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La Forza Del Destino The Australian Opera 1988

By Verdi, Giuseppe

The Australian Opera, 1988. La Forza Del Destino The Australian Opera - this is the programme booklet put out by the Australian Opera for its 1988 performance. The booklet includes marvellous costume design images & there's info on the production plus the usual ads for things like whisky, luggage & restaurants. All in crisp order.. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 30.5cm.

$14.58

The Gondoliers; or The King Of Baratria The Australian Opera 1989

By Gilbert W.S. & Sullivan, Arthur

The Australian Opera, 1989. The Gondoliers; or The King Of Baratria by Gilbert & Sullivan - this is the programme booklet put out by the Australian Opera for its 1989 performance featuring among others David Hobson. The booklet includes marvellous costume design images by Susan Benson. The singers get a biopic & there's info on the production plus the usual ads for things like whisky, luggage & restaurants. All in crisp order.. Softcover. Very Good/None issued. 30.5cm.

$14.58

AC/DC: The Encyclopaedia

By Dome, Malcolm & Ewing, Jerry

UK: Chrome Dreams, 2008. Detailing a group that has sold an estimated 150 million albums worldwide, this is the definitive reference of one of music history’s most notable pioneers of hard rock. Covering past and present members, songs, gigs, events, albums, bootlegs, producers, and numerous other subjects, this exhaustive overview spans an extraordinary 35-year musical career from the very earliest incarnations of the band prior to Bon Scott’s arrival, through the era in which he fronted the band and his untimely death, to the wildly successful landmark record Back in Black. 285pp lots of bw pix, approx 700g carded/packed for post.. Softcover. Excellent/None issued. 23.5cm.

$18.23

Joan Sutherland

By Major, Norma

Queen Anne Press, 1987. 256pp, photo section, less than 500g to post. Dame Joan Alston Sutherland OM AC DBE (7 November 1926 – 10 October 2010) was one of the most remarkable female opera singers of the 20th century. In a career which spanned 40 years, she performed at every major opera house in the world, from her debut at Covent Garden to the Met, La Fenice and, of course, the Sydney Opera House, singing roles ranging from Mozart and Wagner to her beloved bel canto. She possessed a voice of beauty and power, combining agility, unerring intonation and a tremendous upper register.. Paperback. Very Good/None issued. 19.5 Cm.

$6.56

The Virgin Story of Rock 'N' Roll. Telling it the Way Things Really Were. The Heart and Soul of Rock 'N' Roll

By Paul Du Noyer (ed)

UK: Virgin Books, 1995. 304 extensively illus pp weighs 1.5+ kgs. Non-UK customers please contact us about shipping options prior to placing an order From its explosive beginning in the Fifties, rock 'n' roll has becoeme the key expression of youthful creativity, and has guaranteed hysteria, hostility, adulation and excitement ever since. Here is a book which tells that story in all its sprawling glory, from the peak achievemnets of rock's most gifted artists to the tales of excess, folly and disaster that have often followed in their wake. This comprehensive musical chronology traces the highs and the lows of the performers who made it all happen, including the greats - from Elvis and The Beatles to the Sex Pistols and Nirvana - as well as the unsung, the unholy and the simple unhinged. Illustrated. Illustrated laminated boards.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 29cm.

$23.33

The Music, Songs & Instruments of Ireland

By Farrington, Karen

London: PRC Publishing, 1998. 144 illustrated pp & a kilo for post. The Music, Songs & Instruments of Ireland by Karen Farrington, book in really nice order. It is illustrated with paintings, line drawings, and stunning photography, this title presents Ireland and its mythology, music and culture through the ages. For centuries the Irish have been renowned for their traditional music and dances. The Music, Songs & Instruments of Ireland looks at the traditional instruments still played today in the local pubs and at ceilidhs or social gatherings, and delves into famous ballads and stories that have always been important to Irish music and folklore.. First. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 30cm.

