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  1. In the winter of 1966, at sixty-nine years of age, Lady Joan Lindsay sat down and wrote a short novel about a group of upper-class schoolgirls from a prestigious ladies? college who disappear while on a country picnic in the summer of 1900. The result was Picnic at Hanging Rock, a literary mystery that has endured for half a century.Beyond the Rock looks at not just the myth of Picnic and how it has become part of Australia?s culture, but also the story behind it. It examines Joan Lindsay?s enigmatic life, much of which she kept secret from the world, including her childhood, her complex marriage to Daryl Lindsay of the famous Lindsay family of artists, their enduring love and unconventional bohemian life, and her life at Mulberry Hill, the Lindsays? own Arcadia deep in the Victorian countryside.This is the story of one of Australia?s most famous novels, and the author who kept its secrets until she died.About the AuthorJanelle McCulloch has been a journalist, editor and author for 20 years, both in Australia and Europe. She has worked as an editor for many home and lifestyle magazines, and has contributed style and design pieces to well-known publications such as Sunday Life, Vogue Living, Elle, Marie Claire, the(melbourne)magazine and Inside Melbourne.
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  2. Voted Drummer of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine, living legend Kenny Aronoff first became a recognizable personality behind the drum kit playing for 17 years for John Mellencamp on hits including the #1 single Jack and Diane, Hurts So Good, Pink Houses (Ain't That America), and Small Town, among many others, and he s been keeping the beat to the sound track of a rock and roll generation ever since! MTV made Aronoff a household name in the 1980s, and, throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he has exploded into one of the most in-demand session drummers in the business, responsible for such #1 hits as Jon Bon Jovi's Blaze of Glory, Meatloaf's I'd Do Anything for Love, That Thing You Do from the motion-picture sound track, Heaven Is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle, Michelle Branch hits including Everywhere, Are You Happy Now?, and Breathe, and Melissa Etheridge's I Wanna Come Over, among many more. Aronoff's been the beat-keeper for mythic Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty for the past 20 years, the house drummer for the Kennedy Center Honors for Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Lady Gaga, and others, at the White House, and fulfilled his lifelong dream of playing with the Beatles onstage on the CBS TV special The Night That Changed America backing up Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Now, in Sex! Drums! And Rock n Roll, Kenny Aronoff gives music fans everywhere a long-awaited glimpse into his life in music.About the AuthorKenny Aronoff is one of the most famous rock n roll drummers alive. In his nearly four decades behind the kit, he has played with the greatest acts, from John Mellencamp to Bob Dylan. He has taught and performed all over the world on the best stages. He has held many posts, from house drummer for the Kennedy Center Honors to kit man for Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on the Beatles CBS TV special The Night That Changed America. Aronoff remains one of the most active and in-demand live and session drummers in the music busine
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  3. Each day we saw the outside world in all its splendour, and each day that view served as a reminder that we had wasted and ruined our lives. Jim Quillen, AZ586 – a runaway, problem child and petty thief – was jailed several times before his twentieth birthday. In August 1942, after escaping from San Quentin, he was arrested on the run and sentenced to forty-five years in prison, and later transferred to Alcatraz. This is the true story of life inside America’s most notorious prison – from terrifying times in solitary confinement to daily encounters with ‘the Birdman’, and what really happened during the desperate and deadly 1946 escape attempt.
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  4. Liliane Bettencourt is the world’s richest woman and the eleventh wealthiest person on the planet, as of 2016. But at ninety-four, she’s embroiled in an incredible controversy that has dominated the headlines and ensnared a former president of France in the controversy. Why? Thanks to an artist and photographer named Franpois-Marie Banier, who was given hundreds of millions of dollars by Liliane. Liliane’s daughter, Franpoise, considers Banier a con man and filed a lawsuit against him, but Banier has a far different story to tell. It’s all become Europe’s biggest scandal in years, uncovering a shadowy corporate history, buried World War II secrets, illicit political payoffs, and much more. Written by Tom Sancton, a Vanity Fair contributor and former Time correspondent currently living in France, The Bettencourt Affair is part courtroom drama; part upstairs-downstairs tale; part business narrative of a glamorous global company with past Nazi connections; and part character-driven story of a complex, fascinating family and the intruder who nearly tore it apart.
