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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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.