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The landmark memoir of a global music icon. Sinéad O'Connor's voice and trademark shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Her recording of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U made her a global icon. She outraged millions when she tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on American television. O'Connor was unapologetic and impossible to ignore, calling out hypocrisy wherever she saw it. She has remained that way for three decades. Now, in Rememberings, O'Connor tells her story - the heartache of growing up in a family falling apart; her early forays into the Dublin music scene; her adventures and misadventures in the world of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll; the fulfilment of being a mother; her ongoing spiritual quest - and through it all, her abiding passion for music.  Product Information: • ISBN: 9781844885411 • Author: Sinéad O'Connor • Publisher: Sandycove • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm

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Sarah Harding is best known as the wild member of Girls Aloud, whose reputation for partying, drinking and dating made her a tabloid favourite. But where does the celebrity Sarah Harding end and the real Sarah begin? Faced with a devastating cancer diagnosis that turned her life upside down, Sarah has decided that now is the time to write her story. Her truth. 'I can't rewrite history; all I can do is be honest and wear my heart on my sleeve. It's really the only way I know. I want to show people the real me. Or perhaps remind them. Because, somewhere - amongst the nightclubs, the frocks and hairdos, the big chart hits, and the glamour of being a popstar - the other Sarah Harding got utterly lost. She's the one who's been forgotten. And all I want is for you to hear her out.' This is Sarah Harding in her own words. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529109740 • Author: Sarah Harding • Publisher: Ebury Press • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.1 cm

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Discover the inspiring story of Brian May's Red Special in this fantastic story of the legend and his life's work! Fully revised and updated, this is the story of the home-made guitar that rocked Queen and the World! Brian reveals all, from the guitar's origins to playing on the roof of Buckingham Palace, from Live Aid to the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody to opening the Academy Awards in 2019 where the film scooped four Oscars.  All of this is accompanied by original diagrams, sketches and notes from the building of the guitar, as well as a selection of classic photographs including Brian on stage with his guitar, close-ups and even an X-ray.  Rare images are included throughout, as the entire guitar was dismantled and photographed for the book. Product Information: ISBN: 9781787394858 Author: Brian May Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Format: Hardback Pages: 144 Dimensions: 28 x 21.5 x 2.2cm

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Almost 50 years after his death, Hendrix is the abiding symbol of musical genius cut tragically short. Wild Thing will be the first biography to bring together the splendour and sadness of his brief life, and to attempt to unravel the circumstances of his death. Hendrix revolutionised classic rock, inventing a whole new vocabulary for the guitar. Onstage he pushed the boundaries of Sixties permissiveness, fellating the strings of the guitar with his tongue, lying it flat and straddling it, even setting fire to it. Yet in private, he was polite, shy and sweet natured. Wild Thing is a celebration of matchless artistry, and a gripping chronicle of those now mythical times. It will also investigate the peculiar conditions of his death, and tell the most cautionary of rock 'n' roll parables. After all these years of rumour and speculation, Jimi's ghost may finally be laid to rest. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474611480 • Author: Philip Norman • Publisher: W&N • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.8 cm

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Before he was responsible for some of the most iconic drumming in popular music, Stephen Morris grew up in industrial Macclesfield. Far removed from the bright lights and manic energy of nearby Manchester, he felt stifled by suburbia and feared he might never escape.  Then he joined Joy Division - a pioneer of the rousing post-punk sound that would revolutionise twentieth-century rock. Following widespread critical acclaim, Joy Division were at the height of their powers and poised to break the US, when lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. Part memoir, part scrapbook and part aural history: Stephen Morris recollects growing up in the North West to the founding of New Order. And by turns profound and wry, this book subverts the mythology and allows us to understand music's power to define who we are and what we become. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472126221 • Author: Stephen Morris • Publisher: Constable • Format: Paperback • Pages: 416 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 3 cm

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Joni Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan before busking in the streets and nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario.  In 1965, she moved to the U.S. and began touring. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell, with popular songs like Big Yellow Taxi and Woodstock, helped define an era and a generation. Mitchell's fifth album, For the Roses, was released in 1972. She then switched labels and began exploring more jazz-influenced melodic ideas, by way of lush pop textures, on 1974's Court and Spark, which featured the radio hits Help Me and Free Man in Paris and became her best-selling album. With stunning photography and a riveting narrative, Lady of the Canyon is the story of one of the most important female recording artists of the last 50 years.  Product Information: • ISBN: 9781912918249 • Author: Michael A O'Neill • Publisher: Sona Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 128 • Dimensions: 26.67 x 20.96 x 1.27 cm

