Understanding Rap: Get down with the Shizzle this Bizzle does Provizzle

understanding-rapAlthough rap music is famous for its ingenuity, double entendres and clever turns of phrase, until now no one has attempted to collect rap lyrics into an organised compendium.

Enter Understand Rap, which precisely explains all the confusing terms and lyrics used in rap songs in a language even the most un-hip person can understand.

“My West Coast shorty push the chrome 740…” – PUFF DADDY

The female I associate with while I am spending time in California is driving a high-end BMW brand automobile, which I may have purchased for or loaned to her, and that has had a special coating applied to give it an extremely bright, silver, mirror-like finish.

 “Hockey players pagin’ me to practice on my wrist…” – NELLY

I have so much diamond jewelry covering the end of my arm near my hand that individuals who enjoy the aforementioned cold-weather contact sport are contacting me on my outdated alphanumeric communication device, having confused my bracelet for an ice rink they would like to use to improve their athletic abilities.

“Flow so cold, chicken soup won’t help…” – LIL WAYNE

The stream of lyrics that travels from my mouth to the microphone is so powerful that if it were a treatable sickness, a common home remedy would have no effect.

“Leave you kinda startled, like the funk off of fritos…” – PAPERBOY

Because you are relatively inexperienced, my actions will surprise you as if you inhaled in pungent aroma from a just-opened bag of a particular brand of strong-smelling corn chips.

“Grindin’ daily to stack my bread…” – PAUL WALL

I work hard every day, earning income by doing whatever I have to do to get by. As a result of my effort, I am able to pile up my money as if it were slices of food made by mixing water with ground flour.

Grab your copy of Understand Rap here

Who is ‘Gudinski’ and why should I buy a book about him?

Who the hell called this Gudinski chap ‘The Godfather of Australian Rock’ and why should you buy a book about him?

gudinski– Michael Gudinski founded Mushroom Records in 1972, a label that would go on to sign and nurture Australian artists Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Yothu Yindi, Kate Ceberano, Split Enz, The Saints, Skyhooks and hundreds more.

– The Frontier Touring Company, founded by Gudinski in 1979, has twice been voted the ‘No 1 International Touring Company in the World’. The company has toured some of the world’s finest artists, including Billy Joel, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Leonard Cohen, Black Eyed Peas and many more.

– Mushroom Records was so influential in Australian music that Gudinski celebrated its 25th birthday with a nine hour concert at the MCG featuring 56 acts that was shown live on Channel 9.

– Gudinski has been awarded every award possible in the Australian music industry, including an ARIA Lifetime Achievement Award when he was only in his early forties. In 2006 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal (AM).

Grab your copy of Gudinski here

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The Godfather of Australian Rock

The real story of the man behind the bands – and a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock music.

Known to many as GODinski, Michael Gudinski is unquestionably the most powerful and influential figure in the Australian rock’n’roll music business – and has been for the last four decades.

Often referred to as ‘the father of the Australian music industry’, he has nurtured the careers of many artists – Kylie Minogue, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Skyhooks, Split Enz, Yothu Yindi, to name just a few. But his reach isn’t limited to Australian artists. With his Frontier Touring Company, Gudinski has toured The Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Sting … pretty much a who’s who of the arena level international music scene.

A self-made multi-millionaire, Gudinski is the Australian equivalent of Richard Branson or David Geffen, but who is this tough, inspired, flamboyant and impassioned businessman who has shaped Australian popular culture? Where did he come from, and how has he stayed relevant for so long in an industry notorious for its fickleness? Rock journalist Stuart Coupe delves into Gudinski’s life to find the answers – and in doing so gives us a backstage pass to forty years of Australian rock.

Grab your copy of Gudinski here

Who is Peaches and why should I buy her memoir?

Who the hell would call themselves Peaches and why should you buy her memoir?

Let us tell you:
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– Peaches is one of the most acclaimed and admired artists of her generation, the inspiration for musicians everywhere from Lady Gaga to Pussy Riot. Trust us, you’ll never see Lady Gaga the same way after reading What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches.

– Her memoir What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches features never before seen backstage pictures from photographer Holger Talinski across her entire career.

