The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries
By the Sex Pistols
'...short, sharp, to the point, minimal. 'Never Mind the Bollocks' is a blackmail note - and we got you all to pay up!' - JOHN LYDON 'When we first went in Wessex [recording studios] we went in through this side door. Freddie Mercury was there doing a vocal take and we walked right through with our guitars. He threw a wobbler.' - STEVE JONES ''God Save The Queen' was definitely the pinnacle. It all went sour after that.' - PAUL COOK 'Malcolm was a shit-stirrer. I think he's got a short attention span. He played this game of pitching me against John. Now we realise there was a lot of false information going between us.' - GLEN MATLOCK On the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols', The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries is the official, inside story of the whirlwind year of 1977- the recording and release of 'Never Mind the Bollocks...' and the year the Sex Pistols changed everything. From 'God Save the Queen' to 'Holidays in the Sun' and everything in between, it was a year of chaos and creation.Straight from the mouths of the Sex Pistols and their collaborators, with first-hand stories of secret gigs, recording sessions, fights, record label meltdowns and a media storm like nothing ever seen before, The Sex Pistols - 1977: The Bollocks Diaries is the inside line, told by the people who were there.Packed with photography and rare items from the Sex Pistols archives - from gig posters and early album art to master tapes and notes from recording sessions - this is the final word on a year like no other.
The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation
By Laura Lee
Aaarghgghhh!!@#%&*!!! Every time your mobile phone rings, it's an automated PPI call... You've forgotten one of your million different internet passwords... Once again, you're stuck in the slowest lane at the supermarket...This book investigates 97 day-ruining events, slap-in-the-face moments and everyday aggravations, and explains why these things irritate us quite so much. Let's face it, the world is becoming an increasingly annoying place to live - and THE POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AGGRAVATION has the evidence to prove it. It has been scientifically proven that when we understand the science behind our daily grievances, our problems become less frustrating and easier to manage. This fact-filled book will help reduce the stress of your daily grind. Designed with enlightening diagrams and witty drawings, THE POCKET ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AGGRAVATION finally answers the question, why is that so f*cking annoying?
1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die
1001 Whiskies You Must Try Before You Die takes you on a fascinating global whisky tour - from Scotland and Ireland through North America, Japan, India, and the rest of the world, providing insight into the 1001 best and most exciting whiskies ever made. Fully updated for 2017, this is an invaluable resource for whisky afficionados everywhereThis comprehensive and throughly-researched guide explores the traditional tipple's incredible diversity, introduces you to the host of often new, and sometimes rare finds, and is sure to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of the drink in all its forms. A unique and inspirational guide to the mouthwatering world of whisky.
The Element in the Room
By Helen Arney, Steve Mould
'Made me go Hydrogen Argon, Hydrogen Argon, Hydrogen Argon.' Rufus HoundAs featured in Best stocking-filler books of 2017 - The Guardian'Witty and clever writing, every topic is engaging, fun and in some cases laugh-out-loud funny...there are too many highlights to mention' - How it Works Why is it impossible to spin your right foot clockwise while you draw a 6 with your right hand? Can you extract DNA from a strawberry daiquiri? Would you make love like a praying mantis? Should you book a holiday on Earth 2.0? The Element in the Room will take you on a rib-tickling, experiment-fuelled adventure to explain everyday science that is staring you in the face. If you are sci-curious, pi-curious or just the-end-is-nigh-curious then this is the book for you.Steve Mould and Helen Arney are two thirds of science comedy phenomenon Festival of the Spoken Nerd. As a trio they have appeared on QI, created their own experimental* comedy show 'Domestic Science' for Radio 4, toured their stand-up science shows to over 50,000 nerds (and non-nerds) and accumulated millions of views on YouTube.'These nerds are the real deal' - Ben Goldacre, author of BAD SCIENCE 'They make science fun and understandable which is a great combo.' Sandi Toksvig'MIND BLOWN.' Tim Harford'Science was never such hilarious explosive fun.' Richard Herring'This book is 37% better than mine. But it took 100% more nerds to write it.' Matt Parker (the other third of Spoken Nerd)
This Day in Rap and Hip-Hop History
By Chuck D
Foreword by Shepard Fairey.As featured in Best stocking-filler books of 2017 - The GuardianIf you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop. The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!Kendrick LamarThis book is required reading for those who claim to know hip-hop, love hip-hop, and want their information from a true Master and General of the hip-hop culture...Public Enemy #1, Chuck D!Ice-TChuck D wasn't put here to play any games. He created the greatest hip-hop album in my opinion to date, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. But the very first minute he sonically appeared to us, I knew rap was changed forever. Power, awareness, strength, and militancy is his stance in a world obsessed with punishing poor people. I knew he would righteously and boldly die so that a little young boy he didn't even know from Queensbridge could live. He attacked wickedness head-on being the rappin' rhino terror that he is. He represented for all of us putting his life on the line and making the right music fighting for hip hop, the youth, truth, and justice. Chuck D made the lane for people like me to walk.NasReading this book is like reliving my life all over again. Chuck D is Dope!!!LL Cool JIn the more than 40 years since the days of DJ Kool Herc and "Rapper's Delight," hip-hop and rap have become a billion-pound worldwide cultural phenomenon that reaches well beyond music, into fashion, movies, art and politics. Yet there is no definitive history of the genre - until now.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." Also included are key events in hip-hop history, from Grandmaster Flash's first scratch through to Tupac's holographicappearance at Coachella.Throughout the book, Chuck offers an insider's perspective on the chart toppers, artists and key moments. Illustrating the pages are more than 150 portraits from mADurgency, an artist collective specialising in art and design for the hip-hop community.
