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Simply Harmonica provides expert tuition and learning tools to help novices and seasoned harmonica players alike master rock, country and blues styles of harmonica! With this kit, players will be wailing like a pro in no time, learning the basics of harmonica from single notes and chords to bends and hot licks. Contains • A 10-hole harmonica • Access to online lessons • A 64-page book Product Information: • ISBN: 9781488944833 • Author: Hinkler Books • Publisher: Hinkler Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 64 • Dimensions: 21.7 x 16.2 x 0.5 cm

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Simply Guitar is a thorough and all-inclusive how-to-play-guitar kit for both beginner guitarists picking up a guitar for the first time and seasoned musos with gaps in their knowledge.  Simply Guitar helps guitar players new and old get their minds (and fingers) around the art of playing guitar efficiently and with flair! Contains: • 64-page instructional book • 30 x turn & learn flash cards • 3 x guitar picks • 12 x fret stickers • Access to online tutorials Product Information: • ISBN: 9781488944789 • Author: Hinkler Books • Publisher: Hinkler Books • Format: Paperback • Pages: 64 • Dimensions: 16.2 x 21.7 x 0.5 cm

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The lyrics to the songs of the Beatles read like poetry. This book treats them as such, and illustrates each track artistically, paying careful attention to detail and high design standards. The stories, themes and ideas behind nearly 200 songs are explored in this beautiful book that includes photographs, artwork and illustration to bring the Fab Four's lyrics to life as never before. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787399785 • Author: Welbeck Publishing • Publisher: Welbeck Publishing • Format: Hardback • Pages: 304 • Dimensions: 24.3 x 19.3 x 3.2 cm

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In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, which is also the subject of the smash-hit film Rocketman. Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of twenty-three, he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. His life has been full of drama, from the early rejection of his work with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin to spinning out of control as a chart-topping superstar. All the while, Elton was hiding a drug addiction that would grip him for over a decade. In Me Elton also writes powerfully about getting clean and changing his life, about finding love with David Furnish and becoming a father. In a voice that is warm, humble and open, this is Elton on his music and his relationships. This is a story that will stay with you, by a living legend. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781509853311 • Author: Elton John • Publisher: Macmillan • Format: Hardback • Pages: 384 • Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.2 x 3.9 cm

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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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Paul McCartney's songwriting output as a member of the Beatles, mainly with his co-writer John Lennon, has been exhaustively documented over the years. Now, taking 50 key songs from his five-decade career since the break-up of the Fab Four, Paul McCartney: The Stories Behind 50 Classic Songs takes an in-depth look at the post-Sixties work of one of popular music's most versatile and prolific composers and performers. Paul McCartney has been a genuine pop idol, a cutting-edge experimenter, and in later years recognized as an international musical treasure. The 50 selections from his vast songwriting catalogue highlighted in Paul McCartney: The Stories Behind 50 Classic Songs mark half a century of musical creativity by a true icon of popular music. Each song includes full session details, personnel lists and chart data and is described in detail, from original inspiration to the final release. Quotes from session musicians and studio personnel – and star guests such as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and Kanye West – bring the making of every song to life, alongside a wealth of related photographs in and out of the studio. Product Information: •    ISBN: 9781787397378 •    Author: Mike Evans •    Publisher: Welbeck •    Format: Hardback •    Pages: 192 •    Dimensions: 28.19 x 21.59 x 2.21 cm

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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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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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'We are the biggest band in Britain of all time, ever. The funny thing is, all that mouthing off three years ago about how we were going to be the biggest band in the world - we actually went and did it.' Noel Gallagher Oasis are one of the biggest bands the world has ever seen. Here, in Supersonic, they tell the story of their beginnings from dive-bar hopefuls to global superstars. They themselves talk us through the pivotal moments in their phenomenal trajectory, from the day Noel Gallagher joined his brother Liam's band, through their first crucial five years culminating at their landmark gigs at Knebworth Park in 1996 - the pinnacle of their success. With over thirty hours of interviews with Liam, Noel and those closest to them, this book documents in unprecedented depth and with their trademark candour and humour, the story behind one of the world's greatest bands, all told in their own words and fully illustrated with exclusive photographs and ephemera throughout. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781472285447 • Author: Oasis • Publisher: Headline • Format: Hardback • Pages: 400 • Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 3.4 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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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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The story of every album and single that the Beatles ever made and recorded on vinyl. The world would never be the same after the phenomenon that was the Beatles exploded onto the airwaves. We tell the stories behind every album and single released by the band, through to Abbey Road released on September 26, 1969. We go behind the scenes to bring these vinyl recordings and the artwork and images to life. Take a step back in time, and celebrate the greatest band that ever recorded on vinyl their brilliant records, the sleeve art, and limited edition extras of the records themselves. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781912918577 • Author: Pete Chrisp • Publisher: Sona Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 152 • Dimensions: 26.67 x 20.96 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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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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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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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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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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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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