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Everything in the story of Meat Loaf is big. From the place he was born; to the family he was born into; to the sound he made; and of course the records he sold - nearly 50 million in Britain and America alone. But when the messianic rock opera Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977, it became one of the biggest albums of all time, selling over 45 million copies worldwide to date. Its release marked the start of a rollercoaster ride of incredible highs and seemingly career-ending lows. Now, Mick Wall will bring this extraordinary story up to date, drawing on the hours he spent with Meat Loaf, both in interviews and on tour, as well as offering up a unique insight from those who have known him best. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409173557 • Author: Mick Wall • Publisher: Trapeze • Format: Paperback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm

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Eric Clapton is acknowledged to be rock's greatest virtuoso, the unrivalled master of its most essential tool, the solid-body electric guitar. Clapton transformed three of the 1960s' most iconic bands - the Yardbirds, Cream and Blind Faith - walking away from each when it failed to measure up to his exacting standards. No life has been more rock 'n' roll than Clapton's in his epic consumption of drugs and alcohol, his insatiable appetite for expensive cars, clothes and women - most famously revealed when he fell in love with Pattie Boyd, the wife of his best friend, George Harrison, and the inspiration for 'Layla'. With the benefit of unrestricted access to family members, close friends and fellow musicians, and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Sixties music and culture, Philip Norman has created the definitive portrait of this brilliant insecure, often pain-racked man. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474606578 • Author: Philip Norman • Publisher: W&N • Format: Paperback • Pages: 448 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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Legendary recording artist Billie Eilish shares an intimate inside look at her life - both on and off the stage - in this stunning, photo-filled book. Billie Eilish is a phenomenon. With distinctive visual flair and darkly poignant lyrics that are unparalleled among music icons of the 21st century, Billie is a musician who stands out from the crowd. Between her record-shattering, award-winning music and her uncompromising and unapologetic attitude, it's no surprise that her fan base continues to grow by millions. Now in this stunning visual narrative journey through her life, she is ready to share more with her devoted audience for the first time, including hundreds of never-before-seen photos. This gorgeous book captures the essence of Billie inside and out, offering readers glimpses into her childhood, her life on tour, and more. A must-have for any fan. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781526364104 • Author: Billie Eilish • Publisher: Wren & Rook • Format: Hardback • Pages: 336 • Dimensions: 23.8 x 19.4 x 3.4 cm

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Achieving a hit in every decade since the 1950s, Cliff Richard stands alone in pop history... Join the phenomenal legend as he tells his story, in his own words, in this highly anticipated new autobiography!  Coming of age in 1950's London, he began his music career at Soho's legendary 2i's Cafe. Now, approaching his 80th birthday with record sales of over 250m and counting...  Discover his story, from forging the way for British rock 'n' roll with his unique sound to playing live across the world, with a constant backdrop of screaming fans. Delve into Cliff's life as he looks back on his humble upbringing, and how he went on to fulfil his wildest dreams by becoming a pop star and even a film star. Talking of finding Christianity, reflecting on the ups and downs of life in the public eye, and revealing how the false allegations against him changed his life forever, this is the must-have read for all Cliff Richard fans. He's seen era-defining pop stars come and go, and he's still making new music, with a new project to be released this year! Here's his story of how he made it all happen. 'Before Cliff Richard and the Shadows, there was nothing worth listening to in British music.' - John Lennon. Product Information: ISBN: 9780957490765 Author: Cliff Richard Publisher: Ebury Press Format: Hardback Pages: 416 Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.8cm

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Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry's most enduring and ingenious artists. From playing piano as a teenager for the politically powerful at hotel bars in Washington, D.C., to her time as a hungry artist in L.A. to the subsequent three decades of her formidable music career. Amos explains how she managed to create meaningful, politically resonant work against patriarchal power structures and how her proud declarations of feminism and her fight for the marginalized always proved to be her guiding light. She teaches readers to engage with intention in this tumultuous global climate and speaks directly to supporters of #MeToo and #TimesUp, as well as young people fighting for their rights and visibility in the world. Filled with compassionate guidance and actionable advice-and using some of the most powerful, political songs in Amos's canon-this book is for readers determined to steer the world back in the right direction. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781529325614 • Author: Tori Amos • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton • Format: Paperback • Pages: 272 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm

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