By Simon Brew, Den of Geek
Movie Geek is a nerdy dive into popular movies, brought to you by the award-losing Den Of Geek website, with a foreword by the UK's foremost film critic, Mark Kermode. Discover hidden stories behind movies you love (and, er, don't love so much), and find out just why the most dangerous place to be is in a Tom Hanks film.Fascinating, surprisingly and hugely entertaining, this leftfield movie guide is gold for film buffs, and might just bring out the geek - hidden or otherwise - within you...Includes:Alternative movie endings that were binned Movie sequels you didn't know existedMassive box office hits that were huge gamblesThe collateral damage of Tom Hanks moviesHidden subtexts in family moviesDisastrous things that went wrong on modern movie sets...and much, much more!
The Maths Behind...
By Colin Beveridge
The Maths Behind over 60 everyday phenomena. Have you ever wondered why traffic jams often turn out to have no cause when you get to the end of the queue? There's a mathematical explanation for that. Or ever considered whether some lotteries might be easier to win than others? There's a formula for that too. If you've ever been curious about the mathematical strings that hold our world together, then look no further than The Maths Behind.This intriguing and illuminating book takes a scientific view of your everyday world, and can give you the answers to all the niggling questions in your life, along with many you never even thought to ask. From the science behind roller coasters, to the maths behind how to consistently win at Monopoly (and become very unpopular with your family), this is a fascinating look at the mathematical forces that run beneath our everyday transactions.
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
By Steven Jay Schneider
Expert critics in each genre of film, from romance to horror and sci-fi, have once again painstakingly revised this list of essential must see-movies to bring the must-watch list bang up to date for 2017, from great classics like The Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind to more recent offerings like Moonlight, Arrival, La La Land and Mad Max: Fury Road. Each entry tells you exactly why these films deserve inclusion in this definitive illustrated list, engaging readers in each film's concept development and production, including curious trivia facts about the movies, as well as the most famous pieces of memorabilia associated with them.Illustrated with hundreds of stunning film stills, portraits and poster art 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die offers an incredible visual insight into the world of modern cinema. It puts together the most significant movies from all genres, from animation to Western, through action, comedy, documentary, musical, noir, romance, thriller, short and sci-fi. Movies from over 30 different countries have been included, offering a truly wide multi-cultural perspective, and the time span includes more than a century of extraordinary cinematography. Packed with vital statistics, and a few facts that might surprise you, this is a collector's must for the bookshelf as well as an entertaining read for all those who love the world of film. Whether your passion lies with The Blue Angel or Blue Velvet, from the films you shouldn't have missed the first time around, to the films you can see again and again, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die is the definitive guide for all movie lovers.
1001 Drives You Must Experience Before You Die
By Darryl Sleath
From Cheddar Gorge in the UK to the Lost World Highway in New Zealand, this is a compilation of the most unforgettable and extraordinary journeys our planet has to offer. Divided into themed chapters (Scenic, Adventure, and Historical & Cultural), this book strives to inspire readers to strike out on their own adventures, while also being the perfect read for the armchair traveller. Scenic routes include trips along Hadrian's Wall or along the Amalfi Coast, while Adventure routes take you along the 'Road of Death' in Bolivia and the Tianmen Mountain Road in China. Historical & Cultural drives follow routes of literary, historical or artistic significance, for instance Che Guevara's route through South America, or retracing Bonnie and Clyde's final drive. Each trip is supported with digital mapping and is illustrated by evocative full-colour images. Whether you're raring to get out on the road, or you're looking for some escapist reading that will take you across the world from the comfort of your living room, this book has 1001 trips to stir your imagination.
