A fitting tribute to the undisputed “King of Pop,” this lavishly illustrated book takes us on a visual tour of Michael Jackson’s colorful, highly publicized, sometimes controversial, but exceptionally gifted life. From his earliest performances with the Jackson 5 in the 1960s to his multimillion-selling album success as a solo artist, this book provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at this essentially shy but legendary artist. Capturing the essence of his innovations in music, dance, and video, these images show how Jackson transformed popular culture to become one of the most commercially successful entertainers of all time. The latest in the Life in Pictures series, this is a beautifully produced book filled with wonderful, often surprisingly intimate images – a celebration of one of the most talented artists of all time and the perfect gift for any Jackson fan.
Dave Hunter - Accoustic Guitars
Acoustic Guitars, The Illustrated Encyclopedia is a treasure trove of instrument information and unique pictures for every guitar aficionado or music fan. The comprehensive and informative text is in a clear A-Z format organized by brand name, and written by the world’s leading authorities. It also contains a wealth of illustrative material -- over 1200 pictures in all -- including original ads, colorful period memorabilia, and an astonishing library of key players.
Josie Rusher - Robert Pattinson (angol)
As the gorgeous vampire hero of Twilight, Robert Pattinson worked his hypnotic magic on teenage girls…and became a superstar. All the information his millions of fans want to know is right here, complete with plenty of photos to swoon over. Follow Pattinson’s meteoric rise to fame, from his early days as a model and his role as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter series to his new success as the brooding Edward Cullen. Read all about Robert's interests, his passion for music, and how he feels about becoming a teen heartthrob. Get the inside gossip on the filming of Twilight and his co-stars…as well as plans for the sequel. With all that—and a free pull-out bedroom poster, too—this book has everything!
Trevor Baker - Dave Gahan (angol)
The first and only biography of one of music's most influential and enigmatic characters. Dave Gahan's extraordinary life as the frontman of one of modern music's most successful bands is a tale unrivalled in rock and roll folklore. From a colourful childhood and youth in Essex, Gahan went on to become a huge star all over the world. For years each Depeche Mode album was more successful than the one before but in 1995 the increasing pressures on the band and within Gahan's personal life almost killed him. From this harrowing abyss, Gahan has bounced back and forged a new acclaimed career as a solo artist. Gahan's stunning rehabilitation as a songwriter and rejuvenated frontman means he deserves his own chapter in music history this unauthorised biography includes new and exclusive interviews with numerous people who ve worked with and around Gahan. Aside from recounting his turbulent private battles, this first ever book on Gahan examines his musical legacy and suggests he is arguably Britain's most under-rated and interesting rock vocalist. Recounted for the very first time, Gahan's tale away from his band-mates overshadows even the remarkable story of Depeche Mode the combination of his difficult yet triumphant story plus the thrilling music he has recorded, make this a story like no other in rock and roll history.
Anne Verlhac - David Thomson - Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe. Her very name hints at promise and excitement. She was almost too much - just too beautiful, her face a mask of make-up, her body too provocative, her white skirt flying up around her thighs in a sudden gust of air. With her mouth half-open and her eyes half-closed she is frozen in time, the very anticipation of pleasure. So much for the stereotype that has already travelled around the world several times - no doubt there is a lot more mileage in it. Yet there is so much more to see and to learn about than this overused, overworked, and depressingly vulgar cliché. Another face needs to be revealed, the one behind the mask, bare of make-up, fragile, exposed and moving. Look carefully and you will glimpse a very different Marilyn, the one left behind when the glamorous mask fell and the woman within shone through: a complex woman and a born artist. _Marilyn Monroe: A Life in Pictures_ pays tribute to a Marilyn far removed from the famous construct, from the knee-jerk film-star poses, the commercial, staged images at which she was so adept. The 150 original or unpublished images in this book are the result of ambitious research, selected with the aim of casting a fresh light on the life of this unique star and revealing her moving humanity. The search was for the real Marilyn, not the sex symbol illusion. If this book succeeds in conveying the extraordinary vitality that emanated from young Norma Jean, despite her flaws and the tragedies that befell her, if it manages to portray the extraordinary light that radiated from her and illuminated her beauty from within, if it finally puts an end to the image of the peroxide doll and little-girl-lost, and instead reveals her as an intelligent, headstrong, talented and generous woman, then it will have made a small contribution to her memory and reputation. But we have said enough. Let these images of Marilyn say the rest.
