Ask the book buyer about three of the best music books for autumn


Jarrold book buyer Chris Rushby has a faint ringing in his ears. It's the jingle-jangle sound of some of the big autumn music books drawing nearer. Here are three of his favourites.

Dear Reader,

Every autumn inevitably brings its slew of big new books by and about popular musicians, all chasing the Christmas gift market. I've picked three titles of particular note to share with you ahead of their publication. It sounds a bit vague if I say I'm 100% certain of our ability to supply only one of these titles in the format described below, but that's the reality of it and I'll explain while describing the individual books. If you want to order we'll do our absolute best to supply. They will, of course, make perfect presents for the right recipient.

Happy reading (and listening),


Imagine John Yoko 

Yoko Ono 


Published 9th October 2018 

£495? Must be a typo, I hear you say. In fact, it's the correct price. Allow me to try and justify it. Written, compiled and curated by Yoko Ono, Imagine John Yoko is the definitive inside story - in revelatory detail, we're told - of the making of the album and all that surrounded it, at John & Yoko's home, Tittenhurst Park, and in London and New York during 1971. There will be previously unseen photos and film stills, interviews with key participants in the making of the album and much more. A 'standard' edition of the book is available at £35. 

Additionally, though, there is a special 'collector's' edition: clothbound, in a slipcase, debossed (like embossing but posher, I gather) with tipped-in ‘polaroids’ front and back and a ribboned portfolio containing a hand-numbered and officially stamped giclée print exclusive to this edition. Each book is personally signed by Yoko Ono in a numbered edition limited to 300 copies worldwide.

 We've been promised access to a VERY limited number of copies of the collector's edition. There can be no guarantees, but it will be available to preorder on a first come, first served basis. If you'd like one we'll do our best to supply. 

Preorder your copy here

Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite

Roger Daltrey


Jarrold pre-order price £10

Published 18th October 2018

I have two Who-related anecdotes. They're slightly feeble, but they're all mine...

1978: as a sales assistant in the Harrods Stationery Department one of the highlights of my (admittedly slightly sheltered) young life up to that point was to sell a pen to a fairly taciturn John Entwistle, bass player of The Who. I suspect the event came slightly further down Entwistle's list of lifetime greatest moments, but you never know. 

2001: one Saturday morning, having a haircut in a barber's shop near Kew Gardens underground station, the barber gestured to the window and said proudly "There's that Eric Clapton. He's in here all the time." The man ambling past was in fact Pete Townsend, the Who's lead guitarist and principal songwriter. As I recall, the scissors were close to my ear; it didn't seem the time to point out the error. Of course, for all I know Pete was in a similar position when in there, answering to the name of Eric to save embarrassment. 

I never met the band's legendary drummer, Keith Moon, nor its lead singer Roger Daltrey. The latter, though, is bringing out an autobiography this autumn. I'm guessing reading the book is going to be even more exciting than selling Entwistle that pen: this is the story of My Generation, Tommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms. From the little I've had the chance to read the book seems likely to be frank, funny and insightful into the way the modern music industry grew up.

You can pre-order the book from Jarrold for half the recommended retail price. 

Preorder your copy here

How To Be Invisible - author signed copy 

Kate Bush


Published 6th December 2018

 Kate Bush is one of the finest - and most secretive - musicians of our times. Her live performances and latterly her albums of new music have been few and far between. News of a book of her lyrics, selected and arranged by the author, with an expansive introduction by that brilliant novelist David Mitchell, is news indeed. How To Be Invisible presents the lyrics of Kate Bush for the first time in a beautiful cloth-bound edition. 

 We've been told the author will be signing copies of the book and that Jarrold will receive some of those signed copies. We're sure we could sell hundreds, but are unlikely to obtain that many. Again, there can be no guarantees, but you're welcome to pre-order a signed copy and, depending how many are available, we will supply them on a first come, first served basis to as many customers as we can. 

Preorder your copy in the book department, ground floor, or call 01603 660661.



A wider selection is available instore 

Ask the book buyer

Jarrold book buyer Chris Rushby is on hand to help you discover a new adventure through a book. Whether you enjoy books about musical heroes, a gripping crime drama, or something more classical, Chris and his team have the knowledge to recommend the books that you will enjoy. You can find Chris and his team in the book department on the ground floor or email Chris at 

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