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  • 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die

    By Matthew Rye
    Authors:
    Matthew Rye
    1001 Classical Recordings is a guide concerned with excellence in every field of classical music. The reader becomes familiar with the Gregorian chants of the Medieval age (pre-1400), the madrigals and more secular music of the Renaissance (1400-1600), the intricate ornamentation of the Baroque era (1600-1750), the structured pieces of the Classic period (1750-1820), and the emotionally charged Romantic works (1820-1900), right through to the innovative and sometimes challenging composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.From the great and inspiring Masses, choral works, symphonies, concertos, and operas, to the intimacies and subtleties of chamber music and pieces written for small ensembles and soloists, the reader builds up a full understanding of the variety of music in the classical genre, and is guided to the most outstanding recordings of each masterpiece. Each entry is potentially a gateway to exciting new territories of music for the reader to explore.
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    BBC Radio 6 Music's Alternative Jukebox

    BBC Radio 6 Music is the station for people who are passionate about music: its award-winning presenters are constantly bringing a wealth of fresh tracks to the airwaves, from both new and established artists. In this book, BBC Radio 6 Music draws on its pool of knowledge and experience to provide an alternative offering to the mainstream music most radio stations play, bringing the reader an authoritative guide to 500 alternative classic songs and the stories behind them.Featuring contributions from the station's most popular DJs and producers - including Cerys Matthews, Craig Charles, Gilles Peterson and Huey Morgan - BBC Radio 6 Music's Alternative Jukebox is the perfect route to escaping the mainstream and discovering a world of unforgettable tracks. With choices of works by a diverse range of artists, such as Gil Scott-Heron, Gram Parsons, the Pixies and Ghostpoet, these are the songs that tell the story of alternative music.
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    Beg, Steal or Borrow

    By Spencer Honniball
    Authors:
    Spencer Honniball
    Charting the wayward tale of the UK's most notorious group and written with full co-operation of the band this is the ultimate rock and roll story and is destined to become a classic of the genre. From rehab in a Thai monastery to riots at the Astoria, the tabloid exposé of Kate Moss to countless brushes with the law, the book is often funny, sometimes tragic, but always totally compelling. Currently riding high with a critically acclaimed album Sequel to the Prequel under their belt, a successful arena tour of Europe and the UK completed and a host of big festival dates lined up for the summer, Babyshambles are enjoying their most successful year to date.
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    Divas: Billie Holiday

    Divas: Streisand

    Huey Morgan's Rebel Heroes

    By Huey Morgan
    Authors:
    Huey Morgan
    The defining sounds of popular music - blues, rock 'n' roll, punk, hip-hop - were shaped and driven by rebel voices: whether that was Robert Johnson and Billie Holiday in the 1920-40s, or the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Joe Strummer in the 1960s and 70s. Truly ground- and rule-breaking voices have been drowned out by pop-by-numbers acts in more recent years, and in Rebel Heroes, Huey Morgan investigates where music started to lose its soul, and why the lessons of those renegade spirits of yesteryear are still so vital. The book is steeped in Huey's love for, and knowledge of, music and is full of personal anecdotes and stories of some of the greatest musicians to have graced us with their talent.
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    I Just Wasn't Made For These Times: Brian Wilson and the Making of Pet Sounds (The Vinyl Frontier)

  • Infographic Guide to Music

    By Graham Betts
    Authors:
    Graham Betts
    Over 80 stunning, ingenious and absorbing music infographics! Infographic Guide to Music presents unique, witty and surprising facts about every music genre, from pop, rock, indie, house, dance, electronic, rap, country and classical. Mixing musical stats with facts on all your favourite leading legends, it features infamous and often ludicrous tales of the music business.More than just a book of words, with graphs, Venn diagrams and charts, this book provides a unique overview of the music world, boasting over 100 original artworks and illustrations and at-a-glance facts to amaze and astound readers.
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    The Making of the Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik' (The Vinyl Frontier)

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    Mm: Beck

    Mm: Elvis Costello

    Mm: Leonard Cohen

    Mm: Neil Young