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  5. Keith Morris is a true punk icon. No one else embodies the sound of Southern Californian hardcore the way he does. With his waist�length dreadlocks and snarling vocals, Morris is known the world over for his take-no-prisoners approach on the stage...
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  6. Voted Drummer of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine, living legend Kenny Aronoff first became a recognizable personality behind the drum kit playing for 17 years for John Mellencamp on hits including the #1 single Jack and Diane, Hurts So Good,...
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  7. How Can It Be? : A Rock & Roll Diary
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  8. The Big Chair : Smooth Hops and Bad Bounces from the Inside World of the Acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager
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  9. Hanging out with rock stars, trying to steal their chicks, or throwing up over their guitars after launching into the hospitality a little too enthusiastically, Mick Wall spent much of the 1980s sprawled in limos and five-star hotels with the...
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  10. Jon Fine spent nearly thirty years performing and recording with bands that played aggressive and challenging underground rock music, and, as he writes, at no point were any of those bands 'ever threatened, even distantly, by actual fame.' Yet when...
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  11. Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. I’ve been writing novels for over fifty years. I was lucky enough to miss the big wars and not get shot, but lucky enough to grow up among the heroes who had served in them and learn from their example. I have lucked into things continuously. I have done things which have seemed appalling at the time, disastrous even, but out of them have come another story or a deeper knowledge of human character and the ability to express myself better on paper, write books which people enjoy reading. Along the way, I have lived a life that I could never have imagined. I have been privileged to meet people from all corners of the globe, I have been wherever my heart has desired and in the process my books have taken readers to many, many places. I always say I’ve started wars, I’ve burned down cities, and I’ve killed hundreds of thousands of people – but only in my imagination! From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction. Always candid, sometimes hilarious, and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are compellingly unputdownable.
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  12. Beginning in 1978, Van Halen’s rise was one of the most thrilling the rock world had ever seen. Lifting back the curtain on one of the great untold stories of rock music, Noel Monk, the manager who shepherded Van Halen from obscurity to rock stardom, details the most outrageous escapades from his time as confidant, fixer, and promoter-from hotel room destruction to outrageous backstage behavior to Eddie Van Halen’s high-profile marriage to Valerie Bertinelli to the incredible drug use and drinking that would ultimately fuel the conflict between the band members.More than just a portrait of rock and roll decadence, Runnin’ with the Devil goes behind the legend of Eddie Van Halen, illuminating the factors that shaped one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and made him vulnerable to the trappings of fame. Shedding light on the band’s infamous breakup, Monk tells the story of David Lee Roth’s departure as he saw it, explaining how a band at the height of their success struggled in vain to hold it all together. Messy, loud, and most of all fun, this is a look inside Van Halen unlike any you’ve ever seen.
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  13. Scott Ian, rhythm guitarist and cofounder of Anthrax and author of I’m the Man, collects all of his craziest hard rock stories into one balls-to-the-wall volume. Access All Areas has tales of humor, excess, fun, debauchery, food, booze, and mayhem from Scott’s many years on the road as well as his encounters with celebrities like Dimebag Darrell, Trent Reznor/NIN, Madonna, Lemmy Kilmister, John Carpenter, Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Slayer, David Lee Roth, and many more.In recent years, Scott Ian’s “Speaking Words” club tours have drawn a devoted crowd of metal fans who love a good rock story. Ian has perfected his delivery, comic timing, and ability to highlight where the ridiculous meets the sublime. Best of all, Ian seems to lack the ability to be embarrassed, rendering Access All Areas howlingly funny, self-deprecating, and every bit as brash and brazen as one would expect from one of the original architects of speed metal.
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  14. William Smith was not rich or well connected, but his passion for rocks and fossils, and his twenty-year obsession with single-handedly mapping the geology of Britain made him one of the most significant men of the nineteenth century. However his vision cost him dear – his wife went mad, his work was stolen by jealous colleagues who eventually ruined him, and he was imprisoned for debt.Simon Winchester tells the fascinating story of ‘Strata’ Smith, a man who crossed boundaries of class, wealth and science to produce a map that fundamentally changed the way we view the world.
