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History & Criticism

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    Perfect Sound Whatever

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    by James Acaster ...
    Narrated by James Acaster ...

    Unabridged

    6 hours 55 min

    The brand new memoir from James Acaster: cult comedian, bestselling author of Classic Scrapes, undercover cop, receiver of cabbages.PERFECT SOUND WHATEVER is a love letter to the healing power of music, and how one man's obsessive quest saw him defeat the bullshit of one year with the beauty of another. Because that one man is James Acaster, it also includes tales of befouling himself in a Los ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    What Does This Button Do?

    Narrated by Bruce Dickinson ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours 6 min

    ‘I was spotty, wore an anorak, had biro-engraved flared blue jeans with “purple” and “Sabbath” written on the thighs, and rode an ear-splittingly uncool moped. Oh yes, and I wanted to be a drummer…’Bruce Dickinson – Iron Maiden’s legendary front man – is one of the world’s most iconic singers and songwriters. But there are many strings to Bruce’s bow, of which larger-than-life lead vocalist is ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    A History of Heavy Metal

    'Absolutely hilarious' – Neil Gaiman

    Narrated by Andrew O'Neill ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 18 min

    'Absolutely hilarious' - Neil Gaiman'One of the funniest musical commentators that you will ever read . . . loud and thoroughly engrossing' - Alan Moore'A man on a righteous mission to persuade people to "lay down your souls to the gods rock and roll".' - The Sunday Times'As funny and preposterous as this mighty music deserve' - John HiggsThe history of heavy metal brings br... ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Original Gangstas

    The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

    by Ben Westhoff ...
    Narrated by J. D. Jackson ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 17 min

    "Raw, authoritative, and unflinching ... An elaborately detailed, darkly surprising, definitive history of the LA gangsta rap era." -- Kirkus, starred reviewA monumental, revealing narrative history about the legendary group of artists at the forefront of West Coast hip-hop: Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac Shakur.Amid rising gang violence, the crack epidemic, and police brutality, ... Read more

    $38.91 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The View from the Cheap Seats

    Selected Nonfiction

    by Neil Gaiman ...
    Narrated by Neil Gaiman ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 29 min

    The View from the Cheap Seats draws together myriad non-fiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett and Lou Reed**, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.**</p... ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Brian Wilson og The Beach Boys

    Unabridged

    9 hours 39 min

    Historien om Brian Wilson, hjernen bag The Beach Boys, er dels historien om en af rockmusikkens største begavelser, dels historien om et psykisk følsomt og ustabilt menneske, der i en lang periode af sit liv var hæmmet af druk, stoffer og paranoia.Karsten Jørgensen, en af Danmarks bedste rockskribenter, tager dig gennem hele historien – fra den på mange måder traumatiske barndom med en diktatorisk ... Read more

    $31.90 AUD

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    Krawumm! oder Es war einmal

    Unabridged

    49 min

    Ein musikalisches Hörspiel für Eltern und Kinder, in dem vieles genau umgekehrt ist als in Wirklichkeit. Manches ist auch nur Quatsch – aber ganz schön guter! 1979: Das war eine Zeit, da wurde in der Pädagogik des wohlanständigen Bürgertums noch völkisch abgedampft, und die Ohrfeige galt als äußerst nützliches Kommunikationsmittel mit Kindern. Kennzeichnend für diese Gesellschaft war die von der ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Trutz blanker Hohn

    Ein Friesical von Henning Venske und Hein Hoop mit Musik von Lonzo Westphal

    Unabridged

    47 min

    1979: Musik hörten wir von Langspielplatten, unsere Texte schrieben wir auf Schreibmaschinen, unsere Interessen kanalisierten wir in Umweltverbänden, der Friedens- und Anti-Atom-Bewegung, in Dritte-Welt-Gruppen, in Fraueninitiativen, in Bunten Listen und gelegentlich in tiefer Betroffenheit. Öko und Bio besetzten allmählich die Köpfe, die alternative Szene hatte sich in Latzhosen, mit ... Read more

    $19.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Fandom and The Beatles

    The Act You've Known for All These Years

    Unabridged

    10 hours 25 min

    More than fifty years after their breakup, the Beatles are still attracting fans from various generations, all while retaining their original fan base from the 1960s. Why have those first-generation fans continued following the Beatles and are now introducing their grandchildren to the group? Why are current teens affected by the band's music? And perhaps most importantly, how and why do the ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Just around Midnight

    Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination

    by Jack Hamilton ...
    Narrated by Ron Butler ...

    Unabridged

    10 hours 8 min

    Rooted in rhythm-and-blues pioneered by black musicians, 1950s rock and roll was racially inclusive and attracted listeners and performers across the color line. In the 1960s, however, rock and roll gave way to rock: a new musical ideal regarded as more serious, more artistic-and the province of white musicians. Decoding the racial discourses that have distorted standard histories of rock music, ... Read more

    $26.94 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Beware of Beatles Worship and other Peculiarities 2019

    Narrated by Geoffrey Giuliano ...

    Unabridged

    19 min

    When the Beatles first came to our attention in a big way in 1964 it was obvious they were a phenomena to reckon with. History changers in the form of four shaggy haired young men who certainly knew how to carry a tune. Beatlemania swept the planet and the names John, Paul, George, and Ringo became household words. Unlike the Rolling Stones who just keep on going the Beatles broke up in 1970 but ... Read more

    $5.92 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Appetite for Self-Destruction

    The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

    by Steve Knopper ...
    Narrated by Dan John Miller ...

