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Used and Out of Print Biographies of Musical People
A Knight At The Opera -by- Sir Rudolf Bing. ISBN 0399126538. Introduction -by- Garson Kanin. Sir Rudolf writes about the
difficulties in dealing with prima donnas and many other witty anecdotes A sequel to his memoir "5,000 Nights
at The Opera". (G P Putnam's Sons. New York. First Edition. 1981) Used hardcover book in dust
jacket. 287 pages. Dust jacket is worn, torn and chipped on edges and corners and sunned on spine. Foxing on
edges of pages. Else book is very good.
Australia's Contemporary Composers -by- James Murdoch. ISBN 0333139135. Biographies of 33 Australian composers.
Macmillan. Melbourne. 1972) Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 223 pages. Dust jacket
is grubby, marked, worn on edges with small tears and bumped in corners. Foxing on edges of pages. Else book is good.
Beethoven (The Mayfair Biographies) -by- Frederick Corder F.R.A.M. Biography of composer Ludwig Van
Beethoven. (Chappell & Co. London. Circa 1950) Used softcover book. 28 pages. Name written on front
cover. Scribble on rear cover. Covers worn on edges. Foxing. Pages are good.
Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil: The Journey -by- Mark Dodshon. ISBN 0670041637. Since its genesis in 1976,
Midnight Oil, fronted by the charismatic and passionate Peter Garrett until his departure from the band in late 2002, has at
various times been synonymous with beer-barn angst, green political activism, indigenous advocacy and musical nonconformism; at the
same time the band has been a mainstay of commercial radio and an icon of contemporary Australian culture. However its members are
notoriously private people; Mark Dodshon tells their story: Peter Garrett, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey, Bones Hillman, Rob Hirst and
manager/sixth member Gary Morris. Illustrated with colour and black and white plates. Used paperback book. 408 pages. (Viking/Penguin
Books. Camberwell, Victoria. 2004) Corners of front cover are bumped. Small section of laminate lefted from front cover.
Else in very good condition. Weight 800 grams.
Béla Bartók Bela Bartok A Memorial Review Of His Life And Works Including Articles on his Life
and Works. (Bela Bartok). Reprinted from TEMPO, the quarterly review of contemporary music. Includes
a chronological listing of works by Bela Bartok and Bartok on records. (Boosey & Hawkes, 1950) Used
softcover book. 95 pages. Name written on cover. Covers worn on edges. Rear cover has
foxing. Foxing on spine. Lower corner creased. Last page has insect damage at on lower
edge. Pencil underlining on some pages. Else good.
Benjamin Britten His Life And Operas -by- Eric Walter White. ISBN 0571091512. New edition of White's
comprehensive introduction to the life and works of Benjamin Britten, revised and substantially expanded; illustrated with
b/w plates. (Faber & Faber in association with Boosey & Hawkes, London, 1970) Used hardcover book in price-clipped dust
jacket, 256 pages, covered in clear plastic sleeve, piece torn from half title page in upper corner, else very good.
Blowing My Own Trumpet The Adventures and Misadventures of a Virtuoso Musician and Storyteller -by-
James Morrison. ISBN 1740458788. Autobiography of Australian jazz virtuoso James Morrison. (Pier 9/Murdoch Books.
Sydney. 2006) Used softcover book. 272 pages. Written gift inscription on first page. Else in excellent condition.
Brief Biographies -by- William Lovelock. Allans Edition No. 1083.
Condensed information about the more important composers to help the examination candidate who has to be prepared to answer questions on the
composers whose works he has studied. Used softcover booklet. 44 pages. Allans Educational Library. (Allans Music, Melbourne, 1970) Name and date
written on first page. Covers are worn with some marks. Pages are very good.
Colours of My Life The Judith Durham Story -by- Graham Simpson. ISBN 0091829763. Biography of Judith Durham of
The Seekers fame. Used hard cover book in dust jacket. 346 pages. (Random House Australia. Sydney, 1994) Dust
jacket is lightly worn on corners and both ends of spine. Small tear in rear upper corner of the duct jacket.
Small remainder mark on lower edge of pages. Foxing and some marks on edges of pages. Else very good. Weight 800 grams.
Conversations With Conductors -edited by- Robert Chesterman. ISBN 0903895447. Bruno Walter, Sir
Adrian Boult, Leonard Bernstein, Ernest Ansermet, Otto Klemperer and Leopold Stokowski talk about their lives and work
in this book, which grew out of a series of radio recordings; illustrated with b/w photographs.