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  15. For almost forty years, Sammy Hagar has beena fixture in rock music. From breaking intothe industry with the band Montrose to hismultiplatinum solo career to his ride as thefront man of Van Halen, Sammy’s powerful andunforgettable voice has set the tone for some ofthe greatest rock anthems ever written-songslike “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” and “WhyCan’t This Be Love.”In Red, Sammy tells the outrageous story ofhis tear through rock ‘n’ roll. From the decadenceof being one of the world’s biggest rock stars tothe unfiltered story of being forced out of VanHalen, Sammy’s account spares no one, leastof all himself. His is a tale of a true rock ‘n’roller-someone who’s spent decades bringingthe party with him wherever he goes but alwaysheadin’ back to Cabo for mas tequila.
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  16. By the age of thirty Reg had discovered the oldest fossils in the world and some of its deepest under-sea canyons. He had worked at Australia's first two uranium mines and searched for material to construct the world's first atomic bomb. By the time he was forty he had helped found SANTOS and discovered the great Cooper Basin oil and gas fields - Australia's largest on-shore petroleum province; he had set up the largest private geological consulting firm in the country; built his own boat and diving chamber; and mastered the primitive art of scuba diving. By the time he was fifty he had driven the first vehicle across the Simpson Desert and crossed the continent from north, south, east and west. He had also launched Arkaroola Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Australia's first eco-tourism resorts. The rest of his life he would devote to the unlikely bedfellows of mining and conservation, and to his insatiable love of geology. Oil; uranium; geology; conservation; these are the catch-cries of our times and the life of this intrepid, determined and oft-times irreverent pioneering Australian, renowned as one of our nation's greatest geologists, embodies them all. Written in a lively narrative style, Rock Star will make you laugh and cry and introduce you to a fascinating world that you never knew existed and won't easily forget.
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  17. The first ever memoirs from the Number One global bestselling adventure author. Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. I've been writing novels for over fifty years. I was lucky enough to miss the big wars and not get shot, but lucky enough to grow up among the heroes who had served in them and learn from their example. I have lucked into things continuously. I have done things which have seemed appalling at the time, disastrous even, but out of them have come another story or a deeper knowledge of human character and the ability to express myself better on paper, write books which people enjoy reading. Along the way, I have lived a life that I could never have imagined. I have been privileged to meet people from all corners of the globe, I have been wherever my heart has desired and in the process my books have taken readers to many, many places. I always say I've started wars, I've burned down cities, and I've killed hundreds of thousands of people - but only in my imagination! From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction. Always candid, sometimes hilarious, and never less than thrillingly entertaining, On Leopard Rock is testament to a writer whose life is as rich and eventful as his novels are compellingly unputdownable.
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  18. Nineteen seventy-seven. New York City. Dark. Dangerous. Thrilling. Punk Rock. Blondie. David Bowie. Drinking. Drugs. Happening at the speed of light. Seventeen-year old Laura, quaking within her skin while the bursting punk rock revolution explodes around her, starts a band with her teenage friends called the Student Teachers. She s the drummer. They play legendary clubs CBGB, Max s Kansas City, Hurrah they rehearse madly, write songs, and tour the East Coast. All between final exams at school. In comes Jimmy Destri from Blondie. He thinks the Student Teachers are terrific! And then he falls in love with Laura. He pulls her into the glamorous life of Blondie and introduces her to David Bowie. Bowie takes an interest in Laura s band, attends their rehearsals, and sets them up to open for Iggy Pop at the Palladium on Halloween 1979. It s exhilarating! It s the beginning of amazing success in rock n roll! Until it all comes to a stunning stop. After playing a show at Town Hall in 1980, Laura is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Does it all fall apart? Later, at a dinner with Bowie, he whispers something to Laura. And it helps her save her life. In prose that flows like music, Laura Davis-Chanin presents a rich work of narrative nonfiction that is not only deeply personal but also revealing of the punk rock heyday in New York City. Infused with rare photographs, this book is a journey through a unique, ephemeral life experience.
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