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November 2011 | Music Memoirs and Biographies
As we head towards Christmas and we scramble to find the perfect gift for all of those we love most in the world, we mustn't forget that some of us still like to live life hard and loud.

Give the rock god in your life what they really want. Give the pop princess her due. We've the best of the latest music biographies and retrospectives available today. All discounted, to make your dollar go further.

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John Purcell
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Click here for more details or to buy Lady Gaga LADY GAGA by Terry Richardson

The first official book by international superstar Lady Gaga.

In this book of original, behind-the-scenes photographs, acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson follows superstar Lady Gaga during one year of her life, from Lollapalooza through the final show of her Monster Ball tour.

During the time period he followed Gaga, Richardson took over 100,000 images and attended more than 30 Monster Ball dates around the world. From the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal rally in Portland, Maine, to the Thierry Mugler show at Maxime, Paris, Richardson captures Lady Gaga as you've never seen her before.

A year-long global odyssey - all access, nothing off limits - this is the book Lady Gaga fans have been waiting for.

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Click here for more details or to buy Footprints FOOTPRINTS by Powerfinger

The inside story of Australia's best loved band! For the first time, Bernard, Darren, Ian, John and Jonathan look back and tell their whole story from childhood to their final farewell.

Few could debate Powderfinger's place as one of Australia's most loved bands. 2010 saw the end of an era in Australian music, with Powderfinger playing their last concert together, so this November Hachette Australia will proudly publish FOOTPRINTS, the official authorised biography of the band. Written with journalist Dino Scatena, the up-until-now very private members of the band have opened up to detail the full history of Powderfinger. From their early days at the Orient Hotel to packed stadiums around the country and multiple Aria awards, this illustrated edition will feature the never-before-seen photos of the local Brissie boys who became Aussie rock icons.

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Click here for more details or to buy 40 Years of Queen 40 YEARS OF QUEEN by Harry Doherty

Celebrating 40 years of one of the world's best-loved bands, an 'access all areas' biography for all the fans, chock full of facsimile memorabilia including some never before seen setlists, handwritten lyrics, unpublished album art, ultra-rare posters.

Queen: one of the biggest bands ever. Sell-out tours, chart-topping records and stunning success for 40 years. Hundreds of millions of albums, singles and videos sold all over the world. They have broken records constantly: biggest ever paying crowd, longest number of weeks in the charts, headliners at the biggest festival ever and more. They have received accolades too numerous to list in full, but suffice to say 'Best Band', 'Best Album', 'Best Single, 'Best Video' and 'Best Live Act' feature again and again. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and given their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.

40 years of Queen is an official publication, and has been approved at every stage by the band. It shows and tells the story of a fantastically talented and popular group of musicians who have retained an enormous fan base throughout their entire history. The book showcases the band, its members, recordings and concerts through images and the written word, as well as through unique pieces of memorabilia from Queen's private collection.

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Click here for more details or to buy Dannii: My Style DANNII: MY STYLE by Dannii Monogue

Appearing on numerous 'Best Dressed' lists in 2010 - in Marie Claire, The Guardian, Company and Heat among others - style icon Dannii Minogue is a role model to women everywhere. In Dannii: My Style she shares her fashion wisdom and personal style secrets, all gloriously illustrated with stunning photos of Dannii as she dresses to impress.

This must-have style bible helps you learn to love the way you are, focusing on ways to accentuate the positive, and covers everything from great hair and glowing skin to make-up and healthy eating. Dannii shares her tips on red carpet looks and what to wear for every occasion, and offers advice on dressing for your shape and choosing the right accessories. Dannii: My Style is an inspirational guide to making the most of what you've got and looking your best.

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Click here for more details or to buy The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook THE SOUND OF MUSIC FAMILY SCRAPBOOK by Fred Bronson

From the moment Julie Andrews appears on the hills outside Salzburg to the final daring escape from the Nazis, The Sound of Music is embedded in the DNA of a generation. But what was it like to be part of all this? For seven children and young adults, the summer of 1964 was a magical one, spent in Salzburg, Austria with their parents or guardians, the film's stars and director, and last - but not least - each other.

The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook tells their story, both during the filming and once the movie was released. It features a DVD of their own homemovie footage, and memorabilia they have cherished and preserved over the years, including letters home to their families in America, a page from the script with edits marked in the margin and a ticket to the world premiere. If you ever dreamed of marching round the fountains singing Do Re Mi, or dressing in a playsuit made from drapes, you will love this enchanting story of how seven boys and girls became a family - and how they have kept that closeness for over 45 years.

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Click for more detail or to order I've Been There (and Back Again)I'VE BEEN THERE (AND BACK AGAIN)

A stunning, full-colour hardback filled with the songs and stories of Slim Dusty and his wife and fellow singer and songwriter, Joy McKean.

The perfect gift book for Slim Dusty s legions of fans, whose numbers are still strong even years after his death.

Joy McKean wrote many of her husband Slim Dusty s most well-loved songs, such as Lights on the Hill and When the Rain Tumbles Down in July . She is a natural writer and now she turns her talent to telling us the stories behind 25 of their most popular songs. Through the lyrics and stories she gives us an intimate insight into her life on the road with Slim. This couple were famous around Australia for their performances and for their love of the outback and its people. Slim and Joy were awarded a total of 37 Golden Guitars between them, and Joy is respected by other performers both in and out of the country music scene, such as Troy Cassar Daley and Paul Kelly.

This beautiful, fully illustrated hardback will comprise of a selection of 25 lyrics, Joy s stories and reminisces about each song, photographs from the family collection and outstanding shots by acclaimed photographer John Elliott, who has been photographing Slim and Joy, their band and family for decades.

