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1 Anna Russell I'm not making this up, you Know the autobiography of the queen of musical Parody
NT Continuum 1985 Hardcover Excellent Excellent 23cm 
The author describes her unhappy childhood, boarding school education, and career in musical comedy 246 clean well bound pp ed review > With the irrepressible zaniness that has delighted her fans for over 40 years, Russell (dubbed ""the world's funniest woman"" by the London Times) here births an autobiography with as much cheek as her tongue can muster. This ""Queen of Musical Parody"" clearly relishes tracing her eccentric, sometimes aristocratic, occasionally ""batty"" British, Canadian and Australian family, her austere English childhood, as well as her unique career as one of the world's few operatic comediennes. Russell discovered early on that performing made her feel alive and accepted. Despite numerous doubters, she managed to parlay her unsuccessful classical training at London's Royal College of Music (they thought her musically hopeless), her quasi-operatic voice (to her instructors' horror, her true ambition was grand opera), her outrageous sense of humor, and talent for writing and performing saucy parody, into a successful career. In radio, TV, film and stage appearances. 
Price: 22.00 AUD
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2 Athill, Catherine & Others (trans) Phaidon Book of the Opera
UK Phaidon 1979 Hardcover Excellent/Very Good Very Good 27.5cm 
Phaidon Book of the Opera A Survey of 780 operas from 1597 512 pages with b&w and colour photos and illustrations. Originally published as "L'Opera: Repertorio della Lirica dal 1597" A fabulous resource for the composers, the settings, the singers, the librettists, the history, design & quaverful more all interspersed with appropriate illustration. Packed for post - 2kg 
Price: 22.00 AUD
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3 Bego, Mark Billy Joel the Biography
UK JR Books 2008 Paperback Excellent None issued 23cm 
407 clean white well bound pp, photo section, Billy Joel ranks among rock'n'roll's most talented artists. This biography is the first in-depth portrait of a man who is the son of German Jews who fled the Nazi regime, including his childhood in the Bronx, his professional struggles, and his six Grammys. Billy Joel is also widely known for his professional struggles — his substance abuse problems, his marriage to Christie Brinkley, and a string of car accidents. This is a portrait of a larger-than-life figure, featuring interviews with his bandmates and representatives from Columbia Records, an extensive examination of his diverse music tastes, and never-before-seen photographs. approx 900g packed weight 
Price: 33.00 AUD
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4 Buzacott, Martin David Hobson: A celebration in words and Pictures
Australia ABC Books 2005 Card Cover Excellent None issued 20.5cm 
Celebrate the life and achievements of one of our most distinguished artists with this gorgeous book. It features glorious photographs of David Hobson in performance and includes many quotes and anecdotes from renowned musicians, composers, singers and friends. Writer Martin Buzacott paints a sympathetic, sensitive portrait of an unconventional artist who started off composing a rock opera of Macbeth but rose to prominence with Baz Luhrmann's seminal production of La Boheme. It also explores his private life, including his struggle with lymphoma, his spiritual questioning and self-doubt. David Hobson provides touching personal photos from family albums to offer glimpses into his childhood, friends, wedding and family. Book has a very small nudge upper right corner else would be 'FINE' rating - all pp in great order. 
Price: 155.00 AUD
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5 Buzacott, Martin David Hobson: A celebration in words and Pictures
Australia ABC Books 2005 Card Cover Fine None issued 20.5cm 
Celebrate the life and achievements of one of our most distinguished artists with this gorgeous book. It features glorious photographs of David Hobson in performance and includes many quotes and anecdotes from renowned musicians, composers, singers and friends. Writer Martin Buzacott paints a sympathetic, sensitive portrait of an unconventional artist who started off composing a rock opera of Macbeth but rose to prominence with Baz Luhrmann's seminal production of La Boheme. It also explores his private life, including his struggle with lymphoma, his spiritual questioning and self-doubt. David Hobson provides touching personal photos from family albums to offer glimpses into his childhood, friends, wedding and family. All pages in great order & will be packed to ensure safe delivery. 
