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  • A Passion Play by Brian Rabey
    A Passion Play (English, Paperback) Brian Rabey

    Jethro Tull in their own words, largely. Brian Rabey interviewed many band members including Ian Anderson and Martin Barre to get to the heart of the band. Part 1 is a history of the group and Part 2 is devoted to a series of interviews with Ian Anderson about his views on many different subjects. A must for fans.

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  • Be Stiff by Richard Balls
    Be Stiff (English, Paperback) Richard Balls

    The story of Stiff Records has never been properly told until now. Richard Balls rectifies that by interviewing over 50 people who either recorded for the label or worked on it. The book has been updated to include a ruby coloured cover to celebrate 40 years of the label, along with a new foreword from Stiff stalwart, Jona Lewie.

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  • Are You Ready? by Alan Byrne
    Are You Ready? (English, Paperback) Alan Byrne

    There have been several books on mega-selling rock band Thin Lizzy, but this is the first one to concentrate on their albums and how they were made via interviews with band members, producers and friends.

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  • High Stakes And Dangerous Men by Neil Daniels
    High Stakes And Dangerous Men (English, Paperback) Neil Daniels

    Hard rock band UFO have been around for nearly 45 years, but there is surprisingly little written about them. That's a shame, because their story is worth telling. They work hard, they play hard and they have been a major influence on many of today's musicians. They have also created some of the most memorable heavy songs: ever.

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  • Train Kept A Rollin' by Spencer Vignes
    Train Kept A Rollin' (English, Paperback) Spencer Vignes

    Spencer Vignes, marries his two passions of music and railways in a book that gets to the heart of the train song. He interviewed over 40 musicians, such as Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Brian Ferry, Peggy Seeger, Rod Stewart and more who share the secrets of how and why they wrote, or recorded, their train songs.

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  • Tin Pan Alley: The Rise Of Elton John (limited Edition) by Keith Hayward
    Tin Pan Alley: The Rise Of Elton John (limited Edition) (English, Hardback) Keith Hayward

    This book details Sir Elton's formative years: from training as a classical pianist at the Royal Academy of Music; his time as a jobbing songwriter in London's Tin Pan Alley; performing his first live gigs; his eventual rise to superstardom in the '70s. With two picture sections of never-before-seen photos, this is the first biography to focus entirely on Elton's formative years from 1964 to 1979,...

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  • Gram Parsons by Jason Walker
    Gram Parsons (English, Paperback) Jason Walker

    Helter Skelter first published this biograghy of country singer Gram Parsons in 2002 to great critical acclaim (Uncut magazine made it their book of the month). This edition is revised and updated.

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  • Time And A Word by Martin Popoff
    Time And A Word (English, Paperback) Martin Popoff

    This is a major new book on progressive rockers Yes. It contains interviews with Jon Anderson, BIll Bruford, Steve Howe, the late Chris Squire and Rick Wakeman, amongst others. It follows the timeline format, with an entry for every year of the band's long history, covering key events, tours, albums and more.

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  • Sail Away by Martin Popoff
    Sail Away (English, Paperback) Martin Popoff

    The first full biography of the band Whitesnake and the tales of their leader David Coverdale from his Deep Purple roots to the present.

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  • Peaches: A Chronicle Of The Stranglers: 1974 - 1990 by Robert Endeacott
    Peaches: A Chronicle Of The Stranglers: 1974 - 1990 (English, Paperback) Robert Endeacott

    Written in the form of a diary outlining key events, Peaches covers the history of The Stranglers from 1974 until 1990 (when Hugh Cornwell quit the band). Full of interesting anecdotes and facts this will please both fans

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  • Wayward Daughter by Sophie Parkes
    Wayward Daughter (English, Paperback) Sophie Parkes

    The Carthy's are folk music's royal family. This is the story of the heir to the throne Eliza Carthy, who celebrates 21 years in the music business in ,2012. In addition to interviews with the Carthy family and Eliza herself there are contributions from Billy Bragg, Cerys Matthews, comedian Stewart Lee amongst others.

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  • Killers: The Origins Of Iron Maiden, 1975 - 1983 by Neil Daniels
    Killers: The Origins Of Iron Maiden, 1975 - 1983 (English, Paperback) Neil Daniels

    This unique book is the first to focus on Iron Maiden's important formative years, from their formation in 1975 by bassist Steve Harris, through the turbulent Paul Di'Anno years and the arrival of Bruce Dickinson, up to 1983's Piece of Mind album when they became the world's biggest band.

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  • A Howlin' Wind by John Blaney
    A Howlin' Wind (English, Paperback) John Blaney

    A fascinating study of how the phenomenon that was Pub Rock started in the UK in the early 1970s and how it had reinvented itself as New Wave by the end of that decade. Features new interviews with many of the main players of the era.

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  • Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers by Neil Daniels
    Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers (English, Paperback) Neil Daniels

    Formed in Texas in 1969, ZZ Top are living legends. They are still going strong and embarking on a world tour in 2013. It is 30 years since Eliminator, their best known album, was released. So, let's celebrate them in all their glory with this fans' guide.

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  • Nirvana by Rob Jovanovic
    Nirvana (English, Paperback) Rob Jovanovic

    This is a 'must own' for Nirvana's army of fans. A book that looks at how they recorded every record they made (including their first homemade attempt in 1982). This isn't a dull discography though, as it looks at what made the band tick during each recording, their mindset and the background to the sessions. Essential stuff.

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  • Wheels Out Of Gear by Dave Thompson
    Wheels Out Of Gear (English, Paperback) Dave Thompson

    Helter Skelter first published this book in 2004 to rave reviews (Uncut magazine rated it one of their books of the year) and strong sales. Soundcheck Books have licensed the work and are publishing it as a B-Format paperback in time for the Specials reunion tour, starting in Europe in September 2011 (hitting the UK in October).

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  • Let It Rock by Neil Daniels
    Let It Rock (English, Paperback) Neil Daniels

    Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet has sold over 28,000,000 copies and is the world's 48th best selling album. We all know it, we all love it (even if some of us won't admit it!), so let's celebrate it and the band that made it in this tribute book.

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  • Singing Out by David Burke
    Singing Out (English, Paperback) David Burke

    Looks at the lives and careers of three of folk music's most enduring women - Maddy Prior, June Tabor and Linda Thompson. With interviews from the subjects themselves and contemporaries such as Martin Carthy, this book is a must read for folk fans.

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  • Young Flesh Required by Alan G. Parker
    Young Flesh Required (English, Paperback) Alan G. Parker, Mick O'Shea

    Alan G. Parker is "Mr Sex Pistols" having written 3 books on Sid Vicious and directed the film "Who Killed Nancy?". Here,with Mick O'Shea, he writes the band's history from the perspective of an insider who was friends with Malcolm McLaren and Anne Ritchie (Sid's mother).

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  • Jumpin' In The Fire by Sean Tyla
    Jumpin' In The Fire (English, Paperback) Sean Tyla

    '70s rocker Sean Tyla's autobiography covering ace rub rockers Ducks Deluxe, The Tyla Gang and solo career. Tyla met or worked with many famous people, such as Keith Moon, Dave Edmunds, Nick Lowe, Michael Nesmith and even Clint Eastwood, so there are great stories here.

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