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1. The Festival Book by Michael Odell

If you’re planning to go to a festival this year, this book is a must-read! It covers practically every aspect of festivals and once purchased will undoubtedly be your go-to festival survival guide. We guarantee that this book will answer any festival questions you have. So you can make sure you’re fully clued up so you can enjoy your festival experience to the fullest. And many festival tips and tricks to get your festival-ready! It also provides an extensive checklist so you don’t forget to pack anything important, handy, huh? Wellies? check? glitter? check? alcohol supply? check, tent? check. You will also read many hilarious and true stories of festival-goers to get you excited for your own experience.

2. Glastonbury 50 by Michael & Emily Eavis

As all festival-goers know, Glastonbury is one of the most popular festivals worldwide and attracts over 210,000 people each year! Micheal and Emily Eavis have attended every year since 1982, so there are no people better than them to tell the story of Glastonbury. And celebrate its 50 year anniversary of course! It revisits the thousands of musical artists that have performed on the Glastonbury stages over the years. With many contributions from a number of musical artists. They take you back to the very beginning of the festival and the development to where it is today. With many old and new photographs to give readers visualisation of the festival in all its glory throughout the years.

3. The Pop Festival: History, Music, Media, Culture by George McKay

McKay does an incredible job of covering practically every aspect surrounding festivals. If you haven’t already guessed by the book title, he gives insight into the history, music media and culture of festivals. All are brought all together to explore how the music festival acts as a key event in the cultural landscape. He particularly focuses on the culture that emerges from the festivals and the different communities that can form. He mentions various famous festivals from around the world and why their popularity continues to grow. And insights into the popular genres of music at festivals, such as pop, rock, jazz, techno and much more!

4. The Music Festival Guide: For Music Lovers and Musicians – Jon Pruett

This is another ultimate festival guide that all festival-goers will want to get their hands on. If you’re a first-timer, this book will cover all aspects of festivals that you need to know about before going to one. Such as essential things to pack (suncream, adaptable chargers, water etc), survival kits (plasters, paracetamol for the potential hangovers), appropriate clothing and much more! It even guides you on how to be strategic when picking the best spot to camp for the duration of your stay. This book covers an incredible 600 music festivals worldwide with in-depth descriptions so you know what to expect. It will guide you to find the perfect festival for you and your friends with dates, locations, ticket prices and much more.

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Best Seller Casino Books & Live Music Entertainment https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/07/28/best-seller-casino-books-live-music-entertainment/ https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/07/28/best-seller-casino-books-live-music-entertainment/#respond Wed, 28 Jul 2021 11:30:58 +0000 https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/?p=31 The books featured on this page provide informed suggestions of the best casinos to visit worldwide as well as gambling

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The books featured on this page provide informed suggestions of the best casinos to visit worldwide as well as gambling advice. You’ll find some of the best casinos for game variety and live music entertainment. Nevertheless, you should always do your own research before deciding which land-based or online casino you want to play at. It’s important that you are confident that you’ve chosen a legitimate and trustworthy casino before depositing any cash. Check real reviews, valid licenses, secure banking options, customer service options and fair gaming practices. If you don’t want to purchase any of these books there are also a number of online casinos that review and rate other online casinos to help customers. We strongly recommend CasinosJungle.com, they have rated and reviewed the best online casinos in the USA to help you find your next new casino. And provide many detailed reviews of different table and slot games too.

Here are our top 3 best seller casino books…

1. Scarne’s Complete Guide to Gambling by John Scarne, Simon & Schuster (1961)

This book covers a huge area of gambling and has been voted the best all-around gambling book by readers. Despite the fact it’s more than six decades old, it still remains the best self-help gambling book ever written. It offers very good advice on all classic table games such as Roulette, Poker, Keno, Craps and Baccarat. And also tips on how to choose the right slot games to suit players preferences. Scarne includes a chapter about an evening at the casino and his system for ensuring you have the best possible experience gaming. You will have access to all three authors best tips when it comes to gambling. As well as important advice on how to gamble safely, securely and how to identify a reputable casino.

