literature and coffee. It is a powerful, deeply moving book by one of the most remarkable artists at work today.
David Byrne£10.99 £10.22
Quite a combination, rock star, NY (etc.) and cycling, but then DB is not your average rock star. "When he tours, Byrne travels with a folding bicycle, bringing it to cities like London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Istanbul, Manila, New York, Detroit and San Francisco. The view from his bike seat has given Byrne a panoramic window on urban life all over the world."
Christopher R. Weingarten£9.99 £9.29
The greatest rapper voices ever? I think so. The greatest and complex-est rap songs ever. I think so. The trusted fathers of a generation. And the greatest album title ever. Not many copies of this left.
Gil Scott-Heron£10.99 £10.22
Maybe the grandfather of rap now, part Scottish too and never to be forgotten. A scarecrow that scared not the birds. The revolution will NOT etc. He wrote fiction too.
Benjamin Piekut£23.99 £22.31
Once voted the UK's worst band (I think 1973, probably because of their name, they were superb musicians from the off), that only spurred Peel to give them a session. Possibly the coolest, artiest set of album covers ever. " Drawing on ninety interviews with Henry Cow musicians and crew, letters, notebooks, scores, journals, and meeting notes, Piekut traces the group's pursuit of a political and musical collectivism, offering up its history as but one example of the vernacular avant-garde that emerged in the decades after World War II."
Sophy Roberts£18.98 £17.65
"Dotted throughout this remote and beautiful landscape are pianos created during the boom years of the nineteenth century. They tell the story of how, ever since entering Russian culture under the influence of Catherine the Great, piano music has run through the country like blood. How these pianos made the journey into this snow-bound wilderness in the first place is remarkable."
"Songwriter Neil Rosser has done more than anyone to promote the image of the Welsh essence of the Swansea area, and this volume provides warm recollections of his beloved home town area."
Aled Wyn Davies£12.99
"The honest and humorous autobiography of Aled Wyn Davies, well-known sheep farmer from mid-Wales, and renowned tenor who has won the Blue Riband at the National Eisteddfod."
Alfred Brendel£14.99 £13.94
"The title of this collection of essays refers to a tailor's mannequin that Alfred Brendel spotted in a shop window in Arezzo, a small Tuscan town. Who is this strange lady? What is she looking at? And why is she carrying an egg on her head? The mannequin now graces a room in the attic of Brendel's house in Hampstead. Her features convey great artistic seriousness in combination with absurd comedy: the epitome of his own musical and literary preferences."
Syd Barrett and Rob Chapman£14.99 £13.94
Not sure "lyrics" and Syd Barrett can co-exist. Words, well yeah, lyrics is a bit Juke Box Jury, quite cool then. Strangely Syd and JBJ just about crossed over in 1967. "Compiled in collaboration with the Syd Barrett estate, and featuring a foreword from former Pink Floyd manager Peter Jenner and a comprehensive introduction by biographer Rob Chapman, The Lyrics of Syd Barrett delves deep into one of rock'n'roll's most imaginative and searing minds."
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