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    Bob Marley: The Untold Story

    What was it about Bob Marley that made him so popular in a world dominated by rock’n’roll? How is that he has not only remained the single most successful reggae artist ever, but has also become a shining beacon of radicalism and peace to generation after generation of fans across the globe?

    On May 11, 1981, a little after 11.30 in the morning, Bob Marley died. The man who introduced reggae to a worldwide audience, in his own lifetime he had already become a hero figure in the classic mythological sense. From immensely humble beginnings and with talent and religious belief his only weapons, the Jamaican recording artist applied himself with unstinting perseverance to spreading his prophetic musical message.

    And he had achieved it: only a year earlier, Bob Marley and The Wailers’ tour of Europe had seen them perform to the largest audiences a musical act had up to that point experienced. Record sales of Marley’s albums before his death were spectacular; in the years since his death they have become phenomenal, as each new generation discovers afresh the remarkable power of his music.

    Chris Salewicz, who had a sequence of adventures with Bob Marley in Jamaica in 1979, offers us a comprehensive and detailed account of Bob Marley’s life and the world in which he grew up and came to dominate. Never-before-heard interviews with dozens of people who knew Marley are woven through a narrative that brings to life not only the Rastafari religion and the musical scene in Jamaica, but also the spirit of the man himself.

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  • Cheryl (Hardcover)

    Cherylis the definitive biography of the nation’s favourite star. From her Newcastle childhood to her stellar success with Girls Aloud, as a number one solo artist and on TV with The X Factor, Sean Smith tells the true, roller-coaster story of how a cheeky and feisty girl from a grim, working class area became the iconic figure for modern women in Britain today.

    Cheryl’s path to fame and fortune has often been difficult, facing the problems drugs and unemployment have brought to those she loves. Now, her turbulent marriage to footballer Ashley Cole is sadly under the spotlight, but, with insight and understanding, Sean Smith reveals the real woman behind the beautiful public face.

    ‘Sean Smith gives a remarkable account of Cheryl’s struggle to the top…A first-rate biography.’ — Sunday Express

    Sean Smith is the UK’s leading celebrity biographer whose best-selling books have been translated throughout the world.

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  • Ghana’s Heritage of Culture (Hardcover)

    Kofi Antubam was once a student, avid researcher, teacher and a trail-blazing master of the arts and culture.

    His depiction of Ghana’s traditional values is profound. From explaining the meaning of colours, time, names, beauty, the traditions of royal Courts, the essence of the male and female, Antubam dissects sculpture, painting, music and dance, poetry, hairstyles, textiles, jewelry — our known forms of art. Presented here are one man’s notion of religion, prayer, vice and virtue, procreation and the rituals and symbolism of death in the traditions of Ghana. — Ray Sowah

    Antubam’s research to identify and codify the tenets of the Ghanaian personality began in 1943. It took more than 2 decades for his words to be published. This unique and influential piece of written art, expresses the author’s beliefs, written in his unique style, a representation of the urgent call of his time. At the core of his book is the search for identify. The original book sought to define the ‘Ghanaian Personality’ ” who we were as a country and as a people. 55 years after Antubam raised this issue, we still continue to grapple with defining our collective identity. It is the hope of the publisher that, in reading this book, Ghanaians and those who study and love our culture will find explanations for ‘I am a Ghanaian’. It is rooted in our traditions.

    Published by Heritage Project as part of The Legacy Series.

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  • Kofi Antubam and the Myth Around Ghana’s Presidential Seat

    This book is a rare legacy for the nation, art connoisseurs and people who love to know more about the various values of Ghanaian Art.

    Kofi Antubam was an eminent artist who taught Art and Crafts at the Achimota School in the 50’s and early 60’s. He was born in 1922 and died at the age of 42 in 1964.

    This book, “Kofi Antubam and the myth around Ghana’s Presidential Seat” does not only enlighten the reader on the late Antubam’s great exploits [e.g. designing of the Presidential Seat, State Sword, State Mace and many State Monuments] but also shows their cultural and aesthetic values, and outline the myths and functions of Ghanaian traditional Art as incorporated in his works.

