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Gittins, Ian

Works: 53 works in 163 publications in 8 languages and 3,094 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  Autobiographies  Diaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Trivia and miscellanea  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Other
Classifications: ML419.S614, 782.42166092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Ian Gittins
The heroin diaries : a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx( Book )

29 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The co-founder of the rock band Mötley Crüe presents a candid account of his own descent into the hell of drug addiction, describing the impact of heroin on his life and the band
Made in Scotland : my grand adventures in a wee country by Billy Connolly( Book )

7 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All roads lead home.'After my knighthood was announced,a woman from the BBC came to Glasgow to interview me. We sat down in a lovely hotel in a nice part of town, and she hit me with her first question- "This must mean a lot to you, with you coming from nothing?" I looked at her, and I laughed."I did'nae come from nothing, "I told her. "I come from something." I grew up in the tenements of post-war Glasgow. I am very proud to be working class, and especially a working-class Glaswegian who has worked in the shipyards. I come from the working class. And, most of all, I come from Scotland. Scotland is a unique and wonderful place. Its national motto says a lot about it - Nemo me impunelacessit. A decent translation might be- 'By all means punch me in the nose but prepare yourself for a kick in the arse. 'I did'nae come from nothing - I come from Scotland. And this book is about why I will always be happy and proud that I do.'
Stick it! : my life of sex, drums, and rock 'n' rolll by Carmine Appice( )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He ran with teenage gangs in Brooklyn, was managed by the mob, hung with Hendrix, trashed thousands of hotel rooms, and taught John Bonham a thing or two about drumming. He formed an all-blond hair metal band, became a megastar in Japan, got married five times-- and, along the way, became a rock legend by single-handedly reinventing hard rock and heavy metal drumming. And now Appice is telling his scarcely believable story, one of the most extraordinary and outrageous rock-and-roll biographies of our time
Confess : the autobiography by Rob Halford( Book )

3 editions published in 2020 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Rob Halford, front man of global iconic metal band Judas Priest, is a true "Metal God." Raised in Britain's hard-working, heavy industrial heartland, he and his music were forged in the Black Country. Confess, his full autobiography, is an unforgettable rock 'n' roll story-a journey from a Walsall council estate to musical fame via alcoholism, addiction, police cells, ill-fated sexual trysts, and bleak personal tragedy, through to rehab, coming out, redemption... and finding love. Told with Halford's trademark self-deprecating, deadpan Black Country humor, Confess is the story of an extraordinary five decades in the music industry. It is also the tale of unlikely encounters with everybody from Superman to Andy Warhol, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, and the Queen. More than anything else, it's a celebration of the fire and power of heavy metal" --
Over the moon : my autobiography by David Essex( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As a young schoolboy, David Essex dreamed of becoming a professional footballer, and was signed up by his beloved West Ham United, but as a teenager he developed a passion for music which set him on a very different path, and ultimately led to superstardom. It wasn't, however, an easy start. Scraping a living on the edges of show business was a hard slog, and he endured many disappointments. Then aged 23, he went along to an audition for a new musical called "Godspell" and won the role of Jesus that was to shoot him to fame. Within a year he was starring in smash hit film, "That'll Be the Day", and had written and recorded his first number one single 'Rock On'. It was the start of Essex Mania, and a long journey of undreamt of adventure. From "Godspell" to "EastEnders", it's been an amazing life. And here is David's full incredible story - in his own words."--Publisher description
Unlocking the Masonic code : the secrets of the Solomon Key by Ian Gittins( Book )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 82 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores all aspects of the most talked about secret society in the world, from its most famous members to its infamous history, revealing the facts behind the fiction of Dan Brown's new blockbuster
The Cure : a perfect dream by Ian Gittins( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Into the chaos of British punk rock, a handful of school friends led by Robert Smith announced their musical arrival in 1978 with a brash, infectious single pulled from the pages of Albert Camus. The Cure soon graduated into a series of increasingly dark and brooding albums, drawing the world's attention to goth rock. But they resisted categorization and recorded a trio of chartbusting hits that quickly cemented their status as pop icons. Subsequent albums--suffused with raw, intense emotion and featuring the breakout hits 'In between days' and 'Just like heaven'--attracted new legions of fans worldwide. Then, with the grand and somber Disintegration, the Cure achieved global domination, and, through fluctuating line-ups and shifting sounds, they have flourished. Veteran music journalist Ian Gittins has interviewed and written about the retrospective of the group. It features new and original interviews with band members past and present and 250 photographs and reproductions of rare memorabilia, some never before published. This essential keepsake tells the story of the Cure--from the angular riffs of 'Boys don't cry' and 'A forest,' through the perfect simplicity of 'Lovesong' and 'Friday I'm in love,' to headlining some of the world's biggest music festivals--in beautiful, eye-catching color"--Back cover
Talking Heads : once in a lifetime : the stories behind every song by Ian Gittins( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At the heart of the band stood David Byrne, a wide-eyed, faux-naive presence whose lyrics about suburbia, consumer culture and human absurdity were frequently touched by genius. Byrne's bizarre persona beguiled fans and critics alike and drove a string of Talking Heads hits, including Psycho Killer, Once In A Lifetime and Road To Nowhere."
The secrets of the lost symbol : unlocking the Masonic code by Ian Gittins( Book )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For centuries the Freemasonry has been the subject of rumour and intrigue. From its obscure origins to the suspicion that it exercises huge influence on government and multinational corporations, there has always been more than a whiff of controversy about the organisation
Björk : there's more to life than this : the stories behind every song by Ian Gittins( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on years of experience covering Bjork and her industry, Gittins explores and celebrates the creative processes and motivations behind her amazing career and musical history
Eminem by Ian Gittins( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and French and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La vie et la carrière d'Eminem (alias Marshal Mathers, alias Slim Shady), l'une des plus grandes stars mondiales du rap : enfance misérable à Detroit, accès à la célébrité, flirt avec la prison
Shane Filan : my side of life by Shane Filan( Book )

