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Books are listed in order of year of publication - newest titles are at the top. There are 46 books in this booklist

This list represents some of the books on this subject that we have had in our shop - but there will be many more that we can order for you!

  • Cover image of book Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith
    Year of the Monkey - by Patti Smith

    £12.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781526614759 | ISBN 10: 1526614758

    From the National Book Award-winning author of Just Kids and M Train, a profound, beautifully realized memoir in which dreams and reality are vividly woven into a tapestry of one transformative year.   Following a run of New Year's concerts at ... more

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  • Cover image of book Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot by Vivien Goldman
    Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot - by Vivien Goldman

    £13.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781477316542 | ISBN 10: 147731654x

    As an industry insider and pioneering post-punk musician, Vivien Goldman’s perspective on music journalism is unusually well-rounded. In Revenge of the She-Punks, she probes four themes—identity, money, love, and protest—to explore what makes p ... more

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  • Cover image of book Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia by Tracey Thorn
    Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia - by Tracey Thorn

    £14.99   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781786892553 | ISBN 10: 1786892553

    “I'm not the only person to have grown up stifled and bored in suburbia, it's almost the law.”   A Sunday Times top ten bestseller. An exploration of suburbia from music icon Tracey Thorn; singer-songwriter and bestselling author of Bedsit ... more

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  • Cover image of book Blues for Lady Day: The Story of Billie Holiday by Paolo Parisi
    Blues for Lady Day: The Story of Billie Holiday - by Paolo Parisi

    £12.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781642730210 | ISBN 10: 1642730211

    Billie Holiday, one of the greatest jazz singers of all time, had a troubled life: a childhood in poverty, brothels, jail, broken love, and a dependence on alcohol and heroin. Her first performances in the night clubs of prohibitionist America was wh ... more

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  • Cover image of book Clothes, Music, Boys. by Viv Albertine
    Clothes, Music, Boys. - by Viv Albertine

    £6.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780571351343 | ISBN 10: 0571351344

    In 1970, Viv Albertine knew she wanted to be in a band, but had never seen a woman play electric guitar. Seven years later, she was the guitarist in the hugely influential all-female punk band, the Slits. This is the story of how, through sheer will, ... more

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  • Cover image of book No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir by Ani DiFranco
    No Walls And The Recurring Dream: A Memoir - by Ani DiFranco

    £20.00   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780735225176 | ISBN 10: 0735225176

    A memoir by the celebrated singer-songwriter and social activist Ani DiFranco.  In her new memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream, Ani DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dayglo! The Creative Life of Poly Styrene by Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe
    Dayglo! The Creative Life of Poly Styrene - by Celeste Bell and Zoë Howe

    £25.00   hardback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9781785586163 | ISBN 10: 1785586165

    Poly Styrene was a singer-songwriter, an artist, a free-thinker, a post-modern style pioneer and a lifelong spiritual seeker: a true punk icon. But this rebel queen with the cheeky grin was also a latter-day pop artist with a wickedly perceptive gift ... more

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  • Cover image of book To Throw Away Unopened by Viv Albertine
    To Throw Away Unopened - by Viv Albertine

    £8.99   paperback   (2019) - ISBN 13: 9780571326228 | ISBN 10: 0571326226

    LONGLISTED FOR THE GORDON BURN PRIZE 2018   What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.   Every memoir is a battle between reality and invention - but in her follow up to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Grace Jones A to Z: The life of an icon – from Androgyny to Zula by Babeth Lafon and Steve Wide
    Grace Jones A to Z: The life of an icon – from Androgyny to Zula - by Babeth Lafon and Steve Wide

    £12.99   hardback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9781925418804 | ISBN 10: 1925418804

    Singer, songwriter, supermodel, record producer, actress and iconoclast, Grace Jones is truly one of a kind, equal parts intriguing, intimidating and indefatigable.   From her early days as a model working with Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, her ... more

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  • Cover image of book First Time Ever: A Memoir by Peggy Seeger
    First Time Ever: A Memoir - by Peggy Seeger

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780571336807 | ISBN 10: 0571336809

    Born in New York City in 1935, Peggy Seeger enjoyed a childhood steeped in music and politics. Her father was the noted musicologist Charles Seeger; her mother, the modernist composer Ruth Crawford; and her brother Pete, the celebrated writer of prot ... more

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  • Cover image of book Art Sex Music by Cosey Fanni Tutti
    Art Sex Music - by Cosey Fanni Tutti

    £9.99   paperback   (2018) - ISBN 13: 9780571328529 | ISBN 10: 0571328520

    Art Sex Music is the autobiography of a musician who, as a founding member of the avant-garde group Throbbing Gristle and electronic pioneers Chris & Cosey, has consistently challenged the boundaries of music over the past four decades.   It is th ... more

