Music books

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Factory flaw: hunt for stolen 1977 sign that put Manchester on pop music map
The very first Factory club night was advertised with this poster. Now its designer wants it back to complete a major archive

Vanessa Thorpe Arts and Media Correspondent

22, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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In Good Hands by Alice Farnham review – notes from the podium
A leading female conductor tells her story and offers tips for aspiring ‘arm-flappers’

Caroline Crampton

19, Jan, 2023 @9:00 AM

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The Creative Act by Rick Rubin review – life lessons from the bearded beat master
The co-founder of Def Jam Records and the man behind countless hits, from the Beastie Boys and Jay-Z to Neil Young, offers artistic wisdom that is both gnomic and pertinent

Kitty Empire

10, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Nonfiction to look out for in 2023
From insights into siblings and anorexia, via the stories of trailblazing women and Boris Johnson’s time at No 10, here are the titles that will define the year

Rachel Cooke

01, Jan, 2023 @10:00 AM

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2023 in books: highlights for the year ahead
The best fiction and nonfiction to look forward to in the new year, from Zadie Smith to Simon Schama, Margaret Atwood to Rory Stewart

Justine Jordan and David Shariatmadari

31, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Transformer by Simon Doonan review – a walk on the wild side
The former creative director of Barney’s remembers a beautifully transgressive moment in pop culture

Jim Farber

15, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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‘You don’t have to be Bono or Bruce’: the business behind the current glut of music books
In 2022, you can’t budge for new music memoirs and scene histories. But who’s reading them, where’s the quality control – and the diversity?

Michael Hann

09, Dec, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Five of the best science fiction and fantasy books of 2022
A deep space community, a compelling critique of empire, a UFO novel like no other and more

Adam Roberts

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The best music books of 2022
Black women in pop, British heavy metal, and the story behind Chirpy Chirpy, Cheep Cheep

Alexis Petridis

03, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The big idea: why does music have such a hold over us?
A complex web of influences determines which songs we really fall for

Susan Rogers

18, Nov, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Colin Irwin obituary
Folk music journalist on Melody Maker, fRoots and Mojo whose books took him on explorations of Ireland and England

Derek Schofield

13, Nov, 2022 @7:38 PM

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The Philosophy of Modern Song by Bob Dylan review – essays on songcraft
A kaleidoscopic journey through the rock legend’s musical influences – from Perry Como to the Fugs

Bob Stanley

09, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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