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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.

    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.

      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.

        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.

          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.

            Wolfgang Flür

            Kraftwerk: I Was A Robot

              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

              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.

                  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.

                      STAFF COMMENTS

                      Laura says: It took me a while to get around to reading this, but once I started, I couldn't put it down! Although I'm a fan of their music ("Cattle & Cane" is one of my favourite songs of all time) I know very little about the story of The Go-betweens, and it's a great story. As you'd expect, this is a beautifully written and wonderfully evocative tale of friendship and the highs and lows of being in a 'rock'n'roll' band from the end of the 70's, through the rise of indie in the 80's, and beyond. You don't have to be a fan of the band to enjoy this book either, it's just a really enjoyable read, but anyone who grew up in love with Postcard Records, the early days of Rough Trade Records and 80s indie with particularly will love it.

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