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Lemmy

By Mick Wall
Authors:
Mick Wall
In 'The Ace of Spades', Motörhead's most famous song, Lemmy, the born-to-lose, live-to-win frontman of the band sang, 'I don't want to live forever'. Yet as he told his friend of 35 years, former PR and biographer Mick Wall, 'Actually, I want to go the day before forever. To avoid the rush...'. This is his strange but true story. Brutally frank, painfully funny, wincingly sad, and always beautifully told, LEMMY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY is the story of the only rock'n'roller never to sell his soul for silver and gold, while keeping the devil, as he put it, 'very close to my side'. From school days growing up in North Wales, to first finding fame in the mid-60s with the Rockin' Vicars; from being Jimi Hendrix's personal roadie ('I would score acid for him'), to leading Hawkwind to the top of the charts in 1972 with 'Silver Machine' ('I was fired for taking the wrong drugs'); from forming Motörhead ('I wanted to call the band Bastard but my manager wouldn't let me'), whose iconoclastic album NO SLEEP 'TIL HAMMERSMITH entered the UK charts at No. 1.Based on Mick's original interviews with Lemmy conducted over numerous years, along with the insights of those who knew him best - former band mates, friends, managers, fellow artists and record business insiders - this is an unputdownable story of one of Britain's greatest characters. As Lemmy once said of Wall, 'Mick Wall is one of the few rock writers in the world who can actually write and seems to know anything about rock music. I can and do talk to him for hours - poor bastard.' With the hard part of his journey now over, Lemmy is set to become a legend. LEMMY: THE DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY explains exactly how that came to be.
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Like a Bat Out of Hell

By Mick Wall
Authors:
Mick Wall
'A passionate, pacey tome you should do anything for a copy of' - Kerrang! ****"I never wanted to be a big star. I just wanted to be the biggest at what I do! Powerful, unstoppable, heavy - when that word still meant something good!" - Meat Loaf, as told to Mick Wall Everything in the story of Meat Loaf is big. From the place he was born (Texas); to the family he was born into (his father weighed 22 stone, his uncle weighed over 40 stone, while Meat Loaf himself weighed 17 stone before he was even in his teens); to the sound he made (a colossal collision between Richard Wagner, Phil Spector and Bruce Springsteen); and of course the records he sold - nearly 50 million in Britain and America alone. Now, on the eve of the 40th anniversary of Bat Out of Hell, the album that gave rise to Meat Loaf's astonishing career, and the premiere of Bat Out Of Hell: The Musical, Mick Wall, who has interviewed Meat Loaf on numerous occasions throughout his career, pulls back the curtains to reveal the soft-hearted soul behind the larger-than-life character he created for himself. From a tumultuous childhood with an alcoholic father to the relentless abusive bullying he endured, nobody could have predicted Meat Loaf's meteoric rise to fame. But when the messianic rock opera Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977, it became one of the biggest albums of all time, selling over 45 million copies worldwide to date. Its release marked the start of a rollercoaster ride of incredible highs and seemingly career-ending lows. By the 80s, Meat Loaf was battling with drug and alcohol addiction and escalating money problems that would eventually lead to a nervous breakdown. But just when it seemed like it was all over, the astonishing success of Bat Out of Hell II and the mega-hit 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)' marked an extraordinary new wave of success. Now, Mick Wall will bring this extraordinary story up to date, drawing on the hours he spent with Meat Loaf, both in interviews and on tour, as well as offering up a unique insight from those who have known him best.
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  • Little Giant Encyclopedia of Etiquette

    By Michael Macfarlane
    Authors:
    Michael Macfarlane
    Lots of manuals tell you what¿s currently socially acceptable behaviour, but now you can get a truly encyclopaedic view of etiquette that explains the historical reasons for a particular faux pas, as well as the differences in etiquette from one culture to another. You¿ll find essential information, whether you¿re dating someone from another social background, or whether your life put you in contact with people from other cultures. Every social situation is covered, from formal dinners to intimate settings, and from weddings and funerals to successful business etiquette. You also learn to cope fast with fast changing new rules for the internet, mobile phones, pagers, and other creations of technological revolution.
  • Little Giant Encyclopedia of Lucky Numbers

    By Group Diagram
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    Group Diagram
    Numerology can help us fathom the nature of the human soul, enrich our relationships and guide us towards a happier future. Within these many pages you will find in-depth information on lucky numbers for each sign of the zodiac, the geography of numbers, dividing the future with cards, dice, or dominoes, and using numbers to choose the right day for particular activities. Through calculations that refer to birth dates and given names, you can identify personal traits and influences that will increase your own self awareness and help determine when friends and family are at their most receptive.
  • Little Giant Encyclopedia Of Proverbs

    By David Macfarlane
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    David Macfarlane
    For your amusement, for your edification and inspiration, for livening up that speech you have to give: proverbs have an irresistible power. These little pockesots of wisdom say volumes about a culture ¿ so take a tour around the world in words.. You¿ll encounter the lively and colourful sayings from all around the world: Africa and its diaspora (Haiti, Jamaica, and African-American); Central and South America; Mexico; Native American; China, Japan; Italy; Ireland; Scotland; Israel; and the Arab nations..

    The Lost Gardens Of Heligan

    By Tim Smit
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    Tim Smit
    The glorious No.1 bestsellerUntil the First World War, the estate gardens at Heligan were one of the glories of Cornwall. Thereafter, through growing neglect, they slipped gradually to sleep. This is the amazing story of their rediscovery and restoration, or the Victorian vision and ingenuity which first created that subtropical paradise, and of the modern obsession and improvisation which recreated it.
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