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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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50 Years of Glastonbury celebrates the mud and mayhem that makes the festival one of the most popular musical events in the world, for fans and for artists, alike! Packed with incredible photographs and stories of the acts and attendees who have made Glastonbury a phenomenon, this is a visual feast showing line-ups from each festival and outstanding photographs of headliners and cult acts from the festival's extraordinary history! Product Information: ISBN: 9781787392649 Author: Malcolm Croft Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group Format: Hardback Pages: 160 Dimensions: 24.1 x 28.8 x 1.5cm

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With a number one album in multiple countries and over 53 million Instagram followers, Billie Eilish is a global star! She has collaborated with Justin Bieber and Khalid, headlined at Glastonbury and Coachella, and has appeared in Calvin Klein ad campaigns. In a short career she has become an icon to Generation Z. In 2020, she will embark on an already sold out tour spanning North and South America and Europe, which will raise her profile even further. Billie grew up in a close-knit family - her brother Finneas still writes and produces her songs - in Highland Park, a suburb of LA. Home-schooled and encouraged to express herself, she was a promising dancer until musical success came literally overnight in 2015. 'Ocean Eyes', a song uploaded to SoundCloud for her dance tutor, received a thousand plays in twenty-four hours. The thirteen-year-old's ethereal singing voice was intoxicating and the track went viral. This book follows her journey from singing in her bedroom to performing at massive arenas around the globe. It reveals the story behind the hits and explores what makes Billie Eilish the most extraordinary teenage star in the world. Product Information: ISBN: 9781782439998 Author: Adrian Besley Publisher: Michael O'Mara Format: Hardback Pages: 224 Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.3 x 2.3cm

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What was it like to be Elvis Presley? What did it feel like when impossible fame made him its prisoner? As the world's first rock star there was no one to tell him what to expect, no one with whom he could share the burden of being himself - of being Elvis. On the outside he was all charm, sex appeal, outrageously confident on stage and stunningly gifted in the recording studio. But he wasn't free. The circumstances of his poor beginnings in the American South, which, as he blended gospel music with black rhythm and blues and white country songs, helped him create rock and roll, had left him with a lifelong vulnerability.  Made rich and famous beyond his wildest imaginings when he mortgaged his talent to the machinations of his manager, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, there would be an inevitable price to pay. Being Elvis takes a clear-eyed look at the most-loved entertainer ever, and finds an unusual boy with a dazzling talent who grew up to change popular culture; a man who sold a billion records and had more hits than any other singer, but who became trapped by his own frailties in the loneliness of fame. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781474604574 • Author: Ray Connolly • Publisher: W&N • Format: Paperback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.8 cm

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Over ten years after When Giants Walked the Earth, Mick Wall's seminal biography of the band, comes this major and extensively researched revision, which provides an unflinching look at life inside one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time, and presents the definitive, final word on Led Zeppelin. They were 'the last great band of the sixties; the first great band of the seventies'; they rose, somewhat unpromisingly, from the ashes of the Yardbirds to become one of the biggest-selling rock bands of all time. Mick Wall, respected rock writer and former confidant of both Page and Plant, unflinchingly tells the story of the band that wrote the rulebook for on-the-road excess - and eventually paid the price for it, with disaster, drug addiction and death. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409180616 • Author: Mick Wall • Publisher: Orion Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 594 • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.9cm

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The definitive no-holds-barred biography of John Entwistle, The Who's legendary bass guitarist! It is an unequivocal fact that in terms of rock bands, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Who represent Year Zero; the beginning of all things, ground-breakers all. To that end, John Entwistle - the Who's beloved bassist - is also without question one of the most important and influential figures in the annals of rock. He is also among an even more rarefied few by virtue of his being such a fascinating, transfixing and gloriously oversized character. However, Entwistle has not been the subject of a major biography. With the full co-operation of the Entwistle family, The Ox will correct this oversight and in doing so, shine a long overdue light on one of the single greatest, and most impactful figures in rock history. After his untimely death, many of these stories were shuttered away into the memories of his family, friends, and loved ones, but now, for the first time, The Ox will introduce us to the man behind the myth-the iconic and inimitable John Entwistle. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472129383 • Author: Paul Rees • Publisher: Constable • Format: Hardback • Pages: 352 • Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.8cm

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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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In early 1991, top music manager Danny Goldberg agreed to take on Nirvana, a critically acclaimed new band from the underground music scene in Seattle. He had no idea that the band's leader, Kurt Cobain, would become a pop-culture icon with a legacy arguably at the level of John Lennon, Michael Jackson, or Elvis Presley. Danny worked with Kurt from 1990 to 1994, the most impactful period of Kurt's life. Drawing on Danny's own memories of Kurt, files which previously have not been made public, and interviews with, among others, Kurt's close family, friends and former bandmates, Serving the Servant sheds an entirely new light on these critical years. Casting aside the common obsession with the angst and depression that seemingly drove Kurt, Serving the Servant is an exploration of his brilliance in every aspect of rock and roll, his compassion, his ambition, and the legacy he wrought - one that has lasted decades longer than his career did. Danny Goldberg explores what it is about Kurt Cobain that still resonates today, even with a generation who wasn't alive until after Kurt's death. In the process, he provides a portrait of an icon unlike any that have come before. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409182801 • Author: Danny Goldberg • Publisher: Trapeze • Format: Paperback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.6cm

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