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The story begins in 1970. The day after Jimi Hendrix's death... dairy farmer Michael Eavis invites revellers to his field in Somerset to attend a 'Pop, Folk & Blues' festival. Tickets are £1 each, enticing more than a thousand customers with the promise of music, dance, poetry, theatre, lights and spontaneous entertainment - as well as free milk from his own Worthy Farm cows. Fast forward through five tumultuous decades and the Eavis's vision now encompasses a total annual population nearing a quarter of a million. Tickets sell out within minutes, the show is beamed live to more than 40 countries around the globe, and over 3 million people are registered to attend. Glastonbury Festival is now the largest outdoor green fields event in the world. In their own words, Michael and Emily Eavis reveal the stories behind the headlines, and celebrate 50 years of history in the Vale of Avalon. They're joined by a host of big-name contributors from the world of music - among them Adele, JAY-Z, Dolly Parton, Chris Martin, Noel Gallagher, Lars Ulrich and Guy Garvey and many more. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781409183938 • Author: Emily Eavis, Michael Eavis • Publisher: Trapeze • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 29.85 x 25.4 x 2.54 cm

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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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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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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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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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The singer, movie star and cultural icon that is Elvis Presley was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century! Known as the King of Rock and Roll and popularising the music genre by bringing it to the mainstream during the 1950s. Celebrate his phenomenal impact on popular culture of the time, including his good looks, talent and sexualised performances that scandalised the mid-50s America. After his death, Elvis remains the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music and second, only to The Beatles, with record sales of over 250 million! So it is Now Or Never, celebrate the remarkable life of the artist Always On My Mind... Elvis Presley! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912332366• Author: Michael O'Neill { Carolyn Thomas• Publisher: Danann Publishing• Format: Hardback• Pages: 109• Dimensions: 27.5 x 27.5 x 3cm

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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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From the award-winning author of Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret comes a fascinating, hilarious, kaleidoscopic biography of the Fab Four. John Updike compared them to ‘the sun coming out on an Easter morning’. Bob Dylan introduced them to drugs. The Duchess of Windsor adored them. Noel Coward despised them. JRR Tolkien snubbed them. The Rolling Stones copied them. No one has remained unaffected by the music of The Beatles. As Queen Elizabeth II observed on her golden wedding anniversary, ‘Think what we would have missed if we had never heard The Beatles.’ With mixture of history, etymology, diaries, autobiography, fan letters, essays, parallel lives, party lists, charts, interviews, announcements and stories. One Two Three Four joyfully echoes the frenetic hurly-burly of an era. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780008340001 • Author: Craig Brown • Publisher: Fourth Estate • Format: Hardback • Pages: 656 • Dimensions: 24 x15.9 x 4.4 cm

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Learn one of the most popular and remarkable instruments in the world with this Complete Beginners Guide to Guitar! Whether you aspire to play for fun or to live out your pop-star dreams at Wembley, strum your first chord today and in no time you'll be on your guitar journey. From developing basic skills to learn vital chords and understanding music, become a guitar legend. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912918034• Author: Sona Books• Publisher: Sona Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 158• Dimensions: 28 x 21.5 x 2cm

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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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The Sixties ended a year late on New Year's Eve 1970, when Paul McCartney initiated proceedings to wind up The Beatles. Music would never be the same again. The next day would see the dawning of a new era. 1971 saw the release of more monumental albums than any year before or since and the establishment of a pantheon of stars to dominate the next forty years Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Rod Stewart, the solo Beatles and more. January that year fired the gun on an unrepeatable surge of creativity, technological innovation, blissful ignorance, naked ambition and outrageous good fortune. By December rock had exploded into the mainstream. How did it happen? This book tells you how. It's the story of 1971, rock's golden year. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781784162061 • Author: David Hepworth • Publisher: Black Swan • Format: Paperback • Pages: 432  • Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.7 cm

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In Paris, terror stalks the Opera Garnier. Stories of a terrifying ghost haunting the theatre create panic amongst the musicians and audience. But the ghost is no supernatural phenomenon, but a living, deformed man, Erik, who is hopelessly in love with a promising singer: the beautiful Christine Daae. When her childhood friend Raoul begins courting her, Erik erupts in jealousy and soon the phantom becomes violent and reckless. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781788282352• Author: Gaston Leroux • Publisher: Arcturus• Format: Paperback• Pages: 269• Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 1.5cm

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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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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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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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Explore the story of the Fab Four from the very early years in 1960's Liverpool through to conquering world fame! Using the most iconic images and photographs to illustrate the Beatles' journey form the backstreets of Liverpool and Hamburg to sell-out concerts in the Shea Stadium in the USA. Take a trip down Abbey Road and reminisce like it was Yesterday. Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912332410• Author: Michael O'Neill { Carolyn Thomas• Publisher: Danann Publishing• Format: Hardback• Pages: 109• Dimensions: 27.5 x 27.5 x 3cm

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Celebrate the phenomenon that is Music and take a trip into all album's history in The Greatest 100 Albums To Own on Vinyl! Collating the greatest and most extraordinary albums to have ever been pressed and sold on vinyl since the '50s! From bands to solo artists that made music possible, dive into the sleeve art or the limited edition extras of records themselves. It is time to discover the ultimate artists and their best records for the definitive list of vinyl - a must-have companion for any music-lover! Product Information:• ISBN: 9781912918058• Author: Sona Books• Publisher: Sona Books• Format: Hardback• Pages: 143• Dimensions: 28 x 22 x 2cm

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