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Man On The Run: Paul McCartney In The 1970s
- Paperback - Polygon
'Man on the Run' paints an illuminating picture: from McCartney's nervous breakdown following the Beatles' split through his apparent victimisation by the authorities to the rude awakening of his imprisonment for marijuana possession in Japan in 1980 and the shocking wake-up call of John Lennon's murder.
Take It Cool
- Paperback - Two Ravens
If you're born with a name like Pinnock, you are just two consonants away from disaster. Jonathan Pinnock knows this, and that wipes out any chance of being cool. But one day he finds out about Dennis Pinnock, a reggae singer who recorded over 20 singles on a dozen different labels but never made an album, despite working with some of the biggest names in black British music. So Jonathan embarks on a search to find out more about his namesake.
Creation Stories: Riots, Raves And Running A Label
- Paperback - Pan Books
Alan McGee's role in shaping British culture over the past 30 years is hard to overstate. As founder of Creation Records he brought us the music that defined an era. A charismatic Glaswegian who partied just as hard as any of the bands on his notoriously dissolute label, he became a star himself. In 'Creation Stories' he tells his story for the first time, from leaving school at 16 to setting up the Living Room club in London, which showcased many emerging indie bands, from managing The Jesus and Mary Chain to co-founding Creation when he was only 23.
A Broken Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen's Secret Chord
- Hardback - Sandstone Press
In this philosophical biography, Liel Leibovitz looks at what it is that makes Leonard Cohen an enduring cultural icon. Born into a religious Jewish family - for years a reclusive lyricist on the Greek island of Hydra, known for his bold political commentary, his devotion to Buddhist thought and his later despair over contemporary Zionism - Cohen hardly follows the rules of rock convention. Yet the prophetic themes of his music, often filled with pessimism and apocalyptic visions, prove redemptive to an audience that spans generations, from those who listened in the 1960's to today.
Och Aye The Noo Wave: The Preposterous Story Of Postcard Records
- Hardback - Ebury Press
They had just a few hundred pounds, one band missing a drummer, a sock drawer for an office, more dreams than sense and not a clue between them how to run a record company. But when Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins decided to start their own label from a shabby Glasgow flat in 1979, nobody was going to stand in their way. This is the preposterous true story of Postcard Records, the renegade label which, with its mad DIY ethic, kickstarted the 1980s' indie music revolution.
Barbed Wire Kisses: The Jesus And Mary Chain Story
- Hardback - Polygon
Musically, culturally and in terms of sheer attitude, the Jesus and Mary Chain stand alone. Their story begins in the bleak new town of East Kilbride, near Glasgow, at the dawn of the 1980s with two chronically shy brothers, James and William Reid, listening to music in their shared bedroom. What follows charts their stormy live performances, signing to Creation, fraternal tensions that rival those of the Gallaghers, and, ultimately, their total self-belief and passion.
Emeli Sandé: Read All About It
- Paperback - Omnibus Press
John Dingwall has talked to Emeli, her parents, her sister, schoolteachers and those who have been involved with her career to bring the first biography of Britain's hottest female singer/songwriter of the moment.
How To Pass National 5 Music
- Paperback - Hodder Gibson
This book contains all the advice and support you need to revise successfully for your National 5 exam. It combines an overview of the course syllabus with advice from a top expert on how to improve exam performance, so you have the best chance of success.
Time Out Of Mind: The Lives Of Bob Dylan
- Paperback - Mainstream Publishing
In 1997, having failed to release a single new song in seven long years, Dylan put out the equivalent of two albums in a single package. He called it 'Time Out of Mind'. So began the renaissance, artistic and personal, that culminated in 2012's acclaimed 'Tempest'. In the concluding volume of his groundbreaking study, Ian Bell explores the unparalleled second act in a quintessentially American career. It is a tale of redemption, of an act of creative will against the odds, and of a writer who refused to fade away.
ABC, My Grannie Caught A Flea: Scots Children's Songs And Rhymes
- Paperback - Birlinn
Ewan McVicar, one of Scotland's best-known storytellers and song writers, has collected songs in over 40 Scottish schools to create this new condensed compendium of the 'hidden' songs of Scots childhood.