New Release Books by Paul Morley

Paul Morley is the author of You Lose Yourself You Reappear (2022), A Sound Mind (2020), From Manchester with Love (2021), The Awfully Big Adventure (2019) and other 16 books.

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You Lose Yourself You Reappear

release date: Feb 17, 2022
You Lose Yourself You Reappear
An insightful biography of one of the world''s greatest musicians, Bob Dylan, by bestselling author Paul Morley. As one of the world''s greatest musicians, Bob Dylan has enriched the American song tradition for over 50 years. With a talent that has been proven in the worlds of music, radio, art and poetry, Dylan is a man of many personas. From defying pop music conventions with protest songs such as "The Times They Are a-Changin''" to releasing three of the most influential rock albums of the 60s, he has not only extended the parameters of music genres but has also showed us the fluidity his craft. To mark Bob Dylan''s 80th birthday and 60 illustrious years in the arts, this insightful biography by bestselling author Paul Morley will explore the many voices of the folk icon.

A Sound Mind

release date: Nov 10, 2020
A Sound Mind
For readers of Mozart in the Jungle and Year of Wonder, a new history of and guide to classical music. Paul Morley made his name as a journalist covering the rock and pop of the 1970s and 1980s. But as his career progressed, he found himself drawn toward developing technologies, streaming platforms, and, increasingly, the music from the past that streaming services now made available. Suddenly able to access every piece Mozart or Bach had ever written and to curate playlists that worked with these musicians'' themes across different performers, composers, and eras, he began to understand classical music in a whole new way and to believe that it was music at its most dramatic and revealing. In A Sound Mind, Morley takes readers along on his journey into the history and future of classical music. His descriptions, explanations, and guidance make this seemingly arcane genre more friendly to listeners and show the music''s power, depth, and timeless beauty. In Morley''s capable hands, the history of the classical genre is shown to be the history of all music, with these long-ago pieces influencing everyone from jazz greats to punk rockers and the pop musicians of today.

From Manchester with Love

release date: Oct 21, 2021

The Awfully Big Adventure

release date: Mar 05, 2019
The Awfully Big Adventure
Michael Jackson died on June 25 2009 in Los Angeles, from of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication (according to Wikipedia). The one-time King of Pop was preparing for one last assault on the mainstream with a proposed 50 night run of shows at the 02 (thereby trumping his arch-rival, Prince, who had just concluded his legendary 21 Nights). His exhaustion, paranoia and general ill-heath were an open secret. He had lived many lives and inhabited many bodies; PT Barnum, Fred Astaire, and Peter Pan in one mortal coil. His death was mourned by hundreds of millions of fans but it was almost as if he had been dead for some time already. And in his death, in vivid technicolor, we relived the dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and perversions that we had all projected on to him for four decades. Paul Morley''s short biographical portrait of Michael Jackson looks at how we turned the most outrageous child star talent of the late 20th century into a monster; how his decline soundtracked the end of Pop and the end of American Imperialism; how his once staggeringly modern and funky music became secondary to the dysfunctional freak show of watching a vulnerable man literally disintegrate. Tender, erudite, and provocative, Morley''s monograph documents a tragedy that is so Shakespearean in scale that it obscures the legacy of the last of the great Song and Dance Men.

The Age of Bowie

release date: Aug 09, 2016
The Age of Bowie
Author and industry insider Paul Morley explores the musical and cultural legacies left behind by “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” Respected arts commentator and author Paul Morley, an artistic advisor to the curators of the highly successful retrospective exhibition David Bowie is for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, constructs a definitive story of Bowie that explores how he worked, played, aged, structured his ideas, influenced others, invented the future, and entered history as someone who could and would never be forgotten. Morley captures the greatest moments from across Bowie’s life and career; how young Davie Jones of South London became the international David Bowie; his pioneering collaborations in the recording studio with the likes of Tony Visconti, Mick Ronson, and Brian Eno; to iconic live, film, theatre, and television performances from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, as well as the various encounters and artistic relationships he developed with musicians from John Lennon, Lou Reed, and Iggy Pop to Trent Reznor and Arcade Fire. And of course, discusses in detail his much-heralded and critically acclaimed finale with the release of Blackstar just days before his shocking death in New York. Morley offers a startling biographical critique of David Bowie’s legacy, showing how he never stayed still even when he withdrew from the spotlight, how he always knew his own worth, and released a dazzling plethora of personalities, concepts, and works into the world with a single-minded determination and a voluptuous imagination to create something the likes of which the world had never seen before—and likely will never see again.