2. The Compleat Gamester by Charles Cotton (1674)

This book relates gambling to mathematics and gives insights into how to predict the behaviours of chance by using this maths. He writes this at a time when gamblers were only just realising how useful mathematics can be when applied to casino games. He gives many tips on how to use mathematics (as well as other methods) to predict the gambling behaviours of other players too. It doesn’t guarantee gamblers an advantage but it can certainly help boost winnings when employing the methods he suggests. He also gives many useful tips on how to become more aware when playing all casino games and how to ensure you’re playing safely and securely.

3. Roll the Bones. By David G. Schwartz (2006)

This book contains a comprehensive historical account of gambling written by gambling expert Schwartz. The narrative guides the reader through the detailed historical context and stages of gambling in a simplified way that’s easy to follow. He starts right back to when gambling was first recorded in about 3000 BC, during the Paleolithic period. And outlines the developments over the years to gambling in the present day. He makes many connections between gamblings past and present and interesting pointers into its development. It’s a must-read for gambling lovers who want to discover the origins of gambling and how the gambling culture came about.

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Best Seller Biographies of Music Stars https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/07/16/best-seller-biographies-of-music-stars/ https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/07/16/best-seller-biographies-of-music-stars/#respond Fri, 16 Jul 2021 10:27:14 +0000 https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/?p=29 1. Louise Wener – Different For Girls: My True Life Adventures In Pop (2010) The first half of this book

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1. Louise Wener – Different For Girls: My True Life Adventures In Pop (2010)

The first half of this book is predominantly Wener describing her life before fame and what it was like growing up in the suburbs in the 80s vs 90s. She talks about her experiences with Top of The Pops and mentions famous music stars that she toured with, such as Elvis Costello. Many comments are made on the Britpop era which is particularly interesting coming from an insider pop star perspective. Wener is very honest and upfront throughout and opens up about the areas she believed that she lacked talent. And also about all of the band’s adventures, including the alcohol abuse, drug-taking etc. This book communicates the realities of being a pop star during this time and an inside view into the music industry.

2. David Buckley – Strange Fascination: David Bowie – The Definitive Story (1999)

The world-renowned English singer-songwriter superstar David Bowie sadly passed away in 2016. Shortly after, Buckley decided to pay tribute to him with this biography. He is unquestionably a ”superfan” who shares knowledge of all details of Bowie’s music career. It takes you on a journey through each decade of Bowie’s career with in-depth descriptions of each iconic performance. He thanks Bowie for how he’s shaped the music industry forever and changed fans lives with his unique style and image. And teaching them to never be afraid to stand out from the crowd! Bowie fans claim that it’s the best Bowie biography ever written!

3. Ian MacDonald – Revoution In The Head: The Beatles’ Records And The Sixties (1994)

If you’re a Beatles fan (who isn’t), then you’ll definitely want to get your hands on a copy of this book. It gives in-depth details of how, why and when each famous Beatles track was recorded. Including their most famous hits! such as I Want to Hold Your Hand (1964), All You Need is Love (1967), Hey Jude (1968) and Here Comes The Sun (1969). It features an informative essay on how The Beatles music changed and shaped music culture. It’s not just an examination of The Beatles song releases but also the culture in the 1960s. And then compares to the popular music since!

4. Mark Lewisohn – The Beatles: All These Years Volume One – Tune In (2013)

This is also a book for The Beatles fans! Many argue that Mark Lewisohn has written the best Beatles biography because his opinions are more informed and less biased than other authors. Lewisohn is trusted on his accounts of many information given about The Beatles lives. This is because he has constructed hundreds of interviews about the full story of the work and lives of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. It dives deep into each man’s childhood and upbringing to discover the real identity behind each man in the band. And also entails the band’s adventures around the world touring and what they entailed! As well as the stories behind some of their most famous songs.

