Over a year in the making, we’re proud to announce that our latest book, Classic Tracks, is now shipping from our London HQ in time for Christmas.

What really went on behind the doors of the world’s top studios while recording The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Nirvana and R.E.M.? How did producers and engineers deal with the legendary egos of Oasis and Paul Simon? Or the haunted perfectionism of Michael Jackson and Phil Spector? And how – between the drugs, the sex, the fights, the tears and the tantrums – did some of the most iconic tracks of our times ever get recorded?

Written by New York Times best-selling author Richard Buskin, Classic Tracks unearths the true stories behind 68 seminal recordings; starting with Les Paul (1951) and closing with The xx (2009), via recordings by David Bowie, Miles Davis, The Doors, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Madonna, Metallica, The Pogues, Rihanna, The Who and many more.

Classic Tracks is a lavishly-printed 420 page full-colour book, with 350+ photos, illustrations and track sheets, making it the perfect Christmas present for any discerning music lover.

You can check out the full chapter breakdown, view page spreads and order your copy in time for Christmas here.

The last shopping days for guaranteed Christmas delivery are as follows:

  • For UK customers, all orders must be placed by 2pm, Thursday 20th December to guarantee delivery before Christmas Day.
  • For USA, Canada and European customers, all orders must be placed by 2pm, Monday 17th December to reach you by Christmas Day.
  • For the rest of the world please place your order as soon as possible. It is impossible to offer exact guidance here as travel times vary, but all orders placed by 17th December should arrive in time for Christmas.

Customer service will remain open over the Christmas period and we will be processing orders made over the holidays on Monday 24th, Thursday 27th December and Wednesday 2nd January for next day delivery (UK) and priority delivery (rest of world).