Mark Zwonitzer - Charles Hirshberg - Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?
_Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?_ is the first major biography of the Carter Family, the musical pioneers who almost single-handedly created the sounds and traditions that grew into modern folk, country, and bluegrass music. Meticulously researched and lovingly written, it is a look at a world and a culture that, rather than passing, has continued to exist in the music that is the legacy of the Carters -- songs that have shaped and influenced generations of artists who have followed them. Brilliant in insight and execution, _Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone?_ is also an in-depth study of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter, and their bittersweet story of love and fulfillment, sadness and loss. The result is more than just a biography of a family; it is also a journey into another time, almost another world, and theirs is a story that resonates today and lives on in the timeless music they created.
Lady GaGa - Terry Richardson - Lady Gaga
In this book of original, behind-the-scenes photographs, acclaimed photographer Terry Richardson follows superstar Lady Gaga during one year of her life, from Lollapalooza through the final show of her Monster Ball tour. During the time period he followed Gaga, Richardson took over 100,000 images and attended more than 30 Monster Ball dates around the world. From the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards to the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal rally in Portland, Maine, to the Thierry Mugler show at Maxime, Paris, Richardson captures Lady Gaga as you've never seen her before. A year-long global odyssey- -all access, nothing off limits--this is the book Lady Gaga fans have been waiting for.
James Aldis - Michael Jackson - Legenda - Ikon - Hős
Michael Jackson halála mély gyászba taszította a világot. Korának egyik kiemelkedő személyisége volt, nevéhez számtalan rekord köthető. Olyan nagy hollywoodi sztárok inspirálták, mint James Brown, Fred Astaire és Gene Kelly. Az ő örökségüket vegyítette az utcán tanult táncmozdulatokkal, amelyeket később a klipjeiben láthattunk viszont. Zenéje milliók szívét érintette meg, és kitörölhetetlen nyomot hagyott a kultúránkban - éppúgy, ahogy az ő művészete is nagy hatással volt a mai sztárokra, többek között Justin Timberlake-re, Jennifer Lopezre, Britney Spearsre és a Black Eyed Peasre. Bár Michael Jackson élete a reflektorok kereszttüzében zajlott, a magánéletével és a halálával kapcsolatban sok kérdés maradt megválaszolatlanul. Egyvalami azonban megkérdőjelezhetetlen: tragikus hirtelenséggel bekövetkező halálával egy kiemelkedő, több mint negyven éven át tartó karrier ért véget. Michael Jackson, az ember túlságosan hamar távozott az élők sorából, de a Pop Királyaként örökké élni fog a rajongók szívében. Ez a 250 fotóval illusztrált könyv végső tisztelgés a popikon előtt, akit Michael Jacksonnak hívtak.
Sue Crawford - Sharon Osbourne: Unauthorized, Uncensored - Understood
An intimate biography by the author of the bestselling "Ozzy Unauthorized", now available in paperback. The hardback has sold over 35,000 copies and has been in The Times hardback non-fiction top ten since publication. Sharon Osbourne consistently secures major media exposure, with the final series of "The Osbournes" in 2005 and a new series of "The X Factor" starting in August. Read all about her difficult childhood, remarkable and phenomenally long-lasting success in her chosen career, a passionate and sometimes violent relationship, motherhood, surviving cancer and superstardom at fifty. In "Sharon Osbourne: Unauthorized, Uncensored - Understood", we go behind the 'marketing-genius' headlines to reveal the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman. From her emotionally troubled childhood as the daughter of music svengali Don Arden, through the drink- and drug-fuelled years on the road with Ozzy, and her determination to make it as a female manager in a very male world, right up to her current incarnation as an award-winning TV star and 'supermom': every inch of her life is examined and celebrated in this innovative and ground-breaking biography. In Sharon we have found an icon for our times: not only a hugely-successful career woman in her own right, but a mother, a marketeer - and an inspiration to us all.