    Kofi Antubam who almost single-handedly placed Ghanaian art on the world map during his life time has been a forgotten hero since his death. Apart from the various prizes he won in different art competitions, he gave lectures at several conferences, both at home and abroad on various humanistic and aesthetic topics.

    Thirty years after his death, two elderly carvers emerged from nowhere to claim that Kofi Antubam contracted them to carve the Presidential Seat but did not pay them.

    The 128-page power-packed book on creativity searches for the truth. Who are the true carvers of the Presidential Seat?

    The author spent three years researching this book.

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  • Madonna: An Intimate Biography (Hardcover)

    Madonna!

    Megastar. Lover. Mother. Opportunist. Chameleon. Role model.

    She’s all of these things…and more.

    Yet, who is she, really?

    In Madonna: An Intimate Biography, author J. Randy Taraborrelli’s scrupulously researched and completely balanced unauthorized biography of one of the world’s most celebrated entertainers, the reader is allowed to draw his or her own conclusions. Indeed, the portrait bestselling author Taraborrelli paints here is of a truly complex woman, one who is driven and determined to succeed at any cost, yet who displays remarkable vulnerability when it comes to matters of the heart.

    It is significant that Madonna: An Intimate Biography is the first such book written about the star in over a decade, because in the past ten years the ever-changing Madonna has gone through her biggest transformation yet — from tempestuous sex goddess to happily married mother. Amazingly, as she launches her first worldwide tour in eight years, she is now — at forty-something — enjoying one of the most successful periods of her groundbreaking career.

    Whereas other books about Madonna have been based on previously published material, Madonna: An Intimate Biography is the result of ten years of exclusive interviews with people who are speaking publicly about her for the first time, including close friends, business associates and even family members. Since Taraborrelli interviewed the star herself early in her career, he is now able to draw from such firsthand experiences to place her success story in perspective and provide new, stunning insights. The true Madonna, as presented here, is not merely a sensation-seeking tabloid vixen, but a flesh-and-blood woman with human foibles and weaknesses — as well as great strengths and ambitions.

    For the first time, the reader learns about the complex nature of her difficult relationship with her father, and how the two finally found one another after years of estrangement; how Warren Beatty broke her heart, and why the two never wed; how she and John Kennedy, Jr., became romantically involved, his mother’s reaction to the prospect of Madonna as a daughter-in-law and why it could never have worked out; the truth of her relationships with the fathers of her two children and how, as a loving and attentive mother, she has evolved into a surprisingly different woman…and what the future holds for her.

    Madonna: An Intimate Biography is a truly explosive and definitive account of the life of an entertainer who is undoubtedly one of the most popular, trendsetting figures of our time. Full of amazing disclosures about her private life and public career, New York Times bestselling author J. Randy Taraborrelli’s latest work reveals Madonna in a new — and surprisingly inspiring — way. Not only a feast for fans, this book is great entertainment for anyone who enjoys a remarkable story, stirringly told.

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  • My Love Story (Hardcover)

    In this New York Times bestseller, Tina Turner—the long-reigning queen of rock & roll and living legend—sets the record straight about her illustrious career and complicated personal life in this eye-opening and compelling memoir.

    From her early years in Nutbush, Tennessee to her rise to fame alongside Ike Turner to her phenomenal success in the 1980s and beyond, Tina candidly examines her personal history, from her darkest hours to her happiest moments and everything in between.

    My Love Story is an explosive and inspiring story of a woman who dared to break any barriers put in her way. Emphatically showcasing Tina’s signature blend of strength, energy, heart, and soul, this is a gorgeously wrought memoir as enthralling and moving as any of her greatest hits.

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  • My Word Is My Bond: The Autobiography (Hardcover)

    One of the most recognizable big-screen stars of the past half-century, Sir Roger Moore played the role of James Bond longer than any other actor. Beginning with the classic Live and Let Die, running through Moonraker and A View to a Kill, Moore brought his finely honed wit and wry charm to one of Hollywood’s most beloved and long-lasting characters. Still, James Bond was only one in a lifetime of roles stretching back to Hollywood’s studio era, and encompassing stardom in theater and television on both sides of the Atlantic. From The Saint to Maverick, Warner Brothers to MGM, Hollywood to London to extreme locations the world over, Roger Moore’s story is one of the last of the classic Hollywood lives as yet untold.

