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Electric Eden

Rob Young

Rob Young investigates how the idea of folk has been handed down and transformed by successive generations – song collectors, composers, Marxist revivalists, folk-rockers, psychedelic voyagers, free festival-goers, experimental pop…

Lipstick Traces

Greil Marcus

This book is about a single, serpentine fact: late in 1976 a record called ‘Anarchy in the UK’ was issued in London, and this event launched a transformation of pop…

Bob Dylan

Greil Marcus

Greil Marcus weaves individual moods and moments into a brilliant history of their changing times. The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan’s show…

Behind the Shades

Clinton Heylin

In virtually all areas of Dylan’s life – his immigrant antecedents, his business dealings, his various addictions and his romantic attachments – Heylin is able to provide a fascinating picture…

Syd Barrett

Rob Chapman

Syd Barrett was the lead guitarist, vocalist, and principle songwriter in the original line up of Pink Floyd. During his brief time with the band (1966-68) he was the driving…

Coltrane

Ben Ratliff

No other jazz musician has proved so inspirational and so fascinating as Coltrane. Ben Ratliff, jazz critic for the New York Times, has written the first book to do justice…

Apathy for the Devil

Nick Kent

Pitched somewhere between Almost Famous and Withnail & I, Apathy for the Devil is a unique document of this most fascinating and troubling of decades – a story of inspiration,…

Listening to Van Morrison

Greil Marcus

‘Van Morrison,’ says Greil Marcus, ‘remains a singer who can be compared to no other in the history of modern popular music.’ When Astral Weeks was released in 1968, it…

Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits

Barney Hoskyns

Spanning Tom Waits’ extraordinary 40-year career, from Closing Time to Orphans, Lowside of the Road is Barney Hoskyns’ unique take on one of rock’s great enigmas. Like Bob Dylan and…

Loops: Issue 02

Lee Brackstone

Issue 2 of Loops, the biannual journal dedicated to music writing from Faber and Domino Records, hosts essays from Andy Miller (Est-ce, est-ce ce bon?: Serge Gainsbourg in the Culture…

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