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There's more to music than just the vinyl at Record Culture. A good read on the crazy life of a band, a step back in time in music history, or a glossy look through the fashions and culture of scenes gone by is equally rewarding.
  • John Robb - The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth
    £21.00

    The Art Of Darkness: A History Of Goth

    John Robb

    The first ever complete overview of Goth culture will be released in 2023.Finally, after a decade of work, countless interviews and immersing himse...

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    £21.00
  • Exit Stage Left The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars
    £15.00

    Exit Stage Left The Curious Afterlife of Pop Stars

    Nick Duerden

    The desire for adulation is a light that never goes out. We live in a culture obsessed by the notion of fame - the heedless pursuit of it; the almo...

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    £15.00
  • Faith, Hope and Carnage
    £20.00

    Faith, Hope and Carnage

    Nick Cave & Sean O'Hagan

    Faith, Hope and Carnage is a book about Nick Cave's inner life.Created from more than forty hours of intimate conversations with the journalist Seá...

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    £20.00
  • Geneis P Orridge - Nonbinary book - Record Culture
    £12.00

    Nonbinary: A Memoir

    Genesis P-Orridge

    A revealing memoir from a pioneering industrial musician and visual artist who inspired generations of outsiders, rebels, and risk-takersIn a memoi...

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    £12.00
  • Running Up That Hill: 50 Visions Of Kate Bush
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    Running Up That Hill: 50 Visions Of Kate Bush

    Tom Doyle

    'Probably the best Bush book to date.' - Record Collector Kate Bush: the subject of murmured legend and one of the most idiosyncratic musicians of ...

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    £18.00
  • Nina Simone's Gum
    £12.00

    Nina Simone's Gum

    Warren Ellis

    I hadn't opened the towel that contained her gum since 2013. The last person to touch it was Nina Simone, her saliva and fingerprints unsullied. Th...

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    £12.00
  • Miki Berenyi - Fingers Crossed How Music Saved Me from Success
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    Fingers Crossed - How Music Saved Me from Success

    Miki Berenyi

    'Compelling, funny, vivid.' - Mojo 'Beautifully written.' - Stylist 'Remarkable, revelatory.' - The Times Formed in 1988, Lush were part of the Lon...

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    £20.00
  • Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey - Record Culture
    £19.00

    Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An Indie Odyssey

    Nige Tassell

    In 1986, the NME released a cassette that would shape music for years to come. A collection of twenty-two independently signed guitar-based bands, ...

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    £19.00
  • Tenement Kid-Bobby Gillespie-Record Culture
    £18.00

    Tenement Kid

    Bobby Gillespie

    'Gillespie is rock and roll's Oliver Twist. A punk rock fairytale, razor sharp on class struggle, music, style, and a singular view of the world re...

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    £18.00
  • Good Pop Bad Pop-Jarvis Cocker-Record Culture
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    Good Pop Bad Pop

    Jarvis Cocker

    What if the things we keep hidden say more about us than those we put on display?We all have a random collection of the things that made us - photo...

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  • Here They Come With Their Make-Up On: Suede, Coming Up . . . And More Adventures Beyond The Wild Frontiers
    £14.00

    Here They Come With Their Make-Up On: Suede, Coming Up . . . And More Adventures Beyond The Wild Frontiers

    Jane Savidge

    Here They Come with Their Make-Up On examines in exquisite detail how Suede emerged from the chaotic, ruined remnants of their career and somehow m...

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    £14.00
  • Graham Coxon - Verse, Chorus, Monster!  Record Culture
    £19.00

    Verse, Chorus, Monster!

    Graham Coxon

    A long-awaited memoir of Blur co-founder, guitar legend and artist Graham Coxon.Among the noise and clamour of the Britpop era, Blur co-founder Gra...

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    £19.00
  • Coming To Berling - Paul Hanford - Record Culture
    £15.00

    Coming to Berlin

    Paul Hanford

    Coming To Berlin reflects, through the lives and music of migrants, settlers and newcomers, how a constantly in flux city with a tumultuous history...

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    £15.00
  • Be My Baby
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    £18.00

    Be My Baby

    Ronnie Spector

    Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the greatest rock memoirs of all time, Be My Baby is the true story of how Rock & Roll Hall of Famer...

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  • Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson
    £16.00

    Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson

    Annye C. Anderson

    Though only 27-years-young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, Robert Johnson's enduring recordings have solidified his...

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    £16.00
  • Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS
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    Larger Than Life: A History of Boy Bands from NKOTB to BTS

    Maria Sherman

    The music, the fans, the choreography, the clothes, the merch, the hysteria... the hair. The pop phenomenon that dominated the 1990s and 2000s has ...

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    £18.00
  • A Furious Devotion: The Life Of Shane Macgowan book
    £16.00

    A Furious Devotion: The Life of Shane MacGowan

    Richard Balls

    Punk protagonist, legendary drinker, Irish musical icon. The complete and extraordinary journey of the Pogues' notorious frontman from outcast to n...

