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Hit the perfect note with one of our Music Books. Our range includes everything from guides on playing an instrument to music biographies that give you insight into how some of the biggest hits in history were made. Just use the filters below to browse our collection of music books.

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A self-portrait in 154 songs, by our greatest living songwriter. 'More often than I can count, I've been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I've always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I've learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life.' In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career - from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs' lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney's personal archive - drafts, letters, photographs - never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time. We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it. Product Information: • ISBN: 9780241519332 • Author: Paul McCartney • Publisher: Allen Lane • Format: Hardback • Pages: 912 • Dimensions: 26.9 x 21.4 x 7.6 cm

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Featuring fresh insights from Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, Unzipped digs deeper than ever before into the Stones’ archives to present a comprehensive collection of Stones artworks, instruments, stage outfits and notebooks alongside key work by some of the legends of rock photography. For almost 60 years the Rolling Stones have helped shape popular culture around the globe. Unzipped captures the compelling character and dynamic spectacle of the band through distinctive photography and interviews with the Stones themselves, tracing their impact and influence on rock music, art, design, fashion, photography and filmmaking. Evocative archive photos, artworks, outtakes and memorabilia, together with dazzling images of the band’s instruments and outfits, plunge you into the ever-changing world of the Stones. Many of the instruments and outfits are paired with pertinent archive photos, so you can examine the detail and see the objects in use. Peppered throughout with engrossing and insightful new commentary by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, the book also features a compelling introduction by Anthony DeCurtis, which chronicles their career, and perceptive articles by some of their most important creative collaborators, including Buddy Guy, Don Was, Anna Sui, John Varvatos, Martin Scorsese, Shepherd Fairey, Patrick Woodroffe and Willie Williams. Bold, glamorous and captivating – and beautifully bound and finished – Unzipped is the perfect showcase for ‘the greatest rock ’n’ roll band in the world’.  Product Information: • ISBN: 9780500023853 • Author: The Rolling Stones • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd • Format: Hardback • Pages: 288 • Dimensions: 32.26 x 25.15 x 3.05 cm

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David Bowie Changes is a celebration of the international figure all starry-eyed hopefuls aspired to be when setting out on a path to fame and fortune in the music industry – whether they know it or not. Through more than 150 stellar photos, it tells the story of an artist the likes of which we'd never seen, and may never see again. Bowie had a glittering career fuelled by the spirit of reinvention – he left over 20 albums in his wake – and was as colourful in his style and image as he was in his music. If a picture says a thousand words, this book ranks as the definitive manual on how to leave a lasting legacy in the art scene. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781787394865 • Author: Chris Welch • Publisher: Welbeck Publishing • Format: Hardback • Pages: 160 • Dimensions: 27.94 x 22.86 x 1.91 cm

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Superstar Harry Styles is the man of the moment.  The breakout star of the hugely successful boy-band One Direction, Harry has achieved solo stardom as a musician, an actor, a fashionista and humanitarian. His two hit albums, Harry Styles and Fine Lines have won critical acclaim and track after track have gone on to top the music charts all over the world. His single Watermelon Sugar was the sound of summer 2020. Endlessly fascinating to fans and commentators alike, he is rarely out of the headlines. If it’s not his music, it will be his rainbow-coloured, gender fluid fashion, his romances or movie appearances getting everybody talking. He’s a natural showman, a cheeky charmer who manages to stay grounded throughout all the madness of fame in the 24/7 21st century.  Adore You The Illustrated Biography charts Harry’s journey from obscurity to world fame, including his music, his acting, his fashion, his women and his charity work. Find out what makes him beautiful ...... Product Information: • ISBN: 9781912918683 • Author: Carolyn McHugh • Publisher: Sona Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 112 • Dimensions: 26.67 x 20.96 x 1.27cm

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Part biography, part social history, Being Britney pieces together a collage of stories, interviews, legends and fan experiences to construct a definitive portrait of one of the biggest stars in recent history. In her unique narrative, acclaimed music author Jennifer Otter Bickerdike provides a sympathetic yet objective re-examination of Britney's trajectory from girl next door to woman trapped by fame. Being Britney is the compelling account of a talented, troubled and talked-about modern icon, whose life, work and individual significance will be recognised for many decades to come. 'After years of being framed as a victim, Britney deserves to be celebrated as the fighter, inspiration and enigma she truly is.' - Jennifer Otter Bickerdike Product Information: • ISBN: 9781788705233 • Author: Jennifer Otter Bickerdike • Publisher: Nine Eight Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 320 • Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 3.1 cm

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The perfect gift for music lovers of all ages, The Official Christmas No. 1 Singles Book is jam-packed with facts, figures and photos to get your toes tapping along to the sounds of seven decades of festive chart-toppers. With a fully illustrated double-page spread for every year since the UK singles chart began in 1952, Michael Mulligan's fun and authoritative journey through the Christmas archives will delight curious browsers and dedicated pop nerds alike. Featuring top-ten countdowns, fascinating trivia about the highest-charting Christmas singles and plenty of entertaining infographics, this is the ideal family stocking-filler, celebrating all that is wonderful, whimsical and unpredictable about the festive season's most hotly contested musical event. Product Information: • ISBN: 9781788705851 • Author: Michael Mulligan • Publisher: Nine Eight Books • Format: Hardback • Pages: 192 • Dimensions: 21.8 x 15.4 x 1.9 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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'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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