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  • The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll

    Collected Music Writings 2005-09

    by Robert Forster

    Sometimes I play a game in my head: name the five best American rock bands of the ’60s. My list goes: The Velvet Underground, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Doors, and then I stall on the fifth. Creedence? The Band – although they’re mostly Canadian. Simon and Garfunkel? Jefferson Airplane? The Lovin’ Spoonful? But I plump for The Monkees.In The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll, Robert Forster takes ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • The Music Lesson

    A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music

    by Victor L. Wooten

    From Grammy-winning musical icon and legendary bassist Victor L. Wooten comes an inspiring parable of music, life, and the difference between playing all the right notes…and feeling them.The Music Lesson is the story of a struggling young musician who wanted music to be his life, and who wanted his life to be great. Then, from nowhere it seemed, a teacher arrived. Part musical genius, part ... Read more

    $17.04 AUD

  • How to Listen to Great Music

    A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

    by Robert Greenberg

    The perfect music gift from one of the most trusted names in continuing education. Learn how to better appreciate music in this guide that will unlock the knowledge you need to understand “the most abstract and sublime of all the arts.”Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert music has the power to move you. The right knowledge can deepen the ability of this music to ... Read more

    $20.12 AUD

  • PARKER: A Miscellany

    by John Connolly

    PARKER: A Miscellany is a nonfiction companion to John Connolly's bestselling Charlie Parker mysteries that uses music as a jumping-off point. The book includes introductions to each of the Parker novels, through A SONG OF SHADOWS; liner notes for each of the six CDs Connolly has compiled to go with hardcover editions of certain Parker novels; a long essay called “The Music Lover,” about his life ... Read more

    $4.90 AUD

  • To a Young Jazz Musician

    Letters from the Road

    by Wynton Marsalis and 1 more

    In To a Young Jazz Musician, the renowned jazz musician and Pulitzer Prize—winning composer Wynton Marsalis gives us an invaluable guide to making good music–and to leading a good life.Writing from the road “between the bus ride, the sound check, and the gig,”Marsalis passes on wisdom gained from experience, addressed to a young musician coming up–and to any of us at any stage of life. He writes ... Read more

    $19.68 AUD

  • The Song Remains the Same

    800 Years of Love Songs, Laments and Lullabies

    by Andrew Ford and 1 more

    An illuminating history of the song for every kind of music loverOften today, the word ‘song’ is used to describe all music. A free-jazz improvisation, a Hindustani raga, a movement from a Beethoven symphony: apparently, they’re all songs.But they’re not. From Sia to Springsteen, Archie Roach to Amy Winehouse, a song is a specific musical form. It’s not so much that they all have verses and ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • This is Your Brain on Music

    Understanding a Human Obsession

    by Daniel Levitin

    From the author of The Changing Mind and The Organized Mind comes a New York Times bestseller that unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with music*****'What do the music of Bach, Depeche Mode and John Cage fundamentally have in common?'Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language.From Mozart to the Beatles, neuroscientist, psyc ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Moving to Higher Ground

    How Jazz Can Change Your Life

    by Wynton Marsalis and 1 more

    “In this book I hope to reach a new audience with the positive message of America’s greatest music, to show how great musicians demonstrate on the bandstand a mutual respect and trust that can alter your outlook on the world and enrich every aspect of your life–from individual creativity and personal relationships to conducting business and understanding what it means to be American in the most ... Read more

    $20.89 AUD

  • Van Morrison: Into the Music

    THE EARLY YEARS 1945 - 1975

    by Ritchie Yorke

    The Definitive Biography by Ritchie Yorke This is the first biography of Van Morrison, the man whose stunningly beautiful lyrics and virtuoso performances have won him a respect and admiration granted to few musicians. His music reaches out to millions. yet the van himself is shrouded by a mystique that seemed virtually impenetrable. He is elusive, complex and withdrawn. He allows years to slip by ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Essential Jazz Recordings

    101 CDs

    by Ross Porter

    A guide to the all-time must-have jazz recordings by a maven of the genre.Possibly the twentieth century’s greatest musical innovation, jazz is now more popular than it has been for the past fifty years. But with the plethora of new recordings and the phenomenon in jazz of the same standards being recorded seemingly by almost every artist and band or trio, it’s very hard to know where to start or ... Read more

    $20.89 AUD

  • Improvising Jazz

    by Jerry Coker

    With musical scores and helpful charts, noted jazz educator and featured jazz soloist, Jerry Coker, gives the beginning performer and the curious listener insights into the art of jazz improvisation.Improvising Jazz gives the beginning performer and the curious listener alike insights into the art of jazz improvisation. Jerry Coker, teacher and noted jazz saxophonist, explains the major concepts ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • How to Write One Song

    by Jeff Tweedy

    A ROUGH TRADE BOOK OF THE YEAROne of the century's most feted singer-songwriters, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, digs deep into his own creative process to share his unique perspective about song-writing and offers a warm, accessible guide to writing your first song.'An incisive index of exercises and jocular advice for any aspiring lyricist that also works as an empathetic self-help book for anyone ... ... Read more