I'll Never Write My Memoirs

release date: Jun 14, 2016
I'll Never Write My Memoirs
Iconic music and film legend Grace Jones gives an in-depth account of her stellar career, professional and personal life, and the signature look that catapulted her into the stardom stratosphere. Grace Jones, a veritable “triple-threat” as acclaimed actress, singer, and model, has dominated the entertainment industry since her emergence as a model in New York City in 1968. Quickly discovered for her obvious talent and cutting-edge style, Grace signed her first record deal in 1977 and became one of the more unforgettable characters to emerge from the Studio 54 disco scene, releasing the all-time favorite hits, “Pull Up to the Bumper,” “Slave to the Rhythm,” and “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Perfect for You).” And with her sexually charged, outrageous live shows in the New York City nightclub circuit, Grace soon earned the title of “Queen of the Gay Discos.” But with the dawn of the ’80s came a massive anti-disco movement across the US, leading Grace to focus on experimental-based work and put her two-and-a-half-octave voice to good use. It was also around this time that she changed her look to suit the times with a detached, androgynous image. In this first-ever memoir, Grace gives an exclusive look into the transformation to her signature style and discusses how she expanded her musical triumph to success in the acting world, beginning in the 1984 fantasy-action film Conan the Destroyer alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, then the James Bond movie A View to a Kill, and later in Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang. Featuring sixteen pages of stunning full-color photographs, Miss Grace Jones takes us on a journey from Grace’s religious upbringing in Jamaica to her heyday in Paris and New York in the ’70s and ’80s, all the way to present-day London, in what promises to be a no holds barred tell-all for the ages.

Words & Music

release date: Nov 19, 2015
Words & Music
Has pop burnt itself out? Inspired by the video for Kylie Minogue''s hit single ''Can''t Get You Out of My Head'', acclaimed rock journalist Paul Morley is driving with Kylie towards a virtual city built of sound and ideas in search of the answer. Their journey bridges the various paradoxes of twentieth-century culture, as they encounter a succession of celebrities and geniuses - including Madonna, Kraftwerk, Wittgenstein and the ghost of Elvis Presley - and explore the iconic and the obscure, the mechanical and the digital, the avant-garde and the very nature of pop itself.

Joy Division

release date: Jun 29, 2015
Joy Division
Joy Division: Piece by Piece is the definitive collection of writings on the legendary cult band. In addition to collecting all Morley’s classic works about the band from the late 1970s/early 1980s, this unique book includes his eloquent Ian Curtis obituary and his hindsight pieces on the significance of the group, framed by an extensive retrospective essay. Contemporary elements include Morley’s critique of the films ''24 Hour Party People'' – which told the story of the band’s record label, Factory – and ''Control'', for which the author visited the set during production. Most movingly, Morley includes the original text that grew into his literary work Nothing, which parallels the suicide of Curtis with that of his own father. He also evokes the zeitgeist and the ‘psycho-geography’ of Manchester, which combined to produce the most uniquely intense rock group ever.

The North

release date: Jun 06, 2013
The North
Paul Morley grew up in Reddish, less than five miles from Manchester and even closer to Stockport. Ever since the age of seven Morley has always thought of himself as a northerner. What that meant, he wasn''t entirely sure. It was for him, as it is for millions of others in England, an absolute, indisputable truth. Forty years after walking down grey pavements on his way to school, Paul explores what it means to be northern and why those who consider themselves to be believe it so strongly. Like industrial towns dotted across great green landscapes of hills and valleys, Morley breaks up his own history with fragments of his region''s own social and cultural background. Stories of his Dad spreading margarine on Weetabix stand alongside those about northern England''s first fish and chip shop in Mossley, near Oldham. Ambitiously sweeping and beautifully impressionistic, without ever losing touch with the minute details of life above the M25, The North is an extraordinary mixture of memoir and history, a unique insight into how we, as a nation, classify the unclassifiable.

Words and Music

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Words and Music
A history of popular music as told through a ficitionalized journey featuring real life, fictional and composite characters from the world of popular music.

Martin Creed Special Edition

release date: Feb 05, 2014
Martin Creed Special Edition
To celebrate the opening of the artist''s first large-scale retrospective, Hayward Publishing is releasing a special edition of 250 copies of its Martin Creed: What''s the point of it? exhibition catalogue.Each copy will feature a new version of Creed''s iconic torn paper piece, as well as a handwritten ''certificate'' of authentication, written onto the pages of the book and individually signed by the artist.Embodying the artist''s immediate and irreverent approach, the Martin Creed: What''s the point of it? ''special Edition'' represents a highly affordable opportunity to purchase a singular piece by this world-renowned artist.Published alongside an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London (29 January - 27 April 2014).

