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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Book 2 – 1981 to 1983 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
The fantastic second volume of the Hip Hop Family Tree – a beautiful graphic telling of the growth of hip hop on the New York scene – done in the style of some oversized Marvel Comics special edition from the 70s! The presentation is wonderful – and surprisingly really does the history justice – giving a visual flair to the kinds of information we've learned from Jeff Chang and others, with a similar way of linking things together so that the individual stories become part of a larger cultural development! The paper stock is great – pre-aged, like some vintage comic – but the cover is nice and strong, and really gives the book some heft – a mighty sweet oversized edition, with 112 full color pages! Book

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Pat ThomasListen, Whitey! – The Sounds Of Black Power 1965 to 1975 (hardcover) ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2012. New Copy Book ... $28.99 39.99
A beautiful book, and a killer companion to the CD set of the same name – a very rich look at the recorded legacy of the Civil Rights era – particularly the more righteous albums of the late 60s and early 70s! The book's overflowing with great photos of vintage albums and singles, and is lovingly put together so that the words wrap around the images, with personal reflections, historical details, and even key artist information in some sidebar sections! Author Pat Thomas is a well-known collector, and a force behind some great reissues over the years – and as you'll see in the book, he really knows his stuff – digging deep through a range of different sounds and styles, and tracing the role of the record album way past popular music – to show it as a key force in transmitting wisdom and knowledge as an alternative form of broadcasting in the pre-internet age. 192 pages, full color, hardcover, and a heck of a great book! Book

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New Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree – 1970s to 1981 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful little book – one that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scene in the South Bronx, Harlem, and Queens with colorful comic-style images. The book is surprisingly respectful, and really does a great job of juggling all the personalities and historical details – while still also finding a way to make the music come to life on the page, especially the live events that strongly helped to create hip hop in the years before it was recorded. The oversized book is 112 pages, on full color pages with a real comic book feel – and there's even a small discography at the back! Book

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New Jim Flora; Irwin Chusid & Barbara Economon, eds.Sweetly Diabolical Art Of Jim Flora ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful postwar artwork from Jim Flora – an artist you may know from record cover art, but who's represented here with a range of other illustrations as well! Flora's vintage images for Columbia and RCA are well-known to crate-diggers like us – but this beautiful package brings together more obscure images from advertising, brochures, newspapers, and other long-gone sources – and also includes some never-seen Flora images as well! As with the record art, the images here are all pretty darn incredible – very weird, playful, and offbeat – and presented in full color throughout. Book is 179 pages, oversized, and very hefty! Book
 
 
 
 



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