– Michael Stipe, Yoko Ono and Ellen Page are just a few of the artists who have contributed text to the book.

– She is such an immense stage presence that this is what fans look like when they watch her perform.

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– Iggy Pop said recording ‘Kick It’ with her was a career highlight, which is pretty insane when you think of his career.

Grab your copy of What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches here

what-else-is-in-the-teaches-of-peachesWhat Else is in the Teaches of Peaches

by Peaches

This volume presents a mesmerizing collection of Holger Talinski’s evocative and sometimes erotic photos of transgressive musical icon Peaches, on and off stage, with accompanying text by Peaches, Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Yoko Ono, and actress Ellen Page.

“[Peaches] has teamed up with her longtime tour photographer Holger Talinski to look back at a brazen career that has captured the attention of outsider artists and massive pop stars alike, ranging from Michael Stipe to PJ Harvey to Iggy Pop…Along with Holger’s uncompromising, often raw imagery, the book includes stories from artists who have championed Peaches’s work over the years.”
New York Times T Magazine

“One flip through the glossy new monograph What Else Is In the Teaches of Peaches is all it takes to get absorbed into the post-punk wonderland of pop culture icon Peaches.”
W Magazine

“The book is full of grit, sweat and dripping sexuality….From stressed out hotel shots to carnival stage shows, a performance of Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece to a one-woman electro-rock opera Peaches Does Herself, the book is an extensive look into the life of a transgressive master….Like all good performance art, it’s not an empty dance. In each frame, Peaches carries a fire in her eyes.”
San Antonio Current

“The outrageous and provocative new book…presents [Peaches] as more than the onstage provocateur most know her to be; instead we see her at home with family, rehearsing, sprawled out backstage, exhausted from giving her fans the musical lunacy they crave.”
Frontiers Magazine

Grab your copy of What Else is in the Teaches of Peaches here

 

For Dummies Month is over and we have goodies for six lucky Booktopians!

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For Dummies Month is over. For six lucky Booktopians however, the celebration will last quite a bit longer.

During March, our For Dummies month, we had some awesome prize packs to give away. All you had to do to win was order a book from any For Dummies category before March 31st and go in the draw to win a prize pack!


FOR DUMMIES: BUSINESS & FINANCE

And the winner of a Business & Finance prize pack worth $149.99 is….

E.Budas, Northam, WA

Here’s what you’ve won

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FOR DUMMIES: COMPUTING

And the winner of a Computing prize pack worth $158.64 is….

M. Cooper, Murwillumbah, NSW

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FOR DUMMIES: HEALTH

And the winner of a Health prize pack worth $158.10 is…

N.Dekan, Sunbury, VIC

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FOR DUMMIES: HUMANITIES

And the winner of a Humanities prize pack worth $155.94 is…

R.Jensen, Mawson, ACT

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FOR DUMMIES: LIFESTYLE

And the winner of a Lifestyle prize pack worth $159.10 is…

L.Anderson, Coffs Harbour, NSW

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FOR DUMMIES: SCIENCES

And the winner of a Sciences prize pack worth $143.64 is…

M.Johnson-Goeldner, Rural View, QLD

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For Dummies Month is here and we have goodies to give away!

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It’s For Dummies Month and to celebrate we have some awesome prize packs to give away! Just order a book from any For Dummies category before March 31st and go in the draw to win a prize pack.

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FOR DUMMIES: BUSINESS & FINANCE

Order from the For Dummies: Business & Finance collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Business & Finance prize pack worth $149.99.

Here’s what you’ll win

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FOR DUMMIES: COMPUTING

Order from the For Dummies: Computing collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Computing prize pack worth $158.64.

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FOR DUMMIES: HEALTH

Order from the For Dummies: Health collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Health prize pack worth $158.10.

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FOR DUMMIES: HUMANITIES

Order from the For Dummies: Humanities collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Humanities prize pack worth $155.94.

Here’s what you’ll win

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FOR DUMMIES: LIFESTYLE

Order from the For Dummies: Lifestyle collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Lifestyle prize pack worth $159.10.

