30% off these top picks from Bloomsbury in our Back to School sale!

With hundreds of our latest books and bestsellers available at 30% off until the end of September, it’s hard to know where to start! We get it. So here’s a two-minute tour of just a few of the highlights you can pick up at a discount until the end of the month (for more inspiration check out the Music & Sound Studies page or browse our general sale pages:

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Top picks – 33 1/3:

With 30% off now’s the ideal time to expand your 33 1/3 collection. All-time top sellers include The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, Radiohead’s Kid A, and Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but there are must-have volumes in genres from rock (The Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico, Nirvana’s In Utero) to pop (Michael Jackson’s Dangerous, Hole’s Live Through This, David Bowie’s Low), folk (Bobby Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe, Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited) to hip-hop (The Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique, Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy) and everything in between.

For something a bit different try Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros. Soundtrack, our first volume on a video game score, or Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, the first on jazz. And then there’s How to Write About Music, the essential read for any aspiring music journalist or critic.

Top picks – music:

Regular gig-goes and anyone addicted to the buzz of hearing live music should check out The Arena Concert and The Pop Festival, two books exploring the history and culture behind each of these popular events. We’ve got biographies on David Bowie, Fats Waller and indie label Sarah Records on offer, plus guides on songwriting and recording (Hits and Misses: Crafting Top 40s Singles, 1963-1971; Understanding Records) right through to performing (Performing Opera.) And for a fascinatingly interdisciplinary perspective you can read about music’s interaction with fashion (Fashion and Music), language (Translating For Singing) and film (Hitchcock’s Ear: Music and the Director’s Art.)

Top picks – sound studies:

If you’re fascinated by the underlying theory and philosophy of music or have even just found yourself wondering where, for instance, the line between music, sound and noise lies, you should check out these gems in our sound studies collection. Senses of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound is the first book to look mainly at the vibration that underpins our experience of music. Noise Music: A History raises philosophical questions about the nature of music itself, taking examples from the experimental music of the ‘70s through to electronic music of today.

Acoustic Territories will give you a broad introduction to sound culture in everyday life, both within the home and out into the wider urban environment. Follow it up with Background Noise: Perspectives on Sound Art, which looks at sound as an artistic medium and explores its use in composition and installations. With books covering topics including verbal notation (Word Events), the analogue record (Vinyl) and stereophonic sound (Living Stereo), you’re sure to find something to make you think differently about music. But don’t just take our word for it!

Again, all these books and hundreds more are now 30% off until September 30th, so don’t leave it too late – browse now and save money while you can. Happy shopping!

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