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  • Cover image of book Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them by Eli Davies and Rhian E Jones (Editors)
    Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women Who Love Them - by Eli Davies and Rhian E Jones (Editors)

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781910924617 | ISBN 10: 191092461x

    Vogue Books of the Year 2017   In the majority of mainstream writing and discussions on music, women appear purely in relation to men as muses, groupies or fangirls, with our own experiences, ideas and arguments dismissed or ignored. But this ... more

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  • Cover image of book Patti Smith: American Artist by Frank Stefanko
    Patti Smith: American Artist - by Frank Stefanko

    £14.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781683830153 | ISBN 10: 1683830156

    "There I was sitting in a booth at the co-op of Glassboro State College, a bucolic school in the farmlands of South Jersey... Suddenly, the double doors of the co-op swung open and standing there in the vacuum created was an incredible apparition, a ... more

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  • Cover image of book Billie Holiday by José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo
    Billie Holiday - by José Muñoz and Carlos Sampayo

    £17.99   hardback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781681120935 | ISBN 10: 1681120933

    Born in Philadelphia in 1915, and dead too early in New York in 1959, Billie Holiday became a legendary jazz singer, even mythical.  With her voice even now managing to touch so many people, we follow a reporter on the trail of the artist on beh ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise by Brix Smith Start
    The Rise, the Fall, and the Rise - by Brix Smith Start

    £8.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9780571325061 | ISBN 10: 0571325068

    The Rise, The Fall, and The Rise is the extraordinary story, in her own words, of Brix Smith Start. Best known for her work in The Fall at the time when they were perhaps the most powerful and influential anti-authoritarian postpunk band in the world ... more

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  • Cover image of book What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light
    What Happened, Miss Simone? - by Alan Light

    £9.99   paperback   (2017) - ISBN 13: 9781782118749 | ISBN 10: 1782118748

    Inspired by the Oscar-nominated Netflix documentary, this is the story of the real Miss Simone.   What Happened, Miss Simone? tells the story of incandescent soul singer and Black Power icon Nina Simone, one of the most influential, provocativ ... more

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  • Cover image of book On Raglan Road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them by Gerard Hanberry
    On Raglan Road: Great Irish Love Songs and the Women Who Inspired Them - by Gerard Hanberry

    £15.99   hardback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781848892873 | ISBN 10: 184889287x

    This lively collection uncovers for the first time how great Irish love songs came to be, and includes engaging biographies of the songwriters and their muses.  This is for anyone who ever wondered who the ‘Galway Girl’ was, or if there was ... more

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  • Cover image of book Evelyn Dove: Britain
    Evelyn Dove: Britain's Black Cabaret Queen - by Stephen Bourne

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781909762350 | ISBN 10: 1909762350

    A pioneer and a trailblazer, Evelyn Dove left a mark in the arts industry. She was the first black female singer on BBC Radio and the first black British female singer to work in America, a quarter of a century before Shirley Bassey.   In a ca ... more

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  • Cover image of book M Train by Patti Smith
    M Train - by Patti Smith

    £9.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781408867709 | ISBN 10: 1408867702

    M Train begins in the tiny Greenwich Village caf� where Smith goes every morning for black coffee, ruminates on the world as it is and the world as it was, and writes in her notebook. Through prose that shifts fluidly between dreams and reality, pa ... more

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  • Cover image of book Reckless by Chrissie Hynde
    Reckless - by Chrissie Hynde

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785031465 | ISBN 10: 1785031465

    By the time she was 14, Chrissie Hynde knew she had to get out of Akron, Ohio. Her perfect 50s American childhood upturned by a newly acquired taste for rock n roll, motorbikes and the get down boys seen at gigs in and around Cleveland Mitch R ... more

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    I've Always Kept a Unicorn: The Biography of Sandy Denny - by Mick Houghton

    £12.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780571278916 | ISBN 10: 0571278914

    I've Always Kept a Unicorn tells the story of Sandy Denny, one of the greatest British singers of her time and the first female singer-songwriter to produce a substantial and enduring body of original songs. Sandy Denny laid down the marker for folk ... more

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  • Cover image of book Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten (Editors)
    Here She Comes Now: Women in Music Who Have Changed Our Lives - by Jeff Gordinier and Marc Weingarten (Editors)

    £14.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9781785780608 | ISBN 10: 1785780603

    Here She Comes Now brings together some of Americas best music writers such as Susan Choi, recipient of the inaugural PEN / W.G. Sebald award, Daniel Walters, whose credits include the screenplay for Heathers, and Alina Simon, whose novel Note to ... more

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  • Cover image of book Billie Holiday by John Szwed
    Billie Holiday - by John Szwed

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780099592624 | ISBN 10: 0099592622