Earthbound

release date: Mar 07, 2013
Earthbound
Paul Morley, author, journalist and cultural commentator, tells the story in Earthbound of post-punk, music and changing times - part of a series of twelve books tied to the twelve lines of the London Underground, as Tfl celebrates 150 years of the Tube with Penguin ''The stand-out is Paul Morley''s eclectic, headspinning Earthbound ... it mixes memoir and manifesto to create something paradoxical: an obituary for pre-digital ways of experiencing art that''s gleeful and inquisitive rather than emptily nostalgic'' The Times ''Authors include the masterly John Lanchester, the children of Kids Company, comic John O''Farrell and social geographer Danny Dorling. Ranging from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. All experience the city as a cultural phenomenon and notice its nature and its people. Read individually they''re delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city'' Evening Standard ''Exquisitely diverse'' The Times ''Eclectic and broad-minded ... beautifully designed'' Tom Cox, Observer ''A fascinating collection with a wide range of styles and themes. The design qualities are excellent, as you might expect from Penguin with a consistent look and feel while allowing distinctive covers for each book. This is a very pleasing set of books'' A Common Reader blog ''The contrasts and transitions between books are as stirring as the books themselves ... A multidimensional literary jigsaw'' Londonist ''A series of short, sharp, city-based vignettes - some personal, some political and some pictorial ... each inimitable author finds that our city is complicated but ultimately connected, full of wit, and just the right amount of grit'' Fabric Magazine ''A collection of beautiful books'' Grazia [Praise for Paul Morley]: ''At his best he''s the Brian Eno of the sentence'' Time Out Critic and cultural theorist Paul Morley has written books about music history, Joy Division, suicide, the moog synthesiser and the north of England. A contributor to numerous publications from the Face to the Financial Times, a founding member of the Art of Noise, he appears regularly on BBC 2''s The Review Show and has presented radio and television documentaries on many subjects including Brian Eno, boredom, the recording studio and Anthony Burgess. He uses an unregistered Oyster Card.

Nothing

release date: Jan 01, 2000
Nothing
Morley revisits the past he has long struggled to forget: his childhood in Stockport, his teenage years, and the unfathomable suicide of his depressive father. He also considers how the deaths of Ian Curtis, Elvis Presley and Marc Bolan might have had an impact on the story.

Anabolic Treatments for Osteoporosis

release date: Oct 20, 1997
Anabolic Treatments for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, a growing epidemic among women in North America, Europe, and Japan, is a painful, costly disease that has presented a treatment challenge to healthcare professionals. Until recently, therapies have focused on agents that slow bone resorption, and have had only limited success at increasing bone mass. However, exciting new developments are on the verge of changing the treatment of this debilitating disorder. Two anabolic agents, the parathyroid hormone (PTH) and the fluoride ion, show tremendous promise as tools for building and retaining bone - with no adverse side effects. Anabolic Treatments for Osteoporosis is a comprehensive account of the latest studies that have been carried out on these two agents, and a thorough assessment of their prospects as osteoporosis therapeutics. This unique book combines basic science and up-to-date clinical data to present a complete picture of this breakthrough in the treatment of a globally significant health issue.

The Producers

release date: Mar 05, 2020
The Producers
Starting in 1956 with Sam Phillips at Sun Studios, this is a rich, eccentric, and definitive history of great record producers throughout the years. From Lee Scratch Perry to Nigel Godrich, Qunicy Jones to Phil Spector, King Tubby to Steve Albini, legendary music journalist and pop cultural commentator Paul Morley has crafted a unique and catholic survey of the magicians behind the music. He examines their unconventional methods in the studio, revealing how producers silently shaped the sounds that were made and committed to vinyl. Brimming with mad, brilliant anecdotes of wildly eccentric behaviour, Morley''s hidden history of modern music reveals how these offstage characters forged the musical landscape of the twentieth century.

Ask

release date: Jan 01, 1986
Ask
Gathers interviews with Quentin Crisp, Boy George, Gary Glitter, Ted Nugent, Meatloaf, Lou Reed, Iron Maiden, Wham!, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, and Sting

Effect of an Extract of Superior Ovarian Nerve on Steroidogenesis by Porcine Theca Cells in Vitro

release date: Jan 01, 1990
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