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  • Working Class Man

    The No.1 Bestseller

    by Jimmy Barnes ...
    THE SEQUEL TO THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLER WORKING CLASS BOYIt's a life too big and a story too extraordinary for just one book. Jimmy Barnes has lived many lives - from Glaswegian migrant kid to iconic front man, from solo superstar to proud father of his own musical clan. In this hugely anticipated sequel to his critically acclaimed bestseller, Working Class Boy, Jimmy picks up the story of his life ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Working Class Boy

    by Jimmy Barnes ...
    A household name, an Australian rock icon, the elder statesman of Ozrock - there isn't an accolade or cliche that doesn't apply to Jimmy Barnes. But long before Cold Chisel and Barnesy, long before the tall tales of success and excess, there was the true story of James Dixon Swan - a working class boy whose family made the journey from Scotland to Australia in search of a better life.Working Class ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Pleasure and Pain

    Chrissy Amphlett is a true legend of Australian rock’n’roll. Here, the spellbinding performer who inspired and outraged as lead singer of the Divinyls tells her own amazing story.In this raw, gripping and searingly honest account, Chrissy spares no one – least of all herself. She reveals how she formed the Divinyls and, with a unique voice, steely ambition and an outrageous stage act powered them ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Roadies

    The Secret History of Australian Rock'n'Roll

    by Stuart Coupe ...
    This is your backstage pass to the hidden side of the music industry - the tantrums, the fights, the tensions, the indulgence, the sex, the alcohol, the drugs. The roadies see it all, and now they are sharing their secrets.Roadies are the unsung heroes of the Australian music industry. They unload the PAs and equipment, they set it all up, they make sure everything is running smoothly before, ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Seven Deadly Sins

    by Corey Taylor ...
    'I was 22 years old, a hard-on with a pulse: wretched, vice-ridden, too much to burn and not enough minutes in a hour to do so'The action begins in West Des Moines, Iowa, where Corey Taylor, frontman of heavy metal bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, systematically set about committing each of the Seven Deadly Sins. He has picked fights with douche bags openly brandishing guns. He has set himself on ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • What Does This Button Do?

    ‘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

    $16.99 AUD or Free with Kobo Plus

  • Las Vegas Elvis Presley

    by Thomas Chi ...
    Publisher Thomas Chi returned to Memphis six months each year to interview for the Elvis book. He spent more time in Las Vegas, Nevada interviewing Elvis's girlfriends, lovers, and the dancers with stories about Elvis. Listen to the stories about Elvis. Travel the Blues Highway from New Orleans to Memphis.Thomas Chi writes about Jazz along the Blues Highway from New Orleans to Chicago. Listen to ... Read more

    $1.25 AUD

  • The 10 Rules of Rock and Roll

    Collected Music Writings 2005-09

    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

  • Metallica: Enter Night

    The Biography

    by Mick Wall ...
    'A flaming juggernaut of heavy-metal biog' GUARDIAN'This is the definitive account of heavy metal's biggest band of all' CLASSIC ROCK'Truly enlightening' ROCK SOUND'ENTER NIGHT, Mick Wall's biography of Metallica confirms this grizzled veteran to be as engaged and waspishly authoritative a chronicler of metal's most hirsute behemoths as Barry Miles has been for the Beats' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY<... ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Gudinski

    The Godfather of Australian Rock

    by Stuart Coupe ...
    The real story of the man behind the bands - and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music.Known to many as GODinski, Michael Gudinski is unquestionably the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian rock'n'roll music business - and has been for the last four decades.Often referred to as 'the father of the Australian music industry', he has nurtured the careers of many ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • Feel Free

    Essays

    by Zadie Smith ...
    WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FOR CRITICISM 2019From the MAN BOOKER PRIZE- and WOMEN'S PRIZE-SHORTLISTED author of Changing My Mind and Swing Time - discover a second unmissable collection of essays from Zadie Smith'Generous, courageous, and tough-minded... [A] classic English essayist in the vein of Orwell, Woolf and Angela Carter' Financial Times'Engrossing, astute... ... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • The Lost Pianos of Siberia

    A Sunday Times Book of 2020

    by Sophy Roberts ...
    A SUNDAY TIMES BEST PAPERBACK OF 2021* Shortlisted for the 2021 Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year prize* A critically-acclaimed Sunday Times, Spectator and Independent Book of 2020* Now with colour photography by Michael Turek'Richly absorbing... An impressive exploration of Siberia's terrifying past.' Guardian'Evocative and wond... ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • I Am Brian Wilson