    When eighteen-year-old Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia studios in November of 1933 to record Riffin the Scotch and Your Mothers Son-in-Law, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and important career in twentieth-c ... more

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  • Cover image of book Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing by Tracey Thorn
    Naked at the Albert Hall: The Inside Story of Singing - by Tracey Thorn

    £8.99   paperback   (2016) - ISBN 13: 9780349005249 | ISBN 10: 0349005249

    Tracey Thorn, musician and author of the bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen, offers a unique insider's take on the art of singing: why and how we sing, and the voice's power to captivate. In her bestselling autobiography Bedsit Disco Quee ... more

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    I'll Never Write My Memoirs - by Grace Jones

    £20.00   hardback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781471135217 | ISBN 10: 1471135217

    Born in 1948 into a family of ministers in Kingston, Jamaica, the statuesque and strikingly beautiful Grace Jones lived with her family in Syracuse, NY, before launching a career as a model in New York City. Gaining fame as the cover girl for such pu ... more

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  • Cover image of book Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein
    Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir - by Carrie Brownstein

    £16.99   hardback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780349007922 | ISBN 10: 0349007926

    From the guitarist of the pioneering band Sleater-Kinney, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life - and finding yourself - in music. Before Carrie Brownstein became a music icon, she was a young girl growing up in the Pacific Nor ... more

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  • Cover image of book Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon
    Girl in a Band - by Kim Gordon

    £8.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9780571309351 | ISBN 10: 0571309356

    There are few artists who inspire such reverence as Kim Gordon. In Girl in a Band she tells with complete openness the story of her family, her work in the visual arts, her move to New York City, the men in her life, her marriage, her relationship wi ... more

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  • Cover image of book Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend by Karen Bartlett
    Dusty: An Intimate Portrait of a Musical Legend - by Karen Bartlett

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781849548762 | ISBN 10: 1849548765

    Known the world over for her unique musical style, distinctive look and a voice that propelled her into the charts time and time again, Dusty Springfield was undoubtedly one of the biggest and brightest musical stars of the twentieth century.   ... more

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  • Cover image of book Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography by Mary Black
    Down the Crooked Road: My Autobiography - by Mary Black

    £9.99   paperback   (2015) - ISBN 13: 9781848271883 | ISBN 10: 1848271883

    For the last thirty years, singer Mary Black has been a dominant presence on the Irish music scene, an award-winning artist with many bestselling albums to her name. Now, in this long-awaited memoir, Mary takes us back to the roots of her musical her ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer
    The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help - by Amanda Palmer

    £13.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780349408095 | ISBN 10: 0349408092

    "When we really see each other, we want to help each other"~ Amanda Palmer Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk ca ... more

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  • Cover image of book My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale by Jean MacColl
    My Kirsty: End of the Fairytale - by Jean MacColl

    £7.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781784180263 | ISBN 10: 1784180262

    Kirsty MacColl led a dazzling life - tender, creative, heroic and full of love.   This book, by her mother Jean MacColl, charts with moving insight Kirsty's early years and celebrates her brilliant career at the front rank of the music busine ... more

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  • Cover image of book Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair & Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side by Rayya Elias
    Harley Loco: A Memoir of Hard Living, Hair & Post-Punk, from the Middle East to the Lower East Side - by Rayya Elias

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781408837696 | ISBN 10: 1408837692

    "She's experienced wealth, cultural alienation, homelessness, brushes with fame, prison, rehab, record deals, a million blown second chances, a dozen broken hearts and one bloody-knuckled ultimate spiritual redemption. She even died once in the proce ... more

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  • Cover image of book Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music by Anglique Kidjo, with Rachel Wenrick
    Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music - by Anglique Kidjo, with Rachel Wenrick

    £20.00   hardback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9780062071798 | ISBN 10: 0062071793

    Grammy Award-winning singer Anglique Kidjo is known for her electrifying voice and fearless advocacy work. In this intimate memoir, she reveals how she escaped Communist Africa to make her dreams a reality, and how she's prompting others all around ... more

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  • Cover image of book Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen
    Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot - by Masha Gessen

    £9.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781847089342 | ISBN 10: 1847089348

    On February 21st 2012, five members of an obscure feminist post-punk collective called Pussy Riot staged a performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Dressed in their trademark brightly coloured dresses and balaclavas, the women perform ... more

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  • Cover image of book Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star by Tracey Thorn
    Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to be a Pop Star - by Tracey Thorn

    £8.99   paperback   (2014) - ISBN 13: 9781844088683 | ISBN 10: 1844088685

    "The Sunday Times top ten bestselling memoir of Tracey Thorn's 30-year pop career with Marine Girls and Everything But The Girl, and her collaborations with Paul Weller, Massive Attack and Todd Terry. A Radio 4 Book of the Week in March 2013."(Tracey ... more