Price: 160.00 AUD
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6 Castro, Alicia & Ingrid Kummels & Manfred Schafer Anacaona: The Amazing Adventures of Cuba's First All-girl Dance Band
UK Atlantic Books, London 2007 Hardcover Excellent/Very Good Very Good 22.5cm 
Have a listen on you tube & then enjoy reading this biographical gem. Havana, 1932, and greengrocer Matias Castro, father of 13 children, is bankrupt. Cuchito, his eldest daughter, has the idea of starting an all-girl orchestra to bring in some cash. Jazz, mambo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, Latin jazz - 'Anacaona' perform every evening in local street cafes. In no time at all they conquer their audiences' hearts with their infectious music and cheeky lyrics. Alicia Castro, the author of this extraordinary memoir, played saxophone and later led the orchestra. Now in her 80s, Alicia looks back on the scintillating world that she and her sisters inhabited: their international breakthrough, concerts in Paris, New York and appearances with all the jazz greats. 393 crispy white pp, a kilo to post. 
Price: 36.00 AUD
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7 Chotzinoff Samuel DAY'S AT THE MORN
Hamish Hamilton, London 1965 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall 
slight sun to spine. Includes a preface by Sir Osbert Sitwell. "This is an entrancing book of reminiscences which will delight lovers of music and autobiography alike." 
Price: 19.00 AUD
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8 Cryer Max LOVE ME TENDER The Stories Behind the World's Favourite Songs
Exile Publishing, New Zealand 2008 1921497025 / 9781921497025 1st Edition Hard Cover As New 22cm 
read the stories behind 40 of the world's favourite songs. Some have had truly remarkable origins. Songs featuring such diverse atrists as Mario Lanza, Judy Garland, Elton John and Marlene Dietrich. AS NEW CONDITION 
Price: 22.00 AUD
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9 Dan Van Der Vat, Michele Whitby Eel Pie Island
UK Frances Lincoln 2009 Hardcover Excellent/Very Good Very Good 27.5cm 
112pp, masses of photo memorabilia, 850g packed for post, gift inscription 1st p top. About this book - Eel Pie Island, the only inhabited island on the River Thames, has been described as "120 drunks clinging to a mudbank." A tiny place, just 600 yards long, 150 feet at its widest, and home to a few dozen homes and businesses, the island has enjoyed two periods of special fame: in the 19th century, it was a popular resort for Charles Dickens and other Londoners who came by newfangled steamboats to spend the day at the grand hotel that dominated the island till 1969. In the 1950s and 1960s, it became a hip venue for England's hottest jazz, R&B, and rock bands. All over Britain and beyond, Eel Pie Island and its famous concerts are remembered with a nostalgic, and sometimes knowing, smile. This book tells the island's story from the Stone Age to The Rolling Stones and beyond, illustrating every period with a wealth of rare images and atmospheric contemporary photographs. 
