Music creates the soundtracks to our private lives. Even if we never meet our favourite musicians, through our relationships with their music we can feel connected. Yet, so often, the lives of our idols unfold in the public eye. From a safe distance we can track their artistic and personal triumphs and blunders – their best and worst exposed for all to see. Dig beyond the media reports and you'll discover the bigger picture behind the lives and inspirations of the musicians you love and the moguls who drive the music industry. Here are just some of their stories.
The long-awaited and lovingly told story of Andrew, George and their time together as WHAM!
Lyrics, essays and photographs from one of music's most influential, enduring and endearing artists.
I'm strong. I can be tough. I've been broken. I'm opinionated. I'm a people-pleaser. I'm spoilt. I'm needy. I contradict myself. I try to do good. I want to do good. I'm impassioned. I'm observant. Most importantly, I tell the truth. And this is my story.
Over the course of five decades, founding editor of Rolling Stone Jann Wenner has put an indelible stamp on American culture. A nuanced portrait of a man who helped define a generation, and provides an explosive chronicle of an era.
Australian entrepreneur, Robert Stigwood was the first media mogul in Britain to be dubbed 'Mr Showbiz". After an extraordinarily large life he died 4 January 2016. This is his story – warts and all.
The authorised story of The Angels, one of the biggest names in Australian rock'n'roll.
Brilliant musical critique; biographical insight and acute cultural analysis, The Man Who Sold The World is a unique study of David Bowie and the 1970s.
Grant & I is the story of the friendship and collaboration of Grant McLennan and Robert Forster, who gave Australia The Go-Betweens, one of our best and most influential bands. It was named Book of the Year 2017 by Mojo and Uncut magazines.
A powerful and uncompromising memoir from one of rock’s most charismatic stars
From his controversial early television appearances, to becoming one of the industry's elder statesmen, Costello's memoir - which he has written himself - is a one-man history of British music. A warm, deep and surprisingly funny insight into an amazing life, it is rich with anecdotes about fame, music and the creation of his famous songs.
The definitive biography of Lou Reed, one of modern music's most influential artists.
The real story of The Hollywood Brats and how punk should have begun
The long awaited autobiography of one of rock's legends.
The long-awaited autobiography of a legend of the Manchester music scene
The Untold Story
Mark Opitz and the inside story of making the great albums of Oz rock.
A memoir in a hundred songs – classy storytelling from Australia's most prodigious singer-songwriter.
In the book Young presents a kaleidoscopic view of personal life and musical creativity; it's a journey that spans the snows of Ontario to the LSD-laden boulevards of 1966 Los Angeles to the contemplative paradise of Hawaii today.
Wild Tales is the life, story and journey of Graham Nash, an iconic figure in music.
The long-awaited autobiography from Phil Collins, one of the bestselling music artists of all time.
The autobiography of one the most influential guitarists and artists of all time.
Published to coincide with Leonard Cohen's exclusive show at London’s The O2 on Friday 21 June 2013. This book contains exclusive material and interviews making it THE biography to buy on Leonard Cohen - singer-songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist.
With sales of over 200 million albums, AC/DC is not just the biggest rock band in the world. It’s a family business built by three brothers: George, Malcolm and Angus Young.
Three Penguin Random House novels honoured among the Australian Book Review’s fan favourites.
Stories real and imagined about the moral cost of slavery, and its implications on humanity.