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Sing to Me

by La Reid

In this long-awaited memoir, illustrated with over 100 never-before-seen photos from his personal collection, the groundbreaking record producer chronicles his struggles, his success, and the celebrated artists...


Popular Music Matters: Essays in Honour of Simon Frith

by Lee Marshall & Dave Laing

Simon Frith has been one of the most important figures in the emergence and subsequent development of popular music studies. From his earliest academic publication, The Sociology of Rock (1978), through to his...


The Show Must Go On! Popular Song in Britain During the First World War

by John Mullen

Using a collection of over one thousand popular songs from the war years, as well as around 150 soldiers' songs, John Mullen provides a fascinating insight into the world of popular entertainment during the...


Global Glam and Popular Music: Style and Spectacle from the 1970s to the 2000s

by Ian Chapman & Henry Johnson

This book is the first to explore style and spectacle in glam popular music performance from the 1970s to the present day, and from an international perspective. Focus is given to a number of representative...


The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

by John Seabrook

There's a reason hit songs offer guilty pleasure—they're designed that way.

Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a...


You Don't Own Me: The Life and Times of Lesley Gore

by Trevor Tolliver

(Book). 1963 tail fins were in, sock hops were hot, and a fairytale white knight was president. That summer, sixteen year-old singer Lesley Gore released her debut single, "It's My Party," propelling her to...


Skeleton Key

by David Shenk

NOW AN EBOOK FOR THE FIRST TIME

For fifty years and more than two thousand shows, the Grateful Dead have been earning the "deadication" of more than a million fans. Along the way, Deadheads have built an original...


Ringo: With a Little Help

by Michael Seth Starr

(Book). Ringo: With a Little Help is the first in-depth biography of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who kept the beat for an entire generation and who remains a rock icon over fifty years since the Beatles took...


Globalization and Popular Music in South Korea: Sounding Out K-Pop

by Michael Fuhr

This book offers an in-depth study of the globalization of contemporary South Korean idol pop music, or K-Pop, visiting K-Pop and its multiple intersections with political, economic, and cultural formations...


Original Rockers

by Richard King

Richard King's account of the several years he spent working in a Bristol independent record shop in the early 90s is destined to become a classic of music writing. We live in an age when the most beautiful...


Ray Davies

by Johnny Rogan

NOW UPDATED WITH A NEW EPILOGUE

In the summer of 1964, aged twenty, Ray Davies led the Kinks to fame with their number one hit ‘You Really Got Me’. Within months, they were established among the pop elite,...


Heaven's Promise

by Paolo Hewitt & Irvine Welsh

Description London, 1988, and the winds of change are blowing through the city, kicking up a storm. A gal pregnant and a DJ running for cover. The birth of the e generation and a race riot erupting. The Sheriff...


Magical Mystery Tours

by Tony Bramwell

Tony Bramwell's remarkable life with The Beatles began in a post-war Liverpool suburb where he was childhood friends with John, Paul and George. By the time he unexpectedly ran into George Harrison on top of...


Last Man Standing: The Chi-Lites Featuring the Legendary Marshall Thompson

by Marshall Thompson, Dane Ladwig & Bonnie Classen

The Chi-Lites were instrumental in changing the very foundation of the music industry. With their number one hits "Oh Girl" and "Have You Seen Her," Pop music artists and producers recognized the importance...


Touching From a Distance

by Deborah Curtis

The only in-depth biographical account of the legendary lead singer of Joy Division, written by his widow. Includes a foreword by Jon Savage and an introduction by Joy Division drummer, Steven Morris.

Revered...


The Lizard King

by Jerry Hopkins

Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, has achieved a bizarre cult status since his death in 1971. Morrison was one of the most popular and controversial figures to emerge during the sixties; described as an...


Fiesta de diez pesos: Music and Gay Identity in Special Period Cuba

by Moshe Morad

The ‘Special Period’ in Cuba was an extended era of economic depression starting in the early 1990s, characterized by the collapse of revolutionary values and social norms, and a way of life conducted by...


Cider With Roadies

by Stuart Maconie

Cider with Roadies is the true story of a boy's obsessive relationship with pop. A life lived through music from Stuart's audience with the Beatles (aged 3); his confessions as a pubescent prog rocker; a youthful...


Litpop: Writing and Popular Music

by Rachel Carroll & Adam Hansen

Bringing together exciting new interdisciplinary work from emerging and established scholars in the UK and beyond, Litpop addresses the question: how has writing past and present been influenced by popular music,...


Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945

by Jon Stratton & Nabeel Zuberi

Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945 provides the first broad scholarly discussion of this music since 1990. The book critically examines key moments in the history of black British popular music from 1940s...