$13.13

Twelve Minutes of Love: A Tango Story

By Kassabova, Kapka

UK: Portobello, 2011. 600g & 324pp in great order. About the book >> To the uninitiated, tango is just a dance, albeit a dance with an exotic and sensuous allure. To the true tanguero, it is something akin to a religion, attracting the lost, the lonely, and the fanatical with its formal rituals, its sense of belonging, and its intense emotions. Kapka Kassabova first set foot in a tango studio ten years ago and, from that moment, she was hooked. With the pulse of tango thruming through her body and the music filling her head, she’s danced through the night, from Auckland to Edinburgh, from Berlin to Buenos Aires, suffering blisters and heart-break, as well as forging lasting friendships and experiencing all-too-brief moments of dance-floor ecstasy. Here Kapka takes us inside the esoteric night-time world of tango, to tell the story of the dance from its afro roots to its sequined apotheosis in 'show tango', exploring its cultural and emotional pull and enticing us to join her at the milonga. From the international reviews of Twelve Minutes of Love: 'She gives us a clear account of the history of tango and her own emotional journey on and off the dance floor. Kassabova gets the drug-like quality of tango across, with ferocious vividness ... I find myself lilcing [her] a lot.' Independent & Kassabova skilfully weaves her evolution as a dancer around the history and meaning of the dance as well as around her private dramas ... Her narrative, bubbly and brisk as it is, will entertain fellow dancers and fellow wanderers' TLS (& on the site,same name as book, you can itune the tango listings referred & I'm personally recommending you get a copy of the movie "Mad Hot Ballroom" & enjoy it with a cool sangria. . Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 22cm.

$16.04

Mozart A Musical Biography

By Kuster, Konrad

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996. 409 crisp pp & 800g to post. 1st English Edition. Translated from German by Mary Whittall. Black boards with gilt to spine. Pale cream dustwrapper with black titles and yellow illustration to front. The end papers are decorated with colour images of Mozart's music, otherwise illustrated in b&w. Although there are many accounts of Mozart's life, and countless descriptions and analyses of his music, this is the first attempt to portray Mozart's creative life as a composer. Kuster selects forty works or groups of works covering virtually every important stage in Mozart's career, from the first keyboard works of the young Wunderkind to Mozart's final days and the composition of the Requiem. Each chapter deals with the developments and events in the lives of the Mozarts as associated with or highlighted by a particular work or constellation of works. The bulk of the book--the is concerned with Mozart's life and compositions from his arrival in Vienna in 1781 to his death there some ten years later.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good. 22cm.

$26.25

David Hobson: A celebration in words and Pictures

By Buzacott, Martin

Australia: ABC Books, 2005. Celebrate the life and achievements of one of our most distinguished artists with this gorgeous book. It features glorious photographs of David Hobson in performance and includes many quotes and anecdotes from renowned musicians, composers, singers and friends. Writer Martin Buzacott paints a sympathetic, sensitive portrait of an unconventional artist who started off composing a rock opera of Macbeth but rose to prominence with Baz Luhrmann's seminal production of La Boheme. It also explores his private life, including his struggle with lymphoma, his spiritual questioning and self-doubt. David Hobson provides touching personal photos from family albums to offer glimpses into his childhood, friends, wedding and family. All pages in great order & will be packed to ensure safe delivery.. Card Cover. Fine/None issued. 20.5cm.

$116.67

The Outline of Music

By Sargent, Sir Malcolm (ed)

UK: Bookplan (George Newnes), 1965. 506pp & 1.3 kilo to post. Sir Harold Malcolm Watts Sargent (29 April 1895 - 3 October 1967) was an English conductor, organist and composer widely regarded as Britain's leading conductor of choral works. The musical ensembles with which he was associated included the Ballets Russes, the Huddersfield Choral Society, the Royal Choral Society, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, and the London Philharmonic, Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Symphony and Royal Philharmonic orchestras. The Outline traces in non-technical language the evolution of Western music from its beginnings. The development of musical forms, the characters & compositions of composers. A wealth of knowledge to enhance your enjoyment of music.. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 25 Cm.

$27.71

THE ORCHESTRA

By Hurd Michael

Phaidon Press, Oxford, 1981. Anyone with an interest in music will find The Orchestra a rich and fascinating work that adds greatly to his or her appreciation of the continuing history of musical achievement.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 33cm. Book Weighs Over 500gms.