5. Travis Barker – Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums (2015)

This book unravels his rags-to-riches story and the struggles he faced throughout his life. In particular, it focuses on a plane crash that occurred in 2008 in Columbia that almost took his life. It explains how the crash changed his perspective and pushed him forward in his career. It’s honest, vulnerable but also entertaining. He doesn’t hide from any of his mistakes and past troubles and even includes others opinions of him. From his past colleagues to his ex-wife (Shanna Moakler) to friends. All in their own handwriting so no alterations were made! It gives an enlightening insight into how he proceeded to become so successful in the industry despite the many unfortunate events he faced.

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Best Seller Pop Culture Books https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/07/05/pop-culture-best-seller-books/ https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/07/05/pop-culture-best-seller-books/#respond Mon, 05 Jul 2021 10:50:32 +0000 https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/?p=22 All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks This book really is life-changing and will give you a more informed

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All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

This book really is life-changing and will give you a more informed perspective on what love really means. It has some very insightful points that certainly get you thinking. My personal favourite quotes from out of this book were:

”love and abuse cannot coexist”

”True love is unconditional, but to truly flourish it requires an ongoing commitment to constructive struggle and change”

”Domination cannot exist where a love ethic prevails”

Hooks gives many thought-provoking insights throughout which can be helpful for adults of all ages but particularly for young women facing a transitional period in their lives. The focus is on what love really means, especially in today’s social climate. It helps you understand people in a deeper way and why everyone operates differently when it comes to love. She’s vulnerable and honest about her love heartbreaks and the pain that she’s faced throughout her life. And explains it in a very logical way with powerful words beautifully written. Her own experiences and understandings will help you understand the love you’ve experienced throughout your life.

Badass Affirmations: The Wit and Wisdom of Wild Women by Becca Anderson

This book focuses on women rights, affirmations and manifesting. She writes about many strong women and their accomplishments to give inspiration to the readers. The insights into these women’s lives do not just focus on the successes but also the struggles they face too. It gives many different accountants of how they overcame them to become successful and powerful women. Anderson aims to give readers deeper insights into who they are and who they want to be. She gives step by step guidance into how to affirm and manifest your visions and goals. And how to take control of your life and become a badass woman. It’s more of a confidence booster than a book with new and insightful information. However, it might be just the motivation you need to follow your dreams and to stop making excuses! Sometimes you just need a reminder that you’re a badass.

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

This is a must-read for anyone who is struggling with their mental health. And it’s one for the overthinkers, over analyzers, or pessimists too! It’s heartfelt, impactful, honest and uplifting all at the same time. There is one thing for sure, this book will give you the positivity to get through the week. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself referring to the beautifully written points time and time again when life gets difficult. It’s clear that Haig has written this book to give the world comfort and hope. It’s filled with words of wisdom that aim to help people through struggles and even the toughest of times. If you’re feeling alone in this world, please read this book. It will offer you comfort and peace in knowing that everyone has felt like that at some point in their lives. He has a great ability to find hope and light even in the darkest of times and gives the readers honest tips on how to change their mindset.

Unfuck Your Brain: Using Science to Get Over Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Freak-outs, and Triggers by Faith G. Harper

This book is another one to read if you’re struggling with any mental health issues or somebody close to you is. It covers a variety of topics, such as mental health issues (particularly anxiety and depression), anger problems, traumas and triggers. Harper explains the effects these conditions have on your brain using real scientific evidence. He focuses most of his writings on trauma because he believes it’s a very stigmatized area of mental health. He explores the different psychological effects trauma can cause, such as emotional outbursts, flashbacks and strained relationships and how to overcome them.

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Take a look at autobiographies by some of the most talented and successful pop artists in the industry….

1. More Myself: A Journey – Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a talented songwriter, singer, pianist and actress, so it’s no surprise that became so successful in the music industry. She was born on January 25th 1981 in New York and her original name is Alicia Augello Cook. Keys showed her interest in music from as early as 4 years old and shot to fame in the 2000s with her mix of RnB and Soul. Her most famous hits include How Come You Don’t Call Me (2001), If I Ain’t Got You (2003), No One (2007), Brand New Me (2007) and Show Me Love (2020). And she’s managed to win an incredible 15 grammy awards over her music career!