Mitch Winehouse - Amy, my daughter
Candid, compelling, and heartbreaking--a father's story of a talent taken too soon and a legacy that will live on for generations On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse's family, friends, and fans around the world mourned the tragedy that this remarkable, talented, and extraordinarily generous young woman was now gone. A legion of dedicated fans had lost their idol; a devastated family had lost their Amy. With this difficult news came an outpouring of love and grief from her fans, along with troubling questions about Amy's very public struggles with drugs and alcohol, as people tried to understand how such a soulful singer had been silenced so young. Now, in this intimate and tender account, her father and confidant, Mitch, offers an inside view of Amy's life as she lived it, putting to rest once and for all the controversies that have long surrounded her. Sifting fact from fiction, he pre-sents a portrait of Amy unlike any other, detailing the events and the people that shaped her youth--from her mischievous childhood to her grandmother's Jazz Age stories, to her father singing Frank Sinatra around the house. Shedding light on Amy's musical coming-of-age, Mitch explores how she honed her distinctive sound, created her unforgettable look, and channeled her own life into hits such as "You Know I'm No Good," "Rehab," and "Back to Black"--some of the most memorable and personal pop music in years. While her beehive hair, larger-than-life voice, and outrageous personality made her famous, her life offstage made her infamous. Here Mitch holds nothing back about Amy's addiction to drugs and alcohol, mixing the painful with the poignant as he describes the realities of her dependencies and the toll they took on the family and friends who refused to give up on her. Revealing the truth about Amy's substance abuse and dispelling many of the tabloid-fueled rumors about her tumultuous marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, Mitch exposes the years of behind-the-scenes drama that consumed his life and explains how, for those who knew Amy in her last months, the greatest tragedy of all was that she finally appeared to be conquering her demons. Filled with insights into Amy Winehouse's music, photographs from her life, and stories of the real woman behind the headlines, "Amy, My Daughter" is an emotional journey into music, addiction, and the unbreakable bond between a daughter and her father.
Joel McIver - To Live Is To Die
Metallica, the seventh-biggest recording act in American history, are consummate musicians but it wasn't always that way. A significant proportion of their playing expertise was acquired from a pivotal three-year period in their history 1983 to 1986 during which their music, a potent variant of thrash metal, evolved from garage-level to sophisticated, progressive heights thanks to the teachings of their bass player, Cliff Burton. The San Francisco-raised Burton pushed the band to new musical levels with his musical training, songwriting ability, and phenomenal bass guitar skills. Cliff's life was short but influential; his death was sudden and shocking. With his death, Metallica's most critically acclaimed period of activity ended. They went on to record huge-selling albums, but by their own admission, never pushed the creative envelope as radically as they had done in the first four years of their career.
