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A selection of our music titles
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JUDAS!: From Forest Hills to the Free Trade Hall
Clinton Heylin
In 1966 Bob Dylan and The Hawks found themselves at the epicentre of a storm of controversy. Their response? To unleash a cavalcade of ferocity from Melbourne to Manchester, from Forest Hills to the Free Trade Hall.
‘The definitive written account of Dylan’s historic and pivotal 1965-66 world tours.’ – Bobdylan.com
‘British writer-historian Heylin is perhaps the world’s authority on all things Dylan.’ Rolling Stone
SIGNED EDITION
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Anarchy in the Year Zero: The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Class of 76
Clinton Heylin
Definitive account of Punk’s Year Zero, 1976, a youth cultural movement that changed the country for good.
‘For those who weren’t there, but swear they were, now you are.’ – Richard Boon, former Buzzcocks manager
‘Heylin has done a masterful job of mapping the when, where and who’s who in the Pistols pied piper saga.’ – Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth
SIGNED AND NUMBERED COLLECTORS EDITION
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You Can Drum But You Can’t Hide
Simon Wolstencroft
Of all the iconic musicians and scenes that emanate from Manchester, Simon Wolstencroft is the one who joins up the dots: The Smiths, The Stone Roses, The Fall and everywhere inbetween.
‘Wolstencroft’s book gives us a whole new perspective about Manchester’s music scene. A cracking read.’ — Louder Than War
‘Essential.’ — Vive le Rock!
SIGNED EDITION
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Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home
Ian Clayton
Our bestseller, a breathtaking musical odyssey that reveals the secret that connects music to our heart.
‘One of the best books about popular music ever written.’ – Record Collector
‘Highly entertaining, full of wisdom and humanity.’ – Mojo
SIGNED EDITION
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The Big Midweek: Life Inside The Fall
Steve Hanley And Olivia Piekarski
Steve Hanley’s sublime story about his time in Britain’s most enigmatic band.
A Guardian Book of the Year, A Rough Trade Book of the Year, Reader’s Digest Music Book of the Year, A Dagsavisen Book of the Year
‘One of the more sincere and endearing band biographies available.’ – Los Angeles Review of Books
‘Whether you are a fan of the band or not, this is a fantastic rock’n’roll memoir. A wonderful reminder of what it once meant to be in a genuinely dangerous and groundbreaking group.’ – The Idler, Book of the Week
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Carpet Burns: Life With Inspiral Carpets
Tom Hingley
A magic carpet ride through the heights of Madchester and the bumpy landing on the other side.
‘A cool as f**k memoir.’ – Record Collector
‘Often witty and at times poignant, it’s a must for all Inspirals fans and devotees to popular culture of the time. (Want to know where Noel Gallagher first cut his teeth?)’ – Eartwister
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The Train of Ice and Fire: Mano Negro in Colombia
Ramón Chao
A crazy rock and roll tour, with full circus entourage, through one of the most dangerous landscapes in the world. What could possibly go wrong?
‘Maybe it was the best adventure I ever had.’ – Manu Chao
‘Any band that ever moaned about the freshness of the backstage towels should read this book. Chao is an excellent chronicler, placing us right in the thick of the action.’ – Word
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Away From the Light of Day
Amadou and Mariam
The inside track on the Blind Couple of Mali and their spectacular rise to global success through adversity, rich in Malian colour and atmosphere.
‘It’s Amadou who narrates the bulk of the tale, explaining Malian quirks and traditions with an amusing directness, and conveying his love for Mariam with the sort of heartwarming guilelessness that has become the couple’s trademark.’ – Songlines
‘As far from Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt as music biography gets.’ – Word
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Red Army Faction Blues

Red Army Faction Blues
Ada Wilson
What connects Peter Green to the Red Army Faction? Music and politics combine to provide a prescient exploration of what unravels when youthful idealism meets the full force of the state.
‘Peter Green provides the thematic thread drawing the novel’s diverse elements into focus, as though the Green God has the answers – the code to what happened, to why the urban guerrilla youthquake all went wrong. Brilliant stuff!’ – Rock n Reel
‘A magnificent book about the messy degeneration of high ideals and good music. Skilfully and almost breathlessly, the author reveals the confused interior life of Peter Urbach, the undercover agent, as well as that of ex-Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green.’ – Morning Star
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