    The genius behind the Beach Boys

    by Brian Wilson ...
    'My life has been written about over and over again, and that's mostly okay with me. Other people can talk about my life. Sometimes they'll get it right and sometimes they'll get it wrong. For me, when I think back across my own life, there are so many things that are painful. Sometimes I don't like discussing them. Sometimes I don't even like remembering them. But as I get older, the shape of ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Mozart in the Jungle

    Sex, Drugs and Classical Music

    by Blair Tindall ...
    Now a major Amazon.com TV series starring Gabriel Garcia Bernal.From her debut recital at Carnegie Hall to performing with the orchestras of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, oboist Blair Tindall has been playing classical music professionally for over twenty-five years. She's also lived the secret life of musicians who survive hand to mouth, trading sex and drugs for low-paying gigs and the promise ... Read more

    $8.46 AUD

  • Beethoven's Skull

    Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

    by Tim Rayborn ...
    Beethoven’s Skull is an unusual and often humorous survey of the many strange happenings in the history of Western classical music. Proving that good music and shocking tabloid-style stories make excellent bedfellows, it presents tales of revenge, murder, curious accidents, and strange fates that span more than two thousand years. Highlights include:A cursed song that kills those who hear itA ... Read more

    $20.99 AUD

  • The View from the Cheap Seats

    Selected Nonfiction

    by Neil Gaiman ...
    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

    $11.99 AUD

  • Whole Notes

    by Ed Ayres ...
    Life Lessons through MusicHow can we pause long enough to repair ourselves? How can we make space and time in our lives to know ourselves?One way is through music - learning music, listening to music, being open to music. Because music consoles and restores us. Through music, whether we are listening or playing, we know ourselves more intimately, more honestly, and more clearly with every note. ... Read more

    $17.99 AUD

  • 31 Songs

    by Nick Hornby ...
    FROM THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF ABOUT A BOY31 Songs is best-selling author Nicky Hornby's ultimate desert island disksThrough thirty-one songs that he either loves or has loved, Nick Hornby tells us what music means to his life. These personal and passionate pieces - refreshingly free of pretension - are a celebration of the joy that certain songs have given him. Together with ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • Mother of Rock

    The Lillian Roxon Story

    From the pubs of the Sydney Push to New York’s legendary nightclubs, Lillian Roxon set the pace for an era that changed the world.Audacious, independent and fiercely intelligent, by eighteen she was cutting her writing teeth in the colourful world of Sydney tabloid journalism. She moved to New York in 1959, just in time for a cultural revolution that celebrated youth, sexual freedom, women’s ... Read more

    $11.99 AUD

  • Book of Longing

    by Leonard Cohen ...
    Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since Book of Mercy was published two decades ago. It collects Cohen's poetry written between the 1980s and the present, and also includes his wonderfully witty and sensuous illustrations, including numerous playful self-portraits. The illustrations interact with, and complement, the poetry in unexpected and fascinating ways. Book of ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Perfect Sound Whatever

    THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

    by James Acaster ...
    *The Sunday Times Bestseller*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 ... Read more

    $12.99 AUD

  • The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century

    by Alex Ross ...
    Alex Ross’s sweeping history of twentieth-century classical music, winner of the Guardian First Book Award, is a gripping account of a musical revolution.The landscape of twentieth-century classical music is a wild one: this was a period in which music fragmented into apparently divergent strands, each influenced by its own composers, performers and musical innovations. In this comprehensive tour, ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Music in the Castle of Heaven

    A Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music. How can such sublime work have been produced by a man who (when we can discern his personality at all) seems so ordinary, so opaque - and occasionally so intemperate?John Eliot Gardiner grew up passing one of the only two authentic portraits of Bach every morning and evening on the stairs of his parents' house ... Read more

    $14.99 AUD

  • Cat Power

    A Good Woman

    How Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, Survived Herself–and Became the Indie Rock Queen.Chan Marshall’s stark lyrics, minimal arrangements,and wounded, smoky vocals, were an instant indie hit in the nineties–but her mental instability nearly derailed her career. How this sensitive but headstrong Georgian daughter of an unstable mother and a relatively unknown musician father–managed to make it big, ... Read more

    $15.17 AUD