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
Graham Jones The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen 'The Vinyl Revival And The Shops That Made It Happen' is the story of the vinyl revival through the eyes of those who made it happen, the independent record shops. It explains why more than a hundred more record shops have opened since 2009, and how others have gained the reward from their hard work. Budget turntables, manufactures, supermarkets, chain stores, clothes shops, pressing plants and even the government are among the many who have benefited from their efforts. Graham Jones has spent 32 years travelling the UK selling to independent record shops and visited more record shops than any other human. This book guides you around the record shops of the UK who sell new vinyl. He has gathered some fascinating and funny anecdotes told him by our much-loved record shop staff so that when you visit you will feel like you already know the characters behind the counters. It is perfect for vinyl fans to keep with them on their travels around the country. Proper Music Publishing
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
David Firth Umbilical World Umbilical World is David Firth’s feature length retrospective assemblage: 13 years worth of animated madness, stitched together to form a single stream of nightmare consciousness. With a wealth of unseen material as well as familiar classics and remastered, rejigged, reanimated nuggets. This really is the ultimate Firth feature from Salad Fingers to Spoilsbury Toast Boy, from Sock to Health Reminder. Produced, Directed, Written, Animated and Voiced by David Firth, the DVD includes a “Making of” documentary and complete audio commentary. Brainfeeder
CHRIS DIFFORD Some Fantastic Place Over the course of a thirteen-album and multi-award winning career with Squeeze, it was clear from the beginning that Chris has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. In 'Some Fantastic Place', he charts his life from his childhood in south London to becoming a member of one of Britain's greatest bands and beyond. Along the way Chris reveals the inspiration and stories behind Squeeze's best-known songs, and his greatest highs and lows from over four decades of making music
Beans On Toast Drunk Folk Stories A book from one of Banquet's favourite songwriters Beans On Toast. I’ve written a book! Drunk Folk Stories is a collection of ten, short, true-life stories about songwriting, travelling and drinking. Featuring the likes of Billy Bragg, Banksy and The Cookie Monster. From Glastonbury to Wembley via The Bahamas, these are my first-hand accounts of drunken escapades, car crashes, recreational drugs and burning pubs. I’m very proud of it.
Creeper / Lilly Banning The Last Days Of James Scythe The companion piece to our 2017 Album of the Year! The new novel from Creeper, written by Lilly Banning, detailing the story and mystery of James Scythe, a character in Creeper's rapidly growing cult concept. “What you are about to read is confidential. One of the Ombudsman of the Preternatural's former Special Agents went missing in 2015 and it's time to answer the question that the authorities have ignored: what happened to James Scythe? Many have tried to follow the unnatural and unsettling story of Southampton's prolific mystery but no one has been granted full access to the official James Scythe case files to piece together exactly what happened to him in his last days."
House Of Waxwork Issue No. 1 Waxwork Comics is excited to release their debut comic book series, House Of Waxwork. Featuring all new content from contemporary writers, illustrators, and composers, House Of Waxwork is a rousing horroranthology series packed with macabre tales of ghouls, ghosts, witchcraft, the occult, the living dead, revenge, and so much more. Readers will meet original and inventive characters such as The Die-Rector and The De-Composer, and will be fully immersed in the terrifying, original soundtrack music featured on the companion 7” colored vinyl that comes with each issue. In the debut release of House Of Waxwork Issue #1, readers will be discover what happens to an unsuspecting vacationing family when a cursed board game thrusts them into an actual fight for survival in Occult Slumber Party, penned by Gabe Soria (Batman ’66) and with music by Douglas Pipes (Krampus, Trick ‘r Treat). Also featured in Issue #1, Lighthouse Keeper will blur the lines between reality, the supernatural, and vengeance, culminating with a horrific twist. Written by Kevin Bergeron and with music by Creeper. Waxwork Out of Stock
The Grime Activity Book Ben Gore The Grime Activity Book is an activity book for those who love Grime. The book features Grime-themed crosswords, colouring in, puzzles, mazes and fill in the blanks. The book was created and illustrated by Ben Gore. Blue Monday Out of Stock
Discovered Magazine Issue 046 The latest issue of the free Discovered magazine. Simply add it to your cart along with whatever else you're ordering and you just pay for postage. Out of Stock
LOCK Magazine Volume 2 This is a free Magazine, just add it to your cart along with your order, the only thing you'll need to pay for is P&P. Volume 2 of LOCK Magazine, a free self-produced UK magazine dedicated to female musicians and bands. Volume 2 focuses on Fickle Friends and their highly anticipated debut album with other features that include Wolf Alice, St. Vincent, The Big Moon and plenty more. Out of Stock
Wiley Eskiboy The godfather of grime, Wiley, started and nurtured a genre in east London in the early 2000s that defines British music in the late 2010s. This autobiography tells his story in full, from his childhood, through to early success and the growth of grime. "This is my life, my highs and my lows, but it’s not really about me. When I make music, help the scene or even do something like this it’s like I’m not alone any more. It’s like I’m doing it for people like me. I'm doing it to help people who are lost like me..." Perhaps the most influential musician working in Britain today - Guardian The greatest UK MC of all time - Noisey The grime legend returns, in thralling fashion to reclaim the genre he invented - NME Published by Penguin Random House UK Out of Stock