Musical Lives

Post date: 
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Whether you are heading off to a rock festival or a night at the Proms, take a look at some of our biographies of musicians to find out more about the big names in music.  Choose from your favourite music styles including: Jazz, rock, classical and opera.

The music of silence by Andrea Bocelli.

Andrea Bocelli is one of the world's most successful male singers, selling 20 million recordings world-wide. He has become the popular face of classical music. Yet behind his extraordinary success lies a story of personal triumph. Andrea Bocelli was blinded at the age of twelve. Undeterred, he continued to pursue his childhood dream to sing, using braille musical scores and lyric sheets. Bocelli talks frankly about his blindness, the importance of his family, his stage fright, and the pressures of international stardom.

Available in braille and as a Talking Book (TB12878, narrated by Peter Barker) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.                                     

Rock stars stole my life: a big bad love affair with music by Mark Ellen

In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 40-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, MTV, Q, Select, Mojo and The Word magazines, he's been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective. This funny and touching personal memoir maps out his epic journey. It tells stories and settles scores. It charts the peaks and disappointments.

Available in braille and giant print.

Beethoven: the man revealed by John Suchet

Beethoven may have been one of the greatest artists who ever lived, but he was still a man who had to live among fellow mortals and Suchet brings him effortlessly to life

Available as a Talking Book (TB20585, narrated by Robin Houston) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

Barefaced lies and boogie-woogie boasts by Jools Holland

From playing on bomb sites as a boy in the East End, to skiving off school and then selling millions of records with Squeeze, the first twenty years of his life were eventful, chaotic and colourful. Then came The Tube with Paula Yates, the seminal live music programme that propelled him to fame. This memoir provides an inside look into the world of Jools Holland.

Available in braille and as a Talking Book (TB16146, narrated by Tim Bruce) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

Time to say hello by Katherine Jenkins.

Katherine Jenkins is an international singing superstar who has brought classical music to the masses and inspired young and old with her incredible voice, her glamorous looks and, above all, her love for music, her country and her fans.

Available in braille and as a Talking Book (TB17474, narrated by Kate Jarman) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

John Lennon by Philip Norman.

The final word on music's greatest legend, in which Philip Norman reveals a John Lennon the world has never seen. With ground-breaking insight into the pain, beauty and frustration that shaped the genius of modern music, 'John Lennon' redefines a legend.

Available in giant print and as a Talking Book (TB17073, TB17074, narrated by Russell Boulter) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

Rod: the autobiography.

This is the autobiography of the legendary megastar, who has sold more than 200 million albums and singles worldwide. After more than 50 years in the music business, Rod Stewart takes a candid and romping look back at his life both on and off the stage.

Available in braille, giant print and as a Talking Book (TB20685, narrated by Moray Treadwell) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

Vaughan Williams by Keith Alldritt

This biography examines the considerable range of Vaughan Williams' work, from the English pastoral tradition to Modernism, and shows how Vaughan Williams was influenced by the Boer War, the economic depression after the First World War, the deprivations of the Blitz, and the austerity of the Cold War. He also reveals how the greatest influence on Vaughan Williams's music and creative development was his personal life, including his seemingly secure marriage and an equally enduring love affair.

Available as a Talking Book (TB22934, narrated by Benedick Blythe) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

Sounds and sweet airs:the forgotten women of classical music by Anna R. Beer

Since the birth of classical music, those women who dared to compose have been patronised, had their sex lives scrutinised and the veracity of  heir authorship questioned. 'Sounds and Sweet Airs' reveals the hidden stories of eight remarkable composers, taking the reader on a journey from 17th -century Medici Florence to London in the Blitz. Revealing not just the lives and works of eight exceptional artists, historian Anna Beer also asks tough questions about the silencing of their legacy, which continues to this day.
Available as a Talking Book (TB23283, narrated by Jane McDowell) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.

Mozart: the man revealed by John Suchet

The story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life is well known. Austrian-born to a tyrannical father who fiercely worked him; unhappily married to a spendthrift woman; a musical genius who died young thus depriving the world of future glories. Suchet shows us the real Mozart, a man blessed with an abundance of talent yet sometimes struggling to earn a living. His mischievous nature and earthy sense of humour, his ease and confidence in his own incredible abilities; these were traits that never left him.

Available in giant print and as a Talking Book (TB23681, narrated by Robin Houston) on DAISY CD, USB stick and digital download.