The Vinyl List
Putting the style in your stylus, The Vinyl List is more than your average book of music recommendations. Brought to you by the vinyl subscription club, Vinyl Me, Please - 'the best damn record club there is'* - 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.With The Vinyl List, your record collector needs are in safe hands: arranged alphabetically, this chic tome is your font of knowledge on what sounds work best on vinyl, while it also simultaneously captures the aesthetic thrills that crate-diggers derive from their passion. *If they do say so themselves.
Churchill: The Life
By Max Arthur
'Evocative pictures of Churchill pack this fascinating biography' - The Mail on SundayTogether with his unique selection of images, acclaimed historian Max Arthur's evocative and insightful narrative text gets to the core of Winston's character, using his own words and those of some of those closest to him, to provide a comprehensive study of the man and his life. This is a stunning tribute to a remarkable man.When Winston Spencer Churchill was born in 1874, no one could have predicted the path that lay ahead. But, as it turned out, from Winston's undistinguished academic career to his front-line experiences as a soldier and journalist whether in India, Sudan or Cuba, and during the Boer War or in the trenches of World War I; through his unparalleled political career with all its ups and downs; to his 'finest hour' leading Britain during World War II, he was never to be far from the world's attention.Now the boy, the soldier, the writer, the orator, the politician, the statesman and the family man are all brought to life in this absorbing illustrated book, now newly published in paperback. Featuring both letters to 'Mama' from the homesick - but rebellious - schoolboy and telegrams to Stalin, it highlights some of the most gripping communications from the Churchill Archives. Facsimiles of hand-annotated speech notes are paired with fascinating memorabilia, such as the poster for the reward for his capture during the Boer War, a specimen of one of his infamous cigars, a favourite gramophone record and his Parliamentary despatch box. This book also showcases pictures from his family photograph collection, providing a more intimate portrait of Churchill the husband, the family man and even Churchill the animal lover. Exhaustively researched, Churchill: The Life includes previously unpublished images - such as Winston as a cadet at Harrow and his casket's final journey into Bladon cemetery - as well as rare images of him as a baby and specially shot artefacts from family archives.
By Dhan Tamang
Over 128 pages of 60 stunning designs from Britain's champion latte artist. From free pouring to etching, stencilling and more complicated designs for the black belt barista, you'll have fun emulating innovative designs such as The Swan, The Unicorn, and frothy 3-D babyccino animals. The book even includes 9 stencil patterns for you to trace and try.Starting with basic skills and patterns, readers will learn how to create the crema (the froth that acts as a canvas in the coffee cup) and how to produce the hearts, rosettas and tulips that will be used as the basis to form more complicated artworks. Dhan Tamang is a world-renowned latte artist particularly known for his use of colour, and now you too can create impressive multicoloured designs following Dhan's step-by-step instructions. By the end of this book you will be able to create fabulous designs to delight family members and dinner party guests alike.
Cracking Quantum Physics
By Brian Clegg
Enter the invisible world of sub-atomic physics and discover the very core of existence. Cracking Quantum Physics takes you through every area of particle physics to clearly explain how our world was, and is, created, and breaks down the most complex theories into easily understandable elements. Subjects covered include:-Time travel-The Higgs field-Dark Matter-The anatomy of the elements-Enter the atom-Quantum reality-Quantum tunnelling-Electrodynamics-Accelerators and colliders-The Zeno effectAn easy-to-understand guide to some of the most complex and intriguing topics: Cracking Quantum Physics is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered about the underlying forces and materials that make up the world as we know it.
By Tejvan Pettinger
Crack the world of money and understand the economic theory that has shaped nations and influenced the way you live now.From Keynesian models to how inflation affects interest rates, Cracking Economics will make the seemingly complex world of global finance easily understood. Subjects covered include:-Macro- and micro-economics-Inflation-Recession-Economic forecasting-How stock markets work-Globalisation-Labour markets-The credit crunch-Keynesian theory-Conceptual economics-The EuroAn accessible, comprehensive and fully illustrated guide to this fascinating field, Cracking Economics will get you conversing on currency and discussing the deficit with the best of them.