Here’s what you’ll win

Dummies Month Lifestyle prize pack


FOR DUMMIES: SCIENCES

Order from the For Dummies: Sciences collection by March 31st and go in the draw to win a Sciences prize pack worth $143.64.

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Check out all our For Dummies collections here

Biographies Rock These Summer Holidays

Their music has inspired millions, but what what do you really know about them?

The sex and the drugs and the rock and the roll, it’s all here, laid bare.

Dancing with Myself

by Billy Idol

In this original memoir following Billy Idol from his childhood in England to his fame at the height of the punk-pop revolution, the iconic superstar tells the real story behind the sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll that he is famous for.

A member of the punk rock revolution whose music crossed over into the pop mainstream during the 1980s, Billy Idol is a rock ‘n’ roll legend. Dancing with Myself will cover the events and the people who shaped his life, his music and his career, including accounts of his childhood both in England and the U.S., his year at Sussex University, his membership in the Bromley Contingent, his period spent hanging out with the Sex Pistols, his time in Siouxsie and the Banshees, Chelsea and Generation X. Idol also tackles his successful solo career, which involved collaboration with Steve Stevens and, ultimately, some of the most influential, ground-breaking music videos ever seen on MTV. In Dancing with Myself , Idol renders detailed accounts of his life’s highs and lows with the unapologetically in-your-face attitude and exuberance that made him famous. In part a survivor’s story,Dancing with Myself is equally a very funny and always riveting account of one man’s creative drive.

Billy Idol is a multi-platinum recording artist, Grammy nominee and rock legend. Known for successfully merging his signature punk attitude with the mainstream music scene, Idol has written some of pop’s most iconic songs, including ‘White Wedding,’ ‘Rebel Yell’ and ‘Cradle of Love’. Idol maintains an active touring schedule and released a career spanning greatest hits album in 2008, ‘The Very Best of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself’. He lives in Los Angeles.

Order a copy from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore


Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey

by Ed Sheeran & Phillip Butah

Take one acclaimed singer-songwriter and pair him with one of the most talented young artists of his generation and what do you get? A stunningly original visual documentary of one of the world’s best-loved and most successful musicians of his generation. With words by Ed Sheeran and illustrations by his childhood friend, artist Phillip Butah (who produces artwork for Sheeran’s albums and singles), and accompanying photos, Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey is an exclusive, fully authorised, first-person account by Ed of how he became an internationally renowned singer-songwriter.

In the book, Ed explores his early musical experiences and influences as well as his time recording and touring, right up to the release of his second album, ‘x’. The book reveals what drives and inspires Ed as he continues to evolve as an artist, while coping with stratospheric success, and is an honest account of what it takes to make it in the music business.

With Phillip Butah’s distinctive portraits of Ed throughout, this is a unique book celebrating a unique musician. It includes Ed’s recollections of working tirelessly on the London gig circuit and self-releasing EPs, working hard on finding his sound, signing to Asylum Records and recording his huge hit album, ‘+’, performing at the Grammys, touring with Taylor Swift and sell-out headline gigs at Madison Square Garden. It takes us up to Ed as a musician today, including recording his new album, ‘x’.

Order a copy from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore


Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

by John Lydon

John Lydon has secured prime position as one of the most recognizable icons in the annals of music history. As Johnny Rotten, he was the lead singer of the Sex Pistols – the world’s most notorious band, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with singles such as ‘Anarchy in the UK’ and ‘God Save the Queen’. So revolutionary was his influence, he was even discussed in the Houses of Parliament, under the Traitors and Treasons Act, which still carries the death penalty. Via his music and invective he spearheaded a generation of young people across the world who were clamouring for change – and found it in the style and attitude of this most unlikely figurehead.

With his next band, Public Image Ltd (PiL) Lydon expressed an equally urgent impulse in his make-up – the constant need to reinvent himself, to keep moving. From their beginnings in 1978 he set the groundbreaking template for a band that continues to challenge and thrive in the 2010s. He also found time for making innovative new dance records with the likes of Afrika Baambaata and Leftfield.

Following the release of a solo record in 1997, John took a sabbatical from his music career into other media, most memorably his own Rotten TV show for VH1 and as the most outrageous contestant ever on I’m a Celebrity…. Get Me Out of Here! He then fronted the Megabugs series and one-off nature documentaries and even turned his hand to a series of much loved TV advertisements for Country Life butter.