Alicia’s autobiography is almost like a self-help book as it follows, she takes you on a spiritual journey as she unravels her life experiences. It will captivate you and leave you in awe at how Alicia overcome any struggles with elegance, strength and faith. She talks about embracing her ancestral roots and learning from her past mistakes. It talks about the dreams she envisioned from a very young and how she never gave up despite many setbacks. Find out about her amazing journey to be where she is today – one of the most famous and successful pop artists in the world. Her written words will take you to a magical place – just like her music.

2. Me Elton John – Elton John

Elton John was born in Pinner, Middlesex, England on March the 25th, 1947. He is a talented singer, songwriter, composer and pianist – a man of many talents. He discovered his passion for music from a very early age and self-taught himself everything, including his piano playing. His eagerness and passion to be a successful pop artist earn him a place in the Royal Academy of Music in London. And this is where his career took off! His most famous songs include Rocket Man (1972), Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (1976), Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (1976), I’m Still Standing (1983) and Can You Feel The Love Tonight (1994).

If you’re a fan of Elton John (who isn’t) then this autobiography will give you an in-depth insight into his life. He keeps it incredibly real throughout and covers all stages of his life from early childhood. He delves into depression and his suicide attempts. As well as drug addictions, break-ups, cancer diagnosis and much more. He is straight up and forthright, leaving no life stone unturned. He doesn’t hide any of his struggles throughout his life and shares how he overcame them all. Therefore, it can be a great self-help book for anyone else who’/s struggling with any of these problems too. The aim is to show his fans that you don’t have to be perfect to succeed in life.

3. The Meaning of Mariah Carey – Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is a talented singer, songwriter, producer and actress that was born on March 27th, 1970, in New York. Her talent as a singer unquestionably came from the influence of her mother, Patricia Carey, who was a voice coach and opera singer. Carey started singing at the astounding age of two years old and her mother saw huge potential. Therefore, she has been singing practically her whole life! It’s almost as she was born to sing. Her most famous songs include Love Takes Time (1990), When You Believe (1998), Hero (1993), All I Want For Christmas Is You (1994), Always Be My Baby (1995) and Touch My Body (2008).

Careys’ autobiography is pure, honest, real and vulnerable. She dives straight into her childhood and her struggles growing up as a biracial child. She never fitted in anywhere and struggle a lot with her identity. It continues to address many of her personal issues throughout her life, such as her bipolar diagnosis. She shares a lot of deeply personal moments and thoughts that help readers to understand her journey and connect with her on a deep level. The struggles and successes in her career are highlighted and explained in an honest way. Her autobiography is filled with hope and important life lessons for fans and is beautifully written. The message is that you can overcome anything and get whatever you want out of life if you have faith and put the effort in.

4. One Direction: Who We Are – Harry Styles, Louis Thompson, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne & Niall Horan

One direction, also known as 1D, consists of 5 band members (4 as of 2020). All members are all English singers and songwriters but were born in different parts of the United Kingdom. Harry Styles was born on February 1 1994, Louis Thompson – December 24th 1991, Zayn Malik – January 12 1993, Liam Payne – August 29th 1993 and Niall Horan September 13th 1993. This incredibly successful band was established in 2010 on the popular British singing competition X-Factor. The boys auditioned separately but Simon Cowell saw potential in all of them as a band rather than solo. Their most famous songs include What Makes You Beautiful (2011), Gotta Be You (2011), Little Things (2012), One Way or Another (2012), Best Song Ever (2013) and Story of My Life (2013).

This autobiography explores each individual band members lives before they came a part of one of the most successful boy bands to date. They talk about X-Factor 2010 and how they came together to form a close bond and huge success in the music industry. It’s full of many pictures of the boys at different stages of their lives, next to information, so you can visulise everything too. It delves into all of their adventures, successess and struggles throughout their career. It even includes comments from the parents of each member who say some very interesting and imfactful things. As well as parential advice for supporting your children as they chase their dreams. It’s authentic, sincere, touching and inspirational.