Price: 24.00 AUD
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10 Davis, Stephen Watch You Bleed the Saga of Guns and Roses
Australia Michael Joseph Penguin 2008 Papeback Excellent None issued 23cm 
from google - From the bestselling author of Hammer of the Gods comes the complete story of Guns N' Roses - from their drug-fueled blastoff in the 80s to the turbulent life of legendary singer Axl Rose, and his fifteen-year, multimillion dollar quest to make the perfect hard rock album. Riotous world tours. Drug-induced rampages. One hundred millions albums sold. In his sixth major rock biography, Stephen Davis details the riveting story of the last great rock band. Watch You Bleed documents the life of every band member, including the improbable story of W. Axl Rose. Davis brilliantly captures the Guns' raw power - from the gutters of Sunset Strip to the biggest stadiums on the planet. Based on exclusive interviews, private archives, and packed with stunning revelations, Watch You Bleed is the savage, definitive, and highly unauthorized story of Guns N' Roses. For the first time, millions of fans will learn the whole truth about this legendary band. 434pp with bw photo sections 
Price: 17.00 AUD
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11 Dome, Malcolm & Ewing, Jerry AC/DC: The Encyclopaedia
UK Chrome Dreams 2008 Softcover Good None issued 23.5cm 
Detailing a group that has sold an estimated 150 million albums worldwide, this is the definitive reference of one of music history’s most notable pioneers of hard rock. Covering past and present members, songs, gigs, events, albums, bootlegs, producers, and numerous other subjects, this exhaustive overview spans an extraordinary 35-year musical career from the very earliest incarnations of the band prior to Bon Scott’s arrival, through the era in which he fronted the band and his untimely death, to the wildly successful landmark record Back in Black. 285pp lots of bw pix, lower right corner bumped, splot/spill on 1st p, maybe coffee drip (or scotch?). approx 700g carded/packed for post. 
Price: 23.00 AUD
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12 Ellis, L & Sutherland, B Tom Jones Close Up
UK Omnibus Press 2000 Hardcover Excellent Excellent 24cm 
390 crisp white pp - approx 800g packed for post Published to coincide with Tom Jones' 60th birthday on 7th June 2000 as well as his role in the upcoming film Agnes Brown and the recent release of his duet album Reload. From Pontypridd to Vegas and on to Glastonbury, the unchallenged magnetism of Tom Jones bridges the gap between generations. Featuring over 70 interviews including childhood companions from his hometown, celebrity associates, members of his former backing band The Squires. Includes exclusive interviews with Chris Hutchins, Tom's PR man and close confidante for a decade as well as co-stars and executives from his films. review >>> It is refreshing to read a book that does not focus on Tom's sexual expliots and actually tells you about his life and the many ups and downs of major rock stardom. I felt the authors gave a fresh and insightful view of a pop icon and would recommend this book for all fans and non fans alike. 
Price: 13.00 AUD
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13 Ellis, L & Sutherland, B Tom Jones Close Up
UK Omnibus Press 2000 Hardcover Excellent Fair 24cm 
390 crisp white pp - approx 800g packed for post, sticker mark on cover (our other copy excellent) Published to coincide with Tom Jones' 60th birthday on 7th June 2000 as well as his role in the upcoming film Agnes Brown and the recent release of his duet album Reload. From Pontypridd to Vegas and on to Glastonbury, the unchallenged magnetism of Tom Jones bridges the gap between generations. Featuring over 70 interviews including childhood companions from his hometown, celebrity associates, members of his former backing band The Squires. Includes exclusive interviews with Chris Hutchins, Tom's PR man and close confidante for a decade as well as co-stars and executives from his films. review >>> It is refreshing to read a book that does not focus on Tom's sexual expliots and actually tells you about his life and the many ups and downs of major rock stardom. I felt the authors gave a fresh and insightful view of a pop icon and would recommend this book for all fans and non fans alike. 
Price: 11.00 AUD
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14 Goldsmith, Martin The Inextinguishable Symphony: A True Story of Music and Love in Nazi Germany
NY John Wiley & Sons 2000 Hard Cover As New Excellent 23.5cm 
Goldsmith is the American-born son of two German-Jewish musicians who escaped the Holocaust. He anchors the Holocaust to the story of his own family, whom he never knew because most of them perished in Hitler's death camps. Goldsmith accompanies them through their lives in Nazi Germany, with its ever-tightening persecution & repression of the Jews, & on their nightmarish journey to the gas chambers. He follows his parents through their early musical training, their blossoming love, courtship, & marriage--making them seem like a normal, happy young couple--to their miraculous rescue & escape to America. 346 perfect pages 
Price: 25.00 AUD
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15 Hindley, Geoffrey (ed) Larousse Encyclopedia of Music
Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited 1976 3rd Impression Hardcover Excellent Very Good 
576pp & just a quaver past 2 kilos to post. The Larousse Encyclopedia of Music edited by Geoffrey Hindley with an Introduction by Antony Hopkins. A pictorial spectrum illuminates the vast domain of the musical world, focusing on its history, lore, traditions, personalities, and major composers. There are over 700 illustrations with 60 in colour (many full page) and over 650 monochrome illustrations. As well as classical music, the book covers jazz, folk music,opera and other choral music, music from different countries, etc, etc. There is a glossary of musical terms, a glossary of musical instruments, and an Index at the back. There are illustrations of works of art of a musical theme, and music and musical documents. This wonderful and comprehensive work covers all facets of the world of music from the earliest times. A superb work! 