(Robson Books, London, First Edition, 1976) Ex-Library book. Used hardcover book
in dust jacket. 128 pages. Ex-library with the usual marks and stamps. Pocket on front free endpaper.
Covered in clear plastic. Dust jacket is creased and soiled in places under the plastic sleeve. Pages are
Drummin' Men The Heartbeat Of Jazz The Swing Years -by- Burt Korall. Foreword -by-
Mel Torme. Music jazz biography. In the 1930s drummers were central to the big bands of jazz.
Covers Chick Webb; Gene Krupa; Ray McKinley; Jo Jones; Sid Catlett; Dave Tough; Buddy Rich; Sonny
Greer; George Wettling; Cozy Cole; Jimmy Crawford; O'Neil Spencer; Cliff Leeman; Ray Baudoc.
(Schirmer Books/Macmillan Inc, New York, 2nd printing, 1990) Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 381 pages.
Covered in clear plastic sleeve. In fine condition.
Echoes Of A Lifetime Memories And Thoughts -by- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. ISBN 0333498119.
Translated from the German -by- Ruth Hein. Autobiography of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the outstanding baritone of
the post-war decades; his operatic achievement is second only to his comparable interpretation of the sublime
riches of lieder. (Macmillan, London, 1989) Used hardcover book in dust jacket, 376 pages. Dust jacket has small
section of surface lifted on front cover and is now protected with clear plastic sleeve. Foxing on first and
last few pages and on edges of pages, else good.
Fine Song For Singing A Celtic Odyssey -by- Clement Hosking. Illustrated -by- Edith Lanser.
The author's story of his travel to the Outer Hebrides in
Scotland to study Celtic songs; map on eps; inscription. (George M Dash, Chartres House, 309 George
Street, Sydney, NSW, 1950) Used small hardcover book in dust jacket, 230 pages. Dust jacket is soiled, worn on
edges with small tears and is now protected with a clear plastic sleeve. Foxing on eps and edges of pages, else good.
Furtwangler Recalled -edited with an introduction by- Daniel Gillis. Memories of
composer Wilhelm Furtwängler written by conductors, opera singers, composers, pianists,
concertmasters, cellists, violinists, correspondents, critics who knew Furtwangler only on the
podium, and orchestral musicians who played under him for decades. (John de Graff Inc, Tuckahoe, NY,
1965) Used hardcover book in price-clipped dust jacket. 224 pages. Dust jacket is poor: soiled, worn, creased
and torn on edges and corners. Boards are worn on lower edges. Stamps and marks on front endpaper.
Heavy foxing on edges of pages. Else pages are good. Weight 400 grams.
Karajan My Autobiography -as told to- Franz Endler. Translated -by- Stewart Spencer.
Autobiography of conductor Herbert von Karajan. (Sidgwick & Jackson. London. 1989) Used hardcover book.
No dust jacket. Very good black cloth covers with silver lettering. 150 pages. Foxing on reverse of covers, endpapers and
edges of pages. Else very good.
I Am A Composer -by- Arthur Honegger. Translated from the French -by- Wilson O Clough in collaboration
with Allan Arthur Willman. Music Criticism. Arthur Honneger, a distinguished 20th-Century
composer who died in 1955, sets down his thoughts about the art, practice and future
of music. Frontispiece is a b/w photograph of Honegger. (Faber and Faber Ltd, London,
1966) Used hardcover book in price-clipped dust jacket, 141 pages. Dust jacket is grubby and worn on
edges, name of previous owner written on fep. All else is very good. Weight 400 grams.
Into The Black The Inside Story Of Metallica 1991-2014 -by- Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood.
ISBN 9780571295760. Music Biography.
From the phenomenal breakout success of 1991's 'Black Album' to the band's controversial reinvention with the 'Load Reload' albums, from bassist Jason
Newstead's shock departure to the group's subsequent meltdown, as laid bare in the extraordinary documentary 'Some Kind of Monster', from the 'Lulu'
album with the late Lou Reed to their hugely expensive feature film debut 'Through The Never', the second half of the Metallica story has been
eventful, controversial, and triumphant. Illustrated with colour plates. Used paperback book. 290 pages. (Faber & Faber. London. 2014)
Light foxing on edges of pages. Else in very good condition. Weight 400 grams.