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Most Popular Genres of Music https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/06/18/most-popular-genres-of-music/ https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/2021/06/18/most-popular-genres-of-music/#respond Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:26:31 +0000 https://www.popgoesthelibrary.com/?p=13 There are countless genres of music. Let’s take a look at the most popular and listened to… Pop Music As

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There are countless genres of music. Let’s take a look at the most popular and listened to…

Pop Music

As the title itself suggests, pop music is the most popular and listened to the music genre of all time. This genre has expanded and changed significantly over time and is now rather hard to define. In this day and age, it has evolved to include many different genres all merged into one category. For example, originally pop music started off as more of an electronic genre now it’s predominately hip-hop and rap. With many other genres too!


Jazz music was born in America and was born ins New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 19th century. And I think we can all agree that it’s become one of the most popular genres of music. This music genre was mainly listened to and played within African-American communities. Jazz music is seen as representing cultural diversity, individualism and authenticness.


Rock music, also referred to as ”Rock N Roll” was created in 1955 by the talented Chuck Berry. And it was practically an overnight success! This genre has produced some of the biggest music names in the industry. With the likes of Elvis Pressley (1935 – 1977), David Bowie (1947 – 2016) and Paul McCartney (1942). The genre has grown to become extremely diverse with a whole range of themes. Usually, they are social or political.

Classical Music

This genre has its roots deeply in Western culture and became in Europe as early as the 5th Century CE. Instruments that you will typically hear in classical music include flutes, violins, violoncellos, clarinets, trumpets, bassoons, horns and timpanis. There are many extremely well-known classical songs that have become famous worldwide. Such as, ”Mozart” – Eine kleine Nachtmusik, ”Beethoven” – Für Elise, ”Puccini – ‘O mio babbino caro”’ from Gianni Schicchi, Vivaldi – The Four Seasons and many more.

Hip Hop Music

Hip Hop (also called rap music) originated in New York, United States in the early 1970s. It began at block parties because DJ would talk throughout the breaks in between each song. They needed to keep the crowd entertained so would sometimes rhyme whilst they’re talking over some instrumental music. Eventually, MC’s were introduced with the job of introducing the next music artist and talk/rhyme in the breaks. Eventually, they would do it in sync with the music and the hip hop/ rap culture kickstarted.


The genre of reggae came about in the late 1960s and originated from Jamacia. It’s very linked to It didn’t take long for it to become an extremely popular genre of music and spread worldwide. Instruments usually included in reggae are drums, bass guitars and electric guitars. It’s known for lifting peoples spirits with its upbeat drums which create a cheerful atmosphere. It brings chaos and calms into one. So you’ll feel relaxed too. If you haven’t heard the music of some of the most famous reggae artists of all time, you must have been living under a rock. These include big names such as Bob Marley (1945 – 1981), Jimmy Cliff (1944), Peter Tosh (1944 – 1987), Dennis Brown (1957 – 1999) and so many more!

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Beyonce needs no introduction. As we all know, she is the Queen B of pop music and always will be for as long as she produces it. She has blessed us all with her music since 2002 when she featured on Jay-Z’s song ”Bonnie and Clyde”. Her most popular songs include ”Crazy in love” (2003), ”Single Ladies Put a Ring on It” (2008), ”Run the World (Girls)” (2011) ”Hold Up” (2016), ”Flawless” (2014) and so many more! Pretty much any song that Beyonces is destined for greatness. Her latest album EVERYTHING IS LOVE was released in 2018 and sold an outstanding 70,000 copies and earned her a grammy award.

Taylor Swift

Swift is an American pop and country singer and songwriter. Her latest released songs never fail to make their way into the top 10 pop charts. So you probably won’t be surprised to hear that she is one of the highest-paid pop musicians of all time. In 2019 she became the music’s highest-paid women at $825 million. Her most popular songs include ”Love Story” (2008), ”You Belong With Me” (2009), ”Shake it Off” (2014) ”22” (2013) and ”Look What You Made Me Do” (2017). Swift uses her real-life experiences, particularly her relationships and heartbreaks, to inspire the lyrics of her music.

