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Rudi Esch

Electri_City: The Dusseldorf School Of Electronic Music

    Just like Memphis for Rock'n'Roll, Dusseldorf is regarded as the Mecca for electronic music. The capital of North Rhine-Westphalia became the centre of an analog electronic movement which changed the course of all popular music to come.

    Electri_City is the oral account of the city's most influential bands, including Kraftwerk, NEU!, DAF, Die Krupps and many more. This history uncovers the myths and reality of the bands emerging from the artistic backdrop of a wealthy, modern, post-WWII German city; the conditions that fostered such a creative explosion.

    Interviews include Daniel Miller (Mute Records), Paul Humphreys and Andy McCluskey (OMD), Martyn Ware (Human League), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17), Rusty Egan (Visage) Ryuichi Sakamoto and producer, Giorgio Moroder.

    Johnny Rogan

    The Byrds - Requiem For The Timeless: Volume 2

      One of the most ambitious and expansive rock biographies ever written, Requiem For The Timeless, Volume 2 continues this epic study of the Byrds. Rogan’s previous Byrds book was highly acclaimed (“This is at least the best biography of a group ever written” Q).

      The second volume focuses on the solo careers of the deceased members of the band, including co-founder and songwriter Gene Clark, cult figure Gram Parsons and the acclaimed guitarist Clarence White. Taken as a whole, these obituaries confirm that the Byrds were not simply a legendary group but something closer to a movement that defined LA rock.

      Mick Middles & Mark E. Smith

      The Fall

        Having known Fall leader Mark E. Smith since 1977, Manchester-based music writer Mick Middles is ideally placed to pen this authorised biography of this most inscrutable of bands. Written with the full co-operation of Smith, the text details some 26 years on the fringe of the Manchester punk scene, three dozen albums, endless touring, two successfully staged plays and numerous spoken-word events.

        Victor Bockris & Gerard Malanga

        Uptight: The Story Of The Velvet Underground

          The Velvet Underground is arguably one of the most influential American rock bands ever. Based on interviews with former members Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison, as well as others from Andy Warhol's circle of artistic collaborators, Up-Tight is the definitive oral and visual history of the band and its revolutionary, often avant-garde music. Bockris and Malanga's intelligent and entertaining approach-which does not shy away from the drugs, sleaze, and controversy that enveloped the band seemingly from its inception-provides compulsive reading.

          Stevie Chick

          Psychic Confusion: The Story Of Sonic Youth

            Rock journalist Stevie Chick draws upon his wealth of source material and exclusive interviews with band-members and the people closest to Sonic Youth, to give an insight into this most complex and fascinating of rock bands.

            Wolfgang Flür

            Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot - Signed Edition

              Wolfgang Flür was vital cog in the Kraftwerk machine, galvanising the group’s electric drum sound throughout the 1970’s and propelling the rhythmic backbone of iconic albums such as Autobahn and Electric Café.

              I Was A Robot is a detailed, evocative account, written in Flür’s no-nonsense style. It takes us from his youth into the band’s formation and touring of their influential works, laying bare the acrimonious break-up and court cases that later followed. This book is the final word on Kraftwerk, their continued influence and what it felt like to be a Man-Machine.

              ”This is a first-hand account of human life inside the robot factory. A world that I could barely have imagined as a 16-year-old Kraftwerk fan stranded in a suburb on the wrong side of the river from Liverpool. A window into a world that I could never have imagined.” Andy McCluskey, OMD

              ”Kraftwerk is a myth. Wolfgang is for real. Thus handsome elder statesman of Electronic Music gives a lot of useful inside information about the Men-Machines.” Rudi Esch, ELECRI_CITY

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              Dick Porter

              Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps

                Based upon work and materials compiled for the acclaimed and now much sought after 2007 Cramps biography A Short History of Rock'n'Roll Psychosis, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps goes far beyond being a revised and updated edition: Completely overhauled, rewritten and vastly expanded, it now represents the definitive work on the group.

                In addition to unseen interview material from Ivy, Lux and other former band members, Journey To The Centre Of The Cramps also sees the Cramps' story through to its conclusion, recounting Lux's unexpected death in 2009, the subsequent dissolution of the group and their enduring legacy. The Cramps' history, influences and the cast of characters in and around the group are likewise explored in far greater depth. Features unseen first-hand interview material from Lux Interior and Poison Ivy. A wealth of new interview material with former band members and other key players in the band's history and never before seen/rare photographs and ephemera to help illustrate the book.

                Kris Needs

                Dream Baby Dream: Suicide: A New York City Story

                  “We were living through the realities of war and bringing the war onto the stage... Everybody hated us, man” Alan Vega

                  Born out of the city's vibrant artistic underground as a counter-cultural performance art statement, opposing the war by mirroring its turmoil, Suicide became the most terrifyingly iconoclastic band in history, and also one of the most influential. By the time the punk scene they're usually associated with came out of CBGBs in the mid-seventies, Suicide had already been causing havoc in New York’s clubs for several years.

