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Sondheim And Lloyd Webber

Stephen Citron

In this fascinating dual biography the eminent musicologist Stephen Citron takes on our two leading contemporary contributors to the lyric stage. His aim has not been to compare or judge one's merits over the other but to trace, through their works and those of their contemporaries, the path of and changes to the musical as an artform.Citron offers a unique insight into each artist's working methods, analysing their scores - including their early works and works-in-progress. As with Citron's other critically-acclaimed books - lives of Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Oscar Hammerstein - significance is given to the impact that their yourthful training and private lives have had upon their amazing creative output. Beginning with Sondheim's lyrics-only works, such as West Side Story and Gypsy through his scores for Company, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park and Passion, all these milestones of musical theatre are explored. Lloyd-Webber's musical contribution, from his early work The Likes of Us to Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, to Whistle Down the Wind is also thoroughly analysed.Sondheim & Lloyd-Webber is essential reading for anyone interested in the contemporary theatre.

Robbie Williams: Somebody Someday

Mark McCrum (and others)

Once in a while a book is produced that captures the energy and spirit of the world of rock. Somebody Someday was published to massive popular and critical acclaim in September 2001. It shot straight to No 1 in the bestseller lists and proceeded to spend 14 weeks in the top 3. The insight, honesty and humour of the book was unprecedented. The photographic quality and design innovation; no more than this pop icon deserved. In short it was a triumph. For the paperback edition Robert P. Williams and Mark McCrum have delved even further into the phenomenon that is Robbie - covering his million selling 2001 album and looking at changes in his professional, family, social and love lives. Dynamically repackaged in a tempting trade paperback and including new photographs, this is a fitting follow up 2001's most successful hardback - Somebody Someday.

From Joy Division To New Order

M Middles

FACTORY RECORDS' REPUTATION AND FORTUNE WERE FOUNDED ON TWO BANDS -JOY DIVISION AND NEW ORDER - AND ONE SINGLE-MINDED AND STUBBORN PERSONALITY: ITS MEDIA-FRIENDLY COMPANY DIRECTOR ANTHONY H. WILSON. AT THE HEIGHT OF IT'S SUCCESS IN THE LATE 1980S, THE COMPANY REIGNED OVER THE MANCHESTER RAVE SCENE, RAN IT'S OWN CLUB, THE HACIENDA, AND HAD A STRING OF HIT RECORDS AROUND THE WORLD. BY 1992 THE BACK CATALOGUE HAD BEEN SOLD OFF, NEW ORDER AND HAPPY MONDAYS WERE IN DISARRAY, AND THE HACIENDA WAS SHUT DOWN BY THE POLICE. SINCE THEN THE STORY OF FACTORY RECORDS HAS BECOME THE STUFF OF MYTHS AND LEGENDS. A MAJOR NEW BRITISH FILM, TWENTY FOUR HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, REVISITS THE HEYDAY OF THE HACIENDA, AND STARS STEVE COOGAN AS ANTHONY H. WILSON ALONGSIDE MANY OF THE ARTISTS AND PERSONALITIES WHO WERE AROUND AT THE TIME. THE FILM IS RELEASED IN MARCH 2002. FROM JOY DIVISION TO NEW ORDER, ACCLAIMED ON IT'S ORIGINAL PUBLICATION IN 1996, TELLS THE REAL STORY OF FACTORY'S SPECTACULAR HISTORY. DRAWING ON EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH THE MAJOR PLAYERS, MICK MIDDLES PROVIDES A TIMELY AND FACINATING LOOK AT THE UNIQUE PERSONALITIES AND MESSY REALITY BEHIND ONE OF THE UK'S MOST INFLUENTIAL AND (AT ONE TIME ) COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL INDEPENDENT RECORD COMPANIES.

Revolution In The Head

Ian Macdonald

As dazzling as the decade they dominated, The Beatles almost single-handedly created pop music as we know it. Today, their songs are cited as seminal influences by stars like Oasis and Blur. Eloquently giving voice to their time, The Beatles quite simply changed the world.

Fully updated to include material from The Beatles Live at the BBC and the Anthology series, this acclaimed book goes back to the heart of The Beatles - their records. Drawing on a unique resource of knowledge and experience to 'read' their 241 tracks - chronologically from their first amateur efforts in 1957 to 'Real Love', their final 'reunion' recording in 1995 - Ian MacDonald has created an engrossing classic of popular criticism in which the extraordinary songs of The Beatles remain a central and continually surprising presence.

A Woman Like Me

Bettye LaVette, David Ritz

As a teenager in Detroit, Bettye LaVette scored a hit single with "My Man - He's a Lovin' Man." But by twenty, she had faded into obscurity, and bad luck repeatedly sabotaged her career. Then, after forty years of singing in clubs, her unforgettable performances at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors and at President Obama's pre-inaugural concert put her back in the spotlight. A chronicle of LaVette's incredible life, A Woman Like Me is a poignant, brazen, take-no-prisoners memoir as thrilling and fearless as her music.

