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"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible
is music".
Aldous Huxley

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight
to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything".
Plato


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Adam Ant

Stand and Deliver

This is the story of Adam Ant`s rise to fame from a lowly working-class background. Adam Ant was born Stuart Leslie Goddard in Marlebone, in London,in November 1954. Adam Ant rose to enormous fame during the 1980's, with hit after hit in the Top 20. Since the heady days of the early eighties Adan Ant has continued working but found it hard to match the euphoria that he was accostomed to. Stand and Deliver is the story of Adam Ant's phenomenel rise to fame and his subsequent difficulties post fame.

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Mark Beaumont

Out of This World - The Story of Muse

Mark Beaumont has followed Muse from their earliest days right through to their pinnacle. He was the first journalist to interview them and because of the honesty he showed, he was later granted access to places where others were not permitted. Thus he has produced this volume of anecdotes, admissions and other stuff which the world had hitherto not known.

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Spencer Bright

Essential Elton

Essential Elton charts the highs and lows in the career of one of pop`s most dazzling characters. From `Your Song`to `Candle in the Wind in `97. There are also the moments of shameless extravagance, charity and vanity.

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Eric Clapton Autobiography

Eric Clapton is one of the most well known people on the planet. Certainly in the music world. Clapton has transended the generations and adapted his guitar playing to suit the times.

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Victoria Mary Clarke

A Drink With Shane MacGowan

This is the biography of Shane MacGowan that you could only expect from someone who understands the man. It is controvertial, disagreable but it is real. As is the man.

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Stephen Davis

Jim Morrison

This book is all about Jim Morrison the man and his art. Taken from interviews, Morrison's own unpublished journals this book gives you the flavour of the man as not often seen.

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Hello Beautiful Jonas Brothers

This book is full of colour pictures of the band. There are facts galore and all you need for complete fandom

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Mozart

This book reveals Mozart in his earlier years as a man in his daily life struggling. Also latterly it goes into depth his music and his method of composition

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David Evanier

Making the Wiseguys Weep

David Evanier is the author of nine books. Making the Wiseguys Weep is about Jimmy Roselli, who resisted the Mafia and paid the price by failing to get the support he deserved. David Evanier has received the Aga Khan Fiction Prize and the McGinnis-Ritchie Short Fiction Award. A founding member of the literary magazine, 'Event', Evanier is at present writing the biography of Woody Allen.

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50 Cent

From Pieces to Weight

50 Cent was born Curtis James Jackson on July 6, 1975 in New York City. His break through albums were 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) and 'The Massacre' (2005). Eminem discovered Jackson in 2002, after the release of his album 'Guess Who's Back?' Jackson took on the stage name 50 Cent and has become one of the world's highest selling rappers. From Pieces to Weight is his life story.

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Granta Books
Music

Famous authors talk to the Granta magazine about music.

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Alex Hannaford

Pete Doherty - Last of the Rock Romantics

A biography of a wildcat or a man who lives life to the full. This book brings you from the point of his childhood to his self-destruct

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Michael Heatley

John Peel A Life in Music

Mark Beaumont John Peel, the balding, self-deprecating Liverpudlian with the wilfully obscure taste in musiv, was always an unlikely national institution. Yet with a radio career that spanned almost forty years, in which he consistently championed left-field sounds and brought psychedelia, punk, reggae and hip-hop into the mainstream, that is exactly what he became. When he died suddenly in October 2004, millions mourned the loss of the quirky, influential figure.

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Jerry Hopkins

No One Here Gets Out Alive

The life and times of Jim Morrison, the wild rocker.

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Rob Jovanovic

Michael Stipe

Documenting the last quarter of a century while Michael Stipe has been the lead singer with R.E.M.

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Henry C Lahee

The Organ and Its Masters

Henry C Lahee (1856 - 1953) Lahee was an American authority of music. He wrote a number of books on singers, violinists etc of his period and before. The Organ and Its Masters is one such book on The Organ.

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Reggie Nadelson

Comrade Rockstar

Dean Reed was to The Soviet Union what Elvis Presley was to the West. He drew huge crowds to his concerts and sold millions of albums. Yet he was found dead in a lake in East Berlin. Reggie Nadelson uncovers the life and the myth of a superstar who was virtually unknown in the West.

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Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff

The Jazz Makers

Nat Shapiro was an American music critic and a record producer. Shapiro produced Nina Simone and Phil Woods among others. From producing he moved on to promotional work, most notably with Mercury Records. Shapiro co-edited two books on jazz, Hear Me Talkin To Ya and The Jazz Makers, both considered classics.
Nat Hentoff is an American music critic, as well as being a historian, a novelist and many other occupations besides. Hentoff was a columnist and then associate editor of Down Beat, a magazine devoted to Jazz, Blues and beyond. Besides the collabboration with Nat Shapiro, Hentoff produced many other books on jazz.

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Sean Smith

Justin - A Biography

The rise of Justin Timberlake from one-fifth of boy band 'N SYNC
to one of the world's top male solo artists has been nothing short of meteoric. This book delves into his past to find his influences and his relationships.

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Paul Stenning

Guns N` Roses The Band That Time Forgot

Paul Stenning is an author who specialises in biographical work Stenning has writtten over 25 books, beginning with Guns N` Roses The Band That Time Forgot. Paul has worked with a range of people from Peter Kay to Robert Pattinson. Stenning has also conducted inerviews for magazines such as FHM, Front, Rolling Stone and Spin.

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Mick Wall

John Peel

Mick Wall was born on June 23. 1958. Wall is a author of books on music and musicians, a television and radio presenter and a journalist Wall has had a varied career in music, starting out contributinf articles to Sounds, progressing to being press officer for Virgin Records, working with The Human League, Simple Minds etc. Wall turned to writing biographies in 1986 with Diary Of A Madman - The Official Biography of Ozzy Osbourne. In 2004 he published John Peel A Tribute To The Legendary DJ and Broadcaster.

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Paul Weller

Suburban 100 Hardback

Paul Weller is an English singer/songwriter who came to fame while he was the driving force with The Jam in the early eighties. Weller moved on to The Style Council, where he played less rugged, more soulful music. Later on he would establish his credentials as a solo artist. Suburban 100 draws from this varied career and displays Weller as an accomplished lyricist aswell as a giftrd musician.

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Paul Weller

Suburban 100 Paperback

Paul Weller is an English singer/songwriter who came to fame while he was the driving force with The Jam in the early eighties. Weller moved on to The Style Council, where he played less rugged, more soulful music. Later on he would establish his credentials as a solo artist. Suburban 100 draws from this varied career and displays Weller as an accomplished lyricist aswell as a giftrd musician.

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