3 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As a lead singer of Westlife, one of the most successful pop acts of all time, Shane Filan was on top of the world. Together with the band, he achieved an incredible 14 No. 1 singles (a record beaten only by the Beatles) sold 44 million records and was adored by fans the world over. Everything he touched turned to gold, or so it seemed. Like many others, he had piled his fortunes into the Irish property boom and when the bubble burst, Shane struggled with mounting debt. Just ten days after Westlife's final farewell concert, in front of a sold-out crowd of 80,000 fans, Shane was declared bankrupt with debts of GBP18 million - losing everything. But this wasn't the end for Shane Filan - a devoted singer and family man, Shane circled back to his roots and a year later he launched his solo career. In My Side of Life Shane shares his story for the first time - his early years growing up as part of a large Irish family in Co. Sligo, the phenomenal success of Westlife and the ups and downs of their time together, the breakup of the band, his financial devastation, and finally going it alone as a solo artist. This is Shane's side of the story
Depeche Mode : faith and devotion by Ian Gittins( )

3 editions published between 2019 and 2020 in English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The periodic table of heavy rock by Ian Gittins( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Instead of hydrogen to helium, here you'll find the Smashing Pumpkins to Spinal Tap - 118 artists and groups that have defined this music genre, arranged following the logical ordering of 'The Periodic Table'. Many of these elements are as unstable and reactive as their chemical counterparts. Shared style influences and band members are all mapped out, along with the genre's vast spectrum of sound. Grunge rock through to hardcore, blues rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, arena rock, glam rock and glam metal, punk rock, blues metal, 80s new wave, comedy metal, thrash, death, intelligent AND nu-metal are all represented! Includes: Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Queen, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Yes, Slipknot, Nirvana, ZZ Top, Sex Pistols, Meat Loaf, Queens of the Stone Age, the Doors, Pixies, Frank Zappa, Slade, Marilyn Manson, The Beatles and Spinal Tap and more
Top of the pops : mishaps, miming and music by Ian Gittins( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Like farmer, like son by Adam Henson( Recording )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'People say 'Like father, like son', and the story of my life has mirrored my father's to a quite uncanny degree. Right from when I was a little boy, he was my rock; my mentor; my hero. It is no exaggeration to say that he taught me virtually everything I know about both country life and television. Without him, I certainly would not be doing what I am today ...' Agriculture and show business may appear to be unlikely bedfellows, but for Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, as for his father, Joe, who tragically passed away in the autumn of 2015, they are the twin poles that have defined his life. First and foremost, Adam is a farmer. Raised on the same farm in Gloucestershire, Bemborough Farm, that he runs today, Adam can often be found with his sleeves-rolled-up, involved in every element of the day-to-day operations. Like Farmer, Like Son is a truly remarkable account of Adam's life that explores a hidden family history and the unbreakable bond between Adam and his life-long hero: his father Joe. In the 1940s and '50s, Joe, the son of stage and film star Leslie Henson, chose a completely different path, alien to his thespian parents and decided to pursue a career as a farmer. In addition, Joe overcame a serious stammer to become a regular broadcaster on Country Matters and also became the saviour of Britain's rare breeds. He even put his business and his reputation at stake to open the world's first Farm Park. Here, for the first time, Adam reveals the family traits, childhood experiences and farming wisdom which have made him the man he is today. As he trawls the family archive and discovers his own bloodline, Adam learns to understand and appreciate the famous grandfather he never knew and pays tribute to the wonderful father he has so recently lost
Destiny's Child by Ian Gittins( Book )

4 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and Danish and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Björk : human behaviour : the stories behind every song by Ian Gittins( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Made in Scotland : my grand adventures in a wee country by Billy Connolly( Recording )

2 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

All roads lead back home. Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. 'Made in Scotland' is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!' So begins an odyssey through the Highlands, Lowlands and the Barrowlands on a shaggy dog quest to find out what that 'something' was and whether it is still there. Far from a typical travelogue, Billy's quest is as much through his memories and experiences as it is through his excursions, with a series of key artefacts prompting reminiscences
Heroin diaries : a year in the life of a shattered rock star by Nikki Sixx( Recording )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In one of the most unique memoirs of addiction ever published, Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx shares mesmerizing diary entries from the year he spiraled out of control in a haze of heroin and cocaine, presented alongside riveting commentary from people who were there at the time, and from Nikki himself. When Mötley Crüe was at the height of its fame, there wasn't any drug Nikki Sixx wouldn't do. He spent days; sometimes alone, sometimes with other addicts, friends, and lovers, in a coke and heroin-fueled daze. The highs were high, and Nikki's journal entries reveal some euphoria and joy. But the lows were lower, often ending with Nikki in his closet, surrounded by drug paraphernalia and wrapped in paranoid delusions. Here, Nikki shares those diary entries, some poetic, some scatterbrained, some bizarre, and reflects on that time
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The heroin diaries : a year in the life of a shattered rock star
Unlocking the Masonic code : the secrets of the Solomon KeyTalking Heads : once in a lifetime : the stories behind every songThe secrets of the lost symbol : unlocking the Masonic codeBjörk : there's more to life than this : the stories behind every songEminemTop of the pops : mishaps, miming and musicDestiny's ChildBjörk : human behaviour : the stories behind every song
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ギティンズ, イアン