$21.88

Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong

By Teachout, Terry

UK: JR Books, 2009. Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician of the twentieth century and a giant of modern American culture. He knocked the Beatles off the top of the charts, wrote the finest of all jazz autobiographies--without a collaborator--and created collages that have been compared to the art of Romare Bearden. The ranks of his admirers included Johnny Cash, Jackson Pollock and Orson Welles. Offstage he was witty, introspective and unexpectedly complex, a beloved colleague with an explosive temper whose larger-than-life personality was tougher and more sharp-edged than his worshipping fans ever knew. Wall Street Journal arts columnist Terry Teachout has drawn on a cache of important new sources unavailable to previous Armstrong biographers, including hundreds of private recordings of backstage and after-hours conversations that Armstrong made throughout the second half of his life, to craft a sweeping new narrative biography of this towering figure that shares full, accurate versions of such storied events as Armstrong's decision to break up his big band and his quarrel with President Eisenhower for the first time. Certain to be the definitive word on Armstrong for our generation, Pops paints a gripping portrait of the man, his world and his music that will stand alongside Gary Giddins' Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams and Peter Guralnick's Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley as a classic biography of a major American musician. 475pp & a kilo+ for posting.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Excellent/very Good. 24 Cm.

$22.61

LOVE ME TENDER The Stories Behind the World's Favourite Songs

By Cryer Max

Exile Publishing, New Zealand , 2008. read the stories behind 40 of the world's favourite songs. Some have had truly remarkable origins. Songs featuring such diverse atrists as Mario Lanza, Judy Garland, Elton John and Marlene Dietrich. AS NEW CONDITION. 1st Edition. Hard Cover. As New. 22cm.

$16.04

Fever: The Life and Music of Miss Peggy Lee

By Richmond, Peter

UK: Aurum Press, 2006. ex-Merton (UK) lib, usual stamps, borrowers' ticket page removed (1st page). 44p crisp pp & 900g packed to post. An enthralling account of a charismatic artist moving through the greatest, most glamorous era of American music. GQ contributing editor Richmond gives the great singer-composer her due. Perhaps because Peggy Lee (1920-2002) sang with deceptive ease, her artistry has received less critical attention than that of such peers as Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Her biographer here rights that wrong. Richmond finds Lee's life and talent taking root in pain; she grew up in North Dakota during the Depression under stress from an alcoholic father and a physically and verbally abusive stepmother. To escape, Lee turned to singing. In strong scenes that evoke America's golden age of popular song, the author traces her career.. Hardcover. Good/Very Good. 24 Cm.

$12.40

Amy Winehouse The Biography

By Newkey-Burden, Chas

UK: John Blake, 2008. 211 crisp pp plus a discography, book just a whisker under 500g for post. This remarkable biography traces the life of the tattooed wonder from her childhood pranks in north London through her days at the Sylvia Young Theatre School and her time spent working with pop impresario Simon Fuller. An indisputable musical icon and controversial celebrity figure, Amy Winehouse’s unique blend of jazz, pop, and soul singing and songwriting have brought her a host of awards—including two prestigious Ivor Novellos and five Grammys - as well as an army of committed fans who adore her rich voice and painfully honest lyrics. review >>> This biography is fluently written. It was published in 2008, which sometimes leads to phrases that are painful to read in 2012. The author is clearly smitten with Amy Winehouse and barely manages to hide that. For an author of a biography, he's not neutral enough for me, but his bias is of the adorable kind.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 24cm.

$19.69

Eel Pie Island

By Dan Van Der Vat, Michele Whitby

UK: Frances Lincoln, 2009. 112pp, masses of photo memorabilia, 850g packed for post, gift inscription 1st p top. About this book - Eel Pie Island, the only inhabited island on the River Thames, has been described as "120 drunks clinging to a mudbank." A tiny place, just 600 yards long, 150 feet at its widest, and home to a few dozen homes and businesses, the island has enjoyed two periods of special fame: in the 19th century, it was a popular resort for Charles Dickens and other Londoners who came by newfangled steamboats to spend the day at the grand hotel that dominated the island till 1969. In the 1950s and 1960s, it became a hip venue for England's hottest jazz, R&B, and rock bands. All over Britain and beyond, Eel Pie Island and its famous concerts are remembered with a nostalgic, and sometimes knowing, smile. This book tells the island's story from the Stone Age to The Rolling Stones and beyond, illustrating every period with a wealth of rare images and atmospheric contemporary photographs.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Very Good. 27.5cm.

