Next week in music | August 22-28 • New books

Eeverything old is new again. Well, okay, no all. All about the music of Pearl Jam, Joe Jackson, Phil Collins, Roxy music and the members of Pink Floyd. Read all about them:


Pearl Jam: Every Album, Every Song
By Ben L. Connor

EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Pearl Jam are the last remaining men from the alternative rock explosion of the 1990s. They came out with one of the best-selling and most iconic albums of the decade, and their follow-up albums broke sales records around the world. To date they have sold over 30 million albums worldwide, as many iconic artists as the doors, Tom Petty i Rush. As those artists did, Pearl Jam created an intense cult following that feels personally connected to the band. They tour constantly and are known for the quality of their live shows. While they maintain a large network of fans, they have also collaborated with rock legends and helped boost the profiles of new artists. They fight for social justice causes even when it costs them in other areas. And through it all they keep releasing amazing music. Yet to many they remain an artifact of the 1990s, the epitome of the Gen X stereotype. Going through their entire discography track by track, covering their origins in the Seattle scene, their musical development and how the context of pop culture has changed around it, this book will argue that Pearl Jam not only are they one of the greatest bands of their generation, but one of the greatest bands of all time.”


Pink Floyd Solo: Every Album, Every Song
By Mike Goode

EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Although several million albums are sold as of now The dark side of the moon, I wish you were here and The Wall are justifiably at the forefront of the Pink Floyd canon, the solo work of the five members – Syd Barrett, David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Roger Waters i Rick Wright — is a largely undocumented and fascinating aspect of the band’s history. It’s certainly diverse, from Barrett’s mercurial early 70s album The madman laughsthrough Waters’ ever-acidic solo concepts, to Gilmour’s mainstream post-Millennium releases such as Scrape this lock. And lest we forget the often unappreciated contribution to which Mason and Wright made Pink Floyd, his solo work is also represented, along with the session and production duties that each member of Floyd has undertaken over the years, some of which may raise an eyebrow or two! The innovative nature of Pink Floyd‘s music has remained alive and well across all members’ solo releases and long begs for analysis, which this book delivers with compelling enthusiasm and insight. Listing every studio song they’ve ever released, placed in chronological order, this is the perfect book for those looking to delve into Pink Floyd.”


Joe Jackson: Every Album, Every Song
By Richard James

EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Joe Jackson is a singer, songwriter, composer and performer who has twisted and turned his career through numerous genres, and who continues to release excellent albums 40 years after his initial success. For some it is the ‘Angsty Young Man’, always attached to two hit singles; Is she really dating him?i It’s different for girls. Other memories may extend further to include soft pop gems Going out i Breaking us in two since the early eighties. By the 1990s he had seemingly disappeared from the limelight. Stardom has never seemed to be Jackson’s central ambition; he has been happier to follow his muse. There is much, much more to this talented musician, and this book covers every facet of a brilliant, unpredictable and fiercely independent recording career. From early ‘new wave’ hits, through unexpected ‘covers’ albums, film soundtracks, stunning conceptual works and classic compositions. All this interspersed with more brilliant songs always written with intelligence and courage. Jackson is the constant musical explorer. For those who have stayed the course, this book shows all their ports of call so far; if you’re not familiar but want to learn more, get on board. You won’t regret it.”


Phil Collins in the 80s: Decades
By Andrew Wild

EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Phil Collins it was everywhere in the 1980s. He had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist during the 1980s: 14 as a solo artist and 11 with genesis, along with two No. 1 albums. Add to that 25 solo and group hit singles and eight No. 1 albums in the UK. He also recorded with artists as diverse as Peter Gabrielthe Joan Martí, frida, Robert Plant, Mike Oldfield, Martin Webb, Al Di Meola, firm, Eric Clapton, Phil Bailey, Strip, Marilyn Martin, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner, Chaka Khan i Tears of fear — 35 more albums or independent singles, some of which were massive global hits. He also somehow found time to tour with Plant and Clapton, in addition to his extensive gigs with Genesis and as a solo artist. And acted a Live Aid – both concerts. That’s about 600 live shows between 1980 and 1989. There’s no doubt the guy was busy in that period! His ubiquity between 1980 and 1989 spans 10 years of magnificent music, and this book examines Collins’ output during these tumultuous years.


Roxy Music in the 1970s: Decades
By Dave Thompson

EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Between 1972 and their first breakup in 1976 (and after their 1979 reunion), Roxy music They were arguably the country’s most exciting, ambitious and vivacious band – a core vocalist four-piece Bryan Ferryguitarist Phil Manzanerahorn player Andy Mackay and battery Phil Thompson (but also presenting, at different times, Brian Eno i Eddie Jobson) that emerged during the long, hot glam rock summer of 1972, but were never easily pigeonholed. The biggest records they made became, in turn, some of the biggest records of the era. Virginia Plain, pyjamas, Life on the street, all i want is you, Love is the drug, Bin i dance away were the hits, but even the deepest cuts from the band’s first five albums became anthems for a generation. Roxy were no ordinary band in other ways either, as Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay and Eno embarked on solo careers, which between them were responsible for a complex catalog of songs stretching from the ballads of the 1930s to the electronica of the distant future, from Wagner‘s valkyries a David Bowie‘s down This book encompasses all of that, documenting the stories of both the group and the group members, while analyzing and detailing every album and single released by the Roxy family throughout the decade.”


Vibe Merchants: The Sound Makers of Jamaican Popular Music
By Ray Hitchins

EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Vibe Merchants offers a privileged perspective on the development of Jamaican popular music, researched and analyzed by a 30-year veteran with extensive experience in performance, production and academic studies. This rare perspective, derived from interviews and ethnographic methodologies, focuses on the actual details of the practice of music making, rationalized in the context of the economic and creative forces driving local music production. By focusing on the work of audio engineers and musicians, recording studios and recording models, Ray Hitchins highlights a methodology of musical creation that has been recognized as different from that of Europe and North America. The book leads to a broadening of our understanding of how Jamaican popular music emerged, developed and functions, thereby providing a compelling example of the important relationship between music, technology and culture that will appeal to a wide range of scholars.” .

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