    $16.16 AUD

  • Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life

    A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us

    by Steve Almond

    Drooling fanatic, n. 1. One who drools in the presence of beloved rock stars. 2. Any of a genus of rock-and-roll wannabes/geeks who walk around with songs constantly ringing in their ears, own more than 3,000 albums, and fall in love with at least one record per week.With a life that’s spanned the phonographic era and the digital age, Steve Almond lives to Rawk. Like you, he’s secretly longed to ... Read more

    $10.11 AUD

  • Raising Musical Kids

    A Guide for Parents

    by Robert A. Cutietta

    Does music make kids smarter? At what age should a child begin music lessons? Where should you purchase an instrument? What should parents expect from a child's teachers and lessons? How can you get kids to practice? Raising Musical Kids answers these and many other questions as it guides parents through everything from assembling a listening library for kids, to matching a child's personality ... Read more

    $45.64 AUD

  • Psychology of Music

    by Carl E. Seashore

    The psychology of music aims to explain and understand musical behaviour and musical experience. A must read for all fans of music as a complete experience and science. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using ... Read more

    $11.54 AUD

  • The Instrumental Music Director's Guide to Comprehensive Program Development

    by Michael J. Pagliaro

    The Instrumental Music Director’s Guide to Comprehensive Program Development gives a practical approach to the procedures associated with teaching instrumental music and administering the program. An in-depth discussion of student recruitment, instrument selection, evaluation of student potential, and supplementary curriculum enhancement are included.Pagliaro discusses the theoretical and ... Read more

    $39.59 AUD

  • Basic Keys, Scales And Chords by Joe Procopio

    A Handy Guide for Finding Any Key, Key Signature, Scale or Chord in Music


    DESCRIPTION: BASIC KEYS, SCALES & CHORDS by Joe Procopio is an easy to understand book of all the basic keys, scales and chords used in music today. It includes the notes, charts and examples of every Key, Key Signature, Scale and Chord found most often in the music made by present day composers.   BASIC KEYS, SCALES & CHORDS is a handy reference guide for anyone interested in finding fast any Key ... Read more

    $3.01 AUD

  • The Forty-Eight Preludes and Fugues of J.S .Bach

    by Cecil Gray

    Originally published in 1934, this is an exhaustive examination of one of Bach's greatest works, and is highly recommended for inclusion on the bookshelf of anyone with an interest in this great composer. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, ... Read more

    $11.54 AUD

  • The Great Romantic

    Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus - Winner of William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2019

    by Duncan Hamilton

    Neville Cardus described how one majestic stroke-maker 'made music' and 'spread beauty' with his bat. Between two world wars, he became the laureate of cricket by doing the same with words.In The Great Romantic, award-winning author Duncan Hamilton demonstrates how Cardus changed sports journalism for ever. While popularising cricket - while appealing, in Cardus' words to people who 'didn't know a ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Playing the Piano for Pleasure

    The Classic Guide to Improving Skills Through Practice and Discipline

    by Charles Cooke and 1 more

    Skyhorse Publishing is proud to revive Playing Piano for Pleasure. With the wonderful writing one would expect from a longtime New Yorker reporter, Piano aficionado Charles Cooke, offers concrete routines for improving your piano performance. A pleasant and constant cheerleader, Cooke asks readers to practice every day, suggesting that they work through just that section time and again until it is ... Read more

    $15.99 AUD

  • Perfect Pitch in the Key of Autism

    A Guide for Educators, Parents, and the Musically Gifted

    by Henny Kupferstein and 1 more

    Autistic people and musical individuals often have perfect pitch, a gift they were born with. The musical gift may be accompanied with learning differences such as reading comprehension problems, trouble with mathematics, and significant difficulties in learning how to read music. This book was written by a music therapist and an autistic researcher, and is endorsed by leading experts in the field ... Read more

    $22.87 AUD

  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music History

    From Pre-Historic Africa to Classical Europe to American Popular Music

    by Michael Miller

    A beautifully composed journey through music history!Music history is a required course for all music students. Unfortunately, the typical music history book is dry and academic, focusing on rote memorization of important composers and works. This leads many to think that the topic is boring, but bestselling author Michael Miller proves that isn't so. This guide makes music history interesting and ... Read more

    $24.52 AUD

  • Seeking the Significance of Music Education

    Essays and Reflections

    by Bennett Reimer

    Noted music educator Bennett Reimer has selected 24 of his previously published articles from a variety of professional journals spanning the past 50 years. During that time, he's tackled: -generating core values for the field of music education; -the core in larger societal and educational contexts; -what to teach and how to teach it effectively; -how we need to educate our teachers; -the role of ... Read more

    $79.19 AUD

  • Series of Dreams: The Vision Songs of Bob Dylan

    by John Burns

    Bob Dylan is the most influential songwriter of our time. His lyrics have inspired more than one generation to challenge received social and spiritual concepts about the world they inhabit. It is in this context that John Burns examines Dylan's 'big' lyrics, the 'vision songs' that have changed the way we see our world. Considering all Dylan's major albums from the 'sixties to the present, Burns ... Read more

    $9.20 AUD