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Phoenix Biography/Music MMP September £9.99 320pp 978 1 7802 2655 2 ebook: £9.99 978 1 7802 2656 9

JOHN HIGGS KLF Chaos Magic Music Money

‘By far the best book this year, brilliant, discursive and wise’ Ben Goldacre They were the best-selling singles band in the world. They had awards, credibility, commercial success and creative freedom. Then, they deleted their records, erased themselves from musical history and burnt their last million pounds in a boathouse on the Isle of Jura. And they couldn’t say why. This is the story of The KLF, told through the ideas that drove them. Wildly unauthorised and totally unlike any other music biography, KLF: Chaos Magic Music Money is a trawl through chaos on the trail of a beautiful accidental mythology. John Higgs is the author of The Brandy of the Damned and I Have America Surrounded: The Life of Timothy Leary.

Orion Biography/Music HB June £20.00 320pp 978 1 4091 1843 5 ebook: £20.00 978 1 4091 1847 3

MICK WALL Black Sabbath Children of the Grave

The final word on the only name synonymous with heavy metal – Black Sabbath. In an era when it seemed possible to measure a band’s musical prowess by how ‘heavy’ they were, they didn’t come any weightier than Black Sabbath. The four founding members of the original band grew up in Aston, and they all saw the opportunity to form a successful group, Ozzy said, ‘as the quickest way out of the slums.’ This biography tells the story of how they made that dream come true – and how it then turned into a nightmare for all of them. Mick Wall was the founding editor of Classic Rock magazine. He’s the author of numerous bestselling music titles including books on Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, and John Peel.

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W&N Non-Fiction/Biography/Music • September/June 2013