                  Working closely with the author, Rev and Vega explain the influences and events which led to the birth of Suicide and their early struggles. They invoke another world and era, peppered with smoky jazz clubs, Iggy Pop in his new-born Stooge persona and even suffer an attack from beat guru Allen Ginsberg.

                  Along with interviewing major figures in the Suicide story, the author reaches back into 40 years chronicling and interviewing major players in New York’s musical history, including Blondie, Jayne County, James Chance and the New York Dolls. While the city changes around them, it all adds up to the definitive account of the lives and times of this unique duo.

                  Nick Soulsby

                  We Sing A New Language: The Oral Discography Of Thurston Moore

                    We Sing A New Language is the first definitive account of Thurston Moore's work across many hundreds of collaborations, solo recordings and guest appearances. While his long tenure in Sonic Youth speaks for itself, his friends and colleagues reveal his other achievements, collecting a wide variety of creative enterprises whose unifying thread is Thurston Moore's passionate devotion to music.

                    Spanning 1978 to the present day, Nick Soulsby's book invites the reader inside the creative process, capturing each key shift and development in Moore's work from his time with Glenn Branca's guitar orchestras to his wholehearted embrace of free jazz in the mid-nineties.

                    The polar opposite of those that calcify their young fame into a tired monument, Thurston Moore has allowed himself to remain creative and innovative; keen to experiment, willing to relinquish control and unafraid to take chances. It's a unique achievement and one that finds worthy celebration in We Sing A New Language.

                    Mick Middles & Lindsay Reade

                    Torn Apart: The Life Of Ian Curtis

                      Cloaked in mystique, Joy Division's extraordinary vocalist Ian Curtis tragically took his own life in 1980, leaving just two haunting albums and a depleted band that would famously evolve into New Order. This title talks about Ian Curtis.

                      Barry Miles & Chris Charlesworth

                      David Bowie Black Book

                        Back in print due to popular demand; the David Bowie Black Book remains one of the most elegant books about the iconic superstar ever to have been published.

                        Art directed by acclaimed graphic designer, Pierce Marchbank, and with text written by former NME journalist and cultural commentator, Barry Miles, the David Bowie Black Book contains photographs from every era of Bowie's genre-defining career and was for many years the world's best-selling Bowie book.

                        Robert Forster

                        Grant & I : Inside And Outside The Go-Betweens - Signed Edition

                          The 1980s songwriting partnership of McLennan/ Forster was a little like an Australian Lennon/ McCartney. The pair wrote all the band’s distinctively original material and, like their more famous counterparts, shared the credits and alternated on lead vocals. Grant & I is an extraordinary portrait of an intense, creative, sometimes fraught friendship that represented a genuine meeting of artistic minds.

                          In Grant & I, the reader is given a front-row seat at the sessions that produced an incredibly prolific and diverse song catalogue. Just as The Go-Betweens were like no other music group, so this book is like no other music memoir. It is wise and witty, poignant, insightful, self-deprecating and knowledgeable. Robert Forster is as natural a storyteller and prose writer as he is a songwriter, and Grant & I is an unforgettable ride.

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                          Jimmy Webb

                          The Cake And The Rain - Signed Edition

                            Featuring exclusive UK Content. Jimmy Webb is a musical legend. The only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration, his songs have touched generations and defined artists across decades. Recorded by artists from The 5th Dimension to Glen Campbell, to Isaac Hayes, to Harry Belafonte, to James Brown, to Nick Cave, to Waylon Jennings, to Harry Nilsson, to Hank Marvin, to Sparklehorse, to Scott Walker, Webb’s songs are one of the pillars of the cultural landscape.

                            The Cake and The Rain is Jimmy Webb’s memoir, touching on his background, musicianship, growth as a songwriter and his many friendships and collaborations with the likes of Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and Elvis Presley. The Wall Street Journal called it “novelistic, perfectly plotted and quite possibly the best pop star autobiography yet written”. It is a spectacular book. With content exclusive to this UK edition

                            Ian Tilton & Claire Caldwell

                            Set In Stone - Ian Tilton's Stone Roses Photographs

                              THE STONE ROSES - The legendary band that helped define the exuberant mood of the ‘MADchester’ movement in the late 1980′s. They gave some unforgettable performances, released two albums and eventually split in 1996. Photographer IAN TILTON knew them from the beginning and was along for the ride. His pictures document every key moment in the hectic first life of the band that was eventually to reunite at the end of 2011.

                              From their first TV appearance to the famous Spike Island gig, Tilton’s iconic images caught the spirit of the band and the flavour of the times. The best of those vibrant pictures, over 400 including some never before published, have been collected together in ‘SET IN STONE – Ian Tilton’s Stone Roses Photographs’ along with comprehensive background notes to each photo shoot.


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