$17.50

David Hobson: A celebration in words and Pictures

By Buzacott, Martin

Australia: ABC Books, 2005. Celebrate the life and achievements of one of our most distinguished artists with this gorgeous book. It features glorious photographs of David Hobson in performance and includes many quotes and anecdotes from renowned musicians, composers, singers and friends. Writer Martin Buzacott paints a sympathetic, sensitive portrait of an unconventional artist who started off composing a rock opera of Macbeth but rose to prominence with Baz Luhrmann's seminal production of La Boheme. It also explores his private life, including his struggle with lymphoma, his spiritual questioning and self-doubt. David Hobson provides touching personal photos from family albums to offer glimpses into his childhood, friends, wedding and family. Book has a very small nudge upper right corner else would be 'FINE' rating - all pp in great order.. Card Cover. Excellent/None issued. 20.5cm.

$113.03

Elvis By the Presleys

By Ritz, David (ed) Presley

Century, 2005. 1.5 kg & 239 pp with masses of photo details. Twenty seven years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the world's most beloved and iconic figures. There has been an impressive array of bestselling Elvis books over the years, but there has never been a book like this. Now, for the first time, Elvis, the man, husband father and artist, is remembered intimately and honestly by his ex wife Priscilla, daughter Lisa Marie and other close family members. Including deeply personal documents and previously unseen family photographs, this lavishly illustrated book will also feature new interviews with family and friends by celebrated Rolling Stone founder, David Dalton. From personal diary entries to unearthed artefacts, Elvis by the Presleys is set to become a publishing phenomenon and will come closer than any other book in revealing the private dreams and truths of the extraordinary and complex man, who became the king of Rock and Roll.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent/very Good. 25.5cm.

$25.52

Anacaona: The Amazing Adventures of Cuba's First All-girl Dance Band

By Castro, Alicia & Ingrid Kummels & Manfred Schafer

UK: Atlantic Books, London, 2007. Have a listen on you tube & then enjoy reading this biographical gem. Havana, 1932, and greengrocer Matias Castro, father of 13 children, is bankrupt. Cuchito, his eldest daughter, has the idea of starting an all-girl orchestra to bring in some cash. Jazz, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, Latin jazz - 'Anacaona' perform every evening in local street cafes. In no time at all they conquer their audiences' hearts with their infectious music and cheeky lyrics. Alicia Castro, the author of this extraordinary memoir, played saxophone and later led the orchestra. Now in her 80s, Alicia looks back on the scintillating world that she and her sisters inhabited: their international breakthrough, concerts in Paris, New York and appearances with all the jazz greats. 393 crispy white pp, a kilo to post.. Hardcover. Excellent/Very Good/Very Good. 22.5cm.

$26.25

Underneath a Harlem Moon: The Harlem to Paris Years of Adelaide Hall

By Williams, Iain Cameron

UK: Continuum, 2002. Williams takes the reader on a fascinating roller-coaster ride from Adelaide's birth in Brooklyn through her humble childhood in Harlem, from her triumphs on Broadway to the glamour of Paris's Moulin Rouge. Adelaide Hall is the missing link in Harlem's Renaissance, historically the richest period of American black culture. As its most important and influential female star, she dynamically pushed down the barriers that had previously prevented black entertainers from reaching mass recognition. Readers get a glimpse inside the most sophisticated and celebrated nightclubs in the world and follow Adelaide across two continents on a groundbreaking eighteen-month RKO tour. By the end of 1932, Adelaide had performed for millions and in the process had become one of America's wealthiest black women. Her exile to Paris in 1935 brought with it new challenges and rewards. By 1938, not content with being dubbed the Queen of Montmartre, she set her sights on conquering Britain. Underneath a Harlem Moon concludes with Adelaide's mysterious disappearance in November 1938, which has, until now, never been publicly explained. review>>>> Overall, a hugely enjoyable read made easy by Williams's approachable style of writing and keen interest towards the characters he portrays within the text. A must for all jazz and popular music buffs.. Hardcover. Excellent/Excellent. 24 Cm.

$27.71

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