Particle Physics Brick by Brick
By Dr Ben Still
Using LEGO® blocks to create a uniquely visual and clear depiction of the way our universe is put together. This is the perfect introduction to the enigmatic and fascinating world of Quantum Physics.Our story starts with the Big Bang, and along the way, the constructs and interactions within and among atoms and sub-atomic particles, and the forces that play upon them, are clearly explained, with each LEGO® block representing a different atomic or sub-atomic particle. The different colours and size denote what that particle is and its relationship with the other 'building blocks'.Each chapter is presented in digestible chunks, using toy building blocks to illustrate the ideas and experiments that have led to some of the biggest discoveries of the past 150 years.Soon you'll be able to construct every element in the Universe using a box of LEGO® and this book!
By Robert Dimery
From Tin Pan Alley to the Brill Building, Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain, and Joni Mitchell to Amy Winehouse, gifted songwriters have crafted a cherished body of music that has become part of our lives. Imagine the Fifties without the magical clamor of 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Hound Dog', the Seventies without the anthemic 'Le Freak' and 'Anarchy in the UK' or the Noughties without the leftfield pop of 'Toxic' or 'Crazy'.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. Each entry in this wonderfully browsable book tells the story of a great song. Find out what inspired the songwriter, what makes the track so enduring, which songs it influenced in turn and which cover version to listen out for. You'll also pick up a wealth of fascinating trivia along the way.Fully updated for 2017, this is the ultimate playlist of the most iconic songs of the past century.
By Paul Lowe
From the oldest surviving photograph from 1826, to Trump's election win in 2016, this is a chronological tour through the greatest images ever captured, and an all-inclusive guide to the art of photography. Featuring photographs from around the world and by myriad different photographers, readers can discover all the big names, from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Annie Leibovitz, Ansel Adams to Helmut Newton, and many more besides. Whether you are already a photography buff looking to widen your scope of knowledge, or a photography newbie looking for a concise yet comprehensive guide to the most iconic photographs of all time, this book is for you.
By Steve Parke
PICTURING PRINCE sees the late icon's former art director, STEVE PARKE, revealing stunning intimate photographs of the singer from his time working at Paisley Park. At least half of the images in the book are exclusively published here for the first time; most other images in the book are rare to the public eye.Alongside these remarkable images are fifty engaging, poignant and often funny written vignettes by Parke, which reveal the very human man behind the reclusive superstar: from shooting hoops to renting out movie theatres at 4am; from midnight requests for camels to meaningful conversations that shed light on Prince as a man and artist. STEVE PARKE started working with Prince in 1988, after a mutual friend showed Prince some of Steve's photorealistic paintings. He designed everything from album covers and merchandise to sets for Prince's tours and videos. Somewhere in all of this, he became Paisley Park's official art director. He began photographing Prince at the request of the star himself, and continued to do so for the next several years. The images in this book are the arresting result of this collaboration.
Ukulele for Beginners
By Will Grove-White
Interested in the ukulele and want to learn how to play it? This is the book for you.Originally published as Get Plucky, this all-encompassing guide to the ukulele is written by Will Grove-White, one of the world-renowned Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Clearly written, beautifully designed, and chock-full of photos and illustrations, Ukulele for Beginners is the perfect teach-yourself ukulele book for adults and children alike, and a must for anyone with an interest in the instrument.- No knowledge of music required- Clearly written and easy to understand- Full colour photographic illustrations- Chords to learn and songs to strum- Simple and advanced strumming techniques- Tips and tricks for writing your own songs- How to play in a group- Play along with the songs onlineAlso includes:- Pull-out comprehensive chord dictionary- A complete history of the ukulele- Biographies of great uke players from past and present- Ukulele revelations about Jimi Hendrix, Neil Armstrong, Elvis Presley and more...
By Ed Sheeran Limited (FSO Ed Sheeran), Phillip Butah
With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produced artwork for Sheeran's albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.In the book, now published for the first time in paperback, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.Included in this book are Ed's recollections of working tirelessly on the London gig circuit and self-releasing EPs, working hard on finding his sound, signing to Asylum Records and recording his huge hit debut album, '+', performing at the Grammys, touring with Taylor Swift and performing sell-out headline gigs at Madison Square Garden. With Phillip Butah's distinctive portraits of Ed throughout, this is a unique book celebrating a unique musician.