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Unreal City

Michael Smith

Strolling through this wide sweep, gazing across the fleet of trains bound for Paris or Brussels, the powder blue steel vaulting soaring above them, the inside of a giant whale’s…

Singing from the Floor

JP Bean

In smoky rooms above pubs, bare rooms with battered stools and beer-stained tables, where the stage was little more than a scrap of carpet and sound systems were unheard of,…

Prince

Matt Thorne

Legendarily reticent, perverse and misleading, Prince is one of the few remaining 80s superstars who still, perhaps, remains unexplained. Now a firm fixture in the pop canon, where such classics…

Birth School Metallica Death

Ian Winwood

Metallica have sold in excess of 100 million albums and won seven Grammys. Their journey from scuzzy Los Angeles garages to the stages of the world’s biggest stadia has been…

Petit Mal

DBC Pierre

The debut collection of short fictions, philosophical vignettes and aphoristic interludes from the Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little. Drawing on memoir and a life lived in pursuit of…

Copendium

Julian Cope

Eschewing the usual criteria of chart success or acknowledged influence, the Copendium – a collection of album reviews and themed track samplers – takes energy, originality and heaviness as its…

Trampled Under Foot

Barney Hoskyns

A unique look at the history, adventures, myths and realities of this most legendary and powerful of bands, it is a labour of love based on hours of first-hand and…

Energy Flash

Simon Reynolds

Twenty-five years since acid house and Ecstasy revolutionized pop culture, Simon Reynolds’s landmark rave history Energy Flash has been expanded and updated to cover twenty-first-century developments like dubstep and EDM’s…

Here Comes Everybody

James Fearnley

October 1982: ABC, Culture Club, Shalamar and Survivor dominate the top twenty when the Pogues barrel out from the backstreets of King’s Cross, a furious, pioneering mix of punk energy,…

Song Reader

Beck Hansen

Complete with full-colour, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukulele notation), Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can…