Joan Sutherland A Tribute -by- Moffatt Oxenbould. ISBN 0959222960. Joan Sutherland Memorabilia. A wealth of fascinating memorabilia,
spectacular photographs and costume sketches; also an authoritative summary of Sutherland's repertoire and a comprehensive
list of her operatic and other major stage performances, much of which has never been published before.
(Art Gallery of New South Wales & Honeysett Publ, Sydney, 1989) Used softcover book with dust jacket, 128 pages, in excellent condition.
John Barbirolli A Biographical Sketch Of The Famous Conductor Of The Hallé Orchestra (Halle
Orchestra) -by- Charles Rigby. (John Sherratt and Son, Altrincham, First edition, 1948) Used hardcover book in dust
jacket. 191 pages. Dust jacket is poor: soiled, creased and chipped on edges and corners, with small pieces missing from
top of spine and upper rear corner. Book now covered with a clear plastic sleeve. Foxing on eps and edges of pages, else good.
Julie Andrews An Intimate Biography -by- Richard Stirling. ISBN 9780749951351. A new
biography of Julie Andrews as artist, wife and mother in over 35 years, combining Richard Stirling's interviews
with the star and his wide-ranging research. Illustrated with colour and black and white photographs.
Used softcover book. 376 pages. (Portrait/Piatkus Books Ltd. London. 2007) Light foxing on edges of pages.
Else in very good condition. Weight 600 grams.
Liszt (The Mayfair Biographies) -by- Sir Alexander C Mackenzie. Biography of composer Franz
Liszt. (Chappell & Co. London. Circa 1950) Used softcover book. Unpaginated. Name and date written on
title page. Foxing on covers. Pages are very good.
Liszt (The Mayfair Biographies) -by- Sir Alexander C Mackenzie. Biography of composer Franz
Liszt. (Chappell & Co. London. Circa 1950) Used softcover book. Unpaginated. Some foxing on covers.
Tape shadows on first and last page. Else pages are very good.
Long Way To The Top Stories Of Australian Rock And Roll -by- James Cockington. ISBN 0733307507.
Australian Rock and Roll Music History. Here, accompanied by graphic pictorial evidence, are tabloid tales of bodgie sex
parties, beach battles waged between surfies and rockers, the Vietnam RSL circuit, the Sunbury near-death experience,
Australia's very own cardigan cult, pub rock, Brisbane punk, the St. Kilda sound and the suburban soap that spawned our
very own global superstar; here also are the stars that urn but briefly, from Supernaut to Sister Janet Mead to Collette;
these are not pretty stories, but they need to be told. (ABC Books for the Australia Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, 2001) Used
softcover book, 259 pages, pages tanned on edges, marks across the front cover, else very good. (2)
My Own Trumpet -by- Sir Adrian Cedric Boult, C.H. ISBN 0241024455. Biography of Britain's
most distinguished and gifted conductor; his memoirs span over 80 years; before he was 2 years old he was already
picking out tunes on the piano with one finger; at 4 he was reading music and playing seriously; his work in England
included conductor of the Birmingham City Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, Covent Garden,
The Bach Choir and he also conducted on the Continent, in the USSR and the USA. (Hamish Hamilton, London, first edition, 1973)
Used hardcover book in dust jacket, 213 pages, now protected in clear plastic sleeve, light foxing on eps and edges of pages,
else in fine condition.
My Young Years -by- Arthur Rubinstein. ISBN 0394468902. Autobiography of Arthur Rubinstein.
(Alfred A Knopf Inc. New York. 1973) Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 479 pages and index. Dust jacket is creased, torn and chipped
on edges and is now protected with a clear plastic sleeve. Page edges are untrimmed and have some light foxing. Else very good.
No Direction Home The Life and Music of Bob Dylan -by- Robert Shelton. ISBN 068805045X. (Beech Tree Books. William Morrow & Co. New York.
First Edition, first printing. 1986) Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 573 pages. Dust jacket is a little scuffed.
Else in fine condition.
Off The Record Life With And Without Johnny O'Keefe -by- Marianne Renate. ISBN 0732909570.
Biography of Australian pioneer rock'n'roll star Johnny O'Keefe. Black and white plates. Used hardcover book in dust
jacket. 258 pages. (Currency Press, Sydney, 2001) Foxing on edges of pages. Else in fine condition. Weight 600 grams.
