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Garage Rock

  Seth Bovey’s Garage Rock: From the Fabulous Wailers to the White Stripes (expected 2017-18) will explore the cross-generational phenomenon of garage rock – from the Fabulous Wailers in the late 1950s to the White Stripes in the 2000s, and beyond. The book aims to tell the story of how generations of young, aspiring musicians have tried […]

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Neil Young

Neil Young: American Traveller by Martin Halliwell September 2015 (UK) & October 2015 (North America)   When Neil Young left Canada in 1966 to move to California, it was the beginning of an extraordinary musical journal that would leave song after song resonating across the landscapes of North America. From “Ohio” to “Albuquerque,” Young’s fascination […]

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Soundscapes

Jimi Hendrix, one of the great instrumentalists in rock history, pioneered an amplified sound that extended the scope of the guitar into the urban landscape. Jimi Hendrix: Soundscapes traces Hendrix’s personal and musical trajectory through the places in which he played, following him from the Pacific Northwest to the California coast, through the South and […]

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Road Music

Easy Riders, Rolling Stones: On the Road in America, from Delta Blues to 70s Rock John Scanlan September 2015 (UK) / October 2015 (North America). Easy Riders, Rolling Stones travels back into the history of American popular music of the twentieth century to explore the emergence of ‘road music’. This music – blues, R’n’B, and […]

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Heroes

Heroes: David Bowie and Berlin by Tobias Rüther Sept 2014 (UK) / Oct 2014 (North America) In 1976 David Bowie left Los Angeles and the success of his celebrated albums Young Americans and Station to Station and settled in Berlin, where he would work on his ‘Berlin Triptych’, the albums Low, ‘Heroes’, and Lodger, which are now […]

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Magnetic North

Sting: From Northern Skies to Fields of Gold (forthcoming, 2017) By Paul Carr In the post-progressive rock era of the late 1970s and early 80s, a three-piece band called The Police emerged to be one of the most commercially successful acts of their generation. Unlike the vast majority of bands to emerge during the Punk/New Wave […]

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Remixology

In Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora, Paul Sullivan explores the evolution of dub – the avant-garde form of reggae. Dub as a set of studio strategies and techniques was among the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, and is still far from being fully explored. With a unique grip […]

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Nick Drake

Nick Drake: Dreaming England by Nathan Wiseman-Trowse Sept 2013 (UK) / Oct 2013 (North America) Since his untimely death in 1974 at the age of 26, singer-songwriter Nick Drake has not only gained a huge international audience, which eluded him during his lifetime, but has come to represent the epitome of English romanticism. Drake’s small but […]

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Brazilian Jive

  In Brazilian Jive: From Samba to Bossa and Rap, David Treece uncovers the genius of Brazilian song, both as a sophisticated, articulate art form crafted out of the dialogue between music and language, and as a powerfully eloquent intervention in the country’s social and political history. As Brazil grows in stature as a global power, […]

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Tango

  The explosion of participation in dance classes in recent years has led to the re-emergence of popular partner dancing, with Latin American styles at the forefront. Chief among these styles is the most sensual and dramatic of dances, the tango. Born in the unlit streets of Buenos Aires, tango was danced to the music […]