Doctor Who: The Eyeless

Lance Parkin (and others)

At the heart of the ruined city of Arcopolis is the Fortress. It’s a brutal structure placed here by one of the sides in a devastating intergalactic war that’s long ended. Fifteen years ago the entire population of the planet was killed in an instant by the weapon housed in the heart of the Fortress. Now only the ghosts remain. The Doctor arrives, and determines to fight his way past the Fortress’ automatic defences and put the weapon beyond use. But he soon discovers he’s not the only person in Arcopolis. What is the true nature of the weapon? Is the planet really haunted? Who are the Eyeless? And what will happen if they get to the weapon before the Doctor? The Doctor has a fight on his hands. And this time he’s all on his own. Featuring the Doctor as played by David Tennant in the hit series from BBC Television, The Eyeless is read by Russell Tovey, who played Midshipman Alonso Frame in the TV episode Voyage of the Damned.

2 CDs. 2 hrs 31 mins.

Top of the Pops

Ian Gittins

Top of the Pops began life as a rebellious teenager, but unfortunately ended up as Grandpa at the disco. After decades as must-see Thursday-night TV, it was overtaken by the realities of a new multi-channel, digital age, was shunted disrespectfully between time-slots and even relegated to BBC2, an irrelevant shadow of its glory days gone by.

But generations of Brits will never forget the pivotal role of TOTP. It brought into our living rooms both unforgettable moments of pop brilliance, and also some of the clumsiest and most amateur performances possible (by artists and presenters alike). A very British institution, TOTP was there through the best and worst of pop times.

Packed with glorious images from rediscovered archives, and drawing on over 60 original interviews with artists and DJs, this book will be an affectionate celebration of the artfulness and absurdities of TOTP, not via a dry chronological history, but by focusing in on 40 highlights - some sublime, some bizarre, many plain daft - that made the show such a unique spectacle. From the pipe-smoking DLT to the narrative dance routines of Pan's People, from David Bowie to Clive Dunn, from the rebels who refused to mime for the cameras to the audience members who dressed up for them, TOTP really mattered to children of the seventies, and this book will be irresistible to them.

The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe

BBC (and others)

When Lucy comes across the old wardrobe standing alone in the spare room, she thinks she has found a good place for hide and seek. But then she tumbles headlong into a magical world of fauns, dwarves and giants, of animals that talk and horses that fly - the land of Narnia. It is so extraordinary that at first her brothers and sister don't believe it can be real. Soon, though, Peter, Edmund and Susan find Narnia too and the adventures really begin.Together they must battle against the evil White Witch to break her cruel grip on Narnia, a land she has cast in perpetual winter, without Christmas. Only one thing can hold fast against such wickedness: the mighty Aslan. The excitement which C.S. Lewis must have felt in creating this enchanted world is conjured up once again in this thrilling dramatisation of one of the best stories ever told.

2 CDs. 1 hr 55 mins.

Just A Minute: Classic Peter Jones

Ian Messiter (and others)

Peter Jones is one of Just a Minute’s well-loved contestants, whose warmth, wit and skill made him a pleasure and delight to listen to. These episodes showcase his highlights – the moments which reveal Peter Jones at the very top of his game. This collection includes shows from 1971, 1977, 1988 and 1999, and features Clement Freud, Kenneth Williams, Stephen Fry, Paul Merton, Derek Nimmo, Magnus Pike, Lance Percival and Christopher Timothy. Full of fast-paced, irreverent fun and ferocious competition, these four episodes are a goldmine of wonderful comedy nuggets from a fantastically funny man.

2 CDs. 1 hr 50 mins.

Music: Facts And Trivia

Martin Roach

Music: Facts and Trivia is the book you've been looking for. A massive compendium of intriguing, unbelievable, absurd, surprising and shocking facts from the world of music.

This fun and infromative book is an easy-to-read goldmine - dipping into it will delight music lovers, fact-finders and anyone excited by a passion for miscellany.

Julia Roberts

Sanello

Julia Roberts is the top female box-office star in the world,the highest grossing actress of the past decade,according to a poll by Warner Bros.Her films have raked in half a billion dollars.The auburn-haired superstar recently cracked the all-male $20-million-per-picture club whose chartr members include Tom Cruise,Mel Gibson,Jim Carrey and Tom Hanks. Last summer,Roberts starred in not one but two romantic comedies that seemed as close as possible to being sure-fire hits.Notting Hill,abouta shy London bookshop owner who falls in love with an American movie star,paired her with Hugh Grant and the creative team that made Four Weddings and a Funeral an international hit.Runaway Bride,a vaguely autobiographical tale about a woman who repeatedly dumps her groom at the alter,re-teamed Roberts with her Pretty Woman collaborators,Richard Gere and director Garry Marshll. In the upcoming Erin Brockovich,which nabbed her the record breaking $20 million payday,the actress gets to flex her dramatic muscles in a real life story about a legal secretary who helps win a giant class-action lawsuit against a major industrial polluter.

How to Play Keyboards

Roger Evans

Start playing tunes on your keyboard within minutes – even if you’ve never played before!

Simply follow the easy instructions and clear illustrations to learn how to play and produce professional keyboard sounds and rhythms from day one. There are over thirty popular tunes for you to master, including the classics, ‘House Of The Rising Sun’, ‘La Bamba’ and ‘O Sole Mio’. All the musical essentials are explained along the way, with invaluable advice on everything from fingering techniques and effective practice, to reading music and playing for an audience.

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