Peter Dawson The World's Most Popular Baritone With Complete Song Title Discography -by-
Russell Smith and Peter Burgis. ISBN 0868196037. Biography of Peter Dawson. (Currency Press. Sydney. 2001) Used softcover book.
334 pages. Light wear to covers. Else very good.
Peter Sculthorpe His Music And Ideas 1929-1979 -by- Michael Hannan. ISBN 0702215899. Biography of Australian
composer Peter Sculthorpe. Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 235 pages. Written inscription to
previous owner signed by the author Michael Hannon and dated Sept 98 on the half title page. (University of
Queensland Press. St Lucia. 1982) Front flap of dust jacket is creased. Foxing on edges of pages. Light foxing on
endpapers. Else in very good condition.
Remembering Bix A Memoir Of The Jazz Age -by- Ralph Berton. ISBN 0060103043. Biography of jazz cornetist Bix Beiderbecke,
the first "cool" jazzman years before the word existed. (Harper & Row Publishers, New York, First Edition, 1974) Used
hardcover book in dust jacket, 428 pages. Dust jacket is worn and stretched along upper edge with a new small tears and is
bumped in corners. Pages are uncut, with light foxing and soiling on edges. All else is very good. Weight 900 grams.
The Best Years Of Our Lives -by- Richard Clapton. ISBN 9781760110598. Music Autobiography.
Richard Clapton employs his songwriter's keen powers of observation, portraiture and storytelling to tell the best
story of all: the remarkable one of his own life in celebration of 40 years of fabulous music and iconic songs;
funny, outrageous, insightful and poignant; it was a rollercoaster ride of euphoric highs and deep, shattering lows.
Illustrated with colour and black and white plates. Used paperback book. 338 pages. (Allen & Unwin. Sydney. 2014)
Light creasing to covers. Else in very good condition. Weight 550 grams.
The King's Singers A Self-Portrait -by- Nigel Perrin, Alastair Hume, Bill Ives, Anthony Holt, Simon Carrington
and Brian Kay. ISBN 086051109X. Foreword -by- Steve Race. Traces the rise of this brilliant choral group from their early days
as choral scholars; they discuss their music, technique and the way they work together. (Robson Books. London. 1980) Used
hardcover book in dust jacket. 160 pages. Covered in clear plastic. A few marks on covers. Else in very good condition. Weight 700 grams. (2)
The Songwriters -by- Tony Staveacre. ISBN 0563176385. Music Literature. Songs reflect their times and the lives of
their writers can throw a new light on the times in which they lived. This book originated in a series of eight
television programmes of the same title which were first broadcast on BBC1 in the spring of 1978; the programmes covered the careers of
eight great songwriters or songwriting partnerships which dominated the British popular music scene of their day: Leslie Stuart 'The Lily
of Laguna'; Lionel Monckton 'Arcady is Ever Young'; Noel Coward 'Poor Little Rich Girl'; Ray Noble 'Goodnight Sweetheart'; Ivor Novello
'We'll Gather Lilacs'; Lionel Bart 'Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'Be'; John Lennon & Paul McCartney 'A Hard Day's Night'; Tim Rice & Andrew
Lloyd Webber 'Heaven on Their Minds'. Illustrated with many black and white photographs and line drawings. Used hardback book in dust
jacket in clear plastic sleeve. 191 pages. (British Broadcasting Corporation. London. 1980) In very good condition. Weight 600 grams.
Tina Arena Now I Can Dance -by- Tina Arena with Jude McGee. ISBN 9780732297565. Music Biography. Memoir of singer, songwriter
and pop diva, Tina Arena covering four decades; honest and intimate, funny and frank. Illustrated with colour and black and white
plates. Used paperback book. 328 pages. (HarperCollinsPublishers. 2013) Light foxing on edges of pages. Else in fine condition.
Weight 600 grams.
Underneath A Harlem Moon The Harlem to Paris Years Of Adelaide Hall -by-
Iain Cameron Williams. ISBN 0826458939. Harlem Resistance. Biography of American black culture's most important
and influential star; Adelaide starred for 2 years in Lew Leslie's Broadway revue
"Blackbirds of 1928" making her the first international black female superstar.
(Continuum Books, London, 2002) Used hardcover book in dust jacket. 428 pages. In fine condition. Weight 900 grams.
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