Related to: 'The Life of a Song Volume 2'

Chambers

The Life of a Song

David Cheal, Jan Dalley
Authors:
David Cheal, Jan Dalley

Who knew that Paul McCartney originally referred to Yesterday as 'Scrambled Eggs' because he couldn't think of any lyrics for his heart-breaking tune? Or that Patti LaBelle didn't know what 'Voulez-vous couches avec moi ce soir?' actually meant?These and countless other fascinating back stories of some of our best-known and best-loved songs fill this book, a collection of the highly successful weekly The Life of a Song columns that appear in the FT Weekend every Saturday.Each 600-word piece gives a mini-biography of a single song, from its earliest form (often a spiritual, or a jazz number), through the various covers and changes, often morphing from one genre to another, always focusing on the 'biography' of the song itself while including the many famous artists who have performed or recorded it.The selection covers a wide spectrum of the songs we all know and love - rock, pop, folk, jazz and more. Each piece is pithy, sparkily written, knowledgeable, entertaining, full of anecdotes and surprises. They combine deep musical knowledge with the vivid background of the performers and musicians, and of course the often intriguing social and political background against which the songs were created.

Hodder & Stoughton

Hero

Lesley-Ann Jones
Authors:
Lesley-Ann Jones
Coronet

On The Road

Olly Murs
Authors:
Olly Murs
John Murray

A Nick Drake Companion

Pete Paphides
Authors:
Pete Paphides
Coronet

Woath It? Coase Ah Am, Pet

Cheryl Kerl
Authors:
Cheryl Kerl

'Hei, Mam Ah'm ganna be a stor' said a young Cheryl Tweety to hor Mam one day, following a bonny baby competition in hor native Newcastle. An tell yerz this leik, she wuzzen wrong!Noo aall grern up as Cheryl Kerl, shiz the peepils' princess an shiz everywhor yerz look pet. On TV, radieau, magazines an billboadz; just aboot the biggest star in the UK man! And ask hor what she thinks aboot it an she'll jus flash yerz tha big smeel and likelee sey 'Its mint man!' in that Geordie accent so loved the world over. In short shiz fulfilled hor destinee. Noo as queen of aall she surveys, faw the foast teim in this book you'll get a personal insight into what she thinks aboot aall sortz a stuff an tha. Covering topics as divoase as the music biz tuh jeans, the opera tuh fashion icons, itz aall between these pages. Find oot tha being a supahstor's nut just aboot havin the teim of yerz leef gaddin aboot at fillum premiers an tha. Beheend tha smeel lies a leefteim a hoad graft an detomanation.It'z aall heart and soul, pulling no punches itz told leik it is, man woman man.

Sceptre

The Long-Player Goodbye

Travis Elborough
Authors:
Travis Elborough
Sceptre

Heavier Than Heaven

Charles R. Cross
Authors:
Charles R. Cross

A NEW, COMMEMORATIVE EDITION OF THE DEFINITIVE, BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHYAlongside the death of Elvis Presley and the assassination of John Lennon, Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994 ranks as one of the generational milestones of American life - an epochal event in both rock 'n' roll and youth culture. This book is the story of Kurt Cobain's life, from abject poverty to unbelievable wealth, power and fame. It traces the journey from his humble origins in Aberdeen to becoming lead singer of Nirvana, the most popular rock band in the world from 1991 to 1994, and the most influential band of this decade. The beautifully written text is complimented by 16 pages of photographs.Based on over one hundred interviews, Charles Cross allows us to understand Kurt Cobain's personality. This is an incredible tale of a strange, tortured and very talented man.

Caroline Stoessinger

Caroline Stoessinger, a prominent pianist and artist-in-residence at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, is the founder and director of The Mozart Academy of New York, which provides high quality classical music instruction at no cost to immigrant children who have limited access to such opportunities.

Charles R. Cross

Charles R. Cross was the editor of The Rocket, northwest America's leading music magazine, from 1986 to 2000. He is now a freelance writer and journalist writing for diverse publications from The Times to Rolling Stone. His book, Room Full of Mirrors: A Biography of Jimi Hendrix, is also published by Sceptre. He lives in Seattle with his family.

