Stormzy The #Merky Story So Far We absolutely adore Stormzy, he's now revealed plans to release his first book within a series titled #Merky Books. He's undeniably an excellent showman and has been a true spokesmen for social activism and we can't wait to have a read of this. ‘When I was in school I fell in love with literature and looking back it’s safe to say that this was the start of a life-long journey with words, poetry and writing. I read books religiously and often wrote poems which were undeniably setting me up for a career as a songwriter and a rapper. We’ve created #Merky Books for many reasons, the first simply for it to be a reference point for talented young writers to say “I can be an author” and for that to be a feasible and realistic achievement and not something in the distance. We hope this imprint will instil belief and ambition in young writers, making publishing seem less prohibitive and making the dream of being a published author a reality. We want #Merky Books to be a source of confidence and I look forward to publishing writers from all different walks of life, especially those who may have never had the opportunity to get into the industry so early.’ Penguin Random House
Trojan Records / Laurence Cane-Honeysett The Story of Trojan Records Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Trojan Records bring an official book, detailing a pictorial history of the label, put together by the label's archivist and general manager Laurence Cane-Honeysett. Founded in 1968, as part of a deal with Island Records, Trojan's mission was to bring Jamaican music to the world. Over the subsequent half a century it has done just that, releasing many of the defining albums of ska, rocksteady, dub and reggae from artists including The Upsetters, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, The Maytals, Dennis Brown, John Holt, Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as the hugely popular Tighten Up! compilations. The Story of Trojan Records is the definitive history of the label and a landmark publication for reggae enthusiasts. Trojan Records
Passion For Vinyl Pt. 2 - An Ode To Analog Robert Haagsma 252 page, case bound, full colour printed book. THe first 1000 copies includes an exclusive 7" on white vinyl (two tracks from Norton Record's Hasil Adkins and Bloodshot Bill, and the flip side is by DJ/producer Ellen Allien.) Passion for Vinyl Part. 2 is written by Dutch author, music journalist and vinyl fanaticRobert Haagsma. With an introduction by Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day. 7"
Upset / Black Foxxes March 2018 The latest issue of the free Upset magazine. Simply add it to your cart along with whatever else you're ordering and you just pay for postage.
Going For A Song - A Chronicle Of The UK Record Shop Garth Cartwright The in-depth history of the rise, fall and rise of the independent record shop in the UK. Travelling the length and breadth of the UK, Garth Cartwright conducted 100+ interviews with many record shop pioneers, noted musicians and record collectors. Utilising comprehensive research, Cartwright traces record retail history across a century of unprecedented social, cultural and political change. Flood Gallery Records
David Bowie Starchild (Book) 219 x 270 mm Hardback Book. 104 pages. Illustrations: 100 colour and mono photographs Here is the story of the boy from Brixton who became one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, returned to prominence in the 21st with music and visions informed by a sense of his own mortality and who through his life and work, changed lives and those of generations to come. David Bowie's music is loved by many and known by all as the soundtrack to the world of changes that was heralded by the creation of Ziggy Stardust. Through the hits and personas that followed, the work in art, drama, film and fashion, Bowie s voice rang clearly across the decades summoning everyone to a party where strangeness would be celebrated and the now would always be new. Yet David Bowie remained forever the outsider, observing, creating, collaborating , inspiring and moving forward. This book follows a life that as much as any other was a personal journey but one in which so many joined and made part of their own. Dannan
Brian Belle-Fortune All Crews The All Crews book is over ten years of journeys through jungle / drum & bass music and features interviews with all the top artists. However, author Brian Belle-Fortune also delves deeper and looks at the pirate radio stations, labels, crews, promoters and ravers that form the backbone of the scene. Initially published in 1999 as All Crew Muss Big Up, it was considered the definitive snapshot of jungle’s earliest years but quickly went out of print and became cult reading. Reprinted in 2004, All Crews not only features the original text but also an extensive update. Even now All Crews continues to be essential reading for those interested in the history of drum & bass. Brian Belle-Fortune conceived and co-produced One in the Jungle, Britain’s first national Jungle program for BBC Radio One. His TV credits include BBC South, Channel 4 and MTV where he specialised in underground youth culture, particularly Jungle. He was also label manager for DJ Ron’s London Some ’Ting Records and has played on London pirate radio stations Rude FM / Ruud Awakening as DJ Zy:on. All Crews
xXx Fanzine: 1983 - 1988 Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties Mike Gitter XXX FANZINE (1983-1988), HARDCORE & PUNK IN THE EIGHTIES isn’t merely a collection of articles, reviews and photographs from one of Hardcore America’s best-known fanzines. It’s a chronicle of punk’s evolution in the 80’s: a story of music and ideologies in motion, bound in a deluxe hard back coffee table book. FEATURES: Minor Threat, Misfits, Necros, Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies, Hüsker Du, Jerry’s Kids, Black Flag, D.O.A., G.B.H., Void, Negative Approach, 7-Seconds, D.Y.S., Scream, Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity, Minutemen, The Exploited, Anthrax, Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, SSD, Henry Rollins, Descendents, Bad Brains, Youth of Today, Motorhead, Dag Nasty, Slapshot, Samhain, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Religion, Fugazi & more! Bridge Nine
Jumpin Jack Frost Big, Bad & Heavy Big, Bad & Heavy is the story of legendary jungle DJ Jumpin Jack Frost; a man who lived his life at the break-neck speed of the music he played. Raised on the tough south London streets of Brixton, teenage gangster Nigel Thompson was saved from a life of crime and punishment, by music. A pirate DJ on Passion FM, when acid house broke down virtually every cultural boundary in the UK, Frost was right there at the forefront of the British rave revolution. Then, when hardcore splintered into jungle in the early nineties, Frost became one of the figureheads of this uniquely British phenomenon; releasing many of the tunes that defined this scene on his, and fellow DJ Bryan Gee’s, hugely influential record label V Recordings. A life of sex, drugs and drum and bass followed as Frost became firmly established as one of the most notorious DJs on the circuit. But no matter how hard he tried to evade the criminal lifestyle that had taken many of his friends down, prison, guns and violence were never far away. Featuring contributions from Goldie, Roni Size, Congo Natty, Bryan Gee, Jazzie B, DJ Ron, Tippa Irie and many more. Music Mondays