    Until now. From the dying days of the studio system and the birth of television, to the quips of Noël Coward and David Niven, to the bedroom scenes and outtakes from the Bond movies, Moore has seen and heard it all. Nothing is left out—especially the naughty bits. The “special effects” by which James Bond unzipped a dress with a magnet; the spectacular risks in The Spy Who Loved Me’s opening scene; and Moore’s preparation for facing down villains (he would imagine they all have halitosis): the stories in My Word is My Bond are priceless.

    Throughout his career, Moore hobnobbed with the glamorous and powerful, counting Elizabeth Taylor, Jane Seymour, and Cary Grant among his contemporaries and friends. Included are stories of a foul-mouthed Milton Berle, a surly Richard Burton, and a kindhearted Richard Kiel, infamous as Bond enemy Jaws.

    As much as it is Moore’s own exceptional story, My Word is My Bond is a treasure trove of Hollywood history.

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    Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story

    Born illegitimate and virtually abandoned in the Deep South, Oprah is a living symbol of hope and success. A black woman in a business dominated by white males, she has made it to the top with remarkable determination and talent.

    Raised at first by her grandmother on a Mississippi farm, Oprah shuttled between Milwaukee, where her mother had moved, and Nashville, where her father and her stepmother, Zelma, lived. Oprah grew up in a tiny ghetto apartment with her mother’s relatives, where at one point she was raped. She began to live a wild, promiscuous life, until 1968, when Vernon and Zelma took her in.

    Ambitious and precocious, she got her first job with radio station WVOL while in her senior year of high school. Soon she was winning beauty contests, and in 1973 she was hired by television station WTVF-TV in Nashville at the age of nineteen. To work there she left college to become the first female and the first black newscaster in Nashville, earning $15,000 a year.

    Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story reveals, often for the very first time:

    • The story of her best friend, Gayle King, who was there for her when Oprah contemplated suicide
    • The inside story of Oprah’s long, on-camera battle with dieting and why she now says, “DIETS DON’T WORK!”
    • How she spent part of the $89 million she made in 1993 on gifts to friends and staff, donations to schools and charities and financing Spike Lee’s Malcolm X
    • The little known ultra-right-wing connections of Oprah’s boyfriend and “husband-to-be,” Stedman Graham
    • The behind-the-scenes deals made by Oprah’s staff with manufacturers to plant shills on the show
    • The very private conflict over whether or not she will have another baby — she first miscarried when she was a teenager — now that she has turned forty.

    Prize-winning journalist George Mair has interviewed Oprah’s friends, family, colleagues, and critics to present this definitive saga of her struggle and success.

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  • Reinstating Traditional Music in Contemporary Contexts: Reminiscences of a Nonagenarian’s Lifelong Encounters with the Musical Traditions of Africa

    Reinventing tradition has indeed been the lifelong pre-occupation of Emeritus Professor J.H. Kwabena Nketia, as a musicologist, linguist, composer, performing artist, teacher and advocate. The book gives opportunities for a fluent narration of a complex story, by the protagonist himself. Such intellectual biographies are rare, particularly when they span a period of 90 years, and deal with the author’s sources of inspiration, intellectual influences, mentors, as well as social and political contexts from which a wellspring of ideals have sprung. This book is a feast what is worth sharing with policy makers, scholars, art practitioners, young and old scholars alike, who year for reminiscences about music, the arts, life and scholarship across a greater part of nine decades. This is simply a trove on arts and nationalism, worth reading and passing on.

    from the Foreword by Professor Kwesi Yankah, President, Central University

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  • What’s It All About? (Hardcover)

    Cilla Black is without doubt one of Britain’s most treasured personalities. Generations have grown up with Cilla’s music, TV shows, and performances. But how much do we really know about ‘the girl with the bright red hair and the jet black voice’?

    What’s It All About? is Cilla’s own story, told for the first time ever.

    It’s the story of a woman who has worked ceaselessly to stay at the top for forty years despite setbacks and personal tragedy; a life of incredible highs and terrible lows. In this deeply personal autobiography she tells her unique story in intimate and vivid detail for the very first time.

    This is the real Cilla Black.

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