Anthony Kiedis - Larry Sloman - Scar Tissue (angol)
'Book of the Year' NME In 1983 four self-described 'knuckleheads' burst out of the neo-punk rock scene in LA with their own unique brand of cosmic hard-core mayhem funk. Over twenty year later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, against all the odds, have become one of the most succesful bands in the world. Though the band has gone through many incarnation, Anthony Kiedis, the group's lyricist and dynamic lead singer, has been there for the whole rollercoaster ride. Scar Tissue is Kiedis's searingly honest meoir - a story of dedication and debauchery, of intrigue anf integrity, of recklessness and redemption. It is a story that could only have come out of Hollywood. 'An entertaining account of being the most priapic, junkie member of California's most priapic, junkie rock band, but also implicitly a pretty solid explanation of how he came to be this way' GUARDIAN 'Kiedis recounts his pharmacological odyssey as lead singer with the Red Hot Chili Peppers with wide-eyed relish and a refreshing éack of rehab remorse' SUNDAY TIMES 'Even the eye-popping edition of VH1's Behid the Music could not prepare us for the excesses od their lead singer's unexpurgated life story... everyone who reads this genuinely outrageous book will have their own favourite scene' INDPENDENT ON SUNDAY
Peter Freestone - David Evans - Freddie Mercury
'I was Freddies's chief cook and bottle washer, waiter, butler, secretary, cleaner...and agony aunt' writes Peter Freestone. 'I travelled the world with him, I was with him at the highs and came through the lows...I acted as his bodyguard when needed and in the end, of course. I was one of his nurses' Peter Freestone was Freddie Mercury's Personal Assistant for the last 12 years of his life. He lived with Mercury in London, Munich and New York, and he was with him when he died. Here is... The most intimate account of Mercury's life ever written. The truth behind the scandalous rumours. From the famous names - including Elton John, Kenny Everett, Elizabeth Taylor and Rod Stewart - to the shadowy army of lovers, fixers and hangers-on, Peter Freestone saw them all play their part in the tragic-comedy that was Freddie Mercury's outrageous life. Now he tells all...
Tamara Tjardes - Folk Art
Another addition to The World's Greatest Art series, this intriguing new book covers the folk art of South and North America and aboriginal traditions. The influences section also refers to the many folk traditions throughout the world and offers an intriguing insight into tribal, early and contemporary folk art.
Erich Lessing - Vincente Pomarède - The Louvre: All the Paintings
Endorsed by the Louvre, and for the first time ever, every painting from the world's most popular and renowned museum is available in one stunning book. All 2,954 paintings are fully annotated with the name of the painting and artist, date created, size and medium.
Chris Heath - Feel: Robbie Williams
"To be famous in the twenty-first century is to be pelted with little lies, day after day. To be famous in the twenty-first century is to find yourself trapped as a character in a book with an unreliable narrator, forever trying to shout from the pages to explain how it really was. How could you not somtimes wish for it to be different?" Chris Heath
Lark E. Mason - Asian Art
Lark E. Mason Jr. offers a clear and concise guide to understanding the fine and decorative arts of Asia including the arts of the Islamic world. He addresses this complex subject in an easy to follow format beginning with an overview of the tumultuous history of the continent, leading into chapters on ceramics, metalwork, the arts of the craftsman, furniture and lacquer, textiles, prints and paintings. Each chapter includes a summary of the minor and major art forms with expert advice for judging quality and identifying fakes and over-restored objects. A valuable dictionary of terms and tables with reign dates and marks is included. The Author Lark E. Mason Jr. is the author of numerous articles on Asian art and the translator of two major works on Chinese furniture. He is currently a Senior Vice President with Sotheby’s New York and is familiar to American audiences for his frequent appearances on the PBS series ‘The Antiques Roadshow’.
Tupac Shakur - Tupac
"When I was a baby I remember one moment of calm peace, then three minutes after that it was on." A stunningly designed, richly illustrated companion to the much-anticipated documentary film, Tupac: Resurrection brings unprecedented clarity and soulful intimacy to the life and work of Tupac Shakur. In many ways the autobiography he never got to write, Tupac: Resurrection features the artist in his own words, examining his complicated life and the controversial decisions that plagued him while he was alive. Tupac: Resurrection captures, as never before, his boundless passion, searing honesty, and stunning intelligence, and showcases a range of never-before-seen writings, letters, screenplay ideas, lyrics, poems, photographs, and personal effects, and stands as an indelible testament to the artist's astonishing cultural legacy. Tupac: Resurrection crystallizes the enduring significance and impact of one of the most complex, haunting, and influential artists of our time.