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  • Cover image of book Florence + the Machine: An Almighty Sound by Zoe Howe
    Florence + the Machine: An Almighty Sound - by Zoe Howe

    £14.95   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781780385136 | ISBN 10: 1780385137

    The story of Florence + The Machine makes an exhilarating contrast to the fortunes of those pre-packaged, stage-schooled pop stars who just wanted to be famous.  A bookish south London child who had sung at family funerals, Florence Welch exp ... more

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  • Cover image of book A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Caroline Stoessinger
    A Century of Wisdom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Sommer - by Caroline Stoessinger

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781444737622 | ISBN 10: 1444737627

    An inspiring story of resilience and the power of optimism - the true story of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world's oldest living Holocaust survivor.   At 108 years old, the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer is an eyewitness to history. She has seen it all, ... more

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  • Cover image of book Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern by Julia Downes
    Women Make Noise: Girl Bands from Motown to the Modern - by Julia Downes

    £15.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9780956632913 | ISBN 10: 0956632912

    As more and more female solo artists hit the mainstream the question arises: where are the girl bands? Why aren't they getting the attention they deserve?   While the media continues to ignore them, in Women Make Noise Julia Downes invites mus ... more

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  • Cover image of book The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era by Helen Reddington
    The Lost Women of Rock Music: Female Musicians of the Punk Era - by Helen Reddington

    £19.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781845539573 | ISBN 10: 1845539575

    In the late 1970s and early 1980s a new phenomenon emerged in UK popular music female guitarists, bass-players, keyboard-players and drummers began playing in bands. Before this time, womens presence in rock bands, with a few notable exceptions, h ... more

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  • Cover image of book Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir by Pauline Black
    Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir - by Pauline Black

    £9.99   paperback   (2012) - ISBN 13: 9781846687914 | ISBN 10: 1846687918

    Probably best-known for her role as lead singer in The Selecter, one of the best British ska / 2 tone bands of the early 1980s, Pauline Black has lived a life rich in contradictions. Mixed-race, adopted to a middle-aged white couple, tracing some of ... more

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  • Cover image of book Just Kids by Patti Smith
    Just Kids - by Patti Smith

    £9.99   paperback   (2011) - ISBN 13: 9780747568766 | ISBN 10: 0747568766

    'It was the summer that Coltrane died. The summer Jimi Hendrix set his guitar in flames and China exploded the H-bomb. There were riots in Newark and marches against the war in Vietnam. The world was on the brink of change. It was the summer of love. ... more

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  • Cover image of book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus
    Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution - by Sara Marcus

    £9.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9780061806360 | ISBN 10: 0061806366

    Girls to the Front is the epic, definitive history of the Riot Grrrl movement the radical feminist punk uprising that exploded into the public eye in the 1990s, altering Americas gender landscape forever.  Author Sara Marcus, a music ... more

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  • Cover image of book Women of the Underground: Music - Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves by Zora von Burden
    Women of the Underground: Music - Cultural Innovators Speak for Themselves - by Zora von Burden

    £14.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781933149196 | ISBN 10: 1933149191

    Featuring new interviews with: Wanda Jackson - Miss Mercy (GTOs) - Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground) - Nina Hagen - Lydia Lunch - Adele Bertei (The Contortions) - Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) - Jarboe (Swans) - Slymenstra (Gwar) - Patricia Mor ... more

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  • Cover image of book Away from the Light of Day by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Keta, Ann Wright
    Away from the Light of Day - by Amadou and Mariam, Idrissa Keta, Ann Wright

    £7.99   paperback   (2010) - ISBN 13: 9781901927450 | ISBN 10: 1901927458

    The magic couple Amadou and Mariam are one of the most loved and successful acts to come out of Africa this century, but their story is not one of overnight success. They have been singing their warm notes for more than thirty years.   This au ... more

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  • Cover image of book With Billie by Julia Blackburn
    With Billie - by Julia Blackburn

    £10.99   paperback   (2006) - ISBN 13: 9780099483656 | ISBN 10: 0099483653

    Julia Blackburn's brilliant and haunting new book is a life of Billie Holiday told in the voices of those who knew her. During the 1970s a young woman called Linda Kuehl, planning to write a biography of Billie, recorded interviews with more than 150 ... more

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  • Cover image of book Music and Gender: Perspectives from the Mediterranean by Tullia Magrini
    Music and Gender: Perspectives from the Mediterranean - by Tullia Magrini

    £25.50   paperback   (2003) - ISBN 13: 9780226501666 | ISBN 10: 0226501663

    Although scholars have long been aware of the crucial roles that gender plays in music, and vice versa, the contributors to this volume are among the first to systematically examine the interactions between the two. This book is also the first to exp ... more

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