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Ta Ra Ra Boom De Ay

Author: Simon Napier-Bell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1783521511
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Welcome to the music business, a world of greed, corruption, self-interest and fun... This is the ultimate insider history of how popular music has evolved, not just as a creative industry, but as a business that has made people rich beyond their wildest dreams. From the printing of sheet music and piano rolls to the world of downloads and streaming, Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay is stuffed full of fascinating anecdotes – but it is also a seriously insightful exploration of the relationship between creativity and the money that can be made from it, by a man whose own career spans six decades; the legendary Simon Napier-Bell.

Black Vinyl White Powder

Author: Simon Napier-Bell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446491722
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The most authoritative, intelligent, diligently researched and unpretentious analysis of the British pop scene yet written' Sunday Telegraph Black Vinyl White Powder charts the amazing fifty year history of the British music business in unparalleled scale and detail. As a key player across the decades, Napier-Bell - who discovered Marc Bolan and managed amongst others The Yardbirds and Wham! - uses his wealth of contacts and extraordinary personal experiences to tell the story of an industry that is like no other. Where bad behaviour is not only tolerated but encouraged, where drugs are sometimes as important as talent, where artists are pushed to their physical and mental limits in the name of profit and ego. 'The Greatest Ever Book Written about English Pop-Breathtakingly Brilliant' Julie Burchill 'The cold print equivalent of a sparkling evening with a world-class raconteur.' Charles Shaar Murray, Independent Bitchy, glib, fun and shrewd' Daily Telegraph

I M Coming To Take You To Lunch

Author: Simon Napier-Bell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1446491560
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Pop manager extraordinaire Simon Napier-Bell had had enough. He'd had enough of pop groups. He'd had enough of the constant grief at home with his two ex-boyfriends bickering and bleeding him dry; and most of all he'd had enough of the music biz. But then he fell in love with a new passion - the Far East; and a dynamic new duo - George and Andrew - jointly called Wham! Soon, in an audacious attempt to have the best of both worlds, he found himself offering to arrange for Wham! to be the first ever Western pop group to play in communist China - a masterstroke of PR which, in one swift stroke, would make them one of the biggest groups in the world. What follows is an exciting, unpredictable and hilarious romp around the more curious corners of the world as Napier-Bell dives into the unknown, attempting to achieve the unachievable. We soon find ourselves in the company of a wonderful cast of petulant pop stars, shady international 'businessmen', and a hilarious confusion of spies, students and institutionalised officials and ministers as he edges ever closer to inadvertently becoming one of the first Westerners to break down the walls of communist China.

You Don T Have To Say You Love Me

Author: Simon Napier-Bell
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448177243
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You probably know Simon Napier-Bell as the manager of the Yardbirds. Or you may know him as the man who managed Marc Bolan, or Japan. You should definitely know him as the man who managed Wham! And if none of these rings a bell, maybe you'll remember him as the man who co-wrote 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me' for Dusty Springfield. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me is one of the funniest books you will read and equally provoking. From his revelation that the entire music industry was motivated by sex, to an embarrassing come-on from a suicidal Brian Epstein, it's all shocking stuff. But when you're on the run from the German police with Marc Bolan, brothel-hopping with Keith Moon and generally living the life of Riley at the music industry's expense, it would be a shame not to share those amazing experiences with the rest of the world, wouldn't it? Of all the great pop-music books written, it is worth savouring You Don't Have To Say You Love Me for its brilliant sideways insight into one of the most exciting cultural periods Britain has ever seen.

Songs In The Key Of Z

Author: Irwin Chusid
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1556523726
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Outsider musicians can be the product of damaged DNA, alien abduction, drug fry, demonic possession, or simply sheer obliviousness. This book profiles dozens of outsider musicians, both prominent and obscure—figures such as The Shaggs, Syd Barrett, Tiny Tim, Jandek, Captain Beefheart, Daniel Johnston, Harry Partch, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy—and presents their strange life stories along with photographs, interviews, cartoons, and discographies. About the only things these self-taught artists have in common are an utter lack of conventional tunefulness and an overabundance of earnestness and passion. But, believe it or not, they’re worth listening to, often outmatching all contenders for inventiveness and originality. A CD featuring songs by artists profiled in the book is also available.

Aotearoa Digital Arts Reader

Author: Stella Brennan
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780958278997
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A comprehensive anthology, THE AOTEAROA DIGITAL ARTS READER provides a snapshot of digital art practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Editors Stella Brennan and Su Ballard present essays, artists' pageworks and personal accounts that explore the production and reception of digital art. Ranging from research into the preservation of digital artworks to the environmental impact of electronic culture, from discussions of lo-tech aesthetics to home gaming, and from sophisticated data mapping to pre-histories of new media, this book presents a screen grab of digital art in Aotearoa New Zealand. All contributors are members of Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA), New Zealand's only digital artists' network. With its mix of work by artists, theorists and educators, this reader represents some of the best new thinking about digital art practices in Aotearoa New Zealand, reflecting the politics of location, yet highly relevant to the wider contexts of digital media art and culture.

Zambia Mozambique And Malawi

Author: Mary Fitzpatrick
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781741797220
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Previous edition: published as Zambia & Malawi by Alan Murphy, Nana Luckham and Nicola Simmonds. 2010.

Exploding

Author: Stan Cornyn
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780380814770
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Stan Cornyn -- a key creative force behind the rise of the Warner Music Group -- experienced the ultimate highs and lows of the company for more than thirty years. Now, get the inside scoop on top executive decisions, wild stories on iconic musicians, and the outrageous steps Warner took to produce a hit. Populated by celebrities like Dr. Dre, Frank Sinatra, the Grateful Dead, Madonna, Lil' Kim, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Joni Mitchell, and dozens more, Exploding reveals the music business as you've never seen it before.

Cowboys And Indies

Author: Gareth Murphy
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
ISBN: 1782831592
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COWBOYS AND INDIES is the story of the 'record men' - the mavericks and moguls who have shaped the music industry from the first sound machines of the 1850s through to today's digital streams. Men like John Hammond, who discovered Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen; Sam Phillips and Berry Gordy, founders of the Sun and Motown labels; Chris Blackwell, who brought Bob Marley and reggae music into the mainstream; Geoff Travis who built Rough Trade and launched The Smiths; or genre-busting producer Rick Rubin, who recorded Run DMC, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Johnny Cash. Gareth Murphy has drawn on more than 100 interviews with music business legends, as well as extensive archive research, to bring us the behind-the-scenes stories of how music gets made and sold. He explains, too, how the industry undergoes regular seismic changes. We may think the digital revolution is a big deal, but in the 1920s the arrival of radio and the Wall Street Crash wiped out 95 per cent of record sales. But, as we all know, you can't stop the music ...