Lydon has remained a compelling and dynamic figure – both as a musician, and, thanks to his outspoken, controversial, yet always heartfelt and honest statements, as a cultural commentator.

The book is a fresh and mature look back on a life full of incident from his beginnings as a sickly child of immigrant Irish parents who grew up in post-war London, to his present status as a vibrant, alternative national hero.

Order a copy from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore


I’m Talking: My Life, My Words, My Music

by Kate Ceberano & Tom Gilling

For the first time, Kate Ceberano, one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers, shares her story.

In her own unmistakeable voice, Kate Ceberano takes us on a very personal journey from her suburban childhood, her immersion in the Melbourne club scene of the eighties and her rise to stardom at the age of fourteen when she fronted the wildly popular funk band I’m Talking, to the life of a female performer and recording artist in London, Los Angeles and New York.

With parallel careers as a pop and jazz singer and songwriter, Kate has received the highest awards in the Australian music industry including the ARIA for Best Female Artist. She has delighted audiences in Harry M. Miller’s hugely successful ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, won a legion of fans when she won ‘Dancing with the Stars’, and made a triumphant debut for Opera Australia in ‘South Pacific’. Now she reveals, for the first time, just what that was like.

People have been talking about Kate Ceberano since she was a teenager: Hugh Jackman described her as having ‘truly one of the great voices this country has produced'; for Rolling Stone she is ‘pure, soulful and powerful’. Now Kate is talking for herself.

Accompanied by never before published photos.

Order a copy from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore


The Best Years of Our Lives

by Richard Clapton

Welcome to the party that never ends…

When he was 16 he inveigled his way into a Sydney hotel to hang out with the Rolling Stones. From that day on, Richard Clapton knew he was going to be a rock star. It’s now almost 50 years since that fateful day -years filled with a lifetime of incredible experiences, outrageous good times and a catalogue of iconic and timeless songs. Through the glory years of rock’n’ roll, in cities as varied as London, Berlin, Sydney, Los Angeles and Paris, Richard forged his own career and built up a significant body of work while living, loving and partying with the biggest names in the Australian and international music world.

By his own frank admission, these were years fuelled by prodigious quantities of alcohol and drugs, set against a backdrop of constant recording and touring, of endless partying and wild times. It was to be a rollercoaster ride of euphoric highs and deep, shattering lows.

For 40 years, Richard Clapton has been, above all else, a songwriter-a wry observer of human behaviour and an astute commentator on the Australian condition. His best songs- ‘Deep Water’, ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’, ‘Goodbye Tiger’, ‘Glory Road’, ‘Lucky Country’, ‘Girls on the Avenue’, ‘Trust Somebody’ and ‘Capricorn Dancer’-capture the essence of this country and the meaning of our lives like few others.

In this extraordinary memoir, Richard employs his songwriter’s keen powers of observation, portraiture and storytelling to tell the best story of all: the remarkable one of his own life. Outrageous, funny, insightful and poignant, this is the rock memoir to beat them all. In celebration of 40 years of fabulous music and iconic songs, welcome to The Best Years of Our Lives.

Order a copy from Booktopia, Australia’s Local Bookstore


Meet another very talented member of the Booktopia family

We’re lucky to have some pretty special folks working at Booktopia.

We’ve already told you about Anthony, our London Olympian, and John, our bestselling author, but we also have a very talented musician in the family.

If you’ve ever called our customer service hotline, you might have spoken to Daniel, a member of the team since 2013. What you might not have realised is Daniel is a member of a band making some pretty big waves at the moment, Burn Antares.

Fronted by Grace Fariss (the daughter of INXS’ Andrew Fariss), Burn Antares are a rock n roll band with a 60’s feel we really dig (that’s what the kids say right, dig?)

You can check out their new single on YouTube, the video shot entirely on an old Super 8 camcorder. Very cool. And don’t forget to check out their cover of the  INXS classic By My Side that was featured in weekend papers recently.

For more details about Burn Antares, check out their Facebook page

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