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Click here for more details or to buy A Little Bird Told MeA LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME... by Kasey Chambers

I think the only way to genuinely relate to people is to be true to yourself and about yourself. This means revealing the good and the bad. I hope that someone reading this might think ′I know what that feels like′ - Kasey

Raised on the Nullarbor by their free-spirited parents, young Kasey Chambers and brother Nash would sometimes go for months without encountering another human being. Then, as The Dead Ringer Band, the family would perform in rough-and-tumble outback pubs, playing for little more than petrol money and sleeping in swags by the highway under the stars.

Along the way, Kasey was honing the unique talent that led to hit songs like ′ Not Pretty Enough′ and multi award-winning albums like Barricades & Brickwalls and Little Bird.

With her trademark down-to-earth honesty and humour, Kasey shares the highs and lows of her far from ordinary life, from her idyllic gypsy childhood to confronting the personal demons that threatened much more than her career.

From the Australian outback to the world stage, A Little Bird Told Me... is the moving, revealing and powerful story of a true original.

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Click here for more details or to buy On Board Flight 666 ON BOARD FLIGHT 666 by Iron Maiden

The first and only official book from Britain's biggest Heavy Metal band. With a foreword by frontman, Bruce Dickinson.

This is the ultimate Access All Areas with Metal Legends Iron Maiden, an exclusive photo documentary that reveals an intimate view of the globally successful band on and off stage as well as on board their customised Boeing 757 aircraft 'Ed Force One'.

McMurtrie has personally selected collection of powerful images, many accompanied by a specially commissioned written commentary, tells the complete story of how one band managed to tour 'around the world and then some,' selling out stadiums across the globe with their family of dedicated fans, the logistical nightmare of time versus distance conquered by the lead singer piloting the plane across five continents complete with band, crew, ten tons of equipment, stage set and their gigantic iconic mascot Eddie.

The book is a visual celebration of the unstoppable phenomenon that is Iron Maiden, with a foreword by lead singer Captain Bruce Dickinson. You are invited to come aboard Flight 666 to take part in the rock and roll journey of a lifetime.

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Click here for more details or to buy This Is A Call THIS IS A CALL :
by Paul Brannigan

From a bandmate′s suicide to drug abuse, from Washington DC to California, Paul Brannigan gives an unparalleled, intimate and extraordinary account of the life and times of Dave Grohl.

In 1990, little-known punk-metal upstarts Nirvana added a new drummer to the band. They were soon to become a global phenomenon - but as we all know, things went wrong. Dave′s friend Kurt, frontman of Nirvana, took his own life, plunging the band and their future into chaos. His friends′ grief was mirrored by worldwide sorrow to an unprecedented degree.

Defying expectations, a knack that was soon to become his trademark, Grohl refused to see it as the end. In 1995 his new band, The Foo Fighters, rose to join the pantheon of rock deities.

The ′wonder years′ were by no means calm. The spotlit existence imposed by his celebrity status, the bellowed vilification by his critics and his high-speed lifestyle proved a dangerous cocktail. Grohl has been through some of the darkest lows and most dazzling highs that life can offer.

Dave′s feelings about these events have never fully been revealed to the public. Never before has an author had such intimate access to this extraordinary man. Paul Brannigan, his friend and confidant, now brings to light this unique portrait of Dave Grohl: the man who changed music forever.

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Click here for more details or to buy George Harrison GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD by Olivia Harrison

Drawing on George Harrison's personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia, Olivia Harrison reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of The Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire. Here too is the record of Harrison's lifelong commitment to Indian music, and his adventures as a movie producer, Travelling Wilbury, and Formula One racing fan.

This book is filled with stories and reminiscences from Harrison's friends, including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idol, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and many, many others. Among its previously unpublished riches are photographs by Harrison himself beginning in the mid-1960s. It is a rich tribute to a man who died far too young, but who touched the lives of millions.

About The Author

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist. She has received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 Concert for George, which she organized to benefit the Material World Charitable Foundation in memory of her husband, George Harrison; and a UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award in recognition of her family's assistance to the children of Bangladesh. Mark Holborn is a distinguished editor of illustrated books, who has worked with numerous photographers and artists, from Annie Leibovitz to Lucian Freud.

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Click here for more details or to buy Pearl Jam Twenty PEARL JAM : TWENTY by Pearl Jam

For twenty years, Pearl Jam have been ground-breaking; they remain one of the most popular bands on the planet. Pearl Jam : Twenty is their story.

One of the key bands of the Seattle-based grunge movement of the 1990s, Pearl Jam broke on to the world stage with their album, Ten, which went on to become an alternative rock classic. For over two decades Pearl Jam have been one of the most influential and popular bands on the planet, but have maintained their personal integrity by refusing the traditional trappings of rock fame. Praised for their rejection of rock star excesses and their fearless advocacy of causes they believe in, even when they risked losing their popularity. worldwide and their shows continue to sell out within hours of their tickets going on sale.

Now, for the first time, the publicity shy band have decided to tell their extraordinary story, in their own words, in a book which will be heralded by fans all over the globe.

About the Author

Pearl Jam formed in Seattle in 1990 and continue to be one of the most popular rock bands touring today. They are: Eddie Vedder (lead guitar and vocals) Jeff Ament (bass guitar) Stone Gossard (rhythym guitar), Mike McCready (lead guitar) and Matt Cameron (drums). Their principal songwriter is frontman Eddie Vedder, whose unique voice has been described as a 'golden baritone'. He has collaborated with many bands and singers and on the soundtracks for a number of films, including Dead Man Walking and Into the Wild.

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