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an American singer and songwriter who shot to fame in 2009. She is known for her incredible and distinctive vocal, provocative lyrics and flamboyant costumes. It’s safe to say Gaga has had many chart-topping hits. Such as ”Poker Face” (2008), ”Love Game” (2008), ”Paparazzi” (2008) ”Telephone” (2010), ”Bad Romance” (2010), ”Judas” (2011) and ”The Edge of Glory” (2011). In 2014, it was estimated that she had sold 124 million worldwide. She was also the first-ever artist in 20 years of history to have four chart-topping singles from one debut album called ”The Fame”. This album also earned her an incredible 5 Grammy nominations!

Katy Perry

Perry is also an American singer and songwriter. She is well-known for her playful sense of style, sexually suggestive hit songs and of course her outstanding vocals. She holds a record for the most 6-million selling songs which were ‘Firework” (2010), ”Roar” (2013) and ”Dark Horse (2013). Other popular songs include ”I Kissed a Girl” (2008), ”Wide Awake” (2012), ”The One That Got Away” (2010), ”Last Friday Night” (2010) and ”Part of Me” (2012).


Eminem (real name Marshall Bruce Mathers) is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time. It’s estimated that he’s sold over 220 million records worldwide! His most famous songs include ”Forgot About Dre” (1999), ”The Real Slim Shady” (2000), ”The Way I am” (2000), ‘Till I Collapse” (2002), ”Sing For The Moment” (2002). ”Lose Yourself” (2002) and ”Love the Way You Lie” (2010). The Marshall Mathers LP was his most popular album and sold 2.8 copies in the first week. That’s some recording-breaking numbers right there! We all love Eminem for his honesty and transparency when he raps about his life growing up.

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Let’s take a look at the best-rated pop books in 2020 of All Time. These have been selected based on recommendations from music experts and thought leaders…

Pop Music and Hip Ennui By Macon Holt

This book was published on December 12, 2019. It investigates pop music history and culture and provides analytical and creative resources to back the findings. It studies the common assumptions made about pop music and the changes that have happened over time. Hold highlights the diversity that you find in pop music with many different examples. How, it mainly focuses on contemporary pop music, political realities and capitalist realism.

Switch on Pop by Nate Sloan & Charlie Harding

This nonfiction book was released in 2019 and looks at pop music from a musicological perspective. It is especially useful to any aspiring songwriters, particular ones that are just starting out. But can also be useful for experienced musicians to expand their knowledge and highlight new music that they might not be familiar with yet. However, it’s also suitable for anyone who enjoys music and wants to learn more about it! It explains the basics of music construction, how popular music works and why it matters. And make sure you get your notepad out, a lot of new music terms will be mentioned!

From Pac-Man to Pop Music by Karen Collins

This book was published in 2008. Predominately, it explores interactive audio in games and new media. It covers a wide range of topics and virtually every aspect of sound and music in relation to the gaming industry. It’s full of useful facts, ingihts and ideas surrounding the use of music in video games. And it explores contemporary mass culture by bringing together contributions of academics and practitioners in the music and gaming industry.

Yeah Yeah Yeah by Bob Stanley

This book tells the story of pop music from Bill Haley to Beyonce and was published in 2013. Stanley was a music journalist before writing this book about the grand history of pop and rock music since 1950. He has a PhD in Musicology so you know his fascinating insights into the construction of music are well-informed with lots of research. Each chapter is dedicated to a different genre of music. It goes all the way back to NME’s first chart published on the 14th of November 1952. From ”Here In My Heart” by Al Martino (1952) to ”Crazy In Love” by Beyonce (2003).

Piano Book Pop & Music Hits by Mike Emerson

This book was published on April 14th by 2018 and dedicated to piano players at an intermediate to late intermediate level. It explores a huge collection of popular pop hits that piano players will enjoy. It’s a book for piano students at an intermediate to late intermediate level. You’ll find a piano sheet for so many different recent popular pop music hits. Such as Ed Sheeran ”Thinking Out Loud”, Shawn Mendes ”There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”, Passenger ”Let Her Go” and ”Apologize” One Republic. But many more!

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