    Unabridged

    11 hours

    For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world - and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of ... Read more

    $22.45 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me

    A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll

    by Howard Bloom ...
    Narrated by Jim Meskimen ...

    Unabridged

    17 hours 3 min

    Howard Bloom—called “the greatest press agent that rock and roll has ever known” by Derek Sutton, the former manager of Styx, Ten Years After, and Jethro Tull—is a science nerd who knew nothing about popular music. But he founded the biggest PR firm in the music industry and helped build or sustain the careers of our biggest rock legends, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley, Bette Midler ... Read more

    $37.37 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    In It for the Long Run

    A Musical Odyssey

    by Jim Rooney ...
    Narrated by Jim Rooney ...

    Unabridged

    12 hours 6 min

    Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American music, including Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Bill Monroe, Muddy Waters, and Alison Krauss. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Odyssey is Rooney’s kaleidoscopic firsthand account of more than five ... Read more

    $34.37 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Black and Blur

    by Fred Moten ...
    Narrated by Leon Nixon ...
    series Consent Not to Be a Single Being #1

    Unabridged

    14 hours

    In Black and Blur-the first volume in his sublime and compelling trilogy consent not to be a single being-Fred Moten engages in a capacious consideration of the place and force of blackness in African diaspora arts, politics, and life. In these interrelated essays, Moten attends to entanglement, the blurring of borders, and other practices that trouble notions of self-determination and sovereignty ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Simply Beethoven

    Narrated by Angus Freathy ...
    series Great Lives #20

    Unabridged

    6 hours 47 min

    Born in Bonn, Germany, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) showed musical talent from an early age and was first taught by his musician father, Johann, an alcoholic who often beat his son. At the age of 21, Beethoven moved to Vienna, where he studied with composer Joseph Haydn and quickly became renowned as a pianist and conductor, as well as a composer. He continued to perform until 1811 when ... Read more

    $14.96 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    The History of Opera

    Narrated by Robert Powell ...

    Unabridged

    5 hours 17 min

    Since its origins in the sixteenth century, opera has been an extravagant, costly affair, arousing great passions. It has also produced some of the most sublime works of art, from Monteverdi to Wagner. Following the widely acclaimed History of Classical Music, Richard Fawkes traces the history of opera up to the present day on the first three CDs, and devotes the fourth to the history of operetta. ... Read more

    $43.40 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

    by Philip Clark ...
    Narrated by Fleet Cooper ...

    Unabridged

    15 hours 35 min

    The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck.In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck opened up as never before, disclosing his unique approach to jazz; the ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Then Sings My Soul

    150 of the World's Greatest Hymn Stories

    Narrated by Steven Grimsley ...

    Unabridged

    8 hours 17 min

    Over one million copies sold! Have you ever wanted to learn more about hymns, but weren’t sure where to start? Bestselling author Robert J. Morgan shares the incredible stories behind the beloved traditional hymns of faith.Each week millions of Christians around the world use hymns composed by believers from every era and branch of Christianity to join voices in praise—singing psalms and hymns and ... Read more

    $31.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    Don't Look Back In Anger

    The rise and fall of Cool Britannia, told by those who were there

    Unabridged

    18 hours 44 min

    Read by Paul McGann, Louise Brealey, Tania Rodrigues, Shvorne Marks, Jot Davies, David John, Dean Williamson and Charles Armstrong. Introduced by Daniel Rachel, and featuring audio-exclusive extracts from Daniel's source interviews.The nineties was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the 'Swinging Sixties' had art, comedy, fashion, ... Read more

    $35.99 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else

    Joy Division: The Oral History

    by Jon Savage ...
    Narrated by Liam Gerrard ...

    Unabridged

    9 hours 47 min

    An exciting new book on Joy Division, featuring never before told stories. Jon Savage's oral history of Joy Division is the last word on the band that ended with the suicide of Ian Curtis in Macclesfield on May 18, 1980. It weaves together interviews conducted by the author, but never used in the making of the film Joy Division, which told the story of the band in their own words, as well as those ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Kick It

    A Social History of the Drum Kit

    by Matt Brennan ...
    Narrated by Michael Butler Murray ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 49 min

    The drum kit has provided the pulse of popular music from before the dawn of jazz up to the present day pop charts. Kick It, a provocative social history of the instrument, looks closely at key innovators in the development of the drum kit: inventors and manufacturers like the Ludwig and Zildjian dynasties, jazz icons like Gene Krupa and Max Roach, rock stars from Ringo Starr to Keith Moon, and ... Read more

    $37.43 AUD or free with audiobook trial

  • Audiobook

    Wishing on the Moon

    The Life and Times of Billie Holiday

    by Donald Clarke ...
    Narrated by Anna Fields ...

    Unabridged

    17 hours 46 min

    No singer has been more mythologized and more misunderstood than jazz legend Billie Holiday, who helped to create much of the mystique herself with her autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. This authentic biography sets the record straight. Donald Clarke was given unrivaled access to a treasure trove of interviews from the 1970s with those who knew Lady Day in all stages of her short, tragic life ... Read more

    $41.86 AUD or free with audiobook trial

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    The Making of Music

    The complete landmark BBC Radio 4 series

    Narrated by James Naughtie ...

    Unabridged

    13 hours 27 min

    In this major BBC Radio 4 series, James Naughtie uncovers the roots of our music and reveals the soundtrack to our own history.The history of classical music is inextricably linked with the places it was written, its purpose and its patrons, as well as with politics, war and social change. From the earliest music of the monasteries, to the court and church music of the Renaissance and Reformation ... Read more

    $22.72 AUD or free with audiobook trial