Cheryl Kerl

From bonny baby to people`s princess, it`s been a meteoric rise to the top of the celebrity tree for Cheryl Kerl. Born Cheryl Tweety, she quickly learned to use her stunning good looks to great effect. At the tender age of just 18 came her biggest break when she won a coveted place in a talent show with her band Girls are Loud. Hit followed hit as the girls became the biggest recording phenomonen the country has ever seen. And just when it seemed that she had nothing more to prove. Cheryl was approached to become a judge on X Factory and the rest is history. Cheryl is now a one-girl phenomenon and continues to go from strength to strength.

Christy Moore

Christy Moore was born in 1945 and made his first album with Dominic Behan. He sang with Planxty and after they disbanded in l981 with Moving Hearts. He began his solo work in l982 and has made over 30 albums in all, including The Christy Moore Collection in l992. He has toured regularly in the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the States. He is married with three children.

James Naughtie

James Naughtie has presented Radio 4's Today programme since 1994. Previous journalistic roles have included working as Chief Political Correspondent for the Scotsman and presenting Radio 4's The Week in Westminster. Since 1992 he has presented the Proms on television, and for two years he presented Opera News on Radio 3. He chairs Radio 4's monthly Bookclub and regularly presents election and by-election specials. He has written three political books: Playing the Palace, Rivals and The Accidental American. He is married with three children.

John Powell

Dr John Powell is a physicist and a classically trained musician, with naturally curly hair. He has given lectures at international laser conferences and played guitar in pubs in return for free beer. He prefers the latter activity. He holds a master's degree in music composition and a PhD in physics, and has taught physics at the universities of Nottingham and Lulea (Sweden) and musical acoustics at Sheffield University. He lives in Nottingham.

Lesley-Ann Jones

Lesley-Ann Jones is a journalist, newspaper columnist and broadcaster. The author of eight published books, she has enjoyed more than twenty-five years in music and the media. She lives in South-East London with her young children, the eldest having grown up and gone into the music business.

Mick Fleetwood

Mick Fleetwood was born in Cornwall in 1947. He co founded Fleetwood Mac in 1967 and is regarded as one of the greatest drummers of all time. Mick Fleetwood lives in Maui.

Olly Murs

Number one best selling singer Olly Murs has sold over 10 million records since reaching the final of the X Factor in 2009. Olly`s is a multi-platinum selling artist with his albums selling over a million copies. His fourth album Never Been Better went straight to number one and sold over 100,000 copies in the first week alone. For more information on Olly Murs please go to www.ollymurs.com and www.facebook.com/ollymurs. You can also follow Olly on twitter at www.twitter.com/ollyofficial

Paul Du Noyer

Paul Du Noyer was a music journalist for more than 30 years, whose interviewees ranged from Madonna to Pavarotti, David Bowie to Mick Jagger and The Beatles, not least Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Born in Liverpool, Paul was educated at the London School of Economics. He has written the definitive musical histories of both Liverpool and London.

Pete Paphides

Since 1992, Pete Paphides has written about music for publications such as The Times, Guardian, Observer, Q and Mojo. He has also made several documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and presented two series of his all-vinyl radio show, Vinyl Revival, for BBC 6 Music. Over the years he has interviewed a diverse array of artists, including David Bowie, Paul McCartney, Abba, Prince, Beyoncé, Radiohead and The Bee Gees. He has been a regular contributor for BBC Four documentaries such as Pop Charts Britannia, Folk Britannia and The Joy Of Abba. Since buying his first record, aged 9, he has remained an avid collector of vinyl and old music papers. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

Travis Elborough

Travis Elborough is the author of the critically acclaimed The Bus We Loved and THE LONG-PLAYER GOODBYE, which was the basis of a Radio 2 documentary. He regulary appears on Radio 4 and writes for the Guardian.

Virginia Hanlon Grohl

Virginia Hanlon Grohl, the mother of Grammy-winning rock star Dave Grohl, retired from a thirty-year teaching career, then jumped on tour buses and planes to travel to rock shows throughout the U.S. and Europe with her son and the Foo Fighters. Her next tour, travelling to meet the mothers of other stars, provided the profiles for her first book, From Cradle to Stage. She's now enjoying a quieter time in her Sherman Oaks, California home being constantly amazed by the gourmet meals her daughter and son entertain her with (a far cry from their PB & J days) and the wondrous, every-changing beauty of her three granddaughters.