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Adele
$14.95
The compelling life story of the Grammy–winning soul singer Learn More

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Adele
$14.95
The newly revised, definitive account of the Grammy-winning soul singer’s life story, illustrated with 16 color photos and now fully updated to include the making of her eagerly anticipated new album,25

After years of rumors, Adele’s long-awaited third album 25 was finally announced in late 2015, and with it came claims that she was to single-handedly “save the music industry.” Such is the influence of Adele—a young mother from north London with the most powerful voice in the world. Adele’s breathtaking songs have seen her top the charts in over 30 countries, collect millions of admirers, and win dozens of top awards. But who is she? Her commendable desire to protect her family and friends from the harsh glare of the media’s spotlight has meant that she has become one of the most private superstars on the planet.

Adele: The Biography traces her story from a humble childhood in London through to the phenomenal success of her first two albums, 19 and 21, and the making of her most recent work, 25. Along the way, this unique book uncovers how her troubled private life influenced her heartbreaking tracks and how she overcame a string of obstacles that threatened to derail her career. You will discover the fascinating truth behind all the highs and the lows experienced by this fun, formidable woman, whose songs have become national anthems for the heartbroken. In this fully updated edition of his internationally-bestselling biography, Chas Newkey-Burden reveals the woman behind the music.

Chas Newkey-Burden is a celebrity biographer whose works include Amy Winehouse: The Biography 1983-2011, Justin Bieber: The Unauthorized Biography, Michael Jackson: Legend, Paris Hilton: Life on the Edge, and Stephenie Meyer: Queen of Twilight.
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Amy Winehouse: A Life Through the Lens
$35.00
The beautiful photographic memorial of the life of the late Amy Winehouse from acclaimed photographs Darren and Elliott Bloom Learn More

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The Ballad of Blind Tom, Slave Pianist
$24.95
The true story of a black musical savant in the era of slavery Learn More

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The Ballad of Johnny Sosa
$21.95

Translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Hampsten

Published for the first time in English, a splendid novel by one of Uruguay's top literary authors, whose "writing is reminiscent of the virtuous economy of language in Garc a M rquez's short novels" El Pa s

Published now in 10 countries to extraordinary acclaim and available in English for the first time, The Ballad of Johnny Sosa depicts an ordinary man trying to live out his dreams in a dreary provincial town in central Uruguay while suffocating in the tentacles of military oppression. Every night, Johnny Sosa, a poor, young, black musician, sings melancholic soul music in the small bar in the town's brothel, dreaming of a life beyond his confining world and for a few hours each day, ignoring the secretive and oppressive military regime a dictatorship not so much seen as felt-that has taken over his country.

He attracts the attention of the local military leader who uses Sosa for his own political ends, and, for a while, Johnny is permitted to sing and to imagine that he will perform at the national festival, where discovery and success may await him. But, as his friends mysteriously start to disappear, Johnny begins to realize the price of his dream, and must decide if he will pay it.

The stripped-down quality of its prose, deft ironies, and tragi-comic insight into the strength of human nature under adversity all contribute to the prolonged impact of this penetrating novel from a country now reclaiming its literary tradition. Masterfully subversive and utterly brilliant, The Ballad of Johnny Sosa is a finely honed parable on human dignity.

"The Ballad of Johnny Sosa has earned a place among the short masterpieces for which contemporary Latin American literature has become known. The book has the makings of a classic, a judgment borne out by its success in Europe. Keep your eyes on the book and its author. Mario Delgado Apara n is on the brink of a brilliant literary career. El Pa s

"A small jewel from a country in which gradually literature is blossoming after the devastation of tyranny." Wochenpost

Mario Delgado Apara n is a novelist and short story writer as well as a journalist and university professor. He first became famous in Uruguay for his short stories, which depicted the contrast between country and city life of Uruguayans. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was head of the Department of Culture for several years and now again works.

