Christmas at Hatchards: Music

Munkey Diaries (1957-1982)

Jane Birkin

£20

Actor, singer, song-writer and model, Jane Birkin lives at the forefront of popular music and cinema culture. Her diaries take us back to 1960’s Swinging London, Saint-Germain-des-Pres in ’70s Paris and life with Serge Gainsbourg – and far beyond, in this absorbing memoir.

 

A Sound Mind: How I Fell in Love with Classical Music

Paul Morley

£30

One might have thought NME music journalist Paul Morley would find classical music old and dusty in comparison to punk and pop. Quite the contrary. In this compelling memoir-cum-odyssey, he discovers classical to be the most radical, daring and transformative genre of them all.

 

Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music

Alex Ross

£30

How is art given cultural meaning? In 1900 Wagner’s music meant modernity, freedom and creativity; the composer was a kindred spirit of radical pioneers. Incorporated by Hitler into Nazi culture, that all changed dramatically. But now, in the 21st century?

 

Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces

Laura Tunbridge

£16.99

Marking 250 years since the composer’s birth, Tunbridge offers a refreshing review of Beethoven by integrating episodes of his life with pieces of music and pertinent themes – and including a wealth of new material. A creative insight into a creative mind.

 

 

To order any of these books, please telephone 020 7439 9921 or email books@hatchards.co.uk – we look forward to hearing from you!

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