Price: 30.00 AUD
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16 Hugill Stan SHANTIES FROM THE SEVEN SEAS
Mystic Seaport, U.S.A. 1994 0913372706 / 9780913372708 Card Cover Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
Shipboard work-songs and songs used as work-songs from the great days of sail. Over 400 pages of sea shanties and stories including music, pen and ink drawings, glossary, bibliography and index. Book is in very good condition, tight binding and clean white pages. No names etc. 
Price: 115.00 AUD
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17 Jewell, Derek Duke A Portrait of Duke Ellington
UK Pavilion Books Limited 1986 Card Cover Excellent None issued 23.5cm 
A biography of the musician who created more than 5,000 compositions, led his own orchestra for almost fifty years, and was a legendary figure of his time. 200pp incl bw photo sections. 
Price: 18.00 AUD
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18 Kahn, Albert Joys and Sorrows Pablo Casals His Own Story as Told to Albert E Kahns
UK Eel Pie Publishing, London 1981 Papeback Very Good None Issued 23cm 
313pp+550g This book was written by Pablo Casal with the help of Albert Kahn in his 90th year. Combines the artist's commentary on our time and his own life history. Book has bw pix interspersed throughout its informative pp. 
Price: 20.00 AUD
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19 Kuster, Konrad Mozart A Musical Biography
Oxford Clarendon Press 1996 Hardcover Excellent Very Good 22cm 
409 crisp pp & 800g to post. 1st English Edition. Translated from German by Mary Whittall. Black boards with gilt to spine. Pale cream dustwrapper with black titles and yellow illustration to front. The end papers are decorated with colour images of Mozart's music, otherwise illustrated in b&w. Although there are many accounts of Mozart's life, and countless descriptions and analyses of his music, this is the first attempt to portray Mozart's creative life as a composer. Kuster selects forty works or groups of works covering virtually every important stage in Mozart's career, from the first keyboard works of the young Wunderkind to Mozart's final days and the composition of the Requiem. Each chapter deals with the developments and events in the lives of the Mozarts as associated with or highlighted by a particular work or constellation of works. The bulk of the book--the is concerned with Mozart's life and compositions from his arrival in Vienna in 1781 to his death there some ten years later. 
Price: 36.00 AUD
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20 Lawrence, Christopher Swing Symphony: Another Midlife Adventure in the South of France
Australia Knopf 2004 First Edition Hard Cover Excellent Excellent 19cm 
Lawrence owns up in the subtitle to writing "another midlife adventure in the south of France", his book is far more idiosyncratic and disciplined than any of the other books of that wine-and-food-soaked genre. Lawrence's writing is witty, erudite, engaging and lively - not so different from his radio voice. One of the many eccentrics who lived in his French village is an artist who moonlights as Zorro. When introducing this character, Lawrence describes him as leaping off a wall with "Fairbanksian panache". Another character in this book is Booker, an Australian friend and broadcaster, who now lives in France. Booker is a collector of shellac 78 records from the Swing era and whenever an opportunity arises, Lawrence gives us a bit more of that thing. Lawrence's quest is to see if he can learn to relax and do what his musical heroes did - swing. -- Reviewer, Dianne Dempsey 224pp in great order 
Price: 26.00 AUD
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