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    £16.00
  • Mark Lanegan - Devil In A Coma book
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    £12.00

    Devil In A Coma

    Mark Lanegan

    One morning in March 2021 with the second wave of infections ripping through Ireland where he was newly resident, Mark Lanegan woke up breathless, ...

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    £12.00
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  • Kid A Mnesia: A Book Of Radiohead Artwork
    Kid A Mnesia: A Book Of Radiohead Artwork
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    £28.00

    KID A MNESIA: A Book Of Radiohead Artwork

    Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood

    A celebration of the process and artwork created for the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac.Whilst these records were being conceived, rehearsed, ...

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  • Yo! The Early Days of Hip Hop 1982-84 book Sophie Bramly
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    Yo! The Early Days Of Hip Hop 1982-84

    Sophie Bramly

    This book features many stunning and intimate images of a star-studded roll call of legendary hip-hop figures, many of whom were just relatively kn...

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    £28.00
  • Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood - Fear Stalks the Land!
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    £9.99

    Fear Stalks the Land!

    Thom Yorke & Stanley Donwood

    In which the writings of the authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood are gathered together. This commonplace book includes faxes, notes, fledgling l...

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  • I Wanna Be Yours
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    £18.00

    I Wanna Be Yours

    John Cooper Clarke

    This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as only John Cooper Clarke could deliver. Inimitable and iconic, his book will be a joy for both l...

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    £18.00
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  • Not For You Pearl Jam And The Present Tense book
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    Not for You: Pearl Jam And The Present Tense

    Ronen Givony

    There has never been a band like Pearl Jam. The Seattle quintet has recorded eleven studio albums; sold some 85 million records; played over a thou...

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    £18.00
  • Sweet Dreams The Story Of The New Romantics book
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    Sweet Dreams: The Story Of The New Romantics

    Dylan Jones

    One of the most creative entrepreneurial periods since the Sixties, the era of the New Romantics grew out of the remnants of post-punk and develope...

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  • Tori Amos Resistance book
    £17.00

    Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change and Courage

    Tori Amos

    Since the release of her first, career-defining solo album Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos has been one of the music industry's most enduring and ing...

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    £17.00
  • Kendrick Lamar The Butterfly Effect book
    £20.00

    The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America

    Marcus J. Moore

    The Butterfly Effect is the extraordinary, triumphant story of a modern lyrical prophet and an American icon who has given hope to those buckling u...

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    £20.00
  • Typical Girls The Story Of The Slits Book
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    Typical Girls: The Story of The Slits

    Zoe Howe

    Wild, defiant and startlingly inventive, The Slits were ahead of their time. Although they created some unique hybrids - dub reggae and pop-punk, A...

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    £13.00
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  • White Glove Test Louisville Punk Flyers book
    £30.00

    White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers

    Mike Bucayu

    Clipped, collaged, and photocopied, meticulously hand-painted and lettered, or designed on a glowing computer screen in the early days of desktop p...

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    £30.00
  • Complicated Game Inside The Songs Of XTC book
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    £15.00

    Complicated Game: Inside The Songs Of XTC

    Andy Partridge

    Complicated Game offers a unique insight into the work of one of Britain's most original and influential songwriters-and an unprecedentedly reveali...

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    £15.00
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  • Read And Burn A Book About Wire
    £15.00

    Read & Burn: A Book About Wire

    Wilson Neate

    Read and Burn is the first serious, in-depth appraisal of Wire, one of the most influential British bands to emerge during the punk era. If Wire we...

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    £15.00
  • Teenage Kicks My Life As An Undertone book
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    £16.00

    Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone

    Michael Bradley

    Michael Bradley joined his school friend's group in Derry, Northern Ireland in the summer of 1974. They had two guitars and no singer. Four years l...

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  • Dream Baby Dream Suicide A New York Story book
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    £19.00

    Dream Baby Dream

    Kris Needs

    Appearing in early 70s New York City as primal prototype street punks, Suicide are now hailed as one of the most important and influential groups o...

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  • She Bop Lucy O'Brien book
    £14.00

    She Bop

    Lucy O'Brien

    Since She Bop was first published in 1995, digital downloading has transformed the music landscape. But has issue of gender inequality changed too?...

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    £14.00
  • Alan Krueger Rockonomics book
    £12.00

    Rockonomics

    Alan Krueger

    Alan Krueger, the former chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, uses the music industry, from rock artists to music executives, ...

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    £12.00
  • Remain In Love Chris Frantz book
    £19.00

    Remain In Love

    Chris Frantz

    Forty years on from the release of their era-defining album Remain in Light, Chris Frantz's memoir tells the story of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Clu...

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    £19.00
  • John Robb Punk Rock An Oral History book
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    Punk Rock: An Oral History

    John Robb

    'To see The Clash on the White Riot tour was like discovering how to be a rock star: you just did it yourself. You didn't wait for someone to come ...

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