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I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
by Craig Marks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.93

5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic blend of history and humour, 22 Sept. 2015
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This is the Wolf of Wall Street of music books, which doubles as a history of MTV and a glimpse into the excess of the Eighties. From Michael Jackson to Madonna, and hip-hop to hair metal, no stone is left unturned. Amusing throughout, I Want My MTV never takes its subject too seriously, and the chapter on Billy Squier's "Rock Me Tonite" is worth the price of admission on its own. A book that you'll look forward to re-reading even before you've finished. (I'm not, btw, related to, or friends with, the authors. I just really enjoyed it!)


Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths
Mozipedia: The Encyclopaedia of Morrissey and the Smiths
by Simon Goddard
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating even for casual fans, 1 Aug. 2012
Despite having only a passing interest in The Smiths and Moz's output beyond their greatest hits, I found this fascinating from start to finish. Goddard's passion for his subject is plain to see, yet he remains mostly objective throughout (although poor old Jesse Tobias gets it in the neck more than once). I've been greatly disappointed by similar titles on other artists, but this meticulously researched and nicely written encyclopedia sets a new standard for the genre. Oh, and it did what all the best music books should do - made me listen to the music itself.


Coffee And Cigarettes [2003] [DVD]
Coffee And Cigarettes [2003] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Roberto Benigni
Offered by westworld-
Price: £14.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The coolest movie in the world, ever., 24 Jun. 2012
From the White Stripes to the Wu-Tang Clan, Jim Jarmusch's cameo-crammed caffeine homage is the coolest movie EVER.
Magic moment: "Are you saying the drumming on my records sucks?" - things turn awkward between Tom Waits and Iggy Pop


Spiceworld
Spiceworld
Offered by Todays Great Deal
Price: £2.49

4.0 out of 5 stars Resistance is useless, 6 May 2012
This review is from: Spiceworld (Audio CD)
Having brought the universe to stackheel, the Girls were in belligerent mood second time out. Spice Up Your Life, Stop, Never Give Up, Move Over, Do It: they were about as meek and obedient as the Third Reich. All of which would have smacked of cynical sloganeering were it not for a musical funtasia that sensationally stole from Madonna's Latinesque stuff, The Jackson 5's I Want You Back and, most appropriately, McFadden & Whitehead's Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now. Highlights abound, notably the brassy climax of The Lady is a Vamp - self-mockery topped with an Elvis gag.


Rock Atlas: 700 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them
Rock Atlas: 700 great music locations and the fascinating stories behind them
by David Roberts
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and informative, 17 Nov. 2011
Cover images of Ozzy, Oasis, Pink Floyd and Phil Lynott give a clue to the varied delights in this chunky tome. You'll inevitably look for your hometown and favourite artists first, but the jam-packed design continually draws your eye to other items and pages. The book will hopefully inspire a road trip or two to the places identified, but it works just as well as an armchair guide to our rock 'n' rollin' isles.


Pearl Jam Twenty
Pearl Jam Twenty
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £8.21

6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very lost dogs, 22 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Pearl Jam Twenty (Audio CD)
Heartwarming, rewarding and periodically thrilling - but that's the film, not this soundtrack. Shorn of the visuals and featuring none of the band members' often wry commentary, this is a motley collection of cuts that makes Lost Dogs sound like Dark Side of the Moon. The result is by no means bad, but it's hard to imagine anyone listening to most of it more than once - even "Crown of Thorns" is a bit of an anti-climax, and two consecutive versions of "Nothing as it Seems" are real patience-testers.

The exceptions are the astonishing "Release" (the stand-out in the film, too) and joyous "Betterman" that bookend the other oddities. Buy individual downloads of those and save your remaining money for the DVD.
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Raw Like Sushi
Raw Like Sushi
Price: £2.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Girl Power!, 22 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Raw Like Sushi (Audio CD)
Summer 1989: sunshine is enticed to Earth by a chart full of sisterly splendour. There's Paris Gray's classy techno (Inner City), there's Caron Wheeler's royal R&B (Soul II Soul), and there's Neneh Cherry's HipHopHouseSoulWhatever.

From the bruiser-with-a-bra-strap cover, it's sex with strength all the way. Check out The Next Generation, when even the Public-Enemy-goes-pop backing can't keep pace with Neneh's indignation.

Even if Mr Cherry Cameron McVey hadn't wound up working with All Saints, and Mel B hadn't hailed Neneh as key, Sushi would still have been the main ingredient in the Girl Power pot.


"Pink Floyd": A Visual Documentary
"Pink Floyd": A Visual Documentary
by Barry Miles
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The first definitive Floyd book, 17 April 2011
This "bible" remains in the core Floyd library. The first edition, published in the late 70s, had the misfortune to conclude with the release of Rick Wright's solo album Wet Dream - hardly a high point in Floydology, from either a commercial or musical angle. The book's strength, however, is its reporting of the psychedelic era, in which author Miles played a major role. The blockbusting Wall saga provided a more suitable bookend: updated to cover events up to the legendary 1980 concerts, the book was republished twice in the early 80s (the first has a live photograph on the cover, the second a drawing from the Wall movie). It was also filleted for the pocket-sized and entirely meritless The Pink Floyd Illustrated Discography and Another Brick In The Wall, the latter of which added only a paragraph about The Final Cut to justify its existence. By the 90s, Andy Mabbett had augmented Miles' original book - and, although there have been a handful of excellent Floyd titles since then, this remains a great place to start.


Replacement Earpads 13Mm
Replacement Earpads 13Mm
Offered by electronic centre
Price: £3.29

5.0 out of 5 stars They do exactly what you need, 27 Sept. 2010
I've ordered two sets of these. On both occasions, the vendor has been very friendly and prompt. The pads themselves are pretty durable - I tend to lose them before they tear!


Jabberjaw Compilation: Good To The Last Drop
Jabberjaw Compilation: Good To The Last Drop
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £4.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Oops, 9 Oct. 2009
I bought this thinking it contains the original version of Hole's "Rock Star" - ie not "Olympia", as featured on Live Through This. It doesn't, but it's a pretty decent compilation and well worth the bargain price via New & Used.


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