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The Ballad of Johnny Sosa (Paperback)
$12.95

Translated from the Spanish by Elizabeth Hampsten

Published for the first time in English, a splendid novel by one of Uruguay's top literary authors, whose "writing is reminiscent of the virtuous economy of language in Garca Mrquez's short novels" El Pas

Published now in 10 countries to extraordinary acclaim and available in English for the first time, The Ballad of Johnny Sosa depicts an ordinary man trying to live out his dreams in a dreary provincial town in central Uruguay while suffocating in the tentacles of military oppression. Every night, Johnny Sosa, a poor, young, black musician, sings melancholic soul music in the small bar in the town's brothel, dreaming of a life beyond his confining world and for a few hours each day, ignoring the secretive and oppressive military regime a dictatorship not so much seen as felt-that has taken over his country.

He attracts the attention of the local military leader who uses Sosa for his own political ends, and, for a while, Johnny is permitted to sing and to imagine that he will perform at the national festival, where discovery and success may await him. But, as his friends mysteriously start to disappear, Johnny begins to realize the price of his dream, and must decide if he will pay it.

The stripped-down quality of its prose, deft ironies, and tragi-comic insight into the strength of human nature under adversity all contribute to the prolonged impact of this penetrating novel from a country now reclaiming its literary tradition. Masterfully subversive and utterly brilliant, The Ballad of Johnny Sosa is a finely honed parable on human dignity.

"The Ballad of Johnny Sosa has earned a place among the short masterpieces for which contemporary Latin American literature has become known. The book has the makings of a classic, a judgment borne out by its success in Europe. Keep your eyes on the book and its author. Mario Delgado Aparan is on the brink of a brilliant literary career. El Pas

"A small jewel from a country in which gradually literature is blossoming after the devastation of tyranny." Wochenpost

Mario Delgado Aparan is a novelist and short story writer as well as a journalist and university professor. He first became famous in Uruguay for his short stories, which depicted the contrast between country and city life of Uruguayans. He lives in Montevideo, Uruguay, where he was head of the Department of Culture for several years and now again works.

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Bowie Style
$29.95
The richly illustrated chronicle of pop's greatest exponent of style, newly updated Learn More

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Classical Music: 1600 - 2000
$49.95
Centuries of Western classical music, from 1600 to the 2000s, presented in handsome large format perfect for any music-lover's coffee table

This book charts four centuries of Western classical music, from the Baroque era through to the end of the 20th century. The Chronology presents information on all aspects of classical music from 1600 to the 2000s, including biographies of composers, patrons, publishers, impresarios, conductors, and performers. Births, deaths, compositions, performances, and many biographical highs and lows are included to give the reader a complete and varied look at what happened, when, with a particular emphasis on the stories surrounding a piece of music's first performance.

More than just a chronology, though, this book includes narrative chapters that examine musical developments over the course of four centuries, looking at how style, genre, and location have all influenced Western classical music since its inception. Composers operate first and foremost in the day-to-day of their artistic, social, economic, and political environment, and this book aims to immerse readers in those contexts, to help music lovers more fully appreciate the history of classical music.

Monumental in scope but lucid in style, this book will prove invaluable to anyone--student, enthusiast, or newcomer--who wants to comprehend the overwhelmingly rich and sometimes complex evolution of Western classical music.


Praise for Classical Music:

“A great reference tool for anyone who wants to explore the history of music.” (Philip Glass)

“An excellent resource for students, teachers and composers at any stage in their development.” (Sir John Tavener)



Jon Paxman is a freelance writer on music and the principal author and editor of this volume.
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Conversations with McCartney
$17.95
The intimate portrayal of one of the most famous men in music, more than half of which is in McCartney’s own words Learn More

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David Bowie Made Me Gay: 100 Years of LGBT Music
$35.00
The most comprehensive history of LGBT music ever compiled, encompassing a century of music by and for the LGBT community Learn More

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