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New Mick HoughtonBecoming Elektra – The True Story Of Jac Holzman's Visionary Record Label ... Book
Jawbone, 2010. New Copy ... $8.99 29.95
A wonderfully detailed story of one of the coolest record labels ever – a book that really gets at the huge range of folk, blues, psych, and other wonderful sounds issued by Elektra Records! The tome is massive – big enough to feature a lot of full color pictures, but with a much stronger emphasis on text than usual for this sort of volume – with an especially deep look into the early days of Zac Holzman, and his initial love of pre-rock modes before the bigger shift to more popular Elektra modes of the late 60s. The book is over 300 pages, and is past the halfway mark before The Doors even come into the picture – which really gives you an idea of the kind of detail involved, The book also features a full Elektra discography in the back – at least until the point at which Holzman left the label – and the whole thing's honestly one of the best accounts of a label's formation we've ever read. 304 pages, oversized, with some color images. Book

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Dan LeroyGreatest Music Never Sold – Secrets Of Legendary Lost Albums By David Bowie, Seal, Beastie Boys, Beck, Chicago, Mick Jagger, & More ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 17.95
Some of the greatest albums in rock and roll are those that were never released – including some that finally saw the light of day after decades, like the Beach Boys' Smile! This book really gets at that fact beautifully – showing how, although never issued, some of these key creative projects really represent the ongoing struggle of rock music in the music business – the push and pull between different forces, and the resulting crash when musical moments never come to be! Each chapter tells the tale of a different album that didn't make it – David Bowie's Toy, Seal's Wonderland, and other projects by The Beastie Boys, Beck, Chicago, Ray Davies, Adam Ant, The Jungle Brothers, and others – almost a musical version of the comic book What If? There's also a final chapter on other almost-rans, including a few that might just make it – and the book has a nice breezy style that's nicely journalistic at times. 319 pages, softcover. Book

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McSweeney'sMcSweeneys Issue 27 ... Book
McSweeneys, 2008. New Copy ... $5.99 24.00
One of the coolest issues of McSweeney's to date – a special slipcover that features three different books inside! Our favorite is Autophobia – a sketchbook by Art Spiegelman that's a great change from some of his higher-concept projects – not only a great way to see his talents evolve in action, but also work with a much more free-floating sense of connection – like his earlier underground comix material! A second book is Lots Of Things Like This – which features graphic art from William Steig, Saul Steinberg, Roy Art Lodge, Leonard Cohen, David Mamet, Joe Brainard, Raymond Pettibon, David Shrigley, and many others. And the last book is the main one – with fiction by Ashlee Adams, Liz Mandrell, Mikel Jollett, Stephen King, and Larry Smith. A really great package – and proof again that McSweeney's is one of the most inventive presses around! Book

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McSweeney'sMcSweeneys Issue 34 ... Book
McSweeneys, 2010. New Copy ... $4.99 20.00
An issue of McSweeney's with a special bonus – a whole book! The issue comes in a plastic slipcover that features the core volume – a thick journal with writings by Tom Barbash, Sean Casey, Daniel Handler, Lawrence Minh Bui Davis, Anthony Doerr, Bridge Clerken, David Means, and others – plus a totally great section of self-portraits by a range of talents who include Sarah Silverman, Michel Gondry, Rashida Jones, Mike Leigh, Jonathan Lethem, Jonathan Ames, and others. In the other side of the slipcover is the book The End Of Major Combat Operations by Nick McDonell – a scathing look at the continuing engagement of American troops in Iraq! Book
 
 
 
 



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