Music enthusiasts, you don’t want to miss these books! Today’s #FridayReads selections are filled with facts about some of your favorite music icons.
When the World Came to the Isle of Wight
This special, signed ediion comprises of signed Hardback copies copies of Stealing Dylan From Woodstock (ISBN: 978-1-909339-50-7) and The Last Great Event (ISBN: 978-1-909339-58-3). Festival organiser Ray Foulk records his experience organising the original Isle of Wight Festivals in 1968, 1969 and 1970, which hosted musical legends including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and the Who. The festivals legacy continues today and these books mark an important moment in rock history. Wrapped in an eyecatching bellyband and shrinkwrapped together, these books will make the perfect gift for any musical enthusiast.
Agnetha Fältskog—The Girl With The Golden Hair
Her iconic blonde looks, stunning voice and songs of loneliness and melancholy have endeared her to millions, yet Agnetha Fältskog remains an enigmatic and distant figure. From her success as a teenage singer and songwriter in Sweden in the late 1960’s to her years of global superstardom with pop giants ABBA and beyond, Agnetha has fascinated generations of fans. Her beaming smile graced record sleeves, television screens and magazine covers around the world yet never quite managed to conceal her natural shyness and vulnerability.
Agnetha Fältskog—The Girl With The Golden Hair is the first full-length biography dedicated to the life and career of the one of the most beloved and successful performers in music history. Charting Agnetha’s journey from her early days fronting a local dance band in the small industrial city of Jönköping, through her decade as one of the most famous and popular singers in the world, and the years of self-imposed exile that followed until her surprising and successful comeback in 2013, ‘Agnetha Fältskog—The Girl With The Golden Hair’ will delight her many legions of fans and any readers with an interest in the history of popular music.
A Beatles Miscellany
This fact-filled volume includes UK and US discographies with full track listings and chart positions, a complete list of live performances from 1960 to 1969; a look at the origins of the group’s name; quotes about them from such names as Mick Jagger, Steven Spielberg, Tony Blair, and Francis Rossi; other musicians who temporarily or nearly joined them, from early stand-in drummers to heavyweights such as Eric Clapton and Billy Preston; their producers, management and ‘inner circle’; their connections with Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Donovan, Badfinger and others; their British radio and TV appearances; the ‘Paul is dead’ story that gripped some of the media in the late 60s; the album titles and films that nearly were but ultimately weren’t; and much more. Although the focus is on the group up to their split in 1970, there are also brief surveys of their solo careers and solo album listings. As they might have said, ‘and you know that can’t be bad’.
Like many South Africans in the seventies and eighties, Stephen ‘Sugar’ Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom were obsessed with the music of Rodriguez, but the man himself was a mystery. Only his name was known, and the fact that he had killed himself on stage. After years of searching in a pre-internet age, the two men found the singer living in seclusion in Detroit. Remarkably, the blue-collar worker had no idea that he had been famous for over twenty-five years in this remote pariah of the world.
In 2006, Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul set out to find ‘the best story on earth’ and stumbled on this remarkable tale in the Guardian newspaper. He tracked down Segerman and Strydom, and so began his four-year long quest to make the Oscar-winning documentary, Searching for Sugar Man. Sugar Man: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Sixto Rodriguez outlines three separate journeys and the obstacles and triumphs that each presented: Rodriguez’s struggle to make a life from music; the odyssey of two fans to find out what had happened to their hero; and Bendjelloul’s pursuit to bring the story to celluloid. The book is packed with information not included in the film, about Rodriguez’s background, relationships and political activities, his tours to Australia, and the recognition that has finally come to him after the film’s success.