Over four hot summers from 1975 to 1979, teenager Caroline Sullivan and her friends criss-crossed the USA in the Rollers' wake. They staked out airports and hotels, tricking airline clerks and wheedling information out of PR companies.
A world expert on Classical poetry, Richard Thomas was initially ridiculed by his colleagues for teaching a course on Bob Dylan alongside his traditional seminars on Homer, Virgil, and Ovid. Dylan’s Nobel Prize brought him vindication, and he immediately found himself thrust into the spotlight as a leading academic voice in all matters Dylanological.
Incredibly well-known book with lots of awards written by the New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. It is a guide to the music of the 20th century, which explains why Bjork is also part of classic music, and why contemporary composers get inspiration from Sonic Youth.
Simon Goddard wrote an unusual biography: he took most of Smiths’s songs, and wrote a story for each of them, linking it with the life of Morrissey and Johnny Marr, creating detailed guide to the world of The Smiths.
American composer and music theorist John Cage released the collection of his lectures and writings, in which he talks about music of the 20th century. Cage is best known for his «Four thirty-three» composition, during which musicians do not play a single note, and audience listen only to sounds of the environment.
In 2004, when Obama was elected as a president, in his speech he paraphrased Sam Cooke’s song «It's been a long time coming, but tonight, change has come to America». Protest songs from Billy Holiday to Green Day form part of the world history, and this book lights up the main periods of their influence.
London 1997: spurred by rapidly growing popularity of Brit-pop, manager of big record company is searching for new Radiohead. Huge competition, crime, drugs and a lot of music — John Niven criticizes the music industry, but he shows it’s impetuous drive.
Memories of Patti Smith, whose first album «Horses» is one of the main works in punk rock. Part of the New York 60's bohemia, she describes the atmosphere of the city in those times and her relationships with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.
Written by NME former assistant editor Pat Long, it is not only the history of the famous British music magazine, but also the portrait of musical life of the sixties: first Led Zeppelin gig, Kurt Cobain’s overdose and Jimi Hendrix setting fire to his guitar onstage.
Manual for those who do not know anything about the classic music but want to start learning. Founders of classical music radio explain the basic concepts, classify music by periods, and give answers to questions like «Who Was Composing, What, When?»
In July of 1965 Bob Dylan took the stage on Folk Festival in Newport to start playing rock in the Rolling Stones style. Elijah Wald has written a whole book about the day when Dylan became electric, describing significance of this event in the history of music.
What stands behind the depressing lyrics of Elliot Smith? Torment Saint wrote a book about life of famous american indie rock singer and songwriter, whose early death is still a mystery to millions of his fans.
Arrived in New York in 1966, Richard Hell was absolutely broke, but in ten years he has become famous musician who created the fashion of punk: ripped jeans, shabby T-shirts and bunch of safety pins on clothes.