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New books on a-ha and Oasis set for publication


Agence France-Presse

 /  Wed, March 25, 2020  /  09:00 am
New books on a-ha and Oasis set for publication

From L-R Gem, Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell and Liam Gallagher, members of the British rock band 'Oasis' hold a photocall in Hong Kong 25 February 2006. The Band are to hold a concert 25 February. (AFP/Mike Clarke)

As music aficionados are turning to books to endure the coronavirus quarantine, This Day in Music is adding several titles to devour during these shutdown days.

Among them is Barry Page's limited-edition hardback "a-ha: Down To The Tracks," which will arrive on April 6.

This 320-page book chronicles the 40-year musical odyssey of the Norwegian band, whose members Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, Magne Furuholmen and Morten Harket were propelled to fame with their 1985 hit, "Take On Me."

This past February, "Take On Me" notably surpassed one billion views on YouTube, becoming the second song from the 1980s to pass the one-billion-views mark on the heels of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine."

Aside from showcasing each of their albums in track by track detail, "a-ha: Down To The Tracks" includes a comprehensive look at both the band's pre-fame years and each of the three members' side projects.

Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a fresh take on a-ha's success story through archived interviews and reviews, along with exclusive new input from contributors like Viggo Bondi, Pål H. Christiansen, Anneli Drecker, Espen Farstad, Zoë Gnecco and more.

All copies of "a-ha: Down To The Tracks" will come with a special collectable 7″ vinyl single, which includes the previously unreleased "Miss Eerie."

This Day in Music also announced the release on April 6 of "Some Might Say - The Definitive Story Of Oasis" by Richard Bowes.

The 386-page title features exclusive in-depth interviews extracted from the annals of "The Oasis Podcast," whose latest "Listen Up" series was launched last August to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut "Definitely Maybe" album.

The book notably includes contributions from those involved in "The Oasis Podcast," journalists with first-hand coverage, as well as celebrity fans like British boxer Ricky Hatton.

"The rise of Oasis in the mid-1990s was nothing short of stratospheric. Yet what made Oasis truly special was that they were the people's band. This is their story, told by the people that lived through it and how our lives were changed forever," This Day in Music teases in the description for "Some Might Say - The Definitive Story Of Oasis."

Read also: Liam Gallagher documentary to premiere at Cannes film festival

"a-ha: Down To The Tracks" and "Some Might Say - The Definitive Story Of Oasis" are both available for pre-order ahead of their publication on April 6.

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