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    Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music

    By Ann Powers

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    "In this ... history of popular music in the United States, NPR's ... music critic examines how popular music shapes fundamental American ideas and beliefs, allowing us to communicate difficult emotions and truths about our most fraught social issues, most notably sex and race"--Provided by publisher.

    Life of a Song

    By David Cheal

    Hardback £10.25

    The fascinating back stories behind 50 of the world's best-known and best-loved songs as featured in the FT Weekend's Life of a Song column every Saturday.

    Ruth and Martin's Album Club

    By Martin Fitzgerald

    Hardback £11.45

    The concept behind the Ruth and Martin's Album Club blog is simple: Make people listen to a classic album they've never heard before. What follows are delightful, humorous and insightful contributions from each guest as they have an album forced upon them and - for better or worse - they...

    Freedom, Rhythm and Sound

    By Stuart Baker

    Paperback £20.45

    Billy Joel

    By Joshua S. Duchan

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    Music historian Joshua Duchan looks at the career and music of this remarkable singer-songwriter, exploring the unique ways Joel transforms the cultural life of a changing America over four decades into bestselling song after song and album after album. Original interviews with Joel blend with Duchan's engaging analysis to provide...

    Vinyl Freak

    By John Corbett

    Paperback £19.25

    Music writer, curator, and collector John Corbett burrows deep inside the record collector's mind, documenting and reflecting on his decades-long love affair with vinyl. Discussing more than 200 rare and out-of-print LPs, Corbett combines memoir and criticism to explain what makes vinyl special and what drives collectors everywhere.

    Listening for the Secret

    By Ulf Olsson

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    With roots in popular music traditions, improvisation, and the avant-garde, this title helps to understand the meaning and creation of the counter-culture community. It examines the wider significance and impact of its politics of improvisation.

    The Americana Revolution: From Country and Blues Roots to the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, and Beyond

    By Michael Scott Cain

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    Michael Cain offers an informal social history that describes Americana as both a musical genre and a movement, showing what it is, where it came from and where it is going. Through anecdotes and interviews, Cain provides a firsthand view into the creation of Americana, trying to clarify how the...

    U2: Rock \'n\' Roll to Change the World

    By Timothy D. Neufeld

    Hardback £23.67

    Timothy D. Neufeld explores U2's many phases of artistic expression and cultural engagement and the band's employment of faith and activism as a foundation for success. Through close readings of their musical work and the dynamic interplay of artistic expression and social engagement, U2: Rock 'n' Roll to Change the...

    Your Song Changed My Life

    By Bob Boilen

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    From the beloved host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts comes an essential oral history of modern music, told in the voices of iconic and up-and-coming musicians, including Dave Grohl, Jimmy Page, Michael Stipe, Carrie Brownstein, Smokey Robinson, and Jeff Tweedy, among others-published in association...

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